Saturday 27 August 2022

This is Not a Test - Snipe Hunt

After something of a hiatus - not quite a year - The Flores Minor Ranger Corps had their second outing this week, pairing off again against Andrew's Mutants in a snipe hunt. Once again, we were scrabbling through Andrew's absolutely amazing shanty town terrain.

Sarge led seven 'men' into the wastes including the rookie, Demo. Doc, the squad medic, was ironically banged-up from the previous engagement, but otherwise the boys were rearing to go.

Opposed to them, the psychic escaped slave girl commanded her warband of fellow mutants - also sporting a new member in the form of the winged Stumpy. Hat Boy, the sniper, had become reckless from his injuries in the last match - not a great state for a sniper... 

The scenario called for the rival warbands to search six areas of difficult terrain - rusted out cars - looking for clues to pre-Fall relics. The FMRC are scattered along the bottom of the photo. Demo, Point and Heavy on the left, Hotshot ranging ahead in the centre-most searchable terrain piece already, Snake Eyes on the right, with Doc and Sarge providing covering fire from the wind turbine from the lower right. Most of the Mutants were clustered behind the bus in the top centre, with two over in the top right.

The FMRC started the mission strongly with sniper fire, with Sarge dropping two mutants, and Hotshot a third. Doc, hampered by being banged-up, failed to do anything other than jam and unjam his own gun repeatedly. 

However, over on the FMRC left, a Greater Gnash Worm emerged from behind the lines and proceeded to shlog its way towards the wee rangers. Although Demo and Heavy were able to cause two wounds, it downed them both, followed by Point, before the lads could cause the final wound (or search the car shells for that matter). 

Meanwhile, in the centre, the Mutants were making their way forward, managing to search a couple of cars, while the mutant abomination-doggo made its way against Hotshot. Hotshot managed to cause a wound, but couldn't get a second shot in before he too was taken out. By this point, only Snake Eyes had managed to achieve Victory Points for the FMRC. Sarge did the only thing he could to reserve what was left of the squad and signalled for the last rangers to pull out. Victory once more to the Mutants.

In the post-game sequence among the Mutants, Hat boy got a hand injury (continuing his spiralling downfall as a competent sniper) and Stumpy was banged-up. When scouting the wastes, they managed to find tunnels down below which will allow them a lot of options for their next deployment, and a portaloo full of lost valuables. 

Among the the FMRC, Hotshot was badly banged-up, and Point - mentally scarred from the Gnash Worm's attacks - will go forward as both brave and soft bellied. During the scouting, Doc discovered a pre-Fall gun shop which he managed to destroy before recovering any loot at all! The FMRC's medic is proving himself as aggressively capable a solder as the medic Private Godfrey from Dad's Army...

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