This was a 1000 point battle, mission was: Seize Ground with 3 objectives.
Even for 1000 points, this was a troop-heavy list for me. Warboss with Power Claw, 20 'ard boyz, 20 shoota boyz, big mob of 30 slugga/choppa boyz, and a squad of gretchin. Heavy support came in the form of some Killa Kanz.
Dark Eldar were set up behind cover and had a 3 Raiders with troops on board, a Ravager, as well as Charlie's infamous "Dark Lances". 2 Talos were also in their mix of surprises.
Ork turn 1: Orks rumbled forth, bellowing out their battle cries over the snowy field. Climbing over rocky out croppings, the 'ard boyz spread far and wide providing a "mean & fungus" shield for the rest of the orks. As much of the ork long range firepower was lacking, most of the orks took to running, trying to make up ground and close the distance with the Dark Eldar.
DE turn 1: The Dark Eldar were happy to sit back and unleash a volley of fire at the onrushing ork horde. Much to their dismay when the smoke cleared, only 2 orks had fallen to their firestorm. The orks didn't skip a beat, not noticing 2 dead amongst over 100 charging, screaming troops.
Orks would attempt to continue to fight hard. Lucky shots from shoota boyz manage to criple a couple of raiders. Both times, crews were forced to bail out. Now the Dark Eldar would have to fight on foot, just the way the orks liked it.
DE Turn 4: The Warriors failed to rally, but rolled a "3" for movement and were just 1 inch shy of the board edge.
Another Dark Eldar Raider moved forth dropping it's troops to capture the central objective of the battle. The main fight of the battle would now be for the central objective marker (a slave girl) as each side was firmly in controll of one objective marker on each of their sides.
DE Turn 5: Manuvering troops around, one Raider flies to the South West to contest the ork objective and the Ravager moved to cut off the "Grots of Doom" and with intense firepower, sees the Grots running for safety.
Ork Turn 6: Time running down, it was time to finish off all Dark Eldar Resistance. The rest of the shoota boyz squad assaulted the raider that approached their objective. They effectively tore the thing apart, securing their end of the battle field.
The last killa kan finally got a chance to go Toe-to-Toe (or Claw to Claw?) with the remaining Talos. It was an epic battle that would carry over into the Dark Eldar Turn 6.
For the orks, it was a moral victory, as the goal was to take out the Talos machines so that there would be prizes to bring to the Big Meks. With the success of the deff dread "Skorponox" of Krogg's Karnage, there has been rumors of more such devices being built, and Talos seem to be an ideal platform for such devices.