Frontline News – Warhammer 40K 8th edition Blood Angels vs Aeldari
Drenthal, Konor system. Horror. It was like Fall all over again. Ground crumbling and disappearing beneath our feet, forces of chaos coming from every possible direction. We were on our position guarding one of the last ports on this planet. The information was passed that large Khorne force is in vicinity, so it was understandable when rookie pilot of Wave serpent, barely seeing through ruins and dust, opened fire on some red vehicles on horizon. When we realized that that was blood angels, it had been too late, battle already commenced.
Shadow weaver gunner, spearhead detachment of Eldrich riders in Konor system
Campaign: Fate of Konor
Mission: 5 – Drenthal: Countdown to destruction
Defender: Aeldari Spearhead detachment
Shuriken pistol; Witch staff;
Hallucinogen grenade launcher; Miststave; Shuriken pistol;
§ 5x Wraithblade ; Ghostaxe; Forceshield;
§ 5x Wraithguard ; DScythe;
§ 1x Shining Spear Exarch ; Twin shuriken caatapult; Star lance;
§ 4x Shining Spear ; Twin shuriken catapult; Laser lance;
Fire Prism (195)
Prism cannon; Shuriken cannon; Crystal targeting matrix; Spirit stones; Vectored engines;
Night Spinner (192)
Doomweaver; Shuriken cannon; Crystal targeting matrix; Spirit stones; Vectored engines;
§ 1x Dark Reaper Exarch ; Reaper launcher;
§ 3x Dark Reaper ; Reaper launcher;
Wave Serpent (184)
Twin bright lance; Shuriken cannon; Crystal targeting matrix; Spirit stones ; Vectored engines;
Wave Serpent (184)
Twin bright lance; Shuriken cannon; Crystal targeting matrix; Spirit stones; Vectored engines;
Void lance(x2); Voidraven missiles;
Attacker: Blood Angels
Sanguinary priest with power sword
10x tacticals, plasma cannon
5x scouts, sniper rifles all
5x scouts, 4 sniper rifles and one MLauncher
10 Assault Marines, jump packs, hand flamer, flamer, power sword
10 assault marines, Jump packs, power fist
9 assault marines, no jump packs, power sword, combat shield, flamer
5 Death company marines (bolter, chainsword)
Razorback with twin assault cannon
4 Sanguinary guard, 2x encarmine sword, 1x encarmine axe, 1x power fist
|Blood Angels deployment|
In moments like this, bad condition of our Spiritseer is most obvious. Instead of fighting Chaos, we, unwillingly, had to fight Marine chapter of Blood angels. Our first directive was to protect Shadowseer, who was in the center of the battlefield, where majority of Blood angel forces was heading. We tried to move our forces to the right wing, but Wave serpent that was sent to pick up Shadowseer find itself under heavy fire, and was charged by, suddenly appearing, assault squad with jump packs. The other Assault squad appeared on right wing and had charged other Wave serpent.
|BA pushed hard in direction of Aeldari lines in their first turn|
|Aeldari counter attack - end of round 1|
Faced with the fact that their Land raider cannot bring them to safety of the Port, Assault marines with priest in front of them, spilled out of it, and had charged straight in to the wraithguard. Following their lead, deathguard disembarked from demolished Razorbeck and had charged Shining spears. The rest of BA army took down damaged serpent.
|Almost without their vehicles, Blood angels still pushing hard through Aeldari lines|
We weathered their charges good, and both units disengaged, wraithguard killed whole unit that had assaulted them, and shining spears finished Land raider. But we had left open road for Sanguinor and his entourage to skip to safety of Port through the middle of our lines.
|End of Aeldari turn two|
They took that opportunity, but the rest of the marine units perished between collapsing ground and falling buildings. Our flayers took to the skies. World of Drenthal size to exist in front of our own eyes.
|Beginning of Blood angels turn 3 - open path to escape|
At this point (beginning of turn 3 for BA), my opponent used Stratagem that grant him to roll 3 dice and pick highest for advance. Both of his characters and Sanguinary guard rolled 6 amongst their respective 3 dices, and my opponent quickly added power levels of escaped troops. He reached 39 and for victory he needed 40. So his only chance was to escape with Sanguinary priest.
|So close, but so far away|
To do that, he needed to get 10 for charge distance, so he could end his charge move 1 inch away from my Wave serpent but out of the board. I roll my dices for over-watch, and get two 6, one for Bright lance and one for shuriken cannon. I made the bl wound roll, and rolled 2 for damage. It was not enough to kill priest, so I used my last command dice to re-roll. I rolled 5, and priest had been downed. Aeldari victory.
My opponent summarized his escaped units power levels again, and find out that 41 PL had escaped - more then third of his army (40PL).
Blood Angels victory!
|End of the game|
This scenario enabled for a very fast game. All ended at the beginning of the 3rd round in less than 2 hours. There was little time to correct mistakes, and inability of wraithswords to finish assault marines in one round of close combat cost me a game (I have to remember that they have re-roll of 1 to hit when close to Spiritseer).