Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Games Played - Warhammer 30K

Hey there, 

I have recently been becoming a little disinterested in playing pick-up games of Warhammer 40k due to the constant arms race and GW’s totally disregard for FAQ’s and balance with each release.  I have instead found myself looking over the fence and coveting how much greener the grass appears in Warhamer 30K’s yard. I have sold my enormous Imperial Guard and Ork Cult of Speed armies and the cash I have received has now enabled me to dive head long into 30K.  I had been hearing the rumours of a plastic 30k starter set containing two mirrored forces for a while now and I even posted some of the early leaked the images on this blog a few weeks back.  Now with these rumours in mind I set to putting together an infantry based Crusader army that would be interesting to use while also being balanced if it was mirrored Vs itself.  This list building went so well that I decided to order and build four legions in this manner, two traitors and two loyalists and set myself a deadline of February 2016 to get them all built and painted so I can host a 30K gaming bash for my 38th birthday.  Obviously the list needed play testing before I dropped the cash so using my 40k Space Wolves Vs my mates 40K Imperial Fists we each did our best to best represent the list and went at it 30K style on a 4x4’ Forgeworld realm of battle board.

Legion Praetor – Cataphractii Armour, Volkite Charger, Parragon Blade (master crafted), Grenade Harness.
Legion Cataphractii Terminator Squad x5 – Combi Bolter x5, Power Sword x1, Power Axe x3, Chainfist x1, Grenade Harness.
Legion Contemptor Dreadnought – Kheres Pattern Assault Cannon, Power Fist, Heavy Flamer, Extra Armour.
Legion Tactical Squad x10 – Artificer Armour x1, Power Sword x1, Melta Bombs x1, Combat Blades x9, Legion Vexilla.
Legion Tactical Squad x10 – Artificer Armour x1, Power Sword x1, Melta Bombs x1, Combat Blades x9, Legion Vexilla.
Legion Heavy Support Squad x5 - Melta Bombs x1, Lascannon x5.

We setup the table with 6 maelstrom objectives and then we decided to draw up to three cards each turn.  I lost the roll off and would be going second and would then go on to fail my roll to seize the initiative.  I will also note that we went through our tactical decks ahead of time and removed all the cards that either could not be achieved or seemed stupid in this game format.

My opponent setup his Dreadnought/Contemptor, Heavy Support squad and one of his Tactical Marine squads on his right flank and his Terminators and his second Tactical Squad with the Praetor attached on his left flank.

I was not really sure what to do during deployment and despite saying that I would deploy my Terminators close to my Contemptor I ended up with Terminators and a Tactical Squad on my left flank and then I put my Heavy Support squad in the center behind a barricade.  I then put my Contemptor and my second Tactical squad on my right flank with my Preator attached to the Tactical squad.   I think we both ended up rolling the Warlord Trait Child of Terra so out Warlords and any unit they would join could re-roll 1’s to wound in close combat so that was going to make things very interesting.

This close combat was a massive gamble, it was my turn two and I was going to be charging through terrain so I needed to roll a minimum of a nine inch charge to reach those Terminators.

As luck would have it I made that charge and the Terminators evaporated in the face of my Preator and something in the region of thirty attacks coming from my legionnaires having been upgraded to carry combat blades.

The Imperial Fist counter attack rolled in like a freight train with some really good rolling causing my Space wolves to retreat but thankfully they did not get run down.

Despite causing considerable damage on the imperial Fists my Preator and what remained of his unit would fall back and then regroup in cover as the Imperial Fists pressed their advantage.

I was so glad to have one Chainfist in my Terminators squad as it would enable me to eventually destroy this Dreadnought, but not before it wrecked its way through everyone else in the squad.

My Preator would find himself having to regroup and defend against an Imperial Fists assault, victory would come to the Space Wolves but it would come at a terrible cost of the death of my Preator and only one Tactical Marine squad leader escaping alive. 

My Heavy Support squad would spend the entire game not able to draw line of site on anything much other than my opponents Heavy Support squad so they preceded to hammer them with relentless  Lascannon fire all game until they were wiped out.

When the game drew to a close the final scores stood at 5/8 in my favor with hardly any models left on the table other than one of my Tactical squads who spent the whole game rolling one's for difficult terrain moves and never really got into the fight.

The 30K project is now in full swing with two of the four legions  already taking shape so check back soon for more on this.

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