Saturday, January 26, 2013

Star Navy has been released.

Well,  I went and bought the PDF for Star Navy from THW.  From my initial glance, it looks very simple and well thought out to adapt to any system.  I hope to be able to mix this in with RL:Leviathan and Battletech Space Ops for some better solitaire play.  The only issue is that I really don't have time to play....some day....
Finally the follow up of the battle report for a game played on 6JAN2013

Our Army Commander fought hard to take down as many of the SRA gears protecting the entrance into their deployment zone.  Unfortunately, he was overwhelmed with fire, but took quite a few gears with him.  Quickly, the HHT-90 tried to close with the Army Commander's HT-72 and support him, but arrived two late after demolishing a small village in his haste..."oohh well...its just a bunch of Terra Novans...nobody important!" 

 The Flails moved into the small forested area in support of the HHT-90.  Grel Airborne Platoon made an assault of the clump of woods on the south of the hill.  Smoke markers were become scare at this time, as there were a mass of burning tank and gears littering the field.

  The Legion Noire Commander decided it was time to bring in his last reinforcements.  He jumped in his Airborne Gear Cadre and Army Commander right behind the fragile gap being held onto by a couple infantry, one damaged Visigoth and some gears and a strider as they faced the onrushing giant in the distance.

 The HHT-90 came in guns blazing and amazingly did zero damage.  The Grel Platoon it carried and joined the airborne Grels and Flails already fighting in the area.  The Legion Noire Commander was on the verge of screaming a long, diverse and imaginative string of curses, when fire from his tank and striders punched into the HHT-90s turrets and blew it sky high.


 The Grels, furious that they would have to walk the rest of the way into the objective because the SRA had blown up their ride retaliated and destroyed a strider. The Grels surged forward in a wave of purple heads.  The SRA Airborne Cadre, sprayed fire into the Grels hoping to slow the down.

 With little hope of destroying the SRA in the deployment Zone.  The CEF settled for darting one of the LHT-71s into the deployment zone in a sneak play tot he north of the hill while successfully accomplishing its assassinate mission of the GP cadre Leader.  The SRA had prevented the CEF from penetrating into the deployment zone in mass, but by VP, the CEF won.  However, when counting up the TV lost and accounting for damage as well, the SRA was a clear victor, exacting massive damage on the CEF.

After thoughts - (these are mine only, my opponent my add some later if he wants)
1) Great scenario, but should have reduced the amount of terrain some. Given the size of the HHT-90, urban fighting and restrictive terrain were extremely difficult to negotiate. 
2) Still had a combat groups in reserve waiting to jump in (Frames) which would have really come in handy in the restrictive terrain to the north.  Maybe keep more units one the boad in the beginning.
3) Att/Def values are more important than numbers...except for Grels and Flails.  Got to get them into the fight faster to tie up enemy.
4) Speed kills without support.  HHT-72s outpaced their support and ...died.
5) Failure to use indirect systems effectively.

Next game is going to be smaller.  Wife not so happy about us ending at almost 11PM...oh well she will get over it!  Thats it.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

And so finally after a long week, I have time to finish up this battle report...hopefully.

Stating Positions

CEF Forces encountered lead elements of the Legion Noire on the outskirts of Villenueve.  The CEF after moving a great distance had most of its assets mounted with the exception of the Flails and several combat groups in reserve status waiting to be dropped in to support any extended firefights.  The HT-72s and the HHT-90 initially planned to use the large hills and buildings to mask their approach.  This became problematic when the HHT-90s commander figured out that big tanks could not move through tight spaces, requiring a shift in the tactics.  The Flails hoped to move forward using cover and concealment afforded by the smaller buildings to the south so that they could pour harassing rocket fire into the enemy Striders and Armor in order to fix them while the tanks enveloped from the north.  This plan succeeded and failed in the end.

End of Turn 1

So the CEF decided to continue with the HT-72 attack on the northern side of the field tying up several Southern gear cadres Meanwhile the HHT-90 shifted its position to the south looking for better maneuverability and fields of fire.  The FLAILs were spotted by Southern Recon units and pummeled in an Artillery strike which decimated the platoon.  Mindless brains in armor as they are continued to trudge and hover forward.
Tanks attack on the northern flank
HT-72s Drive By

In what initially was a very successful maneuver, the HT-72s, instead of entering the Southern Deployment Zone, turned and headed south shooting as they went.  A couple very lucky shots knocked out a couple of Southern Cobras and smaller gears.  Ultimately, terrain and lack of space on the board forced them to slow and stop and were almost immediately destroyed.  A GREL platoon was able to drop in and threaten the Legion's southern flank, although speed prevented them from doing anything, but clog up the open areas.  Meanwhile, Southern Striders were having a great day as they started to do serious damage to oncoming CEF forces.
Well....looks I ran out of time.  The little one is up....more to follow later...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The scene of the battle.  Before the bloodbath....
 So we fought a massive HGB battle today.  About 2500 TV each side and it took about 8 hours.  Of course being out of practice and relearning the rules didn't help the timeline at all.  Overall a great battle where we incorporated a bunch of new techniques and equipment especially infantry and larger units, like the HHT-90.  I will slowly put together the story as time permits in the coming days...of course this will have a CEF flavor as I have to favor my side....which didn't do as well as it could have!  Poor leadership and bad tactics, along with a couple rotten dice roles also contributed.

Elements of the SRA Legion Noire led by Katona in a Razor Fang Black Mamba
Elements of the CEF VI Korps Assault Force attacking Villenueve.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Heavy Gear Blitz Game (6JAN2013)
  "War for Terra Nova"  TN 29 Summer 1950  - Katona's Stand

CEF VI Korps vs. SRA Legion Noire (A)

"As the battle near the Southern capital comes to a boiling point, VI Korps attempts to take Villeneuve and the vital space launch facility within.  At present, the infamous Legion Noire guard the facility denoting its importance to the overall Terran Novan strategy.  Commandant Mathis Katona, commander of the Legion, pulls together a brigade from the troops in the area and moves to stop the VI Korps.  The two forces make contact in the town mere Kilometers from the space port."

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