Heavy Gear Games 1 and 2 in Hawaii complete. I had an awesome time playing again after 7.5 years against a real live opponent. I think we both really learned a lot and hope to see some more of this game in the future. For sure as soon as we move in to our new house the garage will become a gaming cave. And I need to start designing that. anyways, back to the games. We played two iterations.
1st Game (Learning Game)
So we had a fairly neutral table and squared off one Northern Airborne Squad of the WFP Crazy 8's Regiment against a Southern Airborne Squad of the 99th Skyhawks. Although equal in points, it seems that more firepower and speed beats heavier armor. However, this was not a really telling game of capabilities of the squads because we were both trying to learn the system from the latest Field Manual Revised Rules.
2nd Game (Beginner Company Level Game)
In this game we decided to spice it up and add objectives and try the CEF forces (hover and infantry heavy) against a company of the Crazy 8s again. the *s were to attack a CEF Company and destroy its two LHT 71s (Assassination) in order to achieve victory. However, this would prove much more difficult than it initially thought. First, the terrain was not very good for the 8s as they made poor choices for infil routes and were basically bogged down in rice paddies as they approached the CEF Force. Second, the 8s sent the JV to fight and skill rolls became very difficult as it became extremely difficult to hit enemy tanks, let alone have a MoS large enough to cause damage to the tanks. Luckily, a few veterans in aging clunky Hunter Commandos brought their bazookas to bear and downed one of the LHT-71s and two LHT 67s. The 8s also managed to take out one of the CEF Frames sniping at them from the village the CEF occupied on turn one. In the end, the 8s withdrew as a CEF Grel Platoon closed to close range and started to inflict damage. Maybe next time we should actually use our Airborne perk and jump into the target area instead of sloshing it out through the rice paddies...