Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 42a - The First Fire

"Always wondered why they called themselves 'The First Fire'... I get that now..."

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
JP (Pitbull) ——————————-Ostsol
Ralph (Wraith)—————————Wolverine
Jay (Advocate)—————————Thug
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Chris (-) -———————————-(Unassigned)

May 9th, 3019 : Following the raid on the unit’s dropship, “Stone Dog” by traitor units from their reserves, the Dingoes forces combined at Garrison to shorten and secure their patrols. Continued base patrols were conducted by the Cerberus troops, and remaining loyal Militia forces. Repairs were undergoing, but would likely take more than a day.

Interrogation of the captured pilots and pair of infantry platoons from the southern raid on the communications towers revelaed little new. It was obvious they were simple mercs, thrown Mechs, cash and equipment and told to take out the comms towers. They knew little else of value. LtSG Massimo De Luca “Advocate” made them an offer of employment into the unit’s training battalion, * “Garrison’s Own” – 4th Motorized Infantry Battalion, Sangrian Army, which they accepted. Plans were undergoing to make the same offer to the captured infantry platoons, when more time was available.

Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” visited the “Star Talon”, and took Tech Brandis Turgan under guard to work on a side project; cracking the codes on the Kyudo’s black box they captured during the previous raid, in an effort to find the location of the hidden southern base. He was a little leery, but Tech Turgan started working on the project, warning Pitbull it could be a while. He also needed access to the unit’s command computer on their Mobile Command Post, though Pitbull agreed reluctantly.

Late in the day, word came of all Hell breaking loose across southern border. The Dingoes scouts reported more than a company of Mechs, a company of armor and nearly a regiment of infantry moving out of the southern jungles, making a direct line north. The Dingoes activated every unti that could move fast, and made them break and try to intercept the invaders. These forces included the repaired 3rd Lance of * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, “Veruca’s Visigoths”; all three Line Armor lances, and all three Line Mech lances from the * “The Iron Dingoes” (the Frost Angels and Dire Dingoes, respectively); and the four active FLE-4 Fleas from the training battalion.

Reports of nearly two dozen enemy combat jet aircraft in the skies above kept the unit’s AeroFighters grounded for the time being, but the unit’s artillery was deployed and made active, keeping an eye open to disrupt any forces that tried to approach the fort or Garrison itself.

As the Dingoes moved to intercept the invaders, they seemed to recognize the danger, peeling a group of six Vedette Medium Tanks and six larger Mechs away to intercept them. The _Dingoes countered by sending the Command Lance of the Dire Dingoes, the Visigoths and the Omega Command Group from the Frost Angels to meet them. When it became apparent they weren’t going to reach the city, another six Vedettes and another group of six Mechs peeled away from the group, meeting the remaining Dingoes forces for a fight. The other six invading Mechs moved swifty north towards the city on their mischief…

Unit Two : Consisting of the Kappa and Gamma Cavalry Groups of the Frost Angels, and the Grounder and Scrum Lances from the Irons Dingoes Line combat unit, and the four Fleas from the training battalion, the group engaged the familiar mercenary forces of Dominique “Domino” Harvey, consisting of her Victor, a Centurion, a Quickdraw, a Whitworth, two Vulcans and a pair of Condor Heavy Hover Tanks she’d picked-up from somewhere.

The Scrum mechs split, with the Wolverines along the west, and the Phoenix Hawks along the east, and the Grounders right down the middle, with a lance of armor flanking each, and the Fleas along the far west flank. The invaders immediately set forward to position in a small woodland near the south of the field, while the Grounders moved south to a similar position. They started to exchange long-range fire, while the Phoenix Hawks swept against their east flank, shattering the skirts off one Condor, and harassing the invaders with their superior computers and large lasers. The Wolverines swept into the large cluster of hills on the west flank, supported by the Fleas, and encountered only a pair of the Vedettes and both Vulcans, who quickly withdrew back sniping with their AC/2s.

After some time, the Centurion caught-up and the unit made a break into the hills, hoping to break through the cordon, and fearing the superior fire of the Hawks, ran for it. The Quickdraw took withering fire, but survived enough to make the edge of the hills. The Centurion continued to drag behind. The Vedettes provided supporting fire, avoiding most serious damage.

The skirmish came to a head about 30 seconds in, when Wraith used his Needle Laser : “The Hatpin” to good effect, blowing an arm off one of the Vulcans. Everyone transferred their fire to Domino’s Victor, avoiding its fearsome right arm AC/20. The Vulcans and Vedettes moved forward through the Dingoes, sniping the Fleas and scattering critical damage among the units, forcing one to flee.

On the northern edge of the hills, as the main invader force tried to move into the plains, things turned messy. The Quickdraw critically damaged a Zephyr, but they also managed to tear deeper into the Vicotr’s armor. Although a previous shot from Wraith had failed to penetrate its armor, this time, the weakened state of her torso armor allowed one shot in to destroy its SRM-4 launcher. Priest managed a lucky shot with his Blazer, tearing the head off the Centurion trying to make it over the ridge, killing it and its pilot. One of the Condors took a lucky shot from a Zephyr, blowing its ICE engine as it tried to get out of the hills. Pitbull charged the Whitworth on teh ridge, knocking it back down the other side, and shattering it to pieces.

Domino immediately surrendered, calling her allies to power-down. The two Vulcans and all six Vedettes made a clean break through the Dingoes, escaping off the north, to rendezvous with their allies at the city edge. The Centurion was dead and down, salvage, along with one Condor, while the Quickdraw, Whitworth and Victor pilots and their Mechs were prisoners of war. Leaving the Fleas to guard the site, along with the damaged Zephyr and its companion, the rest of the unit picked themselves back up and chased after the invaders, to rendezvous at the city…



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