Monday, November 19, 2012

A New Army

Hello children. Welcome to the 41st millennium, where chaos rules all, and I, High Sorcerer Ahriman, am the master of Chaos.

ShotDownMind, a good friend of mine, recently talked about the new army itch, and man, am I feeling it. I've gone through a lot of different ideas and desires, and I think I've finally settled on a death guard army. Nurgle is probably the most competitive mono-god list in the chaos marine book, so with that in mind, let's look at some important things when creating this army list.

#1: Special or not?

The first thing I address when picking a new list is whether or not I want a special character present in it. As many of you know, most special characters are capable of changing your list and swapping things around. This is especially true of Chaos Marines, giving you many different options for your lists. With that in mind, let's observe our Nurgle special character: Typhus.

Typhus, in short, is an incredible badass. Toughness 5 in terminator armour, with feel no pain, and causes fear. The manreaper rocks face, as typhus can take the punishment before he swings, and furthermore, he's a nurgle sorcerer, level 2, who generates both of his powers from nurgle's discipline. This is huge, as nurgle powers are extremely strong, and definitely are a big deal in most games. Next are troop plague marines, which makes us very happy, and the zombies; zombies seem pretty damn awesome for holding objectives, but don't forget that enough Str6 vs. T3 will still end them as easily as regular cultists.

So what are his shortcomings? Well, Terminator armour is a double edged sword, as when you're at low points, it's harder to fit in that unit to go with your character. So, if we run typhus, we will need to either walk him with a unit or buy a nurgle-marked unit for him to run with. Also, his points cost of 230 can be a bit tough to deal with, as we're going to start with a 1000 point list, and over 20% of the total list goes to typhus.

All of this taken into account, and I still choose Typhus for my HQ. Moving on.

#2: Troop Base

Your troop base is the next most important decision that you make, and I feel that this one is pretty straight forward. Let's go with running one 7-man unit of plague marines, with a meltagun, a flamer, a rhino, veterans of the long war, and meltabombs and gift of mutation on the champion. 240 points. Easy peasy.

For our second troop choice, twenty zombies will do us just fine. 90 points for a fearless and feel no pain unit of twenty models. This puts a total of 330 points in troops, and adding in Typhus, 560 points. 440 to go.

#3: Game Winners

This is a generally broad category, and in my thousand sons list, the nurgle obliterators and heldrakes fall under it. Heldrakes are probably the most important thing we can bring, so let's add two, as they support each other well, and will bail us out when we face all those enemy flyers.

Two heldrakes is 340 points, leaving us with a meager 100 points to spend.

Ouch. With only 100 points to spend, let's retract and just take one heldrake, so that maybe we can grab a killy unit for typhus to run with.

Only one heldrake leaves us with enough points to fit three mutilators with mark of nurgle and veterans of the long war(195), leaving us with 75 points left. So lets put in a good distraction, and run two nurgle chaos spawn, giving us our 1000 point list for our FLGS escalation tournament.

So there's a little insight into how I write a list, and here's my list for the local tournament circuit that starts at 1000 points.

Typhus - 230

Plague Marines x7 - 240
Vets, flamer, meltagun, meltabombs, gift of mutation, rhino

Zombies x20 - 90

Heldrake - 170

Mutilators x3 - 195
Mark of Nurgle, Vets

Chaos Spawn x2 - 72
Mark of Nurgle

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Space Wolf 2000 pt. tournament list

Hello, children. Welcome to the 41st millenium, where chaos rules all, and I, High Sorcerer Ahriman, am the master of Chaos.

Today I'm in the mood for rocking out a space wolf list. This is a 2k adaptation of what I was playing pre-6th edition.

2000 Pts - Space Wolves Roster

HQ: Wolf Lord in Power Armour (1#, 220 pts)
   1 Wolf Lord in Power Armour, 220 pts (Wolftooth Necklace; Thunderwolf Mount; Storm Shield x1; Wolf Claw x1; Rending in CC only;  Warlord; Saga of Majesty)

HQ: Rune Priest in Power Armour (1#, 150 pts)
   1 Rune Priest in Power Armour, 150 pts (Master of Runes; Jaws of the World Wolf; Living Lightning)

