Valkyria Chronicles: Showdown at Naggia (1)
I didn't get a chance to work on this battle last week. My first try at it failed, but I always need to try it once just to see what the map is like. It's kinda fun watching all my heroes die in valorous ways, only to bring them back to life with a L)oad.
Like my first attempt, I took the first camp with Rosie, then brought Alicia and Hannes around as backup. Preparing the way with Alicia's grenade thrower, we moved into the next camp in the next two moves, which put our tanks in the field — and fielded the enemy Valkyrur.
The Valkyrur is all too well known for blasting apart Gallian tanks — which she demonstrated on the battlefield. With her on the field, I would have to win immediately or not at all.
After several failures — dozens (save/load/load/load/load…) — I blew up the heavy tank in the distant base camp with one armor piercing shell to the radiator, then used a remaining move to fire some Isara smoke at the anti-tank gun and move into its shadow so that neither the anti-tank gun nor the Valkyrur could see the Edelweiss. (From experience, they would blow them up if they could on their move. Save/Load/Load/Load….)
The fourth move was a fairly by-the-books taking of the base camp, with Alicia once again leading off with her grenade launcher to open the way for Rosie and Hannes to kill off the other defenders and take the camp.
I missed the enemy ace at the camp I did not take. I only noticed him once the tanks were on the field, and by then it was just a race to take the enemy base before the Valkyrur or the ATC ended the game for me.
In the epilogue, the event I'd been anticipating since I learned about Alicia's heritage happened. Even though we technically won our part of the battle, the suicidal rush to end the war with one decisive victory failed.
But, now we have a Valkyrur of our own… and ours is stronger than theirs.