30 November 2014

Dystopian Wars: Vanuatu Surprise!

Zig and I got together for another game of Dystopian Wars on Saturday evening. We stuck with our usual forces, Blazing Suns for me and Britannia for Ziggy. We switched to a naval engagement this game but kept with 1000 points.

For those interested our force lists were:
1 Kiyohime Carrier w/ 1 Escort
1 Sokotsu Battleship w/ Shield Generator and 1 Escort
3 Armored Cruisers (AKA Gunships)
3 Destroyers
5 Corvettes (flanking force)
2 Light Cruisers
1 Ace Pilot for one of the SAS Dive Bomber groups

1 Ruler Battleship w/ 3 Escorts
3 Agincourt Gunships
2 Tribal Cruisers (flanking force)
4 Frigates
3 Doncaster Bombers

We forgot about rolling for scenario objectives so a few minutes into the game decided to play until one side had suffered a 50% points loss.

The initial setup. Ziggy went heavy to his right which irritated me, but whatever... Since Z had the Operational Advantage he chose his flanking edge as that same edge. My corvettes were a full damn table away.

The Japanese right.

And their center. The light cruisers were off to the left, running up the table edge. The groups of five SAS are torpedo bombers, the groups of three are fighters. 

My gunships get the festivities started by unleashing a massive volley of rockets towards their opposite number across the sea.

The damage is severe.

The British gunships steam forward and damage two of my ships in return.

The Doncs come in low and release the first of many torpedo volleys.

One of my light cruisers is set ablaze. Oof. At least the damage doesn't affect the rockets' potency on that cruiser.

The Japanese carrier pushes forward. Its turret trains in on the wounded gunship in the distance and finished it off. Banzai!

The HMS Yardstick (my pet name for the Ruler-class Battleship) empties the tubes towards my carrier, causing a point of damage.

Torpedo Squadron Yellowfin makes its first attack run at the gunships, and fails to make an impression. They are however left dangling in front of a herd of British fighters. That damaged gunship in the back had been victimized by the Battleship a few minutes earlier.

That was pretty much the end of turn 1.

The excitement that was to be turn two got going with another torpedo swarm from the Doncs. The undamaged light cruiser was the intended target.

Two explosions later, the Sturginium engines on the cruiser flared up, transporting the cruiser back and starboard. Feh. Stupid Flares.

I get some more use out of the carrier, crushing another British gunship with torpedoes and cannon fire. The Escort targeted a frigate in the distance with its rockets and surprisingly sank it! Things are looking good for the Japanese fleet so far.

Seeing an opportunity for a great shot, Zig crosses the T with the battleship and unloads all four turrets into my carriers. He scores two crits... Chaos and Disarray then a purple and black explosion followed by a bright flash...

Another blasted Sturginium Flare. This one's pretty catastrophic, as the ship re-appears amidst a Vanuatu village, ruining at least four huts and a multi-million Yen aircraft carrier. Ziggy's cackling was insufferable.

Well, no time to sulk over random chance... time to turn things around a bit. The destroyers zipped forward, guns honed in on the British frigates. The rockets were sent streaming back towards the Doncasters in the distance. One frigate was destroyed and another damaged. The destroyers also attempted to board the ruined gunship but the assault was repelled.

And a Donc set aflame. The bomber was quickly set upon by Japanese fighter planes and damaged further.

Moments later the other squadron of fighters from the recently destroyed carrier also set upon the damaged bomber finishing it off. (The black model that was carelessly left on the table for this picture.)

End of Turn 2. We removed all SAS (small planes) since they were either without targets, ammo or potency. Anything in the interest of speeding things up a tad!

My battleship abuses a frigate. Its rockets do nothing to the distant Doncaster.

The British battleship pulls up for another broadside - this time against my battleship. The Japanese ship receives a critical hit - Weapons Damage. I'm glad I already activated it this turn!

The last Doncaster has a rather successful shooting phase, bombing one light cruiser and torpedoing the other - killing both! And then the son of a gun swoops back into the clouds!

The destroyers get up close and personal with the battleship. Their guns ablaze, British sailors take cover but poor fortune and strong shield generators result in no damage. You have got to be kidding me. Meanwhile, rockets were fired at the remaining killer Doncaster. A crit is scored! 

You guessed it - another Sturginium Flare! Four damage kills the plane as it smashes into the hull of the Japanese carrier already on that island. 

The Tribals make an appearance but their fire is ineffective.

One last stab with my gunships - the last frigate is sunk but a solid volley of gunfire and another of torpedoes are both for naught as the Yardstick's deflector shields can indeed repel firepower of that magnitude!

