Moving into Phase 3, the missions start to escalate and another draw will lead to the neutral missions.
Ambush deployment, Imperials must get units off either of the short board edges.
Imperial forces deploy first and get first turn. Chaos can attempt to seize the initiative.
Imperials gain D3 victory points per escaped unit.
Chaos gets 1 victory point per destroyed unit.
Secondary objectives: Onslaught attack, strike the head.
Gain 1 victory point for each unit destroyed in the first turn.
Strike the head
3VP for slaying the warlord within the first three turns.
Primary Army Storm Hawks.
List unchanged since last game.
Secondary force Imperial guard
6 Leman russ tanks, 1 punisher with hull heavy bolter, 4 demolishers with hull heavy bolters, 1 demolisher with hull lascannon.
Primary Army Emperors Children
List unchanged since last game
Secondary Force Chaos daemons
1 Blood thirster of Rage
1 standard blood thirster (My model suffered breakage, so we substituted in a Lord of the rings Balrog that is normally used as a Daemon prince as a substitute.)
1 soul grinder, daemon of khorne (It’s painted as a daemon of slaanesh but I didn’t have the points to pay for the daemon of slaanesh upgrade)
Forgefiend with 3 ectoplasma cannons
Morose canyon: Fifty miles north of Altum.
Captain Kraken noted that the convoy was approaching a fork in the road. The auspex array mounted on the Spartan had detected the enemy pursuit. Minor skirmishes had already been fought against a handful of minor daemons and he had a decision to make.
“We shall split our route. Apothecary Garm head right. Collapse the route behind you and proceed to the designated site. We shall draw the enemy down the other path.”
“Acknowledged commander.” Garm replies.
“Tactical what lies up ahead.”
“the canyon opens up in 500 meters.”
“Pull the forces to a halt in centre of the widened location. We need to draw the enemy to us before we can break through.”
Lord commander Solomon Gyre watched the approaching Storm Hawk forces from within his Bastion. The fools were driving directly into his trap. As they reached the centre of the target site he gave the order to engage and his forces threw off their camouflage and took aim.
Rather than back down his foes charged forwards vehicle engines roaring. Sporadic fire issued from their weaponry but still managing to knock the legs from a Soul Grinder and blow one of his rhinos apart. The unit within jumped out and were immediately targeted losing a few members to the enemies shooting.
Snarling he gave the order to fire at will.
The chaos daemons along with the Emperors children Sicaran patrol the left flank while the bulk of the EC forces and a lone blood thirster are deployed on the right flank.
The Storm Hawks and their IG tank allies are deployed within the central ring. (The THSS terminators and kraken are in the Spartan, the assault squad and jump pack captain/wolf lord are in the storm eagle while the grey hunters and chaplain/wolf priest are in the Land raider crusader. The other terminator squad needs to walk.)
Chaos fail to seize the initiative
Imperial turn 1
Chaos Turn 1
Imperial turn 2
Chaos turn 2
Imperial Turn 3
The VP condition was that chaos had 12 points and the imperium 1 with a potential 15 (5D3) from the escaped units. The imperial player rolled his D3’s and each one of the escaped units provided him with 1 VP giving him a running total of 6.
Chaos turn 3
We called the game here as chaos was highly likely to gain at least 2 more victory points putting them out of reach, even if both wolf lord sigmar and squad razak managed to survive and leave the table.
Kraken focused on his holomap as the Spartan moved forwards. Markers flickered out of existence as first there Storm Eagle was wrecked by enemy fire, then as three leman russ tanks were dealt with in short order.
An enemy rhino burst out into the way of the storm hawks land raider and its multi melta then scored a critical hit blowing the machine apart. The squad inside managed to escape without serious injury and then weathered the enemies shooting before they followed the Spartan through the enemy’s line.
“Teleport homers are online” His driver shouted.
“Trigger them get Razak and Sigmar out of there.” Kraken replies
“We lost a squad of skyclaws, one of our storm eagle gunships, one of our land raiders, a dreadnought and six leman russ tanks.”
“And of the convoy?”
“They have arrived safely”
“Good. Despite our efforts and survival this may just embolden our foes further.”
“You survived commander and managed to protect the convoy.”
“True, we may yet win this war.” Kraken returned his attention to the holomap and began to review the wider tactical situation.
Lord commander Solomon Gyre walked calmly around the battleground, the smell of the storm hawk terminators teleport exit still hung in the air as the daemons of khorne that had aided him in this mission made sport with the remnants of the leman russ tanks that the enemy had lost.
Despite them wrecking a sicarian and blowing a rhino apart the storm hawks had suffered more losses than his forces.
He was still unable to enact his vengeance on the storm hawk commander for thwarting his previous efforts but he would get his chance. He smiled knowing that his foes were running out of places to flee to.
We called the game at the start of chaos turn 3 after our imperial player rolled 5 1’s for his D3 victory points per escaped unit (Scoring 5 out of the potential 15 victory points). This left the imperial forces down 6/12 vs chaos with only 4 units left on the table. 2 leman russ tanks, one was about to be charged by the emperors children contemptor dreadnought and the other by the blood thirster of Rage. A wolf lord in combat with a blood thirster surviving on one wound and a squad of five terminators all bunched up and within range of the forgefiend.
This meant that the imperial forces could not catch the forces of chaos with regards to Victory points. Chaos would probably earn another 2-3 in turn 3 putting the score at 6/14(15) to chaos and even if the terminators and wolf lord managed to leave the table the maximum the imperial player could get would be 6VP.
If the imperial forces had managed to gain a full 15 victory points the mission would have most likely ended in a draw. It would have then been imperials 16VP and chaos 12VP with four units left on the table (each worth 1Vp to chaos when killed).
So, with this very lucky win for the forces of chaos we now move on to the Sudden Strike (thin the herd) mission. Where the forces of chaos unleash a lord of war on the imperial defenders, attempting to break through by inflicting as many casualties as possible and using the element of surprise to maximise the impact of the attack.
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Even without the bad rolling for VPs, I think the Imperium was in a tough spot. Requiring perfect rolls just for a tie is still a tall order.
Average rolling wound have seen the game being closer, this mission and the mission it is based on are very difficult to win as a defender. (You have to target the weakest point to break out of.)
Discussing the game afterwards between ourselves we thought that the Imperial player would have been better served to go towards the opposite table edge [He decided to go straight through the most heavily defended area on the table.]