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Quality varied greatly in the militia, from well-trained and well-equipped troops who possessed fanatical morale to an undisciplined mob of half-trained conscripts. The best Vraksian troops were the Disciples of Xaphan.

Many had prior military experience. The Imperium had no idea how many Disciples Xaphan had, but they would form the disciplined core of his Traitor Militia. Due to its strategic importance, Vraks Prime had been guarded by a large force of garrison auxillia. These auxillia did not have the training or equipment of regular Imperial Guardsmen, but access to the Departmento Munitorum stores on Vraks rectified any equipment deficiencies and provided vast numbers of heavy vehicles such as Leman Russ main battle tanks, Chimeras and Basilisks.

Though now well-equipped, the Imperium believed it unlikely the garrison forces could do more than successfully man a static defensive line. The Departmento Munitorum maintained a labour corps on Vraks Prime that was large and included many Ogryns.

Most were downtrodden souls with little left to hope for in life other than endless toil and sweat. Many of the labourers had already received some basic military training as the labour corps had also supplied power for the Vraksian militia. One in four labourers either volunteered or were conscripted into the militia. These were men with no military experience, but once armed they could hold a defensive position. Whilst many of the pilgrims on Vraks saw the Cardinal as their messiah, most had no idea who or even why they were fighting.

Many volunteered for the Vraksian Frateris Militia raised by the Cardinal in the belief that they would be defending the holy Shrine of Saint Leonis the Blind against heretical forces. They had been told that the enemy were the true heretical Renegades and that they must join the Vraksian Militia or see the holy place defiled.

These troops were given the lowest priority in weapons and equipment drawn from the Vraksian stores. In combat the Enforcers would stay behind the front lines and shoot any man who fled his post. The Cardinal believed these rogue psykers to be his own children, and claimed that they relayed messages to him from the Ruinous Powers.

The forces of the Imperium required to assault these formidable defences would be the Imperial Guard Regiments raised from the world of Krieg : the infamous Death Korps. These were the best Astra Militarum regiments available to the Imperium.

The men of Krieg were loyal, dutiful and extremely disciplined. They would fight with an almost inhuman disregard for the cost in casualties, seeing death in battle as the ultimate goal of their lives, to sacrifice themselves for the God-Emperor. Most of the regiments would be siege regiments, equipped for a long war against static positions, with a special emphasis on artillery.

Large concentrations of heavy artillery would be needed to blast the enemy from their defensive lines, allowing infantry attacks to sweep forward in their wake. Each regiment would have its own artillery companies, with weaponry ranging from small mortars to the medium artillery of heavy mortars and Quad Launchers. There would also be heavy artillery in the form of Medusa siege guns and Earthshaker Cannons , the work-horse of the 88th Siege Army, as well as the heaviest Imperial artillery in use, the deadly Bombards.

Other regiments would be equipped as mobile armoured regiments, but for a siege campaign the armoured regiments would be used as breakthrough and gap exploitation forces and would not expect to man the lines as the infantry and artillery regiments would. For the men of Krieg, Vraks would prove to be an alien environment. All of them had been raised in the underground hive cities of Krieg, where they became used to the constant overcrowding and recycled air.

While many of the Death Korps regiments were well-established, they had been brought up to strength with many new recruits who had never seen combat before they set foot on Vraks Prime. Vraks was a barren world, covered in a choking layer of volcanic dust, with little vegetation. Its climate was warmer than that of frigid Krieg, but violent electrical storms were a daily problem, as were the sudden downpours that accompanied them.

The defenders knew this terrain well, but the forces of the Emperor would have to learn the nature of the battlefield as the siege progressed. By the time the Imperial siege of the world began, 3 defensive lines had been constructed to the north, west and south of the Citadel by the rebel forces, with the rest of the area to the south and east defended by gorges and canyons, rendering it unsuitable for a massed attack.

The Killing Fields of Vraks "Our creed is this. We are ready, at any moment, to sacrifice all for victory. M41, , guardsmen of the Krieg rd Siege Regiment marched, up the boarding ramps and into the holds of their transport vessels.

They were the first men of the 88th Siege Army to begin their journey to Vraks Prime. They were just the beginning of a vast armada of vessels in orbit above Krieg now prepared to load and rendezvous for the journey to Vraks. Now that the unstoppable Imperial war machine was in motion, his personal presence on Vraks itself was not required.

