30K – Battle Report – The Desecration of Phobetor – Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1000 Points

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The Desecration of Phobetor - Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1000 Points

The Desecration of Phobetor – Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1000 Points

The Imperium is in a state of chaos. Worlds begin to question their allegiance to the Emperor as they fear reprisals from the Warmaster. In response to an ongoing threat to trade routes, a contingent of Imperial Fists have been sent to the planet world of Phobetor. As they approach, they receive a repeating distress signal coming from the capital city. They attempt to hail the planet but all communications are silent. As their ship orbits the planet the orbital pictures reveal the capital city to be in a state of eerie silence. Near the center of the city is an Imperial Sanctuary surrounded by buildings dedicated to the planet’s government. Praetor Honorem leads a small force of Imperial Fists into the city in search of the Planet’s leadership as well as any information as to the recent state of the city.

View from the Thunderhawk as the Imperial Fist team makes its landing just outside the Sanctuary

View from the Thunderhawk as the Imperial Fist make their descent just outside of the Sanctuary

  • Mission: Blood Feud
  • Deployment: Dawn of War
  • Imperial Fists win roll off to deploy and go first
  • Warlord trait for both armies: Master Technician
  • Night Lords roll a 1 for Night Fighting
  • Night Lords fail to steal the Initiative
30K - Imperial Fists 1000 Points

30K – Imperial Fists 1000 Points

30K - Imperial Fists Praetor with Paragon Blade

30K – Imperial Fists Praetor with Paragon Blade

Imperial Fists – Age of Darkness Force Organization Chart & No Rites of War – 1000 Points

  • HQ – Praetor
    • Iron Halo
    • Paragon Blade
  • Troops – Legion Breacher Siege Squad x 10
    • Gravitron guns x 2
    • Sergeant with Artificer armour and Melta bombs
  • Troops – Legion Tactical Squad x 10
    • Sergeant with Artificer Armour and Melta bombs
  • Elites – Contemptor Mortis with dual Kheres assault Cannons
  • Elites – Legion Cataphractii Terminators x 5
    • Powerfists x 2
    • Chain Fist x 1
    • Plasma Blaster
    • Sergeant with dual Lightning Claws and Grenade Harness
30K - Imperial Fists Tactical Squad

30K – Imperial Fists Tactical Squad

30K Imperial Fists Breacher Squad

30K Imperial Fists Breacher Squad

30K _ Imperial Fists Contemptor Mortis Dreadnought with dual Kheres Cannons

30K _ Imperial Fists Contemptor Mortis Dreadnought with dual Kheres Cannons

30K - Night Lords 1000 Points

30K – Night Lords 1000 Points

30K - Night Lords Praetor with Nostraman Chainglaive

30K – Night Lords Praetor with Nostraman Chainglaive

Night Lords – Age of Darkness Force Organization Chart and Terror Assault Rite of War – 1000 Points

  • HQ – Praetor with Nostraman Chainglaive
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 5
    • Volkite Chargers x 5
    • Sergeant with Artificer Armour and Lightning Claw
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 10
    • Volkite Chargers x 10
    • Sergeant with Artificer Armour and Lightning Claw
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 10
    • Boltguns x 10
    • Sergeant with Artificer Armour and Lightning Claw
  • Elites – Contemptor
    • Kheres Assault Cannon
    • Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with Combi-Bolter
30K - Night Lords Terror Squad with Volkite Calivers "count as" Chargers

30K – Night Lords Terror Squad with Volkite Calivers “Count As” Chargers

30K - Night Lords Terror Squad with Bolters

30K – Night Lords Terror Squad with Bolters

30K - Night Lords Terror Squad x 5 with Volkite Calvers " Count As" Chargers and Chaplain filling in as Headsman

30K – Night Lords Terror Squad x 5 with Volkite Calvers ” Count As” Chargers and Chaplain filling in as Headsman

The Imperial Fists deploy the Tactical and Breacher Squads on the flanks with the Contemptor Mortis and Praetor joined to the Terminators in the center.

Imperial Fists deployment

Imperial Fists deployment

The Night Lords Contemptor and Praetor are deployed directly behind the Sanctuary. The five man Terror Squad Infiltrates behind a building out of Line of Sight from the Tactical Squad. The 10 man Volkite Terror Squad Infiltrate within the Sanctuary and the 10 man Bolter Terror Squad appears to the flank of the Breacher Squad.

