I painted up 6 Georges recently and wanted to give them a go. I really wanted a George/Corsair battle as the planes are evenly matched. I played a 6 v 6 without Squadron Forward and it was fine but something was missing. I then played the following mission using my Black Ram squadron and it was great! The difference? The US pilots were no longer nameless; there were people in those planes. Maj McGee, the naive person living only for today. Lt Franklin, a former enlisted man determined to make it in an officer's world. It added a dimension to the game that took it from good to great. I have been using Squadron Forward so long that I guess I have taken this all for granted.
It was a typical fighter sweep just off the coast. The squadron reputation was suffering and he hoped some easy kills of antiquated Zeros would perk everyone up.
Dingy McGee Naive/skirt chaser Vet 1 kill in P-38s
2lt Joe Thurmond Cheery/skirt chaser 1 kill
Lt Paul Franklin mercurical/posiiton mustang Vet 1 kill
2LT Greg Polk cheap/wealth
Lt Blue Mooney cocky/family Vet eagle eye ( Dad is state senator)
2Lt Flash Reeves addict/skirt chaser Green
I rolled up clear skies and that we met fighters! I did not bother to roll up the type of enemy we encountered- it had to be my new Georges.
Dingy encounters 3 Georges. Lt Thurmond is left hanging.
Red/blue stands are veterans. Green is ...well green.
After a close call with a George Dingy felt something he had not felt before--fear. He had never thought he could lose. He tried to fight down his fear but could not bear to close with the aggressive enemy.
Fun game but the Black Rams lose as they fail to down any Japanese planes. The George proves to be a tough opponent, particularly with a skilled pilot in the cockpit.
Fortunately air sea rescue pulls Franklin from the water so he will miss one mission. Luckily we do not lose any more squadron reputation since we were outnumbered. Joe Thurmond notices Dingy's behaviour but decides to say nothing at this point since it is his word against a Major's. [ I rolled a gut check on Dingy and he got "hang to the outside." I have never got this on a SQ/CC before. ] So we will see where this goes. The Group/CC pulls Lt Richards for other duties and he will miss three missions.
So there it is; I fell in love with my own design again and the Black Rams are not doing well. Their reputation is down and there SQ/CC has a case of nerves. Will they hit again? (I would say "likely".)
For those of you that want to play this out the system generated 6 Georges with one ace, 2 veterans, 1 average and 2 green. On turn 5 two Oscars IIs showed up with a veteran and a green. Make Dingy hang back for the entire battle. Good Luck!!