As I mentioned in my 1,500 point inquiry topic, we're starting an Escalation League in a little under 2 weeks, and me being me, I had to plan ahead for what I'm hoping to build, and what I'll end up when we hit 1,500 points.

The Escalation League will will have four 2-week "Turns", with the following points targets:

I'll be embracing my inner hedgehog and going down the Shaltari Tribes path to (hopefully) hobby victory, and by that I mean that I'd like to have all of my ships built and at least basecoated, if not 3 colors by the end of the League.

The key, I think, is knowing not only what my intended 1,500 point list will be, but also knowing what the other lists in between zero and 1,500 will be. Let's face it, you don't just bolt on another 250 points when you go up a level; its just not that simple.

So here are my 750 point options:

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 750 - #1 - 749pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR15 Vanguard battlegroup (275pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

SR9 Line battlegroup (185pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Opal - 40pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR3 Pathfinder battlegroup (144pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

1 x Amethyst - 48pts - L

SR8 Pathfinder battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 750 - #2 - 741pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR12 Line battlegroup (326pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

SR8 Line battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR8 Pathfinder battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR6 Pathfinder battlegroup (125pts)

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

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I say "options" because, as you'll see in the subsequent lists, especially the 1,500 pointer, I have the two Turquoise and no Jet; however, I've pretty much settled on List #1 above to have available as a demo fleet on the Kickoff day for the league. So I'll probably have both lists built, it's just a matter of which I'll use to play 750 games (maybe both...?).

As a result, I have two options at 999 points, too:

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 999 - #1 - 995pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR18 Vanguard battlegroup (320pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR5 Pathfinder battlegroup (240pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

1 x Amethyst - 48pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (190pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 999 - #2 - 997pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR17 Line battlegroup (370pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR4 Pathfinder battlegroup (192pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (190pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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I like them both, actually, and if I build both 750 lists, then the net increase that I'll have to build in the Turn 2 time period will be:

1 Emerald

5 Voidgates

2 Amethysts

I think that's it. That's not a lot, so I can use Turn 2 to try to catch up on my painting of my Turn 1 stuff.

Then for Turn 3, at 1,250 points, I don't have the luxury of two options, but I'm pretty happy with my 1,250 idea:

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JDW Escalation League -- Shaltari 1250 - 1250pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR10 Vanguard battlegroup (165pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

+ Starchief (80pts, 4AV)

SR12 Line battlegroup (230pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR11 Line battlegroup (215pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

SR10 Line battlegroup (220pts)

2 x Amber - 220pts - M

SR9 Pathfinder battlegroup (135pts)

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (245pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

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At this level, we introduce command cards. I think that that's appropriate; in fact, I'm not even sure if command cards are allowed at Skirmish level -- not gonna bother to look it up, it's just a good idea, IMHO. (And, by the way, I didn't pay 80 points for that Starchief, just 40 points, but being in the Jet bumps him up a level.)

Net increase here in models needed is:

1 Emerald

1 Voidgate

1 Amber

Again, pretty light on the building side, so even more time to work on my painting, and getting games in!

Finally, this is where I'm at for my 1,500 point list:

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JDW Escalation League -- Shaltari 1500 - 1500pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR15 Flag battlegroup (290pts)

1 x Diamond - 290pts - S

+ High Starchief (100pts, 5AV)

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR12 Line battlegroup (280pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

2 x Opal - 80pts - L

SR12 Line battlegroup (250pts)

2 x Amber - 220pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR9 Pathfinder battlegroup (135pts)

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR12 Pathfinder battlegroup (260pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

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Increase here is:

1 Diamond battleship

3 Voidgates

1 Opal

This will let me spend a decent amount of hobby time on my Diamond, which as the flagship should get some extra lovin'. Hopefully I can also get a game or two in with this completed list.

I'll have 5 Amethysts and the Jet in my collection, too, which I can use in future configurations for games down the road.

One thing that is conspicuously missing are any Glass cloudfliers. I'm not sure how I feel about that -- corvettes certainly are a thing, so if it turns out in lower points levels that my Voidgates are getting decimated by enemy corvettes, I can revisit the Ambers in the 1,250 and 1,500 point lists, or even the Opals in the 1,500 pointer and remove some of those (but not all three classes) to squeeze in a Group of Glass.

Well, that's the plan, anyway.

Opinions?

The Escalation League will will have four 2-week "Turns", with the following points targets:

- Turn 1 = 750 Points
- Turn 2 = 999 Points
- Turn 3 = 1,250 Points
- Turn 4 = 1,500 Points

I'll be embracing my inner hedgehog and going down the Shaltari Tribes path to (hopefully) hobby victory, and by that I mean that I'd like to have all of my ships built and at least basecoated, if not 3 colors by the end of the League.

