Sunday, 16 July 2017

Our first catch of the day...

Something a little different today... Star Wars Armada.

I've had this for a while but never actually gotten around to playing it.  At the moment I only have the core game and a CR-90 expansion so I managed to cobble together one Rebel and one Imperial 200 point fleet to try out.

So, after one little read-through of the rulebook and creating the fleets I just dove straight in...

The Imperial fleet:

The Rebel fleet:
I wanted to stay clear of using too many squadrons for my first play-through, just wanted to get used to the mechanics and see if it was worth investing a bit more time and effort in the game or if I should just stick to Attack Wing & X-Wing.

Initial setup was on a 3x3 table with only 4 obstacles, smaller fleets, a little less room should get the action started more quickly.  Also, I was going to play until one fleet was destroyed, not bothered with the 6 turn limit (not sure how long a smaller fleet game should run but hey-ho!).

Turn 1:

Basically, every ship moved closer with the two CR-90's attempting to rush off to the near side of the table in order to get better position on the VSD in following turns:
Turn 2:

The CR-90's continued to move into flanking positions on the VSD, with Dodonna's Pride being swarmed by the TIE squadrons:
Turn 3:

The CR-90's open up on the TIE squadrons, doing significant damage to them but not finishing any of them off.  Dodonna's Pride managed to knock off a couple of the VSD's shields at extreme range and took a bit of a beating in return.  After all ships and squadrons had activated it looked a little like this:
Turn 4:

Dodonna's Pride activated first and opened up on the TIE squadrons, managing to eliminate three of them before turning its weapons on the VSD, taking a few more shields off it.  I actually forgot to move the CR-90 at this point, but live and learn!

The VSD then activated, taking a point blank range shot at the Dodonna's Pride:
This was enough damage to overload the remaining shields and destroy the Dodonna's Pride.

With its next shot, again from the front arc thanks to the gunnery team, the VSD took aim at Jaina's Light:
Having already taken some damage from the TIE's this was enough to wipe it off the board.

The Nebulon fired at the VSD, tearing through it's remaini shields and causing damage to the hull.

After movement, the remaining ships ended up at point blanks range of each other:
Turn 5:

This was a very interesting situation.  The Nebulon activated first, ripping though the remaining shields of the VSD and causing damage straight to the hull.  Its second shot proceeded to pile on yet more damage and when it came to moving, there was no position it could get clear of the VSD, so they each took a point of hull damage due to the ram.

The VSD only got the one shot in return, and most of that damage was redirected to the port shields.  Again, not fast enough to clear the Nebulon, a ram and hull damage to each ship... Hmm...

Turn 6:

Two shots for the Nebulon, this being the second:
Coupled with the damage from the ram, this managed to destroy the VSD, leaving the Nebulon on  one hull remaining...

Well... a win for the Rebellion by the slimmest of margins and I must say considering the limited ships at my disposal I quite enjoyed the game.

Learning when to use the correct command dials is going to take a bit of getting used to and the continuous ramming during those last couple of turns was very odd.  Other than that, I think I will be picking up a few more ships shortly...

Thanks for having a look, I'll be back soon with another report of one form or another!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

In a Mirror, Darkly... OP

Let's take a little trip in time and space... through the looking glass...

In a Mirror, Darkly is the last OP event scheduled at our local store for the meantime, so there was no way that I was going to miss out!

Normally I tend to take lists that are quite complex and have a lot of "moving parts" as it were, so for a change I wanted to run something simple.  Something that wouldn't tax my tiny fragile, little mind too much!

So, without further ado, my list for this event was as follows:

Klingon Starship (Vor'cha Class) [26]
- Jean-Luc Picard 9 (Captain) [7]
Ship Total: 33 SP

Klingon Starship (Vor'cha Class) [26]
- Gul Dukat 7 (Captain) [6]
Ship Total: 32 SP

Muratas [22]
- Degra 4 (Captain) [3]
- Thermal Chamber [3]
- Particle Beam Weapon [4]
Ship Total: 32 SP

Klingon Starship (Vor'cha Class) [26]
- Karr 8 (Captain) [6]
Ship Total: 32 SP

Fleet Total: 129 SP

A simple list, Jean-Luc Picard and Dukat both give two actions, Karr has his automatic re-roll and a good chance of an extra attack die.  Lastly the Muratas is there to pack a punch and hopefully distract attacks away from the Vor'chas.  It won't last long, but the seven attack dice are a nice distraction...

