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Yesterday i went to the local RT and wound up playing a game of 40k. My marines took on an army of Tau. The battle was a cakewalk, but a fun one none the less. So, might as well hone my report writing skills.
1 Epistolary w/ Artificier Armor, Jump Pack, Bolt Pistol, Fear of the Darkness
5 Tactical Marines w/ rocket launcher-- Razorback
10 Tactical Marines w/ PwrWpn Vet.-- Rhino w/ smoke
5 Assault Marines w/ PwrWpn Vet.
1 Landspeeder w/ Multi Melta
His list (from what i saw/faced)
1 Shas-Ui w/ shield, missile pod, fusion blaster
1 Crisis Suit w/ missiles, Anti-light-armor-setup
3 Stealth Suits w/ fusion blaster, 2 burst cannons
3 Stealth Suits w/ fusion blaster, 2 burst cannons
12 Firewarriors w/ Pulse Carbines -- Devilifish
12 Firewarriors w/ Pulse Carbines
The field was simple- 4 buildings in the center, and we ran a cleanse mission. The deployment is shown in the picture below. From left-to-right on my side is:
Epistolary and Assault Marines, 10 Tacticals mounted up, Landspeeder, 5 Tacticals mounted up
his side from left to right:
Firewarriors mounted up, Crisis, Shas-ui, 12 Firewarriors
I broke my narrative into turns for you, but inside the brackets is the long-and-short of each turn, for those who don't want to do anymore reading.
--Telko stepped onto the battefield in the early morning gloom, and surveyed the area. The ruins of the listening post which he had been sent to recon stood broken and weary in the middle of the green sea of plains-grass. Within the hour, this green tundra would be stained with the blood of his alien foes. The Tau had claimed this world as their own, but Telko and the rest of the Iron Dragon's strike-force had been sent to recover whatever technology they could scavenge. His mission was to clear the listening post and surrounding area so that the Techs could get a safer look around.
He met with his warriors, and began ordering them into their positions. The largest squad of his Clan sat ready in their Rhino- it's large engine growling like a menacing beast as it lurked behind the rubble. Beside it was the squad of Assault Marines which he would be leading personally. Across the pathway, behind the second building, a Landspeeder hovered low beside a Razorback assault vehicle already laden with it's 5 marines.
1- Telko double checked all communication lanes and then checked over his own ancient suit of wargear and his weapons. His meditations were broken however when the Tau arrived. On his left flank, one of their Devilfish skimmers moved forwards and he watched 12 Firewarriors leap from the rear hatch. Across the street from his own two buildings, the tau Battlesuits advanced into the burned out husks of the buildings in front of them. The enemy seemed small of number, and Telko didn't need his psychic ability to tell him something was wrong.
The pilot of the Skimmer swept overhead and dove into the building infront of him, seeking shelter and a clear shot at the Devilfish. The Razorback also advanced into the building ahead of it, but the floor gave way and left the tank balanced precariously, and immobilized. He heard the driver order the marines to bail out, while he continued to man the weapon.
[the armies close on one another, the Tau move into their nearest buildings, the Landspeed moves into the left building, the Razorback moves forward into the building]
2- Telko watched as across the street, the Crisis suit leapt from the building and made to fire upon the Landspeeder. It discharged it's complement of weapons, but the landspeeder was moving too fast and the shots went wide. Behind him, the air rippled and he caught sight of 3 Stealthsuits making their way onto the field behind his brother's Rhino. There was a hail of gunfire, and the Storm bolter was taken offline, but the tank continued unscathed. Suddenly, a spatter of fire ricocheted off of the men surrounding him, and he realized that the devilifish and the Firewarriors had come in range.
With a roar of engines and a blast of flame, Telko and the assault squad leapt over the building and within assault range of the Crisis suit. Behind him, angered marines poured out of their rhino, and with a burst of Bolter fire they eradicated the threatening Stealths.
Telko and his squad fired their own weapons at the Crisis suit, and then leapt into combat. He and the Sergeant both scored telling hits with thier powerful weapons, making a mockery of the armored suit and eviscerating the pilot inside. His vision clearing, he saw a great gout of fire where the Devilfish has once been. Bloody-rags of four Tau were laying beside the crater, but the rest stood resolutely amidst the destruction. A good shot by the Skimmer gunner.
