Nestor’s steed writhed with pleasure as the metal floor plates vibrated beneath her. Her squeals of delight added to the sound of groaning metal to create a cacophony of sound that the Noise Marines revelled in.
Shock waves assailed all those in the vicinity as the Castigators’ assault torpedoes slammed into the outer bulkheads of Void Span. Klaxons immediately began bleating their monotone song accompanied by amber flashing hazard beacons as Frag launchers scoured the entry points with lethal shrapnel. The blaring noise faded to silence as the stations interior climate evaporated in a plume of gas into the still, blackness of space.
Unperturbed by the commotion, Nestor’s forces stalked silently like spectres into Void Span’s mortuary corridors, mag-locks on their armour shod feet keeping them grounded in the zero gravity. Blips on Nestor’s auspex marked numerous, as yet un-quantified targets in glowing red. Nestor knew the Death Guard would be closing quickly to seal the breach and repel the invaders for the third time.
“Nephran, take Squad Divine along with Phobos and secure the east flank. N’kari and his children will take the centre.” Ordered Nestor.
“As it pleases you” replied N’kari.
“Darius, you’re with me.” Continued Nestor as he smashed through the ventilation grill and entered the ducting system.
We played another game of ‘Force the Breach’ representing the Castigators attempt to secure a beachhead. Rob’s Death Guard have repulsed the Castigators twice now so hopefully it will be third time lucky for me!
Lord Festus Blightmaster, MoN, powerfist, Burning Brand of Skalathrax & Sigil of Corruption.
5 Plague Marines, 2 Flamers. Malodourous with power Axe.
5 Plague Marines, 2 Melta, Tosis Mire with Power Axe.
5 Plague Marines, 2 Plasma, Septicus with Power Axe.
5 Nurgle Possessed.
4 Nurgle Spawn.
1 Obliterator, MoN.
Lord Nestor Lustheart, MoS, Steed of Slaanesh, Lightning Claw, Burning Brand of Skalathrax. Sigil of Corruption.
Squad Divine – 5 Noise Marines, Blastmaster, 3 Sonic Blasters, Nephran Lustviper with bolt pistol and CCW.
Squad Rapture – 5 Noise Marines, 4 with Boltgun, Boltpistol & CCW. Darius Lewdgrip with Lightning Claw & Doomsiren.
Phobos – Helbrute, missile launcher, fist.
Shaithis – Helbrute, missile launcher, fist.
The Castigators deployed first with Keeper of Secrets and Daemonettes taking the centre.
A squad of Noise Marines and a Helbrute hold the right.
Nestor outflanked with a squad of Noise Marines and Shaithis the other Helbrute went into reserve.
The Death Guard deployed in the opposite quarter with Festus and his Possessed taking the centre.
and the spawn and an Obliterator taking the left.
All three Plague Marine squads went into reserve. Leaving the overall deployment like so.
The Keeper of Secrets moved up to draw a line of sight to the spawn followed closely by the Daemonettes. The Noise marines moved slightly to allow the Helbrute through.
The Keeper, Helbrute and Noise Marines opened fire on the Spawn and stripped two wounds from the unit and put a wound on the Obliterator. The Daemonettes eager to get to grips with the Spawn and protect N’kari ran forwards to halt the spawns advance.
The Nurgle Spawn readjusted to allow the Obliterator to get line of sight to the Helbrute….
…..As Festus and his Possessed moved forward to threaten the Daemonettes.
The Obliterator morphed his body into a Lascannnon and fired at the Helbrute but failed to do any damage. Festus hosed the Daemonettes with daemonic fire killing three of them.
As the flames died down the Spawn charged the Daemonettes…..
…….Wiping them out whilst taking a couple of wounds in return.
Reserves saw the arrival of Shaithis, recently interred in his sarcophagus.
N’kari bellowed his rage at the loss of his children and closed in on the Nurgle Lord and his Possessed while the Helbrute moved towards the Spawn.
The Keeper of Secrets lashed Festus and his Possessed killing two Possessed and stripping two wounds from the Nurgle Lord.
The Noise Marines and Helbrute opened fire on the Spawn, killing one outright and stripping a wound from another.
N’kari charged into Festus, taking a wound from daemonic fire as the Plague Lord hosed him down…..
…….emerging through the flames, N’kari smashed him into the floor taking him out. Only the Lord’s Possessed stopped the Keeper from tearing him limb from limb.
Tosis Mire and his Plague Marines arrived. Determined to seek revenge for the loss of their Lord. The Spawn moved over to help out the Possessed.
……as the Obliterator moved over to get a clear line of sight on the Helbrute.
Although the Death Guard had very little shooting this turn, it proved to be devastating. The Obliterator morphed his body into a multi-melta and levelled his weapon at the approaching Phobos. A miniature sun erupted in the corridor blasting the Helbrute apart.
The spawn charged into the Keeper of Secrets in an attempt to help the Possessed Champion with his challenge, but N’kari’s blood was up and he tore the Possessed champion apart.
Nestor arrived accompanied by his Noise Marines…..
……..outflanking to catch Toisis Mire’s squad in the open.
The last Helbrute, Shaithis moved down the corridor towards the combat between the Keeper, Spawn and Possessed.
Nestor and his unit opened fire on the Plague Marines, killing two.
Shaithis charged into combat with the Nurgle Spawn…..
