Monday, 6 July 2009

Game Fourteen - The End?

In the exodite hall of contemplation, Farseer Lord Varshar speaks with the exodite council of seers of H'rus. ' The webway is open and all must leave by the suns down. This planet is doomed. The younglings can not stop the Great Devourer from striping this planet of all life. This I have seen.'

The council of seers looks at each other, and Arathial council leader of the exodites slowly stands up. 'We will do as you say Lord Varshar. However, we may not be able to get all of our brother and sisters moved before suns down'.

'I will send some of my warriors to help the younglings, this will give you more time. I must now go and speak to my brothers and sisters who will sacrifice their lives to save yours'.

The fourteenth game and final game in the Damacles campaign is a fight between the Tyranids and a combined force of the Tau H'rus and Y'ieldi Saemu sept as well as a contingent of Eldar Biel-Tan forces.

Both the Nids and Tau Y'ieldi Saemu sept were one victory point (VP) away from winning the campaign.

The game set-up was an annihilation with a dawn of war deployment. The Eldar contingent would be entering the table on a reserve roll. This was due to the Seer council discussions as to whether to help the Tau.

The game itself was a close run thing with multiple rounds of fire from the Tau joint forces. However, the tyranid wave kept approaching. Once the Eldar arrived to help the younglings, the nid forces recognised the Eldar to be a real threat and concentrated on their demise.

After much shooting and close combat the game came to an end with the nids in a advantageous position. It was decided that the nids had won the day and the planet!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Game Fourteen - The bloody handed god

Farseer Arandur breathed slowly and looked upon the Dire Avengers sitting with her in the wave serpent. She could feel the call of the bloody handed one, and knew that the aspect warriors with her could also feel the need to shed blood. Arandur looked at the rune stones flloating above her open palm and spoke to the Dire Avengers, 'Stand ready brothers, I sense that the time is near'.

The fourteenth game in the Damacles campaign was a battle between the Eldar and the Tau H'Rus sept. This was a Capture and Control mission with a Dawn of War deployment. The Eldar won the toss to deploy first but gave the Tau first deployment.

The Tau deployed in the middle of the table close to the ruins situated to the right of the field. The Eldar did not deploy anything on the table, waiting to roll on from the table edge. The lack of any targets for the Tau commander made him push on towards the Eldar table edge. This unfortunately for the Tau commander was a mistake!. On the Eldar turn the Avatar of Khaine walked onto the table and in two turns had cut down the commander and body guard.

Whilst the Avatar was dealing death to the Tau on the right of the table, the Tau Piranha's and deep striking stealth suits were dealing death against the Eldar Guardians trying to capture and hold their objective on the left of the table.

The game was hard fought, but in the end a lone Guardian held the Eldar objective to win the game!

Game Thirteen - Gribble Gribble Gribble

The thirteenth game in the Damacles campaign was between the Eldar and Tyranids. The set-up was a spearhead and was an annihilation game. The tyranids had gained a vast amount of bio-mass of the past games. Now the big guns/claws came out with both a Hive Tyrant and two Carnifexs on the field!

The game was a bloody affair with Eldar and Gaunt and warriors dying. However, the tide of monstrous creatures was too much and when the dust settled on the sixth turn the nids had won by 10 kills to 6.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Game Twelve - Not so good for the Greater Good

The twelth game in the Damacles campaign was a Tau Tau H'Rus Sept vs Tau Y'ieldi Saemu shoot up as two factions of the greater good clash. Each trying to find out if the other has information that could cause the Tau homeworld clans to hunt them down.

This was a pitched battle, capture and control game. Below are some piccies showing the set-up of the units:

The game ended in a victory to the Y'ieldi Saemu.

Game Eleven - An Autarch's Anger

Autarch Kelthrae tightened his grip on the jet bikes handlebars as he led the shining spears on a flanking move towards the Tau commander. The young lings had deployed on mass to the left of the battlefield. They were trying to concentrate all their firepower on the guardians and wraithlord Nazrain had deployed in the ruins.

'Exarch Arconeath, you and your shining spears will concentrate on the commander and his bodyguard. Ignore the broadside battlesuit, Farseer Faifuithas and the Dire Avengers will deal with it.'

They passed over the trees and Kelthrae looked down at the Kroot who were being pinned by Exarch Angau and his Dark Reapers. The pinning had been constant and had stopped them from shooting at the Warp spiders who had deep striked into the woods.

