The Past Week in Hobby

Well last tuesday I went back down to the game club and got another game in for this 40k league I have joined.  I have to say right off the top – that this edition is good fun.  GW… 8th is great – thanks!

Ok – This was my 2nd game in this league and the opponent was DEATH GUARD.  I have not played against this flavor of chaos in many years – so it was a learning experience for sure – compiled onto that was the new codex release for Death Guard just a couple weeks prior to my game.

Here is my opponents list…

++ Battalion Detachment (Chaos – Death Guard) ++

+ Fast Attack +

Foetid Bloat-drone : 2x Plaguespitters, Plague probe

+ HQ +

Lord of Contagion : Manreaper

Typhus : Blades of Putrefaction, Putrescent Vitality

+ Troops +

Plague Marines

. Plague Champion: Plague knife, Plasma pistol, Power fist

. 4x Plague Marine w/ boltgun

. Plague Marine w/ melee weapons: 2nd Plague knife

. Plague Marine w/ melee weapons: Mace of Contagion and bubotic axe

. Plague Marine w/ melee weapons: Flail of Corruption

Plague Marines

. Plague Champion: Plague knife, Plasma gun, Power fist

. 3x Plague Marine w/ boltgun

. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun

. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun

Plague Marines 

. Plague Champion: Plague knife, Plasma gun, Power fist

. 4x Plague Marine w/ boltgun

. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Blight launcher

. Plague Marine w/ Special Weapon: Blight launcher

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino : Combi-bolter

++ Vanguard Detachment +1CP (Chaos – Death Guard) ++

+ HQ +

Lord of Contagion: Plaguereaper

+ Elites +

Biologist Putrifier : Plague knife

Deathshroud Terminators

. Deathshroud Champion: Manreaper, Plaguespurt gauntlets

. 2x Deathshroud Terminator: 2x Manreaper, 2x Plaguespurt gauntlets

Tallyman : Plasma pistol

++ Spearhead Detachment +1CP (Chaos – Death Guard) ++

+ HQ +

Chaos Lord: Bolt pistol, Power fist

+ Heavy Support +

Plague burst Crawler : 2x Plaguespitter, Rothail volley gun

Plagueburst Crawler : 2x Entropy cannon, Rothail volley gun

Plagueburst Crawler : 2x Entropy cannon, Rothail volley gun

His army was nicely painted – and as he stated a continuing work.  (He is not done)  — which was comforting to me, because my armies always seem to be that way.

The Set up was on the short ends – I can’t remember the name… but basically we had 5 objectives (one in the center – and one in each table quarter.  He lined his tanks (crawlers) on his back line – and set aside several HQ’s to drop in.  I decided this game I would place all my force in my deployment area – and march forward.  Looking back I may have been better off web portalling in my larger Wraithguard unit again.

His troop units hunkered down for most of the first half of the game.  He peppered my units with the the tanks – and then jumped in this hard hitting HQ guys.

The first group got in close with their teleport – and shot up some of my wraith guard.  But he underestimated how tough the wraithguard can be – and I had plenty to launch in a counter on my turn.  I shot him up with wraith cannons  – and then all of them charged in.  My Wraithseer joined in and I did a pretty good job of clearing up the issues.

After another round of H-t-H I realized my Wraithguard can retreat from combat and shoot… and then return.  This really helped to thin out the DeathGuard HQ.  The had really bogged down my advance and I spent most of the game just trying to deal with them.

Below is my remaining wraith cannon Wraithguard finishing the HQ and retinue off.

Soon the rhino got close – and dropped the troops into my lap.  This continued the bogging down of my force.  The game was back and forth… his guys were tough and hard to remove from the table with their various saves.  I think if I had web way portal’d in my Wraithguard I may had been able to force my will in this game better.  But as it was I had a real hard time claiming objectives.

Another game – and another MVP performance from the Wraithseer.  Even in death – the Wraithseer is awesome – I have mine as my Warlord with a Phoenix Gem – which is great fun.  She was mauled by these troopers… and she was “dead” – but with the gem she sucked the life out of the unit and awoke again from the dead.  She was taken down again – at the end of the match.

With all the shooting… my big guys just slowly got whittled down.  I had my bone singer try and keep them healthy – but in the end – I just didn’t have enough to sway the tide of battle.  I ended up loosing this match… just outnumbered and out gunned.

-d

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