On Saturday I had the pleasure of taking to the field with my Demiurg army for a massive Warhammer 40,000: Apocalypse game. The game was about 40,000 points a side with one side attacking and one side defending.
On the defenders were an allied force of Eldar and Demiurg. Facing them was a combined force of Space Wolves and Chaos Imperial Guard. Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Imperial Guard, who were engaged on the planet turned to face the new threat.
Blood Angels and Dark Angels deployment
Left Flank Deployment
Scattered Demiurg units defend their position against some of the toughest units in the opposing force.
Right Flank attackers deployment.
Leading the way on the right flank the World Eaters send forth a horde of berserkers led by Kharn The Betrayer. Fighting alongside them was a pack of fearsome Slaughterfiends.
Following the World Eaters into battle came the Space Wolves.
A small raiding force of Eldar appear behind enemy lines to strike at the exposed rear, forcing the attackers to split their force to deal with this new enemy.
Left Flank (the drop pods are in reserve)
Mixed forces of Chaos and Space Wolves prepare their assault on the scattered Demiurg defenders.
The Eldar deploy in support of the Demiurg on the left flank.
The first wave of the Space Wolves drop pod assault lands in the centre of the defenders' lines.
The Demiurg and Blood Angels support sections overlooking the centre of the battlefield.
Much of the attacking World Eaters have been depleted by concentrated artillery fire from the Demiurg support weapon batteries. Two of the Slaughterfiends have been immobilised, effectively neutralising them.
Following the Ravenwing teleport homers the Deathwing arrive to block the path of the remaining attackers.
The soul engines, controlled by dead Eldar, advance into the centre to claim an objective.
The enemy on the left flank advance, inflicting heavy losses on the Demiurg defenders.
Far Left Flank
A Demiurg and Kroot scouting force ambush and destroy an Imperial Guard rearguard.
Chaos and Space Wolf predator tanks support the advancing attackers.
The Death Guard advance up the centre, pushing forward to relieve the battered Space Wolves.
With the entire Space Wolf drop pod assault now in the fight the defenders are hard pressed to hold back the enemy in their midst.
The attackers on the left flank advance relatively unopposed. The few Demiurg forces in the area valiantly move forward to engage the enemy in close quarters.
The Death Guard arrive to support the Space Wolves but their way is blocked by Demiurg and Eldar fire support units.
The Ravenwing and Deathwing fight a bitter battle against the World Eaters and Space wolves on the right flank.
The attackers reinforcements arrive to deal with the Demiurg and Blood Angels firebase. Shrike and his wing lead the way with scouts in support.
Far Left Flank
The Kroot and Demiurg scouting force are engaged by their enemy's heavy hitters. Terminators of the World Eaters move to engage the Demiurg while Byorn The Fell Handed and a unit or Sisters of Battle Seraphim squad storm the largest of the Kroot units.
Far Left Flank
The Kroot face off against the Seraphim and Bjorn before being whittled down by concentrated fire. The largest Kroot unit was engaged by both enemies and were reduced from 20 brave warriors down to just 4.
The remaining Kroot were charged by Bjorn.
The combined forces of the Blood Angels and Demiurg engage the advancing Space Wolf bikers while a World Eaters Hell Blade fighter swoops low to strafe the defenders lines.
The Demiurg Thunderers, fresh from felling Canis Wolfborn move their attention to the bikers.
Kroot Stalkers move into position, ready to add their fire in support of their Demiurg paymasters.
The Eldar's Revanant titan, down to its last structure point, jumped away from the Space Wolves in the centre to support the Dark Angels forces.
The Space Wolves from the drop pod assault spread out to engage the Demiurg and Eldar forces surrounding them.
After dealing with the Demiurg warriors in their path the Chaos forces push towards the objective supported by the Space Wolf bikers. The World Eaters dreadnought protects the rear.
Far Left Flank - Near Corner
The lone unit of Demiurg warrior holding the left corner against invading scouts are reinforced when a Blood Angels and Eldar relief force arrive.
Far Left Flank
Scouts arrive on the flank, surprising the World Eater Terminators and a unit of Demiurg sappers move forward in a suicidal bid to bring down Bjorn.
The Eldar sweep along the rear of the enemy lines sowing havoc amongst their unsuspecting foes.
The bloody battle on the right flank heats up as the World Eater Lords tear into the Dark Angels with their daemon weapons.
The Leman Russ battle tanks protecting the Shadowsword move to engage Shrike's Wing.
The remaining Demiurg Warriors in the centre, under the leadership of the Ancestor Lords, stubbornly hold on despite overwhelming odds and terrible losses.
The Eldar Dark Reapers and Demiurg Thunderers pour fire into the advancing bikers, destroying all the bikes and wounding the attack bike.
Far Left Flank
The Demiurg Sapper Engage Bjorn while their Kroot allies move forward to engage enemies further afield.
The Kroot Carnivore Kindred moves along the rear while the poisonous Kroot Headhunters move into the ruin to engage a unit of Chos Obliterators.
Shrike splits off from his unit so that they can engage separate support weapon crews, wiping them both out. This leaves Shrike open to direct direct fire from the Drake's twin-linked rapier laser destroyer.
Far Right Flank
The rearguard on the right flank is attack by outflanking enemies.
Battle overview from the right flank.
The drop zone for the Space Wolf Drop Pod Assault. On the right the Demiurg robots fight a bitter close combat with their foes.
The Conquer fire support robot stubbornly battles on against three Space Wolf characters, including Ragnar Blackmane. The smaller Castellan siege robot fights in support of Eldar Howling Banshees against the remains of two units.
The Eldar continue to defend their objective while a Demiurg spotter team and Eldar Autarch finish off a Death Guard Terminator unit.
Centre-Left - Rear
The Chaos Terminators and Chaos Space Marines disembark from their transports and move on the objective.
Far Left Flank - Rear
The Blood Angels and Demiurg warriors engage the Chaos Space Marines and World Eater Terminators.
Far Left Flank
The Kroot Headhunters assault the Chaos Obliterators while a large unit of Imperial Guard wipe out the remaining Kroot Carnivore Kindred.
The Sappers engaged with Bjorn manage to fasten a melta-bomb to his armoured body. The powerful explosive detonates, destroying the ancient dreadnought.
Reaching the final stages of the battle, the Eldar Scorpion boosts above the surrounding buildings to gain a better vantage point.
And there ends the game. It ended with a win for the defenders, including me! I gave away 19 kill points, mostly in the last turn. My units took some of the most severe beatings dished out but stubbornly held on, with a couple of warriors left in each unit by the last turn, but were finally defeated.
My characters performed admirably with all 3 surviving the battle. The artillery batteries played their part well, clearing much of the Space Wolves from the drop pod assault. I was surprisingly accurate with my scatter dice.
I really enjoyed the game. All the defending forces coordinated their efforts well, defending each other and catching the enemy in lethal crossfires.