TURN TWO Ultramarines win the initiative.
The Kult of Speed was very exposed on the right flank - they'd rushed forward to help support the Mekboy's Warband but were left in the lurch when it retreated. The Ultramarines saw this and pushed the Land Raiders forward and put the beleaguered Ork formation under heavy fire - however their aim was off and they hit none of the Ork vehicles! The Thunderhawk comes in with Assault Marines to destroy the Kult of Speed!
However, the Marines retained their initiative and the Thunderhawk came flying in with all guns blazing. Before it had even touched down, assault Marines were leaping out with their jump packs into close combat with the Kult of Speed. It was a vicious battle and heavy casualties were inflicted on both sides. When the dust and debris had settled there was Marine dead everywhere. The Thunderhawk was laying gutted on the lush grassland and the Land Raiders were retreating back the way they had come. Even though the Orks were victorious, they had lost so many of their number that they too were forced to withdraw. What had started out as a crushing Ultramarine victory was beginning to fracture under the weight of Ork dead. Both sides suffer heavy loses and are forced to withdraw to lick their wounds.
With the Kult of Speed in flight and columns of smoke rising from the right flank, the Kult of Speed on the left thought it was missing out on all the fun. With this in mind they assaulted the Land Raider to their front which had inflicted heavy casualties on them the previous turn. The heavy Marine tanks were no match for the heavy choppers and stikk bombz of the Orks and they were quickly despatched.
With both Ultramarine flanks now in tatters, it fell to the Princeps and Dominus Erasum to rectify the situation. Standing stock still, the Titan trained its massive weapons on the Blitz Brigade and unleashed hell. The Brigade lost many gunwagonz but were left with enough to still be an effective formation.
The Warband which had failed it's initiative test on the previous turn were eager to get stuck in. They doubled towards the Reaver Titan, de-bussed from their Trukks and opened fire with all their gunz, taking down the Titans void shields and hitting its thick armour.
The Whirlwinds opened fire at the Kult of Speed on the left flank. The boyz were flush with their victory over the Land Raiders and didn't see the rockets arching towards them. They exploded in their midst, destroying another three vehicles.
The Ork Fighta-Bommerz returned and sent multiple missiles into the mighty Dominus Erasum. Athough the Titan remained unharmed, the amount of fire being directed at the Imperial engine was obviously too much for the Princeps who decided to withdraw into the ruins held by the Tactical Marines. The Ork Flyboyz' fire forces Dominus Erasum to retreat.
With the Titan out of the way, the Blitz Brigade doubled over the hill to the front. As they crested the hill they saw the Whirlwinds hidden within the rocks on the other side. Although the Brigade bought all their weapons to bear, the Whirlwinds only lost one vehicle.
The turn ended with the Tactical Marines firing at the Warband in the centre and the Mekboy's Warband remnant moving through the Imperial lines and taking position behind the Ork's objective.
The remaining Land Raider detachment rallied as did Dominus Erasum. The Kult of Speed on the right flank remained broken.