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Today's Lesson: If you're going to try some new tactics, study them before the battle. Don't wing new tactics on the fly.

I had been lamenting to my son last week about how much I like my Bushwackers, but those two LRM-5's just don't do a lot for me, You know, it's at most 5 points, delivered at long range, most likely when the target is untouched. Whoopie.

So, I got to thinking about "alternative munitions" for the LRM. Bingo! I go diving into TacOps, and found the Thunder-Augmented LRM rules. The regular Thunder LRM's lay down a one hex minefield equal to the strength of the LRM. The Augmented version does a half strength minefield, out to range one. That means a seven hex area. That's when the wheels started turning (or in my case, grinding). Hm. Forcing the enemy to maneuver how I want them to, or make it expensive for them to go the way they want to go...

On 8/17, Tony posted he wanted to throw down with some Battletech. Tony, Kenny, Jeremy, Ernie and I attended. Because we had an odd number of players, we rolled and Ernie got to double his forces. Ernie and Kenny got to take on "Rorvik's Raiders." I decided to run a RAC Rifleman, two Bushwackers (with the Thunder-Augmented LRM's) and a Raven, with the NARC Bola ammunition. Tony ran a pair of Stalkers, with a 100 ton bomber (who wasn't carrying any bombs, you'll learn why later) and a single group of Battle Armor. Jeremy was running five 3025 Mechs, Assassin, Dervish, Jenner (which looked like a Cicada), Jagermech and a Trebuchet. Ernie selected a Blood Asp, Mad Cat, Ryoken and a Vulture. Kenny took a pair of Locusts, a Toro and a pair of Lightening fighters.

I apologize for the low quality pictures, I set my camera on a lower than normal resolution for something else, and didn't turn it back up. Here's how the board was set up:

8 17 Battlefield at Start

I immediately identified a couple of choke points I wanted to make it expensive for them to come at us. Turn 1 We continued to use the "card system" to determine initiative, everyone likes it. Turn one, there was no shooting, except for my Bushwackers laying down a couple minefields. One shot missed and went 4 hexes long, so I had 7 and 2 point minefields.

8 17 EoT 1

Turn 2 Most of the heavy Rorvik's Raiders went to our left flank, while the targets opponents split due the minefield. I added a second 7 point minefield on the other side of the compound, and beefed up the first 7 pointer to a 10. Turns 3 and 4 Our battle was cut short because Mid-South Hobbies is only open for 4 hours on Sunday, but it was enough to see who would be the winner.

I had inadvertently left a narrow unobstructed path to the far side of the compound for Ernie's Ryoken to run through, and the Vulture ran through the minefield and didn't trigger any mines. The Ryoken and Vulture were now inside our center, their other mechs quickly overloaded our right flank. The Stalkers and Rifleman, on the wrong side of the battle, might as well had not been there. The Bushwackers went down from being shot in the face by the Blood Asp and the Toro and in the back by the Vulture and Ryoken. The Rifleman failed his PSR and ended up on the ground. Ernies Ryoken finally went down, cored out by the Rifleman after having taken alpha strikes from the Stalkers, a Bushwacker, the Trebuchet and Dervish. The Raven was in the rear arc of the Mad Cat, but of course was nothing more than a mosquito to it. He never hit with the NARC Bola.

The Jagermech deserves his own mention, because Jeremy had been commenting on its non-existent rear armor since we pulled up to the store. Well, it took a Mad Cat to the face at the end and failed its' PSR.... Fell on it's back..... 7 points of falling damage, all to the RCT, one hit got through the armor... Caused a crit... And hit the AC/2 Ammo. Boom. The aircraft never hit the field because they were dogfighting the whole time. That part was painful to watch. Tony in his bombless B-52 versus a pair of F-16's. Tony did manage to capitalize on a mistake Kenny made and got one of the Lightnings in front of him, then hit it hard enough to force it to withdraw. The other one settled in behind Tony and Tony was not maneuverable enough to dislodge it. The Lightening couldn't hurt Tony's ship, so it became a stalemate.

Final picture, Rorvik's Raiders were down a heavy and two mediums and the promised air support was not going to arrive. The other side was short the Ryoken, while their Blood Asp and Toro were in a commanding position of our forces while in partial cover and were playing Anvil to the Mad Cat and Vulture's Hammer, as they were swinging in to crush our center, with only a Raven in their back. Yeah, this was not going to end very pretty.  I had a plan, but then again, Custer had a plan.

