Early morning in Aeterna... darkness lay still over the city. Rapier Squad, after having fought off a Kroot horde, set up camp in territory known be claimed by Sturmm. Waiting for further orders, Corintus ordered the squad's vehicles parked just outside the garrisoned buildings.
Lieutenants Lomm and Bastdorff led the patrol around the square. Together with troopers Locke, Asp and Phelan, they kept their eyes open for a possible Sturmm incursion. Rapier's vehicles were important, in order to get them home again. Sturmm would realize this.
The first rays of light appeared on the horizon, as a muffled cry failed to stir Lomm's patrol. Nevertheless, two troopers on patrol were snatched from the shadows and quickly - and silently - put down. The assault had begun.
Their first obstacle overcome, squad Sturmm moved in towards the objective. With their heavy loadout, they weren't planning on staying hidden for long. But the silent takedown of the first two sentries gave the rest of the squad hope that they'd make it far, without getting detected.
Bastdorff, flexing the muscles in his big arms, was patrolling the tall building. As he casually turned a corner, he suddenly stood face to face with Sergeant Barbie, in all her ugly glory.
"RAISE THE ALARM!" he cried as he back down immediately and cracked off a few warning shots to warn his comrades.
Within a moment, the off-duty part of Rapier Squad burst out of the garrisoned buildings, ready to with any thread. Corintus started barking orders:
"Set up a base of fire at the square. Don't let them come close. Fire at will!"
Sturmm grinned as he realize their cover had already been blown. Who cares about stealth?
"KILL THEM ALL!" he yelled at his troops, who instantly opened fire as they advanced towards the square.
Commissar Gaius, with the Ogryn in front of him, swung around one of the buildings used by Sturmm to advance. They would outflank the enemy and drive him towards the firing line on the square.
Longus jerked his head back and led out a deafening roar as he gunned down one of Sturmm's heavy machinegunners. The rest of the troops did not wait to be gunned down and started moving towards the centre of the battlefield.
All hell broke loose as Sturmm's men approached the square. Corintus was in the middle of his line, yelling orders. Then a hail of fire washed over him and he ducked for cover. When he looked up, several of his men lay wounded on the ground. Gripping his bolter tighter, he started screaming: "COME ON, YOU BASTARDS!!"
A stray shot knocked him down, out of the fight. Cadians kept dropping left and right, while Sturmm advanced.
To the north, Gaius took a bullet to the chest and slumped to the ground. Grabbing the Commissar by his elegantly decorated collar, Longus dragged his superior from the battlefield. With only Doc Argo and Specialist Brand remaining, the trio retreated from the field, the vehicles lost to Sturmm.
Another victory for Sturmm!
It's not fair, I'm telling you. You see, Sturmm is the guy who rolls so many snake eyes, he's on the RSPCA's black list. A true tormentor of snakes. But today? Today all he rolled was critical hits, I'm telling you.
This game was one-way traffic from the start. Sturmm took out two of my sentries without raising the alarm. When it was raised, I had to position my men. No matter where I put them, in how much cover... they were all head-shotted to death! X_X
In return, Sturmm suffered NO casualties! GAH!
So with 9 out of my 12 models down, I had no choice but to retreat (I could have retreated a turn earlier... but I lost like 3 or 4 models that last turn, and did nothing in return. It could have been different, if I had just made a few kills!).
The Post-Battle Sequence added insult to injury. My flamer TLGT was captured by Sturmm, who was kind enough to return him to me after I paid him a hefty sum (still better than losing your officer and all his gear). My boss was robbed (I did not dare to re-roll that one this time, after screwing it up so badly last time...).
In the end, though, I only lost a single recruit: the rest of my men survived! Phew... that could have been alot worse. Still, my Captain switch has not done me any good, so far. I have yet to win a game against Sturmm with this squad! THE HUMANITY!
I hope you enjoyed this report, I'm afraid it will be the last for a while: I'm moving houses, we've got the holidays AND I'm going to take a closer look at Infinity (but if I end up playing that with painted models, I'll post a report).