Tau vs Imperial Guard 1500pts
Another Friday Night game and another attempt at real time blogging uisng the iPhone and email functions. I'm having to edit this again because once again the post has lost most of the text. It seems that it chops off any text posted after the first attached photo. Oh well, next time it'll work....
High above Praxedes IV things had just begun to heat up in Port Franxs, while on the planets surface, the war for Praxedes IV continued to rage unabated. Imperial forces launched a sudden offensive to recapture the ruined Agricombine complex above the river Shadaut. Cavalry elements of the 291st Death Korps, supported by attached Navy Vendetta's, struck at midday. The assault was timed to strike just as Old Father Praxedes reached his zenith in the sky. Three Vendetta's carrying 20 Grenadiers from 16th Company, deployed by wire line jump into the ruined Administratum building and took up positions on the first and second floors. The Vendetta's having delivered their cargo shot back from the building in order to give long range fire support.
With the arrival of the Necrons, this sector had been quiet for months. The arrival of the 291st in the sector, in their newly issued praxedes summer uniforms, had gone completely un noticed by the Tau. Tau command were caught completely off guard by the sudden stroke. There was little time for planning, they simply had to scramble any available units into the field. The first to respond were a group of Kroot on a patrol through the area.
The Xenos approached from the south directly into the ambush zone outside the by now heavily fortified Administratum building. They fought bravely and even managed a volley of fire before they were obliterated by fire directed by the Forward observer attached to Captain Fustus, and a hail of lasfire from the Grenadiers.
Tau commander squad on ready reaction duty shot over the battle field on a high arc, comming down just behind the Banewolves moving up the right flank to support the Grenadiers. Tau technomagic allowed them to target a Vendetta with a hail of high energy beams and missiles as they came down. In the cockpit of the Vendetta, , alarms screamed and the consoles of the weapons officer lit up like a Emperor Day tree warning of a target lock. The pilot reacted immediatly, jinking just in time to avid the worst of the fire, but it left the ship badly placed to return fire.
The Banewolves however, were left with a perfect opportunity. They slewed around on their treads, and circled the Tau battle suits. Corrosive molecular acids spewed from the turrets of the vehicles, splashing over drones burning through seals and electronics alike, drones and suits alike sparked and burst apart as the acids reduced them. The Tau commander was soon left standing alone and dragging a lump of mettal where his foot actuators used to be.
The Tau commander jumped from the ring of the Banewolves and fired directly up into the rear of the sill jinking Vendetta. One ion bolt flew true a penetrarted the thin armour of the rear loading door, and continued up through the roof of the vehicle into the Jet engines shatetring the turbines within. The Turbine came appart in an angry burst of parts and smoke, slamming the vehicle into the ground.
but the vicory was short lived and the Banewolves sun again and hosed the commander with fire. His suit was speared by Fusion beams and stubbers, finally comming appart and melting into the rapidly deepening pool of molecular acit.
Outside the back quarter of the Administratum ruins, Tau stealth suits struck from the skies, loosing rapid fire energy beams at the squad sheltering in the rubble. Caught completely off guard, the veterans of 2nd Squad bolted, back towards their own lines, firing as they went. Four stealth suits went down, caught in the hail of fire from the retreating guard. 1st SQuad, still in the rafters turned to pour more fire into them and another was killed, it was enough and the stealth suits broke for their own lines. Then Marbiov emerged from the ruins, and charged the stealth suits. Firing into their backs as he came, they were cut down.
The Tau counter attack had failed, smashed by artillery and demo charges, the Tau fell back in dissarray. The Tau tanks only just arriving, had no-one left to support. Turning back for their own lines, one Tau tank took a pot shot at Marbiov frying him before dissapearing out of view.
The Death of Marbiov
The old Agricombine complex sat on a hill overlooking a bow in the the river Shadaut. Below it, spread out for miles lay the Tau positions. Within hours of the stuggle to capture it, the Imperium had moved in in force. The artillery opened up all along the line following instructions directed from the combine. Further Tau counterattacks were broken up by precision atillery before they could even get started. Soon the Tau position in the wole sector became untenable, forcing a more general withdrawl.