In late 896M41, the small shrine world of St. Arkham was attacked by the 2nd company of the Ultramarines. At the time of the mysterious invasion Lord General Drake’s battlegroup Wyvern was on-world, recovering from a prolonged and costly war against the xenos Tau and presenting their various regimental colours for blessing at the mighty Basilica of St. Arkham.
Initially, battlegroup Wyvern was disoriented by the speed and ferocity of the Space Marine’s planetfall, but Lord General Drake was a native Arkhamite and a pious man, and on the advice of the Ecclesiarch of St. Arkham he resolved to defend the holy world at all costs from the invaders, no matter who they appeared to be.
If the under-strength and weary battlegroup Wyvern had been the only warriors on the world the Space Marines may have had a swift victory. They were not however. In a secluded citadel in the mountains west of the capital, the small but battle-hardened Order of the Revenant Maiden trained and fasted, ready to protect the sacred planet with their lives.
My friend and regular opponent Jay and I have been wanting to play a campaign for a while now, and last week after he bought a flash new gaming board he suggested we finally kick it off. As we are both busy people, we are using the excellent Fall of Corian IV campaign from Sign of the Aquila.
I’ve never played a Planetstrike game before (I hadn’t even read the book till yesterday!), but the first mission is a 1000 point Planetstrike game. I like what I see in the book – it looks brutal and fast-paced, which is exactly how I like my 40k.
In keeping with the nature of our armies, Jay’s Ultramarines will be the death from above and my Imperial Guard will (no doubt literally) be the bodies on the ground. I’m really looking forward to the first game, and I’ll post a battle report as soon as the invasion has begun . . .