Today I played a 2,000 point game against a nid player. I ran a pure daemon list:
Herald of Khorne on Skull Throne
Herald of Tzeentch on Burning Chariot
4 Bloodcrushers of Khorne w/ Banner of Blood
16 Bloodletters w/ banner of Blood
2 x 8 Hounds
3 Plague Drones w/ 3+ poison sting
Cavalcade of Slaanesh w/ 2 chariots and 1 exalted chariot
2 Bloodslaughterers w/ impalers
He ran a pretty typical nid army: Flyrant w/ twin-linked devourers, 2 blobs of 30 termagaunts, Tervigon, 2 groups of 2 zoanthropes, 2 venomthropes, Hive Crone, 2 ‘Fexes w/ dual twin-linked devourers in pods, and the plasma shooting MC (forget the name). Caveat to this report: He is a fairly new player and made some erroneous decisions that would haunt him.
We did black ops maelstrom mission (5) in a hammer and anvil deployment. He ended up going first. He advanced his units up, just outside of his gaunt’s range (18″ devourers) and shot up my hounds with his flyrant and made 15 gaunts with his tervigon but rolled doubles first turn. First turn I advanced into the hormagaunts and killed 19 on the assault with him out of assault range after the hammer of wraith. I also summoned 3 crushers with the scribes. He spread out to respond to the daemon advance, focusing heavily on the hounds and skull cannon that had killed 6 gaunts but ignoring my purchased crushers and gunned down the decoy crushers. My chariots killed 4 more gaunts before all the riders were killed, making back their points before dying (about 40 more points actually).
His second turn saw the first fex deepstrike in and almost kill the scribes, he killed the skull cannon, and a handful of dogs and a wound on the bloodletters. The chariot had the malefic power to improve invulns but he managed to keep it suppressed most turns. He wiped out the summoned crushers (as stated earlier) by dumping a lot into them. My turn I assaulted several units and made a staggering blow to his line. In a single turn he lost the remnants of the squad of gaunts, a squad of zoanthropes, and his carnifex (they died to the plague drones). Additionally I saw the writing on the wall concerning the scribes and was lucky enough to roll the greater daemon summoning and swapped him out for a great unclean one.
Third and fourth turns were just a bloodbath as he failed to focus fire on squads which allowed me to drive my forces into a tip and crush through his gaunt line, eliminating all of his rear-guard synapse beasties. Once they were no longer fearless, my crushers broke the last gaunts and the blood slaughterers dropped the tervigon.
He called the game after he realized I was up by 4 points (3 once secondary objectives applied) and we had 1 for sure turn remaining, meanwhile he had nothing left on the ground to secure objectives with, meanwhile I still had about half my army (daemonettes and letters were both about at 50-60% strength, all 3 of the crushers were alive, all the plague drones, the great unclean one, and about 12 hounds. Oh, and both of the blood slaughters were wandering around). It was a good game and my second game against him. I highlighted that a) flyrants get a total of 60- 84 shots the entire game and that with every unit being able to claim objectives, having every MC being shooty means that you have no recourse against assault armies once they pick up steam, b) when playing against an assault army, advancing far enough forward allowing me the charge can be catastrophic. Had he made me come to him, it is very reasonable to think that I very well may have lost that game. Overall, very fun game and I think he considered it quite fun as well. Looking forward to getting a game in with friends back at my old stomping ground though, which should hopefully be occurring in a few weeks.
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So I have begun using the Slaanesh seeker chariots now. At first it was only a single exalted chariot and that sucked. But then I took the plunge and bought two regular seeker chariots and I couldn’t be happier. These bad boys almost always earn their points back and use up that pretty rarely used heavy slot for the daemons codex. Here is their breakdown:
Underestimated: yep, you guessed it. Frankly, if there is a big monster on the table and a seeker cavalcade, guess who is gonna get it…it’s not the seekers. These guys consistently get in close. Now this is something that doesn’t appen many more times after the first, but it’s great at first.
Guaranteed hits: that’s right! No whiffing with this guy. I generally run 1 exalted and 2 seeker chariots. That’s 8 D6 of hammer of wraith hits. On average, every two dice will make seven hits. That’s 28 hits. Against marines, that’s 14 wounds at I10, about a third of them being rends. Those big nasty T6 monsters out there die to them handily as well. Gaunts and guardsmen die even faster. Then, you get the charging exalted alluress attacks as well.