Troops: Grey Hunters Pack (9#, 200 pts)
   7 Grey Hunters Pack, 200 pts (Wolf Standard; Meltagun; Power Axe)
      1 Grey Hunter w/ Mark of the Wulfen
      1 Rhino

Troops: Grey Hunters Pack (9#, 200 pts)
   7 Grey Hunters Pack, 200 pts (Wolf Standard; Meltagun; Power Sword)
      1 Grey Hunter w/ Mark of the Wulfen
      1 Rhino

Troops: Grey Hunters Pack (6#, 160 pts)
   5 Grey Hunters Pack, 160 pts (Plasma gun)
      1 Razorback (Lascannon and TL Plasmagun)

Troops: Grey Hunters Pack (6#, 160 pts)
   5 Grey Hunters Pack, 160 pts (Plasma gun)
      1 Razorback (Lascannon and TL Plasmagun)

Fast Attack: Thunderwolf Cavalry (3#, 265 pts)
   1 Thunderwolf Cavalry, 265 pts
      2 Thunderwolf Cavalry (Storm Shield)
      1 Thunderwolf Cavalry (Storm Shield; Power Fist)

Heavy Support: Long Fangs Pack (7#, 215 pts)
   5 Long Fangs Pack, 215 pts (Missile Launcher x5)
      1 Squad Leader (Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon)
      1 Razorback (Lascannon and TL Plasmagun)

Heavy Support: Long Fangs Pack (6#, 140 pts)
   5 Long Fangs Pack, 140 pts (Missile Launcher x5)
      1 Squad Leader (Bolt Pistol; Close Combat Weapon)

Elite: Wolf Guard Pack (5#, 205 pts)
   1 Wolf Guard Pack, 205 pts
      2 Wolf Guard in Power Armour (Combi-Meltagun x1; Wolf Claw x1)
      3 Wolf Guard in Power Armour (Combi-Meltagun x1; Power Fist x1)

Elite: Wolf Scouts Pack (5#, 85 pts)
   5 Wolf Scouts Pack, 85 pts (Meltagun)

Composition Report:
HQ: 1 (1 - 2)
Elite: 2 (0 - 3)
Troops: 4 (2 - 6)
Fast: 1 (0 - 3)
Heavy: 2 (0 - 3)
Fort: 0 (0 - 1)

Total Roster Cost: 2000

Definitely an all-over list, though I will admit, there's not much in the way of anti-air. For some strange reason, I've found that my space wolves do just fine against flyers, though I haven't had to deal with more than two at a time. The rune priest typically runs divinations and gives prescience and hopes for ignoring cover with the long fangs, and the thunderwolves are the support to the infantry. 3 razorbacks is not at all a spam of mechanized forces, and I could've brought up to 6 or 7; something natfka would still think wasn't enough, and he'd be right. But the extra lascannons and plasmaguns gives me crucial anti-armour and anti-terminator that I don't necessarily have otherwise.

Missing my space wolves and thinking about taking them out for a spin for this weekend. We shall see.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Hello children. Welcome to the 41st millennium, where chaos rules all, and I, Lord Ahriman, am the master of Chaos.

Today we have a list for daemons and marines allied with each other, for a little more fast and heavy punch against the enemy.

Primary Detachment:

Ahriman - 230

Thousand Sons x9 - 292
Gift of mutation, Meltabombs, Rhino

Cultists x20 - 118
Autoguns x18, Flamer x2,

Cultists x20 - 118
Autoguns x18, Flamer x2

Heldrake - 170

Heldrake - 170

Obliterators x3 - 228
Mark of Nurgle

Total Points: 1326

Allied Detachment:

The Blue Scribes of Tzeentch - 130

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch x10 - 180
Bolt of Tzeentch

Flamers of Tzeentch x6 - 138

Screamers of Tzeentch x9 - 225

Total points: 673

Total: 1999

Phew. Lots of daemonic power in this list. Ahriman brings dakka dakka psychic powers and infiltrating infantry, typically the 3 nurgle obliterators, while the Tzeentch daemons bring a ton of anti-vehicle and infantry, and some close combat punch in the screamers. As always this is an army that takes some time to get momentum, but once the momentum is there, all enemies beware.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chaos Space Marines 2000 pt. list

Hello children. Welcome to the 41st millenium, where chaos rules all, and I, High Sorcerer Ahriman, am the master of it all.

