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Another game for the campaign. Marines again this time, man I wish I could actually challenge people just for a change of pace. At least it is a slightly different flavor of marines.
Mephiston with Honor Guard (they have various doodads like a banner), 2 10 man tac squads, 1 5man assault squad, 5 Death Company, 1 Venerable Dread, 1 techmarine with 4 servitors (2 gun and 2 regular), 2 whirlwinds.
2 farseer + bike squads (the usual), Warp Spiders, 3 warwalkers with scatters, 2 squads of 2 vypers with starcannons
I won the roll and chose first turn. Setup was like this. I put the one objective on my side, he put the one behind the rocks, and I put the last one on his side out in the open. I hoped that he would place his guys across me and out in the open so I could easily kill them and zoom over the at the end to contest/claim if I had to.
On my first turn I moved everything but my spiders. I wanted to go easy this turn, so I spread fire around. I killed a few tac marines in a combat squad with a missile launcher, 1 honor guard, and a few assault marines.
His assault marines fail their leadership and run off the board. I hop back with my bikes to give cover to my walkers and vypers. My other vypers are save from fire as they are already behind cover.
He moves his honor guard, dread, and death company forward. The death company don't have jump pack so they move slowly (he didn't field his rhino for some reason). Now I have only ever played again 2 BA players before, but they both just moved their honor guard out in the open. This time it was with Meph, and the other with Dante. Is this a common tactic? His two tac squads on the right move so they can see/claim. He fires his missile killing a jetbike. His assault cannon dread does nothing, and his two whirlwinds don't do anything either.
Well with the honor guard out in the open the choice is easy. I have seen this before and it fared just as well the first time. My left hand jetbike squad goes after the dread to get character campaign points, otherwise I probably would have just ignored it. Everything else moves and fire on the honor guard and Mephiston, killing them.
I assault the dread, take an arm off and immobilize it. My other jetbikes hop back to protect my walkers and spiders move in front to cover the vypers.
He runs his death company into terrain for cover from the starcannons. Each missile fires at a different vyper squad, destroying one on the left and stunning one on the right. A plasmacannon fires on my bikes killing one. He fails to repair his dread.
I finish off the dread, it explodes killing 2 servitors but my bikes are fine.
My vypers, jetbikes and warp spiders all move up to engage different units. My walkers move forward to have a clear shot on just about anything. My spiders wipe a unit by themself with some poor armor save rolls, the lone vyper kills the lone missile marines, and my bikes and the other vyper combine to kill the other missile tac squad. My jetbikes on the far left fire on his objective holding tac squad, killing the Sergent and 2 others.
I assault the marines and kill them taking no damage. My jetbikes and warp spiders jump out of assault range.
With nothing to attack he runs his death company in between to cover both objectives. He moves his techmarine in and flames by bikes, but it does nothing.
He called the game. Another victory for the Eldar.
This will most likely be my last weekly battle report . I am disappointed that I face marines every week (2 MORE marines armies just joined), and I am sure it is even less fun to read about me walking all over people than it is to actually do it. I was hoping that these would be a tool to help the few budding jetbike eldar players we have, but I am not sure how much help they actually are without challenging opponents. If you want me to continue let me know, but as it stands this will be it.
I look forward to the local tournament in a month where I will be bringing my sisters of battle. Those should be some great fights!
Last edited by frozencore; April 2nd, 2009 at 06:32.
Yep, fortune and doom. I pretty much get to reroll everything once you add in the twin linked catapults, which means they usually do what I need them too. After that I add in a warlock with conceal for added survivability, rerolling a 5+ cover is even better than a straight 4+. It's expensive, but I think worth it in the end.
Last edited by frozencore; April 2nd, 2009 at 07:55.
You know we could play a game if someone came to the Chicago Meet this summer.
This is the first time since the start of 5th that I have only used two. I normally put in a small squad of dire avengers. I decided to change because more often than not I can hold one objective fairly easily thanks to turbo-boosting, or just the assault move. For example in this game I held two by turn 3 thanks to hopping around, so the last objective is moot even if he did have troops left. All I have to do with the others is just contest with my bikes, vypers, and warpsiders. A lot of people (including myself) started putting in way more troops than they needed when 5th edition started, all you have to do is hold 1 more than your opponent to win. I am constantly tweaking this and that based on how my games are going, and I doubt this will be the exact list I use 6 months from now.
Last edited by frozencore; April 2nd, 2009 at 09:12.
Very good report. I cry for the marines, but I do applaud your valor in battle. Eldar is the one army I struggle against immensly (apart from orks). It's like they were created to pwn Space Marines.
On another note. The application you are using to create the awesome battle report pictures. Did you create it yourself, or is there a link I can visit if I want to use it myself?
It's called Vassal (i hope, if not I'm horribly wrong) but it's a program which allows you to play games of 40k over the internet with other people, it now has almost every unit imaginable. It's an excellent thing to pick up, although it does take a bit of getting used to.
Hey Core Awesome game yet again. It seems that your are a bit to good for your gaming group. It seems you need to hit some GT's. anyways I hope we will recieve some army reports like this from the 1K Sister tournament. I'm very curious how you fair with them.
I'm really impressed with your extremely awesome ability to take in the battlefield and use all your game knowledge to just pown the armies you face. I'm doubting my choice in army construction I'm building a Fritz list but seeing your imens succes I'm feeling bad about my full skimmer list. I believe you could pown my list without any trouble.
So keep up the great games and Battle reports they are trully a great thing to read. all though I'm starting to pitty your opponents more and more.
I use Vassal and then Photoshop.