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Vigilus Narrative Mission vs Eldar – 1,500 points

I have another narrative mission for you today...


I have another Vigilus Narrative Mission Battle Report in this article for you. My last one was great fun against the Ad Mech. This game is using the AMAZING Gardbuk Shrine snow terrain from Studio Level. This game is against Greg’s Alaitoc Eldar.

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Astra Militarum List

For this Vigilus Narrative MissionĀ I went for Cadians and Custodians – something different from the masses of infantry I have been using recently against the Death Guard and Orks.

Cadian Battalion Detachment

  • Company Commander with Laurels of Command and Implacable Determination
  • 2x Psyker with Nightshroud and Psychic Barrier
  • 3x Infantry Squads with Vox and Grenade Launcher
  • 2x Enginseers
  • Platoon Commander with Kurov’s Aquila

Cadian Supreme Command Detachment

  • Knight Commander Pask with Battle Cannon, Lascannon and Plasma Cannons
  • 2x Tank Commanders with Executioner Plasma Cannon, Lascannon and Multi-Meltas
  • Psyker with Terrifying Visions and Psychic Maelstrom

Custodian Patrol Detachment

This gives me 8CP.

3 + 5 + 1 – 1

Eldar List

  • An Avatar
  • An Autarch
  • A Farseer
  • 20x Guardians
  • 6x Dark Reapers (using Terminator models as proxy)
  • 5x Fire Dragons
  • 5x Rangers
  • 8x Warp Spiders (using Harlequin models as proxy)
  • A Wave Serpent
  • A Hemlock Fighter

Mission – Hold Your Gains

So I was the defender in this mission – we rolled for a random mission and then rolled for who would be the attacker and defender.

The table centre is the key here. Basically whoever has the most Power Level of units within 12″ of the centre wins a major victory. If the Power Level is equal the defender wins a minor victory.

Vigilus Narrative Mission Deployment

I deployed first – but I could only deploy up to a third of my total Power Level within 9″ of the centre of the table. I chose…

  • All my Guardsmen
  • All my Psyskers
  • My Platoon and Company Commanders
  • The Vexillus Praetor

The Eldar could then deploy up to 12″ onto the board from either end of the table – using the short edges.

My other units wouldn’t arrive until turn two and even then would only appear on the roll of a 3+. Everything auto arrives in turn four. These reserves deploy within 12″ of the long table edges and 9″ from enemy units.

My Deployment - Vigilus Narrative Mission

My Deployment – Vigilus Narrative Mission

Eldar – Turns 1 & 2

So this is going to be interesting…

The Eldar move in towards my central defensive position and the Psychic phase starts. The Eldar fail their first power and then attempt the same power again – which I am sure you cannot do now. once you fail a power, it has failed for everyone for that phase. But Greg plays a lot less often than me, so I let him go ahead and this power happens causing some Mortal Wounds to the Vexillus Praetor. Now then, this is a Narrative Mission so maybe that is allowed – using the same power twice. Although we never said we were using Narrative or Matched Play rules specifically – it is Matched Play really because we limit Stratagems to one per phase for example.

Anyway, the next power goes off and finishes off my Vexillus Praetor. Bye-bye 5+ Invulnerable Save for all my infantry. Now I have all my infantry in the open basically waiting to get shot off the board.

I announce…

I have lost.

This happens as expected and I lose all my infantry over the first two turns.

My first Psychic phase is fairly poor as is my shooting which has now been diminished somewhat! I do a few wounds to the Avatar maybe and that is about it.

All my infantry die in the Eldar’s second turn and they consolidate onto the objective in the centre.

All that remains after turn 1

All that remains after turn 1

Astra Militarum – Turn 2

On my turn 2, my reinforcements can arrive. I roll for the two Tank Commanders and both arrive. I spend a single CP to pass the roll for Pask. I then make every single one of the rest of the rolls which brings on…

  • Trajaan
  • The Custodian Guard
  • The two Tech-Priests

The Hemlock and Wave Serpent (containing the Fire Dragons and Dark Reapers) are both on one side of the battlefield so I opt for the other side. My reinforcements roll on and all the tanks pop smoke and shoot. The Rangers die along with the Avatar and all the Warp Spiders. This places a fairly sizable hole in the Eldar forces.

Eldar – Turn 3

The enemy screech across the battlefield to deal with the new threat. The Hemlock Fighters comes in close to Pask and the Wave Serpent moves to the centre – but not before letting out the Dark Reapers and Fire Dragons.

Pask takes six wounds in total from the Dark Reapers and the Hemlock Fighter – I was lucky there. The Guardians opened up into Trajaan hoping for 6s – but failed terribly and did just one wound.

Overview - Dark Reapers in yellow, Fire Dragons in orange and Guardian blob in red

Overview – Dark Reapers in yellow, Fire Dragons in orange and Guardian blob in red

It was at this point Greg realised that the Fire Dragons did not Adance and were out of range! I let that Psychic Power go off earlier and I suffered for it, the Fire Dragons were stuck. The Psychic Phase was done and we were into the Shooting Phase now. The Fire Dragons were out of range! He had missed the chance to move them up…

Fire Dragons out of range

Fire Dragons out of range

Astra Militarum – Turn 3

I moved the Custodians up to get into combat with the Guardians and the Leman Russ all stayed stationary.

A Tech-Priest repaired three wounds on Pask – which was nice. With the Hemlock so close it was taken down with the Multi-Meltas and three wounds were shed off the Wave Serpent. The Plasma was split up and removed all but one Dark Reaper and all the Fire Dragons. I was not into the centre yet and onto the objective but I was making good progress in blasting the Eldar off the board.

The Custodians charged and Trajaan fought twice – about five Guardians survived.

Overview

Overview

Eldar – Turn 4

This was the final turn to see what the Eldar could do to remove as much of my remaining units as possible to reduce the number of Power Levels I could get onto the objective. Absolutely everything went into Trajaan who eventually died as did a Custodian. But with all my Leman Russ left and the Custodians still on the battlefield I had enough to take the objective and also – probably – table the Eldar.

A Guard victory!

Vigilus Narrative Mission – Summary

This was a fun game and the outcome swung from the Eldar and then back to me. I thought I had had it on the first turn when I saw my 5++ disappear before even the first Shooting Phase.

Perhaps not allowing the Fire Dragons to retrospectively Advance was harsh as it removed all the anti-tank ability of the Eldar. But then all my staying power for my infantry was removed on turn one from a doubling of psychic powers.

What do you think?


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