Tonight we are posting up the 2000 point extension to the 1750 tournament list from yesterday. Same exact idea with some added firepower.

Ahriman - 230


Thousand Sons x9 - 297

Gift of Mutation, Meltabombs, Rhino, Dozer Blade

Thousand Sons x9 - 297
Gift of Mutation, Meltabombs, Rhino, Dozer Blade

Cultists x20 -118

Autoguns x18, Flamer x2

Cultists x20 -118
Autoguns x18, Flamer x2

Heldrake - 170


Heldrake - 170


Chaos Spawn x4 - 144

Mark of Nurgle

Obliterators x3 - 228

Mark of Nurgle

Obliterators x3 - 228

Mark of Nurgle

Total points: 2000

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chaos Space Marines 1750 List

Hello children. Welcome to the 41st millenium, where chaos rules all, and I, High Sorcerer Ahriman, am the master of it all.

Today we have a 1750 tournament list, so without further ado, here it is.

Ahriman - 230

Thousand Sons x9 - 317
Gift of Mutation, Meltabombs, Icon of Flame, Rhino, Dozer Blade, Warpflame Gargoyles

Thousand Sons x9 - 317
Gift of Mutation, Meltabombs, Icon of Flame, Rhino, Dozer Blade, Warpflame Gargoyles

Cultists x20 - 118
Autogun x18, Flamer x2

Cultists x20 - 118
Autogun x18, Flamer x2

Heldrake - 170

Heldrake - 170

Obliterators x2 - 152
Mark of Nurgle

Obliterators x2 - 152
Mark of Nurgle

Total: 1744

Bringing the pain by winning the war of attrition.

Almost any list you play from the chaos marines book is a late game army. Meaning, as long as you play ahead of your opponent, you're going to outlast them with your tough as nails marines. This is especially true of thousand sons and plague marine lists, as these two units will typically outnumber most opponents on turn 7, though probably be outnumbered on turn 1.

Play to your strengths, don't take the bait that your opponent will set for you, and MAKE SURE YOU ARE PLAYING 2-3 TURNS AHEAD. No one can stop you otherwise, except for slow players, and if someone is slow playing you, you better get yourself a judge.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Welcome back to another installment of conquest of the galaxy, children.

Today, the Warmaster does what he does best against the ancient necrons, played by Mr. Guy here.

His army is something along the lines of an overlord with mindshackle scarabs, a res orb, and a phase shifter, illuminor szeras, one unit of twenty warriors, one unit of ten warriors with a cryptek of the storm and lightning field attached, a ghost ark, a triarch stalker with heat ray, a single heavy destroyer, one unit of ten immortals with gauss weapons and a res orb lord with warscythe attached, a unit of 7 sword and board lychguard, and a monolith. Scary tough stuff.

Today I ran Abaddon, two heldrakes, two maulerfiends, two squads of ten CSM with flamer, meltagun, veterans, and 5 additional CCW in rhinos, two squads of 15 autogun cultist with one flamer, and a squad of 8 terminators with two chainfists, two combimeltas, a heavy flamer, and a single lightning claw.

Game was practice for our local tournament coming up, so we played both the relic and purge the alien, with dawn of war deployment. I won the roll-off to deploy, and we had no night fight, so off I went setting up a hard push to the middle.

His deployment was pretty widespread and prevented me from coming after him and getting turn 1 charges with the maulerfiends.

My turn 1 was a push forward. Both maulerfiends made a B-line for the monolith, and both rhinos surged forward. The left rhino charged through terrain to get to the relic, while the right rhino moved flat out to hide behind a ruin, setting up a melta shot on the monolith.

His turn 1 was a scary amount of shooting. So much shooting. I really underestimated the amount he puts out as a necron army. The maulerfiends were both destroyed by the end of his turn 1, but the air cavalry was about to arrive.

My turn 2 saw one heldrake and Abaddon's speartip arrive. The heldrake flew towards the 20 warriors with szeras to devastate them, while Abaddon attempted to deep strike into the center of the board. A wide scatter caused him to mishap, but luckily he went back into reserve rather than dying. The left rhino saw the marines disembark and swarm the objective, and the rhino screened the squad from the gigantic warrior unit.

