Thursday, December 18, 2008
Christmas Chaos Apocalypse Game
I went down to Underground games for another Apocalypse game put on By Tuna. This was a break from his standard format and was a "run what you brung". The was no limit on points or factions. the only caveat was that you only had an hour to finish your turn. If you brought more than you could run then you were short when the turn time limit ran out. We also didn't stick to a certain phase. When you finished moving, you started shooting, finished shooting start assaults. This caused some confusion and maybe a little abuse by some players. It did speed up the game and still left some people upset when time ran out and they had assaults to finish. It ended up being around 103000 points with 30 super heavies of which 9 were titans.
I took my three plague towers, a four vindicator line breaker squadron, 86 plagumarines in 9 squads, 3 14 man lesser daemons squads, Typhus, 2 chaos lords, a chaos lord in terminator armor, a land raider, and four terminators to ride with the lord in terminator armor. It totaled a little over 7000 points. The other team went first and 3 of the vindicators and the land raider were destroyed. Plaguetower 1 had a precision strike played on it and the entire side of the board lit it up. It came through the firestorm with no guns left, both drives damaged and down 3 structure points. Surprisingly, it survived the game with only one structure point left, but it did not move from the spot I placed it on the table. The terminators were in the land raider but survived its destruction. Turn one I moved up two of the plague towers and headed the terminators into cover close to an objective. I did a bit of shooting with the towers but didn't really do anything spectacular. Turn 2 the towers took a lot more pain with 2 ending up immobilized. Turn 2, I dismounted a 19 man plagumarine squad from the center plague tower to head for the center objective and brought in 2 lesser daemon squads. I charged the daemons into a khorne greater daemon model only to find out the guy was using the forge world greater daemon rules and the lesser daemons were unable to wound it. I moved the chaos lord and terminators up, assaulted an objective and despoiled it removing it from play. This made it a win or lose game. We started with 6 objectives, losing one meant no ties.Turn 3, the plaguemarine squad took a plasma blaster 10 inch template and killed all but 3. Both lesser daemons squads were killed but a player had dropped on a grey knight force so all daemons received sustained assault, so they would be coming back on my turn 3. The remainder of the terminator were lit up and a couple killed, then they were charged by a terminator squad and finished off. They did their job. My Turn 3, I used the center plaguetower to ram a vindicator.I didn't do any damage but it put me within 6 inches of the center objective. I used the plasma guns and plasma pistols of the mounted squads in the plaguetowers to thin down the resistance near the objective. I brought in all three lesser daemon squads near the center objective and charged them in. I repaired a plague mortar on one of the towers and repaired a drive on plague tower 1. Turn 4, plaguetower 1 took even more fire and damaged the drive I repaired and dropped it down to 1 structure point. The center plague tower was assaulted by a terminator squad losing a couple structure and having it driver stunned but in the end it had no guns but it was still mobile. the heirodule assaulted a lesser daemon squad and once again I found out they were unable to wound its 8 toughness.My turn 4, endgame. I deployed the chaos lord and 2 plague marine squads from the center plague tower in cover, close to the objective. I assaulted an enemy plagumarine squad on the front of the objective and fired a plague mortar on an enemy plaguemarine squad behind the objective, killing 7 out of 10. I then fired up the survivors with plasma guns and another player dropped a bane blade template on them. Then the game was over. We started tallying up points and we carried the center objective because of 700 point of plaguetower parked next to it.
I had a real good time and being on the winning team made it better.