“Shuttle, Red Wing Six, no duff. Over”
“Shuttle, send Red Wing Six.”
“No duff. Two boogies twelve-o-clock. Stay close. Wait, out.”
“Roger that. Stay close. Out.”
“Tango two four to Tango Leader. Do you copy that sighting? Over.”
“Tango two three, yes, yes. IFF says one X Wing and standard shuttle. Maintain current course.”
Pilot Officer Silas Shodon eased the power to his four Incom 4L4 fusion engines and his T-65 X- Wing slowed allowing his escort to close up. He already had eyeball of two Imperial Tie fighters. He raised his shields whilst simultaneously engaging the holographic targeting system.
“Tango Leader. Split, split, split.”
“Tango two four. Moving NOW!”
Shodon marveled at the Ties’ maneuverability as both fighters barrow-rolled to their open-side.
Shodon sighted the starboard ship and opened up with his four KX9 laser cannons.
Flashes sparked on his target and the X-Wing’s Fabritech tracking computer registered two hits. Yellow streaks of Imperial laser flashed passed his cockpit burning out harmlessly in space.
Banking starboard Shodon started his pursuit.
“Shuttle, maintain speed and course. I’m engaging.”
“Shuttle. Roger; Red Wing Six. Remember our mission. Over.”
“Red Wing Six, not forgotten. Out.”
“Tango Leader. Maintain formation.”
“Tango two four, roger.”
“Tango Leader. Re-engage!”
“Tango two four. Re-engaging.”
Banking to his right, Shodon noted his enemy’s twin Koiogran turns bringing all their guns to bear on the Ambassador’s shuttle.
“Red Wing Six, Red Wing Six. We’re receiving damage. Hull integrity reduced to sixty percent.”
Shodon opened the T-65’s engines and his ship banked hard starboard.
Red Wing Six’s holographic system followed the shuttle’s desperate attempt to evade its pursuers. Shodon pushed the T-65 harder.
“Mayday, Mayday. Hull integrity thirty percent. Abandoni…………………..”
The silence in his headphones deafened Shodon. He eased off on his power and scanned for any escape pods.
“Tango two four; nice work Romeo, Tango, Uniform.”
“Roger, roger; return to unit.”
This was my first mission game. As I was used to playing the Imperials (nephew was always Han) I flew the Ties better. A rerun of the match, now with a better understanding of the X-Wing capabilities, led to a resounding Rebel victory, destroying one Tie fighter, running its partner to one remaining hull point and giving the replacement Tie a bad fright. Needless to say the Ambassador was able to deliver his chocolate balls.
Well thanks for popping by. Sorry for not keeping up with you all. I will try harder from now on.