30K – Battle Report – The Grind on Phobetor – Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1500 Points

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30K - Battle Report - The Grind on Phobetor - Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1500 Points

30K – Battle Report – The Grind on Phobetor – Imperial Fists vs Night Lords 1500 Points

Previous Battle Report: The Desecration of Phobetor

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 has been sent to the planet world of Phobetor. As they approach, they receive a distress signal coming from the planet’s capital city. Attempts to hail the planet are met with silence. Praetor Honorem and a small force of Imperial Fists land near the city’s central Sanctuary where they discover the sinister demise of the city’s Administratum at the hands of the Night Lords. Not soon after, the Imperial Fists are ambushed by a Night Lord contingent and despite their heroic stand are forced to retreat. During the skirmish, Praetor Honorem is critically wounded and requires extensive attention from the Legion’s Apothecaries for 7 days. During this time, the Imperial Fists are drawn into a street by street battle for the city that has resulted in significant casualties and extensive expenditure of their vital supplies. As Praetor Honorem prepares to return to his command, he is informed of their recent failed armored assault which has crucially hampered their capabilities. Logistics will only allow for one final attempt to clear the city. Praetor Honorem requests his Terminator armor and summons a meeting with his Vanguard to discuss plans for their final assault.

Despite maintaining control of the city, the Night Lords are stretched thin. They have scavenged ammunition from the dead which has sustained them thus far. Their Praetor, Verstus, plans to use what remaining fuel they have to deploy their hidden Dreadclaw Dop Pods behind the Imperial Fists expecting to disrupt their lines of and surround the 7th Legion.  In one swift move he’ll annihilate the self-righteous Imperial Fists and add more trophies to his own satisfaction.

The previous failed Imperial Fists armored advance resulting in severe losses

Evidence of the failed Imperial Fists armored advance

  • Mission: Tide of Carnage
  • Deployment: Dawn of War
  • Imperial Fists win roll off to deploy and go first
  • Warlord trait:
    • Imperial Fists – Child of Terra
    • Night Lords – Void Walker
  • Night Fighting during Turn 1
  • Night Lords fail to steal the Initiative

Imperial Fists – Age of Darkness Force Organization Chart & Pride of the Legion Rite of War – 1494 Points

Imperial Fists 1.5K List - Age of Darkness - Pride of the Legion Rite of War

Imperial Fists 1.5K List – Age of Darkness – Pride of the Legion Rite of War

Imperial Fists Praetor in Tartaros armour with Vigil Storm Shield and Thunderhammer

Imperial Fists Praetor in Tartaros armour with Vigil Storm Shield and Thunderhammer

  • HQ – Praetor
    • Tartaros Terminator Armor
    • Digital Lasers
    • Vigil Pattern Storm Shield
    • Master-crafted Thunderhammer
  • Troops – Legion Cataphractii Terminators x 5
    • Powerfists x 2
    • Chain Fist x 1
    • Plasma Blaster
    • Sergeant with dual Lightning Claws and Grenade Harness
  • Troops – Legion Cataphractii Terminators x 5
    • Power Fists x 2
    • Chain Fist x 1
    • Lightning Claw
    • Combi-flamer
    • Reaper Autocannon
    • Sergeant with Combi-melta and Power Maul
  • Troops – Legion Veteran Tactical Squad x 9
    • Melta bombs
    • Sergeant in Artificer armour
    • Veteran Tactics – Sniper
  • Elites – Templar Brethren x 8
    • Combat Shields
    • Melta Bombs
    • Chapter Champion with Combat Shield and Solarite Power Gauntlet
  • Heavy Support – Legion Land Raider Phobos
    • Armoured Ceramite
    • Dozer Blade
Cataphractii Terminators x 5 with Reaper Autocannon

Cataphractii Terminators x 5 with Reaper Autocannon

Cataphractii Terminators x 5 with Plasma Blaster

Cataphractii Terminators x 5 with Plasma Blaster

Imperial Fists Templar Brethren

Imperial Fists Templar Brethren

Night Lords – Age of Darkness Force Organization Chart and Terror Assault Rite of War – 1500 Points

