|A quick shot of our opponent's table.|
This friendly game of Apocalypse was very sudden and was between 3 Eldar players and 3 Ork players. Originally the points were supposed to be in the 20-25k range, but we decided to keep it "light" and play only with 18,000 points per side. And boy was that a LOT.
|Ork table #2!|
|Ork table #1!|
We had around 20 Big Meks with Kustom Force Fields scattered all over the play, but we maybe had the models for 4-5 of them (each Stompa had 2 Big Meks with KFFs with some Burna Boyz meks) and we pretty much said that we were going to recycle models. I mean, after all.. all of our models would not have been able to fit on the tables.
There really was no premise or back-story for this epic battle, but the way I decided to look at it was a huge ork Waaagh attacking two Eldar Craftworlds at the same time. Why? Oh.. the usual stuff.
|3 out of da 5 Stompaz!|
Quite possible if you ask me. ; )
|Da Kindergarten Stompa!|
But you know what? Stompaz are tough as nails! As I said before, each Stompa had a Repair Krew, 2 Big Meks (who allow weapons to shoot in the same turn they were fixed by them on a 4+!!!), 3 Burna Meks who could fix weapons.. and of course that delicious 4+ cover save from the Kustom Force Field. Add that to the 13 armor on the front and the fact that their primary weapons ignore any destroyed or shaken results on a 4+ and the Stompa becomes a vehicle to behold!
Other things we fielded were the various Apocalypse formations. The Shokk Attack Battery composed of 3 Big Meks with Shokk Attack Guns was quite devastating, a Dread Mob, and Ghazghkull Thraka's barrage of 3 FALLIN' ROCKS definitely surprised our opponents... and us. One of them scattered onto the poor Giant Squiggoth inflicting a small boo-boo on the monstrosity. We had the formation with Lootas in Trukkz, a Deffkopta formation with 21 models, a Nob Biker formation lead by a Warboss, Zagstruk deep struck from the skies and Snikkrot did his snikky schtick. Oh, and we had 3 Green Tides with 200 Ork Boyz in each. My Green tide also had Old Zogwort (completely useless because of the psychic protection that the Eldar have, but the chance of a Deep Strike with 200 Boyz was just too silly to miss) and the infamous Mad Dok Grotsnik who gave all of them Feel no Pain.
|Avatar: The Last A--||.|
|Clash of the Titans|
The only Stompa that got gunned down was the melee-oriented Goff Stompa that got most of its structure points melted by a brave unit of Eldar Fire Dragons, but it wasn't until it fell the black Revenant Scout Titan that it turned into a pile of steaming scraps.
|Stompas ARE Walkers after all..|
I was also a big fan of a melee between a Deff Dread leading some Killa Kanz that managed to krump the faces of a bigger Warwalker squad. Alien technology? Put a gretchin in trash can, wield it shut and see what happens to your fancy Space Elf toys.. : )
In general, the game was a lot of fun. There was not a whole lot of carnage, because most of the Eldar firepower was directed towards our lumbering behemoths. In the end, a Stompa, a Revenant Scout Titan and a few Eldar fliers bit the dust, and both Cobras were wrecked beyond any repair.. I learned that I have less Orkz than I thought I had and that I need more Boyz. But I guess it makes sense, I've been in the hobby for just a year now, the spores are still underground. ;P I'm looking forward to another Apocalypse game and then hopefully I'll have at least one of my Stompaz painted and ready to go. I'd love to do something like they did in the Stompa Apocalypse White Dwarf, where each Stompa had it's own secret mission to accomplish or something like that. I'm a big fan of story driven campaigns or battles.
A lot of the Orkz were painted, which was a pleasant surprise. Usually in games like this da Orkz are mostly black or even grey, but I think that 95% of all Ork Boyz were painted. Now that's impressive! I do have a lot more pictures to post, but maybe I'll save them for some other occasion.