Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Lerriano

1250 - KoD(a) vs Raj (l) - The Hunt for Hjalmar Stark!

Recommended Posts

Ottoman-Hellenic border, fifty miles south of Plovdiv

 

“Message intercepted from Danish communications in Ottoman territory… Vice-commanding officer registered as… Sierra Tango … Alpha Romeo Kilo… How would you like to proceed, sir? Over.”

 

The general smiled. After five months of chasing shadows, they had finally tracked down Danish commodore Hjalmar Stark to his new base. It had been a long hunt, and Lord Fortescue, the Duke of Fassingham, feared that the French may have intercepted and destroyed the Dane. Shortly after, when it transpired that he had ‘borrowed’ a luftlancer’s pack and escaped into the clouds to remarshal his strength, it was learned that the Covenant had captured him. The escape remained unclear, and many didn’t even believe it. Later intelligence showed these rumours to be correct (primarily an extremely smug letter written from the commodore to his ottoman allies).

 

It appeared that, despite his prowess as a naval nuisance, ‘The Winter Wolf’ had fled to a Prussian airbase several miles inland, a few kilometres south of Plovdiv. The chase was over. The hunt was on!

 

“Let’s see if we can’t smoke the bugger out! I will be in position by tomorrow and we will make our move. Good work! Over.”

 

“Very good, sir. Over and out.”

 

Before the Battle

The Battle

 

Having chased the Danish nobleman throughout the isles of the eastern Mediterranean, the Kingdom of Brittania finally caught up with the man responsible for sinking thousands of tonnes of Coalition merchant ships trying to reach Russian ports through the Aegean sea in his network of minefields. In the most recent confrontation resulting in the loss of his flagship he had been declared MIA by Prussian and Ottoman intelligence. This was not the case, however, as Hjalmar had been picked up by a Fafnir sweeping the wreckage for survivors. Despite his intention to stay dead for a while, his lack of ships, and the straight-laced Brigadegeneral expressly forbidding him communication with the outside world, he couldn’t help but gloat.

 

As a result, the Brittannian Raj are moving in on the Airbase 150 miles WNW of Istanbul, roughly 20 miles south of Plovdiv in the Ottoman Balkan territories. With the Ottomans a few miles away and the Prussians occupied elsewhere, there would be a short window for a precision strike at the base. Fortescue’s zeal was not, however, shared by his men. They were rather sick of the whole chase…

 

The Scenario

 

Victory Conditions: Kill or capture the enemy commodore and 50% of the enemy.

 

This is personal, a vendetta of Fortescue’s to finish what he had started, and the Indians working for him are tired of the chase. Once either commodore is missing, presumed dead, the armies defending them would surely surrender.

 

As if it wasn’t bad enough for both sides, in the vicinity is a large Ottoman skimming fleet. They, too, intercepted the transmission regarding Stark, and its follow-up between the Kingdom’s commanders. They are looking to ask the Dane some… questions… about the insane minefield he set up in the Aegean islands (for which he did not provide a map). As a result they, too, are moving in to capture him, and/or remove the Brittanian invaders, but rather than an expeditionary force from India, they have sent a vast overland navy!

 

Both belligerents must complete their objectives by the repair phase of Turn 4, after which the Ottomans will sweep in and ruin everyone’s day, unless the battle is resolved.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FORCES


 


Danes with Prussian Allies (Forum member Lerriano)


130 - 1x Gewitterwolke


130 – 1x Gewitterwolke


115 - Landing Field (p)


240 - 3x Pflicht (p)


200 – 2x Fafnir + Tesla


120 - 2x Geier


120 - 2x Geier


100 – 4x Jager


90 - 3x Speerwurf (p)


(the more observant among you may recognise this as 'the list that got turn 2 super-slammed by the French in 'The Interception of Hjalmar Stark')


 


Indian Raj and KoB (Forum member RuleBritannia)


330 – 1x Antaka


185 – 1x Brunel + Shield gen (b )


110 – 1x Ajagava


195 – 3x Agra


120 – 3x Vimana


25 - 1x Tarakee


150 - 5x Megha


125 - 5x Terrier (b )


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Turn 1

 

With the skies crackling to the sound of telsa engines, and the ground shaking to the beat of advancing robotic elephants, it was Stark who took the initiative and started proceedings (despite losing one of his field orders in the process). The ear-splitting crack of arcing lightning meeting the guardian shield dramatically set the battle in motion. Fortescue, a more patient commander by far, prepared his attack by ordering the aerial and infantry squadrons at his disposal to get into a forward position. After a second deafening strike was absorbed above the heads of the Vimana crews as they pushed slightly forwards, Stark too reordered and sent forth his smallest planes.

