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I never gloat, but having won my first true tourney game, I feel the need.
My IG force consisted of a lean HQ: JO, Lascannon, standard, vet+bolter, 3 Autocannons + Sharp Shooters
2 platoons each with 2 squads, an elite team of Hardened Vets, and a Leman Russ.
Not exactly sure what the Marines had per se, but I'll take a stab.
A Dreadnaught with Storm Bolter, Powerfist, Assault Cannon, a Landraider with a full squad of 10 marines, a Whirlwind, a Rhino with 2 Heavy Bolters, Autocannon, and an assault squad with a Chaplain.
4x6 table top
He won set-up roll for terrain, so he placed a 4+ cover sancutary ruin in the western midway point of the field.
I placed a 5+ forest in the farthest southeast corner.
He placed another 4+ ruin in the northeast section , and I finally placed a 2-story 4+ ruined building in the southwest corner at a 15 degree angle facing the center of the field. ( I was hoping to get that side)
He won the choice of sides and chose the north end (with the 4+ sancutary ruin)
I won first turn and let him place.
He placed his Whirlind behind the 4+ sanctuary, his assault squad and Chaplain in thr sanctuary but deep inside closer to his edge, the rhino to the right of the sancutary in the middle of the field near his edge, the Landraider behind the 4+ ruin and the Dreadnaught on the farthest edge in the east side as a flanker.
I placed my HQ centrally in the duplex with my lascannon in an elevated position. 1st platoon occupied the building on the second level. The ground level had my command squad with lascannon and 3 autocannons facing down the center and along the left (Western) flank.
My Russ was directly against the side of the duplex on the right between the building and the forest. My Veterans were shielded behind the Russ. 2nd platoon Light Infantry occupied the forest to the east (no heavy weapons here, simply infantry and LOTS of plasma)
I moved out my Russ to occupy a central position, denying him the center. My Vets ( 3 meltas) followed close behind. That was my only movement.
I opened fire with the Russ and hit the Rhino squarely. It was immobilized and couldn't fire, and lost a main weapon.
My lascannons opened fire on targets and scored direct hits. My elevated lascannon team wreaked havoc on his units, denying almost ANY of his movement through the center.
My 2 squads on the second floor rained down grenade launcher fire and missile launchers on his Chaplain and assault unit, reducing his numbers considerably. They were fearless and held.
His Dreadnaught was ok and his landraider was untouched.
He barely moved his units. He moved his Dreadnaught up the right (Eastern) flank towards my forest light infantry. He was WELL out of any assault range, but he did take some pot shots with his storm bolter. I took some hits, but held due to Iron Discipline.
His Whirlwind opened fire on my light infantry as well and fared better. 3 more dead, now my unit down to half strength, but still held.
I moved my Russ into a more central position facing the 4+ ruin. His Landraider was behind it.
My ground level lascannon team took out the landraider with a direct hit to its side armor, thus destroying it. Its occupants were entangled.
His Rhino took more damage from my Russ. I took pot shots with my missiles at his Whirlwind to no avail. And his Dreadnaught was seeming more of a threat on the flanks. My elevated lascannon team shot again and knocked off a main weapon.
1st platoon continued their enfilade on the Chaplain and assault squad. My autocannons tried to pry open the helpless Rhino to no avail.
He continued his Chaplain's march along the Western flank edge behind cover, but my infantry kept firing flashlights and missiles, whittling away little by little.
His 10 or so marines finally were able to move out of the wreckage and he proceeded to move them to the east behind the ruin and behind his dreadnaught.
As his Dreadnaught drew closer, my light infantry command squad made a move out of the woods to get into Plasma range, and my Russ was staring right into the eyes of all the shaken marines.
Next round I blasted his marines with a direct battlecannon hit, knocking out 6 marines. My light infantry command followed the killing with 3 plasma blasts, taking out another 3. The last marine was downed by withering fire from my 2n platoon nested in the woods on the eastern flank.
Soon enough, my lascannons made mincemeat out of his Dreadnaught and my 1st platoon and 3 autocannons decimated his western left flank of the assault squad and chaplain.
I drove my Russ at full speed up the center and popped smoke by round 5. He had no socring units, I had destroyed all of his armor and all of his marines and only took 8 guardsmen dead!
8 guardsmen died in the Recon...
I am not sure if your opponent could have played a less successful game if he tried. However, any win with IG at this level deserves praise.
It was a tough game to watch.
He was laughing and joking beforehand about how he is going to own with his Land Raider until it blew a crater in the ground. Then silence. lol
Good game Joe. I guess that romping I gave you with my Dark Angels tought you a few things :yes:
Keep playing like that and you'll be on top of the score boards.
I have to say that it was a tough match fighting the Angels...I learned a great deal and took it to the first game.
Without your help on the Land Raider though, it would have been a TOTALLY different game, dude. Thx for that. Your coaching helped out a lot...much appreciated.
Honestly, I think he just made a bunch of tactical mistakes overall...he should have taken MY side with my 4+ cover duplex! What was he thinking!? He pretty much gave me the win by allowing me to set up a protected kill zone...it was like a IG heaven seting up like that... :shifty:
Once he lost the initiative, he kind of gave up a bit around 3rd round or so...I felt his pain. I'm usually on THAT end of the game.
I'm just glad I kept my Russ, otherwise it would have been a draw even after I annihilated his entire strike force.
Overall, I think he had a plan, and once I set up, he looked a bit flustered. I don't think he expected the good rolls and direct hits...it was just some good old fashioned luck on my part...and of course some decent placement of my units.
Thx for the kudos, Stephe and Katalyst!
Hopefully see you Sunday!
Last edited by Wolfsheim242; August 15th, 2007 at 06:25.
sounds like you have an IG's wet dream. Good cover and good firing lanes. I was curious as to what happened to your vets?
"Ah, but the truth is like an expensive whore, Jerek. She comes in many dresses and will bend over for any with the money to pamper her." ~ Konrad von Carstein
My Vets basically saw NO combat as they were behind my Russ.