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Thread: The Balloon Busters: Game 1 - Hammerhead 2nd March 2019

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    Default The Balloon Busters: Game 1 - Hammerhead 2nd March 2019

    This was the first game run by JohnBiggles at Hammerhead on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

    The Germans had two observation balloons, which a combined Entente force of two French Nieuport 16's armed with rockets protected by two British Sopwith Camels would try to shoot down. The Germans had two Albartos D.III's and two Roland C.II's to protect the balloons.

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    The defenders.
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    The attackers.
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    Starting positions.
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    JohnBiggles, Hawkhurst and Andrew.
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    Amy "Whispering Death" Biggles and fellow defending pilot.
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    Great looking game. Thanks for sharing your pics.

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    There are many more to follow, when I have the time to load them, Adie.

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    Looking forward to it.

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    After the first turn of three moves the brown Nieuport and striped Camel had moved out to the left to try to pass the purple Roland and yellow Albatros. The other four planes were in a 'head to head' encounter.

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    Bullets from the blue Roland set the green Nieuport on fire.

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    The hearts Camel turned right. The red Albatros performed an Immelman turn in pursuit. The blue Roland also turned after the Camel but its observer could still fire at the green Nieuport, which had turned left.

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    The brown Nieuport flew straight on whilst the striped Camel turned right to engage the German aircraft. However, the two German planes turned right to try to get behind the Entente aircraft.

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    Thanks for covering the Wings table for us Dave. I only got over there once as I was running the sails all day.
    Some very good action shots. Like a job on the sniper's Times?
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The hearts Camel flew straight on whilst the German planes turned left. The burning Nieuport turned towards the Germans.

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    At the other side of the table the brown Nieuport headed towards the nearest balloon. The Germans continued turning to get behind the Nieuport. The striped Camel turned to attack the Roland, who's observer fired back.

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    The red Albatros and blue Roland headed back to a defensive area. The burning Nieuport turned away from them whilst the hearts Camel started to turn to follow the Germans.

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    The brown Nieuport started zig-zagging as the yellow Albatros pursued. The Roland and striped Camel turned to fight each other.

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    Some more very good shots there Dave. thanks for posting again.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The burning Nieuport continued turning left and the blue Roland turned to follow. The Red Albatros Immelman turned. The hearts Camel flew towards home.

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    The striped Camel turned away from the purple Roland but its observer could still fire at the Camel.

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    Black smoke poured from the Camel's engine.. The brown Nieuport headed towards the balloon with the yellow Albatros in pursuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    The burning Nieuport continued turning left and the blue Roland turned to follow. The Red Albatros Immelman turned. The hearts Camel flew towards home.

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    The striped Camel turned away from the purple Roland but its observer could still fire at the Camel.

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    The Camel started smoking. The brown Nieuport headed towards the balloon with the yellow Albatros in pursuit.

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    Attachments only, not pictures, Dave......

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    Yeah, looke like the attachment fairy has zapped another one.

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    The burning Nieuport tried to turn away from the blue Roland but it was close behind firing again and again.

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    The hearts Camel turned back towards the battle as the red Albatros flew towards it.

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    The brown Nieuport contined to fly towrds the balloon now with both Germans in pursuit.

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    The observer in the purple Roland struggled to unjam his machine gun as the smoking Camel turned to follow the Roland.

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    And again!

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    Bad Fairy. Squish!

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The burning Nieuport continued turning left. The blue Roland flew past but its observer fired at the Nieuport.

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    The red Albatros turned left but the hearts Camel continued turning right and got into a position where it could shoot a the Albatros and face no reply.

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    The damage from the Roland was too much and the Nieuport went down in flames.

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    The brown Nieuport continued towards the balloon with the yellow Albatros and purple Roland behind and the striped Camel following them.

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    Excellent work there Dave, I really appreciate this.

    Lest we forget

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    Good perseverence, Dave, the pics are now visible.

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    The red Albatros turned away from thr hearts Camel but could not shake it off.

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    The brown Nieuport reached the balloon but because of the zig-zagging sideslips the plane was too close to make an attck run using rockets and had to be content with firing its machine gun. It missed and the gun jammed.

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    Three German aircraft were closing on the Nieuport from behind. The balloon crew decided to pull it to the ground. The die was used as a countdown marker for lowering the balloon.

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    Got them Dave.
    Thanks! Now for the rep.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    The red Albatros Immelman turned enabling it to shoot at the hearts Camel, which had flown straight ahead.

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    As the three German planes converged on the brown Nieuport the smoking Camel closed into firing range of the purple Roland and exchanged shots with its observer. Meanwhile the brown Nieuport collided with the balloon causing a little damage to the balloon but badly damaging itself and wounding its pilot.

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    The red Albatros and hearts Camel flew past each other.

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    The brown Nieuport turned right. The yellow Albatros and purple Roland turned left to avoid the balloon. The blue Roland turned right to avoid the balloon and cut off the Nieuport. The smoking Camel continued exchanging shots with the purple Roland.

