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This is the first time I've done a battle report, so don't kill me if i get anything wrong. As I like the way he sets his out, i'm going to base mine heavily on Lord Links. So, hope you don't mind and cheers Lord link.
Ok.. as it's Death Guard Versus Nid, I've done the story purely from the Death Guard POV. Enjoy:
LISTS:And the Chaos List:HIVE FLEET BAHUMUT:
Brood Lord - extended carapace, toxin sacs, flesh hooks.
5 Genestealer Retinue
5 x warrior - Scything talons, carapace, enhanced senses, toxin sacs.
Death Spitter x 4
Venom Cannon x 1
Genestealer x 11
Termagaunt x 16
Hormagaunt x 16
Rippers x 4
Gargoyle x 12
Bioacid mine cluster (3)
Zoanthrope with synapse and warpblast x 2
Devil FexHere's the battlefield to start with (the purple boxes are deployment zones):Death Guard:
Lord Ghein - Man reaper, D. Speed, Aura, strength, frags, MoN, Furious Charge
Maele the Great Unclean one - gift of Chaos
Plague marine squad - Champion with fist and rot. Melta gun x 2, frags
Plague marine squad - as above
Plague marine squad - Vessel with chains, power weapon, rot, Melta gun, plasma gun frags, infiltrate
Plague bearers favoured unit
Nurglings - 4 bases
Autocannon, Las cannon sponsons, Daemonic possession.
Gaxor the Dreadnought
TL Las Cannon, Daemonic Possession
Drall the Dreadnought
TL Las Cannon, Daemonic Possession
The Brood lord got the jump on the infiltrate and landed right behind Chaos Lines (bottom right). The Plague marines pushed as far forward as would have made sense.
The Tyranids are attacking from the top, the Death guard from below.
The mission was a seek and destroy, which suited the two sides.
I'll do a blow by blow account, and then i'll do some fluffy story to finish it off
Last edited by Karmoon; October 8th, 2006 at 02:03. Reason: finished product??
Nid 1: Advance, hormies assault daemon vessel squad - 1 casualty each
Chaos 1: Predator and dreadnouhgt shoot brood lord squad
Between the dreadnought, rot and the marines, the hormies are swept away
Nid 2: Devil fex and zoanthrope try to shoot dread nought, but to no affect!
The gunfex annihilated the other dreadnought!
Chaos 2: Plague bearers arrive, advance to stealers, assault is a draw
plague marines converge on the stealers blowing away several
predator fails to wound anything
The dreadnought runs toward the carnifex, shooting it with it's las cannon
before almost killing it
Nid 3: mines float down, narrowly missing pred
gunfex shoot pred - nothing
'stealers fight on against plague bearers - they fail instability test
dreadnought kills devilfex
Dreadnought fire frenzies into genestealers, killing them completely
Plague marines - central, snipe a ripper! w00t!
Predator misses again.... >.<
plague marines - south blow away brood lord's retinue.
Gargoyles deepstrike into rock! Thus all die!! I give him a reroll, and the deepstrike into a fence! All dying! How crap is that?
termagaunts move and fire, claiming 1 marine
bio spores hit predator - do nothing
gunfex, warriors slam everything into pred - nothing
zoanthrope destroys autocannon
brood lord assaults plague marines - one falls.
they fight back causing two wounds.
predator shoots gunfex causing 1 wound AT LAST!
brood lord kills all but two marines.
The asp champ kills him!
lord smashes into the gaunts, killing 6. gaunts wound lord!!
More advancing - warriors shoot and kill a plague marine.
Carnifex shoots predator and assaults it with red terror destroying it
dreadnought rages against zoanthrope (after zoanthrope tried to shoot him)
warp shield saves the thrope!
plague marines all advance, Maele's squad kill 2 warriors.
Kai's squad move on red terror - shoot it and assault it
Jesque's squad support lord in CC, they destroy the gaunts
nurglings advance they kill one warrior! the warriors squash one base
gunfex advances - shoots and kills 2 plague marines
Rippers assault Maele's squad, the vessels kills almost all of them by himself
red terror kills to more of Kai's squad,. champion kills red terror! w00t for powerfists!
dreadnought squashes zoroanthrope
The dreadnought blood rages and squashes the rippers. The GUO almost comes out, but sees no need - it becomes a casualty againt Chaos
The Lord and an aspiring champ sneak up on the carnifex
Lord injures it while the powerfist champion smacks it about.
