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Horus Heresy 6k Battle Report

Horus Heresy 6,000 points per Side Battle Report

The Armies

Olly83hammer’s Forces

Death Guard

  • Red Naga
  • Farleys Rusk
  • Master of Signals
  • Primus Medicae
  • 2 x 10 man Tactical Squads in Rhinos
  • 10 man Heavy Flamer squad in Rhino
  • 9 man Lascannon Squad
  • 3 x Mortis Dreads with Kheres
  • 3 Medusas
  • 9 Death Shroud in a Spartan

Sons of Horus Allies

  • Chaplain and 8 Justarin in Karibidis
  • 10 Man Tactical Squad

Zak’s Forces


  • Typhon
  • Cerberus
  • Cassian Dracos
  • Praetor
  • Chaplain
  • 2 x 10 Man Tactical in Rhino
  • 10 man Meltagun Squad in Rhino
  • 5 Contemptor Dreads
  • 10 man Firedrakes in Spartan
  • 10 man Terminators in Spartan
  • 10 Pyroclast in Spartan
  • Vindicator
  • Siciran Battle Tank



We played a book 5 mission, rolled up objectives (4 of them). Olly won roll off and so wanted to go first.

Olly deloyed aggressively, because Death guard had the overall firepower. The tactical squads went onto objectives, Lascannon team went into the building and Red Naga went onto the right flank, the rest of the Contemptors spread out along the deployment area to lend firepower where it was needed.

Salamanders deployed in a similar manner, trying to hide both Super heavies behind the wall and all 3 Spartans deploying in positions ready to counter charge into the enemies half (if they survived the shooting!) The dreads deployed as far forward as possible and ready their selves for the onslaught to come.


Traitors Turn 1

Loyalists failed to steal.

The Karibidis comes down right by the rear Loyalist objective. Red Naga moves to get a shot on the rear of the Typhon. The Spartan pushes forward slightly to plug the hole in the breach. Contemptors move to more advantageous positions and everything else readies their guns!

Red Naga opens fire first. Hitting both Superheavies, (twice in 2 games! Olly has now shot at them and due to scatters hit both!) luckily the Cerberus escapes unharmed thanks to cover, but the Typhon wasn’t so lucky!
Meduas also open fire on the Cerberus knocking a few hull points off.

Somehow the Karibidis fires rockets into the rear of Cassian Dracos and manages to penetrate once and immobilise him! Even with a venerable re-roll!

The rest of the firepower heads toward the Contemptor Wall and results in 2 Contemptors being immobilised and down to a single hull point and a third snap shooting next turn.

Loyalists Turn 1

All Spartans push forward, the Cerberus comes around the corner to shot the Reaver.

The terminators disembark around the Karibidis ready to counter attack the Justarian to a fight to the death!

A Comtemptor flames and meltas a rhino but does not manage to kill it. All firepower mainly heads towards the Titan to stripe off void shields, after everything fires at it, it still has one left before the Cerberus fires! Which then proceeds to not take it off with it’s Lascannons and then only roll a 1 and final take it off with the main gun. (Bugger!!)
The terminators burn 8 Combi-meltas and slag the Karibidis killing a Justarian in the process.

The Contemptor that failed to blow the Rhino up charges it in frustration. Wrecking it and the Heavy Flamers are forced to pile out.

The terminators charge the Justarian and a bloody fight of death ensues.

Somehow the dust settles….. Not a single loyalist terminator dies and all buy wipe out the Traitors, the Chaplin, thanks to Primus Cataphractii armour survives!

(Olly’s rolling was horrendous here!! And I made all my invulnerables!)


Traitors Turn 2

The Heavy Flamer Squad maneuvers around the Contemptor to take rear shots with bolt pistols before they charge.

The Death Shroud now disembark to try and clear the waves of Dreadnoughts approaching their lines. The Red Naga stays where he is ready to release a deadly salvo again.

Shooting opens up with a Mortis Contemptor taking 3 hull points off of a spartan! (Madness) The Lascannon team follows it up trying to finish it off but fail.

The Medusas Fire Shells again at the Cerberus even with a penetrate that exploded only manage to bring it down to 1 hull point. Which then the Red Naga vaporises it not willing to take the risk of it living. Its Melta cannon lands on a spartan but fails to destroy it.