A withering storm of fire came from the Tau commander and his bodyguard, as well as the remaining stealth suits which had not been struck down by the hail of spinneret fire from the warp spiders. Three of the shining spears were knocked out of the sky. Kelthrae shouted the charge and drew his power sword'

The eleventh game in the Damacles campaign was a Dawn of War Annihilation game between the Tau H'Rus sept and Eldar Biel-Tan. Eldar set up first with across the length of the table as seen below:
The Tau decided not to deploy anything on the table, but walk them on in his turn. This was a cunning plan as he moved all his units onto the left hand side of the table.

The plan may have worked, however the shining spears and Autarch on the jet bike had different plans, turbo-boosting from the middle of the table to engage the Tau commander and bodyguard. The wraithlord in ruins to the left also kept the Tau busy, absorbing multiple rounds of fire from two squads of fire warriors, two Devilfish and two piranha's.

The outcome was a victory to the Eldar.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Game Ten - Four way smash

The tenth game in our campaign was a four way bash between Eldar, Imperial, Tau and Tyranids. Each army had 1000 points and was deployed in the four corners of the table. The primary mission was anniliation. Four secondary missions were available: 2 x Kill a HQ unit, 1 x Capture the high ground and 1 x Capture the manufacturum.

At the end of the game, the only army to come out on top was nids with a overwhelming number of kills and HQ kills.

Below are photos from the game:

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Game Nine - Burn the Monkeigh

Farseer Arathyryr looked at the wall to the right as the shining spears finished killing a squad of monkeigh. Autarch Morruin was dealing with the small monkeigh called ratlings who had proved to have a good eye.

Exarch Meneost had just dealt with seven more of the monkeigh on the wall with a crack shot plasma round from his missile launcher. Meneost and two of his brethren had been busy just minutes ago dealing with the monkeigh support weopons that might have harmed Nazrain. The wraithlord spirit was millenia old and his loss would have been a great. The destruction of the support weapons had already been too late to save the pathfinders.

The building shook and Arathyryr looked to the metal beast the monkeigh called a Leman Russ. Smoke trailed from its long barrel and the muzzles of its heavy bolters. Nazrain had tried twice to pierce the armour on the behemoth, but to no-avail. Nazrain was now concentrating on the monkeigh trying to assault the building to the left holding brother Guardians. The twin flamers were lapping over them and he could see bodies running around screaming. Nazrain was now amongst them, and then it was all over as the wraith sword cut many of the monkeigh in two.

Looking to his right Arathyryr could see that the shining spears had acquired a new target on the wall, and were Shredding the monkeigh with a hail of shuriken blades. Autarch Morrain had been wounded by one of the ratlings, whilst defending against an attack from two monkeigh who had tried to aid the ratlings. Now with a Khaine in his heart Morrain had cut down the two monkeigh with his power sword. The ratlings tried to flee, but Morrain just swept over them.

'Morrain, i have looked at the runes. This battle will soon end with us victorious'.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Game Eight - Tau sandwich anyone?

Game eight was too siege objectives, and was Tau H'Rus Sept vs Tyranid. The deployment was a spearhead formation and was 1000 points.

A narrative of the battle can be seen here.

' Farseer Lord Varshar looked upon the rune stones on the wraithbone table and shook his head. Turning to Autarch Kelthrae he spoke softly 'It is clear that the Tau children are no match for the Great Devourer. We will have to deal with them both. Awake the Aspect temples and the spirits of our brethrens. The Sword of Varshar goes to WAR!'

Thursday, 19 March 2009


HQ Element

Farseer Lord Varshar - High Commander of Varshars Sword

Autarch Kelthrae - Commander and Chief strategic advisor to Farseer Varshar

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Game Seven - Our Brothers need us.

Our seventh game in the Damacles campaign involved four 500 pt armies. The scenario was that the Eldar where holding a ruin in the east of the table, and were being attacked by the Tau. Communications have been made to both armies, and reinforcements are on there way.

The set-up of initial forces had the Eldar surrounded on both sides.

The Tau reinforcements arrived first with a Devil fish and a Hammerhead. The ensuing shooting resulted in the Vyper and two guardians being lost. The hammerheads solid shot was deflected by the wave serpents protective shield.

The Eldar turn saw their reinforcements arrive in the form of an Autarch on jetbike with shining spears and guardian jetbikes. The Autarch and shining spears turbo-boosted towards the hammerhead, whilst the guardian jetbikes headed by a warlock headed towards the Kroot. The Eldar shooting was minimal and ineffective with no causalities on the Tau side.

