+++ Proximity Alert. Enemy Cerastus Knight Lancer Assault. Critical Damage Imminent +++
Hello Readers, hopefully you enjoyed the last batrep with Legio Astorum triumphing over the Imperial Knights running the long gauntlet of big guns. So we tried another smaller battle, across the shorter table length and using one Reaver and Warhound Vs 5 Knights and a Vindicare Assassin to make up the points. This time it will be a Broadside Exchange, bloody, short ranged and brutal.
First Turn was won by the Legio which was great news, it will be a quick bloody encounter once the Knights close in on the Titans and kill them in close quarters combat! The Titans will need all the chances they can get to fire on the approaching Knights.
A great turn one for the Legio, really reducing the IK hunters to the hunted!
IK Turn 3 - The Cerastus Knight Lancer closes on the Warhound, The Vindicare hits the void shield but again fails to collapse the shield.
IK Turn 4 - sensing his imminent destruction, the Assassin fled the field, victory to the Legio!
Wow! The first turn was the decisive turn, and if we rolled for scatter for the second destroyed Knight, may have even caused more damage! It was a mortal blow for the Knights force, nullifying the threat on the right side and freeing up Canis Praetor to defend himself from the inevitable approach of at least one Cerastus Knight once they dealt with Honorum. The Reaver died as expected, but managed to take out the Acheron (and mortally wound himself 10HPs) which helped Canis Praetor in the next stage too. The Titan did more harm to itself than the Imperial Knight force did, such is the power of a triple shot 'D' Weapon to the face!
I thought the battle was going to be a one sided affair with the Knights ripping into the Titans, after the long 'charge the guns' scenario of the previous battle, this was going to be the Knights turn to earn some honour markings, but unfortunately for Lord Halfpenny, the Legio Astorum was in no mood to lay down quietly!
Great day of battling, showing that when Knights think they are the big fish of 40K, there is always a bigger fish in the pond to bring them down a peg or two ;)
Another great, if frustrating battle! I had hoped that the Knights could have got into combat with only the loss of 1 or 2 knights, however the smash up with turn 1 resulted in the lose of 2 knights, and really from there it was going to be tough to get into combat with HP's remaining. The moment of the match was seeing the Reaver getting hit with friendly fire- which ultimately lead to his destruction by the Lancer. Following the battle it is with sadness that the Vindicare Assassin is going to hang up his guns with retirement- following so many misses!
Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet battle report, it was great fun re-living the smash-up! In your face Imperial Knights! Cheers for reading, Siph and Lord Halfpenny.