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Eldar Craftworlds vs. Catachan Imperial Guard in "Consequences" (2/18)
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Hi All,
Yes, it's really happening, another rep is inbound!
In this batrep, I'm introducing a new Eldar list (pure until the Dark Eldar book comes out) that I've having fun with.
And since it's a pure Eldar list, I needed a bit of a change in the fluff, and I had the good luck of playing an opponent who was also trying out a pure Catachan list with a lot of artillery and boots on the ground.
Turned out to be a good fight and I have to admit that the strategems were actually a lot of fun.

Hope you all enjoy the rep!

Best,
-BT

P.S.  Kind of a lot of fluff, C&C is greatly appreciated!
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The Lists
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Eldar Craftworlds (1500): 62 Infantry, 2 Vehicle; 7 CPs
Alatoic Craftworlds Battalion
-Farseer
-Spiritseer
-Rangersx5
-Rangersx5
-Rangersx5
-Guardiansx19
-Dark Reapersx4 w/Exarch w/Tempest Launcher
-Dark Reapersx4 w/Exarch w/Tempest Launcher
-Wave Serpent w/Shuriken Cannon, Twin-SCannon
-Wave Serpent w/Shuriken Cannon, Twin-SCannon
Saim-Hann Outriders
-Autarch Skyrunner w/Laser Lance, Reaper Launcher, Banshee Mask, Shimmerplume
-Warlock Skyrunner w/Singing Spear
-Shining Spearsx6 w/Exarch w/Star Lance
-Swooping Hawksx5 w/Exarch w/Hawk's Talon
-Swooping Hawksx5 w/Exarch w/Hawk's Talon

Imperial Guard (1500): 75 Infantry, 7 Vehicles; 9 CPs
Catachan Brigade
-Straken  (Warlord)
-Tank Commander w/Battle Cannon, Heavy Bolter
-Primaris Psyker w/Force Staff, Kurov's Aquilla
-Harker
-Priest
-Astropath
-Infantry Squad w/Mortar
-Infantry Squad w/Mortar
-Infantry Squad w/Mortar
-Infantry Squad w/Mortar
-Infantry Squad w/Mortar
-Infantry Squad
-Sentinel w/Heavy Flamer
-Sentinel w/Heavy Flamer
-Sentinel w/Heavy Flamer
-Manticore w/Heavy Bolter
-Manticore w/Heavy Bolter
-Manticore w/Heavy Bolter
Scion Patrol
-Tempestus Prime w/Command Rod
-Tempestus Command Squad (Plasmagunsx4)
-Tempestus Scionsx5 w/Plasmagunsx2, Plasma Pistol

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Warlord:
-Autarch: Mark of the Incomparable Hunter (Can target Characters)
-Straken: Lead from the front (6" heroic intervention)
Psyker Powers:
-Farseer: Doom, Smite
-Spiritseer: Protect/Jinx, Smite
-Warlock: Quicken/Restrain, Destructor (mini-smite)
-Primaris: Psychic Barrier, Nightshroud, Smite
-Astropath: Psychic Barrier, Telepathic Assault (1d6 Smite)

Setup:
-Mission: The Relic
-Deployment: Search and Destroy (Opposite Diagnals)
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Chapter 1: The Ties that Bind
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Autarch Lennara of the Craftworld Saim-Hann lounged in the saddle of her Skyrunner, watching the nervous tics of Warlock Belgen.  Belgen was the sort that always wanted to know what the future held, but a Farseer was not amongst their retinue.

At least, not for the moment.

Belgen was clearly against their presence so close to Imperial space, but it was the only place that they could negotiate as a neutral ground that would not be within earshot of any Craftworld.

A necessary security given the sensitive nature of their mission.

Belgen twisted again nervously, adjusting his crimson cowl.
"Lady Lennara, are you certain that the Altoic Craftworlders will meet us here?"

Lennara smirked, letting her deep red hair fall down across her face.
"Belgen, if I have found the Altoic people to be anything, it is an unnecessary flair for the dramatic.  Most likely they are already here."

Once again the Warlock twisted in his saddle, almost falling off to Lennara's barely held amusement.
"They... they are?  But, why would they..."

Lennara sighed.  Belgen was a relatively new-comer to the Warlock shrine, but his lack of experience was a necessary gambit for her overall plan.  Any more experienced Eldar would recogize her and the mission and disavow themselves almost instinctively.

Luckily, Belgen was all too eager to please himself to the famed Autarch.  A commidity that she had learned to come to value.

