Warcry in July Tournament Report

Been away from gaming for a few weeks due to travel and then hosting some family friends, so what better way to get back to it than with a good ol’ ITS tournament? Fortunately, our new Warcor Adam runs them monthly. This month was Warcry in July!

We had a turnout of 8 people, 2 of which made it all the way up from Eugene, Oregon. We had 3 Nomad players, one of each flavor, two PanO players, a Combined Army player, an Aleph player, and of course Adam’s USARF. I ended up placing second, which is not bad for my second tournament ever!

Game 1 – Stale Dog Food

This game was against Adam of TheDiceAbide fame.

“Okay, this one’s a fun one, people. Name of the game, take out this guy,” said Zero Cool, flashing a picture onto everyone’s comlogs.

“Even our most productive assets have been unable to get his name, so we’ve just been referring to him as UNKNOWN,” the Interventor continued. “Mission’s simple. Our assets can tell us that this guy will be on the Baijing Orbital sometime in the next 30 hours doing a sweep and clear under the authority of O-12. We insert, take him out, and exfil. Questions?”

 

“Why him?” Acid Burn asks. “He’s something of a celebrity amongst the USAriandnans. We’re sending a message, old-school mob style, that we’re playing eye for an eye. #RememberLaForja and all that,” says Zero Cool flatly, to a chorus of angry noises from the assembled Nomads. “Good enough for me,” affirms Acid Burn.

Highly Classified and Supremacy


INTERVENTOR Hacker Lieutenant (Hacking Device Plus) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 25)
JAGUAR Adhesive Launcher, Panzerfaust / Pistol, DA CCW. (0.5 | 13)
JAGUAR Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, DA CCW. (0 | 10)
KRAKOT RENEGADE Submachine Gun, Chest Mine / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 15)
ZERO Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 24)
MORAN (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, CrazyKoalas (2) / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 22)
MODERATOR Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0 | 11)
PROWLER Spitfire, D-Charges / Pistol, CCW. (2 | 36)
TOMCAT Doctor (MediKit) Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 22)
TOMCAT Engineer Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 22)


10 1 | 4 SWC | 200 Points | Open in Infinity Army

USAriadna Ranger Force


GRUNT Lieutenant Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (1 | 10)
GRUNT (Marksmanship LX) Sniper Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 18)
GRUNT (Marksmanship LX) Sniper Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 18)
GRUNT (Forward Observer) Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 11)
GRUNT (Forward Observer) Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 11)

UNKNOWN RANGER (Specialist Operative) Molotok / Heavy Pistol, T2 CCW, Knife. (1.5 | 47)
FOXTROT (Forward Observer) Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 18)
FOXTROT (Forward Observer) Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 18)
MAVERICK (Forward Observer) Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 19)
DEVIL DOG Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades + 1 K-9 Antipode / AP Heavy Pistol, AP CCW. (0 | 30)
K-9 ANTIPODE AP CCW. (7)


9 1 2 | 4 SWC | 200 Points | Open in Infinity Army

Deployment

Well, I forgot to deploy my Moderator Paramedic, but Adam was gracious enough to let me fix that halfway through Turn 1. My Jaguars defend against any Van Zant nonsense (you never know, which is half the goddamn battle!) and cover the approaches. My Krakot bubble wraps Zero Cool the Interventor, who is hiding in the corner. I put Acid Burn, sporting a AHD this time, on the left and a Moran on the right. My Prowler Spitfire hangs out smack dab in the the middle in total cover.

“Jefe, they’ve got top cover,” says Araña the Jaguar ADHL, “looks like two Grunt snipers on overwatch.”

 

“I’ll take care of it,” the Prowler chimes in, before asking: “Anyone got a location on our target?” A pregnant silence follows. “I’ll take that as a no,” says Zero Cool. “Do not engage until we confirm that the target is here.”

My opponent sets up his grunt link team in a tower slightly to the right of center, with a Devil Dog and its doggo buddy ready to run up my right flank. The Unknown Ranger and a Maverick chill out on my left, with a pair of Foxtrot FOs on either side.

