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Completed Let's play: W40K: Rites of War (Ultimate Victory)

Darth Roxor

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Mission VII - Legacy of Armour

Soundtrack: 0:00 - 4:10

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Lotsa sites on this map.

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First objective.

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Second objective. Those gun batteries are p. cool.

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Clanging like some great bell.

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Third objective.

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Right after starting we detect multiple hostiles around our position.

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They immediately rush us after we fall into position. A leman russ attacks the dire avengers.

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While jump marines assault scorpions.

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Doesn't seem like there's a whole lotta dudes here.

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But there are more just down the road.

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Holy moley.

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Other dragons, aided by scatter lazer, take down the jump marines, while warlock drops an executioner on the guardsmen.

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Some more brawling sends the marines and guardsmen running. Vyper almost kills the tactical squad, but it survives with 1 man standing.

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Byeeeeee :smug:

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Scouts crash and burn trying to attack scorpions.

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And jump marines swap many wounds with dire avengers.

MEANWHILE...

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Great, two librarians.

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Also, a leman russ fires upon some scorpions.

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Overview of the current battlefield.

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Let's see what happens here.

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The sword ripping into the leman russ is the executioner ability from the warlock. It's very useful because it does big damage and is also armour piercing. Here, it takes down 6 of its HP.

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Which lets the harlequins move in and cause it to break!

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These dudes refuse to die :argh:

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Scouts are real suckers though.

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Scorpions and dragons massacre the guardsmen. Lazer will finish off the 4hp squad in a moment.

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The vypers finish the fight with the muhrines. It's not common for them to do domoges this big.

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In the next turn, scouts and jump marines (1, 2) attack our battered scorpions leaving them at barely 1 hp. If that's not divine intervention, I don't know what it is. Also, guardsmen launch a suicide attack against vypers (3).

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Here's what happens afterwards. It's mostly mopping up suckers, so there's not much sense in going into detail.

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Only one squad of jump marines and scouts are (barely) left alive. Devastators come from the edge of the screen and tear through the dire avengers.

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While scouts decide it's a great idea to attack scorpions next to fire dragons.

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The jump marines have a similar bright idea.

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We get rid of the remnants of the opposition during the next turn.

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But wait, there's more!

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And they die like the rest.

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More still.

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Devastators fall before the warlock's witchblade. Scouts are on the run from the vypers.

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More opposition.

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The scouts may be broken, but they don't give up. Doesn't do them much good, as they die in the next turn.

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Hawks investigate this farmhouse, but find nothing.

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And more spehs marines.

Fortunately, they are not angry marines, so we don't risk Battle Barge MAXIMUM FUCK crashing into us while we're mobbed.

Very well, let us attack those two forts one at a time.

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We fall into position, and the marines don't keep us waiting.

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CHAAAAAAAARGE!

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We begin be eliminating the tactical muhrines with vypers, harlequins and avengers.

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Then drop an anvil on the whirlwind :smug:

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The once proud Imperial warmachine, now but a pile of wreckage.

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We take the control point.

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And kill the fortress's last defenders.

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Hawks move southward to the other farmhouse but also find nothing.

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After taking a few turns to fully rest, we fall into position and prepare for the second assault.

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Again, the dumb spehs marines fall into our trap, and their tactical squad is fried by fire dragons.

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Looks easy enough.

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Scorpions being by using the warp skein to get behind enemy lines and rip through the marines.

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Then it's good night for those at the bridge.

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Finally other scorpions and 2x dragons kick the librarian around like a little girl.

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More enemies spotted at the third objective.

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We also fully claim the fortress.

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Harlequins going from the south spot another devastator squad.

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And I send the hawks to take a final look at the enemy's positions. They should be perfectly safe in those mountains, eh?

No.

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First the Librarian uses some tornado-like thingy on them, then a whirlwind moves in with the wrath of the Emperor.

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This thing is incredibly mean.

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The scorpions make a valiant breakthrough to try to save their brethren from certain doom, but they can't reach the whirlwind.

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The whirlwind fires another salvo... and the hawks survive with 1 hp. ITZ A MIRACLE. Thank goodness the Librarian decided to go take a piss in the woods instead of dropping a nuke on the hawks' arses or something.

We evacuate the hawks asap.

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Southern detachment approaches the smaller factory.

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Boom.

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Let's fry the bastards.

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The warlock's executioner is also accompanied by a p. cool sinister laugh. It kills the marines.

