Summary of Forces
Hells Lancers Sons Of Odin Regiment
Gladiator – Sandman (MattS)
Falcon – Ghost (BradA)
Thunderbolt – Marquis (TrayR)
Enforcer – Bureaucrat (DougW)
Centurion – Snipe (RichS)
Trebuchet – Dent (JuanM)
Crimson Guard – Blood Dragon Regiment
Goliath – KevinP
Warhammer – KevinP
Manticore Tanks x2 – BradA
Striker Tanks x2 – MikeP
AC2 Field Guns x4
Long Tom Artillery
After reaching Teutoburg Station, the Hels Lancers shored up defensive patrols and crashed out for a short but much needed rest. Then work began conducting repairs and reloads. No sign had been found of Sundance after the battle of AShaw valley canyon. Sphinx had discovered the missing marine was in the hands of the Serpent Legion mercs. The next day, JOC sent an alert ordering an attack on a BDA position at a mine between Teutoburg Station and the Orontes Spaceport. The position was the most direct route to the spaceport and due to terrain difficulties was the only real option. The feed from JOC with the mission details also included recon data and footage of the position. Interestingly the footage appeared to be from a source that wasn’t an SOO unit. ADF stragglers perhaps? JOC didn’t elaborate.
Hells Lancers formed up most of their mechs and left for the mine. While in route, they encountered an enemy recon patrol with a couple of ultra light mechs. They stayed well away from Hels Lancers and were eventually chased off by the Assassin (Brumbarr) and Chameleon (Flipside) who continued their pursuit to keep the enemy mechs from circling around to the rear of the lancers as they approached the target location. Then a call came in from Teutoburg station… it was being shelled by heavy artillery from the location of he mine.
As they broke into view of the hill the layout of the terrain snapped into view. A huge hill surrounded by water. A bridge going across the water with a tunnel going through it. A massive Goliath battlemech sat atop the hill, overlooking the field with an ominous shadow. A Long Tom artillery was firing from behind the hill, no doubt shelling Teutoburg station.
Hells Lancers split into two groups, The Gladiator and Kintaro in the West and the Thunderbolt, Trebuchet, Enforcer, Centurion and Falcon in the West. Almost immediately two groups of tanks fired up and moved to counter their advance while the LRMs between the Goliath and the HL mechs began. Facing the East group was a pair of heavy Manticore tanks, and in the West were a pair of light Striker tanks.
In the West, the Kintaro and Gladiator were separated from the Strikers by a pair of steep hills with a very narrow pass between them. As they tried to make their way through the pass, a 70 ton Warhammer fired up and moved out of some heavy woods where it was hidden. The mech moved menacingly closer wielding twin PPCs.
In the East the Falcon ran out in front and began a wide flanking maneuver against the Manticores. Those tanks, equipped with PPCs and LRM10s, wisely kept their distance from the HL mechs, choosing to fire at range with their heavy weapons and rely on their abundant armor to soak up damage. Just as the HL mechs came into range they began firing LRMs at long range while the Manticores fired back. The first salvo however, proved deadly for the lead tank, as it took a hit from Marquis’ Thunderbolt’s LRM in the crease between the turret and body, the resulting hit punched into the crew compartment, killing them instantly. The loss of this tank to the BDA’s strong left flank was devastating, leaving only a single Manticore left to keep five mechs at bay. The remaining tank would be forced to fight defensively for the remainder of the battle.
In the West the Warhammer moved in closer to the Gladiator and Kintaro, taking over a patch of heavy woods near the pass between the hills. He pounded the Gladiator with a pair of PPC shots as the Gladiator jumped atop the Sounthern hill, but the Warhammer was quickly closed on by the Kintaro. The Kintaro blasted the Warhammer with a flurry of SRMs as he closed. The Striker tanks pounced on the two SOO mechs, hitting the Gladiator with repeated LRM salvoes. The Warhammer pilot now realized his mistake was getting too close to the dangerous Kintaro where his PPCs were harder to fire.
