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I think that its interesting when unexpected "heroism" from a unit (whether yours or your opponent's) drastically affects a high intensity game of 40k. It always seems to happen at the most heated point of the game: your best units are going head to head with key opposing units, you and your opponent's final strategies are laid out on the table, you grip the dice praying for 6's and... all but one model in you entire squad dies in cc. But then that lone guy decides to be the hero. Before you know it, hes passed his double 1 leadership test, routed the squad in the next assault phase, and to the horror of your opponent, begun to break through your lines and kill unit after unit.
This thread is inspired by a game I played yesterday in which my opponent charged my main lines with cc terminators, a chaplain with lightning claws, and a scout squad with shotguns and a veteran sergeant. I doomed and guided my dire avengers and shot them with fire dragons, while bringing banshees to bear in a wave serpent.
By the time I was assaulted, there was only the chaplain and 2 scouts left. The chaplain was swamped and died after taking out a few guys, the scouts were cut down, but the scout veteran sergeant survived. Next combat, with only him left vs 10 dire avengers, 3 fire dragon, 5 banshees and a far seer, he proceeded to hit with all 3 attacks, wound with all 3, and slaughter the rest of the dragons, the farseer and banshees missed or failed to wound all their attacks, including the banshee exarch who hit twice and rolled two 1s to wound. He then won the combat by 3 and ran down all 10 dire avengers who failed their leadership test. The banshees then failed their test and fell off the board, and the next turn, which was his, he shotgunned the farseer, wounding it, and then charged it and killed it. The icing on the cake was that hed killed every unit around my objective (capture and control) and had won the game by himself as he captured the objective. All in turn 6 and 7!
It took me about 20 minutes to wipe the look of despair off my face.
Kill count: 18 models and a farseer
The Hand that guides.
I don't think it was me...
I have done this quite unexpectandly... All I had left was a scout squad (5 man strong) armed with bolt pistols and CCW... they wiped out 1 team of Pathfinders and another Tau squad (I can't remember now the name!) and losing two in the process... The glorious thing was that they didn't failed their Leadership Test and stayed there! And so I promoted them to the Tactical Squads!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
I've done something similar to this- a sole Wolf Guard, remnant of some flanking Wolf Scouts, hacks apart a Guard squad or two, and fends off a SM Scout squad... the man would not die! Unfortunately, it got me no closer to the objective, so he didn't exactly win... but him and 5 Scouts totally annihalated my opponent's flank.
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
My story isnt quite the same, but one game I had with my Tau was against Catachans, and a single firewarrior beat down a heroic senior officer and his bodyguard (one by wounds done) and then sweeping advanced him
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haha i had a single bearded tactical marine (who i named chuck norris after he became the lone survivor of his squad) survived 2 rapid firing squads of firewarriors and a round of ion cannon shots (he was in cover) and then proceeded to charge with 2 lightning claw termies into a group of firewarriors
and a shas'o and retinue. The termies wounded the shas'o then died and chuck wounded a firewarrior but still lost combat. 4 combat phases later he was surrounded by the command retinue and another 2 firewarrior squads and most of the combats ended in a draw neither inflicting wounds. However on the last turn of the game I laid his Shas'o low and won by one. He proceeded to fail his test with every unit and i ran down another unit of fire warriors and rolled a 5 for my consolidation move. this brought me within 3" of his objective (it was an apocalypse mission) and contested it making the overall score 3-2 in my favor.
However the biggest game changer for me was when my laser destroyer moved up 6" to be barely within range of a revenant titan. He hit it and the player failed his save (funnily enough the same player) and I proceeded to roll 3 chain reactions in a row and then an apocalyptic explosion (that's four 6's in a row!) all this on the first turn of the game! all that rev titan did was dissappear using the phantasm asset and then killed 3 grey knight termies. when it exploded it killed 8 chaos space marines with it (on the eldar side, it was an unlikely alliance)
I was playing a small 550 pt. annihilation game that ended up being tied 3-3 with his 5 man termie squad with leader guy and my 7 dire avengers. I had shimmer shield+power wep. and defend. I held him off for three turns and then one combat with the exarch and one other man. I didn't even run him down I just killed him to the last man.
This happenned on Saturday, in a 40K game (we were using 4th ed. rules, as my opponent hasn't acquainted himself with the new rules set, and neither of us have had the cash to buy the book yet), and I had 3 Grey Hunters left of a squad, 1 with Powerfist. they then got charged by a Grey Knight Brother-Captain, who killed the powerfist guy's two mates, then caught a 'fist in the chops. The lone GH then got charged by another Terminator sergeant (I was playing against a Deathwing army), who fluffed his attacks and got felled by the Grey Hunter. Not really game-changing, but I was proud of the grunt all the same. He then got charged by a full terminator squad of 5, and got chopped up good 'n' proper
Although, it didn't make up for all my plasma doing bugger all throughout the entire game... -.-
And as I play almost exclusively against this Deathwing friend of mine, I have a fair amount of plasma. And none of them remembered to take the safeties off...
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
I watched a game of SMurfs vs Nurgle Chaos. It came down to 2 Plague marines and a Sergeant vs 60 marines. The turn came to a combat where the two regula PM's died and the sergeant killed the squad. They said whatever let's play til he dies. 4 rounds later, it stands as 1 Sergeant on the field with 0 marines
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A friend allowed me to play my old Ork Speed Freeks army against his Chaos Daemons (speed freeks have now been rendered illeagal by latest ork codex), neither of us had much experience with either army so when my ork burna boys jumped out of a trukk and completely toasted his daemonettes he wasn't very happy. He then turned the might of his fully tricked out Soulgrinder on them and and left all but 4 alive. They then charge the SG, with my firend saying "and what are doing that for" as they twisted the nozel on the flamers and turned them into blow torches. After cutting one of his arms of and losing another 2 casulaties they finally broke and, as speed freeks do, ran back to the safety of their trukk which was sitting on an objective and so I effectively won the game with two orks.
I had a great moment a wee while ago.
I play as guard and I had a match V two friends. One as Nids the other as Chaos Demons. We used a simple point system. Half a squads wounds gone equals a point, second half equals another. Losing a squad is -1. Now, I had no tanks, basilisks or doctrines. The nids set up in one quarter, I in the other. The Chaos Demons deep striked me and the nids ran at me.
Long story short. the scores were
22 points to me -6 losses
11 points to the nids -5
6 to the demons -5
It was a good day for the Emperor!