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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)
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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 PodDSCI0001.thumb.JPG.a9c61db62c48562d9103e0b13327883a.JPG

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.

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The Drones have a high closure rate, just as the Plasmas but they do not diminish in strength due to range traveled.DSCI0006.thumb.JPG.a887348c9d304e629307f088ed37ef38.JPG

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.  DSCI0008.thumb.JPG.da9660858d35257cc3ab0510801e43ba.JPGDSCI0009.thumb.JPG.1cc421baaadca5eab1be4eecd0e1f5b7.JPG

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.DSCI0011.thumb.JPG.65fed05137614b548166667c77d8754f.JPGDSCI0013.thumb.JPG.3e54c5fe13df65ada23271b175fca17d.JPG

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.DSCI0014.thumb.JPG.8bb63042de186e58b117c469c16f253e.JPGDSCI0015.thumb.JPG.b06d2a785b655837bcf841364e28336d.JPG

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.DSCI0017.thumb.JPG.c004710e7b4199d6020c58cc21910b3a.JPG

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 NECsDSCI0021.thumb.JPG.1fa0cd3a5121bb618e8aa01a2248bd6e.JPGDSCI0022.thumb.JPG.d1cb5361a3938e268473fcc3e4692b44.JPG

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.DSCI0023.thumb.JPG.ba74dacf9442ef833f9a0961daa6b052.JPGDSCI0024.thumb.JPG.a64793f6d74159b5d61843d22adda803.JPGDSCI0026.thumb.JPG.78ecde7270d42717f4effab57b1ba65b.JPG

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.

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He has tractored more Drones and more coming up his right flank.DSCI0029.thumb.JPG.c15c8df33aa4088611deb1faa68ebba8.JPG

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.

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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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I like how there are a couple Star Wars Z95 Headhunters.

 

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1 hour ago, Clearman said:

I like how there are a couple Star Wars Z95 Headhunters.

 

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.

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20 minutes ago, Watchman said:

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.

 

I here ya.  It's been decades since I last played SFB, but any time we could use miniatures the better.  Always hated managing stacks of the die-cut counters, especially if I was Klingon or Kizinti.

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