By Steven MacLauchlan
I was excited to get another Armada game, and excited to play a new opponent. This time, I faced Joey (TrueGreek on the forums) and took the opportunity to try something I'd been theorizing about a bit. The Rieekan-led Corvette Cruise Missiles. "Rieekan's Cruise Missiles"? That fits! Joey took Vader, which I was equally excited about.
We were both 400 points, and rolled to see who got their choice. I won the dice off, and elected to go second. Joey chose "Fire lanes" from my objectives and we got to work!
Here are the fleets:
I don't have too many pics for this one, as there wasn't a lot of movement. The battle was concentrated on the right third of the board which is where all the objective-tokens were placed.
My plan was simple. I was going to cruise missile my way directly at Joey's fleet and do as much damage as possible. I made a few mistakes: I slowed down my MC80 such that it was out of the fight, and I couldn't do a few double rams thanks to my own positioning, but by and large it worked like a charm.
His raider was slippery, and punched through the blockade. It's parting shot destroyed Corvette 1 (just in front of the ISD), but Rieekan kept him around long enough to block the ISD on the asteroid, and get 2 more points out of a ram. His Raider was left with 3 hull damage but was able to quickly disengage from the fight.
Conclusion: Huh. That worked pretty well. I'm not sure there's a whole lot the Empire can bring to bear against that except maybe a Raider swarm. "MSU" (Multiple Small Unit) lists work very well with Rieekan, and the engine tech/ram cruise missile combo was equally nasty. I do not think this list could stand up to the Ackbar gunline, however, though I may have to try that.
PS- Joey used Vader very well. Not that I needed convincing, but I remain firm that Vader does in fact rule.