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The Grand Cabal Battle 2

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So I managed to squeeze in another game!  I might get another one in before I am off the grid altogether for 6-9 months…in a country that is not the US.  So yeah.  However, I think that I will get a game in when the new Traitors Hate comes out which will amplify the power of this new list to amazing levels.

 

Well, here was my list for this 2,000 point game against Vanilla Marines:

 

Heavy Support: Chaos Vindicator
1 Cyclopia Cabal
5 Sorcerers Bikes, Increase Mastery Level x 2, Sigil of Corruption, Spell Familiar, Veterans of the Long War, Chaos Bike, Last Memory of Yuranthos (on Pyromancy Sorcerer)
1 Sorcerer  Mark of Tzeentch + Increase Mastery Level x2 + Sigil of Corruption+ Spell Familiar + Veterans of the Long War + Chaos Bike+ The Crucible of Lies
9 Chaos Space Marines(Veterans of the Long War+ Plasma gun + Plasma gun)
1 Aspiring Champion (Veterans of the Long War)
1 Chaos Rhino
4 Chaos Space Marines (Veterans of the Long War+ Flamer)
1 Aspiring Champion (base cost + Veterans of the Long War)
1 Chaos Rhino
1 Chaos Predator (Twin-Linked Lascannon + Lascannon (pair)
1 Chaos Vindicator

Daemon Allies
1 Herald of Tzeentch (HQ) = (Psyker (Mastery Level 2) + DS: Disc of Tzeentch)
1 Paradox
10 Plaguebearers of Nurgle (Troops)
3 Screamers of Tzeentch (Fast)

The Psychic Powers were as follows (I have discovered these Psychic power sheets are great)

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So I didn’t get invisibility, the +1 invuln from Sanctic, the 4+ FNP, or Gate.  So not an auspicious start.  He was running 2 squads of Sternguard vets, a lot of heavy bolters (He was using Imperial Fists so this was bad…), a vindi, whirlwind, sniper scouts, and a LOT of infantry.

Long story short, it was a killpoint game that I ended up winning 13-8 almost tabling him.  The Herald of Tzeentch brought a serious amount of firepower to the game.  He would move in, fire off his shooting attacks, then turbo-boost away.  All of the psychers died which is where 6 of the 8 killpoints he got came from.  The rest came from the predator and the vindicator.  Few things learned-

1- Paradox is AWESOME.  If you have a WC 3 and you commit 5 dice to it, it is 100% guaranteed.  Which is nice to have at least one guaranteed power per turn.

2- Vortex is hilariously good.  I mean, really.  It’s silly how destructive this is.  I am debating buying an aquilla strongpoint just to get the vortex missile launchers just for it.  Also, the complete inability to prepare for where it may move is again just simply hilarious.  Watching it scatter 11″ right on top of his command squad and watching them all get sucked in was simply priceless.

3- Plague drones are nasty, but they also are really good bullet sinks.

4- Terrify reduces Ld by 1.  Which is a good setup to psychic shriek.  This combination was ridiculously effective.  It’s only one, but that seemed to be the key to success.

5- Anti-air continues to be a pain in the rear.  He did have a Storm Talon.  Took it out because he needed an extra shot last turn and dropped to hover, only to be mauled by the screamers.

6- Screamers are great ablative wounds and they are pretty nifty tank hunters.  Awesome tank hunters they are not though and I will not be trying these guys against any superheavies anytime soon.

 

Well, thanks for reading and I will be posting the 6 unique biker sorcerers before long.  They are all sculpted with only a few details left to do and I hope to have at least 3 of them painted before I leave, though that 3 could turn to 0…because really, time flies when it is limited.

 

Thanks for reading,
KI

 

 


Daemonic chariots arise triumphant – a battle report!

Today I played a 2,000 point game against a nid player.  I ran a pure daemon list:

HQ:

Blue Scribes

Herald of Khorne on Skull Throne

Herald of Tzeentch on Burning Chariot

Elites:

4 Bloodcrushers of Khorne w/ Banner of Blood

Troops:

16 Bloodletters w/ banner of Blood

18 Daemonettes

Fast:

2 x 8 Hounds

3 Plague Drones w/ 3+ poison sting

Heavy:

Cavalcade of Slaanesh w/ 2 chariots and 1 exalted chariot

Skull Cannon

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.

Thanks for reading,

KI.


Damn near done!!!

So, my last post for the skull cannon before it is done!  The base is done as are most of the details.  Just a quick post with some half-hearted pics, but it may be all the progress I make this weekend so I figured I’d get a post up just in case!

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Thanks for reading!

KI


Progress on the Skull Cannon

So I have made progress on the skull cannon.  Cleaned up the masked areas and did most of the highlights (minus the extreme highlights I will do at the end with mithril silver) and did the majority of the work on the riders.  My intent is for the front two bloodletters to look lava-ish.  However, I think I need to cover more of them with black and brown and have the reds and yellows be less apparent.  Not sold on them currently.  I also have designed and built a lava base as well as doing the first portion of the lava.  Now I have to paint the rocks and skulls.