“I’ve got a possible visual on our target,” updates the Tomcat engineer. “Big guy, big shield?” she asks, forwarding Zero Cool an image. “Running facial and gait recognition now…” he replies, queuing up the appropriate subroutines. Shortly after, he gets a 80% match. “80% match, that’s above the cutoff. We are cleared hot. Take ’em all out!”

 

Turn 1

The Devil Dogs run up the right side of the field, dodging the Crazy Koalas and putting the Moran unconscious. At least the Moran put a wound on the Devil Dog before taking a nap. He runs the Devil Dog up to attack my Jaguars and my Moderator Paramedic (who I placed halfway through his turn between the Jaguars). I attempt to glue the Devil Dog, but he just chain rifles the Moderator and the Jaguar ADHL off the table. My other Jaguar manages to kill the Antipode in CC, which is pretty great. He runs the Devil Dog over and engages the remaining Jaguar, and we have an ineffectual slap fight.

The Moran pops out of cover and engages his closest target, the Devil Dog. “Dogfaces!” he calls out to the rest of the team. The Moran’s combi-rifle fire serves only to anger the Devil Dog, who roars in challenge and rushes the Moran.

 

“Have some koala, dogface! Might be stale but it’s good for you!” taunts the Moran. A pair of Crazy Koalas squeal in delight at the prospect of petting a very big doggy and rush at the Devil Dog. With preternatural speed, the Devil Dog swats the Crazy Koalas away with the flat of his machete and they detonate harmlessly some distance away. The Moran blinks in disbelief and frantically tries to gas up his combi rifle, which has run dry. A slavering growl from behind is his only warning before he becomes antipode food.

 

The rampaging canines tear their way across the battlefield towards a pair of Jaguars and a Moderator. “Cuidado!” shouts Araña in warning. The Devil Dog’s clawed feet enable him to turn on a dime, rending gashes into the decorative Yu Jing carpet beneath him as he corners around a small building. The Moderator tries to dive to the ground but is caught in the expanding cone of red-hot shrapnel from the Devil Dog’s chain rifle.

 

Araña, bleeding from hundreds of cuts, doggedly stays in the fight, attempting to glue the Devil Dog to the ground. The Devil Dog’s fantastic strength proves too much even for combat grade foam adhesive, though, and before Araña can draw his curved blades the Devil Dog is upon him.

 

Araña’s Jaguar compatriot across the way was just a hair faster on the draw, and catches the leaping antipode in the throat with a pair of crossed blades, severing its windpipe. He pommel-whips the fatally wounded antipode into the ground and growls his own challenge to the Devil Dog.

With his remaining orders (some were coordinated), he advances the Unknown Ranger, the Maverick, and the Foxtrots, and throws some of them into suppression fire before passing the turn.

My Prowler Spitfire forces his Grunt snipers into cover but doesn’t manage to kill anyone. I bring in a Tomcat behind the Unknown Ranger, grab my Sabotage classified, and blow the Unknown Ranger off the table with 3 combi-rifle shots. Tomcats rule! I don’t really get to do much else this turn, but we end the turn with me holding two quadrants to his one.

True to his word, the Prowler handles the Grunts on overwatch problem. Switching his Spitfire to his weak side, he braces it against the corner of the barricade he was hiding behind and lets off a long burst, right at the Grunt sniper on overwatch, who ducks, pie-eyed at the sudden materialization of antipersonnel fire. “Grunts suppressed! Now’s your chance!” he tells the Tomcat engineer.

 

The Tomcat exits her hidden position and draws a bead on Target: UNKNOWN’s back. “For La Forja, when you stabbed us all in the back,” she subvocalizes as she squeezes the trigger. Target: UNKNOWN drops like a marionette with its strings cut, bleeding out onto what looks like very expensive Yu Jing finery. “Mission accomplished, kill confirmed,” she broadcasts to the team.

 

“Fighting withdrawal! Tomcats, buy us time!” acknowledges Zero Cool, updating everyone’s exfiltration plans as the tactical situation develops.

Turn 2

Turn goes back to Adam, and he pushes the buttons on my side under the cover of smoke before throwing both Foxtrots and the Maverick into suppression fire. The Devil Dog fails to kill the Jaguar, as he goes dogged, no pun intended. The Grunt link team shuffles around a little, which makes me a hole on the right…
To bring in another Tomcat! I take a few shots, don’t really kill anything, but force his Grunts to retreat back into their deployment zone as they fail guts.

