Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists Force

Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists Doubles Force
Will and I made it to the doubles tournament at Warhammer World and we had a great time! I’m a big fan of the doubles format as it increases the social side of the gaming, something I greatly enjoy. That and the standard bickering about battle plans and assigning blame when it all goes wrong! The ‘theme’ of our individual forces was that my Imperial Fists would be the ground elements of an army that was under fire, whilst Will’s glory-hogging space boys would come to the rescue / claim all the glory.
The list consisted of (although it’s one 1,500 point list, I’ve split it to show who took what):
Will’s force:
Chapter Master with Artificer Armour, Thunder Hammer, Shield Eternal
Ironclad Dreadnought with two Heavy Flamers
Tactical Squad (8 men) with Combi-Melta, Meltagun, Drop Pod
Stormraven Gunship with Twin Lascannons, Twin Multimeltas
My force:
Tactical Squad (8 men) with Combi-Plasma, Rhino
Tactical Squad (8 men) with Rhino
Devestator Squad (10 men) with 4x Missile Launchers with Flakk Missiles
Thunderfire Cannon
Aegis Line with Quad Gun
We did pretty well – we won three games and lost two. We beat:
  • A combined Eldar / Dark Eldar force led by the BARON and a Farseer (they thought they were pretty cunning with their 2+ re-rollable cover saves – they didn’t reckon on the Thunderfire Cannon!) both of whom were shelled to pieces.
  • A Space Marine force that included a Stormwing  formation (a Stormraven and two Storm Talons) and Inquisitor Coteaz hanging around with them. The Thunderfire and the Chapter Master plus his hammer dealt with Coteaz’ goons, whilst the massed AA fire ruined the Stormwing. The Marines in Rhinos rushed the objectives, winning the game. Hurrah!
  • An Imperial Guard force featuring three Vendettas and led by Inquisitor Coteaz (again – he gets around!). It also had a Land Raider Crusader filled with Death Cult Assassins, which was greatly worrying to us until the Chapter Master called in an orbital strike from his orbiting spaceship. One pile of scrap later, the Thunderfire cannon finished off the Assassins that survived the wreck, whilst a second inquisitor was airstriked by the Stormraven. Once we had also shot down the Vendettas, it was just a matter of cleaning up (which included killing a variety of space monkeys).
Unfortunately we lost to:
  • A combined Tau/Eldar force, featuring a Firebase formation (a shockingly good unit that requires you to take six Broadsides and a Riptide that, for no extra points, gets Preferred Enemy: Space Marines and Tank Hunters! Space Marines also get Hatred against them, but that requires your opponent to tell you about it… I certainly hated them). They also fielded the new Forgeworld Riptide variant. If the Chapter Master had made it into combat, we could probably have made it, but losing him to overwatch was a disaster we couldn’t recover from.
  • A Daemon/Chaos Space Marine army with two Heldrakes (boo!) and the Grimoire of True Names. Now, the Grimoire is designed to boost a Daemon unit’s invulnerable save by two points to make them a bit more survivable. I imagine the designers thinking it would be useful for units on objectives, say. I can’t imagine they thought applying it to the devastating Heldrake would be a good idea! Flying monsters with AP3 flamers and 3+ invulnerable saves. It’s pretty much all you need to know.
It was a great weekend though, and I recommend it to anyone! More pictures of my force arePre-Heresy Imperial Fists Thudd Gun_03
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2 Responses to “Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists Force”

  1. Azazel says:

    Great looking army, shame to hear about the results of those games being so skewed by silly 6th edition list shenanigans. Any pics of Will’s force?

  2. Matt says:

    Thanks for the kind words! Ah, we still had fun, so I’m not too bothered. I’ll see if I can get some photos of Will’s army next time he’s down from London.

    Nice blog by the way!

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