Mission: On the planet Dawn, during the Commercial Wars, a contingent of PanOceanian soldiers was tasked with scouting an abandoned mining settlement. What they did not anticipate though, was the presence of a hostile scouting force doing exactly the same! The maneuvering of the two scouting parties resulted in both sides being cut off from their own forces by their opponents. In order to notify their superiors of enemy presence they both needed to reach their own lines. To do this they needed to move through the enemy forces, killing as many of them while going through (Every model killed provides victory points equal to its points value. In addition, every friendly model in the enemy deployment zone provides additional points equal to its points value).
– Veteran Kazak (Lt, HMG, light flamethrower, V:No wound incapacitation, Sixth sense L2, CH:mimetism) (61/1)
– Line Kazak (Rifle, Forward observer) (12/0)
– Line Kazak (Rifle, Forward observer) (12/0)
– Para-commando (Rifle, Light grenade launcher, AD: parachutist) (25/1)
– SAS (Chain rifle, assault pistol, AP CCW, grenades, CH: camouflage, Infiltration, Martial arts L2) (23/0)
– Scout (Ojotnik, antipersonnel mines, CH: camouflage, Infiltration) (26/0)
– Cateran (T2 Sniper rifle, AP CCW, CH: limited camouflage, CH: mimetism, Climbing plus) (29/1)
– Highlander (Chainrifle, AP CCW, Smoke grenades, Berserk, V: Dogged) (6/0)
– Highlander (Chainrifle, AP CCW, Smoke grenades, Berserk, V: Dogged) (6/0)
This list is built in order to put much pressure on the opponent, directly from the beginning. Both of the Highlanders will advance on one flank, to cause as much disruption as they can before dying. Their smoke grenades, high physical (for dodging) and V: Dogged should allow them to reach the enemy lines, where their chain rifles can cause some serious damage. Even if they will not reach the enemy, the opponent will hopefully spend a lot of orders to shut them down, which also allows them to earn back their points easily. The two camouflaged infiltrators will deploy out of Line of Fire on the other flank, as close to the centerline as possible. Their role will be to tackle any opponents that come on that flank, but their main purpose is to provide orders and discourage the opponent to sent troops over that flank. The two line kazaks will go on the same flank as the highlanders, giving them some fire support. In addition, if the opportunity arises, they can advance and Forward Observe an enemy model, preferably one that is close together with other models of its side. This will allow the Para-commando to appear on that side of the table, to shoot the FO’d models with speculative fire, allowing him to ignore the -6 to hit penalty, and therefore hitting the models on a 15 or less (provided that he is within 16” of the enemy models). The Cateran sniper will find high ground, from where he can remove any models that will interfere with my plans on both flanks. Finally, the veteran kazak will deploy in the center of my lines, hopefully allowing him to provide fire support to both flanks, either by direct shots or by laying down suppression fire zones.
Seeing the layout of the table, I opted to deploy the line kazaks and the Highlanders on the left flank and infiltrate the camouflage markers on the right flank, behind one of the buildings. The veteran kazak was deployed behind cover, where he could cover the center of the table and the right flank. After my opponent deployed, I put the Cateran also on my left flank, where he could climb on top of the left building. This should allow him to take care of the heavy flame thrower bots early in the game. The Para-commando will come on the table in zone 8 (my left flank, as close to the enemy deployment zone as possible).
