I wanted to hold a small escalation campaign of Horus Heresy this year and it was decided to set the campaign around the Battle of Tallarn.
This will be a After Action Report from the first gaming day.
Here are the special event rules and allowed forces that I had decided.
Battle of Tallarn
Imperial Army (Militia och Solar Auxilia)
Compulsory 1 HQ, 1 Troops
Optional: +1 HQ, +2 Troops, +2 Elite, +2 Fast attack, +2 Heavy Support
*No Relics or Psyarkana(book 8 thingies)
* Named characters only allowed if they were there.
* Militias - Half cost of Provenances on the Force Commander (not on the individual units).
* Questoris Knights - Different Force Org.
Compulsory: 1 Troops, no compulsory troops, Armigers may be taken as this.
HQ model is optional, a selected knight count as the Warlord.
Price of Failure on all larger Knights.
Iron warriors + 10% points (they are the main force)
Militias + 10% points (they are the main force)
Battle of Tallarn special rules:
* Combat squad - All squads with 6+ members may be split into two squads with equal numbers.
* Deadly atmosphere - All armour saves of '6' must be rerolled, inv and cover save are not effected. All rolls of '1' on the the Vehicle penetration rolls must be rerolled. Miniatures with Void armour, Reinforced armour or models with 2+ armour save ignores this rule.
* Virulent air - All miniatures not modelled with a full helmet on their head instead reroll successfull armour save of 5+, helmet on the belt count it as not having the helmet on. (Kaxar man får man ta konsekveserna)
* Shotguns +1S within half range
* Malcador tanks gains Machine spirit
In the end we were only five attenders because of reasons you are all aware of.
We had a really good spread of armies, all very unique forces. I would be using my Alpha Legion masquerading as White Scars.
Before each game each player was given a random card with stats of an extra miniature that would join his force. This could be anything from military personal, mechanicum cultist, noblemen that needed escort or just surviving civilians. They all had their stats on the card with equipment and any special rules. I had decided that if anyone would survive they could be used in the next game, so in theory you could gather up a group of npc:s during the day.
In the first game we had a small two vs two game with objectives in no mans land, and with clouds of high concentration of virus entering from one side moving to the other.
It was a really fun game with lots of intense moments.
The scenario worked even better then I had hoped.
The game ended in a major traitor victory. Huzza !!!
The Ultramarines was trying to push into the city held by the abhuman militias.
In the city the the abhumans had managed to hold their ground and claim a victory over the Ultra Marines.
We played this as a 3 vs 3 game, a small Armoured company had joined the abhuman militias and the Alpha Legions.
In this scenario the Imperial forces had a scattered deployment and the Traitor forces would move in from all sides.
But it manages to shrug it of.
I could not take out the Armiger fast enough and was soon engaged by both of them. But the good thing was that they were both heavily damaged and with arms loss and immobilisations reducing their attack dices in close combat...
This resulting in a crushing victory for the Traitor forces and an overall victory of the first event from our Battle of Tallarn escalation campaign day.
For the next event, the plan is to give the players 250 points more to play around with so we will be playing with 750pts at the next event.
Overall I think that most of the scenarios worked really well, some tweaking here and there might be required but they worked better then expected.
The added scenario rules of the hostile environment worked relative simple, adding a special Tallarn feel to it without being to complicated. The test with adding small npc:s to your force I think was a fun little thing to spice up the games even further.
Im really happy by the outcome of the first event in this campaign. I really had a blast.
We are some time behind most with the hole Corona thing and I think we will lay low for some time from now on the event series until the virus had played it course before we continues our own virus bombing campaign..