Thursday, July 3, 2014

Batrep: Altansar vs World Eaters - The Curtain Draws Open

You Cai and I finally got to play our game. 1850 a side, YC would be bringing a 30k army using the Forgeworld ruleset. I crafted a short narrative capturing the dark work that the Eldar do in the background. The stage was set, let the battle begin! 

The Curtain Draws Open
Farseer Turendas felt rather than see the the approach of the cloaked figure. 

"It is time" said the shimmering figure. 

"This is no mere mortal you tasked us to assassinate. He is a beast among their kind", replied Turendas. He had his suspicion that no matter his query, it would not change the outcome.

"You serve as others have before you. Morag-Heg has Her purpose", replied the fluid image. 

"Then it is done" acknowledged Turendas. 

He knew that the Harlequins broke no discussion when the decision has been made. Farseer gathered his Runes and Ghost Helm and sent out the message to gather the warhost. Altansar goes to war. 

YC recently completed his Angron model and we were gearing up for our ABOcalypse in about 1 month. I set the narrative up as a battle that took place way before Angron was caught in the Heresy, back in 30k. This was after the Eldar failed to assassinate him when he was a child.

What is known is that Angron was discovered by a slaver who chanced upon the battered and bleeding figure of the young Primarch surrounded by scores of alien corpses, high in the northern Desh'elika Mountains. History does not record what species these aliens belonged to, but many Imperial scholars believe them to have been Eldar who attempted to kill the Primarch, due to some psychic foreknowledge of the plague upon the galaxy he would one day become. Angron had been badly wounded in the combat, but remained alive.

-- taken from Warhammer40k Wiki

Now that the Primarach has reestablished contact with his Chapter, Angron was tasked by the Warmaster Horus to bring an outer-rim world to compliance. Upon completing this task and prior to departing to another system, the Eldar set a trap to isolate him from his main force and bring him to the ruined city of Brakenn V as the spearhead. 

Primarch Angron painted by YC

Missing from this picture is the Stormraven and the Dreadclaw Droppod

Scary in melee

Rolled these powers for Seer Firanir

Turendras rolled these powers and Warlord Trait
Deployment and Turn 1

We rolled Mission 6 - draw 6 Tactical Objectives and drop one each turn till you only hold 1 in your hand.

Eldar deployment

YC's objectives

Dreadclaw drops in with only one occupant - Angron. YC chose not to open the pod in favour of the gushing fire. Didn't hit anyone as it did not have range. 

Combined fire by the Predator and Land Raider damaged both my Serpent and Knight 

In my turn in drew these cards

Spread my army out to tackle the Primarch first

After pouring all my firepower into the Primarch and his Dreadclaw, I only managed to do 2 wounds!! 

I was in a whole lot of pain Turn 2
Turn 2
With a mighty bellow, Angron strides towards the Spiders

YC pushed the Land Raider forward 

Angron charged the Spiders only to find that Invisibility carried the day! Only 3 died to his fury! They Hit & Run, dodging out of the way. Angron consolidates closer to my Serpent. 

And in the Eldar Turn 2, all guns aimed at the monster. The coup de grace was capped by the Serpent. 

Charged my Wraithknight in only to do 3 Hull Points of damage - leaving him limping with one. 
Turn 3
Losing over 400+ points in one character, the World Eaters realised their mistake for being so hasty. The Land Raider pulled back

And concentrated all fire into the Knight taking the last 3 wounds 

Without the Primarch, I was free to engage targets 

Meanwhile my Reserves arrived and advanced on his newly disembarked Marines
 Turn 4
Finally the Stormraven arrived carrying the 5 melee monsters

In sheer madness, the last World Eater who did not perish in the previous round of shooting charged in...

...only to be gunned down in Overwatch

The Termis sure made short work of this Serpent

Forcing the Guardians out 

In my Turn 4, I swept around to support the middle field

While I began my kiting process, shoot and BattleFocus away
Turn 5

The Termis charge in and killed off 5 Guardians only to have them flee

Unable to pursue, the Termis were now in the open 

And in the final show of defiance, a rallied unit of Guardians snap firing shot and killed the last Termi! 

With 3 Guided War Walkers, I managed to down the flying Stormraven. The other Serpent shot it from behind as well. 

These were Objectives that I managed to secure
I tabled YC. His list really does need work. At 1850, it needs to have more flexibility and ability to deal with the various objectives. It didn't help that he sent units in piecemeal for me to chew on. Back to the drawing board!

It was a massacre. The trap set up by the Eldar was perfect. Angron dropped in, suffered a grievous wound and was whisked away at the last minute by some power!. The Eldar sensed the Ruinous Powers involvement and could only portent worse fears. 

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