Battle Report 24/11/2017
Overview: Greetings brothers of the Rout. Had another worthy battle worthy of a saga, this time against a fellow player pitting some of his best toys against me. Being a good sport, I could tell that while probably not competitive, I needed to be wary nevertheless because he was bringing 3 flyers in a game, along with a couple of Land Raiders, one of which would be Forgeworld which I allowed one since he was a good friend who never stomped on me before.
The last time I faced him earlier this year in 7th Edition, he had 3 Deredeo Dreadnoughts gunning my wolves down, though thankfully my Iron Priest tanked most of the hits. Nevertheless, he was a great guy and even with his Forgeworld stuff, never made me feel completely helpless or OP. So as we arranged for a game, I decided that despite my restrictions on strategems, I would allow him to bring just one Forgeworld model rather than none. He obliged, choosing the Land Raider Achilles which was basically a Whirldwind Turret on a Land Raider chassis but also armed with a part of twin linked Multi Melta, making it the second most deadly thing anti-tank on his list, the first being the Hellblasters. I wasn’t too worried about the Stormhawks, confident that between Stormcaller and Smoke Launchers, along with the lack of Power of Machine Spirit, I could weather his storm of Assault Canon, missiles and lascannons.
Space Wolves Army List:
Bjorn the Fell Handed
Rune Priest on Bike
Wolf Guard Battle Leader on bike with Storm shield and frost sword
6 Blood Claws (including Wolf Guard Pack Leader with combi Plasma) in HB Razorback
6 Grey Hunters (including Wolf Guard Pack Leader with combi Plasma), plasma gun in HB Razorback
6 Grey Hunters (including Wolf Guard Pack Leader with combi melta), melta gun in HB Razorback
10 Grey Hunters (including Wolf Guard Pack Leader with combi Plasma), 2 plasma guns in Rhino
6 Wulfen (2 Shields, 3 Axes and Pack Leader) in Stormwolf with HB
Total CP: 3 + 3 +1 = 7 CP
10 Hellblasters with the Rapid fire plasma version
Land Raider Achilles - Quad launcher and 2 Twin Multimeltas
Land Raider Crusader
Flyer Wing Detachment:
3 Stormhawk Interceptors with Assault cannons, Typhoon Missile Launcher and Lastalon
Total CP: 3+1= 4 CP
Mission type : Retrieval with 4 objectives
Deployment type: 4, the one with arrow pointing to middle along long table edge
BJ – Bjorn the Fellhanded
R – Rhino
RB – Razorback
RP – Rune Priest on Bike
WBL - Wolf Guard Battle Leader on Bike
AGR - Aggressors
LRC – Land Raider Crusader
LRA – Land Raider Achilles
TC - Techmarine
HB – Hellblasters
STH – Stormhawk Interceptors
Obj - Objectives
Anyway, without further ado, on to Turn 1: Blood Ravens
Turn 1: Blood Ravens
Movement : Two Stormhawks surged forwards towards my Stormwolf. The other Stormhawk went the other side to hurt my other flank and pop my transports. The Achilles whose Techmarine was embarked on it, chose to go to his nearest objective to release his techmarine to hold that objective, which he would do and then for rest of the game, we forgot all about the techmarine.
His Aggressors moved towards the Rhino wall, along with the Crusader, while the Hellblasters cautiously advanced behind the Crusader which also functioned as a gigantic LOS block.
Shooting: Sadly the two Stormhawks DID succeed in destroying the Stormwolf, can’t remember which did the final shot, probably the Lastalons. To make it worse, two of the six wulfen inside perished as they disembarked, their fur caught on fire or something I suppose. The other Stormhawk damaged the right most Razorback to within an inch of its life but it survived. Aggressors tried to take off the last wounds but again, the Razorback protected its cargo like a champ.
Assault : No assault yet.
Morale phase : Wulfen passed their morale test.
Turn 1: Space Wolves
Movement : Furious at the Stormhawks, I decided to deploy my full plasma squad and the plasma squad from the near dead Razorback to deal with them. The Rhino and mostly dead Razorback moved forward to block LOS, popping smoke. Other Razorback with melta squad went forward on objective. My other Razorback behind ruins stayed put to use its Heavy Bolters, though out of range of the Bjorn buff.
Psychic phase : Rune Priest casted Stormcaller, giving +1 cover save to my battle line. Smited one Stormhawk for a wound.
Shooting Phase : Sadly wasn’t as effective as I wished, even with the plasma gunners, heavy bolters and Bjorn, the one Stormhawk I focused fire was taken down to just 3 wounds.
Assault phase : no assault happened.
Overview: Despite loss of Stormhawk and some Wulfen, so far so good. On another negative side, my plasma squad was now exposed to the quad launcher but being AP 0 with Stormcaller, I took the risk in order to neuter the Stormhawk. And at least one Stormhawk was hitting on 4+, which becomes 5+ for most of its heavy weapons. And more importantly, the razorback survived to annoy him another turn.
Also should have put the Stormwolf with Wulfen closer to enemy, as it was unlikely I could hide from the Stormhawks anyway. So now Wulfen were slogging it from the back, thankfully they have fairly good movement that would enable them to get up front later.
To be continued…
Edited by Kasper_Hawser, 04 December 2017 - 02:38 AM.