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    15mm Frederick the Great
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  1. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    Inter Stellar Concordium (I.S.C.) - Federation Front Star Date 20190217 (Y194/10) I.S.C. Force Federation Force DNM (Dreadnought, Medium) CAR+ (Cruiser, Heavy, upgraded) x2 NCS (Cruiser, Strike System) NEC (Cruiser, Escort, New) x3 HDD (Destroyer, Heavy) NCS+ (Cruiser, Strike, New, upgraded) x3 NDD (Destroyer, Defense System) x2 NAC+ (Cruiser, Aegis, New, upgraded) FF (Frigate, Fast) (Andromedan DDs subbing for lack of CLs) [Note: I know it has been awhile since the last post, there have been two subsequent battles I did not report on as I have been rather lackadaisical lately since they changed the Forum around. It was set up quite well as I had most things in visible reach, now everything is hidden. Reminds me of work, their motto is: “Fix it till it is broke”. So, enough of my rant, and on with the battle!] The battle is already in progress, (see note above). The I.S.C. is approaching at a fair clip, but the two CAR+s with the NAC+ race out to meet them. The purpose of the Fed maneuver is to close to Drone tracking range. Once in 35 hex range, up to 36 Drones can be guided by the three ships up front. So 5 Drones are launched from the front three ships and then the rest are launched from the ships in the rear, with tracking being transferred to the lead ships. The bulk of the Fed forces are light ships, which would not last long against PPDs. The point being, to use an old Earth saying (my Dad’s), when there is lead in the air, there is danger! The front ships will stay out of effective PPD range to guide in the Drones, while the other ships move up to Drone launching range. With nine ships I have the ability to control 108 Drones. This will turn into a rolling barrage of Drones that will deplete his Plasma-D defenses. Once the I.S.C. sees what is headed his way, he decides to go after the lone CAR+, but I am not going to give him the satisfaction of giving the Cruiser any damage what-so-ever. As we continue to advance upon each other, more Drones are being launched every turn. He decides, albeit too late, he does not have sufficient rounds of Plasma-Ds, or Phaser weapons, for that matter, to fend off all of the Drones inbound, and those that will be launched. All the while I have been hitting him with Photon Torpedoes reducing his shields on the smaller ships. The one CAR+ had fallen back, while the other CAR+ and the NAC+ were flanking the I.S.C. Eventually the Drones were breaching his defenses and started to take a toll on his ships. The HDD was severely crippled, hence we by passed him to return later to take him in tow. Most of the Drones had 12 point warheads, a few 18 pointers. The DE was hit in one volley with 72 points on top of prior damage. At this point all I.S.C. ships were building up speed to disengage the battle.One of the NDDs was taking damage, but the DE was blown away, above. The crippled I.S.C. thought he could sneak back toward our line, but to no avail with his speed down to a crawl. Out come for us, no battle damage to our ship, having not been fired upon. I.S.C. is down two ships, and one to dry dock for repairs. At the current rate of loss for the I.S.C., they will be knocked out of the battle unless they sue for peace with one of us. My guess would be the us with our production rate of Drone Cruisers so high.
  2. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting - addendum. I have just returned from making new contacts. I can see quite a few changes to the Port. The ARC-170s, Sabine, E-wings, B-wings, and A-wings have all left the area. Now what is here: Z-95s have returned, the new T-70s are here, and an additional K-wing. Ah the K-wings, never enough ordnance in my humble opinion. By my count we have 60 Fighters and 19 Bombers present. So over all we have the most amassed fire power in this sector… so far. Till the next mission. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  3. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting. We are home finally. There is quite a bit of activity in progress. First spotted are the E-wings. Next are T-65s followed by A-wings. The inbound non-combat traffic is to the Starboard side, which for this base is S.O.P. They maintain separate lanes for traffic control for access to different areas of the base. In the parallel lane is a Mist Hunter followed by a Shuttle. There is a group of A-wings in the outbound lane and another group to the lower left with Sabine’s TIE here for a stop over. Then there are ARC-170s, a long with some K-wings. Y-wings, T-65s, and T-70s bunched up on the apron, also rumored to have more T-70s on the way. Ah, it is good to be back amongst all of this fire power. Also we have a large group of B-wings. We have circled the field and are in the process of settling in next to the large group of A-wings, B-wings, and Z-95s, which appears to be awaiting clearance for lift off for a training (?) exercise. There goes that group spotted on our first pass over the field, heading out. Here we are at our berthing position. Mission over… for now. