John has a brand new Imperial Star Destroyer and is doing the rounds, crushing the Rebellion one rag-tag flotilla at a time. I'm still waiting for my Wave two MC-80 to arrive, but we still gave it a go at 400 pts to play things properly. For John, thats the ISD with Screed, expanded Hangers, a Gladiator II with Assault Concussion missiles, and then same again with the Deolisher title. The fighter complement was four Interceptor wings and six TIE wings including Howlrunner. To get to 400pts without a big ship of my own, I had to go quite fighter heavy, for me. So I also had ten squadrons: two Y-Wings, two A-Wings, a B-Wing and five X-Wings. The ships were two Nebulon Bs (red headed step child but my favourite) Escort version with Yavaris and Salvation titles, Assault Frigate B with Gunnery teams and the flag ship was a Coevette A with General Riekeen in Command of the fleet. Did we last long against that Star Destroyer?
John had initiative and my objectives were "Most Wanted", "Intel Sweep" and "Contested Outpost"; he chose the latter. That obstacle to the left of the shot is the space station/objective and there is a Corvette there, facing horizontal to my right. Further left is the Assault frigate, aimed between the two Gladiators. So those two Frigates have the job of taking down an ISD.
The ISD ploughed forward first and opted to contribute anti-squadron dice rather than start whittling down a frigate at range three. The impact of all this attention on my squadrons can be seen here: all A-Wings, and three X-Wings gone already. Then the Figate Salvation heaved into close range of the ISD. Claxons sounded and both took a damage card from the stress due to evasive manoeuvres. And here the other frigate "Yavaris" hooked around, unleashing the second wave of Y-Wing strikes. My Corvette was strafing by along the backline, contributing more long range hits. Meanwhile the Assault a Frigate contented itself hitting whatever Gladiator was in range. As the Yavariss swung around and rammed its flank, the Imperial commander siddenly became aware of his mortality. Almost all the Rebel fighters were gone but due to being caught in the wake of the onrush img ISD, the Tie Interceptor that should have engaged them had been moved out of range. It was going back in when...
Then John called it as the Rebel flotilla had a massive two victory tokens. More importantly, that Assault Frigate was totally unscathed and there was probably enough dice just from ships to take Demolisher while the lighter Rebel ships just danced away.
Great game, thanks John. I definitely wasn't expecting to beat your guys with what I had. Still, I'll take it. 300 pts was great but having the bigger ships just seems to give the game more focus. Can't wait for my own centre piece ship.