Way back on Tuesday, I started a small skirmish between myself and Chaos AI on Standard, on the six player map "Night Wind". I love big battles on bigger maps, so I chose that one, and put on a high resource rate with quickstart.
Ordinarly, these skrimishes usually don't take me too long, but I was quickly proven wrong. It started off as the computer usually did, some cultists and CSMs. My guardsmen were able to fight them off, though incurring casualties. As I went up to tier two, I reinforced them with basilisks, sentinels, and hellhounds as they began building some defilers. I pushed towards the area where their base was, though by this point they were spamming Beserkers.
Once Tier 3 came around, this led to the longest portion of the battle. I built Leman Russes as my sentinel and hellhounds fell, and started building Kasrkins and Ogryns. By this point, they resorted to massing Possed squads and their tanks. Oddly enough, I actually had to force my tanks to hit their tanks, as they just kept shooting at the possed squards. I'm not sure what the hell happened here, as it never happened before, but I was able to fend them off. As I was preparing to cross the small strip off land towards the base, they came from two directions- north and across the small bridge, in hordes of units excelling at close combat, like the possesed squads. Before I knew it, I got raped by them. They came towards my base...
I quickly rebuilt my fallen units, and thus began the long stalemate. From this point on, it was hordes of ogryns backed by Lemans and basilisks. Ordinarly, I use Kasrykins alot more, but this time I really had to use my Ogryns religiously. I was able to push back to an area before the small bridge, and regained the lost points I had. By that point, I had much of my side under my control, and it came down to the area between our bases. I kept throwing my forces at them, pushed them back a bit, before getting raped by a large force of their tanks and CC units, then once again pushing them back. By this point, they got a bloodthirster out, and pushed me back. I suffered heavy casualties, but was able to reinforce them and destroy the BT, and push back their forces (consisting of predator tanks, possesed, beserkers, obliteraters, and Daemons).
It pretty much continued like that for a good while. Pushing eachother back, BT breaking my formation, etc. I suffered massijve casualties, and they suffered even more. I used Basilisks quite alot, especially the earthshaker shells, on the lines of tanks and units. But I knew if I could build a Baneblade, I could have the edge, the push to end this long battle...
Unfortunately, that wouldn't be too easy. The area in the north of the map was under their control, and it was there the two relics were. It would've been suicide to even try to assault there and leave the way to my base wide open. So, while the short period of peace when I fended off their rush, I sent in two Kasrkins and a leman across, and captured the points up there. I was able to distrupt them for a moment, but unfortunately for them, they were deciding to come through that way...
I quickly began construction of the Baneblade in a safe area, and continued to fight the hordes of Chaos. Once I got my Baneblade out, it proved invaluable in helping my CC units fight less units, since it did a good job of decimating their lines with help from the Basilisks. But that would be the only one I could build, as I quickly lost the two relics on the north end of the map back to the Chaos. Once again, I was back where I started, and this time, I was determined not to get pushed back again. They sent waves across the bridge, backed by the occasional Bt, but the Baneblade helped to destroy the BT much quicker than usual, allowing me to continously reinforce my army.
And finally, I was able to push through, backed with my artillery pounding their base and units, I was able to finally get across the bridge, and began the fight for revenge. They had built two bases on this side of the river, and it was awhile before I could destroy them. They were pretty much entrenched, but I had the upper hand for once. When I had my artillery in position to strike their base across the river, I was able to severly damage their production capabilities. But by this point, victory was in my grasp, and as I destroyed the other base near the two relics, it was over... and it was Friday by then. I'd been going on and off, continuing the battle as I could.
Oddly enough though, I felt for the first time a true IG battle. I could feel the hopelessness in the IG, and the waves of men going of to their deaths. These average guys going off to fight demonic forces, with only average weaponry, and finally that pride you get when you beat a superior force. It felt like the battles of fluff.
Remember the IG across the Wh40k galaxy paying the ultimate price for mankind.
At the end-
IG (Me) Lost: 3680 Killed: 5842
Chaos (The AI) Lost: 5842 Killed: 3680
Time- 219:51 mintues
Here are some pictures. I attached the first two tabs of the game summary. Unfortunately, I couldn't save a replay; the button was grayed out. But it probably would've been way too long. I wish I could've gotten better pictues, but I was too drawn in to surviving.
When you say you started this on Tuesday, and finished on Friday, I assume this wasn't straight playing? I'm assuming here that you were saving, and loading from time to time, and did sleep, eat and take the occasional dump? And as with the Imperial Guard, i suppose you could feel sorry for them. You'd think the Space Marines are suppose to be taking care of Humanity, the Guards might as well be Inquisition Slaves for the use they are and what they have to contend with.
SupaStarAshWhen you say you started this on Tuesday, and finished on Friday, I assume this wasn't straight playing? I'm assuming here that you were saving, and loading from time to time, and did sleep, eat and take the occasional dump?....
Yea. I made multiple saves, but for some reason I wasn't able to save a replay.
I'm guessing that you couldn't save the replay because it was to big of a battle and took way to long and also saving during the game might have also inhibited the replay
Marshall_BrantI'm guessing that you couldn't save the replay because it was to big of a battle and took way to long and also saving during the game might have also inhibited the replay
Yea, saving does interrupt the replay. The game writes a code for every action to be dumped into a replay, but I guess it trashes it when you save and quit.
But I doubt I (Or anyone else for that matter) could sit through that whole thing again. Maybe if we were able to go to any point in the replay, it'd be easier to deal with.
hehe i just read this on relic forums very very long game dude my longest game was 3 hours and that was multiplayer
bigsid91hehe i just read this on relic forums very very long game dude my longest game was 3 hours and that was multiplayer
Yea, I posted it over here just to spread it around.
3 hour on MP. Damn, must've had patient buddies.
GDICommandoYea, I posted it over here just to spread it around. 3 hour on MP. Damn, must've had patient buddies.
It depends. It may be a big map, 513 or 1025 and you may have a prep-time allowed, like 10 mn to build your strength before the big fight.
By the way, nice accounting of your battle, man. I did read it with pleasure and nearly feel the 1st WW atmosphere.
Edit:Use the edit button please...
There's been much bloodier....but god i wish my pathetic video card could produce graphics like that.....
bigsid91my longest game was 3 hours and that was multiplayer
4 and a half here ;) :0wned: And that was a long long game!! :o