Sunday, 11 February 2018

5150 Campaign – Session 1c – The Fighters



The preparations had been endless but none the less they were nearing their completion. Warspite’s refit was almost finished and the fleet had been worked up. 
Fisher pulled the small ship pilots list for review. Warspite had been a training ship before this assignment. Her outdated design wasn’t considered to be efficient enough for front line service any more. But none the less, older ships were now being pressed into service. The insidious Hishen had been successful in supporting several rebellion outbreaks from within the empire as well as fighting a front line war. This, together with the time it takes to replace capital ships, had pressed the empire. The once grand fleet was being worn down and older boats, especially the larger ships, were being pressed back into service.
But thankfully a number of the trainees showed promise and they will be able to be led by their trainers, Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer.
Jackie reviews the list in more detail. 
What is it with these young pilots and their call signs?
Still their training had paid off. They were fit for duty and there were no weak links in the squadron.

Jackie thinks to himself, “The next stage is to scout the enemy zone of operations and to test their and our strengths.”

12 comments:

  1. I hope we don't let the old Warspite down, but you've got to worry about pilots with call signs like these, they sound like a bold brave and dangerous bunch, but maybe not given to too much discipline.

    You talked about a 2 piece post about writting posts, did i miss the 2nd one or is that still to come?

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    1. You'll do fine......

      The second post on writing posts is still to come. I've been a bit slack haven't I. But I'll get there. I started to write it a while ago but decided to go in a different direction so I need to re-write.

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    2. I enjoyed the 1st one quite thoughtful.

      I notice you start most of your posts with a bit of a hook for the 1st sentence or paragraph and then go onto the story line straight away and leave the technical chat to the end. Is that a deliberate ploy or just how it's played out?

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    3. When I write more story line entries to the blog I tend to go that way but for the more technical or tactical entries it's more matter of fact.

      If I had more time I'd add more descriptive elements to the entries but it does take more time to use more descriptive language rather than to just explain what is happening together with a few pictures.

      I'm hoping for the 5150 space campaign that I can really add a few photoshop style special effects to the picture (explosions, gun fire, vapor tails etc). I usually try to find ways to add more 'motion' to the pictures on the blog.

      Some time this week I should get the first battle report out and I'm really looking forward to it.

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  2. There is something familiar about those call signs, but right now I just can't but my finger on it! ;-)

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  3. That's gone and done it!
    I've been looking forward to this new venture of yours since you launched it, but now I've got a vested interest :-)

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    1. Hahaha. Hopefully you don't get zotted on your first op!

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  4. I hope your rookie pilots have more luck than their namesake, otherwise the Empire is doomed.....game over, man, game over!

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    1. As a commander, rarely do you get to choose your body of men. You've just got to do the best with what's been given to you.

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  5. Death or Glory! No, wait - that isn't right. I don't want to die - let me out of here!

    I don't imagine that life as a fighter pilot is all it's cracked up to be, but we'll see, won't we :-) ...

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