Night Lords - Age of Darkness - Terror Assault 1.5K List

Night Lords – Age of Darkness – Terror Assault 1.5K List

Anvillus Dreadclaw Drop Pod

Anvillus Dreadclaw Drop Pod

  • HQ – Praetor
    • Artificer armour
    • Iron Halo
    • Plasma Pistol
    • Thunder Hammer
    • Trophies of Judgement
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 10
    • Volkite Chargers x 10
    • Headsman with Artificer armour, Melta bombs, and Lightning Claw
    • Dedicated Transport – Anvillus Dreadclaw Drop Pod
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 10
    • Volkite Chargers x 10
    • Headsman with Artificer Armour, Melta bombs, and Power Weapon
    • Dedicated Transport – Anvillus Dreadclaw Drop Pod
  • Troops – Terror Assault Squad x 10
    • Boltguns x 10
    • Headsman with Artificer armor, Melta bombs, and Lightning Claw
  • Heavy Support – Leviathan Siege Dreadnought
    • Leviathan Storm Cannon
    • Armoured Ceramite
    • Phosphex Discharger
    • Twin-linked Volkite Caliver x 2
Night Lords Terror Assault Squad with Bolters

Night Lords Terror Assault Squad with Bolters

Night Lords Terror Assault Squad with "Count As" Volkite Chargers

Night Lords Terror Assault Squad with “Count As” Volkite Chargers

Leviathan Siiege Dreadnought with Storm Cannon

Leviathan Siiege Dreadnought with Storm Cannon

Deployment

Praetor Honorem deploys his Veteran Tactical Squad in the recently captured landing pad providing cover to his left flank and rear. The Praetor and his Templar Brethren aboard the battle worn Land Raider and take position in the center of the battlefield. On either side of the Land Raider are a unit of Cataphractii Terminators holding his flanks. The Praetor will not fall prey again to being outflanked. As Praetor Honorem looks into the battlefield he is both repulsed and angered by the violated Imperial Fists bodies hanging from the wreckage. With a squint of his eyes, the Praetor shuts the tank hatch and orders the advance.

Imperial Fists deployment

Imperial Fists deployment

Veteran Tactical Squad providing covering fire from the landing pad

Veteran Tactical Squad providing covering fire from the landing pad

Cataphractii Terminators guarding the flanks of the Land Raider

Cataphractii Terminators guarding the flanks of the Land Raider

One final look inspecting the battlefield before the Praetor orders the advance

The Praetor takes one final look before ordering the advance

The Night Lords Praetor orders the two Volkite Terror Squads to prepare the Dreadclaw engines as they are held in reserve. He and the Leviathan take cover in ruins and behind wreckage, respectively. Unable to infiltrate closer, the Bolter Terror Squad is forced to take cover and remain out of site in the ruins in front of the landing pad. The Praetor signals to the Leviathan, ” Ancient, the center is yours. Enjoy adding to your trophies.” After an acknowledgment they hear the revving of Land Raider engines in the distance and the advance of their prey.

Night Lords Praetor and Leviathan deploy in preparation for the oncoming Imperial Fists

Night Lords Praetor and Leviathan deploy in preparation for the oncoming Imperial Fists

Bolter Terror Squad preparing to ambush the oncoming Imperial Fists

Bolter Terror Squad infiltrate into ruins and prepare to ambush the oncoming Imperial Fists

The "Ancient" Leviathan looks to add to his already numerous trophies

The “Ancient” Leviathan looks to add to his already numerous trophies

Turn 1

The command is given and the Veteran units of the Imperial Fists advance. Both Terminator squads move forward while scanning for signs of movement. The Land Raider dozers through the Imperial Fists wreckage and catches a glance of the Night Lords Praetor running across the ruins. A Lascannon sponson quickly targets the movement and fires but fails to hit as the Land Raider compresses the wrecked vehicle beneath it and causes the targeting to shift off target.

One of the Night Lords Anvillus Dreadclaws attempts to fly over the Imperial Fists line and land behind them. While the Dreadclaw is able to gain height, the engine cuts outs and it comes crashing down in their own deployment zone away from its mark (Mishap, rolls a 3). With a heave, the Leviathan pushes the Imperial Fists wreckage out of the way and advances forward drawing Line of Sight on the Terminators. Verstus smirks as he easily ducks to avoid the Lascannon blast screeching overhead and joins the Terror Squad infiltrated ahead of him. The Leviathan unleashes his arsenal into the advancing Terminators and Wounds five times with the Storm Cannon and twice with the Volkite Calivers but the Terminator armor proves its resilience and no wounds are suffered.

