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The Second Battle for Defiance: Centauri vs Narn

Posted in A Call to Arms 1e, ACTA Battles, ACTA Campaign with tags , , , , on August 30, 2008 by redcoat668

Turn/TIme: Turn 6/April, 2261

Scenario: Recon Run

Terrain: One medium planet, and four dust clouds.

Situation: The Centauri continue their sweep of the Tza’sol Narn Defiance system, and their Admiral sends a reconnaissance-in-force to the system capital. Having received word of the destruction of the main system defence fleet at the Defiance jumpgate, the newly promoted Tza’sol fleet commander decides to disperse his command and abandon the system, hoping to save as many ships as possible.

Centauri Republic:

Elements of Task Force Ultor:

Elements of Flotilla Primus Gladius:

  • 3x Octurion (HMS Soranus, Jupiter Fulgur, Manius Aquillius)
  • 1x Adira (HMS Ultor)

Elements of Flotilla Secundus Gladius:

  • 1x Tertius (HMS Petasus)

Elements of Flotilla Primus Pilum:

  • 1x Prefect (HMS Camenae)

Elements of Flotilla Secundus Pilum:

  • 3x Elutarian (HMS Turia, Praeco, Longinus)

Elements of Flotilla Areani:

  • 1x Corvan (HMS Capua)

Provisional Fleet Martius:

Flotilla Primus Gladius

  • 2x Octurion (HMS Colossus, Augustus)

Flotilla Areani:

  • 1x Corvan (HMS Merels)

Tza’sol Narn:

  • 3x G’quan (TCS Pagh, Krol, and Vorn)
  • 2x Bin’tak (TCS Tabor and Tuer)
  • 1x Ka’Bin’Tak (TCS Hadusk)

Setup: The Narn deployed just above the planet in an outward facing ring, ready to disperse. The Centauri maintained their forces off-board.

Turn 1: The Centauri fleet entered the board to the “east” (east table edge) of Defiance, and the Narn commander hardened his heart to the pleas already emanating from the planet and ordered his ships to disperse. The Captains of TCS Pagh and Krol offered to stay behind and delay the approaching Centauri in order to give the dreadnoughts time to escape. The fleet commander accepted their offer and transferred his flag to Pagh, vowing to stand and die with them.

Having closed to firing range, the Centauri opened up on the fleeing Narn ships as soon as their Corvans could paint the targets. Ultor’s massive firepower ripped into Krol, but the hardened hull of the Narn ship remained intact. Meanwhile, Pagh swung around and locked onto one of the Corvans, HMS Merels, for a split second -but that split second was enough. A single beam shot from the G’vrahn was enough to bisect the luckless Centauri scout ship.

The remaining ships concentrated their fire on Pagh and Krol, ripping into the valiant rearguard ships and causing major engine and weapons damage to both.

Turn 2: The Narn fighter CAPs clashed with their Centauri opposite numbers as the Narn ships ran frantically for safety. Ultor’s formidable weaponry crashed into Krol yet again, leaving her a drifting, lifeless hulk. As Pagh plunged into the heart of the approaching Centauri task force, the Centauri admiral divided his firepower, choosing to concentrate his Octurions on the fleeing TCS Tuer’s engines in hopes of disabling her before she reached safety while the remainder of his ships finished off Pagh.

Turn 3: TCS Pagh continued her death ride into the Centauri fleet. Though heavily damaged, she managed to put a beam shot into HMS Manius Aqulilius’ engines, burning them out. Moments later, fire from HMS Soranus raked Pagh from stem to stern, killing the remainder of her crew and leaving her a floating tomb. With the Narn delaying force destroyed, the Centauri turned their attention fully to TCS Tuer, their massed fire crippling her and stopping her mere seconds from escape (and less than 1″ from the table edge).

Turn 4: HMS Petasus put the finishing salvo into TCS Tuer, while the remainder of the Tza’sol fleet escaped into the dust clouds and out of range.

Aftermath: When the Defiance system fleet returned to Tza’sol space, the fleet commander was quickly (and posthumously) inducted into the Narn pantheon of heroes. His final battle later became the subject of a successful holoplay.

