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  1. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    So, the current battle took place on the Romulan/Inter Stellar Concordium border. Map plan is from the Star Fleet Tech Manual and would place the I.S.C. to the right of Gorn and Romulan space. Both Admirals committed tactical errors but the I.S.C. fared the worst. The I.S.C. entered the battle with a 700+ point force facing an 1,100+ Romulan force of five heavy Cruisers and one Dreadnought, whereas the I.S.C. had three Destroyers and one heavy Cruiser and one Dreadnought. The weapon status of the Romulans was level 3, which required the Romulans to charge all heavy weapons for three turns. The I.S.C. took advantage of this fact and raced in reaching an uncomfortably close range the Romulans had not planned for. The Romulans had cloaked before they were too close but then started to de-cloak the three heavy Cruisers to the right. The I.S.C. immediately opened fire on the closest of the three and quickly reduced his shields and his shield reinforcement to the point of the Romulan Captain reversed his de-cloaking. The I.S.C. quickly switched fire to the other two but neglected to concentrate fire and merely reduced their shielding. The critical mistake for the I.S.C. came when he reversed course in front of a, now, fully charged Romulan force that promptly de-cloaked and launched many Plasma Torpedoes that caught up to the retreating I.S.C. The Romulan fire was concentrated on the Dreadnought and a Destroyer. The Destroyer was crippled and had to be towed from the area and the Dreadnought suffered heavily also. The best course of action for the I.S.C. would have been to proceed through the Romulan formation using his superior speed advantage over the Romulans Tactical maneuvers, also dropping mines in front of the Romulans and then behind them after passing through the line. The Romulans would not have been able to respond fast enough to track and fire upon the I.S.C. until well out of effective range. The mine placement may have been sufficient to reduce the force size advantage. As it were the I.S.C. determined the damage suffered, warranted a retirement from the area, the Romulans had avoided having their shields breached.
  2. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    Inter Stellar Concordium (I.S.C.) - Romulan Front Star Date 20180901 I.S.C. Force Romulan Force Command Cruiser K8R Heavy Cruiser x4 Strike Cruiser x2 KWR Heavy Cruiser x3 Escort Cruiser Destroyer Leader x2 X- Destroyer Once again the I.S.C. is finding it quite difficult in being the Galactic Police Force, attempting to stop all wars between all races… with war! They are finding the Romulans a particularly tough nut to crack, as well as the Feds. The Feds are facing that problem with a majority of heavy ship construction going to that front. The I.S.C. front can be covered with many Light Drone Cruisers by over whelming the I.S.C.s defenses and at the same time keep them, and the Romulans guessing what type of Drone is coming at them. The I.S.C. moved towards the left flank to face the three KWRs and open fire with their PPDs, but on one of the K8Rs that closed ranks, doing extensive damage. Once fired, the I.S.C. began a retrograde move to keep their front shields toward the Romulans. Eventually the I.S.C. reversed course again and moved up on the Romulans that decided to go at a snail’s pace. Once again shots were traded, Romulans using Plasma Bolts frequently. The Romulans launched Plasmas, hitting the X-Destroyer, purple based ship, obtaining a critical hit on the Warp Drive. (Battle Damage: Code Red cards) This resulted in it being towed for the rest of the turn and the next. The Romulans broke off to recharge with the I.S.C. in pursuit, but unable to do much of anything due to cloaking. The Romulans eventually rejoined battle, allowing the I.S.C. to close in before unleashing a rather large barrage of various sized Plasmas. This resulted in the Command Cruiser and a Destroyer Leader taking damage in their attempt to break off and almost out run the Plasmas. The I.S.C. retired from the area with three damaged ships and the Romulans, one with critical damage. Since the rules changes, years ago for the Romulans, they have been extremely difficult to combat. Even though we have been performing these battles for over twenty years, eventually the Feds will win due to their economic strength; they will out produce everyone else. Technically the I.S.C. is the second in economic power, but has sustained heavy losses. The I.S.C. can be over come with massed Drone attacks, the Romulans will have to be over whelmed by mass ship attacks. Almost all light ships (Frigates and non-X-ship Destroyers) and Carriers have been withdrawn and moved to the Tholian/Klingon/Kzinti fronts. The Fed Fleet grows stronger every year, planning for a minimum of twelve ships per Squadron, time will tell.
  3. Soooooo, those who read my Armada post may remember a statement I made that went like this: THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE... I think. Well that went out the window when I saw some clearance planes called "Wings of War". The models would look good on my display shelf... that is until I looked up "Wings of War" and then "Wings of Glory" was listed also. Needless to say when I saw the Videos they got me hook-line and sinker. Ah, the Emperor again, for scale comparison. The painting detail is quite impressive. So this is not the half of it. Check out my next posting.
  4. Watchman

