Monday, August 22, 2011

Speed Rally 8/16/11

We had an opportunity to play another game of Speed Rally last Tuesday.  This time we tried a figure eight track where cars travelled in both directions on the straight away.  This was to encourage more people to use weapons.  

Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so we were stuck using cell phones.  Fortunately Robb has a nice camera in his tablet.  Thanks for the help Robb!

The overall track.  Cars travel clockwise around the ruin and counterclockwise around the woods.  Illegal weapons use was not allowed in "the ring."  Anyone caught using them was immediately disqualified.

The Grid.  1. Brian (the Younger), grey Dodge Charger.  2. Matt, blue Honda Civic. 
3. Me, silver Chevy Hearse.  4. Todd, red Dodge Ram.  5. Robb, black Buick Grand National. 
6. Brian (the Elder), purple Lamborghini Diablo.  7.  Mike, DeLorean Time Machine.

Cars pour into the tight turn of "the ring."

Another shot of the pack entering "the ring."  It's a little tighter than I had originally planned.

After opening up with a pair of handheld machine guns, Todd stops to reload.  The back of the pack is having a tough time getting started.

Brian makes the first move in a series that will make him the most hated driver on the track, and everyone's prime target.

And the Charger lays another strip of oil, and pits for some more, as well as to patch a couple machine gun holes!

Near misses start popping up in the straightaway!

The pack leaders scream around "the ring" and headlong into a 3rd oil slick!

Another shot of the same situation.

The back of the pack spreads out, and the Lamborghini attempts to negotiate the oil.

Brian's exotic didn't make it and ended up in the grass...

 Attempting to end Brian's oil dropping day, I lined up a T- bone.  Of course I had to roll snake eyes to fail my roll and destroy my car outright!

Yep.  Definately dead.  It was concluded that the impact forced the engine into the passenger compartment, and pushed the driver into the back of the vehicle, where he now belonged.  And he even got a Viking funeral.

Later that race...
Carnage continues, with some drivers abandoning their hopes of winning to simply destroy the Oil King!

Cars pass by Brian's Charger, ramming and firing.  The damage is heavy on the Charger and eventually it is destroyed!  This being done, everyone agrees that the race is over.  Plus it was late.

Mike was declared the winner! 

The next race will be bigger, and will make use of most, if not all, of the upgrades in the rulebook.  It should be a blast!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Combat Cards Week 6, 8/09/11

And so it ends, the 15mm WWII Tactical Assault: Combat Cards 2011 League.  It was very close in the ponits, so the last games were going to be crucial.  Dan squared off against Mike, and I had the pleasure of testing my new (and theoretically broken) army against Todd.  Unfortunately Jeff got a bye and was not able to defend his position in the standings.

Over the course of the campaign we found behemoths very, very, very hard to kill.  So hard, in fact, that I figured if one or two were bad, 6 would be unstoppable.  So I did it.  I made a list consisting of 6 behemoths, 3 aerials and 2 artillery.  Disaster was to ensue...

A shot of the table mid game.  I'm already short two Tiger tanks due to infantry attacks.

Another Tiger is surrounded.  Soon after the infantry polish this one off, too...

The same action from a different angle.

A behemoth slugs it out with an American mortar team.

After everything was said and done I ended up winning 22- 18.  Winning isn't the disasterous part; the fact that I lost three powerful units to infantry and pulled off a much smaller margin of victory than anticipated.  I figured the sheer power of a behemoth would make it able to hold it's own, even when outnumbered and outflanked, but Todd's infantry felt otherwise.  Behemoths are still incredibly devastating, but they still need someone to watch their flanks or they end up like their targets: a burning wreck!

A shot of Dan and Mike's game.  Units are taking cover where ever they can to avoid the dangerous firing lanes.

Two Russian takes fire from concealed positions in a village. 

Russians test a new hover- tank on the battlefield... :)

Dan achieved victory over Mike, solidifying his 1st place finish in the league.  My minor victory over Todd kept Jeff 2 points ahead of me in the standings, giving him 2nd place.  I was able to achieve 3rd.

The league was fun and the games were well played.  I think everyone is going to enjoy their hard break!