- Circa 000.M42, Damocles Gulf - Hive City outer Ruins
Combined arms straight leg infantry unit garrisoned in the area muster in response to movement from the south. Initial sightings indicate a space marine rush through the vehicle graveyard on the mud flats. Tau forces move to secure the road.
Tau forces engage the space marines with extreme haste. Area support Orca H’tsaya’shaii: ‘Winds of Fate’ performed a high speed pod deployment on the battle front to the 1 Expansion combat team (5 man elites from accross the first expansion septs).
The Tidewall defense platform hummed to life and made way to close the bridge off. Vior'la and Sa'cea teams climbed on and hunkered down. It was about to get hot. Combined fires of pulse rifle and cork screw clouds of SMS started to pepper targets in range.
Space marine armor deflected a vast amount of incoming rounds. But battle brothers here and there buckled under SMS impacts or impacting pulse rounds. Breacher Teams Vior'la and Sa'cea shouldered the Tau defense line. It's ponderous movement taking them in to the jaws of the fight. Bolter rounds force spinning in all manner of directions as the barrier continued to provide life giving protection.
As the Tidewall closed off the main road, Breacher team commanders braced for close quarters. Above on the ruins, D'yanoi's team leader commanded the troop movements below. Pulse and SMS rained withering fire into the gap, but She knew the breacher teams would still be needed to block access to the ruins. "Tau'Va, and good hunting..." were her final words to the teams.
The Tidewall continued as space marines fell and wedged against it's tide. The breacher teams did not even notice the corpses stopping their movement as pulse blasters fired at full auto and the red glint of marine optics stared into breacher team visors. Point blank exchanges of full auto, grenade explosions, and break neck charges into the breacher position slowed time. Vior'La suffered near total loss and had to disengage, but Sa'Cea held.
Sa'cea's team leader kicked the space marine off the wall and himself as the mic bead chirped the all clear. The bridge held. Blood ran from both tidewall and bridge, but for the greater good they had won.
(Mission - 2 Eternal. Army rules: 500 all troops and fortifications. Space marine 4 Tac Squads and 2 Scouts. Tau 6 Strike teams, 2 Breacher teams, tidewall.)