Monday, September 8, 2014
Star Wars Battle Report - Escape from Cloud City!
I set up the terrain using some Death Star walls I had done up before, with random detritus and crates scattered about (these Force users have to have something to throw around at each other). I used doors from the excellent new Sedition Wars terrain set and a "Freeze Chamber" tile from the old GW Space Hulk game. Slave I was represented by the Revell model kit, along with a cool "Han in Carbonite" from the same kit. The figures are mostly SWMB prepaints, with Luke in Bespin Fatigues and Leia in Bespin Outfit painted by me - they're figures from the old "true 25mm" Grenadier/West End Games Star Wars range.
Sadly it was all in vain as the merciless Dark Lord of the Sith overpowered the nascent Jedi, defeating him handily.
Result: Imperial victory. The Rebels failed to free Solo and Luke was defeated by Vader. Even though Fett escaped with Solo, he didn't stop both the Rebels and Imperials from fulfilling their victory conditions, which was the only way the Fringe faction could win.
This was a fun game and very cinematic (especially the Luke vs Vader duel) but it wasn't really close in terms of victory. This is the fourth or fifth game we've played from the Ultimate Missions book and they've all seemed quite unbalanced - I wonder if they were playtested?? This game would've benefitted from one squad less for the Imperials and some different deployment. Admittedly the latter was kind of down to me as I set up "3D" terrain rather than use the supplied maps, but to me the aesthetic is pretty important. Anyway, we may play the next scenario (Rebel Escape/Luke vs Vader Part II) but if we do, I'll more carefully consider the opposing forces as well as the setup.