We played using the VA campaign set with Greg as the challenger, a 400 point Recon Encounter. Greg rolled for terrain, a double 4, which put moving icebergs on the board; we decided our forces had met in the frigid waters off the coast of Patagonia, in the Southern Hemipshere. The Blazing Sun Recon Force included 1 Mechanical Squid, 2 Scout Gyros, and 2 squadrons of 3 Frigates each deployed on the flanks. The Americans deployed a pair of cruisers with shield generators in the center, a pair of bombers and w squadrons of 3 Frigates each. We each selected one Secret Objective.
The Japanese Scout Gyros moved into a broadside position to launch a rocket attack and damaged one of the American cruisers. The cruisers engaged shields, once of which caught fire, and valiant American Rocket Marines would perish in the next two turns trying to put out the blaze.
Despite the Marines dying to douse the flames on the FSS Virginia, I was impressed by Greg's painting of this piece which is not captured in the photo with all the glory.
We had both selected destroy frigates as our Secret Objective. I still had at least one frigate in each of my squadrons, so only my Secret Objective awarded a bonus of VP for my Victorious Blazing Sun force. Greg clearly had better AA gunners on his ships and superior tiny flyers in the skies, but it wasn't enough against the terrific ramming of the Mechanical Squid and the suicidal boarding attacks of the Typhoon Troops.
I won 4 Campaign Points for the Blazing Sun's Crushing Triumph (345 VP vs. 125 VP, victory by more than 30%), and Greg won 1 Campaign Point for putting up a good fight.