On Good Friday I hosted some of the boys for a day of narrative messy 40k.
I had earlier sent out a bit of fluff regarding a planet called Borstim IV, a world in the galactic east where an Imperial listening post had been in operation for decades. The Tyranid threat had finally arrived on the fringes of the system and it was time for the Imperial defenders to rally thier forces.
I put everyone into two camps, Invaders and Defenders. The Invaders comprised of 2 Tyranid forces controlled by Ryan S and Aaron, a rogue Tau element played by Ryan L and myself using Eldar.
The defenders were Cody with Grey Knights, Mitch with Marines, Jimmy with Space Wolves and Stu with Necrons.
To match the teams loosely I informed Ryan that the tau were lead by a mad geneticist whose world had been consumed by the Tyranids. He had developed experimental shielding technology to avoid the depredations of the great devourer. This was to be a large scale test of the new Tau defense systems. The Eldar had determined through the scrying of the Seers that a Necron force was awakening and if it was to aid the Imperium in destroying the Tyranid threat it would take the world and establish a stronghold in the volatile eastern fringe where it would wreak havoc on Exodite worlds.
The Defenders were primarily Imperial so no issue and the Necrons awakening to halt the Tyranid threat fit well.
Round 1 was 1500 point planetstrike. The Tyranids had a 2v2 against the Marines and Wolves over the primary Imperial command post. The Eldar would strike against the Necron Tomb complex in the southern jungles and attempt to seal it before the legions burst forth. The Tau moved to intercept an Inquisitorial force racing to reinforce the command centre.
The Tyranid forces laid waste to the Imperial defenders at the Command Centre. 4 Trygons accurately Deep Striking then assaulting proved devastating as did 2! Doom of Malantai making an appearance... note to self next time put restrictions on unique units.
The Eldar forces failed to take the Ruined entrance to the Necron Tomb. Annihilation and Command Barges slew the invaders making their ways through the thick foliage while Wraiths phased through the plantlife to seek out and the Wraithguard contingent and halt their assualt on the ruins.
The Tau moved enmass from the western flank of the city and used their advanced ranged weaponary to destroy the imperial forces. The Inquisitorial troops strove to hold the bridge but a Tau tank took the central crossing point sealing a Tau victory.
So Round 1 had 3 VP to 1 in favour of the invaders, next 4v4 killteam!