Sunday, October 12, 2014

Encounter at Crazy Rodent - The Battle

From the Journal of Major  Clouseau

11,10,3014 on Planet Crazy Rodent.
We have encountered the Panthari near the spaceship site.  My battalion was able to quickly advance to the site and occupy it.  One of my platoons located the opening to the spaceship, but as it approached the opening it vanished in a flash of light.   The rest of the battalion took refuge near the base of the ship while the tanks from our brigade engaged the approaching Panthari armor under the command of General Burdine.  

General Kavenkis moved his brigade to the site in order to prevent the Panthari from taking it away from General Lange's brigade and to keep the Panthari brigade of General Pamandanan from outflanking our brigade.  On our left flank General Bratrovich was heavily engaged with the brigade of General Bacchetti. 

Troops from my command were able to locate the controls for opening the spaceship causing a large ramp to lower from the side of the ship.   Before we could enter, a gigantic creature/vehicle descended the ramp and turned towards the Panthari who had been shooting at the infantry from General Henshaw's brigade next to the buildings.  Their fire had struck the buildings, but had not caused any damage.  

The creature was a hideous green color, with two giant claws protruding from the front, a large stalk on top with a gigantic eye,  several tentacles on the top, and hundreds of legs underneath.  The creature emitted a blast of plasma destroying several Panthari tanks

While the creature was engaged with the Panthari, I ordered my battalion to enter the ship and secure it.  Inside the ship was a large hold with several hatches leading to other parts of the ship.   My troops dispersed through the ship looking for any members of the crew and the controls.   We did not find any living creatures on the ship, though there were a few piles of dust in various locations.   We eventually found the control room and by a stroke of good fortune were able to gain control of the ship, halt the creature, and secure the site.

The above is an account of the Future War Commander game we played on Saturday, October 11th at the Crazy Squirrel Game Shop at 464 East Bullard, Fresno.  The shop has a large area set aside for gaming.  There are a number of places within a couple of blocks for food.  The vehicles from both sides were from the FASA Renegade Legion and Terran Overlord Government plastic cohort sets.  figures are from various 6mm manufacturers.  The Ogrethulu is from Steve Jackson games.   Pictures of the game follow. The spaceship and buidlings were items that I had picked up at a convention many years ago.  There were a few blunders during the game.  One of them caused the platoon near the ship to take hits from enemy fire.  As there were no enemy near enough to fire at the time it was ruled as the ship that did the damage causing the platoon to be eliminated.

 Jeff, Brent, and Neal the Panthari Imperium generals.
 Mike and Ron. two of the Federation Generals.  Dave was the third Federation General
 The initial turn.  Part of Ron's command was able to quickly secure the site.
 The engagement heats up

 Jeff and Dave's forces exchange shots.  Jeff's force has taken more casualties than Dave's.
 The action near the site.
Neal attempts to outflank Mike's command.  Shortly after this Ron was able to open the ship and an Ogrethulu came out of it.  The first force it attacked was Brent's.   Meanwhile Ron's infantry boarded the spaceship while the Ogrethulu was facing away.  The Ogrethulu then turned on Mike's command after the lead elements of Brent's force were suppressed by a Federation artillery bombardment.   Throughout the game the Federation artillery was more effective than the Imperium's.  The game was called about 4:30.  Ron had secured the spaceship, but his command had been broken.   The Federation had achieved a Pyrrhic victory by capturing the ship and suppressing the Ogrethulu.

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