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This was a small battle between my forces and my friend's newly aquired Farsight enclave. It was two small 500 pt games.
HQ-Ethereal with honor blade (chose not to put as Aun'shi)
Elites-4 stealth troopers
Fast Attack-7 Pathfinders with Devilfish
Troops-2x6Firewarriors (with ork upgrade...bad choice)
Heavy-Hammerhead-Railgun, smart missilies, multi tracker, and target lock
A devilfish secretely scouted ahead of the Tau forces, hovering near the top of a ruined building. One by one, the Pathfinders jumped out of the access points and loaded up onto the rooftop. The drones flew off wth the team of position finders. Unknowingly to both Tau forces, the Stealth troopers snuck along the ruins. Acting for the sole purpose of recon, the Elites hide behind rubble.
(1st) My turn
The firewarriors took up their positions behind whatever they could find. They had to stay out of the path of the railgun's submunition round. The Ethereal followed closely, and stayed near the two teams. While the Pathfinders steadied their aim, the Devilfish moved to the right outflanking the Hammerhead. The stealth team continued their silent advance. The Transport unleashed the mighty firepower of the burst cannon, wounding some Farsight FWs. Invisible beams hit the hull of the floating tank, and then a missile flew out of a hidden spot hitting the side engine. The tank was rocked, the crew was in panic as they tried to regain control...but then another missile hit home, and the tank burst into a massive gout of flames. The crew were instantly dead, caught in the massive explosion. Still unnoticed, the Stealth troops dropped from the air with their jump packs closing in on the enemies.
(1st) His turn
Farsight encouraged his FWs to move on, and they attempted to flank the Pathfinder team. The other FW team quickly marched pass the smoldering heap of metal, and moved towards the other flank. Farsight losing his control, moved towards the Devilfish and firing a single plasma shot at the front hull. The armor thickness proved too heavy, and it soaked up the shot well. The FW teams had no targets in range.
(2nd) My turn
With the threat of an ordinance blast gone, the Firewarriors advanced up the street taking up defensive postions along the crossroads. They hid behind some rubble, so if an enemy would have to come clearly into their sites in order to fire, giving the Ethereal's FWs first strike. The other Firewarrior team advanced to the right flank, ready to assist the Pathfinders after getting into postion. The Devilfish hovered to the right, gunning down several more of the enemies troops. The Pathfinders still maintaining their excellent height advantage, readied their shots against O'shovah's men. The stealth troopers were had a clear line of sight to the enemy FWs, but they were out of range. All of the enemy troops on the right flank were instantly dispatched. O'shovah was spotted after all the commotion died down. The stealth troopers crept closer to the huge battlesuit.
(2nd) His Turn
Infuriated by the deaths of his Firewarriors, O'shovah lashed out at the dealer of death, and shot the Devilfish twice, stunning the crew. The Enclave troops moved carefully along the walls, searching for the enemy. O'shovah, scared of the massive amount of firepower located within the vicinity, fleeted behind a building.
(3rd) My Turn
With the devilfish stunned, the right sides flank lost some firepower. Fortunately the stealth team got into postion and could well reach the cowering Commander. The Firewarriors were in range and readied their guns. The Pathfinder team steadied their aim as well, using an advanced scanner to locate the hidden commander. The Firewarriors on the left flank had also found the enemy's postion. They were bent on firing the first shots. In a huge firefight, the mighty burstcannons, which were steadied by some markerlights, discharged their massive amounts of plasma pulses ; the pathfinders shot one missile from a markelight, and the rest used their pulse carbines to heat up the atmosphere; and the mighty firewarriors blasted through the rubble and hit the Commander as well. The Commander with his shield generator in hand, deflected the missile, but his glorious armor fell to the massive amounts of plasma pulse shots. The stealth troopers blasted off and sought new ground that was a little closer to the remaining squad.
(3rd) His Turn
Sensing the end was near, the only hope for the martially trained Firewarriors was to seek hand to hand combat. They moved forward and fired at the enemy, a few of their shots hit, but all were saved by the same armor that both forces wore.
(4th) My Turn
The end was near, and things looked very bleak for the heavily-outnumbered lone squad. The Stealth advanced and readied their faithful burst cannons, the Devilfish now fully under control and operational, flew and moved into direct line of sight with the enemy. The Pathfinders again readied their weapons. The drones flew ahead to get as close to the action as possible. The other Firewarrior team advanced as far as possible up the street, but were out of range of the enemy. The faint beams of the hidden Pathfinder team hit the open enemy squad. The burst cannons ripped apart the enemy, while rapid fire from the well-dug in Firewarrior squad assisted in dealing the death.
The battle was over, and it was a great victory for my Tau.
