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Baptism of Fire
It's a actual battle that happened today, and it has tons of fluff. When I started writing it it was supposed to be a battle report better than just a Turn 1/Turn 2 thing. Then it grew into me adding fluff into it and turning it into a story/battle report. I didn't think anyone would care too much if I put it in Battle Reports because, at heart, this is a battle report. If this goes in the fluff section more than the Battle Report section then please move it, and my apologises for putting this in the wrong forum.
Commander Shas'el Un'Var made the final conformation with fleet. The forces that had originally registered on the sensors were indeed Chaos. A patrol had taken the bait and followed the stealth team's ghost traces into the canyon. Un'Var took one last look at recon satalite images.
"Two squads of Devestators, Marines, and a Predator, this force is smaller than the one that left their stronghold," He radioes to headquarters.
"Continue with the attack, we have no proof that they didn't just head back," Shas'o Tu'Kon radioed back, slightly disgruntled at the young commander.
"Troops, Chaos has taken the bait and are moving in as I speak. Initiate rockslide ambush. Stealth team Void Stalker, mount up," He shouted over the ccommand wire.
No sooner were his words spoken than Echo and Wave squad's Devilfish were flying high speed through the canyons. Crisis squad Frequency was folowing tight behind Echo and Wave. Hammerhead Amplitude flew to the top of the canyon and unleashed its ionized fury at one of the Devestators squads, tearing apart two grotesque Marines but missing those with the truly dangerous weaponry. After seeing this, Commander Un'Var and his Tempo suits jumped to the right of Amplitude to see the carnage, but could only make out the carnage using his suits advanced optiocs. To add insult to injury Hammerhead Volume hovered above the ridge and unleashed its fury, but this time to no effect.
"I guess its time to put our new weapons to the test," He whispered to himself, sounding uncertain. "Fire now!" he shouted.
Broadside team Bass unleashed its railguns into the the devstator squad. Un'var saw two more Marines dissaper. "Terribly effective," he laughed to himself.
A puff of smoke was his answer followed by a loud crack. He disengaged his optics to see Volume engulfed in a fireball.
"Damage report, now!" he screamed, fearing the worst.
Before the smoke had cleared it was obvious that Volume's main armament was a twisted wreck but, thankfully, the ship was not losing altitude. With Volume's sacrifce he had found the Predator, or the twiseted hulk that was, at one time, a normal predator.
No matter, Echo and Wave were about to unload their payload, and with Frequency acting as the big guns, there were about to be some very dead Marines.
12 Firewarriors and 2 Gun Drones flooded out from each of the two transports traping the Marines inside the canyon walls leaving them only room to step back. Just as the Marines realized how much firepower was headed their way Frequency jumped up from behind cover and was in rapid fire range of the closest squad. As Frequency landed the Firewarriors, Devilfish, and Gun Drones unloaded upon the Marines.
"They're Nurgle Marines! Continue firing!" Cracked over the command circut. Un'Var had not planned for these but was more than confident that his warriors could handle them. To make sure of this he had Frequency fire down into the fray. Frequency unloaded their ordanance before hopping back behind cover to reload only to hear the cracks of Lascannons and the crash of Echo's Devilfish and the subsequent battle crys of the Nurgle Marines as they charged into the gun drones and then continued into Echo screaming for blood.
"Echo may have them outnumbered three to one, but they will not win. Frequency, continue harrasing the Marines till Echo is about to break, then set up a defensive line outside of charge range and finish off those Nurgle Marines." Un'var barked.
Now, that the eastern front was atleast maintained he needed to take care of that Predator. It's mutated armor plating wasn't even denting under Ion Cannon fire.
The unholy beast had fired, and hit Amplitude. Yet, it had failed to penetrate.
"Damage report." he shouted, but this time with some semblance of vocal control. He could see that there was no physical damage except for a severe dent and a notisably frantic attempt to return to a stable flightpath.
"....(Static)...." was the only response, nothing more than expected after a shot like that.
After he cleared Amplitude as being alive he looked at his own squad. Where was Sy'Ger? As soon as he said that he wished he didn't. He saw his comrade's suits torn in half by the impact of rocket. There would be time for mourning later, he had a battle to win. He checked on Cri'Odan and found that there were several heavy bolter rounds lodged in the armor. They were still in fighting shape, and now they had a new reason to demolish the fould sub-Gue'la scum.
He had to turn it so he could hit the rear plating and it was about damn time to call in the Void Stalkers.
"Void Stalkers, land at cordinites 481F 722A, right behind that Predator. Prepare to volley fire into the back of that beast." Un'var said with a newly found sense of calm.
With the majority of Echo squad dead in the eastern pass Frequency, now only two members strong due to a Lascannon shot, had fallen back and prepared to finish off the Nurgle Marines. Frequency had already finished off the other squad while Wave was working on the devestator squad when the last of Echo was finnaly slaughtered. When the Nurgle Marines were finished they continued their advance towards Frequency only to be answered with Frequency's plasma and energy beams.