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  4. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting. We are nearing liftoff time. Just a few in-bounds are clearing area. We will be following a Gozanti Cruiser, in the launch queue. This will be the final leg of my journey. One CR90 is still here, but a C-ROC just moved into our vacated parking zone. There seems to be quite a few YT1300s and Shadow Casters in this sector. Ah, a group of HWK290s. The three HWK290s are prepping for departure also. Last report will be upon arrival at my final destination. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  5. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting. This will be our third stop, the other two being quick outpost deliveries. We are currently deep in the Outer Rim of the Rimma Trade Route. Sorry no specific locations, even though it is a major Port of Call. I see a great deal of activity here. Much commerce in progress, as always happens without the oppressive, tax and tariff, hand of the Empire. Well there are YT1300s, YT2400s, Shadow Casters, HWK290s, Ghosts, Jump Master 5000s, and a pair of Hounds Tooth pulling in. Next, three GR75 Rebel Transports with their escorts and two CR90s. This is what is currently visible, this port being three times larger than we can see at this time. Next report will be upon our departure. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  6. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting. All business transactions have been completed. We are on hold awaiting clearance for departure. The delay, as you see here, appears to not bode well for someone. A VT-49 Decimator, a Raider, and the three Gozanti carriers loaded with a squadron of TIE fighters is in the process of departing the base. We are currently maneuvering to line up in the launch queue. Hopefully their destination is no where near the few Port Calls along our journey, or even my disembarkation point. I will report the out come upon my return. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  7. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting. We are approaching an Empire Customs Port of Entry (ECPoE). Once we have been cleared and any business transactions completed, we will continue on. There will be a few Port Calls along our journey before we reach my disembarkation point. Well while we are landing let us see what Military presence is housed here. It appears there is about a Wing’s worth of fighting craft. Three Gozanti Assault Carriers on the Tarmac, with a squadron of TIEs. Hmmm, must be an important official or Dignitary with an Alpha Class Strike Fighter as escort. TIE Bombers and Defenders. An interesting pair of experimental (?) TIEs. A group of TIE Punishers, Advanced TIEs, and another Lambda Shuttle. TIE Interceptors and, possibly, an Elite group of Bombers and Defenders. Definitely not as strong a presence as at the Scum & Villainy base. We are landing and I will report on our departure. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  8. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting from somewhere in the Distal Reaches. Try as I might, it has been extremely difficult in receiving any audio transmissions. I was adjusting and fine tuning the Randomized Signal Receiver to see if I could expand it to a usable audio signal, but it is quite probable the signal is processed to be received by only those desired. The only thing intelligible was: Outer Rim News Agency, Outer Reaches Branch, the rest of which blanked out. Frequency jumper would explain that effect. We have been confined to the ship for two days now. The plan given is, the ship will be piloted by a base crew to an unspecified location, and then control will be returned to the ship’s crew. The base crew will stay at the port till the ship is two days out, then they will be picked up and returned to their base… The engines are powering up for a liftoff. The Optical Pad is displaying Protectorate Star fighters still patrolling, probably till we are well out of the area. Most of the commercial activity is down to two YT1300 cargo ships. The base is devoid of all activity again, for the moment, with a little distortion from powering up. There is a rather large fighter presence here and my first view of what looks like the C-ROC cruisers. I must shut down the Optical Pad, as covering communication will cease momentarily. Watchman Reporting, Good Day
  9. Watchman

