In another firday evening at TSA, my Drag Queens took on the Space Puppies in a short and bloody 500 point game.
My opponent Vincent didn`t have that much time for a game, as he wanted to see Spectre being played, so asked for a shorty and of course I was fine with that.
So the 4 tile, 48 by 48 table was laid out, and we played "old school scenario": 12" from the side, and fight until we had a winner.
I managed to squeeze 36 models in my force, with the Exalted Champion, a small squad of Marines, a squad of Havocs, a blob of cultists and the "I actually hate them" Possessed. But my plan was rather dirty. Vincent is a recent returnee to the game, and I just knew he would be going after the Possessed who looks all big and scary, and ignore my main weapon: the cultist blob.
He fielded a gatling gun Razorback transporting his lord and 5 grey hunters, and a bike squad joined by a Runesmith with Smite and the cover save power. I clearly had the big numerical advantage.
Vincent grabbed first turn and his force surged forward, though his firing was rather limited as only 5 cultists fell to the tanks heavy 12 salvo.
In my turn, the Possessed sneaked up to the Razorback and charged, miraculously surviving the Overwatch.
In turn two he withdrew the Razorback from combat and popped it`s smoke launchers and having disembarked it`s passengers, while the bikes charged into the cultists. The Runesmith however failed his roll and was stuck in the open.
Possessed fell before being charged, but held on none the less, while the bikes vs Cultists turned into a bloodfest. However, the sheer number of fanatics overwhelmed some of the biker boys.
In the next turn, my Exalted Champion went to the other combat and charged in. Here the strength of the Emperor's Children legion trait really shined, as the bikes where overwhelmed by the first hitting Cultists, while the champion slaughtered three hunters. The Marines and the Runesmith remained locked in combat though...
The Runesmith then Smited the two remaining marines, and charged into the final remaining three cultists who had taken serious damage from the tank and the bikes shooting phase. He smashed down the remainder of the unit, but this left him open right in front of the Havocs.
In a duel of leaders, the Exalted cut down the leader of the wolves, but they remained locked in combat as one grey hunter survived against a one wound remaining Possessed.
Predictably, my Havocs literally boiled the Runesmith, who at this point had a single remaining wound, to plasmagoric death.
My champion turned the remaining Hunter to a bloody collection of unidentifiable body parts (Death to the False Emperor!) and together with the Possessed consolidated to the Razorback, his only remaining model.
Realising he couldn`t run around and take shots as that would mean that either my Champion, or the Havocs would eventually get him, Vincent conceded defeat and the Space Wolves patrol was no more...
A short, bloody and great fun battle, and for me the unit of the match where the Cultists who once more went above and beyond the call of duty...