The marines set up first in the far corner, while the cult set up second, deploying in a broad crescent. Had I thought better about this, and read the mission criteria, I would have realized this was a big mistake. The marines could have attempted to destroy me in detail to force a bottle/run away check. Instead they stayed close together and pushed toward the other corner. This was a decent plan because as soon as they got close, I'd instant lose if I'd lost a 1/4 of my troops. Considering the quality of the lion share of my cultists (and their paper thin armor), this wouldn't be hard to achieve.
It's obvious from the odd light that this is the waning hours of the day. The marines have spent the daylight hours uncovering evidence of the presence of the insidious genestealer foe. Already it is too late and the marines realize that night is when they strike.......
Turn 2: The marines have advanced to the edge of the first building. To the right the least useful cultist group is moving around to flank them. They are at risk of being outrun. Towards the centre the cultists are set up to burst through the treeline and subject the marines to some short range gunfire.
The marines were constantly frustrated by pour dice rolls, and hot dice by the cult. The kill team also allows the wonderful 'hide' rule from necromunda, which allows you to hug terrain and not shoot and be unshootable. This only works till they are about 6 or 9" away (I forget). So aggressive maneuvering can remove hidden status. A single cult member had a weapon that is a marine bane, a plasma gun, and was sniping away steadily from the vent. To the left we can see the lone plasma gunner hiding to the bottom right of the ruins. .
Turn 3. The marines move up to the far edge of the ruins. The cultists in the centre burst through the trees to drop two flamer templates and a couple of shots on the clustered marines. Only one marine succumbs, but amusingly a few are set on fire.....including their leader in terminator armor. Note to leaders, close up that faceplate/helmet before the fire fight starts!
Another angle on the flamer rush by the cultists. They truly are dead men standing out in the open like that, but they will attract vengeance/gunfire for at least a turn while the real threat continues their advance.
To the Right we see the marines continued to move forward and smashed the cultists (except for the super lucky fellow on the hill). In return the first wave of stealers rush forward eating a few terminators.
The leader has survived (and still on fire!). Wave 2 of stealers can be seen on the left of the ruins about to hop the walls and charge in. The stealers (except for the aged and stiff patriarch) can freely move over terrain without being slowed down. They also have a better save when terrain obscures them. This was pretty key.
The end is nigh as the stealers swarm small groups of marines, largely paired up to avoid the risk of overwatch fire. In the new rules, models pop off a final shot against chargers, hitting on a 6. This definitely seems like something lifted from flames of war, but it is definitely a wise thing to add. It makes it more dicey to be close combat oriented, and (apparently) there has been a real shift towards gunfire, and highly dedicated assault units (rather than everyone charging in).
Gory photos to follow......
Kudos to my opponent Kevin, who had good grace during game play with horrible dice luck. A pleasurable game to end the year with.