Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Blackstone IV

A Chaotic warfleet, probably led by Abbaddon himself, struck at Rebo V. The Imperial starships on station put up a ferocious defence, but were ultimately overwhelmed by the size of the fleet facing them. Twenty capital ships, swept through Rebo's outer system defences and attacked Blackstone IV.
The Imperial Navy defends Blackstone IV: the retribution battleship Bloodhawk, the cruisers Hammer of Justice and Invincible (in red) and the dominator class Fortitude (top right) with a scattering of fireships
Battle starts with long range nova cannon shots that set an enemy strike cruiser on fire
The Bloodhawk veers to starboard and opens up with her broadside
The lines close up, with attack squadrons crossing no man's space
A fireship valiantly nukes herself, setting most of the enemy fleet on fire
Hammer of justice cripples an enemy vessel, which would burn up in the final phase
The strike cruiser Skalathrax also burns to a crisp after recieving repeated nova cannon hits
The Unforgivable is set upon by three imperials wich reduce her to a burning hulk under merciless broadsides of macrocannon, bombing runs and torpedo hits
Lagging behind, one transport is struck by torpedoes and destroyed
After crossing the enemy line, the Foe-Reaper and the smaller Deathbane move towards the Blackstone
But with half of his fleet destroyed, the chaos player decides to call it a day

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Blackstone Fortress

Forged during the War in Heaven by the eldar god Vault to defeat the Void Dragon, C'tan these weapons have been dormant for eons. At the start of the 41st millenium using the hand of Darkness and the Eye of  Night Abbadon found away to reactivate them, and use their awesome power to conquer the galaxy. Scattered all over the galaxy six of them formed a vital linchpin of the defence of the Gothic Sector, taking control of three of them, the chaos Warmaster managed to destroy several worlds and even an entire star system before the Imperial Navy put an end to his rampage. In more recent times one was smashed into Cadia, destroying the planet entirely, a second was given to Huron Blackheart to seal his alliance with the Despoiler and another was found floating in deep space and is being fought over.

Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken
Devour worlds, smite forsaken
Looking from above the Blackstone forms a chaos star, cool!

The fortress fires raw warp energy from her cannons, ignoring all shields. A weapon capable of destroying a cruiser with a single shot
Chaos fleet 1600pts

Gothic War: Bladen


Reports of attacking Chaos fleets flooded in from all across the Gothic Sector as the Warp Storms reached their peak of activity. Much planning must have gone into their all-important first strike, as the Chaos fleets targeted a dozen major Imperial Navy bases in the sector. With no advance warning, the Traitors struck hard and fast, ambushing Imperial warships as they were in orbital dock or at rest at their stations. Caught unaware and already overstretched by the growing unrest in the sector, the Imperial Navy was poorly prepared to respond to this sudden offensive.
The chaos fleet comes out of the warp and attacks the surprised imperials in the Bladen system

The Sebastian Thor is the first to be wounded by a wave of chaos bombers
The imperials are quick to react, but half of their fleet must face the whole heretical onslaught
Captain Haldor orders ramming speed and smashes into the Malevolence, severely wounding her
The Solar Macharius comes to the rescue, launching attack craft and blasting with her batteries
The traitor vessels have cut through the imperial line, moving around Bladen
But all doesn't go the heretic's way, the retribution battleship Radamanthine destroys the Deathclock with  a volley of macro cannon
Outnumbered the imperials keep on attacking the enemy, to little effect
Severelly damaged by attack runs and lance strikes the orbital station braces for impact
The remaining chaos vessels gather around the Malevolent
While the strike cruiser attacks the station on its own
The Sebasthian Thor keeps on shrugging the bombing runs

With one vessel lost and another crippled the chaos ships make all speed for the warp 

 Victory goes straight to the map

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Battle for the crossroads

After a string of victories in Florida, the Confederacy stands ready to push the federals into the sea, the vital junction south of Bladwin is the first step to expell the invaders from southern soil
The 10th Tenessee proudly leds the attack
Yankees ready to bring freedom to the enslaved
Battle begins with a disappointing shot from the confederate artillery
Northern guns are far more effective, routing a rebel unit
The bulk of the southern forces then opens up a deadly volley that pushes back the foe
Rallied by a liutenenat the rebs take aim and destroy the federal artillery
In the face of such effective fire the yankees take cover behind the buildings
With the objective in the middle, both sides are ready for a close quarters engagement
In the left flank an impressive roll causes havoc amongst the invaders
The confederate gun keeps taking desultory potshots at Billy Yank
With time pressing the rebs take the objective
Making the federals come out of hiding to contest the crossroads
This first charge goes to the union, but then a second rebel unit piles in...
...totally anihilating the meddling republicans
With his forces decimated the union general orders the retreat to Jacksonville