To summarise what happened, it was a random game length scenario (written by Dan), where the Blades of Fire defenders had 1,000pts to stop my 1,500pts of attackers from destroying the launch pad of a Stormraven attempting to escape. My attackers came on in waves, but 2 Platoon had to hold out on its own for three turns as I rolled a spectacular succession of '1's until turn three, when most of my army rolled on.
It wasn't until turn six that my numbers decisively told, and I managed to start shooting at the launch pad. But it was very tough, and only through some excellent work from my Veterans and their meltabombs, coupled with two 4+ rolls to keep the game going into turn eight, that I managed to scrape a victory. As I pointed out to Dan, however, of the 75 Palladians on the field, only eight walked off. It was a messy battle.
Dan's done the full report but I got a few pictures - slightly blurry as they were taken in Ze Bunker:
|2nd Lieutenant Denarius found himself in range for a charge - and was the first Palladian to voluntarily get into close combat in the campaign.|
|What?! They won! Thanks to some lucky rolls plus the power weapons, only one Devastator remained.|
Denarius was Swiss-cheesed with bolter fire shortly afterwards.
|Bring it on! Scouts are a little more bitesized for Guardsmen but were still a tough nut to crack.|
|The dreaded Daxos and his Relic Blade (which killed Capt Nero). He managed to take down this squad like a Relic Blade through butter. They ended up being the only survivors on the field at the end of the game.|
|A very brave Death or Glory attack from the scouts.|
- Captain Severus, in his debut battle, actually found himself in close combat where he cut down three Marines with his power weapon. Then, with his entire command squad killed, I moved him back out of harm's way - voluntarily, not a failed leadership check - although still a pretty cowardly thing for him to do!
- 2nd Lieutenant Aelius arrived on turn three and had his command squad shredded by Praxiteles, the Venerable Dreadnought counts-as. He was promptly executed by the commissar.
- 2nd Lieutenant Denarius (exchange officer from Dai) was tragically cut to bits, but counterbalanced the others' efforts with a truly heroic charge.
- I was also very pleased with my Laser Destroyer, which managed to take out a tank and damage the objective as well.
Thanks for reading,