Dark Eldar (André) vs Ultramarines (Ørnulv) 2000p
Seize Ground – Pitched Battle
Finally, with the battle bunker ready, as Trond says – time to play!
5 objectives, one close to the centre, 2 in each deployment zone.
The marines marines (Ultramarines) took the initiative and decided to go first.
The three Dev Squads took to the high grounds, mounting buildings on each flank and in centre. 4 Razorbacks with TLSc deployed in cover linking the Dev Squads. 3 Land Speeders with TMl lurking behind them. The Tactical Squads where split in two. Two Combat Squads with Pc deployed high up in the centre buildings. One Combat Squad with Lc on the ground in cover right flank, and one with Lc in a tower.
The dark Arcon did not want to set up facing the Ultramarines gun line, and decided only to deploy a large unit of Scourges inside a building to north vest. The rest of the army was kept in reserve (sneaky Dark Eldar).
The Ultramarines adjusted their position, well aware of that the Dark Eldar with arrives on turn two unleashing a fuselage of firepower. The question was – how many arrives at the same time? A couple of Ml had line of sight to the Scourges, managing to wound them 20 times! However, due to some pretty amazing dice rolling, only one Dark Eldar warrior died.
The Scourges adjusted their position, making sure they where out of sight.
What to do? The Land speeders kept back, trying to avoid possible fire lines. The Razorbacks moved slightly forward, all of the popping smoke. The Scourges unit was completely out of sight, so the Ultramarines brazed them selves from the inevitable onslaught that was about to materialize!
A Ravager entered the north west of the city, alongside “Manifactorum”, hindering most of the Ultramarines line of sight towards it. Two raiders, with Kabalite Warriors, decided to go flat out on the northwest flank, taking cower behind “Sanctum”. In the middle, a third Raider with Incubus. The Ravager opened fire on one of the Land speeders, only managing to destroy the TMl.
What to do turn # 3? Since the half of the Dark Eldar reserves had yet to enter battle, the Ultramarines felt that the partial advance was only a partial blessing. The Ultramarines adjusted their position and opened fire. The Ravager was blown to bits by the centre Dev Squad. The Incubus Raider and a raider carrying Kabalite Warriors shared the same fate. The Ultramarines fired everything they could at the Incubus and the Kabalite Warriors. Once again the Dark Eldar managed to save the waste majority of inflicted wounds.
A raider with Incubus and Arcon entered the battle field dead centre going flat out and taking up position to the north east side of “Sanctum”. A Jet bike unit turbo busted on the fare east side of the table, moving over a Dev Squad in the “Platformum” building. The remaining Raider on the north vest flank moved south threatening the Ultramarines south vest flank. The incubus entered the “Sanctum” building ready to support them. The Kabalite Warriors leaved the wreck and took up position behind the advancing raider to the south. The Scourges (loosing 2) jumped from cower supporting them. The dark Eldar army opened fire! This time, it was the Ultramarines who managed so make their saves, and few members of the Dev Squad in the southwest and centre fell. The Jet bikes killed one Dev on the “Platformum”, loosing one in the process that crash-landed. The centre Razorback blew up from a Blaster shot, the Combat Squad hiding behind the wreck.
The Combat Squads in the 2 Razorback to the south east (Platformum) embarked preparing and opened fire on the 2 Jet bikes. The Razorbacks turned around their turrets and also opened fire, but only one where destroyed! Fortunately the remaining Jet bike lost its nerve and turned tail! The centre Razorback with the Librarian moved forward closing in on the centre objective but failed to reach it because the tracks broke when entering a crater! Damn! The centre part of the army opened fire at the Raider carrying the Incubus and Arcon, turning into a fireball! The Land speeders and PLc opened fire at the Incubus, but few fell. The Dev Squad to the south vest opened fire against the Raider in the south west, setting it on fire. The remaining guns were aimed at the Incubus who had advanced south vest. The Combat Squad who had escaped the flames when their Razorback was set on fire, rapid fired at the Kabalite Warriors covering the line of sight to the Scourges, but few fell.
The Razor wing finally arrived the battle, opening fire with all its weapons against the south centre Dev Squad. Only 2 fell…. The Scourges did far better, bringing the Dev Squad south vest down to only two MISSl. The Incubi and Arcon moved quickly through the “Sanctum” and charged and wiped out the Combat Squad south vest. They consolidated back into the building. The remaining Raider to the north vest flew over in cover behind the Manifactorum, closing in on the objective there.
Both players knew this could be the last round, and all focus was directed towards the objectives. In an attempt to block the advance of the Incubus and Arcon towards the centre objective, two Land speeders positioned themselves in front of the objective. Behind them the Combat Squad with the Librarian left their immobilised Razorback, taking control over the objective. To the east the two Combat Squads embarked their Razorbacks, and drove forward to claim the two objectives in that sector. The centre Dev Squad blew up the last Raider partly in cover behind Manifactorum. The Kabalite Warriors inside left the wreck facing the structure. An Lc killed the Jet bike (nothing else to shoot at). Fire was concentrated against the Scourges (who was nearly wiped out) and against the Incubus and Arcon, but several of them (including the Arcon) made their saves.
The Kabalite Warriors outside Manifactorum to the north centre entered the building, and run to the objective hidden inside behind a wall. The Kabalite Warriors Squad to the northwest moved in and took the objective behind a building. The Arcon and Incubus surged forward, fleeted around the Land speeders, and wiped out the Librarian and his Combat Squad before they could draw their close combat weapons. Fire continued to pore over the Dev Squad in centre and southeast, but it was not enough left to have a big impact.
Was it over? The guest rolled a dice. It was over.
Dark Eldar held 2 objectives
Ultramarines held 2 objectives