Nurgle victory! - solid victory
Below.. the fluffy version will follow. The ending is slighty different.. please enjoy
It is said, where death is, Nurgle is strong and on the planet of Estavar 6, death was everywhere.
The imperials had enough problems dealing with the invasion, Lord Ghein mused, but it was the forces of his master that really broke the imperials. In the wrecked hives and demolished cathedrals devoted to the rotting corpse, the only life was xeno life.
Tyranids. The mere thought of them brought fear and loathing to most mortalsâ€™ hearts. But Lord Ghein realised, like everything else, they were all doomed to rot and decompose. Ghein chuckled to himself, the sound of his mutated throat echoing through the ruins of the former governmental palace.
A shuffle interrupted his thoughts. He turned and saw Brother Maele.
â€śGhein.. it is timeâ€?.
Such dissent was not normally tolerated in the disciplined ranks of the Death Guard. But Maele spoke with a voice which was not just his own. It was through Maele and the entity that dwelled within him that Ghein received his orders and guidance from their loving grandfather.
Ghein followed the aspiring Champion out of the ruins to battle. Alien or human, good or evil - all would rot.
Ghein padded up behind the last predator of their detachment. It was no longer a tank but a daemonic machine, belching noxious fumes and keen to spread the rot of nature. Gaxor and Drall, two daemons bound in the shell of a dreadnought guarded the flanks. Two of his squads including Maele himself, had infiltrated as far forward as they could.
He paused, and could feel the rumble of something massive approaching. It was to beginâ€¦
sure enough, alien shrieks and screams filled the air, there was the distinct clack of chitin plates scuttling through the streets. Beasts poured out from every window and building. Within seconds Maeleâ€™s squad were pounced on by the hormagaunts. One battle brother was taken by the stabbing blades, punching through the torso of an alien as he went.
Drall seemed to be perturbed by something nearby. Brother Jesque whoâ€™s squad was deployed to oversee the mad dreadnought detected nothing.
Drall moved forward and sure enough his attuned senses had picked up something. A Broodlord and some genestealers rapidly approaching their position. Brother Jesque urges his men on, and the predator also joined the fray of itâ€™s own volition. Shots poured into the genestealers but they were too agile despite laying dormant for days to remain in their position undetected.
Leaving the metallic daemons to do their work, Ghein pressed towards Maeleâ€™s squad. He neednâ€™t have worried. Gaxor had sprung into action eager to spill Tyranid ichor. The nurglings who had taken a liking to Gaxor followed in his wake like adoring children.
Maeleâ€™s squad began to fight back, and soon the entire brood of hormagaunts were butchered. Their corpses destined to rot, fester and attain true beauty.
Brother Kaiâ€™s squad remained on guard or ordered. Brother Kai was an exceptionally talented Aspiring Champion. Ghein would have to make sure that he served Nurgle better lest he fall out of Maeleâ€™s favour.
There was a sickening crack and an unholy shrieking noise as Drallâ€™s metal cocoon was burst open. Moments later the dreadnought exploded showering the area with debris. The remnants of the dreadnought were slowly being dissolved by the corrosive blood of a Carnifex which had burst through the ruins.
On the other flank, a tree was sent flying and another Carnifex emerged, launching barrage after barrage of maggots against Gaxorâ€™s putrefied hull. Added to this came a crack of light from an unknown source, yet somehow Gaxor remained unscathed.
Brother Jesqueâ€™s squad and Brother Kaiâ€™s squad made out hunched figures flitting through the shadows in the ruins. But as dangerous and calculating as these aliens were, the Death Guard knew no fear and represented a threat far more ancient.
Angered by the loss of its daemon kin and the onslaught against it, Gaxorâ€™s pistons whined as it accelerated towards the carnifex, itâ€™s lascannons blowing great chunks of the mighty beast away. There was an palpable crunch as the dreadnought brought itâ€™s crackling power fist to bear on the flesh and chitin of the monster.
Ghein felt another disturbance in the warp. He smiled. Despite the affect these animals had on the normal warp, Nurgle could not be opposed. A great hole opened up in the ground and the foot soldiers of Nurgle dragged themselves into reality, their foul stench disturbing even the genestealers.
Using this to their advantage, Brother Kai and Brother Maeleâ€™s squad marched forward and cut down many genestealers before the Plague Bearerâ€™s reached their quarry.
