Imperial Fists' Assault on Forge Entry of Mondus Gamma
In the early stages of the Heresy, Rogal Dorn was urged by Malcador the Sigillite to secure the Mondus Gamma and Mondus Occulus Forges on Mars. These two mighty forges were the primary production for many of the legions arms and armour so the importance of the mission was paramount.
Rogal Dorn tasked First Captain Sigismund with the mission to land in force and secure the two forges amidst the schism forming in the mechanicums ranks. This battle report tells the short story of Praetor Andreas leading elements of the 52nd Vanguard company to secure a secondary forge entrance to Forge Mondus Gamma. Standing in opposition to him and his forces is a Magos Dominus of the Dark Mechanicum, leading a small host of Castellax Battle Automata with a Thallax cohort in support.
The battle field was dominated by a wide canal, of which the mechanicum had blown the two bridges crossing it. Fortunately for the Imperial Fists, ruined factoriums provided good cover in which to advance behind and launch the attack.. The imperial Fists objective was to take the central building the the Mechanicums deployment zone by turn 6......The mechanicum simply had to prevent this to win.
|Mechanicum Turn 2.|
MECHANICUM TURN 2
The darkfire cannons of the Castellax light up and this time find the armour of the Sicarian weakened, failing and crumpling under the baleful beams, leaving the tank burning. The Thallax once again jump from their perches to fire their lightning guns into the second breacher squad, only felling one marine . The lone Mauler pattern Castellax receives a blurt of binary from the dominus and picks uo its massive feet, barrelling into the breacher squad behind a burst from its flamers. pushing its massive bulk forward over the charred remains of a marine, it smashes another into the wall of the canal with a crunch of ceramite. The marines instantly respond with primed krak grenades but are unable to find any weak spots in the Automatas armour. The Castellax then flails its fists, smashing another two marines to the muck of the canal floor. Having seen a momentary opening in the Automatas defence the sergeant smashes his powerfist into face of the huge machine leaving it twitching and spraying sparks. With the apothecary in the rear recovering the fallens geneseed, the squad remain stoic in the face of the Castellax's rampage.
IMPERIAL FIST TURN 3
The sergeant of the engaged breacher squad gave a short message over the vox, detailing he would do his duty and contain the last Castellax in melee, allowing the praetor and his squad to carry up the ramp to the objective unimpeded. The praetors squad unleash a burst of bolt shells on the Thallax unit hiding in the building, but only succeed in keeping them in cover with their heads down. A large concussive blast immediately shattered the same building, the detonation of the vindicator shell casting a brief illumination over the battle field. The Thallax were however already retreating deeper into cover and none were injured. The tactical support squad, led by the sergeant poked around the corner, spotting the hovering occulus of the Thallax squad. Without hesitating he lifted his plasma gun to his shoulder and vaporised the device. Down in the canal the last Castellax had its hull further damaged by a well placed krak grenade, rocking it enough that its clumsy attacks missed the sergeant as it attacked.
|Mechanicum Turn 3.|
MECHANICUM TURN 3
The Thallax unit moved out of the building, moving to intercept the tactical support squad poised to strike the Mechanicum position in the flank having been alerted to their position by the linkup with their occulus device being destroyed. They quickly identify the tactical support squad sergeant poking around the corner and unleash a full salvo upon him striking him down with lightning. The Castellax unit of the other flank turned in unison, firing thier darkfire cannons in a concentrated blast. The vindicator erupted if flame spewing smoke into the sky. The Magos Dominus seeing the Castellax in melee in the canal about to fall under the relentless attacks of the breachers, uploaded a short binaric protocol to the hulk setting its internal power supply to overload. With little warning it detonated in the faces of the breachers, catching them all in a blast of nuclonic fire. The forgelord managed to survive due to the nature of his armour and the apothecary and lone breacher marine bounced off the canal wall, surviving due to their brothers absorbing the blast infront of them.
MECHANICUM TURN 5
The Thallax realising the mechainucms influence was no longer in place around the forges entry, they withdrew with preservation protocols to report to the nearest Magos. The lone Castellax, turned sluggish by the lack of higher control from a magos could not hold against the combined might of the remaining Imperial Fists and is dragged down and destroyed. The triumphant Praetor Andreas leads the few survivors towards the objective to secure it, upholding his orders.
|Imperial Fists Consolidate on the Forge entrance|