I like skirmish style gaming and yet recently I haven’t managed a lot at this level. There always seems to be more games, genres and miniatures than I have time or opponents. Particularly opponents.
I play the games I do because I can get games in these systems. Recently this means Bolt Action and 40K. I enjoy both of these games however I like the challenge, and often the speed, of smaller games. So, I was pleased to hear some friends were starting a campaign using This is Not a Test
I had not heard of the system where bands, teams or tribes battle it out in a post-apocalypse USA, but it has at least three things to recommend it. While there are specific minis, you can just use anything you have (the rules are pretty flexible). The rules are actually pretty good (with some nice distinct elements). I will get to play regular games.
So far I’ve played just one game, with a borrowed war band. The activation mechanism is similar to the Songs of … family of rules, where you try to activate models one at a time, but failure passes initiative to your opponent. Not quite IGYGO, and not completely random. The other main differences are wandering monsters are a feature (not unique, but done without too much paperwork). The rules also seem to balance shooting and melee – in a terrain heavy table and depending on the mission – neither style of war band is an automatic win. I’m sure there is detail I’ve missed in my single read of the rules and single game, but the basics all seem to be there.
I have looked at my miniatures collection and chosen a small band based on the law enforcement faction. Ultimately I will build a war band, but this will get me going.
I’m yet to create a proper background, but for now we have the A-47 Highway Patrol, willing to keep the road open and safe for travellers and locals, for a price.
There is one more figure, a warden who is a sort of second in command. I don’t have a photo for this model on hand. In fact, I might make the 2iC a bit of a close combat bruiser. I’ll have to have a look for a suitable model.
This is a very shooty war band but I think will go OK and has the strong merit of not needing any painting and is a chance to use some models that haven’t seen much use.
Have you played TNT?