Nope can't say I have. Sorry people, we've had a family emergency here. My updates will be erratic for this week. Also, we had our second casualty, though not in this mission.
UFO on the ground near Chelyabinsk. It's a heavy, Abductor-class, so we're going in hard. Ready team saddle up. Star, Deathfun, we've got some new stuff for you. Grab the plasmas. Arc Throwers and grenades people. We've got a
Operation Black Grave, Russian Interior, 5:45pm, June 23rd
Deployed: Mongoose "Strobe" (heavy, mission commander), Deathfun "Fabulous"(support), Admiral "Marauder" Ralwood (MEC-2), Euclidean "Spitfire" Geometry (assault), StarSlayer "Tiradora" (sniper), The "Psycho" E (assault)
Strike, Sky, we're down! Go go go!
"Mechtoid and friends at the aft hatch!"
"These guys even design their transports like we do."
"It's aerodynamics and structural engineering. Math doesn't change by species, genius, there's only a few good ways."
"Mechtoid's moving up! Firing!"
"Taking some heat."
"Firing-plasma pistol's got a kick. He's hurting!"
"Contact on a Sectoid. Target down."
"These guys can't hit ****."
"There was a time where the little grey bastards were the scariest thing they had, you realize?"
"For real? Shame it didn't stay that way."
"Dammit, stun failed!"
"Mutons on the right flank, moving up! Got a weird one!"
"Fir-god DAMN it! No hit!"
"Target hit, still up. He doesn't even look hurt much-**** he's coming straight at me!"
"Firing-he's hurt but he's still moving!"
"Miss-HIT! Target's still up, still up! Jesus, he's right on top of us!"
"Trying to crawl up-Target down!"
"Dammit we wanted the little buggers alive, cheaper than building new pistols."
"I'm not getting plasma'd for that. I think the Commander will understand."
"Fir-Oh come ON!"
"Moving up! Missed me, suckers!"
"Euclid, seriously, you've got a deathwish."
"No contact with the target."
"Euclid's hit bad! Vest's flat gone!"
"These guys pack the big guns, be careful people."
"Oh come on goddammit! I'm going to kick the ass of whoever set up these sights!"
"Take it easy trooper, you'll be fine."
"Target hit, still up!"
"I'm hit, still good-****! I've got red lights across the board!"
"Missed the target!"
"Firing-YEAH! Target is history!" 18 damage crit? Why yes, you can oneshot most enemies with the Plasma Sniper Rifle!
"Second Mechtoid and friends."
"He's charging-what the hell is that!?"
"Firing-hit! Target is still up!"
"Ow! Son of a *****!"
"Firing-he's hurt bad but he's still moving!"
"Firing!" That's the second time the "get within four tiles and get reaction-fired" of Close Combat Specialist has saved Euclid from plasmaface syndrome.
"Woah! I'm hit, but not bad!"
"Deathfun, hit me."
"Don't be a dick."
"Target stunned. That ought to make the Commander happy."
"Killing the other one."
"Firing! Target hit! Shield down!" The shield is incredibly resilient, very high natural resists. Unfortunately, when it comes to raw alpha we've already seen that the Plasma Sniper Rifle rolling a crit will tear faces off.
"Popping mist." Restorative Mist subsystem for the MEC-2; it basically acts like an AoE version of the Medikit, but can't stabilize a soldier who's bleeding out.
"Firing! He's hurting, leaking stuff."
"All right, let's see if this HEAT round IronBeer suggested does what it should. ROCKET OUT!"
"Holy ****. It blew a whole straight through his midsection. He's going over."
"Sectoid moving up! Firing! Target is toast. Going to pop my other round of Mist."
"And here's the last one. X-Ray down."
"Okay people, sweep the ship, we're probably looking for an Outsider."
"Moving in! Kill!"
Strike, Central. Sky confirms negative movement. Think you're done.
"Central, Strike, inform IronBeer and Doc Shen the MEC-2 is going to need some serious repairs and have medical standing by."
The Medikits and Mist Cans work. We should have had people out of action for weeks, frankly, but patching them up right away reduced their total downtime. It's still only the second time we've ever had a MEC pilot out of action in sickbay, but it could have been much worse. We took a lot of fire this time, and the Commander's talking about reevaluating procedures.