Turn three ended and we tallied up the points - it was 570 to 380 in favor of the Blazing Suns. A solid victory for the Empire!

We both really enjoyed the game. I worked over the gunships from the word go knowing they are both a treasure trove of points and really nasty opponents. Zig was unable to bring a similar volume of fire to bear on any single squadron of mine which left my units in decent fighting condition for the duration. Losing the carrier the way I did was a damned tragedy, but it kept the score respectable - that was 205 of the points he scored. The Doncasters fared well but the Tribals were screwed by their late arrival. If they'd been part of the main force I'd have had a lot more trouble.

Be well and good gaming!

29 November 2014

Tiny Planes

I had a handful of 1/600 jets show up a couple weeks ago. They were confined to the second tier of the painting table while I was working on Jeff's DW stuff. Once the queue cleared yesterday, I was able to get them finished.

They are new additions to my Check Your 6: Jet Age forces. I picked up some A-4 Skyhwaks for both the Israel and US Navy, and Mirage IIIs and Mystere IVs for the Israel.

 The flock
 US Navy A-4s.

 IAF Mirages and A-4s
 IAF Mysteres
and more Skyhawks...

My Cold-War aircraft collection is nearing completion. There are a few off the top of my head that I still may add - Harriers, Mirages and Skyhawks for Falklands games is one conflict that stands out. Korea is a possibility but an unlikely one.

Zig and I supposed to get together for a game today - I'm not sure what we'll be playing - maybe it'll be CY6:JA? One things for sure, results will follow. Be well!

28 November 2014

Job's Done

I spent a couple of hours of quality time with the brushes yesterday, pre- and post- feast. My commission project for Jeff, the owner of Morningstar Games is complete! As hesitant as I was to take it on, I must say I'm very pleased with the results and sad that I have to give them back.

In of of their glory: the Dystopian Wars FSA Aerial Battle Group.

The Lee airships and Avion light bombers. If I had it to do over again, I'd probably paint the gondolas of the airships that same green that's on the bombers. No matter, they look fine.

A flock of tiny flier tokens and the Savannah Sky Fortress. The tiny fliers in the lower left are French - leftovers from earlier in the week. 

The upper deck.

Lower deck from the front.

As they should be...

Rear quarter view.

If they were mine, I'd superglue them to their bases, but I'll leave that decision up to Jeff. Even though I'm sad to see the big ol' beast go, I've actually got three more carriers incoming for myself so I won't be sad for long.

Be well and I hope you had a good Turkey Day!

27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving here in the US of A - the last Thursday of November when we all express our gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Well that and get fat off turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and whatever else is on the table. I've taken the entire week off work and have been enjoying it quite a bit. I've gotten lots of painting done, a couple of lingering projects knocked out, and generally enjoyed myself. I got a shiny in the mail yesterday:

Its a copy of the 37-year old Metagaming pocket game Rivets. Rivets was the first wargame I ever saw. I'm not sure how I ended up with it back in '78 or '79 when I was a mere pup but I remember pushing the pieces around on the map and drawing pictures of the Boppers. I doubt I ever played it as intended but it is one of those things that's always stuck with me. I found it on Amazon for a mere $10. Mint condition, still in the original baggie. Well, I didn't buy it to admire it and the game was pulled from its baggie in short order; it'll get played soon enough.

For what it's worth, miniaturemarket.com is having a sale right now - they've got some stuff marked down 80%! I ordered about $75 worth Dystopian Wars stuff yesterday for a mere $14.

The bunker was a throw-in. It was only $5.00. It'll be fun to annoy people with. What it lacks in mobility it makes up for in toughness. I'd been eying the walking airfield for a while but the price always kept me away. The French small planes were $2.00 - they've been on the list a while but I knew I could always use my Japanese or Prussians as proxies so I wasn't in much rush.

Have a great day!

24 November 2014

DW - French Surface Fleet Complete*

I finally knocked out the second lot of ships for my Dystopian Wars Republic of France fleet. They've been on the painting table quite a while but I put my nose to the grindstone and knocked them out yesterday. I am very happy with the results.

 The RoF Attack Flotilla boxed set.

 Requin Assault Corvettes

 Cherbourg Battle Cruisers

 Another view. These things should be hell on waves.

La Rochelle Heavy Battleship

From the bow

And stern. It's name is BĂȘte - The Beast

 The whole shebang in its very blue glory.

I'm looking forward to putting these guys on the tabletop. It'll be good to have a new fleet kicking it at Morningstar - these, plus the FSA I've been working on for Jeff - we'll have a bunch of new crap to blow up!

* I have a aircraft carrier on order for these guys. DW2.0 makes carriers practically a requirement.