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Philippines Campaign!

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Hello, our group is running a 2 month campaign set in the Philippines. We are using the Battle Patrol rules for the first two weeks, and then opening up the normal fleet engagements thereafter, to represent an escalating conflict. Victory in Battle Patrol games will contribute bonuses in fleet engagements, to represent successful raids / intel gathering / sabotaging of the enemy. Thus far, the news in the first two weeks Battle Patrols...

 

News from the front!

- Italian surface forces launch a surprise attack on Raj forces massing near Goa. Significant losses were inflicted on the Indian squadrons preparing for their journey to the Philippines (BOND VICTORY)

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- In a one-two punch, Italian forces continue to harass Raj forces as Indian detachments force their way through to the islands. HMS Krishna and HMS Kolkata suffered debilitating damage to officer cadres (BOND VICTORY)

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- Rejoicing over their successful raids, Italian forces fail to notice Russian ships until it was too late. Despite fighting with skill and elan, Vice-Commodore Vincenzo Fioravanzo was forced to retreat before the implacable Russian advance. (COALITION VICTORY)

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- Britannic Long Range Recon Force attempt a reconnaissance in force on the island of Leyte. Prussian garrison managed to fend off the attempt but sustain heavy casualties in the process. HMLS Oxford captured by Prussian elite sturmtrups korps. (DRAW)

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- Indian Raj naval assets guarding vital supply convoys engage Blazing Sun raiding forces and manage to force the raiders to withdraw while sustaining significant losses themselves. (DRAW)

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- Submarines of the Britannic 7th Hunter Flotilla surprises a detachment of the Prussian 27th Iron Fleet and scored a vital victory by sinking more than half of the force. (COALITION VICTORY)

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- Carrying on the momentum, Britannic naval forces continue to apply pressure on the 27th Iron Fleet, putting out of action the SMS Sonigsberg by aggressive frigates. (COALITION VICTORY)

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- Indian Raj battle squadron "Spears of Shiva" engaged the picket forces of the 27th Iron Fleet. The Cruiser HMS Ganges was blown apart by an unfortunate strike on its magazine stores, but vengeance was had when the HMS Maharajah obliterated the SMS Brandenburg with its super heavy bombard. Observers calculated the force of the explosion to be more than enough to destroy the Prussian Cruiser twice over. (DRAW)

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- Russian pressure on the northern parts of the theater draws in Prussian reinforcements. However, the sturdy Russian vessels prove to be more than a match for the overstretched Prussian navy. (COALITION VICTORY)

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Score as of now:

COALITION VICTORY: 4
BOND VICTORY: 2
FREE NATION VICTORY: 0

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Thanks gents! Yeah the narrative of the campaign is as important to us as the meta-gaming aspect of it. It also helps people to get motivated and start painting their minis :D

 

The Raj player is indeed a major player in this war, as only India and Australia prove to be launching pads for Britannia and her forces to penetrate "Fortress Philippines", where Bond scientists are conducting secret experiments...

 

 

UPDATE:

Britannic naval forces covering the evacuation of forces from Leyte come under attack by mysterious ships! 81st Frigate Squadron wiped out with all hands lost. HMS Kensington, a Lord Hood class Battlecruiser, managed to lock on to the strongest source of radio chatter and destroyed a strange ship with complex lens arrays. Remnants of the Britannic fleet forced to withdraw, leaving the evacuation convoy dangerously exposed. (COVENANT VICTORY)

 

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And that concludes the first two weeks of small, 500 point patrol games. From now onwards, fleet engagements of 1,000 points are unlocked, and follow the scenarios stated in the Ironclad tournament pack. Battle Patrol games still can be played, to represent the ongoing raids amidst major fleet battles. 

 

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My friends and I have been considering doing a narrative campaign for Firestorm Armada for awhile, and seeing other people making such interesting campaigns themselves is inspiring. Very keen on seeing where this will lead!

We also might steal that idea of escalating the points for the games as it goes on. :P

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Our first weekend ends with a couple of 1000 point games!

 

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The battle escalates as each side now bring large ships to bear. Rumors have reached the Bond Headquarters at Manila that contact was lost with the precious Sturginium fields at the Balintang Channel. Russian involvement was suspected. (COALITION VICTORY)

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Meanwhile, Italian naval forces encountered a foe as slippery as them. The 12th Antarctican War Fleet "Rationality's Edge" utilized O-space technology to move their forces across the battlefield and surprise the Italians. Heavy usage of beam technology was reported by survivors of the debacle. (COVENANT VICTORY)


The score as it stands now:

Coalition Campaign Points and Win Ratio: 7 and 45.45%
Bond Campaign Points and Win Ratio: 2 and 18.18%
Free Nations Campaign Points and Win Ratio: 4 and 100%

The Coalition have the most campaign points, which translates to more victories and dominance of the situation - however their win ratio of 45.45% means that overall victory is bought at a high price.
The Bond is in dire straits - at all fronts they are being pushed back and their forces are suffering from significant losses in materiel and manpower. Something has to be done, and fast. 

The Free Nations are currently the top of the pack  - their forces have suffered no defeats, and while their presence in the area may not be felt in the grand scheme of things, the path to achieving their goals is currently assured. 
 

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Phew, two weeks worth of battles. An upsurge in Bond victories as the Prussians, Japanese and French fight back hard. And finally the Covenant victory streak has ended by the hands of the Japanese! 

 

 

Using the cover of seasonal heavy rains, the Prussian Battle Group 'Edelweiss' launched a daring attempt to disrupt Britannian operations before they can consolidate their gains. The Kensington Line was breached by Zestorer air strikes and precious oil reserves fall into the hands of the triumphant Prussians. Commodore Edward "Nickel Eye" Lee MIA and presumed captured by enemy forces. (BOND VICTORY)

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A new nation joins the battle! Intercepting a call for distress from nearby sturginium mines, French naval forces which are en route to their gathering point in the Bohol Sea respond with speed - only to engage Antarctican forces which are already in the midst of securing the mines. In the ensuing battle, Antarctican elements managed to siphon significant amounts of the precious material before French ships force them to pull back. (COVENANT VICTORY)

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Operation Liberte Torch. French naval forces attempt to liberate the Sturginium Fields at the Balintang Channel, which were captured by the Russians some time back. Fighting with skill and valor, the French forces nonetheless have to withdraw when two vessels, the Victoire and the Marguerite du Ponant suffered magazine explosions from Russian shells. The resulting explosions tore a chunk out of the fleet. A last gambit was attempted by the captain of the Magnifique, when the French Cruiser braved the wrath of the massive Khatanga-class Carrier, Pyotr Veliky, to deliver a striking blow, but it was not enough to tip the scales. (COALITION VICTORY)

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Operation Yōyū Kōri. Blazing Sun naval forces under Admiral Nagamo Kochiya, esteemed leader in the Army of the Sword, managed to intercept vital messages that resulted in the Imperial Navy forcing an engagement with Covenant forces. Under the cover of mists which impaired vision and shooting, the Imperial Navy fought and won a close victory at the Battle of Samar Sea. (BOND VICTORY)

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