    Wings of Glory - WWI

    Retake on the battle. Wings of Glory Western Front 20180721 Rematch Cotton/Betts in an Airco DH.4 vs. a Luftstreitkrafte Albatros C.III Bartlett/Naylor in an Airco DH.4 Meinecke/? In an Albatros C.III In this encounter you will see more activity, especially with guns jamming frequently and a few close encounters. In this battle the allies focused on the Luftstreitkrafte pilot, as once again the axis choose to maintain positions that do not allow for a quick response to another in trouble. A great deal of Dogfighting, and many shots being traded, finally the Luftstreitkrafte taking down Cotton. (Yup, the Husband got the Wife this time.) Bartlett is on his own and can he handle two opponents? He continues to press the attack. He finally moved in behind Meinecke and took him down, but in the mean time the Luftstreitkrafte pilot followed suit and replied in the same manner. Battle out comes is one to one.
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    Wings of Glory - WWI

    Well it has been a month with everyone tied up. Finally we are back at it. Hmmm, changed the Forum I see. Do not like it, but that's me. We go through this at work, our motto is if it is not broke do not fix it. The leadership's motto is, fix it till it is broke, so anyway. Wings of Glory Western Front 20180721 Cotton/Betts in an Airco DH.4 vs. a Luftstreitkrafte Albatros C.III Bartlett/Naylor in an Airco DH.4 Meinecke/? In an Albatros C.III This was a brief encounter, less than a half hour. The allies had a plan of focusing on Meinecke as the axis planes being so divergent, lent to allowing concentration on one at a time, but as you proceed you will see a fortunately placed shot can change everything. Meinecke still flies, with the Luftstreitkrafte Albatros exploding. Now it is only a matter of time for Meinecke, unless he becomes as fortunate as Cotton. (The Wife shot down the Husband… again) There we have it, Meinecke is down.
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    MercNet After Action Report.

