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Default [BatRep] The Purge of Xanthion VII, 2500pts

This was the first time I have gone to the local hobby shop on a Wednesday, I should have been doing my class reading, I should have been getting more sleep, but instead I decided to go and get in a game of 40k. I have to say this was one of the craziest games I have ever played. Since the game was so large we agreed to use multiple force organization charts. The army lists were as follows:

Forces of Chaos

Thousand Sons, The Sorcerer's of Hurios 2 FOCs
Thousand Sons Sorcerer Lord Hurios, the Despot of Xanthion
-pair of master crafted lightning claws, wind of change, spikey bits, eye of tzeentch and probably something else
Sorcerer Leutenant Karindal Three Eye
-Pair of Master Crafted Lightning Claws, eye of tzeentch, doom bolt, spikey bits
Greater Daemon of Tzeentch, bunch of stuff
Chaos Dreadnaught, TL Las, ML
Chaos Dreadnaught, TL Las, ML
Rubric Squad (10)
-Sorcerer with Doom Bolt and powre fist, Banner of Chaos, thrall, Rhino with Combi Bolter and Smokes
Rubric Squad (10)
-Sorcerer with Doom Bolt, Mark of Whatever that lets GD be summoned, Banner of Chaos, Rhino with Combi Bolter and Smokes
Rubric Squad (10)
-Sorcerer with Doom Bolt, Power Fist, Thrall, Rhino with Combi Bolter and Smokes
Rubric Squad (10)
-Sorcerer with Doom Bolt, Power Fist, Rhino with Combi Bolter and Smokes
Fast Attack: (at least I think these things are Fast Attack)
Flamer Pack (8), 3 Horrors (things with heavy bolter like psychic powers)
Screamer Pack (6)
Screamer Pack (6)
Heavy Support:
Defiler, Indirect Fire and some other stuff

Strike Force Xanthion

Grey Knight Detatchment Alexian
Brother Captain (Grand Master stats) Alexian
-Psychic Hood, Scourging, Ungents of Warding, Digital Weapons (I dunno why all this stuff)
Grey Knight Terminator Squad Aurelius (4)
-Psycannon, Holocaust, Psychic Hood
Grey Knight Squad Bailien (6)
Grey Knight Squad Torval (6)
Heavy Support:
Dreadnaught Scourge
-Assault Cannon, DCCW, Blessed, Extra Armor
Dreadnaught Bane
-TL Las, ML, Blessed

Blood Ravens 5th Company
Master Captain Icarus
-Pair of Master Crafted Lightning Claws, Artificer Armor, Iron Halo, Terminator Honors, Frags, Krak Grenades
Epistolary Faustus Dorar
-Familiar, Bolt Pistol, Fury of the Ancients, Veil of Time, Terminator Honors, Frags, Melta Bombs, Combat Shield
Tactical Squad Valius (10)
-Power Weapon, Terminator Honors, Melta Gun, Missile Launcher, True Grit, Infiltrate, Counter Attack
Tactical Squad Lucianus (10)
-Power Fist, Terminator Honors, Melta Gun, Missile Launcher, True Grit, Infiltrate, Counter Attack
Scout Squad Moriar (6)
-Bolters and Heavy Bolter
Fast Attack:
Land Speeder Tornado
Assault Squad Rafiel (6)
-Power Fist, Terminator Honors, Melta Bombs
Heavy Support:
Devastator Squad Backus (6)
-Missile Launchers x4, Infiltrate

Interesting no? The Blood Ravens have 20 Tactical Marines, 6 Scouts, 6 Assault Marines, 6 Devs and 2 Characters for a total of 40 Troops total, The Grey Knights add another 12 Knights and 5 Terminators bringing the combined total of infantry to 57. Not a whole lot for 2500pts. The Thousand Sons have 40 Rubrics, 18 Daemons, a GD and 2 officers so they outnumber the loyalists and while model wise thats not a whole lot its almost double the wounds thanks to the Rubric marines. So this shall be interesting, but like usual I forgot my camera. Blast it all! Ah well lets see if I can make this interesting with some fluff instead.

Master Captain Icarus walked into the briefing room. Across from him was seated Inquisitor Dante with the Grey Knight Brother Captain Alexian opting to stand to the side of the room instead of trying to sit down. Smiling inside his helmet Icarus walked forward into the room with Epistolary Faustus behind him. To tell the truth Icarus felt uneasy, he was the only non psyker in the room though lately he had been experiencing some strange things. The Chapter Librarians had said he possessed some latent talent but not enough to go through the trials of becoming a Librarian. However such a thing was not unusual in the chapter, there were many Librarians in the Blood Ravens, the chapter possessed a much higher number than most chapters and there were many in the chapter who had some latent ability but had not possessed the power or ability to become a full Librarian. One of the best examples was Captain Gabriel Angelos of the 3rd Company. Nevertheless walking into the room Icarus was obviously set apart.

