|Silly Lion, the Murder Sword is a Chaos artifact!|
We started many hours earlier than usual (sorry indoor RC people) at the local Hobbytown, and waged war. I didn't battle Screech but I did get to watch some of his two games, which I'll talk about at the end of this post.
Instead I finally had the privilege to play against Kushial's Lions of Harlech Space Marine Chapter. The last time we hit the table together was as allies with my Space Wolves, but on this day they would be foes of my Ultramarines as they Crusaded against each other over a bunch of Mysterious Objectives!
|The Ultramarines army, pre-deployment|
|The Lions of Harlech, pre-deployment.|
The Ultramarines deploy first, taking advantage of any cover I could just in case the Lions stole the initiative . In particular I claimed the dilapidated bastion in the center of my Deployement Zone by placing a Devestator Squad on top of it.
|The Lions of Harlech deployment|
|1st turn maneuvers|
|The Tac Marines attempt to stop the Iron Clad!|
|The field after the end of Ultramarine Turn 2|
|"Whoa! Dude, where's my bastion?"|
One of the Attack Bikes would attempt to gun for the Venerable Dreadnought's rear armor, only to fail to hit it! Meanwhile the Landraider would come storming at the Dread with guns blazing!
|"We have you now!....ok. maybe not..."|
I started off by declaring the Assault Doctrine.
Next, I decide to do something nuts, mainly because I just wanted to see it happen and shooting the damned thing just wasn't killing it, so I attempted to ram the Predator, full steam ahead a full 12"! And, as is typically the case, even with an effective Strength 8 hit, I rolled a pen roll of 12, missing the front armor by a point! Still, it looked cool and it was fun forcing his warlord (who detached from the unit) and his tac squad to move out of it's way!
|"CLANG!" (waiting for the Arbites to show up to take down the accident report was quite awkward)|
|For the record, they scattered there!|
|First blood, and the squad that caused it!|
|"We will kill you!!!"|
|Notice how his sword hads'nurgle-esque' vibe about it?|
Wishing that they had ran away, the two tac marines fighting the Iron Clad are pulled apart like a pork sandwich being eaten by a 2 year old! It was sick!
|"Where was I, Oh, yeah, I was going to kill YOU!"|
Combat was finally committed! And the death toll was starting to rise! I, for the hope of my lonely Devastator, would declare the Devastator Doctrine!
The Land Raider would finally destroy the Predator in a massive explosion!
|Death to the Predator|
|Death to the Devastators! (and the failed armor saves that caused it!|
On the Lion's turn, the Lions' Tactical Squad that you can see in the cratered woods, had been taking hits from the Whirlwind for most of the game, and were even pinned on turn three! Now the spot the Terminators and decided to attack them, and they manage to kill one!
Now the Iron Clad is just thirsting for my Devastator's blood, and he charges! I snapfire and hit, only to miss the necessary glancing hit result that would've felled this massive murder-machine!
|Yeah, this guy died.|
The Terminators shoot up, charge, and wipe-out the tactical squad in the woods. Apparently that was only event worth documenting in that round for my turn anyway, although my land raider would re position to get a better line of fire on the tactical squad that was watching Lion's Captain dispatch the rest of my Sternguard.
|"Look boss, another fight to join!"|
Finally on his assault Phase, the Lions took down the Venerable Dread!
|"Haha! Look, he's fallen and can't get up!" -Last words of the traitorous Lion's of Harlech Sternguard|
Finally standing still, the Lander Raider annihilates the Warlord and the Tactical Squad! The Objective is now free!
|Imagine lots of red vapor all around that objective marker|
|"What do you say lads, think we can take out that Land Raider?"|
On Kushial's turn, the Iron Clad, in a desperate move to deny me the objective at the bunker, charges it and destroys it, killing everyone inside but the Veteran Sgt! (Just a side note: this is a bunker made from the template found in the Warhammer 40,000 4th edition hardcover)
|Iron Clad doing what an Iron Clad was made to do! Destroying buildings! And loving it!!!|
The Land Raider finally wrecks the Whirlwind, while the sole survivor of the Tac squad dives and ducks within the cover of the trees!
And the game ends!
Ultramarines 6vps (First Blood, Warlord, Linebreaker, and Objective)
Lions of Harlech 1vp. (Linebreaker)
|My MVP unit: First Blood and the Objective, earning 4 points!|
Over on the other tables:
Screech vs. Murl
Screech, proving the internet wrong by winning against Murl's hard-to-beat Nurgle army! It was a fun game to watch the end of.
|Nurgle vs. Tryanids|
|Deployment of the big battle!|
|Blood Angels opening shots!|
|The hunters hunted!|
And finally, just as I was leaving, the 2nd turn was starting on a game between Screech's 'Nids and the Tau and Inqusition force of Amy and the Da Masta Cheef, which hopefully he'll discuss on his blog this week.
|C'mon! Space Truck'n!|
It was good day at Hobbytown, with a good turn out and a lot of games being played! I hope this was a good send off for you Screech, I know we'll await your return!
I'm curious to know the results of all of the other games, so if the other players could leave those results in the comments, for posterity sake, that would be grand!