So I started over this week playing again, since I haven't had a very good/reliable interwebs connection anyway. First tutorial I gave my self one of each unit type to experiment with (inf, tank, mek, aero) just to figure it all out again, but in the backdrop of a BCT vs BCT level engagement between my own House Marik (year 3015) and it went totally against Marik, to the point 4 meks 5 tanks and my 1 aero were left alive. I then spun this to be the beginning of my own Merk unit, took those units and purchased a ton of cheap infantry in the case of getting garrison/defend missions, and another aero. 10 years later, I've gained/lossed 41/34 meks, 22/18 tanks, 4/4 aero, 19/14 infantry. A vast majority of those units were salvage, and the infantry were stocked by prisoners who turned to my unit instead of being turned over to Liao. Irony of ironies I now work for Liao and that is the point of this post. I have been threadbare and working hand to mouth for the entirety of this play through, until September 28, 3025 on the planet of Acamar a Fed Sun BCT assaulted my mission area with dropship support on map landed at the outskirts of the city I was defending. Liao sent 1 Lance of med/light along with 5 random tanks and 7 turrets, and the civilians managed to cobble together 4 improvised meks lead by their militia commander in a shadow hawk and a dozen improvised trucks/other things to help. I had 3 operational meks, a Panther, half of a Annihilator that id rolled 5 12's in a row to justify getting, and even then it was missing its right arm. Lastly the hero of the match from the mek side, my AC 20 urbie. I also deployed every infantry unit I had weather they were up to full strength or not, and deployed every vehicle tank or otherwise I had to include my ammo loaders and HQ vehicle. My aero assets were both down due to pilots retiring and my new pilots not arriving in time. The enemy was overwhelmingly powerful, and this fight took place over 3 RL days due to the computer needing a bunch of time to process each move, they had 19 meks, 14 tanks, 5 vtol/rotor, and that dropship (a union). Holy shit was I considering just /surrender for most of this match, my panther was headshot nearly at the start of the fight, I lost both of my assault tanks a Ontos and Partisan, as well as half of my SRM platoons. But this battle swung on turn 26 of 31, when my Annihlator went down with a gyro and 2 engine hits after his CT was stripped bare by a Centurion and Orion, they closed for the kill, when the hero of the match showed up. Those two meks were next to each other, the urbie calmly refused to move and fired into the orion who at this point was fully healthy as I was trying to take out the centurion first, and made the mistake to target the Orion. Through armor crit into the ammo, boom, explosion takes out the Centurion. At this point the center of their line is gone, and I can drive my remaining vehicles alongside the suicidal civilian trucks remaining into their flank and sweep them off, thankfully the Ai retreated their units off the edge starting on turn 30 so I didn't have to spend another 41 turns chipping away at them and losing more stuff. At the end of the fight Liao assessed I was due 45% of the salvage totally nearly 100m, yup, payday finally came. But in my jubilation I failed to notice something, I was dead. I was in the Annihilator and I never got the option to stand up again, due to accumulated pilot hits. My former Daymio commander has taken the lead of the unit for the duration of the contract due to expire in 9 months, but I wont be there to see it along any further, I set up the kill shot that broke the assault and went down AC 10's dry.