If you play Warhammer you’ve probably heard about the Fate of Konor campaign going on this summer. You can play battles with your friends and log them at your local store.

The results of this campaign will affect the actual Warhammer 40,000 story. So if Chaos wins this campaign that will actually happen in the story. It feels pretty awesome to take part is shaping the universe.

My buddy Mark and I decided we wanted to take part. Due to previous commitments we couldn’t get a game in week 1 but we were able to play the 2nd week’s special mission.

Mission

The mission lets you play with armies of any size. There’s one attacker and one defender. The player representing Chaos is the defender.

You deploy pretty close to each other.

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And the mission has a few special stratagems:

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Armies

Mark has a lot of toys so we decided to play a bigger game. It happened to work out to 122 Power Level each.

Iron Hands Army

Iron Hands Army
Mark’s Dreadnought Heavy Iron Hands Army. 122 Power.

HQ

Primaris Captain

Primaris Librarian

Techmarine on Bike

Elites

Apothecary

Apothecary on Bike

Techmarine

Iron Clad Dreadnought

Venerable Dreadnought

Contemptor Dreadnought

Redemptor Dreadnought

Troops

The flesh is weak. DREADNOUGHTS all the way.

Fast Attack

5 Space Marine Bikers
– 2 Plasma guns

5 Scout Bikers

Heavy

5 Hellblasters

3 Centurians
– 2 Lascannons with missile launchers
– 1 Gravcannon with missile launcher

3 Aggressors

Imperial Fists Army

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My Imperial Fists army. 122 points of goodness. Almost all painted.

HQ

Lysander

Captain

Elites

Dreadnought
– Twin Lascannon
– Missile launcher

Contemptor Dreadnought
– Multimelta

10 Assault Terminators
– 5 Lightning claws
– 5 Thunderhammer + stormshields

Imperial Space Marine

Troops

10 Space Marines
– Sergeant
— Powerfist
– Grav cannon
– Flamer

1 Rhino

10 Space Marines
– Grav cannon
– Plasma gun

1 Rhino

10 Scout
– 9 Sniper rifles
– 1 Missile launcher
– Camo cloaks

5 Custodes (from another detachment)
– 2 Guardian Spears
– 2 Shields
– 1 Shield + Vexilla

Fast Attack

None

Heavy

10 Devastators
– 2 Lascannons
– 2 Missile launchers
– Armorium Cherub

Thunderfire Cannon

Deployment

We had some pretty big armies. And both of us had really points heavy units. I had a 10 man terminator squad and 5 custodes. Mark had a billion dreadnoughts.

Imperial Fists Corner Deployment
Terminators & Custodes take the center of the field with Tactical squads on the flanks.
Iron Hands Corner Deployment
Mark put his dreadnoughts front and center. With his bikes on his right flank.

Battle

I was a bit surprised when I read the rules for this mission. Because unlike regular games the attacker goes first instead of the person who finishes deploying first.

Scout Bikers Advance
Mark moves his scout bikes up to screen everything behind.

So Mark takes the first turn and advances all of the bikes using his scout bikers as a screen. And his dreadnoughts following closely.

He spends the rest of the turn peppering the Terminators with shots. With a bit of luck on my side and Mark’s usual poor luck they shrug off just about everything.

I lose a few scouts and a terminator or two.

On my turn I move my terminators, custodes, and contemptor dreadnought forward to charge the scout bikers.

In the shooting phase I try to take out his contemptor dreadnought with my devastators, my dreadnought, and the imperial space marine. The bad luck continues because I only inflict 2 wounds to the contemptor.

At least I annilate the scout bikers in close combat. First blood to me.

Turn 2

Mark moves his dreadnoughts forward to charge the terminators & custodes… but don’t worry he’s going to pepper them with fire first.

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After polishing off the scout bikers the terminators & custodes are out in the open

He whips his bikes around and moves his contemptor in charge range of my scouts.

He shoots the terminators with everything he has and wipes out a few more. he charges the terminators and kills two more.

