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G’day guys. Had my first serious tau game today. Was going to write the battle reports but it was a long slow game and I took no notes so we forgot a few things (mainly what happened in which turn) So I’ve instead written it as fluff. It was a very fun game.
Tau VS Salamanders.
2 x crisis suits with plasma rifle/burst cannon
2 x crisis suits with burst cannon/missile launcher
7 x pathfinders + their devilfish
8 fire warriors
Sniper drone team
Forgefather Vulkan He’stan
10 x marines with melta + multi melta, sergeant and drop pod
10 x marines with flamer + multi melta, sergeant and drop pod
10 x assault marines, no packs, 2 x flamers, sergeant drop pod
2 x land speeders with multi meltas
1000 points aside.
He won the roll and chose for my to deploy first.
Knowing I’d be wasting my first turn and getting shot the second I kept one unit of suits, a unit of kroot and the hammerhead in reserves. The suits who get killed were the Dsing ones, they came in very late.
Shas'el D'yanoi Kre'kauyon stopped the moment he saw the wrecked tank the pathfinders had reported. Closer scanning revealed that the tank's destruction was not recent, Just as Kre'kauyon was giving the order to move up...
2 drop pods landed, one to either side of him. Kre'kauyon knew his strike force would need instruction.
"Everyone, to cover immediately"
"Devilfish on the east, cover that flank!"
He knew the pathfinders needed no instructions and did not want to risk interupting them.
Aduro He'stan stepped out from his drop pod while giving orders to his brothers.
“To arms brothers, Let the xenos burn!’ he commanded as he and his squad ran foreword. He had caught them off guard.
Cries of glee could be heard from the marines to the north. They had moved backwards to burn out the pathfinders hiding inside a bunker. the Flamers lit the bunker up like a beacon, But, to the marines surprise, there was still much movement inside that bunker. had they seen them coming and evaded the flames?
Kre'kauyon was worried. He had seen the flames.
"Shas'el, we have suffered a casualty Otherwise unharmed"
"Evade the marines, make your way south towards us"
"Negative shas'el. we have little chance of outrunning them. We will give you what aid we can from our position"
His assault squad split into 2. 5 with 2 flamers moved north towards my pathfinders.
His tac squad split into 2 one moved into the central terrain the other moved towards the ruins south of the objective.
His flamers got 7 wounds, I passed 6(!!) 4+ armour saves and only 1 pathfinder died.
Sergeant Fortis didn’t like his position. He was in cover, but much to close to the tau and very conspicuous, his green against the grey of the shuttle’s wreck.
The Shas’el continued to issue orders until the pathfinders voiced over the intercom.
“Shas’el, Marines hiding in cover marked!”
“Affirmative, Devilfish, move up and unload cargo! I want those marines eliminated”
Sergeant Fortis saw an xenos skimmer tank approaching their position very quickly.
“Stay down!” he screamed. The tank slid to a halt and he saw tau warriors stepping out going moving forward. He could barely see them and was certain they couldn’t see him yet they moved forward with intent. Suddenly he was hit with tau fire. He saw 3 of his battle brothers fall.
Kre’kauyon had hoped that the fire warriors would have been enough…But alas, he had to come to their aid.
Just as the marines were deciding on a counter attack they saw one of the tau’s famed battle suits land. He did not falter as he hit the ground and brought his weapon to bear.
“‘Keep in cover” said Fortis, to his single remaining marine as he saw a shot go through the hull of the shuttle debris and slay him. Fortis made to move but was blown away as a metal shot went through the same hull and ripped through armour. His last images were of the suit flying back to where it had come from….
“Shas’el, we’ve evaded their flamers! They’re entering the bunker!”
“ Too late shas’el, Forgive us”
Finally. Sergeant Validus and his brothers had slain those foul pathfinders. He does not know how, but they avoided the flames for too long. They’re attempt at close combat were pitiful. The ran southward towards the tau forces and their captain.
Aduro He’stan didn’t like his current situation. He could hear the sound of his marines dieing across the other side of the debris field, but could not come to their aid. As soon as he saw commander flying back, Him and his unit readied to take their shots when a hails of bullets and missiles came at them from a far ruin. The blast had knocked his unit to the ground but he stayed standing.
With the barrage over he looked around at the damage. He watched as his marine stood up. Such weak weaponry, so primitive.
