Sunday, April 18, 2021

Narrative Battle Report: Imperial Navy Drop Troops Vs. Drukhari 25PL

Narrative Battle Report: Imperial Navy Drop Troops Vs. Drukhari 25PL - Tenebris Crusade Campaign Continues!

Played against Rob over the weekends and boy it was intense. Going against the new Drukhari Codex is no joke. At the end of the battle, he only had his Archon as last man standing while my commander abandon the post with only one Valkyrie left. Rob won with more VP as he managed to capture enough objectives. Great game, super intense and crazy dice rolls!   


The vector engines of the last two Valkyries fires up as they take off from the base after securing the evacuation of all the personnel in the secret Navy base. ‘Not so secret anymore now’, Lt. Comm Kayleigh thinks as she lifts off Hummingbird from the ground. Commander Graft is on board the carrier along with a squad of the Tempestus drop troops, preparing to do a final sweep before joining the rest. -

Earlier, the base’s sensors detected several anomalies indicating void portals appearing 50 clicks southwest from the base. Graft made the decision to evacuate the base as fast as humanly possible and mobilized the entire camp to move to another predesignated location. Majority of central command and the fighting forces has already evacuated with the assistance of some of the local militia attaché. He did not elaborate on what the nature of the threat is. -

The Lt. Comm oversaw the Aeronautica Imperialis division herself before jumping into the cockpit. Relaying the command console to her dashboard, she could continue to monitor the ground convoy’s progress until they reach the destination and provide any aerial support if needed. -

Just when Kayleigh is about to conclude that this will be a smooth operation, several flashes of unnatural beams and light bursts out from a silhouette with sail, moving in an uncanny speed, a reminder of the imminent danger. -

Before the other Valkyrie could use its countermeasures, both its engines and its port are already in flames as it crashes directly onto its launching pad. The Tempestus team inside engages their grav-chute and lands on their feet next to the wreckage. As the five-man team tries to recompose themselves, the dark silhouette emerges from the smoke of the crashed Valkyrie and drives straight into the survivors. Flashes of blades from the passenger of the mysterious hovering craft disembowels one of the trooper almost instantaneously, while a hook pierces straight through the right shoulder of another, pulling him into the hovering craft like a motionless rag doll.  -

Kayleigh recalls some of the briefing from the Tempestus command regarding these Xenos. It was the first time she had seen them striking this hard, this fast and this lethal. No operation manuals can describe what she is witnessing from the cockpit. -

The Lt. Comm glances at her command console with a slight sense of despair as the rest of the convoy has not made enough distance to discourage any pursuit from these assailants. Given their speed and maneuverability, these predators will catch up with them with ease. Commander Graft bellows over the internal vox to make a stand to buy more time for the evacuation. -

The Imperalis pilot hovers around the wreckage and found a vantage point for a counter attack. She could see the remaining three Tempestus drop troop falling back from the Raider as its passengers pours out from the skimmer craft and charges towards the survivors.  She shakes off the thought of ending the miseries of her comrades there and then. ‘For emperor’s sake, I’m a pilot, and we have Commissars for that.’ -

As her quick aim cripples the raiding craft, Kayleigh engages in an evasive maneuver, evading energy weapon assaults from what seemingly a squad of humanoids with wings that appeared on her starboard. At this point, muscle memory takes over and her endless hours of flight and training pays off, avoiding the same fate as the first Valkyrie. There is almost no room in her mind now to think of how unearthly this encounter is becoming. -

Commander Graft along with Sergeant Halkrow and his squad deploys to the ground to add more firepower to the scene only to be scourged by these flying assailants. The combination of what is left of Graft’s team of plasma rifles and lasguns along with the Valkyrie’s heavy bolter crew turns the flying men into puffs of red cloud. -

Kayleigh shifts her focus back to the raider craft. She finishes off the limping vehicle with more hellstrike missiles. The survivors of the crashed Valkyrie is nowhere in sight. In their place, the rest of the passengers of the destroyed skimmer advances towards Graft and his men. The Lt. Comm engages in suppressive fire on the advancing Kabalites, hoping to slow them down. Tempestus Sergeant Halkrow hails for an extraction and Kayleigh lowers the craft. As the signal for the rear hatch turns green, she immediately lifts off with drastic evasive maneuvers to avoid incoming fire. The dark kin reaches firing range at an impressive speed, even without wings. -

The whirling of the vector engines drowns the shouting of Commander Graft on-board. Kayleigh could see Sergeant Halkrow and his handful of men are still on the ground, cutting down the advancing xenos with their hot-shot lasguns and plasma rifles. This sweet revenge and small heroic victory is short lived as she sees more of their dark kin emerges from the covers and charges the Tempestus with two-handed wicked oversized blades. Almost instinctively, she fires at the advancing foes; only to cut down some, while the remainders of these sword-wielding demons overcome the sergeant and his team. She watches the entire act in horror as these xenos kill and maim, not in the quickest and fastest way but prolonging it enough for their victim to feel every possible pain in the slaughter. They skillfully sever limbs, disarm their victims, giving them just enough hope to fight back, and elegantly disembowels them with surgical precision, whilst keeping them alive long enough to savor their agony. These hard-trained Tempestus troops are no ordinary men, but their screams are all the same. -