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Boom again.

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Our southern bros kill the devastators (screenshot number 1000 :bounce:)

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Our dudes are attacked by the Imperials, but we will counterattack in just a moment.

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Gotta dispose of all these marines.

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Bye bye.

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Ouch! A quick executioner from the warlock finishes it off.

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The remaining tacticals pose a bit more resistance.

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Let's check what's in here.

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That's cool, I guess.

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Osnap, the librarian drops a lightning arc on the warlock, dropping him to 6 hp. Fortunately, the lightning arc has a fixed damage (of 16, I think?), unlike the executioner which is equal to the warlock's melee rating (more than 16).

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The marines are first to fall.

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Then the warlock shows the puny human the superiority of an Eldar mind.

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The factory is ours!

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Victoly!

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Right, I check the barracks, and it turns out Azira was right. The guardians can now be upgraded to howling banshees, which was not possible before. But we shall not upgrade them, no, we'll wait till we can upgrade them to warp spiders :M

Also, new stuff:

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Falcons are kinda like vypers with better everything and (slightly) less movement. They also have pop-up attack ability, but additionally, they get armour piercing, so I guess I'll kick the vypers to the barracks and get a falcon.

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Howling banshees are melee units with better damage but worse defence than striking scorpions. They have the power of stunning strike, stunning the enemy with the size of their tits, making them counterattack at only half strength.

I guess we already have enough melee troops, so I'll skip them. I could kick one scorpion squad to the barracks, but leveling the banshees from scratch might be difficult.

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Last is the vibro cannon. A strange little device, it has the unique ability of seismic attack. The vibro cannon ignores any terrain bonuses for defence the target might have, gains +2 attack against units with tank movement and +3 attack when firing at cities, structures, mountains and volcanoes. Seismic attacks have no effects against flying units.

I suppose I could swap the scatter laser for a vibro cannon just for the hell of it. Which is better and why? DISCUSS!!!!

Also, next mission is one of the best ones in the game. We're very likely to get our arses kicked severely, so stay tuned :M
 
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Vibro cannon should be really useful next mission.

And good job on getting the new account.
 

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Yep, get a vibrator for the next fight. The space marines would really enjoy that. :smug:
 

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A long update incoming. There will be blood.

Mission VIII - A Moment Too Soon

Soundtrack

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Out of some bizarre reason, the screenshot of the map didn't quite come out as it should have, don't ask me why.

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One objective.

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And this night's main attraction.

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First enemy forces.

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Great...

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Hawks find a lone scout squad to the west of our starting position. They will keep harrassing them to death, since we don't want our dropship stealth capped.

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Harlequins check this cathedral but find nothing inside.

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Meanwhile, we get rid of those kamikaze scouts.

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And fall into position. We shall keep advancing like this, one tile a turn because we can expect heavy opposition.

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And indeed, a new enemy type comes out to greet us.

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Terminator assault squad. Those motherfuckers are monsters in melee. As all terminators, they have excellent defence, damage and the 'Leader' ability. But assault termies also get 'Armour Piercing', making them tough hunter-killers against our vehicles, and 'Lightning Field' which gives them additional +3 defence and attack in melee.

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Hawks keep bugging the scouts.

We keep advancing and spot more enemies on both critical locations.

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The Imperials launch an attack! Leman Russ softens the striking scorpions.

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OMGWTFBBQ WHAT IS THAT. It also fires upon the scorpions, breaking their morale. That's not good at all.

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The scorpions are under heavy assault. They are most likely doomed...

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More assault marines launch a kamikaze attack against avengers.

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While an assault squad finishes off the broken scorpions...

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:salute:

The striking scorpions are our second casualty in the campaign. This squad was also the one with the warp skein and most XP :x

But there will be time for grievances later.

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The Imperials are not done yet.

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Now what the hell is this shit.

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A land raider. The ultimate Space Marine tank. But actually, I think it's inferior to the Leman Russ. Sure, it has a slightly better attack and defence and retains the Armour Piercing ability, but unlike the leman russ, it doesn't have Explosive, which makes it a lot less effective against squads. Nonetheless, they cannot be underestimated, as they still pack a punch and take a bit of effort to bring down.

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Also, we've now entered the stage where certain enemy squads will appear with 'artifacts' of their own.

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Let's get the bastards! FOR CODEXIA!

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After disposing of the near-dead jump marines, I drop an executioner on the land raider, taking it down to just 5 HP.

