Battle Mission: Mordian Iron Guard Vs. Chaos Space Marines



What’s up with this order thing for IG, I have to really get used to that, been a while since I played ‘Guard…

Mordian Iron Guard vs Chaos Space Marines in a Battle Missions scenario. Cut the board in half for deployment, three objectives in a line, one behind another to the table edge. Chaos rolled to be the defender and got to deploy and defend the objectives, while ‘Guard was the attacker and was tasked with surging forward and taking the objectives…



Turn one the Mordians come on the table and advance which means I’m down on one turn of shooting with my heavy weapon teams so time to at least move and run to get into a good position for next turn. Infantry squads advance as the tanks open up a group of obliterators and havocs…

In turn Chaos advances, as a land raider advances and disembarks Abaddon and his chosen terminators who cut into my first ranks wiping out an infantry squad.



Next turn my infantry take aim…

Tanks turn to face…

Sentinels stalk…

…and Abaddon gets blown of the table…

A missile launcher trooper from the 5th heavy weapon team scores the killing shot, and normally this trooper would be promoted for killing the despoiler, something the entire army of Cadia could not do, but unfortunately this trooper and any survivors of the battle will no doubt be questioned by the inquisition for even seeing Abaddon in person- the possible taint of chaos is a nefarious thing…

So now we are at the first question of the game…

Bummer that Abaddon got killed as Chaos would have liked him to walk through my entire army, but once he showed I had to stop him no matter the cost- and that I barely did- my entire army fired into him, and just barely killed him at the last unit.

Was such an aggressive move on Chaos by assaulting turn one worth it? Was it worth shutting down two turns of IG shooting? The first was by me moving on the table, and the second by forcing to deal with Abaddon?

Pushing ahead my infantry advance at all costs, of course missing every melta shot they had to make, and I’ve got lots of melta spam…




We push to the first objective and engage a plague marine squad which is dug in- troopers having no effect with their las guns and flamers- 4+ to hit, 6+ to wound, 3+ save, 4+ FNP- I’m not going to kill anything.

Lord Commander Fritz calls in some Leman Russ support opening up with the battle cannons, las cannon, and plasma cannons, and the plague marines are wiped off the objective…

On the left side of the table which is oblit heavy I just can’t take them down with the 2+ and 4+ saves. They start flaming guys and I’m losing two entire infantry squads a turn to the twin linked flamers. Time for tactical decision #2.



I’m just not killing the oblits, and I need to push to the second objective, so what about drawing them away? Two options- pour more shots in, at the expense of rhinos and plague marines advancing, OR let the oblits chase after and flame some more squads as I move some squads to the left away from the objectives as bait.

Assessing my dice rolls so far I pick the second option and send out some infantry to keep the oblits occupied. Eventually they flame everything they can and side las cannon a russ tank taking it out…

Pushing to the second objective my infantry encounter more plague marines who get hit with some long range russ fire taking them down to one marine left on the objective along with the land raider contesting which I immobilize, and with no more melta units left just can’t seem to kill.




Another round of battle cannon and las cannon shots to the back objective takes out two rhinos as the plague marines just camp on that objective.

At this point I’m low on men and tanks, the battle having taken their toll, and chaos is dug in really well and out of LOS. Game end with one objective for the ‘Guard, one for Chaos, and one contested…

The turning point of the game for me? The oblits…

I’m thinking I should have perhaps just tried to remove them by shooting- their flamers going after my bait squads really cost me so much- men I could have used to push to the back objective and perhaps contest. Perhaps. Hard to tell…