Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shooting Satellites

I played some more war rocket. Now, I am trying to shoot down some satellites. We fought three battles with various forces, switching sides, and neat stuff. Here are the pictures.
Our setup.
One thing that made this scenario really hard was that the defenders, the Galacteers in this game, had more forces.
We move forward. One smaller ship on each side dies.
We go forward again, and one of my ships draws off the opposing small ships.
Another of my ships bites the red dust of Mars.
My one breakaway ship heads for the satellites, but with Galacteers in close pursuit.
Overkill much?
More of my ships go down now that the big Galacteers have reached the fight.
I have virtually nothing left.
One satellite goes down, but I have nothing left to kill the rest.
We call it at this point because there is no way that I could win this one.
Turn one of our second battle. The Galacteers infiltrate the Imperial lines.
Now my father is attacking, still with his Galacteers.
The small ships sprint to the satellites, and they have already knocked one out.
They wrong-footed my big ships, too.
Big ships are really hard to turn around, and that is becoming a liability.
Multiple sats down and the rest under threat. It doesn't look good.
I lost that one too. Galacteers seem to be better for this scenario.
Take three. This time, I am attacking with Galacteers. Hopefully, I fare a little better.
The imperial defense appears to favor big ships.
The small imperial ships do no meaningful damage.
The bigger ones do, though.
Student body hard right!
I am very outnumbered.
It's hard to avoid those big guns.
My bigger ships are, hopefully, good distractions.
All my ships appear to be dying.
Just one sat to go, though.
I did manage to get it, but I suffered horrendous casualties.
It was a fun but difficult series of battles. The first time, my problem was definitely in force composition, but after that, they were all hard fought battles.
I will have more War Rocket up next month!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Battle for Mars

This battle report is on yet another game system that I am playing now: War Rocket by Hydra Miniatures. I have a short attention span. Its features include a turn sequence that has bigger ships moving last as the small ones take advantage of their mobility, different movement systems for the different races, and four different classes of ships with varying capabilities. For the opening game, I take the red and gold Imperials against the blue and white Galacteers. I enjoy the advantages of power, while the Galacteers have speed and mobility on their side. We are fighting over a Mars mat because our space mat has the wrong size of hexes.
The rules.
The fleets set up. Each has two class IVs, four class IIIs, four class IIs, and nine class Is.
Automotive paint: it's good stuff.
The Galacteer flagships.
The Imperial flagships.
The small ships on my right get some action, the Galacteers using the move order to good effect.
I had to take what I could get, which was not much.
Everything ends up stunned on the left flank.
The bigger ships draw ever closer, but no contact yet.
The oblique approach leaves our class IVs separated for now.
The fighter has nestled under the wing of the larger Galacteer vessel.
What is left of my right flank converges on the center.
It turns into a swirling mess. Capital ships are destroyed left, right, and center.
I off a couple of class IIIs.
Two class Is stun my other class IV with a lucky shot from behind.
My mostly victorious left flank converges on the center as well.
It got complicated in there, although it should become considerably emptier.
A chase of sorts occurs as my ships on the left speed back to the main engagement.
I form a firing line and get rid of the other class IV, amazingly casualty-free.
My class IV is offed in return for the opposing class III.
One of my remaining class IIIs is stunned.
Next turn, they would be able to contribute to the central engagement.
At this point, Dave elects to disengage with his remaining forces, saving something to fight again another day.
The different emphases with the different races are amazing. Galacteers favor their small ships because they move last so are virtually invincible. Imperials favor larger ships that have more firepower and armor. I think I just maneuvered slightly better in the turn 3 melee, having more forces left alive at the end of the turn. This set the stage for me mopping up all the remaining large ships. A fun game, and I hope to have another report up next week!