Again I must apologise for not getting many pictures tonight. Im sure Brent captured the final inevitable moments of the demise of my Imperials so check out the NAGA Facebook Page and look at the event for Monday Night Gaming (02-03-2015).
So having navigated my way past Owen for the right to challenge for 5th place in the League Mitchell Dunton and Alan Mathieson fought over 5th. Once Mitch had been dispatched by Alan I was free to make my official challenge. Alan accepted and last night we fought our league match.
I decided that as we weren’t timed I would spend the remaining points in my build on a third ship, so here’s the list:-
100 points Pilots
“Whisper” (44) TIE Phantom (32), Gunner (5), Fire-Control System (2), Veteran Instincts (1), Advanced Cloaking Device (4)
“Echo” (42) TIE Phantom (30), Recon Specialist (3), Sensor Jammer (4), Veteran Instincts (1), Advanced Cloaking Device (4)
Black Squadron Pilot (14)
Alan in a bid for initiative went for the following, or something very similar:-
97 points Pilots
Rexler Brath (45) TIE Defender (37), Heavy Laser Cannon (7), Veteran Instincts (1)
Kath Scarlet (52) Firespray-31 (38), Heavy Laser Cannon (7), Veteran Instincts (1), Recon Specialist (3), Hull Upgrade (3)
We set up and got ready to go. My twin Phantoms were positioned with a nice straight path through the asteroid field and my TIE was set-up to sweep in behind Alan’s ships and try to cause as much mayhem as possible. Alan set-up Kath Scarlet in the farthest corner away and Rexler Brath just inside closer to my ships.
At the end of turn one his ships were skirting the edge of the asteroid field whilst my Phantons jinked between them trying to setup shots. My TIE was advancing quickly down the opposite flank ready to sweep inside.
Alan wasn’t too familiar with some of the interactions of the cards used on my Phantoms so he got really rather scared when I took a Focus, a Target Lock and a free cloak after attacking Rexler Brath but as he had initiative and Higher pilot skill the superior firepower of his Heavy Laser Cannons began to take their toll. Despite Cloak some really shocking rolling lost me Echo in turn 2 to focus firing.
Turn three wasn’t much better as both Alan’s Firespray and Rexler Brath were too close to Whisper to use their Cannons so used them against the TIE Fighter which crumpled in a heap and exploded leaving Whisper to go it alone.
The next turn of firing went just as badly for me. I hit Rexler but the whole attack was evaded, so I took my Target Lock and Focus and enabled my Gunner who allowed me a second shot. I spent the Target Lock and Focus and still couldnt manage to hit a barn door at five paces. When i did manage to hit it was evaded. It was not an evening for dice rolling as the gods of dice were against me.
By the end of Turn five both the Firespray and the TIE Defender had Whisper in their sights and duly finished her off for a slightly humbling and embarassing defeat for me. I had fallen to one of the weaknesses of the Phantom, higher skilled pilots. Lesson learnt!
Kudos to Alan for his build though, he was ready for some high skill Phantom shenanigans and whilst I own one of each of the ships he played with I’d never looked at either as a go to ship but I was very impressed with both. He in turn admitted to being somewhat wary when two ACD Phantoms lined up against him and even more surprised when a third ship was possible for only 100pts. I like the Phantoms I do, they suit my play style and are very “Romulan”. I need to expand and try new stuff out especially some of the lesser known or underused ships.
Well done Alan! I will be back.