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

This was an experimental game where I took an all infantry list against someone who I expected would take a whole lot of armour…

List Theory

After I unexpectedly won my last game with an all infantry list I called into question my belief that such a list will, for Death Guard and Daemons, inevitably get stomped by a list featuring lots of armour.  So I had to test this some more, and the only sensible reaction was to push it to the extreme and stick with all infantry.  So that is what I did.

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Chaos Lord and Malignant Plaguecaster take an objective

Death Guard & Nurgle Daemons vs Astra Militarum (1,000pts) – Battle Report

This was a rematch against the player whose Orks I lost to the week before.  He’s good, and we were still using 1,000 point lists as he wanted to practise for a tournament.

List Theory

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I didn’t know what army I was facing, so I couldn’t target my list at any one thing in particular.  1,000 points doesn’t give you a lot of room, the army you build has to be pretty solid and flexible to face all comers.  Compared to last time, I decided to drop the Noctilith Crown.  I think that it has its place but in a small game you won’t have many units to buff and those units need to be off doing things rather than being leashed to the stationary crown.  I also decided to leave out any vehicles or armoured units and to just focus on infantry.  A las cannon equipped Dreadnought can be great, but it’s a bit of a point sink if you don’t come up against any armour.  I’d trust my anti-tank to plasma gun equipped Plague Marines.  Going all infantry should give me some pretty good board control and with the ability to deep strike my Nurgle Daemons I also gain some flexibility.  At 1,000 points we will be playing on a smaller 4ft x 4xt table so the slowness of the Death Guard will hopefully not be too much of an issue.  Finally I added in a Malignant Plague Caster, as I’ve not used one for a long time, and a squad of Cultists for even more table coverage.

The Game

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Nurglings vs Tank

Death Guard & Nurgle Daemons 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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Death Guards vs Astra Militarum

Death Guard vs Astra Militarum (1,750 pts) – Battle Report

List Theory

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It’s all about the Poxwalkers.  I’ve only played one game with Necrosius, which was an utter disaster, and I needed to try him again.  As a coincidence it then happened that Chapter Approved 2019 came out which dropped the points cost for Poxwalkers and Typhus.  So my course was set.

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Rotigus in combat with Astra Militarum

Nurgle vs Astra Militarum (1,750 pts) – Battle Report

The List

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I used the same list as I did in my last game against the Dark Eldar.  In part this was because I’m feeling under the weather, in part because I’m busy but also because I wanted to give it another go as I felt my win was somewhat lucky.  Basically I’m still wondering how to rate Rotigus now that I’ve also got the Bilepiper to back him up.

The Game

Setup

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Knight charges Poxwalkers

Death Guard vs. Imperial Knights & Astra Militarum (1,750 pts) – Battle Report

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Given that Necrosius was finished I now wanted to get him on the tabletop to see how he would do.  I wasn’t expecting much and considered my list pretty “fluffy” and non-competitive. I came up against three Imperial Knights backed by the loyal 32 acting as a Command Point battery.  Oh my.

Knights are a real weak spot for my Death Guard and facing three of them is a nightmare at the best of times yet alone when I’m playing around with Poxwalkers and Necrosius.

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