Last Wednesday was the 3rd week in our Crusade of Fire campaign. Having won in the prior two weeks I was one of the last to get the ability to challenge. Before I had the chance though I was challenged by Spectre Senence and his Dark Eldar. We were going to fight for a position I held on the small moon, Veth. We’re suppossed to do Planetstrike for off planet attacks, unless you hold a space port, but we just went for a normal game.
Chaos Lord Soulgore saw the Dark Eldar arrayed before him. Most were using their fast transports, Raiders. He knew it would be no easy battle as few armies could match his forces speed yet these Dark Eldar were one of those who could. Soulgore’s plan was to hold back with a large contingent of reserves to minimize losses early and to later sweep in to secure the field behind his lead force. His plan quickly became their downfall.
The initial barrage from the Dark Eldar vaporized most of the Chaos Bikers on the left flank of the Chaos force, who in the face of overwhelming fire power opted to retreat. The units that remained advanced forward. Soulgore led his Spawn unit over the hill before him and charged into one of the Raiders. The Spawn quickly tore apart the fragile vehicle and the Grotesques bailed out on the back side.
The Dark Eldar continued to advance on the Disciples of Twilight, thinning the ranks with their poisoned shots. Soulgore’s Spawn were pounded by fire before being charged by the Grotesques and their leader. As the Spawn took hit after hit from the Grotesques, Soulgore leapt to meet the charge of their leader. She was the faster of the combatants but her blows were deflected by his sigil of corruption’s energy field. His daemon weapon hungered for blood and Soulgore’s retaliation cut her down. As she fell Soulgore felt a familiar sensation. “Why…” was all he muttered before he mutated into a Spawn.
With the lead force of the Disciples of Twilight about to fold and give up the center of the field, the rest of the army shifted to try to destroy more of the Raiders and slow the advance of the Dark Eldar onto their position. Raiders exploded and the units within jumped to safety. One of the Venom’s explosion was so great that none of the occupants survived.
The Dark Eldar mobility was crippled but most of the reserves of the Chaos force had not arrived yet, leaving a minimal force barely holding their deployment zone. The Rhinos of the Chaos Marines took hit after hit and succumbed to destruction. As those Marines stepped from their vehicles they were met by Wracks and Incubi.
The haphazard arrival of the Disciple’s reserves was their downfall. As units arrived they were met by the Dark Eldar. A Heldrake flew in and rained destruction upon the Dark Eldar, destroying any unit of theirs seeking to hold battlefield objectives, yet it was too late and not enough. The field belonged to the Dark Eldar and the Disciples of Twilight’s position upon Veth was lost.
This one is short as the game was downright brutal. I’m rather unfamiliar with Dark Eldar, as was probably obvious. In the past few years I’ve played against them maybe three times. I think my initial plan could have worked but with reserves being unreliable, though far more than they were in 5th, I just could not pull it together. I did manage to destroy a good portion of his army, giving me points based on my grand warlord trait, but all I had left at the end was that Heldrake. Still, it was a fun game and I always enjoy facing armies I rarely see.