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Dispassionate Imperial Judge

HATE Club, East London

So the first part of our campaign comes to an end in this, larger battle. We actually played this a couple of weeks ago, but we've been far too busy to write it up. I've therefore forgotten most of the details, but I'll give a commentary as best I can.


The Eldar raids had consumed resources over the whole sector, and the Marine forces were spread thinly in the outlying regions, fighting a running battle with the pirates. After years, the xenos' true target was revealed when they attacked Nova Crux itself.

In the early part of 773, with Imperial forces scattered throughout the subsector, the Eldar assaulted the spaceport of Noirreath. It was left to Inquisitor Hector Green to assemble the ragtag defenders and try to hold out long enough to report his situation to the Astartes.


The game is a simple battle, with a simple victory condition. The Imperial defenders start in possession of the city. One unit in Inquisitor Green's army has been tasked with communicating the assault to the Astartes. It must be alive and on the board at the end of the game. The Eldar win if they can kill this unit, thus delaying the communication of the dire Imperial situation.

ArbitorIan's Ragtag Imperial Defenders

* Inquisitor Lord Hector Green (3 Combat Servitors, Familiar, Seer, Great big hammer (Master Crafted Eviscerator), Hammer of the Witches) in a Rhino
* Inquisitor Parker Grove (Plasma Servitor, Multimelta Servitor, Familiar, Seer)
* 3 Death Cult Assassins

* Nova Crux PDF Platoon (Command HQ with Plasma, Infantry Squad with Plasma/HB, Infantry Squad with Plasma/HB, Heavy Weapon Squad with Lascannons)
* Nova Crux PDF Platoon (Command HQ with Missile Launcher, Infantry Squad with Plasma/HB, Infantry Squad with Plasma/HB, Heavy Weapon Squad with Autocannons)
* Nova Crux PDF Rough Riders

* Arbites Squad (2 Plasmaguns) in a Repressor
* Arbites Squad (2 Plasmaguns) in a Repressor
* Arbites Squad (2 Grenade Launchers) with a Arbites Judge (Priest)
* Arbites Cyber-Mastiffs (6 Arco-Flagellants)
* Arbites Exorcist

Panic and Dave's Eldar Attackers

* Avatar
* Farseer
* 10 Wraithguard with Spiritseer
* Striking Scorpions with Exarch
* Striking Scorpions with Exarch
* Howling Banshees with Exarch
* Dire Avengers with Exarch and Wave Serpent (Starcannons)
* Warp Spiders with Exarch
* Falcon
* Falcon
* 2 Vypers (Shuriken Cannons

The Imperial defenders set up along the city walls, with the four Arbites vehicles in the centre blocking the gateway, and spread out to avoid deep strikes. The Death Cult Assassins infiltrated outside the walls.

The Eldar then set up as a single group to the south of the board, with the Warp Spiders in reserve

The all important task of contacting the Astartes is given to Inquisitor Parker Grove and his retinue, who sit on the high building at the back of the board.

In the first turn, a lucky shot from the Exorcist immobilises a Wave Serpent and it's crew disembark. The Vypers turn to target the Death Cultists, adn the rest of the Eldar line advances.

The Arbites vehicles move out of the gates, but one is caught by a Falcon and wrecked - the Arbites squad disembark and use it for cover.

The Imperial lines concentrate all fire on the Avatar, taking it out with the army's entire shooting phase. The Rough Riders move forward, behind the Arbites Exorcist

The Eldar take the massive risk and attempt to deep strike the Warp Spiders in at the back of the board. Miraculously, they don't scatter into an impassable wall, or off the table, and land dead on target before opening up with their Death Spinners on the Inquisitor and retinue. They kill all but two!

They then jump back into cover while a Wave Serpent full of Banshees moves through the gates directly in front of the Exoricst.

The rest of the Eldar army advances through the cover of the forest and closes on the walls

In the next Imperial shooting phase, the close ranges start to work in their advantage. The gunlines shake a Falcon and destroy a Vyper, while the Exorcist explodes the Wave Serpent directly in front of it.

