Sunday, May 14, 2017

Summer of Slammers Flies the Unfriendly Skies

Sometimes its just a road, and other times its not.  Eaglewing VTOL transports ferry troops forward along a main arterial road to the front

Its safe here, the VTOLs don't even need an escort

Modern warfare can change that in an instant.  Peace is shattered by an advancing column of Free Foreign Legion (FFL) armour

Gun jeeps and drones act as recce

Medium armour screens the command group

Heavy MBTs and Tank Destroyers flank the hills

The Waldheim Dragoons can only muster a single Medium tank Troop in defense, they have to hold while reinforcements rush in

The Dragoons Troop lies in wait behind a hill

The FFL armour ranges forwards seeking new targets

The Dragoons unmask and engage

 Boom! First kill, a FFL MBT KOd

Hit, Overkill, Boom!

The other Dragoons KO'd a main gun on one other tank and destroyed a missile jeep

FFL heavies surge forwards to exact their revenge

 Missiles away!

Heavy powerguns blaze, destroying one Dragoon vehicle, the others remain unscathed

 The command vehicle and remaining missile jeep assumes control of the drones, pulling them back into hull-down positions

Drones drop into ridges on the hill

Missile swarm away!

Drozd shoot down incoming

One missile gets through and slams into the top of the tank, destroying it

Dragoon reinforcements appear, a troop of heavy MBTs

The heavies move into firing positions

BOOM! BOOM! FFL lose two heavies and a medium MBT

The surviving medium MBTs retreat to cover before firing

KABOOM, a shot slices through a Dragoon Heavy MBT

Missile out

The Dragoon's command group appears on the horizon

Meanwhile, FFL missiles all whiff.  Dragoons win initiative and opt to pile on the misery

KABOOOOOOOM, twice, really.

Medium MBTS keep up the retreat

Missiles away

KA-SPLAT!  Top attack missile takes out the last Dragoon medium MBT

FFL missiles from the jeeps whiff (again), Dragoon heavies advance to gain shots

Predictable, Boom, Boom, and more.  All FFL MBTs lost, drones down too

The FFL commander opts to retreat with the remains of the FFL force

This is going to be a tough one to explain

Waldheim Dragoons win the day, but the cost is high

Hulks litter the battlefield

Both sides took a beating

Ah tanks, I thought it was time for a break from infantry and where better for a tank battle than the equatorial deserts.  Cover was minimal, this was a pure slug fest, and what fun it was too.

And finally, a quick word about my toys.  The FFL and Commonwealth forces do not appear in the Slammers at all.  When I started playing the Crucible rules I was using the kit I had, most of which was older GZG and Brigade vehicles.  I've been playing with them as FFL and Commonwealth for years,  all I did was badge them up using HS decals from Ainsty and I had two ready-made forces to use.  Since then I've rebadged these green and brown Old Crow vehicles into being the Waldheim Dragoons, this is why they don't use the cannon blower tanks.  I do have blowers, they are next in the painting queue, just need to finish the Wolverines and a few more Dragoons then its Slammers time.

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