In almost instant answer to Zero Cool’s call for Tomcat backup, the Tomcat Doctor sprays the Grunt link team with combi rifle fire, forcing their heads down. “Grunts are suppressed! Exfil now!” he cries, transitioning to his pistol in a smooth motion and emptying its magazine to keep the Grunts’ heads down.

 

As the Tomcat Engineer makes her way back towards the insertion point, a Maverick skids to a stop in front of her on his quad wheeler and riddles her with rifle bullets. A spray of antipersonnel shrapnel from a mine tosses him from his mount onto the ground just a moment too late to save the Tomcat’s life. Acid Burn has no time to celebrate her Pyrrhic victory before she too catches a burst of rifle rounds and goes down.

I sacrifice the Acid Burn to drop a mine while the Tomcat comes around the corner. I lose a Zero and the Tomcat, but the mine gets the Maverick. Turn ends with me holding more quadrants again (two to one), although he’s got 2 buttons pushed.

Turn 3

The Devil Dog kills my Prowler, and advances into the midfield. My remaining Tomcat finally goes down to a bunch of rifle fire from the Grunts, but not before they get a forward observe classified. My turn rolls around, and I’m in retreat, so I’m out of options. He dominates more zones this time, i.e. pretty much all of them, so that’s that.

Zero Cool presses his lips into a flat line as he watches his forces fold under the assault of the fully alerted Ariadnans, eager for revenge. “Retreat!” he commands, dragging the unconscious form of Acid Burn by her webbing harness to the waiting shuttle. “Mission accomplished, we’re coming in hot!” he radios ahead.

I have 4 points from zone domination and 1 from Sabotage, he’s got 1 for his classified, 2 from zone domination, and 2 from buttons pushed. It’s a draw!

5-5 Draw

Notes

  • I think I made 2 major mistakes this game:
    • Deployment of my Krakot, who just sat there the whole game.
    • Using Acid Burn to drop a mine. I didn’t need to do that.
  • Tomcats are super strong, and I used them effectively this game.
  • I think I could’ve done a better job deploying Crazy Koalas, and maybe even my Moran, but it was a good time nonetheless. Against experienced players, Crazy Koalas usually just force 1-2 move dodge orders and that’s that.

Game 2 – It’s Nomad Time!

I played Rick, from the Eugene meta who had brought his Onyx. I gotta hand it to him for taking it on the chin like a gentleman. This was both the fastest and the most brutal game of Infinity that I’ve ever participated in. Due to the speed, I don’t have any pictures, sadly.

Firefight


INTERVENTOR Hacker Lieutenant (Hacking Device Plus) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 25)
MORAN Boarding Shotgun, CrazyKoalas (2) / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 20)
ZERO (Deployable Repeater) Combi Rifle, E/Mauler / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 19)
JAGUAR Adhesive Launcher, Panzerfaust / Pistol, DA CCW. (0.5 | 13)
PROWLER Spitfire, D-Charges / Pistol, CCW. (2 | 36)
JAGUAR Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, DA CCW. (0 | 10)
KRAKOT RENEGADE Submachine Gun, Chest Mine / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 15)
BANDIT Light Shotgun, Adhesive Launcher / Pistol, DA CCW. (0 | 22)
HELLCAT Boarding Shotgun / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 21)
TOMCAT Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower, D.E.P. / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 19)


9 1 1 | 4 SWC | 200 Points | Open in Infinity Army

Onyx Contact Force


UMBRA SAMARITAN Lieutenant Spitfire, Flash Pulse / Pistol, Vorpal CC Weapon. (1 | 44)

UNIDRON K1 Combi Rifle / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0.5 | 16)
UNIDRON Plasma Carbine / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0 | 14)
UNIDRON Plasma Carbine / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0 | 14)

RODOK HMG / Pistol, Knife. (1.5 | 27)
RODOK Combi Rifle, 2 Light Shotguns / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 26)
RODOK Hacker (EI Assault Hacking Device) Boarding Shotgun, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 25)
ÍMETRON . (0 | 4)
FRAACTA Combi Rifle, Nanopulser / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 29)


9 | 3.5 SWC | 199 Points | Open in Infinity Army

Deployment

The Unidrons and the Umbra Samaritan are wrapped around a building on my right, a short walk from the board edge. The Rodoks are about 12″ from the left board edge, folded around a building corner. The Ímetron deviated next to the Rodoks. My own deployment turned out to be rather unimportant, as we’ll see shortly.