The Imperials then launch their assaults. The Cyber-Mastiffs do surprisingly well against the Striking Scorpions, Inquisitor Lord Green disembarks his Rhino and assaults the last Vyper, destroying it, and the Rough Riders wipe out the Howling Banshees on the charge.

However, in the Eldar's turn, the rest of his unit is wiped out by Shuriken fire, and the Inquisitor Lord elects to fall back towards the safety of the city walls, to fight another day,

The Inquisitor runs away again, forcing the Warp Spiders to use their run move to close on him, and buying him another turn to escape into cover.

And the cyber-mastiffs, having finished off the Scorpions, turn their sights on the Dire Avengers.

However, in the fourth turn, despite taking casualites from a hasilty redeployed Guard squad, the last three Warp Spiders finally catch the Inquisitor in combat. They don't kill him, but he fails his break test and flees from the table! Eldar win the game!

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2010/07/05 10:59:02

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Blood-Raging Khorne Berserker

Wow, that is a fantastic board/armies!

Some day I'm going to try a campaign. It looks like a great deal of fun.

I'm not like them, but I can pretend.

Observations on complex unit wound allocation: If you're feeling screwed, your opponent is probably doing it right. 
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Monstrous Master Moulder

I dunno...

Always loved games featuring fortifications to fight over, it's a wonder that I've never tried Planetstrike!

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And to this day, on darkest nyte
It can be seen, they tell
A Prynce of Rattes, in finery
Upon a horned bell.
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Missionary On A Mission

Great armies and match! It looks like the Commissar will be coming for Inquisitor Grove..
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Repentia Mistress

Glasgow, UK

First class batrep
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Regular Dakkanaut

Charleston, SC

Great job on the report!
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Tyrant of Badab

HATE Club, East London

C'mon the Eldar!

(What will happen in phase 2?!)

Though my guards may sleep and my ships may lay at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire. 
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

very cool terrain. pics like those are why i play toy soldiers!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

London UK

The Eldar attack succeeded in drawing 90% of the imperial army away from protecting Inquisitor Parker Grove, on the battlements the  imperial guard were destroying the eldar forces piecemeal as they advanced!

But with good Luck (or farseers foresight!) the WarpSpiders deepstrike was successful, and the game was back on. Inquisitor Parker Grove frustratingly survived the initial blasts from the DeathSpinners (he was allocated two wounds, one failed save would have caused instant death!) This created a fun cat and mouse situation! but the WarpSpiders assault phase Jump really helped.


This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 2010/07/06 13:46:00

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Mighty Brass Scorpion of Khorne

Dorset, UK

Great report!
Was that terrain made by you?

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Rotting Sorcerer of Nurgle

Wow, epic Warp Spider action.
That, coupled with nice armies and terrain make this an Epic Bat Rep.

Arco-Mastiffs? = WIN!

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
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Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot

San Diego, California

Great Batrep, the eldar player was super-ballsy with that deep strike. It's risks like that that win you a game.

2000 pts 
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Stalwart Ultramarine Tactical Marine


Overall great Bar-rep. Sweet board, and the campaign sounds like a blast. Kudo's, dude!

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?


There. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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Joint Biel-Tan Army with Tortoiseer
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Anointed Dark Priest of Chaos

Awesome rep. The board was great as was the abundance of painted figs.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

USA, Indiana

I second everything said

Dont worry, Be happy
Flames of War 
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Sword-Wielding Bloodletter of Khorne


I honestly wish there was more I could do then just say good job. Ny far one of the best batreps I have seen in a long time. Pics were great detail of turn by turn was short and sweet. Pics easily showed what was going on while also being cenimatic. The table was one of the most epic ones I have seen in along time. This right here is how 40k should always be played!

You sir get all my internets for a week. AND some fire

Can't you see we have been abandoned? Forget matters of duty and honor to the emperor this is now a matter of pride.  
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Frightening Flamer of Tzeentch


Great Batrep! That board is really sweet.

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