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Madness in Manchester – Invasion of the Elder Gods

In this post, I discuss a participation game at Hotlead 2019. Specifically, I am looking at Madness in Manchester – Invasion of the Elder Gods by Dave Winters and Dan Hutter. The two guys hosted this ginormous game with probably around 20 people around the table. The theme, Victorian Sci-Fi (or Steam Punk) with a Cthulhu twist. They used One Brain Cell rules to run the game.

Cthulhu in 28mm
A look at one half of this ginormous table. Wow! The Mounties in the picture above are by Pulp Figures.

Every player brought to the table two ten man rifle squads with a vehicle. One player brought part of his Konflikt ’47 army. I was lucky enough to borrow an army. My friend Bill brought this set of armed Victorian Women along side a set of Canadian Mounties and a Steam Walker. He lead his group with Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes in 28mm
Bill’s Sherlock Holmes Miniature.
Pulp Figure 28mm miniatures
Don’t those minis look great? Pulp Figures are so much fun!

His investigators strived to protect the portals to the Elder World. Meanwhile, my crew’s objective was to destroy the portals, which immediately made us enemies.

Unfortunately, our deployment areas happened to be side by side.

VSF Steam Punk Battle Report 28mm Cthulhu Game
I perched half my force with rifiles on the top deck of the ship to fire on the Mounties below. Meanwhile, my tank engaged the walker while my Martian friends ran towards the Cthulhu gate.

Slowly Bill whittled down my force. I failed to cause many loses to his warband. The men on the deck stayed stationary and kept firing while the yellow haired parrot men raced to the Cthulhu gate on the table.


Being that this game held 20 players, there were others on my side. One group came and helped engage Bill.

Cthulhu Steam Punk Warbands
A couple of warbands arrived and started to help my force out.

It turns out that one force had the same objective as me while the other wanted to be consumed (killed) by Cthulhu to help the Elder God. Both allies had interests in keeping the gates open.

Steam Punk Walker vs Steam Punk Tank 28mm
I push my assault on Bill harder with my tank and riffle men all concentrating fire on Bill’s Walker.

After a round or two with three on one, a small Elder God appears. One of my two allies immediately starts tossing their forces at the monster as sacrifices. The other continues his assault on Bill, but my forces keep taking loses.

Small Cthulhu in a 28mm Steam Punk Battle Report
A small Elder God appears on the table by the portal.

Fortunately for Bill, a fresh unit with the same objective as his came around a building corner. He finished what was left of my forces allowing Bill to focus on his objectives better.

Cthulhu Arrives

Enough grunts feed themselves to the Elder Gods and a full sized Cthulhu makes it to the table. Check out the size of this model!!! That is a 28mm miniature at the top of that building.

WizKids Hero Clix Cthulhu
A picture of Cthulhu on the tabletop. This picture was taken by Dave Winters and used with his permission. Thank you Dave for that.

For those wondering, that model of Cthulhu is an old HorrorClix Model.

At this point, I had left the table as I was eliminated, but I saw the video of this model coming out and everyone around the table was absolutely thrilled and having a blast.

Eye Candy

Before wrapping up, I want to post a few more pictures that I took of this game at Hotlead 2019.

3D Printed 28mm Walker Miniature Steam Punk
Bill’s 3D Printed Steam Punk Walker. A pretty cool machine.
28mm Steam Tank in a Steam Punk Miniatures Game VSF
The Steam Tank my force used for the game.
VSF Steam Punk Miniature Wargaming tabletop
A picture of the huge steam ship in my group’s deployment zone. You can also see a good portion of the second half of the gaming table in this image.

Wrapping it up…

Hopefully you enjoyed my first post from Hotlead 2019. I had a ton of fun at this event and it remains my favourite convention to attend. Special thanks goes to Dave Winters and Dan Hutter for running this table and to the organizers of Hotlead.

For more Hotlead 2019 articles, be sure to check out my Article Round Up Page for the event.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Bill Bean

    Madness in Manchester was great fun — a bit chaotic, and that was part of the fun. Great pix!

    1. Jacob Stauttener

      Thanks so much Bill. Always a pleasure to see you!

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