Turn 1

My Krakot advances up the field and cracks open a panoply to grab a nanopulsar. Second order, walk on a Tomcat, who proceeds to climb up the wall separating him from the Unidrons and the Samaritan and then douses most of them in napalm. The Samaritan fails to dodge, but a Unidron manages to land a K1 combi shot. I pass all of my ARM rolls, but my opponent fails all of his. One Unidron is still alive around the corner of a building.

I spend my Lt. order to bring my Hellcat’s effective PH to 18 (with the +3 from the scenario), and drop him in next to the Rodoks. The Hellcat proceeds to shotgun all the Rodoks and the Ímetron to death and even gets my Extreme Prejudice classified for me while doing so.

With my last regular order, the Tomcat flamethrowers the last Unidron, and I spend the Bandit’s irregular order advancing up the field.

Turn goes to him, and he drops in his Fraacta, which I guess is legal since Retreat rules aren’t in effect?

Turn 2

The Krakot SMGs the Fraacta, and the game is over. In retrospect, I guess I technically could have completed my Sabotage classified with my Prowler that was in position to do so, but we called it and shook hands. I’ve killed more of everything, have actually opened a panoply, and have accomplished one of my classified objectives, giving me the victory.

9-0 Nomad Victory

Zero Cool the Interventor is startled out of his sleep by the boarding alarm. “Not again!” he grumbles, slinging his combi-rifle over his shoulder and taking off at a dead sprint. “What have we got?” he demands. “Looks like a boarding torpedo from that Combined Army carrier. It impacted on our deck, so it’s our problem” replies Acid Burn the Zero, who is also jogging to the breach point.

 

As Zero Cool rounds the final corner and the pressure doors open, the boarding alarm goes silent. He splays the fingers of his left hand open, tapping into the local security net.  Clearly, the aliens have hacked into the alarm systems and have silenced it. There’s no way all the aliens are dead already… His automated routines scan the last 15 minutes of logs and flag nothing save the impact of the boarding torpedo. “Stay sharp, people!” he warns over the local communications net.  Shouldering his rifle, he begins a slow, methodical sweep towards the impact point of the boarding torpedo.

 

Wisps of smoke curl lazily along a bulkhead in the distance. As Zero Cool nears, his nose is assaulted by the stench of burning plastic, circuitry, and flesh. Checking his IFF readouts, he sees only the blip of a friendly Corregidor Tomcat behind the bulkhead. “PanO!” Zero Cool yells in challenge. “mmf. mmgh. sucks!” comes the countersign from the Tomcat. Zero Cool cautiously pokes his head around the corner, rifle first only to see a Tomcat leaned up against a crate working her way through a mouthful of protein bar. “Sorry boss. Was eatin’,” apologizes the Tomcat. “Smell of BBQ and magic smoke made me hungry.” With that, the source of the stench becomes apparent: an char-grilled Umbra Samaritan and a pile of twitching Unidron REM, still steaming from the heat.

 

“Oh good, you’re here,” comes another voice over the comms network. “Please tell me you brought some Mobile Brigada. These Rodoks are too heavy for me to drag to the airlock myself,” says the Hellcat BSG. Zero Cool shakes his head and opens a channel to command to brief them that the attack has been repelled.

Notes

Not a whole lot to learn from this game, other than to reiterate the power of template weapon wielding drop troops against deployment weaknesses… I suppose games like this are the origin of this meme:

Game 3 – Meeting the YJ-Pop Star: Dragon Lady

I played my final game of the day versus Eric, a newer PanO player. A very pleasant opponent and drinking companion (we had gone for beers over lunch with everyone, and he happened to be sitting next to me). We had a lovely chat post-game too about what we both could’ve done better.

Zero Cool the Interventor was having his first meal without a side of bullets in quite a long time when the call came.

