The Serpent Strikes

It has been a while since I have written anything here and for that I apologise; this was due to matters such as exams, school experience for my teacher training applications (of which I have an interview for this coming Wednesday!) and plenty of Wildstar playing. I do, however, have my first game of 7th edition to play today, so… Hooray! I’m going to be giving my Dark Eldar a spin. I’ve never played them before, but I have played Eldar before, so I’m guessing some of the skills will transfer over. That’s the plan anyway. I know that my opponent’s Necron force will be a tough one for my specific army to deal with, as it has a lot of troops in it that are a lot more durable than mine and I’m pretty sure he has mindshackle scarabs just about everywhere. It’s an army that I cannot out-shoot, but mass close combat is another thing entirely…


 

Archon Esthine Narésiel grinned as she toyed with a soul trap, passing it between her hands as she waited for her forces to emerge from the Webway. Her bodyguard of Incubi stood around her, attentive to the surroundings to which the Archon seemed dismissive of. She had chosen a secluded area on a secluded planet from where she could take her bounty. She was not a large player in the politics of Commorragh, she did not have a large house nor was her Kabal a large one, having descended into civil war since her ascendancy to the position of Archon; her actions in how she took the position from her predecessor was uncommon and many viewed her as a false Archon. However, her actions had increased her clout with the Wych clans of Commorragh, who viewed her direct actions as far more worthy of note than the usual political knife twisting of the traditional Dark Eldar Archons, and her position in the civil war had won over many of the elder Haemonculi, who viewed her side as the winning one.

The hull of a Raider transport hummed from the Webway, a number of armoured figures checking splinter weapons and ensuring that plenty of ammunition was at the ready and within reach. She did not wish to pull too many of her own warriors from the fight with the rebellious elements of her house, however she could not go on a realspace raid without warriors, thus they numbered few. She could always barter with the Haemonculi to make more, after all. This bunch were fairly new out of the laboratories, just a handful of expendable warriors at the Archon’s command. They were not trueborn. They were accompanied by an aircraft that came zooming out of the Webway behind them, enveloped in a cloak of shadows as it darted about in the air, turning skillfully and eventually landing near the Archon.

Finally, another Raider swept out of the Webway, adorned with the figures of Wyches and led by the striking figure of Succubus Alythia Reyniel, her entourage of Wyches hanging from the sides of the open transport, brandishing their weapons of choice, blades and pistols for the most part. Her forces were assembled and she was ready to strike at the Imperial outpost that had made the fatal mistake of building, albeit unknowingly, too close to a Webway gate.

“Lady Narésiel!” Klaivex Rithin yelled suddenly, snapping the Archon’s attention back to reality. A metallic construct darted for her, though it was met half way by blade of the Klaivex, carving it in two in one fell swoop. From the ruins of what used to be a small human town came an eerie green glow. The Archon dropped from her position atop a small rock, walking over to the metallic construct that even when separated into two parts still tried to reach out for her with its claws. She immediately brought down her Huskblade into the machine’s head, causing it to twitch momentarily before dropping inanimate.

“Necrons? Necrons!” she muttered furiously as she wrenched her blade free of the machine that had assailed her. “There were no reports of Necrons in this area! There is no bounty in fighting that which has no soul.” The instant she turned around, green bolts of energy flew towards the group, though the Archon was not phased, dashing over to her Venom transport and signalling to her host of warriors. “Fall back out of their range. We will return to Commorragh once we have dealt with this… Inconvenience,” she called out, her raiding party immediately darting into action. The Necrons were slow and would not be able to keep up, though they were too close to the Webway gate to retreat through it yet. They would have to clear out the attacking Necrons first.


