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Battle Report 22 - Construction Time Again*

Tyranids vs. Dark Eldar

Composed by Michael J. Casavant (Hive Fleet Phage)

* - fighting for a territory that contains a "bio-mnemonic" production facility.


  • Date - 08SEP2002
  • Points - 1700
  • Scenario - Cleanse
  • Hive Fleet Phage, Tyranid Army List played by Michael J. Casavant]
  • Dark Eldar [played by Dave Kullerd]
  • Result -
    • VPs*, Hive Fleet Phage - N/A
    • VPs*, Dark Eldar - N/A
  • Battle Honours
    • Tyranids - Lysogaunts (counter attack ability - win ties in Close Combat) [woo]
    • Dark Eldar - Ravager (skilled gunnery - re-roll misses for one weapon per turn) [ouch]



This will be my first game against Dark Eldar and my first game in Lars' Firmus Mutare Warhammer 40,000 Campaign.


Naming convention: The food that have faced Hive Fleet Phage have named the Hive Tyrants that continue to plague them. The one that trudges forward implacably with an escort of Tyrant Guard they call "Thunder." The swift winged beast that races across the battlefield and shatters bodies and vehicles alike has been dubbed "Lightning." They have also named the Carnifex engine of destruction, "Mjolnir".

Riley snatched up his bedroll and smoked rat. "Something's coming!" He exclaimed to the empty air. Riley had been alone for a very long time.

The factory had been a good place to squat for the last few months, but he knew that would end soon when the last few Imperials hotfooted it out of here like the Emperor himself was driving them. A strange alien war cry erupted from the northwest and a pair of huge skimmers whooshed up next to the corner of the factory. The...people inside looked inhumanly lithe and were decked out like Slaaneshi. Dark Eldar! This was not good, Riley had no intention of being some whipping boy for leather clad freaks.

One of the crew pointed off to the southeast, indicating something to the gunner. Riley followed the path he was pointing. The ground was moving. No wait, it was a wall of green chitin. Bugs, and a whole lot of them. This was going from bad to worse. Riley scrambled to the upper floor, pulling his rope with him. It was tough getting past the shattered middle floors without a rope, so maybe they'd pass him buy. He climbed into the old security center and flicked on the few remaining perimeter cameras.

The Battle

Turn 1

I won the die roll to choose who goes first and I let Dave's Dark Eldar go first. He shot the heck out of my guys and I advanced slowly. My Shooting phase was pretty pathetic. Basically, the bulk of his force pulled back shooting, but his Archon unit, Wyches, and one Raider Squad pulled around the building to hammer my poor bugs with weapons fire.

The Dark Eldar pulled back, unleashing beams of dark energy into the horde. Some scary guy with a host of dangerous-looking bodyguards pulled around the north side of the factory accompanied by a skimmer full of scrawny looking guys and another skimmer with a funky purple color, full of even stranger looking folks with all manner of crazy-looking weapons. The security computer began automatic recognition of the Vehicles.

"Raider class vessel, deviant classification, Wych. Raider class vessel, mixed deviants, Archon, Incubi, Warriors. Raider class vessel, Warrior deviants."

"Tyranids, mixed species, processing hive configuration."

A small blue bar begin filling as the computer hummed.

Turn 2

More getting shot, more moving. The Wyches were in range of my Lysogaunts, so I took my chances and charged their Raider. In an amazing stroke of luck, they hit and blew it up. Seven of the ten Wyches were killed in the explosion. The singlemost amazing result of my bugs for the entire battle.

A unit of bugs began flashing across the camera. Riley snatched the joystick and tracked their motion. Riley watched in disbelief as the unit of small bugs rushed the Raider containing the Wyches! BOOM! "Damn! It blew up!"

Smoke erupted from the vessel as the bugs tore into the energy packs. The ship tipped violently down and the nose slammed into the ground, sending the bulk of the Wyches headlong into the cockpit, their bodies smashing into and being impaled upon everything from spikes to control levers. Three of the Wyches rolled clear, springing to their feet with athletic grace and a shriek of defiance.

Turn 3

For the most part, more moving and getting shot a whole bunch. I was felling frisky, so I plopped Lightning right out in the middle of open ground to get shot, which he did... a LOT.

The Archon's unit and a nearby Raider squad disembarked to take on the Lysogaunts. The Archon gutted a bunch of guys, but the Warrior squad did not fare very well. Ironically, the Wyches were the ones that ended up fleeing.

In my turn, I finally got some licks in as Genestealers and Hormagaunts came to join the Archon's party. They cam too late to save the poor Lysogaunts, but they managed to deal enough carnage to drive off the Archon's unit and the Warrior Squad. Elsewhere, a unit of Spinegaunts finally got into close combat with the Warrior squad in the nearest building and did some damage.

More bugs piled into the melee east of the building, but Riley was no longer paying attention. He peered through a crack in the floor and saw a score of bugs fighting almost a dozen of the freakishly lean Dark Eldar. Riley held very still and muted the already low murmuring of data and specifications from the computer. He glanced up momentarily to see a flashing message, "Hive Fleet Phage Confirmed - ACQUIRE SAMPLES AT ALL COSTS." Riley chuckled to himself.

Turn 4

With no one left to fight, I had my Genestealers jump the nearby Raiders. Sure, they only have a 1/36 chance of affecting a Raider, but how could I resist assaulting something with little running boards on which my bugs could balance? :) Don't try this at home, it's stupid. Hide your Genestealers or find bodies to attack. Lightning is half-dead, but he makes it behind a ruined wall.

The Spinegaunts finished off the Warrior squad and consolidated towards the edge of the building. On my turn, they rushed out, fleeted towards the next entrenched Warrior squad and got shot up badly, again.

The fighting died down below, but another wave of bugs rushed into the first floor and scampered about. Riley swore under his breath. He had worked up one heck of a scent over the years and he did not want to be food. Shots to the west distracted him from his danger and he saw some more Warriors gunning down Spinegaunts.

Turn 5

Vehicles moved about and shot up guys. Lightning finally bought it, as did Mjolnir. Bummer!

The (now) smaller unit of Spinegaunts made it into assault with the second entrenched Warrior squad. The Warriors took enough wounds and ended up running away. The other unit of Spinegaunts pulled back to straddle quarters, in preparation for the end of the game.

Shrieks of pain erupted from the building to the west and Riley saw a handful of Warriors running backwards wildly firing off shots back into the building. Dark beams of energy streaked out into the building. A roar and a thud signaled the death of two of the monsters. "Damn, this is a close one. Hopefully the freaks will wipe each other out."

Turn 6

The game looked pretty tied up for the bugs at this point, so we rushed through this turn and did not even quite finish it up, stopping when it was clear the bugs would take the day. The result?

  • Contested quarters: 3
  • Tyranids: 1
  • Dark Eldar: 0

The last vehicles raced around frantically. Riley didn't know why, but the bugs seemed ready for it. The Dark Eldar were pulling back. Now, he just needed to stay out of sight until the bugs left....


Dave played a good game. Dave even admitted that things did not go that badly for him (oh, he'll deny it in public, but it's true! :) ) Now I finally have some idea what Dark Eldar are like.

Lessons Learned (and relearned)

  • Dark Eldar can fall back shooting to great effect. Disintegrators can be dangerous.

Tactics Developed

  • None.

Rules Questions & Clarifications

  • None.