Lexington of Dice Abide was in town, and wanted to learn about Battlefleet Gothic. I thought of it as a perfect time to show off my Battlefleet Gothic teaching so I headed on up to Lansing.
Bozeman – Imperial Navy
-Admiral (Ld8) with one re-roll.
-Lunar Class Cruiser True Heart
-Lunar Class Cruiser Blind Faith
-Gothic Class Crusier Verisimilitude
-Tyrant Class Cruiser Belligerent
Lexington – Chaos
-Chaos Warmaster (+2 Ld) with one re-roll
-Slaughter Class Cruiser Swiftboat of Truth
-Slaughter Class Cruiser Traitor’s Blade
-Murder Class Cruiser Domination
-Carnage Class Cruiser Overkill
Scenario: Cruiser Clash. Zone: Outer Reaches. Upper left had one gas/dust cloud. Lower left had a large planet with two rings of asteroids and one ring of gas/dust. Lower middle had two asteroid belts. Lower right had three asteroid belts. Asteroids were moved more towards the center of the board at both players’ agreement. Sunward edge was at the top.
I set up at the bottom, with the two Lunars between the planet and asteroids, and the Gothic and Tyrant between two asteroid belts. Lexington set up at the top, with one Slaughter to the extreme left, Murder center, Carnage slightly to the right, and the other Slaughter to the extreme right.
Turn 1 – Imperial Navy.
I moved forward and turned with the Lunars. This was a tactical error, I sould have turned the other way.
Turn 1 – Chaos
Lextington went on All Ahead Full with the Traitor’s Blade. Other ships moved up. Long range shooting brought down one shield on the Gothic class.
Turn 2 – Imperial Navy
The Gothic and Tyrant went on Lock On, while the Lunars wheeled to rejoin the battle. Some minor damage to the Chaos Slaughter, forcing a Brace For Impact. I miscalculated the distance to move the Tyrant, and so fired its torpedoes ineffectively.
Turn 2 – Chaos
The Slaughter moved around behind the Gothic and Tyrant, while the rest of the fleet closed in. The Tyrant was crippled. The other Slaughter fails a leadership check when clipping the edge of an asteroid field, but a re-roll saves it.
Turn 3 – Imperial Navy
I disengaged the Tyrant. Gothic moved up into base contact with the Carnage. Lunars moved closer, and one went on Lock On. The Lunars tore up the Slaughter Class Swiftboat of Truth, while the Gothic turned its guns on both the Slaughter and the Carnage, firing torpedoes as well. The torpedoes did nothing, thanks to a poor roll, and the lances brought down the Carnage’s shields but did little else. The Slaughter went on Brace for Impact.
Turn 3 – Chaos
Ships re-positioned to regroup. Fire at the Gothic class forces a Brace For Impact.
Turn 4 – Imperial Navy
Ships regrouped. Fire lowers a shield on the Swiftboat.
Turn 4 – Chaos
Murder goes All Ahead Full to get around the asteroids. Slaughter goes right through the asteroids, hides inside. Carnage and other Slaughter put enough damage on the Gothic to cripple it.
Turn 5 – Imperial Navy
Disengaged the Gothic class. Lunars bash the Slaughter, causing a BFI and crippling it.
Turn 5 – Chaos
The crippled Slaughter disengages. The other Slaughter pops out of the asteroids and makes one of my Lunars Brace For Impact. Does little damage. Murder near the bottom fails to Come To A New Heading.
Turn 6 – Imperial Navy
Lunars open up on the Slaughter, crippling it.
Turn 6 – Chaos
Carnage moves to just outside the asteroids, fails to do damage to a Lunar. Murder successfully goes on Come To A New Heading. I forgot to take a picture for this turn end.
Turn 7 – Imperial Navy
Lunars close on the Carnage, causing it to Brace For Impact. A Critical Hit smashes the brige, causing a permanent -3 Ld. The Lunar that fired torpedoes Reloads Ordnance.
Turn 7 – Chaos
The Carnage fails the check to go through the asteroids, but luckily Brace For Impact saves against damage. Fire is ineffectual. Murder moves up to join.
Turn 8 – Imperial Navy
One Lunar goes on Lock On, other goes minimum distance, turns. Damage to Carnage is minimal, but causes a Brace For Impact.
Turn 8 – Chaos
Final Victory Points: Imperials: 128 – Chaos: 91.
Final Thoughts: The teaching game worked well. I made an early mistake by splitting my forces. I should remember Imperial doctrine: focus on one target until it is obliterated, and then move on. Got a bit lucky near the end. Next time, hopefully we won’t be so restricted and Lexington will have his Ork fleet done.
As an epilogue, me and a bunch of the guys chipped in for an xmas present for Lexington! Behold stompy goodness!
He tried to eat it.