Battle Report 40 - That's My Rock!
Tyranids vs. Dark Eldar
Composed by Michael J. Casavant (Hive Fleet Phage)
- Date - 10APR2003
- Points - 1790
- Scenario - "Find the Marble"
- Hive Fleet Phage, Tyranid Army List [played
by Michael J. Casavant]
- Kabal of the Indescribable Itch (Dark Eldar)
[played by Chuck Hatley]
- Results - Victory for Tyranids
- Hive Fleet Phage total VPs 2510
- Kills 1710 (all except 1/2 Mandrake squad)
- Scenario VPs from 6 objectives - 250+150+250+100+50
- Dark Eldar total VPs 944
- Kills 844 (1/2 Tyrant Guard, 1/2 Lysogaunts, Hormagaunts,
1 1/2 Spinegaunts, 1/2 Mjolnir, 1/2 Biovores)
- Scenario VPs from 6 objectives - 100
This is my fourth battle in the Midnight
Comics GW League's Spring 2003 40k League.
Scenario: this was a custom mission called Find the Marble.
Because of other campaign dynamics, I would definitely be the
- FOC Attacker (Tyranids) - 1-2 HQ, 1-3 Elite, 0-3 Fast Attack,
2-5 Troops, 0-2 Heavy Support
- FOC Attacker (Dark Eldar) - 1-2 HQ, 1-3 Elite, 0-3 Fast Attack,
2-5 Troops, 0-2 Heavy Support
The scenario was setup with a 4'x6' board as usual and we set
up on the long edges, 6" in from the edge. A little farther
back than usual, but not too bad, especially with the objectives
positioned in the center of the board.
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".
Fallox approached the Archon's throne, stopping the requisite
10 meters from him. Such an antiquated policy, considering the
force fields in place, but it showed respect for the threat a
guest presents, friend or foe. Fallox was still bristling with
weapons from the battlefield and his armor stank of sweat, tinged
by the scent of his own blood. The regenerators had healed him
enough to facilitate walking on his own, albeit with great pain.
The Archon was apparently unmoved by Fallox's display of stoicism
and spoke with a voice that dripped arrogance and condescension,
"Succubus Fallox, how good of you to come. I trust the battle
went well. Oh no, wait, it didn't did it? In fact, you fell on
the field of battle, apparently too wounded to fight, but not
so wounded that you did not die. Please explain to me why I should
not let one of my Haemonculi peel your body apart over the next
Fallox bit back his anger. Loyalty was nothing more than a word
used in jest amongst the ranks; the only thing that demanded loyalty
was fear of reprisals. There was no wrong in his fleeing the field,
and it's likely the Archon before him benefited from it. Fallox
was a Succubus of Wyches, he could vivisect the smirking Archon
before a single drop of blood hit the ground; but of course, his
Wych guards were on hand and, of course, there were the force
Hatred seethed in him, but it was kept in check by the same
old taskmaster as always, the desire to live. "Most mighty
and powerful Archon Draxen, as you undoubtedly know, the recent
rain of debris from the shattered moon and Imperial starship left
valuable items scattered about the front lines. Our force deployed
in pursuit of plunder. Because of our haste and intelligence showing
the arrival of a Tyranid force, we arrived piecemeal to the battle."
The Archon made a great show of his boredom, "Yes, yes,
of course, do go on. Fascinating."
"The Ravager arrived first, along with two Raiders and two
squads of Warriors on foot. They were facing a small swarm of
what I am told are Spinegaunts, led by the Hive Tyrant species
known as Thunder, and supported by Biovores and the Carnifex species
Start of turn 1
Dark Eldar Forces - Ravager, 2 Raider squads, 2 Warrior
Tyranid Forces - Thunder, Mjolnir, 1 brood of Spinegaunts,
"The chunks of debris were in sight and both sides advanced.
The Archon and a unit of Scourges arrived to assist, as did more
bugs, in the form of a second unit of Spinegaunts and a unit of
"They are called broods, not squads."
"Of course, broods."
Start of turn 2
Dark Eldar reserves - Archon unit, and Scourges
Tyranid reserves - Brood of Spinegaunts, brood of Hormagaunts.
"Our units jockeyed for position, trying to exploit the
cover while acquiring targets. The Ravager lost its weapon systems
to the Venom Cannon of Thunder, and one of the Raiders was grounded
by a Spore Mine. In general , the spore mines were not nearly
as fell a weapon as our sources reported. They served mostly to
give the men a healthy dose of fear and encouraged them to advance
towards the enemy."
"Perhaps we should get some then? We could call them motivation
Fallox feigned amusement at the Archon's feeble attempt at humor,
but was outdone by the tittering and guffaws of the sycophants
sitting around the throne.
Start of turn 3
Dark Eldar reserves - Wyches
Tyranid reserves - Lysogaunts
"A unit of Wyches arrived, as did a a un...brood of Lysogaunts
on the other side."
The Archon smirked.
"The battle was pitched at this point and it looked as if
the wave of beasts might falter. The Archon advanced towards Thunder,
as did the Raider squad with the Crucible of Malediction."
The Archon looked irritated. "What? Why didn't the fools
"Archon, I believe they were waiting for the Lightning to
arrive. The spirits are fickle, especially when unleashed against
the alien mind of a Tyranid, or so I am told."
"Ah yes, I suppose that could be seen as wise."
