the last mission was a failed attack so the next mission had to be a
Raid. Besides, my morale dropped to 4 and the Hishen's raised to 4 as
usual I rolled for terrain and PEFs (Possible Enemy Forces) and then
deployed 1st Squad with my Star character, Sargent Blacksmith Rep 5,
Born Leader, Crack Shot, and Corporal Artois Rep 4, specialist Rep 4 with missile launcher, two grunts Rep 4 and one last Rep 3; all in Hard Body armor and armed with assault rifles.
Turn 1. Star Army 5 - Hishen 6. One
of the PEFs deployed in section 5 in the open and it was immediately
resolved. It was a spaceship crew of Hishen in Soft Body Armor and with
Parak Pistols, who was quickly dispatched by my squad. Only their leader
Ducked Back to the forest behind him and survived, but then he left the
battlefield. After that, the squad moved forward towards the woods in
front of them. Hishen didn't activate.
Turn 2. Star
Army 4 - Hishen 4, doubles and a squad of Shodow Corp appeared on
sector 4. Then I rolled again for activation: SA 2 - Hishen 4 - Shadow
Corp 6. The Shadow Corp squad appeared right in front on my squad. They won the Reaction Test and fired first.
hit all my men except the sargent who fired back and killed one merc.
Fortunately, Shadow corp rolled low on damage and three of my men could
Duck Back. After the reaction it was Star Army's turn, so St. Blacksmith
threw a hand grenade and killed all the enemy squad except one, who
fled afte that.
SA 6 - Hishen 6, double but nothing happened. I rolled again and scored
snake eyes but nothing happened. Rolled a third time and scored again
doubles! This time a Zhuh-Zhuh spaceship crew appeared on sector 6. I
rolled one more time for the activation of this turn and scored Star Army 4 - Hishen 5 - Zhuh-Zhuh 6. After
finishing the Shadow Corp squad I moved 1st squad to the border of the
woods and waited there. One PEF approached by the road ot my position
and the other retired behind the hills.
Turn 4. Star Army 5 - Hishen 6 - Zhuh-Zhuh 5. Hishen
didn't activate and Zhuh-Zhuh on Raid mission and without enemies on
sight stayed put. I fast moved my squad to the city but two men didn't
Turn 5. Star Army 1 - Hishen 3 - Zhuh-Zhuh 6. PEF
on the road moved backwards and Zhuh-Zhuh sighted and resolved it, and
it turned out to be nothing. The other PEF didn't move. I stayed in the
Turn 6. Star Army 5 - Hishen 2 - Zhuh-Zhuh 5. The last PEF finally moved towards the nearest enemy and it turned out into a Hishen squad.
won the Reaction Test and killed all Zhuh-Zhuh in the open except the
leader who ducked back behind the hill's ridgeline. One Hishen died and
another ducked back. Afer that, in the Will to Fight Test that is taken
whenever there are casualties, the Zhuh-Zhuh leader didn't flee the
battlefield and all Hishen except their squad leader Hunkered Down.
Turn 7. Star Army 3 - Hishen 5 - Zhuh-Zhuh 6. I moved my squad along the road and surprised the surviving Zhuh-Zhuh. Hishen didn't activate.
Turn 8. Star Army 1 - Hishen 2. Hishen leader rallied his squad while my squad reached the building next to them.
Turn 9. Star Army 2 - Hishen 1. I
advanced my troopers through the building and sighted the flank of the
Hishen. My squad finished all of them except one who later fled the
battlefield. Mission accomplished, return to base.
After the mission. I
rolled for my wounded grunt and he recovered. The other trooper was KIA
so I rolled for replacements but didn't receive any, so now 1st Squad
has only five soldiers. One grunt raised to Rep 5. After
investigating alien languages, I decided to research Mind Shield to
protect my soldiers from Razor's Psy attacks. I had +1d6 bonus for
eliminating everybody on the battlefield and I could pass without any
problem the research, so from now onwards Star Army soldiers will wear
Mind Shields as standard equipment. As I won the Raid mission, the next one would be attack again. Until then.
I won the previous attack mission I had to attack again, but this time I
chose to try to exit the table at the opposite edge with 3/4 of my
forces intact and having inflicted more casualties than received.
generated terrain and roll for PEFs and deployed two squads with my
Star, Sergeant Blacksmith and the new medic on the 1st Squad, as you can
see in the picture below.
Turn 1. Star Army 2 - Hishen 2 Doubles!
