|Byron's Death Guard jet bikes prepare to make their stand amid the ashes of Isstvan III.|
|The battle lines are drawn - the glorious legions of Horus Lupercal assembled on the left side of the photo, while rag-tag pro-Emperor terrorists clog the table on the right side...|
|Byron has done a fine job on his Death Guard collection. Note the Volkite Culverins on that heavy support squad. Volkite weapons are not quite what they were in the 7th edition, but still...OUCH.|
|My Praetor (white cloak, centre) prepares to lead the attack.|
|The Death Guard lines await contact...|
In the story of the Horus Heresy, the initial wave of Death Guard had been sent down to take out the main defences on the outskirts of the Isstvan III capital city (known as the "Choral City"). Warned of the impending betrayal by Captain Garro, many of these Death Guard troops on the surface raced to seal themselves up in bunkers and fortifications they had just captured from the rebels. They survived the virus bombardment, and once the bombardment subsided, emerged on the ruined surface of the planet...as Horus landed troops to finish off these pockets of survivors, the Death Guard made an effort to move into the ruins of the Choral City and join up with the survivors from the other legions and simply hold out as long as they could.
|XVI Legion prepares to move out. Note the heavy support squad hunkered behind the Rhino...they would have a disappointing outing...|
So for our game last week, Byron's Death Guard forces would represent loyal marines who, having suppressed the rebellious regime on Isstvan III, were then betrayed and abandoned on the surface, bombarded from space and, once it was clear they had managed to heroically endure said bombardment, were subjected to a ground assault...at a power level of 90, his forces represented a blocking force, looking to hold out while larger groups of their comrades escape to join fellow surviving loyalists in the Choral City.
|A 20-man tactical squad races forward.|
|Contemptor dreadnought spearheads an assault, and a 15-man assault squad prepares to join the action.|
|Death Guard jet bikes arrive to help stabilize the loyalist line...|
Well, not so much...over four turns of 30k mayhem, both sides pounded each other to pieces. My 15-man assault squad and my
|The XVI Legion Praetor..."edges in" *cough* to help in the close assault...|
|The Death Guard dreadnought has just one wound remaining...the Sons of Horus Praetor draws a bead with his deadly plasma pistol, and...|
|KABOOM! Where did everyone go? Mortal wounds all around, including a couple on the Praetor himself...|
|Boy...that 15-man assault squad sure took a beating...|
|Surviving members of Byron's heavy support squad look to mop up a few more of their betrayers...|
Thanks again to Byron for the game - I just love the 30k setting, and it was great fun to push some Legion stuff around the table once again. Hopefully Isstvan III will be a setting we can return to again soon.