Though the battle was an easy victory for the Centauri, it did not come without cost. The Admiral’s brother-in-law was serving as HMS Merels‘ chief sensor tech when she was destroyed by TCS Pagh. Enraged, he treated the civilian population of Defiance with even more severity than usual between Centauri and Narn. The resulting atrocities also became the subject of a successful holoplay – this one about James Nkweah, a member of Nightwatch and EarthGov’s representative on Defiance, who nevertheless gathered 4,000 Narn in the Earth Alliance ambassadorial compound and protected them from the Centauri troops.

Analysis: A well-played fighting withdrawal by Scott. He had poor luck with crits on TCS Tuer, but otherwise did about as well as he could given the situation.

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The Battle for Defiance: Centauri vs Narn

Posted in A Call to Arms, A Call to Arms 1e, ACTA Battles, ACTA Campaign with tags , , , , on March 17, 2008 by redcoat668

Turn/Time: Turn 5/April, 2261

Scenario: Annihilation

Situation: In retribution for the Tza’sol Narn raid on Sparta Hill the previous month, Centauri Fleet Sector Command deploys two battleship squadrons and their supporting elements and a prototype Adira-class dreadnought to the Defiance system to “teach those primitives a sharp lesson.” They are met at the system’s jumpgate by a Narn border defense fleet, and a massive battle ensues as both sides attempt to destroy their most hated enemy.

Terrain: One density 10 asteroid field on the left corner of the southern table edge, and one small planetoid in the right corner of the southern table edge. The jumpgate was placed in the center of the Centauri deployment zone on the northern table edge.

ToE:

Centauri Republic:

  • 2x Octurion (HMS Jupiter Fulgur, Manlius Aquilius)
  • 3x Tertius (HMS Durus, Tarquinius, Petasus)
  • 1x Adira (HMS Ultor)
  • 2x Prefect (HMS Erastes, Camenae)
  • 4x Corvan (HMS Capua, Tusculum, Vesta, Divus)

The Centauri fleet in review formation

Tza’sol Narn:

  • 1x G’Karith
  • 1x Ka’toc
  • 1x T’loth
  • 1x Bin’tak
  • 1x G’quan
  • 1x Sho’kar
  • 2x Var’nic
  • 10x Dag’Kar

The Narn fleet, also on parade

Turn 1: As the jumpgate opened, the Centauri admiral brought the Adira prototype Ultor, a Corvan, and one Battleship group containing an Octurion, a Tertius, and a Prefect. The rest of his force remained in hyperspace in hopes that the heavy-hulled Centauri capital ships would be able to withstand the initial Narn defense fire. The Narn Admiral responded at a leisurely pace, moving his ships at combat speed rather than ordering All Power to Engines, and as a result ended the turn just out of firing range of the helpless Centauri (by only an inch in some cases).

The Narn fleet moves leisurely toward its doom

Turn 2: The Narn continued to bring their ships towards the Centauri battlegroup massed at the jumpgate, but were unable to bring the massive energy mine salvo they hoped to unleash into play. The Centauri brought in a second Battleship group (another Octurion, Tertius, and Prefect), and waited with cold smiles as the Narn entered range of their battle lasers.

Mr. Varus, don't fire till you see the red of their ridge crests...

Turn 3: With the Narn now in range of their main weapons, the Centauri unleashed their devastating front-arc firepower. Ultorcrippled the G’karith with a single salvo, and one Battleship group skewered a flanking Var’nic with three battle laser shots, destroying both its engines and fire control. The 10 Dag’kars fired off a massive salvo of energy mines, shipbreaker mines, and torpedoes, but the well-constructed hulls of the Centauri capital ships withstood every hit. The Petasus finished off the already burning G’karith and opened up a long rent in the T’loth’s Marine barracks, venting several platoons worth of Narn troops into space and crippling it.

