Black Templars vs. Tau and Deathwing

Another guy has joined our meager 40k group, so now we have a total of 4 players in the area.  One was not available this last Wednesday, so the rest of us decided to play a two vs. one game.  It was decided that it would be Ryan’s Death Wing and my Tau versus JJ’s Black Templar.  Ryan and I each had 1000 point armies, while JJ put together a single 2000 point army.

The lists were:

Tau:

Commander with Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod and Multi-tracker

2 squads of 3 Crisis Suits with Plasma Rifles, Missile Pods and Multi-trackers

6 Pathfinders

Devilfish with Smart Missiles, Disruption Pod, Multi-tracker

6 Fire Warriors

10 Kroot with 9 Hounds

Pirahna with Fusion Gun and Targeting Array

2 Broadsides with Advanced Stabilization Systems

Death Wing:

Land Raider with Meltas, Auto Cannon and Hurricane Bolters

2 squads of 5 Terminators with one Autocannon and mostly Lightning Claws

Belial

Dreadnought with Autocannon

Black Templars:

2 Land Raiders with Meltas, Auto Cannon and Hurricane Bolters

6 Terminators with Lightning Claws

Rhino

Predator with 3 Lascannons

Vindicator

Land Speeder with Melta and Flamer

2 Black Templar Squads, one of them with Initiates

Emperor’s Champion

Venerable Dreadnought with Multi-melta

We rolled for mission and deployment and ended up with Annihilation and Dawn of War.  Ryan and I won the roll and decided to go second.  JJ deployed one of his Land Raiders with the Templar and Emperor’s Champion right in the middle of the board.  Ryan placed his Land Raider with terminators and Belial about 20” away.  His other terminator squad would deepstrike.

On the first turn, JJ’s stuff rolled onto the board.  The other Land Raider coming in to our right, while the Vindicator, Rhino (full of Templars) and Predator came on to the left of center.  The Land Speeder would deepstrike.  There wasn’t anything in range, so no shooting.  On our turn, my Tau all arrived on the left side.  The Broadsides and Pathfinders took up position on a small hill surrounded by Kroot.  The Fire Warriors took the Devilfish, and the Piranha zoomed forward to park itself in front of JJ’s Land Raider.  Ryan’s Land Raider backed up a little.  The deepstriking terminators came in due to Deathwing Assault and almost fell off the table.  They did survive and even managed to see the Predator well enough to put some Autocannon shots into it and wreck it.

JJ’s Landspeeder came in on turn two, and tried to help take out the Piranha, but even with the Land Raider’s help, the Piranha only suffered shaken and weapon destroyed rolls.  All of JJ’s remaining tanks moved up, but only the Vindicator had a shot, but it missed horribly.  My Pathfinders lit up the Rhino allowing the Devilfish and a squad of Crisis Suits to wreck it.  The other squad of Suits managed to take out four of the Marines that were now out.  The Broadsides immobilized the Vinicator.  The Piranha dropped off its Drones, but they were ineffective against the Land Speeder, so Ryan’s Land Raider dealt with that.

JJ’s Land Raiders and Dreadnought were the only mobile things remaining.  The Raider full of Terminators moved in closer, while the other Raider danced around in back.  The Dreadnought moved up and managed to immobilize Ryan’s Raider.  The Templar Marines shot and assaulted Ryan’s Terminators and killed two, but lost all but on in return.

Ryan and I managed to destroy the Terminator Land Raider and in the closing turns Ryan’s and JJ’s Terminators dueled it out with only one of JJ’s Terminators remaining in the end.  This Terminator would end up dieing from shots from my Gun Drones (a definite highlight).  The Vindicator continued to shell the Broadsides, but I was able to stay in cover and minimize the destruction until my Suits were able to get behind it and wreck it.

In the end, the game finished on turn 6 with the Templar claiming three kill points and the combined Tau and Deathwing claiming 7.

It was a good, fun game overall.  JJ definitely suffered from a bit of rust in terms of tactics and gameplay.  We also had a bit of an advantage with the combination of armies.  In the end though, everyone had a good time, and it was definitely nice to have another player to keep things different.

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1 Response to “Black Templars vs. Tau and Deathwing”


  1. 1 s00nertp September 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the batrap, as a Deathwing player this was a fun read. (My main 1000pt army is Deathwing)

    s00nertp


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