Today we rolled out a large game of Battletech with six players (3 per side), at 6850 points per side. (Odd number of points to play but it suited what we had painted up ). It was House Kurita vs House Marik. With a few new returning players who hadn't played in years and a couple of us who have gotten back into again over the last few months. We kept the rules pretty basic, opting out of some of the more advanced rules to keep the pace going so we didn’t spend to much time looking in rule books.
House Kurita : Mark, Arthur and Lee
House Marik: Bryan, Kevin and Rob
As usual Mark laid out an awesome looking table with some of the new Gale Force 9 rocks, along with lots of trees, a river and a swamp. As well as lot’s of buildings in a city setup at one end. More photo's of the table are up on Marks blog http://kiwi-colour-studio.blogspot.com/
House Marik deployed spread out along the length of our edge, with the Grasshopper and Catapult down the far end in the forest part , then the Grand Dragon and Whitworth took the centre leaving the Commando and Quickdraw in the City.
House Kurita crowed into the city with the 3 tanks , the Crusader and the Battlemaster. Leaving there Grand Dragon in the middle section hiding in deep forest.
The first few turns were spent running up and getting into positions, with Kevin blasting away with his Catapult artillery, which was only semi successful.
The little Commando and Quickdraw were heavily out gunned in the City in the first few turns, so there was a lot of running in behind cover and buildings.
My Commando dies in a catastrophic ammo explosion after a stand up fight with the Battlemaster, I did have help from Bryan running his Whitworth up along side of me, but that didn’t help the little light Mech. Then Arthur charged into the Whitworth after dispatching the Commando, causing some serious damage and then falling over.(Much to our amusement). Lee held the flank for House Kurita with his Grand Dragon, while Mark rolled his slow moving tanks into position. (Yes, Flames of War tank stand stand-ins)
After taking a battering all over, but nothing critical I jumped my Qucikdraw into the Crusader for a Death from Above attack. I managed to cause some damage but failed my piloting check and eat the dirt as I fell over. Arthur then opted for a meat in the sandwich approach to the Whitworth which had jumped over the Battlemaster to blast away at it’s back leaving my Wuickdraw on it’s face in the dirt.
I then managed to stand the Quickdraw up and inflict a little bit of damage on the tanks before I got vaporised by PPC fire from the Tanks on two sides. Meanwhile Kevin finally had managed to move his Mech’s up into the fight.
We finished the game up not long after that, with House Marik losing two Mech’s (both the one’s I was running ) and taking lots of damage on the reaming ones. So the win goes to House Kurita.
Overall it was a great game on an awesome table. I’m looking forward to some Clan Jade Falcon revenge.