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I fought my third (and biggest) Medusa V game today, a roughly 2,600-point cities of death campaign fought over Sybilla Prime. A brief little fluff behind how my army got there...
After two battles with one of the Tau players at my local retailer, the Storm Dragons (my SM chapter) had been driven out of the Ash Wastes and had fled into Sybilla Primus to recover and regroup before they would mount a massive counterattack to crush the Tau.
At dawn on the day of the planned attack, a large Iron Warriors force under the command of Lord Ferric Rader forced their way into the city, and the Storm Dragons, under Librarian Galfrius, set up barricades and took up fortified positions to defend against the attack...
A rundown of the forces...
Librarian w/ Terminator Command Squad: Librian Force Weapon, Storm Bolter, Psychic Hood, Might of Heroes, Fury of the Ancients, Terminator Armor, Familiar
Terminator Command Squad
2x Assault Cannon, Cyclone Missile Launcher, 2x Chainfist
Master: Power Weapon, Bolt Pistol, Artificer Armor, Iron Halo, Terminator Honors, Purity Seals
Veteran Squad: Terminator Honors (all), Combi-Melta, 2x Power Weapon, Dual Lightning Claws, Furious Charge, Infiltrate, Frag Grenades, Krak Grenades, Teleport Homer
Venerable Dreadnaught: Twin-Linked Lascannon, Missile Launcher, Tank Hunter, Extra Armor
Tactical Squad: 8 Marines, Vet. Sgt. w/Plasma Pistol, 2x Plasma Gun
Tactical Squad: 7 Marines, Plasma Gun
Tactical Squad: 8 Marines, 2x Meltagun, Infiltrate
Tactical Squad: 8 Marines, Heavy Bolter
Scout Team: 5 Scouts, 4x Sniper Rifles, Teleport Homer
Scout Team: 5 Scouts, 5x Sniper Rifles, Teleport Homer
Assault Squad: 9 Assault Marines, Vet. Sgt., Power Weapon/Combat Shield, 2x Plasma Pistol
Devastator Squad: 5 Marines, 2x Plasma Cannon, 2x Missile Launcher, Infiltrate
Predator Annihilator: Heavy Bolter Sponsons, Extra Armor
Land Raider: Hunter-Killer Missile, Pintle-Mounted Storm Bolter, Extra Armor, Smoke Launchers
TOTAL POINTS: 2,665
I don't know the exact makeup of his army, but he had a Basillisk, a VDR Land Raider with a Gatling Assault Cannon, a Twin-Linked Assault Cannon, Multi-Melta, and Twin-Linked Lascannon, a few Chaos Marine squads, a squad of Raptors, a Chaos Lord with some sort of nasty escort, and a whole bunch of Obliterators.
I got first turn, and the battle started heavily in my favor... The infiltrating Devastator squad destroyed his Basilisk before it could get off a single shot. Sniper fire started plucking away slowly but surely at his obliterators, and my tactical squads hunkered down behind their barricades and wailed away. He managed to stun my tanks for several turns, which kept them from doing a lot of a damage.
It was a slow, footsloggy battle as his forces gradually crept closer to mine, taking hails of gunfire the whole way. The battle centered around a square-shaped intact building which we couldn't enter, and the battle splintered into a main engagement on the south side of the board, where my vehicles and tactical Marines were, and the north side, where his Chaos Lord advanced on my Veterans and Snipers.
The major turn in the battle came when he got into CC range... His Raptors, Chaos Lord, and what few Obliterators survived my sniping and plasma gun shots ripped my army to shreds pretty quickly. They wrecked my Dreadnaught, annihilated my tactical marines, destroyed the Land Raider, and took out a weapon on the Predator Annihilator. My Terminators landed on Turn 3 with my Librarian, but some horrendous rolls ensured that they were wiped out by Turn 5.
Near the game's end, it was clear I had lost, so I said "screw it" and drove my turretless Predator into his Raptor squad... They broke and ran clear off the table.
In the end, the Random Game Length took us to 7 turns, and I walked away from the battle with two scouts, two veterans, and a Predator with no turret. It was a bloody battle, and we both lost tons of forces -- there was hardly anything left but tattered remnants on the board by the end of the battle, and we managed to entertain our store for the whole afternoon. Great fight, but I was a little sad to lose my shot at my first Medusa V victory. All in all, a great fight, and against a guy I hope to face again.
Lol, great batrep. On of the basic rulels of Combat: Don't let Chaos get to you. Unless they are Tzeentch, and you have Powerfists.
Good game, sorry to hear you lose.
Originally Posted by Brett on Quidditch[ 1500pt. Chaos List, C&C! ]
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Yeah, it got pretty ugly then... My plasma guns were out in full force though.. all that S7 AP2 goodness really helped out, I cut down more than my share of troops with those. But once he took out the marines on the ground, my vehicles got swamped, my Termies got some really nasty rolls, and oh well. There's still over a month of action to be played!