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Hi everyone! I'm pretty new here, and I was asked for the battle report that produced my picture "Take That Hill" over in the Space Marine/Daemonhunter forums. Honestly, since it was a couple months ago, I can't quite fully recall the full forces arrayed, but the scenario was "I didn't see that coming." I can't quite find the write up of the scenario, but suffice to say, the good guys were there to keep the Chaos off some crazy warp rift.
I'll go through as I come to each picture with what was going on. Unfortunately, a number of pictures that should have been taken never were, so there are a few gaps in the whole story. I'll do my best though to relate to everyone what was happening.
The good guys consisted of some Grey Knights, an actual Imperial Guard Armored Company list, and then my own tanks from Charlie Company, 1/72nd Armored Infantry and supplimented by stormtroopers and sentinels from Alpha Company.
The bad guys brought CSMs, Daemons and Orks to the table. Or something like that. I don't know..the Orks hardly made a showing, beyond a couple of weird tanks that I can't remember what they were and a grot rocket launcher on a trakk.
Oddly enough, though the game store had split us up into two tables, they'd put all the most experienced people on the table I was at...save for me, with my since-march-of-this-year experience. Oops.
I knew from the get-go that we were going to lose the starting bid: we were facing Daemons. We still tried to get them to go first, with a meager bid of 8 minutes. They went with 1 minute. Go figure. It took them about that, too, sadly.
First we've got parked behind the skull cave a Leman Russ from the Armored guy, then my Vanquisher. Behind the hill you've got three Armored Guy basilisks, atop the hill is my disruptor beacon, another russ, my Iron Brick (The one thats got pink on it), another Vanquisher, Bun-Bun the Baneblade, and my Demolisher directly behind. My tanks are all done up in a Desert Camo scheme, Armored Guy's were all in a Blue-black-grey color.
To the left of bun-bun, you've got an Exterminator, some Grey Knights, a Land Raider, More Grey Knights, and another Leman Russ. Oh, and some scouts in the trees. Beyond the camera to the left, you've got another ridge with more Grey knights behind it. My Sentinels would later march on from reserves on that corner.
You might happen to notice some skulls lying around; those were all objective markers, save for one in the town square (not pictured yet.). In there was my "Commander' figure on a pedastal, pretending to be an objective as well as a statue.'
Bad guys deployed quick and easy; you're looking at nearly the entirety of it, save for the Ork trakk off in the town (again not pictured.). From left to right, you've got the two weird orky tanks, a Baneblade, and a Warhound. That thing would spend the entire battle being a pain in my backside.
First things first: I move my baneblade forward, and we all start shooting at the baneblade and the warhound. We take it's shield down and manage to take the big plasma gun offline, and that's about it. The chaos baneblade shrugs off the shots by my vanquisher, which has started pulling back from it's edge of the ridge and moving towards the safety of the rest of my tanks.
And thats about it. All in all, not an effective first turn.
Then it goes over to chaos.
First things first, the daemons deep strike in. My disruptor beacon sends some waaaaay across the board to the far corner, but the Soul Grinder lands right by our lines, directly in front of the Iron Brick. Some more Daemons try to deep strike, and they too end up on the far side of the board. But the Chaos Shooty Time saw that poor disruptor beacon take the brunt of fire from everything that could fire, except for the Mega bolter on the warhound..which instead turned the scouts in the trees to hamburger. The Grot Rocket lands in the Grey Knight HQ and dings them up a bit....And finally, just to irk us....
Chaos drops a blind barrage across our front. Figures.
Back to us now, my sentinels march on the board, and as far as I recall, thats about all that showed up. My Hellhound and Chimera of Stormtroopers were still in reserve.
Oh! Wait! Almost forgot! Starting on the corner of the board we were all fighting over and ending by the misplaced daemons, a Vulture comes swooping in!
The Grey Knights start moving towards the town to take out that annoying ork, and the other knights move towards the warp rift. We take a shot at the warhound and take back down it's void sheilds and take its other gun offline, while Bun-Bun the Baneblade gets a drive-Damaged result on the chaos blade after moving further down the road. The Vanquisher stays in the smoke screen and takes a shot at the baneblade, but doesn't do anything to it. Bad gunners!
The vulture, meanwhile, has some Daemons in it's sights. And it appears a broodlord got distracted on the way and joined in with them...most curious....
So far so good, we've suppressed the Warhound for now, and that chaos baneblade is going to be taking its time now.