    MercNews Report Watchman Reporting Location: XXXXXXXX, Just out side the Galactic Center, Radiation Zone. Coordinates: Bearing: XXXD XXCD XXMD Mark: XXXD XXCD XXMD This is Watchman on location reporting. I am accompanying a green Terran recon platoon. The force consists of an Archer, Falcon, Starhawk VI, and a Talon. The patrol zone was to the south of the --------------- Diamond Processing Facility. They reached the patrol zone that covers a hilly, woods strewn area with a small lake in the center. The zone is on the edge of an area to the south called The Barrens. This area has many declivities and mountains, very inhospitable, and burnt red from some past event. It was about midday, when an unidentified mixed platoon of, either Mercenary or Pirate, which is what my inclination is, was detected coming out of the south, from The Barrens. Their direction of travel looked to be toward the Processing Facility. The Recon Platoon, of the xxxxxxx xxxxxxx, deployed in a crescent moon pattern, forming along a ridge/ woods line, about a ¼ mile from The Barrens. Contact was made when the enemy force was only an 1/8 mile from The Barrens. They were totally unprepared for such a quick encounter, but they retained initiative through most of the battle. It appears the enemy force was equally green, being in a tight group in the center, making no allowance for flank maneuvers. The Terrans had the Falcon and the Archer deployed from the center to the right, on the ridge, but no cover, with the Talon and Starhawk VI grouped in light woods off to the left. The Talon/Starhawk VI section was working around the left flank while the Falcon/Archer section held the center and right flank. The enemy force became recognizable as a Dictator, Duelist, Tyrant, and a Vanquisher. They opened the battle, zeroing in on the exposed Falcon, using their initiative to great effect, the Falcon soon succumbed to the pounding of four enemy CAVs. The Falcon did give out some punishment, but did not survive the onslaught, with the crew punching out early in the battle. The battle was not going well for the Terrans with the enemy having the initiative most of the time. The enemy force was holding to the move-fire-move maneuvers, coming out of the woods, firing, and backing back in again. This was forcing the Terran platoon leader to do some thinking, as the Archer was engaging very little and the Talon/Starhawk VI section moving in an out-of-the-way area with no engagement and not realizing the capability of the Talon. The platoon leader stopped the advance of the Talon/Starhawk VI section, pulled the Starhawk, and sent it across the flat lands just below the location of the Falcon/Archer position. The Starhawk went around the lake and into a path through the woods on the right flank that would take the Starhawk all the way to The Barrens. The Archer, in the meantime moved to the left flank with the Talon, taking sporadic fire just before the move, but suffering no damage, having wisely engaged in a lateral movement behind some light woods. Once the Archer joined up with the Talon, they began to continue the advance up the left flank coming out from behind a ridge to put fire on the enemy, in the process finding out the value of the Talon, also revealing its effectiveness to the enemy. The enemy force began pulling back, refusing its left flank, not knowing where the Starhawk might appear, but distracted from the threat on their right. The Talon/Archer section was able to move right up to the edge of The Barrens seeing the retreating form of the Vanquisher in The Barrens in the area of the declivities and no cover, fortunately for the Vanquisher, the Butcher was on Overwatch and moved to interpose himself to protect the Vanquisher. The next set of events were truly amazing as the ideal shot for both sides presented itself. The Talon/Archer section got off the first shots at a Butcher sitting in the open. Not one hit! The Dictator, with those powerful Gauss Cannons, should have hammered the Archer. Not one hit! Talk about Weapons Officers banging their heads on the walls of their cockpits. The Dictator backed off into the mountains. Back to the Starhawk and his flanking maneuver. He moved to an Over-watch position near the edge of some heavy woods trying to see if the enemy force would expose itself in its retreat, but that did not happen. The Starhawk continued the flank maneuver right into The Barrens into a corridor between some mountains and ended up facing the Tyrant in a hull down position, basically two small ridges between the two. The Starhawk opened up with the Gatlings and riddled the Tyrant, convincing him it was best to depart. The enemy force did leave intact, albeit a bit ventilated. The Terrans lost the Falcon, but drove the enemy off, later recovering the Falcon crew. The Terrans finished out their patrol and returned to rearm, and request a replacement for the Falcon. This is the Watchman reporting from XXXXXXXX, good day.
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    MercNet After Action Report.

    MercNews Report 5 Update 1 Watchman Reporting MercNet HQ, Kaitos (2) I bid you greetings; Since reporting that the unidentified unit looked familiar, I searched the Archives and spotted a match. This appears to be the 11th. CAV. If so they just received a bloody nose from Pirates!!! This will not look good for them. I fully expect retribution will be forthcoming. This is the Watchman reporting, good day.
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    MercNet After Action Report.

