For the sector map, see the previous post.
Nathan has been interested in our campaign for some time. Communications problems prevented him from joining until now. However, he put together a fleet using my Imperial Navy. He had guts to choose his home system right between the Space Marines and the Tau, the two most powerful fleets.
We played a Cruiser Clash with fleet restrictions removed. 500 points.
-Space Marine Strike Cruiser Duty (Extra Shield)
-Space Marine Strike Cruiser Honor (Extra Shield)
-Space Marine Strike Cruiser Sacrifice (Extra Shield)
-Dauntless class Light Cruiser Kestrel (lances)
-Dauntless class Light Cruiser Surprise (lances)
-Mars class Battlecruiser Saratoga, extra turret
Azure Flames – Turn 1
The strike cruisers go right around the asteroids, and launch Thunderhawks.
Imperial Navy – Turn 1
Nova Cannon causes the Duty to Brace for Impact, but the cannon misses. Lance fire from the Dauntlesses kills one of the Thunderhawk squadrons.
Azure Flames – Turn 2
Fire from the Sacrifice brings down one shield on the Kestrel. Four Thunderhawks cause several effects on the Surprise including an engine room damaged result.
Imperial Navy – Turn 2
Nova Cannon does three damage to the Sacrifice despite Brace for Impact. A critical hit causes the Sacrifice to have a bridge smashed result! Bombers force a Brace on the Duty but do no damage.
Azure Flames – Turn 3
The Sacrifice fails to disengage and tries to run. The Duty fires on the Dauntless as the Honor boards! A poor boarding roll causes the Kestrel to take only one damage. Critical roll against the Honor succeeds, and causes a Shields Collapsed result!
Imperial Navy – Turn 3
Concentrated fire on the stricken Sacrifice reduces it to one damage point remaining. Other fire causes Brace rolls on the other two cruisers.
Azure Flames – Turn 4
Both cruisers zero in on the Saratoga. The Honor boards again, and this time a spectacular boarding roll does 6 damage to the Saratoga. Brace saves only one, crippling the battlecruiser.
Imperial Navy – Turn 4
The Kestrel fires on the Honor, forcing a brace. The Saratoga chooses not to disengage, and fires on the Honor as well. One damage, which hits the Port side guns.
Azure Flames – Turn 5
Bombardment Cannon fire brings down the Kestrel, and a critical hit causes a bulkhead collapse, which leads to a Warp Drive Implosion! All three surviving ships Brace for Impact!
Imperial Navy – Turn 5
Saratoga tries to disengage and fails. Fire against the Duty is ineffectual.
Azure Flames – Turn 6
Braced from the turn before, the two cruisers do only one damage to the Saratoga.
Imperial Navy – Turn 6
Nathan had a fantastic first game, he just had some bad luck. The Nova Cannon shot that crippled my cruiser was great, but the rolls I got on him for boarding the Mars and destroying the Dauntless were less lucky. Here’s to a great new player!
Next: more BFG campaign!