 

Suddenly, high in the clouds above the rugged Balkan terrain, the Agra's sturginium bonded shells slammed into the advancing Geiers, setting two ablaze and damaging a third's Tesla coils. Unperturbed, Stark ordered the Landing Field to provide covering fire, but again the dome of energy from the Antaka prevented the flak shells from penetrating. Then the great hulking beast let loose it's enormous firepower, scoring one hit straight to the cockpit of the fourth geier and causing major crew damage. The bombard was denied its target as the jet-black planes bobbed and weaved through the air.

 

Hoping to scatter the pitiful terriers, Stark loosed the terrible fore coil, but from such a great distance, and obscured by clouds, the lightning simply struck the ground and earthed harmlessly around them. The great howitzer of the Ajagava was not so harmless, scoring a critical hit against one of the Geiers. The pilots, fearing for their lives against such an enormous gun, broke ranks. The Brunel moved into position, her vast forward bombard also loosing into the Geiers striking the underside of one and causing catastrophic damage to the bomb-bay as it tried to climb to avoid the overwhelming firepower.

 

In response, the Speerwurfs laid down their huge copper-lined schleuders, pinning into the hull of one of the Agra bombards, and finally the Pflichts trashed a Vimana with their forward mounted coils.

 

REPAIRS

The Danes fared poorly, unable to repair some of the massive damage that had been inflicted upon their bomber wave, losing valiant crewmen as they struggled against the encroaching blazes on their aircraft. The Raj, rather crucially, failed to dislodge the speerschleuders from the hull of the Agra. 'It's not exploded, so it's probably nothing', they shrugged, preparing to take aim once more.

 

Casualties

KoD

None

 

Raj

1x Vimana

 

Points

KoD - 60

Raj - 0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Turn 2

 

Unwilling to see the Dane of the Dardanelles make progress further, Duke Fassingham pressed his advantage. The Agras were ordered to redirect their firepower to the Speerwurfs lest another of those dastardly harpoons get lodged. They dutifully obliged, knocking one clean out of the skies with their hardened shells. Despite their best efforts, this appeared to neuter the speerwurfs, who failed to land another schleuder at the medium bombards, paying for it as fighter planes swarmed around them and sealed the unit's fate.

 

But they had done enough, and the flagging Geiers managed to score their hits on the middle of the trio, the arcing bolts of lightning connecting to the speerschleuder and causing a catastrophic chain reaction that ignited the ammunition of the bombard. Even Stark flinched from the bridge of his airship as the tank detonated, damaging the remaining Agras, rupturing the steering column of a nearby Vimana and sending shards of white-hot shrapnel into an infantry patrol, killing several of the Gurkhas in the process.

 

The Brunel, despite being close to the explosion, had enough armour to escape unscathed. Its anti-air cannons thudded into the skies but missed the diving Geier, relying instead on its mighty side-cannons to bring one of the bombers screeching to the ground. Rather more speculatively, the great mobile airfield also took aim at Stark, but fell short. Also, noticing two more blimps coming in from the East, the other side-cannon threw up a volley of fire that missed rather substantially. Fortescue sent a withering morse message reminding them to visit an optician. The crew were correct to worry, however, as the flanking Fafnir loosed a hail of shells at the landing field that caused minor damage despite both the great range involved and its powerful shields.

 

The Vimana, concerned at the prospect of sharing the Agras' fate, moved towards the Geiers, shredding one in their Ack-ack fire and launching a successful boarding action against the beleaguered crew of another. As the planes started to falter, the zeppelins came into their own, as the swift Jagers made their play against the Brunel, striking it with their tesla coils and causing further minor damage as they ascended back into the cover of the clouds, evading the Terriers' attempts to gun them down on their ascent.

 

The Pflichts strafed across the front of the Indian lines, only managing to shock one of the Vimana sheltered under the guardian shield. In response to their reckless move, the Megha robots returned fire and tore into one of the blimps, killing several of its crew and heavily damaging its engines. Stark grimaced and hoped that he'd never face them on the ground...

