And here it is:
Charles' Battle Report:With the arrival of 6th edition, a certain element of the spring clean is in the air, as players renovate their forces. Myself and my opponent for this game were no exception, as I decided to change my foot horde Orks to a mechanised Kult of Speed, while Brian took his guardsmen out of their Chimaeras and sent them out to fight and die via shank’s mare. Thus we were both trying out a new playing style, and it was interesting to see how they interacted.
The board was a cityfighting one, very beautiful at that, with my right flank anchored by the sea. We fought The Emperor’s Will on a Dawn of War deployment. I got to choose the deployment zones, and selected the one with the highest ruin (so as to deny it to the enemy guns), while each of us chose to put our objective inside a ruin of some kind.
The forces were as follows:
Command Squad (50). Two Flamers (10), Regimental Standard (15), Heavy Flamer (20), Master of Ord (30) Total: 125 points.
Platoon HQ (30) plus four Grenade launchers (20)
Squad (50) with Grenade Launcher(5) and Heavy Bolter(15)
Squad (50) with Grenade Launcher (5) and Autocannon (15)
Veteran Squad (70) with 3 Plasma Guns (45) Total: 115pts
Veteran Squad (70) with 3 Melta Guns (30) Total: 100pts
Veteran Squad (70) with 3 Melta Guns (30) Total: 100pts
Leman Russ Battle Tank (150) plus Lascannon (15) and Heavy Bolters (20) Total: 185
Demolisher (165) with Lascannon (15) Total: 180
Total Cost: 996pts
Big Mek, Kustom Force Field, Cybork Body - 95
Gretchin – 10, with a runtherder – 40
Skumsnik’s Boyz – 12, with a Trukk (Reinforced Ram, Red Paint Job) and a nob (Bosspole, ‘Eavy Armour, Powerklaw) – 167
Shakgor’s Boyz – 12, with a Trukk (Reinforced Ram, Red Paint Job) and a nob (Bosspole, ‘Eavy Armour, Powerklaw) - 167
Grotgul’s Boyz – 19, with a nob (Bosspole, ‘Eavy Armour, Powerklaw) – 164
Warbikers – 3, with a nob (Bosspole, Powerklaw) – 115
Dakkajet – Extra Supa-shooters, Flying Ace – 130
Battlewagon – kannon, two big shootas, reinforced ram, red paint job, armour plates – 120
Missions, Set-Up and Deployment:Brian won the roll for deploying, and decided to go first (funny, that). He refused his right flank, and castled up in three ruins, with his company command squad sitting on the left flank, which was anchored by the sea, and his right by a Platoon Command Squad and the Leman Russ. He had good sightlines forward. I deployed the three vehicles and bikes facing directly at his Leman Russ Demolisher, with one of the trukks hidden behind the pillars of a building. The bikes hid behind a trukk. The whole army was in the KFF bubble, except for the Gretchin who were sitting in a ruin with walls so high that they couldn’t actually be seen by the guardsmen.
First Turn:The first turn started with all of the Imperial Guard squads moving and running forward, so that they were in front of the tanks, command squads and heavy weapons. The shooting phase seemed to last an age for my poor Orks, but some lucky rolls on my part for the KFF ensured that the vehicles were all capable of movement, albeit with 2 hull points lost on the left-most trukk.
I surged forward, in the world’s shortest movement phase: the left trukk raced over a crater towards the platoon command squad. The battlewagon and bikes gunned forward, and the right trukk sat between the two of them. In the shooting phase I opened up with the bikes onto one of his squads in the open, but Brian passed all of his saves. The battlewagon and shoota boyz inside unleashed a fusillade, killing some guardsmen from a squad directly in front of them, but it wasn’t much. Meanwhile, both trukks went flat out, so that the left trukk was lurking behind a ruin in front of his platoon command squad, and the right trukk had weaved through the bikes and wagon to end up in front (being the eager scamps that they are).
