Yes it's been a while since my last post. No I'm not dead, nor is this blog. It's been a while since our last game, and a couple of those were one sided horror shows. On Saturday the 21st however, we had a gathering at Bruce Meyer's house in which the Martians got to hand out a little payback for some of the indignities they've suffered at the hands of the colonials.
After being shoved through the passes guarding the approaches to Shastapsh, Martian forces made dawn raid on elements of the British forces preparing to besiege the rebel city. Taking advantage of the misty conditions, Martian troops slipped through two of the passes facing British Imperial troops massing for their siege and assault on the island city. Though pickets were out and active, their efforts to alert troops in their encampments did not lead to a quick response to the Martian advance.
The center British defenses were wholly unprepared by the appearance of a subterranean device. Two armored vehicles befuddled defenders when they emerged from the ground, disgorging two companies of infantry. These troops immediately captured British defenses and engaged infantry as they tried to come on line. Martian combat engineers, the brave "red poles" attacked and severely damaged a British walker and steam tank before their crews could even emerge from their tents. The "mole" infantry appeared to be regular Earth infantry, perhaps Germans, and disrupted British efforts to halt and isolate the Martian attack. Despite one of the vehicles being disabled by British artillery, it is clear these new weapons can have a decisive effect on the outcome of a battle.
Across the valley, to the east, Martian artillery and legionary troops held off furious British efforts to drive them back through the center pass. The action opened with gas fired from the discharger across the canal. These impaired the defense of a company stationed in an advanced position and eventually led to their demise. An attack on legionary troops was stymied when explosive round from lob mortars, also located across the canal demolished a steam tank supporting legions in British service.
All in all it was a difficult day for the defenders. The Martians inflicted serious losses on the Brits and their allies, while losing few troops on their own. In addition to spoiling the upcoming offensive, Martians also damaged, destroyed and captured a considerable quantity of British armaments, including some previously seized by the Brits.
It was a fun game, for me at least. A special thanks to Bruce for providing us with a space to play as well as ably running the moles and their denizens. But a special, special thanks to Mark and Joe Waddington for planning and Game Mastering the scenario.
US Naval War College Museum
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