The Tau reacted with the destruction of all of the guardian jetbikes apart from the warlock who went on to kill 5 of the Kroot with a blast from his psychic destructor. They subsequently ran away in terror at the loss of their brethren. The shining spear exarch destroyed the hammerhead in close combat. Meanwhile the Tau were slowly reducing the guardians in the ruins. A deep-strike by a Tau commander saw the destruction of the wave serpent by a well placed fusion blast. Unfortunately his mind was subsequently shredded by the Farseer.

Additional firing in later turns saw all of the guardians and the war walker cut down, with the Farseer leaving the table. The shining spears managed to destroy the burst cannon on the Devil fish, but they too were finally cut down. The Autarch cut a swath through the fire warriors who had disembarked from the Devil fish cutting them all down when they tried to flee.

The end of game saw only the Autarch left to report back as to the loss of their brethren.

Final score: Victory to both the H'Rus Expeditionary Force and the Y'ieldi Saemu.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Game Six - its a tactical retreat!

The six game in the Damacles campaign was another 500 pt anniliation game. This time it involved the Tau Y'ieldi Saemu and Craft World Biel-Tan.

The first couple of turns resulted in a Vyper and War Walker being destroyed, whilst the Tau lost both their HQ battle suit and stealth team.

The following turns saw the two Fire Warrior squads making tactical retreats behind buildings as they were out ranged by the Eldar firepower.

The game resulted in a draw with two kill points each.

Game Five - Last bug wins

Our fifth game in the campaign was a 500 point anniliation game between Eldar and Nids.

The first turn the Brood lord and retinue managed to destroy a wave serpent and 5 guardians. However, the surviving Farseer, Warlock and guardians response was to wipe out five of the Brood lords retinue in shruiken and destructor (Warlock) firepower, and then assault the lord and three genestealers! The ensuing close-combat saw the remaining guardians ripped to pieces. However, the runes saved the Farseer and Warlock, who with swift strokes of their witch blades killed the Brood lord and his remaining three retinue.

The remaining turns saw the nid second squad (comprising genestealers with scything talons) take apart a War Walker as well as the Farseer and Warlock. At end game only the Eldar vyper having its missile launcher destroyed was left and could not kill the remaining genestealer to win the game.

Tyranids won by 3 kill points : 2 kill points for Eldar.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Game Four - The way is lost

The fourth game in the Damacles campaign was an anniliation game of large proportions. This was a 2500 point game of Eldar vs Tau. The game was closely fought with both Eldar and Tau losing multiple units in the engagement. The final tally was a victory to the Tau by two kill points (Eldar 9: Tau 11).

Below are some piccies from the game.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Game Three - For the greater good

The third game in the Damacles campaign was an engagement between an Eldar and Tau patrol. Sighting each other through the broken imperial ruins, the patrols recognised that anniliation was the only course of action.

Below are piccies from the game.

The outcome was a Tau victory with only a handful of eldar left.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Damacles Campaign Results Table

I will be keeping a table of the results. In the campaign points column the number in brackets is what has been spent.

Games played = 12.



Tau (H'Rus Sept)

Tau (Y'ieldi Saemu)



Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Game Two - The winds of fate

Warlock Alagos approached Farseer Bellthandien and bowed. ' Farseer, we are ready to depart '. Bellthandien looked up and gestured to the runes before him. ' Alagos my loyal friend, like your name sake the runes show a storm approaching. We must be vigilant on this journey '

Our second game involved three armies. The Eldar, Imperial Guard and Genestealers. The scenario was that both the IG and Eldar scouts have spotted a strange object in the centre of an abandoned settlement. Patrols have been sent out to investigate.

This game only had one objective, which was the capillary tower. The imperial guard formed up on the hill with small Last chancer contingents in the tree line to the right. Snipers were situated in the woods as well as the ruined building on the left.

The Eldar deployed onto the hill opposite with the Falcon in support.

The first and second turn were a bloody affair with heavy casualties for both the Eldar and IG. This was further compounded when the Tyranids appeared from the capillary tower in the centre and woods to the right of the Eldar deployment. The ensuing Nid turn was the decimation of a IG platoon and the Falcon becoming immobilised.

