This was my first game of “This is not a Test”. My friend chose to take control of an Enclave patrol ready to bring the wastelanders back under control of the government.
I went with the scourge of the wastes; raiders =)
Enclave Zeta Patrol
- Lord Reclaimer, power armor, plasma rifle, light weapon, marksman, motivator, resourceful
- 3 Seekers, assault rifles, hazmat suits
- 2 Excavators, 2x light weapon, valkyr (berserker brew)
- Heal-o-matic, clever, medic
The enclave has access to technology not available to the normal denziens of the wastes. I choose to make them a Reclaimer warband to give them good access to high tech gear. The leader is incredibly resilient in his power armor, and with marksman and a plasma rifle, he can lay the hurt down from range. If he is cornered, a light weapon (his armored fists) and power armor ensures that only the most serious melee opponents can hurt him.
Three seekers with assault rifles add to the plasma rifle to ensure domination over the shooting phase.
The two excavators are expendable and help keep annoying melee combatants occupied so the guns can sort them out.
The Heal-o-Matic helps ensure that there is less chance of valuable team members dying.
- Warlord, chainblade, light weapon, heavy metal armor, compound bow, psycho (berserker brew), motivator, strong point, spring heeled
- Sawbones, rifle, medic
- 5 Wreckers, 2x light weapon, psycho
- 2 Wreckers, spear, psycho
- Wrecker, heavy weapon, psycho
The raider warband follows the opposite design from the Enclave. 8 drugged up wreckers with various weapons make up the bulk of the forces. With numerical superiority, they can afford to take some casualities on the way in. When they manage to close with the enemy, superior numbers and scary close combat ability should make life rough for their victims.
The Warlord takes melee skill almost to perfection, and has decent protection with his heavy metal armor. He must play it smart to not get gunned down on the way in though.
The Sawbones provides some ranged support, and can get early casualities up and running again, adding to the swarm feeling of the list.
The warbands were made based on figures I have, but I also wanted to test different approaches to the game, one ranged heavy and one melee heavy to see how well the game handled the balance between them.
Rumors of a city buried under the sands of the wastelands have circulated in the wastelands for years. The wealth of relics from an entire un-looted pre-war city could make new kings and warlords in the wastes. Many loners and stalker groups have ventured out in search of this mythical city, few have returned, and over the years, more and more people thought it was merely a myth.
It was only very recently, after a dust storm raging for weeks that the myth of Atlantis, the city under the sand, was proven to be true. The immense winds moved the desert and uncovered large parts of the buried city. The jagged skyscrapers could be seen miles away. The jagged buildings worked as beacons on the factions of the wastes. Raiders, stalkers, the brotherhood and more have started the perilous journey into the wastes in search for riches and power.
From the safety of an underground bunker, a new faction decided it was time to rise; the Enclave, the last remains of the pre-war government. The expected immense horde of relics of the past could not be trusted to the miscreants above. Heavily armed, a patrol has made their way near the city to find and secure relics.
An army research office in the outskirts of the buried city is their primary target. However, another group has also made it to the city; the Reavers.
The raiders deployed first and took advantage of their large numbers to threaten all three sides of the field.
The enclave deployed tightly together near the red building.
The raiders quickly moved up the field and got in position to take four of the objectives. The enclave moved up more timidly. Under the influence of psycho, Motorhead, the wrecker with a heavy weapon, went into a rage when he spotted the cowardly enemy. He charged straight at them, revving his chainsaw and screaming obscenities. As he vaulted a trashed car, he stopped and screamed at his enemy. Perturbed, the Enclave soliders hesitated for a few seconds before reverting to their training and gunning the lunatic down.
His sacrifice did slow the Enclave patrol down however, and the raiders grab 4 pieces of pre-war tech while under fire.
Fearing that the relics will go into the hands of savages, the Enclave leader sends his Valkyr junkies into the office building to fight bloody hand to hand combat with the raiders. The fighting is brutal, but it gives the Enclave enough breathing room to go for a relic. The Enclave commander also gets in position to defend the eyebot that unfortunately had a malfunction just as it reached the relic.
While the junkies fight for their lives, the seekers fire into the swirling melee, luckily managing to take out a raider and no junkies.
Below the Enclave commander, his Valkyr junkies are outnumbered and outmatched by the raider horde. The warlord himself smashes one of the junkies into a wall and roars a challenge to the power armored man. Two raiders even scale the floor and assault the commander himself.
The commander fights the raider savages with his bare knuckles while his seekers move away from the screaming psycho´s coming closer and closer. Jamming weapons at the wrong time allows the raider leader to catch one of them, sawing the man in two.
It looks dark for the Enclave patrol, but their tactical training allows them to fight on, and when the raider warlord goes down under a hail of lead, the tide turns. The commander powers through the two raiders assaulting him, the eye-bot comes back online, and from a high vantage point, the seeker sergeant manages to keep the raiders of his buddy at the ground.
Their numbers quickly dwindling and with 5 out of 6 pre-war items in their possession, the raiders go on the defensive, going prone and hiding from the superior firepower of the Enclave patrol. The patrol takes advantage of the pause in the fighting to pull out of the sticky situation with their one pre-war item and their casualties, leaving the field to the raiders.
It ended in a raider win, although the Enclave turned the game around from the very bleak start, the raider´s ability to quickly grab VP locations sealed the deal.
However, when you look at the casualties, it is less clear who really won 🙂
The Enclave manages to find a working set of power armor and a lot of cash. One seeker dies, sawed in half by the raider warlord, while both junkies make it. With the money made, the Enclave buy an arbitrator and LMG to step into their new power armor and bring in a new seeker.
Two raiders die from their wounds. With the funds gained from selling off the pre-war items, the raiders also buy a heavy weapons trooper. This guy gets a rocket launcher and combat armor, ready to hunt power armored enemies. They also hire a raider with a rifle and a new wrecker.