First step is shift captured loot at the various bases to the bases that specialise in the respective weapons, and sell off stuff we don't need. This doesn't raise a lot of cash.
Once the last batch of power suits are ready, I commission 10 more. I send two power suits over to Orchard.
The Fireworks interceptor launches when a very small UFO is spotted flying away from the base. However the small scout is too fast and the Fireworks Interceptor falls behind. As the UFO nears Orchard, the Orchard interceptor takes over. The UFO speeds away on its western heading and bounces around once it nears the coast.
While twiddling my thumbs at my desk watching the interception take place on the big screen, one of the staff sidles up to me and whispers something in my ear - which promptly turns beetroot red.
It was the Orchard Skyranger that launched. This slight oversight is quickly rectified - luckily it was early into the launch and the UFO's heading back to Orchard.
On contact the UFO evades the first Avalanche volley by escaping at the last moment. Once out of intercept range, the UFO turns north and start flying at very high speed and vanishes once it reaches the vertex that marks the exact north most point of the globe. The interceptor is sent home.
Later that evening another very small UFO is spotted near Fireworks. Fireworks' interceptor goes for it.
During the interception a breakthrough in the labs has the Mind Probe available for use. Research then concentrate on the Flying Suit. Mind probes at all three assault bases are put onto their respective Skyrangers.
A double strike with Avalanches destroy the small scout.
A few days later the Power Suit batch is completed. Half of them are then shipped to Fireworks. Manufacture then starts working on 20 suits of Personal Armour. With the Flying Suits being researched, we may as well conserve the exotic materials and concentrate on the mass production armour for now.
Several more days pass and Orchard's Hyperwave decoder is completed. The old Large Radar is taken down. As the HWD is built off the Small Radar, it's left where it is.
Watchpost-1 spots a Small UFO. Moments after the Watchpost Interceptor leaves to attack, the Orchard HWD picks up a Muton Terror Ship on an infiltration mission to South America. It's flying in from Africa.
Watchpost-1's interceptor knocks down the Large Scout with two well placed Avalanche missiles. It then bears towards the Terror Ship.
Fort. Cannon's Interceptor heads out to assist with the Terror Ship takedown while Orchard's Skyranger plots a course for South America.
Watchpost-1's interceptor makes contact with the Terror Ship and starts its attack right away. One volley of missiles hit, the second miss. Now out of ammo Watchpost's interceptor returns to base.
The Fort. Cannon interceptor gets into firing range and fires all of its missiles and takes down the Terror Ship.
The Orchard Skyranger arrives with the dawn and touches down by the Terror Ship.
Equipment is shuffled about accordingly.
The Skyranger's landed in jungle terrain and is pinned between the western edge of the map and the Terror Ship. Just to the undergrowth to the north there is a Muton soldier and a Celatid.
Now not to get into a repeat performance of what happened last time, I concentrate on getting the smoke grenades deployed. Also unusual for me, I'm having one dropped inside the Skyranger as well as at the base of the ramp. Lucky for me the Muton's not looking straight into the Skyranger, so it doesn't react to one of the smoke grenades being thrown out the back. To be on the safe side the one inside the Skyranger is simply dropped to the ground rather than thrown.
Soldiers in the middle of the Skyranger prime their grenades. A risky move to be making at this stage, but will be useful.
The smoke grenades worked, no attacks into the Skyranger. Door noises in the Terror Ship.
Bad side effect of all the smoke is the enemies to the north are obscured as well.
(There are two Mutons in the above screenshot)
Marc Luget drops down the east side of the ramp and something from behind flies past him. When he gets off to the side a Muton is spotted near the forward landing gear. Helga Brehme puts the Mind Probe to use and discovers it's a Muton Soldier and it can no longer fire back. Hefty health on the thing though.
Scott Sharpe descends the west side of the ramp and spots another Muton past the front landing gear. Helga passes the Mind Probe to Emile Gaudin. The new target is identified as a Muton Navigator. Can't fire back either.
