The Hammer Falls

Yeah, it’s late, but I’ve had University deadlines. Now I am largely done though, apart from working on my dissertation. I have also formally changed my army in the campaign to Imperial Guard. The Eldar may make a cameo as an allied detachment, but it’s unlikely. My Eldar are a lot more powerful than my Imperial Guard, but it just made more sense from a narrative point of view that they wouldn’t stick around in a failing alliance with the humans. For reference, my Space Marines chapter tactics are those of “The Raptors”, basically Raven Guard with the ability to have Heavy 1, Rending on their bolters if they don’t move, but they lose the ability to use their jump packs in the movement and assault phase. We’re in the same boat as the rest of the jump infantry!

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“Rejoice, brothers. Today, we bring the Emperor’s judgement a foul Chaos Lord,” Librarian Altarus whispered over his vox. Bike Squad Calus had fallen behind the main Space Marine group, suffering a minor failure in one of their bikes, as they stealthily moved around the flank of the Iron Warriors position. He could see the traitors holed up in their buildings, pouring fire into the charging waves of Imperial Guard forces, and their target, the Iron Warrior Chaos Lord and his Raptor unit that was tearing into an Imperial Guard infantry squad. “Initiate the attack.”

The Space Marines instantly revealed themselves from their position, alongside Imperial Guard Scout Sentinels that immediately moved to harass the Iron Warriors, autocannons pounding at the structure and tearing chunks of walls away. Librarian Altarus reached out to the Raptor unit, his psychic power causing their flesh to rebel and soften up. The rapid fire of lasguns spoke out from the Imperial Guard, hammering the Raptor unit into the ground, falling where they had previously cut down the Imperial Guard squad that was stationed on the bottom floor. The Chaos Lord appeared to take a painful hit as well, though he stood alone on the bottom floor of the building.

“Brothers, remember your training,” Librarian Altarus uttered as the tactical squad raised their bolters. They took aim at the weakened Chaos Lord and fired, explosive bolt shells tearing into the Lord’s power armour. The Guardsmen cheered and the Librarian grinned as bike squad Calus drew in behind them. “Brother Calus, support the Imperial Guard Sentinels. Brother Aerus and his squad will accompany me as we hunt down some traitors in the flank.”

“Yes, brother-Librarian.”

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Meanwhile, on the other flank, Inquisitor Lord Tyzell Chaylen stood atop the roof of the ruined building, surveying the battlefield with a stern gaze. The local Imperial Guard forces, with the support of the Deredian veterans, had followed their orders to the letter, charging after the fallen relic with zeal and faith worthy of warriors of the Emperor. The traitor marines and their xenos allies remained hidden on the other side of the ruined section of the planet’s capital hive city.

“Sir, I would advise that you seek cover. Traitorous daemon engines scream towards your position,” came a woman’s voice over his comm unit. He smiled.

“Lieutenant, adjust your fire to the left. Aim two degrees above where you normally would,” he instructed to the nearby command squad, having used his psychic abilities to predict the trajectory of the Chaos Lord who led the lines and had already destroyed the commander of the armoured company that supported his own forces.

“Yes, Inquisitor,” the lieutenant responded, before relaying the orders to his squad. The Inquisitor noticed the Chaos Lord cleaving into the rear of another Leman Russ tank as he dropped down to the lower level of the ruin. Inquisitor Robertson sat below, psychic runes floating about her as she divined the course of the battle. It had been many years since he had found and drafted her into his service, a runaway, yet fiercely loyal psyker who was fleeing the Screaming Vortex.

“We must remove the Chaos Lord, sir. He poses a threat to this entire flank,” she murmured over the vox, her voice barely audible in its low monotone. He had learned to trust her visions. He walked to the opposite corner of the ruin, the void shield generator still humming with life and shielding them from the firepower of the Chaos lines.

