A Disagreement With The Death Guard
Battalion Detachment +5CP (Chaos - Death Guard) [98 PL, 1845pts] HQ;Sivar Rotlung; Lord of Contagion : Tainted Regeneration, Manreaper, WarlordKryptus Fowl; Malignant Plaguecaster : Plague Wind, 5. Putrescent VitalityTroops;Chaos Cultists;. 8x Chaos Cultist Autogun, Heavy stubberThe Rotted Souls; Plague Marines: Icon of Despair,. Plague Champion: Plaguesword, Plasma gun, Power fist, Plasma gun,Blight launcherThe Festering Souls; Plague Marines : Icon of Despair, Plague Champion: Boltgun, Plaguesword, Plasma gun, Meltagun 20x Poxwalker Elites;Jurant Gut Tearer; Biologus PutrifierThe Reaving Rot; Blightlord Terminators; Bubotic Axe x3, Combi-melta x 3, Reaper Autocannon, Flail of Corruption, Balesword for Sergeant.Helbrute: Multi-melta,. Helbrute fist: Heavy flamerHeavy Support;Chaos Predator: Twin lascannon,. Two lascannons: 2x LascannonLungspit; Plagueburst Crawler: 2x Entropy cannon, Rothail volley gunDedicated Transport;Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Havoc launcherChaos Rhino : Combi-bolter, Havoc launcher
Set Up And Such
The ratlings in question, menace the Nurgle line.Dylan's force left to right, Plagueburst Crawler, Chaos Rhino, Cultists (holding objective 2), Chaos Rhino, Poxwalkers, Maulerfiend, Predator. Both Rhinos have Plague Marines in them and quite a lot of Blightlord Terminators are sitting /standing in their teleportarium cubicles awaiting ejaculation onto the table.From left to right squad Stinger, 2 Leman Russ, Squad Fang, Squad Talon, behind them is a Chimera containing veteran Squad Vicious, Vim Ajax, and Balto Krudditch, next is the Heavy bolter Weapons Team, Revs Cantalope, the Chimera containing veteran squad Cutter and Chuck Nimrod, out of picture is the Autocannon heavy weapons team and the special weapons squad.In this pic my Hellhound and flamer squad can be seen to the left of the ruins.Tactical Objective 4 smack bang in the middle of the battlefield.Tactical Objective 2 is crawling with cultists.Tactical Objective 6.Tactical Objective 1My Tactical Objectives Turn OneThe autocannons defend objective 3. A chimera full of veterans smoke fags in the transport area with the windows wound down.Dylan's Tactical Objectives Turn One. Blood and Guts, Area Denial & Psychological Warfare.Objective 5 will be ably defended by these two beauties,After some concentrated tank fire, the Death Guard marines have to walk across the battlefield, as the Chaos Rhino's stereo (and the surrounding chassis) was destroyed.At the end of my first turn I get two VP's one for First Blood and 1 for Overwhelming firepower.The Poxwalkers may be slow but they fully intend to keep meandering across the table with their pox and stuff. The heretic Rhino driver puts on some tunes to amuse his smelly passengers, probably some Grunge, (or Pox Metal).The Hellhound has taken some scrofulant lascannon shots and still lives. Casting Psychic Barrier on the tank commander prolongs his existence. He also used the strike and shroud order on himself making him pretty tough for a turn.The Plagueburst Crawler does horrible things to my Leman Russ on the left, while some infantry ensure I get 2 VP's for defending objective 5.
The flamer squad take objective 1 (no one on either HQ decides it is worth getting during the entire battle so they get rather an easy time of it all game). Sergeant Harker hands out re-rolls like Billy-O, the Tank Commander gives himself re-rolls as he was a bit eager to get to grips with the minions of chaos.At the end of the death guard turn 1 here are the scores on the doors. 4-2 to the Imperium.Dylan's orders are sent down via comm links with rickets.The Death Guard pull a fast one and drop a Lord of Contagion in the Astra Militarum's rear. This is precisely the sort of thing that have given heretic Astartes all over the galaxy a bad name.At the start of Dylan's turn he pulled all manner of underhand stunts (like the perfectly legal deepstriking of his foul Terminators). Leaving his Lord of Contagion ready to kick the shit out of some poor defenseless autocannon operatives. The rest of his Terminator contingent landing to the west of my Leman Russ by objective 5. The Plagueburst Crawler and Terminators opened up, but by happy chance he targeted two separate Leman Russ leaving both in bad shape but not destroyed.
