Saturday, April 7, 2012

Apocalypse Battle report - Eldar vs. The Imperium Rematch



Last November, the Los Angeles Games Workshop Battle Bunker hosted an epic Apocalypse battle between the forces of the Eldar and the Impeirum.  The Imperium squeaked out a 1 objective victory (scoring objectives only the last turn).  So the forces of the space elves wanted vengeance!  The game happened this past Saturday.  Here are the results:

The Basics

60,000 points per side. The Imperium didn't have some of its regulars, so couldn't muster more. I lead the Imperial team of Hannibel, Andrew, Bill, Travis and Jared.  Wolf lead the team of Ryan, Brian, Dan, David and Anthony.

No limits on Forces, each side gets 6 strategic assets

MAJOR FORCES

Imperium

1 Warlord Titan

3 Reaver Titans

3 Warhound Titans

23 Flyers

Eldar

4 Phantom Titans

6 Revenant Titans

10 Flyers

The Warlord holds the Imperial center.

TURN 1

The Eldar choose to go first (Imperium had the choice last time). They deploy pretty evenly across the board, though they leave some of their objectives in their deployment zone pretty unprotected. The Imperium laucnhes a double blind barrage (one from Strategic Assets, one from Bellerophon formation). The Warhound on the right side gets totally disabled. Warlord loses some shields. A few things blow up.

The Imperium returns fire. Only one player has careful planning, John with the Imperial Air Force. He brings in his lightnings and Thunderbolts. He goes after the Eldar Cloudstrike Formation and it is blown out of the air in front of the Warlord. One survives.

 Ryan, Bill, Wolf and Jared

TURN 2

The Eldar blow up the Warlord and a Warhound of Alec's. Both go Apocalyptic! There are very big craters on the Imperial side and the biggest piece of terrain is gone, taking with it 20 IG and the entire Eldar Striking Scorpion formation that appeared in the building on Turn 1. Dan Foster, who blew up the Warlord, can't roll higher than 4 when penetrating vehicles with the "D" level explosion. Kinda funny. He immobilizes about 8 vehicles (mostly Hydra and Manticores which won't move anyway). The Eldar had a bunch of models in the Imperial lines and they mostly die. The Phantom Titans are brutal. They tear away at the Imperial Titans, though the two with Glaives can't get near Imperial Lines.

The Eldar have about 8 Nightwings which show up.  They are very nasty and take down a Vendetta, and damaged 4 others.  Cover saves keep most of the Vendettas alive.

John's Grey Knights assault the Phantom.  Well, he had to do something!

The right side of the board.  Space Marines take on Ulthwe!

The Imperium returns fire and takes over the right side of the board. Hannibel on the left has his hands full with The Seer Council of Ulthwe, but is threatening the objective in the enemy deployment zone. A lot of this turn is spent going after the Titans and setting up for Turn 3. The Phantom on the right is totally stripped. One goes down. 3 Caestus Assault Rams come in from reserve, one using the Flank March asset. It drops out 10 Terminators with Chain Fists who disassemble a Revenant.

The Eldar center.  Phantoms, Revenants and Scorpions oh my!

TURN 3

The Eldar bring in their Webway portal and drop a HUGE amount of stuff in front of the Imperial front lines. Their Phantom on the right regenerates its weapons.   The Imperium takes a lot of damage on the right and middle, but the remaining Imperial Titans stay alive. 

The Imperial Air Force is on the table in force now and goes after the Phantoms. Two go down. Revenants fall. The tide has turned as the Imperium grabs 3 objectives in the Eldar Deployment Zone.

Game over. No need for Turn 4 (we ran out of time anyway) as the Imperials have a commanding lead that the Eldar won't overcome.

SUMMARY

Eldar had more Titans and more "D" weapons, but the Imperium ruled the skies. I would be in favor of balancing both and limiting the # of each. Good strategy on both sides and great players.  The Eldar were seriously lacking in troops due to one player not showing up, so they were mech heavy and that actually hurt them.  They were unable to hold objectives in their deployment zone. 

One major argument when one player didn't read the rules!  But all was good and even rules arguments result in no hard feelings in our group.

Next up, Imperium vs. the Orks!


Alec


3 comments:

Dave "Arizonasithlord" said...

that would have been nice to see the demi legion of titans on the imperial side.
just means the eldar have to try harder next time


and one day i might actually show up for a game again...

Mordian7th said...

Absolutely spectacular! Great pics, would have loved to be able to see it in person. Can't wait to see the next one!

Col. Dracus said...

I may have to show up next month... but 10k points of Imperial? I will see if I can meet that, it should be close.

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