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 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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Rotigus charging into combat

Nurgle vs Dark Eldar (1,750 pts) – Battle Report

This was a game at Distinct Gaming in Belper.  My opponent was someone who I ‘d never had a game against, so I had not idea what I would be up against.  It turned out to be the Dark Eldar, and this was really exciting as I’d never seen them on the tabletop before yet alone played them.

List Theory

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A few days before this game I had finished painting my Sloppity Bilepiper, so this list was going to be all about giving him a go.   The reason that I got him was to help buff Rotigus so as to increase the chances of getting him into combat.  He allows Great Unclean Ones to charge after advancing, which increases his threat range.

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