The Battle Of Sugden; A Tale Of Two Bombardments.
As there are regularly four players in my cold garage these days I've taken steps to expand my table. A long time ago we put lino in the bathroom and the excess was not thrown out like most people, it was just put in my loft. the reason for this was it had little squares on it that at the time I thought looked like flagstones (or would do when painted) 7 or 8 years later I have sprayed them black and done some rudimentary drybrushing to make an nice little urban area to butt up against my rural battle mat. Now I have a 9' x 4' gaming table! With this in mind I will make some specific terrain for it, but that's another blog post.
Set Up And Other Jiggery Pokery
|My main deployment area is quite tranquill looking. I'm not a big fan of not going first and I think I will house rule it so that I don't go second ever again.|
In our turn there was not much movement. The Chimera and Hellhound moved forward on my right and the Crimson Fist Contemptor and Ancient moved to slap about the Tau battlesuits. My Astropath Nightshrouded the Ratlings (I was hoping they'd get more than one shooting phase). The return fire was satisfactorily effective, wiping out the tactical squad shielding Gullimann and leaving him exposed in the Hollywood director way which could well lead to criminal charges if he keeps it up. So if nothing else our side definitely got First Blood. Also of note was the Space Marine Scouts, they were proving to be an irritating thorn in our opponents side as they had cameoline and cover giving them a very good armour save.
|The brave Astra Militarum guys advance forward with the certainty that their futile sacrifice might help keep my tanks around a bit longer.|
|The Contemptor decides to kick some alien arse with his little mate.|
|From this angle we can see the Ghostkeel has either a) taken four wounds or b) has four wounds left. I think the former but without taking detailed notes I'm really not certain.|
|The Contemptor's arm has fallen off, a testimony to the ferocity of the battle. The fact that they are in combat is a damning indictment of Tau marksmanship (or at least Aaron's ability to roll 6's).|
|Dylan uses a screw he found in my garage to signify a Crimson Fist barrage. I think it killed at least one Centurion and gave Gullimann a bit of a fright. The annoying Apothecary at the back was unscathed though.|
Dylan plays a stratagem called Orbital Bombardment and it causes some mortal wounds all over the place (Centurions and Gullimann). A lot more shooting from the guardsmen on the building get rid of the other two Centurions. Thankfully I have one operational Leman Russ left (albeit badly crocked). The Battlesuit/Contemptor scrap over in the corner rages on I think without photographic evidence.
|The Chimera made his suicidal attack and failed to blow up. The Hellhound now has a clear view of it's prey. The Razorback trundles off to shoot things eastwards. My Cadians jog forward with fake enthusiasm. As do the Primaris.|
As the hour was getting late we decided to end the game on turn four I think. The Tau/Ultramarines advanced up on the jail but failed to evict it's occupants. My plan to steal the Ultramarine objective was as cunning as it was reliant on Gullimann (the greatest hero in the galaxy) failing a lot. The plan was scoot round with the Hellhound kill as many Smurfs as possible shoot Gullimann, hope he fails loads of saves and then charge in killing him and gaining the objective and also pints in Ye Olde Shielde. Simples. Had I paid for a few Vox the plan would have been simpler, more cunning and successfuller. The Hellhound did it's part by actually wiping out the Ultramarine unit with some help from a single Primaris Marine who could see one. Then shooting failed to do anything to Gullimann and I ill-advisedly charged him. What with overwatch and him being redonkulous in combat I lost the entire squad. With a Vox I could've just Move! Move! Move!ed the vets onto the objective leaving RG clutching his over sized weapon in his hands. So the game ended and victory points were totted up. Both sides held an objective, neither side had killed the opponents warlord and both had linebreaker. The tiebreaker was first blood. So, the Crimson Fists and Astra Militarum had defeated the Ultramarines and Tau by a single VP . A really close game that was suitably bloody and heroic.
|This is the first time a Ratling has survived a battle for me. A suitable medal will have to be painted on there.|