Saturday, 24 December 2016

Brothers in Arms

Good morning,

Yesterday morning young Tim invited Andrew and me around for some X Wing. I was a little early, so...I got to face Tim first!

Having left my toys at home, I got to play with Tim's Ghost (Hera, TLT, Fire Control SystemGunner - a couple of times Tim took a point of avoidable damage to avoid my gunner! - and a Plasma Torp to shoot out the back) and his Arc 170...
(Nora, with Kanan, BB-8, PTL and an engine upgrade - never before have I flown something so maneuverable! 
Reveal a green, BB-8 rolls, PTL off that, get a stress, do your green and remove your stress, getting a free focus thanks to Kanan, then you've still got another action to do. My favourite combination was reveal a green - roll - PTL for TL - move, get a free focus - and focus - save the TL for defence (thanks to Nora and the second focus), and use the other focus for attack.)
...neither of which I have myself. Cool!

Flying side by side, what with their bulbous canopies both, I wondered if they might be related...

Tim decides not to joust with the brothers...fatty and skinny...

So the boys decide to go hunting for YT. 'Cept one of them is a girl.

While Miranda circled with her TLT.

Death by a thousand cuts, anyone?

What, with all his barrel rolls and ignoring obstacles, Dash Rendar is a really hard fellow to pin down. But pin him I did.

Or so I thought.

Dratted TLT!

Must have missed a photo here - I did a soft one, Dash ran into me... I K-Turned to get out of his way. And hopefully back onto his tail.

Debris be damned!

All the while Dash's HLC is taking rather large chunks out of the Ghost, and Miranda's TLT is quietly cutting away.

Now this is just sneaky. I turn in, figuring, rightly, that Tim would do the same. We end face to face, but not touching...

...and Dash just barrel rolls out of my arc and takes the rest of Hera's hull down.

Well played Tim, well played.

By this time Andrew was all ready to go with his final league match against Tim (who was using the same list as he was against mine - Death-By-A-Thousand-Cuts, and Dance-Like-A-Butterfly-Punch-Like-A-Gorilla!)

Tim won. Dashed hard thing to kill that Dash. (Though it was Miranda's ion bombs that really did it in for IG-88D...)

Then Tim suggested that Andrew and I should have a game.

I stuck with Brothers-Fat-And-Thin, Andrew brought out the Bounty-Hunters-Grimm. Boba and Cath.

And away we went.

Literally - I went straight in.

A bit of a frontal assault...

...and some strategic blocking later...

...and Cath was shieldless.

But now for Boba.

(I do love the way Nora can zip around like a wee hummingbird!)

Shields off Boba, down into hull...

...all ready for a missile shot out the rear of the Ghost...

...but Boba shot first!



...revenge was Nora's...before I conceded! Nora had but one or two hull left, while Cath was fully hulled up...

Great game fellas, thanks very muchly for the invite Tim, and the use of your toys.

The Ghost's magnificent, but it seems to me that it only really works when flying alongside Biggs. Poor Biggs. Nora on the other hand...loads of fun!

Thanks again boys,