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On Sunday night I had my most recent play test of my (Soul Reapers CSM Mini-Dex)Hombrew CSM codex; it was a real knock down drag out event!
In my group we call this kind of intense game a...
I was trying out two newly created units: Seeker bikes and the Reaver siege troops. So we played 2000 points to facilitate both units as they weigh in at over 300pts each.
My list was as follows.
Titus the Butcher
3 Terminators, 3 Combi-Melta, 1 power fist
2x 10 Chaos Space Marines with 2 melta guns, Icon of Chaos Glory
Aspiring Champion with power fist
Rhino, extra armor
5 Chaos Marines (objective sitters)
8 Reaver Siege Marines
Heavy Flamer, Icon of Chaos Glory
Aspiring Champion with power fist
Aspiring Champion, Pfist, 2 Melta guns, Icon of Chaos Glory
1 Infernal Seeker Bike
My buddy Greg is in from outta town for Thanksgiving, so I will get a chance to redeem myself! He brought his brand new Steel Legion guard army.
CCS: 4 meltaguns, carapace armour, Chimera w/ multi-laser and heavy flamer
PCS: vox, 2 grenade launchers, autocannon
2x Infantry Squad: vox, grenade launcher, autocannon
3x Veteran Squad: 3 meltaguns, Chimera w/ multi-laser, heavy flamer
Veteran Squad: 3 plasma guns, carapace armour, Chimera w/ multi-laser, heavy flamer
Scout Sentinel Squadron:
2 Scout Sentinels w/ autocannons
2 Leman Russ w/heavy bolter sponsons
2 Demolisher w/ heavy flamer
The mission was Capture and Control with Spearhead deployment.
This is a rough map of the table layout. The red dots are the objectives, Brown blobs are hills and the green ones are forests.
He won the roll off and decided to go first. He deployed everything on board. I held the Terminators and Seekers in reserve.
For once I actually stole the initiative! Seemed like the Dark Gods were smiling on me.
In the first turn my Oblits downed a Vendetta and the Defilers killed 1 Chimera and stunned another. Titus and all the Rhinos rushed forward with two blowing smoke obscuring the third and Titus. He responded by Nuking the Obils with the second Vendetta and LR’s as I failed my 4+ cover saves. Then he destroyed the BC on one of the defilers. By the end of turn one all of the rhinos were stunned, thank goodness I took the extra armor so the advance could continue.
The second turn saw no reserves. The BC-less Defiler stun the second Vendetta, while the other defiler smacked down a second Chimera that exploded and killed three vets. Lucky for me there was a large rocky outcrop that I’d be able to hide two of my Rhinos behind. Unfortunately the third Rhino and Titus could not reach the outcrop and was destroyed in a hale of IG fire the squad that was inside was whittled down to 7 models losing it’s icon from the rest of the guard shooting. (I couldn’t seem to make a 4+ FnP or Cover save for the entire turn) I lost the Defiler with the BC to Leman Russ fire. His advance on my objective was getting close.
Turn 3 both the Seekers and Terminators show up, the Seekers race forward and butcher the Griffon battery and the Terminators got the perfect scatter 2 inches behind the Demolisher Sqdn. They nuked one and destroy the cannon on the other! I rushed the Reavers forward disembarked then fried 8 Guardsmen with the Heavy Flamer, the rest of the guard sqd are mopped up by pistol fire! The squad of 7 CSM’s destroys one of the dismounted vet squads with bolter fire. The mounted squad does a drive-by and destroys the Sentinels. The defiler shakes the Vendetta, so it cannot fire for another turn!
He kills the defiler in his turn with the LR sqdn. He destroys the mounted squads rhino, but the squad weathers the flashlight and autocannon fire unscathed. The command squad lights up the Seeker bikes killing three. The two Chimera mounted squads disembark and rain hell on my 5 man squad of CSM’s they manage to kill two, I lose two more CSM’s from the 7 man squad luckily I pass both leadership tests. Amazingly other than the Heavy Flamer toting Demolisher nothing else shot at the Terminators.
Turn 4 my errors are grievous in this one. I move the Melta toting 10 man CSM squad forward to rapid fire their bolters as I thought they were to far away to move shoot pistols and assault, I was wrong and would pay in the bottom of the 4th. While they did kill 8 guardsmen who passed their LD test, they left themselves with their arse hangin’ in the wind. The Reavers move up and assault and wipe out the PCS. The Seekers decide to kill the Command squad. The now 5 man melta CSM squad assaults the last of the Chimera-less Vets win combat and run ‘em down. My objective holders kill 3 Vets from one of the two squads that are set to assault them. I assault the Demolisher with the Terminators and immobilize it.
He moves nothing in his turn other than spinning the LR sqdn around to bring the pain to my arse swinging melta sqd. After 18 heavy bolter and two BC shots the CSM squad is vaporized! He assaults my 3 man squad on my objective and killed all three. He now holds both objectives.
Turn 5 I assault the last infantry platoon squad off his objective with my Seeker Bikes, but my Reavers and withered Melta CSMs are both about an inch short of being able to claim his objective. The game ends on a die roll at the end of his turn. Victory to Greg and the Steel Legion!
So all in all a fantastically tough game lost by a mere inch! It was nice to be able to throw down with Greg as I only get to see him 2 or 3 times a year since he moved to Oregon.
After looking at what happened in this game I may drop the Defilers for some more long range AT, which I feel I am severely lacking. I'm just not sure what to use, because I don't wanna spam Oblits. With the tank heavy options that the guard have now I need a little more reach out an touch them in my list. Although I could just be over reacting.
Unfortunately I have no pics as the idiots at the camera repair shop seem to have misplaced my camera that they supposedly fixed.
When will you traitorous Dogs learn? Good report mate and it's easy reading which is good for me as i'm a wee bit simple. Personally i hate that mission.
That Guard list is pretty nasty by the way.
Last edited by Lord Borak; November 25th, 2009 at 09:54.
Thanks for the comments. I didn't think this Guard list was abnormal, but locally I rarely see multiple Russ sqdns. I think it's a great list it was nice to see him use Griffons over Bassies too, but damn 4 tanks with AV14, throwing 4 pie plates a turn had me worried when I saw it.