Location: Laurentian Border Defenses - Buyan Swamp Crossing
The Buyan Swamp Crossing was an insignificant outpost along the Laurentian-Cimmerian border. It was one of the oldest gravel trade roads established between the colony-states, and had long been surpassed by multi-lane highway checkpoints. So it was little surprise that half of the garrison was granted Christmas leave this year, leaving only eight troopers (and two CAT 'bots) defending the border. It had been that way as long as the anyone could remember - certainly it happened every year that the Laurentian communications-technician had been assigned to this backwater.
This year was different.
Half the garrison (the other four-man team) were sleeping inside the bunker; the other half were in the clearing across the road, discussing all the other places they would rather be. Only the CATs were watching the road when the first rocket hit. The comm-tech looked over to see one of their CATs was damaged, and the other firing its own rockets toward a dark, lumbering shape. His team grabbed their carbines and ran to their defensive barricades, and the comm-tech grabbed his datapad and switched on the scanner feed. Before he could see exactly what was happening, he found himself ducking small arms fire from the hill across the barricades.
The data feed went live, and the comm-tech patched in his team. They could finally see what was shooting at them. That initial rocket had been fired from a Cimmerian Battle Walker, which was now trading heavy slugs with their own CATs. The small arms fire was from a four-man Cimmerian fire team sheltered on the rocky hill. Another two teams of Laurentians were double-timing up the road, covered by the heavy weapons of the first team. The comm-tech holstered his pad and grabbed his carbine, focusing his fire on the Cimmerian heavy weapons team. The CAT on their side of the road exploded, and a team of Cimmerians ran straight between his fireteam and their bunker. A smart rocket from the Cimmerian heavy weapons team hit their position, killing one of his teammates. They returned fire, but couldn't hit anything.
The comm-tech attempted to send an alarm signal to the High Command Net. But there was too much interference from the weapons fire, or possibly a minor EMP from the exploding CAT. There were no signs of life from his teammates. He ran as fast as he could, rapidly sending his alarm code as he tried to get out of range. The second CAT ‘bot must have run out of rockets - he saw it jump the barricades and charge the Cimmerian walker. Not a bad robot, thought the comm-tech. He’d have to put it in for a battle honor, assuming there would be enough parts left to find the serial number.
Playing time: 1 hour solo game
Battle outcome: Cimmerian victory - complete wipeout of Laurentian forces. The Laurentians did survive six rounds. Per campaign special rules - long enough to earn a Special Forces reserve unit for the second scenario.