The alien bio-vessels swept aside attacks by Ultramarines Strike Cruisers and swarmed over the planet below. https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Battle_for_Macragge&oldid=443190. Leading a bodyguard of Tyrant Guard and Tyranid Warriors, the monstrous Hive Tyrant plunged into the fray. Chameleoid Lictors lay in ambush amongst the corpses, slashing into the advance squads in an orgy of destruction. So did the Sons of Ultramar prove in the 35th Millennium in battle against the Star-Striders of Crioth, and in retaliation for the Heavenfall Massacres. Ultramarines Chapter, Ultramar Auxilia, Legio Praetor, Battlefleet Bakka (Imperial Navy) Though their number was not great enough to do more than delay the Ultramarines, that delay could prove costly. It was then that I knew the battle to be lost.". Over the 10 millennia that passed after the mortal wounding of their Primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Ultramarines defended the Realm of Ultramaragainst all manner of invaders -- some so strange as to defy the comprehension of the common man. Fortunately, his Honour Guard fought before their wounded Chapter Master, their Axes of Ultramar driving the Swarmlord back from the body of their fallen lord. In 745.M41, Ultramar was invaded by the unstoppable juggernaut of Behemoth, the first Tyranid Hive Fleet encountered by the Imperium. Casualties (defenders) Calgar divided his forces into three armies. https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Battle_of_Macragge?oldid=370504. The Swarmlord was officially listed as destroyed, but no corpse was ever found. Under Cassius' leadership, those Battle-Brothers who had fought the hardest against the Tyranid swarms that had assaulted Macragge were elevated and afforded additional duties, until each was eventually judged worthy of joining the ranks of the slowly reconstituted 1st Company. The Ultramarines' 1st Company had been wiped out to the last man. The 3rd and 7th Companies were sent ahead in their fast Strike Cruisers. Responsibility for this undertaking fell to Chaplain Ortan Cassius, whose hatred for the Tyranids and all they had done to the worlds of Mankind knew no bounds. Together they pushed on to clear the subterranean passages that the Tyranids had overrun. In the aftermath of the Battle of Macragge, the Ultramarines were faced with the Herculean task of rebuilding their most experienced body of Veteran warriors -- the 1st Company. The Hive Fleet entered the Ultramar System in the year 745.M41, with thousands of bio-ships stripping the garden paradise world of Prandium to bare rock before moving on, undeterred by Ultramarine strike fighters. The Ultramarines have tested their might against Ork WAAAGH!s and Renegade uprisings, T'au incursions and Necronraids, but the measure of their heroism is shown truest in battles where they … Rumours persist that the beast had somehow escaped death and that the Tyranids would one day return. Knowing that to remain planetside was to doom his followers to wasteful death, Calgar withdrew to the orbiting Battle Barge Octavius. Over the 10 millennia that passed after the mortal wounding of their Primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Ultramarines defended the Realm of Ultramar against all manner of invaders -- some so strange as to defy the comprehension of the common man. Extermination. Yet, as Aloysius fell, the Thunderhawks were able to lift off, carrying the few dozen survivors to safety. Captain Fabian of the 3rd Company prudently awaited the arrival of the company's 3 Dreadnoughts before proceeding into the fortress itself to search for survivors. Calgar took the Tyranids' bait, and pursued the Tyranid fleet toward the ringed world of Circe at the edge of the Macragge System, but not without a plan of his own. Massive Strike Cruisers cast shadows over civilian vessels and Imperial Navy Destroyers, and were themselves dwarfed by the brooding presence of the Ultramarines' Battle Barges. Warhammer 40,000 : Battle for Macragge Paperback – January 1, 2004 by Games Workshop (Author) 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. Marneus Calgar eventually acceded to the Chaplain's request. A dozen warships already hung in orbit, and each day more arrived from the Warp. But they were outnumbered and outmatched. As he led the counter assault against a Carnifex brood, Calgar recognised the malevolent intelligence within the creature, quickly realising that his enemy was not the mindless swarm it had first seemed to be. Biovores bombarded the defenders and forced them to spread out to minimize casualties, but this in turn left them vulnerable to Mawloc and Trygon attacks. Each had given his life for his brothers. Up to this point in the siege, the defenders had become accustomed to the near-mindless tactics of the rampaging swarm, but under the influence of the Swarmlord, the Tyranids' primal fury was coupled with keen strategy. Between this mighty fleet of warships and the planet's no less formidable orbital defence stations, Macragge was anything but defenceless. The 7th Company landed unopposed at the southern fortress and quickly linked up with the survivors of the garrison above ground. The Ultramarines would endure. They burnt their way along the passages with Flamers and eventually came upon the lower penitorium where the 1st Company had made their last stand. The 7th Company landed on the southern fortress and amazingly found survivors from the garrison. Imperial Battle Titans were dragged down and ripped apart by sheer weight of numbers. The Battle for Macragge was the concluding battle of the First Tyrannic War that stopped Hive Fleet Behemoth in 745.M41[2b] or 746.M41, depending on the source, on the Ultramarines' Homeworld of Macragge. The included Tyranids launched my Warhammer hobby, now I'm looking into the space marines to see what I have. This article purports to rely on sources which are not cited in the body of the text.For help on citation see the citation guidelines. Of the southern garrison, nothing was known. The ravening berserker-spirit that had driven the Tyranids onto the ridge was gone as if it had never existed. [1a], While the ground battle was taking place, Macragge's orbital space defences had been all but destroyed by the Tyranid fleet. With the foe reeling, the Swarmlord extended its will and ten thousand alien minds answered. But the cost had been great. Deeming that the Tyranid threat was too massive to be opposed piecemeal, Calgar combined his ground forces into three mighty armies. Though a minor deviation from the Codex Astartes, Marneus Calgar tolerates his mentor's divergence from its sacred tenets, sensing that someday there shall be another reckoning between the Ultramarines and the Tyranids, and that Cassius' Tyrannic War Veterans may be the key to final victory. Only staunch fire laid down by the company's Devastator Squads kept the alien swarm at bay until Thunderhawk gunships arrived to blast the Tyranids back into the darkness. Calgar pursued the retreating fleet to the ringed world of Circe at the edge of the Macragge System, where both sides had planned an ambush. Included are 10 Termagants, 6 Genestealers, 8 Spore Mines, 10 Space Marines, an Imperial Pilot, and a set of crashed Imperial Aquila Shuttle terrain pieces. Commander of the Guard Aloysius held back the Swarmlord and its attending Tyrant Guard as the rest of the Honour Guard helped Calgar to safety. Only the Company's Devastator Squads kept the swarms back until Thunderhawks arrived to blast the creatures back below ground. At the same time, the Sirocco Starport was infiltrated by Genestealers, which destroyed much of Calgar's shuttle fleet along with its pilots and Auxilia defenders. I got the contents of the Battle for Macragge set as a garage sale this summer. The Battle of Macragge remains a great source of both sorrow and pride for the Ultramarines. An expansion to this was released called The Battle Rages On!, which featured new scenarios and units, like the Tyranid Warrior. The Ultramarines reacted to each threat with valor and bolstered weakened sections of their line; however they were outnumbered and outmatched. The survivors of the Ultramarines 1st Company were still believed to be fighting amongst the defence laser silos of the northern citadel, but all contact with them had been lost after the Tyranids overran the surface outposts. 3 years ago. Yet even under Marneus Calgar's legendary leadership, such delaying measures would only delay the inevitable.
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