Second Turn:The second guard turn started with almost no movement beyond some shuffling on my left, to bring some meltaguns closer to the left trukk. The guard squads all tried their absolute best to destroy the trukks so that the big guns could obliterate them, but Brian’s luck (and the KFF) conspired to ensure that this was but a dream. In the end, he managed to blow up the right trukk with his demolisher, killing one of the boyz inside in the process. I was just about to triumphantly start my turn when he remembered that he had a Master of Ordinance, who duly proceeded to simply erase nine of the poor Snumsnik’s ladz from existence. The survivors (all two of them) managed to pass the relevant saves.
The Ork turn two started with a failure to bring on the Dakkajet, directly due to Brian’s warlord having the strategic trait that made my reserve rolls harder. Shakgor’s boyz on the left flank leapt out of the trukk, eyeing the platoon command squad. The bikers moved towards the Imperial Guard squad in front of the platoon command squad. The two ladz from the destroyed trukk hoofed it over a crater to threaten a veteran squad in front of them, while Grotgul’s ladz and the big mek disembarked from the battlewagon to attempt a multi-charge on a veteran squad and the guard squad with the autocannon.
In my shooting phase, I had to be careful not to kill things that I wanted to charge, but it still went quite well. The bikes took revenge for the trukk by mowing down the guard squad in front of them with gay abandon, with the left trukk adding in its firepower, leaving the squad all dead. The battlewagon fired all it had at the company command squad, killing one member (the heavy flamer). Shakgor and Grotgul refrained from firing, but Skumsnik managed to kill one guardsman in this phase. In the assault phase, Grotgul’s ladz failed to impact both squads, losing two of their number in the process, but still wiped out the veteran squad that they did impact. Shakgor’s ladz on the left flank managed to eradicate the platoon command squad, consolidating into the ruin, while Skumsnik and his lad (singular) charged the squad in front of them. He snipped the sergeant apart in the challenge, but I lost the boy to his guardsmen, leaving only him to face down seven of them.
Third Turn:Brian’s third turn saw his tanks revving their engines to move 6” away from the nearest boy squads, and his command squad move forward to use its flamers. The shooting phase saw half of Grotgul’s ladz gunned down by the autocannon, the heavy bolter, the flamers and the demolisher cannon, even as the leman russ in the middle of his lines failed to kill the yellow boyz. Once again, as I was about to celebrate a successfully survived shooting phase, Brian remembered his master of ordinance, who duly proceeded to render unto death eight of the nine ladz in Shakgor’s mob, the nob himself included; the survivor fled (understandably). In melee, Skumsnik got himself killed.
At the start of my turn, I successfully brought on the Dakkajet, much to my relief. Brian still had both tanks and the Master of Ordinance, who was butchering me, while I was down to one effective mob, the bikers, and two empty transport vehicles. The Dakkajet aimed squarely at the Company Command Squad, while the warbikers throttled past the leman russ and Grotgul’s boyz pounded forward towards the squad with the autocannon (who were holding the objective).
In the shooting phase, Grotgul’s ladz killed half of the autocannon squad, while the trukk and battlewagon fired at a veteran squad beside the heavy bolter squad and killed all but two. The Dakkajet gunned down the company command squad, to jubilation from all the surviving ladz.
In assault, Grotgul’s mob charged and finished off the autocannon squad, thus holding Brian’s objective, while the warbikers destroyed the leman russ. However, horror of horrors, the explosion managed to put two wounds on the squad, which killed the nob (the only model in that squad who could harm the demolisher).
Fourth Turn:At the start of Brian’s fourth turn, I was fairly confident of victory, but he consolidated his remaining firepower to pound Grotgul’s squad, killing every one of them except the nob and two buddies; the big mek fell in the fusillade. This left me with only two ablative wounds on the only model left able to kill the demolisher, and no real hope of claiming his objective properly.
