Game 3 July 12th, 2009
Deployment: Pitch Battle
Scenario: Capture and Control - 5 Objectives
List Total: 1,500 Points.
My List (Eldar)
The Avatar of Khaine
8 Howling Banshees - Exarch w/Mirror Swords, Acrobatics,Warshout
10 Guardians - Warlock w/Embolden&Spirit Seer - Scatter Laser
10 Dire Avengers - Exarch w/Extra Avenger Shuriken Catapult, Bladestorm
Wave Serpent - TL Eldar Missle Launcher, Shuriken Cannon, & Spirit Stones
6 Guardian Jet Bikes - 2 Shuriken Cannons
2 Wraith Lords - Bright Lance, Eldar Missle Launcher, Flamers
1 Fire Prism - Holo-Fields,Spirit Stones
My Opponent Noahs List (Chaos Space Marines)
Daemon Prince- MOS,Wings,Lash of Submission
Chaos Space Marines x 10 - Meltagun, Lascannon
Plague Marines x 7 - Meltagun x 2
Chaos Rhino - Havoc Launcher
Thousand Sons x 7 - Breath of Chaos
Chaos Land Raider
Chaos Predator - Autocannon, Heavy Bolters x 2
I didn't get to bring the list I planned to use, because I left alot of models at my friends house. I had to make due with what was in the bucket. I was somewhat intimidated by Noah's list because mine was definately workable but his was practiced and tough as nails. I knew that I would have to halt his Rhino's fast or his rush on my army could proof fatal.
I placed a large LOS obstructing rock formation on the SE corner area. Noah placed a similiar stonewall 20 inches North of my rock formation. I then placed a large hill with some ducks out on the SW quarter to help block LOS and offer some 5+ cover to infantry on the hill. Noah placed a remote forest due North East of my hill. I placed nice fat ruin in the center board and then Noah placed the last piece of terrain a forest on the NW quarter of the board. Objectives were placed relitively within a few inches of each terrain piece.
Noah's terrain placement seemed somewhat random. I got the notion he was trying to retard my deployment if he won the roll off for first turn.
Noahs took the roll and decided to keep the North Long Table edge. A shocking
move on his part since he gave me the 2 tallest chuncks of terrain which is exactly what I needed. Noah Deployed all his tanks in a line a foot off his his table edge. From left to right he placed his Landraider w/Thousand Sons, Rhino w/CSM, Rhino w/Plague Marines, then his Vindicator and his Predator. The Daemon Prince was right behind the Land Raider.
I deployed my Guardians, Wraith Lords, and Wave Serpent directly behind the SW Hill providing excellent cover and saving me from at least a couple turns of fire from his Vindicator and Pred. My Prism wouldn't fit so I crammed it in the SW corner were it was safe. I deployed my Guardian Jet Bikes right behind the large rock formation in the SE. My Avatar played the center field.
The Guardian Jet Bike deployment was huge. For Noah to effectively use his Pred and Vindicator he would have to move diagnol SW giving me clear shots on his side armor with 2 Shuriken Cannons. If he went for my Eldar Jet Bikes I could boost past them and hide behind the rock wall where an objective is.
The Chaos Land Raider sat still while the Rhinos pushed forward a little bit. The Vindicator moved fast towards the Eldar action zone while the Predator turned to face off against my Avatar. The Daemon Prince walked into the ruins. Noah botched his first Lash of Submission test ment for a Wraith Lord. I was happy, but knew that luck does run dry.
The Chaos Land Raider unloaded full auto on a Wraith Lord well in cover mind you. Scores to direct hits with TL Lascannon, passed 1 wound and I pass my cover cover. Noah immidiately commented that he hated the Wraith Lord and directed his Predator on the Avatar which pummeled the molten bloody handed god successfully wounding it twice. The Chaos Rhino unhatched its lid and fired a Lascannon shot against of the Wave Serpent and failed to hit.
I quickly advanced my Wave Serpent along the West border putting me in range of side armor on 1 of the Rhino's which was covered enough by the Land Raider. At this point I knew the Avatar was a fire magnet and wouldn't get anywhere so I just pushed him into the fray. My Guardians postured for maximum cover benifit while the Wraith Lords took aim at the Land Raider.
My Bright Lances brought the Land Raider down to a stunned result. Favorable, but watching the chances to down the mighty tank was kinda crappy.
My Scatter Laser took pot shots against the open Rhino and failed to damage it while my Wave Serpents missle immobilized the Plague Marines Rhino despite its cover advantage. The Guardian Jet Bikes manuevered behind the rock formation and fired directly on the Chaos Rhino popping it.
and the Fire Prism scattered terribly against the now unprotected Chaos Space Marines.
Chaos took some damage on the Eldar shooting phase which was incredible so I there weren't many options. The Nurgle Rhino started to advance while the Pred and Vindicator got into full shooting range of my Wraith Lords and Guardians.
The Daemon Prince ignored my Infantry to push my Avatar backwards to protect the Vindicator while Predator continued to nail it dealing a 3rd wound. The Chaos Space Marines tried to put the nail in the Avatars coffin with a Lascannon round, but the Avatars daemonic resilience protected it. The Vindicator scattered against both Wraith Lords who didn't have full cover against the side shot, but the blast scattered and my guardians who were hit went to ground and avoided all damage.
My Wraith Lords crept to the far end of the Hill on the west side to avoid side shots while my Grav Tanks all shifted slightly NW just to keep out of melta range. The still alive Avatar was baffled at this point and just rushed East along my table edge to possibly reinforce with my Guardian Jet Bikes.
