Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Elvis Kosiascko vs. The Shining Path

Hi Kids, Time for another installment of the adventures of the Basement of Heaped Miniatures! This time it's a raid by the Polish Special Forces led by Elvis Kosiasko into the wilds of Peru, where the Dreaded Shining Path terrorists have gained control of the Unobtainium Mine. The GROM must seize the mine to prevent the mineral from being used for evil purposes. The latest intell says the (also dreaded) Che Guano, Agent Provocator of International Revolution, has been spotted in the area. A high value target like him is always worth the risk!
An aerial shot of the mine, with defenders from the SOCWAD Agentine Marines list. Could that be Che Guano standing on the left tower?

Air support for GROM provided by Little Bird. (Had to take at least one picture using a macro lense!)

The Little Bird lines up for a straffing pass, gunning for the HQ squad and heavy mortar set up on the mine. Underneath the overhead platform can be seen the only Shining Path armor support, an AML-90 (suspiciously similar to an M5 Stuart tank).

KA-BOOM!!!! About 10 rockets and 20 minigun dice blast everything near the target, but amazingly no one is injured! The helicopter is shot down by two HMG's at the end of it's run. (Turns out we did the AA fire wrong, we used twice as many dice than allowed!)

The Pathers push out a 90mm Recoilless Rifle and take a shot at the nearest MRAP. A hit and what do we get for the AP roll? A stinkin' ONE, that's what! The shot bounces off and the MRAP returns the favor and kills the entire crew. Che Guano screams, "Tacos to the men who destroy the MRAP!"

The view from the other side.
The GROM from the far side of the map close in on the terrorists fighting from the Dukey Hills, already taking losses from the attentions of two GROM snipers.

GROM assault teams dismount from the MRAPS, and approach through the woods. A lucky RPG shot destroys the AML-90. 505 points down the drain after only one shot!

Elvis Kosiascko, leader of all things GROM goes down hard to fire from the Pathers!

A GROM sniper displaces to get a better LOS, but is noticed by the mortar crew. He merges unhurt for the massive 120mm barrage!

A shot from a rifle greande knocks a tire off the 6x6 MRAP! Che giggles like a little girl and declares, "Burritos for everyone!"

The GROM close in on the mine, taking cover near the wreck of the AML-90. The sole survivor of a Path infantry squad runs toward the cover of the tower.

The squad-eye view.

Two GROM charge across the open space between the Dukey Hills and the short tower, defended by a few Pathers. No LOS!

The Pathers move out onto the gantry to get a better shot at the 4x4 MRAP, which has moved up to support the few GROM still alive near the wreck.

The two GROM climb the short tower and emerge within a few feet of the Pathers! Mayhem ensues!

The last large squad of Pathers and the two GROMers shot it out, Hand-to-hand combat is narrowly avoided when the two GROM are hit!

Last of the Ninja GROM gets hits in the woods! The mortar team has abandoned their mortar and used their rifles to good effect from the top of the tower.

The MRAP takes a hit in the tires, immobilizing it. The crew dismount only to be gunned down within inches of their vehicle. The GROM survivor keeps cool and stays inside the vehicle. On the gantry above, the largest surviving group of Pathers (4 guys) look for Che Guano to claim their Tacos! Where has he gone?

At this point we had to call the game due to time. I think the GROM were in a bad way but the Pathers were running low on everything. The HMG's, RR crew, AML-90, and one squad were wiped out, the remaining squads reduced to 1-4 guys, including the HQ with only the LT surviving. The GROM still had some snipers and a few guys runnning around, and the one MRAP still had it's weapon operational.

The Mine building is from Target Games about 12 years ago. The Shining Pathers were WW2 US Marines and Army from 19th Century Miniatures. The M5 was West Wind, the MRAPs Hobby Armor Depot. The GROM are from the Col's collection and I can't remember who made them. Using Disposable Heroes the GROM were Delta, and the Shining Path Argentine Marines from SOCWAD. GROM were 2000pts while the Pathers were 1400.

1 comment:

ColKillgore said...

All the GROM troops are from TAG minis either the African Milita or the SAS heavy weapons.

I am surprised you forgot to mention the level two armored t-shirts the models had on.

I will have you know I paid a full 75 points to include the Rpg 7 that destroyed the 505 point AML-90, it only made it points back six times.

It the pathers would have exposed theirselves instead of hiding like they did it would have been a different outcome. I think we should refight that one. I will take 1400 points of GROM and you can have 2000 points of Pathers and I get to defend the minehead.

I will say that the mortar crew ditching the tube and using their rifles was a good idea, especially once the GROM was inside the Mortars minimum range.