When you come to read this I will have likely already had my first game using these Assault barges in Steam Wars. I plan to try a full on airborne assault (well, almost fully airborne as I don’t have an airborne transport for any of my steam tanks as yet – Any ideas, on a postcard to the usual address).
When I started building these Barges I guessed that I would get six or so figures onboard if I also wanted a deck gun in place. I can actually get two units of five marines, or ratings, onboard while still having room for a deck gun (I need to get hold of a few more crewmen that can be based on little 15-20mm round bases so as to not take up too much room.
The Oxford can take a much larger complement of marines. Here she is, loaded with two units of six heavy boarders, as well as a large deck gun and a five man command squad. Even will this lot onboard she could take another one or two units.
The second Barge matches the original with ten men and deck gun.
The main assault force totals 37 men (7 units of 5 or 6 men) and their three deck guns.
To support them, I have also allocated my two Gyrocopters to the force. One is tasked with eliminating armoured ground targets with its bombs, the other is tasked with providing close air support, as I know Coronasan will be bringing along plenty of fighter planes.
Finally the force is completed with the inclusion of an armoured scout car. Fast moving, and tasked with providing a level of mobile cover for the infantry when they make their initial assaults. It also supplies, not only a light antitank gun, but also an additional AA capable machine gun to the force.
A fairly small force, due to the cost of my airborne carriers, I am hoping that their increased flexibility might make up for my lack of armoured vehicles.
We shall see how I fare…