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My friend Dave and I are involved in a local pyramid/tournament, in which he was on the tier above me. Having freshly acquired a Land Raider Crusader to bolster my army, I was ready to take him on.
Using approximately 1,300 pts each we decided on a basic take and hold scenario, with both of us deploying at either (lengthwise) end of a 6'x3' table (hey, it was a kitchen table) with an even mix of terrain between the two of us, and in the center an abandoned spaceport (no photos at this time, sorry).
The spaceport, obviously was the take and hold objective. As for the terrain between us, I could see the spaceport the most clearly but I also had two fairly large sections of difficult terrain in front of me; leaving me with the option to either bottleneck through the two or try and traverse them. Since the 'hole' was directly toward the spaceport, it seemed the most likely route.
The Necron's side was a little different; dominated by a large, high wall, an entire half of the playing field was obscured to his forces.
Here are the basic army lists
Me (Vanilla Space Marines ; "the Silver Hands")
1 - Hellfire Dreadnought (TLC and ML)
1 - Pred Annihilator - with HBolters and a TLLC)
1 Land Raider Crusader (big mistake)
8 Man Terminator Squad with 6 Power Fists, 1 Chainfist and 1 Power Sword.
10 Man Tactical Squad w/ Veteran Sgt., Missile Launcher and Plasma Cannon.
1 Chaplain on a Bike with Artificer Armor (among other things).
1 Vindicare Assassin (muahahaha)
His Army List (approximately)
2x14 Man Necron Warrior Squads
1 Necron Lord with Warscythe
3 man Wraith Squad(ron?)
5 man Destroyer Squadron
5 man Immortal Squad
Im pretty sure Im forgetting something, as it doesnt quite seem to even up does it..
I setup my tac marines directly behind the leftmost patch of diff. terrain, giving them a clear line of sight to the objective but not much else. My dreadnought idled off to their left, ready to skirt the edge of the board around the difficult terrain; giving it a clear line of sight to one of the Warrior Squads on the far end, as well as the Lord behind them. My chaplain also idled directly in the gap between the two terrains, while my two tanks hugged the right hand side of the board, with the Predator running interference for the LRC directly behind it. My terminator squad piled into the crusader.
The Vindicare assassin however, immediately took up position on a large boulder which gave it oversight of the entire left hand side oft he table, including the Necron Lord!
Dave set up his Necrons as best he could; there were plenty of them and not alot of room. A squad basically took up either side of his end of the table, preceded by his wraiths and Destroyers, with the immortals bringing up the rear. He also knew I was gunning for his Lord - knowing full well what his Veil of Darkness ability could do, and his understanding (thanks to some earlier bragging of mine) as to what my Assassin could do. THe only downside to Dave's setup was that there wasnt much I'd be able to do about one of his squads before he did indeed manage to use the Veil ability, and the other squad was entirely behind the huge wall! (I assumed he would do this, hence my tanks poised to charge up the side).
I sense Im going into way too much detail here so I will sum up
Using my dreadnought and my vindicare I managed to shear 2 wounds off the Lord, and eliminate 2 of the Destroyers before he managed to Veil his first squad.
My chaplain immediately moved up and hugged the wall of the spaceport, while his Wraiths went OVER it and landed next to the poor Padre.
My ranks roared into action and surged forward, just outside of weapons range as his second squad vaulted the wall. His Immortals just sat at the back, ready to support the second squad should my tanks move further (they couldnt see them for the spaceport at this phase).
His destroyers drifted vaguely towards my dreadnought, firing all the while but not managing to successfully hit the dread. In the meantime, Bain (the dread) took down another 2 of the Destroyers with the aid of the assassin who by now had moved forward through the terrain to face the objective.
Suddenly an entire squad of 14 Warriors, led by a *****ed of Necron Lord appear 5 inches away from my unsuspecting Space Marine Squad (who had bunched together to fit through the bottleneck). Each fired 2 shots, but ultimately, only 5 of my battle brothers fell. These did Not include my Missileer and Plasma Marine.
Now, let me put this in perspective. He did not charge to assault my marines afterward, so the two squads are approximately 5 inches apart. In my turn, I opted not to move, instead taking full advantage of the rapid fire quality of my Plasma Cannon. I Hit with both of its shots and my rocket launcher. EVERY ONE of his Warriors dropped. Visual: THe Necron Lord is standing on a boulder (the same one the vindicare had mounted to give the Lord's head a few new dents) surrounded, by a perfect circle of his dead warriors. Dave was ashen-faced!