On the right side I made a very stupid gambit and disembarked the chaos marines through terrain in an attempt to get a tank shock on a warrior squad. The movement they scored was 2 inches, and kept the melta at 7" away from the monolith. The rhino then tank shocked the warrior squad that had come through the portal and the lychguard, both of which passed their morale checks. The melta bounced harmlessly off of the monolith.

The cultists shot from a distance at the immortals and the large warrior squad, as did the chaos marines on the relic. The heldrake killed 6 of them, and at the end of the phase, quite a few came back.

His turn 2 saw aggressive counter attacks, as he swarmed and blew the right rhino while attempting to shoot down the heldrake - to no avail. Lots of shots resulted in some dead marines, but otherwise this was an uneventful turn.

My turn 3 sees Abaddon return, though the second heldrake stayed off - oh well. Abaddon deep struck a little more conservatively this time onto the right side of the board, in front of a warrior squad, the lychguard, and the monolith. The chaos marines come around and prepare to charge the ten warriors, and the other chaos marines begin to withdraw with the relic, pursued hotly by a destroyer, a stalker, and szeras and warriors.

The charge failed and I was left out in the open to die from a particle whip, though i was fairly confident about what Abaddon and his terminators would do.

His turn 3 saw more shots. The chaos marines with the objective finally started to die, though it was only a few who did, the monolith shot everything it had at the terminators, the warriors shot my marines, and everything else he had shot at the heldrake, who crashed directly onto the lychguard, though he killed nothing. The lychguard attempted to charge Abaddon's unit and failed. My turn 4.

The heldrake arrived and killed his entire immortal squad in one use of his baleflamer. Guy found this pretty startling. Abaddon and his terminators moved towards the lychguard to put an end to them. The chaos marines got closer to shoot and hopefully succesfully charge the warriors this time, while my marines fell back and got the objective into range of the culists. Nothing spectacular happened with my shooting, so onto assaults.

Abaddon and his terminators charged the lychguard, and my terminator champion declared a challenge - I didnt want to face abaddon killing himself, though surprisingly the champion passed his leadership and brought the lord down to 1 wound remaining. the lychguard were wiped out, and the warriors and chaos marines got tarpitted with each other. The lord fled, and my terminators were at the mercy of the monolith and its portal.

At this point, the store was closing and we were forced to rush through, so alot of the details run together for me, but I brought the monolith to one hull point remaining, lost the objective, though he didn't gain it either, and abaddon killed the lord in single combat. The final tally war 6-7, Guy's favor. First blood and the amount of killpoints he achieved were just a little bit much for me. Had I had another turn I may have had a chance at winning the game, but... we shall never know. Until next time, children of the dark gods.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Finally Moved

Well, I've finally finished moving. Sorry about the absence, or I would've been posting more. The schedule has been hectic and I haven't found time to go play games to make batreps.

Practicing some painting and list building have been all that I've done in the meantime. I've got some pretty gnarly lists that I'm eager to show off as soon as I can, so worry not, my cultists, for I shall soon deliver.

I work swing shift, which will be changing in about two weeks, so look forward to triple tournament batreps once a month after that. And many more, as the shift change frees up sundays, which are 40k days at my FLGS.

Chaos is on the mind, and I wanna know what you guys think are the best competitive components of the chaos book, be they single units or devastating combos. And, what do you fear the most when playing your chaos on the table? Leave your comments below.

And never forget... the galaxy shall soon burn as it once did ten thousand years ago.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chaos Marines Update

Well, obviously, this blog is pretty highly dedicated to Chaos Space Marines (And Harald Deathwolf's clearly Khornate space wolves), and with the release of the book, a new chapter is starting for my army.

I feel that two quintessential units will become part of any chaos marine army I play, and those are heldrakes and maulerfiends. Well, three if you count cultists. So, with the addition of two maulerfiends and one more heldrake, I'll feel satisfied with my thousand sons.

On the other hand, I am on a very deep quest to discover what is competitive within the chaos marine forces, and what makes them work well on a regular basis. With that quest in mind, I will be starting to collect and paint a brand-new force of traitor marines, with weekly updates, battle reports, and paint guides to go along with it. Stay tuned and enjoy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Enemies. We need them. If there's anything we need, it's enemies. Thank God for enemies.

Luckily for me, I have plenty of those, and they're lining up to face me.

On a serious note, General Chris, the man in red, is my opponent for today. He was playing his Flesh Tearers, quite a nice army and well commanded, I must say.

