Okay, so this will be my first batte report.
Tried to translate it as best as I could and hope you like it. We didn't take pictures of dice rolls (we're both too excited to stop shooting at each other and do things like taking pictures or stop to think what the heck we're doing atm) and so I can only give you some status pics at the beginning of each turn.
Let me know how I can improve the report next time and don't hold back with tactical advice for my friend and me - who are quite inexpierienced btw
Size: 980 Points (Don’t ask )
Zenian League Race: Dindrenzi Federation (DF)
Kurak Alliance Race: Sorylian Collective (SC)
Campaign: The Chadda Offensive
Scenario: Capture the Station (Our „Station“ was a planetary one, placed on a moon. So it’s only an optical change.)
(We're starting our own campaign, but wanted to contribute to the big picture, so, this is just our fluff...)
Over the course of several months the Dindrenzi Federation was able to advance merely unhindered into Sorylian space. Within that time, the Sorylian Collective simply relied on the defencife forces at hand and did not start any counter offensive at large - until now.
Tacticians of the DF are regarding the first clash of fleets as the beginning of a major retaliation campaign. The first battle took place within the Brisch-Sector, among the System Milex - at least that’s what the DF call the solar system. The point of interest was the inhabitable moon Milex IIIaH - an ancient Sorylian outpost, now under control of the invading Dindrenzi fleet. For the Sorylians, who call the moon „Schoß der Vorväter“ (Womb of the Ancients), their hand was forced when the moons colony fell to the DF and they began fortifying their position for further operations within the sector. „Schoß der Vorväter“ holds a network of subterran data nodes with information of immense value - should they fall in the hands of the DF, any consequences for the Sorylian Fleet High Commands Tactics would be fatal and months of careful planning would be in vain.
Thus the relatively inexpierienced young Star Admiral Thronmann Sternenseits was given a hastily assembled fleet to extract the data or destroy the data node network at any cost.
The Dindrenzi Star Admiral, Geo Sheremdoc, was given almost no time to prepare his defenses and had no time to prepare when the Sorylian ships entered the solar system and set course on Milex IIIaH.
Dindrenzi Federation (Defender)
T1 Battleship - Conqueror Class 200 P.
+Torpedos Fore, Double Mines
T1 Battlecruiser - Cataphract Class 135 P.
T2 Gunships x3 - Gladius Class 285 P.
Glauke, Galateia, Eudore
T2 Cruisers - Fury Class 180 P.
Eunike, Thetis, Dione
T3 Frigates x3 - Hammer Class 90 P.
Laena, Lais, Lamia
T3 Figates x3 - Hammer Class 90 P.
Phryne, Elpida, Neaira
Sorylian Collective (Attacker)
T1 Battleship - Falx Class 235 P.
+Weapon Shielding, +Second Assault, +2x2AP, +1 Shield
Kathedrale von Karos (translates: Cathedral of Karos)
T2 Heavy Cruisers x3 - Kopis Class 315 P.
+Weapon Shielding, + Reinforced
Axiom, Ewigkeit, Zielstrebigkeit (Eternity, Determination)
T2 Cruisers x3 - Falcata & Skyhammer 225 P.
+1 Shield, +1“ MV
Paryaqaqa, Cavillace, Ain
T3 Frigates x4 - Reaper Class 100 P.
+ Pack Hunters
Arden, Netbura, Dranat, Tafalla
T3 Frigates x4 - Scythe Class 100 P.
+ Pack Hunters
Alldar, Vaia, Pulica, Aetron
Turn 1 (Initiative: DF)
SC-Frigates are maneuvering around an asteroid field, trying to flank and manage to damage one of the DF-Frigates over long distance. The Dindrenzi, superior at long range, retaliate the attack immediately, destroying the leading Frigate Arden.
DF-Battlecruiser Terpsichore focusing his kinetic weapons onto the SC Battlehsip and manages to breach the thick hull of the SC-Flagship. However, the Dindrezi ship is not prepared for the full broadside from the „Kathedrale von Karos“ coming back at Terpsichore, dealing heavy damage, ripping open large sections of the hull and exposing the crew to the deadly vacuum of space.
