Ravenguard vs Red Corsairs

The Warp. A blasted, hellish thing if ever there was one. We rely on it in order to reach distant stars upon which we may shine the Emperor’s light. And yet, dwelling within it, the foulest of creatures writhe and breed and spread their filth. They infect all they touch, turning good souls into tattered abominations hell-bent on the annihilation of everything that doesn’t stink like they do.

I can smell their stink now. Treading as I do upon this Emperor-forsaken world, my bolt rifle gripped tightly in my hands, I anticipate my encounter with my foe. My brothers stand with me, able warriors to the last. We are warriors. We are Raptors. Like predators in a vast and starry jungle, we have hunted down our prey across entire sectors, closing in on the watering hole at which they feel most complacent.

They call themselves the Red Corsairs. They are renegades, despoilers, moving from planet to planet, raiding and pillaging as they go. They fight like the Drukhari, using speed and misdirection to their advantage. And yet, they are a legion of Adeptus Astartes, and so they think as we do. They wear their power armour as if it were a second skin. They fill their ranks with blasphemous machines and daemon engines. With their enhanced senses and transhuman physiologies, they are formidable foes.

The most challenging game… but game nonetheless.

My brothers take their positions. We are the vanguard, scouting ahead of the rest of the force, scouting the enemy position and identifying their strongest and weakest points. Above us, drop pods are ready to fall like meteors. I give the order to the battle barge in orbit. Commence drop sequence.

It is the last order I give. I feel the lightning claws rip through my armour, my skin, my bones and organs like I was naked. The pain is sudden and hot, then deathly cold. Staring down, I see the tips of the blades protruding from my chest. They’re soaked in blood and crackling with energy. Around me, the rest of my squad has fallen. We were not as well hidden as we had thought, or had been led to believe.

First blood has been spilled, and now the game can begin.

Points: 1750

Mission: Four Pillars

Deployment: Search & Destroy

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

Legion: Red Corsairs

Specialist Detachment: Soulforged Pack

+ HQ +

Daemon Prince with Wings: Hellforged sword, Intoxicating Elixir, Reaver Lord Artefact, Warp bolter, Wings
Slaanesh

Lord Discordant on Helstalker: Baleflamer, Mark of Slaanesh, Master of the Soulforges, Mecha-serpents
Helstalker: Techno-virus injector

+ Troops +

Chaos Cultists: Mark of Slaanesh
10x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun
16x Chaos Cultist w/ autopistol and brutal assault weapon
Chaos Cultist w/ special weapon: Heavy stubber
Cultist Champion: Shotgun

+ Heavy Support +

Hellforged Leviathan Dreadnought: 2x Butcher cannon array, 2x Hellflamer, No Chaos Mark

Maulerfiend: Lasher tendrils, Mark of Slaanesh

Maulerfiend: Lasher tendrils, Mark of Slaanesh

Venomcrawler: Mark of Slaanesh

++ Battalion Detachment +5CP (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) ++

+ HQ +

Dark Apostle: Benediction of Darkness, Mark of Tzeentch, Mutating Invocation,Dark Disciples: 2x Dark Disciple

Huron Blackheart: Prescience, Reaver Lord, Warlord

+ Troops +

Chaos Space Marines: Icon of Wrath, Mark of Khorne
Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Chainaxe
11x Marine w/ Chainsword

Chaos Space Marines: Mark of Slaanesh
Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
3x Marine w/ Boltgun
Marine w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon

Chaos Space Marines: Mark of Slaanesh
Aspiring Champion: Bolt pistol, Boltgun
3x Marine w/ Boltgun
Marine w/ heavy weapon: Lascannon

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

**Chapter Selection**: Master Artisans, Raptors, Raven Guard, Stealthy

+ HQ +

Librarian: 2) Enveloping Darkness, 3) Null Zone, Force stave

+ Heavy Support +

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

Devastator Squad
Space Marine Sergeant
x4 Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon and grav-amp

Devastator Squad
Space Marine Sergeant
x4 Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Grav-cannon and grav-amp

++ Battalion Detachment +5CP (Imperium – Space Marines) ++

+ HQ +

Captain: Chainsword, Jump Pack, Shadowmaster, Storm bolter, Teeth of Terra

Lias Issodon: Master of Ambush, Warlord

+ Troops +

Infiltrator Squad: 4x Infilltrator, Infiltrator Sergeant

Intercessor Squad: Bolt rifle
. 4x Intercessor
. Intercessor Sergeant

Intercessor Squad: Bolt rifle
4x Intercessor
Intercessor Sergeant

Scout Squad: 8x Camo cloak
Scout Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Sniper rifle
7x Scout w/Sniper Rifle: 8x Sniper rifle

+ Elites +

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

Centurion Assault Squad
Centurion: Hurricane bolter
Meltaguns: 2x Meltagun
Centurion: Hurricane bolter
Meltaguns: 2x Meltagun
Centurion Sergeant: Hurricane bolter
Meltaguns: 2x Meltagun

+ Dedicated Transport +

Drop Pod: Storm bolter

Drop Pod: Storm bolter

Welcome back to the SN Studio, the home of the best quality written Warhammer battle reports! Today we bring you a special treat, as we have Chris and his Red Corsairs list which he took to Heat 1 and qualified, battling it out against Pardo and his Ravenguard. This will be the first time Pardo brings these out since the release of the Raven Guard supplement, so it will be interesting to see how it fares in today’s game. Pardo’s Raptors list is notoriously powerful, with him fine-tuning it after many painstaking games. Today however, he decides to switch things up slightly, as he looks to try out new units that he thinks work well with the supplement. Meanwhile, Chris is running his Red Corsairs, an army that, whilst not the most powerful on paper, runs quite a few ways to disrupt enemy forces. It is shaping up to be a great game between these two tabletop veterans. Once again, the SN Team prepare the battlefield up, using the famed ruined city terrain. We will also be featuring something new at the end of the battle report; a video conclusion, where both Chris and Pardo will run us through how the game went, as well as their thoughts on what they could have done differently. With all of that out of the way, let us get right into it!

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