Monday, October 20, 2014

X Wing AAR: Chasing the Corvette

Yesterday we played a game of X Wing. Six players, the scenario was an Empire attack on a damaged corvette. The bigger, capital ships look great on the table. I was an Imperial player and one of my Advanced Tie's was piloted by Darth Vader. As luck would have it, my son, Brady, was a Rebel and he had the Millennium Falcon with Luke Skywalker as a crew.
This is a fun system. I had four fighters and used two to engage the escorts while the other two fired at the corvette. We had to bring it down before it could cross the table.
Richard had Boba Fett, flying for the Empire. He made a run on the corvette, flew past it and them the corvette swung to the left and smashed into his ship, destroying it. I stayed behind the corvette, now at a safer distance, pouring shots into it. I finally delivered the final hit to the corvette by ramming it with a Tie Fighter. The Rebels had destroyed all but three of our fighters and thus earned a slight victory. Father and son did not square off this time. Next time Brady/Luke will learn to fear the Dark Side.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Battle of Mirkwood AAR

I played my first game of Lord of the Rings miniatures today. I'm not sure how I have avoided these rules for this long, but I'm glad I finally played a game.
My doctor invited me to a game with his gaming group.
My command was a warband of Wargs, with a Warg chieftain. The other commands on our side were a group of Wargs and giant spiders led by a mage, and a cave Drake.
We face two Elvish warbands and an Ent. Our plan was to hit their right flank hard and then turn on their left. Our movement allowed us to hit them first and off we went.

Our plan worked well and we killed half of the enemy force before we lost a figure. By the end of the game we had reduced them to 25% and either fully or partially controlled all VP locations.

It's a nice clean system and I hope to play more of it in the future.

My warband moves to the attack

Beasts of Mirkwood led by the Drake

Closing in on the Ent supported by Elves

Our Drake turns their flank

One of my Wargs guards one of the VP locations, marked by a Hobbit

Dog pile onto the Elvish cavalry

The final round of combar

Monday, October 6, 2014

This Why You Should Read the Newspaper

A few weeks ago I was reading the Classifieds when I saw an ad offering the Flames of War rule book and miniatures for $20. I called the number listed and while trying to arrange a meeting learned he worked in the press room of one of the papers to which I am the IT Manager. We arranged to meet at lunch the next day and he mentioned that he had a tin full of larger scale tanks he would sell for $10. I agreed to look at them and this is what I got; the 1/72 scale Forces of Valor Tiger I, Pzkfw IV, Sherman, and two M3 halftracks. There also enough infantry for one US Company and a below strength German infantry bn for Command Decision.
For my $20 I purchased the rules, enough US infantry for one squad, enough German infantry for a platoon, a German halftrack, and three US jeeps.

I had told everyone in my group that I wasn't going to participate in the FOW army building, and yet here I am.

My advice is to buy a newspaper and look for bargains.