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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Die Potsdamer Wachtparade!

Today, we had another 7 Years war game at the club, it was made interesting in that we had more terrain to fight around than normal, and Lawrence's French got to be the attacker! He even diced to get a larger deployment area!
Phil was his sub-commander, leaving me to command my Prussians alone.
We drew chits for our generals, I got 2 incompetents and 2 average ones, Lawrence got averages and Phil got an incompetent.

The little village of  Sturmgesch├╝tz - a steep hill to the left, and a circle of low hills to the right.
 On the far side, 2 woods and a boggy area. 
 I deployed on and around the low hills...
A Franco-Austrian cavalry brigade was positioned to outflank my left. 
The French infantry deployed in an extended line across my front. 
Another cavalry brigade threatened my weak right wing cavalry.
The French attacked, bringing their artillery forward to bombard my centre. 
Fortunately, I had a battery of 12pdrs on the hill near the village...
A lucky shot demolished the French gun opposite, further weakening their line. 
Phil's right wing infantry were handicapped by the steep hill they had to cross. 
Lawrence, on the French left, moved through the woods, but they were falling behind the main infantry line. 
Lawrence was focused on getting his Austrian Kuirassiers round my flank. 
I had moved Frederick (my CinC) towards them, as I had both incompetent generals there!
Seydlitz, on my left, moved his cavalry to engage the quiescent Austrians.  
 Seeing Phil's infantry struggling up the hill, I sent 2 battalions of Grenadiers to further hamper them.
Frederick got the right wing moving, though the dragoons were slow in supporting the Kuirassiers.
I sent a brigade of infantry to contest the woods and outflank the advancing enemy cavalry.   
My whole line was now advancing, apart from the Frei Korps!
On the left, my Kuirassiers clashed with the Austrians - although I had the advantage, we drew! - My kuirassiers passed through ending behind the Austrians! The Austrians then charged and smashed my second line before coming to grief against my dragoons!
My infantry in the centre were advancing on the French. 
On the right, my infantry were holding the French in the wood, and engaging the Austrian dragoons... 
My Kuirassiers crashed into regiment Trauttmansdorff
 The fight was hard, but the Prussians prevailed! 
 They chased the Austrians off table, while my infantry shot the dragoons down.
 Wisely, the survivors of the wing retreated.
The vaunted French artillery was having a bad day, hitting nothing.
My rallied Kuirassiers on the left charged the massed French horse and broke them. 
 In the centre, the French infantry fired at my Grenadiers, but did negligible damage, the Grenadiers returned a crashing volley causing the French front line to flee.
At this point, the French decided to concede the day! Some days you have the luck of the dice, and sometimes you don't! Today it was my turn!

I think we all enjoyed the game anyway!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Phoenix squadron in action

Today, with my usual players off, I had a solo game of X-Wing!

(I was using the newly corrected Gozanti cruiser solo sheet, now available on our website at THIS LINK -- There was a line wrong on its predecessor!)

I wanted to try one of my new ships, so I made a  Star Wars: Rebels scenario where the Ghost, and 3 members of Phoenix squadron are tasked with destroying an Imperial cruiser transporting weapons to a base in the Lothal sector.

Elsewhere in the club - some little models of the Imperial ship I would be fighting! - the Gozanti class Assault carrier.
Mine is BIGGER! 
Hera Syndulla leading a flight of A Wings. 
I left the Phantom 1 docked with the Ghost.
Opposite, Agent Kallus, tasked with delivery of his precious cargo.
The Imperial force.
 Immediately, Kallus gave the order to 'Launch all fighters!'  
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Phoenix squadron kept formation as the Ties headed towards them...

Hera: "Phoenix squadron, keep those Ties off our backs while I go for the cruiser"
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Hera fired at the first Tie...A critical hit!

The first Ties fired at the A-Wings, but they evaded the fire.
The A-Wings fired back, equally ineffectually!
The Ties began to find targets to pursue.
One of the A-Wings picked up a Tie as he tried to outflank the Cruiser.

Hera closed in on Kallus!
Ezra on the front guns saw the Gozanti's shields flare under his fire...
The heavy lasers on the Gozanti opened up...
Hera: "The shields can't take this fire for long, come on guys! , hit something!"
The crew of the Gozanti rapidly worked to restore their shields...
...the shields began to firm up.
As the A-Wings and Ties mixed up in a fur-ball, Hera pulled a tight turn...

...and pulled the ghost onto the cruisers tail!
The Gozanti tried to evade by turning, but the Ghost easily kept its position.
With all the manoeuvering, neither ship hit anything this turn!
The Gozanti turned for the table edge and safety...
The Ghost had to evade fire from several of the Ties, Kanan...
...managed to hit one at last!
The Rebel fleet began to focus on the retreating cruiser.
The Ties had taken a beating!
The Gozanti, under fire from the Ghost, only had 1 hull point left!...and a reactor leak!

(The Rebels had got off very lightly!)
Kallus: "It's time to leave, make the jump to Hyperspace!"
Capt. Velran: "But what of the Ties?"
Kallus: "Leave them!"*
The engines glowed...

So the Empire survived, just! 

Kanan: "Well, the Empire will make trouble for someone with that shipment."
Hera: " Well, we did our best! - I am sure Fulcrum will find that shipment, and then maybe we can have another go!

* NB: Kallus was not being too...callous, he knew there was a small Imperial base on a nearby moon where the pilots could call for a pickup!