Yesterday I got the chance top play a scenario I wanted to try. The rules were as follows:
2000 points each side. Aggressor (Carcharodons/Imperials) must have 2 Baneblades in the list. Other than that they must fulfill standard FOC chart (2 troop units and 1 HQ unit).
The 2 Baneblades were 4-point objectives
Secondary Objectives – Slay the Warlord, First Blood, Line Breaker
Dawn of War Deployment
Aggressor Deploys first.
Unless aggressor steals initiative, Opponent goes first.
Goal of aggressor is to get the baneblades to the other side of the board (and preferably off the board. However, if the baneblade was still alive and on the board at the end of the game, they would count as victory points for the aggressor.
My list consisted of the 2 Baneblades, 1 Captain on a bike, 2 Six-man bike units (troops), 2 five-man tactical squads in Rhinos.
Opponent was Augustus the Arcane and his filthy xenos (Eldar)
Now, I did give him advanced warning about what he was going to be facing, and the point of the mission. But I never expected it to go as bad as it did.
Of course I thought that the game would be seriously lopsided. And it was, just not against the Eldar. By the end of his turn 5, I was tabled. The final score was 11 – 0, He got First blood, Slay the Warlord, Line Breaker, and both Baneblades. The Baneblades, while making most of the kills for me, did not make up their points. However, other than the baneblades, only one bike unit really made any other kills for my side. I wrecked one of hits transports, one bike squad, and one walker in a unit of three. I also did kill a few of his troops, but overall, the game was an epic failure for the imperials. He didn’t even need to field the Wraithknight (so I guess it could have gone even worse).
That being said, it was a fun first test of the scenario. And I cannot call it a complete failure; it may be that the scenario does not work well against Eldar. I’d like to get a few more games in before I start tweaking it.
I did build my list with some fluff. I tried to think what I would take when given an escort mission. I thought the small man tactical squads and bike units fit the bill. I would want bikes scouting ahead with the Rhinos staying closer to the baneblades made sense in a fluffy way. Drop pods would have made no sense at all. However, if I were to play this game again, I think I would drop the assault bikes.