Thursday, 2 November 2017

BFG 1500: Craftworld Eldar vs Tau rematch

A rerun of BFG with Eldar vs Tau again. Played a week after the previous game but only just got around to writing it up.

I swapped out one of my Cruisers for four Escorts, while Andrew also made some slight tweaks to his force.

Game Report

Here's the setup, with sun edge again that closest to camera. Cruiser Clash scenario again.

I take first turn this time. I'm "up sun" of the Tau carriers to ensure I get favourable movement with the solar wind, but it's a long way to get to the target with most of my fleet!

My Escorts move to an asteroid field and my other ships launch their fighters.

Tau launch their Bombers, while their Escorts close in on my main strike group.

I brace for impact as all the escorts fire on the Void Dragon, and it takes only one damage.

My fighters move towards the Carriers to intercept Ordnance.

I close in on the trailing Hero Cruiser with my Void Dragon and two Wraithships, doing much damage and crippling it. Three other Cruisers attack the main Carrier group and inflict some minor damage. My Escorts target the enemy bombers shooting down two waves.

Remaining Tau Torpedo Bombers fire Torpedoes.

One of my Cruisers is crippled and I lose an Escort too.

The crippled Tau Hero and a Defender disengage successfully, jumping away and leaving the battlefield. Tau Escorts chase after my Cruisers and Escorts, while their Carriers reload and launch again.

Checking turn arc of torpedoes with fancy horizontal laser thing... - a miss just!

All my Cruisers power toward the Carriers, and they come close to crippling one of them, despite the carriers bracing.

Tau unleash more torpedoes.

The barrage destroys a damaged Eldar Crusier and cripples one more, and two of my Escorts are also destroyed.

Tau then disengage successfully with all their ships!!

I'm left in possession of this sector of space, but I've taken significantly more damage than the Tau fleet. Tau score 337 victory points and me only about 285! Narrow win to the Tau.

Cleverly done by the Tau, inflicting some heavy damage with their bombers and withdrawing before I could respond in kind! If I had managed another point or two here or there against their capital ships the balance would have been in my favour. Once again bit of a piecemeal attack on my part with some Cruisers getting very far ahead of the main force. A better effort than last time though!

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