1000 point Space Wolves vs. Eldar

For the second game Nick and I played last Thursday, Nick pulled out his Eldar.  We decided to rule out the mission/deployment from the first game and ended up with Annihilation/Dawn of War.  I kind of forgot to take pictures between turns, so they aren’t as consistent.

Eldar:
Farseer with Guide
5 Dire Avengers
Falcon with Star Cannon
10 Dire Avengers, Exarch with Bladestorm
Wave Serpent with Shuriken Cannons
3 Guardian Jetbikes
2 squads of 3 War Walkers with Scatter Lasers

Space Wolves:
Rune Priest with Living Lightning and Jaws of the World Wolf
3 Wolf Guard with Combi-Meltas (1 for each Grey Hunter squad, and the last into a Long Fangs squad)
8 Grey Hunters, Meltagun, Wolf Banner
Rhino
9 Grey Hunters, Meltagun, Wolf Banner
Rhino
2 Dreadnoughts with twin linked autocannons
2 squads of 5 Long Fangs with 4 Missile Launchers

I won the roll and forced Nick to go first.  He decided to hold everything in reserves with the War Walkers outflanking.  I deployed nothing and decided to walk onto the board.

Turns 1-2:

Nothing for Nick on the first turn, and my stuff rolled on in the center of the table.  The Rhinos were in the center and popped smoke, the Dreads flanked the Rhinos and the Long Fangs took the edges (a big mistake on my part).  The Dreads and the Long Fangs all ran to get into position.

Nick’s rolls for reserves were good and he got the Falcon, Serpent and both War Walkers.  One squad of walkers came in on each side and the left squad wiped out my Long Fangs with a hail of laser fire.  The right squad of Fangs weathered the storm better, but still lost their squad leader and Wolf Guard.

In return, my remaining Fangs, Rune Priest and the right Dread took out two of the Walkers on the right, while my left Dread was able to shake one of the Walkers on the left.

Turn 3:

The Eldar tanks moved around a bit and managed to destroy the remaining Long Fangs.  The Walkers on the left moved up and did some damage to the Dread.

I was able to finish off the Walker on the right, but otherwise little changed.  I pressed into the middle of the table a bit to position my melta guns for some tank hunting.

Turn 4:

The Jetbikes finally showed up and didn’t have much to do.  They setup behind the Walkers just hoping to survive with their cover saves.  The Walkers did some more damage to the Dread, but it still lived on.  The Falcon and Serpent, though, were able to destroy the Rune Priests’ Rhino and actually shook the guys inside.

My Dreads were able to put enough firepower into the Walkers to take out two of them, but that was about it for me.

Turn 5:

Not sure what’s going on with the Serpent in this picture.  It should be closer to my Dread in the middle.

The Serpent did some minor damage to the untouched Dread, but the Walker was unable to finish off the other dread, which had no weapons and was immobilized at this point.  The Falcon killed a few Grey Hunters.

Nick made a mistake with the Jetbikes and zipped them to the center of the board.  This put them in range of the center Rhino and the Grey Hunters moved up, disembarked and poured a bunch of bolter rounds into the bikes, wiping them out.  The Grey Hunters and Rune Priest were able to take down the Wave Serpent, forcing the Avengers out.

End of Turn 5

Had the game ended here, it would have been tied with 3 killpoints each.  As it was, we went to turn 7.  Nick was never able to grab another killpoint, while I was able to take out his large squad of Avengers, the last Walker and the Falcon.

End of turn 6

End of turn 7 and the Game

So the game ended with the Wolves claiming 6 killpoints to the Eldar’s 3.

The game looked bad for me at the start with both of my Long Fang squads dieing early, but I stuck it out and capitalized on a few mistakes to win the game.  It also helped that one of my Dreads just would not die.  Nick was able to take off both weapons and immobilize it, but just could not get another meaningful damage roll to stick and take it out.

It was a good game, and it’s always interesting to play against Eldar.

Happy Gaming!

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