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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.  DSCI0001.thumb.JPG.22c2336d9a50cf96528a6990dd4c4b7a.JPGLooks like about two squadrons of Kihraxz fighters landing.DSCI0002.thumb.JPG.d7c9fee9e98e82375c8c2c1b5fcc2f34.JPGDSCI0003.thumb.JPG.52b47db65769aa05d0e07df4cc0552bc.JPGDSCI0004.thumb.JPG.537131b536a8cb8919100a1f856f404f.JPG DSCI0006.thumb.JPG.3d3d87c1c130d46c3d938691f8b90842.JPG Here are two rows of Z-95s, which I am unable to determine how many are present.DSCI0005.thumb.JPG.76f16a89852ee90cdf2ce77cfb3e9b7d.JPG 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. DSCI0007.thumb.JPG.f53e2158853ca1e79610952161285790.JPGDSCI0008.thumb.JPG.3bc89eccfa8d76932c8daf543b04e178.JPGDSCI0009.thumb.JPG.f4fc9cb4829e5616279bee9d1d49a258.JPG 

            Okay we are going down and swinging around just past the base. DSCI0012.thumb.JPG.25661c4fb4cafeef89e70bd586d76f06.JPGDSCI0014.thumb.JPG.49d2527438bae379c72e8bc98980b246.JPGDSCI0017.thumb.JPG.307ef1b9a49f9175ae0eb292638ceb6c.JPGDSCI0018.thumb.JPG.e10fbdb4e92f4eb3a6953e4139ea379c.JPG          

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.DSCI0019.thumb.JPG.d7ec64c74ac53ea18c95f192d87ffb6e.JPGDSCI0023.thumb.JPG.d0d28c0b4a01d71a24998b3d7c111604.JPGDSCI0024.thumb.JPG.53f486515a1967410b812f26c8eee175.JPG

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.DSCI0025.thumb.JPG.fce37d76abd85685ac91ae3e567c1605.JPG Okay feed was terminated.

            I will complete the report when we liftoff.

 

Watchman reporting,

Good Day

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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.DSCI0026.thumb.JPG.f00c9d3e115d4f9db6dbdffd9dd8c15e.JPGDSCI0027.thumb.JPG.8c1dd6908f2ec4e62138b3f6f5176b42.JPGDSCI0028.thumb.JPG.8d44407558e6f196c4191b0a03129e67.JPGDSCI0029.thumb.JPG.be604a5ce80793a1a5bfe2c3ce26c2bf.JPG  Most of the commercial activity is down to two YT1300 cargo ships.DSCI0030.thumb.JPG.76003f220671f77201015beb7a686ab2.JPG The base is devoid of all activity again, for the moment,DSCI0031.thumb.JPG.4eebfddd6f45139ee4986c85706c3883.JPG with a little distortion from powering up. There is a rather large fighter presence hereDSCI0032.thumb.JPG.22e7ab6c0d1a79e159ddb5911a615927.JPG and my first view of what looks like the C-ROC cruisers.DSCI0033.thumb.JPG.e223eb04f153ac4d317fa8c9ec5da907.JPG  I must shut down the Optical Pad, as covering communication will cease momentarily. 

 

Watchman Reporting,
Good Day   

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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.DSCI0001.thumb.JPG.2f200b1c3157f32a02c88a0b39eefa70.JPG

Three Gozanti Assault Carriers on the Tarmac, with a squadron of TIEs. DSCI0001a.thumb.JPG.44ec1b2275d999347d7e8e5ab346ba90.JPG 

Hmmm, must be an important official or Dignitary with an Alpha Class Strike Fighter as escort.DSCI0002a.thumb.JPG.78db5e330fde0665ce9cebe449e9471d.JPG

TIE Bombers and Defenders.DSCI0003.thumb.JPG.282c966e4468d1fcaebae9c11b5dd80c.JPG

An interesting pair of experimental (?) TIEs.DSCI0004.thumb.JPG.9a3b2e5479ef5ca8967b8e1aceb53815.JPG 

A group of TIE Punishers, Advanced TIEs, and another Lambda Shuttle.DSCI0004a.thumb.JPG.5d8adb9b5d29d77a8438c35f72bffe6e.JPG

TIE Interceptors and, possibly, an Elite group of Bombers and Defenders.DSCI0007.thumb.JPG.65fa397ed9843c1b9f895c9e84b1ecee.JPGDSCI0008.thumb.JPG.ab69f479f97b848dd2c1342761832f75.JPG 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

 

 

 

 

