9.28.2011

Battle Report: Brotherhood Vs Tyranids

Last weekend I played the Card Pimp in Question's new Nid army.  I played a variation of the Brotherhood, testing the new Scouts and Hunter squads with Plasma.  I also loaded two Fangs units - with reduced Missiles - in Rhinos, to test firing out of the hatch.

The three centralized Rhinos have Hunters; 10-strong, two plasma in the grey, 8-strong w WG and Rune Priest in the center, and 8-strong w WG in the last.  The Rhinos on the wings were the aforementioned Long Fangs, plus there was a unit of Fangs with an attached Terminator with Cyclone in the ruins.



The Card Pimp had the Swarmlord with Guard, two Hive Guard x2, and 3 Biovores in the central ruins - which mostly blocked line of sight throughout the game.  He was flanked by two Gant units.  He had three 10-strong Stealers Outflanking and one Zoanthrope in a Pod Deepstriking.

I was practicing screening techniques with the Rhinos.  One moves max, pops smoke, and blocks for the other two.  I killed off a Hive Guard, I think.  Bah!

In a surprise move, the Card Pimp stays put.  In hindsight, he was absolutely right.  He moves forward, I toast him.  He stayed put to wait for the Genestealers.  Again, most of his quality is completely obscured by the terrain.

Bottom of 2.  The CP had immobalized a Rhino with Hive Guard fire.  In my turn, they hop out.  My Scouts come in and toast the Gants.  I only rolled a 1 for Sweeping Advance, so the Scouts were in trouble.  I thought I could get away... but  it wasn't to be.  The Tyrant Guard will move out to get me.  (Swarmy can leave them, right?)

I'm missing some pics.  Here, the Card Pimp in Question's Genestealers rolled for crap: only one came in and didn't manage to make it to my line.  That marker is playing the part of a Pod... and there was a Zoanthrope there.  I blew it up, but didn't manage to kill 100% of the Stealers.  Worrisome.

So now I have two Rhinos immobilized, yet for some strange reason I think my Hunters will be fine all unsupported in the enemy ranks.  Uh.  I have two Scouts falling back, so my (stupid) idea was to rescue the squad.

Uh, oh.

Side view.  I have two Grey Hunters, a remnant Fang squad, and a Scout Squad at risk.

Ah, the heros of the hour.  The Hive Guard had no problem de-meching these boys.  The Swarm Lord should have no problem charging them, darn it all.

1.

2.

3 hits with the Biovores.  27 hits!

Worse, the Biovores pinned the unit!  AND my other Grey Hunters were pinned bailing out of the wrecked Rhino.  Yea, count it: two pinned units in one turn (marked by blue markers in the pic above).

Back to 'Uh, oh.'  Ultimately the Stealer unit on the right rolled a 1 for its Run move, so the Hunters in the building will only be assaulted by one unit.  It's still enough to put paid to 'em, but I'll hold them a bit.

The Swarmlord fails its Difficult Terrain move - more good luck!

Not good, no sir.

The little two-strong Stealers whiffed against the Scouts!  More luck... not exactly covering myself in glory here.

So the Stealers inside the building will finish eating my Hunters and Priest, but I held them for one more vital turn... largely to a mistake the CP made allowing the Rune Priest to hold.  In the next turn, I'll have enough local firepower to ace what's left.

So... the Swarm Lord didn't make it this turn, but I'm still pinned.  He'll get another chance!

And there he went!  The Swarm Lord munches through the Hunters no problem, but he'd also charged with the Gants (to keep them out of line of sight of the remaining Fangs).  Basically, the Hunters targeted the easier Gant unit, allowing them to only lose the combat by 1 point.  They'll stick.

I move up and toast the remaining Stealers, despite cover saves.

This is what's called a 'temporary respite.'

Here he comes.  Both Rhinos are still up, so he can't charge through to the  Hunters.  He'll ace the Rhino.

A wide shot.  Note I still have Long Fangs in the two flanking Rhinos... but they didn't really do squat this game.  They were way to out of position.  The idea is sound, but my execution... not so much.

The game is coming to a close.  The Swarm munches one tank...

...then the other.  I blow him away, finally.  

The Card Pimp in Question managed to hide his remaining units in the center terrain, completely out of line of sight to my remaining units.  I'm grossly out of position and one Kill Point down.

Note the Pod-Which-Isn't-a-Pod... using a CD to represent it caused both of us to forget it... so I could have tied things up by destroying it in the bottom of Turn 5 or 6...

...but the CP would without a doubt have destroyed a Rhino with the remaining Hive Guard.

Any way you slice this, the Brotherhood got its collective butts kicked!

And they deserved it.  The Card Pimp in Question played his ass off, finding good moves even in the turns where luck went south (as it always does).  I, on the other hand, was playing a reactive game and didn't take advantage of my resources properly.

It's why you play test stuff though.  I'll be back!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tyrant Guard can't leave Swarmy, it's in the Nid FAQ.

Brent said...

I was worried about that..!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Tyrant and Swarmy aren't even Independent Characters (I think the Tyranid Prime is the only IC in the codex, but I'd have to check to be sure). But it sounded like an interesting game!

Black Blow Fly said...

Excellent report as usual Brent - thanks for sharing !!

: )

G

SinSynn said...

Aww...I'm sorry you lost, Brent....
But I'm obligated to say...

Nyah-nyah!
'Nids win!

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.

Ass.

I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

Popular Posts