Monday, January 31, 2011

The Big Game - Borderlands, SC

Six players gathered at Borderlands in Greenville, SC for The Big Game!

On a frigid plain on Corridian IV, forces of the Tau, Dark Angels, Black Templars, Witch Hunters and Warmakers Space Marines detect strange emanations from a refinery. The Dark Angels also suspect one of the Fallen masquerades in the other chapters. Their accusations propel brothers into war! The Dark Angels forge a temporary alliance with the Tau. Then disaster--a splinter force of Tyranids arrives on the planet. But mysteriously they direct their attacks only at the Templars and Warmakers. The stage is set for an apocalyptic battle!

I will give a general outline of how the battle went before showing the pictures with comments. We had two objectives which were scored at the top of the player turns. The Imperial objective (the one in Imperial territory) was in the "south central" of the board near No Man's Land. (The camera generally faces north.) The Xenos Objective was in the southwest by a building.

Imperial team:
Jim - Black Templars/Witch Hunters - 4000
Sam (me) - Warmakers Space Marines - 4000
Austin - Black Templars - 1800
Total 9800

Xenos team:
Jon - Dark Angels - 4000
Hunt - Tyranids - 4000
Chandler - Tau - 2500
Total 10500

The Xenos took first turn and deployed mostly Tau and DA, with a few Tyranids, along south-central of No Man's Land, with some Tau and DA in the NE. The Warmakers and Austin's BTs went in reserve entirely, while many of Jim's BTs deployed opposite the enemy in the NE corner. Jim and Hunt both used the Tunnels asset, however most entrances were guarded, so this didn't have a big effect on the game.

In the NE corner, Jim's Templars waged a back-and-forth battle with DA and Tau forces the entire game.

Around the Imperial objective was a flowing scrum involving virtually every force. The Imperials scored this objective on the first tally, the Xenos on the second, and then it was contested for the rest of the game.

The Xenos objective was held by DA bikers and later also by Tau Fire Warriors. Austin's BTs, particularly Terminators, attempted to contest the objective, coming in using Flank March. They were mainly stymied by gaunts coming from reserve behind them. The Thunderhawk did bomb the Tau Fire Warriors off the objective, but the DA Bikers were close enough to still hold it. Therefore the Xenos held their objective the entire game.

Final score: Xenos 7 - Imperials 1

The Xenos Battle Line

The Xenos advance into No Man's Land. The Imperial objective is the mini-nuclear plant (from ArmorCast).

Forces face off in the NE corner.


LR Terminus and Thunderfire Cannon! This looks like the endgame at the Imperial objective.

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