The Necrons rose to fight the 8th Praetorians in the ash wastes. An open and desolate battlefield proved most deadly to vulnerable riflemen. Was a great game and casualties amassed on all sides. What was great about it was the Maelstorm cards forcing our armies to close the gap and led to brutal and harsh fire fights.
This time around I might do all the text then have all the photos at the end.
My list contained (all officers as usual had Plasma Pistol and Power Sword)
Company command squad
Officer of Fleet
Platoon Squad (X2)
Melta Gun X3
His list was simple
1 Flyer (cant remember what its called)
I deployed and started first. The enemy smartly placed all the objectives in one zone as close as possible which resulted in a huge advantage. I had mine spread out close to my area. We rolled a one on the mission chart so it was diagonal deployment and I got first turn.
My army zoomed forward to try clear some objectives for me to take. I had to take the objectives that where on his side of the board, which I knew would be suicide but it looked cool so I did it anyway. The hell hound took out roughly 11 Necron warriors and the rest of my flank opened up and killed all the warriors except 4. The rest of my army zoomed forward. The Necrons re animated 10/16 of the fallen warriors and continued on. I had an objective that gave me points for killing a unit and I hoped I could kill the last 3 but didnt have enough fire power.
He moved around his men and using massed gauss fire reduced my hell hound to one hull point. He killed about 5 men. He also claimed 3 objectives from his cards and gained 3 victory points. This is something that needs to be addressed somewhat but im sure we did something wrong.
My hell hound Killed all but 3 warriors holding the fort. The reanimation brought 8 of them back. Some minor sporadic fire was shot but most of my army could not draw sight to any units. Instead I advanced forward.
This turn he ripped open my tank and crippled my Plasma veterans who where reduced to one sergeant. His flyer killed a fair few too with tesla bouncing off a few squads and his main gun doing decent damage. My command squad lost all its assets and things looked grim.
This turn I wiped out one unit of Warriors finally and the sporadic gunfire killed a few crons here and there. But this was my first victory point of the game. Other than that nothing else happened.
His men advanced rapidly killing off many of my men leaving me with pockets of soldiers on the right flank. the platoon squad and sergeant had lost their lives to Gauss fire. His men took refuge in the fence fort again and his flyer wreaked havoc a few units largely doing nothing that turn bar killing 5 platoon members.
My men closed in on the fort and my scotts and company command took refuge behind the building. My combined fire killed 17/18 necrons in the fort but 6 rose from the dead to continue the fight.
His flyer destroyed my commander in a violent death. Combined necron fire reduced my Scottish their bare minimum forces and the Platoon command fell leaving me with nearly nothing. Next turn would be my final chance at victory.
I killed his warlord! Only for him to get back up.... but other than that I couldnt do anything else but advance as it took all my fire power to kill the lord.
As expected the Scottish fell. Leaving the Squats and platoon squad led by the last commissar to carry on.
A squat threw a defensive grenade and blinded (and killed one Necron) the squad as they charged into battle only losing one man to defensive fire. I killed one Necron in combat to the loss of no men. The combat damage was greatly reduced due to the defensive grenade. Just while typing this I realized only my Veterans had defensive grenades so this was a mistake. But he wont mind as he got to defeat his arch enemy. haha all part of the fun.
His turn came killing off a decent chunk of men. But I hold and kill no one in return.
My men try desperately to fight on but are unable to hurt the enemy. They are destroyed by the Automatons and the Praetorian 8th ceased to exist.
End Game Stuff
The Praetorian 8th Garrison had been 100% wiped out and the fleets landing forces failed to reach their targets as they fell to Necrons who had been waiting for them on arrival. The planet has been written off as a lost zone and reported to the high command. No one saw or will remember the final charge of the 8th, nor will the Squats will be known for fighting to the death alongside their comrades. Xeno filth have the day, but soon retaliation forces will arrive.
The Maelstorm missions didnt end up deciding the game, although his draw of the cards would have given him undoubted victory. BUT the cards made us close in on each other and it was pretty close for the first parts of the game. As usual his re animation rolls where good and i suffered for that. But model of the match easily goes to the Hell hound who killed almost 40 models single handily (before they got up again) and took a lot of return fire prolonging the lives of many.
The photos arent as good as last report but hopefully you see some cool models clashing on the field. Next week I may have to fight an Ork Waaaaaagh! So lets hope this happens.