First of all, don't focus to much on the acctual layout of the map as the saturation zone is 16" across and the deployments are 16" each which means the saturation touches the deployment zones in reality even though the picture tells a different story.
The mission have a special kind of deployment with 16" deep and 12" wide deployments on either side of the table edge.
For this mission it is really important that you cover your back field as Infiltrators can set up in between the two depolyment zones and AD troops can arrive on the back edge or in between by dropping in.
This also means you can deploy your HVT at the back edge if you like as there is a 12" strip in the middle that is more than 4" from your deployment zone.
Next up, missions objectives, Across the center line are three antennas that needs to be activated and in the space in between once deployment zones are a consol that needs to be protected from the opponent.
Getting more activated antennas is worth 4 points and if you alos prevent the opponent from connection your console you have 5 points which should net you a victory. If you need to be sure make sure to complete your classified objective too for 6 points.
The only way to tie in that circumstance is to control the console with their datatracker and have prevented you from connecting their console. That is if they too have completed their classified objective.
For this mission I will focus on infiltration specilists for activation antennas. The bonus to activating antennas in this mission goes to chain of command and as Nomads have none I won't go further into that.
Going second in this mission i by far the better option if you play anything like I do. It mean you can grab the antennas and remove any one controling your consol in the last turn, ensuring a victory.
In this mission I will be looking at Bandit Specialists and Moran Masais for mission completion and then a AD troopers to take full advantage of the open back field.
If I do go for the console in the enemy backfield I will look for smoke to get there or even better eclipse to block everyone. Señor massacre is a favourit of mina and he fits in here too. As does the smoke from the jaguars in his link.
This mission has a much more common deployment in the 12" deep boardwide one. No exlusion zones and no saturation zone.
But just wait there will be a few odd interaction in this one despite its first appearance.
The mission in this one is the tricky part. First lets make the term huntering down clear to everyone. A specialist and lieutenant is concidered hunted down if they are Isolated or Immobilized -1 or -2. Killing the targets doesn't count towards the hunting and even makes it so you cant score that model. Oh Stun does Immobilize-1 instead of stun in this mission.
Furthermore, all models with a pistol gets a stun pistol, all MULTI-weapons get a stun mode and all Veteran/Elite/Headquarter trooprs get and adhesive launcher, meaning that troopers that already have one get another one and thus gets +1B.
This mission also have the lieutenant as open information and doesn't use the loss of lieutenant rule. Furthermore if your lieutenant is in a Null state, isolated or immobilized you designate a new one as per the noremal rules for loosing your lieutenant.
So to score and win this one you need to hunt down more Lieutenants and Specialists. As well as connectiong antennas. Getting four points for more lieutenants makes that a really appealing option. Though it will likely be an hard task. Hunting down more specialists is just 2 points.
For this mission I will look to connect the two antennas and then hunt specialists and do classified unless the lieutenant is really exposed.
Looking through the Army app for Veterans/Elite/Headquarter troops i noticed that Wildcats are veterans and in a link they seem really good. They get an adhesive launcher and a link option. Also if i make my lieutenant a Wildcat he has a BTS of 6 which helps to protect against Isolation.
Intuders are also a great option as they have a profile that already have an ADHL which increases their burst. Our last viable option is Hellcats. With Superior Combat jump and a profile with and ADHL they seem sweet for this. Brigadas are also an veteran option but at 200 points they seem a little to expensive. There are really no MULTI options that stick out to me as really appealing. The Alguacil Sniper is interesting but alas not good enough.
Apart from these options there are also the bandits that have an ADHL already. Even though they don't get another one they are quite good for this mission and any other mission for that matter if you ask me.
Another option that is vital in this mission is an engineer as they can remove both Isolation and Immobilization. This is an even stronger option if you go second as you can strip the effects from your troops in the last turn and ensur you get the desired results.
A special mention has to go out to the Bandit killer hacker as it has and ADHL and can hunt down enemy hackers trying to isolate your troopers.
In short i will be looking at Bandits, Hellcats, Wildcats, Jaguars and the Señor and an Enginner. Seems the list is almost written. Next time i will go into detail on the list i will bring to the event.