    MercNews Report 5 Watchman Reporting MercNet HQ, Kaitos (2) I bid you greetings; We have recently returned to a system between 118 Castor and 160 Fornax, about 15 L.Y. out from 118 Castor. We have a Sky High Observer Drone (SHOD) doing a repeat survey of the fourth plant. We are in an area of small mountain ridge lines, broken ground and an abandoned base of some sort. This area must have had some high usage considering the size of that bridge. We have had reports of the Black Cutlass activity; they most certainly stand out in a crowd... Well we are right on target, based upon the information we received on their occupying a base. We find them moving into the abandoned base. It has been awhile since we last encountered them. It appears to be an oversized, combined arms, company of sixteen CAVs, Armor, and Air assets. No indications of where the rest of them may be deployed. It appears their force consists of a Dictator, Duelist, two Wolf tanks, two Tsuiseki ground attack aircraft, a Ghast, two Starhawk V, Chieftain and Despot tanks, two Rhinos, Gladiator, and two Wights. In a brief scan of the area, a company of an unidentified source is moving from behind a small mountain range to Black Cutlass’s front. The identification is thus; there is a Gnomic, Butcher, Katana, Spider, Regent, two Specters, another Spider, Scorpion, two Sovereign IIIs, and one more Spider. Some of these look rather familiar. I have reported before we are trying to track down the 2nd. ACR, 14th. ACR, and the 11th. ACR. Well, let us see what develops here; a rendezvous or an engagement. The bulk of the opposing force appears to moving through the mountain crossover point unawares of what is on the other side, unless, as I mentioned before, this is a meeting. This would not be a good place to become bottled up in. We have our answer as the force moving out on the low lands has come under fire from the Dictator platoon on the right flank of the base. The Gnomic has sustained several hits with Black Cutlass doing a move-fire-move action. The Gnomic does score some hits but does a tactical retreat to survive. The Katana has moved up to open up on Black Cutlass on the right flank. Shots are being traded. The Gnomic’s comm. set was knocked out, resulting in the Katana not being warned of the concentrated fire power. Black Cutlass had, and maintains initiative, which does not bode well for the Katana. Even though the Katana was in cover and hull down, Black Cutlass did extremely well and eventually KO’d the Katana. The Rhino platoon is moving up to the broken ground area, but highly doubtful they will proceed much further as tight as it is. I would say the best they could do is be a covering force on this flank and keep the opposing side from breaking out of the mountains. On the bridge the Regent has come to a halt. It appears to be in a position to observe the low lands to some extent, but has moved no further. The rest of the platoon is continuing to close up. The other platoon has reversed course and is heading back to support the platoon on the low lands. It has moved in to reinforce the first unit. In the mean time the opposing force is opening up with indirect fire on B.C.s left flank (the dice indicate the initial map coordinates designated for bombardment and in some cases where they ended up impacting.) Ahh, it looks like Black Cutlass is following suit and returning the favor targeting the bridge (I think I will need to determine bridge strength for the possibility of knocking it out.) All in all, little damage was done to either side by the incoming rounds. B.C. came out a little worse overall. B.C. did attempt to send the Ghast up the middle for an attack but he received more than he gave. The battle pretty much bogged down. Neither side was willing to press the issue. B.C. was in the worse position having no support. Our SHOD picked up an encoded transmission from the opposing force and in short order received a reply. Evidently B.C. also picked up on the comm. B.C., probably wisely, decided to pull back, rather than find out if it was a call for reinforcements. B.C. clearly was the victor in this battle, severely damaging the Gnomic and taking out the Katana. Who ever they are were clearly complacent going against a Pirate unit. I bet that does not happen again. This is the Watchman reporting, good day.
  9. Watchman

    Wings of Glory - WWII

    April 28 2nd. Attempt Allies: British Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF - Boyd Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - 610 Squadron Axis: German Messerschmitt Bf.109 K-4 - Hartmann Focke Wolf FW-190 D-9 - 7./JG 26 In this rematch the Brits made a critical mistake with the splitting of their formation. The Beaufighter may have massive fire power but is very limited in maneuverability. I was chasing Hartmann and we dueled until he got in behind my position. At close range his cannon did me in. During this time the Beaufighter took on the 190, hitting it repeatedly then switched targets and went after Hartmann and blew him out of the sky. Now the Beaufighter and the 190 were going at it. It came down to whom would get into position first. It was close but the 190 had the edge by getting in the first shot that gave just enough damage to take down the Beaufighter.
  10. The nice detail of this game is it can be used with just the Aircraft Cards without the miniatures if you need to travel light. So now the WWII game:With all the planes to scale, makes the bombers huge. As I said, there is more to come, stay tuned.
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    Wings of Glory - WWII

