My freshly painted Blood Angels hit the table in anger for the first time this afternoon. EV brought his Deathwing out and had a table set up with more terrain than usual when I arrived. Unfortunately I seem to have no pictures with a view of the entire table, just the right 4x4 section. Nothing much happened on the left flank, hence the lack of photos. I ran the same BA list I've been using, jump packs and missiles, while EV ran the same Deathwing as before except he armed Belial with a Storm Shield this time around. We had a standard deployment for once, opposing edges, and played an objective-based mission. I had considered making objective markers these last few days, but decided that EV has that sort of thing covered. When I found out he only had 3 I felt a little silly, but we got it figured out for today.
|A line of off-white.|
With EV standing in a line I decided on the good ol' refused flank. I wanted to attack in waves, so I strung my troops along in a line as well and planned to hook around the terrain. The different squads should naturally line up as they made the turn and provide the waves of attackers that I hoped would roll up EV's line bit by bit. I tried to have Devastators covering all the objectives with as much overlap as possible. All the terrain meant most shots would give a cover save, so I wash't so worried about having to shoot through trees.
|My deployment and plan of attack.|
|End of turn 1.|
Speaking of drop pods, both of EV's showed up together in turn 2. He dropped one in my fire base and one in front of my mass of assault troops. The one in the front I figured would get rolled quickly, but the one in the rear I was more concerned about. It could munch through my Devastators and deprive my jumpers of their support ing fire. A solution to that problem presented itself when EV charged my foremost assault squad. After getting power fisted, my troops broke and ran back into my deployment zone. The sergeant was with them, so I figured I could send him over to deal with the dread and keep the missiles flying. EV generally walked forward and shot, killing a few marines in the process. He was holding three objectives to my none, but they didn't matter until the game ended so I didn't worry about it.
|EV's second turn.|
|End of turn 2.|
There was also the matter of a dreadnaught in my fire support, which charged into my assault squad and began an epic combat.
In my half of the turn I lined my squads up to mow down Belial's Bunch. My melt fire was horrible throughout the game, missing often and occasionally failing to wound. Four of them, plus a plasma pistol and Blood Lance, did the job though and left Belial alone. He was dragged down by the yellow helmet squad in the assault phase. I tried to consolidate away from the center squad as much as possible.
|End of turn 3.|
|EV's turn 4.|
|End of turn 4.|
In turn five EV assaulted my bait unit and killed everything except the Sanguinary Priest, who broke and ran towards the center. Another marine fell in the embarrassing assault in my firebase, leaving just the dread and sarge to duke it out. I shot into the final squad with my Guard and sent in a glorious charge that finished the opposition. We rolled to see if the game would end, and it did.
|End of game.|