In the meantime, the predator and dreadnought managed to make short work of the Destroyers, though not before another Tac Marine felt the kiss of their gauss cannons.
If the annihilation of his warrior squad was the high point of the game for me, here is the low point; my Land Raider Crusader revved up and past the idle Predator, shooting past the spaceport but stopping short of being unable to fire its weapons. Taking aim at the warrior squad which had vaulted the wall, it opened up with all of its weapons. At this point, Dave was looking like he'd reached the end.
EVERY WEAPON MISSED. Every single one. we're talking 2x Hurricane Bolters with 3 shots each, A twin linked Assault Cannon and a MultiMelta... that squad should have been reduced to random atoms and an attractive skid mark. Instead they raised their gauss rifles menacingly. Dave knew full well that the Crusader was one big Brick with 14 Point armor on all sides. Not to mention the Extra Armor bonus. He didnt have high hopes and I was looking forward to ramming the damnable robotic dead into the wall they had their backs to.
He scored 2 glancing hits. And rolled a 6.
From the gutted hulk of the crusader stumbled the full squad of terminators, all of whom made their saves and emerged blinking into the sunlight. 12 inches from the Warrior Squad.
Now another point is this; the assault between the Wraiths (x3) and my Chaplain, had been going on this entire time (some 4 odd rounds) in stalemate. We had literally rolled the same number of hits and wounds for 3 rounds, all of which ended in nothing. I was proud of the padre but knew he wouldnt be able to hold out long.
My dreadnought was meandering now, unable to shoot at... anyone as they were all either in assault or occupied, so he saunted toward the objective and sat on it. Likewise the predator.
THe termies slammed into the warriors, cutting down 3 of the warriors before slamming into them for a devastating assault, felling a further 4 of them without taking a casualty.
Meanwhile, the padre was finally cut down by the wraiths, who then moved to my hapless marines who were now fully engaged by the Necron Lord.
Long story short, the squad was annihilated but not before my Sergeant bravely took down a Wraith before falling himself. The terminators mopped up the last squad, and were it not for the end of the game, would've had to face the Immortals which, until then, had done nothing.
I've skipped a few details, Im sure; of the squad that accompanied the Lord, only 6 of them got back up after the initial 'cull', but those 6 fell again shortly afterward.
Ultimately it was more of an annihilation match than take and hold, with our units only vaguely near the objective at the end.
It came down to who had more; and that was me! Dave was only one unit shy of having to phase out, too.
Good match, I look forward to tommorrow's rematch.
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Your Tac squad has 2 heavy weapons? Don't you mean "plasma gun" and not "plasma cannon"? BTW, a Plasma "Cannon" cannot fire twice, as it is Heavy 1.
Where are your Troops? I know that you have a lot of cool models in your army, but you only have 1 tac squad. As long as your friend is fine with this, it's nothing.
Still, since you're building your army up, I'd make the next purchase a good box of tactical troops and some scouts.
I've never played against Necrons but it sounds like you had a good time on a small table. I like small games like this because they tend to be nail-biters, where every shot counts!
I fear the Necrons Gauss weapons, since they can always glance on a 6, and they typically get a lot of shots! I don't think I would've taken the Crusader against them--hindsight is 20/20, though!
Purge all the heretics,
Kill the alien scum,
Suffer not the unclean to live,
And have a beer when you're done.
Enjoyed the read, Mercutio.
Well it looks like you made the mistake of putting way too many expensive units in too small of a game. Obviously this game was not really legal since you only had one troop chioce and were using a vindicare assasin without an inquisitor, but as long as this was ok with your friend then no harm done.
I can also tell you from experience that anything with armor vs necron is almost doomed, especially if it has alot of armor. I have alot of luck with a plasma cannon dreadnought against crons though.
The enemies of the Emperor fear many things. They fear discovery, defeat, despair and death. Yet there is one thing they fear above all others. They fear the wrath of the Space Marines!
Against Necrons if you are hellfire bent on using a transport a rhino is more effective than a Land Raider. 3 Landspeeders with Multimelta's and Heavy flamers work wonders vs Necrons, are harder to kill than a land raider and last time I checked still cost about the same as a land raider.