GAME TYPE & POINTS VALUE:
40K 1000pts (Standard FOC wasn’t used)MISSION:
Seize Ground – Pitched BattleARMIES INVOLVED:
Iron Warriors and Olympian Auxilia, and World Eaters and Johnnus III defectors VS Blood Angels and Johnnus III Imperial Army support attachment.IMPERIAL PLAYERS:
Dargor and a chap we call ‘little John’TRAITOR PLAYERS:
Einarr & BjornIn the wake of Horus’s defeat and the failed siege of Terra, the Imperium’s wounded armies started a long and bloody war against the Warmaster’s forces, driving them from Imperial space. These grim days were later referred to by Imperial scholars as The Great Scouring, an action that saw the Imperium regain
lost territories step after bloody step. It wasn’t an easy task as even broken and
beaten the traitor Legions still caused anarchy whenever and wherever they could. Thus happened with the world of Johnnus III, a world that had declared with the Emperor as soon as news of the Heresy reached the planet...
News of an impending assault reached the governor of Johnnus III
; the brutal Iron Warriors Legion and their bloodthirsty maniac brothers of the World Eaters had arrived en mass to capture the world. On top of these grim news, fully half of the Imperial armoured regiments turned against their own and acceded to the traitor’s side, their cannons blasting apart fortresses and hive cities alike, before the might of the World Eaters left them a lifeless husk. The Governor marshalled what forces he could to his cause and sent a distress signal with highest priority to nearby space.
After three bloody months, salvation appeared to have unexpectedly arrived in the form of the Blood Angels Legion. The vengeful sons of the martyred angel Sanguinius, came to the aid of Johnnus’ III people, taking over general command and mustering the Imperial forces for an attack at the enemy headquarters. Lightning fast, the assault quickly reached the entrenched traitors, blood thundered in the warrior’s veins malice and hatred were harnessed to a battle rage and a fierce battle was about to begin...
Under the stern leadership of Librarian brother Ixius
, a veteran of the Great Crusade now encased in the adamantium hull of a dreadnought, and revered Reclusiarch Annellus
, the loyalist army surged forwards intent on annihilating the hated traitors. Far across the other side of the battlefield Basilisk carriages rotated and angled for kill shots, Manticore and Executioner cannons primed and acquired targets, hefty man portable lascannons set their sights on enemy vehicles and World Eaters howled in anticipation of the brutal melee. Punishing fire erupted in the traitor’s lines intent on pinning the hated troops, so that the main force could arrive mostly unscathed. Librarian Ixius
leapt forwards born aloft on mighty crimson wings and flanked by combat squad Scipio
in their Baal pattern rhino, its mighty cannons roaring as it surged forwards. Sergeant Amdeus
was there also, accompanied by Reclusiarch Annellus
and Sanguinary Priest Mercatto
, in their Rhino APC Nemesis
, the vehicle’s name redubbed after the siege of Terra.
Despite the opening salvo from the Imperial tanks, the Iron Warriors, masters of trench warfare took the brunt with relentless determination, going to ground where needed thus minimising their losses, much to the fury of the desperate Imperials. When the time had come, Astartes rose from trench parapets, bringing mighty lascannons to bear, Olympian Auxilia and turncoat Johnnus’ III
tanks opened up on the enemy, incandescent beams of fire streaking towards the loyalists, plasma blasts and earthshaker rounds blasting the very earth apart. It was by the traitor’s fire that Ixius
perished, his mighty form shot from the sky by an incandescent lascannon beam. His deeds were many and glorious and the Reclusiarch Annellus
sent Legion serfs to retrieve what remained of the sarcophagus and the hero within. But the fight had just started and many more would die before the end drew near. Iron Warriors bikers leapt forwards towards the enemy line, meltaguns targeting the command chimera of Johnnus’ III
most brilliant general. Superheated subatomic beams hit the chimera’s engine compartment immobilising it and leaving it vulnerable to the bikers, who immediately used krak grenades, thus triggering an explosion but not before the passengers within could bail out; of the crew none escaped the blast...
Seeing the Imperial officer and his retinue left out in the open and soon prey for the bikers and their vicious leader, Scipio ordered his Baal Rhino ‘Charon’
onwards, intent on ramming the bikers and then burst out, bolters blazing. Seeing the tank coming close, one of the meltagunners took carefull aim with his weapon and punched a hole in ‘Charon’
rupturing fuel lines and melting critical systems, thus leaving the proud tank a burning, smoking shell. Squad Scipio
quickly exited their transport, cursing the traitors, and lining up for assault. Together with the Officer’s command squad, their fire claimed the lives of almost all of the bikers, leaving only the hated Captain and his Sergeant. Scipio
pulled his gladius from its scabbard and together with his battle brothers assaulted the Iron Warriors, their Primarch’s name on their lips. All the while the first chimera transport to reach the enemy lines disgorged its cargo, all veterans of the previous battles, now learned in the traitor’s tactics. The hardened veterans opened up with their meltaguns, hitting the Olympian Auxilia Executioner tank and destroying the main turret’s plasma accelerator and its lascannon, thus leaving it without its primary weapons. More fire from the loyalist tanks claimed the defected Leman Russ’s battle cannon, while streaking from the ravaged skies, land speeder 'Fury'
made a rigorous atmospheric entry, landing on a hill overlooking the manticore’s side armour. Twin rockets blasted on the manticore but its armour held, the crew now setting up for firing the storm eagle rockets.
Between this punishing exchange of fire sergeant Scipio
and his squad, backed up by Sanguinary Priest Argento
, managed to drag the sergeant from his bike and slay him but couldn’t lay their hands on the captain who cut down two of the Blood Angels. Nevertheless Argento
and squad Scipio
closed in on the captain, blades drawn and ready. More gunfire erupted from the traitor lines, the manticore unleashing a deadly payload on the veterans who harmed ‘Invigilus’
, blasting them to bits and leaving the rest broken and in full retreat. ‘Invigilus’
and it’s brother tank both retreated to secondary positions, and from the right flank a traitor Valkyrie flew towards the enemy formations. Blow after bloody blow, the Iron Warrior captain slew Argento
and one more Blood Angel, routing their remaining brethren who changed their tactical approach and headed off to their objective. to be continued...