A Hemlock Came Travelling......
Armies Tactics & Shit
Aaron took the list below; very similar to our last game but without the Devilfish and a Ghostkeel instead. Lots of advanced this and high output that. Seems to me the Tau are fond of giving their weapons rather grand names. That said, what I have noticed about the Tau is their average bs of 4+. Aeldari have a strategem that in the shooting and /or assault phase their lightning reflexes gives the opponent a -1 to hit. With my sackload of command points I will be using it. A lot.Brigade Detachment 12CP T'au EmpireHQ;Cadre Fireblade : 2. Through Unity, Devastation, Markerlight, MV7 Marker Drone, Puretide engram neurochip, WarlordCommander in XV86 Coldstar Battlesuit: Advanced targeting system, High-output burst cannon, Missile pod, 2x MV4 Shield Drone, Velocity trackerLongstrike : 2x Burst cannon, RailgunTroops;Breacher Team : 5x Fire WarriorKroot Carnivores : 10x KrootStrike Team ; Fire Warrior Shas'ui: Pulse rifle. 4x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse RifleStrike Team ; Fire Warrior Shas'ui: Pulse rifle. 4x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse RifleStrike Team ; Fire Warrior Shas'ui: Pulse rifle. 4x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse RifleStrike Team ; Fire Warrior Shas'ui: Pulse rifle. 4x Fire Warrior w/ Pulse RifleElites;Firesight Marksman : Markerlight, Pulse pistolXV104 Riptide Battlesuit: 2x Smart missile system, Advanced targeting system, Heavy burst cannon, 2x MV84 Shielded Missile Drone, Target lockXV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit: 2x Flamer, Cyclic ion raker, 2x MV5 Stealth Drone, Target lock, Velocity trackerFast Attack;Pathfinder Team; 6x Pathfinder: 6x Markerlight. Pathfinder Shas'ui: Markerlight. Pathfinder w/ Rail Rifle: Rail rifleVespid Stingwings; 5x Vespid Stingwing, Vespid Strain LeaderVespid Stingwings: 5x Vespid Stingwing, Vespid Strain LeaderHeavy Support;TX7 Hammerhead Gunship : 2x MV1 Gun Drone, RailgunXV88 Broadside Battlesuits ; MV4 Shield Drone. Broadside Shas'ui: 2x Smart missile system, Heavy rail rifleXV88 Broadside Battlesuits : MV4 Shield Drone. Broadside Shas'ui: 2x Smart missile system, Heavy rail rifleTotal: [104 PL, 1850pts]The usual rolls were made regarding table side and what have you and it was a standard Dawn of War set up with Cleanse & Capture as the scenario. I set up my army with the thought that if Aaron out deployed me I could mitigate it slightly by playing the Phantasm strategem. The objectives are numbered and I placed the odd ones, Aaron the even.
Some Tau tanks lurk next to lots of MSU Fire Warriors, just the sort of place to fly a Hemlock!
A flock of Vespids wait in the wings (no pun intended) plus the Ghostkeel nestles itself into the bastion, just about. From my side of the table the Dark Reapers stand in a building with some guardians to the left and banshees to the right. Jain Zar is also there to add considerable punch to the centre.Can't say I was overly impressed with this thing in the bastion. There should a law against big battlesuits being able to infiltrate.
Aaron's objective's, area denial, supremacy and secure objective 6. They are not aligned as tidily as my ones so it's obvious the pressure was showing even before any dice were rolled.Shockingly, Aaron goes first. Can't say this is part of my plan, I like going first, it allows me to bracket a vehicle or two or bump off a character, giving me first blood, looks like it's going to be one of 'those' games.That's a jetbike gone, and another damaged. Luckily the Hemlock is undamaged so far.In my fury I completely fail to photograph the scoreboard adequately! 0 - 4 to Aaron!
The Hemlock swoops in shooting things and giving everyone within 12" -2 to their leadership. Also the speedy Banshees prepare to assault some Tau in turn 1! A total lack of jetbikes are the main feature of this picture.Jain Zar and her Banshee escort chop up the Kroot very efficiently. The Hemlock reduces the saving throws on the Riptide making it easier to damage. Coupled with his Mind shock pod a lot of seemingly brave Tau troops have it away on their toes. This also puts it high on Aaron's things to kill list, I'm sure.
Jain Zar takes on a Coldstar Battlesuit and her escort unit takes on the Broadside beside, the second Banshee unit make hard work out of killing some Fire Warriors and a Cadre Fireblade commander. If it is unclear the objective here is number 6.These objectives were scored. I got 6 VPs for combined strike plus VPs for objective 6 (strands of fate) and 1.Same scrap different angle.
Having got a big score using combined strike the tables have turned! 13 : 5 to the Aeldari.Having wiped out my guardian squad the Vespids flutter towards my Dark Reapers and Autarch.Having wrecked the Broadsides, the Banshees and Jain Zar look for more victims.This area of the battlefield remains remarkably civil, so civil that the Farseer jogs forward to Doom something.
Aeldari orders are sometimes based not only on sound tactical principles, but also how nice it would be to stand in a patch of flowers by a babbling brook before the Rad missiles rain down.Aaron's objectives. At this late stage of the game pretty difficult to achieve.