The setup: It's the Imperial Year 996, and the Solomani Rim War is in full swing. In a remote backwater sector of the Gateway, the Sollies are working to destabilise an Imperial client state on the planet Arusage. The Imperial Navy hires mercenaries to shore up the Vilani-cultured client state.
The fighting revolves around an abandoned Vilani nuclear base, except that when the Vilani withdrew, they forgot to bring the nukes. The Solomani-backed Condor Republic has over run the region and the Imperial mercs must prevent them from carrying off the nukes.
|The Vilani Base - Blocky but Functional|
The mercs had access to an air strike, which would shift the victory margin one step in the Legion's favour - pilots don't like getting shot down behind enemy lines.
The Condor Legion had local reinforcements, mainly in the form of Air/Raft Recon units and the odd APC carried section.
|Nuclear Missile Silo|
|The Condor Legion platoons dismount...and are immediately suppressed. Welcome to StarGrunt II...|
The tech level gap was negligible, TL9 Legion to TL10 Mercs. Numbers were also about even - with a platoon each. It would be a pounding match.
|The Mercs recover an abandoned APC, and are engaged by Condor Air Recon|
The Condor commander decided to ignore the single mortar that the Imperials deployed, much to his subsequent regret.
|The Condors are well and truly Borked...the orange markers indicate Suppression.|
Post Game Thoughts.
|Imperial Merc Commanders...Pondering|
Another issue was the use of dummy counters. I think they add a great "Fog of War" effect, but some players don't like not knowing what they're dealing with.
Mark Klambo is not looking his normal, ebullient self...
Guy in the middle is contemplating "using the tooth..."
(I think I had just snapped an answer at Mark, as he has something of that "what a b!tch" look about him...sorry old boy...and get your elbows off the table)
Viewing these pics and looking over my notes, I'll have to give this scenario another go - perhaps with the Friday Pals Brigade, who boast a number of former military vets, and a suitable tweaking...or not... Ω