    April 28 brief encounter Allies: British Bristol Beaufighter Mk.IF - Boyd Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I - 610 Squadron Axis: German Messerschmitt Bf.109 K-4 - Hartmann Focke Wolf FW-190 D-9 - 7./JG 26 The allies were on a mission to find targets of opportunity. In the mean time a roving patrol spotted the incursion and moved to eliminate the threat. Hartman swung wide, trying to get around the Brits and they were focused on the 190 in a quick and deadly battle with the Beaufighter and the 190 going down. The Spitfire went after Hartmann, who managed to stay out of the fracas. It did not profit him as he ended up in the Spitfire’s gun sights and could not shake him; he went down in flames without firing a shot.
  12. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    Romulan Incursion 6th. Fleet Area of Operations Star Date: 24 March Situational update in case I had not made it clear as to what “Universe” we are functioning in. To start out Star Fleet Battles occurs in the Star Trek: T.O.S. era at a time before the falling out between Mr. Roddenberry and Mr. Joseph (Star Fleet Technical Manual) and his other work that fleshed out the Star Trek Universe. His work is still evident up to Star Trek 6. So Star Fleet Battles uses all the Federation ships Mr. Roddenberry originally approved and later rejected. So I thought it would be a good idea the give a little history as to why there are different story/history lines in existence. I believe the new universe showed its existence in Star Trek VI when the Enterprise went from Earth, to Klingon, and then to Romulan Space. A physical impossibility in the original universe, as it would take about 90 years at Warp 6 to get to the Klingon capital, and possibly that long to get to Romulan Space, unless Worm Hole travel is being utilized. Space in our own local area is quite immense. With current “visible” technology, I believe it would take about 70,000 years to get to our closest neighbor. So… on to the battle. A quite sizable Romulan force showed up on long range scan so we had time to have all weapons charged and ready to go. Our force consisted of four Drone Heavy Cruisers (CADR+) and three X-Heavy Cruisers (XCX). We faced two Condor-H Heavy Dreadnoughts (CNH), a Firehawk-N Heavy Cruiser (FH-N), a Klingon Type New Heavy Cruiser (KWR), two King Eagle Heavy Cruisers (KE), and a Klingon Type New Heavy Scout (KWS). The visual record starts at the point the Romulans started to de-cloak, while advancing across a broad front, and the Drone Cruisers launched the first volley of Drones at seven per ship. The X-Cruisers are prepared to fire their Photon Torpedoes. The main Romulan heavies begin to veer off seeing the approaching Drones heading for them and facing twelve Photon Torpedoes, mean while the Drone Cruisers maintain a safe distance. The Drone Cruisers are maneuvering to remain in the vicinity of the main heavies, also the x-ships now light up one of the Dreadnoughts on an un-reinforced shields. Unfortunately the shields are quite heavy for the Romulans and beyond effective range, (eight hexes) the Photon Torpedoes stand a better chance of hitting using them in the Proximity mode (half strength). Here are some close up shots from a Photo Recon Probe. The heavies continue to pull off with the rest of the other heavies providing a screen. While this was going on two of the Drone Cruisers were sent on a mission to destroy the Scout setting way back. This would be a potential error, not sure if it would have been better to send two X-ships instead. The Romulan screen was maintained to keep the X-ships from getting to the main heavies as the X-ships have a ten hex range advantage over normal Photon Torpedoes. The Drone Cruisers continue to close in on the Scout. This is the point the Feds made a critical mistake by launching Drones at the main heavies thinking to distract them with little effect. They should have held them to use against the Scout. The Scout survived the concentrated Phaser fire and for our efforts both Cruisers ended up in a bad position, even though we were traveling at a very high speed. We launched another volley of Drones, but at this range the Romulans bolted (direct fire mode for Plasmas) their R- and S-type Torpedoes with devastating effect. Our shields on that side had pretty much been rendered useless. As we retreated we split up to try to keep the strongest shields toward the enemy. Our skirmish line reacted a little too slowly in distracting their screening line, once they started to maneuver to head off the two Drone Cruisers. One Cruiser on our right flank succumbed to concentrated direct fire on areas of downed shields. We launched Drones from their front and rear, as well as the Photons were utilized. The second Cruiser passed through their screen but it also went down to concentrated fire and Plasma-Fs. The Romulans broke off the attack with their backs to us, while the rest of our ships closing in. The one action the Romulans learned long ago to not let happen, is let the Feds get to point blank range while they are Cloaked. An attack at that range, even without a lock-on can be very devastating with combined Phaser and Photon fire. Over all the Romulans won with two ships with light damage, while we lost two ships. It is time for more reinforcements in this Sector.
  13. Watchman

