Monday, September 8, 2014

Starfighter Combat in the pegboard nebula...

o/

Well, after 2 super busy weeks, things are slowing back down to normal. Slow enough for us to make it to the FLGS for the first time in about a month! Showing up with X-Wing, 6 of us decided to all go in on an epic game but...nobody brought a star field of any sort to play on. Not even a tape measure to measure out a playing space (we're X-Wing players, we don't need tape measures!).

So, borrowing one from an Infinity player, I found a pegboard of the approximate size for a 'normal' game, pried it from the wall (velcro FTW!) and we used that. We probably should have used something larger but what the hell, everyone likes bumper cars right?

On the Imperial side was my GF with Vader, and 2 Interceptors which I dubbed 'The God Squad'. Imperial Recruitment/Archon Voril with a TIE Phantom, and several TIEs, and finally Screech with a TIE swarm which had Howl Runner and Dark Curse.

On the Rebellion side we had myself with Lando piloting the Scarlet Harlot, a HWK-290 and a Gold Squadron Y-Wing, the center was Bob with Luke, Biggs and Corran, and our right was Kushial with another Lando (someone was an impostor...) flying the Millennium Falcon, and a pair of Green Squadron A-Wings.

As per the norm, what follows is a bunch of lousy iPhone pics with a running commentary which will function as a half-assed battle report...

And this folks, is why they're the bad guys...
The lines collide quickly, except for the Y-Wing which heads off to support the center of our line.
Looks like the Y is about bite off more than it can chew...
That large base seems to have not been in the Imperial Academy's training book, resulting in a lot of bumping and grinding with the Falcon.
Still angry about a prior game where the HWK-290 all but escorted one of her TIEs off the board with its Ion cannon, my GF engages the HWK with extreme prejudice, resulting in the first kill of the game!
Biggs and Luke pop a TIE before heading off to tour the far side of the board...meanwhile the Y disintegrates under a overwhelming onslaught of fire!
A nice side-by-side view of the Harlot and the Falcon, both of whom were taking pot shots at Vader's TIE.
PULL UP!!! lol, the Harlot tries to avoid a Kamikazing TIE! Meanwhile Corran finishes off Vader!
Only to follow up that glorious kill with breaking up after clipping a TIE (a critical hit card caused this). Meanwhile Luke and Biggs decide to stop dicking around in the backfield and once again join the fight!
Not a good decision for Biggs, as he dies shortly after his return. That said, the TIEs have been noticeably thinned out.
The Harlot pops the last standard TIE, while the Millennium Falcon is on its last legs and Luke doesn't fare much better. 
Oh fuck! Yeah, fly into some asteroids...that'll show em! With those two, guns blazing and in close pursuit, along with the Harlot hitting every stupid rock along the way, the Empire cleared the board and carries the day!
Well, after the horde of ships that started out, only the Phantom and one Interceptor survived, both with a few dings of their own. Still it was fun, and I was pleased with the battlefield debut of the Scarlet Harlot as it took out a handful of TIEs before dying. I do need to alter its weapons loadout though as it was carrying about 9 points of useless stuff. Such is the learning curve of a new game...

5 comments:

Imperial Recruitment said...

10/10 Would cheer on Empire again.

Good game with great company. It was just what everyone needed after some absence (some longer that others) from game night.

I also find it most appropriate that your girlfriend was giving it hard to the Scarlet Harlot... right up to finishing her off. :)

Da Masta Cheef said...

Well I did kill one of her Interceptors, and took some shields off of Vader's TIE...

Rifkind Wolfwalker said...

Well the X-Wings and the other YT-1300 were on the other side of the board & although Imperial Recruitment said part way thru the game I should've been the one in the middle (insert obligatory cream in oreos & sammich jokes here LOL) it was too late to reposition.
*giggles*
So yeah I had to take out the Hawk as revenge and then I picked on everyone else, just so happened the Harlot was the only one left... And so yes the Rebel Scum had to die!

Kushial said...

Well, my other 2 E-Wings came in the mail today and I've started the converting on my second YT-1300. The cockpit isn't wanting to come off though and has already done in two razorblades. I've decided since the YT-1300 is a Corellian ship, it needs a nice Corellian name, so the modified one will be the "Idiot's Array" after the Sabacc hand. The two new E-Wings already have gotten their blue paint over the red to match the rest of the squadron.

Da Masta Cheef said...

I was lucky in that the Falcon had a big gap in the cockpit due to poor Chinese quality control. So the top half popped right off, making it easy to remove the bottom portion.