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Disclaimer: This was a narrative battle so it was no balance on forces. The chaos was meant to win in first rounds and to lose in the end. They had like 3000 points more than Eldar and Space marines (16000 - 19000) and also 6 superheavies versus 1 of the Eldars but the Tau hos was 9000 points strong and turned the battle. Enjoy and i will post pictures in the following day.
Sage of Inquisitor Lord Marcus,
It has been 65 days since our curious surrender and the start of collaboration with Eldar forces. I had seen many wonderous things but it is nothing like this evacuation. Long lines of Wave Serpents transporters carrying the civil population into the warp gates, 2 gracious titans dissapearing into the gate while a third one standing still guarding our fast retreat from this planet.
In the distance i can now hear the explosions of Eldars harassing foces that have the orders to delay the ruinous powers advance.
Brother Justicar Henric had finished the activation of the beacon 4 days ago but no sign of any imperial rescue
Day 66 Morning
The entire night bombardment forced the shields to collapse in several parts of the city outskirts reducing them to rubble. Our forces took light casualties.
There is something odd also in the ELdar encampment. The grey knights sense it too like a thirst for blood and battle. Marcus is smiling and said that we`ll see a rare sight.
Day 66 Morning 2 hours later
I saw it. Is true. A figure of molten lava and fiery touch. Miranda our mystic almost died from the psyhic scream of this monster. Brothers Knights are repulsed and only their vows to the Inquisitor stop them to attack it. The Eldar Avatar of War is marching.
Day 66 Noon
It is too silent. A fog is in the distance but shapes of the enemies are saw. The gate is closing.
The Eldars opened fire. I had dispatched all my pict ravens into the air. I have to see this.
Right flank i receive images of a Valkyrie type aircraft downed by Eldar anti air fire. I saw a trio of falcons speeding into the clouds. The right flank is advancing with Autarch Ar`devan in the front.
The fog is collapsing with the beginning of another Chaos bombardment exactly in the middle of Eldar primary defense line. I see emergency med serpents evac for wounded and dead, including the farseer Altrasan.
From the front like i see a falcon gunned down by enemy anti air. I push my ravens foward and the whole horror of the enemy is seen. I count 2 baneblades, 1 stormlord 1 corrupted baneblade that look alive and pustlent and above all a warhound chaos titan. On its feet countless leman russes and raging former imperial guard and monstruos engine of destruction from which countles mad berzekers of knorne are howling for blood.
In the back i see 2 eldar scout walkers from the harrasing forces beeing destroyed after they attacked like a scalpel and destroyed a missile launcher. The huge explosion recorded by raven 0-14532 have traces of warp fractures meaning it had been a Vortex missile. Praise the emperor for that sacrifice!
Brother justicars urge the inquisitor to move. It seems the enemy teleported forces into our lines: storm troopers and chaose terminators. Eldar acrobatic banshees, shiny dire avengers from right flank and shimmering harlequins are engaging them. in the middle the Avatar is rushing in a swirling melee. In the end The Avatar is extracting it`s flaming sword from the dead carcass of a chaos lord. The storm troopers tried to damage the titan but the armour even cracked in some parts resisted. Now they are running.
I see pods. Space marines drop pods.
"Inquisitor Marcus, this is chapter master Jachim of the Fury Lions chapter. We have come to pay our blood debt to you. me and my entire first company. We`ll delay the enemy advancement till our fleet we`ll be entering orbit and can provide enough cover fire to make your extraction possible. Wish us luck and may the Emperor be with you"
Eldar titan is shooting in support of the space marines while eldar fire dragons die destroying the Plaguereaper of Nurgle (curse it`s foul name). Another baneblade is wrecked and the stormlord is damaged. I see 20 terminators teleporting in the middle of the enemy horde. Hundred of chaos guardmens die battling to bring down this 20 heroes. One chaos dreadnought explode by cyclone missile fire while another enter in a blood frenzy into his own lines butchering a few unlucky guards. On the right flank the eldars are trying to rejoin the battle after the teleporting attack but they are too far. Chaos berzekers smash into space marines vanguard and honour guard while the tactical and veteran squads are taking tremendous fire from the titan, obliterators and renegade tanks.
The eldars are in tumult in the back lines while the knights are cursing. Demons are entering from warp rifts all along the battle line but sorcery are stopping us to see them. Only a few manage to shoot some artillery missile and a huge wraithlord flamed away some mad blood letters.
Over our heads a chaos bomber is shooting eldar lines again with a duo of fighters in support. The casualties are piling and only a few eldar reserves are available. The grey knights are preparing for battle. We do not have any more comunication with the eldars since the critical wounding of Altansar and the departing of farseer Jac`ela and it`s seer council on screaming jetbikes towards the enemies.
We have some strange readings also on tactical displays. Unknown energy readings all over the battlefield.
I had just watched with horror as a obliterator fire smashed the head of the eldar titan. He fought well and one down in defense but it seems the enemy horde is unstoppable. Only a few space marines remained alive but we have scattered or damaged enemy tanks all over the place. And i counted at least 3 dozens berzekers killed on a pile in front of the bodies of the chapter master and its honour guard.
A fire prism put it`s shuriken cannon to the air and manage with a lucky shot to bring down from the air the chaos bomber while eldar wraith guard and lords are battling on the back of the line with a huge line of bloodletters leaded by a khorne herald with a collar of heads on it`s waist. I saw this creature taking with a single cut the head of a wraithlord while laughing with the voice of horror. The lesser man from inquisitor retinue are grim and the fear is in their eyes. Praise the Machine god as is superior over the human flesh.
