For the first part and some close-up shots of the participant models please follow the unfortunately named link: http://excursionsbeyondthecall.blogspot.com/2014/11/i-got-to-participate-in-frequently.html
On to deployment. I got to deploy right-in-the-middle-a-little-bit-to-the-right. The Eldar player was next to me, offering me good support. It reminded me of being on the edge of mosh pits back in the day. I'm a slight fellow, and I'd always look for an Anchor-of-the-Pit to stand next to just so I wouldn't be bowled over when gravity and momentum would swing toward me (I'm lookin' at you, Alpine Valley).
|The Eldar anchor next to me.|
|Some of my Errants in terrain. Also, some Imperial Fists behind them that I was given to play to "even out the teams."|
|Some of the cool themed terrain for the event. The campaign was titled "The Honoured Sons of the Collatus Sector." Note the NGC 40K text on the billboard. Of course, I had to station my new scouts upon it!|
|The other side of these excellent terrain pieces, obviously this event was supported by Mechanical Warhorse. If you guys are out there, MW, give my blog some love, will ya?|
|To the right of me. A strong showing of marines in bastion, and flyers swooped in formations.|
|Turn one, my Imperial Fists Scouts and Landspeeder tried to hold ground against the Chaos advance. They didn't fare so well, but at least soaked up some bullets. So it is in the 41st millennium.|
|Chaos forces on my right flank streak across the sky with interceptors.|
|In our backlines, scores of marines find out what three helldrakes feels like.|
|This didn't got down so well...|
|A shot of the table at the end of turn two. Note that the Brass Scorpion ahead of my marines is missing...|
|My venerable dread finds itself ambushed by a Chaos Lord deepstriking behind him.|
|At points in the battle, large debris from a space cruiser came hurtling down to the planet's surface.|
|When it impacted, the concussion was felt across the battlefield.|
|Anything it touched was removed from play...|
|...and what was left was a smoking crater.|
|That deepstriking Chaos Lord? We decided massive amounts of gunfire would do the trick. It did.|
|Marneus and Abaddon face off in the challenge...|
|And it was almost no contest. Marneus already had taken a wound before, and it was the wound that broke his back. Taking three wounds before he could attack, the Chapter Master was cut down in his tracks.|
The game was won by Chaos, 5 to 3. I'm not quite sure how all the points played out, and who recycled what units, but that's not important.
I enjoyed the event immensely. I really felt like my army represented to some amount, despite not having a single apoc unit or formation out there. I took a hard lickin' but kept on throwing units at that single objective. There was a tally of units killed and I actually claimed more units killed than any other player (however improbable).
This was the best Apocalypse game I've played in, the timed rounds were nice and it was pleasing to get home in a timely manner. J and I even had time to shop in the store afterwards.
Good job, Peter.