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Default Tau vs Chaos Marines 1000pts with pics (06/04/2010)

[box][spoiler=Some History]The Vare Colony started off with just a handful of fire warrior teams. Trained with basic knowlege on operating systems, living in swiflty constructed barracks and living out of a domed hydroponics bay. Slowly and with alot of time other Tau would come to the colony to do the tasks the local shas could not; and after seeing the beauty of the ice fields, shinning mountain peaks and snap frozen forests many tau would request a permanent station there.

The Etherals know not why such requests were made as any Etheral who saw the planet would simply see it as yet another rock that offered little to assist the empire; but if refused a request of transfer, almost all the tau would become ill with depresion. So it came that the Etherals limited the numbers that went to Vare. They erased all images of Vare from the databases on other planets as even a simple image could cause minor depression. With this now hidden planet there was only one method of communication and that was from the Etherals Chambers on Tau.

Many generations later and the vare colony was a mighty city indeed. The city had spread to cover many miles and was now surrounded by a towering wall that circled around the city limits. Within, greater hydroponic buildings were constructed allowing for more nutritional and tastier foods to be grown. Living blocks rise high with schools and health stations built within for each caste. Using the mined minerals of the planet the Vare colonists had a small modular factory that could be assigned and reworked to build equipment for any needs, including weaponry and armour. To use these weapons meant for a small training camp to be built for the shas graduates of the living blocks.

As communication was to be limited and Etherals felt no time for the simple requests of an unimportant planet, data such as births of young tau and the information on the colonies progress became spuradic and inacurate. It was with Aun'savons first visit that the city came under true scrutiny. Its population had boomed and data from other planets had been imported without permission, consisting of relaxing literature to building blue-prints. Aun'savon admited he was impressed with what they had done but that was the only positive he would report.

He was the first to discover that 'O Vare Rex' was the true identity of Commander Va're'x, known to many as Tau's Greatest Strength. Learning of the stain on the Vare name disgusted him and believed that Va're'x, a runaway from the Vare Colony, should no longer hold his rank as the title of Shas was stripped from his families name. This request was approved by a council of Etherals, but an official form from a higher Etheral denied the request. The form itself hid the Etherals name and Va're'x was never to know of what had happend. Aun'savons report continued on to release information that the colony held a contingent of warriors and gunships. Another request made and approved was for most of the contingent to be assigned off world to assisst the Empire. With grudges held these Shas left their homes and were spread throughout Tau cadres.

Having seen all he could Aun'savon left Vare leaving behind orders for a larger amount of mined minerals to be sent to other planets, brining Vare's progress to a halt. Taking with him was a taste of disgust. The tau on Vare had not hindered the empire but niether did they make the effort to help the empire. It was with Aun'savons tongue that rumors started, the Vare warriors throughout the empire were treated with disrespect and soon the word 'vare' became a disgracefull insult.

Fourteen tau'cyr later and Aun'savon was to return.

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His fleet had arrived and were engaged with the Impireal Ships above the planets atmosphere. Falling from the skies came a skether'qan escorted by two kass'l. The 'messenger' ship dropped to a steady halt within the city as the orcas circled above. From the ship came teams of fire warriors, their uniforms smoothe and armour shining. Following came the Etheral himself. Stepping onto the landing pad as the vessels returned to join the combat above. In the winds that swept from the ships the Aun stood steady, his red and green robes gliding in the breeze. Looking elegant in the chaos of the gusts that twisted around him. Every tau felt his imposing glare upon them.

Aun'savon was not interested in the city this time and looked for his pet. Standing at the bottom stood El'sa'cea dressed in similar robes of reds and greens but not of such glory as the Aun. Aun'savon felt this as an insult, thinking to himself that maybe he had given this half-caste tau too many privilages. Still he needed the el' to furthur his plans and he walked down the landing ramp to meet El'se'cea.

"Greetings Aun'savon. I hope your journey was pleasant."

"It was of no interuptions Shas'el. Sa'cea, what news do you have of Commander Vare?"