The imposing threat from the nids resulted in both the Eldar and IG to redirect their firepower! The ensuing shuriken and bolter fire decimated the Broodlord and genestealers. With the threat of the nids diminished, the shooting between human and Eldar restarted.

By the end of the game no side had gained control of the capillary tower and the game was a draw!

Below are piccies from the game.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Game One - Did you see that?

' Guardsmen Henk, keep an eye on the tree line to your right! Sergeant Khole micro-beaded over the link. Henk looked through his scope and scanned the trees for anything unusual. He had heard that the Tau had stealth suits that made seeing them difficult. However, they wouldn't be able to stop moving leaves and branches. That would give away their position. The deeper wood line looked clear. He was about to bead sergeant Khole that everything was clear when he saw something beyond the trees. Looking harder, he could make out teeth and claws, lots of claws!! Tyranids...Tyranids he shouted over the open-link'

The first game in the H'Rus Reprise was a battle between Imperial Guard and Tyranids. It was a 500 pt Capture and Control mission. The set-up was dawn of war.

The IG set-up its objective on the hill. This was a sentinel that had broken down during the patrol. The nid objective is in the ruins to the left just out of the picture.

The IG deployed first with a HQ squad on the hill. A troop unit pushed up ahead to give cover.

The Brood Lord and retinue of genestealers infiltrated into the IG's half of the table.

Colonel Schaeffer and his squad moved onto the table a safe distance from the Brood Lord. The second guard squad covered the HQ units. Hoping that weight of fire would stop the nids in the their tracks before they made contact with the unit. The guard squad that had pushed ahead during the deployment doubled back on themselves to try and assist their comrades. The shots from the IG was ineffective and short ranged, with non of the nids being brought down.

The nids chittering reply was to rush forward and assault the closest unit of guardsmen. The battle was short with all the guardsmen being cut down with scything talons. The nids consolidated into the woods to pick the flesh from their talons and prepare for the next assault.


Recovering from the seeing the slaughter of their comrades. The second squad of guardsmen moved closer to the woods with the flamer and lasguns in hand. Schaeffer and Kage ordered the last chancers to open fire in the Emperors name. When the smoke had cleared from the flamer, heavy bolter and lasfire, the brood Lord and only two of his retinue had survived.

The Brood Lord used his synapse mind to call forth his reserves of genestealers, who appeared on the left side of the table, and moved towards the objective in the ruined buildings. The Brood Lord and retinue then moved out of the shelter of the woods, and made short work of the guard squad that had just previously torched the wood. Those that survived were scattered or cut down as they tried to run. Chittering loudly the Brood Lord and retinue moved towards the Last Chancers on the hill.


Schaeffer and his squad moved towards the Brood Lord whilst Kage ordered his squad to stand fast and take aim. The fire was short and precise, wounding the Brood Lord and wiping his retinue.

In response, the Brood Lord sensing that there was something about one of the humans upon the hill (Lieutenant Kage) ran straight at them. The ensuing battle was one sided with even Kage being knocked down by the sheer force of the Brood Lords attacks.
The genestealers that had entered the table on the previous turn reached the ruins, and the their objective.


Schaeffer and his squad fired at the Brood Lord with all their weapons, but the shots just bounched off its chitinous skin. Schaeffer was cut down with his squad in the ensuing reply from the four limbed beast with a blur of claws and teeth.

All of the Imperial Guard had been wiped out. A win for the Nids!

'Sergeant Khole and Guardsmen Henk slid behind the fallen tree in the woodline. Looking carefully over the tree they saw the four limbed monster was sniffing the stricken sentinal. It sneered and then slowly moved down the hill, surveying the corpses. It passed them by only a few meters as it headed towards the ruins in the north. Once it was clearly not going to come back Sergeant Khole headed towards the hill dragging the frightened Henk with him.

They checked the bodies as they gathered ammo and rations. and were surprised to find that the Kage was only concussed. Colonel Schaeffers was alive as well, but in a worse state. His breathing was shallow and quick, and he was bleeding from multiple lacerations. Rigging together a stretcher they quickly placed Schaeffer upon it and headed towards the emergency extraction point with Henk holding up Lieutenant kage'

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Damacles Campaign Two - H'Rus Reprise

Our previous campaign on the planet H'Rus had seen Inquisitor Mateus try to smuggle a relic away from a Tau/Eldar home world. This was foreseen by the Eldar Farseers of the Exodite home world, and with the help of Craftworld Biel-Tan the Inquisitor Mateus was prevented from leaving with the relic.

