PP: Iron Sights Bring Sniper Duels to the Iron Kingdoms!

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At last, a snipe hunt that WON’T leave you alone and crying in the woods at 2am.

That’s right though. Iron Sights will bring Sniper Duels to the Iron Kingdoms AND your tabletop. In the latest No Quarter Prime, you can find the full set of rules for a mini-game that pits two of the many many sniper models that populate the Iron Kingdoms (and places beyond) against one another. Mimic the deadly hunt for a crafty opponent. Here’s a preview of how the game plays out, courtesy of Privateer Press.

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All you need to play is three small-based models, a 30˝ x 30˝ table space, some terrain, dice, a tape measure, and a copy of No Quarter Prime #3. You can use any three models you like, but it’s always fun to pair models with a thematic tie. One model represents your real Sniper, and the other two represent Echoes that obfuscate your Sniper’s position. Which model is which is a secret from your opponent—only you know who your Sniper is until your opponent can figure it out. Think of it as you have an actual sniper plus shadows dancing on walls or a noise in the distance represented by the Echoes.

Before the game begins, you customize your Sniper by adjusting its various attributes, such as how accurate it is with a rifle, how well it can sneak, or how well it can spot the enemy. Then you select a piece of unique gear, such as an arcantrik scope or some soft padded boots, that will help you in your mission.

And that mission is simple: determine which of your opponent’s models is the real Sniper, and put a bullet in its head. Players take turns activating a single model back and forth and can even activate the same model multiple times in a round as long as it doesn’t perform some more complex actions (such as running). When a model activates, it can take actions such as moving, aiming, peeking around corners to spot the enemy, or attempting to distract an opponent.

Each time you take an action, if your opponent’s real Sniper has line-of-sight to the model that completed the action, they can take a free action to peek around a corner and determine if the model is the real Sniper or an Echo. Certain actions are easier to detect, such as running or firing a rifle. Of course, if you do decide to peek, you are giving away that your real Sniper has line-of-sight to the model that performed the action. So, if you’ve only got one model that can see the enemy when it moves, and you decide to make the peek check, you’ve just given away which model is your real Sniper! Try not to peek until you have multiple models with line-of-sight to the enemy model so your opponent can’t be sure who was actually peeking.

It’s all about mind games and trying to confuse your opponent. Once a shot is taken, if the model is hit (though there’s a chance to dodge!), it’s removed from play. If it was an Echo, no big deal—it simply fades away. If it was the Sniper, then the player that killed the Sniper immediately wins. Of course, removed Echoes can be returned to play, and the identity of the real Sniper can even be swapped mid-game by Snipers with a particularly strong stealth attribute.

The hunt…is on…

  • MechBattler

    Sounds like a game that’s not for people with bad poker faces.

    • petrow84

      Sounds like a game which gives you an excuse to buy 3 pieces from FA:C or FA:2 miniatures 🙂

      • marxlives

        Sounds like a reason to finally buy Ghost Snipers.

      • MechBattler

        True. It does require buying duplicates of a single model. They must be overstocked on character models.

        • Jon Ow

          It’s not an official game and you can use any 3 small based models that you like.

          • MechBattler

            What made you say “Ow” Jon? Stub your toe?

  • marxlives

    Reminded me of “Enemy at the Gates” when I read about it. Time for me to show people why Widowmakers are the most feared snipers in Immoren.