The Chaos Lord was distracted once again when he realised that the Predator had stopped moving. He dashed towards it, hoping there might be something he could do to spur to war machine on to more death and mayhem.
The Plague Bearers were bringing death to the genestealers and they fell one by one. However, even these daemons were hard pressed by these alien entities as claws harder than diamonds ripped their already rotting forms. Perhaps, the alien affect on the warp was more pronounced that he realised, thought Ghein as the plague bearers struggled to maintain their corporeal existence and disappeared.
Brother Kai whispered to Lord Ghein, â€śMy lord. The xenos are strong on the western flank!â€? A millennia ago, it would have been a hearty call, but Kaiâ€™s throat and lungs had long since rotted away in devotion to Nurgle.
Ghein turned from the dormant predator and saw countless beasts of all sized burst through the hole the other carnifex had made.
He heard shots bounce off the hull of the predator and saw some large oval objects float down from the diseased sky, they came near the predator but nothing happened. Ghein decided that he would support his foot soldier in Brother Jesqueâ€™s squad â€“ just as Mortarion would have done.
Enraged by the loss of the plague bearers, Gaxor picked up the carnifex and tore off itâ€™s head. Unsatisfied, he turned his efforts to the Genestealers firing all weapons at the rate of a madman. When the smoke cleared not even the dead bodies remained. On the other flank, the brood lord and his remaining genestealers burst through into the alley way. They were met by a hail of bolter fire and it was only through unholy agility that the broodlord survived unscathed, his minionsâ€™ internal organs daubing the ruins.
A winged corpse hit the floor. Ghein was confusedâ€¦ Then another winged corpse. Then another... The corpses were decomposing by the time they hit the floor. Glancing upward, he realised the cause of the predatorâ€™s apparent inactivity. Ghein had seen the aliens use wing beasts for surprise attacks before, but the predator had filled the air with Nurgleâ€™s joyous blessings. Evidently these beasts, who could even survive the harsh vacuum of space, could not stand to Nurgleâ€™s rot.
The Hive mind flexed itâ€™s mental whip, and instantly, as one, the beasts fired and attacked the predator. Acid and all manner of matter slammed into the predator, but the hull remained strong. Then, another crack of light slammed the predator. A few moments later, the barrel of the predatorâ€™s auto cannon fell to the ground near Gheinâ€™s feet.
Without respite, a horde of Termagaunts poured in through the alley where the brood lord had entered. They let lose with their disgusting weaponry and a plague marine fell. Before they could respond, the Brood lord charged the squad. It was a whirlwind of blades and claws, two more of Brother Jesqueâ€™s marine fell in the assault. Yet, although the alien had superior reflexes and strength to even a marine, brother Jesque had a millennia of experience. The berserk broodlord was shocked at a powerfist flying to its torso, smashing itâ€™s triple rib cage like it were made from twigs. But it was the plague marines who were finally shocked as the broodlord simply got up despite its horrendous injuries and carried on its attack.
The Brood lord smashed two more plague marine beyond recognition and brother Jesque was forced to admire its brutal strength. Yet it still couldnâ€™t match up to the experience of the chosen of Nurgle. Jesque feigned with his powerfist. A quick learner, the brood lord jumped back - not eager to take another blow like the previous one. The brood lord looked confused and then pained as it saw a rusty filth encrusted blade protruding through its chest. Jesqueâ€™s squad member kicked the brood lord off his blade. Jesque pondered briefly to himself how many of the false emperorâ€™s dogs they had silenced in this mannerâ€¦
Ghein, seeing the brood lord falling, dashed forward to stem the influx of termagaunts into the alley. They jumped all over him, scratching, biting, Ghein laughed to himself as he felt no pain from the attacks. There was a metallic ring and half a dozen gaunts slumped to the floor cleft in twin. Ghein laughed openly and readied his man reaper for another blowâ€¦
The predator, realising its work spreading the rot to the skies had been done, powered back up, its las cannons catching the remaining carnifex by surprise and hitting it square in the gut.
The carnifex screamed in retaliation firing itâ€™s bio cannons into the predator destroying a sponson housed lascannon and yet, the predator lived on. The Carnifex continued its onslaught using its powerful limbs to thrash the predator. From behind the trees another monstrosity â€“ the red terror reared its ugly head and pounced at the rear of the predator. The Carnifex and the Red Terror mauled and fought over the carcass of the predator like jackals over a piece of carrion.
