Our gaming has attracted the interests of a fourth! Matt showed interest in… the… Necrons… Oh dear… Well, he’s a new player, giving him the most obscenely overpowered fleet is fair. He didn’t have time for a game but he DID claim a system for his base. In the meantime, Rob and I fought a brutal battle.
Mission: Exterminatus! (the only one with an exclamation point IN the title) 1025 points
Battle Barge His Hammer II
Battle Barge His Anvil
-Imperial Navy Segmentum Obscurus Bastion Fleet
Tyrant Cruiser, range upgrade, Nova Cannon
Dauntless Light Cruiser, lance version
Squadron of 3 Firestorm frigates and 1 Cobra destroyer
Squadron of 6 Fire Ships
4 Ground Based Lance Defences
Turn 1 – Azure Flames
Both Battle Barges go on All Ahead Full.
Turn 1 – Imperial Navy
Firestorm/Cobra squadron, Dauntless, and Fire Ship squadron arrives. The Fire Ships detonate and cause 3 Fire critical results on His Anvil. Emperor launches fighters and fighters with bombers in two waves.
Turn 2 – Azure Flames
Both ships advance. In the End Phase, a lucky roll repairs all 3 Fire effects.
Turn 2 – Imperial Navy
The Lunar cruiser arrives. Nova Cannon fire takes down a shield on His Hammer.
Turn 3 – Azure Flames
His Anvil goes on All Ahead Full. Fire from His Hammer II takes down an escort shield.
Turn 3 – Imperial Navy
Fire from almost the whole fleet takes down 3 shields on His Hammer II. Nova Cannon hit does 6 damage, including 4 criticals losing shields and smashing the bridge. Ouch. Split fire takes down one shield from His Anvil.
Turn 4 – Azure Flames
Crippled, but still in the fight, His Hammer II causes a Brace for Impact on the escorts, and good save rolls save them all. His Anvil causes braces on the Emperor and Dauntless. Only does one damage to the Dauntless.
Turn 4 – Imperial Navy
The fleet concentrates on His Hammer II, doing two more damage. His Hammer II manages a lucky Brace to survive at all.
Turn 5 – Azure Flames
His Hammer II takes down two shields on the Emperor, while His Anvil makes it onto the Low Orbit table!
Turn 5 – Imperial Navy
The Lunar follows His Anvil onto the Low Orbit table. Fire from the Lunar and the ground defences does one damage to His Anvil. His Hammer II is unable to Brace this turn and is reduced to a drifting hulk.
Turn 6 – Azure Flames
His Anvil approaches to within 45cm of the planetary edge and attempts to exterminate the planet; the result: a 3! The Planet is exterminated! Random rolls turn the Agri-world into… an Agri-world. I guess there must have been another one.
The campaign is off and running! I’m off to the fabric store to get another 4’x6′ black felt cover, as we’re about to have two games at once!