Warhammer 40000 Planetstrike

On the weekend I was involved in an eight player game of Planetstrike (the new expansion for Warhammer 40000). It’s in the same vain as the Apocalypse rules in that it effectively removes the “standard” force organisation charts.

At the last moment, our eighth player dropped out, so it was a four on three Planetstrike game.

To make the armies even, we gave the attackers additional points. It’s got to be something of an exception where Chaos are the defenders in anything, but that’s part of the fun!

There were six bastions on the table to be used as objectives, including a brilliant looking double bastion where our renegade Imperial Guard player parked a heap of heavy armour; Leman Russ tanks, Executioners, oh the fun that was had! Having played, I can recommend it for total mayhem and many, many laughs and much random abuse.

I am more impressed with Planetstrike where you have an attacker and defender than I am with Apocalypse. The Apocalypse rules allow for some of the more outlandish units and data sheets to be employed, but I’m not a huge fan of the mass destruction that takes place where a unit is put down on the table, gets templated into non-existence and then taken off.

Although, those Baneblade tanks still call out to me in my sleep!

I was (surprisingly) able to throw together 2000 points pretty easily for the game. Daemon Prince, wings, Warptime Kharn Typhus 2 lots of 7 Plague marines in rhinos firing meltas and plasma at anything they could (from out of the back of the Rhinos!) Dreadnought – Twin AC, CCW Dreadnought – Twin Las, Missile Launcher 4 lots of 2 Obliterators.

Only two troop choices, but there was some BROKEN stuff hitting the table: stupid drop pods and Lysander … My tactics (such as they were) involved parking my Rhinos in out big bastion to counter assault anything that landed nearby, placing Obliterators on top of a couple of bastions to hammer anything that appeared and watching Kharn get pie-plated in the initial barrage and surviving to get shot to pieces by troops droppodding in!

Awesome fun, and to quote Ferris Bueller, “It is so choice; if you have the means I highly recommend you get one [game, that is. Not the Ferrari he was talking about]”