And I lost…
I actually did well. I got screwed over a little by the campaign getting nothing useful for an event and having no choice but to fight the guy everyone was afraid of, John and his Dark Elf army. My Plaguebearer horde preformed well, but everything else except Harold, the Herald of Nurgle performed poorly and suffered because of all the points invested in the 40 Plaguebearers lead by the army Battle Standard Bearer.
I’m back home but still sweating from carrying miniatures twenty plus blocks. My plan was to put together 1500 points of painted Nurgle Daemons, show up every week or so, play a game or two try to have a little fun. So much for my plan, next week is mandatory mercenary week in the campaign. Lucky for me I have a second army, luckily they can ally, unlucky for me that I will have to base them and make movement trays…
Late last night I was scheming up plans to re-base my troublesome Plaguebearer musician conversion and add some magnetic umph to my Battle Standard Bearer, I even had elaborate plans to make my big honkin’ banner even more over the top. I was also thinking of painting another plaguebearer, not terribly ambitious plans. Now it is in my best interest to finally base my goblin hordes and to bring some ranged fire power and increased offensive magic.
If I was doing a pure 1500 Daemon army, I’d definitely have a Herald of Tzeentch at 115 points for a level 2 wizard, the Nurgle Herald is 115 points too and he isn’t even a wizard yet, I spent 275 points on him for the game and although he helped me defeat three Dark Elf units I still lost the game. Nurgle has such low initiative and relatively few attacks it may be the weakest of the four powers, especially after regeneration was neutered some.
I did take a lot of pictures and I do have some thoughts for next week, but I’m just beat. I think I’ll save this as a draft and revise it later. I think some down time, especially considering I’m operating on about 3-4 hours sleep is in order.
Well I’m back, I didn’t take a nap, but I got next week’s army list worked out and I got the funky drummer drumming so if I’m going to get this done this evening and impress my new blog network, I better get typing.
Here is the army I ended up running at Strategies today:
- LORD: Slim, Daemon Prince with Wing 320pts
- HERO: Harold of Nurgle, Herald of Nurgle, Battle Standard Bearer, Banner of Unholy Victory, Level One Wizard, Noxious Vapors, Slim Trail 275pts
- CORE: Netherworldly Mathematicians, 39 Plaguebearers, Full Command, Icon of Virulence 523pts
- SPECIAL: George Jr’s, 5 * Nurgling Stands 175pts
- RARE: Slimey and Esmaralda, two Beasts of Nurgle 200pts
So yeah I didn’t win but I had to play the dreaded Dark Elf player he had a Hydra, a level 4 Wizard, Cold One Knights with a Hero, Dark Riders, Witch Elves, and two squads of crossbowmen. I never saw his army list and although I did my best, it seems I remember rules that hurt me and perhaps a few turns of Fear checks or sixes from Poison never happened as they were supposed to.
Before I put all the pics up, I spent last night scheming how to re-base some models and now after a visit to the craft store on Main Street I’ve got enough magnets to make the two more movement trays I need, plus it appears I need to paint the bases of 54 Night Goblins by next Sunday, as it is mandatory ally day.
First of all Darren the store owner wanted us to play a random scenario with random terrain. This resulted in the Watchtower scenario with 7 pieces of terrain much of it magical and confusing. It also took a long time to set up the table and figure out what did what. I avoided maneuvering into the fancy terrain, but my opponent John who had the bigger army couldn’t and for a while the terrain had killed more Dark Elf models than my Nurgle Army. Eventually the Netherworldly Mathematicians found their mojo and hewed through three Dark Elf units. The rest of my army didn’t do much and I will be revising my list for next week and the week after accordingly.
Due to the mission I had to deploy first but go second. John had the “Scouts” campaign event which trumped my scouts, the Nurglings and the fact I should have gone first as I started with control of the Watchtower technically. The all CORE Horde Army which I ran and plan to run with my Orks and Goblins is disadvantaged here as only 20 models can fit in the watchtower according to the rules. This along with my inability to make key saves or unwillingness or naivete in not somehow buying better saves cost me the game.
