Saturday, November 1, 2014

Batrep:1850 Tyranids vs Eldar

My Altansar Eldar take on Marshall's Hive Fleet Behemoth again. Marshall changed bits of his army from the previous game by removing the Raveners and replacing them with Genestealers. Here are the army lists:

Altansar Eldar
HQ
Farseer: Jetbike, Witchblade, Runes of Witnessing
Farseer: Jetbike, Witchblade, Runes of Witnessing

Troops
Dire Avengers x5: Wave Serpent (TL Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holo Fields)
Guardians x10: Wave Serpent (TL Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holo Fields)
Guardians x10: Wave Serpent (TL Scatter Laser, Shuriken Cannon, Holo Fields)
Jetbikers x3
Jetbikers x3
Jetbikers x3

Fast Attack
Warp Spiders x8
Warp Spiders x8

Heavy
War Walkers x3: Each armed with Bright Lances x2
Wraithknight: Heavy Wraithcannons x2


Marshall brought this Hive Fleet Behemoth list:

HQ
Hive Tyrant with TL Brain Leech Devourers, Wings
Hive Tyrant with TL Brain Leech Devourers, Wings

Elite
Hive Guard x3
Malanthrope
Malanthrope

Troops
Ripper Swarm x3
Ripper Swarm x3
Termagants x17 with Fleshborer
Termagants x16 with Fleshborer
Warriors x3 Devourer, Barbed Strangler
Genestealers x13 with Rending Claws

Fast Attack
Gargoyle x20

Heavy Support
Biovore x3
Exocrine
Mawloc

We rolled for scenario from the Maelstrom of War and got Deadlock. Marshall won the rolloff for Deployment and First Turn.
 


The Altansar Warhost

Hive Fleet Behemoth

Deployment
Deepstriking units:
Eldar: Warp Spiders x2
Tyranids: Rippers x2, Mawloc

Reserved:
Eldar: Jetbikes x2, Warlord Farseer

Outflanking:
Eldar: War Walkers x3

I rolled really lousily for the powers and the only useful one was Guide. Didn't manage to Seize the Initiative so Marshall drew 6 Objective Cards.

Turn 1

6 Tactical Objectives

The surge begins

Marshall reinforced his right flank with the 2 Flyrants where my Wraithknight was. I planned to take out the Exocrine by charging it with the Wraithknight. 

The Carnifexes were proxying for Malanthropes

First round of shooting and I lost all my jetbikes despite needing only 3+

Marshall scores 5VP + First Blood = 6VP

I drew these 6

Premonition of things to come. Disembarked the Dire Avengers and moved up the building to cap Obj 2 only to have the Serpent immobilize. 

Sent the Wraithknight out to the flank to go for the Exocrine and Malanthrope

I wanted to kill off some of the Hive Guard and sent the brave Farseer up front to try to psychic them. Didn't manage to do much. In the shooting phase I jet him behind my lines.

The Dire Avengers who disembarked opened up on the lurking Genestealers in the ruins. Their Serpent opened up as well and destroyed half the unit. LOS meant that I could not kill the others as they were hidden

I scored 3VPs
Score:
Tyranids: 5
Eldar: 3

Turn 2
3 Ripper bases drop in and does not scatter

While the 2 Flyrant moves up to threaten the Serpent

The surge continues 

They are right on me! 

The Genestealers break cover

Flyrants destroy the first Serpent

Followed by the Biovores who took out 7 of the 10 Guardians.

Genestealers charge in destroying every one except one who then decided to continue fighting, thus keeping the Genestealers safe from the next round of shooting. 

4VPs to Tyranids

Eldar Reserves arrive, Disembarked the Guardians

I needed to take Obj6 which was next to the Rippers 

Meanwhile the Wraithknight kept putting pressure on the right flank. Dropped one unit of Warp Spiders behind the Tyranid lines to try to take out the Malanthrope and Biovores. Managed to do one wound but nothing much else

This was the type of dice I was rolling the whole game. Four 1's

Managed to wipe the unit of Rippers and some of the Gargolyes next to the Obj6 allowing me to Battlefocus up to capture it

Reorganised my battleline

Managed to get 3VPs
Score:
Tyranids: 6+4=10VP
Eldar: 3+3=6VP

The gap was widening and I was losing units fast.

Turn 3
The Flyrants move further up

The bugs turn around to face the Spiders. How poetic. Bugs vs Spiders

Meanwhile it was mop up for my left field

Needing a roll of 9 to charge, Marshall makes the roll. 

Thankfully the bugs did not manage to kill off the Spiders

Marshall scores 3VPs

The War Walkers outflanks together with another unit of Spiders

Genestealers destroyed the Warlord's unit forcing me to flee

Spiders, Knight and Walkers manage to destroy the Malanthrope and do another 2 wounds on the Exocrine

Eldar was being pushed back to the table edges

Eldar gains 3VP
Score:
Tyranids: 13
Eldar: 9

Turn 4

Nids push into the Eldar lines

Without Synapse the Nids were reverting to some basic urges, some fleeing, others not doing much

Marshall moves his Warriors up to give them the much needed Synapse

Here they come

Genestealers charge in but thankfully did not wipe the Guardians out

The last 2 ran for their lives

Eldar moved up during my turn

The final 2 pop back out to shoot at the Genestealer

"I think I see it. SHOOT!"

Wraithknight manage to take out the Exocrine
Both players did not manage to score any VPs in Turn 4

Turn 5

Not much movement in Turn 5. The Mawloc arrived and went back into reserve after not being able to take down the unit of 5 Spiders. That Mishap table was friendly to Marshall.

5 VPs to Tyranids
Marshall kept rolling 3VPs for these D3 Objectives

2 VPs to Eldar
Score:
Tyranids: 18
Eldar: 11

Turn 6
Again not much happened so we did not take pics.
Nids score another VP

Eldar scores one
Score:
Tyranids: 19
Eldar: 12

Turn 7
The Gants were fleeing due to Instinctive Behaviour. There was really nothing much remaining on the table


Marshall scores 1VP

Looks like my Wraithnight has been collecting kaiju heads

Game ended here
Final Score:
Tyranids 20VP
Eldar 13VP

Marshall played well and a big part of the time, luck had deserted me. We both concluded that I was wearing the wrong underwear. There will be another one!

Looking forward to the game with Melvin's recently completed Dark Eldar this 12th November. 
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