Saturday, July 14, 2018

Spicy Frame Zero: Aeroframe Rules

Long time and it has brought something different but still a Mobile Frame Zero Post! Despite probably being the biggest person supporting playing the game as is here is another Alt or House Rule for you to try. Once again this is brought to by a Discussion on MF0: The University; a MF0 Discord server. 

The talk was about trying to add flying units into Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack without making another game. Many other table top wargames have struggled to create rules for aircraft interacting with ground units; be it official or others homebrew. A bit part tends to being some what accurate to aircraft that can usually cross the battlefield if not just over shoot it, even in scales. Below are the rules I presented to keep it simple, direct and be able to operate within the battlefield. It more about feel and balance than any kind of accuracy or such. Despite the name these should work to represent any kind of aircraft.

Sample Aerospace Frame


Aeroframe Rules

Aeroframe(plane) gets a Sprint Green Movement d8 and  1 (only 1) White d6 as base and keeps the Sprint Green Movement d8 no matter the weapon system.  The model of the aeroframe must have a clear front or a base that indicates the front. This special ‘frame’ gets one free unit of movement BUT it must be used first and is always in the direction it is facing. When it ends it move the facing must be in the direction it last traveled in.

That's it! If you like to discuss these rules than head over to the thread I started here: The Hangar

If you like to explore some others rules on flight that are a bit more robust check out these:

Francisco Duarte's Flying Units
CmdrRook's Optional Rules and Philosophies for Combat Vehicles

Sunday, February 18, 2018

MF0 Expanded: The Evolution of a Rhino

Generation 1
The Rhino, one of my most favorite frame builds that have taken a bit of a life of its own to the point that it might be my most iconic but not really used by the community build. It a more unusual design of frame with layers and layers of plates.

The Original Concept Rawing

To be frank it a box with legs but it a box with legs that had style that looked menacing. It all started with a drawing with future plans that never happened until this: a contest; Atavism's Non-Combat Frame Contest. The Rhino was one of many of my submissions. I found the contest rather inspiring.

I was runner up three in the contest which got me Starflower's Special Achievement. He had to build a non-combat from of my choice. I picked Journalism. You can see all that on the Announcement Thread.

Of course next Atavism had to take it a step further and made his own combat versions of the frames on his Total War Appreciation Tour.

I liked his version a lot and thought I could improve the Rhino.

Seems I never posted the improved version to The Hangar but I am sure I did to The University (Discord) but you get to see it here.

Generation 2
Much better looking frame and sadly I have never physically bricked it up...yet. I really should make a squad of these though my love for this frame has lead to some other outputs such as a short story type thing.

Rhino Charge

If you like a closer look at the Rhino, how it built and maybe some combat varients I have come up with than check out my Sketchfab.

Lastly, I commission art of the Rhino. I wanted to see it outside of the Brick into something you might see in an anime or the pages of a manga. We know what our beloved Chub looks like 'in the flesh', why not my Rhino? So the following is all made by the Awesome and Talented Alan B and you should check out his deviantart after looking at this section of his work: shinypants.

Front - Construction

Back - Construction

Combat Retro Fit

RHINO SMASH!!!
Well thank you for coming along this journey with me; I hope it was fun, you enjoyed what you saw and please feel free to bring the Rhino into your own squads. I love to see pictures of them posted in any of our MF0 groups or just #MF0 on Twitter, Instagram and other places!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mobile Alternative Zero: Super Deformed Mobile Suit Series

A Box
So I picked these up while visiting the Japan Pavilion at Disney World's Epcot Center. I could tell they were similar to the Converge Series that Mantis King Reviewed but clearly were a different line as Converge was there as well so I figured I check them out for MF0: RA.

These are the Ones I picked up
See I will start with the Unicorn Gundam as our primary example than share photos of the other 3 with comments. Will save the final review for the bottom using sort of an average of all four sets for the review.
Packaging/Parts
Unicorn Assembled

All the model's heads and arms come off easily along with the accessories but are secure enough to still use in games without falling apart when they move. Also with the way it design I don't expect much wear and tear to happen on these models.



Chub Comparison
RX 78 2 Gundam Layout 
RX 78 2 Gundam Assembled
Marasai Layout 
Marasai Assembled


Woundwart Layout

Woundwart Assembled
Group Comparison

Review Questions

Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame? 

I believe I got these for $8.99, I have seem to have thrown away box/receipt with out writing down the amount. +5 points.

Is it a good size to use in game?

They are all smaller than a chub but still about the same height as a Classic and foot print still Chubish so I will say yes. +5 Points

How many removable parts does it have to represent systems? 

Well it averages to about 3 systems each for 0 points.

Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage? 

Between the ability to remove arms and the head, along with my believe with minimum wear and tear I will say Yes for +5 points.

Total: We have a A level series of sets for MF0 that should be fun and interesting to see on the field. Check out the fun below.









Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mobile Alternative Zero: 66 Action Megamans

The Box
My Selection
So recently I was in a very large store of imported goods were I discovered these 66mm Action Megaman models that we not blind box. A little pricey but not to bad and as I am a big Megaman fan I figured I check them out for MF0 and nothing else ad them to my regular collection.

Inside Box
Packaging
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  

I got these for $12.95 each so above for -10 points.

1.Megaman (I think I got a different series than intended on the box.)
Is it a good size to use in a game?

There was a bit of different of size but generally speaking they were all the size of a Chub. +5 points.

Comparison
MEGA STRIKE!!
How many parts does it have to represent systems?

Well they all have a Blaster of some kind and an accessory that maybe you can use as another system but most don't connect to the Megaman so I don't think it won't work well. -5 points.

2. Megaman X
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage? 

The head can come off and the arms are on begs but the rest of the joints use a fiction grip that I don't think would last long so I am going to say no for -5 points.

3. Megaman.EXE
4. Rock
Total: So over all the Megaman 66 Action is a C set for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack but fun and good models outside of that.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

LEGO Seasonal Santa 40206 Set Review for MF0

The Set
I picked this up from Barnes and Noble but I believe I also saw it at TRU. According to the box there is also an elf shop set but I have not seen it.

Season Frame?
Can you build some sort of creation right away? 

Yes, I made this not bad frame and most likely could of pushed out a station along with easy Cover. +5

Parts 1
Parts 2
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.

$9.99 / 155 = $0.06 per piece going under ratio for +5 points!

Parts 3

Parts 4
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away? 

Several useful frame parts but not really in the SNOT range though. +5 points.

Parts 5

Parts 6
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? 

Sort of an even mix bag of a set so will go with a 0 points score on this question.

The Set
For Fun, Santa meets Abstract Horror Santa
Total: So all together we get an A set which is cool though mostly red but also kind of a fun set to have around your house but most will probably just want the parts to build frames which is what this is all about.