Wow ok so we lost that game. My armies first taste of battle and I RETREAT! So what went wrong?
Well the Eldar player decided life wouldnt get in the way haha, so we had to try make up for this sudden change in enemy by changing how we played. Our men where no match for guardians whose weapons whittled us down at range backed by a farseer.
So next game we are reverting back to our original plan and will be bringing in the big guns.
5 Storm troopers
1 vox Caster
2 Guardian defenders.
So well here is what happened:
So we decided to hug the cover. Then enemy got 1st turn and we failed the Initiative. The wraith knight was the objective. My Storm Troopers where in reserve.
So they opened fire and their combined shots killed one Obliterator. Their tank fell back into cover alongside the marines and the 2 guardian units advanced on the flank.
On our turn I decided to hug the cover to avoid the starcannons and predator tank. His Obliteratos claimed one marine.
So they took my vox casters life after advancing the guardians and other than that nothing happened. Then this was our successful trun, we took out his Predator. My men decided to hug the cover, waiting for the enemy to close in. With so much cover it was too risky to advance and deal damage at this point.
So the marines and eldar advanced. This was the turn things where meant to work! We lost a wound on the Obliterators and that was it. On our turn the guns opened up. I formed a line and double fired on the space marines with all my might. Killing 2 Marines and my friend killing 2 Guardians. My storm troopers dropped in to attempt to kill the farseer and claim the objective, and killed nothing...
Storm troopers perished under weight of fire. my gunline lost nothing and all their gunfire focused on the Obliterators. We had nobody left but my 9 Veterans. If it where my way i would have held my ground to the last man, but I took a breath and retreated off the board. We had lost.
So we lost the first battle. Being blindsided by the Eldar hurt us big time. But such is war i guess. I hate retreating, I wouldnt have minded fighting to the last but these losses wont be replaced. So the enemy now get a 50 Point bonus next game which will make it harder for us to take our first piece of the city. If we fail to take a foothold then the battle will be pushing us backwards.
Next time we will go for quantity over quality. But next week is a break week (yay flames of war!) and then the war will continue.
The cover made things nice, without it the game would be lost on turn 1. It was also nice not removing 20 models a turn too. Overall was very fun. Maybe ill bring a tank next time.