October Spoon of Shame! Battle 1

The Overlords have a monthly mini tournament to determine the holder of the spoon of shame – the most conclusively defeated player!  This month 4 of us took part in a 750pots challenge:

Powderfan, with Space Wolves

Inquisitor Steve, with Grey Knights (as Adeptus Custodes – they look fabulous, incidentally, check out the youtube vid on the overlords channel).

Steve, with Grey Knights

Myself (Kipper), with Sisters of Battle – my Order of the Argent Shroud!

We rolled off to see who played who – I started by facing Powderfan’s Space Wolves on table 1!  The missions and deployment were the same on both tables, so we’d get a chance to try all three types of game.

BATTLE 1 – Spearhead, Capture and Control

Deployment

0a - Table 1

Deployment – The Space Wolves won the roll for 1st turn, and set up in the top right corner.  Though the board images don’t show it, the buildings were complex multi levelled ruins with lots of narrow walkways.  The Space Wolf objective was on the ground – the SoB objective was two floors up surrounded by a Battle Sister Squad.

0b - Initial Deployment

Turn 1 – Space Wolves (Sisters of Battle 1 Objective, Space Wolves 0 Objectives)

The space wolves roared forward with two of the Rhinos moving 12″ and the other, with the lead psyker in the centre moving 6, and attempting a psychic power.  Unfortunately the sisters proved just out of range.  The Long Fangs opened fire on the Retributor squad near the centre, but a combination of unlucky shots and lucky saves meant no damage was done.  The drop pod crashed down near the sisters objective, and the dreadnaught lumbered out, and opened fire, again failing to kill any of the waiting sisters thanks to armour and cover saves.

1a - Space Wolves

Turn 1 – Sisters of Battle (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The Sisters of Battle retaliated by opening up on a rhino with the Retributor squad, failing their act of faith, but managing to shake the crew.  The Battle Sisters in the centre shot the dreadnaught in the back, managing to shake the metallic beast, while Celestine and the seraphim advanced down the centre.

1b - SoB

 

 

Turn 2 – Space Wolves (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The Space Wolves continued to close forward, moving the rhino of grey hunters up to their own objective on the right.  The dreadnaught couldn’t stand on the walkways of the ruin, so couldn’t assault.  The drop pod opened up with its storm bolter, killing a Battle Sister.  In the centre, bolter fire and psychic powers killed three seraphim, and forced the remainder to take dangerous terrain tests when they next moved.

2a - Space Wolves

Turn 2 – Sisters of Battle (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 1)

Risking the dangerous terrain, Celestine and the sisters jumped forward, only for both seraphim to perish.  Celestine destroyed one of the rhinos, which promptly exploded and caused her a wound, but pinned the grey hunters within.  The Retributor Squad opened fire to little effect on the rhinos, while the Battle Sister Squad again fired at the dreadnaughts back, to no effect this time.  A unit of seraphim dropped to contest the Wolves objective … and failed to hurt any of the long fangs with their flamers.

2b - SoB

Turn 3 – Space Wolves (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The rhino tot he right tried to move forward, but failed a difficult terrain test and immobilised itself!  The dreadnaught and drop pod opened up on the defending sisters, hoping to break them, but the 2 casualties didn’t drop the squad low enough to force a morale test.  The grey hunters in the rhino to the right and the long fangs opened up on the seraphim … only for an amazing slew of misses and lucky saves to see them all through!  In the centre, the librarian smashed celestine again, but failed to kill her.

3a - Space Wolves

Turn 3 – Sisters of Battle (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The Battle Sisters in the centre shook the dreadnaught again, forcing it to cease fire.   Celestine massacred the grey hunters and regrouped towards the centre, while the seraphim failed to hurt the long fangs again.  The retributor squad smashed the storm bolter off the immobilised rhino, but didn’t do anything else.

3b - SoB

Turn 4 – Space Wolves (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The Wolves annihilated Celestine in a hurricane of fire, who fell to the ground with a last prayer to the emperor.  A hailstorm of fire killed 3 seraphim, but they continued to hang in there, contesting the objective.

4a - Space Wolves

Turn 4 – Sisters of Battle (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

Much to the Space Wolves displeasure, Celestine immediately got back up, and jumped forward to join the Seraphim as a single unit to hold the objective from the wolves.  The retributors stunned the rhino in the centre with the Librarian, while the battle sisters in the centre managed to immobilise the dreadnaught.

4b Sob

Turn 5 – Space Wolves (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The Long fangs opened up again, but failed to do more than kill a single seraphim!  The dreadnaught took down another sister defending the objective, but they passed their morale check.  A tactical mistake left the librarian in the stunned rhino, unable to shoot, so the turn passed quickly.

5a - Space Wolves

Turn 5 – Sisters of Battle (Sisters 1 Objective, Wolves 0)

The sisters continued the offensive, with the retributors killing 3 long fangs and their chief!  The Battle Sisters in the centre blew the arm off the immobilised dreadnaught … but it was still ticking over.  At the end of the turn, the roll for game end came up with a 1 to finish the game!

5b - SoB

Summary – Sisters of Battle win with an objective held.

 

3 Replies to “October Spoon of Shame! Battle 1”

  1. Go Sisters! Nice to see Celestine using her ‘mutant powers’ 😉
    You seem to be doing quite well with the Sisters, is it just you, the new codex or a combination of both?
    A

    1. I would love to claim its just me, but I don’t think thats true 🙂

      I think the new acts of faith are much easiest to use and track, so the Sisters get more of a edge, even though they aren’t as flexible. The power armour and rhino combination lets the basic troops be very survivable to take and hold objectives, but the power armour and the 6+ invulnerable save gives you a real shot of surviving attacks that would wipe out most units. Celestine, though, is just brutal for 115pts – you can take her and a retributor squad with 4 heavy bolters for 10 points less than the old cost of celestine alone. Thats a major increase in firepower for the army as a whole.

      Basically, I think the codex actually lets you chuck out slightly more firepower a turn, and the shield of faith makes your army (even the tanks), 15% more survivable. Its enough to make them feel competitive, though it really depends on the random nature of acts of faith – I think you’ll tend to extremes of victory or defeat rather than being ground down and just losing, which was more common with the old dex.

      I’m interested to know how they fare against the Dark Eldar in the Shrine scenario you’re planning! I think if the fast DE actually close up, the Sisters are done for, but if they prioritise their fire, they could handily take down those light skimmers and finish them off in the difficult terrain of the craters 😉

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