Now, for everyone that has never dealt with a manta, they are considered a transport, an oversized, upgunned transport.
It dropped some 40 crisis suits right into the square, bypassing my frontline defenses. Imagine LotR, Battle of Helm's Deep, when the Deeping Wall was blown up. It was like that. I pulled landspeeders from other battles in a desperate attempt to shore up my defenses, but it was too late. They were all over me, plasma and flamers hitting my entrenched termies,, manta bringing down fire on any support from friendly skimmers and flyers. Hell, the best I could hope for was that when they went down, they crashed into the suits ripping me to pieces.
My IG buddy couldn't even support me, because due to the way the Square was constructed, tanks couldn't get in, and the bassies needed to keep fire up on his end just to stay on the level, while I used the wrecks of his russes to give cover to my SM.
I finally made the decision to surrender the now overrun comms tower to the xeno menace, but they would not have. I had my few remaining termies escape the square, and directed my IG buddy to shell the tower, using my last landspeeder as a spotter.
The tower went down in a full apoc explosion, taking out ALL Tau forces in the square, the landspeeder and 3 of my remaining 8 termies on top of damaging the manta.
Ave Imperator, motherfuckers.