"I did as asked my Aun. Vare was in a tight conflict with the Gue and maybe he could have pulled off the mission. He had however lost many of his warriors. I took this chance to destroy the objective and remind Shas'O Vare how the Tau do battle."

"And did you achieve your goal?"

"Yes my Aun. He has shown a strong hatred to anyone who uses the vare name as an insult. He confronted me but I remained calm. With the break of our talks he gave threats to end my life."

"The situation sounds well el. What is of him now?"

"I currently have the entire Vare Cadre on cleaning duties, I declared by your orders, my Aun. Further more I would add he is becomming unstable. Vare talks of a korst'la stalking him. He could become unpredictable."

"Noted El'sa'cea. You have done well. I wish for you to continue watching his cad..."


The conversation was broken by a loud snap of the air that was heard by all on the planet, leaving their ears ringing. To the south the skies changed. Above the mountains swirling clouds gathered. Red and purple light stained the clouds, the colours spreading like blood from a wound. Lighting craked and thunder roared. At the centre was darkness. An area of emptiness. A hole in the fabric of space. From the hole fell, something. As it hit the grounds beyond the horizon a thin blue streak erupted from it, shooting straight and true through the center of the clouds dark void. With moments passed, more objects began to fall, converging on the heart of the beam.

"My Aun, what is this?"

"Rumours Sa'cea. Only rumours. That light is a signal beam, a homing beacon. We must go. Bring your troops El'sa'cea, today we begin to take the steps you must climb to become a Shas'O."

"Yes my Aun."
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Objective: Capture and Control - Spearhead
The Tau need to take and disable the beacon to prevent more Chaos converging on the location.
The Chaos want to take and kill the Etheral that made the mistake of personally investigating the light.
Points Limit: 1000
Turns: 5
Battlefield:
So things were placed out to give a feel for an even match, with walls littering the field.
We placed 2 craters in the top left corner so if the winner of the roll wanted to, they could choose the bottom right corner and force the opponent to start in the difficult terrain.
As it happend I won the roll to picked to start in the top right, feeling that to be better suited and so placed my marker.
The Chaos forces start to the bottom left where the beacon is located.
Tau are to the top right where they will need to protect the etheral.
Ignore the stack of tank traps to the bottom right, i forgot to take the extra off of the table.

Deployment:
Tau -
HQ Units:
Shas弾l Sa'cea:
Plasma Rifle
Fusion Blaster
Hard-Wired Multi Tracker
Iridium Armour
Drone Controller with 2 Shield Drones


TROOP Units:
Fire Warriors x 8:
Shas置i
Bonded
Hard-Wired Drone Controller with 2 Shield Drones
Devilfish Transport
Targeting Array
Multi Tracker
Disruption Pod

Fire Warriors x 8:
Shas置i
Bonded
Hard-Wired Drone Controller with 2 Shield Drones
Devilfish Transport
Targeting Array
Multi Tracker
Disruption Pod

Fire Warriors x 8:
Shas置i
Bonded


HEAVY Units:
Broadside:
Shas置i Team Leader
Smart Missile System
Hard-Wired Multi Tracker
Advanced Stabilisation System

Broadside:
Shas置i Team Leader
Smart Missile System
Hard-Wired Multi Tracker
Advanced Stabilisation System

Hammerhead Gunship:
Targeting Array
Ion Cannon
Smart Missile System
Multi Tracker
Target Lock
Disruption Pod

TOTAL: 1000 pts


[glow=yellow,5,600]CHAOS -
HQ Units:
Chaos Lord
Terminator Armour
Combi-Weapon
Power Fist


TROOP Units:
10 x Chaos Space marine
Aspiring Champion
Powerfist
Heavy Bolter
Melta Gun
Rhino Transport

10 x Chaos Space marine
Aspiring Champion
Powerfist
Heavy Bolter


HEAVY Units:
Chaos Predator
Twin-Linked Lascannon
Side Sponsons Lascannons
Pintle Mounted Twin-Linked Bolted