Imperial Fists advance trying to gain Line of Sight on any Night Lords unit

Imperial Fists advance trying to gain Line of Sight on any Night Lords unit

Land Raider catching a glimpse of the Night Lords Praetor

Land Raider catching a glimpse of the Night Lords Praetor

The Twin-linked Lascannon fails to hit its mark

The Twin-linked Lascannon fails to hit its mark

The Dreadclaw engines cut out before they can make it across to the Imperial Fists lines

The Dreadclaw engines cut out before they can make it across to the Imperial Fists lines

Leviathan targets the Terminators but their armor holds true

Leviathan targets the Terminators but their armor holds true

Turn 2

The dusk of night is lifted as the planet’s sun rises above the city. The Terminators warn the Land Raider of the Leviathan ahead and the tank driver quickly moves over the wreckage taking advantage of the dozer blade and looks to gain Line of Sight from around the ruins. The Terminators continue their push forward keeping to the flanks. The Land Raider is able to see the Leviathan’s side armor and uses its Machine Spirit to hit the Leviathan but fails to make a dent in its armor. The other Lascannon sponson targets the Bolter Terror Squad in the ruins but fails to hit. The Terminators are alerted to the Bolter Terror Squad to the left and open fire scoring four wounds with their Combi-bolters causing three Night Lords to slump over. They hold their ground as their Praetor threatens them. The Terminators with the Reaper Autocannon see the Dreadclaw crash in front of them and fire the Reaper Autocannon scoring two hits. One of the rounds pierces the armor causing the vehicle to be shaken. The Terror Squad inside is unfazed by the events.

The second Anvillus Dreadclaw is able to ignite its engines and lands true behind the Imperial Fists lines. The Shaken Dreadclaw in its own deployment zone moves forward 6″ and deploys its Terror Squad forward. Both the Leviathan and Bolter Terror Squad with Praetor move back out of the Land Raiders Line of Sight. The Leviathan again targets the Terminators scoring 4 wounds with the Storm Cannon and 3 wounds with the Volkite Calivers. The lead Terminator is cut in half from the roaring fire of the Storm Cannon but the remaining Volkite rounds fail to do any harm. The Bolter Terror Squad then opens fire into the same Terminators causing 2 wounds that are unable to find any crack in their armor. The disembarked Terror Squad unleash their Volkite Chargers into the right flank Terminators causing 15 hits and 12 wounds. The first two Terminators fall to their knees as Volkite energy pushes through their armor to hit the remaining Terminators but fail to penetrate. Seeing the volume of fire ahead of them, the Terminators fall back.

The Imperial Fists Land Raider outmaneuvers the Night Lords

The Imperial Fists Land Raider outmaneuvers the Night Lords

The Dreadclaw makes its mark in the Imperial Fists deployment zone

The Dreadclaw makes its mark in the Imperial Fists deployment zone

The Night Lords pull back from the Land Raiders Line of Sight

The Night Lords pull back from the Land Raiders Line of Sight

The Terror Squad disembarks from the Dreadclaw

The Terror Squad disembarks from the Dreadclaw

Terminators fail two saves from the Volkite wounds inflicted

Terminators fail two saves from the Volkite wounds inflicted

The Terror Squad mark their target

The Terror Squad mark their target

After sustaining several wounds the Terminators regroup from the hail of Volkite fire

After sustaining several wounds the Terminators regroup from the hail of Volkite fire

Turn 3

The Reaper Autocannon Terminators regroup and move forward 3″. The Land Raider rotates 180 degrees using its dozer blade to move both ruins and wreckage out of the way. It then moves forward 6″ and the Praetor and Templar Brethren disembark with eyes set on the Volkite Terror Squad. The Terminators in front of the Leviathan move towards the Bolter Terror Squad looking to get close enough to assault.

The Land Raider fires both Lascannons at the Dreadclaw. The Dreadclaw pilot Jinks and avoids a Penetrating hit; however, the second Lascannon shot finds its mark and causes a Glancing hit (down to one Hull Point). The Reaper Autocannon from the regrouped Terminators attempts to finish off the Dreadclaw by scoring a hit but no resultant damage. The Terminators in front of the Bolter Terror Squad fire their Plasma Blaster hitting and wounding twice. A Terror Squad Marine is able to jump behind the ruins while another disintegrates coating his fellow marines with his remains. The remaining Combi-bolters fire causing three wounds causing another Terror Marine to fall back wards motionless. Once again the Praetor screams for the five remaining Marines to hold their ground.

