|Deploying in cover.|
Taking a break from painting a sea of green (more on that in a future post) I found myself scrambling an army together and marched over to HobbyTown-USA in Johnson-City where Da Masta Cheef and I decided to give his girlfriend's newly constructed Tau army a workout. It was my 1st game against the new Tau Codex, so I was expected to be gunned to death. We both took pics and are both writing battle reports (in fact, he has beaten me to it, the-first-engagement-of-my-gfs-tau-army. (kinda of bold using 'engagement' and 'GF' in the same sentence, but that's the Cheef's fearless tendencies for you).
To make this fun for us, I have intentionally not yet read his battle report, just for the sake of perspective and to make it fun to compare and contrast the two against each other.
|1500pts of Ultramarines|
|The Tau assemble.|
|The Tau totally camped out in this building. We suspect it is a brothel...|
|The Tau deploy the big guns. They never tire apparently, which is why they weren't allowed in the brothel...|
|"Sarge! Xenos scum have taken the brothel?! They're ruining our shore-leave!"|
|"Concentrate fire on the brothel, we MUST retake it!!!"|
On the 1st turn, we just moved in a bit, taking objectives and getting our shots lined up. Tau has the first turn, where he attempted blast the Land Raider but failed to do any harm to it. He killed these marines:
|The first to go to Ultramarine Valhalla!|
The two on the bottom are from the squad that was stacked up in the tall building, the in the middle was in the squad under the squad in the tall building and the guy in the rear was sniped by from the squad that too the closest objective to my line.
On my first turn we killed only 3 Tau, one from a bolter shot and two from the scattering whirlwind.
Turn two would set the stage for who was going to have the toughest uphill climb...
|The 1st stealthsuit unit enters the Tau's zone, while Da Cheef premeasures his target...|
|The 2nd Stealthsuit arrive in the Utlramarine DZ.|
|The Sternguard React.|
|The results of the Sternguard reacting!|
|They arrived, with a boom box blasting 'Maiden's Children of the Damned.|
The Legion of the Damned arrived, and they blew apart the Devilfish! On turn 3, they would be completely blown away by the Tau big guns! (Da Cheef hates metal and would have none of that racket in his DZ!) I think I stated that a 3+ invulnerable saves looks good on paper, but I can't roll anything higher than a 2, it doesn't matter anyway. Not seeing how they earned back their worth in points, when I might've had the same result with a lame scout squad! LOL!
|The Librarian and his Terminator Squad arrives! "Focus on the brothel men, we must save those ladies!"|
|Imagine LOTS of tracers, lasers, missiles, bullets, women's undergarments, and obscenities blasting the terminators!|
|"Take the brothel! You are expendable, it is NOT!!!"|
|"HA! We did it!" "Sir, what about the other squad?" "...sigh.."|
|The sole survivor of the squad that started on the burnt out rhino.|
This guy would have his unit gunned down by Stealtsuits and Drones, but manage to dive into the door of the Shrine of the Aquila where he could see the objective on the other side of the door and the Tau squad holding it. He threw a frag grenade, which scattered and killed a Pathfinder...
|Moving up the street...|
|"Sir, they just won't give up that brothel; it must really be the best in the sector!"|
The Sternguard had deployed from the Landraider and tore apart the Tau that was on the upper level of the ruins, but they did not break, but instead went down stairs to claim the objective! ( !@#$% BASTARDS!!!!) while their Commander wandered over to see what the big deal was about these Sternguard. He even killed one! My Landraider killed that last Crisis suit, and turned it's attention on the Stealtsuits...
|"Ignore him and he'll go away!"|
|"We held this useless ruin for 6 rounds and NOW you tell us that the other place was a brothel?! Damn it!"|
This squad above held the objective for the whole game, taking only a single casualty on turn one. They shot down a lot of drones in this game and made a lot of saves! Well done men, you earned us our 3 VPs! While the Tau took two objectives, plus two secondary objectives to earn 8 VPs total!
So, my thoughts on Tau? They finally live up to their hype as the best guns in the galaxy! OMG -the amount of firepower! Staggering! Especially on the overwatch reactions! This would've been a sick game if I had brought the orks (which I almost did). The markerlights have always annoyed me, but in this game they didn't make too much of a difference. The shoot-around-corners missiles were a surprise but not one that felt I could do anything about. The Tau's use of cover saves was impressive as well. I look forward to seeing more of this army, and I wonder if Da Cheef's gal would let me paint a Crisis suit (simply because I have never painted a Tau model before)?
The sternguard, again, I love this unit and SO wish the Space Wolves had something this awesome!
All in all, a good game, although I kept wondering how the Space Marines earn the background they have when their in game performance would suggest otherwise? A rant for another time...
|The cruel tutelage of Screech.|
Honorable mention to Ben who showed up in the beginning to wow us with his High Elves! I hope to be sacrificing Orcs to him in the near future...
Till next time!