++ Ordo Malleus, Ordo Xenos has an interesting report for you to read.
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++ With regards, I.
Tracking the Xenos forces dubbed "the Wild Hunt" by local population. Ref: Xenos, Tau. Sanctioned Psykers reported significant Warp disruption, daemon-spore. Continuing shadowing of Wild Hunt.
Tracking the Tau cadre (Xenos, company level echelon) "Wild Hunt" through sector ++Eyes Only++. Local militia and guardsman refer to the xenos as the Wild Hunt as per Terran legend. Their elusive movements and rapid strike and fade style of combat is rather fitting to this naming convention.
Composition of Wild Hunt was observed as follows:
Two Hammerhead gunships, equipped with railgun and two burst cannons. Due to magnetic and visual distortion, we assume that the craft each have some kind of disruption effect. We know for certain that these gunships are equipped with some kind of sensor suite that allows them to maneuver close in to the terrain. Previous observations indicate that they have defensive flechette dischargers to discourage attackers from closing with the tank. Judging by the observed mobility, the Tau gunships are equipped with some kind of advanced target tracking system.
2x Hammerhead w/ railgun, burst cannons, disruption pods, sensor spines, flechette dischargers, multitracker
Electromagnetic readings indicate that the Wild Hunt brought along their hounds, a squadron of Piranha attack speeders. Initial encounters with this cadre saw little action from these speeders, however, this squadron of three has become a thorn in the side of the Imperial Governor judging by vehicular damage reports.
One squadron of 3x Piranhas w/ fusion blaster, targetting array, disruption pod, sensor spines
Imperial forces should be advised that the Wild hunt has tremendous range. All too often our observers in the field have witnessed Guardsman being sniped out of their guard posts by troop-of-the-line Tau warriors. We have observed, historically, two devilfish chassis, as well as a large dismounted contingency that has a colorful history.
one team of 12 fire warriors w/ 'ui, bk, emp grenades (using take-all-comers list), pulse rifle (modelled with carbines, but as my opponent was playing demons, I swapped out the carbines for rifles in order to have the more effective stand-and-shoot loadout)
one team of 6 fire warriors w/ devilfish w/ multitracker, targeting array, flechette discharger, disruption pod, sensor spines
one team of 6 fire warriors w/ devilfish w/ multitracker, targeting array, flechette discharger, disruption pod, sensor spines, smart missile system
Investigation of the battlefield revealed Xenos technology commonly found in their stealth suit teams, including drones that carry some kind of target designation device. This confirms the rumors that the local defense forces whisper: the Tau have some ghostly elements that are deployed for developing intelligence and conducting direct and indirect interdiction. Also discovered in the ruins were expended munitions resembling larger caliber weaponry than their normal firepower. This coupled smoothly with trace emissions to indicate that a significant number of their highly-mobile crisis suits were also present.
one crisis team w/ 'Vre w/ bk, TL-flamer, missile pod, HW target lock, 'Ui w/ TL-flamer, missile pod, 'Ui w/ flamer, TL-missile pod
2x stealth suit team w/ 3x targeting array, markerlight, fusion blaster, bk, HW drone controller, gun drone, markerlight drone
Forward this information to the Officio Assassinorum to further develop targeting data. Originally, we were pursuing a xenos leader identified as El'Sta'ag, however, eyewitness accounts indicate that there are two commanders in crisis suits operating within this cadre. This unusually top-heavy configuration defies known xenos objectives. No conclusions can be drawn without further observation.
O'Bar'ohn w/ shield generator, fusion blaster, plasma rifle, HW multritracker, stims
w/ 2x 'Vre bodyguards w/ 2x fusion blaster, 2x plasma rifle, 2x targeting array, 2x HW multitracker, 1x HW drone controller w/ shield drone
El'Berach w/ plasma rifle, missile pod, targeting array, HW multitracker
w/ 2x 'Vre bodyguards w/ 2x plasma rifle, 2x missile pod, 2x targeting array, 2x HW multitracker, 1x HW drone controller w/ shield drone
Daemonic spoor, Emperor deliver us, is not something I can analyze and report on. Forward this to those who can.
My opponent brought a pure demon army with
Daemon Prince of Slaneesh w/ lash
Daemon Prince of Khorne
20-ish Bloodletters lead by Skulltaker
20-ish Pink horrors lead by the Changeling
2x units of tzeentch flamers (4 strong)
The roll off for mission and deployment produced 3 objectives and spearhead deployment. The fickle Gods of Chaos didn't like my opponent's battleplan and opted to have the horrors, lash prince, one unit of flamers, and the bloodthirster come in his first turn instead of his close-combat oriented group. One objective was the center of the board, the other two were 12 inches away from it on opposite sides of it making a straight line into each deployment area.
I held nothing in reserve, and opted to build a strong castle with the fish chassis in my corner, and to put my two stealth marker teams in the other corner along my board edge so that they could provide markerlight support without being near what I projected to be my opponent's primary targets.
continued!! (with some .bmp maps to help keep things clear)
We're not lost, we're exploring.