Today an old friend of mine came over for a while and happened to bring his WIP Marines the Confessors and we decided it
would be fun to ally against my brothers massive Eldar army in a 2 on 1 2000pt battle. With nowhere inside to set up we gathered
all the tables we could and went outside. Putting the tables together and throwing a grey bedsheet over the tables we set
up the terrain we had and began preparing our armies. The lists were as follows:
Ultramarines 7th Company
Captain Vash Thalion (ok so Im recycling a name from some old fluff of mine but Ive used it before elsewhere)
Master Crafted Plasma Pistol, Terminator Honors, Melta Bombs, Frag Grenades, Iron Halo, Artificer Armor
-Crozius Arcanum, Rosarius, bolt pistol, jump pack, melta bombs, frag grenades
Squad Tyriel (10)
Sergeant- Power Fist, Terminator Honors, bolt pistol, frag grenades
-9 Marines, frag grenades, meltagun
Squad Oscelo (5)
Sergeant- terminator honors, power weapon, bolt pistol
-4 Marines, plasma gun
-4 Marines, missil launcher
Assault Squad Herrion (5)
Power Fist, Plasma Pistol, Terminator Honors, melta bombs
-4 Marines, 2 Plasma Pistols, melta bombs
-4 Marines, lascannon, missil launcher
Confessors 1st Company
Dont be Seen, Suffer not the Works of Heretics
-Artificer armor, iron halo, jump pack, terminator
honors, pair of lightning claws, melta bombs, frag grenades, teleport homer
Tactical Squad Primus (5)
terminator honors, combi plasma
-4 Marines, Plasma Gun, Plasma Cannon, infiltrate, tank hunters
Tactical Squad Secundus
Sergeant, terminator honors, combi plasma
-4 Marines, Plasma Gun, Plasma Cannon, infiltrate, tank hunters
Sergeant, terminator honors, power weapon, bolt pistol, combat shield
-7 Marines, Plasma Pistol x2, melta bombs
Assault Cannon, Dreadnaught Close Combat Weapon, Heavy Flamer, Furious Assault, Venerable, Extra
Vindicator (Angelus Irae)
Mind War, Fortune, Guide,
spirit stones, ghost helm, witchblade, shurken pistol and probably something else
Warp Spiders (7)
Howling Banshees (7)
Exarch, executioner and some ability thingy
Serpent, twin linked pulse laser (I think) and some other gear
Guardian Defender Squad (10)
-support weapon platform,
Guardian Storm Squad (
-Warlock, enchance, Flamer x2
Rangers 1 (5)
Rangers 2 (5)
Guardian Jetbike Squadron (3)
Bright Lance, CTM
Dark Reapers (5)
Exarch, eldar missil
launcher, fast shot
pulse laser, starcannon, CTM and some other stuff.
starcannon, CTM and some other stuff
Alrighty well the board had a small manufactorum in the right of the Marine Deployment
zone, a long bunker on the left. A smaller building above that and a giant administratum at the center. There was also another
Imperial structure in the upper left and a small grey building in the upper right aswell as a small comm bunker thing in the
middle of the Eldar deployment zone.
A falcon bearing the Farseer went behind the upper left
building with the banshees and both vypers. The guardians with support weapon went on the second floor of that building with
the Dark Reapers on the top. The other falcon went behind the building on the left with the storm guardians on its bottom
floor and the rangers infiltrated on the second and third floors of that building with the Warp spiders behind it and slightly
to the left of it. The jetbikes went behind the comm station in the center with the Wave Serpent slightly to its left.
Devastators and Tactical squad Romus went in the building on the lower right with tactical squads Tyriel and Oscelo in the
middle as close to the administratum as possible with Master Captain Thalion with squad Tyriel. Assault Squad Herrion and
the Confessors assault squad aswell as Master Uriel and Chaplain Claudius attatched to their own companies squads. The ven
dread went infront of them and the Vindicator to the left of Tactical Squad Tyriel. One of the confessors squads infiltrated
into the top floor of the Administratum building the other into the forward building on the left.
First before I get
to the battle a short bit of fluff:
Once again Captain Vash Thalion found himself cleaning up others mess. Only
this time he was not alone in doing so. The Confessors a rather odd bunch of marines that were rumoured to be a lost crusade
of Black Templars now fighting for the Ordo Hereticus had already been on the planet when the Ultramarines 7th Company had
arrived. The fighting had been fierce and the Confessors had already been unders strength upon arrival. Master Uriel had welcomed
the Ultramarines aid readily and together the combined force of marines had set off. The planet had been under attack by Eldar
Raiders for several years but only recently had they come in force and the Space Marines were there to see them off and protect
the loyal citizens of the Emperor. Death to the Xenos!
With the chance to let fly we did,
the assault marines moved forward behind the building on the left staying as well out of sight as they could. The Dreadnaught
went left aswell firing its assault cannon on the reapers and downing 3 of them. Tactical Squads Tyriel and Oscelo marched
into the bottom floor of the Administratum building Oscelo's squad moving up a floor aswell. The Vindicator move diagonally
forward left. Shooting saw the Vindicator down several guardians on the left, the Devastators wiff firing on the Jetbikes
but squad Romus' missil marine fired a frag and killed two of the bikers. The Confessors tac squads opened up downing another
Dark Reaper and yet more of the Guardians on the left.
The Vypers and Falcons used the CTM to harass the
marines and the rangers combined killed several of the Devastators and a few of the confessors tactical marines. The Dreadnaught
was also immobolized and its assault cannon destroyed. The Vindicator was also blown up by the Wave Serpent. The Warp Spiders
jumped forward, failed to cause any cassaulties then only fell back 6".