 1000pts Kabal of the Venomous Lotus Raiding Party

HQ

Lady Esthine Narésiel – 195pts

Archon – 60pts

Huskblade – 35pts

Agoniser – 20pts

Shadow field – 30pts

Haywire grenades – 5pts

Phantasm grenade launcher – 25pts

Soul trap – 10pts

Elites

Narésiel’s Bodyguard – 173pts

4 Incubi – 88pts

Klaivex Rithin – 15pts

Murderous Assault – 10pts

Venom – 55pts

Splinter cannon – 0pts

Splinter cannon – 10pts

Night shields – 10pts

Troops

Arts on the Battlefield – 250pts

10 Wyches – 100pts

Haywire grenades – 20pts

Two hydra gauntlets – 20pts

Hekatrix Relythel – 10pts

Agoniser – 20pts

Raider – 60pts

Dark lance – 0pts

Flickerfield – 10pts

Night shields – 10pts

Carrion Birds – 190pts

10 Kabalite Warriors – 90pts

Splinter cannon – 10pts

Raider – 60pts

Dark lance – 0pts

Flickerfield – 10pts

Night shields – 10pts

Splinter racks – 10pts

Fast Attack

Heavy Support

Scourge of the Skies – 175pts

Razorwing Jetfighter – 145pts

Two dark lances – 0pts

Four Monoscythe missiles – 0pts

Splinter cannon – 10pts

Night shields – 10pts

Flickerfield – 10pts

Grand Total – 998pts

An Unexpected Alliance

This is just a quick post that I almost feel obligated to write every time I have a Warhammer 40k game. It’s some pre-game fluff and the army list used followed by some post game fluff. It was between myself and two of my housemates. The teams were myself and the Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum player versus an equal amount of points in Tyranids. The outcome was an Eldar / Imperial victory as we managed to clear all of the Tyranids off the table on turn 5 (as well as control most of the objectives). Some misplays were made, but overall it was a decent game.

Now with a more full battle report, courtesy of the Imperial Guard player who posted it on the Warseer forum: http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?384311-Operation-Tributary-The-21st-ESR-and-the-Kalrophon-Campaign


 

“Our forces have identified a critical mass of Tyranids to the north of our current position.” A Warlock in dark green robes approached the Farseer, who stood at the side of a Falcon grav-tank, her hair waving in the mild wind that blew across the wilderness of the Imperial planet.

“I shall convene with Autarch Thalinia and discuss the best course of action, though I fear that conflict will be inevitable. Ready the warhost and wait for our decision,” Farseer Lireia responded, still gazing to the distance for a brief moment before turning and walking to the other side of the small encampment where most of the force’s grav-tanks were stationed. Overseeing the maintenance was another Eldar woman, her form clad in heavy Aspect armour of the same colour as the vehicles’ armour, as well as the colour of the Farseer’s robes, a dark green with bleached bone coloured details. On her back was a large warp jump generator that was used by the members of the Warp Spider Aspect warrior shrine, though her one was the same dark green as her armour. At her waist was a shuriken pistol and a sleek power sword in a sheathe.

“You would not be walking like that if there was not something that you wished to say to me, sister,” the Autarch spoke out, turning to face the Farseer with a smile.

“You know me better than anyone, Thalinia,” the Farseer replied, her expression remaining neutral, “a critical mass of Tyranids has been sighted to the north.”

“Then we must cull them. I will lead our warhost to thin their ranks,” she paused, glancing over her shoulder once more. “I would appreciate your powers of vision on the battlefield.”

“Then you shall have them, sister. I shall gather up my seers and we will accompany your strike force,” Lireia smiled and turned around, making her way back to the Falcon that she had previously stood next to. Thalinia also resumed her duties, though she started to gather the Aspect warriors and a large number of armoured grav-tanks.

Lireia approached the Falcon and was met by just under half a dozen Warlocks.

“We are prepared for battle, Farseer. What are you instructions?”

“We will accompany the Autarch into battle and provide support,” Lireia replied, making her way around to the back of the Falcon. She reached into a pouch on her waist, producing a couple of wraithbone runes that she allowed to orbit her forearm as she made her way into the back of the vehicle, followed by the Warlocks. She would cast the runes on the way and offer insight once they had arrived at the battlefield.


