Wednesday 17 September 2014

The third war for Armageddon 2: the landings

 As the orcs invade the system after defeating the imperials at Pelucidar, a ramshackle fleet gathers around Armageddon led by the newly arrived black templars to prevent the landing of the bulk of the ork forces upon the planet.

Planetary landing scenario with 1000pts per side

Imperials: 1015pts

Black templar battlebarge Night's Vigil
Gothic class cruiser Gathalamor
Dominator cruiser Hyrcania
Dictator cruiser Jericoh
planetary defences: 30pts - 6x torpedo surface bases

Orks: 1000pts

Space hulk Orkadia: 600pts
4 roks: 400pts
5 transports
 The imperials deployed at the ready around the planet
 The orks seized the first move and advanced at all ahead full. In the imperial first turn the fleet spread to cover all the approaching zones, profiting from the gravity pull of the planet to turn 90º
 The orks advanced again at all ahead full and launched an impressive amount of torpedoes and assult boats in front of the battlebarge
 The imperials answered deploying their own attack craft and stopping the barge with burn retros, while the surface bases launched their torpedoes. However, the three thunderhawks could just remove three markers, remaining one of them after passing their special save roll.
In the ork turn, the battlebarge was hitted hard by torpedoes and attack boats, losing one broadside, the machine room and impulsors.
The orks close in with the imperials, the hulk reloads all its fersome ordnanace, torpedoes and batteries raining death upon the surface bases, destroying half of them. The roks and the hulk push their way into the planet with all batteries blazing in lock on or waves of torpedoes. The imperials try to brace but the damage is too much and the Gathalamor is crippled
 The hulk launches even more attack boats, leaving the battlebarge without weapons or engines save for the prow torpedoes and launch bays
 The imperials manage to destroy a transport with the surface torpedoes however
 After being bombarded turn after turn, the Gathalamor is finished off by assault boats
 Overview: the imerials try to form a cordon around the planet, but some transports are starting to slip away, giving two landing points for the orks
 Unable to turn, the battlebarge can do little more than launch thunderhawks, recieving broadsides from a rok in one side and assault boats in the other. The battle turns bad for the Imperium when the battlebarge and the dictator catch fire
 The hulk escorts one transport into Armageddon, its guns and torpedoes, combined with the firepower of one rok destroy the remaining torpedo bases. That transport gives the orks two more landing points
 The Hyrcania locks on a slippery transport that has passed the Jericoh by, and destroys it with massed macrocannon shells against whom there is no bracing 
 Burned and bombed, nothing more than a drifting hulk, the battlebarge losses its last damage and is destroyed. The catastrophic damage dice are rolled...
 ...scoring double six: the warp engines explode taking the ship to the warp and leaving no trace of the brave tempars!
The orks gain two more landing points and with a total of six achieve victory
 The invasion of Armageddon has begun

Now let's actulaize the campaign map orks 2, imperials 1, seems that Ghazzghkull's forces are gaining the upper hand!

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