Heresy Of The Highest Order!
The Ratlings are about to receive a shitstorm of bullets and they will fail to see the second turn again.Who said the Astra militarum aren't a mobile force? I can see at least 3 units that have used an order other than "Stay Here And Shoot For The Emperor". The was a logistical SNAFU though, a dedicated transport hadn't received the proper paperwork to advance and therefore had to park up behind the Leman Russes.It's a stirring sight to see this many heavy weapons pointed towards the other side of the table! The Master of Ordinance stands between a pair of Basilisks.Meanwhile on the right flank my Hellhound/Chimera formation sets fire to a big xenos walking around thing. Apologies if I'm getting too technical.
The big walking around alien battlesuit thing has taken some damage, as has the Hellhound. Fear not, six (6) brave guardsmen armed with lasguns and meltaguns are there to assist with the general xenos slaughtering.The now familiar Ultramarine swarm formation is in effect. The Hammerhead stubbornly clings to life and refuses to blow up killing any smurfs that are too close.
At this point the special weapons squad dispatch the big battlesuit. Now they need the rest of the Tautramarine army to leave them alone.At this point no one has attempted to pick up the relic. In defense of AM tactics, I'm sure no-one received the correct Esoteric Item Of Unknown Origins Requisition Form 7B from Adeptus Munitorum therefore holding up the show. I don't know what the Tau and Ultramarines excuse is, other than the five (5) Leman Russ waiting like playful puppies for so target practise.Another sideways on view of the battle.The venerable dreadnought took a direct hit from the Basilisk on the other side of the table -I shot at it as the Master of Ordinance will only help if the target is over 36" away (anything less and it's not worth his while getting his binoculars out for). The smoke effect was courtesy of Dealz cotton wool.The Riptide also bought the farm this turn. Despite the Piranha trying to distract the guardsmen. This army was used to the wiles of filthy xenos and didn't take the bait. Apologies for the blurry picture, I was excited.Shit was getting incredibly real! The Hammerhead also dies. Sadly I don't recall swathes of Ultramarines taking mortal wounds so it must have made the sound of a brick falling on grass.The required paperwork arrived and the Chimera whizzed forward to engage the now much depleted enemy. The Devilfish is in a bad way judging by the wound counters (dice) on it. A lone guardsman stands by the Relic wondering how he's supposed to move it.
At this point Rouboute Gulliman grabs the relic as only a 9 foot test tube baby can, and in his best Hulk voice smashes the Chimera consolidating into the guardsmen. The guardsmen however do not want any part of the combat and fall back, leaving an awful lot of ordinance trained on the Emperor's right hand Primarch. Although technically Gullimann didn't blow up, the redonkulous amount of firepower that was aimed at him probably caused a crater 10 metres wide. He was killed by many Imperial Guard weapons and he failed his 4+ regeneration roll. I'm fairly certain he'll be back though. The last picture of the game was a guardsman taking the last wound from the Devilfish causing it to die. In the background you can see a single guardsman meltagun operator spinning about in a Chimera after he toasted a Venerable Dreadnaught. Also in this pic is my second in command (so by a process of retro engineering the command structure, probably third or even fourth in command). Plus a female Commissar.