I am going to try this battle report in a little more theatrical style. If it is annoying let me know and I will not do it anymore. Again I am not sure on Volcheks exact list but I came about as close as I could.
Capture and Control
Demolisher (Heavy Bolters)
Exterminator (Pask plus Heavy Bolters)
Standard Russ (Heavy Bolters)
Chimera (Command Squad)
Infantry squad with Vox Commisar
Infantry squad with Vox and Heavy Bolter
Infantry squad with Vox and Autocannon
Prime Lash – Bonesword and Deathspitter
4 warriors Deathspitters
Parasite of Mortex
20 Gargoyles with Adrenal
20 Hormagaunts with Adrenal
3 Ravener with Rending
2 Hive Guard
Mycetic Spore with Stinger Salvo
The seething mass of tyranids boiled into view clawing and leaping over each other advanced through the shattered remnants of the city. The leathery flap of wings drummed in the distance and a dark cloud took shape on the horizon. The Blood Pact commander glassed the advancing wall of teeth and claws and gave the order to fire. Khorne would be pleased today.
As their vox casters came alive the infantry squads dashed to find cover and set their weapons under the screams of sergeants and threats of sacrifice if they did not double their efforts. The whine of turrets shifting filled the air as the tank commanders brought their weapons on target. The demolisher spoke with a roar kicking up a cloud of dust in front of the blood red tank. In the distance the shattering impact filled the air with debris including clots of flesh and chitin. Deep purple blood sprayed the ruins as termagants were pulverized by the blast. The heavy bolters on the tank opened with a throaty blasts kicking up geysers of dirt and rock and ripping through more of the charging tyranids tumbling them to the ground in broken heaps. The exterminator joined the carnage with autocannons bursting more termagants like over ripe fruit. Its own heavy bolters came alive sweeping the remaining gants. The swirling cloud of dust and mist of alien blood cleared revealing no living remnants of the brood. A bloodthirsty roar rose up among the blood pact at the devastation wrought by their war machines.
The tank commander covering the pacts left flank spotted another mass of skittering bodies and gave the order to fire. The cannon spoke and pieces of hormagaunts filled the air, its heavy bolters joined in and more lithe alien bodies dropped into the rubble-strewn streets. One unit of infantry had slipped through some ruins and sighted in on the advancing tides of aliens. The unsettling beat of wings filled the air as an ominous cloud darkened the left flank. The more immediate threat was hormagaunts pouring towards them in a screeching mass. They opened up with las fire but it was hard to tell what effect if any there was in the bounding mass of bodies.
The hive mind registered the loss of a brood and ordered a shift in the horde. An ominous vibration filled the air in the ruins in front of the demolisher. The commander felt his skin crawl as something hovered in the shadows of the ruins and frost crept across one of the few remaining sheets of bullet-shattered glass as psychic energy gathered. A brilliant flash blinded him and the vehicle jolted sending sparks and electrical discharge through out the tank. His crew tried desperately to orient themselves and bring smoking equipment back on line. Blind quadrupeds stalked into position sensing the enemy before them and raising their symbiotes to fire. Whip shot cracks filled the air and the exterminator shuttered under the impacts of the chitin spikes. “Report!” shouted the commander. “Engine offline sir, all weapons online and ready to fire. The commander growled and scanned the maelstrom for fresh targets.
The forward infantry squad dropped into cover behind shattered columns and rusted I beams as a high pitched insect buzz filled the air. Hard shelled beetles started erupting against the ruins as the tyranid gargoyles opened fire. The squad hugged the terrain as some of their number dropped and wreathed in torment letting out agonized screams before falling silent.
Vox casters crackled to life and the right flank of the Blood Pact surged into better position behind the stricken demolisher. The exterminator locked in on the surging hormaguants and the autocannons and heavy bolters rained death into the open street. The defiled Leman Russ on the left flank turned its attention to the gathering storm of gargoyles and blasted a hole in the advancing swarm with its cannon. The tanks heavy bolters sent more gargoyles raining to the ground but they still closed in. The infantry squad supporting the Russ opened up on the closing tyranids alarmed at their lightning approach.
As the rain of murderous beetles stopped the forward infantry took up firing positions as the sound and stink of the hormagaunts washed over them. They opened fire with everything they had at the mass dropping more of them but not enough. “Ready lads, they are on us!” the sergeant cried out. The commissar eyed the men gauging their resolve.
The infantry squads on the right flank opened up with auto cannon and heavy bolter dropping even more of the charging aliens. A line of broken tyranid bodies led to the ruins occupied by the forward infantry. Slaughter for the blood god but not quite enough. Suddenly sword like talons and alien heads appeared in the ruined buildings breached walls. The squad frantically swung their las rifles and entrenching tools at the shrieking creatures but only dropped before the slashing talons were among them impaling and eviscerating anything that came near. The front rank literally in some cases fell apart under the brutal assault. The commissar and sergeant were all that was left of the forward squad.
The infantry on the left flank realized in horror that the tank and their fire were not going to be enough as the gargoyles descended on them. The combat was frantic and a new threat presented itself from the cloud of chittering gargoyles. This creature was winged also but larger with a tail ending in a brutal looking spike. The creature tore two soldiers to pieces and impaled another on its tail. The soldier fell to the ground clutching his ruined stomach and shrieked once before exploding in a gout of arterial blood and viscera. Rippers poured out of him onto the bloody ground.
The demolisher was coming back online. The loader had just picked up another shell when the tank commander gritted his teeth. The zoanthrope drifted into view and another blinding blast hit the tank and the smell of ozone filled the interior as the demolisher cannons breach was fused shut rendering the deadly cannon useless.
