Let's do a space scenario! That was the choice made a couple weeks ago for the 'battle of the week.' So dutifully setting out the star map cloth, counters and a small Aquarian fleet I awaited Roger's Carnivores to make an appearance.
We have been playing Monday Knights rules "Galactic Knights" for about a year, and the most recent expansion came out, the fourth race in the back story. These are the Aquarians, subject of several painting posts but not actually played as their own style of fighting. Naturally I had picked the fleet without the rules availability to do first, but that was now rectified!
Armed with the anti-gunnery missiles and 'paint peeling' technology of the space faring fishy fleet, I set out two cruisers, a destroyer and a patrol class ship against a squadron of Carnivores. The Carnivores had one less ship, but the match was pretty equal in 'points' as they are rated by the ship templates supplied by the rules.
One furry destroyer and two Carnivore cruisers (is there an overload of alliteration in this post?) approached the Aquarian task force methodically. The commander, Roger the Fang, had met Federation ships and triumphed easily, he felt sure to do the same with these minnows.
The game went fast and once the decision to come into middle range was made (as the Aquarian, I thought to get the cruiser that was almost completely out of starboard armor severely damaged) the action became furious. The Aquarian missiles caused problems for the Carnivore ships, the Carnivore anti shield missiles caused the shields on the one cruiser to go down, and the Aquarian armor is thin in most cases.
In all, as the Aquarian, my tactics were too hasty to close, another turn or two at long range may have caused enough gunnery damage to destroy the Carnivore cruiser, or at least draw the gunnery numbers into my favor. I am going to rework the standard ship design in both the cruiser and battlecruiser to replace the deathtrap plasma torpedoes with either a different weapon, or even just a cargo bay!
The game was better balanced than previous outings where when using the Federation ships I have yet to fall into tactics to defeat the heavy armor and large numbers of gunnery factors of the Carnivore ships. Go scaly space farers!