"If Mik had rolled for the game to end, the result would have been 2-2."
When fighting against Tyranids, I knew I only had a two turn window to cause as much devastation as possible before the swarm was in range to charge. With that in mind, I decided to focus my fire on the monstrous creatures first and work my way down in size.
Regardless of who achieved first turn, I had decided that my entire army would start in my deployment zone. This meant forfeiting the Deathwing Assault which I hoped would surprise Austin and give him on more target to think about.
Once scenery and the 5 objectives had been placed (1 in each of our deployment zones, 3 in no mans land), I managed to win first turn and deployed my forces across the table:
Luckily this wasn't an omen of things to come as l continued with the murder spree killing the Hive Guard and reduced the Swarm Lord to 2 wounds. The potency of the Relic Whirlwind Scorpius even scared me! It was an error on my part to take two particularly when combined with two Devastator Squads.
Despite Austin's casualties, the hungry swarm started their march across no mans land. Being an experienced Hive Lord, Austin had spotted from my deployment that I had stationed a lonely Tactical Squad on the left flank which is where he attempted to break though my lines. With two Land Speeders destroyed from my Tornado Squadron by the Warriors damaging them in the Shooting Phrase and Raveners finishing them off in close combat my left flank was crumbling. Combined with Tactical Squad Vardus enfeebled and a fifth of its strength killed, Austin turned his attention to my Devastator Squad in revenge but luckily only Sergeant Cortus and a marine armed with a Lascannon were killed.
With no monstrous creatures left, Austin called down his reserves but he was reluctant to fly his Hive Tyrant in range of the Contemptor who had forfeited his movement phase ready for her to arrive. The Zoanthropes, who were carried by a Mycetic Spore, used their combined psychic energy to further weaken Tactical Squad Kohl! Despite my hopes that the flanking Brood Lord and Genestealers would arrive on the right, the enfeebled Marines had another problem to cope when they arrived where Austin wanted them on the left.
Having exterminated the swarm from the centre of the board to the right, the marines holding the objective were about to have a visitor, buried between two objectives the Trygon Prime suddenly emerged from the ground! Reducing my lead to 1 as the monstrous creature was contesting the objective held by Tactical Squad Epherial . Austin then charged the Brood Lord and one squad of Hermagaunts positioned on the left charged the beleaguered marines. Making short work of the marines they were ready to pounce on the Sergeants Kohl's tactical marines. The other squad of Hermagaunts charged the Deathwing who were now enfeebled!
Despite being peppered with Predator fire throughout the game, the Hermagaunts used cover skillfully on the far right of the board and by Turn 4 were ready to contest or occupy the objective held by Tactical Squad Epherial. To prevent this Tactical Squad Remial sent them to ground in the ruined city. As for the writhing Trygon Prime I had no choice but to bring the beast down. Librarian Zaharial, who had blessed the Devastators throughout the game, did so again allowing them to re-roll failed rolls to hit and wound, causing four wounds in total. This meant Tactical Squad Epherial would have to finish the job with bolter and plasma fire. Unfortunately the bolter fire was ineffective and both plasma weapons overheated killing one marine. It was left to Contemptor Dreadnought Titus to finish the job, killing the beast at last! The Hermagaunts were cut down by the remaining Tactical Marines and the Brood Lord was finished off by Land Raider Tornado.
If Mik had rolled for the game to end, the result would have been 2-2, but luckily for me the game continued and while I managed to regain my victory points claiming two objectives and Line Breaker the Hive Tyrant survived to devour the Tactical and Devastators in defiance. In the end the result was 9-2.