My inexperience with the new Tyranid army really shone through and in hindsight my deployment could have been so much better, as well as my overall strategy.
Although it didn't help my opponent passed every cover save under the sun. But that's the way it goes when your opponent's lucky.
I was playing against a polite young chap called Rob in the old 4th edition Cleanse game. So that's a table quarter set up and you fight to claim or contest table quarters at the end of the game.
1500 points of Space WolvesRune 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
Grey Hunter Pack:
5 Grey Hunters, Meltagun and Mark of Wulfen
Razorback APC transport
(X2) Land Speeders:
Multimelta and Heavy Flamer
(X2) Long Fangs Pack:
1 sergeant, 5 Long Fangs with Missile Launchers
Razorback APC with twin linked lascannon
1500 points of TyranidsHive Tyrant
dual twin linked devourers, brain leeches, old adversary
3 Tyrant Guard with boneswords
Warrior Prime with lashwhip and bonesword
(X2) 3 Hive Guard
(X2) 10 Termagaunts
He won the roll off and set up first behind a large, square building. I set up opposite with my Long Fangs at the back, Razorbacks on the flanks and Grey Hunters in the centre. Then I rolled to Seize The Initiative and won it.
I shot, advanced, popped smoke on my tanks and did a bit of damage to his Tyrant Council.
He blew up all my Rhinos.
I advanced again, cast Jaws of the World Wolf and lots of stuff fell down a hole.
My Grey Hunters were all right up in his face, wiped out his gaunt screen in close combat and pretty much said "yeah, come get me!"
Unfortunately none of my long ranged firepower did any damage to his Tyrant Council this turn. lascannons, missile launchers, mulitmeltas and even the kitchen sink did nothing as he passed every single cover save. Horrifying!
He charged his Tyrant Council into my Grey Hunters. They died. He drowned the rest in a horde of shots from freshly spawned Termagaunts that had emerged from the Tervigons.
I continued firing all my heavy weapons. He continued to pass all his cover saves.
I conceeded after all my Grey Hunters and Rune Priest died by Turn 3. There wasn't anything more I could do, except keep firing with little effect and die a quick, painful death.
I need to read the Tyranid Codex cover to cover and play some games against them. They've got a lot of special rules!
My set up wasn't bad. But what I should have done was huddle all my Grey Hunters in the rocks at the front of my fire base and let him come to me. Would the extra shots have made the difference? Well, it could have removed his screen of Termagaunts, but with all my missile launchers and lascannons firing through terrain, he would still be getting his cover saves.
Perhaps all 3 Grey Hunter squads counter charging his Tyrant Council could have dragged them down screaming had he charged them into difficult terrain?
The only other option is to play things "Tau Style" with my firebase in one corner while everything else goes into reserve and attacks from the other flank.
Due to the slower nature of his army, this would have been a much more sensible ploy. That way wherever he goes, he get shot from all angles. it also makes Jaws of the World Wolf far more devastating if it's hitting him from the flank.
I scored 1 point for a Loss.
Ah well, at least I'll know for next time. Rob was a very courteous player, although it was extremely satifying when his Warrior Prime fell down a hole from Jaws of the World Wolf.
Speaking of which, stay tuned for my next battle report against the Death Guard, when lots of things fall down holes!