Scott kneels and fires a Plasma Pistol burst into the nearest Muton. Two of three rounds hit. Marc steps outs and does two bursts with his laser pistol. Only a few rounds hit but this kills the Muton. Both back up into the smoke behind them as best they can.
Jean Bussiou steps off the west side of the ramp, kneels and fires a burst from his plasma pistol. Two rounds hit.
Norris Krumpet (distant relative of the late Norton Krümpet) walks down the east side, kneels and fires a laser pistol burst into the Navigator. The first shot connects and kills it, the last two shots fly off into the distance.
Mariko Iwasaki heads to the bottom of the ramp, kneels and throws her pre-armed alien grenade roughly towards where the last two aliens were seen to the north.
Either Mariko or Spencer Miller react to something that moves into the smoke cloud.
It's a celatid. Full health so the shot must've missed.
From inside the Skyranger, Neil Stewart empties his laser pistol into the kidney bean. One or two rounds connect while the other four shots scorch earth. Spencer Miller fires a burst and one round hits. Karin Berger fires but hits absolutely nothing.
Marc Marcelle points his Plasma Pistol and the first round kills the Celatid.
Down below, Scott Sharpe spots a Muton just standing outside the Terror Ship western entrance.
Jean Bussiou, who can see the Muton and is kneeling and hasn't moved yet, does the honours. Nine rounds later, only one round connected. However it was a very good hit, as a probe reveals the Muton has lost two thirds of its health.
Norris, who is protected by the edge of the UFO hull, tosses his primed alien grenade around the corner and it lands a tile away from the soldier. Scott meanwhile backs up into the smoke.
The alien grenade kills the Muton, but another Muton steps out the door and kills Norris instantly with one shot. Right in the chest with a Heavy Plasma. It walks back inside.
My avatars don't live long even when granted Power Suits. Mainly glad he didn't have any other primed explosives on him or his other friends nearby would've been hurt bad.
Spencer gets down to replace Norris and spots a Silacoid. Given its range, it's deemed unimportant at this stage as there is a more dangerous target around the corner.
Neil Stewart walks down the ramp, and completely ignoring the fact there's recoverable loot by the door, he throws a High Explosive onto the other side. It's a gamble - if Norris' killer is still outside, it'll bang it about a bit. If it's inside - then tough luck.
The gamble was a success! It kills the Muton instantly.
Another Silacoid pops out the UFO and a couple of soldiers with laser pistols harass it as well as the other one in the distance.
Marc (Luget) , Marc (Marcel) and Mariko head into the scrub to the north to see if they can track down the remaining of the two targets we saw at the beginning. They can't see anything, so it must've moved to the east.
Rather than keep them visible to what ever's coming around the corner of the Terror Ship, Scott and Jean head back around the Skyranger ramp and gather behind Neil Stewart.
Kenji Yamazaki and Karin Berger head out of the Skyranger to add to the firepower.
The Silacoid by the door peeks around the corner and is greeted with a few laser beams. It runs back.
Behind the Terror Ship (or front?) a floating kidney beam is spotted in the foliage.
The Silacoid by the door is still visible around the corner.
Marc Marcelle spots the Celatid. He kneels and kills it on the first hit from a burst from his Plasma Pistol.
Someone by the Skyranger reacts to something in the jungle to the south.
Now a Muton is standing next to the Silacoid by the west door. This is only a guess, but it's carrying a small launcher. Whatever it is, the Muton Soldier has no ability to fight back.
Neil Stewart does two bursts on it. One shot hits the Muton, one shot misses but hits the Silacoid.
Karin Berger, who is quite some distance away (having moved close to the Marc, Marc, Mariko team to provide them long range support), fires a very wild burst in the Mutons general direction. Everyone in Neil's team that are within her wide firing arc flinch and cross their fingers as a second burst narrowly misses them. Luckily the very last shot hits the Muton and kills it.
A plasma bolt is fired - but it's hard to tell in which direction or who fired it. The next few attacks are clearly at the Silacoid by the door.
