Wednesday 27 January 2021

Pride of the Core

The Mandator II was the biggest Republic ship during the Clone Wars. An upgunned version of the dreadnoughts that protected the Kuat sector, the Mandator had extended hyperspace capabilities, and was able to whithstand attacks from no less than 1.000 separatists destroyers (!). This vessel was first mentioned in the cross-section books, getting afterwards a fanmade model in the excellent empire at war game. The design is basically a proto-Executor, with flat shape, banks of thrusters below and a dorsal protuberance, it also has the classic rhomboid "imperial" bridge.
This is the only vessel of the collection that isn't at scale, since it would be over 80cm long and take up most of the table, due to her impressive 8km length

 The Pride leds her smaller cousins to war

Attack of the mandator


Termius besieged! The vital trade nexus of the Terminus system, in the Outer Rim, has fallen in spearatist hands; with no time to lose, chancellor Palpatine unleashes his latest weapon: the Pride of the Core, a massive mandator dreadnought at the head of an invasion fleet
The confederacy blockades the planet, bolstered by the orbital defences
Separatists vulture fighters, led by none other than General Grievous, scout ahead of the fleet
The evil cyborg and his magnaguard attack the engines, slowing the Pride of the Core
LAAT gunships strike back against the droids
Meanwhile a long ranged torpedo salvo cripples the space station
The mandator then concentrates all her formidable firepower on the enemy vessels
Turbolaser fire crisscrosses between the fleets while waves of bombers make their attack runs
Unable to bear such punishment, the central providence blows up
The cowardly Grievous abandons ship, taking shelter in the other carrier
With the way ahead clear, the pride advances ponderously, eradicating the defences with her  heavy turbolaser batteries
Another volley destroys the munificent frigate
The last separatist ship weathers incessant bombing runs
But the mandator has parked in orbit, unleashing the full power of the Republic on the rebel planet
As the clones take control of Terminus, Grievous flees to fight another day

Thursday 21 January 2021

Escape from Polis Massa


Blockade! After their defeat at Mustafar, the separatist fleet is hiding amongst the asteroids of the Massa system. The noose tightens around the droids, that must flee in order to fight another day
Long ranged turbolasers open the battle, setting a munificent frigate on flames
Vulture droids and LAAT gunships fight it out while the destroyers blast away at one another
Sustained fire blows up the munificent
The two providence destroyers struggle to launch more fighters
And are pounced upon by clone troopers and bombers that disable their turbolaser batteries

Yularen orders two venators to concentrate their fire and destroy the nearest vessel
The other carrier is beset by waves of LAATs that destroy most of her systems
The crippled hulk is them mericlessly killed by a passing venator

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Battle for Mustafar


 War in the Outer Rim! The nefarious general Grievous has seized control of the planet Mustafar, turning its factories to the separatist cause. Facing the threat of millions of new battledroids, the Galactic Senate sends admiral Yularen to retake the volcanic world in the name of the Republic
CIS navy: in the foregroud the Invincible, followed by the Indefatigable and the Beneficence in the background

Yularen's fleet, the venators Defiant, Avenger and Resolute

The separatists get the first turn, launching a screen of ordnance
Wich is answered in kind by the clone pilots
The republic vessels cross the T, badly damaging the Indefatigable with their turbolasers
The Defiant gets hit by proton torpedoes, venting some decks to the void
Meanwhile, Grievous and his vulture fighters wipe out the Y wings
The Defiant is attacked by hyena bombers, but manages to stay in the fight
All turbolasers zero into the Indefatigable, that blows up, damaging the surrounding vessels
The Invincible has problems of her won, as one wave of LAAT gunships and another of Y wings work together to cripple her
The separatists slingshot around Mustafar, opening up with their broadsides to little effect
The venators move ahead of the providence destroyers, reducing the Ivincible to a burning hulk
The ravaged destroyer tries to strike back, but she's too mauled to do any significant damage
A swarm of LAATs unleash hundreds of boarding parties, that take out all the Beneficence's weapons
The Invincible drifts aflame
And explodes, causing some damage on the venators
Deprived of her batteries, the Beneficence attempts to board the Defiant, but the clone troopers easily rout the droids and capture the vessel, ending the game for the separatists

Munificent frigate


The munificent class friagtes were the mainstay light CIS warship in both the movie and the series, a gun platform equipped with a fearsome prow heavy trubolaser

Like the providence, this vessel has three main thursters surrounded by smaller impulsors
Separatist fleet ready for a scrap