Events and Battle Reports
Counter Offensive 2015 by Kenton KilgoreTwo games down, one more to go before we parted and went our separate ways.
Battle #3: Whackiness Ensues
It's been a long-time tradition at these events that we have a multi-player game, and this time, we had the improbable pairing of Bryan's Dark Angels and Pat's Dusk Raiders (Nurgle-themed Chaos Space Marines) against Ken (and his Sisters) and me (and the Tigers). Because we didn't have the space or time for each of us to bring our full 2000-point lists, we agreed to cut our forces down to 750 points each, with the stipulation that each side only required one HQ and two Troops between the two players.
Please do not adjust your monitor or phone--there is nothing wrong with your screen
Our mission was Deadlock, with the Dawn of War deployment, played out on waaaay cool futuristic scenery that you're just going to have to look at in the photos, because I can't appropriately describe it. Trippy, n'est ce pas? We put out the objective markers, drew our Tactical Objective cards, and set to the slaughter.
For the most part, Ken dealt with Pat and I mamboed with Bryan as all of our forces maneuvered to take objectives. Knowing what I was up against this time, I focused on the RWC, not even flinching when their plasma guys chewed up most of one 5-man Tac squad and finished them off with Overwatch when I tried to charge. But having shot their burning load against those guys, they had little response to being jumped by the *other* two Tac squads, as well as the Legionnaires, and in short order, my Tigers curb-stomped the bikers and penetrated into Bad Guy territory.
The Heldrake comes onto the board. I hate that guy. I really do.
I had no answer to Pat's Heldrake, however, whose baleflamer incinerated three of my Devastator Marines on its arrival at Turn 2, then followed that up by roasting 4 Tactical guys in Turn 3. Fortunately for me, Puff the Evil Chaos Dragon had more pressing matters, as Ken's Dominions and "Oppressors" were inflicting some serious damage on even the Plague Marines.
And what would a game be without some magical dice rolling? The Heldrake swung around to vaporize a clustered unit of Dominions, who invoked Inquisitor Powers' "mojo" (Faith Points, for us un-groovy squares) to gain an Invulnerable Save and thereafter made four "6's" to survive without losing a single shagadelic Sister: "Yeah, baby, yeah!"
Puffy Draggy says, "This usually works..."
Putting the "GRR!" in "Tigers": 7 Victory Points (4 objectives, 1 for First Blood, 1 for Linebreaker, 1 for Slay the Warlord)
Dark Angels/Dusk Raiders Unholy Alliance: 6 Victory Points (objectives)
Much mo’ betta, at least against the Dark Angels. This time out, I minimized the damage the
RWC's plasma guns could do by bringing several small squads, and by having the
last two in the squad Bryan shot at be the first to declare a charge, thus
forcing him to spend Overwatch fire on them if he wanted to do any at all. It also helped that I had multiple squads in
position to charge the RCW, something I did not often have the luxury of in our
previous game due to terrain and squad placement. If you're going up against a squad armed with
nothing but twin-linked plasma guns, you're going to take some hits, but they
can still be beaten down (the power fists in the assaulting squads certainly
True, there wasn't much I could do against the Deathwing Terminators, who were on top of an objective and in cover, and I didn't even bother taking potshots at the Heldrake. So instead, I went after targets I would have an easier time with, such as the regular Ravenwing and a unit of Pat's Chaos Space Marines, who were also near an objective. Ken did a masterful job (as he always does--he's probably the best player I know) of dishing out the pain, which meant that I could concentrate on Bryan's guys while he dealt with Pat's.
Thus Endeth ThatAnd so another Counter Offensive comes to an end: I would have preferred more games, but busy as we all are (darn this whole "being a grown-up thing!"), I'm grateful for the ones we got in. Though I lost two of three games (and prevailed in the third mostly to Ken's skill), I was nevertheless pleased with how the "all-infantry" list performed. I'm itching to show you the other Fighting Tigers I have, and to run them, but that's going to have to wait. Pat and I have a campaign to get back to, and our next fight will be Necrons against Eldar. Now THAT should be heinous.
Posted August 2015