"Calm yourself, Warlock.  The Altoic like to think of themselves as puritanical mainstays.  A moral, unbreakable standard that we all should live by.  For that reason, they like to watch.  To see if we can keep our emotions in check.  Until they reveal themselves in an overwrought display of majesty."

Lennara crossed her legs over the saddle and spoke to the darkness around them.
"Dunkas, don't you think this is enough of our time wasted?"

Belgen almost leaped out of his robes as two massive Wave Serpents seemed to emerge from nothingness, nestled with camoflage both psychic and material far outside of the normal red and white markings of the Saim-Hann homeworld.

The Altoic had arrived.

There was a slight shimmer around them and Belgen swallowed nervously as he felt a dozen or so Long Rifles aimed at his head.

Surely the great Autarch had thought of this contingency?  Belgen was unceratin about the entire affair to begin with.

But, the Lady Lennara, the great Autarch of legend, had personally asked him to accompany her on a mission of utmost import.

Granted, in hindsight, perhaps asking the nature of the mission or the potential consequences thereof should have come to mind, but the sheer surprise of having so great an Aeldari come to him spouting words of praise was just too much for him to refuse.

He only hoped that all the sympathy was not going to get him killed.

The Wave Serpents spun around and a pair of ramps extended as skull-wearing Dark Reapers descended the ramp, their Reaper Launchers sporting weaponry that could easily knock an Eldar off their Skyrunner with a casual gesture.  But, the pair of psykers that followed them made Belgen's blood run cold.

The leader wore the colours of Craftworld Altoic with all of their grandeur, paired with spotless robes that were covered with the accomplishments of lifetimes that Belgen could barely grasp.  The Spiritseer that followed the Farseer was slightly less decorated, but enough to give Belgen nervous tremors.  Who were these foreigners and how did the Lady know them?

And indeed, Lady Lennara seemed not the slightest bit worried.  She seemed almost amused, her bright features gleaming in the low-light, causing thoughts that should really be better contained come unbidden to Belgen's mind.  Then, she spoke.

"Dunkas.  You haven't changed."

The lead Farseer harumphed and gruffly said, "Lennara.  You sadly still wear the trappings of your kind.  Ambitious.  Dangerous.  Foolhardy.  I know your mission.  Your intent.  You.  Will.  Fail."

The Autarch let go a laugh that was half-mocking, half-castigating.
"Dunkas.  Dunkas.  Dunkas.  Still with the flair for the dramatic.  You know so much.  Yet... you still came."

The Farseer cut her off.  "If only to convince you of the folly of your actions.  Surely even you must..."

"Must what?" interjected Lennara, "Give up?  Hide in a hole while the needs of one of our blood goes unchecked?  Do you not have an ounce of responsibility still left in your crystalline bones?

Dunkas paced for a moment, and then spoke.  "I had forgotten the ways of the Saim-Hann.  So hot-blooded.  So misinformed.  You go to disaster so readily.  Without remorese."

"Remorse?  REMORSE?" roared Lennara, "I am not speaking of remorse, Dunkas.  I am speaking of the bare essentials of our kind.  Did you not hear?  She needs us.  After so long, so very long..."

Dunkas spat out, "No.  She is not of our kind.  She is an abomination..."

"No," growled Lennara, "You do not get that out Dunkas.  Our coupling was carefully negotiated, but you saw her when she was born.  You felt her mind.  You...  You knew her better than I did.  Surely the possibilty of her salvation..."

"Is IMPOSSIBLE, Lennara," Dunkas said, shaking his head, "You cannot ask me of this."

Lennara shot a finger out at the Farseer that made the surrounding Eldar take a step back, "You... dare act this way.  You fled after her birth.  You didn't raise her.  Didn't see her first steps.  Her first mind-link.  The first shrine.  You hid in your Outcast lair and did nothing.  And now she comes asking for our help.  Have YOU no shame?"

The Farseer was about to repond, when the Spiritseer by his side grabbed his arm.
"Farseer, we are detected.  The Mon-Keigh are close, their minds hidden.  We must make for the nearest Webway."

Dunkas nodded and said to his once-wife, "Lennara.  I will escort you to the portal, but that is all.  This is madness."

"No," Lennara said, "This is responsibility.  Dunkas.  I know you.  Our daughter calls to us.  We must answer.  I will do this, with or without you.  And you do not want my death on your hands."