The Heavy Flamers fail to damage the Contemptor so charge it with a meta bomb wielding sergeant. But then proceeds to fail to hit it, lose combat and get crushed, being run down by a pissed off Dreadnought.

The Death shroud take 3 Causalities before they Destroy 2 of the Contemptors and leave a spartan on 1 Hull point (it should have died really!)

The Chaplain gets brought down but no without killing the Salamanders Chaplain and another Terminator.

Loyalists Turn 2

The situation starts to look quite dyer. Reinforcements arrive in the form of a Rhino and a Siciran Battle tank. The Firedrakes exit the Spartan and prepare for a counter charge. The mobile Contemptor pushes forward as does the Spartan which disgorges the Pyroclast. Whilst the Terminators near the objective get back in the Spartan.

The Siciran opens up on the lascannon team killing 2. The rest of the firepower pours in towards the Deathshroud killing 4.

Loyalist mount loads of desperate charges trying to kill as much as possible. The firedrakes go into the Deathshroud, Spartan and Mortis; which kills one by overwatch!. The Contemptor fails a charge on another Mortis but the other Contemptor makes it into the Deathshroud. The Pyroclast Charge the Medusas and a Rhino.

Explosions ripple through out the enemies lines, only 1 Medusa is alive but stunned. The Deathshoud die to a man and the Spartan suffers 2 hull points of damage.



Traitors Turn 3

No Real movement, Red Naga falls back a little and everything else gets ready to shoot. Red Naga once again shows his power and opens up on a spartan killing it out right, Its Missiles don’t manage to kill the Rhino but strip it of hull points and stun it, whilst also stunning the Siciran.

Everything else proceeds to shot at the Pyroclast. It takes a Tactical squad, a Lascannon Squad, Spartan and 2 Mortis Contemptors to finally bring them all down!

The Firedrakes finish off the Mortis and advance towards the Reaver… Damn these new rules! They shout!!

Loyalists Turn 3

The Vindicator and Tactical squad come in from reserves. The Terminators make safe the objective and spread out. Everything advances as far as it can.

The Spartan carrying the Praetor Smashes through into the plaza gunning for the back Traitor objective whilst the Meltagun team stays safe.

Salamanders Fire most available guns on the Titan striping a few hull points off of it and kill a few marines.

The Contemptor charges the Mortis engaging it in combat and smashing its chain fist through its face!

The Firedrakes try to make a long combi-charge at the Lascannon team but only manage the stricken Medusa which the Contemptor charges too, easily killing it.



Traitors Turn 4

The Tactical Squad disembarks behind the Contemptor bolters ready to target vulnerable areas. Red Naga moves for a better firing position. The remaining Mortis moves to destroy the Spartan.

Red Naga hammers the Siciran and Rhino with its rockets, killing the Rhino.

Then opens up on the Firedrakes only killing 4.

The Lascannon team and Spartan follow up the firing at the Firedrakes killing a further 3, as usual though they stay around not caring for loses.

Bolters fire not even denting the rear of the Contemptor and the Mortis has no luck either failing to kill the 1 hull point Spartan.

The damaged tactical squad charge in with a Melta bomb but fail to kill the Spartan.

Loyalists Turn 4

The last Tactical Squad comes on.

The Meltagun squad advances into range of the Tactical squad whilst the Spartan pushes forward a disgorges the Praetor. The Firedrakes move towards the Lascannon team and the Contemptor heads towards Red Naga.

Meltaguns and Autocannon fire kills 6 marines outright. The Spartan tank commander annoyed
at the Mortis turns around and Slags him with his Multi-melta.

Another hull point is striped from Red Naga, his armour so far, proving to tough!

The Melta team charge the Tacticals, a Contemptor charges Red Naga, the other Contemptor charges the 2 marines, the Firedrakes charge the Lascannon team and the Praetor charges the Sons of Horus Tactical team.

The Loyalists win almost every combat, The Praetor in particular shows how its done taking 16 wounds with but not failing one armour or invulnerable and killing six with a swing of his hammer!

Red Naga kicks the Contemptor half way across the board instantly killing it.


Traitors Turn 5

The Tactical Squad Sargent rallies as does the Sons of Horus Tactical squad.