    Sails of Glory

    Okay, we tried out this game yesterday. A good many pieces, but most are not used for the basic game. I find this game requires a greater deal of attention to plotting your moves vs. the Wings games or Star Fleet Battles, as you do not quite end up where you think you should.Here is a shot toward the end of this first battle, I in the top position trying to avoid any further engagements being thoroughly blasted. My Ally (my buddies wife) is in the lower position also heavily damaged but did greater damage to enemies heavy ship. The husband, on the other hand managed to skirt most of the battle after damaging my ship. We brought this to his attention, but you know, it was the wind's fault. I ended up limping off toward the upper left (NW), and my buddy's wife sailed into a port, also to the NW effectively ending the battle. Damage wise they came out ahead, due to wind problems. Once we get the hang of this one, I will post more battle pictures. I have not been able to find any other Sea Mats, so I used two WoG Coastal Mats.
  14. Watchman

    Sails of Glory

    Here is the third part of the Glory series. So, is this the absolute end?! Wellllllll...Even though the ships look quite different in size, they are all to the same scale.Three new (to me) games to try out on my unsuspecting Star Fleet Battles group. Reports will be posted.
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    Wings of Glory - WWII

    I was in a JoAnn Fabrics store just looking around to see what they had that may be useful, such as tools, building materials, storage cases, whatever. I found these cases and thought I would give them a try with the Wings of Glory games for the various tokens the game comes with.
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    Wings of Glory - WWI

    I was in a JoAnn Fabrics store just looking around to see what they had that may be useful, such as tools, building materials, storage cases, whatever. I found these cases and thought I would give them a try with the Wings of Glory games for the various tokens the games comes with.
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    Wings of Glory - WWII

    So, I watched a video for making smoke/fire markers and decided to give it a try.White smoke, black smoke, fire and black smoke, and fire. Most of these are overly large so I will just shred them in half or more. The white ones are closest to what looks good.These were created from the small cotton batts found in some vitamin bottles. I have quite a few of these so I will keep a bunch with all three Ares Games. I think will work out with the Sails of Glory game.
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    Wings of Glory - WWI

    We did an experiment by putting the fire/jam markers on the bases instead of the flight card, so as to be reminded of our situation in the heat of battle. It turned out to be the better of the two options, so as to keep us on our toes in maneuvering, based upon what we could and could not do.
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    Wings of Glory - WWI

    Eastern Front 3 January, 2018 Austria-Hungary Air Force UFAGC.I (161-138th.) German Air Force Hannover CL.IIIA (Hager/Weber) Soviet Air Force Sopwith Snipe (Sapozhnikov) Royal Air Force Airco DH 4 (Cotton/Betts) Photo Recon Mission : British training mission for/with the Soviet Air Force. We (Axis) are on Combat Air Patrol (CAP) in an area near the Germany border of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire when we spotted the Allied approach crossing the river. We maneuvered to each take on an enemy aircraft. We flew by trading shots but the allies kept going not attempting to engage. We swung around to our left to try to reengage from their right flank. The Soviet pilot broke off to engage us again trading shots. Hager continued on to go after the DH 4 with the Austrian going to dogfight the Soviet. The Soviet guns jammed shooting at Hager. The Austrian guns jammed shooting the Soviet. Hager caught fire from the encounter with the DH 4’s tail gunner. Fortunately the DH 4 turned and put Hager in a weapons blind spot. Meanwhile the Austrian’s tail gunner was able to continue to take shots at the Soviet plane. Hager, on the other hand, was able to shoot at the Airco, with guns jamming in the process, also ending up in the crosshairs of the DH 4 and nearly colliding. The Soviet was out of the fight for a time trying to come around. The Austrian finally cleared his guns to take on the Airco, while the Airco’s and Hager’s tail gunners traded shots. Hager’s fire was almost out, but the Airco caught fire from the Austrian guns. Both Axis planes ended up swinging to the left but the Airco went right so the Soviet plane became primary focus of the Axis. With much maneuvering and trading shots the Airco eventually came around. The Axis ended up in some bad positions and needed to do some aggressive maneuvers to try and maintain distance and keep the tail gunner in the correct firing arc. The Axis did manage to evade most of the Allied shots as did the Allies. The Allies were able to cross back over the river, having obtained their photos and escape. The Cross markers on the mats represented possible photo targets.
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    Wings of Glory - WWII

