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X-Wing at Wycombe Warband, November 2015 26 November 2015

X-Wing at Wycombe Warband, after another long gap. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

I took my Rebel force again:

Ten Numb / B-Wing
 Advanced Sensors
Tycho Celchu / A-Wing
 Push the Limit
 Assault Missiles
Red Squadron Pilot / X-Wing
 R2 Astromech

and Neil brought four stock Phantoms!

Sigma Squadron Pilot / TIE Phantom
Sigma Squadron Pilot / TIE Phantom
Sigma Squadron Pilot / TIE Phantom
Sigma Squadron Pilot / TIE Phantom

But he didn't attempt to swarm them; they set up spread out. I stayed concentrated, rather too much so.

And I started running into my own ships as I often seem to. I think the only remedy for this is more practice. That said, we nailed the right-side flanking Phantom fairly quickly.

Things became concentrated in one of the relatively clear sections of the board, and I spent a while getting disentangled.

After some delay, I was able to concentrate fire again and take down the second Phantom.

We all tried to extend away, and this worked better for some of us than others. (The A-Wing was all over the map, which was great – just a pity his main gun is so pathetic, though it was helpful when combined with attacks from others.)

The Phantoms ended up out of cloak and exposed, so the A-wing finished off one and the B-wing the other.

The X-wing ended up with a single hull box left (but regenerating shields), and the A-wing's shields were gone, but this was a pretty convincing victory for the Rebels. I'll stick with this squadron for a bit, mostly working on getting my manoeuvres right. The flaw I found in the Phantom when I was running it as part of my Fel's Whisper squadron is that, in spite of the shields, it's really not a brawler; it needs to make its firing pass and then vanish away (preferably with the Advanced Cloaking Device), not hang around in the dogfight.

Also being played: Naval Thunder, this time the WWII iteration (Battleship Alley). Definitely one I'd like to try some time.

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