He would oversee the campaign from a comfortable distance. Assuming victory was already assured, all he needed to oversee was the replacement of men and supplies. The first convoy of tansport ships carrying men, equipment and supplies from Krieg began to arrive in the Vraks System at Carried in 21 transport vessels of various size was the vanguard 88th Siege Army, protected by a flotilla of Imperial Navy escort ships under the command of Admiral Rasiak from his flagship, the cruiser Lord Bellerophon.

The landing zones had been chosen to provide the 88th Siege Army with a secure bridgehead on the surface. The first regiment to land was the rd, which provided vital protection against enemy attacks. For months the landing zones were busy, as shuttles constantly shuttled supplies which were stockpiled in vast quantities of food, ammunition, water and every item the army would require for its 12 year war. It took almost a year for the army to be fully in place. The Krieg offensive lines were dug in 1, miles away from the Citadel, making use of Earthshaker and Bombard artillery batteries.

A Departmento Munitorum labour corps of , men was brought in from the Imperial penal colonies of Arphista to lay railway lines across the barren wilderness to support the siege so that men, mounts and vehicles could reach the enemy in good condition to wage war against the heretic forces of Cardinal Xaphan. Rather than massing for one attack at a single point, and allowing the enemy to amass his forces to block it, the line korps would attempt to encircle Vraks and apply pressure all along the line.

The approach to the Citadel was dictated by terrain. The attack instead, had to come from the west and north, where the vast majority of the defence lines were situated. The 1st and 30th line korps would form the northern part of the attack, whilst the 12th and 34th line korps formed the southern part, occupying an area from the Saritama Abyss to sector The orders for the 1st line korps was to attack the northern defence line, having circumnavigated the western defence lines.

This might even make it possible for them to push further eastwards and avoid the northern defence line, which had never been completed, and attack directly south from sector into the second defence line. Coordinating their attacks precisely would enable the Krieg regiments to drive deep into enemy territory with the support of flanking regiments. With the outer defence lines overrun, the encirclement could begin properly. This meant that the first defence lines had to be overwhelmed quickly, at any cost.

Once regimental commanders reached the second defence lines they could take a more cautious approach to probe for weaknesses before committing any major attacks. This would send a clear message to the defenders that all was lost. The Beginning



Arashinos Chaos renegade sentinel conversions Defender of vraks Flickr All along the frontline, attacks that should have weakened the enemy only seemed to have emboldened him. I am actually closer to total than this picture shows, given I also have a painted Valkyrie and another LRBT painted, but this is what I think I am going to take to the tournament. They ran to crew their crew-served weapons, awaiting the inevitable ground assault. What army will you be running at WWSO? M41, also the site of a popular Imperial Cult shrine to Saint Leonis the Blind, an Ecclesiarchy Missionary who had been martyred in the 38th Millennium after having his eyes removed while spreading the word of the Imperial Creed across the less civilised worlds of the Scarus Sector.


Siege of Vraks

Faem Enemy defences had been organised, and now the second defence line would be much more difficult to crack. The Astartes were met by a vicious dffenders of Chaos Ogrynswhich was fought off in bloody close combat by Assault Terminators. The first regiment to land was the rd, which provided vital protection against enemy attacks. The second wave would walk the same ground over which the first had been all but destroyed.


He found that he enjoyed rousing armies of the faithful, and decided with some prodding by his number-one oh-so-trustworthy assistant Deacon Mamon that he could do more good leading an army than working a desk job. The only problem was that pesky Decree Passive preventing him from raising men under arms, so to keep his plans hidden, he went to Vraks, where there were plenty of soldiers and weapons to make an army, as well as a basilica to give him an excuse to stick around. The Inquisition found out anyway, and sent a Vindicare assassin after him, but the assassin failed; seeing that covertness was no longer an option, Xaphan moved the workers of Vraks to open rebellion. The Imperial presences on the planet, namely the Administratum , Adeptus Arbites , and the Adepta Sororitas who had been his bodyguards until this point , were either killed or imprisoned, which should have been a clue that he was making a bad move, but Mamon assured him that he was in the right, and that his enemies were merely deluded fools who would see the light once he actually got started on his crusade. Therefore, the world would have to be taken, and quickly. The only way to take Vraks back in under a century was to put the Citadel under siege and take it by force, so they took some thirty regiments of the Death Korps of Krieg and put them into an army 30 regiments is not that many men, traditional GW oversight.

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