Saturday, 12 November 2011

I say Throckmorton...Tally Ho!

I set up a short game of Saurian Safari this morning for the kids while the wife was out taking tea with her lady friends. Two intrepid big game hunters, Algernon Throckmorton Esq. and Sir Neville Ponsonby-Smythe, were out to bag some exotic Jurassic specimens for the trophy room, armed respectively with a .500 Buffalo Gun and a Browning Automatic Rifle.

An intial encounter with an Apatosaurus ended in a stampede by the wounded beast and the narrow escape of both gentlemen from an untimely squishing. After catching their breath, the two hunters emerged into a jungle clearing to find a pair of hungry Allosauri waiting in ambush. A slug from the Buffalo gun bounced off the skull of one of the beasts but it went down after a burst of automatic fire from the BAR.

The second monster then proceeded to charge toward the plucky explorers, only to be felled by a heavy burst of fire from Ponsonby-Smythe's rather unsporting light automatic. This was fortunate for Throckmorton who was still fumbling in his ammo pouch for a .500 shell for his unloaded gun. However, the Browning's magazine was now very low on rounds, after such sustained full automatic fire.

Before they had time for a celebratory snifter, a Stegosaurus lumbered into sight on the far side of the clearing and was immediately spotted by Throckmorton, who pointed out the armoured leviathan to his chum. A careful aimed shot by the Buffalo gun knocked the creature down and with a single shot from the BAR it was quickly dispatched.

As it was time for tiffin, the two hunters decided to head back to the waiting steam launch and return to camp. It was a pretty good bag for a quick lost safari outing but, unfortunately, the use of the automatic weaponry negated the score for Ponsonby-Smythe, who had otherwise done most of the actual shooting.

I didn't have my quick reference sheet with me so the gameplay was a bit clunky to start with but things picked up as we went along. I really should run another game at the club sometime, espcially now I have plenty of figures to use from the Back of Beyond expedition. The terrain needs a bit of attention though, as it's definately seen better days.


  1. Huzzah! You chaps really should consider becoming members at our "International League of Esteemed Leviathan Hunters" lodge!

    And if your chaps are having problems with bullets bouncing off Saurian skulls, I can hearty recommend upgrading to the Pfeifer-Zeliska .600 Nitro Express Magnum, my hunting weapon of choice :-)



Bag The Hun (363) AK47 (330) Books (289) Back of Beyond (197) Bolt Action (153) Old West (118) Coastal Warfare (114) Bag The MiG (107) Chain of Command (106) Pirates (106) Wings at War (101) MiG Alley (94) VBCW (86) 15mm Sci-Fi / Near Future (79) Target Locked On (77) Fistful of Lead (68) What a Tanker (68) Shows (67) BKC (65) Darkest Africa (65) Ironclads (60) Rapid Fire (58) Indo China / Vietnam (56) Victory at Sea (52) Saga (51) Saurian Safari (50) Boardgames (49) Knights of the Sky (45) Britain's Small Wars (42) Gladiators (41) Flashpoint Baltic (40) Flashpoint Taiwan (38) IABSM (36) Pre-Dreadnoughts (35) Journals (34) Post Apocalypse (30) Iron Cow (29) Atlantic Wall (28) Normandy Firefight (27) Full Thrust (25) France's Small Wars (23) Samurai (23) Air War C21 (22) Lion Rampant (22) Mexican Revolution (21) Fortifications (20) 28mm English Civil War (19) Cold War (19) Achtung Kommando! (18) PITS (18) Napoleonic Naval (15) Naval Thunder (15) Aircraft (14) Rate of Fire (14) Black Ops (13) Dragon Rampant (13) Aliens (12) Desert Spitfires (12) Flashpoint PVO (12) Imaginations (12) Iron Cross (12) Aeronef (11) Imperial Commander (11) Impetus (11) SCW (11) ACW (10) CY6 Jet Age (10) Flashpoint Alto Cenepa (10) Gaslands (10) 633 Squadron (9) Flashpoint Fleet Air Arm (9) 28mm Future Wars (8) Adventures in Jimland (8) Ancients (8) Dux Britanniarum (8) Cry Havoc (7) French Indian Wars (7) Zulus! (7) Frostgrave (6) Scramble for Britain (6) Three Musketeers (5) Arab Revolt (4) Five Men at Kursk (4) French Resistance (4) In Her Majesty's Name (4) Maurice (4) The Men Who Would Be Kings (4) Duel of Aces (3) Galactic Heroes (3) HOTT (3) Strontium Dog (3) Check Your Six! (2) Crom (2) Disposable Heroes (2) Fire and Steel (2) Gangsters (2) HYW (2) Iron Stars (2) Luft 46 (2) NUTS! (2) No Go Zone (2) Sharp Practice (2) War in El Dorado (2) 2mm ECW (1) Battlegroup (1) Dropzone Commander (1) Hind Commander (1) Missile Threat (1) Naval Command (1) Sturmovik Commander (1)