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Apocalypse - 19/3/17


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Greetings

Here is some opening background for our next Apocalypse game, to be played on Sunday. I will post up more shortly...



Prelude

 

Magnus, master of the Thousand Sons and favoured of Tzeentch frowned as he looked into the mists with a single baleful eye. The vision was fleeting – the auditory component was more memorable. He had certainly glimpsed a red-robed figure, obviously a servant of the machine god, gleaming cybernetics suggesting a centauroid form. The name was teasingly familiar. He bellowed to his servant daemons “Caul? Cowl? Cawl? Coul? Col? Who is this this fool, and why is it part of our future?”

The colourful creatures capered, cringeing as they grinned apologetically, unable to answer their overlord. “Wait,” he said, his voice dropping to a whisper, “who is that?” In a moment the massive form of the daemon rose to its full height; the horrors about him leapt to safety as he raged.

“Bring me my armour and my blade. Gather my legion. Take message to my brethren. This. Must. Be. Stopped.”

 

Busy Times

 

Cawl was hard at work preparing for the next part of his journey. Specialised components had been installed in his latest creation, now being rolled into a large freight shuttle ready for shipping it off-world. Most of his minions were back on board his ship – he was accompanied only by a personal retinue of kataphron gunnery servitors, whose carriages had been used to test a number of his new constructions.

Of course, he would still have to finalise the payment. While his position in the Cult Mechanicus was unparalleled on this world, it would be highly inconsiderate to fail to reward the priests and seers of the Omnissiah that had so readily lent their support to him.

 

It was 12.12. His meeting with the local archmagi was scheduled to be in 52.15 standard minutes. Transport would be arriving in 3.19 minutes. The journey cross-country – well, pollutant-riddled wasteland – would take 32 minutes exactly. A brief segment of pedestrian travel, introductions, and the return, and then he would be on his way to future glories…

 


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Can't wait brother sounds epic. Do you have a rundown of list? Or mission being played?

 

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Hello

It's basically going to be an attempt by Magnus' to assassinate Cawl. Victory points will be an issue if the magos doesn't die, but that's the primary criterion.

Originally there were going to be loads of really big nasty things, but superheavies/gargantuans have been limited to Magnus plus two knights v four knights. A total of 5k per side.
 

Murderous Invasion

 

The chronometer read 17.55. Cawl was surrounded by a cordon of his machine-men. They had fled the wreck of the landcrawler when the first air attacks crippled it four hours previously. Whatever had initiated the assault had brought some serious firepower, and was obviously aligned with the ruinous powers. His transport had been attacked by heldrakes, flying down from skies suddenly alight with weapon exchanges. His binaric links to the comm system had warned him only moments before – the forces of the enemy had arrived by stealth and with great speed.

 

They were currently racing through the corridors of a huge, near-abandoned, experimental facility. Most of its systems were failing, but he had accessed specifications through aetheric connections, and knew that at least some of them were sound. Cawl could hear the approaching skittering of the warp-creatures pursuing them through the passageways, but, more importantly, could feel the thrum of power and sense the machine spirits. Tapping into the systems he gradually approached the section he was looking for, the few skitarii respectfully allowing him through – and locking him in in the hope of delaying the pursuers. Cawl acknowledged their self-sacrifice with respectful binary as he passed them.

Approaching the main reactor core he ordered its guardian, an old (but not nearly as ancient as he) techpriest to prepare the rites of destruction. A reluctant affirmation received, Cawl prepared to meet the enemy in a chamber a few dozen metres ahead. Already the daemons had torn through the previous bulkhead that had been sealed to slow them. Sending his kataphrons into appropriate positions, he lowered the blast door of the chamber, commanding the mono-tasked servitor at the control console to prepare to activate. Moments later the adamantium was being struck by monstrous limbs.

He felt the core destruction sequence activate – one minute until the plasma core overloaded. Shortly after this the venerable techpriest’s signal went offline. Cawl sighed to himself, the brain responsible for his conscience regretting leading the creatures into this bunker – but if he hadn’t they would be roaming around destroying as they pleased elsewhere…

Twenty-seven seconds until detonation, and the first rends became visible. Cawl’s defenders looked on impassively as the daemonic creatures hungry for their flesh became visible, their hulking forms tearing at the ceramite with a plethora of claws. Normal men would have begun firing, panicked, at this point, but the machine-constructs felt no fear – such weaknesses were removed from their brains when they were upgraded for battle.

With fifteen seconds to go Cawl gave the order to fire. Although the vast energies of the torsion cannons would allow the attacking creatures to break in more quickly, it would be irrelevant in the long run. Several huge daemons were sent back to the warp by the energies unleashed at them – but they were numerous and without fear. Eventually they tore enough of the barricade away.

As the first daemon set foot in the chamber the servitor obeyed its orders, activating the teleporter. Cawl’s force faded from view as the reactor countdown reached zero and the entire complex was vapourised. He hoped that the chosen destination – the knight mustering station nearest to the main planetary starport – was still secure...


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Wrong Place, Wrong Time

 

Tigurius sighed. They’d been brought down by shuttle just a few hours ago. His ship was putting in for resupply – but he also had an ulterior motive for being there. A certain archmagos Cawl had touched down scant minutes before him, and the Ultramarines chief librarian had reason to talk to him over certain intriguing prognostications. Now he was holed up in the expanded starport complex, trying to coordinate a desperate defence from a massive daemonic incursion. There had been no warning, no alarm, until hundreds of things from the warp simply appeared. Furthermore enemy ships had suddenly arrived, crazily near to the gravity well of the planet itself, disgorging attack craft and transports.