Praetor Honorem and the Templars declare an assault and are met with a volley of Volkite fire causing two wounds that find the cracks in his armor resulting in the Praetor  suffering two wounds. The resultant Deflagrate is absorbed by the Templars as they attempt to shield their leader. The Templars make the charge despite the difficult terrain and are unfazed by their trophies. The Praetor yells out a Challenge to the Headsman who accepts. Despite the Templars 28 attacks, only 12 hit. Nonetheless, the 9 Executioners are slain by the Templars. Simultaneously, the Executioners 27 attacks cause 10 wounds and bring down two of the Keepers of the Temple of Oaths. The Headsman with a Power Sword in hand hits once but fails to wound. The Praetor lifts his Thunderhammer and drives the cranium of the Headsman straight into the ground. They consolidate back towards the Land Raider.

The Plasma Blaster Terminators declare an assault against the Bolter Terror Squad. The Overwatch causes two wounds but they make their armor saves. The ruins prove to be too difficult and the Terminators fail the charge.

Praetor Honorem and the Templars disembark to charge the Terror Squad

Praetor Honorem and the Templars disembark to charge the Terror Squad

Terminators set their eyes on the Bolter Terror Squad

Terminators set their eyes on the Bolter Terror Squad

Praetor Honorem suffers two wounds from the Volkite Overwatch

Praetor Honorem suffers two wounds from the Volkite Overwatch

Praetor Honorem and the Templars are set to deliver their form of justice

Praetor Honorem and the Templars are set to deliver their form of justice

Despite only needing threes To Hit the Templars are only able to land 12 hits

Despite only needing threes To Hit the Templars are only able to land 12 hits

Praetor Honorem and the Templars consolidate towards the Land Raideer

Praetor Honorem and the Templars consolidate towards the Land Raideer

As the Templars consolidate away the Anvillus, the pilot thrusts his engines while taking to flight and passes over the Praetor and his unit. One of the Templars is caught in the flames and is instantly engulfed. The second Anvillus moves towards the Veteran Tactical Squad and attempts to do the same.  Two Veterans make their armor saves as the fames come down from above. The Leviathan and Bolter Terror Squad move forward resolved to gain trophies from the Terminators. The Leviathan fires into the Terminators with its Phosphex Discharger but scatters off its target. The Storm Cannon and Volkite Calivers cause 2 and 3 wounds, respectively. The Terminators makes their saves. Verstus and the Bolter Terror Squad fire their pistols and fail to bring down any of the Terminators.

The Leviathan charges into the Terminators followed by Verstus and the Terror Squad. The Terminators remain poised and unaffected by the units trophies. Verstus declares a Challenge which the Sergeant accepts.  The Leviathan’s momentum fails to wound the Terminators (two Hammer of Wrath attacks, rolls double ones). The Leviathan swings with his 4 attacks but only hits once and causes a wound. The Terminator makes his Invulnerable save. The Executioner’s 16 attacks cause 4 wounds which the Terminators shrug off. The Headsman’s Lightning Claw causes two more wounds but they are also saved. The Terminator Sergeant swings with both Lightning Claws and  causing three wounds. The Praetor taunting the Sergeant swings back with 5 attacks but only strikes once causing a single wound. The Terminator’s invisible power field holds up against the attack leaving the Terminator stunned but alive. The remaining Terminators attack crushing 2 of the Executioners with their Powerfists  while the Chain Fist fails to make contact with the Leviathan. Verstus seeing the Executioners crushed, grabs the remaining Terror Squad members placing them between him and the Terminators as they fail their Leadership leaving the Terminators to the Leviathan.

The Dreadclaws flame the Imperial Fists as they fly over

The Dreadclaws flame the Imperial Fists as they fly over

Leviathan and Terror Squad make charge

Leviathan and Terror Squad make charge

Leviathan fails to wound with both Hammer of Wrath attacks

Leviathan fails to wound with both Hammer of Wrath attacks

Praetor only strikes once with his five attacks

Verstus only strikes once with his five attacks

The Leviathan is left to collect his own trophies

The Leviathan is left to collect his own trophies

Turn 4

Praetor Honorem and the Templars embark in the Land Raider and move forward. The Terminators with the Reaper Autocannon also move forward. The Land Raider sees an opportunity to get behind the Leviathan and moves Flat Out. The Leviathan attacks and hits 3 times coasing three wounds. The Terminators fail a single Invulnerable save. The Terminator Powerfists fail to harm the Leviathan’s armor but the Chain Fist causes a Penetrating hit. The Leviathan makes his 4+ Invulnerable save and remains locked in close combat with the Terminators as they make their Leadership.