[the Landspeeder destroys the Devilfish, the penetrating his causes and explosion killing 4 tau. The Assaults and Librarian attack and kill the crisis suit.]
3- Telko immediately ducked again as fusion rounds and missiles streaked into his squad. Three of his marines were torn apart or melted by the heavy weaponry form the Shas-ui. On his left and right the Tau were advancing, moving to take cover from the Marine's weapons-fire.
Looking aroud him, Telko saw three dead marines. The sergeant and one more marine with charred armor and a cracked helm stood before him. With a feral shout the three of them leapt into the air and streaked towards the general. Below him though he saw the skimmer pilot deftly manuever the LandSpeeder into a postion where the Multimelta was able to immolate the enemy general with ease. Telko and his marines landed, and fired a burst of shells into the nearby Firewarriors, sheltered in the building. None of them fell, but they had their attention.
On the left flank the Rhino tore around the corner, the marines back inside, and popped smoke within spitting range of the wounded fire-warriors.
[the Shas-ui fires on the assault squad and kills 3. The remaining jump towards the untransported firewarrior squad, and the Landspeeder kills the Shas-ui]
4- the squads of firewarriors were all that remained, and as Telko focused on the blade of his force-weapon, he snarled with anticipation of his victory. But from behind he heard a spatter of shooting and terrific explosion. Another 3 Stealth suits had come out of hiding and utterly destroyed the Razorback. The nearby firewarriors tried to pull out of the building but they were slowed by the rubble.
The small tactical squad attempted to fire on the Stealths, but they has vanished out of sight. Instead, a missile streaked by Telko and detonated amidst the warriors. Thier armor was tough however, and the missile slew only 1. Telko, the segeant, and remainin marine leapt to a pint behind the warriors, killed two more with their boltpistols and then charged into the mass, tossing frag grenades before decapitating 5 of the pitiful Xenos.
On the left, marines leapt out of the rhino and gunned down another Tau warrior.
[another unit of stealths appears and kills the razorback, the assault marines charge the firewarriors]
5- The left-flank return fire from the Tau punched 4 marines off their feet from the squad at the Rhino. The stealths quickly dispatched another 2 marines from the Rocket-launcher squad, but Telko barely registered it. He was busy fighting off attacks from the Tau infront of him. He killed another 2 personally, making 3 for his squad, but there were still 3 left and they fought on reolutely.
The Marines from the Rhino weathered the fire and then surged across the gap and met the Tau in close combat. They killed several, but once again the Tau stood firm and refused to retreat. The skimmer thought to double around and take out atleast one of the Stealths, but thought better of it and took shelter.
Telko and his men cut down one more of the Tau scum, and as the last two turned to flee, they slew them without mercy. He was becoming frustrated that these miserable aliens would deny him a quick victory.
[the Tau shoot some marines and then get themselves charged. The assault marines finally break the tau against them and run them down. The stealths kill 2 marines from the rocket squad]
6- Behind him, Telko could hear the firefight that was raging between the 3 surviving marines from the second squad, and the 3 Stealthsuits stationed outside the building where they had taken shelter. The thick armor of both forces averted the lethal hail of bullets, and the heavy weapons both failed to take a kill. In the close combat, Telko's marines killed still more Tau, but the foolhardy aliens still held their ground. Telko ordered the Skimmer to consolidate his gains, and he and his squad remained in place. If the whole battelfield could not be claimed, he would atleast lockdown half of it.
[still no Tau breaking, and the Speeder reclaims one corner, the assault squad holds another, and the stealths/marines contest the final corner. Marine victory]
-- At the end of the day Telko watched as his chapter's serfs piled the Tau bodies in heaps in one of the emptied buildings. They set torch to it, and then the Iron Dragons marines returned to their base. It had taken another hour to finally break the will of the Firewarriors and he feared that one of the Stealthsuits had survived to report back to their commander.
I like battle reports like tis you can feel like you were truly there it adds whole new experince to on how players play the games
Fun reading. i liked the story part. and the short technical bits give a good understanding of what happend!