However, nothing can be that simple on the planet H'Rus:

Inquisitor Mateus has left a small company of Imperial Guard in the outlands of the planet to search for further relics that he believes maybe on the planet.

Eldar and Tau are now fighting over the planet H'Rus. After expelling Inquisitor Mateus, Lord Farseer Varshar has decided that this home world must be expunged of all Tau to prevent any further artifacts from the fall being discovered.

Mean, while a splinter from hive fleet Behemoth has landed in the vast eastern plains of H'Rus.

The forces involved in the campaign are:
  • Eldar - Craft world Biel-Tan - Sword of Varshar.
  • Tau - Water Caste & Air Caste.
  • Imperial Guard - Last Chancers.
  • Tyranids - Splinter from Hive fleet Behemoth - Germanicus Node.
Initial games in the new campaign would start small (500 points). This was to take into account the nids starting in small breeding/gestation pools, as well as skirmishes between the armies. Nid victories in battle would mean they would gather biomass that could be added to the pools to help in bringing bigger and nastier nids into the game. Other armies who gained victories would acquire resource points as they gained more favour with their superiors.

Let the battles commence!

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Farseer Varshar vs Chaos Space Marines

Hello again.

Today I managed to play two games of 40K at the Bromley Games Workshop. One against the filth of Chaos Space Marines (especially filthy when playing against Nurgle!), the other against the ravenous Tyranids.

This post is about my game against Chaos Space Marines. Unlike my previous game, I managed to bring my camera this time - unfortunately I only managed to take a couple of photos as I got caught up in the game!

The Mission type was Capture and Control with a spearhead deployment, and I had won the die roll for first deployment and move.

Below are the photos during turn two of the game against Nick (my opponent) Chaos Marines.

As you can see, I am a mechanised army. This really helps against Chaos Marine Armies where Lash of Submission is likely to be used (as Lash only works against non-vehicles).

The Rangers in the woods that you can see in the this photo are deployed as far back as I can too prevent the lash (As well as holding the objective).

The Plague marines are running for cover as the first turn showed the power of the Fire Prism.

The Fire Prisms are working independently to drop strength 9 AP 2 on the Plague marines as their Toughness 5, feel no pain does not work against this much fire power.

The Fire Prism on the right in this photo is trying to get a bead on the enemy objective in the Nick's corner.

In turn three I had to move the Fire Prism onto the second floor of the ruined building on the right in order to get a better fix on the marines holding the objective. Luckily when I landed in the ruin my difficult terrain test was not a one!

This maneuver paid off, as in later turns Nick was forced to deep strike his last lesser daemon squad onto his objective, as I started to drop instant kill blast templates into his marines. He also started to move his Plague marines entrenched in the tree line towards his objective.

A Obliterator (proxied by Ork!) deep strikes behind my Fire Prism on the hill. Luckily he only managed to shake the vehicle (you got to be thankful for Holo-fields and spirit stone).

The Obliterator was subsequently removed by pulsars from my Falcon.

In turn four a single lesser daemon (the other four were returned to the warp through combined Fire Prism and shuriken fire) ran onto my objective, and had to be dealt with by shuriken pistol from my rangers. A Obliterator arrived the following turn right next to them, and flamed out three of them! Luckily the Rangers passed their morale test to stay near the objective. The Obliterator was subsequently vapourised with pulsars from the Falcon.

The game was a close run thing, with a victory for me when the game ended on turn six with my Wave Serpent contesting his objective, and my remaining two Rangers holding mine.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Farseer Varshar vs Space marines

I thought I would start my first post this year with a report as to a game I had last Sunday against Space Marines. This was to be a 2500 point game. Below is my army for that game.

  • Farseer Varshar (Doom, Guide, Runes of Witnessing, Runes of Warding, Spirit Stones) - 145 pts
  • Guardian Jetbike Squadron - 88 pts
  • Pathfinders (Rangers) - 120 pts
  • Guardian Squad (Starcannon), Warlock (Destructor, Singing spear) - 149 pts
  • Dire Avengers, Exarch (Avenger Shuriken catapults x 2, Blade storm) - 297 pts
  • WraithGuard & Warlock (Conceal) - 396 pts
  • Howling Banshees, Exarch (Executioner, War shout, Acrobatic) & Wave Serpent (Shuriken cannon, Bright Lance) - 273 pts
  • Striking Scorpions, Exarch (Scorpions Claw, Shadow Strike, Stalker) - 148 pts
  • Fire Dragons, Exarch (Firepike, Tank Hunters, Crack Shot) - 136 pts
Heavy Support:
  • Fire Prism (Holo-Fields, Spirit Stone) - 160 pts
  • Fire Prism (Holo-Fields, Spirit Stone) - 160 pts
  • Falcon (Holo-Fields, Spirit Stone, Missile Launcher) - 180 pts

