I had the opportunity to run a few games at the old store, Crossroad Games in Standish Maine. Great store and great group of people. Played two 1500 point games against some friends and, while both were losses, I had a good time. I ran the same list both times (Straight CSM, nominally ran as a Lorgar’s Knights, an offshoot of Word Bearers that still hold true to their core loyalties to Lorgar and to the old chapter):
Sorcerer (ML3, Spell Familiar, Sigil, MoT)
Contemptor Dread w/ 2 Butcher Cannons
2 squads of 10 CSM in rhinos (w/ havoc launchers) – one with 2 melta and a power axe, the other with 2 plasma and plasma pistol.
8 Thousand Sons in a rhino w/ a havoc launcher
5 Havocs w/ 4 Autocannons
It’s not my forte, running heavy shooting armies with psykers. My bread and butter is really the line of death that chops the enemy into little cubes, but that often requires monsters and a lot more models. Thus, I decided to go with a smaller more elite shooting army.
Game 1- (Eldar)
He ran a foot-dar list that was well played all the way around. No cheese, just a LOT of bullets. 3 x dire avenger squads, a warp spider squad, a swooping hawks squad, 2 x guardian jetbike squads, a farseer, and an avatar.
We ran the maelstrom mission where you could steal each other’s objective cards. I actually ran this same mission both games.
It started off pretty well with me tearing up his warp spiders with my auto-cannons and a few dire avengers. However, his ability to move, run, then shoot meant that my pre-measurements were moot as I did not factor this in when deploying. My forces were pretty heavily spread out and he pushed and took out the rhino the TS were in turn 2. Turn 3 saw him deploying his shining spears (forgot about them) and crushing the last of my autocannons. The game was effectively over by turn 4. I had killed a fair amount of his list with most of a jetbike squad dead, all of the dire avenger squads pretty beat up or completely gone and the warp spiders down to only one or two. The Shining spears had lost a combat against the warpsmith and sorcerer (due to some pretty awful rolls on his part with his exarch) and I had failed to sweep them, leaving one running around. Turn 4 it ended with me being tabled except for 2 CSMs running away.
All in all, a close game until that last turn. I was only about 2 points behind until he scored I think 4 or 5 points that last turn to my none. A good game and I think a better deployment on my part could have turned the tide.
Game 2- (Dark Angels)
He ran a demi-company and a bunch of bikes and Samaels speeder. Here is his army:
Dear god don’t ask me what all the formations did.
He didn’t have any psykers and I can’t remember what his warlord power was.
This was my army. The guys with the shields are the thousand sons (wanted a less magical reason for the 4++). I rolled the preferred enemy (Space Marine) within 12″ of my warlord (the sorcerer). My powers were –
Sorcerer- Psychic Shriek, Fearless (Not what it’s called), Firestorm of Tzeentch, and Boon of Mutation
Aspiring Champion – Firestorm of Tzeentch, Doombolt
I deployed pretty condensed. He had quite a few outflanking units and I wanted to brace for the impact of all that outflanking/deepstriking stuff. Everything was at the very back to prevent turn 1 melta kill on my contemptor. He got turn one. Deepstruck his meltagun pod…and, well this happened:
He rolled the option for me to put anywhere and I stuck them mid field. They were not long for this world upon arrival. He moved forward with lots of his stuff and quickly closed the gap.
The second turn saw the plasma pod arrival which destroyed the contemptor, as well as everything but the regular speeder and this was a rough turn for me. I had crackedopen his command rhino but had very little headway against the bikes on the left. The bikes on the right arrived and destroyed the pred which was angled poorly (intentionally to get all 3 las shots) but it exposed my rear to plasma shots. Turn two for me saw me destroying a rhino, the 3 ravenwing knights on my right, and most of the tacticals in the pod.
Things rapidly devolved into madness as he got into assault. Luckily, my TS command squad was there. Every game these guys impress me. With AP 3 bolters, 4++ saves, and a free force weapon on the champion, my TS are always MVPs in games. Even if it is as a bullet sink, they earn their keep. He assaults in with his command squad and last 2 bikers and polish off the CSM, only to be counter charged by the TS, Sorcerer and Warpsmith. Chainswords and poweraxes clashed, resulting in three gruesome rounds of combat that swung my direction when he flopped his company champion’s attacks. Preferred enemy was a blessing this game. Lots of 1’s were rerolled. I mean, a LOT. However, on the far side of the table, my CSMs were making headway by sticking Krak grenades to Samaels’s speeder…
It took two rounds to bring it down, but they did. However, this maneuver cost them the ability to do anything else all game. They made their points back between the speeder and the three bikes, but the game ended with them hustling across the table trying to make a difference.
However, the game got interesting as the warpsmith cleaved the biker SGT down and was smiled upon by the dark gods… (Before)
After the daemon prince had arrived, I had ground superiority and it was then a race against time. My sorcerer and aspiring champ parted ways to race to objectives while the daemon prince destroyed the last two bikes and ran towards the last squad of enemy to try to claim linebreaker
The game ended as a very close loss. I had 16 to his 18. He had a squad of assault marines left and a pod not destroyed while I had 8 or 9 plasma CSM in the rear, a daemon prince, a sorcerer, and an aspiring champion. Linebreaker and slay the warlord had brought me close, and this being the end of the 7th meant that there was no chance at getting an extra turn to knock out some extra objectives. His mobility and ability to grab backfield objectives had proved sufficient to take the game, but boy oh boy, what a blood bath. While the dark angels took the field, they definitely had lots of extra bunk space going back home (So did my CSM…but hey, we have a daemon prince now. That’s cool, right?).
Well, had a blast. To those I didn’t see, hope to see you sometime. To those I did, it was awesome and let me know if your travels ever take you south.
Next time, I will be showcasing the final Khorne Skullcannon and talking about future plans.
Thanks for reading,