Progress this week has been slower than expected. Sadly I was not able finish this weeks scheduled squad, still need to do half the shades and the basing.
I did have chance to play my first 1000pts game with the new Mordians though. It was against my oldest nemesis, my brothers hated Tau. The Tau are my brothers oldest army and they have been responsible for inflicting many defeats upon my Guard,especially through the madness that was 6th and 7th editions. My Mordians have been fighting these filthy xenos on and off for 15 years.
Make no mistake this was a (friendly) grudge match!
My forces outnumbered the enemy 3 to 1. I had 8 infantry squads, veteran squad, ogryns and 2x mortars squads, as well as character support. The Tau had 3 squads of fire warriors, ion hammerhead, missile crisis commander, 2x 6 strong stealth teams.
The mission was Vital Intelligence and the deployment was table quarters. I deployed an assault force of 20 infantry and ogryns against the stealth teams, 30 infantry were tasked with taking the center objective, facing off against the hammerhead and fire warriors. The veterans used the relic dagger to go into outflank with a junior officer. The remaining forces took up defensive positions in a ruin and prepared to provide fire support.
The battle started well with the guard seizing! The assault force moved towards the stealth suits, who had infiltrated forward. Orders were barked and a furious hail of lasgun bolts peppered the ruin the xenos were hiding in. Flamers and ogryn ripper guns joined in, but after the dust had settled, only 2 drones had been killed and and a wound on suit. The order to fix bayonets was given and the whole assault force attempted to rush the position,but furious Tau overwatch forced the attackers down. (I failed 3x 7 inch charges!).
In the middle the Guard moved and advanced onto the center objective. Thanks to Forwards for the Emperor, they were still able to shoot, and combined with the mortars teams a squad of fire warriors were killed. Finally, a cheeky krak missile was able to do 5 wounds to the hammerhead.
The Tau response was brutal. The stealth suits and missile commander shredded the assault force down to just 4 infantry and 1 ogryn, fortunately they stood firm thanks to the Lord Commissar with them. The hammer head was still recovering from the heavy hit it had taken and struggled to find its mark, only killing 1 mortar team. The Firewarriors returned fire against the center guard infantry and were able to kill half an infantry squad.
With the assault force badly mauled, the characters that had been supporting them retreated back to friendly lines. The remaining 4 guard and the ogryn, nick named Trevor, continued to attack the stealth teams, simply as a distraction.
The veterans came in behind the xenos tank and overcharged their plasma guns, dealing 6 wounds to it. The center force spread out to cover another objective and were able to kill another fire warrior squad with help from the mortars. Sadly the fire support squads were unable to finish the hammer head.
The Tau are swift and deadly in their response. One of the stealth teams shifts positions and in a double burst of fire (viorla stratagem) kill them all to a man. The other stealth team kill the remaining assault guard but amazingly fail to kill Trevor the Ogryn!
The guard in the center take the brunt of fire from the missile commander and the 5 man squad is finished off and a couple more are killed by the fire warriors. The hammerhead finishes of one of the mortar squads.
Turn 3 begins and Guard have a comfortable lead in points having control of 3 objectives, and having controlled the 2 point objective twice. But the infantry is looking thin on the ground.
2 of the fire support squads begin to move up to help cover the center objective and Trevor goes drone hunting. A smattering of lasguns, heavy bolter, 2x grenade launchers and mortar shells are able to clear the remaining fire warriors. A well aimed lascannon shot from an infantry squad scores a direct hit on the hammerhead. The high energy beam punches through the front of the xenos armour and out the back, destroying it utterly. A cheer goes up from the Mordian lines!
With their armour destroyed, infantry scattered and way behind on points, the Tau can see the writing on the wall. They try a last ditch effort to shift the guard with the stealth teams, but with no command points for double burst and no marker lights, they cant quite do it. Activating their jet packs, the commander and stealth teams leave the battle field and concede victory to the Mordian 50th rifles!
Edited by Mordian Glory, 30 October 2019 - 09:20 AM.