Wednesday, October 13, 2010

First battle with 1,250 pt Nurgle Daemon Tournament list

Last night I had my first practice battle for the upcoming tournament that I will be playing in. It was against Eldar and it was the weirdest game of 40k that I have ever played.

I know I said that I was going to play this list, but I decided to play the following list instead.
  • Great Unclean One (Cloud of Flies, Aura of Decay, Instrument) - 190 pts
  • 3 Beasts of Nurgle - 105 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • 10 Plaguebearers - 150 pts
  • Nurgle Blight Drone - 125 pts
  • Plague Hulk of Nurgle - 205 pts
  • Daemon Prince (MoN, Iron Hide, Cloud of Flies, Noxious Touch, Daemonic Gaze) - 175 pts
  • Total: 1,250 pts
I went with this list as two-thirds of the time I would be playing objective based missions, so the three smaller units made sense. As it turned out, my first practice mission was Annihilation!

The deployment type was Pitched Battle and I won the roll off to go first and deferred. My opponent kept everything in reserve. On my turn one, I got my GUO, two units of Plaguebearers, and my Blight Drone. My opponent's turn two saw NONE of his reserves enter play. My half of turn two I got one unit of Plaguebearers. Here it was entering turn three and no shots had been fired and no models had been removed. It was crazy.

Turn three saw the arrival of two Wave Serpents filled with Dire Avengers and one Farseerer, a Falcon, and a unit of three Guardian Jetbikes. Everything of his shot, mostly at a unit of Plaguebearers, and missed with everything. My turn three saw the arrival of the Beasts and Plague Hulk. My Plague Hulk and Blight Drone tried to crack one of the Wave Serpents and both failed.

On turn four, the unit of Dire Avengers with the Farseerer disembarked close to a unit of Plaguebearers. The Farseerer cast Fortune on the Falcon and Doom on the unit of Plaguebearers. The Dire Avengers Blade Stormed on the Plaguebearers, but thanks to their high Toughness, Inv. Save, and FNP, only five were killed. On my turn four, the Daemon Prince arrived and came half an inch from DS off the table edge. He used his Daemonic Gaze on the unit of Jetbikes, but since they had Turbo-boosted in the previous turn, they all made their Inv. Save. My Blight Drone shot its Phlegm attack at the Wave Serpent from which the Dire Avengers disembarked from, wrecking it and killing six Dire Avengers. The five remaining Plaguebearers attempted to assault the Dire Avengers that shot them the previous turn, but only rolled a two for the Slow & Purposeful and failed to assault.

Turn five was the most exciting. The Farseerer cast doom on GUO. His second unit of Dire Avengers that disembarked that turn Blade Stormed the GUO and managed to get one wound through the GUO's Inv. Save and FNP. One of the units of Jetbikes shot at the GUO but no wounds got through; the other Jetbike unit shot and killed three of the five remaining Plaguebearers. The Farseerer and Dire Avengers assaulted the two remaining Plaguebearers, killing both of them.

On my turn five, the Daemon Prince used his Daemonic Gaze on a unit of Jetbikes and killed all three. The GUO released his Aura of Decay around the other Jetbike unit and the Dire Avenger unit but only one Dire Avenger was killed. The GUO then assaulted the unit of Dire Avengers. The Dire Avengers managed to get one wound on the GUO, but the GUO killed three Dire Avengers, breaking them and they ran off the table edge. The Beasts assaulted the Farseerer/Dire Avenger unit. The Beasts suffered one wound and failed to kill any Dire Avengers who all made their Armor Saves.

The game ended on turn five with me winning 3-1 in kill points.

I am really looking forward to using this army in the tournament and to getting in more practice games.

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