 

Once more, the landing field's speculative cannon fire was easily blocked by the guardian generator. The Antaka moved forth, its vast array of heavy turrets lighting up the skies like huge macabre fireworks. In the crossfire one of the Pflichts suffered a huge hit, sending the crew into disarray and causing a leak in the fusion reactor. Despite the best repair attempts of the stunned teams, the leaks proved too much and the bag of helium split, sending the blimp spiralling to the ground in a terrifying blaze. The land-dreadnought also managed to cause extensive damage to the third pflicht, and scored the final Geier. The first wave of Hjalmar's force was now spinning to the floor in ruins and his fears that this might be a repeat of the French Interception were becoming increasingly visible.

 

Stark ordered the wings of fighters to begin engaging the enemy, firing at will, and ordered the dive-bombers to prepare themselves for the charge, just as the towering howitzer punched straight through a pflicht's tail section, damaging its rudder beyond repair. Enraged, and as the support air squadrons buzzed about the centre-ground, the two vast gewitterwolkes shot their tesla coils as if Thor himself was at the prow, utterly trashing one of the Vimana outright.

 

Repairs

 

Repairs were fairly average on both sides, only notable highlight being that one Pflicht died as a result of its corrosive wounds.

 

Casualties

 

KoD

2x Geier

2x Geier

1x Pflicht

3x Speerwurf

 

Raj

2x Vimana

1x Agra

 

Turn Points (Running Total)

KoD - 145 (205)

Raj - 410 (410)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Turn 3

 

Desperate not to panic in the face of a terrible few minutes of battle, and determined not to require a change of breeches, Stark steeled himself and radioed the Pflichts to 'give 'em hell!'. Undaunted by the insane amount of damage they had suffered, the prussians followed their orders too the letter, charging up the tesla coils for a furious last assault at the Brunel, further denting its considerable armour and electrifying the bridge momentarily. They also passed directly over the Vimana, electric bombs falling straight through the accursed shielding and blowing the remaining tank to smithereens. As if their honour was not sufficiently regained, the airships also managed to retaliate against the robots, sending one of the mechanical beasts crashing to the ground in a whirl of cogs and synthesised trumpeting. The Dane brought a telescope to his eye to try and see Fortescue's face, but the clouds were in the way.

 

His elation was, however, short-lived, as the hulking airfield's men performed a miraculous repair on their vast machine and began to forge one anew. Yet again, the side batteries failed to score a hit against the pflicts to their left flank and the Fafnir to their right, but the bombard was able to scrape the nose of Stark's command-ship, almost spilling his coffee! As if punishing the Brunel's efficiency, the closing Fafnir undid the work of its repair crews and blew great holes in the runway that caught ablaze. Indian fighter planes flew in tight formation over the field as the Jagers pressed their advantage in speed and dispatched the second Agra before swooping back into the gathering storm high above the battlefield.

 

The secondary Gewitterwolke supercharged its engines and forged onwards, but stayed up high in the clouds to avoid risking damage and as a result failed to cause any. The Megha ploughed towards Stark, robotic cannons further damaging his prize flagship. As dive bombers screeched down on the Brunel, ultimately failing to harm it, the final Agra threw its powerful shells hopelessly at Hjalmar, but the gun's angle was too wide and Stark sipped his espresso as its payload zipped past the bridge.

 

The hideous supergun of the Ajagava, now deprived of planes to strike down, tried for a Pflicht but, despite its incredible firepower, missed. The danish fighter pilots regrouped, ducked and dove, drawing the aerial battle away from the incoming storm of zeppelins. The Antaka had far better aim and struck down a pesky pflicht before turning its huge bombard on the Fafnir. Despite the distance, the airship was badly damaged and had most of its auxiliary systems put out by the strike. More worryingly, the huge array of turrets was able to further wound Stark's flagship, searing into a lower deck killing several crewmen.

 

A final desperate wing of the tiny support aircraft carpet-bombed the Brunel, wounding it further, and the landing field even managed a long-range potshot that tore through a unit of the Megha elephants, and Stark rounded off by raining electric nightmares on the Terriers, the huge payload able to destroy almost all the tanks and the mighty fore-coil able to damage the last Agra.

