We had a little over a dozen folks show up at Battleforge Games, and the Warhammer 30,000 League has only 2 weeks to go. This 7th week featured a handful of 2000pt Legion forces bitterly engageing each other, but the main event was: The Terran Landings. As the skies over the Imperial Palace turn black, the Traitors began the siege of Terra! Lets do a quick recap so everyone can see how the Legions held up.
Death Guard, Emperor’s Children, World Eaters, Sons of Horus, Thousand Sons, vs Blood Angels, Imperial Fists, Imperial Guard (and titans on both sides)
The Initial landings on Terra were brutal affairs. At the outer defense lines, a thin force of Imperial guard held their positions, with Blood Angel and Imperial Fist support elements to their rear. The first Traitors to appear in sight was a full Death Guard Century led by Commander Typhus. This force alongside a smaller Thousand Son group led by Ahriman was only a third of the size of their loyalist opponents but advanced to within weapons range and hunkered down in heavy cover and opened fire. The battle had begun!
The fury of the loyalists was brutal, and under the weight of Guard, Imperial Fist, a Baneblade Company, and Titan support, the Death Guard were mauled. Yet… they did not yield. Bolters cracked out from the traitor positions, and and as the skies blackened above them, 2 dozen drop pods of the Emperor’s Children, World Eaters and Sons of Horus fell deep into the Traitor position.
Combat was brutal and close, with brother slaying brother from first yards, then feet, then inches apart. Men hid under the bodies of their foe, and hacked each other to pieces. At long last, Traitor superheavy support arrived, and began to take a terrible toll on the Loyalists. On the far traitor right flank, Typhus and a large set of Death Guard terminators broke through Loyalist defense lines, only to be shattered by a sudden assault from a Imperial Fist Shield Wall formation led by Sigismund. Typhus fell in combat, and the Loyalist lines were held.
Blood Angel reinforcements arrived in the form of a large Terminator force, and an assault contingent in a low-flying Thunderhawk. They pushed back traitors in their rear areas, but it was to late…
Superheavy tanks and titans punished the loyalists once they were finally in position, and utterly smashed their center lines. In one deadly volley, the Legio Tempestor Reaver Titan Mechanicus Deus incinerated over 30 Imperial Fist troops caught in open ground, while over a dozen Blood Angel terminators fell to a single shot from the Death Guard Baneblade Dominator. With their flanks isolated, the order to fall back was given and the Loyalists fled the field.
-On a special note, we would like to call out the true heroes of the Terran Landings: Luigi and Alphonse of Terran Towing (proudly serving the Palace Metro Area for over 15 years). These 2 thankless civilians answered an emergency 911 call by the Imperial Guard commanders, and spend the entire battle surrounded by enemy titans and superheavies in an unarmed Atlas Recovery Vehicle. With the speed and reliablility that Terran Towing (555-IMP-TOWS) is known for, these two chained and towed several enemy drop pods around the battlefield, disrupting the traitors lines of fire… and lived to tell about it! Here is a blurry video-camera shot of the two in action. Lets give them a hand folks!!!
Status: Imperial Defense Lines Broken
White Scars vs Word Bearers
Reports are sketchy at best, but it is reported that the White Scars have captured the Lion’s Gate spaceport and have cut the traitor’s supply lines in half. The cost however was dear. The Khan ordered almost all of his White Scars to sally forth from the Imperial Palace in the dead of night, and secure the spaceport. Defended by the the personal company of Kor Phaeron, the White Scars drove into a meat grinder. Jubal Khan was severely wounded by the Black Cardinal before the Word Bearers fell back, and fortified a defensive cordon around Lion’s Gate. While the White Scars have retaken the spaceport, they appear trapped there and are preparing to endure a punishing traitor siege.
Battle Status: White Scar Defeat
Lion and the Night -Part 2
Night Lords vs Dark Angels
Night-Captain Wolf has made good on his promise to reclaim his honor. After a defeat at the hands of Legio Cybernetica robots, the Night Lords decided to take the fight from the outskirts of the Dark Angel fleet directly to its command Battle Barge. In a superbly executed raid, the Night Lords have disabled the Blade of Caliban and inflicted terrible losses on Master Astelan’s command personnel. With the Dark Angels reeling from such an audacious raid, Night-Captain Wolf took the opportunity to disable even more loyalist ships with precision raids, before fleeing deep into the Eastern Fringe. It would appear, the Dark Angels will not be reaching Terra anytime soon.
World Status: Loyalist fleet disabled
Space Wolves vs Alpha Legion
On the Imperial world of Yarrant, a Space Wolves Great Company has been attacked by Captain Arkos at the head of his dreaded Alpha Legion Hydra Company. The battle was bitter, and casualties were high on both sides. After suffering a bloody ambush, the Sons of Russ, formed a defensive cordon, and beat back the Traitors, even striking down Arkos himself. The Alpha Legion, has pulled back, taking their wounded captain with them, and the Wolves, have reclaimed their wounded and are preparing for sustained operations. Yarrant is truly in the balance.
World Status: Planet stale-mated
Week 7 Summary:
The Loyalists are reeling. Only on Yarrant did the Space Wolves bloody the nose of the Alpha Legion. On all other fronts, the Warmaster’s forces are on the offensive. With their outer defense lines smashed, Rogal Dorn has ordered all loyalists on Terra to fall back to the Imperial Palace and be prepared to hold the walls. With several Traitor Titan legions landed, and Iron Warrior Siegemasters to guide them, it is only a matter of time before a breaching effort is made.
Further Week 7 news and updates as they come in…
Next Week: Against The Walls…