Pan Oceanian Force:
– Fusilier Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife
– Fusilier Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife Lieutenant
– Kamau Hacker Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife Aquatic Terrain, Hacking Device
– 2x Auxilia Combi Rifle + Auxbot / Pistol, Knife + AUXBOT_1 Heavy Flamethrower /Electric Pulse
– Hexa Spitfire / Pistol, Electric Pulse CH: TO Camouflage
– Bagh-Mari HMG / Pistol, Knife Aquatic Terrain | Desert Terrain | Jungle Terrain, CH: Mimetism, Multispectral Visor L1
– Bagh-Mari Combi Rifle + Light Shotgun / Pistol, Knife Aquatic Terrain | Desert Terrain | Jungle Terrain, CH: Mimetism, Multispectral Visor L1
– Magister Knight Panzerfaust / Pistol, EXP CCW Martial Arts L2, Religious Troop, Hyper-Dynamics L1
– Regular Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife Jungle Terrain, Minelayer, Sensor
199 Points | SWC: 4
Not knowing what I could expect tried to make a list that can deal with all sorts of opponents and missions. The two Auxilia with their heavy flamer armed remotes together with the mine laying regular are capable of stopping enemy forces assaulting my positions. My lieutenant is a humble fusilier, nothing fancy but then again my battleplan won’t fall apart if I lose him. A second fusilier is there to bring an extra order to the table and to help hiding my lieutenant. The Bagh mari’s are good all rounders, their visors help spotting camouflaged troops while their mimetism make them hard to shoot. So depending on the mission and enemy they can either hang back or move up and bring the fight to the enemy. To round out my ability to take forward positions I decided to bring a magister knight because they are tough and still really quick. With this core I have a good defense and offense. To complete the army I decided to bring small surprise and a kamau hacker. This girl is amazing in protecting my troops from enemy guided missiles and if I need to download a top secret computer program I at least have a professional with me. Then there is the surprise… A Hexas with spitfire. Thermo optical camouflage allows me to deploy the model without giving my opponent any clue to where it is and when the Hexas decloaks the enemy has a hefty -6 penalty to shoot him. The spitfire is a rapid firing sub machine gun, hopefully this model packs enough firepower so that when I decide to use him he surprises the enemy and allows me to gain the upper hand.
My opponent won the initiative and decided he would like to start. I decided to deploy in the more defensible half after I knew what my opponent’s set up was. I deployed a fusilier prone on top of the roof so he couldn’t be seen by the enemy and could claim a good field of fire during my turn. The second Fusilier was hidden out of sight behind a corner. The hacker deployed in the centre. The regular was set up opposite of the camo tokens and placed a mine to cover the door of the building. My Bagh Mari’s and Auxilia’s were divided over both flanks so that I could deal with either the camouflage troops rushing me over my left flank or the highlanders doing the same over my right flank. Since the Highlanders are impeteous I reinforced that flank with my magister knight. The Hexas was set up in the forward center so it could be used to reinforce either flank or rush through the middle surprising the enemy. Satisfied with my deployment and sure that I could deal with any surprise coming my way in turn one I told my opponent he could start the game.
Ariadna Turn 1:
The Highlanders started their turn by shouting insults to the enemy, and running towards the stairs of the left building as fast as they could with their Impetuous move. They also used their irregular move to move up the stairs and take cover behind the corner of the building. Seeing his Highlander comrades run forward, the Cateran sprinted towards the building swinging his grappling hook. In the blink of an eye, he was on top of the building and started to prepare his sniper rifle. His first victim was a soldier that was lying prone on top of the garage. The pampered boy saw his doom coming and tried to dodge, but learned the hard way that playing video games and having robots do your job does not prepare well you for real combat. Next, the sniper moved to the other side of the building and took a couple of shots at the combat-bot that was deployed behind the wall, finally disabling it.
Panoceania Turn 1:
While most of the army was still in shock by the sudden appearance of the cateran sniper the Bagh Mari received orders to neutralize the sniper. With the sniper on top of the building my advance would be severly hampered. He took up position and emptied a full magazine at the enemy position. With the sniper taken care of the next threat were the Highlanders. Their position was well fortified. The magister knight decided to take matters in his own hands and rushed forward to bring the fight to them. He sprinted up the stairs and emptied his shotgun while the Highlanders tried to hide themselves in a smoke curtain. The Highlanders might have been surprised but the veteran Kazak was expecting something and the knight took a bullet to the chest for his efforts. The Heroic knight decided that discretion was the better part of valor and quickly dodged behind a wall.
Ariadna Turn 2:
After seeing both of the Highlanders getting shot-gunned to pieces and the life-symbol of the sniper going black, the Veteran Kazak had to rethink his strategy. He ordered the Scout to move towards the other building and see if he could take care of the knight that just shot down two of his soldiers. Cautiously, the scout moved up the stairs towards the left building, in order to place a couple of mines in strategic spots. While moving up the stairs, he though he saw something close to the right building’s entrance, but it was difficult to spot. After peering at it for some time, he identified it as an enemy mine and decided to take care of it by shooting it with his ojotnik. After the shot, he felt quite exposed on the stairs and decided to go back to his previous hiding place. With that, the Veteran Kazak decided to cover the left flank with a suppression fire zone, to discourage the enemy forces to break through their lines on that side of the settlement.