 

++++ PRICOM BH873 ++++

>> MISSION: Data Retrieval

>> PARAMETERS: FULL DENIABILITY

>> THEATRE: BAIJING ORB CON

Retrieve datafile from ASSET PARASOL

PARASOL to be on BAJING in 40 standard hours. 

CHALLENGE: “Wonderful show, I’ve been a fan since your first tour on Dawn. Could I trouble you for an autograph?”

COUNTERSIGN: “But of course. Let me give you a souvenir to remember this moment.”

++++ END PRICOM BH873 ++++

 

Zero Cool sat back in his chair, his meal forgotten. So the Yu Jing-Pop star known throughout the sphere as “Dragon Lady” was a deep cover asset. He opened a heavily secured link to Mayanet and did a quick search for her tour dates. The first headline came up: “Dragon Lady to cheer on troops at Baijing Orbital Consolate at the Wotan Gate!”

 

Zero Cool shook his head at what was clearly another Yu Jing publicity stunt, aimed at deflecting public attention from the very real danger of the EI attack at Wotan Gate. If the public thought the troops had enough time to take in a show, everything must be fine, after all. The audience would probably be full of headquarters troops, paper pushers, and janitorial staff, he thought. “Janitorial staff…” he mused, aloud.

Highly Classified and Supremacy


INTERVENTOR Hacker Lieutenant (Hacking Device Plus) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 25)
JAGUAR Adhesive Launcher, Panzerfaust / Pistol, DA CCW. (0.5 | 13)
JAGUAR Chain Rifle, Smoke Grenades / Pistol, DA CCW. (0 | 10)
KRAKOT RENEGADE Submachine Gun, Chest Mine / Pistol, DA CC Weapon. (0 | 15)
ZERO Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) Combi Rifle, Antipersonnel Mines / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 24)
MORAN (Forward Observer) Combi Rifle, CrazyKoalas (2) / Pistol, Knife. (0.5 | 22)
MODERATOR Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Electric Pulse. (0 | 11)
PROWLER Spitfire, D-Charges / Pistol, CCW. (2 | 36)
TOMCAT Doctor (MediKit) Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 22)
TOMCAT Engineer Combi Rifle + Light Flamethrower, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 22)


10 1 | 4 SWC | 200 Points | Open in Infinity Army

Neoterran Capitaline Army


FUSILIER Lieutenant Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 10)
FUSILIER HMG / Pistol, Knife. (1 | 18)
FUSILIER (Forward Observer, Deployable Repeater) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 12)
FUSILIER Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 12)
FUSILIER Paramedic (MediKit) Combi Rifle / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 12)

MACHINIST Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Knife. (0 | 15)
BULLETEER Spitfire / Electric Pulse. (1 | 23)
BLACK FRIAR MULTI Sniper, Nanopulser / Pistol, CC Weapon. (1.5 | 30)
LOCUST Boarding Shotgun, Grenades, Drop Bears / Pistol, Shock CCW, Knife. (0 | 30)
LOCUST Hacker (Assault Hacking Device) Breaker Combi Rifle, D-Charges / Pistol, Shock CCW, Knife. (0.5 | 38)


10 | 4 SWC | 200 Points | Open in Infinity Army

Deployment

I chose to go second, and was forced to deploy first. Given that three out of the four objectives are HVT related, I deploy JNCO Jean Jimmy the HVT as close to my deployment edge as possible on the right side. I build a small castle of Crazy Koalas, a Krakot Renegade (who rolled 6-4 MOV and Super Jump), and a pair of Jaguars on overwatch. I don’t know where his HVT is going to end up, which is mostly okay since my heavy lifters are going to be the Tomcats anyway. Since I castled so hard on the right I try to establish a little presence on the left by putting my Moderator Paramedic and my Prowler Spitfire on the left.

My opponent chooses to castle his HVT on the right as well. He puts his Dragon Lady in total cover, backed by a Fusilier link team with the HMG exposed in an overwatch position. He’s got a Black Friar MSR in an elevated position as well, which really clamped down on my movement. He put a Locust AHD in the midfield and a Locust BSG guarding the Dragon Lady. With that, he put a Machinist on my left and we were on to deploying reserve models.

