Andy took the Marauders, and I took the GCPS. The mission was 'Violent encounter'. VPs are accumulated for each 5% of the enemy's strength destroyed.
|The initial set-up, with Marauders on the left, GCPS on the right.|
|GCPS Marines rushed forward into fortified ruins to claim an objective.|
|Similarly a unit of Goran auxiliaries did the same|
|Things evolving on the GCPS left - a unit of Orc commandoes backed up with 2 units of Goblin snipers. Marines backed by autocannon and Striders thinking about being aggressive|
|The other orc commando unit tried to be a bit sneaky, pushing towards the Marines ensconced in the fortified ruins|
|Andy pushed his missile armed raptor vehicle around the Marines' right flank|
|Marines in the centre rained fire down on a unit of snipers, eliminating the entire unit (it had been deployed in the forest area at the top of the photo( .. not a lot of resilience there|
|Suppressions accumulating all across the battlefield|
|A unit of Marines try to move forward to take the initiative on their left, backed by the fire support of a unit of autocannons, and two striders|
|However the defensive fire of the commandoes on the hill, equipped with two flamers, caused devastating casualties|
|Air support arrives for the GCPS|
|And another air strike ...|
|Only the sergeant survives from the Marines on the left, and the commandoes opposing them have taken serious fire, with quite a few suppressions|
|The GCPS fire support platoon equipped with laser cannons is eliminated after coming after serious sniper fire|
|More air strikes...|
Secondary objectives included the Marauders gaining 3 VP if their commander is alive at the end of the game. For the GCPS 1 VP was gained for each time an order was rolled for and the number of successes exceeded the number required.
The Marauders were ahead by 1 VP.. a minor victory, and so GCPS pulled back for the night.
I was surprised at how quickly units became grounded. We tended to stick to the terrain, and so I was also surprised at how little manoeuvre there was as a result. It may of course be because we haven't mastered the nuances of the rules yet.
Looking forward to another game at some stage.