|Om Nom Nom|
Allow me start out by explaining the insanity behind this conflict. The Greyanids are run by the same guy that runs the Grey Scars. Whilst waiting for his bikes to come in to make a new and improved Ultra-Bikes list, he gets antsy and decides he needs a Xenos horde army. He grabs the Tyranid codex and in a fit of blind rage buys out the local hobby shop's Tyranid collection. He doesn't even open the codex to see what models he wants! The Hive Mind has gotten to him, I swear. This is all fact. Bonus fact! He put together his 1000 point list--going from bits in a box into full models--over the course of 48 hours. Craziness.
My List (Total Faith Points: 6)
Canoness with Book, Cloak, Inferno Pistol, Power Weapon, and Jump Pack
5-woman Celestian squad with 2 Meltaguns and Veteran Sister Superior with Book and Power Weapon in an Immolator (TL-Heavy Flamer, Extra Armor)
2x 10-woman Battle Sister squad with a Meltagun, Heavy Flamer, and VSS with Book and Bolt Pistol/CCW in a Rhino with Extra Armor
6-woman Seraphim squad with 2 TL-Hand Flamers and VSS with Book, Bolt Pistol, and Power Weapon
Exorcist with Extra Armor
His list was bunches of little creepy nightmares accompanied by a few big scary nightmares. In other words, he had a couple squads each of Hormagaunts and Termagants, a couple Tyranid Primes, a Carnifex, and the Mawloc--Harbinger of Despair and Devourer of Sisters.
Nids win the roll off and choose to go second. The mission, by the way, is a 4 objective Seize Ground Pitched Battle. Objectives were placed in a zig-zaggy pattern across the board. I place all my Sisters out (except, as you'll see later, my Canoness) because the Emperor Provides For His Faithful.
|Objective 1: Black shrine in the center|
|Objective 2: Carnifex arm towards the back of the building|
|Objective 3: Another black shrine|
|Objective 4: A Genestealer arm in the side of the hill|
|My side of the table|
|Just the Carnifax, Ma'am|
|Don't worry, this is only half of them|
|18 Inches Away|
|'Fex 'n' 'Stealers|
|Prime 'n' Termies|
For my first move, I made sure all of my bunkers and heavy weapons platforms didn't give up any free hits (i.e. I moved them all) and launched my Seraphim Suicide Squad towards the enemy.
|Operation Deadly Pipe Organ|
|Going for an early objective grab|
|Preparing for DFA|
|That die on the Carnifex is the wound from the Exorcist|
|Dumb guy must have stepped out of cover|
Reserve rolls are good for most of the Tyranid swarm. They were also good for my Sisters since the Mawloc stayed home.
|Another Prime to Keep the 'Gants in check|
|Apparently Not Too Interested in the Objective|
|Okay, getting a little too close|
|Some got primed before the battle|
Bottom of Turn Two
|We don't need auto-hits from either unit|
|Hand Flamers to the front!|
|Those Twin-Linked Heavy Flamers are hoping to toast some 'Gaunts|
|Twin-Linked Heavy Flamers do their job|
|As do Hand Flamers|
|Exorcist: It's got what big bugs crave (Electrolyte Missiles!)|
For Assault, my Seraphim Sisters performed a mop-up operation. Using "the Passion" (Remaining Faith Points: 5) to increase their Initiative to 6, they wiped out the 'Gaunts easily and without casualties. They consolidated towards the next group since they can just Hit and Run to get out of Assault at the end of the Nids turn.
|Easy as cake. Mmm, cake.|
I was lucky and he rolled 3 1's to wound. I wasn't so lucky in the remaining turn.
|They didn't like what I did to the Carnifex|
|The Seraphim Superior is lost to Shooting|
|And the Flamers were eaten by Hormagaunts.|
|The Mawloc took out THAT source of easy kills|
|I wonder what they're up to now?|
So about this time I realize I haven't been running my Canoness at all. I check my bag to see that I had completely neglected to bring her! I did however bring Saint Celestine, so I proxied her in for my Canoness. This left us with how to put her into play. We treated her as being in reserves and I started rolling for her. No luck this turn.
|Maybe this wasn't the best idea?|
|Forgot to knock them over, but all 4 Termagants died.|
|Run, Mawloc, Run!|
I knew it was afraid. The Mawloc turned tail and burrowed off the board.
|This is what they really mean by "Instinctive Behavior"|
|Losses from shooting|
|Aaaand nom nom nom nom (Remaining Faith Points: 5)|
|Voracious Appetites Consolidate|
|"Knock, Knock." "Go Away!"|
Finally the Canoness gets to play with everyone else.
|O HAI GAIZ|
|No one breaks our tank!|
|We mean it.|
|She didn't actually help at all|
Top of Turn Five
|WHY IS IT BACK?! WHY?!|
|The Objective Conga Line|
|Hungry Hungry Mawlocs|
|Trying to stay relevant|
|What do you do with a tank when it's useless?|
Top of Turn Six
The Mawloc disappeared again. Other than that, the Nids were content to stick where they were.
Bottom of Turn Six
|Jump Packs are awesome|
|I kill you!|
Top of Turn Seven
|WWHHHHHYYYYY?!?!?! Dear God, why?|
Bottom of Turn Seven
|VICTORY! (Remaining Faith Points: 1)|
Sisters: 2 Objectives Contested
Greyanids: Objectives Contested, 1 Objective Held
|I hate you so much|
|One objective under the Immolator, follow the 'Gants to the other|
|Nobody loves the lonely Genestealer arm|