Gaining the strategy roll again, the Astartes continued to harry the Blitz Brigades on the East. Tactical 3 brought only two buggies slewing to a broken halt with a sustained fire order, even with the crossfire bonus from the outflanking Assault One.
"Zoggin' eck!" cried Wazzdakka, as Devastator One also unleashed a sustained wall of fire, under Herzog's direction. Three buggies and a gunwagon collapsed into melted heaps of slag and scrap metal; and the formations turned tail and fled; Wazzdakka shaking his fist at the stony-faced Marines.
In response, Dregkart led his Blitz Brigade back into the fry, engaging Assault One. Heavily outnumbered, but well-prepared, Highheart and his men cut down a stand of bikes and two gunwagons in return for two stands of assault marines. The round ended in a draw; but the second round saw the Astartes triumphant: the loss of another bike stand for no kills broke the orks' spirit and they retreated.
The long shadows of Stompy and the Stompas doubled along the central road, and a high-pitched squealing heralded their fire on Assault One. Ducking into cover, none of the Astartes died!
In urgent retaliation, Vindicator support advanced and attacked the Stompa mob, bracketing them with devastating firepower and bringing two of the collosal machine to the ground. The rest lost their nerve, turned about, and ran back the way they had come.
Squiggles and his Supa Skwadron failed to get airborne; doubtless owing to some careless runt forgetting to refuel the fighta-bommas. They stood down and removed all their blast markers.
With no enemy airpower available, T'Moro led the Skybears in a ground attack on Wazzdakka's broken Blitz Brigade in the North-west, resulting in a fantastic five kills for the gallant Sky-Captain and his wingman.
Grimtuff's mob doubled forward to attack Tactical 2. This activated Land Raider Supports' Overwatch, which resulted in one boyz stand and three battlewagons being reduced to piles of ash and smoke. In the confusion, the intended attack had gone awry, and no casualties were caused to Sergeant Quillon and his men.
Unfortunately for the jubilant Ultramarines of Tactical 2, Grimtuff's attack was just a feint. Sailing in on the looted Thunderhawk, Iron Vulcha
, the Rokkiteers launched an air assault:
... which resulting in five tactical stands and two Land Raiders being torn to smithereens; while only three Stormboy stands were scattered in return. Tactical 2 fell back hurriedly, Sergeant Quillon and his remaining men scorched and bleeding as they embarked the remaining Land Raider.
Meanwhile, on the West flank, Captain Mercian and Tactical One doubled up to support Assault One; the Hunter taking a potshot at the Stompas. While no hit was caused, the panic amongst the broken crew led them to abandon one of the Stompas owing to the blast marker.
Mercian ordered Predator Support to cut across the centre and shore up the Eastern flank – the objective must be held! Gunning their engines, the tanks marched across to end up at the main entrance to the Sino-Orthodox Cathedral, next to the Plaza d'Aquilla.
Nuzzgrond, full of wrath, ordered his formation round the Cathedral, where they opened up on Tactical 2; wiping out the Land Raider and remaining infantry stand. Sergeant Quillon's head opened up at a stray shell; and everything went black...
On the other side of the field, Assault One marshalled, buoyed by the presence of their Company Captain and Reclusiarch. They jumped to claim the anti-aircraft post objective near the ravine.
The Big Boomaz spotted the jump pack contrails of Assault One and opened up with sustained fire. Due to the distance and plentiful ruins, coupled with the orks' notorious 'marksmanship', no casualties were caused, though Highheart still ordered his men to dig in.
As the Landa disengaged, Hunters from Tactical One and the Devastators homed in; one striking home to cause a damage point.
END OF TURN TWO
Imperial Objectives – 3
Ork Objectives – 1
Contested Objectives – 0
Imperial Victory Conditions – n/a
Ork Victory Conditions – n/aSuccessful Rally
Assault One (0)Failed Rally
Stompy and the Stompas (Broken)