As blood drips from their wicked blades, the swordsmen looks up to the Valkyrie as if they have fulfilled their purpose, inviting Kayleigh to be their deliverance. The Lt. Comm obliges with lascannon rounds, hellfire missiles and holy bolter fire. -

The smoke of the fire begins to clear as she receives request through the in-flight vox to support the convoy as they are reaching a vulnerable route. They have effectively neutralized the invading force and the convoy is now safe from any pursuit. Commander Graft gives the order to evacuate the site and rejoin the rest of the convoy with haste. As she pulls the yoke and banks the aircraft away from the lost base, she wonders if there is enough ordnance or bolter rounds to erase her vision of Sargent’s Halkrow dismembered head. -

A single lone figure emerges from the ruins, savoring the scent of the blood soaked ground, watching the last Valkyrie disappears into the horizon. As Ezqar licks his blade, he imagines how dreadfully wonderful it is to have the pilot’s head on a pike in his next Raider craft, or better still, he could parade her down the along webways of the Dark City as a prized slave upon his return. -

‘Oh how dreadfully wonderful indeed.’ 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Battle at Tenebris: First Battle for the Tenebris Crusade. Imperial Navy Tempestus + Astra Militarium Detachment vs Ravenwing 50PL



Commander Graft dusts off his red beret as he disembarks from the Hummingbird. Few medics rush into the Valkyrie, avoiding the stoic commander to attend the wounded scions who will not be seeing action anytime soon. Pilot Lt.Comm Keyleigh salutes Graft as he passes by the cockpit and returns it with a nod, probably the only compliment that can ever come from the Lion’s commander. Her aim was good today and with many of the hellstrike missiles found their mark and took down 2 ravenwing land speeders. Graft makes a mental note to raise a commendation to the Master of The Fleet on her performance today.




If only the rest of the Tempestus squad was half as competent as the young pilot, the losses and the humiliation would have been bearable. 


But even that was nothing compared to the local Tenebris forces that was totally decimated by the Ravenwing company.





Graft’s direct instruction to the local Tank Commander was totally ignored as the presence of the Ravenwing company surprised the local ragtag militia, what’s left of the planetary defense forces. Colonel Zrack paid with his life for his impatience along with the rest of his men as they were quickly cut down by the Astartes, but not before the last standing trooper kept the homing beacon alive for Graft’s fleet to arrive (getting to the LZ took longer than usual as navigation and avionics were still affected by residues of the storm). By the time they arrived, it was already too late and friendly fire confusion between forces of the Imperium of Man continued, resulting in 2 more scion squads cut down by chainsword and bolter fire, whilst an ATV and another Ravenwing bike squad lost to melta and plasma firing squad. If it wasn’t for the Valkyries’ ordnance in slowing down their advancement, it could have been worse for the Tempestus. 





The Tempestus Prime does not feel guilty being the only man came back in one piece from this fiasco of a mission. Dying honorably for the Emperor is commendable, but staying alive and learning something new to get closer to victory is a better way to serve the Imperium.


A communication officer intercepts Graft  in the corridors of Imperium Navy base on the surface of the planet. Graft reads through the transcripts which perhaps contains the only good news for the day. Cypra’s Talon, a Lunar-Class Cruiser, is making its way to the Denet system in a matter of days with enough reinforcement and support to make a difference. 


At the end of the transcript, he looks up to the young corporal, “So, he’s coming after all” 


“Let’s just hope his patience is as abundant as his authority”







Sunday, December 13, 2020

Back in action in 2020

How long has it been? 

Too long.

Here I am again, in the 9th edition, trying to get back into the game. I feel like an old timer trying to compete with the younger and more energetic players but even old dogs can learn new tricks.

Got in touch with the local community and decided to bring out the old guards for a local friendly tournament. Not being familiar with the new rules got me trashed at first round and even in a friendly match subsequently but bring some old vintage and painted models won me some compliments. I'm glad I'm adding some variety on the table too as there aren't many guard players around here.

Or should I say Astra Militarum. What a mouthful. Bah. Still Imperial Guards for me!

Anyhow, I played Pask with an armored company and squeezed in 5 tanks in a Battalion Detachment. I kind of configured it more towards anti-MEQ but seems to have fallen hard against an Ork army. Need to revisit my list again and take infantry command more seriously. I thought I could do it all with the Cadian Doctrine, but there's much more to be done for the Stratagem and tactics to work together. 

Here are some pictures of yesterday's match.









Monday, May 30, 2011

Valkyries - WIP







It's amazing that no matter how long I've been away from this hobby, and when I find the time to get back on it again, it felt just like yesterday from where I left it. To be honest, I have no idea how long this round of hobby period can last, but until the next distraction comes around and pull me away from painting, I will just keep on posting of whatever I have. It feels good to paint again after so long :)

Here they are, a pair of Valkyries, a different colour theme from the rest of my IG, indicating that my veteran drop troops, the Hawks are of a different division. I've decided to have them as open models and paint up all the details within the gunship, and keep the parts removable to appreciate the details.

More to come!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Completed Leman Russ













Yet another completed armored squad for comments.

Completed Hellhound and Basilisk












Most recently completed armor for my guards

Monday, August 2, 2010

Leman Russ WIP





Just a view of things to come, some work in progress for my IG and the humble beginning of my armored company.