Further blows are dealt by concentrated broadsides from the Heavy Cruiser squadron, Terpsichore is taking another critical hit and ordonance crews are doing their best to keep the fires at bay. The Axiom, Ewigkeit and Zielstrebigkeit focus their forward weapon systems on the DF-Frigates, destroying the Neaira alsmost instantly.
Meanwhile the Battleship Polyhimnia, along with the three Gunships are dealing long range blows to the SC Cruiser group, overloading the shield systems on the Ain. Without his shields and the reduced point defense network, the Cruiser is easy prey for the torpedos of the second Dindrenzi Frigate squadron, resulting in a destroyed Sorylian cruiser and cheers on board the Laena, Lais and Lamia.
Dindrenzi Cruisers Eunike, Thetis and Dione bear their weapons onto the SC-Battleship, weakening the structure of the old ship even more.
After taking several devastating hits from the Lathedrale of Karos, the new Dindrenzi planetary defense System on Milex IIIaH is operating at only a fraction of its power and is rendered almost useless.
Turn 2 (Initiative: SC)
After the crew on board of the DF-Battlecruiser Terpsichore failed to contain the fire, disaster spread, engulfing more and more sections of the proud warship in flames, costing countless brave men and women of the Dindrenzi fleet their lives. After the SC-Heavy Cruisers take out the Bridge of the DF-Battlecruiser Terpsichore in a targeted, well coordinated strike, the Dindrenzi ship falls adrift and is no longer of any concern to the Sorylian forces.
Furthermore, the Heavy Cruisers manage to destroy both remaining DF-Frigates, Elpida and Phryne, with their crippeling broadside.
DF-Cruisers Eunike, Thetis and Dione again combine their fire onto the SC-Battleship, this time without effect. However, their Gun Racks manage to penetrate the reactor shielding of the Heavy Cruiser Axiom, resulting in an catastrophic malfunction. The following explosions completely destroys the Heavy Cruiser and damages the accompanying Ewigkeit and Zielstrebigkeit heavily. Within seconds, the tides of the battle have turned again.
[Yes, both of them! He crits one, making it explode and then crits the other two. Oh goth, why?! But wait, it gets even better...]
The SC-Figates, menat to deal with the DF-Figates, see themselves suddenly robbed of their targets, turn to the center and manage to direct some long range fire onto the DF-Cruiser Eunike, landing a lucky hit on a mine that is being released from the rear end of the Cruiser. (Just fluff - it was a regular crit ofc ). The crew, still euphoric about the destruction and crippeling they managed to deal towards the Heavy Cruisers of their cold-blooded enemy, shares the same fate within seconds, as the massive explosion of the armed warheads punches through the blast doors, overloads the reactor and turns the ship to a blazing torch within seconds.
Within the cramped space between the gas giant Milex III and it’s moon Milex IIIaH another of the DF-Cruisers is heavily hit. Also, the rapidly expanding debris manages to deal further damage towards the SC-Battlehip, but the most fatal blow is upon the Scythe-Class Frigates of the SC who also get caught in the explosion, resulting in the destruction two ships, the Pulica and Aetron, who never got their chance to contribute to the battle.
(So, here it is. The second Reactor Overload within the same turn. Taking out one of the Dindrenzi ships and two frigates of the Sorylians. What have I done to deserve this? Things were looking so good and now this...)
Enraged, the two remaining SC-Cruisers steer hard port, accepting the blow of one of the already laid mines, taking heavy damage but in return manage to blow the Cruiser Thetis to cinders and damage the Eudore even further.
Turn 3 (Initiative: DF)
The Kathedrale von Karos is further damaged by the Gunships which retaliates with a full broadside - to no effect. The Sorylian boarding attack destroys the remaining Directorate Cruiser Dione, just before the Sorylian Battleship is taken out by a devastating broadside attack launched from the Directorate Flagship Polyhymnia. Star Admiral Thronmann Sternenseits manages to escape the destruction of his flagship, but is unable to direct the battle any further.
