|"The Horror! The Horror!"|
|The small tan cubes indicate order in initiative and the red ones hits on that ship.|
|Destroyers, cruisers, a scout ship, and a Dreadnought|
|The mighty Planet-class Dreadnought "Remulack"|
|The fleets on approach.|
|Two destroyers, DD-220 & DD-221|
fast, nasty, and not long lasting - The Tin Cans
|The Tribal-class cruiser "Nervii"|
It carried some serious weaponry - missile racks and beam-weapon batteries.
Her sister ship "Ashanti" was in the battle line as well.
There are four basic weapons systems in the game - batteries, missile racks, drones, and fusion weapons. Distance (we used a hex based table), defense values, point defense, and number of weapons on the attacking ship make the difference. Missiles can be shot down by point defense and point defense for a few ships close together can be combined. Fusion weapons can be countered by point defense, but if they hit, they do continued damage for as many more turns as you have levels of fusion weapons. Drones are precision launchers that can be countered by point defense, but only of the ship attacked. No ramming allowed; I requested it and was told "Uh-uh."
In the end, I won the battle. We should've made up some backstory permitting me to take a system and all it's resources, but we were too busy fightin' for that stuff.
The second round saw Derek and I duking it out with the Black Fleet of the Styrofoamians facing the United Federation of Planets - 6 ships against 7 of mine. This time I was more careful with the point values so we were even.
|Derek's Federation - "Star Fleet's Finest"|
|Very nice commercially available models of many sizes, some with "click bases"|
The Enterprise "D" was a dreadnought.
|Some smaller Star Fleet ships|
|The Black Fleet responds with the Scout Ship "Cujo" in the lead.|
|A frontal view of the dreadnought "Remulack"|
It is NOT from France.
The hull looks a bit rough up close, but at arm's length the ships look fine.
Why did I choose to use Styrofoam balls for my ships? Cost and availability were certainly factors as were the lightness of the finished product. But there was another consideration.
|With this and other H. Beam Piper stories as inspiration, how could I not choose the sphere?|
|Once again, they look so cool!|
|And since it is Canada...|