Panoceania Turn 2:
Luckily the enemy spent most of their turn disarming my mine so I could put more pressure on the enemy. My right flank moved forward a bit and was ready to push through the enemy lines next turn. Consolidating my left flank would take to much time. In the meantime high command figured out who the enemy lieutenant was. It had to be the veteran kazak guarding the cente. Thus the hexas received orders to move up and to remove the hostile suppression fire for my troops by killing the enemy leader. Taking the kazak by surprise the hexas fired his spitfire at the veteran soldier. The kazak was hit and wounded but since he has the veteran skill he didn’t go down. The Hexas fired another round and the kazak tried to dodge behind cover so he could no longer be seen by the Hexas. But the veteran moved too slow and that cost him his life.
Ariadna Turn 3:
With the lieutenant being shot down, the only thing the Ariadna force could do was decide who was second in command. It didn’t help that the force was composed of soldiers from three different nationalities . After a lot of pulling rank, the SAS took control of the battle group and he, after seeing all his countrymen being gunned down, ordered a tactical retreat to leave the settlement and find safety in the surrounding forests.
Well, that were a lot of things not going exactly as planned! It was nice to win the Initiative roll, which allowed me to choose to go first. And the Highlanders distracted the opponent, although it was unfortunate that I did not roll one point higher on my smoke grenade roll when the Knight shot-gunned both of my Highlanders. This would have allowed them to survive and that would have possibly allowed me to let the Highlanders take care of the knight by themselves. This would then have allowed me to make use of the forward observers and the speculative fire of the para-commando.
Another thing that didn’t go exactly as planned was the Cateran in my first turn. It took him too many orders to take down the flamethrower bot, which depleted my order pool faster than planned. The plan was to also take down the bot’s controller, which would have cost my opponent an order. After that, I would have let the sniper go prone in order to prevent it being HMG’d by the Bagh-mari that was waiting just out of LoF for his turn.
The last thing that I would have hoped to have gone better is the scout trying to detect the mine and shoot it. By failing first an attempt to identify it, and then needing three orders to shoot the mine, I did not have time to place the two mines that I had planned. One of them would have been placed inside the building, which would have hit the Knight as soon as he entered the building or moved past the doorway on the other side. The second mine would have covered the advance through the center of the table. This could have made a big difference, since later it turned out that there was a TO camoed Hexas with spitfire waiting on that side! By there not being a mine there, the Hexas had all the time in the world to take care of my Veteran Kazak, basically winning him the game.
Anyway, even though a lot of things went wrong for my side, it was still a relaxed and entertaining game. We both learned a couple of things and I’m already thinking about some cunning plans to do better in my next game. Next time Pascal! Next time!
Preparation wins the day! Well that and some bad luck on Clint’s side.
Having faced the Ariadnan force before I knew that they can move up really quick with their infiltrators and impeteous troops. Thus I decided on a catious deployment so that I would take minimum casualties in my first turn. The sniper killing my fusilier was a nasty surprise but by dodging the auxilia was safe from return fire leaving only the aux bot exposed.
The sniper together with the highlanders formed a real bottleneck. Highlanders with their dogged rule are hard to kill so I had to take them out this turn. I decided to take some risks and sacrifice my magister knight for this. But beyond all expectations he survived his suicide assault, anchoring my battle line.
The man of the match was definitely the hexas. The TO camouflage combined with cover makes the model extremely hard to hit so I could send him in alone to do his job. It was a good thing Clint decided to try and keep his suppression corridor because with the sixth sense ability he wouldn’t be surprised by decloaking troops and that could have turned the odds in his favour.
I had a really good game and learned quite a bit in the use of heavy infantry. Next time Clint will no doubt be expecting some hidden models. So I might just decide on using some Aerial Deployment to outflank his forward troops.