Hi everyone my name is Quinton, one of the resident Dystopian Wars fanatics that lives in the same town as Giles, hence why he suggested I write my report here.
This is my first battle report in a very loooooong time so here it goes.
Today one of the guys from the local gaming club came over to play a game of DW. He has recently expanded his FSA fleet and was itching to have a larger game. So the points were set at 3000 and my 8′ x 4′ table was going to be used to its fullest extent.
He would be facing off today against my feared Chinese Federation, a force which in my local meta has a little bit of a negative reputation, especially the floaty castle thingy.
My list consisted of;
MkII Jian Battleship with my Commodore
MkI Jian Battleship with Sonic Generator
Zhanmadao Dreadnought with Sonic Generator and 4 Dive Bomber SAS
Feilong Sky Fortress with 5 Dive Bomber SAS and one Scout SAW
Tian Long Armoured Dragon Robot
2 Units of 3 Chi Long Assault Flyers
2 units of 3 Chui Support Cruisers all with 24 Dive Bomber SAS
1 Units of 3 Dao Cruisers
2 Guan Dao Battle Cruisers
3 Units of 4 Yue Destroyers
1 Unit of 5 Zhulong Small Interceptors
10 Local Air Support Dive Bombers
The FSA forces consisted of;
Enterprise Dreadnought with Shield and Kinetic Generators and the FSA Commodore
2 Liberty Heavy Battleships with Shield Generators and Elite Crew
Boston Submarine with 6 Turtle Subs
San Francisco Assault Carrier with Shield Generator and 5 Dive Bomber SAS and 1 Scout SAS
Saratoga Fleet Carrier with 4 Dive Bomber SAS, 4 Fighter SAS and 1 Scout SAS
Savannah Sky Fortress with Target Painter and 2 units of 4 Dive Bomber SAS and 1 Scout SAS
Annapolis Battle Cruiser with Shield Generator
2 B-72 Heavy Bomber with 4 Fighter SAS each
2 Units of 3 Georgetown Cruiser with Shield Generators
1 Unit of 3 John Henry Robots
1 Unit of 3 Yale Heavy Destroyers
3 Units of 4 Augusta Frigates
1 Unit of 2 Revere Corvettes
Local Air Support of 5 Fighter SAS, 4 Fighter SAS and 1 Scout SAS
Well that is a huge list of units! Onto the battle.
I drew kill all large and massive as my objective and given the number of them in his list and where they were deployed I elected to drop that and took 70%. My opponent drew 70% off the bat, and when talking to him later he was a little bit daunted by the task.
We both drew 10 TAC cards however they played little part during the game, neither of us allowed for any to be successfully played so they only ended up being victory point bonuses for our opponent.
The Chinese Deployment
The FSA Deployment (apologies for the kids washing in the background)
And here is a shot of the two opposing fleets facing off against one another.
Right onto Turn 1!
For the most part this turn saw the fleets moving toward each other with some long range shooting going on. The photo below shows the focusing of much of the Chinese firepower on a few targets, in the end there was some minor damage to a heavy bomber and a Georgetown on the FSA left flank, but the San Francisco ended up nearly crippled taking 5HP of damage. In return the FSA mangled the one of the destroyer squadrons and destroy a Dao cruiser on FSA left flank, reduce on of the Assault flyers to 2 HP in the center, deal a single HP of damage both to the Dreadnought and the Commodores Battleship and kill one of the small interceptors.
Below the initial damage to the FSA fleet
Minor damage to one of the Georgetown’s and two of the Augusta’s are taken out by fire from the Yue’s
Minor damage to one of the heavy bombers but the battle carrier is looking worse for wear.
The FSA right flank has come out of the first turn unscathed.
Initial damage to the Chinese fleet.
One destroyer squadron nearly gone and a cruiser lost!
Minor damage on some ships and the small interceptors are reduced to 4.