“Give it up Xenos, Your primitive weapons will not win you thi-” he was cut off as he heard screaming coming from a large part of the destroyed shuttle to the east . Running and leaping through it were unusual xenos. Very lizard like the seemed incredibly agile and were taking shots at them. He watched the bullets bouncing off the marines’ armour and heard one of his battle brothers laughing.
That same brother was struck by a bullet to the neck, ending his life. Aduro raised his mantle to protect himself. There wasn’t much point as the xenos had stopped and taken cover to reload. Looking behind him only he remained. He erupted.
“You disgusting little lizards! You think you can hide from me!”
He raised his weapon, And let it rain burning death. He could hear their high pitched screams as they were incinerated. Those who didn’t manage to get away were burned to death.
Aduro He’stan made for their location. Those that had survived stood up to take fire only to be hit by Aduro. He was furious. They surrounded him, but what blows he couldn’t evade only bounced off his armour.
Sergeant Validus and his unit crashed into the side of the kroot in an attempt to fight their way to their captain. Validus was amazed. No matter how fast he swang, the lizards evaded him!
6 kroot had died to Aduro, the kroot dashed away but could not evade the enraged captain and his marine reinforcement . With that same anger running through his veins, he turned to where he had seen those suit. He will make sure that their death is just as excruciating.
In the distance, Another drop pod landed, and marines poured out of it. Half ran for the cover of a nearby tank wreck where as the other half made their way forward through the terrain.
“Aduro, come in Aduro!”
“We cannot drop the payload. I repeat we cannot deliver the land speeders”
“What do you mean? We need their fire support now”
“ The wind conditions, we can’t -” The line was cut off.
Furious, Aduro marched forwards. He could see their commander. Darting around like an insect.
“Fire, fire, FIRE!!!” he screamed.
All the marines were firing to the best of their abilities. On the west, five marines fell back while firing at the suits following them. Unfortunately, due to the amounts of terrain couple with their targets constant movement it was hard to hit.
Kre’kauyon jumped past Aduro, firing in mid air, before landing behind some debris. Aduro drew up his mantle an two shots bounced off it pitifully. The xenos would not catch him off guard! With that thought a large beam connected with his mantle causing a huge explosion.
“Target eliminated Shas’el. Excellent work!” was heard from the sniper’s spotter. Through the smoke the spotter saw a silhouette advancing forward. Once the smoke cleared it revealed The salamander captain continuing to advance. His armour was scarred and steaming but if the captain was in pain he did not show it.
“SHAS’EL, SHAS’EL!” screamed the spotter into his intercom.
“Their captain is unharmed! East from your location!”
“What do you mean he is alive? Nothing can survive a plasma rifle at that range! Or the fusion blaster!”
“Shas’el, Perhaps you missed?”
“ I don’t miss” said Kre’kauyon as he closed his link to the spotter.
Aduro had been hit hard but his mantle had protected him. He looked to his south east as another tau tank came into view. This one bearing a large gun. It was moving amazingly fast for something so large.
He ignored it. His marines were armed to combat armour. They would take care of it.
“Captain Aduro, the land speeders are being dropped, ETA 40 seconds.”
Aduro saw the land speeders floating down south of him. As soon as they landed they fired at the tau transport. The skimmer was hit and Aduro smiled as he saw it lose control and hit the ground. H could hear its engine roar and knew it was still functional, but disabled for the time being.
The land speeders engines fired up to take off but, with an explosion one was taken out.
The spotter reopened his link with the Shas’el and updated him with his units spotters.
“Skimmer disabled.” He made sure to not mention their marine captain.
Aduro heard and explosion from a nearby part of the destroyed shuttle. He spun around and raised his mantle in time. The plasma shots rebounded harmlessly. He heard firing from above him. He looked in time to see a beam come straight down to him. He tried to down and cover himself with his mantle, but the blast hit him full.
His armoured lived up to its reputation. The impact on the captain’s body was still enormous. It knocked him to the ground breaking his bones. He was burning in his armour, but could not move to even remove his helmet. Burning, a fitting death for a salamander’s captain.
“Target eliminated” voiced Kre’kauyon too all his remaining force
“Shas’el, look out!” screamed the spotter.
Kre’ kauyon saw the marines but it was too late they were already upon him. These marines had close combat experience that the shas’el did not. Had it not been for his armour he would be long dead. The shas’el jetted backwards and side stepped as a marine charged forward. He hit the marine with the butt of his rifle and knocked him to the ground”
Sergeant Validus had seen his captain die. Mercilessly, cooked alive in his own armour.
