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Battle Report 2nd June 2004
Guard V Eldar
Report By Inquisitor Krenstein
I am submitting this report to tell that the tide has turned in favour of the Emperor on Agriworld 2648 – the foul Eldar are at last on the retreat.
I received information from my sources that the Eldar on 2648 were once more dabbling with the warp and were considering summoning one of the Daemons they refer to as an ‘Avatar’. Using my Inquisitorial powers I requisitioned a company of the 17th/21st Praetorians (=Imperial Guard force with allied Daemonhunters). The Guard forces at my disposal consisted of:
HQ Officer armed with a power sword and pistol and four lightly armed staff.
Praetorian Infantry Platoon Commander with Iron Discipline, trademark item, his squad armed with a mortar and grenade launcher.
Praetorian Infantry Squad with lascannon and flamer.
Praetorian Infantry Squad with lascannon and melta-gun.
Independent Commissar with trademark item attached to 40 Praetorian Colonial Levies (Conscripts).
Veteran Praetorian rough rider sergeant with Honorifica Imperialis, hunting lance and power weapon and nine Praetorian Lancers (rough riders with hunting lances).
Two Hellhounds with extra armour.
Two Basilisks with improved comms.
In addition I had my own force:
Myself (artisan armour, icon of the just, psycannon and thunder hammer) and my retinue; a gun servitor with plasma cannon, two gun servitors with multi-meltas, three acolytes with plasma pistols and two calculus logi.
Two squads of five Inquisitorial Storm Troopers with two plasma guns per squad.
The Eldar deployed an Alaitoc ranger force against me. My scribes tell me that they consisted of the following:
Two Farseers each with two warlocks and a Waveserpent with brightlance.
Two five man pathfinder teams
six five man ranger teams
One support battery of three 24” s10 things.
One support battery of three 48” s6 things.
The battlefield consisted of a crop field on the Eldar right, a river running from the Eldar Centre to my right with a bridge and a ford, a farmhouse with adjoining wall on the Eldar left, two strips of detritus in the centre, three woods - two in my centre and one on my left and two hills - one in my centre and one my right.
The mission was a patrol, both sides were pushing towards their opponents deployment zone.
The Eldar deployed one Farseer unit in each of their corners, a pathfinder unit in the crop field and one behind the wall adjacent to the house. They put their 24”s10 things as far forward as they could in the centre and their 48”s6 things behind the house. They put two ranger squads upstairs in the house, two in the crop field, and one each as close as possible to the two central woods.
After ranger disruption the Imperial forces were deployed with one Basilisk in the left hand wood, the other behind the right hand hill. The three daemon hosts were behind the central hill. The Praetorian infantry platoon was in & around the left hand wood, the command squad & one other squad pinned. The Lancers deployed to the right of the left wood, pinned, with the two Hellhounds trapped behind them. One squad of storm troopers was on the extreme right. The HQ squad was on the left of the right hand hill. The conscripts and the other squad of storm troopers were in reserve.
I had had some difficulty in moving my forces up to engage the enemy. I had forced a path by using the Praetorian Colonial Levies (bolstered by a squad of Inquisitorial Storm troopers) to guard our approach route. Even so many of the Imperial Guard squads were shaken when the battle began.
With typical Eldar perfidy the enemy took advantage of this to launch their attack. Both Waveserpents ran down the flanks towards my positions. Two squads of Rangers ran into the woods in front of my daemon hosts. The Alaitoc host then opened fire, destroying the Basilisk on my right, causing casualties among the infantry and the lancers, and destroying the guard HQ squad.
I then ordered return fire. Both Waveserpents were downed. The Farseer and both warlocks escaped the wreck opposite my right, only the Farseer escaped the wreck opposite my left. A Hellhound destroyed a ranger squad in the woods, it’s inferno cannon making a mockery of the alien stealth technology. The remaining Basilisk shot dropped short.
The next round of Eldar fire was ineffective, killing only a handful of the Emperor’s forces.
My forces in reserve then arrived, the lancers and hellhounds moved up. A further squad of rangers was decimated and with my own psycannon I destroyed the lone Farseer, who seemed surprised when his blasphemous sorcery failed to protect him against my blessed bolts. Seeing this the remaining enemy turned and fled the field.
Eldar conceded before the end of turn two.
Battle Report 06/06/04
Further to my previous report, there has been another clash with the Alaitoc. After their defeat at my hands on the 2nd, they fell back on previously prepared fortifications. The fortification strong point was a single bunker. Although my force was not configured for a full assault on the position, being virtually unchanged since last time, I decided a rapid advance was the best option. [Scenario = change of orders, bunker assault].
Once more the Alaitoc Rangers disrupted my advance, delaying most of my Praetorian infantry and pinning my Lancers. On my arrival in front of the Eldar line I observed a line of fortifications stretching entirely across the battlefield. I knew that the bunker was opposite my left, out of sight behind the defence wall.The entire wall was lined with small units of Rangers and two farseers were present in Waveserpents. I knew that the remainder of his force was in reserve, but I had no idea what he had available.
The Eldar seized the initiative, both Waveserpents charging down the flanks at me. Both farseers emerged with their warlocks. One farseer unleashed unholy psychic energy into my conscripts, sucking 9 souls into the warp. The other warlock imobilised one of my basilisks with his spear. The rangers up and down the line opened fire, causing both command squads to fall back severely damaged. My conscripts were then hotly engaged by the farseer attacking them, losing a further life to the evil alien.
Relying on our faith in the Emperor I then ordered return fire. Both waveserpents were downed and the unengaged farseer squad was destroyed. A ranging Basilisk shot was launched at the bunker but fell short. But it was my two hellhounds moving up into range of the fortifications that unmanned the enemy. Realising that their fortifications were no defence against the holy flames of the Emperor’s tanks, they fled rather than fight on.
If the enemy continues to demonstrate the same lack of determination I anticipate the end of all meaningful Eldar resistance on Agriworld 2648 by tea time.
Eldar conceded before the end of turn one.
two nice victories, but theyre made a bit hollow by the enemy forfeiting are they not? especially the first battle, the eldar weren't out of the fight when they surrendered.
Yes, although I think it was the other way round. In the first battle I had removed his main anti-tank capability (except for his support platforms) and his army was on foot and had a very low model count. He didn't have a cat in hell's chance of winning a patrol.
In the second battle I have since discovered that he had some very decent kit in reserve - including two squads of shining spears with a bright lance. Although it is not evident in the report my Basilisks were in the open (I had to to get over the minimum range for indirect shots at the bunker) and would not have lasted long. He should definitely have fought on here.
These are the first two battles I have fought with this army and my regular opponent is facing a bit of a new challenge. Unfortunately I don't think his demoralisation will last long!
hmmm. i see what you mean, although you mentioned shining spears..... tell him from me that if he wants a bright lance, take a vyper.... shining spears are undisputedly the most useless but still cool-looking unit eldar can have. anything they can do, another unit can do better and/or more cheaply. anyway enough ranting, and good luck with future games.
He doesn't own any Vypers. From the receiving end the Shining Spears are very effective. Bright lance hitting on 2+, then moving behind terrain in the assault phase so that (if he is careful) I can only shoot back with indirect fire! Expensive, but an extremely effective anti-tank unit, and always seem to make their points up.