 

His force was small; two other members of the Librarium accompanied him, protected by honour guard. His faithful centurions raked nearby enemy ground forces, while a stalker guarded the zone from aerial combatants. Three squads of Blood Angels – with more inbound if their transport could make it through the winged horrors in the skies – were the only other marines on the world. Having said that, he could also count on no fewer than four of the planet’s knight garrison, whose emergency rally-point was conveniently nearby. Comms told him a bleak picture of how much worse other areas were suffering, although if they held the starport, there was some degree of hope…

 

...however, hope would have to wait. A large detachment of the enemy were approaching from the grey wasteland outside the city, to the east. He could count half-a-dozen rhino chassis (half were predators) and a land raider speeding in, all in the colours of Khorne. Two daemon princes leapt ahead of the transports, and there were walkers too – helbrutes, a maulerfiend and two knights of their own. A ragged mob of cultists limped behind them. Tigurius was convinced that he had the better force, but it would be a brutal encounter.

 

He also asked himself how Khornates had manipulated the warp to get there so quickly, and didn’t like the answers he was coming up with, especially since the warp felt somehow wrong at this point. He warned his fellow librarians that something big was coming. And hefted his staff, fervently hoping that the psychic powers that had served him so well in the past would hold up against the manic destructiveness of the bloody tide headed towards him.


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Hello

I haven't been able to get hold of any photos of the event yet, unfortunately - hence my lack of writing recently.

Hopefully I'll get more later in the week.

I was surprised at the way the players chose to play, however - did make it a bit more interesting than I thought...


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Good to hear can't wait to see them

 

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At last, some images:

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Note: I didn't take these.

Edited by Brother Sefiel, 04 April 2017 - 08:31 PM.

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Looks seriously epic!!! Great paint jobs on those Knights!!!

 

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We were planning on having rather more - originally there were going to be a couple of lord of skulls, and possibly a brass scorpion...

No credit to me for the paint jobs, I only organised it!

 

A Trap Waiting To Be Sprung

 

Magnus was waiting in the skies. He knew that Cawl was on the world, could feel his presence in the skeins of fate. The daemonic sorcerer had arrived too late to intercept the magos at the starport – but he knew that Cawl would make it back there, by some arcane means. And Magnus would be waiting.

 

His minions, Thousand Sons and their daemonic allies, were targeting command and control points, disrupting enemy communications and reserves, and sucking valuable data from the Mechanicus archives. He envisaged that several of his daemons would complete their tasks soon enough to join him in Cawl’s demise.

 

Meanwhile, Khornate warriors clustered on the ground below, like red, angry ants. They approached the edge of the city from one of the landing points in the rad-wilderness, tearing through the weakling loyalist forces most of the time, falling to disciplined fire from skitarii on occasion. He could see that the raid would ultimately be unsuccessful in terms of taking the world. However, his attention was focussed on the column of vehicles speeding towards the starport; these would be an excellent distraction for the defenders, and once Cawl was present he would make his own entrance into the fray…

 

Arrivals

 

The Imperial defences were coming under pressure now. The big guns of the knights had crippled the maulerfiend and brought down two daemon princes leaping their way towards their lines, while the rhinos were disgorging troops under the cover a disused landing pad. The return fire obliterated a squad if Blood Angels, but did no major damage otherwise.

The loyalist shooting definitively won out against that of their traitorous opponents - would it be the same if they reached close quarters, though? That question might be answered sooner than they hoped as an obliterator appeared behind them, damaging the stalker, but not heavily enough to destroy it. However, the more numerous big guns of the defenders were reaping a toll of the main force, having shattered several traitor armoured vehicles – including one renegade knight, now ruined in a massive crater.

 

Meanwhile, the teleporter had proved functional; Cawl and his force were materialising on the landing pad, a scant kilometre from his ship. Things had changed, however. Instead of the area being safely protected by the knights that he had seen previously, they were engaged in a full-scale battle against traitor forces.

 

Enemy vehicles were all too close to his position. His chosen landing point was, somewhat inconveniently, in the centre of the conflict, and he could hear the crazed shouting of the traitors around the pad, see several of them dementedly attempting to fight one of the loyal knights in close combat. He commanded his servants to open fire, primarily targeting the vehicles, especially the predator squadron that his position was all too exposed to.

 

He could also see the welcome presence of space marines, blue figures holding a plaza and providing fire support for others in red. Their vox-net was easy to insert his digital consciousness into, and he did so, requesting contact with the leader of the force. Tigurius replied that he was on the plaza, and welcomed his assistance. Cawl assured him that he would join the Ultramarine once the landing pad area was secure.

 

At that moment, however, he heard a mocking bellow from above. Magnus dropped to the ground behind Tigurius, ready to unleash his hellish powers on the defenders…


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The most interesting part of this game was that the primary objective was to off the opposing side's leader - so neither Magnus nor Cawl started on the table. Cawl arrived in turn 2, and Magnus followed in turn 3!

This was a bit of a risk for chaos, as they had significantly fewer points on the table, even accounting for Cawl's retinue...

Also, surprisingly, Cawl arrived unattached to any other units (perhaps that's part of his formation conditions - I wasn't sure on that as I don't play skitarii).


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