28 March, 2012

The Package

The rogue Azeri militia group inside Nagorno-Karabakh have arranged an arms dealer to deliver the weapon to the ghost town of Agdam by light plane.

Azerbaijan feels it’s not yet ready for such a confrontation and sends in special forces to arrest the militia leader and confiscate the Package.

The raid begins

The funds transfer has just taken place and the deal is being closed - the Azeri raid has struck at the last possible minute

Special Forces move in

The special forces move in quickly, taking out the rooftop machine gunners as they cross the open ground to take cover at a wall

Making it to cover

As gunfire opens up, there's confusion at the meet - fire is exchange across the airstrip and both teams secure their principals. Accusation of a double-cross are exchanged in the heat of battle

Confusion at the meet

The milita squad next to the SUV rush to the roof of the nearby building to target the special forces squads bunched up in their line of fire, but despite some success are quickly suppressed

Rebels pile into SUV

The militia nearest their leader pull him back out of the building and behind it to get out of the line of fire. The special forces have taken the main compound overlooking the airstrip and are putting down an impressive amount of fire on everything they can see

Screeching to a halt beside rebel leader

As the mercenaries cross the open ground they take casualties and despite their training hunker down, they eventually make it to safety behind the building adjacent the aircraft but aren't too confident about moving on (the pilot is still dithering on the steps)

Is that a Merc

As the mission clock moves on the special forces realise they must throw caution to the wind the move on - they race across the airstrip to try to catch the militia in a crossfire but can't make it effective

Covering airstrip

The Azeri Special Forces must withdraw, as the Armenians have been alerted to their presence in the enclave...

20 March, 2012


A HCPS main battle tank has broken down, straining to climb a steep hill it suffered a loss of power and now it’s immobile and other systems are on the blink. An engineer team and an infantry escort have been sent back to get it back in action.

Art by Sanchiko

Nearby Sakhan Liberation Army forces have spotted an opportunity to strike at both elements.

Route open

The militia squad escorting the heavy tank hugs cover and goes on overwatch

Militia squad on overwatch

A Rebel column lies in wait for the relief, they want to bag both halves of the Human Co-Prosperity Sphere mission

Rebels lying in wait

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...

Smoke 'em out

The other flank moves quietly through the park along the roadside, they're covering the nearby sniper and anti-tank weapons teams

Through the park

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

Evacuating the factory

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!

Cut down

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

Tank turret explodes

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

Keeping his nerve

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

Rebels cleaned out

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...

15 March, 2012

Executive Departure

Heymans Yamada’s senior executive in Hanhai needs to be extracted from HQ before the entire city comes under SLA control – some HY teams have come under attack since the HCPS has used the corporation to support its effort to secure its assets.

Art by Sanchiko

The close protection unit assembles outside the Operational Centre, but there's now signs that it may have to run the gauntlet

Running the Gauntlet

A short distance away at an ad-hoc landing site, the corporate shuttle awaits. A team (armed with an anti-tank missile launcher) awaits at the barricade and nearby a two-man team equipped with Landmates powersuits patrols

At the Interface Shuttle

With drones deployed and the Executive arriving at the car, the unit is ready to go

Ready to set off

A Sakhan mercenary team pops up on a rooftop and opens fire - the security team see them off in short order

Mercenaries open up

Suddenly the Heymans Yamada Grid goes down - more Sakhans open up from both sides and the rear security team loses it bottle and retreats behind a building

Withdrawing to cover

With the Landmate team trying to figure out what's going on, they won't be heading to help out the Executive's protection team soon. The front team heads behind another structure, giving covering fire as they go

Covering Fire

One of the Sakhan armoured cars makes a dash across the road, just breaking the security team's missile launcher aimed down its length

Crossing open ground

A team of Sakhans, joined by a gunbot unit lurks in an alleyway, not ready to take on that perimeter security team, but not feeling confident about those Landmates behind them either

Lurking in an alleyway

The powersuits get into the action, cutting a swathe through the Sakhan mercs.

Powersuits get stuck in

With most of the close protection team pinned down, the bodyguards ditch the plan to take the vehicles and start to make their way on foot - presumably the Landmates will join up with them

Rush across the road

The second Sakhan armoured car and two light infantry teams combine fire on one of the security teams

Mercenaries combine fire

That team, now rooftop gets hit pretty bad - in fact with a heavy ant-tank guided missile send into the building it collapses

Rooftop team gets hit hard

That building destruction leaves the security teams' defence plan in tatters - and with fire coming in from several angles, there's only a couple of the Heymans Yamada men still standing

Corporate perimeter in tatters

The team lying in the rubble are overrun, and none are left alive

Team in rubble overrun

The infantry teams with the gunbots in the alleyway have taken a pasting, but a well-aimed shot from the plasma gun has knocked out and killed one of the powersuit pilots

Holding off relief

In a race to capture the Executive before aid can reach them (and in an effort to avoid the fire of the now advancing perimeter security team) the armoured car goes offroad around the destroyed building

Driving around the long way

That perimeter team is making good progress, overrunning a Sakhan sniper team and another four-man fireteam in the wooded area by the road

LaAst ditch effort

A Sakhan team corners the Executive and starts to bundle her away

Executive taken

A final last ditch effort by the Heymans Yamada relief team is blocked by the second armoured car driving in front of their line of fire

Armoured car blocks line of fire

The second powersuit goes down and a lone Sakhan merc tentatively approches it to check

Powersuit goes down

At the end, someone's going to lose their job at Heymans Yamada - the mercenaries stuck to their task, and things could have gone either way by the end.
One question remains, how did the Grid get knocked down so easily by the rebels...

12 March, 2012

Convoy Run

Two trucks carrying important Grid equipment and other sensitive data banks are being escorted from the HCPS regional offices to the airfield for transfer to Wuwei.

Art by Sanchiko

SLA morale has taken a hit since news of the massacre by a power armoured patrol got out

Escorting the Trucks

A force of SLA rebels are in a position along the convoy's likely route to interdict and capture or destroy the trucks.

Sakhan Rebels lie in wait

The HCPS escort consists of an APC (carrying a reinforced squad of 10), a light tank and both trucks have two soldiers on board - they disembark as soon as trouble looks likely


Taking fire from both sides ahead the convoy slows to a crawl, putting down effective fire on a mercenary gunbot concentration to their right

Under fire

A cell of Sakhan rebels on top of a fortified wall take aim at the APC and it brews up (the crew taking cover behind it)

Targeting the APC

The Human Co-Prosperity Sphere unit has hunkered down and pays the price as it continues to take casualties, including the light tank as it explodes spectacularly. The escort did exact a price out of the ambush rebels but not nearly enough.
With nothing left to lose, the trucks take a detour off the main road.

Taking a detour

Zipping past the torrent of fire, somehow they survive [three hits from small arms and anti-armour weaponry were made but all three critical results were implausibly against weaponry (a 1 in 640 chance I think...)]

Speeding past anti-armour fire

Busting through the green space to the rear of a compound, the first one careens into a tree as it take heavy fire from the rear

Busting through green space

The second one almost gets there, being immobilised just as it is about to exit!

Almost there

The rebels capture some of the Grid equipment intact - their intelligence officers must work quickly to make best use of the coup

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