Da Masta Cheef and I were able to find a moment to get in a game of Warhammer 40,000 10th edition. This is only my second game of this edition and I'm still shakey on some of the rules changes. But the best way to learn a game is to play a game. We chose 1,000 points to play with and mustered our forces at The Outpost.
The Cheef returned with his Black Dragons, still gleaming with the ichor of slaughtered xenos. This force outnumbers mine considerably, but then they're all fairly basic units. The army was led by the Chaplain who was attached to a unit of Assault Intercessors. A Primaris Lieutenant was attached to a 10-man unit of Intercessors. The units were a squad of Hellblasters accompanied by an Apothecary, an Infernus squad, a smaller unit of Intercessors and finally the mighty Ballistus Dreadnought rounded out the force.
|Black Dragons deployment.|
We decided to play the Only War scenario from the main rulebook. It's simple and to the point, and that appeals to us currently. After set-up I won the role-off to go first.
Deathwatch Turn One.
I believe this first turn set me up for a brutal uphill climb all thanks to my dice. During my movement phase I had the DW Vets jump out of the Razorback and take an Objective. The Razorback move up and took some shots at the Black Dragons Dreadnought. Now, my first mistake was forgetting Oath of .Moment. (Oops) which might have made a difference. My dice were so cold that I have doubts that OOM would've made a huge difference, but it's worth noting anyway. The Razorback fired it's twin-linked Las Cannons and rolled a 1. Ok, so it fired the storm bolter and rolled double-twos. Rolled a two for the Hunter Killer Missile, which actually hits, and rolled another 2 foe the Toughness test. I was laughing at how spectacularly these rolls were...surely this was just a fluke? The DW Vet Bikers fired into the Hellblasters but only killed a single guy. So, at the end of my turn, after the smoke cleared, I only had a single casualty to my credit.
|The dice say no.|
Black Dragons Turn one.
The Apothecary revives the one guy I had killed. We had a food laugh over that. And so far we had been laughing at the hilarity of my poor die rolls. Although my ability to make saves was definitely an improvement over my ability to hit and damage, Cheef's dice were comparatively HOT! The Razorback was blown apart with ease, and 1/3 of the DW Vet Bikers, the Black Dragon Oath Of Moment target for this turn*, were killed by the massive attack sent their way.
|Slicing and dicing.|
The Chaplain and his Assault Intercessors surged forth and engaged the bikers in close quarter combat, leaving just two alive and taking the nearby objective. A strong first turn for the Black Dragons.
|New target acquired.|
|Damn those scary masks!|
|They seemed less scary without paint...|
|It's a generational comment ultimately.|
|The crater is clear!|
|Just add a Whoosh! onomatopoeia.|
|Flare for the flare god.|