So Lord Halfpenny had finished his Scorpion and I had finished my Leviathan Dreadnought and he suggested a battle. We settled on 2000pts plus a Superheavy, LH had the Greater Brass Scorpion of Khorne and he knew I had Warhound Canis Praetor. It was Dawn of War deployment and the Imperials got first turn. We rolled D3+2 objectives, five of them - distributed around the battlefield - Honoured Imperium Statue, Emperor Statue, central Church, Underground Building entrance and the ruins. 3VPs for Objectives, 1VP for First Blood, Slay Warlord and Linebreaker and 3VPs for Superheavy and Big Guns Never Tire 1VP for each Heavy Support choice destroyed.
The forces were Relictor Space Marines and Grey Knight Allies vs Daemons. I had GK Termies, GK Strike Squad and a Brotherhood Champion along with my Relictors Librarian, Tac Squad, Scout Snipers, Leviathan, 2 Storm Talons and a Landspeeder in a Raptorwing, and a Skyhammer Annihilation Force. Oh, and a twin Turbo Laser armed Warhound - it was D fun or Vulcan Mega Bolter and Plasma Blastgun - I was worried about the Scorpion so went D... I think with hindsight it should have been massed shots.
Lord Halfpenny had the Greater Brass Scorpion of Khorne, Slaanesh Seekers, Slaanesh Fiends, Screamers of Tz, Bloodletters, Plaguebearers, Pink Horrors, Bloodcrushers, Herald of Tz, 3x flying Daemon Princes of Tz and Fateweaver.
I set up on the left flank with a Tac Squad and Landspeeder with Libby.
The right flank was held by Warhound Canis Praetor and the Grey Knight Strike Squad
The Leviathan and Scouts held the centre to claim the central Church objective.
In the centre were the Bloodcrushers
The right was held by the Greater Brass Scorpion of Khorne and some Khornate Bloodletters, facing the Imperial might of Warhound Canis Praetor.
The Assault Marines charged the Screamers of Tz, killing one in combat and one from bolt pistol shots, leaving 3 Screamers. The MM Landspeeder and the GK Strike Squad holding the Objective on the Emperors Statue and the mighty Leviathan Dreadnought open fired on the Bloodcrushers advancing towards them and killed 3 Bloodcrushers leaving 2 remaining. The Scouts fire was ineffective. The two survivors from the Tactical Squad opened fire with Plasma and Disintegration Gun killing a Fiend of Slaanesh.
fluffy Relictor goodness summoned a squad of his own Bloodletters! Using Chaos against Chaos is a trait of the Relictors, and why they are deemed by some Excommunicate Traitorius - hence the reason the GK contingent was here keeping an eye on the Relictors force!
The Grav Devs opened fire on the Bloodletters killing six, the Warhound also targetted the Bloodletters and Screamers of Tz before they could use their Melta-bites, killing all but one Screamer and Bloodletter. The Assault Marines charged the remaining Screamer killing it with ease. Nearby the other Devastator squad in combat with the Bloodcrushers were trampled underfoot...
The GK Terminator squad also arrived but Deep Strike Mishap'd arriving next to the Titan instead of in the Daemon lines.
One Daemon Prince used Flicker of Flame wiping out the Grav Devs (for a Heavy Support VP). Another Prince vector strike attack on the GK Terminators killed one and followed up with a Bolt of Tz killing another. Nearby, the remaining two Bloodcrushers and single Bloodletter charged and killed the 5 man Assault Squad, in reply they dragged down a single Bloodcrusher. The Relictor Traitor Daemon Prince, vector struck a Stormtalon but failed to damage it.
Imperial Turn 5 - The Landspeeder claimed the ruins objective and snap fired at the nearest flying Daemon Prince but missed. The remaining GK Terminators claimed the Emperor Statue Objective, the Leviathan moved towards the centre Church Objective. One Stormtalon went into the hover over the underground bunker Objective, whilst the other claimed the Honoured Imperium Statue Objective and closed the Portaglyph with its Lascannons. The Scout Sergeant continued to exchange blows with the Fiend of Slaanesh! The Titan lacking any anti-air continued to track the flying Daemon Princes.
We rolled for end of game, but it went to a turn 6...
Daemon Turn 6 - One Daemon Prince vector struck the GKs and Bolt of Tz the Stormtalon, but failed to penetrate. The other Daemon Prince Flicker Fired at the other Stormtalon but the hail of shots failed to do any damage. In combat the Scout Sergeant bested the Fiend and forced an instability test which the daemon failed and evaporated before the Scout Sergeants eyes!
Imperial Turn 6 - The hovering Stormtalons and Leviathan Dreadnought open fired at the Relictor Traitor Prince wounding him twice, the Titan moved up to the Emperor Statue Objective to pay homage to the Almighty...
We rolled for a turn 7, however the dice gods decided that enough was enough. The Imperial Forces claimed all five Objectives, for 15VPs plus Slay the Warlord, and First Blood and Linebreaker with a Stormtalon for 18VPs plus one Daemon Prince (Heavy Support) and the Greater Brass Scorpion of Khorne for a further three, making a total of 22VPs. The Daemons claim Linebreaker with a Daemon Prince, Slay the Warlord and two Devastator Squads (Heavy Support Slots) for a total of 4VPs.
A decisive Victory for the Imperials and ranged D...
Great fun by all. Seizing the Initiative certainly livened it up a little! Some might say that Ranged D made the outcome inevitable, however looking at what he actually did, far from it. He was ineffectual for 3 turns as he cannot target flyers, with hindsight a Vulcan Mega-Bolter and Plasma Blastgun would probably have clipped and wounded the flying circus much better.
The fickle nature of the Warpstorm coupled with the GK ability to reduce the Invulnerable saves with Banishment psychic power led to the downfall of Fateweaver!
The model of the match for me was the Scout Sergeant, fighting and overcoming the Fiend of Slaanesh over 5 rounds of CC.
The Greater Brass Scorpion of Khorne was a lot less effective in CC with the Warhound than we both expected - only removing 3HPs. In turn, the return fire was somewhat overkill - perhaps next match up we will use Warhound Canis Bellum instead...