Battle Report: Astra Militarum vs. Orkz (1,000 pts)

Honoured Lord-Commander;

Submitted as requested with respect to the recent engagement with Xenos (Orkz) in the Sector Imperialis.  I trust it will be useful in the coming campaign.

The Emperor Protects,
-Col. Oak

==========Commence Report==========

Regimental Command was alerted of a high-value facility coming under threat by fast-moving xenos threat, which was to be eliminated.  Elements of the Cadian 253rd Mechanized were mobilized to respond and protect the facility before its (admittedly meagre and undersupplied) garrison was over-run.

Pertinent Elements Included:

  • Leman Russ Command, Punisher, Heavy Bolters (Knight Commander Griffith)
    • Main Battle Tank escort
  • Techpriest Enginseer (Father Benjamin)
  • 2 Units of Veterans equipped with Melta Guns and Flamers
    • Chimeras with Heavy Flamers
  • Hellhound “Colin”
  • Wyvern “Firkraag”
  • Armoured Sentinels w/ Autocannons

Advanced Scouts advised of the following Ork Elements operating in the area:

  • Warboss on bike
  • ~15 Stormboyz
  • 4x Mek Gunz (Mega-Plasma variety)
  • Morkanaut
  • Deffdread
  • 2 Trukks, assumed to be mounted with generic xenos infantry.
Fig. 1 - Cadian deployment.  Firkraag and Colin deployed in the middle of the board, with Leman Russes maximizing sight lines one one flank, Sentinels on the other, with mid-range fire support from the Chimeras filling the gaps.
Fig. 1 – Cadian deployment. Firkraag and Colin deployed in the middle of the board, with Leman Russes maximizing sight lines one one flank, Sentinels on the other, with mid-range fire support from the Chimeras filling the gaps.
Xenos take the field, Trukks against the Sentinels, Morkanaut and Mek Guns against the Leman Russes, Stormboyz up the middle.
Fig. 2 Xenos take the field, Trukks against the Sentinels, Morkanaut and Mek Guns against the Leman Russes, Stormboyz up the middle.

The Leman-Russes spent the engagement in a shooting match with the Ork artillery, with nominal casualties on either side noted.

Fig. 3 - Leman Russ elements engage Ork artillery.
Fig. 3 – Leman Russ elements engage Ork artillery.

That is, until the Morkanaut advanced to the Leman Russes, tearing open the MBT and severely damaging the Punisher cannon of Knight Commander Griffith.

Despite being under constant Mega-Plasma fire from the Ork Artillery and losing their transport, the Veterans providing escort fought their way around to the rear of the Morkanaut and destroyed it with a single blast before it could land the felling blow on the Knight-Commander’s tank.  The ensuing explosion should have wiped out the squad, but miraculously their armour saved them.

Ork artillery later ravaged the squad, inflicting heavy casualties as they struggled to find cover behind the facility.

Up the middle, and over top of the facility, Firkraag and Colin went to work against the airborne elements of the Ork horde.  The Stormboyz could find no cover from Firkraag’s airbursts, and the unit was ultimately destroyed under sustained bombardment and flame.

Orkz advance on the facility, under heavy artillery bombardment making good use of their mobility.
Fig. 4 – Orkz advance on the facility, under heavy artillery bombardment making good use of their mobility.

The Warboss was undeterred however, charged up and over the facility to tear open “Colin”.  Field repairs from the Enginseer on the Punisher cannon from the Knight Commander’s Russ, who then put it to good use, putting the Warboss down before he could inflict further damage on Imperial assets in the area.  A unit of Veterans were operating in the area at the time.

Meanwhile on the right flank, the Sentinels achieved early success destroying one of the Ork vehicles, before it could make significant forward gains.  The second trukk was eliminated with Melta-gun fire from the second unit of Veterans.  Pressing the advantage, the Sentinels eliminated their opponents at close quarters, literally stamping out the remaining opposition.

The last piece of the Ork puzzle to fall into place was the Deff Dread, which was bringing up the rear of the ork advance behind the Morkanaut.  Once the Warboss went down, the dread charged and nearly wiped out the second unit of Veterans operating in the area.  Unable to inflict any type of significant damage, the Veterans retreated to allow their armoured transport an opportunity to destroy it.  The collision was gigantic, and the Ork dreadnought went down hard, having been previously weakened by Battlecannon fire from the Leman Russes.

The Sentinels were later eliminated by a power klaw wielding boss from the remnants of the squad of the first trukk, but their pilots generally acquitted themselves in a manner befitting of their station, preventing catastrophic losses to the Veteran unit nearby.

Ork Casualties — near total.  Several Mek-Guns remain operational, but the Grot crew has since fled their positions.

Imperial Casualties — One Leman Russ is a total loss, the other needs significant repairs.  Both infantry units require reinforcements.  Sentinels are lost, though potentially repairable.  Hellhound “Colin” is a total loss.

Recommend posthumous commendation and martyrdom for heroic meltagunner that brought down the Morkanaut.  Should the Xenos walker have survived, the battle would have gone extremely poorly for remaining Imperial forces.

==========End Transmission==========

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8 Replies to “Battle Report: Astra Militarum vs. Orkz (1,000 pts)”

    1. Oh, it did more than a bit of “something”. I had a Morkanaut help a Stompa tank about 6-8 hits on the 5++ one game (all in the first turn). I was less than impressed. Thems the dice though, and that’s why we play the game!

      1. Haha!That’s awesome. Well that is orks for you. Sometimes things go really well, other times half your army explodes shooting itself in the foot!

        Great armies here and lovely paintjobs!

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