 

The Land Raider moves toward the Night Lords Deployment zone and the Terminators remained locked in combat with the Leviathan

The Land Raider moves toward the Night Lords Deployment zone and the Terminators remained locked in combat with the Leviathan

Verstus rallys the remaining Bolter Terror Squad and moves back towards the Leviathan. The empty Anvillus Fire Sweeps the Veteran Tacticals causing three wounds and flys off the board. The Veterans power armor serves its purpose and is only ashen-colored by the flames. The second Anvillus lands behind the Veterans and disembarks the Volkite Terror Squad. The Terror Squad unloads their Volkite Chargers into the Veterans who after the Deflagrate are down 5 Marines.  The loss of their brothers breaks their spirit and they fall back 6″. The Terror Squad follows in pursuit and assaults suffering no wounds from the haphazard Bolter fire from the Veteran Marines. The Terror Squad makes the charge and the Marines make both Leaderships overcoming the charge and their brethren hung as trophies from the armor of the Night Lords. The Executioners have 36 attacks that result in 15 wounds. Three of the Marines die while the Sergeant suffers at the hands of the Headsman as he is gutted in front of his dying men. None of the Veterans attacks cause any casualties.  The Terror Squad consolidate and take a command position on the landing pad.

The Leviathan attacks and with one swing cleaves through the armor of two Terminators. The Chain Fist strikes back causing another Penetrating hit but the Leviathan’s Invulnerable save prevents any damage. The remaining Terminators horrified by what has transpired fall back only to be cut down by the Leviathan.

The Terror Squad disembarks from the Dreadclaw

The Terror Squad disembarks from the Dreadclaw

The Terror Squad rips apart the Imperial Fists Veterans with their Volkite Chargers

The Terror Squad rips apart the Imperial Fists Veterans with their Volkite Chargers

The Leviathan adds to his Trophies after cutting down the Terminators

The Leviathan adds to his Trophies after cutting down the Terminators

Turn 5

Praetor Honorem sees the Night Lords commander in the open and orders the Land Raider to move in their direction. Honorem and the Templars disembark and move to charge the unit. The Land Raider targets the rear of the Leviathan with a single Lascannon and scores a direct hit that penetrates the ancient’s shield and causes the core reactor to explode. The explosion resonates throughout the battlefield knocking the Night Lords commander backwards but causing no wounds. As Honerum charges in he cries “For the Emperor!” Pushing aside the remaining Night Lords, Honorem makes way towards Verstus.  Verstus swings his Thunderhammer landing a direct blow that is parried by Honorem’s Storm Shield. In return, Honerum swings striking three times. The third blow lands squarely in Verstus’s chest lifting him off his feet, hurling him across the ruins, and down onto the ground. As Honorem prepares to confront the other Night Lords he finds them already cut down by the Templars. Honorem consolidates his men back towards the Land Raider and witnesses the remaining Night Lords retreat. The Imperial Fists are in control of the battlefield and are victorious!

Praetor Honerem and his Templars assault Vestrus

Praetor Honerem and his Templars assault Verstus and his unit

Praetor Honerem and his Templars assault Verstus

Praetor Honerem and his Templars assault Verstus

Praetor Honorem secures the victory for the Imperial Fists

Praetor Honorem secures the victory for the Imperial Fists

Final Score

Night Lords: 7

Imperial Fists: 14

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  • Jan Dreyer

    another great one here! was really rooting for the fists and they pulled through! 🙂

    • ImperialKnight

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Elliot

    Really enjoyable, look forward to more!

    One tip I was given when writing up narrative battle reports is that you don’t have to write about EVERYTHING. So long as it’s exciting and the pivotal moments are in there, we don’t always need to know every time exactly how many wounds were caused etc. Make of that what you will and I’m excited to see more Night Lords!

  • bryan simpson

    So much better reading your battle reports than any other. The narrative story always helps me imagine it, I particularly liked the veteran sergeant being gutted!

  • Man this was simply awesome 😀 I will follow this blog without hesitation 🙂

    • ImperialKnight

      Thank you so much! More to come. 😉