Red Naga fires and destroys the 1 Hull point spartan in a fit of rage and then fails to kill th Siciran.

Loyalists Turn 5

The Praetor Finish of the Tactical squad, The death Guard Spartan gets killed by the Siciran. All remaining firepower heads towards Red Naga taking off only 2 hull points. All Salamanders consolidate onto the objectives and through sheer determination somehow pull off a victory.

The game ends…..

5k Horus Heresy Battle Report

Here is a game between myself and Olly83hammer last night.

It was 5k a side.


Vulkan, Chaplain, 10 Terminators in a Spartan, 8 Pyroclast in a Spartan, 2 x 10 man Tactical Squads in Rhinos, Kheres Contemptor and a Vindicator.

Imperial Fist Allies:
Praetor and 10 Terminators in a Spartan, 10 Man Breacher Squad in a Land Raider, Whirlwind Scorpius and a Fellblade.


Mortarion, Farley Rusk, Primus Medicae and 9 Deathshroud in a Spartan, Master of Signal, 2 x 10 man Tactical Squads in Rhinos, 10 man Heavy Flamers Squads in Rhino, 5 man Lascannon Squad, 3 Kheres Contemptors, 3 Medusas, Cerberus and Typhon.

Sons of Horus Allies:
Abbadon, 5 Justarin and Lascannon Contemptor.



 The Loyalist win the role off and choose to go first, and deploy the majority of their heavy armour in the centre of the board, 2 Spartans just being deployed off to the left of the battlefield and a Land raider deployed inside the city on the far right.

 Traitors deploy exclusively in the City. Deploying their heavy armour pride and centre. Kheres Dreads on the right with 2 rhinos and Lascannon team, Master of Signals, Rhino and Last Contemptor in and around far left structure.

Medusas and Abbadon with Justarian left in reserves.

Turn 1

Traitors didn’t manage to steal. The loyalist forces push forward full steam with most vehicles going 18″ forward.

 The 2 Spartans go up the left flank with great walls covering their advance and reach the breach head. The Fellblade races forward into a firing position as does the vindicator.

 The land raider and rhino smash their way up the right flank. The last spartan pushed deep into the centre board.

 Every blast from the Vindicator, Whirlwind and Fellblade with great accuracy rains down on the Contemptors and rhinos making all Contemptors Snap shot next turn and destroying both rhinos.

Traitors push forward towards their prey and ready all theor heavy weapons?

 Mortarion and Death Shroud get out of their Spartan, ready to assault. Everything else gains better fire positions to maximise damage.

The Contemptors pull off a great tactical move and plug the breach in the wall. The Lascannons shoot at the land raider taking 3 Hull points off.

 The Cerberus trains it’s great weapon on the fellblade with only a single shot manages to penetrate it. Lascannons and the Typhon destroy the Vindicator and bury it beneath rubble.

The Death Shroud charge the Spartans blowing it up and killing 3 Pyroclast!

Mortarion shunts and charges the Comtemptor but nothing happens.

Turn 2

 The fellblade pushes forward to try and clear the Contemptors; thunder blitzing one but the other managing to survive. Effectively holding the Spartans at bay! Vulkan displeased with this disembarks as does the Chaplin.

The Imperial Fists Spartan has to redeploy and is forced to turn around and find another route.

Elsewhere the Pyroclast and surround and cut off. The Breachers disembark out their Land raider ready to charge as do the tactical squad.

Whirlwind hammers the Heavy Flamers and they fall off the board. The spartan blows both Contemptors up and Bolter fire from the tactical squad kills 1 marine.

The Pyroclast knowing their lives are sold charge the Typhon stripping 4 hull points off it, the Breachers charge the spartan destroying it and vulkan fails the 6 inch charge to the Cerberus (even with fleet!)

Abbadon and his bodyguard drop in accurately thanks to a Vox
(we decided before game that it would be cool if he cool charge the return he comes in!)
The medusas decide to stay off the board for another turn.

The courtyard is flooded with bodies! The Cerberus thunder blizts the Pyroclast killing 2! The Typhon falls back to survive. The Death Shroud rush to their Primarchs aid to get him back in the fight. Tactical marines advance and fall back where they are needed to. Open fire from the Lascannon squad explodes the Land Raider. Bolt pistols kill 3 marines including the sergeant. The Cerberus once again penetrates the Fellblade and the Typhon takes off 1 hull point from the Fellblade. The Master of signal fires his bombardment at the Whirlwind causing it to snap fire.

