Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dissent in the ranks - Wrath of Sigismund Part 1

Game 3 of out little side campaign set in the Heresy was played out recently. If you have no idea what is going on, here are some links to the other battles that have taken place.

Dissent in the ranks - A Heresy Era Battle Part 1 
Dissent in the ranks - A Heresy Era Battle Part 2
Dissent in the ranks - Supply grab Heresy Battle part 1
Dissent in the Ranks - Supply grab Heresy Battle part 2

Essentially it is a series of games set in an alternative 30k timeline, between the forces of Sigismund and Alexis Polux.  This game marked game 3 of our mini-campaign, pitting the torn forces of the Imperial Fists Legion and set at 2000 pts. 

Here are the lists. 
Sigismund's Force (2000pts)


Chaplain Akrida                                                                
Crossius Arcanum
Artificer Armour                                                              
Refractor Field                                                                  
Legion Terminator Squad (Cataphractii)                                            
Storm Shields                                                                    
3 Thunder Hammers                                                       
Spartan Assault Tank                                                                
Armoured Ceramite                                                      
Flare Shield                                                                         
Legion Tactical Squad (I)                                                
--> Rhino                                                                             
--> Extra Armour                                                              
Legion Tactical Squad (II)                                              
--> Rhino                                                                             
--> Extra Armour                                                              
Legion Heavy Support Squad                                      
6 Missile Launchers                                                         
+ 2 Marines                                                                        
Land Raider Proteus                                                       
-Armoured Ceramite                                                      
Land Raider Proteus                                                       
-Armoured Ceramite                                                      

Secessionist Forces

Legion Praetor
Solarite Power Gauntlet
Consul Master of the Fleet
Consul Librarian in Terminator Armour
Contemptor Dreadnought 
Multimelta, Dreadnought Close combat weapon
Contemptor Dreadnought 
Multimelta, Dreadnought Close combat weapon
Contemptor Dreadnought
2 Chainfists, 2 melta guns, Chassis Havoc Launcher
Legion Dreanought
Twin-linked Lascannon, Dreadnought Close combat weapon
Legion Veteran Squad (I)
(sniper special rule)
Legion Veteran Squad (II)
Heavy Bolter, Meltagun
Legion Veteran squad (III)

Heavy Support Squad
5 Plasma Cannons

The Mission
The mission for this game was blissfully simple. Kill them all, and try not to get wiped out too bad in the process. Sigismund, having well and truly enough of this Heresy in the ranks, seeks to expunge and wipe out all enemy forces. No mercy. With his mission set, the tanks lined up ready for battle (I lost the roll for deployment), only to be fired upon by the Secessionist forces lying in wait! (My friend also stole the initiative).
Imperial forces all deployed together in an armoured gauntlet.
The Secessionist forces split their forces in two, with the Heavy Support squad, Veteran Squad I and the Master of Signals on the bottom left, with the rest of the forces deployed on the upper side of the table.
The scene is set!

Secessionist Turn 1
 A devastating blast from the Legion Dreadnought commenced the attack of the traitors. The shot rang true and tactical Squads Rhino I was destroyed, even slaying 4 of the marines inside. The rest of the forces and contemptors moved forward, with a few running in order to close the gaps with the Imperial Forces. The Plasma Heavy Support squad fired upon the Imperialist Missile launchers in the old building, slaying the Sergeant. First blood to the Secessionists!
Imperialist Turn 1
With a deep rumble, the armoured might of Sigismund went forward. The Spartan "Victory", went as quick as it could towards the forces on the far left flank, determined to unleash Sigismund and his vengeance upon the forces there. The Land Raider's maneuvered to take aim at the approaching Contemptor's, and the remnants of Tactical Squad I embarked upon the Land Raider "Indomitable".
No shots rang out from the Spartan, as it was focused on speed. The Land Raiders and Missile launchers from the Heavy support Squad unleashed their fury on the approaching contemptor's, destroying one of them and causing some damage to another.
Secessionist Turn 2
Swarming over the fallen remains of the contemptor, the Secessionist Forces moved again with all haste toward the Imperial lines, eager to get to grips in short range fire fights.
The Master of Signal's, identifying the approaching Spartan as Sigismund's personal transport, leaves Veteran Squad I, and calls down a barrage onto the Heavy support unit in the building. Another 2 marines fall to the barrage and plasma cannon shots.

Imperialist Turn 2
The Land Raiders and Heavy support squad again unleash their payload against the approaching contemptors, destroying another one and critically damaging another.
The Spartan "Victory" unloads Sigismund, Akrida and the Terminators into the midst of the enemy positions. Sigismund sounds the charge and they crash into Veteran Squad I. All that could be reached were slain, though due to fearless, the two survivors fight on, and Sigismund and his squad close with the last members of the squad.

Secessionist Turn 3
The Master of Signals sees the carnage unleashed by Sigismund and his unit, and decides to relocate to other ground. The rest of their forces again move forward. The Legion Dreadnought successfully causes some damage to the Land Raider "Indomitable" though a glancing hit.

In the assault, Sigismund finishes off the last two members of Veteran Squad I, and the unit then consolidates towards the Spartan "Victory".

Imperialist Turn 3
Sigismund and the Terminators embark on the Spartan "Victory", leaving Akrida to deal with the last Plasma cannon marine. The Spartan then goes on the shoot the 'relocating' Master of Signals, killing him outright. The Land Raiders and the Heavy Support Squad fire again on the last contemptor and Legion Dreadnought, destroying both.
Akrida charges into assault and finishes off the last Plasma Cannon marine from the Heavy Support Squad. 

That marks the half way game. I will endeavour to get the last part up soon enough.

Thanks for looking!


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