Now I knew by this point that the Daemon Prince was going to be a problem if left alive so I thought now was my chance to blow it off the table with my Wave Serpent. Lets just say the Daemon Prince really pulled some MVP style rolls as it shrugged 2 Missle Hits with 5+ invulnerable. I stopped for the moment and dropped Bright Lances on the Land Raider and immbolized it.
I've got to say the Bright Lances often disappoint me but today was a whole different feeling of love for the Eldar weaponry. 1 Wraith Lord who didn't fire redirected fire on the Daemon Prince and scored a wound.
My Shuriken Cannons took side shots against the Vindicator and stunned it, but his Daemonic Possession took control where the tank operators couldn't.
The Daemon Prince lept behind the ruins forsaking any chances of using the Lash. Smart move I would say. At this point the Lash would turn into a late game objective stealer and now the Daemon Prince had cover.
The Vindicator kept on the move and was maybe a turn away from getting a shot against my Eldar Jet Bikers while the Pred kept in firing range of the Avatar.
The Nurgle Rhino rushed the center table objective and unloaded the Plague Marines who ran into the little forest. The Chaos Space Marines disregarded shooting to hold the NE objective.
The Predator exploded my Avatar of Khaine while the the Land Raider stuck a wound on a Wraith Lord. Bad move I thought. The Wraith Lords were far off from close combat and wouldn't do well to contest unless the turn 7 rolled around. My Wave Serpent were still flying around untouched and unbothered.
The Vindicator kept on my visible infantry who were fanned out and just kept going to ground for 3+ cover. Nothing like paying 8 points for Guardians in cover
So the game was half way over and I still needed to rid the Daemon Prince and secure my Guardian Jet Bikes. I carefully used the dollar bill trick to eye where the Vindicator could go on the board and made sure to really squish my Guardians to get 1 last turn of shooting before I turbo boosted into well.. The Chaos Space Marines lol??? My Banshees in Wave Serpent moved forward someways to prepare for the assualt against the only viable target... The Plague Marines...
I unleashed unholy hell on the Daemon Prince who started off shrugging the first and only missle hit with a 4+ cover. At this stage we laughed really hard at the surviving Daemon Prince. The Shuriken Cannons did reduce the Daemon Prince to 1 wound. I was annoyed to expand Wraith Lords on this crap but I did and in 1 Bright Lance Missle Volley I finished the damned thing off.
My Prism scored a direct hit on the Plague Marines practicly holding hands. I dealt 5 wounds. Noah knew this wasn't good and went to ground losing 1 Plague Marine. I at least secured the assualt and objective contesting for the Banshees.
My Jet Bikes scored some side shots against the Predator stunning it. Huge Huge Huge because now I can assualt move and easily avoid Vindicator death.
With so much Eldar fire power on the board I knew Noah was desperate and would go for the objectives. The Thoasand sons held in Land Raider and. The Plague Marines were in the forest on an objective while the Chaos Space Marines were on an objective and could easily halt me with the Predator and the Vindicator considering that the only unit ready to conest was a about to be empty Wave Serpent and a Guardian Jet Bike unit.
Noah took a full move with the Vindicator and popped smoke insuring that my Guardians would be shot on the last turn while the Predator remained in place. The Land Raider hailed on the wounded Wraith Lord dealing another wound while the Chaos Space Marines went for the finisher but failed on the roll to hit.
This was a critical moment for control of the board before random game length and I needed to roll average to succeed. The Banshees deployed and took fleet towards the Plague Marines with some relatively poor cover fire from the Fire Prism. My Dire Avengers deployed and took easy cover behind the ruins that the Thousand Sons were about to contest. My Wraith Lords rushed forward out of cover in an effort to reinforce objective contesting in the later turns.
Now this is where things get hot. Play by play TL Eldar Missle against side armor on the Vindicator and it pops. Double Shuriken Cannon rounds against side armor on the Predator and it pops. Full Bright Lance fire on the Land Raider and it pops!
Then the Banshees assualt the Plague Marines and barely hold ground, but it didn't matter I knew the game was well in my hands.
Noah was fubar! The Thousand Sons who were forced out of thier Fortress move out of the wreckage and ran into the ruins objective to square off against my Dire Avengers. The Chaos Space Marines took a Lascannon shot against the vulnerable Wraith Lord and wiffed. The Plague Marines locked in combat against my Banshees traded blows and both units held ground on very even turns as far as unit numbers go. I recall something like 3-3.
My Guardian Jet Bikes held and objective uncontested. My Guardians held an objective uncontested. I flew my a Wave Serpent right up on the ruins objective were the Thousand Sons and Dire Avengers were about to square off. The Prism in tow. The other Wave Serpent moved Flat Out and risked difficult terrain test to reinforce the objective contest with the Plague Marines. Both Wraith Lords moved and ran towards the closest objectives to continue packing on the heat.
My only shooting option was the Thousand Sons so I of course dropped any available fire including a Bladestorm (I admit that 2 of my Dire Avengers couldn't get any line of sight after getting stuck behind the ruins.) All of that shooting and I only killed 3 Thousand Sons. No complaints. Now wasn't the time to care for poor rolls. That was last turn.
The Dire Avengers failed to do shit in the assualt and lost 2 Avengers in the process. Luckily the Exarch kept them all together for sustained combat.
The Banshees and Plague Marines wiffed combat leaving a stalemate on the board.
Noah rolled and the game ended on a 2.
I held 2 Objectives to the Chaos Space Marines held 1.
Noah is an excellent player and deeply enjoyed the game. Noah's experience against the Mech Eldar with Chaos Space Marines was limited as Noah was primarily a Tyranids player. Noah stated that if he could've done anything different he would've rushed my Infantry. We both enjoyed some Pizza after the game and bidded each other good luck on the next weeks game.