Time to roll for third parties and I got a squad of Shadow Corporation
mercs. They appeared on section 3 and resolved the PEF there, that
turned out to be nothing.
resolving the doubles in the Activation I rolled again and got SA 6 -
Hishen 4 - Shadow Corp 6. So I activated first but only the 1st Squad
with my Star Rep 6. They dashed through the woods confident in their new
Hard Body armor that I hoped it would reduce the kill ratio among the
I finished it was the turn of the Hishen. Both remaining PEFs moved
forward towards closest enemy. Shadow Corp did not activate.
Turn 2. Star Army 6 - Hishen 4 - Shadow Corp 5. I
moved my Star with a section to the woods on his left where I could see
the Shadow Corp mercs and shot at them after winning the Reaction Test,
making one Out of the Fight (OOF) and one Obviously Dead (OD). Then, in
the Will to Fight Test, three of them Hunkered Down. The remaining
trooper was a Rep 3 and couldn't activate this turn. Hishen PEFs didn't
Turn 3. Star Army 2 - Hishen 1 - Shadow Corp 4. I moved 2nd Squad forward and captured three mercs and killed the surviving one standing in the open.
PEF in the centre did not move but the one on the left advanced and it
was resolved. It was a squad with a Razor leading it!
1st Squad won the Reaction Test, killing two Hishen and making the rest to dive for cover.
Turn 4. Star Army 1 - Hishen 2. The
remaining PEF advanced and it was resolved. It was a reinforced squad
with two Grath. Grath shot first and made 1st Squad to Duck Back with
their hight firing rate Grath Assault Rifles.
In the building the Razor launched a Psy Blast that put five members
of the 1st Squad OOF! Sg. Blacksmith was the only survivor and was
ordered to leave the battle. At this point the mission was lost
as it was impossible to exit 3/4 of my forces due to the heavy
casualties. But I could save the day if I captured that bloody Razor
alive for the ASI and revenge my boys, so my Star ignored the order of
leaving and went on hunting.
Turn 5. Star Army 3 - Hishen 1. So
while my Star was flanking the Razor, 2nd squad flanked the Hishen on
the hill in the middle and shot down most of them after winning the
Reaction Test. The surviving Grath left the battle.
Sargent Corben from 2nd Squad also detached one grunt to escort the Shadow Corp prisoners out of the battlefield.
Turn 6. Star Army 5 - Hishen 2. On
the right 2nd Squad reached the hill's rigdeline and in the ensuing
shootout the grunt with the SAW was KIA, but also one Hishen was OOF and
another Ducked Back. Two grunts from 2nd Squad Hunkered Down.
the left Sg. Blacksmith surprised the Razor and the other Hishen. The
Razor Ducked Back on time but the Hishen didn't make it (OOF). Hishen
could do nothing on their activation.
Turn 7. Star Army 4 - Hishen 4. Doubles again and this time a squad of Zhuh-Zhuh appeared on Section 1.
The boys from 2nd Squad on the hill sighted them, putting three of them OOF whereas the other two Ducked Back behind a car.
resolving the Third Party Reaction I rolled again for Activation and
scored Star Army 3 - Hishen 2 - Zhuh-Zhuh 4. Zhuh-Zhuh were Duck Back so
I activated my Star who moved to the building were the Hishen were
hiding. The Razor won the Reacting Test but he was unarmed and couldn't
use Psy Powers on Reaction so he charged, but Sg. Blacksmith shot him
down before he could reach him. The remaining Hishen surrendered.
So this was the situation after that.
Turn 8. Star Army 5 - Hishen 3 - Zhuh-Zhuh 1. Last turn. My Star activated, sighted the Zhuh-Zhuh and shot them down. Game over.
After the mission. Now I had to roll for my wounded men and all of them recovered except the medic. Then I rolled for replacements and I received a Rep 4 grunt for the 1st Squad and a Rep 4 grunt for the KIA from 2nd Squad. My
Star, Sg. Blacksmith decreased his Rep to 5, as the mission was a
failure. But the captured Razor recovered and could be taken to
interrogation together with the other Hishen! The three Shadow Corp
mercs were court martialled for high treason and executed. Finally
and chose a new field of investigation, and as I got aliens alive I
went for Alien Language and Interrogation Research. I had +1d6 bonus for
capturing aliens alive plus +1d6 bonus for retrieving new alien species
and a penalization of -1d6 for failing the mission. I could
successfully research Alien Language and hopefully, next timeI would be
able to research Mind Shield for protecting my troops from Psy attacks! Until them.