Thursday, 27 February 2014

Battle against Sim's Dark Eldar

For my birthday, my wife took me to Warhammer World, because she is awesome. She even agreed to play me at 40K, a game for which her tolerance and attention span is limited. She does, however, have some of her new toys assembled, such as her Razorwing Jetfighter.

We picked the Tau outpost board they have there. It is apparently the "Tau Research Station on Vigos". The full board is 6 feet by 8 feet, so we decided to use half and rolled up using it length wise, which worked very nicely.

We decided to play objectives, which Sim had never done before, and we ended up with three - two were placed near the bunkers...

And a third was over by a broken down wall. The research station itself was "off the battle field", so we were mostly fighting over some bunkers and through jungles. We avoided using Mysterious Terrain and Mysterious Objectives rules, because Sim is still learning the game. We agreed the bunkers were a medium building which were dilapidated, thus AV12, but because of that massive all around vision slit, the entire squad could fire out of them.

Sim deployed first. She put her Kabalite Warrior squad with a dark lance in the bunker, her Wych squad with her Warlord forward on her right flank, with the other squad further back in cover.

I had my Hydra on the right behind the bunker with a squad in the bunker, my Manticore at the back, with the Veterans up front and centre to try and get to the objective with a Command HQ in a Chimera, and my other Infantry squad over to the right.

The Warhammer World tables really show you the sort of awesome atmospheric shots you can get on a fully detailed table. Here, the Hydra looks down the field, catching glimpses of Dark Eldar infantry moving through the trees.

The water was being treated as open ground for the sake of everyone's sanity. Here, the Veterans cautiously advance on an unoccupied bunker.

The squad on the right flank had a good field of fire and could see Wyches in the distant tree line.

Sim got a good roll to run her girls forward into the woods.

And the other squad sprinted forward on the other flank as the Kabalite Warriors provided some ineffectual covering fire.

My Hydra had a lucky first round of shooting, with everything being a snap shot, yet still, everything hitting, rattling the bunker the Kabalites were sheltering in.

The Wyches continue to advance through the jungle...

Meanwhile, the Veterans nervously advance up the field.

The right flank squad also nervously advanced on the objective, aware that the Wyches were coming

The Razorwing Jetfighter screamed onto the table, but was unlucky, failing to cause any serious damage to the command Chimera.

In turn, the Valkyrie roared onto the table and caught the Jetfighter in a crossfire between it and the Hydra.

The end result was not pretty for the Jetfighter!

However, the Wyches got close enough to the command Chimera to wreck it, causing the command HQ to have to bail out.

Meanwhile, the Veterans had gotten just a little too close to the Wyches for their own safety!

And the surviving Wyches, whittled down by fire as they had run into battle, charged the Veterans.

Even in their weakened state, the Wyches had enough attacks to turn the entire Veteran squad into a fine red mist several times over!

Shortly afterwards, the game ended with me controlling enough objectives to claim the win. The battle size was a little too large for Sim to play all the way through uninterrupted, so if we play something this big again, it will definitely be with a lunch or painting break in the middle for the sake of her sanity!

The gorgeous tables were definitely a treat, and once I'm done with the Hobby Progress Challenge, I think that getting the gaming table looking awesome will be one of the next big projects.