Hi, I apologize for not updating my thread with painted stuff but I bring good tidings. First battle of the 8th and a first major victory for my Death Guard!
I have played today a 1000 points game against my buddy who showed with Deathwing Terminators, two Deathwatch Kill Teams, a DA Tactical Squad, a DA Librarian and a Rhino.. The mission was Only War, there was only one objective and it was 6 points, the table was the Hammer and Anvil deployment.
My list was as follows:
- Lord of Contagion
- Noxious Blightbringer
- Malignant Plaguecaster
- 7 Plague Marines
- 2 squads of 10 Poxwalkers
- Foetid Bloat-Drone
For a total of 991 points, Batallion Detachment, 3 CP + 1 CP because of the point difference between my army and that of the adversary.
I move my Poxwalkers forward, cast Miasma of Pestilence on my most exposed Poxwalker unit (the one heading directly toward the objective), shoot the Plasma Gun and the Bolters on the DA demi-squad with the Missile Launcher killing one marine and shuffling my Bloat-Drone toward the shooty Kill Team.
My opponent uses most of his shooting, Deathwing included, to kill my 10 Poxwalkers which exposes my Blightbringer for a juicy Hunter-Killer missile which kills him since he was down to three wounds. I also block the Mind Worm power of the Librarian. He deploys his Deathwing on my leftmost flank facing gingerly my Plague Marines.
I move toward the objective with my remaining Poxwalkers and Plague Marines. The Helbrute moves into half range for his Multi-Melta and in Heavy Flamer range, my Bloat Drone goes to cause trouble for the DA demi-squad with the Sargeant. I deploy via Deep Strike my Lord of Contagion behind his shooty KT and DA tac-squad. I cast Plague Wind on the melee DW team which gets denied, but I successfully cast Miasma of Pestilence on my Plague Marines.
In the shooting phase my Helbrute vaporizes his Librarian and deep fries one Deathwatch Veteran. My Bloat-Drone kills three marines from the DA combat squad with the Sarge and my Plague Marines fail to kill anything.
In the charge phase my Lord of Contagion fails to charge but my Bloat-Drone makes it hale into the DW shooty Kill Team. My Helbrute makes it safe into the melee KT. The Bloat-Drone kills one marine and my Helbrute takes out the entire melee KT, suffering 9 wounds from the Thunder Hammer wielding Sergeant.
My opponent does little in his shooting phase since my exposed Plague Marines are kept safe by the blessing of Nurgle and the effects of the Miasma of Pestilence, some Poxwalkers die but they are there to soak shots. The DW fails to do a single wound against my Plague Marines who prance on top of the hill like the cool guys they are.
He charges then my Bloat Drone with his Deathwing Terminators and my Helbrute with his Rhino. The terminators score a single wound on the Drone, the Kill Team receives three dead marines in return and the Helbrute takes 6 wounds of the enemy Rhino.
My Poxwalkers advance toward the objective. My Plaguecaster fails to wound the terminators with the Plague Wind but manages to boost the Poxwalkers which I intended to charge into the DA Sergeant and his pal with the flamer. My Plague Marines kill these two marines, my Helbrute kills the Rhino and my Lord of Contagion barely makes a charge into the terminators after a CP spent for a reroll.
The nice bit is that as a Legendary Fighter warlord, my Lord of Contagion makes five attacks of which two explode into Death to the False Emperor. Three terminators die. The return is pitiful since the teminators manage to inflict one more wound on the Bloat Drone which proceeds to kill the remaining Deathwatch sergeant with the Xenophase sword.
I have won the game by playing slow and steady and above all safe. My Lord of Contagion kills the remaining terminators, my Helbrute prances around and my Poxwalkers capture the Inquisition cache with anti-xeno phages meant for a tailored virus bomb.
Overall I am very happy with the Death Guard. The models in the picture are from my local store but I could not resist the lure and start playing asap. The Miasma of Pestilence psychic power (or sorcery) was key in this game since it allowed me to take tons of enemy shooting and still stand after the smoke cleared.
The Plague Marines were my backbone and I have made them as hard to shift as possible. Standing them in terrain and getting as many times Miasma of Pestilence on them, it is no wonder that they laughed at the shooting efforts of a Deathwing squad, one Tactical Squad and one Kill Team full of combi-weapons.
In melee I have tried to play as safe as possible since my opponent had a lot of chainfists, power fists, power weapons and stuff to inflict horrible harm on my units. I have decided to charge with my Bloat-Drone since on paper it is a tough cookie and it proved to be ... ahem... Disgustingly Resilient. It was a calculated risk but my opponent was lured by this putrescent mass of flesh and this left him where I wanted him.
The Lord of Contagion is an absolute beast. This tough cookie went on to chop an entire squad of Deathwing Terminators and still be left standing with three wounds left. He is not flashy, he is not special, but he is damn tough and can take a punch and deliver a punch.
Last is my MVP, my Helbrute. He is not special but all he needs is some love and a good master. This puppy went on to blast a DA Librarian to vapor, roasted a Deathwatch team, then pounded them into the ground and then since this was not enough he also went to punch a Rhino on the snout. My Helbrute ended with three wounds but was a threat from the first minute of the game.
So what can I say. Sorry for not posting some updates but between work and exams I am a bit low on free time. Still I could not pass the opportunity to beat some loyalists so I agreed to my first game of Warhammer 40k 8th Edition. The game was a blast, the army is a blast and I can see that I will enjoy this Death Guard of mine a lot, and I really mean, a lot.
Praise be to Papa Nurgle!
Death to the False Emperor!
Edited by Chainsword Cookie, 01 July 2017 - 02:34 PM.