The Goliath was now torn between helping the beleaguered Warhammer battle both mechs, or try to fend off the collapsing West flank where the lone Manticore was now falling back. He wisely chose to fire on the five advancing mechs in the West hoping to slow their advance. The Warhammer meanwhile was charged by the Kintaro and Gladiator. The Kintaro absolutely lit up the Warhammer while the Gladiator and Warhammer continued to trade blows.
In the East the Falcon continued to circle around the flank while the Manticore dropped further and further back. The Enforcer, Thunderbolt, Trebuchet and Centurion concentrated fire on the Goliath who continued to return fire in a desperate attempt to stave off their advance. Their combined fire eventually took its toll, damaging his PPC and forced him to drop down over the hillside to the West for cover. At this pint the Warhammer was overwhelmed by the massive short ranged firepower of the Kintaro. The Goliath tried to help with his LRMs while the Strikers and Packrat zipped in and scored hits with their SRMs and LRMs. In spite of their added fire, the Warhammer was simply outmatched at close range by the Kintaro and Gladiator’s combined firepower. After a series of further hits, he ended up exploding after a critical to his SRM ammo. This left both flanks outmatched, with the Striker and Packrat outclassed in the West and the lone Manticore quickly dropping back in the East.
In the East the SOO mechs approached the center hill and took special care to not get too close to the tunnel going through it. The Enforcer and Centurion moved into position to be able to see through the tunnel from one end to the other. The Enforcer pilot saw something large inside but couldn’t make out what it was. This prompted the SOO mechs to skirt around the outside of the hill to avoid being bushwhacked by whatever was in there.
In the West the Packrat got around behind the Gladiator, while the Strikers focused their fire on him. He fled into a heavy section of woods for cover, and then wheeled and fired a medium laser into the front of the Packrat, disabling the engine. The crew fled into a nearby copse of trees. The Strikers and the Gkadiator then got into a shooting match with their LRMs. One of the Strikers took a lethal hit killing the crew. The remaining Striker began to flank the Gladiator, keeping his distance.
In the center the Goliath began to withdraw toward the rear, seeking out refuge from the oncoming mechs. The Gladiator and Kintaro pursued and were much faster, forcing him to break off his retreat and flee into the tunnel. About this time a hidden Ontos assault tank in the tunnel roared outside, causing all of the mechs to scatter in fear of its enormous short range firepower. While falling back, the Thunderbolt fired a single Large Laser shot which hit the Ontos perfectly below its turret, causing the huge tanks to immediately explode in a huge fireball. With its sudden death, any hope of a BDA victory was now lost.
The Manticore continued to back up, the Striker moved further away, apparently seeking to recover one of the field guns slowly plodding away from the SOO mechs. The Goliath tried to flee to the rear, using an unseen passage in the tunnel heading North. The Kintaro and Falcon both rushed into the tunnel, cutting him off, the Falcon blazing away with its SRMs resulting in the Goliath being obliterated in a massive ammo explosion. It’s pilot ejected, only be crushed by the low ceiling of the tunnel. The day was won, but the fight was not over… for the Kintaro and Falcon then discovered where the Gokiath was heading and where the other units disappeared to. Just North of the hill was an entrance to a mine…
Things were about to get interesting.
MVP – Spinx: Kintaro Battlemech (BobH)
The quick destruction of the Warhammer was a well executed and devastating blow that crushed the BDA West flank before their defense could really form.
Goose – Sandman: Gladiator Battlemech (MattS)
Was the perfect wingman for the Kintaro.
Nuked – NPC: Warhammer Battlemech (KevinP)
Got absolutely rocked by the Kintaro and Gladiator for more than 100 points of damage in a single round.
Aspect Of The Wolf – Ghost: Falcon Battlemech (BradA)
The 30 ton Falcon took out an 80 ton Goliath (just before anyone else could do it) in the tunnel.
Tank Buster – Marquis: Thunderbolt Battlemech (TrayR)
Wasted an 80 ton Ontos and a 60 ton Manticore, in two total hits. This crippled the BDA Eastern flank.