The Battle at the Farm, as every 40K enthusiast knows, was the original scenario included in the ur-40K rulebook, "Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader", published by Games Workshop in 1987. As the year 2012 represents the 25th anniversary of "RT", we'd collected some armies and planned a mini-campaign to commemorate it.
|The eponymous "Farm"|
|Carnage on the ridge as the Marines open fire!|
|Thrugg and the boyz hotfooting it around the Rise.|
|Marines open up on Hruk's boyz|
|Sneaky Marine with missile launcher in the Farm building|
|First the boyz took care of Brother Beaky...|
|...then proceeded to light up Captain Cantor!|
Cantor and his Marine companion confronted the Ork force in the woods, taking out a couple of Boyz in close combat, but the rest of the Orks surrounded them and opened up... even Cantor's 3+ refractor save couldn't stop that many bolter shells!! (Remember, in the RT era, power armour gave a 4+ save and Marines were only T3!)
|Fists break from cover, making for the Rise, and safety from the approaching horde|
|Mike F's surviving boyz repositioned from out of the woods and opened fire on the fleeing Marines. |
The game ended and victory points were calculated... four Marines had escaped at 1VP each. Three Orks lived, each worth 1/2 VP.
|"War is Gilles" - attributed to Captain Pedro Cantor|
Thanks to Greg for bringing the Fists and to the guys for coming out. Watch for the second game in the mini-campaign next week, when the surviving Crimson Fists attempt to elude the Space Ork main force and rendezvous with an Imperial Guard force!