3rd company Ultramarines vs Crimson Fists – Blue and Red vs Blue and Red – to be honest it was a little complicated.
This was one of my practise games to check my understanding of the rules – after a few more of these I should feel up to leaving the comfort of my own home. As it was one of my training games I’ll keep the report brief and split it into 2 halves. The forces were picked to be equal points but to mess around with as many rules as possible to sharpen me up – so the armies don’t tie in with the force organisation charts.
Ultramarines (1254 points):
- Tactical Squad (10): Sergeant with Powerweapon and Stormbolter, Meltagun, Missile Launcher and Rhino
- Tactical Squad (10): Sergeant with Powerfist, Meltagun, Missile Launcher and Rhino
- Devastator Squad (10): Sergeant with Chainsword, 4 Lascannons and Razorback with TL Lascannons
- Assault Squad (8): Sergeant with Powerfist, Plasma Pistol
- Venerable Dreadnought: TL Lascannon and Missile Launcher
Crimson Fists (1255 points)
- Terminator Assault Squad (6): Sergeant with TH/SS, 2 TH/SS, 3 pairs of Lighting Claws and Landraider Redeemer with Multi-Melta
- Terminator Squad(5): Sergeant with Powersword, Chainfist, Assault Cannon
- Tactical Squad (10): Sergeant with Storm Bolter, Meltagun and Missile Launcher
- Devastator Squad (5): Sergeant with Powerfist, 4 Heavybolters
- Venerable Dreadnought: Assault Cannon and CCW
The Devastator Squad set up in the centre flanked by the Tactical Squads and the Dreadnought and Assault Squad at the far right wing. The two Rhinos covered the majority of the Tactical Squads and the Razorback pulled up in-line with the Devastators.
Deployment: Crimson Fists
The Terminators formed the centre of the line covered on their left by the Dreadnought and Devastator Squad, to their right the Land Raider Redeemer with its payload of Assault Terminators and the Tactical Squad holding the right wing.
Turn 1: Ultramarines
The Ultramarines could see the small but highly specialised force moving onto the battlefield. Seeing the lumbering hulks of the Terminators trudging through the corn blowing in the field the battle brothers set up a gun line and prepped their holy bolters ready for the fight ahead. On the right wing the Assault Squad took to the air focussed on the Devastator Squad.
The field exploded with noise as the missile launchers and Lascannons spit fire at the Land Raider. As the smoke cleared the Assault Cannons had been blown off and the crew were shaken, but the vehicle was far from being useless. The Assault Squad’s pistol fire managed to score a number of wounds on the Devastator Squads but none could fully penetrate the armour. The Sergeant started to chant a prayer as the Devastators raised their Heavybolters and started to track their targets.
Turn 1: Crimson Fists
Bursting from the smoke the Land Raider sped forwards, crushing the debris from its Assault cannons into dust. The Tactical Squad and Terminator Squad both started to run, closing the distance on the enemy to allow their weapons to return fire.
The Devastators and Dreadnought fired on the Assault squad, tearing through their ranks but only killing three of the battle brothers.
Turn 2: Crimson Fists
The Rhinos moved to reveal the Tactical Squad gun line as the Assault Squad charged towards the Devastators firing their pistols and revving their Chainswords. Two of the Devastators fell, but the Plasma Pistol overheated killing its owner. One Tactical Squad fired at the Crimson Fists Tactical Squad, only the Missile Launcher found its mark and managed to kill all 3 troopers in it’s blast range. The other Tactical Squad, the Devastator Squad, Rhino, Dreadnought and Razorback all fired on the Terminator Squad completely wiping them out before a single return shot could be fired. As the dust began to settle the monstrous sound of the Land Raider Could be heard – had the Ultramarines picked the right target?
The Assault squad crashed into the devastators both sides masterfully using their weapons – but to no avail and no kills were made.
Turn 2: Crimson Fists
The Tactical Squad walked forwards firing from the hip killing two Ultramarines whilst the dreadnought charged towards the Assault Squad. The Dreadnought and Devastators managed to kill two more Assault Squad members with only one Devastator dying, being pulverized by the Sergeants Powerfist.
The Land Raider moved, firing on the Razorback and the Terminator Assault Squad Charged killing almost every member of the Tactical Squad in front of them and forcing the remaining troops to run from the field of battle.
– At the end of Turn 2 the points left on the table were almost even – a very close game so far –
The rules are SO hard – I know I made loads of mistakes on ranges, close combat (to wound mainly) and just rolling for the squad as a whole rather than separating wounds on all models in the squad. But hey – I’m still learning! Part 2 on Tuesday!