Fluffy fluffy bunnies bouncing in the wood.
Fluffy fluffy bunnies bouncing as they should...
Um... No.. Sorry, wrong blog... Let's start again.
The Hotakistani Badgers' BMP's coughed to life, and moved out against the French, who appeared to be making a lot of noise, but showed no inclination to get closer.
|The Hotakis take on the French|
Lt Brock waited for the Hotakistanis to be fully commited to driving off the French feint attack, and then ordered his men forward towards the compounds. However, as one of his teams passed close to an isolated house, they spotted a Hotaki who was supposed to be keeping watch. As he raised his weapon, he was shot; a follow-up team stormed the building to capture him, but he was 'discovered' to be dead. The rest of Brock's force continued to advance.
However, the Hotaki main force had been alerted to the British, and tried to fall back to counter them. One BMP shot up the Eryx team, causing them casualties - and then pulled back across the field. A second BMP tried to do the same, but the French 300m team's AT-4's succeeded in killing it as it tried to back over a wall. At this point, the Hotaki infantry section with it suddenly decided they needed to be elsewhere, and left... to the fury of the Hotaki commander (An event card caused this). The last BMP and its accompanying infantry - one of whom fell to a French sniper - withdrew to the edge of a field, from where they could take the British advance in flank. The Hotaki infantry fired as they advanced, killing a British soldier, and avoiding all return fire.
|Hotakis disengage - the burning BMP is next to the house.|
|The British advance, the BMP's on their flanks|
|Hotaki infantry skirt the field where their BMP burns|
Meanwhile, Brock was trying to fend off the Hotakis, who seemed to have seized the initiative; the enemy were boldly moving through the field, putting down heavy and accurate fire, supported by the sole BMP. They had already exacted revenge for the loss of their BMP by gunning down his team in the house between the fields, and several other fireteams had men down. Brock's last AT-4 had bounced off the front armour of the BMP, as had a rocket from the LAW. AK74 rounds were impacting all around him, and the BMP's turret was turning towards his HQ team. Corporal Fisher shouted that the hostages were safe. Brock opened his mouth to order the withdrawal, when something punched him hard in the chest, and he fell...
A major British victory, but at a severe cost. All the hostages were rescued unharmed. However, they suffered 4 dead, 6 seriously wounded, and were unable to retrieve their 2 of dead and 3 of the seriously wounded (the latter fell into Hotaki hands, and were reported to have died of their wounds shortly after...). The Hotakis lost 5 dead, suffered 1 serious wound, and lost 2 BMP-3's.
(P.S. the French suffered no serious casualties... even cheese-eating related ones... )
Lessons learned - once again, the Hotaki sections are hard to stop, and pump out a lot of killing power, simply due to their size. Perhaps the larger teams should only be TQ6, or the section broken into squads. Personally, I like the larger team - it gives less flexibility, but is extremely dangerous. The British were very unlucky both with their defence dice, and also with their casualty checks - even when the medic was on hand. Cynics might link this with their failures to take any Hotakis prisoner - perhaps they should use band-aids rather than knives on wounds... It was also suggested that the casualty check should use a D10, to be less bloody.
Both sides again forgot to use smoke until late in the game...