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Epic-S Beta 1.3 playtest battle.
Tyranids Vs Khorne.
3000pt forces, 180 vp target.
10th February 2009.
In all the Epic-S playtesting I've realised the claws and fangs of the Tyranids have never been pit against the vicious might of Chaos. As I have recently finished painting all my Khorne army I saw an opportunity to have a fairly small but very brutal fight that I could finally take photos of, as most of the 'Nidz are also completely painted.
The scene is set for a ferocious clash between the two most close combat oriented forces...
As the battle commenced, both sides charged their flanking forces towards the bridges, as the Lord of Battle and the Dominatrix faced off against each other over the river. Chaos Marines, Chaos Squats and Genestealers all jumped out of their transport vehicles in preperation for the battle to come.
Bio-cannon fire from the Dominatrix caused minor damage to the Lord of Battle, and return fire from both the Greater Daemon and the supporting Cannons obliterated 2 Exocrines and some Termagants. The first turn ended uneventfully with Chaos leading 30-0.
The turn started with the attempted summoning of the Khorne Daemon packs, but the Bloodletters found themselves lost in the warp. The Fleshhounds materialized bang on target just south of the river, and immediately charged into combat to support the Lord of Battle as it assaulted the Dominatrix.
The Chaos force charges at the western bridge
On the eastern flank, the Juggers, under the influence of Chaos magic, charged full speed into the trees to bring the Lictors there into combat, and stop them from assisting their hive queen. More Khorne forces poured over the eastern bridge to be met by equally fierce resistance, and the two forces proceeded to rip each other to pieces.
Bloody combat breaks out at the east bridge
Moving up in support, the Hive Tyrant shredded the Blood Reaper with its Venom Cannon, as the Tyranid Warriors performed a psychic barrage which annihilated the minds of the Death Dealer's crew. Warrior deathspitter fire then took out some World Eaters, as flaming death from the surviving Cauldron of Blood wraught heavy casualties on the Genestealers.
On the western flank, the Malefactors pushed their way passed the Minotaurs to attack the Daemon Engines, but were all destroyed in short order as all of the Chaos machines were empowered by Khorne. Nearby, the Bloodthirster swooped down into the fray but was not expecting to face such tough opposition from the Genestealers. The Greater Daemon needed Khorne's assistance to survive as the 'Stealers tore into its flesh. The Tyranid Warriors in support traded shots with the Chaos Squats and Daemon Engines, and came off by far the worst, ending up with just one stand remaining.
Everything going on down the flanks seemed to fade in comparison to the clash that was taking place in the middle of the battlefield. As the Lord Of Battle steam-rollered towards it, the Dominatrix rattled off titan-killing bio-cannon fire that damaged its chain fist. The attack put the Greater Daemon on the back foot, and as they clashed in combat it proved no match for the Tyranid hive queen. Once again, the power of Khorne was needed to save one of its Greater Daemons. In response, the Fleshhounds piled in, inflicting serious damage to the Dominatrix, even through the huge creature's powerful defences, and leaving it close to death. The Fleshhounds in turn found themselves mobbed by the Termagant brood, and only one Daemon remained at the end of the blood bath.
At the end of the turn the Chaos forces still just held the lead 121-115.
The Lord Of Battle and Dominatrix clash in vicious combat
The Juggers on the east fought back under heavy magic influence as the Hive Tyrant there charged them down, proving too much for the Tyranid commander and ripping it to pieces. Their victorious cheers were cut short soon after as deathspitter fire from the advancing Warriors ate through their armour and melted them to pools of mush. In the fighting on the bridge the last World Eater Marines and Champion took out the remaining two Haruspex, but not before they could decimate the Cauldron of Blood.
This time it was the Lord of Battle that found itself swamped as Termagents, Lictors and the nearby Hive Tyrant all charged in to assist the Dominatrix. The Greater Daemon used its Flamejets to frazzle the Termagents attacking it, and hacked apart the Lictors with its chain fist, but even at point blank range its gatling blaster could not hurt the Dominatrix. The 'Nidz battered the machine from all angles, with the Hive Tyrant striking the killing blow. With not enough magical gifts left to save it, the Lord Of Battle exploded, taking with it 3 nearby groups of Termagants and inflicting a wound on the Hive Tyrant. The Bloodthirster tried in vain to reach the combat to assist, but was simply too far away and howled with rage.
The almost untouched Minotaurs on the western bridge hacked down the rest of the Genestealers, as the Chaos Squats heavy bolter fire mopped up the remaining Warriors to the south, leaving Chaos in firm control of the area. The Daemon Engines near here combined their fire with the Cannon of Khorne and sent volleys into the victorious Hive Tyrant and Dominatrix. The Hive Tyrant was left perilously close to death, and maybe would have been killed had the last cannon not misfired and exploded.
At the end of turn 3 the victory points were 186 to 177 in the favour of Chaos, meaning the game was over. The Tyranids had just scraped a well fought draw. (In Epic-S, a player must be victorious by at least 10 points to claim a minor victory. If the point difference is 0-9 pts then the game is considered to be so close that it is declared a draw.)
End Of Battle
Wow, you can't get much closer than that. It was a well fought blood bath from start to finish. It probably would have been different if the Bloodletters had better luck, as the Dominatrix would probably have fallen on Turn 2. Those poor Bloodletters don't seem to have any luck in these battle reports. One day they might actually turn up.
The Chaos forces probably had the better of it, but because I only wanted painted models in this report the 'Nidz were restricted as they couldn't have any Titans, Trygons, the Harridan or Carnifexes yet. A bigger game would have also had some spores I imagine. I would like our first proper big battle report to be between these two forces. It would rock.
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