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Lizards vs. Bugs
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Lizards vs. Bugs—Part 1
Battle report and commentary by Kenton Kilgore; commentary by Patrick Eibel 

Because Pat had set up first, he got to go first: let the brutality begin!

Turn 1
Right at the get-go, Pat’s Tervigon squeezed out seven more Termagants, but in doing so, Pat rolled doubles, so that was all the calfs the Tervicow was going to birth this game. To be expected, all of Pat’s forces (the ones not in reserve, anyway), moved forward, but none were in assault range, even after several units ran. 

Two Carnifexes fired their heavy venom cannons on one of my Megasaurs (a Tyrannofex by another name), to no effect. The Carnies with twin devourers unloaded on my Hydrasaurs (Hive Guard), connecting for 10 hits and 2 Wounds, but I made both saves. Pat’s Hive Tyrant (the one with the heavy venom cannon) and Hive Guard also fired on the Hydrasaurs, and my guys took one Wound. 

Pat’s Zoanthropes tried to fire Warp Lances at “Big G,” my Hierophant, but only two of them passed their psychic test, and both were out of range, anyway. The Hierodule shot at “Big G” and the Hydrasaurs, and though the ‘dule had plenty of hits, I made all my saves. So Pat’s fusillade resulted in one Wound taken: not very impressive, but then, Nids aren’t known to excel in the Shooting Phase.


Hive Fleet Ravana (most of them, anyway) advances on the Kurindans

I tromped my Kurindans (and associated beasties) forward, of course: when it’s Nid-on-Nid, you’re doing something wrong if you don’t meet in the middle of the board. My Megasaurs fired their breath weapons (read, “rupture cannons”), knocking two Wounds off one of the Carnifexes with the devourers, who were about to meet my right flank. My Shamans (Zoanthropes) fired Warp Lances at the same Carnie, wounding him three times, but he made each cover save. My closest rampage of Trogs on Dracosaurs (Shrikes) were unable to hurt the same Carnie. Nertz!

“Big G” unloaded his breath weapon (read, “bio-cannons”) at the Heirodule, who lost only one Wound thanks to cover saves. Hrrrm. My Carnosaurs (read, Carnifexes with stranglethorn cannons) took out 12 Hormagaunts. On my left flank, my other Trogs on Dracs shot dead 3 Termagants, and the breath weapon of !Klrt’s mount (i.e., the stranglethorn cannon from my Hive Tyrant) took out five more. In the Assault Phase, my Finbacks and Spikers (Raveners) charged the seven Termagants that just plopped out of the Tervigon and ate them all: "Thanks for the snack!


The armies close in on each other

Turn 2
Pat’s Genestealers arrived from reserve, and he threw most of them onto his left flank. The Tervigon projected Catalyst onto a nearby batch of Hormaguants, granting them Feel No Pain, and then Pat continued the Shooting Phase by having several units fire on my Titanosaur (Hierophant Bio-Titan). Only the Hierodule was successful in knocking a wound off “Big G,” but Pat had more success with the rest of his shooting. His Carnifexes with devourers shot dead one of my Shamans, his Hive Guard and Zoanthropes killed one of my Carnosaurs, and his Termagants took down four of my Newts. Leapin’ lizards!


"Here come the Bugs...doo doo doo doo...here come the Bugs, and I say, 'It's not all right...'"
(with apologies to the Beatles)

Then came the moment that we both had been waiting for: a full-on charge of Nids crashing into [proxied] Nids. One of his Carnifexes made the huge mistake of taking on “Big G,” who effortlessly squashed the Carnie. Pat’s Stealers were much more successful, killing 22 of my Newts and losing only one of their own. Pat’s Carnifexes crushed my Shamans, and his Hormagaunts sliced-and-diced my Hydrasaurs.


Pat's Genestealers, Hormagaunts, and Carnifexes smash into my Newts, Hydrasaurs, and Shamans

On the other side of the board, Hormies and Raveners charged my Finbacks and Spikers. I lost two Finbacks and suffered a Wound on another; Pat lost four Gaunts and a Ravener. While I was holding my own on that flank, my other one was collapsing rapidly.


Hormagaunts, Raveners, and a Tervigon (converted from an old-school Screamer-Killer Carnie) cause trouble for
my Finbacks and Spikers (represented by WH Fantasy Salamander and Razordon models)

On my turn, “Big G” shoved his way into the middle of the Tyranids, pushing aside Pat’s Hive Tyrant, his Carnifexes, and his Zoanthropes in that happy, quasi-tank shocking way that Gargantuan Critters are allowed to do when they move through enemy units. After I moved up some units, one of my Megasaurs spewed its secondary breath weapon (read: “fired its dessiccator larvae”), killing five of the Hormagaunts that had just ripped the Hydrasaurs to shreds. My sole surviving Carnosaur deviated badly with its stranglethorn cannon, missing the same clump of Hormies. “Big G” picked up some of the slack by nuking 8 Genestealers with his breath weapon: go, go, Godzilla!


Troglodytes and associated Big Green Monsters charge the Genestealers, Hormagaunts, and Carnifexes

To reinforce my crumbling flank, my Troglodytes—some on Dracosaurs (Shrikes) and some on foot (Genestealers) charged Pat’s Stealers, killing 10 of them, though I lost 1 Shrike, had another one wounded, and lost 5 of my own Stealers. My Assassins (Venomthropes) charged one of Pat’s Carnifexes, wounding it once; in response, the Carnie squished both of them. Hrrm….

Slightly more successful was my other unit of Trogs, led by a Trog Captain (Broodlord), who charged another of Pat’s Carnies. The Broodlord’s Hypnotic Gaze riveted Pat’s Carnifex to the spot, unable to act, but the Broodie himself whiffed on his attacks. Fortunately, his compadres managed to wound the Carnie once.

The Carnosaur (Carnifex) and the Megasaur (Tyrannofex) who had fired on Pat’s Hormagaunts charged the same li’l critters, and though they killed four of the wee little beasties, they got an unpleasant surprise when they learned that the Hormies had toxin sacs. Each of the big guys took two Wounds, looked at each other, and muttered, “Ruh roh.

“Big G” trundled into a mess of Pat’s Nids, slapping 3 Wounds off the Hive Tyrant and 3 Wounds off another Carnifex. In response, the Tyrant tagged “Big G” for 1 Wound and the Carnie tagged him for 2 more—ARRRROOOO! The Hierophant’s spore cloud (which, in “Big G’s” case I imagine to be horrid little parasites dropping off him a la Cloverfield) killed the Tyrant and one of his Hive Guard.

On my left flank, more Trogs on Dracs came in to reinforce the Finbacks and Spikers fighting Pat’s Raveners and another of his Hormagaunt broods. The Trogs lost 2 Wounds, the Finbacks lost 3 Wounds, but the Raveners lost 8 Wounds, and 8 Hormies bit the dust, too. !Klrt plowed into some Termagants, killing one (whoop-dee-doo) and losing a Wound, himself. The Trogs on foot (Stealers) that were nearby charged and wiped out another batch of Termies.

Lizards vs. Bugs
Intro and Army Lists <> Part 1 <> Part 2 <> Post Game

Posted April 2010
 

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