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Warhammer 40K-S 0.1b Playtest Battle Report. "Winter Wave 4".
17th-19th Feb 2015.
Stebloke and Scooby take command of a convoy of Kaloris Stone Legion Imperial Guard and Bringers Of Death Space Marines as they look to retrieve some malfunctioning experimental equipment. Will they manage to claim the objective and retreat off of their own table edge as a never-ending swarm of Tyranids attacks from all sides?
The Battle Begins...
The convoy approached the ruins containing the objective as the first Tyranid broods appeared, skulking behind ruins and hills as they attempted to stay out of sight. Two Zoanthropes could find no cover at all as the Land Raider Crusader opened up with all of its guns and turned them both to pools of ooze.
More Tyranids encircled the advancing convoy, with a Carnifex, a Trygon and some Raveners entering the area near to the objective ruin. Hormagaunts and Termagants stalked towards their prey, as the allies opened fire once more. Most of a Termagant brood vanished in white hot plasma as the Leman Russ Executioner unleashed its firepower, and some Hormagaunts were blasted apart by the Crusader.
A Carnifex looked to sneak up on the convoy from the rear, as two broods of Genestealers and two more Zoanthropes appeared to threaten the Imperial Guard flank. Luckily, the Zoanthrope warp blasts both missed their targets, as flame from the Chimeras thinned the Genestealers as they charged forward. One of the Chimeras took heavy damage as the Genestealers damaged its tracks and tore off both of its heavy flamers.
Nearing the objective ruin, the Land Raider and Land Speeders opened up with all their weapons and nuked the Carnifex there, as the bike squad mopped up the nearby brood of Hormagaunts.
Lictors, another Carnifex, and a Genestealer brood led by a Broodlord all reached the battlefield, and the Bringers Of Death readied themselves to face them. The Berserker squad charged from the Crusader and in to combat with the Raveners, as a Bringers jump pack squad dropped from the sky right in to the ruins. The Berserkers made short work of the Raveners, but the Trygon and Lictors got the charge on the assault troops and tore in to them with tooth and claw. The Bringers fought back ferociously and the battle was drawn.
On the other flank, a Warrior brood arrived. One Stone Legion Chimera drove away from the attacking Genestealers to try and flame the new arrivals, but the Warriors jumped in and destroyed the tank's weapons before it had a chance to fire. From within the other Chimera, the infantry squad jumped out, hoping to get some shots off. However, the Tyranids were faster once again, and the Genestealers and Hive Tyrant ripped the entire squad apart. The Leman Russ managed to nuke one of the Zoanthropes, but overall the Guard flank was taking a beating.
The Crusader, Land Speeders and bikers all opened fire at suitable targets, killing the Carnifex and thinning the Genestealers, but they could not stop halt the charge. The Genestealers raked at the heavy tank with their rending claws, managing to damage its tracks and rip off its storm bolter.
Yet another Carnifex entered the area, charging straight towards the Land Raider to join the Broodlord and the remaining Genestealers. The Tyranids clawed at the tank but could only inflict a little more damage.
Flying Warriors dropped down in to the ruins and poured down deathspitter fire that pattered harmlessly off the Imperial Guard tanks. With enemies all around, the three Chimeras gunned their engines and tried to run down the surrounding broods, but all of their targets dodged aside except for one Termagant that disappeared under the tracks of the tank. As one Chimera went through their ranks, the Tyranid Warriors savaged it with their rending claws, wrecking it and forcing the Guardsmen inside to jump clear.
The Leman Russ opened fire with its plasma weapons and turned the Hive Tyrant threatening it to mush, but another Hive Tyrant soon appeared, looking to join the fight near the objective ruin. The Leman Russ was then set upon by Genestealers that damaged its targeting equipment but could do nothing more.
In the objective ruin, the jump pack squad took more casualties from the attacking Tyranids, but with the charging Berserkers, the Bringers Of Death were able to kill the Trygon and the remaining Lictors. But once again, another Trygon appeared heading for the ruin, while more Lictors jumped out to attack the Imperial Guard tanks.
Though they had temporary control of the objective ruin, with every single transport vehicle destroyed or damaged, and more and more Tyranids closing in from all sides, it became clear to the allies that there was no way to retrieve the equipment. After six turns, the mission had failed.
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