It’s time again to murder some Nids! Bigger battle than the previous one coming in at 1250 points. Changed my list up a bit and looking forward to test out some other tactics. I’m trying a different way to write a battle report.Here’s a look at how it all went down.
The space marines enter the valley. In the center there is an outpost surrounded by trees that raises all the way up to the sky. For a second the commander considers sending a unit to the top for a better vantage point but quickly dismisses it as he sees the collection of tyranid warriors accumulating on the left flank. The captain charges straight ahead in his rhino filled with a command squad of his best special weapons team in hopes to flank them on their left. By this time it is apparent that the warriors are being lead by a carnifex. The sergeant of the combat squad reports “Captain, we are gonna reposition ourselves with the main force below. There is no shot to be had here. There is just too many trees blocking our view.” So the dreadnought and combat squad make a run to their brothers.
Still very quite as the other half of the tactical squad spot a rustling from the trees in the distance. “It’s just not like those filthy nids to be hiding behind cover like that. Filthy xenos.” Just as the devastator squad takes there one an only shot at the Nid huddle, the ground begins to shake violently, almost bringing the marines to their knees. From the earth in front of the Vindicator a gigantic Trygon rises. Immediately he spits fire down on the marines killing very few. The Sternguard return fire. Their vengeance rounds severely wounding the monstrous creature. As the majority of focus is on the Trygon, the carnifex and warriors charge over the hill towards the fight. The vindicator and devastators make short work of the fex, knowing that if he joins the fight, it’s all over. At this point total war has broken out amongst the marines main force.
Meanwhile, as the captain and his command squad are traveling to hit the nids from the side one of the vets spots a rustling in the trees. “Lictor!” Without hesitation the Rhino pilot takes off at top speed. Just as they break free, on the horizon there is a huge swarm of gaunts amassing. The speeding pilot continues to floor it straight into the cluster crushing one. The huge swarm breaks. Both swarms head for cover. The captain and his vets exit the Rhino. The vets charge for the squad opening fire with plasma, melta and flamers, cutting them down to one or two. Captain, “Alright brothers, lets get back to the real fight.” As the squad turns to head back to the Rhino, they are met with a hail of toxic bio fluid. The other gaunts seemed to have joined the fight. Upon entering the Rhino, blinded by the recent attack they realize two of their brothers have fallen. “Looks like we are far from done here. I just hope our brothers are holding out.”
Complete chaos has erupted… literally. By this time the trygon is no closer to death and now a dozen or so genestealers including a brood lord has emerged from the hole that the trygon has just came from. Frantically the marines fire at everything, wounding warriors but not enough to bring any down. The trygon leaps forward for the devastator squad. As a reflex, the demolisher gun team on the Vindicator fire directly at the pile of genestealers pouring out of the hole. The result is near extinction. All but 3 genestealers remain including the brood lord. The vindicator pilot triumphantly boasts to the captain. Captain, “Great. Keep it up. How are the rest of your brothers making out?.” The pilot looks to his dashboard read out and pauses. “It doesn’t look good, captain.” We’ve almost complete killed the warriors but now it seems there is a Lictor that has just killed the stern… wait a sec…” A flash from the Dreadnought and “…nevermind. Lictor terminated.” We will be there when we can. Hold strong.”
After killing the Lictor, the dreadnought is distracted by a huge blast to his left. The whirlwind is gone and the Trygon is charging towards the Vindicator. He looks around to find all of the remaining squads engaged and falling at a rapid pace. In a desperate act to kill the trygon, the dreadnought runs back to hold ground and hopefully kill him, his brothers are lost and there is nothing he can do about it. If only he can buy some time until the captain and the vets arrive. Before the dread could take another step a second explosion went off… “the Vindicator,” he thought. As he turned to take a shot the trygon was baring down on him.
As they round the corner, the captain and his vets witness what is left of all the murder and destruction. They snap back to action as they here the Rhino storm bolters killing the brood lord. The team move forward and off in the distance the dreadnought collapses in a fiery wreck. They are now faced with the unkillable trygon as well as the last of the tyranid warriors. The captain, in a fit of rage demands they drive straight through the trygon and come out his arse. The squad fires furiously out of the hatches. They come to an immediate halt as the trygon calls their bluff and dices the vehicle into many pieces. The captain and his remaining squad stand and fight but the giant monsters are just too much. What’s left of the squad hear a rustling in the trees to the right, the warrior, but it’s too late as a trygon talon burst through each marine. The captain drops his bolter to the ground and starts swing his chainsword… yeah chainsword. Sparks fly as the chainsword is reflected by the talons of the trygon. He to bursts into a blood mess. No one is left to tell the tale of trygon valley.
So to recap, this was a difficult battle as I have never faced a trygon before nor, know what to do when one pops up. I had limited mobility with only one Rhino and was unable to move into a defensive position when all the tyranids arrived in my zone. Not sure what else to say, but I will definitely try to compensate for my lack of maneuverability.