I really couldn’t find a good place for Acid Burn the Zero AHD to go. I just ended up putting her on the right behind a tree, which wasn’t actually in total cover from the Black Friar… The Bulleteer Spitfire came down next to the Machinist and we were off!

JNCO Jean Jimmy the HVT was very drunk. Zero Cool had just stopped by his rack and offered him a set of scrounged tickets to a concert by Dragon Lady on Baijing! This was cause to celebrate, and of course the way Corregidor janitorial staff celebrated was with lots of tequila. Before he really knew what was happening, he was on a shuttle with a bunch of friends, headed to Baijing for some well-deserved R&R in the form of ogling the sexy YJ-pop backup dancers. Maybe they would play his favorite song, Eye of the Tiger Soldier!

Turn 1

Top of Turn 1 – NCA

Well, Acid Burn gets taken out by the Black Friar almost immediately. D’oh! The Locust BSG comes around the corner and removes one of the Crazy Koalas, and the Fusilier HMG wipes out the Jaguar Panzerfaust. Gah, some bad deployment on my end. He starts advancing his link team, and the Fusilier HMG climbs halfway down the ladder he’s next to in order to stay in coherency.

Eugene the ex-NCA Fusilier frowned. He had been the head of Dragon Lady‘s security detail for quite awhile, but he had never seen someone quite as obnoxious as JNCO Jean Jimmy before. This borracho was shouting about how sexy the backup dancers were and how he was such a man that he could handle them all at the same time. At least the show was over and all Eugene had to do was get his principal through the throngs of fans back to her quarters. Why can’t these pop stars forgo these stupid post-show autograph and selfie sessions? She had been particularly insistent this time, and she was the boss, so he had to grin, yes ma’am, and bear it.

 

“Will someone get that asshole borracho out of here?” Eugene grumbled on the tac net. “I’ll get some water in him and put him in the drunk tank” replied Filipp the ex-Fusilier Paramedic.

 

“Boss, I’ve got someone suspicious skulking about behind a tree at my 11. Also, looks like there are some cambots run by some paparazzo,” warned Miguel, their ex-Black Friar top cover. “Alright people, let’s go check it out,” commanded Eugene, his link team packing up their gear and heading out to give Filipp some protection against the Dragon Lady’s rabid fans. Hans slung his HMG over his shoulder and started climbing down the ladder from his overwatch position.

 

“I’ve been made, bailing!” warns Acid Burn, slipping away quietly.

The Bulleteer advances up my left flank in full view of the Prowler. I decline my ARO and have a mild panic attack, assuming something horrible is about to happen to the Prowler… Instead, he shuffles all the way around the corner and tries to down my Moderator Paramedic. She passes all her ARM rolls with 15’s and 20’s and wisely elects to drop prone. And with that, he’s out of orders with the Fusilier HMG’s butt flapping in the breeze on the ladder in full view of everything.

Bottom of Turn 1 – Nomads

I jump the Krakot Renegade over the spaceship thingy and SMG the Fusilier HMG into unconsciousness with AP rounds. The return fire plasters the Krakot, but he’s down a big gun and I’ve broken the link. Worth it. I try to remove the other major impediment to my movement, the Black Friar. I climb the Prowler up a building and make four BS rolls… but get defeated by a lucky crit from the Black Friar. Drat.Well, I can at least try to get rid of the Locust between me and the Dragon Lady. I pop smoke with my Jaguar and White Noise with my Interventor… but the Locust dodges two chain rifle shots and I overextend and get the Jaguar killed. Not great. I’m basically down to my Interventor Lt, a Moran FO, and a Moderator Paramedic. Yikes. Thankfully, I’m just outside of retreat!

Turn 2

Top of Turn 2 – NCA

My opponent basically has the run of the board, sans the final Crazy Koala, which he removes with liberal use of boarding shotgun shells from the Locust. He runs his Locust AHD and a Fusilier Paramedic up to JNCO Jean Jimmy the HVT and ticks of all three HVT-based objectives before retreating his units into defensive positions.

“Sir, come with me, please” says Filipp the Paramedic to JNCO Jean Jimmy, who replies by shoving Filipp away. “You don’t tell me what to do! I wanna see dem dancers! WIGGLE WIGGLE!” JNCO Jean Jimmy shouts, waggling his behind at Filipp.

