|Anti-Horus terrorists strike! The travails of the Horus Heresy...|
As noted in our previous posting here on the blog, our great friend Curt was in town for a short visit over the Easter long weekend. We staged an Epic 30k game that saw Byron's newly painted Death Guard get their first taste of action on the gaming table. The game was great fun, another opportunity to enjoy a great game in a great setting with some excellent friends! But the gaming wasn't finished - Curt was back briefly on Easter Monday before he and Sarah had to return to Regina, so we had a chance to push the toy soldiers around the table one more time!
|The poor Sons of Horus column has been hit by vile so-called "Loyalists"...what will happen next?|
Curt and I really enjoy the 30k setting, and we also have great memories of Rogue Trader, the original rules for 28mm sci-fi skirmishing from Games Workshop. So I thought I would set up a little Rogue Trader game set in 30k for Curt and I to play that night.
|Survivors of an Astrates-sized IED...probable some vile thing devised by the Mechanicum...|
|Sons of Horus Chaplain prepares to lead the Scribe (hidden among the Marines) to safety, no matter how pissed he is that some Loyalist dopes blew up his ride...|
While the current edition of the 28mm 30k/40k game really tries to be a mass-battle game (and hey - it looks like GW will try again...let's reserve comments on that for another time...) but what is so fun about Rogue Trader is that a very small force can offer a very engaging game. That is what I hoped to set up for Curt. An extra twist - I set the game up to be cooperative, where Curt and I would play on the same side against random actions by the opponent.
|The Raven Guard move out, keen to get some measure of revenge...oh, and defend the Emperor, I guess...|
|The Raven Guard move in to mop up...|
|Horus' own Legion goes down fighting in close assault!|
Curt and I each took command of some Raven Guard...
|The Chaplain plots the escape...|
|The Raven Guard have other ideas...|
The game opens with all of the vehicles already knocked out by cunning IED-type devices placed by the Raven Guard force. The Sons of Horus realize they are being attacked by pro-"Emperor" terrorists, and try to organize an escape for the Scribe (he has important information the Warmaster needs to
|Meanwhile, a point-blank gun battle develops...I love Rogue Trader...+1 to hit at this range! Suck it, Warmaster!|
On this night the Loyalists were successful. They slaughtered the Sons of Horus down to the last Marine, and captured the Scribe for their own purposes. They paid a high price (about 50% casualties), but given their level of motivation, I've no doubt these Sons of Corax were pleased to have delivered a small counter-blow against the followers of the Warmaster.
Loyalists...so fixated on anger...if they would just chill, this whole Heresy wouldn't have needed to kill billions...but anyway....
|Things end poorly for this acolyte of Horus...|
|The Sons of Corax achieve a measure of revenge...but the memory of Isstvan V will endure...|
It was great to have this little bit of fun with my great friend Curt. Until next time! Horus for Hope!