Sunday, March 1, 2015

Templars Ascendant!


I had the pleasure of a 1,500 point game of Warhammer 40K this weekend using 7th edition rules against my old enemy, the Tyranids. 

This was my second game using Black Templars (although I have been collecting them for a while) so it was fun to work through the new edition and use an army that plays so differently to my first army (Tau).
I found myself saying things for the very first time like:

(closely followed by "how do I do that?")
Info on the game, lists and some photos of key moments below!
Mission:
We played the "Crusade mission" with the game layed out in "Hammer and Anvil" setup.
The game was called after a certain point due to a combination of time and what looked to be a bleak outlook for the Tyranids, but at that point, I was ahead on Victory Points, so technically, a Black Templars victory (but a very narrow one - just one point!)
My list was based on gracious advice from the Bolter and Chainsword website. I rarely play, so any mistakes in the list below are mine...
Lists:

1,500 points Black Templars


HQ:
Space Marine Captain (Artificer armour, Shield Eternal, Relic Blade, Melta Bomb)

Troops:
+ Crusader Squad 1: x6 Neophytes (Space Marine Shotguns), x6 Initiates (CCW + Bolt Pistols), Sword Brother (CCW+BP) 
Land Raider Crusader (Multi Melta, cannon etc.)
+ Crusader Squad 2: x5 initiates, Plasma Cannon, Plasma Gun, Sword Brother (Combi-Weapon)
Razorback (Twin linked Las cannons)

+ Crusader Squad 2: x5 initiates, Plasma Cannon, Plasma Gun,
Sword Brother (Combi-Weapon)
Razorback (Twin linked Las cannons)

Elites:
x5 Veteran Sternguard, all with Combi-Grav weapons.
Drop Pod (Storm bolter)

Fast Attack:
Stormtalon gunship (Twin linked cannon, Skyhammer missiles)

Heavy Support:
x2 Land Raider Whirlwind (Storm Bolters)

Tyranids:





From looking at the image above, and my memories of the game, it was something along these lines:


1,500 points Tyranids

x1 Hive Tyrant (Warlord) - on foot.
x1 Flying Tyranid Monstrous Creature (another Tyrant?)
x3 Carnifexes (?)  (one with a cannon, one with claws, one with shooting weapons?)
x3 Zoanthropes (Psychers)

x17 Hormagaunts
x20 Termagants
x1 Brood Lord + x5 Genestealers.
x10 Genestealers.

Key moments:
Here are some images from the battle:
The Tyranid battle line. There are 3 objective markers on this side of the board.

The Sternguard drop pod arrives behind enemy lines - aiming to take out
their Warlord
A Broodlord and Genestealers wreak havoc in the Black Templar back lines

The Tyranids have their revenge on the Sternguard...



A Black Templars squad and captain charge in!

A desperate struggle for a Black Templars objective on the other flank
(MOAR Genestealers!)
Time permitting, I will write up a report, but in the meantime, some more shots of the Black Templar team:







A big thanks to my opponent for the very friendly game (a lot of my army is not "Wysiwyg"), his hospitality and good humour.


Cheers!
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