Welcome to game 17 in our ongoing campaign. This battle, the Sisters of Battle enter the war.
Previous games in this campaign can be found here (photos now working!! well, for this campaign at least) http://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/Gordy2000%27s_Battle_Reports
Following the near-assassination of the High Ecclesiarch by Renegade forces, the Adeptus Ministorum has vowed to seek out the heretics responsible and purge them with extreme prejudice.
The Renegade Militia force, led by Captain Faruz, are returning to their lines following their attack on the abbey and the High Ecclesiarch. Little do they know, the forces of the faithful are already preparing their doom…
Canoness Hespatia watched the grainy auspex signal resolve itself into a column of vehicles snaking their way down the rural trail. Here then, were those who had sought to lay low the most holy personage in all of the Triskelion system. Traitors and dogs, the lowest of the low.
Hespatia looked up from the sighting device, her face set in a scowl of the most ardent disapproval. The fact that these heretics still drew breath was an affront to the God Emperor – an affront she intended to address.
“All units stand by. Wait until the enemy column enters the kill box before engaging. Let none of these unclean curs escape our wrath”
A series on clinks on the com-link signalled the responses from her units positioned in ambush. The Canoness drew her sword and gave thanks to the Emperor for this opportunity to avenge the faithful who had fallen in the craven attack on the abbey. Now she would re-pay the perfidy of the renegade in blood…
The Renegade Column heads for their lines
Cavalry act as outriders on the right flank
Sentinels guard the left
But hidden in the woods, the retribution of the faithful watches on…
Seraphim prepare to assault
Retributors target the enemy
The ambush is set
Attack! Storm Bolters slash out at the Sentinels
On the right, the Seraphim assault the Renegade Cavalry
A second Seraphim squad and a Penitent Engine head for the vehicles
The column reacts to the ambush
Enemy contact! Return fire!
The Retributors target the land Crawler transport
With devastating results
The Cavalry, who have proved so deadly in recent battles, feel the wrath of the Seraphim
Renegade Infantry deploy against the second seraphim Squad and penitent Engine
The second Renegade squad heads towards the beleaguered cavalry
While the Sentinels engage the Sister’s Rhinos
The Cavalry Commander finds himself surrounded and alone.
Renegades find themselves looking down the wrong end of a lot of bolters
Gun them down!
Things look sticky for the Renegades on the right
The Penitent engine lines up the Chimera
While the Sisters squad exterminates the Renegade infantry before them
The second renegade squad from the wrecked Land Crawler fare only marginally better against the Seraphim
Canoness Herpatia and her Command Squad deploy against renegade armour on the left flank
The Penitent engine makes short work of the Chimera
As the Seraphim finish the last renegades on the right
The Renegade Cavalry Officer finally falls to the Seraphim
Captain Faruz watches his force fall apart from his Salamander carrier
Two squads on renegade Infantry deploy from transports on the right, determined to wipe out the sister’s command and salvage the battle
The sentinels take out a Rhino
Now it’s the Sisters turn to get tipped out of their ride
The Renegade right flank has been completely destroyed as the Sisters push on
The state of play
The Seraphim who wiped out the Cavalry move in behind the newly deployed Renegades
As canoness Hespatia charges the second squad
For the Emperor!
The disembarked sister squad looks for targets
Hespatia and co. storm through the heretics
The Seraphim fire bolt pistols and flamers into the backs of the second Renegade squad
The battle squad add their firepower
The result is a massacre. The Renegade infantry is wiped out
The Sister units turn their attention to the transports
And the last Land Crawler is knocked out
Captain Faruz realises his force has been comprehensively defeated and orders all remaining Renegade forces to retreat
Faruz and the Sentinels escape the rampaging sisters and withdraw into the woods
Wow, those Sisters certainly pack a punch. Bolter fire just chops up basic infantry, whilst the penitent Engines, having under-performed this campaign, hit like a dump truck when they charge. The Retributors with Heavy Bolters had no trouble destroying light armour.
Meanwhile, Hespatia and co easily destroyed twice their number of renegade infantry without breaking a sweat. The Renegade side never really got going and some poor decision making (by me) saw them waste their firepower with little gain.
Good game though and nice to have the Sisters enter the fray.
Captain Faruz held on grimly to the side of the bucking transport as it sped through the forest track. His force lay burning a few kilometres behind him, having fallen to the surprise attack from the accursed witches of the Imperium.
His escape was another sign of favour from his dark Gods. Surely, he must be marked for greatness – what other explanation could there be?
A cruel smile spread under his rebreather mask. The worshippers of the Corpse-Emperor might celebrate their victory today, but great powers were already at work and soon their dark designs would bear bitter fruit…
Next game – The Ritual. The Inquisition investigate disturbing reports from the hinterlands. But what they discover is far worse than even they would have believed…