Death Shroud make it into the Contemptor, Sons of Horus charge the Breachers and the tactical squad fails the charge through the ruins but the Contemptor makes it and pins the Salamanders in place. Farleys rusk and the Medicae charge the Pyroclast. Miraculously the Salamanders dreadnought survives all the melta bombs by making 5 out of 6, 5++ invulnerable saves! The Breachers bring down one Terminator but get slaughter and they run, the Pyroclast get slaughtered.

The Traitors secure the Courtyard!

Turn 3

Loyalists continue to push forward and press the attack.

The Salamander Terminators get out of their Spartan ready to charge the Cerberus. And all available forces push towards the courtyard except the lone rhino heading towards the outskirts of the city knowing Medusas could turn up there. Loyalists open fire and a spartan fires all it’s Lascannons obliterating the Master if Signal. Heavy Bolter fire and Lascannons kill the remaining Justarian leaving Abbadon alone.
Vulkan charges the Cerberus first and then the Terminators. Vulkan smashes his hammer down first destroy the war engine first. I goes nuclear but luckily the blast scatters 10 inches and the terminators survive
The Contemptor survives again… Saving 4 pens this time!Unlucky the medusa are held up again!

The remaining Traitor forces push fall back again to a rally point this time. With most forces engaged in combat the remaining fire mainly Lascannons pours into vulkan taking 2 wounds off. The Typhon fires at the terminators but a bad scatter results in only 1 being killed. Farleys Rusk and the tactical marines charge into the tactical marines of the Salamanders.
They are wiped out to a man. Mortarion strikes and decapitates the Contemptor into two halves.

Turn 4

Loyalist push home the advantage and the Imperial fists Praetor and Terminators get out of the Spartan to charge the Death Shroud later.
Vulkan strides on towards the Typhon. Whilst the Tactical squad disembarks and continues on foot to the edge of the board. All remaining firepower is put into the Typhon but does nothing. Some Combi-meltas fire at Abbadon but he survives.

The 11 Terminators charge and through a display of power the Death Shroud Chemically burn 3 Terminators inside their suits and tenet drop to the ground dead and the makes them fail their charge!
Vulkan, however, smashed into the Typhon and destroys it with his hammer!

Mortarion and the Death Shroud faced with 2 units of Termintors in for of them know the time to strike was now. They focus on the imperial fist terminators and get ready to charge. The medusas come in and in range of the Salamander terminators. Then what fire can be brought to bare on the Salamander Terminators pours their way, medusa opening first have a horrible scatter and fail to kill any, combined Bolter and Lascannon fire kills two.
Meanwhile, the Deathshroud kill another 2 Imperial Fists. Chem weapons choking the air.
Mortarion, Abbadon and the Deathshroud charge into the Inperial Fists. Mortarion challenging the Sergeant to to personal combat. After the dust settles, the sergeants shield has kept him alive from the onslaught of Mortarion and his hammer dealing a wound in return.
The Preator and all remaining Fist’s terminators lay dead. Also in return (from only 13 attacks) all 9 death shroud die (not 1 invulnerable save!!) and Abbadon is left standing in a pile of dead bodies!

Turn 5

All Loyalist forces are now converging in their final targets, bolt pistol fire stripes 2 hull points off a medusa. the Fellblade aims at the remaining Traitor forces in the right structure. Combining fore with the whirlwind, the dust settled and the Lascannons, Dreadnought and all but one marine dies.

And Vulkan charges him! this is truly a one sided combat.
The terminators charge into Abbadon and Mortarion and the 1 surviving Imperial Fist Terminator.
Mortarion fails to kill the Sergeant again and Abbadon dies, but not before he rips off the head of the chaplain, smashes the Sergeant and brings down another Terminator.The medusas, turn to fire at the tactical squad. Farleys rusk heads toward the Fellblade.

The medusas destroy the the tactical but somehow the sergeant survives. Farleys Rusk fails the charge. Mortarion this time kills 3 Terminators and takes 1 wound in return.

