The first skirmishes of the 1952 war have taken place earlier this morning; it's 1000 on 4 March 1952 and Hakuna's Tiger Brigade and Matata's Umpulu Brigade are preparing to clash again at the Mashandane River (which serves as the border between the two countries in the east). The Hakuna Army got the better of the early morning fight, but as the opposing armored formations propel themselves at each other once again, each country's Air Force sends a four-ship flight over the battle-space to clear the way.
Blue 1: Captain Tzuzi, Deputy of the 401st Fighter Squadron
Blue 2: Lt Sosa
Blue 3: Lt Kowala
Blue 4: Lt Rafunzi
Red 1: Captain Gurun, Deputy of the 232nd Fighter Squadron
Red 2: Lt Trono
Red 3: Lt Dayani
Red 4: Lt Kanu
So, individual maneuvers begin: Matata's Capt Gurun maneuvers Red 1 (center) ahead.
Somehow the movement cards came out 'red-blue-red-blue-red-blue-red-blue-red-blue.' What you don't know (because I didn't take notes and can't write here) is that most of the shooting cards have already come out, with no one being in position to take a shot.
Things are not looking good for the home team...
Now if only he can get his fire card...
Only Lt Rafunzi's Blue 4 and Captain Gurun's Red 1 remain on the table; five aircraft have been shot down and one damaged plane has escaped to its base. Rather than play this out forever, the boy and I decide to play three more turns, then the planes are bingo fuel and must return to base.
That game was a ton of fun, and close as could be. I'm working on the ground batrep.