The most significant employment of tank destroyer doctrines by the Brimlock Dragoons occurred on Tulagik Major, at the battle of Mortan forest, where the 823rd Dragoon Tank Destroyer Battalion was on the defensive alongside elements of Brimlock infantry. The division, which was in temporary positions and not prepared for a defensive engagement, was attacked by elements of Vior'la Armoured Interdiction forces, under heavy fog. The 823rd put up a strong defense—knocking out fourteen Hammerhead tanks—but took heavy losses, being mostly overrun and losing eleven Leman Russ. This served to reinforce misgivings about the effectiveness of the dismounted units, and a report delivered to the High Imperial Command, recommended they be phased out in favor of self-propelled guns in the form of Leman Russ or Basilisk units.
The Attacker takes the first turn.
Attacker chooses his table edge and has a 12" deployment zone from the edge they choose. For the Defender deployment see special rules.
Tank Destroyer Doctrine: The defender places 6 objective markers around the table. Once they are deployed the defender secretly marks a small piece of paper with the unit he wishes to hide at that objective. Then places the paper under the objective marker (while the attacker is facing away!) The defender then repeats this process with all his units.
Laying in Wait: The Defender does not deploy his units until they desire to move or shoot or unless the Attacker moves within 12" of enemy infantry or 18" within enemy vehicles.
|Thick forests on Tulagik Major provided a challenge for advancing tank crews.|
|Dragoon Veterans sneak into position to spring the trap!|
|"Quiet, too quiet."|
|Seeker missile fire causes 2 penetrating hits as the Dragoon Russ mows down Pathfinders.|
|Tau Pathfinders round the rocky corner just to be mowed down by a hail of heavy bolter and battle cannon fire.|
|Sticky Bombs!!!!! (melta bombs)|
|Battle cannon rounds plink off the reliable Tau Hammerhead armor, but the valiant charge of veterans un a fire of Smart Missiles proves too much for the ambushed Hammerhead crew.|