"You called Inquisitor?" Icarus asked getting right to the point.

"I did, I thought this matter would be best handled by the Blood Ravens, your chapter's particular, talents are well suited to this task." Dante said nodding towards Alexian to continue.

"We face a cabal of traitor marines of the Thousand Sons leaders led by the Sorcerer Lord Hurios who currently resides on Xanthion VII. Our intel shows that the Sorcerer has been building massive warp portals, the planet is teeming with Daemons and the barrier between real space and the warp has thinned greatly in the whole system." Alexian said punching a few keys set into the briefing table and bringing the tabletop flickering to life with a map of the system.

"So why did you call us?" Icarus asked, removing his helmet to reveal the smile spread over his face. He already knew the answer.

"Fight magic with magic as the old saying goes. It is no secret that the Blood Ravens possess a significant number of Librarians. Alexian and his marines are a significant force but without the backing of significant Imperial forces in the region I felt it best to call on those with the expertise to see the job done. Alexian here seems to trust your chapter and suggested I contact your chapter master, who then directed me to your company captain." Dante said smiling back.

"Well then, Daemons to banish, Traitors to kill, a near suicidal mission... lets get started." Icarus said with a grin. "What say you Faustus?"

"No mercy, no respite." Faustus said, quoting an old maxim.

"Then gentleman, let us begin." Dante said standing from his seat and indicating the door behind him. The fighting would soon be at hand.

Terrain: The board was 8 by 4 with two large cliffs on the far left and right with a narrow road betwen them. A forrested valley with a few ruins in the forrests was spread out between the two cliffs.

Deployment: Two Rubric Filled Rhinos with the power fists went to the far right behind the cliff, one with a banner of chaos to the right behind the forrest and another to the far left right infront of the defiler blocking it from sight. The left rubric squad with the banner and sorcerer with no power weapon deployed outside of their rhino. One dread went on the left behind the rubric squad, the other on the far right cliffs.

Grey Knights went in a triangle formation deep in the woods in the center of my DZ, GM attatched to the terminator squad and Captain Icarus between the left knight squad and the terminators. CC dread went to the left of the knights. Long range dread sat behind the cliffs on the left with the Land Speeder to its right and the assault squad with the Epistolary attatched to it to the right of the Land Speeder. Devs infiltrated in my opponents DZ right in the center with line of sight to the Defiler past the edge of a forrest. Tac squad Bailien and the scouts deployed in a forrest 12" out of sight of the Thousand Sons rhino. The second Tac squad Lucianus went farther to the right in some ruins in the middle of a forrest to wait for the right Thousand Sons squads to get closer.

Icarus slashed through the dense forrest in his way. The Grey Knights of Alexian's detatchment all around him. His men had snuck into position the following night and laid low. Meanwhile Icarus and assault squad Rafiel had blown up a few munitions dumps in the camps of cultists and killed a few minor sorcerers. The Thousand Sons had acted as predicted, coming to defeat the arrogant marines who sought to stop their great plan. Icarus cared not, his marines would fight, and die if need be to stop these mad men. Even if every member of the force died here today, as long as they were successful, millions, possibly billions of Imperial citizens would be saved. That was a price Icarus and his comrades were willing to pay.

Turn 1:
Strike Force Xanthion
I won the role for 1st turn for the 5th game in a row with this particular opponent by rolling a 2 and having him subsequently rolling a 1. For some reason luck has been so extra-ordinarily strange in games recently. Im just going to put it down to the presence of so many Sorcerer's and Librarians. Dreadnaught walked up to the cliff, the Land Speeder sped up infront of the Dreadnaught. Assault squad moved forward and to the right, both GK squads moving to the edge of the forrest, the Terminators staying in between the two squads. Icarus moved to the left of the Assault Marines. Tacs re-positioned themselves. Faustus used Fury of the Ancients and immobolized the left rhino. Bolter fire downed a rubric marine and the missiles did nothing to the Defiler. Tac squad on the right fired its melta gun on nearby rhino and blew it up into a smouldering crater, one rubric fell in the explosion and they were entangled.

Thousand Sons Forces
Rhinos on the left rushed to the left to get to the fighting. Lef squad opened on squad Valius killing 2 marines, the Defiler turned to try and obliterate the Devs but its battle cannon round scattered off the board. Land Speeder got pegged by the left Dread.