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Harlequins get rid of the termies.

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Dragons force the raider to break, then batter the lemon bus.

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Fucking thing refuses to die :rage:

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And we can't allow it to reinforce next turn. Craven cowardice it is.

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The humans don't give up despite heavy casualties. The Leman Russ blows up some scorpions

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Jump marines try to attack another scorpion squad.

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And an offscreen assault squad charges to get 4 bros cut down.

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Next turn, shoopin' hoax finally kill the scouts, and can now rejoin with our main force.

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Warlock and avengers (2, 3) put down them jump marines, falcon (1) keeps shooting guardsmen with no real success, Leman Russ and an offscreen missile team (4, 5) target scorpions.

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Both our scorpion squads are pretty battered and forced to retreat. We cannot allow to lose another melee squad.

The rest are ready an able, so let's show these humans what we can do.

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The scatter laser's 3-hex range makes it great for harassing tough enemies.

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Missile team is forced to retreat.

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The sinister laugh accompanying the executioner is great :D

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Not the best damage, but it forces the tank to retreat and skip next turn. Good enough for me.

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Leman russ and assault squad attack avengers. Also, as you can see, the missile team is back to full hp despite the 8 kills inflicted by harlequins. This whole city counts as a structure where resting reinforces both wounds and kills, which considerably decreases the harlequins' hit'n'run efficiency.

Also, thank goodness the troops at the spire seem to have it hard-coded to not leave their position. If they tried flanking us, we'd be in trouble.

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Next turn, we fall into a defensive position (and pester the guardsmen a bit). Attacking now, in the vicinity of 2 leman russes, a missile team, assault termies and devastators would be VERY unwise. Let them come to us instead.

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And come to us they did. Avengers suffer heavy losses, but it's nothing a turn of resting won't fix.

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Let us show them the wrath of Craftworld Codexia.

Warlock, scorpions and dragons whack down the leman russ. Other dragons and scorpions whack down the other leman russ. Falcon and harles keep chasing the immortal assault squad.

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Dragons doing their job. Scorpions finish off the tank soon after :incline:

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The other doesn't give up that easily though.

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I spy the evil peoples!

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We retreat and regroup again.

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Avengers are again under fire.

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And we crush the guardsmen and leman russ, far from the reach of their comrades.

Masterful tactics!

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More incoming.

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Next turn we crush the termies and one assault squad. The other guardsmen flee for their lives.

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Also: devastators hate falcons.

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The marines die next turn.

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While their battlebros come trying to avenge them.

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And almost hit the dirt next turn. Almost.

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Good that there's nothing else to bumrush the scorpions or there'd be trouble.

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High time for some carnage.

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The city hexes give the already tough marines big defensive bonuses, which makes it a bit tricky.

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But scorpions care none for those :incline: quick executioner takes these fools down.

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All the others refuse to budge despite our overwhelming assault.

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The enemy's next turn is spent running away, so we capitalise on it with another assault.

Devastators are taken down. The immortal guardsmen and spehs marines barely survive.

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Seriously, just die already.

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Derp.

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The space marines from the spire finally wake up.

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Harlequins check this town and find nothing. High-level harlequins have excellent movement, btw. When put on a road, they can cover half the map in a single turn.

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They can't hope to withstand our advantage tbh.

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Everybody dead. I like that.

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And more of them come to join the fun.

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These fucking guardsmen just outright refuse to die.

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Next turn we finally get rid of them, though. Same with the incoming marines.

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Pretty explosions and stuffies.

nya.

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Bye bye, Conan the Librarian.

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Cool.

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Meet the wraithguard. Those bros are glass cannons. Their defence is pretty meh, but don't get fooled by their seemingly low attack rate. Wraithguards have the 'Distortion' special ability, which makes their guns fire a rift in the warp itself, sucking stuff straight into it. This leaves their targets at 1/2 defence, and all wounds become kills. Pretty fucking deadly stuff, really.

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The last enemy forces.

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Come get some!

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So long, space marines.

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For some strange reason, they seem to think that coming one-by-one is a great idea.

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Hawks check this comm station but find nothing.

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Falcon gives the space bros the Emperor's peace.

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Then we force the termies to retreat

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Fire dragons almost instagib the whirlwind

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And the deed is finished by the wraithguard.

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Termies die to support fire.

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And the spire is ours!

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Cool.