Night Lords Praetor and Contemptor deploy behind the Sanctuary

Night Lords Praetor and Contemptor deploy behind the Sanctuary

Infiltrating Bolter Terror Squad flanking the Breachers

Infiltrating Bolter Terror Squad flanking the Breachers

Infiltrating 10 man Volkite Charger Terror Squad out of sight in the Sanctuary

Infiltrating 10 man Volkite Charger Terror Squad out of sight in the shadows of the Sanctuary

Infiltrating 5 man Volkite Charger Terror Sqaud about to ambush the Imperial Fist Tactical Marines

Infiltrating 5 man Volkite Charger Terror Sqaud about to ambush the Imperial Fist Tactical Marines

Turn 1

The Imperial Fist Praetor exclaims “watch the flanks” as he appreciates movement on both sides. The Breachers and Tactical Sergeants pull their men back towards the center while the Praetor, Cataphractii Terminators and Contemptor Mortis move forward. They come across a decapitated body that has been skinned and the Praetor looks stoically straight ahead saying “Night Lords“. The Breachers catch a glimpse of movement to their left in the ruins and open fire bringing down a Marine clad in blue armor with human trophies along his belt. The Tactical squad notes a flicker in the shadows of the Sanctuary and open fire killing another. The Praetor yells “ambush!”

The Night Lords Praetor smirks and along with the Contemptor move over the ruins to get into the fight. Both the Terror Squad in the Sanctuary and adjacent to the Breachers climb up their respective ruins to gain a better Line of Site. The five man Terror Squad holds its position with one being able to draw Line of Sight to the Tactical Squad.

The Night Lords Terror Squad gain better Line of Sight of the Breachers

The Night Lords Terror Squad gain better Line of Sight to the Breachers

The Night Lords Terror Squad gain better Line of Sight from the Sanctuary

The Night Lords Terror Squad gain better Line of Sight from the Sanctuary

The Night Lords trap has been sprung and they release a volley of gunfire that catches the Imperial Fists out in the open. The Breachers avoid any wounds from the Terror Squad’s Bolter rounds. The Terror Squad Volkite Chargers in the Sanctuary unload into the Praetor and Terminators causing 4 Wounds. The Praetor stands defiantly absorbing three of the Wounds with his armor; however, one finds its mark without causing any further damage from the Deflagrate. The Night Lords Contemptor targets the Tactical Squad causing two Rending and two regular Wounds. Two Tactical Imperial Fists fall instantly to the ground from the  armor piercing rounds while another jumps in front of the Sergeant sacrificing his life. Despite loosing three Marines the Tactical Squads Sergeant is able to maintain the morale of the unit.

Three Tactical Marines gunned down and the Praetor has suffered a Wound

Three Tactical Marines gunned down and the Praetor has suffered a Wound

Turn 2

The Imperial Fist Praetor pushes everyone forward with his eye set on the Terror Squad in the Sanctuary. The Breachers form up and fire into the Bolter Terror Squad killing another. The Contemptor Mortis spins both its Kheres Assault Cannons and rips into the Night Lords Contemptor only to cause a Glancing hit.  The Tacticals catch sight of the five man Terror Squad around the corner but are unable to cause any Wounds with their Bolters.

As the Praetor moves closer to the Sanctuary he appreciates the mangled and dismembered remains of what must have been the planet’s Administratum hanging from the Sanctuary rafters. Enraged he draws his Paragon Blade and commands the Terminators forward. They fire their weapons including the Grenade harness as they Charge into the Sanctuary. As the Praetor moves through the rubble two of the responding Volkite rounds hit his armor but leave no mark. They make the Charge and calls out the Terror Squad Sergeant to a Challenge. Not intimidated by the Night Lords the unit makes their Leadership overcoming any Fear. Before the Sergeant can respond he and another Night Lord find themselves on the ground mortally wounded. The Terminator Power Sword and Lightning Claws also find their mark. In response, the Terror Squad hits back with 21 attacks eventually cutting down two of the Powerfist Terminators. The remaining Chain fist cuts down another Night Lord. The Traitors fail their Leadership but are able to escape without pursuit due to the cumbersome Terminators.

