Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mon Cala Sends Assistance

In our second game, Kevin and I would switch it up a bit, with the Rebels bringing some heavier ships, and the Imperials going with a Star Destroyer-based Squadron.

My fleet:

MC80 Battle Cruiser
    -Mon Karren
    -General Dodonna
MC30c Scout Frigate
    -Redundant Shields
    -Assault Concussion Missiles
MC30c Scout Frigate
    -Redundant Shields
    -Assault Concussion Missiles
GR75 Combat Retrofits
B-wing Squadron
B-wing Squadron
X-wing Squadron
X-wing Squadron
X-wing Squadron
Y-wing Squadron

Kevin had an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, a Victory-class Star Destroyer, two Gladiator-class Star Destroyers, a squadron of TIE Interceptors, and three squadrons of TIE Fighters.

We still didn't use any of the objective cards, and opted to just slug it out for six turns.

Kevin's villianous Imperials
The heroic Rebels
The Rebel Fleet shifts to avoid the largest Star Destroyer, with the frigates increasing speed.
As we close to firing range, all ships concentrate fire on the Victory-class SD, destroying it after two full barrages.
My Battle Cruiser manages to avoid most of the fire coming from the ISD while the frigates destroy a Gladiator-class SD.
In the final round my B-wings destroy the second Gladiator, but not before it destroys my GR75 transports.

This was a major voctory for the Rebellion, destroying three capital ships and all of the Imperial fighters, while losing a transport flotilla and a single squadron of X-wings. Final score was 273-37.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Kublacon Armies on Display - 2018

I only grabbed a few pics of the armies left out for paint scoring, but I did take pictures of some games in progress.  Enjoy!

Eric Camba's Soviet Gvardeyskiy Tyazhelyy Samokhodno-Artillyeriyskiy Polk
Josh Kegerreis' German Feldhernnhalle Panzerkompanie
Kanon Bene's German StuG Batterie
German Grenadiers defend against the Soviet onslaught!
German Panthers advancing against cleverly concealed Soviet assault guns!
German Tiger Is in a close-quarters gun battle vs. British Cromwells!
US Armored Rifle troops advancing through a ruined church!
German Panzers trying desperately to hold out against US Shermans!
US infantry moving out across a crater-strewn battlefield!
German infantry and guns blunt an Soviet armored attack!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Kublacon 2018 - West Coast Nationals

This year's West Coast Nationals for Flames of War was held at Kublacon in San Francisco and was a Late War 1780 point event.  I volunteered to assist the TO but managed to get two games in on the first day before a drop caused me to forgo playing on the second day.  I brought my usual Fallschirmjäger infantry list, this time with some armored nebelwerfers in support.

In the first round I played against Josh and his Feldherrnhalle Panzerkompanie, a Reluctant Trained list that can take a bunch of cheap Panthers.  I would be the attacker in Counterattack after I 'won' the roll-off.

I moved up the flank pretty aggressively with a recon deployment, but Josh held his Panzerfusiliers in Ambush and decimated me once they were revealed behind the hedges.  My Marders would take out most of the halftracks, but it was too little, too late.
Half of my troops were gone from the ambushing MG fire.
On the other side of the table, Josh's Panthers would arrive from reserve quickly and beat me to the Objective.  Not much could be done against all those tanks.
My nebelwerfers managed to chase off his platoon of light AA, two bails and a destroyed halftrack.  
A 1-8 loss in the first round versus a ton of Panthers with lots of mobile MG support.  Not much I could do in that one, but I always love playing Josh!

In the second round I would again be attacking tanks, this time Scott's Kampfgruppe Kersher.  The mission would be Contact.

Again, I would use my Recon deployment to move my infantry forward.  Scott's list had a bunch of Tiger Is in reserve, and a Tiger II and a Hetzer in support.  I had to move quickly on the objective before more heavy tanks arrived.
My second infantry platoon and StuGs advanced towards the other objective, held by a Grenadier Kampfgruppe.
I assaulted the lone Tiger II and won, seizing the objective before his Tiger Is could contest.
I won 8-1, but had I not taken my recon platoon those Tigers would have been there first and I would've been facing a similar situation to my first game.  My event would end here as I dropped to help Sam, the TO, run the scoring and pairings.  Had fun, and I'm looking forward to next year!