"Sarge, I can't go to the LT but I just have to get that cross back. My mom had the cross blessed by the Pope! I know I am gonna die if I don't get it back and she will be pissed. Can you help me please?" [ NPC asks for favor rolled up after last mission and it was Cpl Rendon. that is how we got here thank you very much.]
It appears while the squad was TDY the ANA raided a mosque that has been a strong supporter of Nadim and CPL Rendon's HMG team supported. During the firefight he must have lost the rosary. He swears he knows he left it by a pile of bricks he was using for cover. Sgt McMann suggests to the Lt that the platoon run some patrols by the mosque to ensure everything is quiet and show the populace the goverment is in control. The LT and Capt love the idea. Because McMann knows it is far from quiet he manages to get a cougar APC and several Afgan National Police [ if I had them painted yet] to go and check out the area. Cpl Rendon goes without his team and insists on riding in the turret since he knows why the mission is going.
Sgt McMann Former fisherman Cheery / wealth Avg leader squad morale 10 in his presence. o/w 8/8.
1st FT Cpl Adams Orphaned ranch hand jovial/religious poor leader steady through the tour so far and should be improving to avg soon
2nd FT Cpl Anderson grew up in a mining town poor idealistic/ wealth poor leader drew praise from everyone on his first mission with the squad.
NPC Cpl Rendon team lead of HMG
4 ANA troops because I haven't painted up national police yet. rated 6/6 their job is to check out the mosque which is off limits to the squad.
Mission Patrol Use Grunts Forward blinds chart if you have it but each force add 1 RPG due to cougar.
Board urban with mosque in space 6 and brick pile in space 2.
1. To find the rosary player must spend 1 turn at the brick pile not firering. Make a TQ for Rendon or a D6 TQ for a leader to find.
2. place 4 groups of civilians in area around the mosque.
3. US must actively identify enemy before they can fire if not fired upon first.
4 2 turns after gunfire breaks out the rebels ( or freedom fighters) will receive reinforcements on the next two turns. This is a hotbed area and this represents rebels arriving to the sounds of guns. After that there is a 50% chance of reinforcements each turn using the same chart.
1. half squad no leader 3 guns ( + RPG for all reinforcements) All leaders are poor except on a roll of "6".
2. squad no leader
3 squad with leader
4 squad with leader
5 squad with LMG with leader
6. Toyota truck or RCL
Rebels arrvie via hotspots per FOF.
The Board. Mosque upper center. Brickpile left. I still love Buck's action deck for small arms resolution.
This is the moment of contact between patrols. Unfortunately for the US. The taliban squad is passing civilians so the US can't shoot.
So Sgt McMann hoped this would be easy. Run down to the mosque. Park by the bricks. Let Rendon out to stretch his legs while the ANA walk by the mosque with a FT. Everyone pack up and go home. Of course not! this was the STAN!
Just before they reached the mosque Rendon calls out " Bad guys dead ahead Sarge! There is a lady and kid in there too."
Sgt McMann sees them too. The ANA just pulled up to get out. Sgt McMann decides this is no place to stop now. He orders the driver to race across the square to the brick pile. " Rendon, if you get a clear shot take it."
As the cougar roars past the Taliban rifle bullets ping off the side. A RPG hits Rendon's turret disabling it. Unfortunately there is a commotion in the back and Rendon slumps down in his canvas seat. [ I drew Buck's location of wound card for Combat Patrol and it came back a head wound; seriously. This could change the whole nature of the scenario. And with FOF I don't know how serious it is until next turn. I was almost really starting to sweat. The sign of a good game!] As the cougar arrives at the brick pile Sgt McMann is NOT happy. He has 2nd FT fire at the tali through the windows while Cpl Adams is ordered to take up fiering positions among the bricks. Meanwhile he looks at Rendon.
Rendon's face is full of blood from fragments of something. He has an airway because he won't stop talking. " I knew something bad was going to happen. You have to get that rosary or I am gonna die!" he sobs. [ I rolled a 2- serious wound. Not dead yet!] Now Sgt McMann, a fallen away Catholic, is really spooked. He wrappes the soldiers head in bandages and gives him a pain shot. " You stay hear" he says and leaves the cougar for the brick pile. He remembers there is a saint for lost items but can't remember who it is. He decides to skip the middlemen and thinks, " God, help me find this rosary for Rendon and his mother. Please don't let him die today."
Meanwhile the squad's fire has beaten back the taliban squad and some newcomers who come round looking for trouble. The ANA guys are actually contributing as well. McMann drops to his hands and knees by the pipe and shifts through the dirt with his hands and can't believe it, a rosary!
Sgt McMann takes stock of the situation. He has the rosary and a bleeding Rendon in the cougar that doesn't have a working MG. Taliban fire has slackened considerably but they are in indian country and Rendon is hurt. Before this becomes an extraction he decides it is time to leave.
As he tells Adams to pile into the truck fire breaks out down the street. A technical is firering on the ANA. "Man a MG would be great right now", he thinks.
Turns out the ANA...
As the cougar speeds to the ANA position to tell them to get out of dodge there is movement on the mosque grounds...
Sgt McMann motions to the ANA to get moving as the 2 vehicles race down the street.
Great game that certainly took an unexpected turn when Rendon got wounded. Post game Rendon was not seriously hurt and will only miss one mission. I declared it a draw as the US didn't really get to show their presence in the area very well but Rendon got his rosary back. The Taliban sustained 3 casualties. The squad's confidence remains high but no one's leadership improves because no one did all that much fighting.
Things are being shaken up in the platoon. Sgt Black of second squad was transferred to battalion so Lt Richards has moved Cpl Adams to take 2nd squad with the promise of a promotion to Sgt. While this gives Sgt McMann a steady ally in 2nd squad he now is short a fireteam leader. Up steps PFC Schlact. I told you this was an interesting story...