I had to send the Dakkajet away on my turn, as I’d placed it poorly and it now couldn’t see anything. I sent Grotgul at the demolisher in a desperate attempt to kill it, while the trukk and warbikers eyed up the heavy bolter squad. Firepower from the battlewagon, trukk and warbikers pounded this squad, but they held with most of their number intact. In assault, I charged the warbikers into that squad, but poor luck on my part saw both bikers dispatched by overwatch and melee attacks before they could do anything. Grotgul had better luck however, managing to destroy the demolisher without blowing his squad to smithereens.
Fifth Turn:The fifth turn didn’t see much movement in the guard ranks, as Brian sought to kill off my remaining troops on his side of the board. This he did handily, but he had not managed to do anything to my circling vehicles.
I began the festivities of my turn by bringing the Dakkajet back on from Ongoing Reserves, and aimed it towards the guard squads. The battlewagon tank shocked the two remaining squads (two veterans and the heavy bolter squad), forcing them both out into the open. In the shooting phase, I then managed to kill one of the veterans and leave the guard squad pinned and down to two men. It felt nice to be the one dominating shooting, for a change, even if night fighting had now fallen.
We rolled for an extra turn, and got it.
Sixth Turn:The sixth turn was short: Brian moved the veteran onto the objective, and I promptly killed all three of his guys to win by tabling.
Charles' Conclusion:The game was very close, with the guard firepower pounding the utter crap out of my Orks and leaving me with too few guys to kill his units. I worked out afterwards that I had 47 infantry models to Brian’s 60, which wasn’t a very good ratio for me. In hindsight, I was lucky not to have lost my trukks on turn one, and also lucky that he didn’t get to ordinance more than one squad out in the open. Kult of Speed is a new playstyle for me, and it is quite terrifying to have so few models; I am inclined to wonder if the warbikers, battlewagon and dakkajet are just too many toys at this points level. Brian’s army performed quite well, putting a formidable amount of firepower out, and even killing Orks in melee. Overall a very enjoyable game, and damned close too.
Brian's Conclusion:It really was nail-bitingly tense right to the bitter end. My Master of Ordnance was worth his weight in gold. For only 30 points, he more or less wiped out two boyz mobs on his very own. If he hadn't been on the ball (hitting every time) the story would have been much different. Considering that the MoD has a 3D6 scatter on a miss and how close the boyz were too my own lines at this point, I could have been wiping out my own squads.
When I killed the last of his boyz in turn 5, I thought I'd be able to force a draw. I'd neglected to target the 40pt gretchin squad holding his objective throughout the game because I always had something better to shoot it to preserve my own forces. My plan had been to kill the trukks by turn 2 and pound the hell out of the grotz with blast weapons from turn 3 onward and to deny my own objective to the Orks. Either by killing all the Boyz or keeping hold of it myself. The fact I wasn't able to kill all those vehicles in the first two turns (as I'd expected) put paid to that idea. I hate Kustom Forcefields.
That Big Mek was definitely Charles' ork of the fight.
Things I need to consider:
- Don't forget to use the Master of Ord in turn 1 when all those juicy vehicle targets are parked close together.
- Don't use the MoD so close to my own lines. I was lucky. Very lucky.
- I need something to threaten fliers more effectively. I can't rely on Warlord abilities and being jammy enough to set up an autocannon on a mysterious objective that turns out to be a Skyfire control centre.
- Bring it' Down would have been a more effective order than First Rank, Second Rank, in turn two. I'd counted on my Plasma Guns, Melta Guns, Krak Grenades, Tanks and Platoon HQ to pop at least two trukks that turn, and wanted to make sure my remaining guard squads could put down enough fire to reduce the transported boyz inside to ten figures or less to force a rout test. I should have gone for Bring it Down instead and worried about chopping up the boyz later.
- My Company Squad with the two flamers and the heavy flamer was deployed too far back at the beginning of the game. I'd reckoned on using them to wipe out ork squads that cut through my front line. They might have done better being in my first line (rather than my second line) from the start. As it was, they fired their flamers just once all game.
- Use the last four points to buy bolt pistols for my Company Commander and Platoon Commander. Las pistols really, really suck.