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There's a new strategy available, which I take without hesitation. Insane Courage is pretty much a panic button. It instantly reinforces a unit back to maximum strength, removes Broken status and gives a new move. It's a great 'get ouf of jail free' card when you suddenly find your unit at 2hp and surrounded by 3 enemies.

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Also, while not stated when capturing the spire, we found an artifact there. I guess I'll leave the crucible with the wraithguard, it should make them a little less fragile. I also assign the warp skein to another scorpion squad.

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And wait, what is this? The fire dragons and scorpions can advance?

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Indeed, they can :smug:

Those aspect warriors that reach the 8th level of experience can upgrade to exarchs.

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Exarchs are pretty much an improvement in every possible way. All their stats are better, and Single Entity means they are no longer affected by stuff like Lethal and Explosive.

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And here's the new unit. Dark Reapers are pretty much an improvement over Fire Dragons. They have better defence and attack, only their initiative is lower. Just like Fire Dragons they have Armour Piercing, but they also get Explosive, which makes them great against infantry and warmachines alike.

However, I won't be getting Dark Reapers 'cause leveling them from scratch would be a bitch, and we'll get an exarch-level Dark Reaper squad from a mission later into the campaign.

Also, it seems we have a free slot in our army right now. We'll need good mobility for the next mission, so I'll call the vypers back from the barracks. We'll see if there'll be anything good to take instead of them after the scenario :M
 
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IIRC, I lost a falcon, a scorpion and a warmachine on this level. Hardest map in the game imho, although I abandoned my playthrough before the end because of how easy it got once I had an all exarch team.
 

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Bros, be good bros and at least bump this to the next page or something :M
 

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Yeah, sorry bros, this lp is on hold until I get my proper computor working 'cause the screens from the last update are stuck there, and it's a little hard to compile an update with no graphics card.
 

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Mission IX - Hot Gates

Fuck, I ran out of soundtracks. Guess you'll have to revisit the old ones or proceed without one :(

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We won't be visiting this one 'cause I remember it doesn't have anything inside (even if it looks p. cool)

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The whole canyon is strewn with these small forts. They are all empty of content, and share one of these two descriptions.

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Cool.

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And here's the exit of the canyon, where our enemy cowers in fear.

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And here's how it starts. I think each of the forts has an autocannon on it. There will be many autocannons in the whole level.

Also, we have to do this quickly because we're limited to 18 turns, however we can't overrush, as that's suicide. This is actually a pretty tough mission 'cause you need many priorities that are a little mutually exlusive - speed, survival and force.

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So yeah, we start by massacring this autocannon, and then fall into position.

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Lotsa gits.

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Don't have to wait long for them to start their offensive.

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This narrow ravine really isn't good for the vypers. They are flimsy to begin with, but here they are super exposed.

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We shall respond with FUREH.

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Sayonara.

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The fist of 1000 blades is so gud. The marines run away and there's nothing they can do about all these kills.

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Aided by the dragons, the falcon destroys an autocannon.

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And then it's time for the (already dead here) scouts and jump marines.

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Next turn, autocannon opens fire on hawks

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Marines almost suicide attacking the vyper, but still inflict some losses. Tough bastards they are.

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Yay.

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More stuff up ahead. The Falcon mows down the fleeing marine.

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Vibro cannon destroys the autocannon (1), while the other autocannon shoots twice at the swooping hawks because, dumb as I am, I rested them instead of pulling out.

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Autocannon shoots dire avengers, scouts rush the falcon.

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Vyper and avengers wipe the floor with the sucky scouts, while warlock and fire dragons take down the autocannon. A shame the warlock's executioner doesn't make the kill table pop up. Makes tracking them a little harder.

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Next turn, them assault guardsmen launch a near-suicide attack.

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And scorpions help them die afterwards.

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Let's get it on. Vibro cannon and wraithguard shoot the missile team, scorpion whacks the autocannon.

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:smug:

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And here's where a problem surfaced. I didn't expect the goddamn autocannon to get the scorpions down to 5 hp. And that's very, very bad, since there's a space marine and another missile team right there, plus another autocannon to the south. The scorpion exarch is tough, yeah, but I'm afraid it might not be tough enough to withstand those.

I wondered whether I should use insane courage here to save the scorpions, but didn't want to use it just yet.

So I sent the falcon to finish the missile team and draw some fire from the autocannons because, hell, the falcon is kinda tough and should endure shitty autocannon fire, eh?

Yeah, that was a very bad idea.

