Battle Report (Craftworlds vs Raptors)

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His face is the summit of a smoking volcano; strong and resolute, yet dark and sinister. I watch him through the scope of my long rifle and wonder, if I were to gently squeeze the trigger and bring death unto him, would he notice? Would the focused beam of energy released from the mouth of my weapon simply bounce off his forehead as though a pebble striking much larger rock? He is a creature of flesh and blood, yet from where I sit, he seems like much, much more.
His brothers speak to him, relaying tactical information about the rocky landscape ahead, possible places where we could be hiding, but he does not reply, instead he watches on, and for a mad instant, I fear his eyes find mine, staring at me from the other side of my scope. My heart leaps into my throat, my skin prickles, and I am left to wonder if he has somehow spotted me, even from this distance. For he is hidden well, this mon’keigh; the shadows cling to he and his men, the dust and the wind favours them, conceals them, but they are playing the game of stealth with my brothers and sisters, and we are Alaitoc.
We are better.
The space marine’s eyes release their hold on mine, he speaks a single word to his comrades, and my heart settles into a steady rhythm again. Breathing deep, I take a moment to adjust my grip on my long rifle and continue my sweep of their concealed position, relaying as much information as I can to my commander, that they may better prepare our trap.
Then I hear it. The sound is sharp and quick, a pebble striking a rock. In a heartbeat I drop my long rifle, draw my shuriken pistol from its holster, and spin around on the spot only to find myself staring down the barrel of a bolt pistol. A scout. He holds a knife in the other hand, already wet with blood. I realize then, my brothers and sisters are dead, our forward position discovered. In a moment I will be dead also, and yet, a smile finds my lips.
“This day you die in the Emperor’s name, xenos scum,” the scout spits.
“This day you meet your dead Emperor, mon’keigh.”
Time slows as the scout squeezes the trigger, the eye of his gun flashing bright yellow in the instant before my death. But I embrace this fate, for our trap has now been sprung. My only regret is that I will not see his face when he and his small unit are all that are left of his commander’s force.

Mission: The Relic
Deployment: Dawn Of War
Points: 1750

++ Battalion Detachment +5CP (Aeldari – Craftworlds) ++

Craftworld Attribute: Alaitoc: Fieldcraft

+ HQ +

Farseer Skyrunner: 1. Guide, 2. Doom, Alaitoc: Puritanical Leader, Craftworlds Warlord, Kurnous’ Bow, Singing Spear, Twin Shuriken Catapult

Illic Nightspear

+ Troops +

Rangers: 5x Ranger

Rangers: 5x Ranger

Rangers: 5x Ranger

+ Fast Attack +

Shining Spears
. 5x Shining Spear: 5x Laser Lance, 5x Twin Shuriken Catapult
. Shining Spear Exarch: Laser Lance, Twin Shuriken Catapult

Windriders
. 9x Windrider – Shuriken Cannon: 9x Shuriken Cannon

+ Heavy Support +

Fire Prism: Twin Shuriken Catapult

Fire Prism: Spirit Stones, Twin Shuriken Catapult

Fire Prism: Twin Shuriken Catapult

+ Flyer +

Hemlock Wraithfighter: 4. Protect/Jinx, Spirit Stones

Hemlock Wraithfighter: 4. Protect/Jinx, Spirit Stones

++ Super-Heavy Auxiliary Detachment (Imperium – Imperial Knights) ++

+ Lord of War +

Cerastus Knight-Castigator: Castigator bolt cannon, Tempest warblade, Warlord Trait: Ion Bulwark
. Character: Warlord

++ Battalion Detachment (Imperium – FW Adeptus Astartes) ++

+ HQ +

Lias Issodon

+ HQ +

Librarian: 1) Veil of Time, 2) Might of Heroes, Force stave

Lieutenants
. 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: Bolt pistol, Boltgun/Bolt pistol
. 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 +

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

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

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

 

Zealous, stubborn and most importantly, master warriors; it is no small feat to overcome the Black Templar. So when news reached the Adeptus Administratum that a platoon of Templars had gone missing on a supposedly abandoned Eldar world it came as a great surprise. Whats more, the Templars were carrying vital information regarding Administratum movements in the Ultima Segmentum. The decision was made, the Raptors were sent to investigate. The Team has been busy this week tidying up after No Retreat 7, and there is an amazing atmosphere in the studio perfect for report making. This weeks report will see Steven wielding his old Raptors, possibly his favourite army, against Shaggy who will be representing the Eldar with the new studio army. The Team today have also improved on the usual Eldar board with plenty of line of sight blocking terrain which should force both armies into dynamic close quarters combat. Will the secrets of the Adeptus Administratum be saved today? Lets find out…

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