Turn 2:
Strike Force Xanthion
Hellfire Dread stayed put and put down the left chaos dread. Tacs and Scouts unloaded on Rubric Marines killing 2 and wounding another. Faustus and the assault marines moved right and a fury of the ancients pegged another rhino, immobolizing it. Grey Knights moved forward and took pot shots at the unloaded rubrics killing another 2 and wounding one, same as the shooting on the left. Devastators blew the Defiler to pieces.

Chaos Forces
Second rhino on the right unloaded its rubric squad and unloaded bolter fire at the Grey Knights but failed to spot them. Chaos Dread on right blood raged and stormed forward doing nothing. Third rhino on the right unloaded its troops behind the forrest. Rubrics on the left charged Tactical Squad Valius and killed 2 marines, squad Valius in return downed two rubric marines, winning combat. Flamers summoned on the left and shot at squad Valius but killed none so charged them.

Turn 3:
Strike Force Xanthion
Dreads continued moving to the right. Grey Knights stormed forward some, gunfire downed 4 rubrics of the second squad on the right and 2 more of the first squad. On the left the close combat resulted in another rubric falling and another marine dying. Assault squad moved foward but could not reach charge range so unloaded with its guns doing little ultimately. Icarus continued moving left and charged into the combat with the rubrics killing another 2. Scouts charged the Daemons killing 3.

Thousand Sons
Both Rubric Squads and Sorcerer Lieutenant charged squad Lucianus killing them all after of course shooting down a few of them. Squads consolidated. Thousand Sons Sorcerer Lord Charged the Grey Knights killing 3 of squad Torval. Greater Daemon also summoned in base contact with captain Icarus but attacked squad Valius and after the combat round they were at 4 men. Icarus took 2 wounds off the Greater Daemon. CC dread fell to the chaos dread. Scouts lost one member and killed another Daemon.

Icarus spun as he heard a gut curdling shriek. The Thousand Sons Sorcerer fell to his knees, blood spurting from the seals in his armor, his body writhing in impossible contortions. Then suddenly he exploded, wings unfurling from his back, his legs extending and becoming scaled and clawed, his neck elongating, face becoming a long hard beak. Within seconds the Sorcerer exploded into the form of a massive and powerful Daemon, a Lord of Change, Greater Daemon of Tzeentch. Icarus flared his jetpack as he rushed to meet this foe. The Daemon lashed out with its massive force staff cleaving apart two of Squad Valius' men with a roar. The great creature failed to notice the lightning quick commander as his claws slashed repeatedly cutting deeply into the tough hide of the Daemon, sending black blood pooling all around and severing the creatures left arm completely, ruining one of its wings. As Icarus hit the ground he dug his heels in and turned preparing to spring off again.

Across the battlefield Epistolary Dorar spun his force staff, launching a raven of pure darkness with a beating heart of deep red to streak across the battlefield and blast a rubric marine apart and send mud and dirt flying into the air to rain back down on the field. The Grey Knights were nearby, fighting for their life with the Despot of Xanthion, the Sorcerer Lord having slain a number of the valiant warriors already. Squad Lucianus was dead already, the marines bodies lying in the burnt and shredded folliage of the nearby forrest, Faustus had no idea if any still lived but their deaths would be avenged.

Turn 4:
Strike Force Xanthion
Grey Knight Terminators and Grand Master charged the third rubric squad, butchering 8 of them but losing 3 in return to the Sorcerer's Power Fist. The Chaos Lieutenant and the freshly summoned squad of screamers charged the assault squad, after shooting downed 4 combat saw the only one in range of the Lieutenant falling gruesomely, Faustus swept apart 4 of the 6 Screamers before they could run away. Hellfire Dread stunned the chaos dread but extra armor kept it moving, blast it. Second GK squad charged the Sorcerer Lord. Close Combat saw no wounds to the lord and the last 3 men of squad Torval fall. Librarian got his vengeance by wounding the Lieutenant and sucking his soul from his body with his force staff. Victorious the surviving Sergeant and Faustus swept back and away to use the forrest as cover. Another rubric marine fell to squad Valius leaving just the icon bearer and Icarus took another wound off the GD but lost 2 of his 3 wounds. Another 2 scouts died to no wounds on the Daemons but they held firm.

Thousand Sons Forces
The Greater Daemon slashed down Icarus but barely, Sergeant Valius avenged his captain by killing the Greater Daemon. The scouts lost one more member but killed another Daemon. The sergeant of Squad Rafiel fell to bolter fire but Faustus managed to survive the barrage and even a charge by the screamers, killing them both. Grey Knight Terminators finished off the rubric squad and consolidated to the left. Justicar Bailien had 3 attacks, hit with all 3 and wounded with all 3 and the Sorcerer Lord failed all 3 saves falling to the vengeful justicar even though he carved up 4 of the Knights.

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