So, this past Sunday Da Long Wayz Dezert Groop was out in force, with a small allied contingent of the Fem Fa'Tau tagging along. Turn out at the FLGS was heavy, and there was a quick fight to divy out the terrain evenly. One table tried to snag the lion's share, but my GF started commandeering a significant portion of their terrain and scattered it around various other tables (not ours it ought to be said).
Regardless, we ended up with a decent if sparse smattering or terrain on our table, and luckily had brought along my Ork barricades to use as an Aegis defense line (having foreseen the terrain situation in advance). For an opponent, we had the dreaded Eldar, and I figured my beleaguered Orks and their ancient codex were in for a suicide charge.
It wasn't exactly the case as while the Orks did engage in said charge, it didn't turn out to be suicide! Turn two, the Nobs mob lead by Da Masta Cheef himself punched a hole straight thru the Eldar line! At that point the Eldar dice's morale was broken causing them to roll horribly and by turn four the Eldar raised the white flag, fleeing the field (those few that were left).
Usually I have a horde of vehicles careening across the table in a mad dash towards their doom. Barring of course the Matilda (Battlewagon) which trundles across the table in vain hopes that its Zzap gun will kill something. Instead, this time I had a few notable units that were outside my norm.
First up was a 30-strong mob of slugga boys. Lead by a nob with a power claw and having 3 big shootas. Sounds pretty standard except instead of opting for more boys, I made them Ard boys. Clocking in at about 350 points, it was a pricey unit. However they screened the shoota boys for a bit, and managed to weather most of the incoming shuriken fire. Sadly they never made it to HTH combat due to the retreating Eldar.
Next up was the decked out Nob's Mob. More or less a 'Deathstar', they had all the trimmings: Eavy armor, Cybork bodies, Painboy, Waaaugh Banner (2) big choppas, Da Masta Cheef and of course mounted in the Battlewagon which hauled ass forward! It worked spectacularly! Da Cheef even got an extra VP for the Legendary Fighter warlord trait by killing the enemy warlord (who was the Eldar ranger special character).
Another high point were my two big guns who took to the table for the first time in well over a year. The lobba was spot on for most of the game, only needing its ammo runt once (good thing as it only had one). More than that the kannon never once missed and was only thwarted in killing a night spinner in turn one due to cover saves. As it was, it managed 2 glancing hits. For 57 points total, they performed exceptionally well!
Also of note were the Fem Fa'Tau's drone squadron which killed half of the infernal Dark Reapers and pinned them for turn 2, allowing my nobs to survive after slaughtering their first unit of Eldar in HTH. The fire warriors killed a few Eldar, but sadly the enemy never really advanced into their range to make use of the Cadre Fireblade's addition to their firepower.
So, as you can see, the Orks had a great game though it does make me wonder why Neverness' Orks have so much trouble with the Eldar...