The last game I ran at BOYL 2016 is a game I have been hankering after for a long time. I vaguely recall an old childhood friend getting a copy, but like his Advanced Heroquest set, we never played it much if it all. I fear his acquisition of it unfortunately coincided with our discovery of beer...
Space Fleet always intrigued me as a youngster - space ship combat was very alluring thanks to the likes of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Ulyses 31 and countless other 80's Sci Fi movies. However, I never really associated Warhammer 40K with space ships. Sure Space Marines had to get to the many war zones they were required to attend and both Space Crusade (a game I did play quite a lot) and Space Hulk were both actually set on space ships, or rather hulks, but I had never really got my head around space travel in the Warhammer Universe - must have skipped that section in the Rogue Trader rule book to look at the cool pictures of alien monsters!
I guess Space Fleet had been and virtually gone by the time I had any disposable income and my attention was distracted by Warhammer Fantasy Battle and those lovable greenskins. It's been great to rediscover this old gem and although its been a slow process to amass these fleets at vaguely sensible prices it was a happy moment to bring it along to BOYL and find a few folk to game with on the Sunday morning.
Paul (or Golgfag as he's better known on the forum) was my first victim and our game was the one I took a few pics of. He took command of the Imperial fleet while I slithered into the Tyranid command nexus.
|The two fleets close for battle!|
This wasn't quite the first game of Space Fleet I'd played. I'd given my kids a few games using the basic rules that came in the box and tried a practice game with my Tyranids with my gaming buddies back in Yorkshire. However I managed to forget a key White Dwarf with the advanced rules in for certain Imperial ships and hadn't made a set of cards for the Tyranids so we ended up bodging the rules quite a bit! Thanks to Paul for his patience while I furiously flicked through various White Dwarves in an attempt to keep the game flowing at a respectable pace!
|Dark Prowlers seek to outflank a squadron of Firestorm Cruisers - I should have hit them with the more powerful and forward firing Deathspitter rather than the Dark Prowler's Hullgrinder broadsides.|
|A Ramsmiter Kraken prepares to plunge its bone ram deep into the bowels of an Emperor Capital Ship - ready to disgorge hordes of Genestealers and Tyranid Warriors deep into the bowels of its prey!|
|A Gothic battleship lines up a ram against a Void Fiend - the mini is actually from the old Star Cruisers I think but was a bit bigger than the Wardrone minis, hence my designation asthe next class up.|
All in all this was fantastic fun to play and definitely another game I'd like to play more. Expanding both Imperial and Tyranid fleets is certainly something I'll keep on the backburner - there are plenty more types of Kraken and more exotic Imperial ships like the Dictator and my favourite the Thunderbolt Cruiser to add to the ranks. There's also the smaller ships from the old Star Cruisers I have to paint up as a small Pirate fleet...
I'll be posting more pics of the two fleets in further posts and looking a bit more in depth at their capabilities and tactics - keep watching this spaaaaaace!
Meanwhile if you haven't already - check out JB's excellent posts on Space Fleet here, here, here and here. Missed you at BOYL buddy but looking forward to seeing those fleets painted up. We'll have to hook up for a game next year maybe!