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After I moved the falcon there, it turned out that a devastator squad I haven't spotted before was at the southern fort, and those autocannons actually pack a punch...

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Well, at least it survived the deva...

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:rage:

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Casualty #3 :salute: The Falcon was sent to draw fire from the scorpion exarch and did a little too well. That was a stupid mistake. But fuck, those Eldar vehicles are almost all fucking useless anyway, their only advantage is the hovercraft mobility.

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And here's how the next turn looks like.

Fire dragons, vibro cannon, warlock inflict many losses on the devastators, vyper nearly blows up the autocannon, Dragon exarch chases away the missile team, scorpion exarch uses the warp skein to get behind the autocannon and leave it at 1 hp, while harles, avengers and wraithguard kick around the space marines.

Showing it all off isn't particularly enlightening, so here's how the situation looks afterwards:

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The marines are down to 6 after the wraithguard attack, and...

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The western autocannon is down to 3.

But this bunch of dudes use their turn to get back to full strength again, but I didn't really have the troops to block their resting (plus, I didn't want to rush into massive non-spotted autocannon fire, like with the falcon).

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Another autocannon pops up, shooting the vypers.

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And marines shoot harlequins a bit.

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Next turn, scorpion and avengers get rid of the marines and autocannon remnants. Warlock, vibro cannon, vyper and dragon smack down the devastators, while harles take the missile team down to 3 hp.

I also send the swooping hawks and the other harles south to the eerie Eldar grove.

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The autocannons use this opportunity to fire three times upon the hawks, with no great success.

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Then we finally finish the missile team and fall into position.

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The autocannons take the avengers down to 3 hp. Good thing I had a warlock cast fortune on them before, or things might have got ugly...

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The autocannons are disposed of.

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Hawks check the grove.

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Cool.

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This will immediately go to one of the dire avenger squads after this mission. Lightning field, as shown before, gives +3 melee and defence, while terrifying makes attacked enemies twice as likely to break or flee. Good stuff.

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Some clueless terminators rush striking scorpions and die to the warlock's executioner the next turn.

We keep advancing...

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More adversaries. Autocannon attacks the avengers.

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Another one shoots the scorpion exarch.

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Uhm, fuck. We have barely 6 turns remaining to kill our target. We're gonna have to hurry.

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This was a pretty fucking tricky situation. Because of the goddamn river, I can't advance my fire dragons close enough to target the autocannons or terminators. If I tried focusing *just* on the terminators, the autocannons and jump marines would have torn me a new one. If I took out only the autocannons, I wouldn't be able to use some troops because the terminators/jump marines would tear them to shreds, which meant they would have to sit out the turn, and with only 6 remaining, it was a big no-no. So I took a little gambit.

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Wraithguard and vibro cannon take out the first autocannon

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While harlequins take the second one down to 11 hp and break its morale.

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Then I charged the termies with the scorpion, dumb that I was, before harrassing them first with the warlock and vypers.

This made the scorpion exarch go down to 1 hp. He got 7 wounds, while the terminators got only 4. Those fuckers are monsters.

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Meanwhile, see here, executioner + vyper attack takes them down to 3. FFS masterful tactics indeed.

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And it was exactly the moment we needed the insane courage panic button, and I was thankful I didn't use it previously. With 1 hp, assault termies, two autocannons and jump marines in the vicinity, the scorpion would have had no chance to live.

(also, the animation for insane courage is like reverse craven cowardice. In the latter, the heart shatters, while here it forms anew from scattered pieces)

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And I used the additional attack to whack the autocannon.

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Meanwhile, jump marines skirmish with harlequins.

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And the terminators launch a suicide attack.

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Next turn the autocannon is blown up, and jump marines chased away.

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So I send the shoopin' hoax to scout ahead, and find the last human forces. Among them, a terminator devastator squad led by Lucretius, our target.

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Terminator devastators are a little different from other devastator units, as they have no armour piercing. Just like all other termies, they have Leader, and additionally they get Rapid Fire, which makes them serve a role similar to autocannons. Dig in, and unleash massive firepower in consecutive salvoes.

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Jump marines and autocannon start harrassing us.

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Hawks almost take down the other marines.

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Vypers and warlock (1, 2) take the jump marines down to 2 hp and force them to flee. Most of our stuff goes north, and the autocannon takes the opportunity to fire twice at the vypers, getting them down to 3hp. Close one.

By this point, I think we have like... 3/4 turns to complete the objective.

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Boom.