“FOR ADURO!” he screamed as he charged nearby crisis suits crouching in cover. One suit was slain before it knew what had happened. His partner jetted backwards unto a small hill. As the enraged sergeant ran forward the crisis suit jetted forward as fast as possibly, in an attempt to fight in close quarters. Validus’ power sword caught him in mid flight decapitating him. Validus called a retreat over the intercom at a nearby rendezvous.
The marines engaged in the close quarters fight with the shas’el heard the retreat call.
He expects to retreat now? They need to speed this up. Kre’kauyon made an attempt to jet to safety, but right as his feet left the ground the downed marine grabbed him. He miscalculated and hit the ground hard. He tried to get up but the marines were upon him. He couldn’t even raise his arms before the chainsword ran through the crisis suits head.
The marines made double time for the rendezvous point leaving the downed suit. A foolish mistake. Shas’el Kre’kauyon remained unharmed himself, but his suit destroyed.
It was a great match, very close, very intense. Though it seems as if I won, it was objective based and was a draw, with points in my favour.
In the fluff, when Aduro survives the two plasma shots and the blaster I rolled 3 6’s to hit. We joked that I coulda hit him with BS1. I then subsequently rolled 3 1’s to wound.
The pathfinders passed 12 4+ armour saves, from 14 they were forced to take over 2 turns of being flamed. We thought that was a bit humorous too.
wonderful. Amusing After Action Report and a very good story based on what happened.
if you plan on doing another of these I would advise that you separate the two, but label the rounds in both the AAR and the story so the results can be compared but don't break up the reading flow.
It would look something like this:
Dramatis personae (list of characters), something like an army list that doesn't violate GW copyright, etc
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
Turn 6 (if applicable)
blah blah blah
victory conditions, special rules, etc
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
Turn 6 (if applicable)
blah blah blah
Terminator armor going critical would be like Three Mile Island only very, VERY angry, and carrying a hammer.
LO rules in a nutshell: Don't post unit costs, be polite, rep posts containing of win.
Breaking it up with the turns and sides can make it easier to read and understand as a battle report, however as this is in the fluff section I think it's perfect the way it is.
Tomb Scorpion Kill Counter: Gotrek Gurnisson, Empire Cannon Crew=3, Blood Knights=2, Saurus Cavalry=5, Saurus Warriors=3, Razordons=3, Skink warriors=7, Jezzails=8, Poison Wind Globadiers=10, Warp Lightning Cannon=1
Realising this, and having half of it written, I turned it into a fluff piece rather than a report per say.
Thanks for the feedback guys
i loved it! very entertaining. have some rep!
and a melon!
Sir we have a lock on the Hive tyrant.
NO! SHOOT THAT SPORE MINE! OH GOD, ITS GOING BACKWARDS!
if someone helps you, give them rep.
Shas'el D'yanoi Kre'kauyon and his small scout force had been tracking a group of necrons for days. They did not act as previously encountered necrons have. They didn't kill everything in the path.
Kre'kauyon scouted ahead of his force. He simply had a devilfish and some fire warriors with him. The fewer the better.
The kroot who scouted ahead during the night had reported an imperial force approaching Kre'kauyon's location. Here to destroy these necrons.
Kre'kauyon was here to stop them. The necrons are to be captured and used as for the tau research. Perhaps they can be "converted" to the greater good?
Kre'kauyon stopped and crouched low behind a bunker as the imperial forces came close.
Several dozen guardsmen with some heavy weapons and 6 or so white scars. They also had a primitive tank. Easily dealt with. The guardsmen did not look prepared to fight in the dark.
The plan was simple. Kre'kauyon and his forces were to protect the necrons while avoiding their wrath. So thus they would wait until the battle begins and join in.
The necrons had stopped inside a large ruined building. A moment's quiet passed until the loud hissing of gauss was evident. The necrons were firing at the guardsmen. The green from the gauss and red from the lasguns lit up the night sky.
The tau force arrived.
"Shas'el, awaiting your order" came a hammerhead shas'vre's command.
"Assist the necrons firing at the entrenched guard"
"Shas'el, why not help the imperials? They are weaker than the necrons"
"Do not question my orders"
He heard the wind up as the submunition fired, lighting up the battlefield with it's strange blue light. Guardsmen screamed
Kre'kauyon leaped to the top of the bunker. He felt it's roof nearly give way to the weight of his suit and the force if his impact. None the less he knelt on one knee as he fired he weapons into scouts hiding behind a low wall. One managed to crouch down and avoid it, two died swiftly.
