indytims Posted October 9, 2015 Report Share Posted October 9, 2015 So! We began our next Escalation League up here in the 'Couv tonight. This time around, we're going to advance a little slower: tonight's match was 120, but the next TWO weeks will be 150, followed by two weeks at 200, two weeks at 250, and then two weeks at 300. So 9 weeks instead of 5. I like that! Our first mission was a simple Annihilation. I got to play Joe, another Ariadna player - and playing someone with the same army I always thought was like kissing your sister. Yeah, it's a girl, but... ugh. Still, Joe is a lot of fun to talk to and play with, so we jumped right in. He plays strictly Caledonian, so I knew I'd be facing 45th Gals (he had 3) and of course Caledonian Volunteers (he had...5. His plan had been to form a link-team with them, but link teams and other advanced rules weren't allowed. So they were just regular Vols for today. He also had a Cateran sniper, as well as an SAS sniper, giving him 10 models and 13 orders. I played Vanilla Ariadna, as usual. I took 2 Volunteers (Chain rifles), 4 Kazaks (all rifles, one a medic), a Hardcase, a Spetsnaz sniper, and a Chasseur, giving me 9 orders total. He won the WIP roll and chose to go first, so I picked the side I wanted and let him set-up first. He popped two cammo markers up on high places, so I figured that wasn't good. He lined up his 45th together as well as some of his Vols, and his Vol HMG was in a nice spot up on a rooftop as well. I felt rather naked with my one sniper. His first turn he moved, expertly tossing smoke grenades around to cover his move. I had most of my guys prone and unable to ARO anyway, but I did have a couple that could have - but I forced myself to be patient and didn't get lured out of cammo. By the end of his turn, he had a 45th climb a ladder I didn't know was there, spotted my Hardcase, and forced me to make a decision. I decided to shoot as he engaged, and the die roll went my way and I put an arrow between his eyes. He failed both saves and died outright, which was a relief. Sadly... his SAS watched the whole thing and then followed it up with a shot right in the cowboy hat of my Hardcase, taking him out. Not a good exchange so far! He used his last orders to consolidate,then it was my move. I saw where he had huddled his two remaining 45th Gals behind a wall, AND, I had a thought to lure out one or both of his snipers. I took one of my Vols - my cheapest guys - and ran him from cover to cover, giving his sniper a juicy open-field shot... he went for it, revealing himself, and as expected he shot and hit my Vol. Armor Save? Natural 20. WHAT bullet???! Where?? Was someone shooting at me? This brought his Cateran out of cammo, so then I revealed my Spetsnaz... and went on a rampage. First, taking out the Cateran. Then, taking out his SAS, then, just because... I took out his Vol HMG, effectively removing all of his long-range firepower. It was methodical and the bloodiest 3-action rampage I've been on yet in my limited Infinity career. To add insult to injury, my Volunteer that heroically dodged sniper fire? I looked at his list and realized - Wait... he's got a shotgun! He lined up a shot perfectly on both of the 45th Gals that I could now see... blasted them... and killed them both with two perfectly placed shotgun blasts. This was the first time ever that I got to use a shotgun. At this point, he had 4 Vols left and conceded the game. On an interesting note - we had ZERO crits the entire game. None at all, for anything. I think that was a first that I've experienced. Joe also only made 2 armor saves... but they were on two different saves where he needed to make ALL of them or die. But all the other saves he failed, badly. I made two armor saves at very critical moments, and with a small game like this, two saves like that can easily spell the difference between victory and defeat. A fun game for certain, I really enjoy playing and chatting with Joe. Looking forward to next week! We had a great showing this week - 7 of us were there, and an 8th that had received his USARF box on the spot, and he was gluing figs together while the other games went on. I also know a couple guys that were missing - if we show up with a 'full group' that I know of, that's 10 guys for sure. Tonight saw 'little Nick's' first game, and I think he got two in. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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