I was putting the finishing touches to my latest battle report (due to be posted on Thursday) and was thinking about how much I enjoyed the game, which got me thinking about all the unforgettable moments that I have had in gaming over the years. I started to reminisce about some stand out memories over my gaming years and thought I would share a few today.
1. Invulnerable Terminators
Many, many moons ago, my gaming was carried out at GW Braehead. I would venture there most Thursdays to do battle on their amazing boards with my Dark Angels (my only army at the time). This battle took place immediately after Terminators had just received a 5+ invulnerable save (thanks to Chapter Approved from White Dwarf) and I took my only unit of Deathwing to the table that week to try it out. We were playing on a city board, featuring a river in the middle of the table and a narrow bridge over it.
On one of my opponent's turns, my Deathwing were on the bridge, leading the charge against the enemy. My opponent's Chaos Space Marines fired every weapon in the army at the Terminators; bolters, Lascannons, Missile launchers and more. Yet my Deathwing emerged from the barrage completely unschathed. I made every armour save and invulnerable save that I had to make and the Terminators were able to turn the tide of the battle.
Another stand out moment for my Terminators was in a recent battle report against Ross' Orks, where my Deathwing took the brunt of a 60-strong Ork mob charge without a single terminator falling. Eighteen wounds and not a single failed save! This was one of the turning points in the game. I didn't go on to win, but it softened my loss significantly.
2. The Fall of Nagash
My first foray into wargaming was with Warhammer Fantasy 5th Edition. A friend from school and I decided to have our first big warhammer game with special characters. As we had both just started, there was a lot of proxy-ing and substitutions in both our armies.
I decided to take the most powerful special character I had available in my army book, the dreaded Nagash. My friend, playing Bretonnians, decided to take Morgiana le fay, the Fay Enchantress. One Saturday, we started in the early a.m., setting up our armies, deploying and counter deploying, trying to size one another up and outwit one another's ploys. My friend got the first turn, cautiously moving his Knights forward to engage the Undead ranks. Then the first magic phase, we draw our cards and wait for the epic clash to begin.
Turn 1, Total Power, Morgiana turns Nagash into a toad.
With that, 80% of my army disappears on the first turn. I actually tried to argue that since the spell didn't actually state that he was dead, my Undead army could continue with a now invulnerable Nagash at the helm. Surprisingly, that did not work.
3. Clash of the Titans
This is a more recent moment from our club's apocalypse game. In the final turn, the Eldar Phantom Titan finally squared up against the Imperial Knight. Hoping to soften up his opponent, the Phantom fired his two D weapons at the Knight. One struck on target, getting a 6 on the D table and obliterating the Knight. The other shot scattered back onto the Phantom, also rolling a 6 on the D table and killing the Phantom in the process. Two superheavies in one shot!
4. Warboss' Revenge
In my first apocalypse game, I took a Green Tide formation; one Warboss leading 100 boyz into battle. I set up opposite the enemy army, the giant Baneblade forming the centre of the lines. For four turns the armoured Behemoth pounded the Ork lines (aided by the multitude of other tanks in the army) as my Boyz slowly ran forward.
My Tau and Necron allies were able to decimate most of the enemy tanks and strip quite a few hull points from the Baneblade while the Orks had to look on impotent as they slogged across the battlefield. As the battle was coming to a conclusion, my Warboss threatened my allies that is anyone slew the Baneblade, the entire might of the remaining Ork army would be vented on them. This threat seemed to work as my Warboss was finally able to charge the Baneblade and rip it apart with his bare hands (aided by his Power Claw of course), to the cheers and applause of the 8 or so boyz who survived the trip.
So that was just a few of my memories from wargaming over the years. Any other fond memories of gaming from the rest of you out there?