OPERATION BLACK Thor
Cpt. Thor "Mack" McOdin (Heavy)
Sgt. "Loco" Pontiff of Zargos (Assault)
Cpl. Falcon Critical (Sniper)
Sq. True Perception (Support)
Rk. Blutiger Engel
Thor and Pontiff guide the three lowest ranking soldiers in CF-XCOM on the next alien abduction mission. We're in Manchester and it's not football hooligans that are making the team nervous. Still, we finished our research and construction on laser sniper rifles and shotguns, so we look hella awesome coming in to land.
It's a convenience store and there's very little cover near the LZ. The team moves cautiously forward seeking heavier cover. Pontiff spots two floaters tearing up some packets of crisps (we are in England, wat!) and they scramble to cover. Thor and Bluti are in an easily flankable position so they need to consider their moves carefully. Thor, Falcon and TP go on overwatch while the other two seek cover.
This turns out to be a poor option. Falcon overwatches first, but can't control his hot laser pistol and instead of going through the glass door in a nice tidy shot, he misses and the entire wall melts.
An impressive display of power, but it presents a big problem. Pontiff had advanced to that wall for the full cover, and his protection just melted. Still, it opens up the wall for Thor to follow up and he nails the floater as it advances.
Unfortunately, the other floater is quick to capitalise on Zargos' situation. It advances and shoots at him. With no cover he has no protection.
A massive 9 damage critical drops Zargos stone dead. Falcon freaks out and shoots his laser pistol at the alien scum and melts it into the tinned food shelves. TP also freaks out and shoots at Falcon, but misses, hitting only the car Falcon is taking cover by. This is much worse.
See, when soldiers panic they stay panicked for the next turn and won't respond to commands. Falcon is taking cover by a car about to explode and in his panicked state, cannot be moved away to safety. This is going poorly. Thor takes Bluti away from Falcon, with her out of sight she won't freak out when he dies. And die he does.
So two floaters are dead, at the cost of two of us. The shiny new Laser Sniper Rifle and Laser Shotgun both lie un-fired by the two deceased. Now Thor must guide Bluti and TP to victory... or death.
They skirt around the edge of the building, clearing the parking lot. Two Thin Men show up and limber away. Thor has a shot on both of them, but it's pretty low. He chooses instead to suppress the more exposed one. With holo-targeting he also buffs the team's aim against this enemy. Bluti moves up and nails the suppressed alien through a cop car's windows. This gal's stone cold.
TP overwatches to try and catch the other thin man running. It chooses instead to run away. The team sets up overwatches and spreads out to avoid the lanky alien's poison breath. Then more trouble shows up.
TP misses his overwatch shot as two hulking aliens show their faces. This is really not good. These guys are Mutons. They pack grenades, can yell to inspire each other, cause panic and have an innate 20% evasion. Basically tough sons of bitches.
Thor and TP retreat to a nearby truck, Bluti hunkers down to try and survive. The Mutons advance, one right up to the same SUV while the thin man takes a pot shot at Thor. He misses but hits the truck. TP and Thor now need to retreat further or die. Hopefully the advanced Muton will go with the truck.
Thor dashes to further back cover, Bluti and TP retreat a little and TP drops a smoke grenade to protect them. The mutons however scoff at my retreat. One shoots through the smoke at Blutiger Engel. It's super effective.
Thor panics this time, and fires at the advanced Muton, landing a solid hit. The Muton then advances and shoots back, splashing Thor's armor with sticky, slimy plasma. Thor is still panicked, and one of the Mutons is now in location unknown.
Actually it's not unknown. In it's eagerness to damage a Thor, the Muton neglected to move. The SUV explodes and takes the Muton with it. Now that it cannot explode again, TP moves to the blackened SUV and prepares an overwatch.
The Muton advances into sight, but not into the open. It takes cover where it's comrade died but doesn't shoot at anyone. Thor calms down and decides it's high time he used heavy explosives. He fires a rocket at the ground near the Muton and it wounds the tough bastard but luckily also kills the Thin Man hiding in the building nearby. The muton has four health left, and TP decides not to take any chances.
6 Aliens Deceased3 Soldiers Deceased
Cpt. Thor "Mack" McOdin (Heavy) - 19 kills, 9 missions WOUNDED (3 days)
Sgt. "Loco" Pontiff of Zargos (Assault) - 8 kills, 5 missions KIA
Cpl. Falcon Critical (Sniper) - 6 kills, 3 missions KIASq. True Perception (Support) - 5 kills, 3 missions PROMOTIONRk. Blutiger Engel - 1 kill, 2 missions KIA
Well that could have gone better.