Jhokalups – Field Operation Action Report – 30
Juridictional Command of Tunguska vs Onyx Contact Force
150/Recon+ – Smash and Grab
My brother, DoodleKing has recently started playing, and I had the pleasure of playing game 3 of our escalation league against him.
Juridictional Command of Tunguska – 5
Onyx Contact Force – 15
1st Turn: DoodleKing
1st Deploy: DoodleKing
Onyx Contact Force List:
Juridictional Command of Tunguska List:
GEL Wk3 S&G HM
We set up an interesting catwalk board. The deployment zones were a bit spare on total cover. We had one Tech Coffin on a raised platform, and one inside a building.
DoodleKing set up a Noctifer, Q-Drone and the Rodok KHD up top on the catwalk. The Nexus was hiding down low, the Ikadrons and other Rodok were on the ground ready to walk to cover.
Lacking a lot of cover that I could deploy in, I had my securitates prone on the ground, hopefully out of sight of anything unless it really committed to getting into my deployment zone. My Interventor LT was prone at the top of a Staircase near my Hollow Man Spitfire. The Hollowman Specialist was hiding behind some stairs. And the Stempler and Puppet master hid behind the same pillar. I had a Warcor Standing on a platform just to be able to flash pulse anything coming down my left side.
Top of 1: DoodleKing Onyx
DoodleKing starts by having a Ikadron on my right walk into cover. The Nexus puts Marksmanship onto the Q-Drone. Then the Rodok on the right starts walks up and gets a crit flash pulse into stunned. The Rodok continues to walk towards total cover and looking in on the Tech Coffin on my left. Next up the Ikadron on my left gets up to walk into cover, my Hollow Man shoots at it, winning the face-to-face. Ane the Ikadron passes armor to fight another day. Lastly the Q-Drone activates to try and take out my Hollow Man, I elect to shoot back and get a Crit taking out the Q-Drone. That done he passes turn.
Bottom of 1: Jhokalups Tunguska
I start off by having my Hollow Men link walk forward, with the Spitfire hugging the wall to take out the Rodok KHD. I then have them super jump to take out the Nexus. The Specialist Hollow Man becomes the leader and gets the data cube from the left Tech Coffin. I then have that Hollow Man take out the Rodok near him. With that done I have the Stempler jump up to the other Tech Coffin, a Noctifer reveals it self, firing at the Stempler. They exchange fire and the Stempler forces the Noctifer prone before grabbing the other Data Cube and running back to my deployment zone. I leave my Spitfire up for ARO and pass the turn. Having both Data Cubes at the End of 1 I score 1 point..
Score at End of 1: 1 – 0 Tunguska Favor
Top of 2: DoodleKing Onyx
In loss of lieutenant, DoodleKing debates with Xammy and I about options. After some discussion DoodleKing has the Noctifer return to the TO marker state, then stand up and take a surprise shot at my Hollow Man spitfire. The Noctifer inflicts a wound and I have the Hollow Man fail guts prone. Here we had a discussion about options, there was a possibility that an Ikadron could get up and flame over or more of the Hollow Men. After some hypothetical measuring and template theory, it was determined that the Ikadron would only get one of the Hollow Men. Then there was a decision about having the Noctifer enter the camo state or use suppressive fire. After talking through what the Stempler Zond could do with Triangulated Fire outside of 24″ from the Noctifer. The Noctifer entered the TO marker state and walked a bit down the upper catwalk. That done here passed the turn.
Bottom of 2: Jhokalups Tunguska
This turn I knew I wanted to get rid of the Noctifer. I have the Stempler walk around the crate it’s behind and drop off the Data Cube, then I have my Puppet Master come forward to pick up the Cube before retreating back up again. I make the Stempler the link leader and have it walk forward to catch the Noctifer’s marker, the Stempler attempts a discover and fails. I spend several orders shuffling forward my Spitfire Hollow Man to take out the Ikadron on my right without provoking an ARO from the Noctifer. I then back them up prone to get some distance.
Score at End of 2: 2 – 0 Tunguska Favor
Top of 3: DoodleKing Onyx
The Noctifer comes sneaking in around the corner to take a surprise shot at my Hollow Men. Who both elect to Chain Colt the Noctifer. I lose my Spitfire Hollow Man, but manage to take down the Noctifer. With only an Ikadron left he passes turn.
Bottom of 3: Jhokalups Tunguska
I bring up my Stempler to take out the last Ikadron then end my turn. By having all the cubes for the entire game I get a:
Final Score: 9 – 0 Tunguska Total Victory
This was a bit of a brutal game. I had been looking forward to running the Hollow Man Stempler haris. In Recon+ is is only possible at the 150 point bracket. The combination of Super Jump, a burst 5 Spitfire and some of the highest arm/bts that you would see in Recon+ make them a particularly hard nut to crack.
In this game my decisions came down to eliminating models that challenged my path to the Tech Coffins and then squirelling the data cubes away. I did get a fortunate crit on turn 1 to take out the Q-Drone in the reactive turn. Looking back on the game DoodleKing made the right call of shooting with the Q-Drone in the active turn, the odds are better than doing it with a Noctifer and the Hollow Man has a much better shot of winning in my active turn. Winning that roll really helped my game.
At the end of my first turn, when I left my Hollow Man Spitfire standing, I had a choice about whether I wanted him to go into Suppressive Fire or not. I chose not to for a couple reasons, first, the haris bonus. Going into Suppressive Fire would have removed him from the link for 1 more burst than I had already. Secondly, position. With where I left the Hollow Man, almost everything on the board was sin my +3 range band.
At the end of DoodleKings second turn, he had a similar decision about the Noctifer. He had already knocked the Hollow Man prone, so the Noctifer was free to move about without AROs. I think that DoodleKing made the correct choice here again. Had the Noctifer been in Suppression, the Stempler likely could have taken it out with a Triangulated fire from outside of 24”. Additionally, putting the Noctifer into Suppressive fire would nor improve his board position. I would have had a free-ish turn to pull my models back and pass the Data Cubes off to other safer models.
Overall it was an interesting game, if brutal. Next game is 200 points and regular ITS, so no more character, wound, nor warband restrictions. I will have to give some thought to how I want to prepare for that.
Until next time.