so dear generals..the battle was fought and my test army did fine although i must revert with a defeat.
considering that game was played on a 8X4 table i feel that the end result was a success as had it been smaller my troops would have charged the remaining ememy units (which kept fleeing away like cowards) and trashed them for good!
so in short here is how it went.
SW: i put my 3 rhinos at the left corner of the zone in fornt, although partially in cover of his defiler and 2 obliterators. my dread was placed in the middles of the zone in front, yet in cover of his Predator AN (1) a troop of marines with 1 LSC and 2 obliterators. Next to him in cover stood my scouts (snipers+ML) whilst behind it in cover stood my whirlwind. on the far right (as bait) stood my predator with TWLC and HB, in front of his rhino with marines, prince, Predator AN (2)and basilisk.
i knew turn 1 would be mine as my ven dread would reroll and win...it did!
so i moved my pred in shoting line of his predator AN (2) so as to try to know the thing out..BS4 to hit on 3...my roll ? a ONE...my reroll? ANOTHER ONE...i knew his was the last i would see of it!
i moved my rhinos forward in cover of from his oblis and defiler keeping them 6 inches apart and yet keeping one with my 2nd squad of GH at 12" from the other two. SL were popped from my BC rhino covering the other two rhinos behind from direct fire.
the dread moved forward and shot the oblis with plasma...another ONE on my dice roll!!! the sniper shot their rifles and ML on the oblis just in front of them in themiddle of his deployment zone...finally a wound on his oblis!!! the whirlwind targeted his marines..nothing as he managed his saves!!!
ouch this was gonna be a tough turn !!
his turn was harsh on my SW...my predator got swept away! my dread suffered a crew stunned, i lost 2 snipers.
at least my rhinos gained 12'' unharmed as his basilisk missed when scattering !! phew!
my feedback was to get into cc as soon as possible as i knew his basilisk wouldn't fail again! so my the 2 front troops (BC + RP and GH+WG) disembarked from the rhinos which moved 6" to provide further cover from the side whilst these troops advanced on foot. once within 6 inches from his obliterators (the ones deployed in front of my rhinos and ahead of his defiler) i charged with 2 squads...1 lost GH and 1 incinerated Oblis! finally some enemy blood ! i rolled for my scouts (obel) but got a 3! they had to stay another turn so his basiliks was gonna be a headache!
the dread tried again but once more failed to wound his oblis! what a waste!! the snipers and ML moved to better cover so no shooting this turn.
his reply was a weaker one than the 1st turn as his basilisk targeted the GH but once more the scatter didnt help him at all. his pred did manage to kick the hell out of my wwind though..another vehicle down...whilst i lost another sniper. my dread was hit by 3 LS shots...one of them was a vehicle destroyed which luckily was reduced to an imobilised result thanks to the hard to kill roll.
another bad turn...but i knew the next would be better.
so it was...
my scouts came in behind enemy lines...guess where...yep behind his basilisk which was now at my mercy...melta, 2 plasmas and 2 pistols could do nothing to this tank...meltas however turned it into a a mass of wrecked tin! 4 bombs were successful with 2 out of 4 showing a vehicle destroyed whils the other two a weapon and imobilised result...now who's the daddy?!!
having smashed his 1st obli the 2nd was now at hand...good bye creature...it left a pile of smoking debris...unfortunatley i lost a BC with it...russ praise it !!
so i advnaced foillowing a massacre..the defiler was next.
snipers managed to wound but saving throws were saved...the dread was out of order for this turn.
with his basilisks out of the game and with a ver furious prince he charge with this infernal beast but DID NOT manage to go beyond 1 wounded scout...what a relief, i was tying it into cc whilst i gained land!
his rhino advanced prudently and a new obli can in deep strik next to his pred (2). i lost a sniper to his LSC so i had just 1 man standing with aML...what courage!
the dread sufferd another battering from 6 LSC but another weapon destroyed was suffered...only the heavy flamer remained!
so he moved his defiler onto my grey hunters...his flamers were released...what a mistake as he charged them into cc.
bim bam bum...2 greys were down in the most courageous manner possible...but so was his defiler as my 5 PF turned the metal spider into a pair of metal chop sticks !!
as my 4th turn came i moved my Gh squad which was still in rhino 3 through difficul terrain...it was the only way out...damn..a 1 !!! everyone down and on foot it was !!!
so my 3 troops advanced always being covered by two rhinos which were always being alternatively protected by the rune priest's strom caller (obscuring vehicle respectively targeted).
as my scouts managed a 2nd battering from his deamon losing only 1 life of their brave unit i charged with my units.
the ML failed his LMS test so i had to move it back....6 inches !!
as his turn came by he wanted revenge for losing his favorite models!!! so he squashed my scouts...they fought liek the bravest of wolves, moved his rhino 6' towarss my BC (yet still 25-36" far and shot with everything he had on my rhinos and ML scout...no succes this time!!
turn 5 - so as i moved forward and blocked his predator with my rhinos, caused a crew stunned and weapon destroyed onto his loaded rhino with my regrouped ML, my troops advanced further...
no shooting was succesful if not for one dead IF marine which wentdown to my rhino's pintle strom bolters...
his shooting was poor although definately not bad as he only managed to kill my ML scout and 2 GH who had to fall back!
the last turn saw me getting into cc with his oblis which were swept aside...yet my BC squad (2 remaining models with PF at the time) perished too dangerously exposing my lord to LC shots...instant death?
no...he missed every shot he gave my priest but FINALLY managed to destroy my dread which till then was practically used as a shooting target!
since my GH, RP and 1/2 GH squad were still circa 20" away from his closest enemy model the game ended with me losing a game which could easily have gone the oher wat round!
so as a conclusion to the tale...which i hope you enjoyed reading i must say that oblis as best kiled with PF especially when units charging them as numerous!
stay away from his basilisks as if it hits its gonna hurt you bad!
charge his defiler with PF and with large squad numbers...as soon as you get close to it it will lose a good % of its shooting capabilities...mind you cc isn't easy but much more affordable i you have the right tools, and initiative!
the prince is a toug beast but if you are lucky you can bring it down.
STAY CLOSE to your opoonent as much as possible...DO NOT TRY to beat them with shooting as you will not manage...instead just charge them as quicly as you can + get close to their troops as much as possible...he will not want to risk using his earthshaker with his troops in the area!
IRON WARRIORS are cowards...they shot and hide...where is the CC pride gone!?
USE melta bombs on low cost units...i had never tried the before but thank to a few good wolf lords and an eldar farsser i tried them and will always carry a few bombs in my wolves' pockets!
bye for now but please do comment on this report...take care to all and may russ protect all the good souls out there !