The Farseer frowned, ignoring a repeated warning from his Spiritseer.  The skeins of the future were so brilliant and obvious.  He should turn her away.  He should keep the Aeldari's future protected.  But... what of it?  What would it mean to betray his closest kin?

"Very well, Lennara," he said in solemn tones, "In this we are bonded, but know this:  The Mon-Keigh may be our enemy, but I do not condone this abomination."

Lennara smirked, "In this we agree.  I will have a stern talking-to ready when we meet Lorilune.  Our daughter has much to answer for."

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"Damnation!" growled Colonel "Iron Hand" Straken as he peered through the misty dawn.  "Harker!  You said that you saw Eldar on my battlefield?!"

The overly-muscular Sargeant of the 2nd Catachan nodded, "Yessir, we saw those pointy-eared Xenos over on yonder.  Looked up to no-good."

Straken nodded, gritting his teeth with a hate that only a Catachan could appreciate.  The Eldar were an bunch of thin-armed cowards that hated a fair fight.  But, they had the misfortune of running into the Hammer of the Emperor.

"Alright you lot, listen up!" barked Straken, "We've got a Xenos hunt on our hands!  Let's show these invaders the penalty for trespassin'!"

To be Continued!
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Re: Eldar Craftworlds vs. Catachan Imperial Guard in "Consequences" (2/18)
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 11:21:11 AM »
Oooh, my mind was gradually coming to conclusions throughout that and I hoped they were talking about Lorilune. The parentage factor surprised me and I greatly look forward to the future meeting between the three Eldar.

Looking to the battle itself, I see the Catachans are tailored towards fighting light infantry like the Eldar (unless the nature of eighth edition is just to maximise the number of shots given that lasguns can take out Land Raiders with enough perseverance). I swear I will get around to playing eighth edition eventually, I've just got to finish painting my Primaris.
Ahh Cammerz has typed himself into oblivion! :o Someone get him back xD

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Re: Eldar Craftworlds vs. Catachan Imperial Guard in "Consequences" (2/18)
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 10:22:51 PM »
Ooh, new characters! And possibly hope for Lorilune to regain some friends in the craftworlds. I admit I was hoping that Bang would rescue her, but given Allies aren't really a thing any more I doubt that'll happen.

(by the way, none of the above is meant to imply I'm tired of Orks. Orks are awesome)

As for the battle, I have every confidence that you'll win, but that guard list looks pretty nasty. I'm betting on heavy casualties all round.

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Re: Eldar Craftworlds vs. Catachan Imperial Guard in "Consequences" (2/18)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2018, 03:01:28 AM »
Thank you all for the kind words!

Oooh, my mind was gradually coming to conclusions throughout that and I hoped they were talking about Lorilune. The parentage factor surprised me and I greatly look forward to the future meeting between the three Eldar.

Looking to the battle itself, I see the Catachans are tailored towards fighting light infantry like the Eldar (unless the nature of eighth edition is just to maximise the number of shots given that lasguns can take out Land Raiders with enough perseverance). I swear I will get around to playing eighth edition eventually, I've just got to finish painting my Primaris.

Hi Cammerz!
Thanks for the comment on the fluff, I was quite worried that it might be well received, but I'm glad you liked it.  The Catachan are definitely tough, especially as they have +1 S due to their massive biceps.
I personally really like 8th so far, I hope you'll like it!
I'd also like to see your Primaris if you have pictures :)

Ooh, new characters! And possibly hope for Lorilune to regain some friends in the craftworlds. I admit I was hoping that Bang would rescue her, but given Allies aren't really a thing any more I doubt that'll happen.

(by the way, none of the above is meant to imply I'm tired of Orks. Orks are awesome)

As for the battle, I have every confidence that you'll win, but that guard list looks pretty nasty. I'm betting on heavy casualties all round.

Hi Mabbz,
Thanks for the comment.  I was really thinking about how to work the characters in and then it hit me.
Who could possibly ally with Lorilune in the Craftworlds?
She had burned basically all of her bridges.
And then I made my list and I ended up with two very different sides.
The Saim-Hann aggressive Autarch and the sneaky-hidey Altoic Farseer.
Very different, and then it hit me!
Who would never give up on you, could be very different from each, and be a source of contention that you don't like spending time around:

Your parents.

So it was that I penned them up, and I hope you all like Lady Lennara and Dunkas.  They'll clash personality-wise and if they do meet their daughter that'll be fireworks for sure!

Best,
-BT
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