His aggressors with their insane amount of shots blow away most of the scout squad.

On my turn I move the custodes & contemptor forward to get in the massive assault.

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I’m pretty confident with a contemptor, terminators, custodes, and Lysander nearby we’ll be able to pull this off.

Lysander moves towards a squad of bikes and fails a 5 inch charge. I use a command point to re-roll the dice and he still fails the charge. Now he’s stuck in the open.

Unfortunately in the assault phase my contemptor (who needs 2’s to hit) rolls three 1’s. I wiff and only cause 3 damage when I should have killed the ironclad entirely.

I plan to shoot those bikes in my next turn with my tactical marines.

Turn 3

Mark moves his contemptor towards my lines and he moves his techmarine on bike towards vulnerable Lysander.

Techmarine on Bike Charges Lysander
Mark’s techmarine goes for it. He moves foward to charge in case he can’t shoot Lysander to death.

And he shoots everything at Lysander. Luckily with his 3+ storm shield he shrugs off the heaviest stuff. But he’s taken down to 2 wounds.

In an embarrassing turn of events Lysander gets cut down in combat to the techmarine and never gets to swing.

On my turn I move the Imperial Space Marine in rapid fire to get some shots off at his contemptor.

Imperial Space Marine Fires on Contemptor Dreadnought
The lone Imperial Space Marine eyes the approaching tactical squad. He’s their last hope.

With a huge amount of luck I hit twice with his disintegration gun, and once with his disintegration pistol. And I would 2/3 times.

Consolidate After Combat
The 3 remaining terminators and 2 remaining custodes consolidate after combat. They’re just out of range of that techmarine.

He fails both invulnerables and the disintegration gun deals 10 damage the contemptor killing it on the spot.

And at the end of my turn I’m finally able to take down those dreadnoughts which is good and bad. The good is they’re dead and I got points. The bad is now I’m totally wide open to be shot at.

Turn 4

On his turn Mark moves his bikes into my deployment zone to threaten everything.

He kills the custodes with dedicated fire from his heavy weapons in the back.

He does some damage to the contemptor.

And he kills the scouts & a tactical squad. It’s not looking good for the Imperial Fists.

On my turn I focus everything I have on his bike squad. If I can kill the squad and kill the techmarine & apothecary on bike I can get 6 points and push into the lead.

Tactical Marines Unleash Torrent of Fire
My last tactical squad gets out. The Imperial Space marine gets behind them. And the captain yells orders so no one misses.

Despite the captain’s leadership the tactical marines, the imperial space marine, the devastator squad (in the building), the dreadnought in the back, and the thunderfire cannon can’t seem to hit or wound the bikes at all! They only manage to kill 4 bikes letting the techmarine & apothecary off the hook.

Terminators Assault Bikes
Terminators Assault the Techmarine on his bike. This should solve it!

I’m forced to charge them with my last two terminators.

Sadly my terminators need to go back to space marine school. They completely miss the techmarine.

Turns 5 & 6

On the last two turns I had a good chance of winning. All I had to do was shoot the techmarine off his bike and I’d get 2 points and move to the lead.

Unfortunately the Imperial Fists couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn (they watched too many Star Wars movies).

And Mark’s Iron Hand’s 6+ The Flesh is Weak Saves were insane! Any shot that did get through blew off a bionic and didn’t inflict any damage.

Conclusion

The game was great. Mark won the game. I had a chance on turn 5 if I could have picked off his tech marine. And then on turn 6 I had a slimmer chance of winning. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it happen.

A couple things I learned:

  • The redemptor dreadnought is awesome. So many weapons to shoot.
  • Hellblasters are phenominal
  • Centurions are great with damage output. But I shot them off the table in one turn with my devastators.
  • Aggressors do an insane amount of damage when they don’t move. They’re terrifying.
  • I need more long range firepower to take out these somewhat fragile but really powerful units

Unfortunately since I’m working on Orks right now I don’t know when I can add that firepower to my marine army.