Detailed image heavy battle report incoming!
This past Friday, I played against a new opponent at my local gaming club(not the one I have to travel for). He posted on facebook, a friend of mine tagged me in a comment, and I noticed he wasn't one of the regular elitist players, so I issued a challenge. It turned out, after meeting up with him and chatting with him, that I was about to parttake in his very first battle in Warhammer 40k! I was super excited and wanted to give him the best intro to 40k that I could. The agreed points value was 1500, I was T'au (Duh!) and he was Orks, a completely new enemy for me.
If I can dig through my memory well enough, he had two Big Meks, a Warboss, Boss Zagstruk, Mad Dok Grotsnik, a unit of thirty Boyz(yes! He actually did it!), ten Shoota Boyz with a Big Shoota, ten Gretchin with a Runtherd, a unit of five Nobz mounted in a Trukk alongside a unit of five Ammo Runts, a unit of five Stormboyz, three Deffkotpas, and three Warbikers.
I took a Cadre Fireblade, Ethereal, four units of five Strike configuration Fire Warriors (one of which had a Missile turret), two units of five pathfinders, a Commander with three missile pods and ATS, an Ion Riptide, a unit of Missile Crisis, and a unit of Plasma/Ion Crisis, both of which teams were accompanied by five Gun Drones.
Our mission was the Retrieval mission from the Eternal War list, and we rolled the Hammer and Anvil deployment.
My Riptide had a very nice vantage point, and it proved very advantageous throughout the battle.
In this blob is: thirty Boyz, a Big Mek(not wysiwyg), ten Gretchin and a Runtherd, and ten Shoota Boyz!
He chose to go first and I failed to seize the first turn. He started by moving his Stormboyz and Boss Zagstruk toward my more forward deployed unit of Crisis and drones. Everything else had had moved forward, and very little else was done. He also bought in his Deffkoptas on the right flank behind my line to try and hit me from two fronts. Very little damage was caused, much to my opponent's disappointment.
An alright painted Boss Zagstruk, which my opponent bought second hand along with most of his army. He's started painting over some of the less acceptable models as well as painting up models he's prepared himself. His paint works can be identified by the cracked earth bases.
After my first shooting phase, he had lost two of his three Warbikerz and all of his Stormboyz short Boss Zagstruk. I also destroyed two of his three Deffkoptas and reduced the last one to three wounds.
He promptly moved his last Warbiker, his Trukk and Boss Zagstruk forward to cause some trouble for my rather dangerous Crisis team.
His last remaining Deffkopta performed a bombing run over some of my models, and killed one single Pathfinder.
Shooting from all of the models inside his Trukk, with their Kombi-Skorchas, as well as Zagstruk and the last Warbiker, took out all the Drones I had and caused some damage to a suit but they stayed standing for the ensuing assault!
After charging toward my unit of Crisis with a Trukk, Zagstruk and a Warbiker, I fell back and put many missiles and even my Riptide's Ion Accelerator into his Trukk, reducing it to a pile of scrap, forcing his Nobz, Ammo Runts and Mad Dok Grotsnik(Ammo Nobz for two models, he was short on Runts) and his Big Mek to dismount. No one suffered a mortal wound, but I did proceed to pound his Ammo Runts and Nobz with almost 50 shots from Pulse Rifles.
Zagstruk, Grotsnik, his Big Mek and his last two remaining Nobz were eyeing off an easy kill while his Warbiker, absorbing MANY shots from the T'au, decided to get heroic and prepare for the frontline charge.
The Warbiker was fueled by blood and thirsty for more! But the T'au Commander would have none of it.
The footslogging Boyz were taking casualties with every step they took, but with the protection of a Big Mek and a Warboss, and covering fire from a Big Shoota behind them, they continued forward, into the breach!
The Orkz eyed the prize. Killing a Riptide would surely earn them the power they craved so much in their Klan!
The bloodthirsty beasts Zagstruk, Grotsnik, the Big Mek and the Nobz closed in for the kill. The Crisis didn't stand a chance.
Fear coursed through the numbers of Orkz, but they didn't stop for anything. They attempted a charge at the Riptide, but were unable to join it on the top floor.
The Orkz on the right flank took my objective, stealing my possible victory away from me.
This is easily my favourite image. To me this screams "German machine gunner in a french building window". As a great fan of WWII and its conflicts, this gave me a good shot of dopamine.
His Boyz charged my left team of Pathfinders, and his stragglers charged from the other side. To their dismay, however, a rather powerful firebase of Fire Warriors stood between them. The Pathfinders died on both sides, and the Boyz consolidated toward my Fire Warriors. I pulled back the ones he consolidated toward, and annihilated the Boyz, leaving only the Big Mek and the Warboss. On the other side, I finally wiped out the Nobz.
Following his turn 4, we decided to end the battle as it was getting late in the night and we both had families to get home to. He won the battle as he held two objectives at the end and I had one and the First Blood victory condition. This was possibly the best battle of Warhammer 40k I'd ever had, and for my opponent it was an epic introduction to the game. He'd watched lots of battle reports and had the Battlescribe app, so he was ready, he just hadn't had the opportunity to finally play until that night. I was super glad to give him such a great introduction to the game, and that battle also helped me fight my painter's block!