Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 122 - Bitter Blood

“The only way to stop a rebellion is to crush it with blood and fire, and to wound them so they’ll never dare to raise a hand again.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

January 28th, 3026 : Having made their plans, the Iron Dingoes board their DropShip fleet and deploy along the central border north of Lake Aurin. hoping to intercept the bandit -Army of New Patagonia_ before they reach the main road. Intelligence pegged them as a reinforced infantry battalion with light armor support.

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One hour later, they had completed their sub-orbital drop, and began to deploy their forces, with the infantry and most of their support armor following along to ensure the unit wasn’t flanked. Four of the unit’s tanks, two (2) Maxim Hover Transports and two (2) Condor Heavy Hover Tanks, are split from the group to provide scouting services, and tie down any of the enemy’s faster forces. About 30 minutes later, they identified the main body of infantry, escorting four (4) Vedette Medium Tanks and a pair of LRM Carriers. AMong them were four (4) towed Sniper Field Artillery Pieces.

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The infantry seemed to making their ways towards a bridge located west of two fair-sized hills. As both units entered the close field, the Snipers immediately deployed, and the lead Condor tanks sniped into the lead units, one hitting a command Wheeled APC.

The artillery finally managed to establish itself, and began to range into the advancing BattleMechs. it was obvious they had scouts on the field to provide indirect fire support, likely on the two hills near the bridge.

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Various units began firing across the field, with the larger, ranged weapons of the Dingoes doing some damage to the two lead Vedette’s, and “Caboose” ranging a shot into an APC in one group of infantry.

One of the Vedettes managed along-range shot on Caboose in return, but most ogf the units were out of range. The Snipers began to take shots, mostly missing, but one grazing shot exploded in front of “Wraith”, scattering shrapnel across his front torso.

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The unit’s Condors and Maxims began dueling with the lead Vedettes, the former tanks superior firepower quickly becoming telling, as they suffered light to heavy damage, slowing them down and perforating their armor. The Dingoes heavy PPCs soon outstripped most of the lead infantry motor transports and escorting Wheeled APCs. Several destroyed multiple units, and the two lead Vedettes were torn apart by final shots from Caboose and “Slayer”. The other pair of Vedettes also began to take moderate damage with secondary shots from the Dingoes.

The two LRM Carriers hunkered behind a low section of the hill, and also began firing indirect fire against the eastern flank of BattleMechs. The Snipers began to range into the units, doing scattered damage, but no serious hits. Both remaining Vedettes were able to hit “Blaster”, but without serious damage to his Warhammer.

“Faith” noticed confused communications static from somewhere on the field, but was unable to lock it down. One infantry unit managed a lucky shot into “Advocate’s” Awesome, striking him firmly in the head.

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Finally within range with their SRMs and Flamers, the Dingoes began opening into the clusters of infantry scrambling about the flanks. Faith eliminated an entire platoon with her Flamers, and the Maxims and Condors combined forces to destroy another. Wraith, Caboose and Fixer all managed to destroy more escorting Wheeled APCs.

The infantry used their SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifle effectively, hitting various targets. “Templar” took a solid strike from one Sniper round that rattled his Mech. The enemy LRM Carriers got in a savage series of strikes on Faith.

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The Maxims and Condors all swiftly blew past the lead infantry, to hit the western flank of Snipers and their infantry guards, quickly destroying both units and their guns with Inferno Rounds. “Pitbull” and Fixer destoryed more Wheeled APCs.

The LRM Carriers scattered fire against Blaster, and he retaliated with a savage barrage that destroyed one Carrier in response. Slayer also followed suit, devastating the other LRM Carrier, and the closest infantry platoon with her Flamers. Caboose and Advocate both finished off a platoon of infantry each with their own flamers. Templar tore apart one remaining Vedette, while the other actually lost its tracks and was abandoned by its crew on the field.

A scattering of Recoilless Rifle fire from the faltering infantry did a little damage here and there, but eventually, the remaining infantry, at least those not targeted by destruction, managed to see the inevitable end of their efforts, cut-off and surrounded in the hills, quickly surrendered.

The fight in northern San Isabel was over.

The unit deployed their salvage teams, and infantry to capture the surrendered units, and informed San Isabel central command of the situation. By the end of the day, San Isabel regulars from the 5th Battalion had deployed to the site, and began taking prisoners away to the district capital of Campo Grande. The site secured, the Dingoes pulled its salvage from the field, amounting to a pair of Sniper Cannons, three Wheeled APCs and a mostly salvageable Vedette, returned to tehir DropShips, and committed a short sub-orbital drop back to their home in * Landhold : Garrison.

29th of January : After a long rest, the Dingoes Command Council gathered and discussed their next actions. It was quickly decided that the wait was over, and it was time they began an off-world conquest of territory; after consulting their own limited information regarding nearby systems, they decided that they would have the best chances dealing with the increasingly belligerent government of System – Gollere, starting with their old nemesis, The Duchy of Lovelace.

Plans began to be drawn up, and intelligence consulted.

The Iron Dingoes were going to war.

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