Team Yankee AAR – Soviet vs West Germans

I played my second team yankee game today, this time versus west germans. The game was fun but a total desaster. We played 40 points to test out some new unit types.

Forces:

west germans:

West german combat detachment

  • marder HQ
  • marder platoon
  • 2 Leopard 2
  • 2 Jaguar 2
  • 2 Roland
  • 2 Tornados

soviets:

Russian forces in position to defend the perimeter

Soviet reinforments

  • T64 HQ with atgm
  • 4 T64 with atgm
  • 2 ZSU23-4 Shilka
  • 2 BMP2
  • 2 Mil Mi 24 Hind
  • small air combat company

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Dropzone Commander – speed painting Shaltari, first glance

Well it happened again. I came across a new tabletop system and got dragged in. This time I started a Dropzone Commander Shaltari army. The game is from Hawk Wargames and shares the same universe as Dropfleet Commander. The Shaltari are the most developed alien race in the universe. The design of the vehicles is brilliant and really stands out on the battlefield. Compared to Warhammer 40k they are like a mixture between the Tau and Eldar.

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Dropfleet Commander – UCM starter fleet part 3

Dropfleet Commander_UCM Seattle class fleet carrier

UCMS Midway, Seattle class fleet carrier

The last cruiser for my UCM starter fleet went of the shipyard today. One of my favorite UCM cruisers, a Seattle class fleet carrier. The UCMS Midway will now form my line battlegroup giving me 3 battlegroups in total. Fleet carriers came with the nice ability to launch fleet assets to attack enemy or defend friendly ships. With a launch capacity of 3 this means the Seattle can launch 3 Squadrons (tokens) of fighter and/or bombers. Bombers are anti ship strike crafts which form up in groups and make an attack against the target which get more lethal in numbers. Fighters could be used in two different ways. They can either give friendly ships a bonus on their point defence value (a +3 per fighter token!) or they can cancel enemy fighter tokens by “occupying” them in a dogfight. Besides that the Seattle is armed with two mass driver turrets for anti ship attacks.

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Dropfleet Commander – UCM starter fleet part 1

Dropzone Commander_UCM Battlegroup

a pathfinder battlegroup ready for some action

Usually I’m not that big into spaceship wargames. That’s because most of them only feature a straight up fight in the void. Dropfleet Commander on the other hand builds up conflicts and battles about conquest or reconquest of strategical objectives on planets (or space stations around them). That gives the game a really interesting playstyle in which you have to attack the enemy fleet and simultaneously drop your ground units via strike carriers to get boots on the ground. This and the gorgeous miniatures produced by Hawk Wargames finally lead me to buy a 2 player starter box.

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