Lake Acrimony

This 4-player map features a variation of the St. Huldrych Causeway theme. There are several ways to assault the enemy,...


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This 4-player map features a variation of the St. Huldrych Causeway theme. There are several ways to assault the enemy, however multi-tiered terrain will make rushing the bases impossible. This map also features custom badges, bannes, and team color schemes.

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Lake Acrimony (4p)
A Skirmish/Multiplayer Map for WH40k:  Dawn of War--Winter Assault
by Vol_907

22. July 2006

Players:  4
Map Size:  512x512
Terrain Type:  Urban, Winter


	"If we're not soaking, we're roasting," complained Corporal Joel Keller.  "One place, there's equipment failures from moisture, while others..." he knocked the palm of his hand against the side of his Lasgun, "...dust."
	He set the weapon down and joined the others seated around the chow pot.  "Wouldn't it be nice if we could fight somewhere...I don't know, more accommodating, like some resort town in need of defense?  Once, just once?"
	Sergeant Theodor Koch and Corporal Sigurd Neyland looked at each other, grinned, and shook their head.  "You're a transferee, right?" asked Koch.
	Unsure what the question had to do with what he was talking about, Keller answered cautiously, "Yeah...from the 51st Catachan."
	"How long ago?"
	"About a year."
	Koch and Neyland looked at each other again, and snickered.
	"What?" asked Keller, looking at the two veterans.
	"Been there, done that," answered Neyland.  "Sorry you missed it."
	Koch nodded.  "Corporal, sit back and enjoy a little history lesson.  This unit has its roots in the 704th Helvetian Guard.  When Helvetia came under attack by an alliance between Orks and Traitors, the High Command formed the 907th to take a more mobile role, thinking Helvetia's defense would be better served by taking the fight to the enemy.
	"Our first assignment was to intercept a mass of Ork and Traitor forces coming down a pass in the Alyeskan highlands."
	Keller interrupted, "What does that have to do with..."
	Koch raised a hand.  "I'm getting there.  Now, a major chokepoint in that pass was what used to be a lakeside resort.  I forget the name of it..."
	Neyland shrugged, "Lake Serenity or something like that.  Used to be a favorite spot for the Imperial clergy and brass on furlough.  Great place to go hunting, I understand."
	"Whatever the case," continued Koch, "So much heavy fighting happened around that lake, we nicknamed it 'Lake Acrimony.'"
	"Webley called it that after a particularly nasty battle," added Neyland, referring to Keller's former sergeant, fallen at the battle of St. Huldrych Causeway.  "It caught on."
	"I remember it well," confirmed Koch.  "Contingent of Orks and Traitors came down the main bridge in this massive wave of green and blood-
red.  We were concerned about them exploiting our back door while we were busy with this huge force, so we sent a couple of Lemans to cover the ramp leading out of the hunting lodge.
	"Turns out the enemy commanders were only interested in taking the direct route.  We got harassed a little around the ramp, but the Lemans held it well."
	"With the help of some Tarantulars," added Neyland.
	"So, the Marines met them head-on, and we sent a full platoon of Lemans up the bridge to support them.  You cannot imagine the number of troops we hamburgerized on that narrow strip that day.
	"We started pushing them back, and then dropped a couple of Demolishers with the two guarding the ramp.  They made their way towards the enemy's back door--a breach in the wall along the lake's edge, and from there, started chewing up whatever enemy structures and rear-area troops they could target.  
	"They could have had us that day if they had adopted similar tactics.  Seems the Emperor had a favorable eye on the 907th.
	"So there you have it.  We've fought at, how did you put it, 'a more accommodating' environment.  But bolters still tear, cannons still demolish, lasguns still sear, whether it's a hot dustball, a soggy bridge, or a snowy vacation spot."

Unzip the file into your THQ folder.  Everything should fall into their respective folders, including the badge, banner, and color schemes (for Chaos, Space Marines, Imperial Guard, Steel Legion) I've included in this map.

Special thanks to the willing souls at Relicforums for playtesting the map, especially Kronos, who showed an especial enthusiasm for the map.  His Chaos army is featured in the loading screen, taken from a replay of his while skirmishing on this map.  The same army's color scheme ("Khorne's Retribution") is featured among the schemes included in this map.

The badges and banners used in his scheme are the work of the venerable Hangar-8.

Thanks also to fellow Steel Legion beta tester Epicenter, whose suggestions fine-tuned the map you now have.

Feel free to use the map concept for your own work.  Feel free to adopt the badges, banners, and color schemes for your own purposes.  If you play a particularly good multiplayer or skirmish session with this map, feel free to email the replay to me (or have it hosted somewhere, and let me know the link).

This map was created using the Dawn of War mission editor, and GIMP 2.2.  Build time, roughly 24 hours.

Questions and comments can be posted at the Dawn of War maproom on the Relic forums, or by emailing me at [email protected]

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