Friday, July 13, 2018

Horus Heresy - Iron Warriors Vs Night Lords - The Campaign continues!

This past weekend my friend Seti and I played another Horus Heresy game in our ongoing campaign.

We played a 2500 point game.  The scenario was Conclave of the Lost from Book 6: Retribution with just a couple of modifications.

Sargent Lox Fillmore of the 312th Lourdian Imperial Militia originally assigned to the 106th Expedition fleet under command of the Iron Warriors' Warsmith Martok, had seen the Horus Heresy develop into something he wasn't very happy with.  He saw brother fight brother and he knew that while he couldn't change the course of the entire war, perhaps he could stop the seemingly endless fighting that the troops under his command had be involved in.

The battles he and his men had been forced into had only escalated since the Iron Warriors and the Night Lords' feud had erupted recently into outright civil war.  He didn't know what had precipitated the hostilities between the two factions and frankly he didn't care.  He wanted out.

He figured that the way he and his men (consisting of about three squads) could get out of this war was to reach out to the enemy.  He decided to contact Praetor Baltar of the Night Lords and give him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Praetor Erasmus Golg was looking through the fleet transmissions because his Master of Signal had alerted him to several encrypted signals that were not sent to other Iron Warriors fleet assets but to some other destination.

Golg was not highly skilled in encryption or cogitations but he was quick to anger and this angered him that protocols weren't being met.

He spent probably more time than he should have trying to decrypt the message but he was focused on nothing else.  He was also lucky that whomever encrypted the message wasn't particularly skilled at the craft.

Fifteen minutes after he had begun, Golg had finished his task.  "Alert Warsmith Martok, I will be taking a detachment to the planet.  There is a traitor in our midst and I intend to silence him!"

The mission Golg went on was to disrupt the meeting between the traitor Guardsmen and the Night Lords Praetor.

If The Iron Warriors killed the Praetor within the first 3 turns, then they would receive 5 victory points.  The Night Lords also had The Flaymaster with them and if the IW killed him within the first 3 turns they would get 3 victory points.  The traitor Guardsman was worth d6 points for either side.

Each other unit killed was worth 1 point for either side.

We chose to play 2500 points.

Here is the very beginning of the game.  Turn one, Iron Warriors' movement. 

Praetor Baltar meeting with the traitor. 

Iron Warriors Destroyers with jump packs. 

After bombarding the meeting with Vindicator and Medusa shells, 
a veteran squad closes the distance.

Erasmus Golg's Land Raider moves on to the battefield from reserve.

The Night Lords fire on an Iron Warrior Vet Squad, killing several.

The Night Lords' air force arrives and begins to destroy the Iron Warrior's armor.

The Night Lords' Land Raider continues to move ever closer to the Baltar.

The Iron Warriors Destroyers jump into a building and prepare to assault 
the Night Lords Terror squad.

The Destroyers didn't fare too well against the Terror squad and 
a Veteran Squad believes it can do better.

Riding in his Land Raider, Erasmus Golg orders the crew to fire on the Night Lord's Land Raider Phobos.  Unfortunately their shot goes wide.

The other Iron Warriors Land Raider Proteus arrives and fires at the 
opposing Land Raider, doing no damage.

A Veteran squad of Iron Warriors disembarks and fires on a Night Lords squad.

Another Vet squad in a rhino makes it to the central hill just as Baltar begins his escape.

The Terror Squad makes short work of the veterans.

The Night Lords show the Iron Warriors how close combat is done.

Another Vet Squad disembarks and fires on the Night Lords, nearly killing the whole squad.

An Iron Warriors Cataphracti terminator squad disembarks, fires and prepares for close combat against the Night Lords.

Erasmus Golg and his command squad disembark and fire into the Night Lords.

The Night Lords are beginning to turn the tide against the Iron Warriors
but there is still hope for an IW victory.

The Land Speeders fire on the terminators, doing little damage.

The Night Lords veteran squad backs away from Golg.

The Iron Warrior's vindicator is destroyed by the Night Lords air force and a vet squad moves into a forest to try and flank the last Iron Warriors Vet squad.

Golg advances but can't pull off the charge.

The Night Lords Praetor Baltar escapes with the traitor.

The NL vets stay in the woods.

Golg's command squad is pummeled by the enemy air force as well as the NL ground forces.

Attempting to destroy the Proteus, the NL charge in.

Golg is on his own and the Iron Warriors let the traitor escape.

Praetor Baltar of the Night Lords escapes with Sargent Fillmore, giving the Night Lords a significant tactical advantage against the Iron Warriors.  

The Flaymaster extracts the information needed from Fillmore, whom afterwards wishes he never would have left the Iron Warriors.  

The next battle is set.

Ambushing of the Iron Warriors will be the next step in the ongoing feud between the two legions.  The Night Lords lick their lips thinking of the glorious slaughter to come of the unsuspecting Fourth Legion.

Until then...