    Southwestern Pacific Kokutai 601st. Today’s Combat Air Patrol (C.A.P.) mission is over several islands in the Solomon’s Chain. I was flying a Yokosuka D4Y3 Suisei, armed with the standard machine guns and 2- 250 lb. bombs. It was late morning when I spotted a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (Pilot: Raymond) approaching, probably looking for targets of opportunity, beginning to maneuver for an attack run. Knowing I was far out gunned I opted for evasive maneuvers. This action kept him off guard but continually put him in my rear firing arc, I was hitting him but he was never able to get into a firing position. The battle did not last long as I had a very fortunate shot which caused him to explode and go down in flames. The Tail Gunner kept us alive this day, as the American planes continue to out pace us in quality and durability.
  21. Watchman

    3D Terrain Boards

    Finally getting around to Project 18 again. Started the base and level 1.While gathering tools and such, I noticed two empty Suet containers that looked like they could be, say, Command Bunkers.Once they are painted I will make the end look like a door. I also was opening a pack of face masks and I could see some type of Storage Bunkers once the octagon shape was cut out.
  22. I mentioned this project in: CAV Non-commissioned job in the Show Off section. I had prints made of these map boards: I am using this Hot Wire Foam Factory cutting unit to cut up the foam insulation sheets. I have cut up the first of many prints, but next time I will do it in a progression rather than all at once. I found it would be much easier to cut out the largest level first as a pattern to mark the foam. Then the next level, mark the foam and so on. Here the Level2 water is on the table directly, the Level1 water is on 1" of foam (2 sheets of 1/2"). The transition from 2 to 1 is a full level. Now you will see not all of the Level1 pieces are glued down. These will be the gradual transition levels from ground to Level1, so they will be 1/2" above actual Level1 water. So you can see there is a slope at some points to entering the water to Level1 but a drop off to Level2. So in this picture you can better see all the green areas will be covered with the next layer of foam and the loose Level1 water will be glued to that. As well as here. It is obvious this is my first attempt at free hand cutting with the Hot Wire cutter. It will take some practice to gauge the cuts to avoid running into the back stop. Also you need to stop before the point you want to reach at an intersection or a turn as there is a small amount of flex to the cutting wire so it catches up when you stop. At this point there will be a bridge constructed to support CAVs crossing the bridge. Also the bridge is on an upper level so all CAVs will be able to pass under the bridge with no problem. So much more to follow. Anyone with suggestions or pointers speak out as this is my first attempt at terrain features instead of a flat battlefield.
  23. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    We will use what ever ships we can find that will be close enough in scale and will fit a role we cannot find ships we need.
  24. Watchman

