Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Phodian Rescue: A 40k Battle Report

As a step away from my battle planning I fought a battle! With the pandemic and social isolation I've been having the chance to paint some miniatures to a higher standard than normal. I'm sure you are in much the same boat. One of the things I ended up painting was a collection of Blood Angels marines that had been strangely obtained and set in the boxes of models not assembled. Within a short period of time, and quite unexpectedly, an entire collection and playable force of model soldiers were ready to take the battle field. As you look at these photos (not good ones, sorry) please don't judge my lack of basing too harshly as I have run out of materials :) Please enjoy...

The Mission: Phodia was lost but in an effort to secure valuable materials for Mephiston the captain of the first company of the Blood Angels, Captain Karlean, dropped to the surface of the planet with a strike force to locate and rescue the governor of the planet. His forces included terminator squad Alphaeus, a death company including Cassor the Damned a dreadnought that had fallen to the black rage, and a tactical squad with rhino transport to provide mobile support. His tactical decisions were based on the six possible locations of the governor and he had to spread is forces all over the city to find the governor before the Tyranids did. 

Early Battle
The city was in ruins. Orbital bombardments had blasted the structures of man into dust and rubble, an ideal hunting ground for the Tyranid war organisms. Captain Karlean's orders put Cassor the Damend and squad Eladinaeus directly into action. Cassor was to engage the war beasts that had been identified and Eladinaeus was to move to points of interest and initiate search protocols. The Tyranids were not without intent and three carnifex emerged from the sewers setting their dark eyes on Cassor who saw them as strange reflections of the Arch Traitor. In the background a Broodlord, the Beast of Phodia, and unrecognized brother of the governor, moved with his brood of genestealers to find the governor as well.  Please note the pict grabs from the servo skulls are out of chronological order. Post battle data was at best compromised and in some cases irretrievable...

Squad Eladenaeus had delivered a contingent of forces to search a possible location on the left flank. While exploring for the governor and Trygon Prime and accompanying brood of Hormagants surfaced between them and the rest of the initial search team and they were overrun. 
Cassor the Damned was unleashed into the heart of the area knowing he would serve as a great distraction to any of the hive mind's forces. Before his death he made a good showing of himself destroying three war beasts in close battle. 
A pict grab by servo skull Lambda-14-5556 as the Trygon and brood surfaced isolating combat squad Artemas (Eldinaneus) and committing them to defeat. 
Captain Karlea and Squad Alphaeus teleports into a ruined administratum structure seeking the governor. They can hear activity and auspex scans are indicating movement, unsure if friend or foe they push on. In the distance can be seen Cassor confronting war beasts of the hive mind. 
Pict grab by servo skull Rho-177-//87 captures the same scene of the Captain's arrival but from an angle showing the surfacing Trygon at the same time as the Captain and his terminators. In the connecting street the rhino transport "Furious Retribution" delivers the remainder of Eladinaeus to another possible location of the governor. The sergeant knowing he may be damning his squad mates left behind to death. 
The Beast of Phodia watches on as its Carnifexes seek to overwhelm and destroy Cassor and the Trygon and brood separate the Blood Angels' forces. 

Mid Battle
Combat squad Artemas held its ground against the overwhelming numbers of Tyranid foot troops. Eventually over come but not before Artemas himself found single handed for 3 combat rounds before succumbing to numbers. Genestealers continue to emerge from hidden lairs to support their Broodlord controller and Cassor falls even as his fellow Death Company in Squad Raphaen drops from high orbit to battle. 
Squad Raphaen drops from high orbt, black armor smoking, seeking to bring destruction to what appears to be traitor marines to them. In the distance they spot what they take to be Horus himself and redirect their actions to slay the arch traitor.
Even as Squad Raphaen is dropping from the sky Cassor the Damned is surprised by the Trygon Prime as he finishes the last of the Carnifexes. Without time to react the massive war beasts tears the dreadnought into pieces and throws Cassor's form to the ground. 
Combat Squad Artemas fights on desperately, likely giving in to the black rage as the options become bleak. 
A servo skull pict grab of Squad Raphaen descending near a brood of Genestealers they mistake for traitors. Within seconds of this photo they spot what they believe to be Horus and change tactics. 
From across the plaza this servo skull captures the image of Squad Eladinaeus reaching their position and Karlean with this men searching furious while the Trygon seeks new prey. 

End Battle
With all Death Company assets lost and the rest of the battle field firmly in Tyranid control it falls to squad Alphaeus and Eladinaeus to find the governor, and without fanfare Captain Karlean pulls him from the ruins. Squad Alphaeus forms up into a protective barrier and Karlean calls down the transport to remove the high value governor. The Beast of Phodia smells its brother though and brings all forces to slay the Blood Angels and take the governor. 
Servo skull Lambda-14-5556 captures the bloody close combat battle between Tyranid and Terminator. Barely visible beyond "Furious Retribution" is Captain Karlean fearlessly facing down the Trygon.
The final moments of Artemas as he is overwhelmed by Hormagants. His last vox transmissions indicate he had fully fallen into the black rage but would not be marked as such as he had entered the battle whole. 
The Trygon having discarded Cassor's shell communes with the Broodlord and submits to it's will. The crew of "Furious Retribution" drive the transport between the massive creature and the governor vowing they will not move. 
Artemas slain the Hormagants rush to overwhelm Squad Raphaen, attacking them from the rear as only xenos would. 

Squad Raphaen suddenly finds themselves surrounded by traitor marines with mutations, their rage becomes unchecked and their recklessness is their downfall. 

Operation Conclusion
The servo skulls in operation became overwhelmed with spores and minor hive beasts and were unable to record the end of the battle. Captain Karlean though provided a full post action report and though he did not identify his own heroics the surviving strike force members recounted in detail how he withstood the assault of the Trygon and Broodlord each separately and slew them in close combat. The governor was rescued and aspects of Squad Alphaeus was also recovered. 

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