This was a game against a very good player who was looking to practice a 1,000 point list for a tournament that is going to run at a local game store. I’ve played him before, losing to his Orks and Genestealer Cult.
I knew that this was going to be a tough game that I had to bring my best to in order to stand a chance. So I built my list around the Noctilith Crown, which might be great for gun line armies, but that’s not how the Death Guard fights. This really is one of those moments when you have to choose between the list you want to play and the list you feel you have to play to win. I chose the former, but within those parameters I was going to give it my all.
The Crown gives a 5+ invulnerable save to units nearby and also allows psykers to re-roll attempts to manifest powers. Given that this was a 1,000 point game I didn’t think I could manage psykers so I went with units that would benefit from the invulnerable save. This was a unit of Poxwalkers, two units of Plague Marines and a Helbrute. There would be a Chaos Lord to provide re-rolls. All of those units would be leashed be the Crown as they needed to be close to it. I therefore needed something mobile and went for a winged Daemon Prince and two Plagueburst Crawlers. List complete.