 

“He’s clean, boss,” says the Locust AHD, having scanned Jimmy for spurious transmissions. “Nothing to see here, just some vato drunk off his ass.” Eugene sighs in response as Filipp struggles to handcuff Jimmy. “I shut down a cambot too, boss,” chimes in the other Locust.

 

“Uh… boss? I’m stuck on the ladder,” groans Hans, tangled in his webbing. “God dammit, Hans,” groans Eugene.

Bottom of Turn 2 – Nomads

This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I drop in a Tomcat Doctor and a Tomcat Engineer right next to Dragon Lady. I’ve got 3 orders this turn. I use one to get HVT:Inoculation, one to get my secondary classified HVT: Retroengineering, and the final one to stand up my Moran FO to get HVT: Designation. I’m still down one primary classified, which means I’m still losing, 7 to 4…

The Moran, dressed like a hipster paparazzo stands up and starts snapping pictures of the Dragon Lady. “SIR! SIR, you are not authorized to take pictures here. SIR!” shouts the Locust BSG, waving his arms to get the Moran’s attention.

 

Two Tomcats, dressed in civilian clothing seize this opportunity to sneak in behind the Locust and the Fusiliers, who are distracted by the Moran and JNCO Jean Jimmy, respectively. They walk up to the Dragon Lady, who smiles warmly at them.

 

“Wonderful show, I’ve been a fan since your first tour on Dawn. Could I trouble you for an autograph?” says the first Tomcat, as the second keeps a close eye on the developing tactical situation. “But of course. Let me give you a souvenir to remember this moment,” says the Dragon Lady, scrawling her name on the offered data slate and palming a small data module to the first Tomcat as she does so.

Turn 3

Top of Turn 3 – NCA

As I found out later, my opponent has Test Run for his secondary classified, and was hoping to pick up his Bulleteer. Since that wasn’t happening, he needed to remove my Moran to actually secure JNCO Jean Jimmy the HVT. He puts a few orders into trying to take out the Moran, but I pass a few ARM rolls before going prone to keep him alive. In hopes of getting a lucky shot on the Moran, he throws a drop bear to cover the Moran in case I stand him back up, and passes the turn after shuffling some units into better cover.

“SIR, you have to come down from there!” the Locust yells at the Moran. “Alright, alright!” grumbles the Moran, making a big show of slowly packing up his gear.

Bottom of Turn 3 – Nomads

Well, there’s no way I’m getting my Interventor Lt across the fields of fire my opponent has set up to get HVT: Espionage, so I’m left with Extreme Prejudice. The only legal target is the Fusilier HMG, who is unconscious and clipped into the ladder halfway up a building. Fortunately for me, I’ve got 5 orders and a Tomcat with climbing plus at the base of the building. 4 orders later, I’ve got my classified and a dead Tomcat thanks to the Black Friar. Nevertheless, objective secured!

The exchange complete, the first Tomcat starts walking away. To ensure she’s not followed, the second Tomcat climbs the building to help Hans out of his tangled webbing as a distraction. “BOSS! We’ve got a civilian moving towards Hans! Oh… looks like he’s just helping him out of his webbing. Nice guy!” updates the Black Friar. “At least something went right today,” grumbles Eugene, walking up to the Dragon Lady. “Shall we, ma’am?” he asks, politely gesturing for her to follow him. “Yes, let’s.” she replies, a serene smile on her face.

7-5 Nomad Victory

 

Notes

The dice weren’t terribly friendly to me this game early on, so it’s important that I don’t get caught up in that. Losing the Prowler really sucked.

  • Tomcats continue to be amazeballs.
  • I really flubbed Acid Burn’s deployment, and probably should’ve better placed the Crazy Koalas.
  • I set up a pretty reasonable death trap around my HVT, but it could’ve been better… I think the board dictated my deployment a little as I wanted no cover anywhere near the HVT, and that meant near that building, basically.

Apparently, at the time of posting on Strikezone Wotan, I took Baijing for the #BromadNation! ZOMG. Look at all my internet points!

WiseKensai

WiseKensai

I primarily play Infinity these days, but I have PHR fleet for Dropfleet Commander and I will eventually get my CEF for Heavy Gear built...

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