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    The hearts Camel turned left but the redAlbatros performed another Immelmann turn and got in a shot.

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    The yellow Albatros turned back to attack the smoking Camel, which continued to exchange shots with the purple Roland. However the Camel's guns jammed. Meanwhile the brown Nieuport continued to have a 'smashing' time by turning right and colliding with the advancing blue Roland.

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    Both the hearts Camel and the red Albatros turned left, so the Albatros could still shoot at the Camel.

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    The brown Nieuport and blue Roland flew apart but the bloe Roland's observer got in some parting shots. The smoking Camel flew towrds the balloon. Both the purple Roland and the yellow Albatros made left turns.

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    The hearts Camel flew straight allowing the red Albatros to turn left and drop in on its tail.

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    The brown Nieuport turned left to head towards the second balloon. The blue Roland turned right to shadow it? The yellow Albatros flew straight ahead whilst the striped Camel stopped smoking and turned left to avaoid colliding with the balloon. The purple Roland continued circling out of sight.

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    If you were anticipating an Immelmann turn from the hearts Camel, you were correct and it exchanged fire with th epursuing red Albatros.

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    As the brown Nieuport turned towards the balloon the blue Roland turned towards the brown Nieuport and they exchanged shots.

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    The striped Camel and the purple Roland both turned left.

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    This is turning out to be a true marathon report. Good on ya for keeping up with it.

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    Black smoke began to belch from the brown Nieuport's engine as it headed towards the balloon -straight into another collision with the blue Roland!

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    Meanwhile, the striped Camel and purple Roland both continued their left circling putting them into positions where the CAmel could exchange shots with the Roland's observer. The yellow Albatros flew back into the fray dangerously close to the Roland.

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    The red Albartros and hearts Camel flew past each other.

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    Do people ike these 'move by move' accounts or would they prefer something shorter?

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    You are going to be building up to more rep at this rate pretty soon Dave.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Do people like these 'move by move' accounts or would they prefer something shorter?
    My own AARs are always detailed to give the readers a better idea of what went on.

    Type away, Dave.


    Oh - and have some REP to sustain you.

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    In-flight refreshment.

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    The red Albatros and hearts Camel Immelmann turned and resumed their battle.

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    The smoking Nieuport turned left to avoid the balloon. The blue Roland also turned left enabling its observer to shoot at the Nieuport.

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    The striped Camel turned to the right and the yellow Albatros gained the advantage and took a shot when its left turn placed it behind the Camel. The purple Roland flew straight on.

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    The red Albatros and hearts Camel flew past each other again. The blue Roland and smoking Nieuport flew straight ahead.

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    The striped Camel turned to the right again whist the yellow Albatros flew stright ahead and fired at it again. The purple roland flew straight on.

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    The new young pilot of the yellow albatros and his colleagues rejoiced as the Camel was shot down.

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    The damage.

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    The brown Nieuport turned right to get back into the battle. The hearts Camel flew towards the balloon and attacked it but the Camel flew across in front of the advancing blue Roland and was raked by its forward gun. The red Albatros flew straight ahead.

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    Both the purple Roland and the yellow albatros made left turns.

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    The Nieuport continued its right turn. The red Albatros Immelmann turned. The Camel flew straight on closing with the balloon and shooting at it. The balloon exploded and the Camel was caught in the blast. Also the blue Roland had flown ahead and its observer could shoot at the Camel. All this damage was too much and the Camel fell from the sky.

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    The purple Roland turned right to pursue the Nieuport. The balloon had almost reached the ground.

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    The yellow Albatros also turned left to pursue the remaining Nieuport.

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    The fatal damage to the Camel.

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    The Nieuport was left to face the red Albatros.

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    The purple Roland and yellow Albatros were coming up behind. The brown balloon safely reached the ground.

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    The Nieuport flew towards the red Albatros and opened fire but it was caught in a cross-fire from the red Albatros and blue Roland and shot down.

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    The purple Roland and yellow Albatros were left flying serenely on.

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    The Germans had lost one balloon and the other had been slightly damaged and pulled down but at a cost of two Nieuport 16's and two Sopwith Camels to the Entente. Was it worth the sacrifice?

    The End.

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    Well done David, I saw the game from a distance and they all seemed to be having a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post

    Do people ike these 'move by move' accounts or would they prefer something shorter?
    Personally, I like 'em shorter.

    I long ago gave up following this one, spread over so many days of posts.

    But that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht
    Do people [l]ike these 'move by move' accounts or would they prefer something shorter?

    Epic game and epic report to go with it.

    I far prefer the extended style, it's worth the read. And like I said, good on ya for keeping up with it, especially with the attachment fairy out to get you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    Do people like these 'move by move' accounts or would they prefer something shorter?
    If anything my preference would be to see it all in one post David - just edit your new photos and text into the original post. You can always add a post by way of announcing the update.
    Good to see the action though and the pilots getting stuck into it !

    "He is wise who watches"



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