Just in time, it's New Year's Eve. Happy New Year everyone!
It's 0930 on 15 April 1990, and Team 6-2, down to just Tico (the team leader) and Bear (and the two aren't very happy with one another) are closing in on their objective. But they're not alone: partly owing to the fact Team 6-2 was so shot up, but partly due to the fact it's simply time to get them on the street, this mission is the first pairing of Cuban Liberation Expeditionary Force troops with soldiers of the Cronistrian Democratic Militia (CDM). Members of TF Trojas' Det B continue to work on training new recruits; the seven CDM members accompanying Team 6-2 are men with prior military training (in the Army of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, or FRY). They've been designated as leadership cadre for future units to be stood up once Det B 'graduates' its first batch of troops, so this mission is to be their baptism of fire.
So far the CLEF has fought against the Cronistrian National Guard (CNG, members of the military wing of the Cronistrian Communists), the Cronistrian People's Army (CPA, militia of the Cronistrian Communists), and Demjanovic's Tigers (a Special Forces Battalion dispatched to Cronistria specifically to deal with TF Trojas). But there is another adversary present in Cronistria: while it has suffered large-scale desertions, horrible morale, lapses in leadership, corruption, etc..., the FRY Army still has a number of garrisons in Cronistria. TF Trojas would love nothing more than to ignore these garrisons, but the problem is that they wish to keep Cronistria from leaving Yugoslavia and have stricken at Cronistrian Democrats on several occasions. Lt "Mikey" Trojas, consulting with President Andraz Gregor and his military head, General Miroslav Denis, has decided that the best course of action is to violently attack several of the FRY garrisons in the hope of shocking them bad enough that they simply decide to sit out the war.
So Mikey called Tico in to brief, and they settled on a garrison on the Austrian frontier, north of the capital of Miran. With that, Tico briefed Bear and the CDM team, they went through gear checks and rehearsals, then set out at approximately 0100 on foot. By 0930 they were in their jump-off positions, ready to put some shock and awe on the FRY garrison.
In any case, I treated them as regulars (given the fact they were going up against mostly militia), though they sure didn't act like it ;)
There is a FRY sentry at the hedgehogs at far left, on the road leading into Austria, another in the guard tower at top left, one at the southeast (bottom right) corner of the gas station, one northeast of him between two haystacks, and three in the barracks at top center-left.
Let's get it on!!!
Quick note: what happened is the CLEF rolled a scurry, FRY rolled a scurry, then CLEF rolled another scurry. The bad guys finally roll up a normal activation, so we're going to get some shooting finally! They also rolled the random event "Opening," so somebody's gonna get to dodge some react fire...
Tico is not amused; Bear had better get his ass up there and lead those men!
The CLEF rolls a third scurry in a row!
The yellow bead at the base of the guard tower is because the sentry there is pinned.
Sorry, every game he's in I've got to get a close up of this troop, I just love the pose.
Those are CLEF/CDM troops on the left side of the pic.
Yowzah. I didn't do anything to these guys, but they are acting like poorly motivated conscripts.
That's twice Tico has absolutely lit it up! I thought about giving him a medal, but he didn't really do anything too brave, just shot like a champion.
Bad guy at top center is man down.
Damn, I thought it was over, Bear should have at least driven his target back off the map...
That's three runners out of seven guys.
The guard tower is back, I'd moved it out of the way for the last pic.
The bad guy rolled a scurry, ran towards the table edge, good guys got to react by chasing him, but then the good guys rolled a scurry too, which allowed him to escape! I suppose I could have chosen not to move so he wouldn't get to react move, and then try to hit him with Guard fire when he made for his escape, but I'd only have a 1 in 6 chance (need to pin him, not cause him to fall back, which would take him off the map anyway), plus it would have been super-cheesy to do that.
In any case, what a showing for the Cronistrian Democratic Militia in their first go! Mikey and President Gregor are very proud of them and look forward to their further exploits on the battlefield. And the FRY has earned every bit of the negative morale stuff I do to them in future fights, though they only actually lost three guys in the fight. Regarding the CLEF, in the previous fight Bear did well while Tico was looking a bit shaky, and that was reversed in this fight. At least until Bear got shot up; he's wounded and will return to the fight on 23 April 1990.
That was a lot of fun; I've fought one more already and need to write it up, and I'm looking to play some more Thursday. Stay tuned.