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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Finally the Maximillian Adventure with Black Powder Rules.

A week or so a few of the guys and I got into a chat about doing ACW in 28mm, and of course the topic of what rules came up right off the bat. Fortunately Eli had mentioned the new ACW supplement for Black Powder a while back. A few of us had the rules but had yet to try them out. So I decided that I would pull out my Maximilian in Mexico figs, which had been gathering dust for years, and run a few games for everyone.

Over the next 2 weeks we ended up getting in 5 games. With 8 players getting in one or two games. Of course in between I was painting and basing more figs for the game. By the end I had some 16 units per side.

In the end, everyone like the rules and the ACW project was given a green light, And I got quite a few games in with figs that I had painted over a decade ago.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Davion vs Liao, Alpha Strike game

I got the week off and it was time to play Alpha Strike! This would be my second game since I bought the rules last year. Troy and I both finished off new companies for the game. Neither company has been officially named yet. But mine as usual is House Liao and Troy has declared for Davion (Boo Hissssss) We decided on 450 points for the game. A meeting engagement, with an instant win if you could take out the enemy command mech. (commander secretly noted down)

Troy ran a pretty heavy company, which included 2 Banshees, 2 Awesomes, 2 Grasshoppers, a Stalker, Rifleman, Longbow, Bombardier, Catapult and Dervish all at quality 4

My Company: Battlemaster(who performed terribly most of the game), Cyclops. Cataphract, Enforcer, Catapult (co), Jagermech, Dervish, Vindicator, Whitworth, Quickdraw, Grand Dragon, Grasshopper.
To up my points all but the Enforcer were rated quality 3

So troy had more firepower but I had better shooting skills. So were he would need an '8' to hit I would need a '7'.

We rolled initiative each turn and the loser had to move a lance, then alternate. Needless to say whoever got the last move usually had a chance to exploit the situation. And of course all fire is simultaneous at the end of the turn.

We played 2 games but only did a play by play of the first game.
Game One. The Davion forces wasted no time coming across the field, except for the fire support team on the hill.  After the Liao Jagermech went up in fire, the Liao support forces gave up our hill and tried to take on the advancing heavy mechs. I figured that 5 on 4 and 6 on 4 should work. Bad idea! On the Liao right the Davion Heavies tore up the Liao medium and light mechs. On the Liao left,  fire support was set up by the  Cyclops, Battlemaster and Cataphract, while the medium mechs danced with the Davions. But the Davion mechs were so close that I had to constantly jump so that my mechs would be harder to hit, unfortunately that made my shots harder as well.
Troy used his fire support on the hill and Awesomes/Banshees to great effect and systematically crushed all my medium mechs. Of course 3 rolls of snakeyes for crits, exploding 3 of my mechs did not help in the least.
My commander survived to flee with 2 other mechs, it was a Rout!

Game Two: Went totally different. I won initiative for the setup, so concentrated my 3 lances vs Troys 2, one of which was the fire support who had come down to play. I tried to stay at medium range and used all the cover I could to allow my better gunnery skill to take effect. Fire and withdraw, fire and hide. Concentrating one one lance at a time we cut the Davions down. In the end it was a great victory for Liao. Lesson learned.

Both games were great fun!, The first took about 2 hours and the 2nd only 1.5 hours, by the second game we had become more famliar with our mech stats.

Hoping to play the Alpha Strike campaign from the book next month.

450 points of stomping power

450 points all but one mech has skill 3

Poor JagerMech blasted right off the bat

Liao abandons the hill

Anybody's fight still

What went wrong?

Very bad

Called the game at this point
Hold the line! Men of Liao

Liao outflanking maneuver ends in disaster

Second Game Liao Victory

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Setting up the table for Alpha Strike

Tomorrow is my 2nd Alpha Strike game. Figs ready and now it's time to set up the table.
So instead of going with my arid terrain, which I have tons of, I decided to go with something more green.
Of course I find that I don't have all that much stuff in 6mm for a more temperate climate. Going to need to fix that soon.
So here are some shots of the table. Our resident BT/AS guru has checked it out and suggested a few more tree clumps and another hill to break things up.

The 'temple' is and old park that has seen better days

More terrain added

More terrain

Ready to Rumble 

Monday, May 9, 2016

New Liao Mech Company ready for Alpha Strike

So Wednesday I'll have my second game of Alpha Strike, and to celebrate it I have a brand new company of Mechs. All twelve are from the new plastic boxes. Very easy to work with. 351 point total, but since my opponent has 450 I'll have to grade up my pilots.

My new Mech Box