Mariko, Kenji and the 2 Marcs start a wide sweep of the belt of jungle in front of the Terror Ship. We definitely know there's one Muton Soldier with a Heavy Plasma out there - we just can't find it.
Something kills Spencer, who was kneeling right beside Neil.
A Muton Soldier is spotted standing on the Muton Navigator that we killed earlier (just under the target cursor). It cannot fire back so we attack! Karin, who I really shouldn't be trusting with long range fire support, fires a burst and two snaps and doesn't hit at all.
Scott Sharp fire his Plasma Pistol on auto twice and snap once. Two rounds hit. Kenji backs up to get a clear shot and tries an aimed shot with his plasma pistol. A miss. Jean fires an auto shot with his Plasma Pistol and on the third shot takes the Muton down.
Mental note: I think we need to buy a few Proximity mines.
Turn ends - nothing but a door sound is heard.
Mariko's team, rejoined by Kenji continue their advance.
Emile Gaudin, who so far has been chit-chatting in the Skyranger with Helga, heads out to bolster Neil's team.
Emile grabs the late Norris' laser pistol and discards his conventional pistol - which was only really for show.
Time to move Neil's team. Jean and Karin head to the west side of the Skyranger to do a wide circuit around the Terror Ship doors. Neil, Emile and Scott advance their positions a few steps. Neil kneels.
Mariko's team around the back advance a few paces as well. Due to heavy foliage, Mariko and one Marc head around the undergrowth and Kenji and the other Marc head the other way.
A Muton walks out of the jungle to the south and opens fire on Neil. Not sure if it hits, but Neil retaliates and all of his laser pistol shots hit and stun the Muton.
The Silacoid pops around the corner and Emile, who really shouldn't have had enough time to do anything at this stage, manages to zap it once.
Mariko's Marc fires on a Celatid that appears at the east corner of the Terror Ship.
Uncertain of where the Celatid went, Kenji throws his alien grenade next to a Rafflesia by the corner of the Terror Ship.
Time to deal with that Silacoid. A scan shows that it's undamaged, so it may be silacoids - as I'm pretty certain some damage was done to the one that was moving in and out of the corner.
Jean Bussiou empties his Plasma Pistol, one round hitting. Karin is a bit more successful this time and lands two out of six laser pistol rounds. The silacoid remains upright. Since he's literally a few paces away from it Emile fires nine laser pistol rounds into it, and the few that manage to hit knock the Silacoid out.
Jean reloads his Plasma Pistol
Kenji's grenade explodes.
I was right, another Silacoid wobbles in and out of the corner.
The Silacoid's uninjured. Jean fires one warning shot at it and backs out of view.
Mariko and the nearest Marc find their passage blocked by the foliage, so they rejoin Kenji and the other Marc.
Karin does an impressive series of attacks on a Muton that pops around the corner, and is followed up by a couple of rounds from Neil. Most of the attacks miss but a few hits find their mark.
Helga identifies it as a Muton engineer. Minor damage and can't fight back. Expanding smoke appears to have blocked Jean and Karin from visually seeing it. Jean lands two of three Plasma Pistol rounds on it, and Karin kills it with the first of three rounds.
Jean gets up and advances one step and can now see the Silacoid around the corner. We'll leave it alone.
Mariko, Kenji and the two Marc's advance but can't spot their Celatid. It must've fled south. Either way, Mariko and one Marc throw alien grenades ahead to flatten the foliage.
Only one of the grenades goes off. Wonder if one was unprimed? Either that or it was too close to the other one. Oh well.
Two Silacoids appear in front of Neil's team followed by an impressive light show from pretty much everyone. As impressive as it was, it doesn't take down either of the silacoids.
Jean can see one of the Silacoid, and Helga reports that it is down to 8 hitpoints. Karin leapfrogs around Jean and spots the other one. Both are left alone.
Kenji and the nearest Marc arm alien grenades while Mariko and her Marc head for the clearing they made.
The silacoids start moving about and a hail of bullets rain down on it from various angles. One of them dies.