Dylan's objectives Blood & Guts, Master Of The Warp and No Prisoners. High Command send down some new orders, kill a witch, kill something with a tank and scare some Death Guard. The first two are achievable but the third highly unlikely.
The following turn saw the Vengence For Cadia! strategem being used which just about (and I mean only just about) got rid of the Terminators. One the other side of the battlefield the Lord Of Contagion failed his assault roll and a combination of veterans with meltaguns, Smite, autocannons and the trusty lasgun failed to kill it. In an act of desperation the Chimera crew were ordered to sacrifice themselves by driving over said character. This was very nearly a bad plan as Sivar Rotlung almost destroyed it in one turn.Two Leman Russ, a Chimera, a veteran squad with plasma guns and a unit of infantry aided by the Vengeance For Cadia! strategem barely manage to get rid of the Terminators.Because no one in the veteran squad wanted any part of a hand to hand encounter with Sivar Rotlung, the Chimera drew the short straw and got distraction duty.At some point in turn 3 it's evens Stevens with 5-5. Got some pretty banged up tanks though.Some blurry Poxwalkers and a couple of Death Guard think they can hide from Imperial shells.
The last ratling in his squad goes into stealth mode, hoping to survive the battle.The Chimera backs away from the Nurgle general allowing the veterans and heavy weapons to do their thing. Sergeant Harker probably said something like "On my command, unleash hell!", and to be fair they did.
Vim Ajax smugly waves his stick at Sergeant Harker telling him to shoot something else.There follows an unphotographed interlude where things took a turn for the worse when the Death Guard hikers got into combat with my vets. I lost both Leman Russ to the Plagueburst Crawler and various other noisome weaponry. On the plus side tank Commander Revs Cantalope killed the Hellbrute (the Predator was a distant memory too). The flamer squad sat on their objective all game without taken a single casualty and thereby earning the enmity of most of the other infantry.Blood and Guts, Master Of The Warp and Death March were Dylan's last tactical objectives.The Death Guard give my vets some ceramite tipped boots in the face.Dylan pulled a few stunts gaining him VPs like nobody's business. Dylan's evil machinations although wicked and cunning were not (luckily for me) perfect, he had forgotten to move his Plaguecaster to within Smite range of my lone ratling scoring me Linebreaker. Various tactical objectives were achieved in the last turn creating an unusual result. A draw.
Four veterans are saved by the bell and get to slink of the battlefield with little more than a chesty cough. Of course Astra Militarum regulations means it's a wire brush and Dettol® all over body scrub as part of the debriefing.
A serene battlefield before the horrible soldier start messing it up.Part of my set up and my legs.The other part of my set up. Note my legs have gone.The hide behind some ruins ploy enabled me to squeeze my ratlings into the extreme right of the picture (Dylan's deployment zone).Plagueburst Crawlers are horrible things and should be banned!
As the day drew to a close, both armies unable to score a decisive defeat on their opponent, disengaged. A vox message had come from the Chimera stating that the large Terminator (presumably the enemy leader) was dead but his body was unable to be located. Balto Krudditch thought to himself, they probably don't want to find the diseased corpse more likely. He couldn't blame them, fighting against such debased humans was a terrifying prospect. He gave orders to his flamer squad to burn all enemy bodies and sadly do the same to his own men. With the followers of the ruinous powers nothing could be left to chance. All that was left for him to do was start filling in the report for Thatcher Magz, the planetary governor and complete the requisition forms for more troops. Balto had a felling he would be needing them.....1. The only time one (1) vox caster has a use is when you use the strategem Fire On My Position! I rarely remember to use this strategem.