"Why is always nasty aliens attacking poor innocent humans?" asked one of the Explorer Scouts when we were getting out the scenery at our latest games day.
Thus was born the villainous human attack on the poor innocent alien settlement of Llah Ega'lliv...
Aliens are scattered across the town in small groups. Despite being "innocent" they are nevertheless well armed and by no means defenceless. Most are regular Crusty troops but some have plasma guns and a few are equipped with power armour, representing a greater threat to the attackers.
|Commonwealth Lancer IFV moves into position.|
|Crusty infantry unit fire ineffectually at Commonwealth Lancer IFV.|
|Lancer IFV opens fire.|
|Commonwealth APC decides to strike fast!|
|Crusty plasma gun fire rips into the APC.|
|Comonwealth APC survivors come out fighting.|
|Commonwealth recon troops cautiously approach.|
|Crusty reinforcements strike from behind Commonwealth lines.|
Crusty reinforcements start to trickle in from nearby settlements. One catches a Commonwealth fire team at the Northern entry point from behind. Surprising the Commonwealth troops they take out one trooper.
|Crusty reinforcements don't last long!|
Despite their surprise, the Commonwealth unit rapidly switches their focus and effectively eliminates the entire Crusty reinforcement squad. But back in the compound with the crashed APC, things are about to take a turn for the worse...
|Crusty Power Armour leaps into combat with Commonwealth troops.|
|Crusty Power Armour grind down the Commonwealth survivors in close combat.|
|Commonwealth troops succumb to Crusty superiority.|
|More Crusty power armour in cover.|
|Crusty fire ignites a nearby building.|
|More Crusty fire hits the nearby APC.|
|Lancer moves up in support.|
|Aerial view of the East flank|
|Recce unit prepares to move.|
|Crusties use a burned out car for cover.|
|Recce troop springs into action to assault a compound.|
|Suspected IED! Alternative route required!|
|Crusty power armour proves surprisingly vulnerable!|
Nearby, the victorious Crusty power armour from the APC crash compound leaps across to the Commonwealth back-stop unit - but are gunned down before they can act! The Commonwealth casualty was only stunned and the team are back to full firepower.
|Crusties and Commonwealth trade fire.|
|Now that's a bad armour defence roll...|
|Commonwealth recce troop suffers a casualty.|
|Lancer vs Crusties|
|Outriders approach the objective building.|
|The "Alien Maiden" and yoghurt barrel.|
|Close up of the maiden. Isn't she lovely?|
|Crusty reinforcement, an alien mercenary.|
|Alien mercenary threat to the rear of the Commonwealth unit.|
|Power armour Crusties get to their feet.|
|Commonwealth recce squad move in.|
|Brrrrapp!! Chain guns mow down Crusties.|
Crusties make a dash across the track to another building nearby - but the Lancer's twin chain guns mow them all down before they reach safety.
|Brrrrapp!! And two more!|
In a near-repeat, another unit of Crusties rushes in from the South. Once more the Lancer opens fire, once more Crusties fall to the ground, though on this occasion two manage to make it to the building. The other Lancer is moving in from the West.
|Commonwealth infantry help out.|
The Commonwealth foot recce squad open fire, eliminating two more Crusties.
|Crusty revenge takes out an Outrider.|
Unfortunately, Crusty weight of numbers is telling and from a nearby building, a Crusty plasma-gunner sends his shot through the thin rear armour of one of the Outriders.
|Power armour proves effective at last.|
Although one of their number is injured, the re-animated Crusty power armour wipe out the Commonwealth rearguard unit. The Commonwealth rear is now undefended against Crusty reinforcements.
|Crusty reinforcements building...|
Meanwhile in the centre of town, more Crusties swarm into buildings overlooking the street. Time for the Lancer to move on.
|Objective building reached!|
The Lancer moves up the street and reverses into position against the target building. Time to begin the final phase of the operation!
|Still more Crusties attack.|
Crusties move into the street and open fire from the East but Lancer return fire knocks three to the ground.
|Anti-tank missile versus Crusty infantry...|
The Crusty reinforcements approaching from the West treat their casualty caused by the recce squad. Another reinforcement unit is completely wiped out by a missile from one of the remaining Outriders.
|Supporting fire from Commonwealth recce squad.|
The Commonwealth recce squad assist by firing on the Crusty plasma gun team which destroyed an Outrider moments before. One of the Crusties falls.
A Commonwealth sniper team has infiltrated Llah Ega'lliv and chooses this moment to reveal itself. They catch the Crusties in a crossfire and the remaining three are also out of action, temporarily removing the threat of attacks against the rear of the remaining Outriders.
The Commonwealth troops come under attack themselves - having eliminated the rearguard unit, the Crusty power armour leaps onto the roof of the compound and their shots knock down one of the sniper team.
|More Crusty casualties.|
The second Lancer moves in to secure the street. Crusties spill out of a building and are mown down like wheat. Only one survives the hail of bullets.
|Commonwealth troops cover the advance.|
The lone survivor falls victim to the fire team from the wrecked APC to the East. They've taken cover behind a burned-out car to provide covering fire down the street.
|Commonwealth troops storm the target building.|
|The final power armour Crusty is hit again.|
|Additional reinforcements join the Crusties.|
More Crusty reinforcements start to gather in a building overlooking the street.
|Recce squad eliminates more Crusties.|
|Commonwealth forces guard the objective building.|
A Lancer and one of the Outriders fire down the street at the reinforcements already mauled by the Recce team. Now only one of the original eight Crusty reinforcements is capable of continuing.
|Reinforcements are visible to the North.|
|The two surviving members of a Crusty unit are killed.|
|Weight of Crusty fire begins to tell on the Lancers.|
|More Crusties swarm in from the North.|
|Crusties continue to build up.|
|Commonwealth forces prepare to extract.|
Despite the building Crusty reinforcements, the Commonwealth strike force has inflicted severe casualties and has obtained its objectives. With the rather dubious "Alien maiden" and the barrel of yoghurt safely ensconced in one of the transports, the Commonwealth grav armour is ready to lift clear of Llah Ega'lliv.
A fun game of Tomorrow's War played with 3 Commonwealth players and 2 Crusty players while I was GM. Normally used to playing 4K and its ilk, they adapted quickly to the reaction mechanics of the new game.
Commonwealth started with the initiative but quickly lost it thanks to a fog-of-war card. They never regained the initiative. The Crusties suffered from drawing the Gas! Gas! Gas! fog-of-war card twice in a row which dropped their regulars from troop quality D8 to D6. The Commonwealth player ended up with both All Clear cards which they certainly weren't going to play any time soon, so the Crusties were at a disadvantage for much of the game. The alien mercenary failed its troop quality roll to try and close-assault the injured Commonwealth fire team nearby, not once, not twice but three times! This meant that effectively played no part in the game! The Crusties were also hampered by one player who wasn't paying full attention and rushed two squads of Crusties straight into the guns of the Lancers, with predictable results.
So, victory to the Neo-Colonial Commonwealth who have shown Humanity's worst side to the inoffensive local Crusty population.