 

Repairs

 

(author's note - accurate repair notes absent but let's assume that they more or less went to plan. Nothing died this repair phase, at least)

 

Casualties

 

KoD

1x Pflicht

 

Raj

2x Megha

1x Vimana

4x Terrier

1x Agra

 

Turn Points (Running Total)

KoD - 365 (570)

Raj - 160 (570)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Turn 4

 

Wasting no time pressing his now-considerable advantage, Stark ordered the second Gewitterwolke to strike hard. The team performed to perfection, storming down from the skies and finishing off the Terriers, causing harm to a Megha division, damaging the last Agra further, and, most crucially, launching its complement of luftlancers onto the bridge of the Brunel. Following a daring power-struggle on the command deck of the mobile landing field, and with the beast's internal organs rigged to blow, the modern-day vikings soared back to their parent.

 

With such a vital part of the attack force now neutralised, Fortescue's hand was forced. The hulking dreadnought held no restraint as volley after volley of shelling brought a Pflicht and Jager to the ground, even damaging the Prussian landing field and knocking a chunk out of Hjalmar's command vessel. It wasn't enough, however, and despite the threat of a terrifying howitzer to his right, Hjalmar threw out more lightning to destroy the last Agra and ascended into the clouds. The Ajagava's mighty gun did get one more target, however, as a Fafnir was hit lengthways, its runway peeling off as the sky fortress showered the ground with flaming fragments.

 

The sister Fafnir managed to avenge the fallen, cannons smashing the drive-tracks of the Ajagava and causing extensive damage, but exposed itself to the robot elephants who delivered minor wound to the airship as it began to retreat.

 

Across the charred field, both commodores heard a distinctive horn. Even as the tiny fighter planes dived and whirled around each other, both of them knew this battle was over. The Turks were approaching...

 

Repairs

 

Irrelevant. No fatalities and this is end of play.

 

Casualties

 

KoD

1x Fafnir

1x Pflicht

1x Jager

 

Raj

1x Brunel (Derelict)

1x Agra

 

Turn Points (Battle Total)

KoD - 300 (870)

Raj - 205 (775)

* Card points were included but not itemised

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Ottoman horns! Thought Hjalmar, suddenly acutely aware that it was time to go.

 

He frantically ordered the fleet to disband to the skies. They could wait for their benighted map. Just as his vessel limped up into the atmosphere, and with a distinctly wolfish grin, he tossed what appeared to be a small bundle of cloth from the bomb-bay of his heavily damaged flagship.

 

Lord Fortescue watched on broodingly as the airships disappeared between the clouds as if they'd opened up a pocket in the very air itself. As swiftly as the battle had begun, it was over. The bridge crew of the dreadnought looked angrily at the zealot who had assured them victory and riches, and secretly radioed Brittanian command about being used as bait to satisfy this high-born prig's personal vendetta.

 

Drifting down from the stormy heavens, landing squarely on the glass ceiling of the Antaka, fell the cloth. Lord Fortescue demanded it be brought to him.

 

He didn't need it to be brought closer than a few feet to recognise it as his fiancé's monogrammed undergarments. He howled at the breaking stormclouds as rain began to fall.

 

"STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARK!"

 

 

 

The Daring Dane survives! Whatever next for the Cad from Copenhagen?!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Raj are so impressive at band 3.  First few games with them were against Russians, and they struggled into Band 3 and got shot up.  The Danish air took damage at 3, but than sped in close and really punished me.  In some ways i was lucky things ended where they did, with a couple of Gewitterwolke's still in reasonable condition. Lerriano has been great for turning the ebb and flow of battle into a narrative, and it really was a game of three halves (thirds?).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Raj are so impressive at band 3.  First few games with them were against Russians, and they struggled into Band 3 and got shot up.  The Danish air took damage at 3, but than sped in close and really punished me.  In some ways i was lucky things ended where they did, with a couple of Gewitterwolke's still in reasonable condition. Lerriano has been great for turning the ebb and flow of battle into a narrative, and it really was a game of three halves (thirds?).

The Danish and prussian aerial units are tertiary weapon central. They just keep on rolling lots of dice. I think your attempt to damage the squadrons evenly hurt far less than focusing fire on one then another, especially in the case of the geiers and pflichts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.