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I played my Friends Tau List in our third battle. We both had one apiece after my armies formation. This was to decide total supremacy.
Dracon with Reaver, Agoniser, Drugs, Plasma Grenades and tormentor helm
6x Reaver Bikers, With Succubus; Agoniser, Tormentor Helm and plasma grenades 2x blasters
10x wyches w/ succubus with agoniser and pistol, wych weapons
-raider w/ dark lance.
10x warriors w/ sybarite with punisher, tormentor helm and Plasma Grenades, unit has Splinter cannon and blaster
- raider w/ dark lance
10 warriors 2x dark lances
Ravager w/ 3 dark lances.
Commander with 2x4+ save drones, Missles, and plasma
3 suits, with missle pods, (I'm not actually sure what they had, they died before they could shoot much)
2x8 Fire warriors
6x pathfinders,3 with markerlights and carbines, and 3 with rail rifles (they had an assigned transpot devilfish)
Hammerhead, with Rail gun.
There was a low, long hill starting in the center of the table, ending on my center right side. a bunker on his side of the board, to my left, and a low hill between the large hill and the bunker.
I set up, with my three vehicals behind the hill, (I thought the cover would count) and with my reavers slightly behind them.
My warriors on foot, were out on the left side of the board, in full view, aliming to soak up some fire, and hopefully pop his hammerhead before it could kil everything within its very long, fiery range of death.
He set up, with his pathfinders (with devilfish) behind the bunker, both units fire warriors abut 18" on the other side of the long, low hill (which my raiders were behind) Kroot in front of his crisis suits, and his commander just to my left of them.
We rolled for first turn (and as usual) he won the roll, as he has done for all the Tau v DE battles weâ€™ve done.
So it was his go First.
He simply moved his pathfinders into the bunker, parking his devilfish in a supportive fashion, and moved his Kroot forward slightly.
Unfortunately, His nasty Hammerhead could see my poor little Wychâ€™s raider. He rolled to hit, and promptly did; massacring both it, and all occupants except for my very lucky Succubus (rolled a one to wound) and one bewildered looking wych.
Nothing else in view, he took out his death filled wrath upon my innocent dark lance squad, who suffered pathfinder shooting, plus a missile barrage, with one Dark Lacer remaining, who promptly failed his pinning test (but fail his on his own test later, and plays no further part in the game)
Finally, it was my turn.
It was a time for action. My wyches had been brutally slaughtered. Some of my heavy weapons lost.
My Ravager crept 6â€? up the hill, ready to fire, as my Warriors raider leapt forward 6â€? ready to engage the Kroot.
My wych and companion skulked understandably behind the hill, waiting for their moment.
My jet bikes stayed in cover, since there was no way I was going to be able to get into range of the fire warriors, and to stay out there at the moment was tantamount to suicide.
In the shooting phase, the dark lance of my warriors Raider managed to penetrate, and destroy the offending Hammerhead! Huzzah!
With no other real target, my Ravager shot at the crisis suits, with all three dark lances, instant killing two, in a hail of dark energy.
My warriors closed quickly with the Kroot, Fleet of Footing, to well within assault distance.
In the ensuing assault, my Punisher Equipped Sybarite managed to account for 3 of the ugly avian creatures, and the rest of my squad dispatched the remainder, except for three, who combined, managed to take down a warrior.
The Kroot outnumbered three to one, swiftly fled, and got cut down, with one captured for their troubles. As I was well within range of the 4â€? I rolled for consolidation, my warriors swept into the hapless crisis suits.
The return fire was swift and deadly. My Ravager, hit with a lethal volley of missiles and plasma from the commander, collapsed in a pile of wreckage. The brave warriorâ€™s raider was quickly silenced by a hail of rail gun bullets, but they were all expendable. I was in combat now, and as the assault phase rolled around, the single remaining crisis suit was quickly cut to ribbons by a glowing punisher.
My turn, and my Plasma grenade equipped warriors, headed ominously towards the bunkered pathfinders. The jet bikers and wyches sat around, stroking their blades, awaiting the time to strike.
In the ensuing assault phase, 2 pathfinders have already fallen to splinter cannon and blaster fire. The rest were cleaned up by the punisher and 14 or so attacks levelled at them
Swiftly, efficiently and gracefully, my warriors moved on to their next target, the commander, with an impressive consolidation of 6â€?
The Tau are in disarray, after the warriors ran rampant through their lines, the fire warriors are cut off, and under threat of assault from the slavering jet bikes (who were crazed, by the way)
The Tau, in an attempt to regain control of the situation, move their warriors forward, but out of 18â€? assault range for the bikes, and get around the cover of the hammerhead, so that they can attempt to blast my ninja warriors.
In the ensuing assault phase, my warriors took out the two shield drones, while my sybarite danced with the mechanical monstrosity of the tau, inflicting a wound with consummate skill. In return, the commander crushed two hapless warriors underfoot, but passed his damn test.
In my turn, the wyches moved forward to attack the commander, hiding from the fire warriors behind the smaller rocky outcrop
The jet bikes, tempted desperately by the tau, kept their sense, and remained hidden behind the hill, but were ready to leap out, as soon as the moment was right.
In the ongoing combat, one wound was made apiece, and no tests were taken.
