|Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre on a dreich January morning.|
|Deployment from Charle's point of view|
...so we could play our first game of Warhammer 40,000 of the year. A 2,000 point bash, so a fairly big battle, in which he would throw hordes of Orks against my purple and pink men at arms.
|And his cat would devour the souls of the dying.|
So his table was cleared and terrain set out; shortbread and Kettle Chips were opened up; army lists were drafted; and the first of the year's slaughterfests began.
|Deployment from my side. Noise Marines and Raptors to left; Contemptor and Vindicator to center; Chaos Lord Noise Marines and Sonic Dreadnought to right|
With a larger game and the slightly erratice new 7th ed missions there was scope to take some fun units. I brought two 10-man Noise Marines units for my regular troops, one lead by a Chaos Lord; a five man jump pack unit for close combat; a Vindicator siege tank for a big heavy gun; and two Dreadnoughts, one contemptor and one sonic, for general fire support.
The game would make a new outing for the Sonic Dreadnought as it finally has 7th edition rules. Up until now I've been using rules from a couple of editions ago to use this model - these new rules are not only current but much better, giving Sonic Dreadnoughts some cool tricks like a higher rate of fire and the option to make the weapons nastier at the risk of damaging the Dreadnought. (Essentially, shaking itself apart with the power of the sonics.)
|For your records.|
|Sorry, guys, but this is my file picture for Ghasghkull, even though he's had a couple of new figures since then.|
So, how did the actual game go? Well, as expected Charles vastly outnumbered me and while I inficted some early game misery with the use of long-ranged weaponry it wasn't long before his Green Tide (Not a euphemism) was upon me. He went for a Refused Flank and kept all his forces on one side of the table - the Sonic Dread was unchallenged but a large force headed for the Raptors and Noise Marines near the graveyard, who very quickly found themselves outnumbered.
|Early game and the Meganobz have rolled out their Battlewagon and charged the Noise Marines, all but obliterating them - the Raptors are coming to the rescure|
The only positive was that the Vindicator and Contemptor were free to pick at a weak centre, with lots of soft targets that could dish out long range fire but not take it. A charging Contemptor saw the Lootas run off the table, the artillery pieces lurking the woods for safety.
|"I AM IRON MAN!"|
|The stragglers face the rest of the army.|
At this stage, it was mostly mopping up for Charles. The Noise Marines and Chaos Lord took a lot of fire and were whittled down before the Nobz charged up the hill towards the Sonic Dreadnought. It had proved very nasty in this game - it's long range template fire, able to fire twice if it didn't move, picking off units from a fair distance away. Sheer numbers meant it couldn't do enough when they got close, though, and the sound of metal slicing against metal filled the air.
|Last stand of the Sonic Dreadnought|
The remaning unit, the Vindicator, found itself in a tough situation. If it survived the close combat it could open fire with a ranged salvo so harsh as to punch a hole in anything.... but Ghasghkull and the surviving Meganobz had some nasty close combat potential.
|Who would win? PLACE BETS NOW!|
It went..... pretty much as you'd expect.
So the end result is that while I managed to keep the point totals comparatively close, it didn't matter - my army was wiped and the first game was a solid loss for the Emperor's Children.
|Don't expect any|
The first thing Charles said is that my army was too heavy on the Noise Marines, which are quite expensive and leave me forever outnumbered. He's right - I pick 'em because I like 'em and they do have some cool stuff (like cover-ignoring weapons and immunity to Fear) but in real terms they are expensive to play on the table and there are more cost-effective choices out there. Regular Chaos Space Marines might be a better bet to help me bulk out my force on the table and I do indeed several full squads which don't see as much use as they perhaps should
|Less Noise Marines, more this?|