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Hey, look, more enemy guys. But we have no time to indulge them now.

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Because of the fucking river, I had to spend a whole turn doing *nothing* to get my troops into positions to cross it. Meanwhile the librarian immobilises the hawks.

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The southern space bros decide it's a good idea to start attacking.

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And fortunately, the AI is completely oblivious to the fact, that it should keep its mission-critical unit a little behind to make it avoid harm.

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So we exploit it without mercy, and focus fire on the terminator.

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That should be enough to finish him off.

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Might as well cover our asses first and pick off the autocannon, just in case.

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In the south, the devastators are down.

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While on the frontier, Lucretius falls to the Fire Dragon Exarch.

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Weeee. I had two turns remaining after killing the terminator. Those timed missions are all fucking close ones, and are pretty friggin easy to fail if you slack around.

I used the two remaining turns to mop up a little around the map. Invading the western fortress granted the capturing unit (vypers) 30 xp. Forgot to take screenshots :(

Moving on...

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Why does the world still cry in pain? It is a mystery.

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There's much to do in the barracks...

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Guardians can upgrade to fucking Warp Spiders. Fuck yeah.

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Some of the best fucking infantry in the game. Excellent movement (5 hexes per turn), great damage and many special abilities, but a little fragile. They have Warping, which makes them move freely around the map and ignore enemy zones of control (like the Striking Scorpion's warp skein artifact), Lethal, which converts all wounds to kills, and Cloud Attack. Cloud Attack gives them +4 attack against enemy squads in formation movement.

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One avenger squad upgrades to Exarch.

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Dire Avenger Exarchs are also excellent killing machines, able to stand toe-to-toe with just about everything, maybe except tough warmachines. Great defence and damage (both melee and ranged!), plus the 'Leader' ability.

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Another fire dragon exarch joins our army.

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Same with striking scorpions.

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But wait, there's more.

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When Exarchs upgrade to levels 9 and 10, they can choose one of the following Exarch skills.

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Battle Fortune is a must and I always give it to every Exarch squad ASAP. Basically, when an Exarch is about to die, it has a 50% chance to survive with 1hp by a miraculous stroke of luck. I can't count the times it saved my elite troops.

Other abilities are as follows:
Bounding Leap gives the 'hit and run' ability, which makes units move like scouts (that is, they can still move if they didn't deplete their maximum movement after moving once)

Crack shot gives +4 ranged, Mighty Blow gives +4 melee. Fighting Fury improves the Exarch's defence by 2 and adds +5 to attack when the Exarch is down to 5hp. Master warrior gives +2 defence/melee/ranged.

Mighty Strike gives the 'overrun' ability. If an exarch kills a unit before moving, it gets an additional free attack. Resolve makes it immune to psyker powers. Stealth grants invisibility. Tough gives +4 defence, and War Shout provides the 'fearsome' ability.

So the Fire Dragon gets Battle Fortune, so does one Striking Scorpion. Others will have to wait for further advancements.

And that's it for today. In the next update, thing will get... ugly, so stay tuned :M
 
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Fuck that river. I couldn't even complete this mission properly and had to resort to going over the mountain range and skipping the entire valley. Had kills in a single digit I suspect. :(
 

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Ugly is good. It builds character.
 

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Mission X - Foot in the Snare

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Here's a p. cool tundra map on which we'll administer some slaughter.

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Those Eldar icons on the structure are not technically 'control points', just markers of hexes we need to visit.

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Also, I like how we begin at the end of what appears to be the last mission's canyon.

Let us move!

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What the fuck is that

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And that!

And that ugly mofo in the corner of the screen, what the hell?!

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Tyranid... We're fucked :M

Lictors are Tyranid scouts, with high movement and spotting range, but still lower than our harlequins, at least. They are not particularly deadly, but their invisibility can provide you some rather unpleasant surprises if you don't detect them beforehand. Abilities they have are Fearsome and Frenzy.

'Frenzy' means the unit never breaks or flees, its melee is boosted by 3, and defence in melee by 2, but suffer -2 to ranged defence.

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Genestealers are some of the worst and most common motherfuckers we'll be meeting. They have excellent movement and initiative for non-scout units, and melee damage that can rival our Scorpion Exarchs, but fortunately at least their defence blows. Moreover, they have Frenzy and Swarming Attack abilities.

Swarming Attack means a unit gets +1 to attack for each friendly unit that attacked the same enemy unit before it. You can now imagine the retardedly big damage boosts genestealers can get if they are like... the fourth or fifth unit attacking our bros.

