40K game day at Jack’s!
With Dave W wanting to get in some practice games for a friendly narrative tournament he’s got at the end of the month, we scheduled a game day at Jack’s to let him get some practice in.
First was Dave against my Dark Eldar – I didn’t have a 1500 pt list ready that I was happy with, so let Dave and Jack set up the terrain while I fiddled about in BattleScribe. Once I was ready, we rolled for Warlord Traits, game type, mission, deployment, etc. We ended up with a Maelstrom of War mission, the one with hidden mission cards, playing from the short table edgles, the ‘long way’.
Dark Eldar started first as Dave gave up his deployment roll of a 6, and just a couple of Raiders full of Kabalite Warriors started on the battlefield, sitting on objectives inside the Dark Kin deployment area.
View from the Dark Eldar side
Plenty of Dark Eldar in reserves!
Frank’s Webway socks!
The view from the Space Wolves side, with 2 squads of Long Fangs on top of the factory
Dark Eldar disembarked onto the objectives, but then the Legion of the Damned and a drop pod of Grey Hunters appeared
The rest of the Space Wolves peppered the Raiders and the Rhinos started moving their squads into position to take more objectives
Now the trouble begins! as most of the Dark Eldar arrive from reserves and shoot down all but 2 of the Grey Hunters, and all of the Legion of the Damned
Scourges deep strike in, but miss their desired landing spot – they still manage to help take out the Rhino on the left flank but are in the open with no cover
The Space Wolf gunboat comes in from reserves as the Grey Hunters advance on the Scourges!
Unfortunately, official records for the rest of this battle were lost, but from witness accounts some picture of the battle can be pieced together:
A single Grey Hunter valiantly held the objective near the drop pod for a few turns before being killed
The Dark Eldar Archon and his Incubi retinue, aided by 2 squads of Trueborn Kabalite Warriors, easily eliminated the Grey Hunters that killed the Scourges, then began to turn their attention on the Long Fangs occupying the manufactorum before the fighting ended
Kabalite Warriors performed a deep strike on the left flank, however they missed their objective but were able to help take down the Space Wolf gunboat before the battle finished
In the end, although the Dark Kin were rebounding, the Space Wolves took the final victory
THE SECOND BATTLE
Jack commandeered Frank’s Chaos Space Marine army to fight against the same force that Dave brought to the table, and Dave switched table ends. Jack brought a Daemon Prince, Heldrake, 2 squads of Nurgle zombies, Typhus and several Chaos Terminators.
David’s setup for the 2nd battle
Jack’s Chaos army in position
A mishapping Drop Pod landed at the farthest edge of the table, far far away from the forces of Chaos
The Legion of the Damned were able to appear where they wanted…
Unfortunately, with out the Grey Hunters in the drop pod, they were all alone with no support…
We’re Rhino-surfing, we’re all Rhino-surfing!
…on the way to a long battle with the Plague Marines in the distance
Dave’s gunboat swings onto the battlefield, searching for targets
Freed from his combat with the Legion of the Damned, the Daemon Prince flies forward into the fray!
Typhus and his Terminator cohort join the fun, casting Nurgle-tastic psyker powers at will (almost)
With the Space Wolf gunboat wrecked, the Heldrake (proxied here by a Dark Angel flyer!) is free to float over the battlefield, roasting Grey Hunters at will
Meanwhile, some of the surviving Plague Marines occupy one of the central objectives and rejoice in their well-deserved victory