Outpost designation #2132 - An Imperial distress beacon calls for aid following the discovery of a strange relic. Dark Angels marines arrive within days and secure the compound
Shortly after arrival, the First Company ship picks up traces of warp activity. They have been followed by a Dark Eldar raiding party; Interragator Chaplain Raziel readies his troops for the incoming assault.
A webway portal rips open as the first of the Dark Eldar forces arrive with lethal precision. A troop of deadly Kabalite Warriors and their leader, the infamous Archon Drezden Kuda.
Mere moments later a second force breaches the facility on the opposite side. The sound of cruel laughter echoes down the halls as a group of Wyches and their mistress, the Succubus Lady Medrazae, begin the hunt.
Blast doors burst open. A venom transport whines into the facility carrying it's deadly payload.
A Mortis Contemptor Dreadnought stands fast as the hideous bulk of a Chronos Parasite Engine emerges through yet another breach. The Dark Angels are surrounded. The battle has begun.
A tactical squad launches it's own ambush and a deadly firefight errupts in one of the exterior corridors.
Despite the storm of fire from dual assault cannons, the Parasite Engine advances forward forcing the Contemptor into a brutal melee. A second tactical squad moves up in support of their ancient brother.
Sergeant Nakir of the second tactial squad unleashes a torrent of flame into the nearby Venom, covering the embarked Incubi squad and killing one of their number.
The surviving Incubi immediately disembark and prepare to unleash their deadly klaives upon the enemy.
Despite the looming threat, the Marines stand fast and unleash some deadly accurate overwatch fire, cutting down all but one of the Incubi. The Klaivex looks to set about his butchers work but, hampered by the bodies of his fallen kin, falls before he can claim more than a couple of the marines.
As the brutal melee continues, some troops find it hard to hit the mark in the confines of the steel corridors.
The first tactical squad make room as a plasma cannon is brought to bear against the advancing Archon. As the smoke clears, the Archon steps over the mangled corpses of his brethren, his shadowfield flickering in the gloom.
As the Contemptor wrestles valiantly with the monstrous engine, a Talos stalks silently into the fray - the Dreadnoughts fate looks to be sealed.
Archon Kuda charges his warriors headlong into the roar of bolters. But against all odds, the remaining marines stand fast and the Archon's lethal agoniser fails to find it's mark.
One of the interior doors erupts in a brilliant flash of haywire sparks as the Wyches burst down the corridor, their blades eager for the taste of human flesh.
The Dark Angels launch a hail of fire down the corridor in a perfectly timed ambush. But despite their legendary accuracy, only a couple of Wyches are laid low following a dazzling display of acrobatics and super-honed reflexes.
After a monumental battle, the last surviving member of the first tactial squad is finally brought down. The Archon spurs the remnants of his vanguard deeper into the facility.
The Succubus Medrazae finally comes face to face with her quarry only to find her legendary skill and grace strangely absent. Ezekiel, Grand Master of the Librarians, has reached out into the warp and sapped the Wyches of their will to fight. The slaughter is swift and merciless.
The two monstrous Engines finally break the heroic Contemptor but to no avail. The Eldar forces are defeated and Archon Kuda calls for his raiders to retreat. The valiant sacrifice of the fallen Angels has bought them valuable time for reinforcements to arrive. The relic is secure.
... so in the end the Dark Angels prevailed, at times it seemed like a pretty close run thing as it felt they were being assailed from all sides. Many thanks to David Thomas Rowe for bringing his fantastic WH40k models over for a game and for providing the write up to the battle.
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