|Super heavy tanks from the 14th Legion prepare to bring hope and change to another world in the so-called "Imperium"|
We all know what happens to newly-painted figures when they hit the table for the first time...I wanted a scenario that would ensure the baptism-by-fire happened in a fun and orderly fashion. So the basics were simple...seize three objectives, or cause six formation breaks on the opposing force. Byron had painted some drop pods for his troops, so I set up a drop-pod assault, backed by Titans and heavy armour. The Sons of Barbarus would confront the loyalist dupes of the Imperial Fists, with both sides backed by Titans!
|A view of the table as hostilities commenced|
There was one other wrinkle - only infantry stands could capture an objective. Even if you slaughtered all the infantry, you would not win it back unless you sent your own foot-sloggers into the breach. I hoped this might balance things a little...both sides had oodles of firepower, but the loyalists had only two infantry detachments, giving the rebels a slight advantage in terms of grabbing the objectives, and forcing both sides to consider the use of their Marines carefully with Titans and super heavy tanks all over the place...
|Drop assault! The Death Guard grab one objective...|
|The engines of Legio Gryphonicus prepare to move out|
|Legio Mortis makes ready to bring hope and change...|
Byron's Death Guard landed three detachments via deep strike - two tactical detachments landed in drop pods, while an assault detachment landed via jump pack. They captured two of the three objectives, and plotted to use a detachment of Terminators riding in Spartan APCs to capture the third one.
|Another drop pod landing...the Sons of Barbarus prepare to capture the objective|
|Forces clash in Epic 30k - note the Spartan and surviving Imperial Fists fleeing in the top right of the photo after the Death Guard assault detachment saw them off...|
|Note the pending retribution for the Death Guard assault detachment...lots of firepower prepared to exact revenge...ouch!|
|Death Guard armour and dreadnoughts move forward|
The Loyalists buckled down and focused on another objective, concentrating fire on one of the Legio Mortis Reavers and destroying it, and then capturing an objective back from the Death Guard thanks to the support of Titans and a Glaive super-heavy tank. For their part Byron and Mike suffered from some bad luck on the command rolls, and could not get their Terminators to the third objective in time. By the time they did, concentrated fire from Dallas' and Curt's formations broke a sufficient number of rebel formations to cause the Death Guard to fall back, and plot their revenge...
|"Great job! We captured an objective!"|
|Somehow the loyalist fools have captured an objective back! That Titan was soon to be at an end as the loyalists concentrated their fire...|
In all, a hard-won victory for the loyalist side. The objectives were tempting to seize, but not easy to hold, particularly with lethal firepower stalking all over the table. I absolutely love the 30k setting (as you can tell with a brief search of this blog) and I have to say that the Epic rules engine is an absolutely marvelous match for it. The scale allows for the large sweep of troop types, vehicles and Titans to appear on a 6' x 4' table in a way that is hard to achieve with 28mm figures, and the rules mechanics are just excellent for offering the flavour of the setting, along with brutally efficient combat resolution. Players must make decisions and can't do everything they want, creating some command tension without undue complication. Epic really was a fantastic set of rules...
|This poor tactical detachment from the 14th Legion was broken a second time, sealing the fate of the Death Guard attack...note the Glaive in the top right of the photo - the Volkite Carronade is a heck of a thing to come up against...|
Now that the Death Guard has endured their "first game" blooding, watch for them to appear in more menacing fashion in further Epic 30k action on the Fawcett Avenue tables...