The Devilfish swooped forwards, and used cover to clever effect, in order to singly target my hapless succubus. Despite hitting, and only needed twoâ€™s to wound with two hits, double ones were rolled, and my lucky ass wych succubus managed to survive once again.
The combat continued, and no wounds were scored.
In my turn, the wyches leapt forwards, and engaged the commander, while my jet bikes finally engaged their engines, and swept 12â€? behind the convenient cover supplied by the devilfish moving nose to nose with my warriorsâ€™ downed raider. All I needed to do was immobilise or stun the â€˜fish, and I would have a free path to the nasty warriors
The two blasters fired into the devilfish, both hit, one penetrated, and it was destroyed!
The combat, however was a complete wet fish, with my wyches doing nothing, and my warriors doing nothing also.
Agoniser and Punisher were now working in sync, so the commander couldnâ€™t possibly survive much longer.
In the Tau turn:
The commander dies under a flurry of blows, and my warriors and wyches consolidate 3 and 4â€? respectively toward to fire warriors.
My jetbikes leap to within 6â€?, and my warriors and wyches fleet of foot to the same point also.
In the ensuing assault phase, the entire squad is wiped out, to the man, though 4 power be weaponed characters, with at least 4 attacks each.
Consolidation is into the next fire warrior unit.
The Aun desperately tries to flee as his remaining fire warriors are cut down, gasping for breath behind a blacked hulk of what used to be a hammerhead, he summons his strength, and sends out a desperate feeling of his predicament, hoping that his cadre would feel his empathic cry, and come to his aid.
It was too late.
The screaming of highly tuned engines drew closer, along with the howling lust filled cries for blood.
The Aun stood, and moved bravely from his cover to meet his fate.
A cycle drew to a frighteningly sudden halt before him, and a figure with a black cloak jumped off, moving sinuously and surely, seeming to float across the ground, as his now quiet cycle did.
Drawing on his courage, the Aun prepared to give his life.
Smirking, the warrior removed his helmet, and drew a wickedly curved blade from an ornate sheath on his belt.
The Aun leapt forward, completing the circle within his mind, accepting his fate, hoping that this dayâ€™s sacrifice would better his kind. A sudden sharp pain to his forehead stunned him, and he reassessed the situation. The Eldar now stood a good two meters back, and was cleaning and sheathing his blade.
As the Aun prepared for another attempt, his Eldar spoke, slurring what he obviously considered a pathetic excuse for a language.
â€œThe poison will cripple you for the rest of your life, Mon Keigh. The delirium and fever it will give you, will recur at intervals throughout your life, crippling you and causing you great sufferingâ€?
The Aun began to notice paralysis taking over, his arms felt numb, and he struggled to remain upright. Where was he hit? He searched his body, and slowly hid hands rose to his forehead, where a searing pain was beginning.
â€œThat sign, means â€˜Markedâ€™ in my tongue, Mon Keigh. Rest assured, though you live today, your fate is sealed surer than as if I killed you now.â€?
The Aun felt an intricate series of cuts in his forehead, and instinctively knew that they would never, ever heal. He collapsed, and began to foam at the mouth, losing control of his limbs and beginning to fade into unconsciousness
When he awoke, in a clean, utilitarian room upon what he discerned to be a tau manta class cruiser, the last words the Eldar had Said, echoed through his mind.
â€œI will come for you.â€?
Nice report, both of you did pretty well tactically however, you got luckier. By the way mon keigh in tau means human, not eldar (as so I believe)
My bad , however, why did he include it in the report.
I belived that the "Mon Keigh" was the general Eldar word for those not of the eldar race, and thus to them were little more than savages, Etcetera.
It fits, in a logical sense... But if you have a replacement word, by all means enlighten me, and I'll happily replace it for you.
I thought mon-keigh meant inferior being. maybe not.
Mon Keigh means alot of things in the Eldar language as do all Eldar words, but it can be used as a term for any non-eldar(usually humans), and roughly translated can mean 'inferior', 'savage', 'unintelligent' or 'in need of extermination'.
Excellent battle report, and I really liked the flavorful ending. Its good that you steeled yourself and continued on fearlessly despite heavy first turn losses. I'd expect nothing less from Dark Eldar.
Last edited by Ebon Hand; February 22nd, 2006 at 21:35.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of it." -Anon
You can't charge an uncracked bunker sry i had to bring this up. First you gota break open the bunker ( its an av 14 imbole vehical for al intents and puposes a glancing hit or a peny hit cracks it and reduces its save to a 4+ as it then becomes ruins/wreckage whatever) or if you fire at the squad inside it with a weapon strength 8 or greater any roll to wound on a 6 i think cracks it ( something to that effect) Apart from that a job well done for the most part, though i don't think i've ever met a DE player wo called a wytch squad expendable.. oh well a wins a winOriginally Posted by Asmodean
Rheagar fought nobly
Rheagar fought valiantly
Rheagar fought honorably
And Rheagar died.
That is only in fortifications missions where the bunkers count as completely enclosed and have an armor value. Unless it was a bunker assualt mission where those rules are in effect, what he did was perfectly fine.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of it." -Anon
I thought the mon keigh was like the eldar monarchy thing...