Turn 4: By this time, the Narn jumpgate engineers were desperately trying to shut the gate down, but the Centauri were able to override the failsafe codes and keep it open. Jupiter Fulgur hammered the oncoming G’quan with its battle laser, and crippled a Dag’kar with a volley from its secondary weapons. The Prefect-class Camenae finished off the crippled T’loth, but at the same time the Dag’kars concentrated their fire on the massive Ultor. Again, the Centauri flagship weathered the storm of energy, but a lucky shot did send a gout of flame through the observation deck where a crowd of engineers, nobles, and Fleet officers were observing the Adira prototype’s first combat trial -incinerating both the assembled dignitaries and their complimentary buffet. Though the Ultor’s captain realized that his career was now essentially over, he directed his ship’s fire skillfully, destroying another Dag’kar, and putting a battle laser shot straight into the Bin’tak’s engine room. Now thoroughly established on the Defiance side of the jumpgate, the Centauri ships began to launch fighters and bring more Corvans through the open gate.

Turn 5: The Centauri fighters brushed aside the Narns’ light screen of Frazis with contemptuous ease and began attack runs on the capital ships. The Octurion-class Manlius Aquilius destroyed the Var’nic before her engineers could finish repairs, and another blew the Ka’toc apart with one front arc salvo. The remaining Narn Dag’kars hammered the Adira with shipbreakers, scoring only minor damage but destroying a Corvan (HMS Divus). In response, the Centauri capital ships added another Dag’kar and the Sho’kar to the casualty list and destroyed the Bin’tak with combined battle laser fire. As the Narn fleet reeled from these massive losses, the Centauri continued to launch more fighters into the fray.

A much-reduced Narn fleet does what it can

Turn 6: With the death of their Admiral, the remaining Narn knew they were doomed, but they threw themselves into battle with redoubled fury hoping to take at least one more Centauri with them. Unfortunately, they ran into a wall of fire from the Centauri fleet. Manlius Aquilius shredded the last Var’nic and the Tertius-class Durus from the same Battleship group sliced a Dag’kar in half. The resulting explosion wreaked havoc in the tightly-packed group of remaining Narn, crippling another Dag’kar which was in its turn finished off by the Ultor, its own death throes destroying yet another Dag’kar’s engines.

The Centauri circle the remains of the Narn fleet

Turn 7: At this point, all that remained was for the Centauri to finish off the remains of the once-proud Narn fleet. Erastesknocked out the helpless Dag’kar, and Manlius Aquilius destroyed the heavily-damaged G’quan. The Durus lined up on the last remaining ship, a Dag’kar, and ordered its captain to beg for his life. The Narn commander nobly refused, and the Centauri obligingly blew his ship into flinders.

All over but the cleaning up/atrocities

Aftermath: Two of the Centauri ships were ordered back to the Royal Court to recieve accolades for this great Centauri victory. With them went the disgraced captain of the Ultor, whom a court martial exonerated, but who found himself assigned to command a planetbound fighter garrison shortly thereafter. Emperor Cartagia ordered that all surviving members of the imprisoned Kha’ri be shown recordings of this battle while he mocked them unmercifully.

The Earth Alliance issued an official protest when gun-camera recordings of Centauri Sentri pilots using Narn lifepods for target practice were accidentally released, but took no further action apart from sending the Narn sector commander a Fruit n’ Flowers basket and an autographed photo of Molly Rome in commiseration.

Molly flew a Starfury at the Battle of the Line so she's been there.

Analysis: Did I mention it was tough fighting the Centauri in general and Rich in particular?

Nevertheless, the Narn admiral here made several critical mistakes which, while they probably did not alter the outcome of the battle, turned a mere defeat into a turkey shoot for the Centauri:

  1. Diluting his mine loadout. Had he gone with all basic mines (his original plan) or all shipbreakers, the Narn would have had a massive unified salvo. Instead, he got two groups with different ranges and capabilities, neither of which were enough to deal with the high hull-value Centauri ships.
  2. Relying too much on mines.this was a valuable tactic when fighting the low hull-value Drazi, but against the high hull-value Centauri the mines failed to do enough damage to properly soften them up.
  3. Failing to close on Turn 1. With the Centauri helpless from the jumpgate effects, there would never be another chance to cause so much damage unopposed.
  4. Failing to concentrate fire. Concentration of fire is key, especially against larger ships with high hull values and lots of damage capacity.

That said, Rich showed his general propensity to roll consistent double digit damage while his opponent was lucky to score more than 5 in a single hit.