16 July 2017

Quick Update

Very little painting this week - I can't explain why, I've just been doing other things. I did get in a fun little game of Wings of War on Friday evening with my bride.

Rather than just your usual shoot 'em up, we tried something a tad different. I drove a Dauntless dive bomber with a Mustang escort - my mission was to bomb the yakatori stand represented by the card about a third of the way in from the left side in the picture above. My bride piloted two Ki-84 Franks as interceptors.

She makes a rookie mistake and charges in head-first. I get past her after weathering one light round of gunfire.

The Dauntless drops its bomb neatly on the yakatori stand, ruining lunch plans for the IJA. I'd gotten my Mustang spun around to distract the Jap fighters. Now, to extricate the dive bomber...

The silver plane gets in behind me and begins tailing. To make things worse, she gets a lucky hit that knocks out my tail gunner!

My two planes zip past each other. The Dauntless eats another close-range fusillade from the Frank and begins careening towards the ground! My Mustang hits the Jap plane hard too, but not quite enough to knock it out.

I didn't get a picture, but a few turns later I caught back up with her and shot it down. We didn't continue the "duel to the death" and called it a day there.

The action on kitchen table picked back up Saturday evening as Junior and I got in a game of X-Wing. I tried out a TIE swarm (or as much of one as I can muster) while Junior used a group of three much more elite TIE variants.

The dead sexy starting lineup. Managing five ships is something I am not used to! Traffic management is a big deal with a group like this.

The melee in earnest.

I knocked out the Interceptor easily enough - they're just too lightly built. The Defender and Phantom were much tougher customers. The Defender burned up two of my low-end TIEs by itself. You can see in this shot that the Phantom got in a prime position to kill my Advanced but sadly was cloaked and couldn't fire. I had a miserable time trying to hit that sneaky thing.

Eventually, the death of a thousand cuts go to the Defender. Junior conceded with just one ship left whose primary schtick of sneak attack would be very difficult to employ against a group of three ships. The "Semi Swarm" was a fun group to play with. All ships are ridiculously nimble and although firepower was lacking, I had little trouble with Agility 3 opponents.

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