A couple weeks back a local gamer group I'd previously played a tournament with was hosting an Apocalypse battle at my FLGS (well, its barely local to me now at a 1 hour drive away), so I decided to get my scratchbuilt Titan a few coats of paint and headed down with a small Astral Claws contingent.
We'd originally planned to play 4vs3(but equal points), but a player didn't show so an ultramarines player went over to the forces of darkness. The deployment was strange, basically each of us got a bubble of deployment that could go anywhere but a certain distance from our opponets. I think the name was The Crossroads, something like that. There were 4 objectives and the game would wrap around 6, although an exterminatus started at 4:30, and frankly after seeing one it strikes me that only big tanks like the Leman Russ or Land Raider or utterly massive squads (like 50 guardsmen), or a large number of models with a 3++ save are going to surivive that event.
I didn't take a ton of pictures, I was too busy, but here's a taste, roughly 6kvs 6k.
Despite their best efforts, these marines never managed to take down the Titan, it stomped on a few during a tank shock, but they held strong and eventually charged into my back squads, though I believe they were wiped out by a rifleman dread.
One of my Tactical Marines actually managed to kill the Great Unclean One in a somewhat epic shooting phase. That marine is my MVP, but the award is post-humous due to the whole exterminatus thing. The Titan didn't survive to the end, the combined effort of shooting from the big monsters (bloodthirsters, the nid flying gargantuan, the hive tyrant) along with the initial melta volley from the tactical squad in the pod, etc meant an early end for the lumbering beast, though it did make it a long way into the game in terms of getting shit done. I'll definitely be taking it out again in the future.
Overall I liked apocalypse a lot, though it was a logistics nightmare and when something didn't happen right for your plan it was disapointing. I'd really like to try a 10+ player game to get the full effect, it would also likely mean my big guns would have more targets, and my side more scoring.
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