His list was something along the lines of two jump assault squads with dual melta, and SS/LC/MB on the sergeants, two small de-packed assault squads in A.C. Razorbacks, one dakka baal predator, one burny baal predator, one dev squad with lascannons, one with missile launchers, a furioso dreadnought with blood talons in a drop pod, a sanguinary priest with a jump pack, and a captain with pair of lightning claws, meltabombs, and a jump pack. Oh, and a vindicator.

My list was something fairly new for me, besides the dual heldrakes. A tzeentch sorcerer, M.L. 2 with doombolt and smite, Kharn the Betrayer, a squad of 9 bezerkers in a dirge caster rhino with meltabombs, gift of mutation, and an icon of wrath, a squad of 9 thousand sons with meltabombs, gift of mutation, and an icon of flame in a rhino, and two 10-man squads of slaanesh marked marines with meltagun, plasmagun, gift of mutation, icon of excess, and veterans of the long war in rhinos, and two maulerfiends.

Terrain density came out pretty high, and I deployed to have cover and block LoS to my maulerfiends on turn one.Purge the Alien and Dawn of War, rough stuff for a late game army vs. an elite late game army.

His deployment after winning the roll-off.

My counter-deployment, followed by a failed attempt to seize.
On with turn 1. He jumped up very aggressively and shot a lot of shots, dropping the dreadnought next to Kharn and his boys, and taking as many shots as he could on the maulerfiends. In the end, his first blood came from rhino kills, and the maulerfiends survived unscathed in any way.

My response was to terminate threats and push right back at him, perhaps too aggressive of a move for this early in the game, but I felt pressured but all of his dakka and speed. The Maulerfiends shattered the ruins that had protected them and moved into assault range of the vindicator and baal predator, while Kharn and the bezerkers disembarked to brazenly take a charge or launch one on turn 2. The slaanesh marines on the left moved to within 6" of the flame baal predator, while the ones on the right closed in on the thirsty furioso. Both of them failed to do anything other than stun each vehicle, however, and I gleefully initiated charges with the maulerfiends. The vindicator blew up, and the predator wrecked, both crumbling beneath the power of my daemon engines.
His turn 2 saw his assault marines come out to play as he throws everything he has to shoot into the maulerfiends, and he actually accomplishes very little, as he eventually had to charge them both and destroy them with meltabombs.

My turn 2 saw no heldrakes arrive, and both of my maulerfiends destroyed. Worse stille, a furioso blood talon dreadnought was in my deployment zone, and I had deadly choices I was forced to make, several of which came out fairly wrong. Kharn and the bezerkers squeezed between the dreadnought and drop pod to set up a charge against the assault marines, whilst the sorcerer and his cabal disembark to unleash hell on nearby armour. The slaanesh marines on the right get within an inch of the captain and his squad, preparing for a charge. Kharn succesfully charges, and the bezerker sergeant declares a challenge, which is accepted, and the two characters kill each other. The marines flee and Kharn consolidates, unscathed. The Slaaneshi marines charge the captain and his squad, declaring a challenge and hoping for the combination of hatred and I5 to pull them through. Not enough, unfortunately, but the icon survives and keeps them alive. The other Slaaneshi marines charge the furioso, hoping to lock him up and prevent a charge, but lose 5 of their squad and run, feel no pain doing very little to help them survive the blood talons.

His turn 3 was filled with blood maneuvers and more harmless shooting. His dreadnought launcher a charge on Kharn's squad, and Kharn responded by annihilating the dreadnought before he could swing. Thank the Gods for armourbane.

The Slaanesh marines stuck in combat for a very long time, surviving round after round, if only barely, and the assault squad and sanguinary priest manage to charge Kharn again and fail and run, again.

The heldrakes showed up on turn 3 and nearly wiped out both dev squads and vector striking armour to no avail. My turn 3 saw Kharn charge into combat with the captain, winning a challenge, and gaining I6, though I finally lost my bezerkers and slaaneshi marines all at once.

His turns became uneventful, as his 4 saw nothing but combat, and my 4 saw his devs removed.

Kharn challenged the captain and managed to wound him 5 times over an entire game turn, and the captain consistantly made his rerolled invulnerables, while Kharn failed all of his. At this moment I knew I had lost the game, as losing Kharn and giving away slay the warlord was too much to sacrifice without having achieved it myself yet.

