I finally got enough of my Iron Warriors finished for a game, well, a small game anyway. I challenged my son to a game of 900 points.
Chaos Lord in Terminator Armor, and Mark of Nurgle
Squad of 6 Chaos Marines with a Melta-gun
Squad of 7 Chaos Marines with a Melta-gun, one upgraded to Aspiring Champion with Combi-Melta and Power fist
Defiler with Havoc Launcher
Aegis Defense Line with Quad-gun
Below you can see the Battle Field we set up at Aether Storm Games, a Game Store down the corner from my house. Mike is the owner and a great guy, he always keeps an area open for us WH40k guys, regardless of what events he has going on.
Rolling for the mission we got The Emperor's Will, with a single objective marker in each deployment zone. and our deployment would be Dawn of War.
Rolling for board sides and first turn, I won the roll-off and began to deploy my forces, opting to take the first turn. You will note that as a house rule, we deploy fortifications with our deployment, and in our deployment zones, we have found that this works well for our gaming group.
Chucky (my son) fails to seize initiative, and I begin to open fire, focusing on the two ravagers. The combined fire power of the Land Raider, Defiler, and Quad-gun destroys one, and immobilized the other.
Chucky responds by rushing forward with his two Raiders packed with Wyches. He scoots his two Venoms on the other side of the board to gain a good field of fire on the unit behind the Aegis Defense line.
Shooting with his Dark Lances, he doesn't even scratch the paint on any of my Vehicles, the Venoms manage to kill a couple of Chaos Marines. The Dark Eldar are proving to be quite ineffective.
In my turn, I decide I'm going to hit the Dark Eldar while they are weak, my Lord bails out one side of the Land Raider, while the squad bails out the other, splitting up to hit more targets.
Shooting from the Land Raider and the Defiler drops both Raiders, and one of his squads of Wyches is pinned in the process!
On the other side of the board, his Venoms continue to harass the squad behind the Aegis Defense line.
In my next turn, my lord re-engages the Wych Squad, my combined fire power destroys the other Wych squad that was pinned the previous turn, and also contained his Warlord, the Quad-gun also drops one of his Venoms.
He had been attempting to lure me into a trap, keeping me busy with the Ravagers and Wyches while his Venom squads moved in on objectives, sneaky Dark Eldar...
His Venom opens fire and forces a moral check on my Marine squad guarding the Objective which they pass.
In my turn I decide they will pay for trying to take a fortification from the Iron Warriors, I open fire on the Venom and destroy it, forcing the squad inside to disembark. My remaining fire power finishes off the squad.
Realizing he cannot win, Chucky decides to call the game. 5(1 for 1st Blood, 1 for killing the Warlord and 3 for having an objective)-3(the Dark Eldar held an Objective) an Iron Warriors victory.
A small game I know, but I think it gave me an idea of how to use some of my units in this army. It's play style is going to be quite different from my Space Wolves force. As for Chucky, I think he made a critical mistake in his deployment, by deploying right across from all of my fire power.
Over-all though a blast for both sides, next time he says he is bringing his Imperial Fists, I say "bring it"