At the start of June the local gaming group ran an inaugural convention which included events for various game systems but the main event for me was the Dystopian Wars 1 day-er. We played 3 rounds of 2 ½ hours each. In all there were 10 players representing a fair spread of nations including Prussia, India (x2), COA, France and more. As there were only 3 rounds not everyone got to play each other. Tournament Points were awarded for:
- Victory scoring double your opponents VP
- Victory (dictated by TAC cards)
- a draw (both players scored points)
Bonus points were scored for things like killing the commodore, and getting a magazine explosion.
At the end of the day players voted on the best painted fleet.
So to begin with I was planning on running a Khatanga/Tiksi based fleet then the Friday before the event I decided an RC/PLC mixed fleet would be the way to go. My thinking here was that I could maximise the 60% large mediums while maintaining some good firepower. This was slightly flawed logic in the end but it gave me a chance to road test some models I hadn’t played with previously.
My fleet ended up being:
1x Kostroma (Commodore) fleet carrier
1x Triglav assault carrier
1x Dazbog pocket battleship
2x Myshkin medium bombers
3x Bagiennik heavy frigates
The list was very light on mediums/smalls but I hoped the larges would do all the heavy lifting. The Myshkins were a bit of fun, drawing fire away from the main fleet while stratospheric and then making a late game attack run/boarding action. That was the plan, how did it go in action?
Battle 1 Prussia vs Russia
The Prussians were going to be tough. 3 assault carriers, 1 medium carrier, 2 heavy bombers, and a couple of small frigates to round out the group, along with fistfuls of SAW.
The Russians huddled together on the right side of the board the Prussians to the left. Early activation were all about spotter planes, luckily for the Russians the Prussians had a series of bad rolls and weren’t able to spot anything much at all.
Having said that the Triglav started taking damage more or less straight away.
SAW units moved up and started to engage each other. The sheer weight of numbers was in the Prussian favour, although the RC did have a few.
The heavy bombers start to move forward, one attacking the Triglav and speerschleudering it.
The Dazbog rounds the island and deals some damage to a bomber.
The Triglav is brought down and the Azov, with a bomber at its rear, takes a lot of damage very very quickly.
The Russian bombers, in the final turn of the game, bomb the only thing they can: a frigate. Yay.
The Azov is sunk. game over.
The game ended due to time, and despite the one-sidedness of the game it was a draw, as the Prussians hadn’t achieved their orders. It was a complete rout though and given more time the board would have been wiped clean of Russians I think.
In a few days time I’ll upload a separate post with the next two battles and a few points around how I thought the fleet went and what I’d do differently.
Until then I hope you enjoyed the report.