The exterminators commander sighted a new threat and was turning to deal with it as the sinuous creatures slithered into view. Huge and incredibly fast for their size the creatures closed in hissing the commander roared in frustration as they slammed into the tank before the turret could traverse. The tank shook under the impacts and the squeal of talon on metal filled their ears. The driver screamed as a talon pinned him to his seat. The interior was painted with fresh blood as the tank became a coffin.
The Blood Pact commander coolly assessed the situation. The field would still be theirs if they could break the initial wave and fall back to their base will keeping up steady torrents of fire on the advancing horde. His orders went out to bring the hormaguants down and start pulling back.
The Leman Russ opened up firing everything it had into the ruins along with heavy bolters from the exterminator and one of the infantry squads on the right flank joined in with las fire heavy bolters. The ruins came alive with ricochets and tracers. Both chimeras opened fire with their heavy bolters peppering the crumbling building with the mass reactive slugs. Stone shards and dust filled the air as the ruins became a formless heap of rock under the onslaught. Even the sergeant and commissar added to the mayhem by pouring bolter fire into the smoke. As the firing tapered off something stirred in the cloud of smoke before slipping towards the stunned men. The hormagaunts had survived largely unscathed by the shocking amount of fire. The sergeant and commissar prepared to sell themselves dearly.
The infantry squad nearest the raveners watched in awe as they opened the executioner up like a tin of rations before firing on them with las and heavy weapons finally bringing one of the slavering beasts down under the withering fire.
More infantry near the Leman Russ fell under the attacks of the gargoyles and the parasite. More rippers were birthed from torn torsos and made their way towards unsuspecting infantry. Seeing creatures tear themselves free from their comrades was just too much for the remainder of the squad. They tried to fall back but found themselves surrounded and ran into the waiting maws of rippers.
A crash behind one of the chimeras signaled the arrival of a grotesque alien pod. With a squelch two bulbous headed zoanthropes struggled from the pod in a gout of mucous.
For the first time bigger tyranids made themselves visible. Malevolent eyes scanned the battle field and settled on the infantry on the right flank. They stalked forward from the ruins willing their symbiote weapons into action. Grinding eruptions came from the weapons sending bloated larva into the infantry. Some of the bursting larva struck home splashing the doomed men with acid and turning flak armor and flesh into bubbling ooze. The Zoanthrope that had tormented the demolisher targeted the same infantry and with a crackling blast tore apart more of the soldiers in a dancing ball of lightning. The snap of hive guard fire filled the air and more soldiers were pinned to the ground skewered on the living chitin spikes.
The remaining raveners bereft of synaptic control left the ruined executioner and charged the next closest target, the damaged demolisher. The crew braced themselves as the tank shook under the assault. The gunner cried out as a huge talon pierced the hull and watched helpless as it screeched through metal and halved the round that he had planned on loading into cannon before it had been ruined. A large thundering crump rolled across the battle field as the tank came apart under the explosion. One of the raveners was doused in flaming fuel and shrieked due to the burning wounds. An infantryman behind the demolisher was decapitated by a spinning turret hatch as the rest of his squad ducked.
The mycetic spore behind the chimera lashed out with long ropes of tentacles and launched spines of chitin but did nothing but peel red paint and scratch metal. The pair of zoanthropes turned their attention to the other chimera. Throbbing energy coalesced around one zoanthrope but it failed to concentrate the bolt and was not able fire at the chimera the other zoanthrope fire off a bright lance of light that bubbled paint but narrowly missing the vehicle.
The sergeant and commissar on the edge of the ruins steadied themselves for the an assault that did not come. Shocked at being left alone they breathed a sigh of relief as the hormagaunts moved past them and headed for another squad. Their relief was short lived as the ground around them filled with razor toothed rippers and both screaming men were soon covered in the vicious little creatures. Dropping to the ground they were both being stripped to the bone before they were fully dead.
The remaining gargoyles and parasite on the left flank slammed into the Leman Russ rocking the vehicle and knocking the crew off their seats and momentarily taking the huge vehicle off line.
The infantry between the chimeras had emptied out to add their fire to the fray only to find charging hormagaunts dripping with blood. Nearly half the squad dropped but the Blood Pact with surprising brutality brought the once teaming horde down to a loan gaunt. Still watching another squads sergeants and commissar eaten alive by surging rippers and the loss of many of their own squad was too much. They tried to retreat back to their chimera but were cut down to a man as the loan gaunt leapt among them in a stabbing frenzy.
Rippers swarmed into another infantry squad and started tearing away retreating Blood Pact at as they tried desperately to dislodge themselves from the vicious little monsters.
The infantry squads on the right flank cried out in anger and opened up on the flaming raveners near what was left of the demolisher. Las fire poked smoking holes in the wreathing creatures and a thundering autocannon and heavy bolter fire tore great chunks our of their armored torsos. As the smoke from demolisher cleared the ruined creatures lay in viscous purple pools.
The commander called the general retreat the war was not over but this battle was lost. They would concede this battlefield to these foul xenos for the time being.
We called the game before the end of the 5th round. Volchek had some amazing rolls to start but some bad luck towards the end with dice other than one squad of infantry deciding to be supper IG and putting a hurting on my remaining gaunts dropping them down to one! The lone gaunt was going to be able to make it to Volcheks base and he had nothing on mine and what he had left was about to take more fire before being assaulted by warriors and the remaining Leman Russ had the parasite on it and the chimeras had 3 zoanthropes to worry about and a spore pod. Good game again against a beautiful blood pact army and great opponent in Volchek. I have to admit this one started off fairly grim for me with the loss of all my gants in one round. As Volchek can attest I made and incredible string of cover saves on gaunts in the ruins. They absorbed an incredible amount of fire and I only lost one. On the flip side I am terrible at reserve rolls, I am starting to think I am cursed in this regard.