This weekend I ran a battle for some mates on the industrial scene that I have known for years but not really gamed with (other than a few drunken post party games of Space Hulk with Carrie).
Sooo with Morgan, Carrie, Heather, Tom and Sian(the wife) over I put together an 'aliens' esque game on my agri-world for the guys.
In this game advance elements of a hive fleet led by an bio-enhanced Zoat recce officer has landed on the world and homed in on the nearest life signs - Jadeberry farm and staff.
Hive Fleet Vanguard
Other elements of the fleets vanguard had seriously mauled beta platoon of the IX Iridian Regiment tasked with defending the the world and the survivors had made their way to the nearest defendable settlement - Jadeberry Farm.
Beta Platoon Iridian IX and Civilians
Sian and Heather played Beta Platoon, Carrie and Tom the Tyranids and Morgan played the unpredictable farm hands.
The Imperial Army enter Jadeberry Farm and are told by farmer Maddox to 'Get orff moi laaand!' until the seriousness of the situation is explained to him and his staff.
The game began with the tyrnanids moving through cover to the flanks with the rapid stealer unit racing down one wing. The guard moved into the settlement as Morgans 'farmer maddox' decided to throw his lot in with the soldiers even though they were despoiling his land.
Carries Hunter Killer units flank left and right guided by the Zoat leader.
While Tom's stealers scuttle around the fuel storage tanks on the right flank and fail their charge against the Imperials giving them a much needed extra few shots!
The tyranids rapidly advanced with the stealers while the hunter killer squads hung back seemingly more interested in scouting the farm. The humans put down some pitiful fire and before they knew it they were hit by a wave of stealers and the game turned into a desperate hand to hand battle with the tech adept managing to net a few tyranid stragglers with his webber and put them out of action.
Ogryn Sgt Te'Pow uses the trucks back cargo bay as hard cover while putting down suppressive fire!
And the Tyranid hoarde hit the humans like a wave of teeth, fangs and chitin! The civilians behind the baricades rush to help out the beleagured army troopers (and at this point the securi-pict system was disabled by the 'nids - or my batteries in the camera ran out... your choice ;) )
Luckily (amazingly in fact) the humans beat off the tyranids (even the halfling cook killed a stealer) but not before at their darkest hour the tech and astropath bottles it and climbed into the supply truck and sped out of the gates!
Eventually, cut to ribbons and reduced to a few wounds each Capt Le Bonne and Ogrun Sgt Te'Pow were the last two standing surrounded by a sea of dead beasties.
Iridian IX KIA List
Sniper (abhm) Adams
Chief mechanic Almond
Trp (abhm) Roop