APOCALYPSE! Love it! Last Saturday saw 7 of our club membership congregate in a remote primary school in Ponterwyd, Wales, for a titanic clash of arms! A classic 'Good' vs 'Evil' face off!
Myself, Dai and Chris represented the forces of Good - Dai and Chris with their Black Templar's and Pre-Heresy Death Guard, and Me with my Death Korps Armoured Regiment and Praetorian from the Legion Astorum Titan Legion! Around 15,000pts
Calum, Joe, Gareth and Jake commanded the forces of Evil! A diabolical mixture of Chaos Renegades, Tau, Dark Eldar, Orks, Necrons and Tyranids! They had around 12,000pts - a little less than us, as we opted for more Templar's over an extra Strategic Asset! I lent the guys my Tyranid army as well as the Necron forces i had painted so far - couldn't be seen to be playing both sides now could I?!
The game. Only one objective - KILL, KILL, KILL! No objectives and no strategy, just a massive mash-up! The table was split diagonally and we deployed 18in either side of the line. To save time, we all deployed at the same time and rolled off for the first turn. Imperials won the roll and went first!
I haven't done a battle report for this game, as there was just to much going on! What I have below is just a load of pictures from the day.
Here is a pre-deployment picture of the battlefield. We used 5 GW gaming mats for this table and flipped them over to the black side to better represent an urban environment.
A shot of the fully assembled Aqueduct!
The Cathedral makes a welcome return!
All of the existing components of the Sewage Works. Once it was set out together it looked like it would cover most of a 6x4 battlefield for standard 40K. I'm gonna make a bit more scatter terrain though - a few more pipes and some small buildings should do it. It looked great though!
I loved the fortifications the lads added to the Cathedral!
Dai's impressive Fortress of Redemption. This became a formidable area of resistance for Evil team.
Imperial deployment. The Marines would form an armoured wedge and drive up the middle in 5 Land Raider Crusaders, while the Death Guard took the left flank and the Guard tanks followed in support (ready to swoop in and take all the glory once the hard work was done!)
Evil deployment. They focused their defence around the Cathedral and the Fortress of Redemption, taking advantage of the many Bastions and Aegis defence lines.
Necrons lurk behind the more.....inferior races!
Dai's Templar reserves!
Templar 'Raiders drive their wedge up the middle towards the Xenos lines.
Homogaunts take a Bastion and turn its weaponry on the Imperials! The Hive Mind always finds a way!!
Chris's Death Guard Drop Pod behind Xenos lines.....
.....catching the attention of the Necrons!
More Death Guard Drop Pods in turn 2.
Templar reserves advance onto the table.
Frantic dice rolling around the Cathedral.
Tyranids begin to appear on the flanks on Evil turn 2.
Brave Black Templar Terminators charge towards a Stompa!
Ymgarl Genestealers appear behind the hapless Marine Devastator Squads! BOO!
Crisis Suits Deep Strike among Imperial tanks.....fools!
More Ymgarl 'Stealers swamp an Imperial held Bastion!
Templar 'Raiders continue their charge towards Xenos lines! To the left of them the Terminators managed to 'Wreck' the Stompa with their Chainfists, but lost most of their number doing it.
Imperial Navy Vulture Gunships prepare to strafe the Xenos defending the entrance to the Cathedral.
Death Guard gradually move into the rear of the Cathedral, taking advantage of the cover.
The Leman Russ Squadron turn their Demolisher Cannons and Lascannons on the Crisis Suits - who weren't there for long! Sorry Jake.....!
Templar Assault Squads wade into the defenders.
Tau forces were mass assaulted by Templar Squads, as was the second Stompa at the top of the shot.
The charging Templar 'Raiders are finally able to release their deadly cargo! Unfortunately, the Vortex Grenade they were carrying scattered straight back onto the Templar Terminators, instantly killing 3 of them and sucking the wreck of the Stompa into the Warp! Big laughs were had by all!! The surviving Terminators went and took it out on the Renegade Guardsmen manning the barricades!
The battle at its height.
Praetorian continues to provide devastating long range fire support!
So after a full day of slaughter, we called it a day after Turn 3. I have to say though (without any pics unfortunately) at the beginning of Evil Turn 3, they brought on all their remaining Tyranid forces, consisting of a stupid number of monstrous creatures! Between them i think they managed to destroy 13 vehicles and who knows how many infantry! I think if the game could have gone on any longer then the Imperials would have really been in trouble! The Emperor protects.....!
So that concludes all of our gaming club action until the new year, and what a high to end on! We decided it was a draw, but after those 'Nids turned up, it could have been a loss for the Imperials after another turn or two!
Enjoy the pictures, and we're hoping to get a lot more Apoc' action in when the New Year rolls around!