This time I decided to run a slightly larger game. I thought to have some heavy hitters on both sides and slug it out to see what happens. And so…
Inner Sphere Lance of a Battlemaster, Atlas, Awesome and Commando vs two points of Clan, a Hellbringer and an Executioner. This is an all out, knock out the enemy brawl, last side standing mission.
I randomly selected two maps, ending up with both as desert, one basically flat and empty and the other with some hills and a small lake.
Rolling for initiative, the IS got to deploy first, taking the hilly side. Tactically they thought to send the Commando around the side (this is when I realised it has no jump jets and is kinda slow for a light, ah well), get the Awesome on the other flank and put the two others into the lake as soon as possible. This will give partial cover AND improve their heat management.
There were about 3 rounds there as the Clan charged all the way across the other map, no one able to hit either due to hills or too much forrest.
In this photo, the Clan are about halfway across the map, so must be turn 2. The IS are starting to implement their plan. So far there has not been any shots taken from either side due to range and the IS staying in cover.
After about two rounds of fighting, the Hellbringer has lost its entire left arm after taking an AC20 on that side. The rest of the mechs have a smattering of damage across their armour, with the Commando creeping around the outside, not really engaged so far.
The IS have got themselves where they wanted and currently hold the lake and have flanked the Clan. From their perspective, they have the Clan right where they wanted. However, the Clan are not yet spent and the IS may be about to get a rude shock at the manoeuvrability of the Executioner. We will see.
I’m using the dice again, but forgot to get out my d20s for the heat tracking. I might go pick up a half dozen loose d20s and chuck them in the BattleTech box I’m storing stuff in. As my second run using dice to track, it really does make adding up a lot of the shots so much simpler. Would have been nice way back in 1989 if my friends and I had known this system.