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

Nurgle 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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Nurglings vs Tank

Nurgle vs Astra Militarum (2,000 pts) – Battle Report

This was a rematch against Cadian Shock‘s Astra Militarum who I’ve played quite a few times.  Cadian Shock’s own write up can be read here:
https://cadianshock.com/astra-militarum-vs-death-guard-artillery

List Theory

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I knew that I wanted to try Epidemius out again as I’ve only played him once before.  This game was going to be slight larger than that one, 2,000 points  rather than 1,750, and so I had a bit more room to take even more Daemons.  More Daemons maximises the chances to trigger the buffs that Epidemius provides and maximises the number of units that benefit from those buffs.  Given that I had a few more points I worked Rotigus into the list and spent a little bit more on taking some extra Plague Marines, three squads of five this time.  My worry was that Cadian Shock was going to bring a plethora of Leman Russ tanks, as he’s done before, and given that this list would have a real lack of S8 anti-tank weaponry I might have trouble dealing with it.  If I could get Epidemius to trigger his buffs then the Plagueburst Crawlers would end up with S8 auto-hitting weaponry.  But it could be a problem.

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Sisters of Battle

Death Guard vs Adepta Sororitas (1,500 pts) – Battle Report

List Theory

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This was going to be my opponents first game with the new Adepta Sororitas Codex (can I just say Sisters of Battle?  I probably will in this article) and my first time facing them.  This lead to a few thoughts.

  1. I didn’t want to build a list that was too tough, that wouldn’t be any fun.
  2. I didn’t know what I was up against, would it be a horde or armoured vehicles?  So I needed a variety of stuff.
  3. I’ve played my Plagueburst Crawlers a lot, and I think they’re great units.  So given my first point I decided to leave them at home.
  4. I enjoyed played my flying Daemon Prince and a trio of drones in my last game against the Orks.  So I’d do that again.
  5. I love Plague Marines, so I’d take as many of them as I could.
  6. I’ve not used my Terminators in a while so they’re going into the mix as well.

With all that in mind there wasn’t a lot of room left, so I took two Dreadnoughts one with twin lascannons and one with twin butcher cannons.  That would give me some anti-armour and some anti-tough infantry weaponry.

And that’s me done.  One battalion, so not a lot of command points, but that’s OK, it’ll be fun.

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Death Guard Daemon Prince vs Orks

Nurgle vs Orks (1,750 points) – Battle Report

I’ve played this player and his Orks once before and managed a victory, this so this is a rematch.

List Theory

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Epidemius was ready to hit the table, he buffs Nurgle Daemons, so this list was all about taking as many of them as I could.  Epidemius’ ability isn’t limited to Daemons from the Chaos Daemos codex.  A number of Death Guard units have the required key words, so I would be using them as well.  I set myself some rules which were that if I didn’t take a Daemon unit in a Death Guard slot then I had to take the cheapest option.  So one of my HQs was a Chaos Lord and two of my three troop choices were Cultists.  For the third troop choice I did break the rules and took Plague Marines, I like Plague Marines.  I knew that my list had a weakness in that it was really lacking in anti-armour capability.  I had no Helbrutes, Dreadnoughts or Plasma.  If there were a lot of T8 vehicles in the army I was facing then I would have a tough game.

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2019 in Review

A quick post to sum up my year, something to look back on next year.

Games

I managed 39 games and won about 2/3rds of them.  I’m pretty happy with that.  The games I lost were usually one involving super heavies (Knights and Tanks), so I still have a real problem there that I need to work on.  You can see the full list of games here.

Painting

I painted up 63 models this year for a total of about 2,391 points.  The Nurgle Daemon Battalion was the biggest single faction I worked on but the Death Guard weren’t far behind.

Death Guard (906 points)

Chaos Knights (314 points)

Chaos Daemons (948 points)

Servants of the Abyss – Blackstone Fortress (223 points)

Aims for 2020

  • I think I’ll aim to continue to grow my Death Guard and Chaos Daemon armies, probably more with quality rather than quantity.  So some more Forge World stuff and armour might appear.
  • Another unit of 30 Plaguebearers is tempting, but they’ve just gone up in points, we’ll see.
  • More Poxwalkers is also tempting, they’ve had a points drop and being small models would easily fit into my carry case.  However getting up to 20 is hard, you can only buy them in groups of six.  However I currently have about 24 of them, so I could buy 18, strip the paint from 2 of them and then paint them all up in a different colour to the rest (green?).
  • Really work on my airbrushing, if I do get more Forge World stuff and armour then that should help get nice smooth paint jobs on them.  I’m still not happy with my Rhinos and Land Raider that were brush painted.
  • Tackle Mortarion?  He’s the one obviously missing part of my Death Guard.  If can crack the airbrush then it might help me make some nicely blended painting for his wings.
  • I still need to work on my problems playing against super heavies such as Knights and Baneblades.  I know that Cadian Shock has one in progress, so I’ll be seeing more of them on the table.