I wish I had a picture of this next part....Basically what happens, the Warhound stays behind the rocks to repair itself for a bit, the shooting from the chaos baneblade damages Bun-Bun's engines, and chaos deep strikes some more daemons in, right next to the basilisks. Unfortunately, due to no longer having a beacon, they flank marched in behind us.....with a horde of about 75 zombies. Oh, and the soul-grinder assaults bun-bun, nicking off a structure point.
In order to get on the board with my chimera, I had to pretty much tank shock onto it! So, I just spun it into reverse and backed onto the board. Along the side of the mess came on my Hellhound..and the Armored Guy brought on 3 more on the opposite side! The Demolisher lined up next to the hellhound, the exterminator came alongside them, and...well...thanks to the tank shock to get on, the undead were nice and tightly packed. The vulture, meanwhile swooped on across the board and started playing shooty at the Daemons on the rock! Also appearing about this time..some grey knights on that flank, and a chimera with some Techpriests aboard.
Bun-bun pulls forward some some more, and then backs up into a building. Also, shoots at the warhound and takes that plasma destroyer offline yet again before it can fire, and then nicks a structure point off the chaos baneblade. The Vanquisher finally lands a shot and takes out the battle cannon.
And now, the resultant barbeque...
And it was at this point at which, to prevent the Daemons from assaulting the Basilisks further....well...
TAKE THAT HILL!
Poor guys didn't stand a chance. The Emperor would be proud, though.
Now, it has become the Chaos turn again....
What I'd give to have ramming rules right here. I can't believe the Iron Brick missed that shot, either.
Now that its at least got a gun back, the Warhound is mad and shoots at one particular pest. After a roll of straight sixes, the vulcan megabolter turns the Vulture into a lawn dart.
To add to the fun, they summon up a nurgle-guy but luckly, it can't assault my poor vanquisher's rear armor that turn. Luck there....not so fortunately, the Soul Grinder assaults Bun-Bun again, this time taking out the drive system entirely and a lascannon.
(Note the demolisher has pulled up along side bun-bun at this point; this was taken at the end of the chaos turn and during our movement) You can see the smoke on the back end of my Baneblade and wrapping around the lascannon. At the bottom, you can also see the hill the Grey Knights tried so hard for is now empty....guess the Daemon decided it didn't want it anymore and instead felt like going for the objective.
Unfortunately, at this point, the Daemon player had to up and leave, thusly the soul grinder leaving the table. It was a sad moment, because while it may not have changed the game, it did make it harder for the other guys. Which really sucked.
Ah well, regardless on the far end of the table, the Grey Knights took the town objective, and though my Sentinels wanted a piece of the action, they were too slow to get into range to fire into it all.
Thinking they'd be fine, I decided to unload my troopers from the Chimera...made for quite the shooty time! Our turn ended with us trying to get our stuff closer to objectives, but Chaos managed to immobilize my vanquisher, taking it out of scoring.
And as for the dismounted stormtroopers?
They stood their ground, which is all I could ask for them. Right up until they were dismembered and eaten by the horde.
I know its kinda fuzzy for detail at the end here, but, I'd started forgetting to take pictures at that point..and the specific details were failing me. What I do know, though, is that we won, holding a total of four objectives to their two. Unfortunately, chaos won the day on the other table, holding a 5-1 over the good guys, making Chaos the overall winners by two points. It was a sad day..but hey, I won a heavy weapons squad!
And that right there, is about the best I could describe the battle to my memory. Maybe in a year, when I get to a country that has players, I can do another one!
Last edited by Zeewulf; July 19th, 2008 at 12:35.
That looked like a fun match, and i really liked your guard army.
i think this may have just convinced me to restart imperial guard if i get back collecting, but it'd have to be an armoured company.
Nice pictures, and well done. You know how to tell an interesting story. Rep for the giggles and the side comments, not to mention a lot of writing and pics!
Heheeh, thanks! The stormtroopers are real, real unique in my Battalion, compared to the rest of my troops (who wear a desert camo scheme.) Since they're an elite force, they get a special scheme of their own, meant to be slightly intimidating and somewhat reminicent of German SS troopers (They even have the lightning bolt sigrunen on their right shoulderpads. Some might say thats tasteless, but honestly, considering the atrocities committed by the Imperium upon its own citizens, the iconograpy of the image blends right in.) and Star Wars' Dark Troopers.
I'm from the US, but I'm stuck spending a year in the Sinai as a member of the Observers there.