For the rest of the game, heldrakes hovered and devastated his assault squads, though both immobilized in my turns 4 and 5, and were assaulted by meltabomb wielding characters. They each managed to pick off a few marines, but one eventually crashed, just before the game ended on 5. I had 10 victory points, he had 12.

This game was very tough, and I had a great time. I think the high points I've learned from this battle are:

-Don't underestimate cultists. They are a cheap and tactically useful unit for troops, giving you more points to spread out.

-Maulerfiends are also wonderful, provided you can keep them safe until they make their charge.

-CSM does assault much better than the previous book, imo, and my list tweaking will see cultists introduced to this list, as well as a land raider for Kharn(Or a chaos lord of my own) and his bezerkers.

Still having a hard time making CSM by themselves a competitive army, but I definitely feel closer with every game. I'm going to be looking into more chaos undivided army builds, and see what comes up next time. Stay tuned and thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


At last, back to war, er... something like that.

I was jonesing very badly to apply some of my tournament lessons this weekend, so I conveniently scheduled a game with a buddy of mine, General Travis.

 This is his battle face.

The points value was 1750 and my army was the one posted earlier.

The Prodigal Sons, led by Khaldun, assembled.

Travis is famous(in my mind) for playing an awesome raptors space marine army.

Four tactical squads, a devastator squad, two thunderfire cannons, two level 2 librarians, a bastion, and a stormtalon... pretty tough, pretty scary.

The game type was crusade(5 objectives) and hammer and anvil deployment. Ouch for the Sons.

We place terrain, making sure I only gave him one ruin to bolster, and generate warlord traits and psychic powers. Boon of Mutation and Doombolt for the two rubricae squad sorcerers, and Tzeentch's Firestorm and Psychic Shriek for my lord. Warlord trait was the soul blaze one. Gift of Mutation on my sorcerer awarded him a 2+ armour save with a 3+ invulnerable, while the warpsmith gave an unworthy offering. I won the roll and let him deploy first so that I might get a chance at vector striking his stormtalon before it can shoot down my dragons.

I placed 2 objectives near my deployment zone and one in the center, while he placed 2 on either side of the ruins. I placed the warlord with the boon sorcerer and start them outside of the rhino. Night fight was in effect and I had counterdeployed to be outside of 36" of his thunderfire cannons, while also allowing myself boon table roll at the start of the game. The cultists deployed near objectives lodged in area terrain, and the warpsmith was inside a rhino with a thousand sons squad. The obliterators deployed at the front of the line, next to the vindicator, which was poised for a turn 2 template on the quad gun, and a turn 1 drop on an enemy tactical squad. After deployment, I made no attempt to sieze and the game began.

Travis didn't move much. He cast his psychic shenanigans which mostly involved biomancy powers giving out feel no pain and relentless, as well as iron arm for his librarians. One deployed with a tactical squad, the other with the dev squad atop the bastion. His turn one saw nothing but a glance on the warpsmith's rhino - a glance which he heartily laughed at.

My turn one saw a 12" push to center with both rhinos, cultists moving into cover and seizing objectives, and heavy guns moving up. The obliterators fired harmless lascannon shots at the quad gun, and the vindicator's template failed to kill more than 2 marines due to night fight. The warlord moved flat out, while the warpsmith repaired his hull point to keep his rhino trucking. The boon of mutation successfully wounded the warlord, though it granted him 6 rolls - multiple boons first, followed by poisoned attacks, adamantium will, another multiple boon, wounding enemy psykers, and +1 BS. Amazing rolls, giving me an amazing, albeit fragile and wounded sorcerer.

Travis' turn 2 was exactly what I was anticipating. The stormtalon arrived, and now that the sun was up, things got nasty. The sorcerer's rhino was destroyed by tactical marine lascannons, and his squad was pelted heavily by thunderfire cannons. The vindicator took a ton of fire and ended being immobilized with one hull point remaining. Painful, the warpsmith was too far away to do anything.

My turn 2 saw one heldrake arrived, which i nervously placed near the center, knowing interceptor fire was coming. In general I pushed up even further with the rubricae and the obliterators, managing to kill half a squad of tacticals outside the ruins, and quite a few in front of the vindicator. With his interceptor quad gun firing on the heldrake, it took one pen, which only amounted to a shaken. Of course, my dumb ass forgot daemonic possession, which would've ignored the result on a 2+ and resulted in a fully dead tac squad. Instead, I forgot, and moved flat out to prepare to sweep the back of his line. 