With no casualties, and with strategies that wiped out the entire enemy force, I was smug. It was a graceful, a fierce victory. It was almost flawless.
My friend wanted to play another game, so I agreed. But that entry is for another day.
Good for you, beating him so badly, but where did the 2 missiles that took down the hammerhead come from?
It came from the Devilfish with the Seeker missiles...unfortunately, one missile didn't do anything, so it was actually three missiles
Anyway the second game was a little different in terms of the unit choices.
The Farsight Enclave used exactly the same choices.
Instead of my Pathfinders/Devilfish/Seeker Missiles (sorry I think I forgot to add that into the initial report) and ethereal, I used the following.
Fusion Blaster, Shield Generator, Plasma Rifle, HW multi-tracker
TL plasma, Shield generator, HW drone controller and two shield drones
The other two had:
Plasma rifle, multi-tracker, missile pod
Well I've been away for a long time...sorry! I'll finish up this report now!
Unnoticed with their holographic armor, the stealth team advanced past a few slabs of rubble. They took up postions behind cover, and they awaited for the battle to start.
1st My turn
The Firewarriors advanced steadily down the street and they took up fortifications behind a building. The other troops ran through the crumbling wall of a partially destroyed building. They awaited commands from the nearby commander. The stealth team covered more ground and they took up cover behind more scattered pieces of rubble. The Crisis suit team moved into sights of an enemy firewarrior squad, and they steadied their aim. The recoil stabilizers helped well as they shot deadly plasma fire at the screaming troops. Missiles flew from the team, tearing apart whatever the hit. Debris, smoke, and a potent smell of charred flesh filled the air. Intelligently, the lone firewarrior fell back as the towering behemoths gained an advantageous positon by using their jet packs to get them out of sight of O'shovah on the right flank and the deadly hammerhead down the center lines. The stealth team boosted over the street, blocking any line of sight from the enemy.
1st His turn
The Hammerhead moved across gracefully, and got into position against the firewarriors. O'shovah moved and positioned himself with the firewarriors on the right flank. The lone firewarrior left from the battlesuit onslaught further fell back, knowing the consequences of staying in the fray. The Hammerhead fired 4 missiles, which found the Firewarriors that hugged the rubble. Unfortunately for the Farsight enclave, the troops remained untouched and unshakened. The enemy on the right flank readied their carbines and rifles as they located the enemy crisis suits through the building. They fired, but the Suits managed to shrug off all of the incomming fire.
2nd My turn
The Firewarriors held their ground as they targeted O'shovah's firewarriors. The lone Commander rocketed through the air, getting closer to the firefight. The stealth team worked their way up, and they got close enough to provide support to their comrades. One firewarrior team advance with the commander to help with the firefight. The Crisis team returned fire to Farsight's troops and many of them fell to the massive output of fire. The Shas'o fired a single plasma shot, and his supreme accuracy took its toll. The stealth troops let their plasma pulses rain upon the remaining forces, but only one fell. The remaining troops were taking out by the Crisis team. All the jet packs stayed out of reach and behind cover from the deadly enclave commander and the pursuing enemy tank.
2nd His turn
The lone firewarrior ran off the territory, and he was never seen that day again. Farsight was alone, and he had nobody to hide behind anymore. He advanced to the buildings where the bodies of his forces were slain, and he readied his own plasma rifle. The Hammerhead unaware of the mass amounts of casualties on the Farsight enclave, but it steadily advanced towards the firewarriors. It fired its missile payload at them, killing off one shas'la. With its target lock/multi-tracker combination, it fired the big rail gun at the crisis suit suit squad killing off one of the shield drones. O'shovah fired his plasma rifle, but he failed to destroy the shield drone that intercepted the shot. He stood his ground having no where else to go.
3rd My turn
The Crisis lept ontop of a building and all steadied their aim at the approaching tank. The commander followed, and lept onto the towering building too. The stealth team shas'vre saw a perfect angle that would open their fire to the Farsight commander; they approached it with a sort of recklessness but they didn't want their fellow brethren to be overturned and they risked themselves for a big gamble. The firewarriors readied their rifles against the enemy commander as well. The Crisis team, with their height advantage against the tank, let loose all their firepower. They easily destoryed the top armor of the Hammerhead, the explosion now added to the city as a landmark of rubble. The burst cannons screamed out as they fired deadly fire on to the commander. The firewarrior team assisted with their rifles, and the Shas'o finished the job with plasma and help from his fusion blaster.
This was a very strategically played game against my friend and his new army...I hope you enjoyed this report and keep on playing Warhammer 40k!
He really should have got O'Shavah into close combat. He could've cut your firewarriors to bits. Good battle report!
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