We generated an Annihilation mission using Pitched Battle deployment rules, which was good as neither of us have played regularly for a while. He won the roll for first turn, and I didn't attempt to steal the initiative as I was planning to make a Deathwing Assault (tm).
In the end Joe won out, scoring 6 kill points to my 4. He did an excellent job outmaneuvering me, rendering my command squad, captain, and a supporting Deathwing squad (over 1/3 of my army's points value) almost completely harmless. Some highlights:
- A four-turn dreadnought vs. venerable dreadnought slugfest (the venerable lost, but at least it held down a flank in the meantime)
- Vulkan He'stan slaughters two full Deathwing squads, almost single-handedly
- a single squad of terminators absorbs comical amounts of heavy bolter and autocannon fire