Saturday 8 December 2018

Laserburn Blast from the Past


I was up the loft last night in search of the Xmas tree decorations, which is always a good excuse to have a rummage in the piles of wargames magazines, rules and models that I've banished to a higher plane. In one of the box files of rules I found my old copy of Imperial Commander, which is a platoon level skirmish set of sci-fi rules based on the Laserburn system and written way back in the early '80's by Bryan Ansell and Richard Halliwell no less. 

I haven't played it for years and it's probably very, very clunky but, in a moment of nostalgia, I decided to bring it down from the loft for a read through. I was thinking that it could be another possible use for my desert terrain board and scenery, especially as I have lots of the old TTG 15mm figures and quite like the idea of some retro sci-fi gaming, even if I ditch the rules and use something else like Gruntz or Galactic Heroes, for example...

...and you've got to love the 1980's pen and ink cover art!

7 comments:

  1. Love those old rules, still use them myself from time to time

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  2. Loved those old rules, very much like the early 40k Rouge Trader days(no surprise there) sort of seat of your pants gaming .

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  3. Ah, Laserburn. I remember playing lots of games back in the early 80s with my friend David. We didn't have any terrain so used a large roll of wallpaper and sketched out buildings on it. When the game finished we'd tear that section off and move on to a new piece! I think I have my set still tucked away in the loft somewhere.

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  4. I used to play ten figure a side games, as that's all I had, with a squad of Redemptionists vs the Black Guard. Very low key but it was great fun!

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  5. I've been looking through the army lists and I think I can put something together with the figures I've already got, perhaps an Imperial platoon or Redemptionist raidinget force, sometime in the new year?

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    1. that would be cool, I think I've got a full company of each side on the shelves !

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  6. I might go a bit freestyle and just paint up some units using the figures I like the most. Why not?

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