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Well, thanks for reading,

KI


Combating Hobby ADD

So, recently I have been trying to hammer to ground all of those half-way models.  So, in the past weeks, I have finished my Contemptor, all three Slaanesh chariots, my new furies, and my Blue Scribes.  Here they are.  Now, I will be working on finishing my second blood slaughterer, possessed, and obliterator.

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Just a quick post to let everyone know I am still alive, just been painting, trying to clear that queue.

Thanks for reading,

KI


Chariots of slaanesh…a hidden gem?

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:
Pros-
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.

Well, thanks for reading,
KI


The Red Tide emerges for its debut in 6th edition!

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So after what has seemed like a long time I finally broke out of my rut and got back to what I like most about 40k…the sheer carnage!

So, I played at my FLGS today with a 2000 point generally mono khorne army. We played at 2000 point so I could really put it to the test.

I ran-
Bloodthirster w/ unholy might and blessing of the blood god.
Bloodthirster w/ unholy might and blessing of the blood god

5 crushers w/ instrument, icon, and rending
4 crushers

16 bloodletters w/ icon, instrument, and rending
8 bloodletters
7 bloodletters

8 hounds w/ rending
8 hounds w/ rending

Soul grinder w/ phlegm
Exalted chariot of slaanesh

He ran, from what I remember-

Kaito
Chaplain

5 hammernators
Rifleman dread

10 tac marines w/ missile launcher and plasma gun w/ razorback
10 tac marines w/ missile launcher and plasma gun w/ razorback
10 tac marines w/ missile launcher and plasma gun w/ rhino

stormtalon

Land raider crusader
Vindicator
Predator

We rolled up a book mission, got crusader (basic objective mission with each objective worth 3 battle points) and we rolled up 3 objectives.

I won roll off for first turn and gave it to him.

He deployed with the terminators in the land raider, combat squads in razorbacks and missile launchers in the rear. He spread out as much as he could to interfere with my deep strikes. Opting to go heavy, I chose (and got) both blood thirsters, both crusher squads, the chariot, and the soul grinder. They came in heavy on his left flank, ran some to spread out, and the grinder popped off his maw cannon and destroyed the vindicator.

Turn two he manages to gun down the first bloodthirster and between shooting and assaulting with the terminators killed the small squad of crushers. I had my hounds (both squads) come in, destroyed his rhino with my thirster and immobilized the predator and destroyed one of the thee las cannons. The crushers and the chariot destroyed his left flank razorback. the occupants of the razorback were pinned and the occupants of the rhino fled.

Turn three he dumped a huge amount of fire into thirster, putting two wounds on him. THe soul grinder takes another hull point, bringing it to 2 now. The terminators re-embarked. My soul grinder, still in base to base with the pred finished off the predator. My turn the two small squads of bloodletters came in. The soul grinder moved and assaulted the dread, stripping two hull points off it. The crushers and chariot wipe out the squad that fell out of the razorback. The thirster managed to put a hull point on the land raider. The squad of hounds assaulted the full tac squad, the one that had fled due to two or three deaths in the explosion of their transport. They killed one and lost none. Overall, a good turn.

Turn four saw his storm talon come in. The last thirster was gunned down, the soul grinder destroyed by the hammernators. The tac squad stayed in combat against the hounds. My turn saw the second squad of hounds assaulting into the fray of the other hound squad, the crushers, a small bloodletters squad, and the chariot moving around to and failing to assault his missile launcher squad in the rear, and the large squad now in. The large squad of bloodletters held an objective and the second small squad as well.

Turn 5 saw him killing a few bloodletters from shooting, the hounds finally finishing off his tac squad and assaulting another with no significant results, the chariot killing the missile launcher squad. We ended after 5 turns. Overall, it was bloody with me winning 7-1 battle points. I had a blast, and I think he did as well.

So now I know. Yes, the loss of initiative hurt me, the increased and variable assault distance gave me a huge advantage as did the hull point system. Hounds, with 3 S5 attacks each on the charge can be pretty nasty and really useful for clogging up the enemy.

However, I need a better way to deal with terminators. With dark angels being released soon and as many suits of terminator armor already fielded often, I need a better response. Bulk attacks might work, but I need a strong unit to force the invuln saves. For now, I will simply hope that they modify the bloodletters an khorne models in the next update and rock on with the same tactics I use.

Win or lose, I have confirmed that mono khorne is still as viable as always, and while not against a top-tier army, my opponent is a strong opponent who knows ultramarines very well and has played them for years. I am happy that the list hasn’t changed too much from 5th. I also find myself re-energized to paint and field my khorne stuff that hasn’t gotten a lot of love in the past few months in lieu of my Nurgle stuff.

Thanks for reading,
KI