8 17 EoT 4

Battle Reports

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We tried out a new scenario.
The long way
Okay, I met Don Saturday at gaming at Comic Cellar.
War At Sea
On 6/26/16, I organized a Battletech battle. I asked for something to speed up play and possibly welcome new players.
Close enough to shave with
Ernie and I showed up at Mid-South Hobbies today to kick off the Brush War Campaign, and have a pick-up game to get back into the Battletech mood.
Fall down, go BOOM
"It seemed like the thing to do at the time..."
We are the Dead
I just had my first battle of this Brush War Campaign. I thought I was in a pretty good position.
Whack-A-Mech
Today's Lesson: If you're going to try some new tactics, study them before the battle. Don't wing new tactics on the fly.
A 'Wild Hair' Batrep

Ouchies YouTube Batreps

#88 I don't like Change…

Nothing like the first time again...
#88 I don't like Change…

#87 No Refunds

The Prodigy would be proud of the Dervish, Quickcell not so much.
#87 No Refunds

#86 Lake Front Property III

100% legit all the way.
#86 Lake Front Property III

#84 Lake Front Property

Defiler and I assault a quaint vacation home.
#84 Lake Front Property

#80 Jacques! Start the engine!!!

It's not exactly 2v1. More like 2vRUN!
#80 Jacques! Start the engine!!!

#79 When in doubt...

Who needs ranged combat in the 31st millennium? I'm not *trying* to club baby seals I swear.
#79 When in doubt...

#78 Clan GETSUM

Gotta go! Go! GOOO!
#78 Clan GETSUM

#77 Rock 'Em Sock 'Em

We needed a micrometer to determine the winner in this match.
#77 Rock 'Em Sock 'Em

#76 Jade Falcon vs Society Aid Division

TRAITOR AND SWINE! Our uneasy truce on Akuts falls apart as a shady ally does what this band of allies do best.
#76 Jade Falcon vs Society Aid Division

#75 Jade Falcon vs Knights

#75 Jade Falcon vs Knights

#74 Jade Falcon vs. T-Rex Society

In this engagement I sorta over compensate and sell a little bit of my soul to make a point on a world of little value- fighting my ally.
#74 Jade Falcon vs. T-Rex Society

#73 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 1, Turn 4. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, repels a blind raid of their campaign staging area.
#73 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

#72 Jade Falcon vs. Society Aid Division

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 3, Turn 3. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, Beta Cluster, takes on the SAD 101st Unit for the southern continent of Akuts.
#72 Jade Falcon vs. Society Aid Division

#71 Jade Falcon vs. Davion 109th RCT

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 2, Turn 2. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, Alpha Cluster, takes on the 268th Thunderers from the Davion 109th on Panjang in a brushing conflict.
#71 Jade Falcon vs. Davion 109th RCT

#70 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

A new campaign! The Jade Falcon Expeditionary opens up an LZ on a hostile world. It was supposed to be a milk run, not an ambush. Will they succeed?
#70 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

#66 Fusiliers vs. TRC

The last round of the brush war campaign, we fight on the loosely populated Panjang against the scummy TRC.
#66 Fusiliers vs. TRC

#65 Fusiliers vs. BLNR

The BLNR have committed their forces to the siege of Carnot while far flung warlords pick off their less defended territories. This is the game that will make or break both them and the Fusiliers.
#65 Fusiliers vs. BLNR

#64 Fusiliers vs. TRC

Interception of the tide of landings over Carnot!
#64 Fusiliers vs. TRC

#63 WoB vs. Mercs

Round 3 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#63 WoB vs. Mercs

#62 WoB vs. Taurian

Round 2 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#62 WoB vs. Taurian

#61 WoB vs. Clan

Round 1 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#61 WoB vs. Clan

#60 Coalition vs. WoB

The air above gets hot as the battlefield gets contested in this Battletech game.
#60 Coalition vs. WoB

#59 Coalition vs. WoB

In this batrep I give the wrong name to everything proxied.
#59 Coalition vs. WoB

#58 Coalition vs. WoB

Boot up the C3i, it's time to buy some time.
#58 Coalition vs. WoB

#57 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 5)

The Word of Blake Shiloh campaign comes to a close as a data breach forces this skirmish to be the last.
#57 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 5)

#53 Cappellan vs. Taurian

DUST OFF THE FUSION REACTOR. Battletech 10k bv2 vs. 10k bv2; Inner Sphere theme.
#53 Cappellan vs. Taurian

#52 A&A WaS US vs. IJN Rematch

We play Axis and Allies War at Sea because the viewers requested it and we would of played it on our own anyway (protip: because it's fun).
#52 A&A WaS US vs. IJN Rematch

#33 Battletech!

