1000 point Space Wolves vs. Orks

Last Thursday, my buddy Nick had the day off and drove in to play some 40k on my new table.  We decided to run 1000 point armies so we could get more games in and to test some lists for the upcoming RTT.  I ran Space Wolves for both games, while Nick ran Orks for the first one.

Space Wolves:
Wolf Guard Battle Leader with Thunderwolf, Frost Blade, Storm Shield, Runic Armor, Wolf Necklace, Saga of the Warrior Born
Three Wolf Guard with Combi-melta (each would join a Grey Hunters squad)
Three squads of 5 Grey Hunters with 1 Meltagun
Three Razorbacks with Lascannon/Twin-linked Plasmagun
Two squads of 5 Long Fangs with 4 Missile Launchers

Orks:
2 Deffkoptas
3 War Buggies
1 Trukk with 9 Ard Boys and Warboss
30 Boys with a Weird Boy
5 Nob Bikers

We rolled for Mission and Deployment and ended up with 5 objectives with Pitched Battle.  I won the roll to go first and took it.

Start of turn 1.

I placed my 3 Razorbacks in the center of the table with my WGBL in their midst.  The Long Fangs were placed on opposite sides, with the squad on my right behind a hill ready to move forward into position on turn 1.  Nick placed the Boys to my right, the trukk in the center and the buggies to my left.  The Koptas scouted forward towards my Rhinos and the Bikers were held in reserve.

Turn 1:

I held the initiative and everything but my left Long Fangs moved forward.  They split fire between the buggies and the trukk; destroying the trukk and wrecking two buggies.  The Razorbacks wounded a Kopta, but my WGBL wasn’t able to get close enough for an assault.

Nick moved everything forward as well.  The Koptas shot and assaulted the left Razorback, but didn’t do much.  The Weird Boy Zzzapped the center Razorback, stunning it.

Start of turn 2

Turn 2:

The right Razorback fired on the remaining buggy, destroying it.  The Long Fangs fired at the Orks closest to them, killing a few, while the WGBL cut down both Koptas in assault.  At this point, I made a mistake, consolidating him out into the open, rather than hiding behind the Rhino.

The Ork’s Waaagh’d forward, and the Warboss was able to assault and wreck the left Razorback.  The Boys advanced on the right-most objective and my Long Fangs.  But the most devastating was the Weird Boy getting another Zzap shot that took the head right off my Battle Leader, effectively wiping out a quarter of my army in one shot.

Start of Turn 3

Turns 3-6:

Things generally went downhill from there.  I didn’t have enough shots to slow down that many Orks, and eventually I was overwhelmed on the right side by the Boys and the Nob Bikers.

Start of turn 4

Grey Hunters vs. Warboss in the trees.

Start of turn 5

Long Fangs vs. Boys and Nobs (Grey Hunters had been knocked out of their transport)

Had the game ended on turn 5 it would have been a draw, with no one holding an objective.  But as it was,  I rolled high, sending the game to turn 6, and my demise.

One Grey Wolf to save the day?

Game Over

In the end, all I had left was a single squad of Long Fangs.  Nick wasn’t quite able to stretch his boys enough to claim two objectives, but it didn’t really matter.  I held none, while he held 1.

It was a good game, but I just did not have the firepower to deal with all of the orks.  The Razorbacks were too expensive, and too many points had been invested in the Battle Leader.  It also didn’t help that I ended up splitting my army.  Had I focused more to one side, I likely could have split the orks and taken them more piecemeal.  I’m still learning the nuances of the Wolves, but they sure are fun.

Stay tuned for the second report tomorrow.

2 Responses to “1000 point Space Wolves vs. Orks”


  1. 1 BIG RICH April 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    What a game. Thanks for sharing.


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