Okay, we’re in the home stretch now. The fourth Twinfinity mission breakdown is Firefight. Let the bodies hit the floor…
Seven of the Objective Points on Firefight are for killing things. So it’s pretty obvious what your focus should be. Those points can only be awarded to one player, so every point for you is a loss for them. There’s not much need for restraint here, as long as you kill more points than your opponent and keep your LT safe, victory should be yours.
Scoring in Firefight is at the end of the game, with 4 points going to the player who killed more Army Points, 2 Points going to the player that killed more lieutenants, and 1 Point going to the player that kills more Specialists. Nothing is said about ties here, so a tie means neither player gets points. These points are all or nothing and achieving these objectives also denies them to your opponent. There is 1 point available to whoever acquired more items from the panoplies. There are 2 Classified objectives worth 1 point each.
Deployment Area is larger than normal at 16 inches. There is no Retreat, Baggage, or Intelcom in this mission. Not only is there no exclusion zone, the entire game board is a Designated Landing Area, which means “Any trooper with the Airborne Deployment Special Skill can apply a +3 MOD to his deployment PH Roll. This MOD is cumulative with any other MOD provided by any other rule.” It also means that the enemy Deployment Zone is no longer off limits. For this mission, AD troops can come on the board from any table edge. Specialists don’t get any direct bonuses related to scoring, but do get a slight buff on acquiring things from the Panoplies. There are 3 Panoplies on the center line, 12 inches apart from each other.
Panoplies, How Do They Work?
When in contact with a Panoply, a trooper can make a WIP roll. Pass and you can make a roll on the Booty Chart of your choice. Each Trooper cannot use a specific Panoply more than once. If the Trooper has the special skill Scavenger or Booty, they auto pass the WIP roll. If the Trooper is a Specialist, they can roll twice and keep the result they like the best. This means that The Unknown Ranger, Bandits, and Irmandinhos have profiles that get to take advantage of both of these rules, which can be fun (shopping spree!). Panonplies also allow troopers in base contact to reload any spent ammo (Mines, Panzerfausts, Crazy Koalas), by using a short skill.
Going First or Second
Whether you go first or second on this mission is down to personal preference. There isn’t much of a strategic advantage in doing either.
All You Need Is Kill
So, there’s these goodies in the middle of the table and there is definitely the temptation to run up and grab them. What’s more, there is an incentive to go up with a specialist. They can roll twice! You have two rolls to get something game breaking! Two things to keep in mind here.
1. With a couple of possible exceptions, the stuff on the booty table isn’t generally game breaking.
Most of this stuff is useful, but it isn’t really going to fundamentally change the game. Particularly considering the skill set of the type of unit that is going to get to the center of the board. There is the chance that you could grab something really good, like smoke, a motorcycle, or +4 ARM, but most of the stuff is just a nice little bonus.
2. Getting stuff out the Panoplies is not going to win you the game. Having more loot is worth exactly 1 point. However, if that specialist you sent up to grab stuff gets capped, you could lose the point you stood to gain, and remember, you get nothing for a tie on any of the kill related points. If you lose a bunch of guys trying to get more stuff from the Panoplies, you could end up gaining 1 and losing 4.
That being said, the Panoplies are fun! Imagine McMurrough on a Motorcycle, or with ARM 8, or with ODD! So have fun, but remember that the little vending machines in the middle of the table probably won’t win you the game.
This is a tactic that I generally stay away from, but in this mission the LT has a price on his head. So if your opponent is running one of the Sectorials that isn’t too bothered about being decapitated (Morats), you might get lucky and get a an easy shot on his LT. If they are running an obvious LT, like any of the Strategos or Inspiring Leadership profiles they’ll likely be expecting you to come after them anyway. Assassinating Specialists and Lieutenants get you (or your opponent) points, so things like Fidays and TO Camo infiltrators can be well worth taking in this mission.. I would be wary about putting too much effort into this with the rest of your list, though. Kill points are still worth more.
Watch Your Back, Jack
AD Troops can walk on from any board edge and have a considerably better chance of making a combat jump with the +3 modifier from Designated Landing Area. Make sure to keep your models positioned in ways that will give them AROs to any troops dropping in behind them. Since coming in is a full order, any AD troop will have to survive an unopposed shot if a model can react. That’s something most players will decide is not worth the risk. Give your opponent an opening though, and you could be in for a short, unpleasant game.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be Special
It might be tempting to try to deny your opponent the single point for killing Specialists by not taking any Specialists. I think this is a mistake. There are 2 classifieds for the taking, so even if you secure the HVT, you’ll likely have given up a point to deny your opponent a point. It’s also worth noting that Specialists are useful. A doctor or engineer can bring your unconscious models back, denying those kill points to your opponent. So while I wouldn’t take them just to loot the panoplies, I wouldn’t be afraid to take them if they fit your list.