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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Author's Note: This is a 5th Edition game.

Greetings programs!

I humbly offer for your consideration: a titanic struggle from dominance between Bad Moon orks and the Mantis Warriors. The setting is the outskirts of an ork industrial complex. The orks have been raiding nearby settlements and the Mantis Warriors have decided to hit them in a pre-dawn strike designed to cripple the defenseless camp's infrastructure. Unfortunately, word came through the grot-vine that the marine attack was immanent, and the ork forces have returned to meet the astartes attack!

The Armies:

Thing 2's Bad Moon Orks

HQ: Big Mek w/ PK & KFF
Troop: 18 slugga boys & nob w/ PK and BPole
Troop: 20 shoota boys w/ 2 big shootas & nob w/ PM & BPole
Troop: 10 slugga boys & nob w/ PK and BPole in trukk
FA: 2 deffkoptas w/ buzz saw & TL RL
Hvy: Battlewagon - big shoota, deff rolla (note, there is no battle cannon on either wagon... I got them used & haven't un-glued the cannons yet.
Hvy: Battlewagon - big shoota, deff rolla

... and the debut of Buzzgob and his beautiful paintjob by Ifalna. He's just standing in for a Big Mek w/ KFF & PK.

My Mantis Warriors (run as BA)

HQ: stock Librarian - Wings of Sanguinus, preferred enemy (can't remember the name of the power)
EL: 8 sternguard - heavy flamer, melta, 4 combi-melta, Srg w/ PF & combi-melta
EL: 1 apothecary - PW
1 apothecary - PW, jump pack
Troop: 5x assault marines - flamer, Srg. w/ PW & infernos pistol
Troop: 5x assault marines - flamer, Srg. w/ PW & infernos pistol
Hvy: Vindicator - dozer blade

The Scenario:

Primary Objective: Annihilation
Secondary Objective: Single objective marker at table center. +2 KP
Deployment: Dawn of War

I win the roll-off and decide to let Thing 2 go first. My plan is simple... use my mobility until I'm cornered and then charge. As designed I have NO long range fire power. I'm not sure how that happened as I've been this single biggest proponent of balanced lists with some long-range shooting capability on my Adepticon team. But... there we are. They're orks... I won't be "long ranged" for more than one turn anyway.


Thing 2 places his trukk mob along with the Big Mek on the table behind cover. I did ask if he didn't want to put the mek in a battlewagon... but he insisted this was what he wanted. I placed the assault squad with libby in tow across the table & out of sight. He then infiltrated (even though they can't infiltrate... whoops... my bad) & scouted his deffkoptas to the other side of the building. I'd forgotten about those guys. *gulp!* The position of the objective is marked in the center of the table.

Turn 1:

The trukk moves over and the two battle wagons flank it. You'll note they moved on a *lot* more than they should have. He was confused about what "rolling on" meant and I think deployed them *and* then moved them in his turn 1. In any case I didn't catch it so he gets the bonus move. The koptas move to the right and pick off on one of my assault marines.

Mantis Warriors
My troops arrive in force on the right flank. The pod drops on target and the sternguard & apoth deploy behind it, using it as cover. The assault squads and Vindicator move over to support the veterans. I have no shooting.

A better shot showing my first turn movement.

Score: Bad Moons - 0, Mantis Warriors - 0

Turn 2:

The orks move in. Shooting from the shoota mob in the battle wagon and the deff koptas kills HALF the sterguard squad AND the apothecary! Bloody wyomong fox using my dice during our last game has cursed them but good!

Mantis Warriors
The remnants of the sternguard shoot and assault the deff koptas, killing one and wounding the other. One assault squad attacks the trukk in hopes of exposing the soft, squishy parts of the Big Meks underbelly (and KFF). Mini-meltas, flamers and crak grenades all go off to no avail. The other squad and Vindicator move up to threaten the shoota wagon. My Vindi lands a pie-plate directly on the battle wagon but fails to penetrate.

A better shot of the action...

Score: Bad Moons - 1, Mantis Warriors - 0

Turn 3:


Thing 2 wants to unload his orks from their battle wagons and let me have it. I convince him to let them stay nice and safe in their conveyances and just roll me to dust. This was... bad advice. While the deff rollas are S10, they apparently don't have an AP, so rather than slaughtering my two assault squads, they simply inflict one casualty, leaving both vehicles vulnerable to counter assault. (Bad daddy... no biscuit!) The sternguard finish off the last deff kopta and are hungry to avenge their fallen brethren.