At this stage I'm wondering if one of the silacoids was the one that fell unconscious earlier.
Not taking any nonsense from nature, Marc Luget (the chap on the left edge of the screen) throws his grenade into the wilderness beyond.
The grenade promptly blows up nature.
Karin appears to have wandered too far and is spotted by a Muton standing immediately outside the west doors. On the bright it's Karin that's on the offensive and blasts the Muton with a laser beam. It runs back inside the ship.
The camera moves a little further along momentarily before it goes back to the door where the silacoid makes its move and Neil and co. open fire on it.
One of the Mutons shot earlier has woken up. Helga says it has 12 hitpoints (and 11 stun). Scott puts and end to it.
Karin and Jean each do an auto round from their guns on the Silacoid at the corner. Each only land one shot on it, but that'll do. Emile empties 12 laser rounds into it, with 4 hits, but it still stays up. Scott finishes it off with 2 of 6 plasma pistol rounds.
Marc probably didn't have to destroy the undergrowth on the last turn as the Celatid is spotted right by the corner of the eastern door. Marc fires 9 rounds and all miss but one. But that one was enough to kill the giant kidney. Please with himself, he gets out of view.
Turn ends, and a door opens.
Karin takes a few steps and spots a seemingly unarmed Muton by the door. Helga's analysis shows it's a half dead soldier. Karin sprays it ineffectually with light and runs back beside Jean.
Scott leaves Neil's side and makes way to join Karin and Jean.
Two Marcs, Mariko and Kenji advance down the east side of the Terror Ship. Marc remarks about how much damage the ground in front of the Terror Ship has sustained thanks to the Silacoids.
Two shots are fired but no one saw where they were or who they were being fired at.
Karin spots a Celatid. Neil's team and Mariko's team, each on either side of the Terror Ship, have clear line of fire to it.
Kenji fires 9 rounds but only 1 shot strikes its mark with most of them flying wide or hitting foliage.
Emile fires his laser pistol and takes it down on the first hit.
Both teams on either side of the Terror Ship start their slow crawl to the front of the ship.
Marc "I love Nature" Luget throws a grenade into the bushes to the south.
Mariko was kneeling in just the right position to land three laser pistol rounds on a Muton that steps out of the nearest door.
Karin and Scott do a scan over the bushes to the south of them and it looks clear. Jean, Emile and Neil are now in good positions to cover their nearest door.
Kenji moves closer to Mariko to help watch over the door.
A Muton steps out of the door and fires a plasma rifle at Mariko. One round hits, but doesn't kill her. She responds with several laser rounds.
An unarmed Muton steps out of the door closest to Neil's team and gets back inside without any fuss.
A Muton Soldier panics.
The magic turn hath arrived.
Mariko's lightly injured and has 1 wound. She gets up and walks over to Marc, who heals the wound. The two rush to the side of the UFO for cover.
The other Marc, who is on the eastern edge of the map, primes a 1 turn alien grenade and lands it by the door.
Scott does one last check of the bushes near him, and happy that they're clear, starts moving to the east. Karin, ahead of him, moves in that direction as well.
The Muton that shot Mariko (now unarmed?) walks out the door and back in again.
The unarmed Muton at the other entrance does the same stunt, but Jean fires one round into its back.
A Muton soldier panics.
The grenade that Marc set to 1 turn goes off - hopefully clipping that Muton that just stepped outside.
Mental note: We need motion scanners.
Neil and co slowly circle around their doorway while Scott and Karin continue to head east. And just to save time, Karin throws her alien grenade into the dense foliage ahead.
Kenji, and the two Jeans start to slowly circle around their door. Mariko joins them as she isn't too badly injured, but will have to keep further back.
The Muton with the plasma rifle on the eastern door pops out and throws a grenade and heads back inside. An unarmed Muton beside it steps out and steps back in again.
Back at the west door, another Muton pops out and goes back in again, and is shot in the back by Jean.
The grenade goes off.