Chaos Havocs x 5
Aspiring Champion
Lascannon
Missile Launcher
Autocannon
Heavy Bolter
Power Fist

Obliterator Cult

TOTAL: 1030
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My tactics was to have my two broadsides and ionhead to surround my marker, still being able to shoot the far side if needed. One team of FW to defend the wall in front and shoot the oncommers. My other two teams were to go along the bottom edge and along to the objective, using the devil fish when it was safe. By that I mean destroy the predator and the Havoc Marines. My Shas'el I set up to go along the top table edge and give me a chance of surrounding my enemy.

My opponent set up with a squad in the rhino and the Obliterator in reserve ready to deepstrike.

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TURN 1

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Tau:
So with the chaos forces ahead I moved my two Devifish Warrior teams south. My commander strided forward and got behind a wall. Everything that could took pot shots at the enemy. With all the firing only my wall mounted fire warriors managed to kill a single member of the Havoc Marines.



[glow=yellow,5,600]Chaos:
The rhino moved forward 6 inches. The squad inside jumped out and both the squad and tank fired at the Shas'el. Between all the shots the commander took one wound. I designated the wound to him as I knew the squad had a melta gun and wanted that to be hiting my shield drones should it happen.

The predator and havocs sent las and autocannon fire at my ionhead but lady luck caused no penetration or glances.[/glow]

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TURN 2

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Tau:
So to the top my commander was ablt to take 3 shots at the marines, with 3 hits and so 3 dead marines. Then fell back 6 inches in the assault phase. My 2 Devilfish Teams advanced forward along the southern edge.

So now I get to shoot, first order of business my 2 broadsides shoot at the predator, the first missing but the secound manages to penetrate. The chaos general rolls for damage and it lands on a 6. Happy days for me. Next the front Devilfish shoots at the Havoc squad and wounds the Aspiring Champion with a burst of pulse fire. Once more the Warrior team on the wall shoot, aiming at the Havoc squad and putting down the Champion of the squad.

So with that my turn ends. The Havocs still had their missile launcher, autocannon and lasgun but they were slowly being picked off by the keen eyed fire warriors. My broadsides had done me proud by eliminating the Predator.



[glow=yellow,5,600]Chaos:
With the predator gone the Rhino and squad of Chaos Marines split up. The Marines headed furthur forward towards the commander, attempting to hunt him down. The Rhino draws rights to head off the advancing Fire Warriors.

The shooting phase quickly comes along with the squad of Marines causing another wound on the Shas'el. The only other order of business was the Havoc squad shooting the Gunship but failing to hit through the disruption pod.[/glow]



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TURN 3

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[color=red]Tau:
Both teams of 'fish warriors advance along the southern edge. In an attempt to hault the advance the Devilfish flank either side of the rhino.

The shooting begins and I start with the Ionhead taking shots at the havoc squad but unable to down any of the heavy Marines. Both broadsides shoot at the Rhino but both fail to hit or get even a glancing hit. So I try with burstcannon fire from the Devilfish and the forward team of warriors, but still no glancing or penetrating hits. Finaly the warriors on the wall attempt shots on the rear of the rhino and again it takes no damage. The turn would have ended without any casulties caused if not for my commander who shot at the approaching marines to down another two.

A very poor round of firing but proceeding on my commander jumps back some more, keeping clear out of assault range from the marines.


[glow=yellow,5,600]Chaos:
My opponent has a smug look on his face, thoughout the match we had been discussing each others tactics and, after rolling for reserves his Obliterator comming in and dropping just 6 inches from my tank, he now he says "I'm declaring a tank shock towards your firewarriors." He aims, and with the unit so close to the table edge he guesses 10 inches. We measure and...hes short by half an inch. The look of a smug face soon changed players as we both laughed.

The chaos marines to the north advanced again but this time unable to hurt the shas'el and once more the Havoc Marines fail to harm the Ionhead. The only Tau casualty was one Broadside that fell to the Obliterators shooting.

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