Turn 1 Comments
Well the first turn
saw the Eldar and marines bloodied a little but all in all things were still fairly even all around. Hopefully the assault
marines would now hit home and tear up the Eldar left flan. If too many were cut down by the Banshees or even worse if they
did not make it into combat and were left open to all that high str, low ap fire from those skimmers and the Exarch well...
they would be doomed.
The Assault Marines jumped forward getting very close to the Eldar
lines but it would still take a lucky difficult terrain role to get into combat and survive. Elsewhere the Wave Serpent went
down spectacularly taking 3 of the Wraithguard with it. 4 of the Warp Spiders dropped to fire. In the assault phase both assault
squads made it into combat with the Banshees. The banshees and the exarch took a tole on the Confessors assault marines but
in return Chaplain Claudius and Master Uriel butchered the Banshees completely and both squads consolidated into the guardian
defenders. Still locked in combat they were safe from return fire thankfully.
The Eldar rangers took a toll
on the Marines as did their tanks doing their best they dropped all but the Plasma Gunner in the Confessors squad on the Administratum
building and left only 3 left on the left, they also dropped two marines from Squad Tyriel and one from squad Romus but all
moral and pinning tests were passed, the marines stood their ground. The Tanks/skimmers on the left seeing the devastation
wrought by the assault marines fell back and away from the building leaving their cover to try and escape being melta bombed,
shot with plasma pistols or in other ways torn apart. In assault the guardians were torn to pieces. Master Uriel and his confessors
consolidated into the Exarch and Squad Hurrion and Chaplain Claudius moved towards the falcon which had gone right along the
board edge. The Warp spiders had run left behind the comm station.
Turn 2 Comments
Now things are getting ugly.
Despite some nasty losses to the confessors firebase and some of my marines going down aswell the Eldar left flank was rapidly
collapsing and once it went the firepower of the remianing marines would turn its focus on the Eldar right flank. The Hammer
had fallen and the Eldar had not held. Time to finish the job.
Squad Hurrion and Chaplain
Claudius moved right behind the Falcon and shot it with their plasma pistols destroying both its main guns and stunning it.
Each of the Confessors tac squads took down a Vyper. The Devs shot at the Rangers killing a few as did Tac squads Tyriel and
Oscelo leaving one squad at 1 man and killing 2 from the other. Tac squad Romus shot down the last jetbike. In assault the
Ultramarines Assault Troops and Claudius charged the Falcon. The Chaplain's melta bomb took out its last gun but it was the
sergeant's power fist that destroyed the Falcon. With the only exit blocked the Farseer inside was instantly killed. The Dark
Reaper Exarch was slaughtered by Master Uriel whos confessors then consolidated to join squad Hurrion behind the Falcon to
use its cover.
The Eldar left flank utterly annihilated in the space of two turns and the right flank already getting
nicely shot up decided to cut their losses and flee the field. A Solid Victory to the Space Marines!
After Action Comments
Alright my marines saw action and kicked some Eldar behind. The Assault Marines carefully timed attack ripped apart
the Eldar left flank while the Firebase I put up kept the Eldar busy and did damage. Ontop of that my tac squads and Master
Captain had gotten into position to lay down some heavy fire on the Eldar right flank. Facing that my brother decided that
to continue fighting would be a futile attempt and gave up. All in all I was very pleased with how things went, the battle
went exactly to plan. Pierce (my ally) is deffinetly showing improvement and did not dissapoint in holding up his end of the
battle. So all in all it was a very good fight, a good game overall and the first win for my new Ultramarines. The army has
been blooded and has held up just fine. Im still getting used to playing as Marines and not against them but its proving a
fun experience. Now onto the next fight.
Memento Mori!!!! No seriously, the Confessors
did me proud today, especially the tactical squads whose fire support REALLY helped the assault squads' push. Combined
with the might of the Ultramarines my friend and I cut into the eldar horde with the precision and accuracy of a scalpel.
I hope to fight alongside this bad mofo again, we made a pretty good team (at least I think so LOL)
had it going for me with the shooting and would have won a shoot off. but it was not meant to be and those flying meltabombing
marines got to me from where i could not hit them too bad! i look forward to a re match
btw I also have a good few pictures but I am having trouble uploading them. Ill see about getting them up and added a little
later tonight. And on that note a little more fluff.
"Well Captain, your men fought well today, I do not think they
Eldar shall return. With their Farseer dead and their forces so badly mauled they will depart. The Eldar are not fools." Master
Uriel said his mechanical wings folding behind his back as he dropped to the ground lightly infront of Captain Thalion.
I would not put it past these vile xenos. It would probably be best if we swept the system and make sure they are gone." Captain
Thalion replied grasping Master Uriel's arm in a warriors embrace.
"You are probably right Captain. In our short time
fighting together Ive seen that the Ultramarines reputation is well deserved."
"Likewise I can see that your Confessors
are valiant and worthy warriors." Vash replied.
"With any luck we shall fight side by side again, until then I believe
you have other bussiness to attend to. The Confessors can finish up here. Thank you for your aid Captain." Master Uriel said
with a salute.
"Indeed I hope we shall. Farewell Master Uriel."
An hour later the Ultramarines 7th Company was
on its way heading to the source of yet another distress call. The Galaxy was full of problems and someone had to fix them.
That someone was in this case at least the Ultramarines 7th Company. It was time to fix yet another.
The table at the middle of turn 1
Another pic of the table and my bro showing the marines movements turn 1
A picture of some of the Eldar defenders
The Marine attack force
The Marine Defencive line and some cassualties over in the corner
The Eldar middle and left
The Hammer ready to fall
and the Hammer falling
The eldar falling apart
The desperate Eldar survivers
The Eldar left crushed
Oh and a pic of my ally Pierce's Shirt and my bro in the middle of some supposedly interesting rant