The key, I think, is knowing not only what my intended 1,500 point list will be, but also knowing what the other lists in between zero and 1,500 will be. Let's face it, you don't just bolt on another 250 points when you go up a level; its just not that simple.

So here are my 750 point options:

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 750 - #1 - 749pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR15 Vanguard battlegroup (275pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

SR9 Line battlegroup (185pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Opal - 40pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR3 Pathfinder battlegroup (144pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

1 x Amethyst - 48pts - L

SR8 Pathfinder battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 750 - #2 - 741pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR12 Line battlegroup (326pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

SR8 Line battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR8 Pathfinder battlegroup (145pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR6 Pathfinder battlegroup (125pts)

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

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I say "options" because, as you'll see in the subsequent lists, especially the 1,500 pointer, I have the two Turquoise and no Jet; however, I've pretty much settled on List #1 above to have available as a demo fleet on the Kickoff day for the league. So I'll probably have both lists built, it's just a matter of which I'll use to play 750 games (maybe both...?).

As a result, I have two options at 999 points, too:

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 999 - #1 - 995pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR18 Vanguard battlegroup (320pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR5 Pathfinder battlegroup (240pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

1 x Amethyst - 48pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (190pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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JDW Escalation League - Shaltari 999 - #2 - 997pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR17 Line battlegroup (370pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

1 x Amber - 110pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR4 Pathfinder battlegroup (192pts)

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

2 x Amethyst - 96pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (190pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

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I like them both, actually, and if I build both 750 lists, then the net increase that I'll have to build in the Turn 2 time period will be:

1 Emerald

5 Voidgates

2 Amethysts

I think that's it. That's not a lot, so I can use Turn 2 to try to catch up on my painting of my Turn 1 stuff.

Then for Turn 3, at 1,250 points, I don't have the luxury of two options, but I'm pretty happy with my 1,250 idea:

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JDW Escalation League -- Shaltari 1250 - 1250pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR10 Vanguard battlegroup (165pts)

1 x Jet - 165pts - H

+ Starchief (80pts, 4AV)

SR12 Line battlegroup (230pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR11 Line battlegroup (215pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

SR10 Line battlegroup (220pts)

2 x Amber - 220pts - M

SR9 Pathfinder battlegroup (135pts)

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR11 Pathfinder battlegroup (245pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

1 x Voidgate - 15pts - L

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At this level, we introduce command cards. I think that that's appropriate; in fact, I'm not even sure if command cards are allowed at Skirmish level -- not gonna bother to look it up, it's just a good idea, IMHO. (And, by the way, I didn't pay 80 points for that Starchief, just 40 points, but being in the Jet bumps him up a level.)

Net increase here in models needed is:

1 Emerald

1 Voidgate

1 Amber

Again, pretty light on the building side, so even more time to work on my painting, and getting games in!

Finally, this is where I'm at for my 1,500 point list:

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JDW Escalation League -- Shaltari 1500 - 1500pts

Shaltari - 0 launch assets

SR15 Flag battlegroup (290pts)

1 x Diamond - 290pts - S

+ High Starchief (100pts, 5AV)

SR13 Line battlegroup (245pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR12 Line battlegroup (280pts)

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

1 x Emerald - 100pts - M

2 x Opal - 80pts - L

SR12 Line battlegroup (250pts)

2 x Amber - 220pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

SR9 Pathfinder battlegroup (135pts)

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

3 x Voidgate - 45pts - L

SR12 Pathfinder battlegroup (260pts)

2 x Turquoise - 230pts - M

2 x Voidgate - 30pts - L

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Increase here is:

1 Diamond battleship

3 Voidgates

1 Opal

This will let me spend a decent amount of hobby time on my Diamond, which as the flagship should get some extra lovin'. Hopefully I can also get a game or two in with this completed list.

I'll have 5 Amethysts and the Jet in my collection, too, which I can use in future configurations for games down the road.

One thing that is conspicuously missing are any Glass cloudfliers. I'm not sure how I feel about that -- corvettes certainly are a thing, so if it turns out in lower points levels that my Voidgates are getting decimated by enemy corvettes, I can revisit the Ambers in the 1,250 and 1,500 point lists, or even the Opals in the 1,500 pointer and remove some of those (but not all three classes) to squeeze in a Group of Glass.

Well, that's the plan, anyway.

Opinions?

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