Mantis Warriors
The sternguard shoot the battle wagon, exploding it & killing 6 orks in the fiery conflagration that results. Three more orks are killed in assault, in spite of this success... when the dust clears, only the sternguard sergeant is left standing for the Mantis Warriors. The two assault squads completely surround the battle wagon in hopes of destroying it and by default, the majority of troops inside. Unfortunately while they shake, immobilize and knock the weapon off of it... the mobile bunker remains sound. The Vindicator... sensing the way the wind is blowing... gets the hell out of dodge.

Defiant to the last... (note, the orks depicted are supposed to be sluggas... Thing 2 just laid down the wrong guys).

Score: Bad Moons - 1, Mantis Warriors - 2

Turn 4:

Shooting from inside the battlewagon takes out 3 of the right-hand assault squad leaving only the sergeant and the apothecary. What's that you say? They're stunned you say? They can't shoot you say? Well yes, I say... but we forgot and the kid needed a break. The trukk moves up disgorging it's icky green contents who valiantly charge into the kiesters of the left-most assault squad... killing all but the attached Librarian. Unfortunately they lose combat and as they are now undersized... route. Bye-bye Buzzgob! *waves* The slugga boyz finish off the sternguard sergeant and wander over to take out the drop pod.

Mantis Warriors
The Vindicator continues its end-around maneuver. Believe it or not, there is actually a plan to this. The three surviving Mantis Warriors form a single unit (librarian, sergeant and apothecary) and I can't help but think of the three musketeers (Athos, Porthos and Aramis) standing against the innumerable Cardinal's Guard. The infernos pistol frags the battle wagon and the resulting explosion once again kills a lot of orks. Determined to make the most of it, they charge into the crater and assault the orks, killing a couple more. The orks, surprisingly, do nothing in return but hold so the combat is locked.

Score: Bad Moons - 3, Mantis Warriors - 5

Turn 5:

The two Boyz squads gang up on The Three Musketeers and wipe them, but not before I thin out one of the squads a bit.

Mantis Warriors
My Vindicator... who's aim has been deadly the last few games... targets the squad in the crater. The shot deviates and hits the *other* ork squad *and* my pod! The blast kills 4 orks and knocks the storm bolter off the pod. The orks, having had quite enough of S10 pie plates... head for home.

Score: Bad Moons - 6, Mantis Warriors - 6

Thing 2 rolls and the game continues!


The shoota mob in the crater attacks the now immobile, weaponless pod and the nob takes it out. The resulting explosion kills a few more orks. The trukk, not wanting to be the next recipient of a S10 valentine... floors it in reverse.

Mantis Warriors
The Vindicator lines up and drops another pie-plate directly on the remaining ork squad... killing all but two. The orks however... hold fast!

Score: Bad Moons - 7, Mantis Warriors - 6

Thing 2 rolls and the game continues yet again!


The last two orks do the only thing they can... dive for the safety of the crater!

While the truck seeks shelter from the Vindicator in the *relative* safety of this fluffy, warm, cuddly hill.

Mantis Warriors
Out of time... the Mantis Warriors try their final gambit. The unerring Vindicator once again drops it's round directly on top of the last two green-skins...

... AND ...

Final Score: Bad Moons - 7, Mantis Warriors - 6

An incredibly fun game with a surprise ending! Much closer than I thought it would be. Telling my son to keep his orks in the battlewagons was a mistake... but one neither of us is likely to repeat. I was very happy with the way my army played, but having 3 ICs with T4, 3+ SV and no invulnerable makes them meat for the beast. Really like the preferred enemy power on the libby. Made a real difference several times, including the first assault on a battle wagon (in hindsight, this was a misinterpretation of the rules, doesn't work with grenades on vehicles). The jump pack power worked every time I needed it to... that was nice as well. The sternguard continue to be resilient and a lot tougher for my opponent to get rid of than either of us expect. Having the apothecary with them is critical. The boy really stuck to it and played through some pretty unlucky turns. Best of all it ended just as an ork/marine battle should... with nearly everything dead or destroyed!

Hope you liked it!


This message was edited 12 times. Last update was at 2012/09/22 23:23:58

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Fixture of Dakka

Wiltshire, UK

Another great bat rep Git's I bet thing twos really chuffed with the win.

A sweat victory for da boyz all two of them lol.

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I love the battle report Gits. The picture with your cat cracked me up. I'm glad thing 2 hung in there and stuck with it. Good times!