So, onto game one vs a nicely themed list, featuring the I.S.S. Defiant with Mirror Riker, the U.S.S. Defiant with Hathaway Riker, the Negh'var with Benjamin Sisko and the Regent's Flagship with Mirror Sisko... I loved the take on the theme here, really nice...

So a quick shot of the two fleets lining up:
 Turn one movement, slowly advancing those ships that are able, cloak.  The Tholian web starts to close:
 After the fleets close, the U.S.S. Defiant falls to combined fire, finished off by Karr:
 Dials set, the web closes:
 Karr finishes off the Regent's Flagship with a horrific volley of fire, in return the Muratas is wiped off the board.

 A very mixed up set of manouveres later, Dukat eliminates the I.S.S. Defiant, in return it was destroyed by the Negh'Var:

After the last round of movement and firing, the last ships survive until time is called:
Result of the first game, 90-64, a well fought win.

Game two vs a mixed Borg and Romulan fleet, with a tactical cube, the Avatar of Tomed and Prototype 01, here is a quick shot of the ships:
 The second turn in, both fleets converged and the combined fire of two Vor'chas and the Muratas managed to destroy the Tactical Cube before it even managed to fire a shot.

 After return fire, and a round of movement later, everything seemed to collide in mid-space, with damage meted out to all ships - the Muratas was destroyed and Karr's Vor'cha was hammered.  The Avatar received damage in return but not enough to kill it:
 The next turn gave a free round of fire to the Prototype which managed to finish off Karr:
 The remaining Vor'cha's had by this time managed to move into position to start attacking the Avatar in earnest, finally removing the last remaining shields:
 The Prototype pulled a 180 degree manouver but unfortunately that left it in point-blank range of both Vor'chas... Two shots later and it was gone.  I had taken a small amount of damage from the mines but I was now in an excellent position to chase down the Avatar...
 The last round of the game saw Picard eliminate the Avatar:
A very entertaining game, for once the mines didn't hamper me too much and my target selection was better than it usually is.  So a second win, 130-64.

Onto the last game, versus a Galaxy Class fleet supported by Hayes... the Enterprise-D, the Mirror Enterprise-D and the Venture, with the Raven in support (Kelly looking amused in this photo!):
 So onto the game!
 The fleets approach each other at a slow and steady pace, this was going to be a bloodbath, Hayes on one ship, Holo-Projector on another, and the Galaxy-wing talent...
 So... it went a little bit like this... two of the Vor'cha's targeted the Mirror-D eliminating it before it could fire.  The Muratas and the remaining Vor'cha eliminated the Venture, but not before it and the Enterprise-D managed to destroy the Muratas and cause a significant amount of damage to Dukat's Vor'cha, it ended up looking like this:

The Enterprise-D jumped over the Vor'cha's but the Raven performed a come-about manouver, needless to say it did not survive the combined attacks from the Klingons:
 All the while this was happening the Tholian web was closing in, I would have to play this carefully:
 Picard's Vor'cha managed to get a shot in at the extreme edges of range three, knocking a shield off the Enterprise-D:
 Picard started to close in on the Enterprise, taking off the remaining shields and causing one damage to the hull:
The Enterprise reverses, giving it a free shot, which does little damage:
 Finally, Picard gets the Enterprise Target Locked and with a Battlestations token at range one, a dice roll later and the Enterprise falls:
So, the final battle of the day, 130-32 and a final win.

Overall, 1st place with 3 wins on the day, two complete wipe-outs and three very hard fought games.  The dice quality coming from Picard and Dukat was exceptional.  In conjunction with the Muratas drawing fire in each of the games this list worked out very well.  Karr was just icing on the cake.

So, until next time, thanks for havng a look & hoped you enjoyed the little write-up!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Show me what you got... Scum & Villainy Edition!

Last up, the Scum & Villainy ships!

The fleet:
 Bossks' YV-666 Hound's Tooth:
 Alternate angle:
 Boba Fett's Slave 1:
 Head-on angle:
 Final view:
 Dengar's Jumpaster 5000 - the Punishing One:
 Alternate view:
 Zuckuss and 4-LOM's ship, the Mist Hunter:
 A bit of an oddity this one:
 The Protectorate Starfighter:
 A little bit Buck Rogers, a really good looking ship:
 The Most Wanted repaint of the venerable Y-Wing:
 Head-on view:
 The Most Wanted repaint of the Z-95 headhunter:
 The two Black Sun Z-95's together:
 The last ship, the Scyk Starfighter:
 Finally the head-on view:
That concludes my little run through of some of the X-Wing miniatures starships!

They are far better painted than the Attack Wing ships, that is obvious.  The quality of the FFG miniatures is outstanding...