Battle report: T'au versus Genestealer Cult (1000 pt)T'au forces
Fairlight Hunter Cadre, Battalion Detachment
Commander Fairlight, Aun'Tael (Ethereal), Darkrifle (Cadre Fireblade), 2 Strike teams, Kroot Shaper, Kroot Carnivores, XV25/15 Stealth Team
Brand Rapid Reaction Force, Outrider Detachment
Sub-Commander Brand, Pathfinder Recon Team, Vespid Stingwings, Marker Drone Swarm, Kroot HoundsOpposing forces
Patriarch and Familiar, Primus, 2 units of Acolyte Hybrids, Neophyte Hybrids, Purestrain Genestealers, Cult Leman Russ
Mission: The Relic, Hammer and Anvil - T'au to deploy unit first, but go second.
Battlefield: 6'x4' urban with a few low walls, ruined multi-level buildings and one hill with forest on top.Deployment
Stealth Team infiltrated a few inches from the relic in cover behind a low wall. Commander on right flank tower with marker drone swarm. Fireblade and Ethereal in the centre with one strike team in front and one behind. Pathfinders supporting fire warriors from neighbouring building. Left flank held by Kroot surrounding their Shaper. Hounds in the forest. Sub-Commander Brand and Vespid in reserve.
Cult Leman Russ in the backfield in cover. Neophyte hybrids on T'au right flank in multi-level building cover. Acolyte hybrids in centre behind LoS blocking cover. All other units in reserve (ready to ambush).
T'au failed to seize initiative.GC turn 1
Acolytes in the centre broke cover and advanced toward the Stealth Team. Neophytes had to shuffle forward a little to get heavy weapons in range. Leman Russ remained still. Patriarch with Purestrains ambushed on T'au left flank, threatening the Kroot. Primus with Acolyte Hybrids appeared behind the T'au central units and advanced 2" closer as a bonus move.
Patriarch manifested Smite at the Kroot, rolled well and killed 6 models. When removed, the remaining charge distance was 12".
Shots from the Leman Russ at the Stealth Team failed to wound, as did grenades and mining laser fire from the Neophytes. Shots from the rearward Acolytes and the Primus killed one fire warrior.
Patriarch decided not to charge. Primus and Acolyte Hybrids charged the T'au lines. T'au overwatch fire was massive in volume, but disappointing, killing only three of the Acolytes. However, the charge roll was a 6. The option to re-roll was declined, a decision that would prove costly.
The remaining four Kroot rolled 6 for morale and fled the table, leaving the Shaper exposed.T'au turn 1
Shaper retreated to the forest on the hill and advanced into cover. Kroot hounds, meanwhile, charged the Acolytes in the centre. The Stealth Team captured the relic and retreated a little, out of range of the mining laser. Vespid dropped behind the Patriarch and Genestealers. Sub-Commander Brand dropped in the centre of the board between the Patriarch and the stealth teams.
Marker drones lit the Acolytes surrounding the Primus with five markers (+1 to hit, re-roll 1s). The Pathfinders then drowned the unit in pulse carbine fire (20 S5 shots@BS3+ re-rolling 1s), killing them all. The smaller strike team in rapid fire range then opened up with pulse rifle fire on the Primus (27 S5 shots@BS4+) killing him. The larger strike team turned and fired on the Acolyte Hybrids moving towards the Stealth Team (12 S5 shots@BS4+) and with supporting fire from the Stealth Team (8 S5 shots@BS4+ and 1 S8 shot@BS4+) killed them. Commander Fairlight fired her missiles at the Neophytes (6 S7 shots@BS2+) and killed three of them. The Vespid fired neutron blasters at the Purestrains and killed three.
Kroot Hounds now lacking a close target turned and charged at the Patriarch and Purestrain Genestealers, with a re-roll on charge distance because of the three slain by the Vespid. They made a 10" charge and killed three more. However, the counter-attack by the Genestealers killed all ten hounds.
All units passed morale checks.GC turn 2
The Neophytes dropped down from the building and moved forward so everyone could shoot at the Stealth Suits. The Patriarch and Genestealers advanced to striking range of Sub-Commander Brand.
The Patriarch manifested Hypnosis on Sub-Commander Brand, denying him his overwatch and de-buffing him. The Patriarch then manifested Smite, rolled 6,6 (perils), causing 3 mortal wounds to both Brand and himself.
Heavy fire from the tank blew one of the T'au XV15 Stealth Suits apart, but the Neophytes struggled again to make anything count against the remaining two models.
The Patriarch charged the Commander. The larger Strike Team and Stealth Team used their overwatches on the Commander's behalf for the greater good. A few more Genestealers collapsed, but the charge was easily completed. The Patriarch's first attacks caused at least 6 wounds ignoring armour
. Pieces of sub-Commander Brand were presumably scattered over a wide area. The Patriarch consolidated into base contact with the Stealth Team.T'au turn 2
Commander Fairlight and the drones jumped from the tower and imposed themselves between the Patriarch, his Genestealers and the Stealth Team that had jumped further away with the relic. The Vespid jumped from their perch and closed to charge range of the Leman Russ.
Markerlights, Volley Fire
, Dead Genestealers and Patriarch.
Overwatch, made the charge, one dead Vespid.
The GC faction were down to the Leman Russ and ten Neophytes that were in the open in front of the T'au gunline. We shook hands. The T'au had claimed the relic and won the game.Credits
With thanks to Stu and the guys at the Ambrosden Gaming Club.