Good morning friends and gamers! Having just finished up my new Galactic Empire models this week I asked Adam if he wanted to come down for a game on Friday. As I had also finished up another batch of commissioned Starfleet models for him we elected to field a game of all new models. It was our hope that this would mitigate the 'curse of the new model' that all of us gamers are familiar with. As it turned out the gaming gods simply picked a side.
The Imperial force that I fielded was comprised of the following:
HIMS Peremptory - Vindicator Class Heavy Cruiser (carrying a full tie fighter wing)
HIMS Thunder - Broadside Class Heavy Cruiser
HIMS Eternal - Arquitens Class Corvette
HIMS Helldiver - Arquitens Class Corvette
HIMS Reaver - Arquitens Class Corvette
HIMS Venom - Arquitens Class Corvette
HIMS 13655-A - Gozanti Class Corvette (carrying a flight of tie fighters)
HIMS 13655-B - Gozanti Class Corvette (carrying a flight of tie fighters)
HIMS 13655-C - Gozanti Class Corvette (carrying a flight of tie fighters)
HIMS 13655-D - Gozanti Class Corvette (carrying a flight of tie fighters)
HIMS 7854-A - IPV-1 Class Corvette
HIMS 7854-B - IPV-1 Class Corvette
HIMS 7854-C - IPV-1 Class Corvette
HIMS 7854-D - IPV-1 Class Corvette
I intend to write up a post detailing these new miniatures this weekend. You will note that I have adopted a convention of naming the truly small Imperial vessels with a number and letter code. I feel this is sufficiently inhuman and bureaucratic for the Empire.
The Starfleet force that Adam fielded was comprised of the following:
USS Caelian - Vesta Class Explorer
USS Erasmus - Luna Class Light Explorer
USS Calliope - Defiant Class Destroyer
USS Polyhymnia - Defiant Class Destroyer
USS Terpsichore - Defiant Class Destroyer
Adam explained that he had imagined this force as a pair of science vessels investigating a wormhole like effect with a squadron of escort vessels assigned to them for defence should the worst happen. Little did they know that the wormhole lead to an outer rim system in the Galactic Empire.
At this point the Imperials had guessed that the Starfleet commander would tactically jump his ships across the table to get out of the front arc of the Imperial heavy cruiser. When the Starfleet ships jumped, however, they jumped off the table in a strategic jump with the intention of jumping back in somewhere else on the table.
The Imperial ships loitered for a short while regenerating their damaged shields, as presumably the Starfleet ships were also doing a light minute away. Suddenly the sensor officer on the Imperial command ship reported a strange energy reading to aft-starboard. The Imperial ships rushed to come about with fighter groups converging on the expected entrance point. Most importantly the HIMS Thunder (Broadside Class Heavy Cruiser) was in position to unleash its missiles at the soon to be present Starfleet ships.
The Starfleet ships were in an impossible situation; Adam chose to pour all his fire into two unfortunate IPV-1s. When I asked him why he put far more firepower than was necessary into these inoffensive little ships he responded "I'm gonna get some @%#ing models off the table before I die". With little effort he did just that.
With the Starfleet ships having finished their disproportionate attack on the corvettes the starfighters had their chance. The USS Calliope (Defiant Class Destroyer) was on the receiving end of 12 Tie Fighters, 12 Tie Interceptors, and 16 XG-1 Star-Wings. The numerous laser cannons and ion cannons of this strike group just barely brought the "little ship's" port shields down in time for proton torpedoes from the Star-Wings to slam home. The ablative armour did absorb much of the damage but not enough. Bag one Defiant.
Any crew member looking out a starboard window of the USS Caelian (Vesta Class Explorer) would have seen 16 Tie Fighters and 12 Tie Bombers swarming the ship like gnats. This swarm purposely attacked the weakest shield arc on the Science Vessel, bringing them down in short order allowing the proton torpedoes of the Tie Bombers to strike home. As the Imperial fighters broke off the Caelian was a drifting hulk.
As if to add insult to injury a full barrage of 34 concussion missiles closed in on the rear of the USS Terpsichore (Defiant Class Destroyer) tearing down her aft shields and putting a few dents in her hull. Adam now surveyed his fleet; two Defiants with at least one shield arc depleted each, surrounded by Imperial ships, and Imperial fighters chasing them down. Begrudgingly, the Starfleet ships warped out of the system.
Adam and I moved to a debrief and discussed the relative strengths of the two fleets. Starfleet is theoretically powerful with highly maneuverable ships with many tricks up their sleeve (transporters, tractor beams, tactically useful FTL drives) but the right fleet composition is required to face a Star Wars fleet. While three Defiants looks menacing they actually decreased his ability to deal with the fighters due to their phasers all being in one arc. In the future a Starfleet task force will need to include some other frigates and destroyers with distributed phaser arrays and banks.
Thank you to Adam for an enjoyable evening. I will post up a review of the Imperial models very soon.
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