His turn 3 saw pain brought to me. Staggering amounts of damage resulted in the sorcer being by himself with his one remaining wound, and the warpsmith losing 4 rubricae and hte aspiring sorcerer lost to thunderfires.

My turn 3 saw the next heldrake arrive. Knowing due to the long table edges I would need time to position, I brought it up on the left side to prepare to ignite the ruins holding both thunderfires, two tactical squads, and a librarian. The other heldrake zoomed over the bastion and performed a vector strike on the quad gun, causing 1 wound to it. The sorcerer was unable to reach enemies but managed to use his torrent flamer to kill all but two of a tactical squad which then fell back. The obliterators fire TL-meltaguns at the stormtalon to no avail.The warpsmith fire and did very little, failing a charge.

Travis rallied his two tactical marines and embarked them into the bastion for more shots - a decision he would later regret. He snap fired two tactical squads into the heldrake in his lines, getting a lucky melta hit, pen, and explosion with the second squad, and furthermore the wreckage did not scatter and hit nothing. The thunderfires turned to my cultists and decimated them with ignores cover shots, though they held their ground and ducked out of LoS.

I immediately pushed the warpsmith within 6" of the bastion, as well as the obliterators and the warlord. My heldrake that yet lived flew next to the ruins and managed to wound the librarian and kill 4 tactical marines, his pesky biomancy feel no pain preventing me from totally annihilating the unit. The obliterators fired multimeltas, got a single pen, and rolled a 7 for the building damage - detonation. The building collapsed and killed the two marines inside, and the librarian and devastator sergeant were forced to jump off - right next to the warpsmith and his escort. Because of Iron arm, the unit was considered T5, so I fired at and killed the librarian before the warpsmith assaulted. 

This is it. My moment of glory. "My warpsmith will challenge." "I have to accept." No wounds from the sergeant. I felled him easily. "Boon, first digit is... 6. Second digit is... 6!!!!! DARK APOTHEOSIS!!"

I gleefully retrieved one of my daemon princes and placed him where the warpsmith was.

Travis proceeded to shoot everything at him and kill him before he did anything(Oh well, it still soaked fire and still happened), then assaulted the 4 rubricae left over, their hatred doing little for their one attack each. 

The heldrake went into hover and flew circles around the ruins, dodging shots and making invulnerable saves like you wouldn't believe, all while killing off all of his troops. At the end of 7, I slaughtered all of his tactical marines, had lost my warlord, and took a very close victory - 4-1. I held one objective and had first blood, he had slay the warlord.

Great game, definitely brought up new list adjustment ideas which you will see posted shortly.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The new Thousand Sons list

So, with my return having been noted, here's my new list for my Thousand Sons.

Lord Khaldun(Chaos Sorcerer) - 170
Veteran of the Long War, Mark of Tzeentch, Sigil of Corruption, Gift of Mutation, Burning Brand of Skalathrax, Mastery Level 2, Warlord

Ahtep Fireblade(Warpsmith) - 155
Veteran of the Long War, Mark of Tzeentch, Aura of Dark Glory, Gift of Mutation

Photep's Cabal(Thousands Sons) x9 - 282
Meltabomb, Rhino

Kahsis' Cabal(Thousands Sons) x9 - 282
Meltabomb, Rhino

Khatep's Spireguard(Chaos Cultists) x20 - 120
Autoguns, Flamer x2

Sobek's Spireguard(Chaos Cultists) x20 - 120
Autoguns, Flamer x2

Trogdor, Burninator of the Countryside(Heldrake) - 170

Phosis, Eater of Fenris(Heldrake) - 170

The Scarab Occult(Obliterators) x2 - 156
Mark of Tzeentch

Fire of Tizca(Vindicator) - 125
Dozer Blade

This list comes out to 1750 exactly altogether. Some of the notes for it:

First of all, this list is frightningly shooty, with alot of stable units and two not so stable units. Cultists are still under review for me, but a block of twenty with autoguns have put out enough shots that they've made up their points for me more than once already. The amount of AP3 saturating this list could be a record, that could even be increased. The Warpsmith serves to shatter defenses on those large buildings that could be the bane of my AP3, at least until the heldrakes arrive to sweep up. The obliterators should theoretically be capable of crossing the battlefield and either soaking up fire or laying down the important shots when I need them, while the vindicator serves as an excellent tough distraction. All in all, the list is a lot of firepower, a lot of misdirection, and a lot of survivability. This weekend I'll be testing it out against raptors space marines, much to my chagrin. Time will tell!

