Hi All, Thanks for dropping in to have a look-see. Yes, you read that right! Our FIRST battle of 8th Edn, in fact it was our first battle in 11 months too, the last being at Warhammer World as a farewell to 7th... we WeeMen live busy lives and jobs and don't live near each other, hence the blogs reason for existing - a common conduit where we can keep each other up to date with our 40K hobby and share with any lovely people who pop by, so thanks :)
This was a test of 8th, so we had matching forces, if not weapon choices due to model availability, but certainly Power Level match ups. We each took a selection of various forces to test different aspects, Troops, Flyer, Tanks, Artillery, CC Troops, Psyker, Command, Deep Strike, Dread etc.
The Forces both comprised of the following:
Captain with Power Weapon
Lieutenant with MC Boltgun
Librarian with Force Weapon (UM had Smite/Scourge, Rel had Smite/Null Zone)
Chaplain with Jump Pack
Scout Sniper Squad with ML
Tactical Squad x2
Assault Marines Squad (UM Serg Eviscerator, Rel Serg PowerFist)
Terminator Assault Squad (both in Teleportarium)
Land Raider Redeemer with MultiMelta
Attack Bike with MultiMelta
Venerable Dreadnought with Twin Lascannon
Stormtalon Gunship with Stormhammer Missiles
We rolled for first turn, Siph won, Lord H failed to seize. It was Dawn of War deployment, 5 Objectives and Tactical Objectives 3 cards, ditch one unachieved per turn, First Blood, Slay Warlord and Linebreaker.
The Relictors killed a Unit (Razorback) in the shooting phase, held an objective and destroyed the Razorback netting 3VP.
(Note to ourselves: Hunters re-roll misses against flyers)
The UM claimed the centre of the battlefield getting 1 VP for Area Denial. At the end of Battle Round 1, it was Relictors 3VP, UM 1VP.
An amazing turn, UM force lost the Terminators, Predator, Stormtalon, Dreadnought and Rhino. Relictors scored Hold the Line for 1VP by removing the Terminators, but didn't score Objective 6 deep in the UM lines or Psychological Warfare.
The UM's failed to achieve Supremacy, holding two objectives, failed to hold Objective one, the Fire Claw held by the Relictors and failed to achieve Objective 2 Honoured Imperium Statue covered by the Mk1b Rhino. At the end of Battle Round 2 it was Relictors 4VP, UM 1VP.
This turn the Relictors gained Psychological Warfare and prepared to Defend two Objectives. Now 5VPs.
The UM Lieutenant secured the Objective gaining 1VP, the Librarian holding another and the Chaplain held the centre giving the UM Supremacy for D3 VPs, and rolled mid range securing 2VPs, but the Relictors Defended the Objective on the right flank gaining one 1VP in return.
It was all down to a decisive Turn 2, when Lord Halfpenny failed 10 Terminator saves in one turn meaning I cleared my line and freed up the tanks to go on and destroy the heavy firepower opposite, the UM force lost the Terminators, Predator, Stormtalon, Dreadnought and Rhino in one turn and Lord H was almost considering throwing in the towel for a fleeting moment.
But, this was a test for both of us of the new and I dare say improved 40K we know and love, a lot more streamlined, easy mechanics and some complexity remains. We still have a lot to re-learn. The character of 40K remains we were pleased to see and it still remains our beloved hobby, so that's a win win for both of us!
Cheers for stopping by, thanks for reading this far and we are glad to get at least one battle under our belts before we attend Warhammer World in May for a massive thematic battle.
Cheers, Siph and Lord Halfpenny.