Now the game started to get interesting, and the joys of not taking notes when playing means that I cannot recall what order activations took place in. However the notable points where;
– Chinese won the initiative
– the Chi Long’s BBQing a John Henry
– the Zhanmadao finishing off one of the heavy bombers.
– a unit of Dive Bombers causing the FSA fleet carrier to Sturginium flare over the back past the heavy battleship.
– a poor Georgetown ending up with a veritable trail of flame and corrosion markers from the Yue destroyers.
– The FSA focused most of their firepower on the Feilong Sky Fortress and though tough the mighty vessel might be eventually it was brought down by the massed firepower of the FSA fleet. However my opponent now has respect for just how tough a model can be when it is obscured and has Rugged Construction 2.
At the end of the turn before the end phase the FSA had 4 stricken vessel that looked like fire and corrosion would sink them beneath the waves.
It was a lot of repair rolls to succeed at, however it was too great a task for the FSA Commodore and they all slipped beneath the waves.
After the end phase the scrap yards were starting to fill up with models.
The FSA scrap yard at the end of turn 2 was sitting at 965VPs to the Chinese, 305 of which was caused by persistent effects!
The Chinese scrap yard at the end of turn 2 was filling but was a little behind to FSA on 515VPs
The FSA left flank is starting to look sparse after turn 2
The center is still holding strong with the Dreadnought and the Sky Fortress but both Heavy bombers are down and the John Henry’s are seriously depleted and the Boston is stuck on the surface waiting for the Chinese retaliation next turn. The Chinese have taken damage but have yet to lose a model in the center, the next turn will be telling.
The FSA right flank is still going strong with only light damage to one of the heavy destroyers, however at this point they are struggling to contribute to the battle as they are a little too far away from the firefight.
aaaand a long shot down the board to give it all perspective
Again no notes, grrrrrr, next time I am taking notes!
Well notable points in this turn were;
– Chinese won the initiative again
– First activation was to Dive bomb the Boston Submarine which resulted in a Sturginium Flare (these dive bombers are great this game). However didn’t move it far enough to crash into anything.
– the FSA againing focusing fire on one of my poor defenseless battleships (not my Commodore’s vessel, he was bravely hiding behind an island) and sending it below the waves.
– My Dreadnought living up to it’s fearsome reputation, triple critting two Georgetowns from RB3 (Guns) and 4 (Rockets), reducing the squadron to 1 vessel in a single activation.
By the end of the third turn the FSA fleet was pretty much in tatters, the entire left flank was gone apart from some frigates, while my force on this flank was largely intact (surprisingly so was the dragon it usually dies first)
The center was not looking much better, with only the Savannah undamaged and the Enterprise down 4HP and 5AP staring at a potential assault from 24 AP from the Chi Long assault fliers.
On the FSA right flank there were still some powerful units undamaged however they would be soon facing down the majority of the Chinese fleet unsupported if the center fell quickly.
The view from the Chinese side of the board
At the end of Turn 3 the scrap yards looked like this;
In the FSA scrap yard a total of 1515VPs to the Chinese
In the Chinese scrap yard a total of 970VPs to the FSA
Neither side had acheived thier objective of 70% so the game would go onto turn 4.
Unfortunately at this point my esteemed opponent had to leave so we did not get to finish the game, however we both agree that the eventual result (barring some fantastic rolling on the FSA part and some terrible on the Chinese part) would be a Crushing victory to the Chinese. There was just not enough FSA firepower left on the table to be able to achieve the needed 1200VPs to get their objective.
Overall this was a really fun game, my opponent was very sportsmanlike and took the loss very well. We played the game in a more friendly manner rather than competitively as it helped greatly with speeding up the game when we could just move a unit of smalls without having to use a template, we just both agreed on the most appropriate position.
I hope that you enjoyed the battle report, I currently have another big game planned in a few days time, my Chinese against the dastardly Prussians. So I hope to have another report up soon.