The Void Stalkers had not been able to puncture the skin of the foul beast they had landed behind. Now angered, the metal behemoth spun its treads and no opened up on the poorly protected Void Stalkers. When the smoke had cleared there were only three left. Instead of being terrorized the attack only added more zeal to their mission. Now, with the rear armor exsposed to Un'var and Amplitude, they unloaded. The plasma and fusion blasters had no effect on the beast. Amplitude unloaded its Ion Cannon into the back of that beast destroying it and sending its turet flying. The western flank was now won. As Amplitude, Volume, Tempo, the Void Stalkers, and Un'Var all rolled east to rejoin the battle they noticed a bright light appear infront of them. Before Un'Var realized what was going on, he saw Volume swoop in to block his path. Over the company frequency he heard the last words the crew of Volume would ever say.
"Terminators!" Then a grinding and screeching of metal was heard as chainfsts battered the outside of the tank.
Volume had blocked the Terminators charge into Un'Var by sacrafice, and Un'Var was sure that they would be seeing their gods in short order. Tempo, Frequency, and Amplitude all unloaded into the Terminator squads and when the they were finished only a Terminator and the Lord were left. Instead of charging into Un'Var they jumped into the canyon to kill Wave. Un'Var knew they had no chance of surviving. In almost no time there were nine dead Firewarriors and another destroyed Devilfish. The devestators decided that this was the perfect time to fire off their last volley before they retreated to their stronghold. The last Lascannon shot hit Frequency causing one suit to explode. The sole suit remaining in Frequency decided that it was time for him to retreat back to the LZ.
The battle was over and the Tau had won. It was just a matter of hunting down the Lord and Terminator. The ships, while wrecked, could be repaired, but the loss of good soldiers could never be replaced. Un'Var had won the day and validated himself as a new commander, but at a very high premium. He had passed his baptism of fire.
This was my first battle report and I think the end could of used some work but I got tired of writing so I just wanted to end it and didn't try with any of the fluff.
That was pretty good. However, it would be helpful if you included a casualty list for both sides at the end, as it would help sum up your story (and would be easier to understand). I really liked the commands of the Tau leader. Nice Job!!!
<span style='color:blue'> Die Infantrie -
Die Konigin Aller Waffen
The Infantry -
The Queens of the Services</span>
<span style='color:red'>Durch Wehrwillen zur Wehrkraft
Through military will to military strength</span>
<span style='color:gray'> "In a man to man fight the winner is the one who puts an extra round in his magazine"
-Field Marshal Erwin Rommel</span>
ThanksOriginally posted by TEUTONIC_KNIGHT@Jan 1 2005, 02:51
That was pretty good. However, it would be helpful if you included a casualty list for both sides at the end, as it would help sum up your story (and would be easier to understand). I really liked the commands of the Tau leader. Nice Job!!![snapback]290553[/snapback]
The Tau's casualties were
3 Crisis Suits
3 Stealth Suits
2 Squads of Firewarriors with Devilfish
3 Crisis Suits
3 Stealth Suits
Chaos casualties were
1.5 Devestator Squads
1 Squad of Marines
1 Squad of Nugle Marines
.5 Devestator Squads
It would have been more but my opponet gave up seeing as all his units were going to be dead when the end of turn 6 rolled around, i.e. my turn .
that battle report/fluff was cool, I like it
I like the integration of fluff with the battle
keep up the good work (Y)
Hope Is The First Step On The Road To Dissapointment.
I say, very nice written adn though of, even though that Tau commander didn't seem o be confident some times, a thing that they are.
how many points was this?
Good work ^_^
A very excellent read. My only bit of advise is to include the army list at the begining of the report.
I really liked the way you laid the story out entirely from the POV of the Tau. It made it a little difficult to follow the movements of the Chaos force, but I still liked it immensly.
Gyauayuayuayua! Ja! Ve vill crush da little girly men in deir little girl men awrmor! Ve vill see owur enemies driven befowur us, und hear da lahmentaytions of deir wemen. Und from owur home planet, de stayte uf Califowurnia, ve vill lawunch owur mighty offensive. Even if you kill us, ve'll be bach!! Gyauayauyauyauyau!
-Arnoldunit Schwarzenecronegger; when questioned about the impending doom he would rain down upon the heads of his doomed enemies.
Just one thing. You said that when the Fire Warriors disembarked from their devilfish, they had two gun drones as well. Were these off of the Devilfish, or with the squad. Because if they were with the squad then you had two many models in the Fish.
However, that was a very well written report. It was indeed a little tough to get a good feel of the chaos forces, but none-the-less, good report.
Begone! This is not for your brains.
When Lost Nemisis says something, it pays to listen...
And to think, if it weren't for me, he may not even be playing Tau.
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