    Star Fleet Battles

    20 January 2018 I.S.C. incursion in the 5th. Fleet area of the Federation Front. The I.S.C. force consists of: DNM x 2 (Heavy Dreadnoughts) HDDX (Heavy X-Destroyer) NDD (New Destroyer) HDD w/FSF x 2 (Heavy Destroyers w/ 2 fighters each) DE (Destroyer Escort) The Federation force consists of: NCD x 3 (New Drone Light Cruisers) NEC x 2 (New Escort Light Cruisers) NCL (New Light Cruiser) Tug w/ Repair Pod The I.S.C. is about to find out they chose the wrong zone to attack. The Feds opened up with a volley of Drones as soon as the I.S.C. enters their range limit. The Drones have a high closure rate, just as the Plasmas but they do not diminish in strength due to range traveled. The response was to launch Plasma-Ds for Drone defense. Unfortunately for him we carry far more Drones than he has Plasma-Ds. Not to mention the Tug's Repair Pod has a lot of cargo space with many Drone reloads. Every Turn we launch Drones, sending 32 Drones at him each round. I launch a variety of Drones to keep him from knowing how much fire power he needs to destroy a Drone. The armor on the Drones varies from 6 points of damage to 10 points of damage. The warhead strength varies accordingly from 24 points to 10 points. Once in a great while I will launch a Slug Drone at him that is all armor and no warhead that takes 14 points to destroy. Needless to say by not using Tactical Intelligence, I keep him guessing and wasting fire power trying to destroy the Drones. In this last case he did put the Drones under a tractor Beam. On the right you can see the Plasma-Ds being launched. I am continuing to launch Drones to keep him from using most of his fire power against my ships. These three have the heavy B launchers that can launch for 6 turns in a row, the rest of the ships have 4 round launchers. He is tending to drift toward my right flank as there are fewer launchers. The sole NCL had 1 launcher but 4 Photon Torpedo launchers. While the 3 NCDs continue to over whelm the I.S.C. defenses, he is now in a close enough range to open up with his PPDs, a deadly weapon that has up to 4 impulses of damage against 3 shields at a time,if he hits... and he does against the NCL and one of the NECs NEC on the left was hit hard. At this point the right flank is giving up space to gain distance but with the 3 NCDs coming up behind, forces him to break off to gain distance. In the upper photo 2 of his destroyers were hit, one receiving heavy damage. Here you can see one less Destroyer , that received over 100 points in one strike alone. He is pulling back at very high speed to recharge his PPDs and be able to come around and face us again in a reformed formation. We are continuing the pursuit and launching more Drones. He has tractored more Drones and more coming up his right flank. He destroyed the tractored Drones and has come about toward the right flank. Evidently he wants to attack that flank before the NCDs get too close. They continue to launch. At this point he did another PPD attack, the NCL (top of photo) just received a hammering just after this photo, as he moved in front of the damaged NEC (middle ship). After this attack he retired from the field with another destroyer taking Drone damage with his Plasma-Ds depleted and needing to recharge and reload. Results: I.S.C. lost one and one damaged Feds have two damaged Historical note: In prior battles against the Kzintis, the I.S.C. suffered severe losses to massed Drone attacks. Needless to say he gets quite up tight when mass Drone launches occur, which is good for me as the I.S.C. can be deadly if allowed to focus on just taking out ships while getting close.
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    Wings of Glory - WWII

    20 January, 2018: Pacific Battle An Australian Bristol Beaufighter MK.IF supporting an USN Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless were on a mission to bomb a plant on a Japanese held Island. The video recon plane arrived late and so captured the battle in progress. The Allies encountered two Nakajima KI-84 Hayate on C.A.P. (Combat Air Patrol). One from the 52 Sendai and the other was piloted by Fujimoto. The Beaufighter has immense fire power but it has difficulty maneuvering. It could not maintain formation when the KI-84s moved in. My primary function was to get the bombs on target so I fought minimally concentrating on lining up with the target, which is visible in the third and fifth photo just to the right of the Beaufighter. I elected to drop just the 2- 250lb. bombs being my first bombing sortie. They did hit the target but I would have to come around to drop the 500lb. bomb. In the mean time the Beaufighter was attempting to get back into the fight but it does not have a good turn radius. I on the other hand had to contend with both fighters and the damage was mounting quickly. I was hitting both planes especially the 52 Sendai plane. In photo eight we hit the limit and went down. The Beaufighter finally returned to the fight and downed the 52 Sendai (Her Husband- pay back) but Fujimoto got the jump on the Aussie and took her down. Rather interesting how Fujimoto skirted most of the action, jumping in at critical moments.
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