Thankfully with schedules permitting, I managed to get a game of Hawk Wargames, Dropzone Commander In the other night.
For my opponent, I was facing up against Lorcan…
…Our local UCM player… Or Cylon Infiltrator.
The mission for the night was ‘Survey and Control’, a new scenario from the new book, Reconquest: Phase 2.
I was playing Scourge, (I was proxying the Eden Dinosaur as a the giant blue foam and 2 Corruptors as the smaller 2 pieces of foam, more about the Corruptors later).
4 Minders with an Intruder Beta
3 Hunter tanks in a marauder
3 Reaper tanks in a Marauder
2 groups of Aged Ones, Both in an Invader APC, sharing a Marauder
2 Reaper Gunships
4 Minders in an Intruder Beta
8 Prowlers split amongst 2 Intruder Beta’s
For Lorcans UCM list, he had…
4x Longbow with Raven A (plus Rocket pods)
2x Legionnaires with Raven B
2x Legionnaires with Raven B
2x Praetorians with Raven B (plus rocket pods)
2x Praetorian Snipers (plus Rocket pods)
‘Survey and Control’ is a fun little mission. It was part mad dash, part denial, for most of the game.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures during the game, due to my camera’s battery being mostly dead.
Spoiler alert… I lost the game. Part due to only having 2 infantry groups, but mostly due to me forgetting to move my infantry group onto the table till turn 3, D’oh. Even still, the game ended close with 8 Intel points to Lorcan vs my 6 Intel points, I still won on Kill Points (as far as I remember) due to the Eden Dinosaur sniping his Kodiak off the board in the last turn.
Some highlights of the game were Lorcans snipers shooting my 2 Reaver gunships out of the air, 1 of which crashed into a building.
His Longbows sniping my poor, little prowlers of the table (thanks to his Snipers spotting for him).
For most of the game, the drones from Lorcan’s Ferrum kept my 2nd Minder Swarm and Corruptors boxed in, until I realised they don’t ‘reaction fire’. I then moved out my Corruptors, fired of 2 Razorworm pods at buildings to claim 2 ‘Intel’ points.
Thanks to a ‘Command Card’ I drew, 2 of my Hunter tanks were able to get into range of Lorcan’s Longbows. The Katana’s next to my Hunters, were then torn up by the Eden Dinosaur.
In the next turn, I drew a ‘Core Overload Command Card’, and tried to kamakazi an Intruder Beta into the middle of the Fireblades, but I rolled 1’s. In all honesty, no one I know can roll more 1’s than me. Lorcan, even remarked I should start playing ‘Battletech’, cause i’ld get bonuses for rolling them.
I had a blast playing the Eden Dinosaur, and I can see why ‘Famous Commanders’ aren’t allowed in tournament play. Although I didn’t get much work done with them, I love the new Scourge Corruptors. Just love them. I can see them being taken in a lot, if not all Scourge lists. They are a bit pricey, but the options they can give in CQB, grabbing Intel, and Focal Points is amazing.
After my game with Lorcan, I only realised that during our game I could have gotten his snipers, or at the least forced him to reposition them. By shooting Razorworms into the adjacent building, I could have had them exit the building, cross the street, and feed on his Snipers.
Although a few mistakes were made, I can’t wait for my next game.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave