So after the carnage in the darkness with the spies - I forgot to mention it was night fighting for the first 3 turns. The forces in the Hub moved their operatives to take control of weapon caches and ammo dumps.
This scenario concocted by Joel had a central objective worth 3 VP. Now if any shooting attack passed within 6" there was a chance the ammunition exploded harming whatever was nearby.
I did not play this round, my Inquisitor took to the side lines as Cody arrived with his Grey Knight force. In the ruined streets around an Imperial garrison the elite of the Ordo Malleus found themselves surrounded by Tyranid forces. The two Dreadknights promptly took control of the central objective while their Terminator armoured brethren took defensive positions behind the garrison's defence lines. Alien beasts surged from the dark streets and a fierce fire fight raged. Stray fire even detonating the coveted supplies. When the smoke cleared I believe the Grey Knights had control of the objective and set about purging the area of the xenos beasts.
The Blood Angels found themselves encountering an enemy from the darkest days of their history. The Daemons had come for Sanguinius' children. The Inquisition did not receive a report from the Astartes forces on the outcome of this engagement which bodes ill for that Imperial detachment. The zone in which they fought had the remains of some large archaic building in it. It is feared that it may have been a repository from the Hub's earliest days and that corrupt artifacts were present to attract the warp creatures.
Here are the intercepted communications from the Ork vs Tau battle.
Orks - sniper drones + cover + night fight = bad! However the warboss got the last laugh as the falcon claw missed, and promptly responded with
Power Klaw to the face!
Tau - Rumours
of an ork force in the mountains led the Tau commander to move in for
suppression. Despite the low light conditions the Tau forces used
superior firepower and night vision technology to utterly annihilate the
Ork forces, leaving some straggled young orks sulking in the
background. Despite complete tactical superiority again the Tau
commander issued a challenger to the Ork commander who was presumed to
be almost expired thanks to the many rounds of fire his squad had
suffered. Slinging his guns the ork and Tau commander charged each
other. Despite landing a direct hit the siege gauntlet suffered a major
malfunction and did not damage, the commander ejecting to safety and his
bodyguards fled but were cut to ribbons. (Loss 2-1)
So even though the Imperial forces suffered losses this round their early successes had put them back in control of a majority of the Hub's strategic areas. As the various commanders healed from their injuries and reassessed their forces, information about the whereabouts of their most hated opponents came filtering in. Little did they know they were being lured into a trap!