Before the USS force could take possession of the resources however, they have to establish a base.
The city was chosen, not only because it had the only sub-space communication compound on the hemisphere, but also to deny it to the NIJA.
A Dagger and a NIJA pair of armor trade shots.
The NIJA heavy tank takes a few hits..
..And then a few more as it's USS counterpart launch a few rounds into it!
A searing bolt of plasma smash into the building, incinerating some of the fighters.
Dagger mechs on both sides advance, firing at each other, while the USS CHQ send round after round into the stricken tank out front.
Return fire trash the firing control of the Dagger by the refinery.
Start of the second turn. The second Imperator and the Strike fighter attacked the NIJA Dictator in the finishing stages of the last turn, knocking off some armor and damaging weapon systems.
Just as he passes, the fighter fires all his weapons, striking multiple hits on the Dictator.
The second light armor open fire and damage the USS tank.
Weapon systems damaged, the white NIJA light armor smashes into the flank of a light mech. Bracing for the impact, the mech groans as the charging vehicle makes contact. Through luck or skill, the mech survives with some damage, but the armor is wrecked.
In an attempt to stop the white tank from destroying the Assassin mech, a unit of infantry charges the tank. Acting quickly, the crew manages to fire their machinegun into the charging infantry. They destroy the unit, but not before taking several hits themselves.
Start of turn 3. The USS have managed to take out several enemy units, suffering some light losses themselves. The NIJA is wavering, but still holding.
The Imperator and Wight stride towards each other, guns blazing. Armor melts, systems short out, and in the end, the Wight fall before the less damaged USS heavy.
Operation concluded, a USS victory.
The USS got lucky quite early, and it kept going all through the game. Being my first 20+ presence game of Horizon Wars, the objective was kept deliberately simple: By turn 4, whoever had more forces in the field would be the winner, unless they could force 50% combat ineffectives/destroyed units. By the end of turn 3, the USS had managed just that.
Cataphract CHQ P2, Strike fighter P2, Heavy Cav P3 Total losses: 7 Presence, leaving their total at 84 (91-7)
Wight P3, 2x Light Cav P2, 2x Light Infantry P1, Assassin P2, Heavy Cav P3 Total losses: 14 Presence, leaving their total at 80 (94-14)
Having being bloodied, the NIJA will probably put up a serious defence to keep the USS taskforce from reaching the precious resources.
I have a few pieces of terrain and a mech or two on the way that will probably show up before the next battle, as I think there is a few pieces I need to make before that battle can take place..
Til next time!