AAR Tantalum 4 - 6.29.13
Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:49 pm
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty7XptNxgIo
The Tantalum Contract 4 After Action Report
by Moondog of NYCAirsoft.com
"It's hot, like Africa hot. Even the lions are saying it's hot"
Torrential rains made June the second wettest on record but the Gods of Airsoft brought the sun out in force lending a truly "African" feel to the 4th Annual The Tantalum Contract. In the game's background story, three rival mining cartels fight for control of Africa's largest deposit tantalum, a rare earth metal vital in the production of cell phones worldwide. Each cartel hires its own army of Private Contractors (mercenaries) to conduct black ops against their rivals.
Three teams were assembled, each supporting a different charity. Anglo Sino Security (A.S.S) in black tops, were playing for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Global Resource Defense enterprises (G.R.D.e) in tan, were playing for The Center for Spectrum Services (an school for autistic children). Kiev Afrikans Secure Holdings (K.A.S.H) in green camo, were playing for Friends of Turkana (an African development charity).
Each army defended an HQ base in wooded, muddy terrain and between them a MOUT area designated the tantalum mine, defended by a small Pan-African Peace Keeper OPFOR team. Their primary mission was to take the mine complex, find a timer box in the mine entrance building and start their team's recording timer. The team that recorded the most time on the box each hour scored the points for possession of the mine. Additional missions were assigned, including V.I.P. protection, and the capturing video of pistol kills and taking out enemy C.O.'s.
The day started with a mini-game to familiarize the players with a new MilSim rule set which included body armor rules and Moondog's Medic Rule. Body armor and hard helmets protected the player from their first BB hit on the accessory. Moondog's Medic Rule allows for players to be 'treated' for a BB hit on their limbs and torso but not 'fully healed'. Treated players could continue to play but with limited mobility or disabled limbs.
K.A.S.H. won the mini-game, earning them the right to first choice of HQ locations. They took the oil platform south of the Mine Complex. G.R.D.e. chose the abandoned UN Compound and K.A.S.H. took over the abandoned medical clinic.
They game started with great intensity. The MOUT complex was hotly contested by all teams. Last year all three teams lost their V.I.P. (a balloon hidden in their HQ) to enemy attacks. This year, with more troops at their disposal, all three CO's positioned more defenders around their HQ's and all three teams' balloons survived unpopped.
As the day dragged on, the heat and humidity took its toll. By 14:00 many players were taking extended breaks at staging to rehydrate or simply call it a day. After taking a poll of the CO's and Embed staff, we decided to end the the scenario at 16:00. The Zulu24 staff held skirmish games in the MOUT field for players who still had the energy to play on.
All three teams managed to win control of the mine for a game period, and one period with no team controlling the mine. The final scores were close with A.S.S. earning 300 points and K.A.S.H. and G.R.D.e. tying with 350 points. A tie breaking pistol duel was held between K.A.S.H.'s and G.R.D.e.'s commanders, Misery and Mr. Spank.
After walking 10 paces, Misery and Mr. Spank turned and engaged each other in the MOUT field. After a furious spray of fire, Misery scored a hit on Mr. Spank's arm and it was over. G.R.D.e was this year's winner of The Tantalum Contract. G.R.D.e players won trophy Tantalum 4 key chains from 1800Nametape.com
A raffle was held with prizes donated by Evike.com including bags of awesome Evike coffee. In a cool twist to the idea of death cards, at the start of the game, each player was issued a fake $100 bill of Ubinda currency. Players could loot wounded enemy for their Ubinda money. At the end of the game each player was issued a free raffle ticket and those looted bills could be turned in for extra raffle tickets.
The Zulu-24 staff held skirmish games in the MOUT field for players who still had the energy to play on. The rest of us enjoyed plates of lechon (Filipino spit roasted pork) catered by Centurion of FilForce. We left the field with full bellies and happy faces.
Thanks to all the players who attended who together helped raise $1000 for charity. Thanks to Evike for supplying some great swag and prizes. Thanks to my wife and kids for handling sign-in. Thanks to the Zulu-24 staff and owners for running chrono and maintaining the best airsoft-only outdoor field in New York.
• 1st Place GRDe: $500 donated to Center for Spectrum Services
• 2nd Place KASH: $250 donated to Friends of Turkana
• 3rd Place ASS: $250 donated to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
I'll leave it up to the players to give us a run down of how the game went for you and your team. I'll collect the best AAR's and include them in my article for Popular Airsoft detailing the game. So please post them with as much character as possible. Please post links to photos or thumbnails.