Battle Report 32 - A Question of Time
Tyranids vs. Biel-Tan Eldar
Composed by Michael J. Casavant (Hive Fleet Phage)
- Date - 27OCT2002
- Points - 1700
- Scenario - Meatgrinder
- Hive Fleet Phage, Tyranid Army List [played
by Michael J. Casavant]
- Biel-Tan Eldar [played by Andrew Harper]
- Result - Victory for Biel-Tan Eldar (game ended turn 4, BTE
models still alive)
- Battle Honours
- Hive Fleet Phage - none.
- Food - ?
Firmus Mutare Campaign, game eleven. This was a lark. Andrew
has three levels of fortifications and I wanted to see if I could
take the territory. In the end, the fortifications were strangely
not all that significant; rather, the mission was the dominant
factor and victory was determined by a single die roll.
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".
[I had to be somewhere after the game and I neglected to take
any pics, sorry. This is getting to be a bad habit. Pics next
time I promise!]
Turn 1 - I advanced straight ahead, only taking cover with my
Turn 2 - Spinegaunts sidestep and deplete the minefields, clearing
the way for the leaper guants behind them. The Gargoyles flank
and assault the Wave Serpent from the rear. They get a lucky shot
with their Bio-Plasma and get an Immobilized result, destroying
the WS and killing all of the Striking Scorpions inside without
a fight because the exit port was blocked; I doubt Andrew will
fall for that again. Andrew Deep Strikes his Swooping Hawks in
behind everything (recall I have to kill every model to
Turn 3 - The Lysogaunts turn around and kill off the Swooping
Hawks in a single round of combat. Spinegaunts engage and tie
up the Wraithlords. Gungnir engages a Wraithlord, does some wounds
and then dies in the next phase because he is so slow...Red Terror
engages the other Wraithlord and dies quickly after inflicting
some wounds. Lightning engages the Farseer and Avatar; he kills
the Avatar, but on the next phase normal grunts sweep in and he
fails 2 out of 2 saves, losing his last two wounds and dying.
Turn 4 - Gargoyles and Hormagaunts rush in to fight the Farseer
and Storm Guardians. Thunder keeps trudging forward towards the
enemy. Mjolnir, down to single wound from a single round of Starcannon
fire from the Wraithlord, limps through the trees towards the
Andrew rolls a "1" and the game ends.
Thanks to Andrew for a fun game. I can honestly say that I had
no chance of winning. I was ecstatic at how well I was doing.
I was able to flank and take out some really important units much
quicker than I had hoped, but four turns just isn't enough. I
do not think it is possible to win in four turns no matter what
army you play, unless you play a defender who rushes out to fight
you, which would be foolish for the Defender to do. One big reason
is that Meatgrinder requires you to kill every last model of the
Defender's army. That's a very tall order unless you can get a
lot of lost enemy units due to fleeing.
I thought Meatgrinder as the Attacker would be really cool as
a Tyranid, but there's a wrinkle. Tyranids will never fall back
with no chance to regroup as long as a single Synapse is alive.
So instead of being able to take my 4 (surviving out of 32) Spinegaunts
off the board and recycle them with a fresh unit, I had to keep
on fighting with the four. So I think that as Tyranids, it's one
of those missions where you have to shrug and hope for the best.
Andrew fielded two Wraithlords and I think that alone would have
made Meatgrinder nigh impossible to win; they are just to unbalancingly
tough, literally, Toughness 8 is just too hard to overcome for
And don't think I did not try to kill off my units. I had my
Spinegaunts walk side to side, trying to kill them off and simultaneously
clear the minefields. I let them get shot up by Andrew's Sentry
guns. They just wouldn't die. Ah well, better luck next time!