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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.DSCI0001b.thumb.JPG.a65107cf9f1edc138d9b5526596d241d.JPGDSCI0002b.thumb.JPG.d579f34dd851e76200ffb4b9049f7826.JPGDSCI0003b.thumb.JPG.29772cf27a1a20bceb10c2af843289ba.JPGDSCI0004b.thumb.JPG.4e1eebdaec1df28238c5db61d7d67988.JPG 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.DSCI0005b.thumb.JPG.66579d89dea1634ef5350f4fd931d406.JPGDSCI0006b.thumb.JPG.fac724a76aff7f3935c2226117eacfbb.JPGDSCI0007b.thumb.JPG.02616ddb6a5fde0d2704f33561b7d72c.JPG 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
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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.
DSCI0001.thumb.JPG.6b9b02e68716d22d50d24b6cc7282a11.JPGDSCI0002a.thumb.JPG.3a9ebc9a74614901409c9401d69c9e7c.JPGDSCI0003.thumb.JPG.529669d81437c657173cbfb58e7f50e8.JPG Well there are YT1300s, YT2400s, Shadow Casters, HWK290s, Ghosts, Jump Master 5000s, and a pair of Hounds Tooth pulling in.DSCI0005.thumb.JPG.4ddc24a4ea1139746ff4da7d5fb721ab.JPGDSCI0006.thumb.JPG.707af976a7bb22617b11b1d902cf5cf4.JPGDSCI0011.thumb.JPG.6e820919ebd2b00340dc601930eee39c.JPGDSCI0012.thumb.JPG.4837731b0fd112956e3024309dd56a4c.JPGDSCI0013.thumb.JPG.1ab6cd5e25d42fade3b2a3c56d492f89.JPG  Next, three GR75 Rebel Transports with their escorts and two CR90s.DSCI0007.thumb.JPG.41fb8d013d4793e1e7fd97d4bd5d681a.JPGDSCI0008.thumb.JPG.b174f5c7a00f9444c927e918db8b2133.JPGDSCI0014.thumb.JPG.90b7f4a0d58aa96917a8935ff51a87ea.JPGDSCI0015.thumb.JPG.f37fd0fdea910041eb64e4b32920e555.JPGDSCI0016.thumb.JPG.066e02656f481fe0f93ea7e73ba63c3a.JPG 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
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Watchman reporting.

 

            We are nearing liftoff time.DSCI0017.thumb.JPG.14dd6edcdae341d2d3d15861672f7d93.JPG  Just a few in-bounds are clearing area.DSCI0018.thumb.JPG.f6930a74a444683158f797482f69381c.JPG We will be following a Gozanti Cruiser, in the launch queue.DSCI0019.thumb.JPG.f8fa37de27e608dac95288e13001a6d8.JPG 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.DSCI0020.thumb.JPG.7aea0ca2822f37f65f80664d7473bd98.JPGDSCI0021.thumb.JPG.f03bcea0aaaeaef71c68c0305d12ef2b.JPG  There seems to be quite a few YT1300s and Shadow Casters in this sector.DSCI0022.thumb.JPG.b369f89fa90870466d40dfbf65cdb071.JPG Ah, a group of HWK290s.DSCI0023.thumb.JPG.45d6e513cdfac417ce79cb86136cee9b.JPG The three HWK290s are prepping for departure also.DSCI0024.thumb.JPG.8b5e6e88b469452f2800f5584d38bf55.JPG  Last report will be upon arrival at my final destination.

 

Watchman reporting,
Good Day
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Watchman reporting.

 

            We are home finally.  There is quite a bit of activity in progress. First spotted are the E-wings.DSCI0026.thumb.JPG.d5c652bca6abbdf079075ade8e333e5c.JPG Next are T-65s followed by A-wings.DSCI0027.thumb.JPG.cbeed4a659e4cbd64f6a010fce61f54f.JPG 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.DSCI0028.thumb.JPG.3851f8753e7f0fd25e9ba391362e1aec.JPGDSCI0029.thumb.JPG.745cc790ffb95e66e33a804216ae7db1.JPG   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.DSCI0030.thumb.JPG.5033ec5f0338a1abcdbe6380b51d82de.JPG  Y-wings, T-65s, and T-70s bunched up on the apron, also rumored to have more T-70s on the way.DSCI0032.thumb.JPG.9fcbba4f52a5f2b3c081775ba2bc0f87.JPGDSCI0033.thumb.JPG.1e55f73b8e4fdb79d6b1999213aaf519.JPG  Ah, it is good to be back amongst all of this fire power.  Also we have a large group of B-wings.DSCI0036.thumb.JPG.1d28dc82e6fd60aae829cf5cadf78b73.JPGDSCI0037.thumb.JPG.92e5317baff9650028608fb03f1a919c.JPG  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.DSCI0038.thumb.JPG.45d49fe7c133fe8f5fecba8a3c6f9d51.JPGDSCI0039.thumb.JPG.4f368f114345f28ef1472e2a6722858c.JPG DSCI0040.thumb.JPG.456bda9fad505d7d93a96d158ac95c9b.JPGThere goes that group spotted on our first pass over the field, heading out.DSCI0041.thumb.JPG.742060a531dcf117dc0af81a705d9b1f.JPG   Here we are at our berthing position.DSCI0042.thumb.JPG.67b434a852b361aba79b7147df5ff0a1.JPG  Mission over… for now.

