Sunday, 9 August 2015

Battle Report - Zone Mortalis

Hey there, a little later than I promised I know but today I am showing off the pictures from the Zone Mortalis game I hosted last month.  We had four players sporting four different factions, we had Skitarii/Mechanicus, Imperial Fists, Eldar and then me with my Space Wolves.  

I set the table up with a single central objective worth three victory points and then we places six maelstrom of war objectives.  I wanted there to be a crap ton of ways to score VP to make sure everyone had a good chance so I also threw in slay the warlord and both first and last blood.  Before we setup I had everyone go through their tactical card decks and remove anything stupid that was not relevant to the style of game we were playing.

Now this was going to be a set seven turn game using the Deadlock maelstrom of war mission with everyone drawing six cards on their first turn and then drawing up to or discarding down to the turn number.

I placed a few extra restrictions of the units player could field to keep things civilised so on top of the usual Mortalis restrictions I added a total ban on any mounts of any kind so no jet-bikers, bikers or cavalry and with the exception of the Mechanicus factions players could only draw units from one Faction.

I fielded a list that I have been working on for playing Mortalis and small infantry based games using the Horus Heresy ruleset.

Wolf Lord - Terminator Armour, Kraken-bone Sword, Plasma Pistol
Wolf Guard Pack x5 - Combi Melta x4, Combi FLamer x1, Power Axe x5
Contemptor Dreadnought - Plasma Cannon, Heavy Flamer
Grey Hunters x10 - Wolf Guard, Power Sword, Meltagun x2, Close Combat Weapons x9
Grey Hunters x10 - Wolf Guard, Power Sword, Meltagun x2, Close Combat Weapons x9

The Eldar wrath constructs on the march.

I put my Contemptor and Grey Hunters on the table to start things off.

The Imperial Fists infiltrated on the centre objective and prepared to join up and fight a battle on all fronts.

The Mechanicus units swiftly make their way towards the table centre looking for a fight.

The Imperial Fist scouts dig in and await the coming of the storm.

The Howling Banshee's strike out early in an attempt to draw first blood.

My advance was spearheaded by my Contemptor Dread.

The Imperial Fists quickly defend and secure their table quarter.

The Eldar Wrathguard were dead set on unleashing their D-Scythes on my Wolves.

My Contemptor would spend a few turns smashing it's way through those Wrathguard so they would never have the chance to unleash those aforementioned D-Scythes.

Then as a follow up the Contemptor would bring down a Wrathlord.

My Wolf Lord arrived on my third turn along with his Wolf Guard bodyguards.

The main bulk of the Eldar force would eventually be ground to dust under the boots of the Imperial Fist's and the Space Wolves with only the Warp Spiders managing to escape due to their incredible manoeuvrability.

The Contemptor's killing spree was not to last, and it was eventually felled by the Assault Terminators.

The Wolf Guard were left behind by their lord to secure objective three which I had drawn twice.

The Mechanicus Robots seemed to have a tough time of it but they did get to smash some Eldar.

My Wolf Lord managed to carve his way through the Imperial Fist Captain but his victory would be short lived as he was gunned down by Warp Spiders shortly after this picture was taken.

My Wolf Guard Terminators were blasted off the table just as they approached the centre objective by the now much feared triple Plasma Culivers.

When the game came to an end the Imperial Fists were still holding on to the centre objective by the skin of their teeth.

The final scores show that there was no shortage of scoring from all of the players with fifty points scored overall.

1st - Imperial Fists = 16VP
2nd - Eldar = 13VP
3rd - Space Wolves = 11VP
4th - Mechanicus  = 10VP

I currently have a very interesting 30K project that I am about to kick off so check back soon for more info on that.


  1. Such a gorgeous board and gorgeous mini's! I always love watching these types of games, as the strength of units changes drastically in close quarters. Terminators become quite a bit more effective I've found.

  2. Rob certainly does like his terminator heavy forces.