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Thread: A Day At the Stick !

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    Today I spent the day with Rob (Rabscallion) at his 'drome for a day of Wings !
    Having missed Bovi last weekend he was keen to get in the air and I was happy to oblige..

    We started with a two on two scout skirmish between a Nieuport 11, DH.2 combo and a pair of Alb D.III as a warm up - The allies were victorious but I neglected to get any pics.
    I then broke out my latest Ca3 acquisition to be blooded and it did not let me down - we put it on auto and both of us attacked it with Phoenix D.Is...

    First exchanges & we're both smoking !
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    Now I'm on fire ... wt...
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    and now I'm downed !
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    Leaving Rob to chase him down
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    And polish him off with a splendid 5+1 for 26 damage point total
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    Gluttons for punishment that we are we had another go - two fighters each v 2 Ca3 - what could go wrong ....


    Well this for starters !
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    Rob has better luck
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    Between us we knock down first one - I got the credit
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    Then the other, Rob got the kill - that Ca3 got close to escaping !
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    So, what next ?! Yep - we went big !
    I set it on fire with my ranging shot with the MG
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    Then I got the cannon working
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    Instead of reloading it I attacked with the MG as he was jammed.. but not long enough
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    Then Rob bought it (it's an AFB-1) - & the big 'un got away
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    We then scaled back to chasing a Hannover on auto pilot - it made for a crazy chase but was a load of fun - I set it on fire before succumbing myself
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    Rob finished it off but paid for it !
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    The second game went better - set him on fire on the first shot
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    and after another winding chase I put him away this time
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    Then it was time to go home, another day of Wings done - ready for Devizes at the weekend
    Thanks for hosting Rob
    Last edited by flash; 07-20-2019 at 12:50.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Looks like you are having a smashing time Dave. I look forward to more of the same.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Wonderful action! I really miss my local wingman, Hunter and I had weekly "furballs", great fun and fellowship! Carry on!

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    Thanks chaps - more to see now !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    And thanks for the superb show and commentary Dave.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Lotta Booms, Dave.
    Were the decks stacked against you?

    Is that first Ca-3 a repaint of a La Guardia?
    I don’t recall seeing that particular camo before.

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    Thumbs up

    What a super way to fill in a day Dave.
    All the games looked like great fun & what more do you want than Fire & Booms to liven up the action.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    So it was a case of "Go big AND go home." Very good AAR.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Thanks everyone.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Is that first Ca-3 a repaint of a La Guardia? I don’t recall seeing that particular camo before.
    No that's a die-cast model Pete - 1:144 Ca.3 Regia Aeronautica 1 Squadriglia, Italy (depending which ad you see).
    Quite hefty compared to the Ares model but looks the part. I have yet to squeeze crew into the Italian jobs.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Super photos, Dave!

    Hope your boom-magnetism has worn off by tomorrow.................

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    Great game session. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Dave. Look forward to the next one. Followed all that up with a solo session the next day. Gotta love that Staaken

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    And thank you Rob for your able support given to Dave.

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

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    Did anyone remember to bring the marshmellows? Pays to be prepared for all the explosions and fires!

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your games.
    We played a similar game to your first one - two Phonix vs a Caproni Ca.3. In ours the Caproni won hands down.

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    Looks like lots of fun.

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    I love that mat with the clouds and shadows. Were does it come from and is it available in the States?

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    Deep-cut studios make it Dobbs - They are EU based - Website here: https://www.deepcutstudio.com/

    Lists US traders as:

    Adler Hobby – 138 Wayne st., Manchester, NH, United States – adlerhobby.net

    Midgard Comics and Games – 55 Crystal Ave. Unit 21, Derry, NH, United States – midgardcomicsandgames.com

    The Guardtower – 3600 Trabue Road, Columbus, OH, United States – theguardtower.com

    Games U – 1550 N. Stonehenge Drive #102, Gilbert, AZ, United States – facebook.com/gamesuniversityaz

    Red Castle Games – 6406 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR, United States – redcastlegames.com

    Off the Wall Games – 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA, United States – facebook.com/OffTheWallGames

    "He is wise who watches"

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    You certainly seem to have had a good time, Dave and Rob.

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    Rob very kindly hosted me for another day at the stick.
    We started with a go at Tripods n Triplanes - both never having piloted a Martian before we thought we should both have a go at it so we played the first scenario a couple of times. Sadly it required a lot of concentration and i totally forgot to take any pics of the action. I managed to get a a pic of the beast and escape the first time but not the second. As a Martian I smoked & toasted Rob's N.16 but not before he'd scored a few solid hits. Requires a bit of work and more practice but a good game system if not exactly our cup of tea.

    We had a break and then had a go at a bomber - I used the Klein Pfalz D.III & Rob had a go at his latest acquisition, Weber's Albatros D.Va.
    As you can see his first time out, first shot taken could have gone a lot better !
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    I managed to latch on and drag the beast down as it reached the target. Boom card (half points) really helped me out.
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    Next game we decided to have a go at a balloon, running the gauntlet of AA guns on the way in - and out if we lived that long !
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    First Archie on me was painful; Rob shrugged off a near miss & the second hit on me was a goose egg !
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    Rob's first shot with incendiaries set the balloon alight - good shot !
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    I added to it's woes as I passed - this was at +1
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    We spun round and poured in a little more hate and it quickly succumbed to the fire.

    Next time round we added an AI driven opponent... Not a good idea !
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    Once he cleared his gun jam and caught up with me he seemed to take it personal... Ouch, stop punching me you bully !
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    Rob set the balloon alight with his first shot again.
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    I added the same moments later - then Boom - first fire damage and it was gone.
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    This seemingly upset the Camel driver ... and down I went... Who wrote these D8AI moves ?!
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    Rob avenged me by planning the right moves for the wrong plane leading to a +1 kill shot
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    We finished off with a double head to head - I flew the Hun, he flew the Tommy's
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    My chaps held their own for a while
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    But it quickly unravelled
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    Gutted ! You can see why. Two close range hits - one at +1 ... for 1 point of damage... BOOM !
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    Then my Camel got caught between a rock and a hard place !
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    The end to another great day of WoGaming - Thanks Rob

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Looks like lots of action on that terrific mat.


    Rob avenged me by planning the right moves for the wrong plane leading to a +1 kill shot
    "The best intentions of mice and men ... " (and aeroplanes)

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    Nice looking set of battles there Dave. AI, doesn't it mean Avenging Intelligence?

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    House games, FLGS games, tournament games at conventions...there's all good. Those boom cards, though...
    Well, the bad news is, they can put and end to any game quickly.
    The good news is, that leave plenty of time for another game!



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