Marsh and I met for our usual Monday gaming at Titan. 1850 tourney lists - no quarter given. The following is the result of our 3 hour timed game. The models are pretty much WYSIWYG except for a few.
Mission: Maelstorm + the Relic (15 points)
Ultramarines won the roll off to choose table sides
Tyranids won the roll for First Turn so I took it
|Flyrant on the ground is actually on the 2nd floor as it fell.|
|Used the bases to indicate my Flyrants location on the ruins. Spread the Gants out to prevent the Marines from dropping in|
|I managed to score these 2 VPs|
|Marines drop right in for the Relic (the barrels) and supported the 2 units with the Bikes|
|Marines scored these 2 VPs|
|Tyrannocyte came in with the Toxicrene|
|I charged the Gants into the Marines in the hopes of tying them up|
|Tyranids didn't manage to score any VPs for Turn 2|
|The Centurions come in and takes out the Tervigon, wiping a big part of my backlines|
Worth noting at this point that I kept thinking the Relic was captured by the unit and was not dependent on placement. Marshall did point to the Marine that was capturing it but it did not register with me almost until the end.
|Marines wipe out the unit of Gants that charged them|
|Marines scored another 2VPs|
I was losing my Synapse network and quite quickly too. I had also made a big boo boo in Turn 2. I had the opportunity to discard a card so could have discarded Secure Objective 6 (which my Gants were caught in combat with the Tactical unit) but held onto to it. I should have discarded Objective 6 since Tactical Marines are quite difficult to shift unless I really commit to taking them out. Lesson learnt.
In hindsight, I should have pulled the Hive Guard back onto the Skyfire Objective 4. Jinking would not have made a difference as I was on Ruins which conferred a 4+ cover anyway. I held onto Scour the Skies because I did not expect the Flyrant to die from one round of shooting.
|While I managed to fail the Synapse check on the Toxicrene, I was still able to move it towards the Relic Tacticals|
|Toxicrene charges in to take out a few Marines|
|In desperation I charged these Gants in but lost 1 for my troubles|
|Failed to score any|
|In the combat I finally managed to kill off the Tactical unit holding the Relic|
|Stormtalons were in my deployment zone now|
|Marshall scored another 2|
I now had the opportunity to grab the Relic and win the game. However, 3 hours was up and since we were playing under tourney conditions, it meant the game would be called at the end of Turn 3. I couldn't take Turn 4 hence could not capture the Relic. A real waste!
|End game shots|
|End game shots 2|
Well hindsight is powerful! Now let's play this mission again but this time with my other list. Let's see how it does.