Friday, July 9, 2010

Eldar VS Space Wolves -Botch 1 of 6

In this Eldar VS Space Wolves battle report from Battle of the Chumps we had 1000 points each in an Annihilation mission with a Spear Head deployment.

His Eldar army looked stunning with its simply grey and striking orange colours, but he confessed that it was much better at 1500 points. At 1000 points my Space Wolves were overwhelming with their sheer number of power armoured troops.


1000 points of Space Wolves

Rune Priest
Jaws of the World Wolf & Murderous Hurricane

X3) Grey Hunter Pack:
Wolf Guard with Combi Melta and Powerfist
8 Grey Hunters, Meltagun, Wolf Standard and Mark of Wulfen
Rhino APC transport

Long Fangs Pack:
1 sergeant, 5 Long Fangs with Missile Launchers
Razorback APC with twin linked lascannon

1000 points of Eldar

Eldar Avatar

Farseer with fortune, doom, runes of witnessing, singing spear
5 warlocks with a mix of embolden, destructor, singing spears and witch blades
Wave Serpent with twin linked bright lance

10 Guardians, Warlock, shuriken cannon
10 Guardians, bright lance
10 Guardians, bright lance


DEPLOYMENT:
He won the roll off and chose the table quarter with the most scenery, forcing me to take the quarter with the least. But there was 1 patch of rocks for my Long Fangs, so I was happy with that.

He put the first Guardian squad in some ruins at the front, the second Guardian squad in the woods at the back, along with the Avatar and the Waveserpent complete with Seer Council. Finally, the third Guardian squad depoyed right at the back.

I deployed my Rhinos as far forward as possible, the Long Fangs in the rocks further down, backed up by their Razorback.

I failed to seize the initiative and he took first turn.

TURN 1:
My plan was to let him attack with the Seer Council, drown them in Grey Hunters, krak missile the Avatar to death, then frag the guardians with my Long Fangs.

So, I was pleased when he Turbo'd the Wave Serpent with Seer Council across the top of the board. His firing with the Guardian heavy weapons was predictably ineffective (come on, Guardian's suck!) and the Avatar waddled down from the woods towards the Guardians in the ruins.

In my turn the 3 Rhinos full of Grey Hunters rumbled up towards the Seer Council Wave Serpent and the Guardians in the woods, firing their smoke launchers.

The Long Fangs fired a barrage of krak missiles at the Avatar, inflicting 2 wounds.

TURN 2:
The Seer Council disembarked, blew up the Rune Priest's Rhino with their Singing Spears, forcing the Space Wolves to disembark, then charged into close combat.

The combat was tough, with the Space Wolves losing, but holding their ground. I wasn't able to dispel Fortune with my Rune Priest, which made things difficult.

Meanwhile the Avatar moved back towards the woods and hid behind a large tree!

The Guardians continued firing their heavy weapons, but with the Rhinos firing their smoke lauchers, nothing got through.

In my turn one of the Grey Hunter packs burst from their Rhino and smashed into the Seer Council, calling on the power of their Wolf Standard. The Seer Council was torn apart, leaving just the Farseer standing.

The other Grey Hunter pack leapt from their Rhino into close combat with the Guardians in the woods and made short work of them, before falling back into the open, away from the Avatar.

The Long Fangs fragged the hell out of the Guardian squad in the ruins.

TURN 3:
The Avatar advanced behind the woods, towards the Grey Hunters in the open and ran to get closer.

The Guardians in the ruins continued to fire at transports with no luck.
The third Guardian squad advanced down the board, firing their bright lance as they went, but with no effect.

The Wave Serpent fired at the Long Fangs Razorback, but didn't inflict any damage.

Having wittled the Rune Priest's Grey Hunter squad down to a single Space Wolf and killing the Rune Priest himself, the Eldar Farseer fell to the savage attacks of the other Grey Hunter pack's wulfen.

The Grey Hunter pack and lone Grey Hunter blew up the Wave Serpent with their melta gun and combi-melta and ironically, the lone Grey Hunter was killed in the explosion, conceding a Kill Point.

The Long Fangs finished fragging the Guardian squad in the ruins, leaving just the Warlock who broke and fled.

Meanwhile the Grey Hunters in the open, marched around the woods, fired their bolt pistols and crashed into close combat with the Eldar Avatar! After striking down 4 of the Space Wolves, the ferocious Wulfen and Wolf Guard with powerfist took his last 2 wounds, before sweeping into the cover of the woods themselves.

TURN 4:
The lone Eldar Warlock regrouped and fired his Destructor at the Space Wolves in the woods, killing one of them. They gunned him down in kind.

The remaining Guardian squad ran down the left flank, hiding behind a large square building. They sat here and kept firing their bright lance with no effect until the end of Turn 5.

6 Kill Points to the Space Wolves
3 Kill points to the Eldar

I also drew Hearts for my Secret Mission, so I got an extra 5 points for wiping out half of the enemy Troops.

Full 35 Points Win for me!

CONCLUSION:
One look at the armies and it was obvious how this game would go. Guardians are no match for Grey Hunters. I'm used to the Avatar and were it not for the big trees, the Long Fangs would have finished him off by Turn 2.

Rushing the Seer Council off on their own was a bad move. He should have led with the Avatar, used the Seer Council for back up and fired all his heavy weapons at my Long Fangs.

He was going to have a tough time either way due to the sheer amount of stuff I had in 1000 points.


Stay tuned for the next battle report against the Ultramarines led by Marneus Calgar himself! What will it take to bring the master of the Ultramatines down?

8 comments:

Will said...
July 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Nice, way to take it to those xenos filth.

whitewolfmxc said...
July 9, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Lone wolves dont give kill points if they are killed , they do ONLY when they survived the battle XD

More win for the Wolves !

The Wolf's Lunch said...
July 10, 2010 at 12:31 AM

It wasnt a Lone Wolf, it was the lone Grey Hunter :D

Munky said...
July 10, 2010 at 6:20 AM

Cool battle report Adam, I,m very intersted in how you get on with the Smurfs!

Leowulf said...
July 11, 2010 at 12:37 AM

MORE BATTLE REPORTS! NAOO!
I devour these too quickly, they are too awesome.

and thank you.. haha

MJayC50 - Mike said...
July 11, 2010 at 6:34 AM

Marneus is a teddy bear...

Nice start mate. Got to love being able to throw a squad at a God and being able to take him down :D

I HEART GH!

Anonymous said...
July 11, 2010 at 7:55 AM

3 10 man guardian squads with little support?!! What a buffoon!!
Nice victory. Almost tabled him

RealGenius said...
July 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM

How did that lone Warlock regroup? Avatar was dead, so he couldn't have done it that way. Although he can Destructor and continue to fall back...

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