“Left flank, direct all fire at the Chaos Lord. Show him the folly of his traitorous acts!” the Inquisitor Lord instructed over the vox. The Imperial guns spoke again, though this time not even the daemonic gifts and relic power armour could save him. The Chaos Lord was brought down in a hail of lasgun and heavy bolter fire.

And then there was a loud explosion. The building next to the Inquisitors rumbled, roofs collapsing in as the husk of a heldrake crashed down, lascannons having torn through its hull in multiple places.

“The Imperial Guard have secured the relic and the traitor marines are retreating.” Inquisitor Robertson stood up, drawing her psychic runes to her hand, small orbs of blue energy whirling. She turned to face Inquisitor Lord Chaylen, the darkness shrouding her figure for the most part.

“We will secure the relic and the hive city,” he replied, striding over to the window and peering out. “We do not have the manpower at the moment to chase the forces of Chaos across the planet. Their time will come, be it through our ground forces, or our fleet in orbit.”

————————-EDIT: Including my army list used below————————-

HQ

Tulen’s Command – 70pts

Company Command Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Regimental Standard – 15pts

Primaris Psyker Raina Alerin – 70pts

Primaris Psyker – 70pts

Elites

Troops

Javelin Platoon – 560pts

Javelin Command – 50pts

Platoon Command Squad – 30pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin Squad One – 75pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Grenade launcher – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin Squad Two – 75pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Grenade launcher – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin Squad Three – 75pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Grenade launcher – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin Squad Four – 75pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Grenade launcher – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin Squad Five – 75pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Grenade launcher – 5pts

Missile launcher – 15pts

Javelin ‘Ground Pounders’ – 60pts

Heavy Weapons Squad – 60pts

Mortar – 0pts

Mortar – 0pts

Mortar – 0pts

Javelin ‘Crunch Time’ – 75pts

Heavy Weapon Squad – 60pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Sword Platoon – 340pts

Sword Command – 50pts

Platoon Command Squad – 30pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Plasma gun – 15pts

Sword Squad One – 60pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Flamer – 5pts

Sword Squad Two – 60pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Flamer – 5pts

Sword Squad Three – 60pts

Infantry Squad – 50pts

Vox-caster – 5pts

Flamer – 5pts

Sword Sniper Squad One – 50pts

Special Weapons Squad – 35pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Reconnaissance Squad ‘Eyes’ – 85pts

Veteran Squad – 70pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Sniper rifle – 5pts

Fast Attack

Thumpers – 120pts

Scout Sentinel – 35pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Scout Sentinel – 35pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Scout Sentinel – 35pts

Autocannon – 5pts

Heavy Support

Automated Gun Emplacement One – 45pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Automated Gun Emplacement Two – 45pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Tarantula Sentry Gun – 15pts

Twin-linked heavy bolters – 0pts

Total – 1275pts

Crimson Sentinels Auxiliary Detachment

HQ

Librarian Sephor Altarus – 90pts

Librarian – 65pts

Mastery Level 2 – 25pts

Elites

Troops

Tactical Squad Aerus – 112pts

8 Tactical Marines – 112pts

Fast Attack

Biker Squad Calus – 78pts

Bike Squad – 63pts

Plasma gun – 15pts

Heavy Support

Total – 280pts

Inquisitorial Liaison

Inquisitor Lord Tyzell Chaylen – 72pts

Ordo Malleus Inquisitor – 25pts

Power armour – 8pts

Servo-skull – 3pts

Servo-skull – 3pts

Servo-skull – 3pts

Psyker – 30pts

Force weapon – 0pts

Inquisitor Alyssa Robertson – 61pts

Ordo Xenos Inquisitor – 25pts

Servo-skull – 3pts

Servo-skull – 3pts

Psyker – 30pts

Force weapon – 0pts

Total – 133pts

Fortification

Mobile Void Shield Generator One – 100pts

Void Shield Generator – 50pts

+1 Void Shield – 25pts

+1 Void Shield – 25pts

Total – 100pts

Grand Total – 1788pts

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