Saturday, January 23, 2016

15mm Gruntz 2016 Battle Report 2: UNSC vs Helghast

Leaked news reports were calling it "The Massacre on 2335 Coronae IV".  Rumors were spreading, and a new uprising would occur each day.  Colonel Carthen was tasked with silencing these false truths, a crime punishable by death.  Still, Carthen was worried as the rebels had access to tanks and other vehicles via illegal arms trading.  He had many under cover spies and drones attempting to find out who was behind this influx, but so far nothing.

"Sir, a message for you" the young sergeant handing him a data slate.  Carthen had the intel he needed.  One of his spies had infiltrated an illicit trade agreement and learned of the next area to obtain new hardware.  Carthen mobilized his small strike force.  High Command was kind enough to send him more Spider Droids and Horizon's sister tank, Immortal.

Enemy forces have been identified as the Helghast, a very mysterious, but high tech nuisance to the UNSC.  Rumors are that the Helghast were once human, but through gene splicing and copious amounts of experimental drugs, they are anything but human now.  His forces must have been spotted, as a rather large force of Helghast was bearing down upon them.  The humming of a Helo's engine could be heard.  This fight would definitely be interesting...

Matt and I played another game of Gruntz at our local hobby store.  We played a 400 point battle, with him bringing a much beefier and respectable force this time.  I brought my UNSC again.  I tweaked my forces a little since our last battle.  I love how you can tweak your guys in Gruntz to be exactly what you want.  We play pretty much by the book, except that we double all shooting ranges.

Here are our unit lists:

Matt's Helghast.  They have a Helicopter...

The layout.  We chose to deploy in opposite corners.

UNSC forces makea  dash for the town.  Horizon and Immortal take up firing positions.

Immortal taking up position to ruin any tanks day that strolls down that road.

Large plasma shot from a Jaktar V class MBT blows a giant hole in one of my APCs knocking out its CIWS.  Immortal shoots back and scores a solid hit.

UNSC forces have secured the town, but the Helghast move on forward.

UNSC infantry take some serious heat.  The Helo proves to be a pain as it has an active camo unit making it hard to hit.

Horizon and Immortal continue to score hits on the opposing tanks, but they keep rumbling forward.

UNSC Infantry squad thought they killed a few Helghast... but they got back up and wiped out the UNSC in the building. What are we fighting?!

Finally a Jaktar V MBT goes up in a ball of fire.  

A Jaktar V limps away and begins to auto repair.

The end of the battle.  Lots of damaged vehicles.

Was a very fun and close battle.  Not entirely sure who won as we don't really care, we just want to have fun.  I had lost nearly half of my infantry.  Matt's infantry had taken a beating, but kept rolling 5s and 6s to get them to stand back up on his auto heal perk.  I lost a spider droid and had a few badly banged up tanks.  Matt lost 1 tank, a second 1 point away from dying and a 3rd with a large chunk taken out of it.

I need to find some air cover to take out that blasted Helicopter.  Was very hard to hit with its Active Camo device.


  1. I like the narrative style batrep Nick. That's a great looking game. I may have to throw some of my Principate into the painting queue.

  2. Nice report!
    I like gruntz too for its flexibility in unit design.
    Thanks for sharing :-)