I recently played a couple of playtest games of Flashing Steel. The first part of the Flashing Steel playtest has more info regarding the figures used and a couple of other things, so I wont repeat that here.
What follows below is a brief account of the second game, in which our heroes leap astride tauntauns, kaadus and speeders and escort the princess on the journey to the spaceport. En route they are attacked by Geonosians and a lizardman bounty hunter riding on a giant cat.
The scenario specified the use of mounted figures and a carriage if they were available. MT has a lot of Star Wars figures and they included tauntaun riders and Gungan kaadus so the good guy force consisted of those figures. We didnt have enough speeder or swoop bikes so we settled on a bad guy force of Geonosians. As they are essentially human sized flying beetles we figured that that was a reasonable compromise for a cavalry figure.
We also added Bossk the bounty hunter mainly because he was one of my favourite characters from ESB as a kid.
A brief indulgent aside here. I accidentally let the Bossk toy fall out of my pocket while I fell asleep on the dentists chair some time in 1982 or so and the dentist was nice enough to post him back to me. This only added to the well travelled mystique of the character as far as this then seven year old was concerned.
The Bossk figure isnt mounted, so we stood him next to a nexu to remind us that he counted as mounted for this game.
The good guys.
The battlefield (note the rather cheap blue roll “river”. Ahem. Not the pride of my terrain collection…)
The good guys advance.
The Geonosians mans the road block (which is zombie infested, but we will pretend that they are not there for now).
The sides close. Note Bossk and his nexu in the bottom left of the shot, waiting to pounce.
The gungans race ahead. ”How wude!” etc.
In classic SoBH fashion the Gungans become separated from the rest of their force. ”Theesa peepol gonna die?” etc
The Geonosians plug a Gungan. Star Wars fans over 25 years of age cheer.
Lando chooses to grieve the gungans demise at a later date and coaxes his tauntaun into vaulting the barrier, crashing into the geonosians… I have a bad feeling about this etc.
The Geonosians kill Lando and make a lot of clicking and whooping sounds of celebration.
Bossk then decides to commit.
In a flurry of activity (brought on by some unlikely activation rolls and some swashbuckling) Chewbacca (noticeably smaller than in the previous battle and wearing a Luke Skywalker outfit while riding his tauntaun) leaps over the barrier, attacks a geonosian unconvincingly, leaps back over the barrier, over the side of the bridge and attacks another geonosian.
The green arrows show a pretty chaotic turns movement.
Bossk is taken out and the nexu flees.
Hand to hand fighting rages.
Melee chaos continues, with a Geonosian attempting to wrestle control of the Princess speeder from the driver.
The plucky geonosian managed to hold on to the speeder long enugh to get it off the table, with the princess intact, ready for offworld transfer.