Rewards!: if for some reason you have extra points, you can dump it on these guys to make them even more versatile. For 60 points, you can give them all a lash of despair. That’s another 6D6 S3 shots. Great against Tau and Eldar. Or, if you are against an assault army, you can make e riders even nastier and give them greater ether blades to have S4 AP2 rending attacks. Either way, it makes that 60 point chariot packing a lot of pain.
However, they do have a lot of cons-
AV 11: no explanation needed. These guys are squishy. Not as bad as AV10, but they aren’t hard to crack with heavy weapons, are open topped so those AP1 melta guns make it go boom on a 3+, and they become less effective damaged so after delivery they don’t survive too much longer if you overextend your front.
They don’t lock the enemy: this is key. When you assault the enemy, you don’t lock him in combat. He can step back and blast you to pieces, and if that fails, assault you and destroy the AV10 rear armor (because it is still just a vehicle) with krak grenades.
The rider dies when the ride dies: when the chariot goes down, so does the rider. I sometimes take a herald in an exalted chariot or seeker chariot for exactly this reason.
If they become immobilized…you’re screwed: it relies on assaulting. Guess what, you get immobilized, you’re done. The only exception to this is if it gets stuck someplace convenient and acts as either a) a roadblock or b) it has a lash of despair and is within 12″ of the enemy.
They are squadrons: this is useful to pack a bigger punch, but nothing like having one assault cannon drop three chariots on a good roll.
Overall, they are a vehicle I would recommend for any army or allied section. Allies especially as they provide that swift kick to the ass that some of the CSM armies lack. Consider it sort of like a crappy demolition derby. For CSM I would suggest three seeker chariots stock and running them Down the edges and striking a flank. For a hammer and anvil type attack, hey work to get a unit behind very well being able to move 12 and then flat out another 18 for a whopping 30″ move. Pretty much only Eldar get away. They are great for putting the heat on crisis suits, especially paired with grimoires. Give them a 3++ and they are nasty. Flop the roll and they move quick enough to get to safety.
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So I find myself mores excited about the upcoming break from school for painting more than playing. Right now, I have three projects of hefty caliber lined up on my desk, one from each of the armies I have and another in the works. Essentially, I am making a kick ass model for each of the painting categories.
25 mm- the slaanesh sorcerer. He has had little love paid towards him last few days but I finally got the last bit for him. I need to finish up the marines flamer spurt, GS some tormented souls on the jump pack, do up the ground (still not sure what I want for a base…thinking green as marine will be blue and sorcerer will be pink so grass with bits of scorched grass in there). Then finish the marines foot, remove the blue tack and start gluing minor components on, paint, then attach major components after painting. His imagined paint scheme will be a dark pink worked up to a super bright pink with emperors children sign on his shoulder. Need to pick a company for the smurf (thus a edging color…I will likely refer to my local SME on smurfs for this one). The trimming on him will be black with metallic details and purple loincloth and lenses. The whip will be black crackling with either purple or blue lightning (which will wrap onto his hand to indicate the power source is the sorcerer himself).
40 mm- this one is still in the planning stages, nothing hard yet.
60 mm- yeah…nothing for this one yet either.
Monster- the big bad ice thirster. Planned out his base, working on making icicles, plotted out the color scheme. Slow going on this guy. Oh, gotta get new brushes before I tackle this guy as he is so big I don’t want mistakes.
Squad- converting a squad of storm vermin into storm Troopers with the infiltrate doctrine. They will be armed with fantasy hell rifles (the multi-barreled ones) and I am going to convert them so that they are crouching. After that I am going to use dunked bases to make them emerging from water (cutting off some of their feet) and put ghili suits on them. Cool part will be some of the strips of cloth will “float” on the water to give a dynamic sense of motion.
Diorama- either a diorama on the battle of rynns world or a diorama called over the top with IG going over a trench line wearing bretonian style pan helmets (sorta think WW I). Big thing here is that it will have a back drop depicting the rest of the battle and the explosions in the distance and I have some orks for the close in enemies. Get some concertina wire for the obstacles for the orcs. Put little letters stabbed into the trench wall with knives and at the bottom have a commissar shouting and an officer with a whistle or bullhorn or something. Overall, fun to make.
Yeah, so I am pretty well set up for the next quite a few months… Should be a blast!
On that note, my khorne army is coming along. Made some progress on them blue hounds and bloodletters. Need to attach the bloodletter heads, finish up the hounds, do basing and details on both then I can start working on the ice crushers! Hopefully my khorne army gets some luvin come February…they need it!!!!!
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