Heavily damaged, the remaining 2 Soryilan Cruisers engage the Gunships in close range and launch a boarding attack against Galatea. Fortunately for the Dindrenzi, all their ships survive the attacks and are able to take the fight to the next turn.
Railguns from the Dindrenzi Frigates manage to extend existing damage aboard one of the Sorylian Heavy Cruisers. Unfortunately, the Frigates were maneuvering too close towards one of their own mine, which was then activated by one of the Sorylian Frigates. The Sorylian ship is destroyed, but so are the Frigates Lais and Laena. The thrid Frigate, Lamia, is destroyed seconds later as the remaining lizard Frigates put their broadsides to work.
The fixed fore weapons upon the SC-Heavy Cruisers Zielstrebigkeit and Ewigkeit punch through the bow of the Dindrenzi Gunship Galateia, again puncturing the reactor shielding, rendering the ship into a cloud of fast expanding gas and debris - which takes out both remaining Sorylian Cruisers.
(Yeah, at that point I thought ... well ... I won’t write that here.)
The Heavy Cruisers manage to damage the Gunship Eudore with their torpedos and then send boarding crews to the primary objective, the outpost on Milex IIIaH, to either hold their positions or blow up the archives should the Dindrenzi try to recapture their batterd outpost.
Turn 4 (Initiative DF)
From behind, the armor of the SC-Frigate is no match for the barrages from the remaining DF-Gunships, so the small ship is thoroughly destroyed. The forward facing weapons shell towardst the Sorylian Heavy Cruisers - without effect.
Polyhymnia suffers first damage upon broadsides from said SC-HCruisers before it oblibertaes a Sorylian Frigate with its supreme mass drivers and lays a mine upon the other Frigate group. Then the Dindrenzy try to recapture their planetary base, but the Sorylian Marines hold the objective.
The remaining Frigates mingle with the Dindrenzi Gunships and activate an old minefiled, a leftover from the destroyed Dindrenzi Cruisers, which wipes out both of the Sorylian ships and manages to increase the damage on Gunship Glauke, also caught in the blast radius.
Turn 5 (Initiative DF)
The Heavy Cruiser Zielstrebigkeit is taken out by Polyhymnias weapons and mines, but not before the Sorylians are able to destroy the heavily damaged Gunship Glauke, leaving only Eudore.
Boarding troops from the Gunship finally manage to overrun the Sorylian defenses on the outpost on Milex IIIaH, but the Sorylian Marines did what they came for, the old archives have been thoroughly destroyed, so that the valuable information will not fall into enemy’s hands.
Turn 6 (Initiative DF)
Only three battlready ships left in the whole system, the end of the battle is swift.
Battleship Polyhymnia takes out the last Heavy Cruiser Ewigkeit with ease.
The Sorylians did not manage to take the system back yet, lost several ships and were forced to destroy an ancient data node network on their old colony.
However, the Dindrenzy fleet suffered heavy losses, were unable to gain advantages from the information on the moon, but held the solar system and its new military installations.
The Battle Log shows 9 Points for the Dindrenzi Federation and 11 Points for the Sorylian Collective at the end of the game - a draw.
(Maybe we did something wrong there, because we adjusted the battle-log for the ships destroyed / damaged in the explosions of the reactor overloads as if they were destroyed by enemy fire. I wasn’t sure but in retrospective, winning this game as the Sorylian with no ships left would not have felt right, so I think that was the right decision. The draw felt right at the end, according to the story.)
Overall I was quite happy with the fleet, even if the Sorylian setup seems a bit odd.
The Heavy Cruisers performed very well and I had very bad luck with the reactor explosions all three (!) times. That's what really cost me the game I think, but I wouldn't have managed to take out the mighty Dindrenzi Battlecruiser in the late game anyhow. Well, we had tons of fun playing this game.