Death Guards vs Orks (1,000 pts) – Battle Report

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.

List Theory

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.

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The Game

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Noctilith Crown

This was a long project, it took just over two months from first assembly to “completion” (which always an arguable concept).  The Crown provides invulnerable saves to units close by and also allows psykers to re-roll attempts to manifest powers.  But that’s not really why I got it.  Back in the run up to Christmas I was wondering what to work on next and was looking for something big to keep me busy.  My local Games Workshop store had one of these out on their 40k table and had rusted it slightly.  “That looks really quite good,” I thought.  A full on rusted up Death Guard version would be a nice addition to my collection.  And so I was set on my course.

This is a big piece of work involving a number of techniques, some of which were new for me.  So let’s try to break it down.

Construction

Supports

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Daemons vs. Adeptus Mechanicus

Death Guard & Nurgle Daemons vs Adeptus Mechanicus (1,750pts) – Battle Report

This was a mystery game against an unknown army.  I had no idea that it would be the Adeptus Mechanicus.

List Theory

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In a way having no idea what you’re up against is quite liberating, you stop worrying about whether you can handle the enemy and just build what you fancy taking.  So for me this week it was going to be another chance to put Epidemius on the table.  I was heading back to the store that I bought him from, so it seemed fitting.  I tweaked the list that I took last time to make it both smaller and to also bring in a trio of Myphitic Blight Haulers.  I’ve not used them in a very long time.

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