Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Big Game - Royse City, Texas!

Besides international locations, we had lots of game stores in the USA and even an Apocalypse game club in Texas, that goes by "For The Emperor".  They have their own forum and are a very passionate group of fans.  So when they asked us to join in The Big Game, I of course said yes.  So here are their photos and battle report.  It goes to show that we believe in community and spreading the game to locations big and small. 


For The Emperor Battle Report:

Lots of Titans, good terrain, and a TV at the end of the table!

46,652 points and some how we managed a draw in the end 22 to 22. The Xenos lead through the entire game until the end when the imperial troops staged a small comeback and contested the objective held by the nurgle tower. A reaver titan was destroyed in shoot out with multiple warhounds and a super heavy flyer. We had one imperial warhound go nuclear clearing a 2 foot area. We had 8 Super Heavies and 7 Titans Including a Super Heavy Flyer.  A good time was had by all and it was one very long but fun day.

The forces deployed across all 4 battlezones.  Table was a 6ft by 16ft where roughly every 4 feet there was a different zone.  City,  Military, Industrial,  Sea-Pasture land and Hills.

Many of the titans and super heavies were placed in the pastureland but there were plenty still spread throughout all of the zones.

7 Titans and 8 Super heavies including a Tau Flyer and 4 Warhounds (2 Nurgle and 2 Imperial) 1 Reaver ,  1 Stompa,  1 Nurgle Plague Tower.


The Fluff

Corridian IV

During a recent transfer of technology to the research facility on TaCasa III the imperial defence forces and marines from the TaCasa system have stopped at a small port city with a secured military installation on Corridian IV. The various technologies are a prized asset and the heavily armoured TaCasa defence forces and marines will help defend many of the ports required to transfer technology to the research facilities on Tacasa III(while they are transferring said technologies.) As it would happen on this day the defense of the port city is required and after long periods of boring and often mundane tasks the imperial defence forces and marines are looking forward to obliterating the xenos scum For The Emperor!
 
Turn 1

The XENOS forces catch the Imperial Troops trying to bring more troops in from their orbiting navel craft and during the initial stages of the battle the imperial forces are short handed but determined. The initial onslaught from the XENOS armies disables and slows an imperial shadow sword and strips most of the void shields from the Reaver Titan 628.  Orks,  kroot and traitor guard pour into the streets of the city, military complex and industrial zone.  The Imperial Troops in other zones do not fare badly and only a hydra or two suffers shaken but the Vortex Deathstrike Missile is destroyed by the Tau.  The XENOS are aggressive and advance very quickly and appear to have been hiding in wait and quickly move to secure objectives. The imperial forces still in transfer of technology mode try in desperation to get more boots on the ground and a brave group of scouts fights towards another objective while Imperial Troops secure the buildings.


Turn 2
The XENOS army starts to advance in all zones and secures  4 objectives while the Imperial Troops  secure 3.  A baneblade is destroyed and the Reaver Titan 628 takes volleys of punishing fire and looses a primary weapon but manages to destroy a nurgle warhound. Both armies unleash orbital bombardments and one vortex grenade is thrown that swallows imperial troops while daemons appear throughout the imperial lines. A large contingent of reinforcements arrive for the Imperial Forces. Dark Angles and Blood Angles work hard to clear out the daemons.  Assassins of the traitor guard destroy the manticore and cause many of imperial guard tanks guns to sit idle.  The imperial guard implement a strategic redeployment silencing many of the guns for a time while the Black templar, Dark Angles and other Space Marines secure 4 objectives while concentrated fire from the super heavies and warhound push the XENOS off one objective, XENOS secure 3 objectives.  

Turn 3
The continued onslaught of orks bolstered by Deffkoptas,  Ghazghkull Thraka and a stompa quickly take back the lost objective while the imperial guard strategic redeployment silenced many of guns with the hope of better securing the defenses but this was not the case. The traitor guard shadowsword along with a manticore hit some critical coolant lines in the Warhound Punisher and though valiant efforts were made the titan goes nuclear clearing a quarter of the imperial and industrial sector. Tanks, troops and terrain were instantly vaporized as the baneblade sitting next to it also suffers massive damage.  At this same moment the reaver titan 628 was punished by another volley of fire from a warhound and a super heavy flyer and being unable to restore its shields and already crippled in the previous round collapses. The XENOS are bolstered but the previous turn’s arrival of new troops and the strategic redeployment helped mute the advance. While yet more orbital bombardments and two more thrown vortex grenades causes the warhound Dropkick damage and a quick move to get out of the way. Another swallows rhinos and troops on both sides. The shawdowsword of the Imperial guard destroyed the turbo laser mount on the nurgle warhound causing it to come crashing to the ground. A group of dreadnoughts has managed to clear the remaining Tau tanks equipped with rail guns and proceeds to assault the Plague tower. The XENOS hold 4 objectives and the Imperial Forces hold 4 objectives at the top and bottom of the turn.


Turn 4

Many of the imperial tanks are destroyed or crippled but the super heavies continue to hold their own. The marine and XENOS tanks are still pretty much intact while the orks trucks and deffkoptas are all but destroyed or crippled.  The XENOS and imperial troops are thinning but the objectives are still held. XENOS  4 and Imperial Forces  4. The vortex grenades all dissipate. Battles break out around the objectives trying to capture or to contest them as once again the big guns clear off one objective. Blood Angles made a valiant effort to capture this objective but just fell short. The objective protected by the Nurgle Plague Tower was contested as group of dreadnought’s having destroyed the tower assault Abaddon but this only leads to a draw. 
Imperial Forces 4 and XENOS 3, the battle ends in a draw

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