Happy New Year everyone!
I brought my Chaos to a very enjoyable tournament yesterday. I was soundly trounced in all 3 games. I tend to bring casual lists to competitive environments. But my opponents were all very nice and I got to push toy soldiers around a board and discuss 40K so I was content.
Here are some photos and comments
Here's a photo my Chaos army before the tournament begins
My 4 HQs: Madame Voodoo, Gary the Daemon Prince, Barnabas the Sorcerer (before I added his magnetized weapons), and Vicious Pete
The Death Bats Squad, 5 CSM with missile launcher, sadly the missile launcher bit broke off and was lost.
My Bezerkers hit the Death Guard line
Sorcerer Barnabas vs a Nurgle Daemon Prince
Nurgle Knight stomps on some Renegades and Heretics Mutants
Before the Plasma Chosen finish off the Nurgle Knight
This was the fist time I managed to kill an enemy knight in 40K! My how I hate those things. They belong in Apocalypse games and that's about it.
Harry the Helbrute targets a Corvus Blackstar
This was the first time I ever used lascannons on a dreadnought, er, Helbrute. I was very impressed. This was also the first time I used fire frenzy on a Helbrute. It sure can be a great stratagem in the right situation.
Renegade Commander Madame Voodoo overcharges and finishes off a Corvus Blackstar
Wow! She was freshly painted up last week so I guess new model syndrome doesn't always apply.
My R&H Earthshaker Carriage with crew, Blood Debt, treats the Space Marine infantry with extreme prejudice
I hope I'm not the only one who makes the sound of incoming arty when I fire off my big guns.
Renegade Commanders Madame Voodoo and Vicious Pete somehow Survive 2 rounds of combat with a Knight!
One for the record books. The cowardly knight would then leap out of combat and gun them down.
Bezerker Champion Blood Drinker goes solo with a squad of Dark Elf Warriors
Dark Elf Air Force clears out the Chaos riff raff
Man those flyers sure were gorgeous. Over 3 turns the Flakk Missile stratagem actually downed one of the fliers.
My dead pile after Game 3
In other news, I finished up my first painting project of the year: a batch of 5 Renegades and Heretics infantry. I'm now up to 125 troopers!
Here's my favorite trooper, Nyith, because every chaos lunatic needs nunchaku
Overall, here are my thoughts on how my units performed
-Barnabas the Butcher, sorcerer with jumppack--a superb force multiplier thanks to prescience, warptime, and other goodies
-Harry the Helbrute with Helbrute Fist and Twin Lascannon--since the twin lascannon came down in price I finally magnetized and painted one up the night before the tournament. I'm glad I did. He was quite the beast, responsible for many of my kills
-Death Masques, 5 Chosen with 4 plasma guns--I haven't taken plasma chosen since 2016. Wow was this unit effective, especially with Endless Cacophony, Veterans of the Long War, and/or Prescience
-Earthshaker Carriage, 5 trooper CSM squads and 5 trooper Renegade and Heretics command squads with lascannons or missile launchers--solid, cheap firebase units
-Gary the Greater Daemon--in casual settings he's fine, here he was gunned down before I could say "Nurgle." I still like him but he might be better served deepstriking down to the fight (see below)
-Bezerker Squad in a Rhino--these blokes felt like they were re-enacting the charge of the light brigade, I should probably bring at least 2 of these or none.
-Mary the Maulerfied-ditto, 2 crazed dino beasts, say Mary and one of my Blood Slaughterers, would have been much more difficult for my opponents to deal with
-Renegade Militia and Mutants-also dissolved quickly due to enemy firepower, I either need way more of these guys, I only brought about 60, or the bare minimum
-summoned daemons-in every single one of my games I forgot that I had set aside 80 points for daemon summoning. Oops. I think that, because my memory is horrible, if I take daemons I had better just take a separate battalion of daemons. If I buy and paint up 10 Plaguebearers then I can bring a small force of 2 Poxbringers and/or Gary the Daemon Prince of Nurgle, 2 squads of 10 plaguebearers, 3 bases of Nurglings, and a squad of 14 plaguebearers, I could probably proxy my 7 old Nurgle Cavalry as something too.
-4 Chaos Bikers with meltaguns--solid in casual settings, they got liquidated too fast here.
I think I might want to try out a winged DP and a slightly more effective set of assault units. I have plenty of wing bitz lying around so mayble I'll give my Khorne DP Azrath a wing makeover, a wingover. Such an HQ might nicely synergize with with a pair of daemon engines like Bloodslaughterers and /or Maulerfiends and a pair of Zerker squads in Rhinos. That way I have 5 fast assaulty units that the enemy has to deal with. And I still have some points left over for firebase units like R&H earthshakers, command squads, CSM plasma chosen, etc, and support units like a sorcerer.
All in all it was a great tournament and I'm still stoked about finally killing a knight!
Til next time, "Death to the False Emperor!"
Edited by Tallarn Commander, 20 January 2019 - 09:18 PM.