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And the last one are brood guard. Those are human/genestealer hybrids, pretty much cannon fodder comparable to Guardsmen, but a little better than them in attack and defence.

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So we spread our forces a bit, and smack down the lictors (spotting more to the north).

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Might as well harass the hybrids.

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More enemies are spotted.

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Brood missile teams are like Guardsmen missile teams, just with slightly better attack/defence.

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Genestealers are nothing to laugh about, as you can see. Dire avengers finish them off after a moment.

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While lethal scorpions kick these suckers around to uselessness :M

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The lictors shred through some of our warp spiders.

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And more enemy units

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Appear in the north.

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The hijacked Tyranid Leman Russes and Land Raiders are almost identical to their human counterparts, they only have leadership lower by 1.

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Southern detachment gets rid of the lictors.

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While the northern one falls into a defensive position to repel the warmachines.

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Bastards assault the Scorpion.

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While another Land Raider and some hybrids attack the swooping hawks (one hybrid squad dying in the process).

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Next turn, our northern bros mop up the warmachines.

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While in the south we *almost* disassemble the tank, and harrass the hybrids.

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Haha, faggot.

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OMGWTFBBQ.

Yeah, the AI is not as stupid as you might think. It sends the hybrid cannon fodder to soak up fire dragon support fire, while the fragile genestealers move in for the kill.

6 wounds on an Avenger Exarch. Now imagine what would happen (and will happen in later levels) if there were, like, 3 genestealers in the area. Ugly

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In the south, I try to finish the land raider off with the swooping hawks, but no dice.

You might think it was foolish to send the battered hawks out there, but it wasn't. Since they're flying ranged units, they are unreachable by those melee genestealers (which makes them EXCELLENT weapons against them, btw), while the missile team is probably programmed to stay on the fortress at all cost, so it won't attack.

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We also get rid of the hybrids.

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First we mop up those vile things in the north

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:hero:

The nearby leman russ fires upon a Scorpion during its turn, but doesn't do much.

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It would be pretty unwise to storm a land raider and two genestealers with the southern detachment, so we'll just entrench them in this forest, and wait for the enemy to come instead.

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Northern leman russ is down.

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While the land raider returns for more beating in the south to shoot the warp spiders.

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Though not very clearly pictured, the executioner inflicts 12 kills on the tank! Finishing it off with dire avengers and harlequins is a formality afterwards.

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We keep advancing...

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And find many dudes in this city.

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Including an autocannon. Just like other hybrids, they are a little better in defence/attack than the human counterpart.

Some of the genestealers here came from the southern fortress, so the southern detachment should have a little easier time storming that place.

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Also, it would be a completely stupid idea to storm the city all :balls to the wall:, so we just kill the hybrid with wraithguard and the Avenger, and move the Scorpions ahead to provide a steel wall.

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Both genestealers charge and attack the Avenger and the Scorpion, swapping many wounds with them. Nasty sons of bitches.

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Wraithguard instakill the genestealers. Wraithguards are fucking awesome against genestealers 'cause not only do the xenos get -defence from frenzy, their defence is also halved thanks to distortion, leaving them at defence comparable to autocannons (that is, almost none). Add to that the 'all kills' policy and the fact that there is no counterattack. But Wraithguards are fragile, especially in melee, so it's imperative to keep them out of harm, behind a wall of meatshields.

Then a Scorpion and Fire Dragon eliminate the other genestealers.

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Some hybrids try to be sneaky and get flank us, but they are stopped by harlequins.

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There's a single genestealer squad left in the south, and it attacks the warp spiders.

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Also, during the enemy turn, the genestealers from the city come in close to our troops... but don't attack.

They didn't spot our fire dragons beforehand, and realised that attacking anything would mean instant support fire death. But they had nowhere to run then :smug:

We disposed of them shortly afterwards.

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The southern genestealers are also down.

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Then we harrass the missile team a bit and investigate the fortress.

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Icky.

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So long, hybrids!

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Another land raider in the north. Harles keep harrassing hybrids.

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With a fair deal of enemies still at the city, and some more flanking us, it's still not a good idea to rush.

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First we melt the tank.

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Then we shred the hybrids (wraithguard <3 )

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And fall into a defensive position, waiting for the genestealers to come.

