The battle was rolled for, Short edge deployment and a long foot slog... and three objectives. 20VPs for the enemy Objective, 5VPs for Own, 10VPs for the centre Shrine of Aquila Objective. Slay Warlord 1 VP, the Allied Forces had 2VPs on offer.
The allied Chaos and SM forces created a battle line - hoping to grab nearby cover and await the coming tide of Knights. The Bikes lined up for a show of force before scattering for cover once the full extent of the Knights force arrayed against them was realised.
On a side note - playing on a 12ft table meant that even Lascannons had issues with range, so most of the allied firepower sat unused for several turns. But the main gun of the Shadowsword had a range of 180in - the aim was to slow the advance to gain more shots - a Skyhammer Annihilation Force should provide a meaty distraction to slow them down.
##### Lord - We have received a vox from our home world sir... its, its.... #####
### The battle centered on the Knightly House home world, the household had recently been dispatched on campaign for the Imperium. On returning from campaign they detected the fleet of Iron Warriors in orbit...
An Iron Warrior force had been dispatched by Perturabo to the planet in retaliation following Chaos defeat at the hand of these Knights during the campaign, with the intention of destroying the feudal population on the planet. The Relictors had picked up the planetary distress vox and moved to combat the forces of Chaos, however it was on their arrival that their Librarians picked up the Warp resonance indicating a powerful relic weapon within the Primaris Hive. The Relictors adapted their mission - claim the weapon, no matter the cost, even forging an uneasy alliance with the Warpsmith to achieve the aim.
The household arrived in the system to a scene of devastation, the world destroyed by the forces of Chaos. There was something else though.. The daemon sword the Relictors claimed for themselves had been locked away, stored deep within the Hive vaults, the removal of which had released a power that surged through the planetary crust and caused massive tectonic upheaval. The Knights tactical displays indicated that both the forces of Chaos and the Relictors were still on the planet, they marched to war - no matter who they would come up against, they would eradicate them both for the atrocities committed to their planet ###
The massive line of Knights advanced to the starting line for maximum reach.
90pts worth of meat-shield sit in ruins and wait their turn to chip the paint of any nearby Knights with their trusty Autopistols and Knives.
Here he is battling it out with his trusty Powerfist, dodging the D-Strength Reaper Chainsword and Stomp attacks!
Three Obliterators beam in the rear of the Knights ranks to worry Lord Halfpenny.
The Cerastus Archeron battles it out with the Obliterators.
Knight Gerantius destroys the Relictor Bikers in the ruins with ease.
The allied flyers entered the battlefield unleashing a barrage of missiles into the closest Knights.
That pesky green Knight managed to save an outstanding number of shots (including D) with its Ion Shield...
Turn 3 and a third Knight was wrecked and another locked in combat again...7 left!
The Archeron Knight survived the flurry of Powerfist attacks and stomped the Obliterators into the ground. Squish!
The allied lines thus far remained intact but depleted by the Knight's advance - but this was soon to change as Gerantius reached the entrenchments.
Gerantius advanced into the Allied units, systematically shrugging off massed firepower with his improved Ion saves and tearing bikes asunder!
The Relictor ground forces were heavily depleted, however down but not out, the airforce continued to reap a heavy toll!
The Xiphon Interceptor sighted its next target, the distant Cerastus Castigator Knight.
And with supersonic speed closed in for the kill, stripping more HPs but failing to add another Cerastus Knight to his tally!
The few surviving knights rallied, and boarded their transports to leave the dying planet for the last time, the planets crust starting to break away, ripping itself from the core... The Lord of the household looked around for a final time, the mountains and sea that he had viewed first as a child had gone, the sea was a bubbling fire, the mountains had fallen away into the planet, the population slaughtered... the household was gone, it was at that moment the Lord made a vow, the Noble House was no more, and that they had a single mission - to destroy those responsible for the death of their world.
### We Freeblades will not forget this heresy Iron Warriors or this betrayal Relictors, vengeance will be served! ###