    X-Wing Adventures

    This is a continuation of a thread started in "More X-Wing Fun", covering stories for a start until some new pilots are trained. I gave out "The Force Awakens" to a few guys for Christmas and Birthdays in the hopes of expanding the player base. The group at the local game store seems to have vanished. So continuing... This is the Rebellion News Network (R.N.N.) Watchman reporting from somewhere in the Distal Reaches. We encountered a rather strange cosmic anomaly that has thrown us off course; no one seems to know our present whereabouts. The emergency transmitter has been broadcasting our location since we lost our course lock-on. It has been only forty-five minutes but we have been informed of a locating beacon that has started transmitting a positional fix to home in on. Evidently this is not a standard type beacon, not matching anything on the Galactic Navigational Charts… We are, finally, approaching an uncharted planetary body… We have been instructed to close all view ports before we land. I am placing a Remote Optical Pad on the port that should pass all but the closest detailed external inspection. I plan to activate a Randomized Signal Receiver just before touchdown, and possibly obtain some external video… So, a Military base of some sort: a Gozanti Cruiser taking off (?), and Y-wing bombers. Looks like about two squadrons of Kihraxz fighters landing. Here are two rows of Z-95s, which I am unable to determine how many are present. Looks like a standard type of base construction seen elsewhere. Hmmm, there is no visible activity of any kind currently, which I can pick out, inside the installation. Okay we are going down and swinging around just past the base. We have an interesting development, looks like I am picking up stray video signals close by from someone doing a visual scan of us. They seem to be interested in our weapons mounts. Sorry guys nothing new or special here, same-o, same-o. Could this be a dual function base? I see three Jumpmaster 5000s, an YT1300 and a HWK290. Also an air patrol of Protectorate Star fighters. Okay feed was terminated. I will complete the report when we liftoff. Watchman reporting, Good Day
  10. Watchman

    What makes a good war game ?

    Our Star Fleet Battles run Zocchi, Micro Miniatures, X-Wing, FASA, and Star Trek Attack Wing. As long as it looks close scale wise, we will use it.
  11. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    Remember I did not say we cannot do it. We need to see if we have the ships to do it, as may be necessary to purchase additional ships.
  12. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    True but not currently possible with the nature of this set up. But that is not to say we could not take a breather from our 20+ years war to take on an external independent battle. We will need to take an inventory of available ships for the Hydrans, Lyrans, and Klingons.
  13. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    I recommend checking out the links at the Star Fleet Games web site. There are several links, one of which deals with battle groups, or contact. I am sure they would know of groups or other sources of info.
  14. Watchman

    Sails of Glory

    Interestingly enough, in reading about many different engagements, situations have occurred similar to ours due to the dictates of the wind. Sometimes combatants just sitting in place waiting on the wind.
  15. Watchman

    Sails of Glory

    French vs. Spanish Battle of 20181110 French Ships: Republic Francaise L'Austerlitz Spanish Ships: Santa Ana Heroe We (French Force) got wind of Spaniard ships at anchor in an area we were to patrol. The wind was at our backs out of the North. The Spaniards were setting sail with the wind against them. [This is our third battle, but today we learned a hard lesson about wind and close quarters.] All of us had fairly green crews in terms of sailing. As we entered the bay the Heroe was the first to obtain any headway, but the Santa Ana was having a devil of a time trying to get to us. This left the Heroe taking on two heavy ships alone. L'Austerlitz traded the first shots and sailed on for the Santa Ana. Republic Francaise continued closing on Heroe doing little damage initially as opposed to his broadsides. Heroe was attempting to come about but it caught the head wind and ended up being pushed back in the path of Republic Francaise which resulted in a collision. As this was occurring L'Austerlitz and Santa Ana ended up grounded while unloading broadside after broadside. Republic Francaise was able to fire from the Starboard rear quarter on Santa Ana also. The Republic Francaise and Heroe were able to separate in the meantime, still hammering each other. Republic Francaise eventually ran into the docks and Heroe ended up grounding. The Heroe succumbed soon after which left Santa Ana to face both French ships. Both took quite a bit of damage but Santa Ana could not handle the double pounding. So all ships ended up grounded and it was quite evident why battles mainly happened in open waters. Trying to navigate in close in areas and also fight really puts you to the test of multitasking when your enemy is not just another ship. I am working on an Excel Spread Sheet for the ships I currently own, showing the ships timeline of existence and it’s ultimate out come. I have a tendency to want to know if ships were able to face one another or not.
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