Sunday, 31 May 2015

Biggs Dies First

Good afternoon,

Last night, after a day of school and reports, Bruce graciously came around for a game of X Wing. I was still keen to try out my 'Biggs Dies First' list...

...against an 'X Wings'll Never Catch Us' list.

So we threw down some 'roids and away we went.

Early on I misjudged my maneuvers and fly Wedge into the back of Kyle. Sigh,

And again! Arghh!

I was sure Wedge'd pop out in front. Ah well.

Kyle passed off a focus to Biggs who, with R2-F2, survives the first round of shooting.


Also note that Whisper was still cloaked. Bruce was still coming to grips with just what a [glass] monster a Phantom can be.

We furball...

...well, Kyle does. The two amigos just drift on. All while Whisper flies past...

...I'm pretty sure that Kyle got real lucky there!

We separate...

...and come back in.

Finally, Wedge has a shot, so launches some Proton Torpedoes...

...and Boom! There goes Sonntir.


More zipping thither and yon...this list doesn't really work with them all spread to the four winds...

...and really doesn't work when Biggs flies into an asteroid!


Again, Wedge has no shot (he's base to base with Whisper)... he tries to get round that rock to give Kyle a hand.

Boom! Too late!

At least Kyle had Ion'd Tur[d], who was by this time suffering a Pilot Skill 0 crit.

Wedge finally turns the corner...

...and catches Whisper with her pants down.

That doesn't sound right...with her cloak down. Hmm, that doesn't sound that much better...

Anyway, it was now down to Wedge and the Turd.

There never really was any doubt!

And all without using Wedge's ability to take off one agility die from his opponent. I just plumb forgot about it - I was concentrating too hard on him shooting first and trying to pass off that ability to a mate through Squad Leader!


Lessons learnt? Keep them together, and flying line abreast. (And, after the next game, remember to use Wedge as Wedge, not just another X Wing jockey!)


Monday, 18 May 2015

Wedge List Test

Good evening,

I should be writing reports, but, well...I've been dieing to try out my Look After Biggs And He'll Look After Wedge list - that really needs a more catch title -

...ever since I won that Hawk. But trying to find the time in between school, planning and reports was just, well, nigh on impossible. So in the end I thought, I can at least set up a match myself.

I chose a list that I had the most trouble with in the Wizards Store Champs...and could replicate at home...sort of...

I just couldn't catch Damon's interceptors. And I figure Xs can't catch Phantoms either so...let's see, shall we?

Having pulled together the counters and such the previous evening, and having just packed away school stuff for the evening last Sunday night, I rolled out the mat, threw down some 'roids, and away we went.

As I was playing myself, I rolled off to see who got the initiative. Imperials...

...or Rebels.

Rebels it is then.

I spread the TIEs out, clumped the Rebs together, and of we went.

We/I closed...

...and it was here that I realised that sticking Biggs behind Wedge isn't the way to go.

Wedge was at Range 3 from Turr Phenirr, but Biggs was out of range altogether. So there went Wedge's two shields. Just like that.


Still, I at least learnt something, so I got that goin' for me, which is nice...

We/I close in further, Wedge bumps into the back of Biggs...bother it...but thankfully he still had the Target Lock from the first combat.

I'll have to try to do something about my propensity to do that.

Wedge strips out Turrs Stealth Device and two hull.

Turr rolls out of Wedge's arc after Biggs dodges all of his attacks (having just evaded Soontir's attack, and, subsequently, Whisper's machinations, thanks to Biggs' Stealth Device, R2-F2, and a focus from Kyle. Yay! My plan does work!), but not before Biggs fires - ineffectively - thanks to Wedge's Squad Leader. Ah well.

Which just left Kyle to fire his Ion Turret.



And that's where I left that. It was getting late (for me) so I thought I would leave it set up for a couple of days so that I could grab a sneaky turn here and there.

But then I thought, no. Max (one of our cats) would have a field day - he loves swiping stuff off the table to chase it around the kitchen. At best, I'd have to hunt for one of my Focus counters. At worst, he'd break off another X Wing lance.

So...I packed up and will try again after reports are done!


Sunday, 3 May 2015

ANZAC X Wing Game 4

vs. John

vs. Corran, Biggs and a couple of Talas.

Good afternoon,

And so it came down to it, the last game of the day. I was in the running for...well, nothing actually. Possibly mid field...?

Anyroadup, John and I set up for a joust (lovely paint job on those Space Jesters!), and I thought, well, I thought to try to edge around the flank before we got into range. 'Cept that we were closer than I thought...and once again, Wedge is pointing the wrong way.

I really have to stop doing that.

John skillfully maneuvers Biggs into Range 3, so I have to him, instead of the likes of Corran.

Clever John.

And in the meantime...

...the Talas take out Rookie 2.


It was then that it occurred to me that Tala Squadron Zeds are a much better deal points wise than Rookie Xs.

And still they come...

...blocking Wedge so he couldn't action...

...and boom!

There goes the Antilles. Again.


It got worse. One of the Tala's managed a 3K turn behind Rookie 4...

...and Boomshanka!

Hmmm, this isn't going quite my way.

Still, at least Garven found himself in a target rich environment!

And even though there was no one left to pass his focus on to...

...he finally managed to take out Biggs.


Alas and alak...

...Corren double tapped...and that was the end of that.

Very well played John, you have inspired me to fly a Biggs of my own. Can anyone say "Three Amigo's"?

In the end I ended up at the top of the bottom third. With a HWK-90 and a free dice bag that Tim so very generously passed on to me. That'll be great for my Edge of the Empire dice I ordered. Once they get here. (I'm such a FFG Fanboy!)

And a good time was had by all!

Cheers for the games boys,