You can see here how the AI outsmarted me. I thought the 4 useless hybrids were gonna run or wouldn't even reach me. Haha, no. They kamikaze'd my fire dragons to soak up support fire (1), while the genestealers charged a Scorpion (2)

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But there's no major harm done, and the aliens are eliminated.

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Our southern bros arrive to the scene. We can now begin a proper assault.

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But first, some shitty guardsmen think they can make a difference trying to attack swooping hawks.

Let us begin the invasion!

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Hawks, aided by the vibro cannon, force the missile team to break and retreat

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While Avengers, Harlequins and Vypers smack down the hybrid guards.

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Mopping these suckers up isn't much of a big deal. Dire Avenger storms the missile team (1), forcing it to retreat. It's later chopped up by a Scorpion (3). Another Scorpion uses the hole in the enemy's defences to charge the autocannon and liberate one of the objectives.

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'Sup, bros. They are level 7, btw.

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We also liberate the second objective and get a level 7 space bro squad.

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Then we mop up.

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I sent a single Harlequin to investigate the northern fortress. It found a cannon there, and attacked it (1, forgot to take a screenie, so my artistic impression of the damage table will have to suffice), then was attacked twice by rapid fire (2, 3), after which I finally finished the autocannon and proceeded inside.

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Cool.

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Racist! :outrage:

No matter, we'll send our new squad of space bros here.

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We proceed east, to the Adepta Sororitas monastery.

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Marines find the scanners. Nifty device.

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And all our forces arrive at the eastern front.

Attack!

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Fire dragons lead the charge on the missile team and autocannon.

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Hawks and warlock follow up, destroying the autocannon. Harlequins harass the other missile team, forcing it to break.

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The idiots attempt to retaliate, but it's obviously not very effective.

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Then we just mop up and liberate the site.

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Cool. Also: 'blck'

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Sisters of Battle are space marines with better movement/initiative and worse everything else. They also have the Heroic ability, which makes them immune to fleeing and morale breaks. This can be both good and bad because the lack of retreating can sometimes get them killed.

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Then we free some immolators.

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And the mission is a success!

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Peace 'n' love, bros. We'll now be getting many human units, but only some of them will prove useful to our cause.

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Yes, they will know the wrath of Craftworld Codexia!

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This pop up told me I have 18 units in my army, while I can only have 15, so some were moved to the barracks. Don't ask me why it didn't get screened properly.

But anyway, I kicked the marines and sisters to the barracks 'cause I think we have enough tactical infantry, and the newly acquired fire dragons 'cause we have enough support fire. Or perhaps you have objections and would prefer to see some of those units in and others out? :M

I kept the immolator, though, 'cause it's pretty neat.

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Like all human vehicles, it has pretty decent damage and defence, but also, like warp spiders, has the Cloud Attack ability, giving it +4 attack against formation movement. 2-hex range and decent movement are also a welcome bonus.

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Dire Avengers ascend to Exarch status.

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So do the Swooping Hawks.

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The swooping hawk exarch is going to be one of our most useful units against the mostly melee-oriented Tyranid swarm.

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One of the fire dragons gets Crack Shot. There aren't really that many better abilities for devastators.

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The scorpion exarch, however, gets invisibility. Why? Because hiding scorpions in chokepoints to set up ambushes is hilarious and effective :smug:

Other exarchs that can get their first abilities get battle fortune.

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While the warlock champion upgrades to a master.

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Wielding the multi-headed dick spear, the Warlock Master is a powerful unit. It retains the Fortune and Executioner powers, but also gets 'Doom'. An enemy unit cursed with Doom takes double damage and all wounds become kills. Single entities don't suffer kills but still take double damage. Simply excellent when you want a tough unit quickly brought down. Pair with Wraithguards for ultimate carnage :smug:

Also, the warlock master has an attack range of 2, which makes him a lot easier to level, and considerably adds to his survivability, as he doesn't need to go to the front lines to attack anymore.


That's all for today. Next mission, we shall battle the hivemind some more, get more units, probably lose some, and meet new enemies.

Stay tuned :M
 
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Every time this updates, I think it is the root LP being updated. Every time I am disappointed :rpgcodex:
 

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You said there would be bunch of "ugly" in the update, havent seen anything. :disappoint:



And fuck root and his shitty retarded crap. *lawl a ring with powah of the souls lawl* HIS POWERLEVEL IS OVER 9000!!!11
 

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But bros, how can I update when there are two updates on the same page already? :M
 

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We shall never know.
 

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