Battle Report (Imperial Knights vs Space Marines)

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Thunderous cannon reports heralded the arrival of the Fallen Knights of House Koranyon. The very earth shook as in fear as the colossal warmachines bestrode the field of battle, torsos rotating on their waist pivots, guns venting their unholy fury on their rapidly retreating foes. Their feral joy at seeing their hated foe retreat before them was given voice by their bone jarring warhorns, raging sonic blasts of triumph that would have ruptured eardrums within a hundred metre radius. The leading trio of Knights forged ahead at flank speed, their eagerness to drive home their advantage and force their enemies fall-back to become a rout cut them off from the rest of their cohorts. This was exactly what the Astartes of the Raptors chapter had been waiting for. Their disorganised headlong flight ceased at some unseen signal. Where before their forces had been a confused mass of panicked individuals now there where disciplined units turning to face their isolated foes. Hidden units cast off their camouflage from their ambush positions further severing the Knights from the main body in a textbook display of false retreat tactics, a ploy the Raptors had used time and again to cut superior forces to pieces using their preternatural guile to divide and conquer overconfident quarry.

Mission: (Primary) The Relic (Secondary) Kill Confirmed

Points: 1900

Deployment: Dawn of War

 

++ Battalion Detachment +3CP (Imperium – Space Marines) ++

+ HQ +

Captain: Chainsword, Storm bolter, Teeth of Terra

 Lieutenant: Storm bolter, Thunder hammer

+ Troops +

Scout Squad: 5x Camo cloak
. Scout Sergeant: Combat knife, Sniper rifle
. 4x Scout w/Sniper Rifle: 4x Sniper rifle

Scout Squad: Scout Sergeant, 4x Scout w/Boltgun

Scout Squad: 5x Camo cloak
. Scout Sergeant: Combat knife, Sniper rifle
. 4x Scout w/Sniper Rifle: 4x Sniper rifle

+ Elites +

Aggressor Squad: 2x Aggressor, Aggressor Sergeant, Auto Boltstorm Gauntlets/Fragstorm Grenade Launcher

+ Heavy Support +

Centurion Devastator Squad
. Centurion: Grav-cannon and grav-amp, Hurricane bolter
. Centurion: Grav-cannon and grav-amp, Hurricane bolter
. Centurion Sergeant: Grav-cannon and grav-amp, Hurricane bolter

+ Flyer +

Stormtalon Gunship: Skyhammer missile launcher, Twin assault cannon

++ Spearhead Detachment +1CP (Imperium – Space Marines) ++

+ HQ +

Lias Issodon

+ Heavy Support +

Devastator Squad: Armorium Cherub
Space Marine Sergeant
4x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Lascannon

Devastator Squad
Space Marine Sergeant
4x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Lascannon

Devastator Squad
Space Marine Sergeant
4x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Lascannon

Devastator Squad: Armorium Cherub
Space Marine Sergeant
4x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon and grav-amp

Devastator Squad: Armorium Cherub
Space Marine Sergeant
4x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon and grav-amp

++ Super-Heavy Detachment +3CP (Imperium – Imperial Knights) ++

+ Lord of War +

Knight Crusader: Avenger gatling cannon, Heavy flamer, Heavy stubber, Twin Icarus autocannon
. Rapid-fire battle cannon w/ heavy stubber: Heavy stubber, Rapid-fire battle cannon

Knight Errant: Heavy stubber, Reaper chainsword, Thermal cannon

Knight Errant: Heavy stubber, Reaper chainsword, Thermal cannon

Knight Paladin: Character, Heavy stubber, Heavy stubber, Knight Seneschal, Rapid-fire battle cannon, Ravager, Warlord

Hello again and welcome to what is sure to be another awesome report! We have Steven trying out a practice list for the upcoming Greetings From The Warp event he will be attending, as well as Mark’s list for No Retreat VI! We get to see them duke it out on this lava terrain battlefield expertly set up by the SN Team!
This report is going to feature both Steven and Mark fighting for the 6 objectives placed equally throughout the board, as they play test their lists with the No Retreat rules.
And what a sight to start the deployment out! Three of Mark’s four Knights lined up alongside each other! And they look absolutely beautiful!
And finally, the fourth Knight is deployed on the left side of the battlefield, the towering hulks of metal ready to take the fight to the Raptors.
Two units of Lascannon Devastators run up into position, before hearing their Captain yell “halt!” signalling the Marines to set up and prepare to fight. They deploy near the objective marker, holding it securely at the start of the battle.
In the centre of the Raptor’s deployment zone, Steven places his Stormtalon. Right along in front of the flyer, a unit of Scouts deploy stealthily, taking cover behind a large rock, out of the enemy line of sight.
With both players deployed, they roll off, with Mark having a +1. This +1 proves vital, winning him the roll off. Steven then attempts to steal the initiative, but unfortunately for him, fails to do so. To begin Mark’s Turn 1, he draws his first three cards and, with incredible luck, draws Defend Objective 1 and Secure Objective 1, proving incredibly useful for him as he already has a Knight located on Objective 1. Also, having used his Raven Guard Stratagem, Steven’s Aggressors and Centurions are deployed away from the towering Knights. Normally part of Steven’s alpha strike, he opts to hang them back a little, as they will provide Mark with easy kills, hindering Steven’s forces.
Turn 1 (Imperial Knights)

The sound of the Knights marching up along the battlefield echoes through the entirety of the locale, the echo ringing in the ear of the Raptors. In the centre of the battlefield lies the Relic, the Knights looking to secure the area.

Turn 1 (Imperial Knights)

The Knight flanking up Mark’s left takes aim at the Centurions, its huge machinery creaking as it locates the armoured Marines. The fusion cores within its Thermal Cannon fires, the hot, volatile material immediately incinerating one of them, turning the Centurion into a pile of molten slag.

Turn 1 (Imperial Knights)

The second Thermal Cannon Knight then aims at one of the Lascannon Devastator units, noticing that this is the biggest threat to their army. Once again, the sound of the super-heated Cannon fires up, as it torches the Lascannon unit. The Knight then also fires its Heavy Stubber, the flurry of lead accompanied by the Thermal Cannon proving too much for the Devastators. Mark slays the entire unit and claims First Blood!

Turn 1 (Imperial Knights)

Keeping up with the momentum, the Knight Crusader looks to deal even more damage to the already hindered Raptors forces. It chooses to split fire, targeting the second Lascannon Devastator unit, along with the Aggressors. The Knight Crusader lays down a flurry of fire, killing 2 Aggressors, along with 4 more Devastators, leaving just one standing. From the 8 Lascannons which Steven started with, he is down to just 1. This is going to make the battle an uphill struggle for the Raptors!

Turn 1 (Imperial Knights)

Looking to remove the final Aggressor from the battlefield, the Knight rushes into combat. The Aggressor fires in Overwatch, however the rumbling and shaking from the Knight’s footsteps throw him off balance, as he crashes to the ground. The Knight simply raises its foot, and steps down onto the Aggressor, crushing the Marine under it’s thundering foot, removing yet another unit from the Raptor’s army. This isn’t looking like a good game for Steven!

Turn 1 (Raptors)

After very little movement, Steven enters the shooting phase. Lias Issodon, along with the two more Devastator units and a Lieutenant arrive onto the battlefield, ready to fire their Grav Weaponry into the Knights.

Turn 1 (Raptors)

The Stormtalon moves into Lias’ 6″ range for rerolls to hit, looking to aid the Devastators.

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