|THE HUMAN TORCH AND MISTER FANTASTIC FACE THE BRUNT OF DOCTOR DOOM'S ATTACK|
"The story so far… The Cosmic Cube has mysteriously appeared within a derelict suburb of New York City. The Fantastic Four want to take it into safe-keeping, but Doctor Doom intends to seize the cube for his own nefarious plans. Accompanied by three Doombots, the Latverian Monarch has therefore already launched a devastating attack upon Reed Richards and Johnny Storm..."
|THE TABLETOP - A RUN DOWN PART OF NEW YORK CITY|
With a loud bellow of "It's Clobberin' Time!", The Thing charged into Doctor Doom, using his additional pace to buckle the plating of the medieval-looking monarch's armour [Attack: 5 + 2 dice for the Charge]. The "skilled sorcerer" was ordinarily had to hit due to his armour's augmentation [Heavy Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 5 or 6], and his "elaborate schemes" [Stupefy: Opponent's are -1 Attack/Shoot when fighting this model]. But the sheer formidability of Ben Grimm's assault meant that Victor Von Doom suffered two wounds.
Sensing her husband's plight, Sue Storm-Richards stopped trying to whittle down her opposition with force field projectiles and headed towards Objective Three (Cosmic Cube). Mister Fantastic headed west towards the abandoned vehicle in order to get his elastic fists into range of the evil doctor's Doombots [Short Range Shoot: 2 dice]. Meanwhile the Human Torch attempted to melt the mechanoid confronting him in the ruined building. Unfortunately though, the robot was proving to be annoyingly fire-proof.
|THE THING CHARGES INTO DOCTOR DOOM AND STRIKES A BLOW FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR|
Reed Richards charged into Doombot Omega, and managed to penetrate the android's armour. Only Doctor Doom could save the automaton now [Command: A friendly unit that is within 12" may re-roll a single dice roll once per turn], but it wasn't to be and the construct exploded into flames.
Johnny Storm attempted to continue the destruction by burning his way through Doombot Alpha, yet was once again thwarted by the machine's tenacity to survive. Ben Grimm continued to pound away at Victor von Doom, but the Latverian Monarch's armour was proving difficult to best. It truly was looking set to be a slug-fest of Stan Lee proportions in the centre of the battlefield. Sue Storm-Richards attempted to connect with another of her force field projectiles at Doombot Beta, however the missile missed its intended target.
Inspired by it's creator's commanding presence nearby, Doombot Alpha chopped away at the Human Torch inside the ruined building, and struck the human mutate a painful blow. Only Johnny's fiery form [Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 6] prevented the youth from taking a final, unconscious-rendering wound. Things weren't looking good for Flame-head.
|MISTER FANTASTIC DESTROYS A DOOMBOT, AS VICTOR BATTLES THE BEN GRIMM|
Doctor Doom continued to wrestle with Ben Grimm, the two powerhouses testing each other for physical weaknesses, whilst Doomboot Beta ineffectively returned fire upon Invisible Girl.
Mister Fantastic reached Objective Two (Oil Barrels) and readied himself to throw a far-reaching punch at his arch-nemesis should the fiend overcome the Thing. However, Reed didn't think he needed to worry too much as he saw Ben Grimm jolt the "skilled sorcerer" with an earth-shattering punch. Victor von Doom didn't look as if he was going to last much longer...
In the north-west corner, buried within the ruined building, Johnny Storm continued to struggle with Doombot Alpha, whilst his sister, Susan, made a mental note to visit the X-Men's Danger Room at some point in the near future and brush up on her marksmanship.
|REED RICHARDS RUSHES TO THE THING'S AID, AS DOCTOR DOOM THREATENS THE WORLD|
Doctor Doom realised that the battle was now brutally balanced. The Latverian Monarch failed once again to hurt his rocky-hided foe, whilst his armour's in-built sensors informed him of Doombot Alpha's stalemate with the Human Torch. A scream to the east however, informed him that Doombot Beta had finally caught Invisible Girl a glancing blow. The woman's invisibility [Stupefy: Opponent's are -1 Attack/Shoot when fighting this model] had made her a difficult target, but once struck, the Storm-Richards' defensive shield [Armour: Saves any hits on a roll of 6] had easily been penetrated by the automaton's armour-piercing laser technology [Armour Piercing: Models with Armour may not make any saving roll].
With the fight having entered its final stage, Doombot Beta took Objective Five (Statue) revealing a single Victory Point, whilst its fellow robot attempted to defeat a wilting Human Torch. Fortunately for the Fantastic Four the fiery youth survived the attack. Enraged at his androids' failure to overcome their foes, Doctor Doom battered Ben Grimm with a ferocious wallop which caused the Thing to visibly shudder. However, it was not enough to fell the former pilot, and Aunt Petunia's favourite nephew had enough still in him to return the favour...
|INVISIBLE GIRL CAPTURES THE COSMIC CUBE, WHILST A DOOMBOT TAKES A STATUE|
With an alarming bang and shower of sparks, Victor Von Doom broke apart as a result of Benjamin Grimm's latest punch, collapsing to the ground and revealing himself to be a simple facsimile of the Latverian Monarch. Sensing victory was at hand, Sue Storm-Richards captured Objective Three (Cosmic Cube) which was worth five Victory Points and Reed Richards remained by Objective Two (Oil Barrels) claiming four Victory Points. The battle was over and the Fantastic Four had clearly outfought Doctor Doom's evil robotic forces...