Watchman reporting,
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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:DSCI0043.thumb.JPG.0a3f10c39a8f4c94e6e35893e2fe607b.JPG Z-95s have returned, the new T-70s are here, and an additional K-wing.DSCI0045.thumb.JPG.86a210f3ca40869d512373da1382e033.JPG  Ah the K-wings, never enough ordnance in my humble opinion.DSCI0048.thumb.JPG.970ccf3ea6b9a221a3a030b7707b270f.JPG By my count we have 60 Fighters and 19 Bombers present.DSCI0046.thumb.JPG.5f297834078a3868a9df1c24ee86d73c.JPG  So over all we have the most amassed fire power in this sectorDSCI0047.thumb.JPG.c1c7711d680d4f7042c6e57139f304aa.JPG… so far. Till the next mission.

 

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      However, for those interested I'll be regularly sharing bits and pieces of the universe, and also sharing some of the basics in the Facebook Group for WHISPER:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/174693989369987/
    • By Dan d'Lyon
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/firelockgames/oak-and-iron?ref=profile_starred
       

      “The enemy fleet brings its guns to bear as your captains await your command. Yet you hold your course even as fear threatens to test your mettle. You know the broadside you are poised to receive will be returned in kind, and with a single cunning maneuver your fleet will gain the weather gauge. The wooden behemoths creak and groan as the wind pushes them into position. With one sharp word the sky blackens with the smoke of canon fire. The battle begins!”   
       

       
      Oak & Iron is a 1/600th scale naval game set in the age of piracy, imperial expansion, and above all - fighting sail. It allows players to recreate battles between squadrons and small fleets of armed sailing ships. The game is designed to be true to the theme and tactics of the period while supplying significant flavor for the various factions. Players of Oak & Iron can expect to find all the usual design hallmarks fans of Firelock Games have come to know and love:  innovative rules, historical integrity, and beautiful models. 
      The starting point for the game is the Oak & Iron: Core Box below.  We have included everything that you will need to play right out of this box, including six starting factions and a large amount of customization options for your squadrons and individual ships. We have done our best to add as much stuff to the Core Box as we could, but larger orders with manufacturers means less cost. A savings which we in-turn pass on to our backers through stretch goals. With this Kickstarter, our hope is to add an even greater value to the Core Box over the course of this campaign and launch a game that we will support with new releases for years to come. 
       

    • By NomadZeke
      [MOD]Please use the full SKU and name of Reaper minis in the titles of your Show Off threads, per forum guidelines. You can find this information on the blister card or in the online store. I also like to give credit to the sculptor in a tag, so people can find their favorites.
       
      We have a high volume of posts generated from this challenge, which is great! But it's also creating a lot of work for the mods. Ladystorm has already urged folks to comply with these guidelines.[/MOD]
       
      As an experiment, this project has been moved to be a bi-monthly challenge last year, that seemed to have worked so until further notice that is our format. The longer time frame theoretically will give less stress to painting, and allow more complex jobs, and more sinister challenges.
       
      FAQ
      Reaper only? - No.
      If going on vacation, can I paint a mini(s) ahead to cover that time frame? - Yes.
      Are speed paints acceptable - Yes.
      Can it be a mini started previously? - Yes.
      Based or unbased? - Yes.
      Do minis for exchanges count? - Yes.
       
      NEW RULE - Size Equivilancy
      (This list is subject to change as bones 3 releases)
      Medium and smaller = 1 ea
      Simple Terrain (plain floors, walls) = 1ea
      Complex Terrain (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/Terrain/latest/03518 or such) = 2 ea
      Large (Giants and the like) = 2 ea
      Huge (Most dragons, Demon Minotaur Lord, etc) = 3 ea
      Bigger (Kally, Khanjirra, etc) = half of quota – rounded up
      Colossal ("Tianot,") = quota
       
      Due to the variable nature of a CAV I compare them against a generic 28mm figure and the Avatar large figure. I take height and bulk into considering if it is worth 1 or 2 figures.
      If it's not in this list, it counts as 1.
       
       
      If you have a question on the size, please post it here, and I'll address them individually.
       
      Much like last year, the idea is to help those of us that normally paint VERY little, to start painting more.
       
      You challenge begins...now!
       
      And Our Mantra:
       
       
      Participants:
      If your name is missing, or you believe your count is incorrect, please PM me. Please note: to make counts easier, you must post in the bi-monthly thread.
       
       
      The objective:
      To paint 52+ minis throughout the course of the year via bi-monthly quota
      (each bi-monthly thread will have the quota listed as well as the master list)
       
      What qualifies:
      Darn near anything!
      Reaper/non-reaper!
      Any material!
      Shelf of shame minis from ages long forgotten!
      Exchange minis!
      Speed paints!
      Armies! (Though I'd encourage perhaps something outside the army as well)
      Any Size!
      Based/unbased!
      Etc! (I think that covers everything)
       
      Jan/Feb: 8: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/78658-janfeb-rpchallenge/
      March/April: 9: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/79997-marchapril-rpchallenge/
      May/June: 9 Oops.
      July/August: 9:
      Sept/Oct: 8:
      Nov/Dec: 9: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/82946-end-of-year-rpchallenge-oct-nov-dec/
       
      Again, I request that when tagging your posts, please use "RPChallenge" to help with locating minis from this.
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