I haven't been beaten that badly in ANY game in a very long time! Tonight I played in the Devouring of Reth campaign at Gamers Sanctuary. I was part of the Xenos forces attacking the planet. This week, the Imperial forces were tasked with cutting the head off the snake and killing the Xenos HQs (the Surgical Strike Battle Mission from White Dwarf last year). My opponent, a top tier player at GS, brought a Blood Angel list that, in my opinion, was damn near unstoppable.
3 5 Man Assault Squads in Las/Plas Razorbacks
3 Baal Preds w/ Assault Cannons and Hvy Bolters
1 Furioso Dred
1 Furioso Librarian Dred
I put my Farseer in a Wave Serpent surrounded by Dire Avengers. Normally, my Serpents are practically indestructible. Unfortunately, my luck with then ran screaming from the table today. In one round of shooting, my opponent destroyed the Serpent (with a single Las cannon shot), killed all the Avengers with Las, Plas, and a single Demolisher, hit the Farseer with two more direct hits from Demolishers (made both saves) and instant deathed him with an Assault Cannon. The other Preds took out a Fire Prism for good Measure. In one shooting phase he earned 10 kill points. I managed to get one in my turn, but the game was over. 15 minutes after we set up, we were done.
Just for good measure, we played the same mission in reverse. It was a much better game, but a loss in the end. His Vindicators missed 9 of 11 shots this time, but my attempts to end the game early with a bold charge by my Avengers failed to get through terrain. I managed to kill the Librarian, but lost on Kill Points anyway.
I'm looking forward to next week where the Xenos go on the offensive using the Tyranid Wave Assault mission.