|An overview of the map and the mission. This is my first run through of the mission outside the editor and at Regular difficulty.|
|Inbound in the chopper. Our ingress route is up a valley from the sea and the LZ is masked from the enemy positions by a hill. Unfortunately, this puts us a bit of a hike away from where we need to attack.|
|My squad disembarks and assembles.|
|Our first task is to move to the old LZ up the road that has been designated as our Objective Rally Point. The Rally Point is about halfway to the objective.|
|I start the squad out moving quietly with an order to hold fire. I don't want to alert the enemy to our presence before I have to.|
|My squad moves toward the objective in wedge formation. I've changed our behavior to "aware" from "stealth." I don't expect contact yet and we need to get moving.|
|It'll be dawn soon. We're only about 70 meters short of the rally point and I'm getting cautious. Such an obvious landmark in view of the enemy OP is bound to be under some sort of observation.|
|Before Red Team took out the enemy Recon team leader, we lost one KIA.|
|The dead enemy recon team leader.|
|Team White providing overwatch for Team Red as they move toward the next waypoint. The ridgeline hides us from the OP.|
|Team White and my character on the crest of the ridgeline, overlooking the valley I intend to move across. Now that I'm here I can see that we can be observed from the objective. I should probably re-evaluate my route.|
|Before I have a chance to plan an alternate approach I spot an enemy MRAP on patrol. Armed with a heavy machine gun, this guy could be big trouble for my squad.|
|Red Team, which has the majority of the heavy weapons moves into a position where they too can see the MRAP. I quickly give the order to fire and our AT gunner takes out the vehicle with a well place missile!|
Despite my whinging about the super-accuracy of the enemy troops, getting shot was my own fault. I was in an exposed position and attracted attention to myself rather than commanding the squad correctly to build fire superiority over the enemy troops. That's an important lesson to remember. Combined with learning about the editor I'll count this scenario as a success even if I never do complete it as a Regular.
Update: I've made this mission available through the Steam Workshop for friends. If you want to give it a try let me known via my Steam account: demiller.