Jhokalups – Field Operation Action Report – 23
StarCo vs Spiral Corps
300/ITS X – Unmasking
This game day I get a rematch against my round one opponent from May the Fourth, Zagdag. This time we are playing unmasking. I have brought a different list than I did at the tournament. Zagdag was bringing a similar list as before.
For this game we had a Nimbus Zone (Low Vis, Saturation, and Reflective) that was set up towards the middle of the board. This zone made some cross board shots more difficult than normal.
StarCo – 15 (fail)
Spiral Corps – 5 (pass)
1st Turn: Spiral Corps
1st Deploy: Spiral Corps
Spiral Corps List:
Based off of what I had in my list and where the Nimbus Zone was I chose the side with some higher towers.
Zagdag set up primarily on the right two-thirds of the board. With a double layer of triads in the middle. After realizing about the exclusion zone the mines were moved back to cover the deployment zone. The Designated Target was all the way to the right covered by one of the Draal. Both Kiiutan deployed into the space between my deployment zone and exclusion zone just to make things exciting.
I decided to set up a cross of fire lanes and use the center to protect my Alcuaciles. The Brawler MSV2 Sniper was on the right in an elevated spot, able to cover a good half the board. I had my Riot Grrl Haris on the left side with the Missile Launcher Grrl out to ARO. I put my Alguacil LT into a very difficult spot to get to, and had Emily on the ground ready to walk out as needed. For this game I chose to have my targets be all deployed in nicely defensible spots and then shuffled some tokens to select a designated target. If I don’t know which one it is, I cannot give any clues to which one it is, right?
Top of 1: Spiral Corps
The first thing that Sprial wants to get done is to get rid of my Multi-Sniper. The Taagma reveals itself, comes forward and takes a shot at the Brawler. My Brawler shoots back and I get the lucky 1 in 5 result that puts the Taagma into unconsciousness. In order to clear out the multisniper, the Kriigel put up mirrorball to protect the other Triad as it moved up. A Draal put up it’s stratus cloud, then advanced up to try and take out the brawler. That Draal also perished. One of the Kiiutan then starts an attack run on Emily. It gets revealed by Avicenna. As it starts attacking; Emily, Avicenna, and the Irmandinho all fire back. After about 4 repetitions, the Kiiutan is down with Emily still standing. The last thing that is done has the Kiel-Saan and the remaining Draal come forward. The Kiel-Saan goes into suppressive fire and then the turn gets passed to me.
Bottom of 1: StarCo
The Irmandinho advances up and throws smoke. The Riot Grrl ML reveals the other Kiiutan and breaks it’s Symbiote Armor, that Kiiutan drops prone. I have Emily drop some grenades on the Kiel-Saan to break it out of suppression. I have the Hellcat drop in and attempt to isolate the Kiel-Saan. After a couple of tries the Kiel-Saan is still in a normal state. I have Emily come forward to take shots at the Kiel-Saan and the second Draal. She takes the Draal down and the Kiel-Saan fails guts into total cover. With the last couple orders I have Emily take out the last Kiiutan. That done I pass turn.
Score at End of 1: 0 – 0
Top of 2: Spiral Corps
Zagdag has the Kriigel come forward and it goes down in a firefight with, something. Maybe the Brawler? Next up the Kiel-Saan and two Draals come together and activate a console, revealing the HVT on my left, which turns out to be a Target Decoy. Next the Kiel-Saan starts walking across the board to get towards the central console. It gets into a fire fight with the Missile Launcher Grrl. After several exchanges the Riot Grrl is still standing and the Kiel-Saan is in Inactive-Symbiote Armor Mode.
At this point it was starting to get late, and based off of the board position Zagdag feels confident calling the game in my favor.
Based off of what the current board state was, and what I would almost certainly be able to do we scored it as a Designated Target kill for me with not that data tracker.
Final Score: 2 – 6 StarCo Victory
This was a very interesting game. The Brawler Multi-Sniper hit well above her weight class this game. The first exchange with the Taagma should have gone the other way, there was about a 50% chance that the Brawler dies, and only a 20% chance of the outcome that we got on the table. With the Brawler Multi-Sniper living and the Riot Grrl Missile launcher on the other side, I had a nice vice to keep the middle clear.
One thing that really helped this game was the amount of orders that the Kiiutan put into Emily, with only a 20% chance of succeeding, it was some pretty long odds. Especially while eating 3 normal rolls from the other side.
The Assault hacker felt like it was decently placed for what I wanted it to do, the Kiel-Saan having stealth made the reactive turn a little tricky though. After the game I felt confident that my choice of not deploying Spector on my first turn was the correct one. In game I spent a lot of time agonizing about how I could bring him in safely. When that opportunity didn’t present itself I was fine with waiting for a later turn where another AD troop would be more useful.
I felt like the Nimbus Zone made the game a bit tricky on both sides. As a saturation zone and reflective it reduced the effectiveness of the Taagma, The Brawler was also impacted, but not by quite as much. The zone directly increased the Brawlers chances of living by 12%, while only reducing its effectiveness as an ARO piece by ~3%.
One of the biggest things that went my way in this game was a lack of focus on scenario by my opponent. There were several opportunities in the first turn to be able to hit buttons and set up mines and AROs to make it harder for me to complete the scenario. Instead my ARO pieces were fed a continuous stream of models to chew up. Which left the Spiral Corp a bit crippled to deal with the scenario on later turns.
Thank you Zagdag for the game, and I look forward to when we can play again.
Until next time.