Warboss Punchy smiled at his creation. Upon entering the almost abandoned sector, he had his meks design him a device of the most devious intent. It would be a signaling device that would attract the Tyranid waves on the outermost reaches of space, trap them in stasis, and be able to be used as a bomb upon his hapless victims.
It was decided that JYLN-55 would be an easy place to test such a weapon. A small pod of Tyranids were secured in the stasis pod. The stasis pod was loaded by grots aboard a "Smart-Bomm," a pulsa-rokkit manned by a grot pilot. After much waiting, the citizens and defense forces of JYLN-55 were taken by surprise by this terrible new weapon. It exploded in the atmosphere, and the bugs arrived soon after.
This is the report from their first encounter.
Defense Forces (Imperial Guard Codex)
Warlord HQ (Warlord Trait Coordinated Assault, +1 to assault range)
Kell, Creed, Heavy Flamer, Veteran Autocannon and Astropath
Platoon Command Squad led by Miguel Quasar with Plasma Pistol.
Flamer, Vox, Autocannon.
Platoon Command Squad led by Marneus Guardgar with Power Fist.
Vox, Flamer, Autocannon.
7 Infantry Squads, variously armed with Grenade Launchers,
Missile Launcher, some plasma.
1 Special Weapons Squad, three Flamers.
1 Heavy Weapons Squad with 3 Lascannons
1 Heavy Weapons Squad with 3 Mortars
1 Veteran Squad with 2 Plasma guns, 1 plasma pistol and a grenade launcher
1 Veteran Squad with 3 Melta guns, 1 bolt pistol
5 Chimeras as dedicated transports that carried the command squads and veteran squads.
3 Hellounds, 2 of them were Bane Wolf variants.
1 Leman Russ Punisher, double heavy bolter sponsons, heavy bolter hull, heavy stubber pintle. Commander Pask riding on board.
Game Mission: Emperor's Will (one objective each side). Dan's Warlord trait was Conqueror of Cities.
I thought Dan was going to leave me his list, but I can't find it now. I guess I'll grab it from his report when that comes out and post it here. Some of the Tyranids look the same to me, so I might have some names of those critters wrong. My apologies.
Initial Deployment. I deployed the chimera transports on the right flank, then the lascannon heavy weapons team. A few squads of infantry then the Punisher Leman Russ. To the left of the tank is a special weapons team with flamers, in front of them some infantry. On the left flank, two squads of infantry and the mortars.
Dan had deployed some Spore Mines in my backfield, one group I surrounded with the Chimeras. They detonated to little effect. The spore mines to the right of the Punisher however succeeded in breaking a squad of Guardsmen that I tried very hard to save, Go to Ground didn't work at all. 4 of them perished and they ran off the board, gaining Dan the First Blood objective.
|Guard left flank at deployment. Infantry squad is hiding in building with lascannon poised for firing. My objective is seen just past the building.|
|Imperial Guard Infantry Platoon Squad in the center building.|
|The left flank advances ahead of the mortars, seen in the background.|
|Across from the left flank, the Tyranid gargoyles. These guys would, with the help of the Parasite, wrap up the whole left flank.|
|The bugs across from my Chimeras and lascannon right flank. The termagaunts and hive guard. Swarmlord behind them.|
|My lascannon heavy weapons team points out the objective.|
It turns out that Dan's objective, directly behind the building in his center, when combined with his Warlord Trait (Conqueror of Cities) and the shield objective give his models a 2+ cover save. Therefore, every gargoyle flies into it. Ones that don't make a dangerous terrain test are saved by their feel no pain roll. My Punisher opens up on the building, scores 22 wounds on the gargoyles. Only one gargoyle perishes. Night fight is going on, so nothing else seems to work that well either in my first shooting phase.
|The Gargoyles in their 2+ cover in the center of the board.|
|Chimeras on the Right flank advance.|
|Guardsmen in the center advance, as well as on the left flank. Mortars fire at the center building but do nothing.|
|Guardsmen approach the center with the knowledge that they will be charged by something soon enough.|
|Here is what they face. The 'Nid objective is seen behind the building.|
A lucky break for the Guard was when pods deepstrike down into the building where the Chimeras were deployed on the right flank. A Trygon Prime, a Carnifex, and a Malwoc drop into the building. The Malwoc tries to deepstrike onto a vehicle, but scatters off the board. Unfortunately for the bugs, he gets to be placed by me... and he is placed onto the Hive Guard, killing off two of them after I had scored wounds on each one from shooting. A lucky break exploiting Tyranid rules that allow a creature to be placed on top of another model. Funny stuff.
|A lucky break for the Guard.|
|The remaining Hive Guard retaliates and destroys Miguel Quasar's Platoon Command Chimera. They hit the ground with their Autocannon and begin firing.|
|The Veteran Infantry Open fire at the Carnifex that just destroyed their Chimera! Plasma Guns rain fire upon the hapless 'Fex, which disappears in a bright flash of white-hot death.|
|The lone grenade launcher after the Trygon Prime attack. "Sarge, I can see them now... Sarge?"|
|The swarm moves out from their hiding positions and begins to swoop toward the objective.|
|CREEEED! Help arrives. Two bane-wolves tailed by a Hellhound arrive, and start spitting template death across the Tyranid left flank. They take out the last Hive Guard and start putting wounds on the Malwoc.|
|The guard advancing on the left flank. They hear an unholy scream and look to the skies...|
|The Parasite has changed direction and is now leading the gargoyles straight their way!|
|Meanwhile, back at the objective (which is a booby-trapped exploding objective just to make things more difficult for me) another pod has dropped and Hormagaunts have flooded the field. Things are getting kinda crowded around here.|
|Miguel Quasar hold their ground as the gaunts swarm out from the pod.|
|The Swarmlord tries desperately to destroy the Bane Wolf...|
|...but instead only removes its chem cannon. That's okay, it still has a heavy flamer.|
|Clearing the objective. Marneus Guardgar's Platoon Command Squad opens up with the flamer on the gaunts surrounding the objective. He then charges into the fray, but does little before becoming lunch for the termagaunts.|
|The Chimera meets up with the Hellhound squadron before unloading on the gaunts ahead of them.|
|The Punisher cannon begins to shine. 18 gaunts fall. Even more the next time. I'm not sure if it "paid for itself," but the Punisher cannon with Pask on board starts clearing gaunts by the score.|
|Roadblock! The Guard drive their vehicles across the Tyranid front line, blocking off their advance!|
|Pask opens up on the Parasite, and finally slays him.|
|Pask turns again and opens up on more gaunts, clearing the objective from Dan's reach. Here we see Dan's tired hands removing even more gaunts.|
At some point here... at the end of turn 6. If the game had ended after I cleared this objective, I would have run some troops over to it and actually won this game. Unfortunately for me, it went to turn 7. Alas, the misfortune of dice will not spare me either!
|Bane Wolf Assault! The Bane Wolves and Hellhound get destroyed down to one Bane Wolf in the process, but tank-shock and Chem-Cannon their way to clearing the Tyranid Objective of scoring units.|
THE FINAL TALLY: 'Nids 2, Guard 1. Neither of us claimed an objective, both of us earned linebreaker, but First Blood edged the 'Nids up to a win. It was a bloody, and very long battle, to be sure. We both sustained massive casualties, and if it wasn't for those Tyranid beasties that reproduce models the guard would have maybe fared better.
Good game Dan!