Turn 6

Loyalists’ last turn of the game sees the Spartan kill 2 medusas.

Durak Rusk gets a point blank Fellblade to the face

Mortarion fighting the last 3 Termintors and triumphs easily kills the remaining terminators. The Tactical Sergeant charges and blows up the last Medusa.

Being more the less the only surviver Mortarion heads towards his former brother Vulkan and the dual begins!

This fight goes on for ages, both taking wounds off each other and regaining wounds back but eventually Vulkan comes out the victor.

Great game we had, was looking like it could go either way but the the Deathshroud being killed to a man from 9 wounds out of 9 throw the game in my favour.

Loyalist victory!

See the forum post here.

Horus Heresy Massacre Campaign – Game 3

Death Guard vs Salamanders 3,000 points

Mission: Deadly Ground


Death Guard:
Mortarion, Durak Rask, Master of signals, 5 Deathshroud in Spartan, 3 Mortis Contemptors with Assault Cannons, 2 Tactical Squads in Rhinos, 10 man Lascannon Squad, 2 Medusas.

Cassian Dracos, Praetor, 2 Mortis Contemptors, 2 Contemptors, 20 man Tactical, Tactical in Rhino, 10 man Pyroclast, 2 Spartans, Vindicator.


Death Guard deploy first and choose to place the Lascannon Squad, Including Characters, both Medusas, 1 Rhino and 1 Mortis in the corner.

Salamanders deploy Cassian Dracos, Vindicator, Both Spartans filled with Tactical squad and Pyroclast.

Traitor Turn 1
All the reinforcements come onto the battlefield, the Spartan and 2 Mortis start heading straight down the middle. Lascannon team moves to get into a good firing position. Both Rhinos push forward at full speed, the other mortis moves forward and the medusas shuffle to get better firing arcs. Minimal Lascannon fire doesn’t do anything. The Traitors wait until they can bring their full arsenal to bare.

Loyalists Turn 1
All loyalist reinforcements come in, the 4 Contemptors form a wall and advance up the middle. Vindicator smashes through the building and hits full speed as it appears the other side, both Spartans push forward. The Rhino pushes to the right and tries to flank.
A stray Lascannon stuns the enemy Rhino. Both Spartans fire at the Deathguard Spartan and take a hull point off. The Loyalist forces now are posed to attack they just have to weather the storm for a turn.

Traitor Turn 2
Death Guard – 1 Salamanders – 0
Death guard score first point.

All units that can push forward at full speed, the spartan keeps it’s distance however and lines up shots. Traitor forces unleash a full flurry off weapons fire. One medusa that is in range opens fire and misses completely and Lascannon fire against a loyalist spartan is ineffective. The Lascannon team opens fire and scores 4 pens and 2 glances on one of the Dreadnoughts; but it’s shielding holds up and only takes small structural damage losing a single hull point. Traitors do not take the advantage they had of opening fire first… Will this be their downfall?

Loyalist Turn 2

Having survived the last turn with little damage, the loyalist forces push forward and try to take the fight to the traitors. The Praetor takes control of the objective whilst the Pyroclast move to Assault the Spartan. Meanwhile the other Spartan tries to get into a flanking position. All Dreadnoughts push forward towards the centre and the Vindicator rumbles up onto the ramparts of the middle bunker.

The vindicator opens fire, completely missing his mark but hitting two other targets taking off hull points. The Lascannon from a dreadnought hits his mark and explodes the cannon off a Medusa. Contemptors open fire killing 3 Lascannon marines. A multi-melta explodes the a rhino. Spartans fire at the enemy Spartan causing only superficial damage. Finally the Pyroclast charge and fail, their nocturne bodies slowed just enough.

Turn 3 Traitors
Death Guard – 2 Salamanders – 2

The Traitors move to counter the Salamanders aggressiveness, Mortarion himself flanked his Death Shroud disembark from their Spartan.

The rest of the army reeling from the damage they took previously try to push forward, a Contemptor climbs the bunker and trains his Assualt cannons on his targets.

Traitor forces open fire; the Lascannon team fires at a Contemptor only managing to shake the mighty warrior. The medusa opens fire hitting only 1 Contemptor, but it explodes in a huge shower of pieces.