Same as the last one, just less "Copyright-y". Riots abound and the HPG grid has gone off line. Is something afoot?
#33 Battletech!

#32 Solaris Death Match

We try a slightly different narration style and game altogether.
#32 Solaris Death Match

#31 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 3&4)

Round 3&4 (out of 5) of Operation Scour follows into double jeopardy as the Word of Blake struggles against the Coalition forces.
#31 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 3&4)

#30 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 2)

Round 2 of Operation Scour continues as the WoB reel from the LZ and setup a hasty blocking formation.
#30 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 2)

#29 WoB vs. Clan (Shiloh 1)

Operation Scour kicks off during the invasion of the WoB held planet of Shiloh in this 30k bv2 opening scenario. I like big games because the odds of the things that make battletech awesome are mediated by the sheer volume of things going on.
#29 WoB vs. Clan (Shiloh 1)

#28 WoB vs. Clan

Clan takes on the Word of Blake in Hasty Escalation... again. 5000pts
#28 WoB vs. Clan

#27 WoB vs. Clan

Clan takes on the Word of Blake in Hasty Escalation. 5000pts
#27 WoB vs. Clan

#26 WoB vs. Capellan Confederation

Capellans takes on the Word of Blake in a meeting engagement. 5000pts.
#26 WoB vs. Capellan Confederation

#25 WoB vs. Clan

Word Of Blake takes on the Clans in a meeting engagement. 5000pts.
#25 WoB vs. Clan

#21 Clan vs. Inner Sphere

Battletech BattleReport. 10k pts/side, 'Meeting Engament'. IS vs. Clan.
#21 Clan vs. Inner Sphere

#20 Domination

Battletech BattleReport. 30k pts/side, 'Domination'. BluFor vs. RedFor
#20 Domination

#19 Domination

Battletech BattleReport. 20,000pts, 'Domination'. Clan Jade Falcon Vs. Clan Chromium Pigeon/Taurian
#19 Domination

#17 Domination

The endangered Jade Dodo's breeding grounds are threatened by hungry periphery raiders. Will the Jade Falcon clan push them back or will a new bird enter the fried food arena in this play test of a "Flames of War" inspired scenario?
#17 Domination

#16 Group W vs. Comstar

Battletech Battle Report: Comstar and Group W go in the final "final" round. As Comstar finds themselves entering a quagmire they are unwilling to support, they make it one for Group W as well before dis-involving altogether.
#16 Group W vs. Comstar

#10 A&A WaS US vs. IJN

I get my feet wet in a naval game. Then feel bad about it. Axis & Allies: War at Sea Battle Report. Japanese Vs. Americans at 300pts.
#10 A&A WaS US vs. IJN

#7 Sorta Batrep

When life hands you lemons… Somewhere between getting to turn 3 after 5 hours, multiple equipment failures and a family emergency, this batrep wasn't meant to be done.
#7 Sorta Batrep

#6 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 3

Comstar and Group W go in the final round in a best of 3- and I find myself biting off more than I can chew.
#6 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 3

#5 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 2

Revengence! Tanks and mechs meet again in the hilly country land as Comstar pursues the Group W mercenaries into the rural areas.
#5 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 2

#4 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 1

Mercenary Vs. Comstar, Mech's Vs. Tanks, Long Distance charges vs... stacked dice? We got it all in this batrep.
#4 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 1

#3 Group W vs. Jade Falcon

In this battle report, Group W is tasked with probing the clan defensive line. Will they gather the recon data without incident or will clan Jade Falcon gather their salvage? Find out!
#3 Group W vs. Jade Falcon

#2 Jade Falcon vs Marik/Kurita

Will the Clan's let the the lostech hardened candy shell technology fall to Innersphere hands? Find out!
#2 Jade Falcon vs Marik/Kurita

#1 Lyran/JF vs. Pirates/Mercs

Proof of concept time lapse shoot of a 20k/side BV meeting engagement.
#1 Lyran/JF vs. Pirates/Mercs

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