The ork list consisted of a battle wagon with nobs and a big mek in mega armour, a squad of bikes with a warboss, 2 squads of boyz in trucks and 2 squads of 3 koptas with missiles.
Turn 1I won to steal the initiative but didn't have much for options. I moved my raptors into cover and failed I think 6 dangerous terrain rolls (crazy - but passed them all but 1). My plague hulk did nothing and I passed the turn. The ork player did as all orks do, and moved toward me. He had kept one trukk squad and the 6 kopters in reserve. Pretty boring turn as it was just positioning.
Turn 2 - CSM
Turn two saw me fail my reserve roll for the two blight drones (they would have been handy). I moved the plague hulk toward the battle wagon and the vindicator forward. I sped my rhino with 2 melta guns forward and the rhino with the plasma gunners moved to protect the rear of the vindicator from copters. I lashed his bikes into an ordnance position and blasted with the vindicator. I killed 2 I believe. The plague hulk targetted the battle wagon in such a way as to also hit the bikes (I believe this is legal) and then charged. I totalled the wagon and I think 1/2 the bikes died.
Turn 2 - Orks
Turn 3 - CSM
On turn 3 only one blight drone decided it was worth while to enter the table. It went straight for the copters nearest to it along with the plasma rhino. They managed to kill 1 and wound another in the squad which forced them to fall back. The plague marine squad that was now on foot moved again toward the other kopter squad, shot and charged. I managed to feel no pain out of some missile shots and wiped the kopters out. I moved the raptors across the field into the truck squad (which was immobilized on an objective). The assault did not go well and I lost a good 1/2 of my squad. I did managed to kill 3-4 orks though which would be important later.
Turn 3 - Orks
Turn 4 - CSM
My plasma rhino unloads on the mega armoured nobs. My second blight drone comes on and moves to hit the mega armoured squad as well. The other blight drone follows his kopters and kills another, forcing the last to leave the table. The close combat with the plague marines continues with no marines dying (needing sixes to wound does not help him much).
Turn 4 - Orks
His warboss continues to speed toward the action and is now lined up to help the boys. The mega nobs wreck the last rhino in assault (not before I make 3 overwatch plasma shots) and I wipe the boyz in assault.
Turn 5 - CSM
Night fight turns on and my blight drones move to kill the boys that had destroyed my raptors, sitting on an objective. Even with a 2+ coversave I get lucky and wipe them out to the man. My melta plague marines (from killing boyz) move down to fight the nobs and the plasma marines move to skirt them and contest the objective. I assume game will end and best case, score is 1-2 (first blood me and he's killed my warboss/linebreaker). Everyone shoots into the nobs and maybe 1 dies (poor rolling on my end).
Turn 5 - Orks
The warboss charges the plasma marines and the nobs charge the melta marines. This combat drags on thanks to feel no pain and the plague marine champion from the plasma squad heroically sacrifices himself to the warboss.
Turn 6 - CSM
The game continues and my blight drones enter hover mode to shoot the mega nobs again. By now, from random fire they've taken wounds on most of their models (can't do this anymore! - thank you errata) and they're actually starting to die. I lose 1 or two marines to the warboss.
|The warboss before he runs like a little grot|
Nothing but close combat here, the melta marines die to the meganobs and the warboss loses two wounds to the plague marines while only killing 1. He now takes a leadership, fails, and gets run down! Best string of rolls ever. The plague marines rejoice and move back to the objective to contest.
Turn 7 - CSM
|The final decimated battle field|
Turn 7 - Orks
No brainer here, the orks charge into the plague marines, wipe them out and consoladate back onto the objective.
Victory 4-2 Orks.
This was a super close game and I think we each had somewhere around 250 points left on the table. Super fun and was back and forth many times. My plague marines performed admirably and I think I'll have to do another 7 man squad up to replace the crappy raptors.
I really like the blight drones. They didn't do anything spectacular but they're a nice well rounded unit. The ork player didn't bother to shoot at them but they do have BS2 and miss huge when they miss. The ork unit that was the biggest pain was the mega nob squad, I just couldn't reduce them enough with the LOS rolls and the 2+ save. Now that the LOS doesn't work the same I'm far less worried but will probably be replacing the raptors with a plague marine plasma squad which should balance the list out even more against marines and stuff. Super excited about CSM right now...