The imperials were not as unprepared as Kre'kauyon had predicted. Suddenly bikes and guardsmen poured forth. Kre'kauyon crouched low to avoid their fire.
He jetted into the air and avoided a melta. As soon as he impacted the bunker again another aimed for him was intercepted and shielded by a drone.
He sensed, rather than felt, the bolter round penetrate his shoulder and the second one which hit his suits head with such force it knocked him to the ground.
"Shas'el! You're wounded!" came a scream from shas'ui who's unit was providing long ranged cover fire.
"It is nothing. These imperials still fail to understand exactly where we are housed in our suits" came the reply.
Floating necron monsters flew into view of some pathfinders. They moved so fast that all bolters and lasguns failed to meet their target.
A demolisher tank rolled into view, crushing a small ruin. The thunder from its cannon was deafening.
Screams were heard over the tau intercom as a devilfish was shit. It was not destroyed, but had hit the ground with such force that it would not likely continue moving.
Kre'kauyon crouched low,
"Rail guns! We need the-" his voice was cut off by the explosion as the rail gun’s firing hit the demolisher and came out the other side.
Guardsmen fled for the lives.
"Brothers...bring death...upon...the humans" was all the necron lord said. Not only did all the necrons obey the order almost immediately, human and tau alike shuddered. They should not have heard his voice from that distance.
Kre'kauyon jumped off the bunker to reunite with his army.
He heard the roar of engine as bike's persuaded him. He was hit in the rear and knocked to the ground by a bike whilst the rest of the bikes ran into a unit of necrons. A single bike had hit an obstacle and exploded.
Kre'kauyon smirked. His suit was a match for the marines power armour. It likely weight as much as the bike did too.
As the bike came whirling around, Kre'kauyon held firm. The bike hit him again, but this time stopped in its tracks. The marine swang his chain sword, but it did not cut through the crisis suit.
Kre'kauyon stepped aside fired his plasma rifle at the bike's rear, but failed to damage it.
Not far from Kre'kauyon, necrons fought wildly against the bikes. The bikes hit the necron ranks hard, but were outnumbered. The bikes, seeing their casualties, fled. Kre'kauyon jetted up and fired at both bikes. His first plasma shot was avoided, but the second clipped the bike's rear and sent a marine to his death.
The second bike, hit by his fusion blaster, exploded.
The necron lord turned to see the white scars captain bearing down on them. His war scythe parried the captain's strike, but he had not time to strike back himself.
The biker's came round again, just as scouts impacted the necrons from the other side. The bike's swept clean through the necrons. But the captain was dismounted with the butt of the war scythe.
"To me my brothers!" screamed the captain as he started to cut his way through the necron warriors.
"You...dare...turn...your back...to me"
The captain spun to parry the blow from the ward scythe and cried out in pain as it not only went through his blade, but also his armour.
His body worked quickly to try and repair the damage done to his internal organs. Alas, it was too late. The necron lord feigned, caught the captain off guard with a butt to the chest.
The captain raised his sword in defence, only to have the war scythe pass through his neck.
Marines watched in shock as their leader fell to the ground. Obviously dead, but not a scratch on his power armour.
The marines and guard were slowly eliminated. Even the bike's lacked the speed to escape the tau.
Only a single leman russ survived.
"Pathfinders. Report. I wish to know of our casualties"
"Shas'el. Two suits were hit by a battle cannon. One lives although his suit is destroyed. The other perished. I therefore report only a single casualty.
Kre'kauyon smiled. The imperium had yet much to learn. For now, he would withdraw and continue following the necrons. He also needed to repair his suit.
"I grow tired of this close range warfare" voiced Kre'kauyon to his force.
Not nearly as entertaining a game. Imperial guard + Space marines VS necrons + tau.
We dominated. I lost but 2 crisis suits and only because i sacrificed them to draw that last round of shooting from my HQ.
The necron player lost 3 destroyers, a few scarabs and a few necrons. He held up amazingly in CC against that many T5 marines. Eventually, he wore them down and won. The marine player had a few marines on bike's left and the imperial guard player had a single leman russ.
Not as good as my last fluff piece, because it was hard to fluff with it being so one sided and me being unable to contact the opposing players for names for their characters.
But there you go