CHAPTER 2.11: BATTLE REPORT 15: OPERATION ONIGOKKO: IT’S TIME TO HUNT….

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“….it’s time to hunt!” and with that I dashed out of the room with the recorder, my Katana already drawn. Another security alarm has been raised on board of the Shanqiang, and this time it was in a section close to the recording room I had just been sending my message to the troops from. Whoever it was this time, would pay dearly for their insolence, for I do not deal kindly with those who disturb my work, and even less so with those that try to infiltrate or attack a Yu Jing ship…

With Operation Onigokko in full swing it was only natural that I had temporarily set up camp on the Shanqiang, the “Dancing Panda” currently once again docked to it’s flank to resupply our troops and send in additional forces.

This time the alarm has been raised from a nearby cargo hold where ammunition and other battle relevant good where stored, and sure enough the moment I and the small striketeam I had ordered to accompany me on the way entered the cargo bay, we saw several enemy contacts appear on our battlefield overview.

Apparently some PanO forces have decided to support the war efforts of the Tohaa by sabotaging our supplies, most likely to keep Yu Jing busy and allow them to grab some more glory for themselves…they even sent quite the sizable force, not only containing some Fusiliers, but also a Father Knight, Orc Trooper, and even one of those dreaded Nisse Snipers, though I doubted he’d be much use in such enclosed space as this.

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My own strikeforce consistet of 3 Zhanshi, a Invincible, a Tiger Soldier which was currently advancing on an upper floor, and my Bodyguard Ninja “Kabuki Queen”.

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With no intention of giving them time to prepare, I quickly dashed on the right side of the Cargo Bay, shooting down a Fusilier that had tried to take cover there, and sent the Invincible forward to proof to me that his name wasn’t just for show.

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And indeed the Invincible not only proceeded to take out the Nisse at close range, but he then also exchanged fire with an Orc Trooper and a Fusilier on the flank, taking out the Fusilier. He did fail to wound the Orc Trooper though and was forced to fall back a little though.

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His attack did however allow the Tiger Soldier to drop down onto the battlefield from an access hatch on top of the room, landing right on the flank of the Pano Troops. As she proceeded to shoot them into the flank however, her shoots bounced off the Father Knights and she was forced back into cover by their firepower.

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No sooner had she fallen back than the Fusilier she had just tried to ambush came around the corner and riddled her with bullets, hit armour apparently impervious to the Tiger Soldiers Flamethrower.

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With their flank save again the Father Knight advanced towards the Invincible, shooting him at close range with his Shotgun, but getting wounded by the Invincible instead.

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Following the Tiger Soldier a PanO Alkalis Sikh dropped from the roof of the room as well to bolster the PanO defenses.

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With the Invincible definitely having stolen enough of my glory I decided to advance as well, and opened fire on the Orc Trooper from our flank, wounding him and forcing him back into cover.

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With the Orc Trooper out of line of sight I then proceeded to flank the Father Knight and took him out as well.

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Apparently the Invincible decided that it was his time again, and with a joyful “I’m not done yet” over the comnet, he advanced and took out the enemy Orc Trooper with his Combi Rifle, before he and myself began supressing the area ahead of us, well aware that a PanO counter attack was inbound.

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No sooner had we prepared the supressive fire than the Akalis Sikh already came around the corner, showering the Invincible with a hail of bullet, wounding him….what a disappointment…

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I quickly dashed forward to flank the Alkalis Sikh, and against the might of my heavy machine gun he instantly perished where he stood.

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Just as both myself and the Invincible wanted to advance to take out the last remaining Fusilier, a snarling Racoon appeared on our helmet screen, waving a stretched out finger at us “Ah ah ah boys…leave some fun for me will you?”, followed by a loud scream as the last remaining Fusilier was cut in half by “Kabuki Queen”‘s Katana a few steps further ahead.

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I was just about to clap the Invincible on the shoulder, gratulating him on his great performance, when a few meters ahead of us, another enemy soldier suddenly came within view….

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Comment: A while ago a colleague of mine and his friend starter playing Infinity as well with Operation Icestorm, and this report was the day when they decided it was time for their first real full on battle with all their miniatures. They knew that I theoretically had way more troops at my disposal, so we decided it’d be fun if we all just used our Starterset Miniatures instead, and thus in the blistering austrian heat when this battle took place, I dashed to my colleagues home, and we played this game on his Operation Icestorm Table ^^ I hope you enjoyed reading it, even if the table obviously isn’t the same standard I usually get to play on at home or at my local club, we definitely had a lot of fun and learned a lot about each other’s armies, me not having played against PanO too often yet either.

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