What we were trying out was a race arena based on the original Rat Race Arena in Lexington, Kentucky (from Arena Book 1, a supplement for Car Wars 5th Edition). Now, that arena is designed to be 30" x 36" on the table. We (rather crazily/stupidly) set up ours up to fill a 48" x 72" table, but with wider lanes than the original (12" vs 6"). If you're wondering how big that would be in real life, 1" = 5 ft, so our table would be 80 yards by 120 yards, about the size of a football pitch. The "book" arena would be just 50 yards by 60!
We also made the big mistake of using standard road/arena dueling designs rather than ones intended for racing arenas. Oh, and we forgot to agree certain ground rules such as no tire shots and no dropped weapons.
We each selected two Division 20 cars - I went for a pair of Smaksov IIs (the blue and the red); Simon went for a Zentrale and a Smaksov II (the two yellows). We then agreed to have starting speeds between 20 and 40 mph.
|The arena layout|
|Starting grid and finish line printed on OHP film|
|And they're off!|
|My starting speeds were 20mph; Simon's were 30 and 40|
|Simon put his droppers on automatic - my decision to start slow and then accelerate for ramming his Zentrale didn't look so clever now...|
|Definitely not clever (blue shifted to show flaming oil underneath)|
|I did manage to shunt the Zentrale off course with a rear-end ram though. Red has had a rear wheel shot out, but survived the control roll and was able to carry on at speed with just 3 wheels on the ground.|
|Despite both my cars having had a wheel shot out, they were still going, and passing control rolls after making tight turns|
|Preparing to ram (and still in control)|
(we both failed our control rolls after the ram. Simon had lost his front armour and his VMG)
|Simon decided in dastardly fashion to shoot out another wheel...|
|...unless Simon completes a lap and starts a second - then I can shoot him up as he comes down the straight!|
|"To lose one wheel, Miss Piper, is a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness."|
|as could the Zentrale|
Game Results to Date:
Tamsin: W2, D1, L1
Simon: W1, D1, L2
Oh, and I did buy some cars this morning:
The only new one is the blue in the middle, the others are repeats. That takes my count (I've double checked the spelling!!) to 13 new cars so far; 11 still allowed.
The reason for the 5-pack is that there are some great cars in there for doing customs.
I didn't manage to do any painting today. I did try, but my right shoulder was a bit painful from sleeping awkwardly. Hopefully it will have eased off tomorrow so that I can get the 6mm figures finished, allowing me to start on the road-sweeper.