Praetor inflicts Imperial Justice on the Terror Squad Sergeant for desecrating the Sanctuary

Praetor Honorem  delivers Imperial Justice to the Terror Squad Sergeant for desecrating the Sanctuary

The retreating Terror Squad regroups while the Night Lords Commander joins the unit to ensure their resolve. The Night Lords Contemptor moves out of Line of Sight from the Mortis Dreadnought and sets his target on the Imperial Fists Praetor’s unit. The Bolter Terror Squad comes down from the ruins to be in Rapid Fire range of the Breachers while the 5 man Volkite Terror Squad targets the Praetor and Terminators.

Night Lords Terror Squad prepare to fire their Bolters into the Imperial Fists Breachers

Night Lords Terror Squad prepares to unleash their Bolters into the Imperial Fists Breachers

The Contemptor and three remaining Night Lords Terror Squad Marines fire into the Terminators failing to take any down

The Contemptor and three remaining Night Lords Terror Squad Marines fire into the Terminators failing to take any down

The five man Volkite Terror Squad targets the Terminators causing 5 Wounds that are all absorbed but one that brings down the Plasma Blaster Terminator. The Deflagrate of tissue fails to Wound another Terminator. The Contemptor then fires into the Terminators causing 5 Wounds but none fail their save. The three remaining Terror Squad Marines Snap Fire into the Terminators causing 1 Wound that is easily saved by their Cataphractii armor. The unit remains vigilant and makes their Morale check.

Briefly distracted by the Praetor’s unit coming under fire, the Breachers loose sight of the Bolter Terror Squad in front of them. The 8 man Terror Squad Rapid Fires into the Breachers causing 13 Wounds from 14 hits. The Breachers are gun downed with 7 Marines falling in seconds. The Segeant able to remain composed and holds his ground along with the two remaining Gravitron gun wielding Marines.

The Breacher Squad fail seven armor saves as they are gunned down by the Bolter Terror Squad

The Breacher Squad fail seven armor saves as they are gunned down by the Bolter Terror Squad

Turn 3

The three remaining Breachers move across to the opposite side of the Sanctuary away from the Bolter Terror Squad. The Tactical Squad sets their targets on the 5 man Terror Squad while the Contemptor Mortis swings his guns around to the right and also targets the 5 man Terror Squad. The Tactical Squad fails to Wound the Terror Squad but the Contemptor Mortis causes 5 Wounds of which one is Rending.  Two of the Terror Squad fall but the remaining three hold their ground making their Leadership.  The Imperial Fists Praetor moves through the ruins and makes headway to Charge the Night Lords Commander surrounded by the remaining 3 Terror Squad Marines. The Night Lords react with their Overwatch causing a single Wound that the Terminators save. The Terminators and Praetor make the Charge but having used up their Grenade Harness will attack at a lower Initiative. The Praetor makes his Leadership and overcomes their Fear. The Praetor calls out the Night Lords Commander and begins to exchange blows. The Night Lord Commander fails to parry two blows from the Pragon Blade and suffers two Wounds. The Terror Squad tries to take advantage of the Terminator’s lower Initiative but fail to Wound them. The Terminators rip apart two more of the Terror Marines and the unit breaks but only to move 3″ away (Double 1’s + 1″ for their Nostrraman Blood). The Praetor and Terminators consolidate toward them.

Imperial Fists Praetor in Challenge with the Night Lords Commander

Imperial Fists Praetor in Challenge with the Night Lords Commander

The Night Lords Commander escapes

The Night Lords Commander escapes

The Night Lord Commander regroups and orders his men to gun down the Imperial Fist Praetor unit. The Bolter Terror Squad Rapid Fires scoring 8 Wounds. The Contemptor fires its weapons and causes 3 Wounds, one of which is Rending. The three man Volkite Terror Squad fires and causes 4 Wounds.  All of the Wounds are saved by the Praetor and Terminators, “The Emperor Protects“.

The Night Lord Contemptor then charges in and Wounds with his Hammer of Wrath but the Terminator makes his save. The Contemptor swings and makes contact with two of the Terminators throwing them back into the rubble motionless. The Praetor fails his Leadership and is able to escape the sweeping advance of the Contemptor.  The Contemptor consolidates 1″ towards the Praetor.

