Welcome back to the second of StarTrek.com's exclusive First Looks at NECA/WizKids Games' tactical space combat miniatures game Star Trek: Attack Wing. Today, we are looking at the contents of the Federation Fighter Squadron 6 Expansion Pack, which will be available in January as part of the Star Trek: Attack Wing Wave 11 release. While Attack Squadrons are treated as normal ships, there are several items that differentiate them from other ships. Attack Squadrons can only attack enemy ships at range 1-2 and can only be equipped with Squadron Upgrades. Additionally, instead of having stats printed on its ship card, Attack Squadron Tokens are used to keep track of the ship’s stats.
Squad Leader provides a boost to your Captain skill and can additionally be used to perform the action listed on a friendly ship’s Captain as a free action. Attack Wave adds an additional attack die for an attack while Attack Formation allows a player to set one attack die to the side of their choice. When you damage an opponent’s hull with a critical hit, Tactical Pattern Theta can be disabled to choose either the Weapons Malfunction or Munitions Failure critical damage card instead of assigning a random card.
Coordinated Attack will allow for the placement of a Battle Station token beside your ship and should you get a good roll during your attack, you can still make use of it to shore up your defensive roll. Cover Fire increases the squadron’s survivability by adding defensive dice equal to the ship’s current attack value while Defensive Maneuvers will provide an additional Evasive maneuver token to be placed beside your ship. When a player gets down to their last Attack Squadron Token, Support Ship can be discarded to keep the last token from being removed. With so many choices for upgrades, players will want to play the Sacrifice of Angels mission several times to find out which configuration is best in helping the Federation player break through the Dominion lines to prevent the Dominion from destroying the minefield blocking the Bajoran Wormhole.