Art by Sanchiko
Nearby Sakhan Liberation Army forces have spotted an opportunity to strike at both elements.
The militia squad escorting the heavy tank hugs cover and goes on overwatch
A Rebel column lies in wait for the relief, they want to bag both halves of the Human Co-Prosperity Sphere mission
One unlucky cell gets pounced on by the MICV, which heads off-road and opens up with its machine guns. It's about now that a superstitous dread comes over the tank crew - unless someone actually fires directly at them, their overwatch is going to be very relaxed...
The other flank moves quietly through the park along the roadside, they're covering the nearby sniper and anti-tank weapons teams
With all the fire being exchange between units in the buildings the the tank, it's no surprise that one of the factories erupts into flame, causing two firmly ensconed rebel units to run out onto the road to get to safety
They're cut down as they do so - though the nearer unit seems to be on stims of some sort, as they all continue to trade fire with the HCPS militia across the street!
Finally the anti-tank team gets a bead on the immobilised tank and puts a round straight down the spout! The tank's turret flies in the air in what must have been a plasma explosion
As the MICV rounds the corner, some of the surviving rebels pinned down in the street react. One steely-nerved rebel takes careful aim with his anti-armour weapon and damages the vehicles drive system before it opens up
The infantry disembark and make short work on the remaining rebels on the road
They're in no mood for the rules of warfare and none of the rebels are taken alive
It's too late for the tank though the militia are glad for an escort back to base. It's been a terrible campaign for the Human Co-Prosperity Sphere, surely High Command will send some decent levels of reinforcement to hold the rebel onslaught and take back Hanhai...