Turn 4

The Praetor makes his Leadership and consolidates further into the Sanctuary.  The Contemptor Mortis wields around to face the Night Lord Contemptor. The Mortis  targets the Night Lord ancient through the Sanctuary archway and fires. Eleven Kheres Assault rounds find their mark. Four of which bypass the shields and cause 3 Penetrating and 1 Glancing hit. The Veteran Dreadnought riddled with holes collapses on its side and all power ceases within the sarcophagus. The Tactical Squad having not moved unloads their entire clips (Fury of the Legion) into the three man Volkite Terror Squad. They suffer 3 Wounds but make their saves. The Breachers move towards the Tactical Squad but are unable to contribute to the gun fire.

The Contemptor Mortis targets the Night Lords Contemptor through the Sanctuary

The Contemptor Mortis targets the Night Lords Contemptor through the Sanctuary

The one-man Volkite, three man Volkite and eight man Bolter Terror Squads continue to focus on the Imperial Fists Warlord. Combined they cause 12 Wounds of which the Praetor fails 2. He is now down to a single Wound. The three man Volkite Terror Squad attempts to assault the Praetor but fail their Charge.

The Night Lords try to finish the Imperial Fists Praetor but the Emperor Protects

The Night Lords try to finish the Imperial Fists Praetor but the Emperor Protects

Turn 5

The Imperial Fists Contemptor and Breachers target the three man Volkite Terror Squad and take down two from the unit as well as cause it to Fallback 8″. The Praetor moves towards the Tacticals and runs down the side of the Sanctuary to escape the Bolter Terror Squad’s Line of Sight.

The Praetor attempts to join his remaining units

The Praetor attempts to join his remaining units

The eight man Bolter Terror Squad fires at the Tactical Squad killing three Marines including the Sergeant. The single Volkite Terror and Night Lords Commander fire at the Praetor and cause two Wounds but again the Praetor is able to make his saves. The single Volkite Terror fires at the Praetor but fails to Wound. The Praetor barely escapes.

Turn 6

The remaining three Imperial Fist Tactical Marines join the Praetor and fire at the Night Lords Commander causing no Wounds. The Contemptor Mortis moves within 7″ of the Night Lords Commander and empties his barrels causing 3 Wounds, one of which is Rending. The Night Lords Commander fails a save leaving him with one Wound left. The Contemptor Mortis declares and makes the Charge. The Contemptor hits twice causing 2 Wounds and crushes the remaining Volkite Terror Squad Marine. The Night Lords Commander makes his Leadership.

The Contemptor attempts to finish the Night Lords Commander off

The Contemptor attempts to finish the Night Lords Commander off

The Bolter Terror Squad comes around the corner of the Sanctuary and has a clear view of the Praetor and Tacticals. They fire 16 shots, hitting 14 times, and causing 7 Wounds. Between Look Out Sirs the final three Marines die leaving the Praetor in the open with a single Wound remaining. The remaining single Volkite Terror Squad fires and causes a single Wound which the Praetor saves. The Contemptor Mortis Wounds the Night Lords Commander but he makes his save. The game ends.

The Night Lords Terror Squad targets the Praetor and Tactical Marines

The Night Lords Terror Squad targets the Praetor and Tactical Marines

Both the Night Lords and Imperial Fists named Infantry as Blood Feud targets. Final scores 4 to 3 Night Lords win!

Game ends with the Night Lords holding the Sanctuary and the Imperial Fist Praetor pulling his remaining men back to the landing zone and calling for reinforcements.

Part two to follow. As always let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Jan Dreyer

    I’ve been lurking through the shadows of your blog for a while now and I got to say I love the content you put up on here. This battlereport was especially great! Keep it up!

  • Runefyre

    Ave Dominus Nox! Great battle report, I really enjoyed it.

  • Gunclap

    This was Great! Good Pics, Good painting and awesome table. Sharing this with my friends.

  • Johan Van Beers

    Hi mate. Love the report. I came to it quite late, and I hope you’ll read this because im very interested in the paint scheme of your Night Lords. Any chance you could share your method for the blue? And maybe bases?

    Thanks!

    Johan