No one died from the attack, but Kenji took the brunt of it. He's hurt bad. Marc is slightly injured but no wounds. The other Marc at the end is unscathed.
Kenji runs by Marc, who pulls out his medikit and heals Kenji's 3 wounds as he's passing by. This brings Kenji back to nearly 50% of his health - he was very frail to begin with.
The two wounded men then rush back to the side of the Terror Ship. Mariko arms a 1 turn alien grenade and lands it by the door, then rushes off to join the other two. The other Marc gets up and heads south.
More general movement from Neil's team and Scott and Karin continue their eastern trek through the jungle. Karin's and Scott have nearly linked up with Mariko's team.
A navigator panics, a soldier goes berserk. The unarmed Muton at the west door does its usual stunt and Jean responds as usual. This time it falls.
Mariko's grenade explodes and only hits the closed doors.
Both doors are surrounded by soldiers.
Turn ends and a repeat of the last turn occurs, navigator panics, unarmed muton steps outside. The only difference this time is Scott Sharpe reacts to it. I didn't see if the round hit the Muton or the floor.
The cordons around both door are tightened.
A Muton soldier panics and one steps outside the Terror Ship from the eastern door.
The idiot stayed outside! Good for us.
Kenji, who so far hasn't really had a lot of luck, jumps past the corner and kills the Muton with his plasma pistol. It only took the first shot to take it down, so Scott's earlier shot must've hit it in the back.
Another Muton walks out the eastern door and a navigator panics.
Two in a row? I let Helga scan it and it's navigator and it's down 2 thirds of its health. Morale above 50 so it probably wasn't the one that panicked.
I let Kenji have another stab at it. This Navigator proves to be sturdier than the last one. It takes four rounds into the side just to take down.
Everyone slowly advance on the doors.
With both doors secured, it's time to assault the interior. Jean and Emile stand on both sides of the western door. Karin and Kenji on the east.
Emile, Jean and Neil and breach the western door. On his way Jean spotted a dead Muton that appears to have swallowed a plasma rifle clip. He blinks for a moment and decides not to think too hard about it. Must be some crazy alien religious thing.
Over at the west door Karin is the first to rush in. She spots a plasma rifle on the floor. Kenji rushes in after her - but immediately backs out when he realises he's carrying a live alien grenade. Marc (Marcelle) replaces him. Scott moves up to the doors.
Marc moves further into the UFO and sees a silacoid in the remains of the engine room. He decides to ignore it.
A misclick has Emile rush into the engine room and he finds himself sandwiched between two silacoids. He is in quite a pinch now!
Jean and Neil come to his aid and attack the nearest Silacoid. Jean drops the Silacoid, but only stuns it.
Both Marcs, Karin, Kenji and Scott open fire on the other one. Thanks to two walls that remained standing, many of the shots were blocked by it and the Silacoid is only peppered by some of the rounds. Helga says only a few more rounds should take it down, but no one else can fire on it and Mariko's too far away to assist.
Fingers crossed, Emile throws his fate to the winds.
The Silacoid mauls Emile viciously.
Emile brushes some dust off his shoulder, points his laser pistol into the things mouth - or in what he guesses to be a mouth. It takes four rounds to succumb. Emile then steps into the lift and spots something above. Helga checks it's a Muton soldier.
Marc and Marc file into the space that's normally a northern passage around the engine room. The ladies head the other way. Kenji and Scott stay where they are to watch for anything that may drop from the lofts above. Neil and Jean do the same on their end.
Emile points his laser pistol up the lift and squeezes the trigger. Two rounds hit the Muton in the possibly-non-existent-unmentionables and this knocks it out cold.
A message appears saying that all aliens captured during this mission die because there's no room in the cafeteria fridge. This is followed by a message informing that there isn't enough equipment to rearm the Skyranger. On checking Orchard's stores before saving, the Plasma Pistol Clips are all exhausted and there's only 3 spare Alien Grenades left.
Save for the next commander.
NKF - finally built a gaming PC in 2020 (though not any of that RGB nonsense). Can now play games up to '89!