Sunday, 15 May 2016

Battle of Roger's Drift 1200pt Heresy Battle

The battle of Roger's Drift was a 30k game that I got to play using my new terrain I have been working on, so it was nice to draw it all together and of course have a laugh, drink some fine ale and roll some dice.
The Armies

1200pts Imperial Fists
Legion Praetor Lachdannan 165
- Solarite Power Gauntlet
- Iron Halo
- Digital Lasers

Legion Tactical Squad I 170
- Power Fist
- Melta-bombs

Legion Tactical Squad I 165
- Power Sword
- Melta-bombs

Legion Tactical Squad I 170
- Power Fist
- Melta-bombs

10 Veteran Tacticals 255
- 2 Heavy Bolters with Suspensor Webs
- Power Fist
- Artificer Armour

Apothecary 45

7 Legion Heavy Support 210
- 6 missile  launchers
- Augury Scanner

Alpha Legion
Autilon Skorr

Legion Tactical Squad Alpha
- Artificer Armour

Legion Tactical Squad Gamma
- Artificer Armour
Legion Tactical Squad Sigma
- Artificer Armour

5 Tyrant Siege Terminators

Land Raider Proteus

The Battle
So for this battle, I have my Imperial Fists ground plodding to make contact with a rumoured enemy force. Very fitting, as most of the Alpha Legion were tricksy and infiltrating. They also got to deploy first (2 units, everything else infiltrating), and get the first turn (I failed to seize the initiative).

The deployment of forces, not a whole lot of Alpha Legion.
Siege Tyrants this end, and on the other extreme flank, the Land Raider Proteus.
All my tactical squads plus the Praetor Lachdannan and Heavy support team deploy here in the centre. Due to the Warlord trait I rolled, the Tactical Veterans will Deep Strike down.

Alpha Legion Turn 1
The Land Raider Proteus rolls around with its guns on the Heavy support team. Three Alpha Legion Tactical squads pop out of the ruins just ahead, with a third deploying behind some terrain at the far end of the board to claim some extra VP's.
The land Raider, and those two tactical squads unleash it all on the Heavy Support team. Both Tactical squads do Fury of the Legion. As the dust clears at the end, 4 Marines  lie in pieces, with the remaining 3 sticking to their guns and pass their morale check.

Imperial Fists Turn 1
Tactical Squads II and III move towards the Land Raider and the 2 tactical squads, knowing they have expended their ammunition for the short term. Tactical squad I on the right flank, move towards the Siege Tyrants.
The combined fire from both Tactical squads wipe out half of the enemy tacticals in the building.
Tactical Squad I got lucky and claimed a terminator.

Alpha Legion Turn 2
Both Alpha Legion tactical squads attempt to move into the buildings, with only the depleted squad able to move through the terrain. What they didn't realise is that both my squads could still see them through the windows facing them.
The Siege Tyrants blast the squad, along with long range shots from the land Raider. The squad, despite their dead sergeant, pass their morale.

Imperial Fists Turn 2
Both tactical squads continue to advance towards the enemy warlord, and shoot the squad through the windows, riddling a further 2 marines with bolts.

The veterans Deep struck down right behind the Terminators, with the remnants of the tactical squad advancing to see them in action...
...and they killed 3, leaving only 1 left, full of fury!

Alpha Legion Turn 3
The warlord and the remnants of his squad pile into the Land Raider, while the other tacticals (with their 2nd Fury of the Legion!) and the land Raider pump fire into the Praetor's tactical squad. Obviously the Emperor was smiling, as despite something around 40 shots, and lascannons, only 4 marines fell from that attack.
The lone Terminator looks to finish things off and kills 2 marines with krak missiles and assaults in, killing another 1. The marines fall back, though the Terminator is too slow and just consolidates.

Imperial Fists Turn 3
The remnants of Tactical Squad I rally, and snap shot ineffectively at the lone terminator that claimed their squad.
On the other flank, both squads advance, along with the veteran with all units, bar the Praetor's squad throwing their fire into the Apha Legion squad bunkered down in the ruins. I think only 1 or 2 fell. 
The Terminator finally goes down, bot to krak missiles, or the Tactical Marines, but the Heavy Support sgt, with his old bolter.
The Praetor and his squad assault the Land Raider, and attempt to strap some melta bombs to it, though to no avail, all miss their mark!
Alpha Legion Turn 4 

The land raider moves back, and puts some lascannons into the squad that assaulted it, killing the sgt. The tactical squad moves down a level, but fail their assault move into the praetor. The squad right at the back, continues to move towards the Imperial Fists lines.

Imperial Fists Turn 4
The praetor Lachdannan and the remnats of his squad move roufn the cover to go for the Alpha Legion squad in the ruins. The veterans continue to move forward and take some shots at the sqaud to help out the praetor.

Tactical Squad II halts its advance and responds to the hew threat of Alpha Legion tacticals flanking them. They put some pot shots through.
Between Lachdannan and his squad, they wipe out the Alpha Legion squad and consolidate towards the land Raider again, with melta bombs in hand.

Alpha Legion Turn 5
The Land Raider tank shocks Lachdannan's depleted unit, though they deftly jump aside. They took a couple of lascannon hits for their trouble.
The Alpha Legion squad unleash Fury of the Legion (the 4th Fury of the Legion unleashed by the Alpha Legion this game!), and cut down 2 marines. My armour saves were running hot this game!
Imperial Fists Turn 5
Tactical Squad II returns fire with their own Fury of the Legion, and cuts down all but 2 marines. The Heavy Support marines with krak missiles peg the other 2, wiping the sqaud out.
Lachdannan and his depleted squad again try to assault the Land Raider, and again miss! The veterans move up to support.

Alpha Legion Turn 6
Autilon Skorr and his depleted squad, jump out of the Land Raider and pour their fire into Lachdannan's squad, along with the Land Raider. Again, their armour holds true and only 1 marine falls!

Imperial Fists Turn 6

No photo here, but Lachdannan leaves the squad that kept him whole all battle, and joined Tactical squad II that moved up. The last marine of El Fisto's squad moves up to assault the squad, in revenge for this fallen brothers. However, the accurate fire of the veterans kills them all, including Autilon.

With that final act, that is game!

We didn't bother counting VP's, as it was evident the Imperial Fists triumphed, considering that I lost no units (just had heavily depleted squads I, III and Heavy support), It was great fun to finally take my 3 unit of tacticals, so I had a lot of bodies on the field. After the game, when looking at the amries, we were quite even in sides, with my friend with terminators and a land raider, instead of veterans and heavy support squad.

Overall a fun affair and a good evening. Plus it was good to see my newly painted terrain in action. Just need to paint more now.

Anyways, thanks for looking.


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