The terminus ultra space marine land raider is wrecked by a lucky shot from a chaos land raider on the right flanked. i am confident if we win this battle the machine spirit can be brought to life again to serve the Emperor.
Screaming noise marines attacked Autarch Ar`devan. His blood is spilled now on the ground. Only one falcons is still in the air shooting but the assault aspect wave is still active on the left flank engaging the enemy with the remains of the space marine company. Jain Zar and it`s banshees jump and assaulted a cohort of 4 obliterators.
We have teleports all over the place. A host of Tau warriors are entering the battle field. Firewarriors, hammerheads and skyrays in the back, pathfinders in the middle and stealth suits and crisis suits in the back of the enemy lines.
The blood letters advance comes to a halt while harlequins 2 wraithlords and 4 squads of fire warriors are engaging them. No demon escape. In the back the chaos titan is down wrecked by railguns of a Tau fireshark and multiple broadsides and melta crisis suits. Chaos fighters engage the Fireshark but the tau warrior is a experimented pilot and is escaping all their attacks almost unscratched (pict camera see only damage to weapon systems).
Reserve chaos berzekers smash into the crisis line but their forces are thinner and thinner. It seems the Tau had turned the tide.
We have friendly fire incidents in the back. Without farseer guidance or Autarch orders it seems Tau had orders to engage anything that is not Eldar or Tau. We lost brother Mickel squad and i have picts with a Space marine predator killed by tau devilsih`es.
The chaos is in full retreat with a few squads of mad berzekers still engaged in isolated battles. Only a few space marines survived the battle and we managed to transmit friendly tactical indicators to the tau forces. The Fury Lion fleet just entered orbit after managed not to be engaged with the Tau fleet in orbit. Chaos fleet runned away and space marines promised to cleanse this planet of any chaos traitor. The Tau are retreating after a small conference with the surviving Autarch on the field.
Last Eldars leaved and we go home
It has been 67 days since we landed here and this battle took 11 hours.
Before the storm:
Assault Wave preparing to engage
Renegade superheavies andvancing on right flank
accompanied by Armored spearhead columns
This proxied the Plaguereaper of nurgle
Eldar main defense line
Chaos deployment almost complete
Chaos termies before beeing wiped out
Berzekers assaulting Vanguard veterans
Terminator deepstriking in the middle of enemy line
8 surviving termies (from 2 squads of 10) after saving more than 50-60 wounds and preparing to multi assault 5 squads of guardsmen and run them off the table
Crisis teams arriving in the back
Fire warriors supporting Eldar in smashing bloodletters into the ground
Interesting report. Some nice pictures and a lot of superheavies on the opposition side. Just curious, but in general, what did the teams consist of?
Record: Win - Loss - Draw: Hive Fleet Pandora (New) 32-6-6 Space Wolf 7th Co. 52-11-6
Blood Angels 12-4-2 Daemonhunters 20-8-3
Imperial Guards 12-5-2 Daemons 8-3-2
Eldar: around 12.000 points with 2 aspect assault waves (like 70 dire avengers, 2 autarchs, jain zar and 10 banshees and asurmen), 1 Court of young king with avatar and one squad of each aspect, 1 cloudstrike squadron (3 falcons) 1 prism (which we allow it for shuriken cannon to have aaa mount), eldrad (who died in first turn lol), 1 revenant titan, 13 wraithguard 4 warlocks and 3 wraithlords in a spirithost and pathfinders, 1 huge seercouncil on bikes, dark reapers and 2 squads of harlequins.
Space marine around 5000 points: 20 terminators in a deathkneel missile assault, 40 marines tacticals, 20 sternguards, 10 vanguards, 1 chapter master 2 librarians and 10 honour guard 1 terminus ultra land raider and 2 predators 7 pods with datasheet
Ordo Malleus 600 points 1 inquisitor lord with a huge retinue (includind 2 assault terminators - special rule) 2 squads of 5 grey knights
Renegade imperial guard around 6000points 2 baneblades, 1 stromlord, 2 armored spearheads (he used spearhead assets ) 200 guardsmens with 3 turns having without number rule (they died 2 times all of them) heavy weapons teams with lascannons and autocannons (9) 2 squads of storm troopers 1 vortex missile launcher datasheet, chimeras, hellhound, 1 sentinel, 1 vendetta, 1 hydra
CSM around 9000-10000
Chaos warhound, plaguereaper, 4 slaughterfiends with 60 berzekers, land raider, raptors, csm, noise marines in rhinos, 10 terminators with lord, 18 obliterators in a mean datasheet, 9 dreagnoughts, 1 hell bomber and 2 fighters
Skarbrand and 8x8 bloodletters in a datasheet
tau with 9000points fireshark, 2 hammerheads 2 skyrays, countless suits and stealthsuits (really can`t remember how many), 40-50 fire warriors in devilfishes, 30 pathfinders in devilfishes
hope i remembered all
Last edited by niraco; October 18th, 2010 at 06:15.
rep to you - great fun to read.
how long did that take to play out
Tau: 6K - W17-D3-L4, Orks: 4K - W9-D0-L2, SM: 7K - W7-D3-L4,CSM: 4K W5-D1-L1, Nids: 3.2K W3-D0-L2
Apoc games (mixture of armies used): W5-D0-L1