Fast Attack:
  • Vyper (Holo-Field, Spirit Stone, Missile Launcher) - 110 pts
  • Warp Spiders, Exarch (Death Spinner x 2, PowerBlades) - 137 pts

Total = 2499

I met my opponent Rob at Games Workshop in Bromley and he told me that he only had 2300 points and could i do the same. I was tempted to say no, but being the kind soul that i am removed my Guardian Squad to reduce my army by 150 points. This left me with 50 points over his total, but i wasn't about to do micro tweaks to my army to accommodate him (Rob was the one who had challenged me to a 2500 point game in the first place!). Anyway enough ranting.... to the game!

Mission: Annihilation
Deployment: Dawn of War

The Farseer would be deployed with Dire Avengers, the Fire Dragons would be deployed inside the Falcon, and my Striking Scorpions, Warp Spiders would be outflanking, deep striking respectively.

I won the dice role and deployed my Rangers into woods, and the Wraith Guard between the hills, as seen below in the dodgy picture I made. (Apologies for the rough map using paint, but I forgot to take pictures! Hopefully next time!).

The idea behind my deployment was to use the 10 Wraith Guard as focal point for the enemy. Toughness 6, fearless, 3+ armour save and with the wraith cannon make them hard to ignore. Especially if i deploy them in the middle of the table! Also as this was a Dawn of War deployment, I didn't want to have to walk them from my table edge. Where I would have almost 400 points being ineffective for 2-3 turns as they lumbered up the table.

Rob deployed a 10 tactical squad in a Rhino and some Scouts with combat shotguns.

Beginning of the turn Rob tried to steal the initiative, but only rolled a four...phew!

My Wraith Guard lumbered towards the Rhino, whilst the rest of my army pushed up onto the table.

Due to the dawn fighting the only effective shots were done by my Wraith Guard which blew the hunter killer missile off the Rhino!

In response, During Robs move phase he moved onto the board his Librarian, Tactical squad, Vindicator and HQ units from his table edge. The Rhino made a 180 degree turn and deployed the Tac squad. Robs Drop Pod containing Stern Guard landed bang on target next to my Wraith Guard.

Robs shooting phase consisted of his entire army that was in visual and weapon range shooting at my Wraith Guard. This resulted in eight of them dying as well as the attached Warlock. A lot of harm was due to the amount of fire power heading their way, but also some extremely rubbish armour saves by me! The Vindicator targeted the Falcon, but deviated way off target.


I started the turn by Dooming the Tactical squad next to the Devastator squad and guiding the Dire Avengers.
I moved the Wave Serpents, Fire Prisms, Vyper and Falcon at cruising speed forward (Before realising that i hadn't rolled for reserves!!!!). Being fast skimmers, this allowed me to still fire a single main weapon and all defensive weapons (and made it 6's to hit for any marine that decided to assault). The Dire Avengers deployed from the wave serpent on the left.

In the shooting phase I prioritised my targets. That being anything that could harm my vehicles. With that in mind I linked fired the Fire Prisms, dropping a large blast strength 6, AP 3 on top of the Devastators. This killed four out of the five marines (after re-rolling wounds...the joy of being twin-linked when combining fire!). This left one marine with a lascannon, which my Vyper finished off with a well placed crack missile. The Dire Avengers that had deployed from the Wave Serpent on the left released their blade storm which decimated the Tactical squad. Looking at the Librarian, I asked Rob if he was attached to the Tac squad behind him. To my surprise he said no! I vaporised his Librarian with the pulsars from the Falcon, as his Terminator armours 5+ invulnerable save didn't work. The Wave Serpents on the left and right fired at the Drop Pod and Vindicator respectively with no armour penetration. The remaining two Wraith Guard fired at the Vindicator, causing a glancing hit which shook the vehicle. The Rangers didn't manage to harm the Stern Guard next to the Drop Pod.

In Robs turn his second squad of five Scouts arrived on the board. One was armed with a missile launcher. Robs Terminators failed to arrive this turn.

