The stage is set. The armies are deployed. The Inquisition player is really wishing he brought more guns. But enough of these minor gripes, as we return to....
The Last Ultimate 4-Way Mega Battle Challenge...Game...Thing...OF DOOM!
Oh, I made an error in the last part. Both of King P's Shas'Os are also preparing to Deep Strike.
Tau Turn 1
The Stealth Suits begin to advance to the board centre, as do the Fire Warriors that aren't in cover and the Crisis Battlesuit.
Using Dawn of War logic (kill the Relic unit first!) King P elects to fire at the Avatar with pretty much everything. The Stealth Suits are first to take a punt, but the one wound they inflict is saved. The Pathfinders light up the Avatar with their
It comes as no surprise to any of us that he uses the Assault Phase to retreat with his jet-packers.
Eldar Turn 1
Everything the Eldar have advances, with all the vehicles going at Cruising Speed.
The Dire Avengers elect to shoot the Fire troops that aren't in cover, which kills 5 of them plus the Marker Drone even without Bladestorm, which is fairly impressive. The Avatar and Wraithlord have a Running race, with the Avatar managing 4 inches and the Wraithlord 6. The Falcon and Prism attempt to shoot the Hammerhead, but a combination of Disruption Pods and poor accuracy dispels every shot. The Wave Serpent goes for my Vindicare, but I am saved by cover. Finally, the Rangers try to put down the Stealth Suits, but this doesn't work either.
Chaos Turn 1
Ahriman gets Warptime off while his Rhino (with him and the Rubrics inside) manages a move through cover. The foot Marines move towards my parking lot, while his two Obliterators go 4" and 6" towards the other side of the board.
The melta guns of the foot Marines Stun my Rhino. Meanwhile, Ahriman sticks his hand out the top hatch of the Rhino and fires Bolt of Change at my Vindicare, which is nullified by cover. The squad of Marines with the rocket launcher fire at my Chimera, but this shot also does nothing. The Predator opens up on the Rhino, which renders both the gun and the tracks completely useless but still doesn't destroy it. The Obliterators, clearly under the influence of DoW Syndrome, fire at the Avatar, which does nothing.
Inquisition Turn 1
I pop smoke with my Chimera and Rhino and advance the Razorback to a position behind them. The Crusader mob in the Rhino gets out and moves up.
The Vindicare fires Turbo-Penetrator rounds at the Predator, but only stuns it. Sigh...this assassin seems to be more trouble than he's worth.
In combat, the Crusaders slam their massive shields into the Chaos Marines, losing 3 of their own but killing 5 Marines. Unfortunately for me, this is enough to make the CSMs flee, and I have no choice but to consolidate backwards to reduce my chance of being shot at.
The Fireknife Shas'O comes in on the Chaos/GK half of the board, while the regular Crisis Suit moves back into a firing position. The Stealth team grabs the nearest cover save, while the depleted Fire team gets into the Devilfish for safekeeping, which then moves a bit further back. The bigger Fire squad move through their terrain a bit, and the Piranhas float closer to things they can shoot at.
(I really struggle to read 'Scape's notes, serves me right for being lazy.) In shooting news, the united laser pens and rapid-fire pulse rifles of the Fire Warriors and Pathfinders brings down the Avatar, doing an impressive six wounds on the T6 monster. The Piranhas and the Drones of the Piranhas near the Wraithlord fire at the large structure that wasn't rolling for Wraithsight (stupid, forgettable rule anyway, ignore it), and do nothing between them due to all fusion weapons being out of range. The Stealth Suits fire their burst miniguns at the Rangers, killing off 4 of them, with the last one failing his check and falling back. Having nothing better to do, the Hammerhead shoots the Wraithlord, causing one wound. The Fireknife Shas'O knocks a wound off my poor Vindicare.
I don't really need to tell you what happens in the Assault Phase now, do I (hint: Jet packing again)?
Eldar Turn 2