The Contemptor opens fire on the Pyroclast killing 3 and free space for the Death Shroud to assault the Spartan. Which they then make with distance to spare, Mortarion charges the Pyroclast and a hail of fire engulfs him, he continue onwards, armour smouldering, but undamaged. Hitting the Pyroclast with full force and wiping out 4with a sweep of his weapon and running down the rest. The Death Shroud use there multi bombs on the spartan but it’s armour proves too tough to get through, as the charges explode with no effect.

Loyalist Turn 3

Huge amounts of damage have been done and the turning point of the battle seems to be near, the Salamanders push on heedless of losses. The tactical squad mimics their Traitor brethren and get ready for a Bolter fire fight at close range.

Cassian Dracos pulls back to attack the Death Shroud, the Contemptors that can push forward again. The Spartan suddenly bolsters the left side of the battlefield with a 20 man tactical squad. Weapons pointed at Mortarion.

The Loyalists open fire between Bolt pistols and Lascannons Mortarion suffers 3 wounds, Cassian Dracos burns a Death Shroud to death, Bolter fire and fire kills 3 marines and Contemptor on Contemptor fire stuns the traitor Dreadnoughts.

Both the Preator and the tactical squad change Mortarion and rush him from every direction. Almost every attack bounces off of Mortarion, not even a power fist and the Praetor’s Thunder hammer causes damage; only a single marine wounds the Primarch. In return Mortarion kills 5 marines in a single strike. The Tactical squads runs and the Praetor defiantly stays in single combat with his enemy.

And Cassian Dracos makes it into the Death Shroud picking up 2 and Crushing them in his fist and destroying the others as they flee.

Traitor Turn 4
Traitor – 3 Salamanders – 2
Traitors score 1 point

What can pushes forward again. Both Contemptors move to control the bunker.

Tactical marines show their fury of the legion and unleash their Bolters at full rapid fire; 5 Salamanders die. Medusa opens fire on the Comtemptors but misses. Lascannon team continues to attack the Dreads, wrecking one completely. The Death Guard Mortis dread moves and opens fire, scoring no rending as do the 2 central Contemptors again no rending happens though. The Spartan finally unleashes a volley but to no result.

One Contemptor charges a Enemy Mortis but it’s too quick and explodes it in over watch. The other 2 Mortis dreads charge the Vindicator and destroy it. Mortarion continues his dual and only manages to put one wound on the Preator, in return the Preator puts 2 wounds back onto him. Mortarion is now on 1 wound! Will he be brought down….. His advanced body heals back a wound…

Loyalists Turn 4
The Tactical Squad rallies and holds in the objective whilst Cassian Dracos rushes to aid the Preator. The dreads push forward again. The Spartan flanks the other Spartan and the other one moves forward.
The Mortis Explodes the Enemy Comtemptor in a flurry of Fire. The Spartans fail to penetrate the enemy Spartan.
The Tactical Squad charges and combat ensues brother to brother… The Death guard survive but run.

Cassian charges and makes it into Moratain, between him and the Praetor, Mortarion takes 5 wounds but his Invulnerable saves save him completely. Praetor takes another wound and then runs away. Cassian now Locked in single combat with the Primarch.

Traitors Turn 5 – (Final turn)
Traitor – 4 Salamanders – 3

Almost no movement happens, the tactical squad Rallies, the Spartan moves to attack the a Praetor he opens fire with his Heavy Bolter killing him easily, then the machine spirit fires into the side of the spartan, completely undamaged till now…. It explodes!

Lascannons team continues their destructive path and kill another Contemptor. Combat sees the Primarch picked up in the air and his back broken over the knee of Cassian Dracos. The Primarch falls.

Score of at the end of turn
Traitor – 5 Salamanders – 6

Traitors Turn 5
Knowing that the Traitors have killed more units the Salamanders now need to kill 2 units to secure a victory for the loyalists. Tactical marines charge after the 2 Death Guard. Cassian Dracos moves to the middle. The Spartans continue to fire at the enemy Spartan, this time finally killing the beast.

Cassian Dracos and the remaining Mortis kill the Medusa. The Tactical marines kill the Death Guard marines.

End of Game.
Traitors – 5 Salamanders – 7

Close game went all the way up to the final turn! And best of all the Death Guard Primarch is laid low!