So, my friends Annabelle and Laura have been on at me to show them how to play Warhammer for ages, and yesterday they came round to learn. They were given the option of White Scars or Emperor's Children, and chose the Emperor's Children, presumably on the basis of their pinkness. We played a quick warmup game with about 15 marines per side (during which they tabled me and won) and then moved onto this, the first game, with roughly 400 points a side including vehicles, special weapons and whatnot...
The game was played on my tiny little brown coffee table, measuring something like 3' x 18", with no scenery whatsoever as I haven't got any...
10 x Tactical Marines (Plasmagun, Missile Launcher, Sgt with Powerfist)
6 x Assault Marines (Sgt with Powerfist)
1 x Dreadnought (Multimelta)
10 x Chaos Space Marines (Asp.Champion) in a Chaos Rhino
3 x Chaos Terminators (Combi-Meltas, Power weapons)
1 x Chaos Predator (Autocannon, Lascannon Sponsons)
Turn 1 - White Scars get first turn.
Dreadnought moves up and fires it's Multimelta at the Predator, but fails to penetrate.
Tactical Squad fire a missile at the Rhino and miss.
Chaos Predator fires at the Dreadnought and immobilises it.
Chaos Rhino moves up and fires bolters to no effect.
Turn 2 - Dreadnought fires at Predator and immobilises it
Tactical squad fire at Rhino and shake it. Can't move or fire next turn.
Chaos Predator fires at Dreadnought with no effect.
Chaos Marines disembark the Rhino and try to shoot at the Assault Squad, but are out of range.
Turn 3 - Dreadnought and Predator trade shots, no real effect
Tactical squad shoot at the Chaos Marines, killing two.
Assault squad charge the Chaos Marines, and force them to flee, killing two.
Chaos Marines rally and fire back at the Assault Squad, killing one.
Chaos Terminators turn up and fire at the Tactical Squad, killing two.
Turn 4 - Dreadnought and Predator trade shots, probably shaking each other or something.
Tactical Squad shoot at the Chaos Terminators, killing one.
Assault Squad charge the Predator, to no effect.
Chaos Marines charge the Assault Squad, killing two and losing one.
Turn 5 - Dreadnought and Predator either can't fire or still fail to kill each other.
Tactical squad fire at Chaos Terminators, to no effect.
Chaos Terminators charge the Tactical Squad, killing one.
Chaos Rhino reverses for a ram next turn.
Chaos Marines and Assault Squad continue combat, losing the last two regular Assault Marines.
Turn 6 - Dreadnought still fails to kill Predator.
Tactical Squad and Chaos Terminators stay in combat, killing one Terminator and one Marine.
Assault Squad Sgt wins his combat, and cuts down the entire Chaos Marine squad as they flee!
Chaos Predator bring all guns to bear on the lone Assault Squad Sgt, killing him.
Chaos Rhino rams the Dreadnought, with no effect.
Turn 7 - Dreadnought finally manages to blow something off the Predator - it loses it's Autocannon
Tactical Squad kill the last Terminator.
Chaos Rhino tank shock the Tactical Squad, they move out of the way.
Following turns - We weren't playing a mission, so we just keep going!
Tactical Squad move around the back of the Rhino, and Plasmagun it to death.
Chaos Predator finally destroys the Dreadnought.
Tactical Squad, over the next few turns, run towards the Predator, taking two shooting casualties before Powerfisting it to death.
So, the White Scars win by being the last two models left on the table. Annabelle and Laura hang their heads in shame!
The upshot of all this, of course, is that I'm going to move into a warehouse with Annabelle in a few months. Now I've successfully proved that Warhammer is the coolest game ever, I'm going to be allowed a gaming table in our big front room....hurrah!