Well, I'm back.

And it sure has been awhile, hasn't it?

I've been through a pretty roller coaster-y year, and now lots of things are happening. Moving, turning 21, voting for the first time, work, college, and of course, getting ahriman to the black library.

The new chaos book has dropped, and I've been pretty ecstatic about it.

That's me on release day.

I wanted to go over the codex and what I've learned from it so far.

Thousand Sons:

Wow. What a buff. Not many changes really, but the psychic powers, gift of mutation, and hatred: space marines was a big deal. Not to mention how awesome sorcerers with chaos artefacts can become, and ahriman becoming the single most powerful psyker in the game. I was very happy with the rules, points changes, and overall feel of the army.

Death Guard:

My second favorite legion. Typhus is a boss, plague marines aren't SnP anymore, plague knives for poisoned 4+, all around they are better than before. The zombie units look fun. In the future i will be collecting this army, perhaps as a horus heresy army.

World Eaters:

Let me just say, I wasn't a big khorne fan before this book dropped. Now Kharne is an unstoppable monster of destruction, khorne bezerkers can eat 4+ armour necrons, and I love the fact that i can build a true early world eaters army.

Emperor's Children:

Not much to say, as I don't have much experience with Slaanesh armies. However, that icon of excess? Forget about it. I5 marines with hatred: space marines and feel no pain. Scary, but I'll leave it to an associate of mine to handle that.

Overall, the codex is not point and click, it's very strategic. Let's take a look at the big winners for me thus far:



I played a tournament a week after release with a unit of nurgle mutilators combined with a level 2 nurgle sorcerer in terminator armour. My God. They rocked face. The combination of the sorcerer's gift of contagion bring down strength and toughness and the mutilator's ability to morph the appropriate weapon at all times was incredible. They cut down a unit of chosen running with huron blackheart AFTER getting charged by said chosen and chaos lord. Extremely versatile, extremely tough, extremely killy, but potentially fragile and easily tarpitted.



I was extremely not interested in them at first. Havocs with flakk missiles? Of course those are superior. NOT.

With the ability to take marks and a 5 point cost decrease, obliterators are better than ever, along with assault cannons in their arsenal. A unit of tzeentch obliterators or nurgle obliterators can march across the table and take all those gnarly shots and still wipe out enemy after enemy. Very tactical, very awesome.



I was in love with these from the first leaked photos. I love them. Period. Ectoplasma cannon forgefiend, I will admit, are not so wonderful in my experience. Those shots miss and swing wide much more than I would like to admit. At a time when I theoretically should've watched a forgefiend eliminate an entire marine squad, I instead killed two.

However, the autocannons seem to do much better work than the plasma. Combined with daemonforge against AV13+, you really get the best out of your hits. Predators, vindicators, and necrons beware of the 8 shots this bad mother fucker puts out with re-rollable armour pens.


The Warpsmith.

I watched this asshole right here turn a castling army into a dying army, make exorcists glance themselves, and slaughter enemies in combat like nothing I've seen before, all while looking damn good. It took one game with this character for it to be a staple in all my chaos lists, regardless of opponent. Aura, mark of tzeentch, and a gift of mutation serves this character well as he deals out death to enemies and keeps your rhinos trucking.




It's got AV 12/12/10. Not impressed yet? How about a 5+ invulnerable that makes evasion unnecessary? No? How about a torrent flamestorm cannon? No? HOW ABOUT A FUCKING VECTOR STRIKE AT STR 7? NO?!!!!

Then consider hover mode for after you've eliminated all the threats to them.

These have won me games already. I love heldrakes, and they are the necessary piece to my army. Nothing, nobody, no unit will ever top them in the book for me. It's a beautiful model, with great rules, a reasonable points cost, and a tough-ass daemon engine. Oh, it also has daemon forge, which means those crucial moments where you need a reroll? You got it.

That's all for now.