The Keeper of Secrets ripped apart a Possessed Marine but Nurgle intervened to save the other. Shaithis released his rage at being interred within his sarcophagus and ripped apart a Spawn.
Tosis opened a comm-link to his Brother Marines “Nestor has arrived, spring the trap!”. Both remaining squads of Plague Marines arrived and took up position alongside the Slaaneshi Lord and his entourage….
…..as Tosis’ squad closed the trap.
The Obliterator moved down the corridor to get a line of sight on the other squad of Noise Marines.
All three Plague Marines poured fire into the Slaanesh Lord’s unit and as the Flames died down only Darius, the Noise Champion and Nestor reduced to one wound remained…
The Obliterator added to the carnage by firing a Plasma Cannon shot into the other Noise Marines killing three including the Blastmaster.
The combat between the Possessed, Spawn, Helbrute and N’kari raged on as the Keeper of Secrets tore the Nurgle forces apart leaving a spawn on one wound.
Nestor and Darius moved over to the two squads of Plague Marines to exact revenge for their fallen comrades….
……Daemonic fire covered both squads killing one from the closest squad but failing to wound any of the rear squad. As the flames died down Darius unleashed his psycho-sonic scream into both squads. Another Plague Marine from the closest squad fell to the Doomsiren and the rear squad was wiped out to a man!
As the remaining Plague Marines recovered from the devastating sonic attack, Nestor and Darius charged in….
…..Nestor screamed his challenge to the Plague Champion and Malodourous stepped forward and was instantly cut down by the Slaanesh Lord. Darius failed to wound the Plague Marines and they did no wounds in return.
The Keeper of Secrets finished off the Spawn and consolidated towards Tosis Mire’s Plague squad while the Helbrute blocked the Obliterator’s path.
Tosis led his squad through a door to escape the attentions of the Keeper of Secrets and to help out the Plague Marines against Nestor.
The Obliterator moved towards the Helbrute morphing it’s body into twin linked meltas….
…..and opened fire turning its powerfist into scrap. Not content with that the Obliterator charged in and stripped another hull point from the Slaaneshi war machine.
Tosis and his squad charged into combat with Nestor and his squad…..
Seeing his chance to kill the Slaanesh Lord Tosis issued a challenge…..
Nestor readily accepted and with contemptuous ease smashed Tosis to the ground. inspired by his Lord, Darius eviscerated a Plague Marine with his lightning Claw.
N’kari moved back to help out the Helbrute, but was blocked by the mighty behemoth.
The Noise Marines headed towards the double blast doors knowing that their objective lay on the other side.
The Helbrute raged against the Obliterator wounding it twice but failing to penetrate its thick armour, in return the Obliterator reached in and ripped out its power cables wrecking it.
Bewtween them Nestor and Darius hacked down two Plague Marines but Darius fell to the surviving Marine.
The Obliterator moved away from the Keeper of Secrets and morphing his body into an Assault Cannon riddled the Noise Marines with shells. Thanks to the bravery of his surviving squad member Nephran, the Noise Champion survived.
N’kari pushed his way forward through the wreckage of the Helbrute to get at the Obliterator, taking a wound for his troubles.
The Noise Champion Nephran moved over to the Blast doors and readied his melta bomb.
Nestor cut down the last of the Plague Marines and consolidated towards the Obliterator as Nephran blew the double blast doors to claim the objective….
N’kari charged the Obliterator and tore it limb from limb…..
……leaving the Castigators’ Beachhead secure…..
The smell of roasted flesh and the intoxicating musk exuded by his steed filled the corridors. Nestor breathed deeply of the heady mixture; its aroma made him salivate and heightened his blood-lust. He stalked the passageways looking for more subjects with which to sate his desire but found them empty. Disappointment washed away the euphoric feelings that coursed through his body and threatened to plunge him into despair. Desperate to assuage feelings of emptiness, his thoughts turned to the Plague Champions he had left in his wake. Although incapable of fighting, they still lived and were capable of offering endless diversions. As he turned to make his way back to them Nestor’s comms crackled into life.
“Area clear, Beachhead secured.”
“Acknowledged. Prepare for temporary disruption to life support as I disable security protocols” replied Janus.
Nestor spurred his steed on, eager to reach his prey. His mind raced with the countless joys that he could offer the Plague Champions. His steed purred with delight at her master’s emotions as they flooded her senses, her skin darkening to match the desires emanating from him. Nestor reached down and gently stroked her neck, savouring the anticipation that exuded from her pores.
“Soon, my pet, we shall…..”
Darkness enveloped them, dragging Nestor from his revelry and momentarily halting their progress. Within seconds emergency lighting kicked in, bathing the corridor in a sickly yellow glow. Nestor opened his comm-link.
Nestor smiled as he sighted his quarry ahead. The Plague Champions had dragged themselves into a shuttle bay in an attempt to escape. Dismounting he caressed his steed as she strained to get at the Marines. ”Patience, my pet, all things come to those who wait” he whispered, as his eagerness built to match hers. Slowly he moved towards the entrance of the shuttle bay allowing his anticipation to build to unbearable levels and laughing at his self-inflicted torment.
“Security protocols disabled, my Lord. Scrap code infiltrating and locking out control of all systems in 5…4…3…2….1…Lock Down activated.” Reported Janus.
The sounds of Blast doors slamming shut reverberated around the empty corridors of Void Span. Slowly replaced by a howl of anguish as Nestor was denied his prize.