2000pts Ithyl-Loc Strike Force

*Counts as Firesabre

**Counts as The Spirit Stone of Anath’lan

HQ

Autarch Thalinia Narésiel – 138pts

Autarch – 70pts

Warp jump generator – 15pts

Scorpion chainsword (swapped out) – 3pts

Mandiblasters – 10pts

Fusion gun – 10pts

Blade of the Incandescent Soul* – 30pts

Farseer Lireia Narésiel – 145pts

Farseer – 100pts

Singing spear – 5pts

Runes of warding – 10pts

Runes of witnessing – 15pts

Rune of the Everwarden** – 15pts

Lireia’s Seer Council – 185pts

5 Warlocks – 175pts

Singing spear – 5pts

Singing spear – 5pts

Elites

Troops

Storm of Blades – 249pts

8 Dire Avengers – 104pts

Wave Serpent – 115pts

Twin-linked scatter lasers – 5pts

Shuriken cannon – 10pts

Holo-fields – 15pts

Disciples of Asurmen – 249pts

8 Dire Avengers – 104pts

Wave Serpent – 115pts

Twin-linked scatter lasers – 5pts

Shuriken cannon – 10pts

Holo-fields – 15pts

Isha’s Tears – 240pts

10 Guardian Defenders – 90pts

Shuriken cannon – 15pts

Wave Serpent – 115pts

Twin-linked bright lances – 5pts

Holo-fields – 15pts

The Wanderers – 96pts

8 Rangers – 96pts

Fast Attack

Sentinels of the Infinity Circuit – 188pts

7 Warp Spiders – 133pts

Exarch Isennil Falnien – 10pts

Twin-linked death spinners – 5pts

Powerblades – 20pts

Fast shot – 10pts

Stalker – 10pts

Heavy Support

Faolchú’s Deliverance – 145pts

Falcon – 125pts

Starcannon – 5pts

Holo-fields – 15pts

Gift of Anaris – 150pts

Falcon – 125pts

Scatter laser – 10pts

Holo-fields – 15pts

Khaine’s Fury – 210pts

War Walker – 60pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

War Walker – 60pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

War Walker – 60pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

Scatter laser – 5pts

Total – 1995pts


 

“All squads, converge on the Tervigon beast!” Autarch Thalinia called to her forces as she teleported forwards with a squad of Warp Spiders. Alongside her, multiple Falcon and Wave Serpent grav-tanks zoomed next to the remaining Tyranid organisms, disembarking their precious cargo into the ruins around the Tyranids. Instantly, the Aspect Warriors and Guardians that were inside opened fire at any and all Tyranid creatures that remained as the guns of the Imperials spoke out against the Hive Tyrant that had penetrated their lines. The presence of the humans had been most fortuitous for the Eldar forces, distracting the Tyranid swarm’s attention whilst the Eldar fulfilled their own objectives.

The firepower of the Eldar on an already beleaguered and over-extended Tyranid force was too much and anything that remained was cleared through high volumes of shuriken, monofilament and laser fire. The Imperial guns thundered once more and it was over.

“All forces, embark upon your transports and quit the field before the humans can turn on us. With the Tyranids vanquished it is only a matter of time before they turn on us and I will not waste the lives of my warriors on a battle that we do not need,” Autarch Thalinia addressed her forces. A quick browse on her remaining forces showed that not a single Eldar life had been lost, which pleased her. The life of a single Eldar was worth far more than any material possession, and certainly more than the entire human population of this planet.

Each squad quickly made their way back into their respective transports, filing into the backs of grav-tanks in an orderly fashion before engines flared into life and the vehicles zipped away. The Rangers had long since disappeared, blending into their surroundings and making a hasty retreat and the War Walkers had powered their way off to the side to regroup with the rest of the warhost back at camp.

Autarch Thalinia looked back at the human lines. They were regrouping and taking accounts of their losses. With a smile, she and her squad of Warp Spiders teleported off after the grav-tanks. The battle had been won, but the Tyranid threat would never be truly purged.

Regardless, the humans had fulfilled their purposes and the Eldar had fulfilled their objectives.