The club had been making lots of strategic moves for the ACW Campaign game in recent weeks but as Del and some other members are into Warhammer 40K as a slight diversion. Recently Del and Kon have been delving into the realm of chaos that is Games Workshop. No I don’t really dislike Games Workshop they just cost too much.
Meanwhile Del set up a game using his Tau on one side that had invaded an Imperial World and the Imperial Guard had been sent to push them back off. Rick decided to play the alien Tau and I played the Imperial Guard with Del handling the rules. I should mention this game was set up from Del’s Narrative Campaign on his blog The Corvus Cluster.
First off after Rolls Rick got to set up and pick the first of two objectives then I picked two objectives. We had to pick objectives at least 12 inches from our table edge. I was conservative and picked the rock formation near my left corner of the board and behind the shattered chaos building. Rick picked the rubble in towards the center of his side of the table and just his side of the damaged grey imperial building. (Click on pictures for larger images)
Starting positions and objectives.
Alien Tau have destroyed the Imperial building which is an objective.
The first turn was conservative with my some of my forces moving towards the Rock outcropping that was one of my objectives. I moved up towards the ruined chaos building with a squad of troops and a scout machine (can’t remember the proper name of the vehicle.)
View down imperial highway towards Tau Tank, Red dice next to building is another one of my objectives.
The Imperial forces moving out on turn 1 red dice next to rocks one of my objectives
Rick moved well with his rolls and moved into the rough terrain of the area in the center of the table. Just in range for my mortars which rained death on him. So we each had taken an objective but I scored first blood killing several of his squad. As seen below.
And then there were two
Both Rick and I moved up our forces behind cover taking long-range shots on occasion at each other in turn two and three. Rick destroyed my secondary gun on my tank. I decided after that to just keep it out in the open and fire with the big gun which I hit the Tau Piranha repeatedly but always rolled badly not penetrating the armor. (I was displeased with the dice to say the least!)
Rick’s Tau cower behind cover having reached both his objectives while I have reached both my objectives.
Rick has reached the Tau objectives.
Bad photo shows the imperial guard squad move up through a building
The picture above shows my bold move which did not work out as I scored few hits on the Tau facing me and my Guardsmen broke and fled. I did rally them just before the end of the game.
Time for more rain of fire from the Mortar team, earlier picture you see the full squad. Now well not so many. Rick’s squad would break this turn from the combined fire of a squad in the building and the mortars. Mostly the mortars which were the guards best weapon in this game.
And then there were just two, I am seeing a theme with this.
Around turn 5 I started to try to back up my right flank to make up for the broken squad. I moved a squad out of the woods towards the center of the board to protect my right hand objective that another vehicle was protecting. My tank still taking pot shots and bouncing it off the armor of the Tau.
Moving up in the center to protect the right flank.
Moving up to seize a third objective after my mortars and infantry have shot up the Tau and broken a squad.
Moving through the building for the third objective the guardsman go bravely.
So at this point Del had rolled to continue the game twice then I fired with my Mortars again and took out Rick’s warlord and damaged a Piranha. Things were not looking good for Rick at all at this point.
Del looks up a rule as Rick’s Tau hide behind cover from the Imperial Guard onslaught.
The dice were with me so a very big victory for the Imperial Guard and the Emperor kicking Xeno butt. A 14-0 victory by Del’s reckoning with 3 of 4 objectives, plus first blood, killing the Warlord and other additional damage. I thought it was a fun game and no not just because I blew away everything in front of me.
For a narrative of the battle on Del’s very interesting and imaginative Warhammer 40K blog follow the link for the story about 728th Cadian Regiment reinforces Hegira defenses. Yes it does mention a very dashing young officer Steverous Stark.
As always no matter what you play enjoy.