War Rocket Demo at RIW Hobbies 10/16/10CmdrKiley | November 10, 2010
For those of you who didn’t attend I figured I should at least chronicle the exciting events that happened last week. I didn’t have much time to write up any detailed AARs for the demos held last week but I do have lots of photos.
A quick brief on what happened.
Matthew Beauchamp and John Douma from Hydra Miniatures hosted several demo sessions at RIW Hobbies in Livonia Michigan last week during my clubs gaming session. Matt brought along with him not only painted samples of War Rocket models but also of the Retro Raygun line. Furthermore, he also had the stereolith prototype samples of the very impressive Imperial Class IIIand IV rockets.
The first session started with a quick shootout between Galacteers and Imperials just for everyone to get a feel of the mechanics. Then we got into the mission, where the Galacteers were to rescue a princess held captive by the Imperial Forces of Marduk. They were to fly into the city, dock with one of the towers, get the princess and make off. The city was protected by a fleet of rockets (including the Class III and IV) and 4 gun batteries. Imperials set up first and placed their fleet flying around within the city. The Galacteers got to deploy anywhere around the periphery of the city. The majority of them deployed where they could concentrate their fire on the vulnerable Class III. Which they did and after about 2 turns the monster went down. However in the process the Galacteers were loosing Class IIs at an alarming rate. The Imperial Class IV was pretty much wiping Galacteer Class I and IIs from the sky. The Galacteer Class IIIs (about 3 of them) went down almost all simulataneously as they closed into the city which started to turn the tides in favor of the Imperials. Then as both the lumbering Class IVs (from each side) got within range of each other they both went down from combined fire from both sides. This left the Galacteers with a dwindling number of Class Is which were now outnumbered and they had to pull out and declare the mission a failure. The princess was left to the will of minions of Marduk.
This scenario was played on a Hotz Mars Mat which looked pretty cool. John Douma provided the towers he made and the gun batteries were from some OGRE stuff he had.
The second scenario involved the Valkeeri attempting to destroy a Zenethian mothership. This was played on a Hotz space mat and the mothership was a modified Pegasus Hobbies Area 51 UFO. The Valkeeri were able to destroy much of the Zenethian ships but when the mothership showed up it’s added firepower started to turn things back in favor of the Zs. The Valkeeri failed to destroy all the generators on the mothership (they only got about 1/2 of them) before they lost too many ships. The Zenethians, despite loosing most of their fleet were able to keep their mothership in operation.
Matt also provided a drawing for each player that was involved in the demos. I was the winner of one of the drawings and MonteKev other. We each won 4 blisters of Class 1 and 2 rockets. Also participants each got a sample of Class I models. The store was also running a 20% off sale on War Rocket that day as well.
Overall we had a great time and many in my club are very excited about the game. Also we had some other people who saw the bulletins or walked in and participate or watch games going on. Thanks Matt and John for setting up a great session!