[Game mechanics - The Crucible gets one chance to kill every
enemy Psyker on the board, but exactly one chance. The Psyker
makes a Leadership test or dies instantly; once one is killed
it stops working, or once it goes through all Psykers on the board.
In this list, only my two Hive Tyrants are viable targets and
they have Ld10. Being closer makes the Crucible more effective,
a -1 on the Ld score. However, at this point Lightning was not
yet on the table, so it would have been less useful to unleash
it. The unit in question is in the Raider at the middle top of
the picture, near the set of four standing stones.]
"The Archon's vehicle was destroyed by Thunder, forcing
him to evacuate it. Spinegaunts rushed forward and a Lictor hidden
in the nearby trees also attacked. Casualties were minimal on
"On the other side of the field, the Hormagaunts managed
to reach a Warrior squad, but casualties were unremarkable, as
the speed of our Warriors exceeded that of the beasts."
"It was then that my band arrived to the field of battle.
We bloodied Mjolnir's nose and prepared to assault."
Start of turn 4
Dark Eldar reserve - Warp Beasts
Tyranid reserves - Lightning
"Our band advanced towards Mjolnir and disembarked, moving
with all due haste to support our fellows against the Hormagaunts.
Our combat drugs gave our bodies unmatched speed and the beasts
begin to fall like wheat before the scythe. The nearby Spinegaunts
charged in, but were hewn from the ground like meat targets. It
Fallox's blood surged hot with the memory of the combat.
"Chitinous bodies swarmed to thickly that every stroke of
the blade ripped the life from another beast. It was glorious!"
The Archon feigned a yawn, "Yes, yes, now tell me how you
Fallox bit back his rage and continued, "The other side
of the field did not fare so well. Across the distance, we could
hear the tell tale sound his Shadow Field failing. It seems a
lowly Spinegaunt brought it down."
The Archon let slip a quick glimpse of fear.
Fallox smiled grimly as he continued, "The Incubi lost ground
to the Lictor, getting cut down faster than they could close in,
and the Warriors fell as well. A scream of combat drug overdose
was followed by silence and the Archon's unit disappeared beneath
the beasts, which skipped nary a beat as they turned their attention
The Archon interjected, "Pathetic. An Archon should die
well. That is the death of a common thug."
"Lady battle does no always let you choose the dance by
which you end your life. Archon or not."
The Archon, looking eager to change the subject, asked, "And
what of the Crucible? Surely such a potent artifact came into
"Almost, yes. Even as Lightning swooped onto the field,
the Raider was brought down by Thunder. All but three in that
squad died as the exploding reactor sent metal shards through
the crew. Luckily, the carrier of the crucible was not slain.
Unfortunately for them, the Lysogaunts mere meters from them surged
forward and slew them. The Crucible fell to the ground, unused
and impotent, as so many magic gewgaws."
Fallox continued before the Archon could interject.
"And of course, they turned their eyes to our battle as
well. The next minute of fighting would decided the battle."
"What of this Lightning creature?"
"Oh, yes, he swooped in an devastated a squad of scourges."
The Archon seemed a little nervous as he replied, "Well
surely, the poisoned blades..."
"No, not a scratch."
The Archon answered with false bravado, "Yes, well, weak
like their Archon, continue!"
Start of turn 5
Tokens finally start getting turned over!
"We cut down more than fifty of the beast, but before we
could recover our wits, Thunder was upon us with the remaining
Lysogaunts. The screams of the beasts were replaced the screams
of our men. The last I remember, a seven-meter long talon was
ripping my lung to shreds."
Start of turn 6
"Of course you have the debrief, go on."
"Yes, I do. I am told that Lightning secure a large relic,
the Spinegaunts secured two smaller ones, and a large one, Thunder
slew a Warrior and took a small relic from him, and one of our
Mandrakes faded into the shadows with a relic in hand, the sole
survivor of his squad after an assault by Mjolnir."
End of game.
Fallox bowed, turned on his heel, and started to walk briskly
from the room.
"Where do you think you are going?"
"Archon, I go now to flee with the remnants of my Kabal's
wounded. Reports are that a wave of Hive Fleet Phage approaches
our position even as we speak."
Fallox stepped onto a Jetbike and kicked it to life. As he sped
off he yelled, "Die well!"
A final look at the tokens
From left to right:
- Lightning sitting on a Marble (ouch that smarts) - +250 Tyranids
- Spinegaunts picked up a prize (one gets discarded) - +150
- Spinegaunts play with the other marble - +250 Tyranids
- Spinegaunts eats another small prize - +100 Tyranids
- Thunder takes a prize from a Warrior squad - +50 Tyranids
- A lone Mandrake clings desperately to his prize - +50 Dark
This battle was really close until Turn 4 or 5. The Dark Eldar
was kicking some serious bug tail in assault. Then some key battles
went my way and a more than a few units came within just inches
of being too far from where they needed to be. I was fortunate
in that regard (in spite of the pathetic lack of accuracy of my
Dark Eldar have some really cool and unusual units and Chuck
was a great sport and opponent. He kept me on my toes the whole
game. I can't get over the capabilities of those cheap little
8-point Warriors; I can't even make a mutable genus Gaunt with
I also managed to snatch up a lot of objectives at the last second
thanks to a good Fleet of Claw roll and some fortunate post-assault
positioning (pure luck there).