A General declared himself the "True Emperor" and set to build his own empire. Making alliances with various xeno races and pacts with renegade warbands and daemons alike, he carved a bloody path through the Imperium.
The alien races still loyal to their beliefs were intent on punishing the traitors, and joined the Imperium to kill this "True Emperor".
The Death Guard assaults the Space Marine lines.
The first encounter was a space marine strike force, defending their position against the death guard. Will the space marines be able to defeat the death guard before they set up defensive positions?
The Game begins!
I rolled terribly for my Warlord trait! I got Hatred on my lord and his unit, but giving that I had them upgraded with Veterans of the Long War, they already were full of hatred! Not only that, but my lords Gift of Mutation rolled No Reward, and the champion in his squad got +1 BS. Not very useful, considering he had a bolt pistol.
Mike rolled Iron Resolve for his captain.
Turn 1:The prince cast a malediction on the centurions, but managed to gift them with the Shrouded special rule. All my units lumbered forward. The helbrute managed to destroy the lascannon on the razorback, but not stopping it fully. In return, Mike zoomed forward with his razorbacks. The land speeders managed to destroy the rhino, leaving the lord and his unit very vulnerable.
First Blood: Space Marines
"I don't like you, and I'm not afraid to show it!"
The storm talon arrives and reduces one hull point from the blight drone. The land speeders only managed to kill one plaguebearer with their awesome fire power, and the daemon prince survives the punishing fire from the disembarked tactical squads, razorbacks and centurions.
The space marines had tactically parked the razorbacks so the prince wouldn't have a chance of getting through. Furious, he charged one of the tanks and chopped it to bits! He didn't survive the returning fire of the space marines though.
"F*** you in particular!"
The storm talon picked a new target: The unmolested helbrute. A wise choise, but futile. The helbrute survived the everything the storm talon could throw at him, and cut it down in the next turn!
Survivor of the match!
Turn 6: The champion holding the objective survived everything the space marines had! Several bolters, heavy bolters, plasma guns and even lascannon shots!
The plaguebearers finally reached the space marine lines and brought down the last land speeder.
Slay the Warlord: Space Marines
Winner: Space Marines!
Final thought from Mike; What did think of the game?
"For Dorn and the Emperor! The space marines win their first game with the new codex! To be honest though this game was a massive experiment for me having used several units i had never done before, such as centurions, vanguard and most importantly, land speeders! The land speeders were my unit of the match! The typhoon missile launchers proved to be deadly! having killed the blight drone, rhino and a handful of plague bearers they had the highest kill count of the match! The centurions also proved to be worth the outlay in points as they killed the enemy helbrute and crippled the daemon prince but the vanguard will quite likely be getting replaced after failing to charge and defeat the chaos lord and plague bearers."
"It wasn't all smooth sailing though, Mattias' Chaos lord proved to be a tricky opponent, killing no less than 13 of my marines single handedly! And on the other flank his daemon prince who kept casting biomancy spells on himself left my space marines and captain so scared that they dared not get out of their Razorbacks for three full turns!! All in all a good match that was witness to some awesome cinematic moments! I'm now planning my list for the next match!"
What can I say? Nurgle is a really hard army. Given that they all have high toughness and Feel no Pain makes them survive most things thrown at them. I realize I played a lot of units wrong; I should have deployed my plaguebearers with deep strike, and the prince should curse units that was within range. He kept casting Gift of Contagion on the centurions, but they were never the target of any shooting nor assault. I was really unlucky with some dice rolls as well (Sure, blame it on the dice...). The toads failed their counter charge, and the plague marines failed two rolls for getting in the bunker.
Nevertheless, it was fun to see Mike sweating when my prince came lumbering towards him. Next time, I will be using more figures, so my death guard will have to be stand-ins as normal marines with Mark of Nurgle. I was really lacking in the fire power department, so a squad of havocs of two should also do the trick. A heldrake would also prove useful, but I consider it too good to be taken in a friendly game.
Heldrake or not, I'll get you next time, Mike!