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Thanks Ice. They're a lot of work... but worth it in the end I think... even if I only get a couple of comments.

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Is that the same fluffy monster that stalked the battle field the last report you wrote? He is the fluffy god of war and destruction, ushering the souls of the dead to the afterlife.

Also, good battle report lol

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Tremendous bat rep as always matey, and it's good to see the doom kitty make its inevitable appearance.

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Did you say the deffkoptas infiltrated??? They kind of, you know, can't? You mean the scout move was like infiltrating right?
Anyways, like the way you set up the pictures and over all a really good batrep.
Oh, and the cat is awesomely adorable man.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

@iGuy & graven: Yes... it is impossible to game, especially with the children. without the fluffy doomkitty making an appearance. Thing 2 is especially "his boy".

@Runna: So it is. Been too long since I've played my orks, forgetting the basics.

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Deep in the Woods

.. I like your reports.. very enjoyable.

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iGuy91 wrote:He is the fluffy god of war and destruction, ushering the souls of the dead to the afterlife


great baattle report.. damn i really thought the SM were going to win that.

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Rotting Sorcerer of Nurgle

Jacksonville, NC

Great rep! Id recommend cutting the sternguard for more ams... But very enjoyable

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Great battle Report! The pics really made it... the editing you did helped explain everything.

When I first scrolled down to Doom Kitty, I thought you were going to call him Hitler Cat... just saying.


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Fixture of Dakka

Wiltshire, UK

I think the doom kitty could have found his rise to fame staring in your bat repts.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

@Nicorex: Thanks!

@WolfBrother: Thanks as well! It was close. At least all my rule errors were in my son's favor. Hate to think that I'd cheated him out of a victory.

@Zid: Well, for the tournament (Adpeticon) I'm stuck with what's painted. I am coming to LOVE those assault squads and expect more to be in the offing eventually.

@3rksum: That's actually a running joke around the house. That and "smudge" as it looks like his lip is dirty.

@Gir: Cheers Gir! You may well be right. As long as he gets petted and most importantly... FED... he'll be happy and no little marine or ork figures will have to die.

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One more possible rules error: Preferred Enemy does nothing against vehicles without a WS. It's in the BRB.

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Sneaky Kommando

One of the better reports I've seen. The pics and overlays to help it all make sense. Very nice.
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

@MrE: Ah, well.... one error in my favor then. That's good to know. Hate to make that error in a tournament.

@Grots: Thank you!

Question: Does anything special happen to the passengers when you flame an open topped vehicle? Or do you still have to take out the vehicle before the occupants can be harmed? I don't find any specific vulnerability listed in the open-topped vehicle or flamer rules... but I'd like to double-check.

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Slippery Ultramarine Scout Biker

Kings Bay, GA

Nice battle report, I especially like the pictures with arrows to show what's going on

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Gitsplitta wrote:

Question: Does anything special happen to the passengers when you flame an open topped vehicle? Or do you still have to take out the vehicle before the occupants can be harmed? I don't find any specific vulnerability listed in the open-topped vehicle or flamer rules... but I'd like to double-check.

no the vehicle just suffers +1 to dammage chart is all... thought that is pretty big.

liked the report though

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Thanks MatrixLurtz... what I lack in playing acumen I make up for in special effects... and cute felines.

@marmaduke: Thanks. That's the conclusion I came to, but for some reason it was nagging at the back of my consciousness so I thought I'd better ask.

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Brisbane, Australia

I never knew squiggoths were furry
great batrep Gits, as usual

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Very good!

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Great BR!

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Sneaky Kommando

Pensacola, Fl

Awsome read! Pictures were perfect! Your pictures are the standard for how all bat rep pics should be! I like the little vassal blood splatter effects! I'd love to see more orky batreps!

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Devestating Grey Knight Dreadknight

Tokyo, Japan

awesome job! The kittah of doom!

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Close to Maddness, Far from Safe

Nice battle, it feels good to lose to your own kid and you didn't have to take it easy on him right?

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Angry Blood Angel Assault marine

Bella Napoli

Great battle report. But more importantly, it looked like a great game which was fun for everyone right up to the end.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Thanks all! The battle reports take a lot of time, but i think the effort is worth it. At least it's easy to follow the action.

@Ecstasy in Service: Absolutely!

It was indeed a fun battle & my little one accounted for himself quite well. There will be plenty more on the horizon!

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I can't wait for my daughters to get old enough to play! They are already very interested in painting.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Ah, see? That's the hard part! You're golden man.

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