Thursday, 9 April 2015

Star Wars - Armada




Last night we played a game of this at a Secret Wargaming Friends home. It was a no frills game, concentrating on getting to know the basics and I had a blast.....

I was fortunate enought to command this mighty Star Destroyer.

My opponent was in command of the rebel fleet.


A Rebel frigate - his flagship.

Each side had several squadrons of fighters, and the Rebels also had a corvette....


Tie fighters

Rebel x-wing fighters with the corvette in the background.

We quickly closed to battle, and the rules, even the basic ones we played last night, gave it, in my humble opinion, a good feel for the fictional universe of Star Wars.

The Imperial fleet majestically manouvres toward the rag-tag rebel armada. I swore I could almost hear Vaders heavy breathing over my shoulder...only to realise that my opponents good lady had brought some biscuits to the table, some of which my opponent was particularly fond of.....

The two fleets converge, four squadrons of my fighters racing ahead.

The big ships begin their slow dance of death.

My fighters engage the enemy.

The enemy Flagship makes an error of trading fire close in with the star destroyer.....and quickly explodes.

Meanwhile my opponent was picking off my fighter squadrons at an alarming rate.

Other squadrons quickly close on the corvette, which was running rings around the much bigger Star Destroyer. A heavyweight v bantam.

Another vicious skirmish was saw more Imperial fighters destroyed.

The last turn came down to my Star Destroyer taking on two rebel fighter squadrons and the corvette.....

The rebels could not inflict a fatal blow on the Imperial Behemoth and I was declared the winner on points...

I heartily recommend this game.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Battle of Britain - continued

Wednesday night saw 'Stuffy Dowding' and 'Herman' face off over a Bertheir wargames campaign manager strategic map of the channel.

The first encounter witnessed a pair of Bf110's flying toward an RAF airfield.

They were intercepted by a flight of Gloster Gladiators.

The Bf110 is heavily armed and a tough plane.

The engagement was vicious and was witness to some unorthodox RAF manoeuvres.

The RAF were successful in driving the Luftwaffe off.

The next battle took place over the port of Calais.

Bf109's on patrol sight a single approaching aircraft from the west.

The aircraft was quickly identified as a Spitfire.

Despite the best efforts of the patrol, the Spitfire races past them and flys over the channel port and safely returns home.

Back in Blighty, an intelligence officer examines a photograph of the port. He has a worried frown on his face. The Germans are gathering sea going vessels in the port.....

To be continued.....