Battleplan: Acquisition (from the Kharadron Overlords Battletome)
Match-up: Order vs. Legion of Azorgh
On the burning plains of Aqshy, Hazim the Blooded and his loyal Fireglaives approached an ancient Zharr Goroth ruin. He and his Daemonsmith, Dray the Alchemist, had been searching the ruins of an old empire for weeks, seeking enchanted artefacts and other treasures. So far, they had turned up only a few... an enchanted weapon that Hazim had claimed for himself, and a sacred duardin relic that was in Dray's possession.
As Hazim began to climb the steps into the ruin, he heard cries of battle behind him. He looked back to their base camp, fortified on a nearby butte, just in time to see a trio of Judicators assault their gun-line. They opened with a thunderous barrage of hammers, battering the artillerists, and then, with a valorous battle cry, charged the Dreadquake Mortar.
He readied his weapons to fight and began to look around for more enemies. Sure enough, his scouts had done a terrible job. The ruins were filled with Stormcast Eternals, but what would they want with the wreckage of the Zharr Goroth? There must be some reason for their presence. The question would have to wait for the moment. He cast Mystic Shield on his Fireglaive unit, as Dray had taught him, and prepared for battle.
Meanwhile, from camp, Dray spied a unit of Retributors and their Lord Relictor marching out of a nearby crypt. While the Magma Cannon sent the winged Prosecutors back to Azyr where they belonged, Dray ordered his Dreadquake Mortar and Deathshrieker Rocket Battery to rain down devastation on their position.
Lord Relictor Gladion Sunseeker did his best to heal the Retributors with his heavenly lightning, but the unit was nearly wiped out. He and his one remaining ally marched forward, intent on joining the fray.
The reason for the Stormcast's interest in Duardin artefacts became suddenly apparent. Fleet Admiral Skragnir the Recalcitrant and his Arkanaut crew opened fire from the base of the butte, slaying the crew of the Magma Cannon with their Aethergold-powered weaponry. Apparently, the forces of Barak-Thryng were at work this day, presumably attempting to reclaim the salvaged duardin heirlooms.
The Liberators charged the Fireglaives, fighting for control of the ruin. They slew a few, but the combination of Mystic Shield, Blackshard Armour, and the cover provided by the ruin itself rendered the duardin nigh impervious. Not so, however, when the surviving Retributor charged in, his hammer crackling with critical energy. He was furious at the destruction of his battle brothers. With little regard for the Fireglaives entrenched position, he hurled mortal wounds in all directions until the duardin, and their fearless leader Hazim, were no more. Gladion picked up Hazim's enchanted weapon, hung it on his belt, and continued the fight. There was still a sacred relic to be reclaimed.
By the time Fleet Admiral Skragnir had climbed to the top of the butte, his Akanauts had been gunned down to a man. They had acquitted themselves nobly, felling both the Magma Cannon, and the Deathshrieker Rocket Launcher, and nearly destroying the Dreadquake Mortar. But the job that remained needed to be done right, so he would have to do it himself.
Though Dray's Blackshard Hammer nearly sundered Skragnir's plate armour and sent him back to the spirit in the sky, the Slave Ogor had been whipped too mercilessly during the battle and contributed nothing to the melee. Skragnir set upon them with his Aethermatic Hammer, reassuring himself of his righteousness muttering under his breath "there's just no trading with some people".
His devastating hammer blows demolished the Dreadquake Mortar and sent Dray flying back off of the butte. He looked on in shock, took one last puff of his pipe, and fell into the crackling lava below. The sacred scroll he had been carrying drifted slowly to Gladion's feet. Gladion collected it and gave a signal to Skragnir. Then they began the long walk to rejoin their skyfleet.
Crossposted from hive fleet charybdis.