During the movement phase his units moved forward apart from the Stern Guard who stayed in the shadows of the Drop Pod, and the Tactical squad next to the Rhino.

Firing commenced with the Stern Guard finishing off the Wraith Guard with vengeance rounds. The Scouts who arrived on this turn fired at the Jet Bikes with their bolters, but these bounced off their armour. The Tactical Squad next to the Rhino fired their missile launcher at the Falcon, but only shook it (thanks to the holo-fields and spirit stones).

I rolled for reserves with only my Striking Scorpions arriving this turn on the right flank.

Movement consisted of the Dire Avengers getting back into the Wave Serpent and moving back behind the hill (as they couldn't fire this turn) . The Fire Prisms moved so that they could get clear line of sight to the Tactical squad next to the Rhino. The Wave Serpent on the right deployed the Howling Banshees who moved towards the Command Squad. The Wave Serpent then moved on to the hill to get clear line of sight to the Vindicator. The Falcon went flat out as it couldn't fire this turn. The Striking Scorpions who were outflanking on the Right moved towards the Chapter Master and his retinue. The Vyper moved forward to get a clear line of sight to everything.

Shooting consisted of the Fire Prisms combining fire to kill eight out of the Tactical squad marines next to the Rhino. The Wave Serpent fired its bright lance and the Vyper shot a crack missile to kill the remaining two marines in the squad. The Howling Banshees now with a clear path to the Command squad ran forward five inches to get within assault range. The Striking Scorpions fired at the Chapter Master and his retinue killing one marine. The Jet Bikes fired at the Scouts killing three of the recruits, and the Wave Serpent carrying the Dire Avengers killed another recruit. The remaining Scout with missile launcher failed his morale check and headed back towards his table edge. The Wave Serpent on the left fired the bright lance at the Drop Pod, but did not penetrate. The rangers scored three hits on the Stern Guard, but didn't manage to wound them.

During the assault phase my Howling Banshees wiped out the Command squad. I lost only three of the Banshees. I then consolidated the Banshees into the wood line on the left, to prepare for an attack on the Stern Guard in my next turn. The Striking Scorpions smashed into the Chapter Master and his retinue killing all, and losing four scorpions in the process. They then consolidated towards the Vindicator with a mighty six inch move!

In Robs turn, his Terminators deep striked onto the table. He moved the Rhino back to allow the Vindicator a better line of sight.

Robs shooting consisted of concentrated firepower from the Stern Guard and Tactical squad onto the remaining Howling Banshees, killing all of the them. The Rhino killed a Striking Scorpion leaving the Exarch. The Vindicator fired at the Wave Serpent, but the shot did not penetrate. The Tactical squad fired at the Jet Bikes, killing one rider. At the end of the shooting phase the Jet Bikes passed their leadership test.

Now that the Dire Avengers had reloaded their weapons, I guided them whilst Dooming the Terminators. My reserve roll for the Warp Spiders was successful.

In my movement phase the Dire Avengers disembarked from the Wave Serpent next to the Terminators. The Fire Dragons who had been waiting patiently inside the Falcon also disembarked, and moved towards the Terminators. The Falcon then moved to also get a clean line of site to the same target. The Warp Spiders deep striked behind the Vindicator and the Scorpion Exarch moved within striking distance of the Vindicator as well. The Fire Prisms moved into positions which allowed them to hit multiple targets depending on the outcome of the rest of my shooting.

Shooting commenced with the Dire Avengers blade storm. This resulted in one Terminator failing his 2+ save. I then fired the Falcons pulsars and shuriken catapults, with no damage. The Fire Dragons then fired their weapons killing two more Terminators (even with one of them having a 3+ invulnerable from its storm shield). The Rangers then fired killing another. This left one Terminator with paired lighting claws! The Warp Spiders fired into the rear of the Vindicator resulting in it being wrecked. The Fire Prism fired at the remaining Tactical squad, killing eight of them. The Scorpion Exarch ran towards the Rhino.

During the assault phase i had to make a decision as to whether to assault the last Terminator with the Fire Dragons. I knew that if he stayed alive, he could cause some serious damage. To my surprise I managed to get 5 wounds, which subsequently he only managed to save all but one!

This was the straw that broke the camels back, Rob shook my hand and conceded the game.

Hopefully you have enjoyed this report, and next time I will be able to have a report with proper photos!