As the Dreadnought Gaxor, Maeleâ€™s squad and the nurglings came to support from the Eastern flank, Brother Kaiâ€™s squad came under heavy fire from yet more Tyranid Warriors emerging from across the road â€“ one of his squad falling.
Another bright flash of light lanced into Gaxorâ€™s side but it remained firm. This time, Gaxor identified the source - It was zoanthropes who had been plaguing him and crippled the predator.
Enraged, Gaxor smashed the bunker the plague marines were hiding in and rampaged towards the floating alien. Smashing into its warp field repeatedly with itâ€™s crackling armoured fist. The zoanthrope felt the lash of the hive mind tighten as it strengthened the warp shield which protected its delicate cerebrum from Gaxorâ€™s blades and spikes. Gaxor howled and crooned like an insane person.
Maele felt the entity within him stirring and urged his battle brother to attack. They sprinted forwards laying down a withering wall of fire, Tyranid Warriors falling to the explosive rounds. Another one was pulled down by the swarm of nurglings which pressed on the attack, now finding the enraged antics of Gaxor boring.
Kai, saw the chance to slay one of the beasts who had destroyed the predator and vaulted over the wall with his marines. They fired into the Red Terror, the searing heat of the melta gun causing the monster to spin around in obvious pain. In a testament to their fearlessness, Kai signalled to his men and they assaulted the Red Terror, silent and stoic.
Having finished with the wreckage of the predator, the Carnifex smashed through the trees and laid fire on the first thing it saw â€“ Maeleâ€™s squad. A vast net of sinew and boned spread towards them, effortlessly they dodged, but one marine was trapped forever. Without warning, the rippers moved in on the plague marines snapping viciously at their legs and exposed organs. Maele felt the entity within himself grow bored and lose interest... the battle was coming to an end. Almost in an act of frustration Maele brought his sword to the ground filling the air with Nurgleâ€™s power and instantaneously decomposing almost all of the rippers. The rest of the rippers was crushed and shattered as Gaxor came running looking for his nurglings having turned the zoanthrope into nothing more than a red mark on the wall.
Kai was the only on left from his squad as he faced the red terror. But he too felt the power of Nurgle flow through him with all the death and putrefaction around them. The Red Terror, oblivious to such matters reacted to the lash of the hive mind and launched itself at Kai. The Aspiring simply held up his powerfist, and watched at the Red Terror decompose before him before it could reach him.
By this time, Ghein, supported by Brother Jesque and his remaining squad member had slaughtered the gaunts and were slick with their foul ichor. The Tyranid warriors clawed their way through many nurglings, but in the end fell into a sea of babbling, giggling and defecating from which they did not surface.
The remaining carnifex found itself suddenly cut off from the rest of the hive mind. No voices no orders. It paused, confused. Ghein slung his death dealing scythe and strode up to the monstrosity. He felt disgusted that such a mighty beast should look so pathetic and lost. He saw the senselessness in life and thanked his god Nurgle that he had already moved off the mortal coil and didnâ€™t have to share his life which such pathetic wretches. Ghein turned in disgust and walked away, back towards the carnifex.
The carnifex soon returned to its natural instincts and sought to crush everything in sight. It saw Ghein and jumped on the Chaos Lord.
But the carnifex never left the ground.
Kaiâ€™s powerfist was lodged firmly inside the Carnifexâ€™s body cavity. In one sharp movement, Kai ripped his fist out with an outward motion. The Carnifexâ€™s internal organs spilled out onto the ground, decaying instantly when they came into contact with the plague marine. The remains of the carnifex slumped onto the floor. Kai followed Ghein.
Ghein continued walking away without breaking step and smiled to himself once more. All would rot - including himself. It was just a matter of time.
Good Game Karmoon.
A tip for you though is to read other peoples battle reports 1st. You DON'T need to put that kind of effort into a report! The only person crazy enough to do that is Robizzle.
Good to see you beat him, nids are normally horrified by T5 true grit but his was a rending/monstrous list of doom.
Excellent battle report, not that I knew what was going on I was just impressed by all the explosions representing hormagaunts.
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Nice work, a good diagramatical system, and pleasing fluff write up.
Keep it up.
We'll not see any more Robizzle reports though.
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Thanks for your input guys. I'll try to limit it next time
It's nice to have some visual representation though.
Next time i might just stick with troop choice 1s and 2s etc
I found it really fun to do actually though