I deployed sensibly. Slim my daemon Prince hid behind the Elven Way Stone and despite my caution with him all game, he eventually died to enemy shooting costing me the victory. Next week he was going to have the Trappings of Nurgle but I just remembered I made him a non-Nurgle daemon and then of course he can’t afford it anyway in a 1500 point game… DAMN now I need to revise next week’s army list and I was so proud of it too. Too bad daemons can’t use common magic items. I’m not painting another daemon Prince and Slim would really benefit from the armour save and regeneration that the Trappings of Nurgle provides. If he didn’t have wings, I still couldn’t fit it in at 1500 points… Back to the army books and redrafting next weeks list. At least I don’t have to redo my 375 points of mercenaries.
There isn’t a lot I can do at 1500 points using the Daemons of Chaos List, the best I can come up with while still spending less than 375 points on LORDs is to make Slim a Level One Wizard with the Lore of Metal and hope to get the one defensive spell, if I don’t get it, I still like the Lore of Metal’s offensive capabilities and plan to use it instead of Nurgle’s Lore and instead of Fire unless I play Wood Elves.
So after the enemy deployed my Nurglings showed up I put them just over 12 inches away from the dreaded War Hydra and the almost as dreaded Cold One Knights. They didn’t last long but they did allow the Plaguebearers to get the charge bonus and eventually wear down the Dark Elves. I didn’t have a good answer in the magic or shooting phase and I didn’t take on the War Hydra when I had the chance, next time I might be tempted to charge it just to keep it from using its’ breath weapon which killed 11 plaguebearers in a single shot later in the game.
As you might have gathered, the Dark Elf player got first turn and took the bait. He charged the Nurglings with both the Hydra and the Cold Ones. The Hydra did not roll well enough but the Cold One Knights and their hero were way too much for the Nurglings dealing 15+ wounds counting instability rolls which accounted for the last six I think.
With the Nurglings gone there was nothing to be done but charge down the hill with the Plaguebearers. I think I need to roll 8 or higher and I rolled ten. The first round of combat didn’t go well, neither did the second. Harold my Herald refused to fight the Dark Elf hero in a challenge the second round, sulking at the back. He is much more valuable alive as he was my Battle Standard Bearer, my only wizard, and was worth D3+1 Combat Resolution. Despite looking there was no rule that said his banner didn’t work in the back rank. Harold had Pit of Slime and his unit was in H2H from the first turn until the last when I yielded pretty much. So he was strictly a defensive magician. Next time my Battle Standard Bearer won’t be my only wizard if at all possible.
I think a Herald of Tzeentch is the long term solution to this problem at 1500 points. But short term I’ll be bringing an allied hero wizard and giving Slim a go in the magic phase as a Level One Wizard in his own right.
I took a picture of how the Dark Elves deployed. His mysterious river, there were two, along with the Haunted Mansion gave him some grief, I think he would have been best just to ignore them and deploy wherever he wanted. The central watchtower and the speed of the Dark Riders prevented the Beasts of Nurgle from doing much. Their initiative of one ensured they ultimately died to the Purple Sun. Nurgle really suffers with the increased emphasis on initiative and presumably Slaneesh benefits.
After two turns of all out charging there was a period of a turn or so of maneuvering waiting to see who won the one H2H fight. The Plaguebearers prevailed and followed up catching the hero and killing it. Then I took an absolute beating in the shooting phase but still charged the crossbowmen and saw them off too, though by then I was down to a single row of Plaguebearers.
About now the Purple Sun finally got cast, but the first time it did nothing. The Witch Elves came out to play and the Crossbowmen who had taken control of the Watchtower got to meet Slim. I learned I couldn’t multiple charge the Watchtower which is lame and prevented the Beasts from charging for another turn. I should have marched then while maneuvering. I maneuvered them, but always moved at slow speed when I flat out didn’t have to. That’s inexperience for you.
Slim got to charge the Crossbowmen, despite them standing and shooting and bringing him ultimately down to one wound and me forgetting my Thunder Stomp! I won and chased those Dark Elves out of the tower. Slim being a monster couldn’t hide in the tower. The routing Dark Elves were ultimately charged by the Beasts, killed and the Beasts succeeded in escaping one Purple Sun only to be killed by another faster one, 30 inches of movement in one turn!
After getting burnt, losing their regeneration for the remainder of the phase there were a lot less Plaguebearers. They were still more than enough for the unit of Dark Elf Crossbowmen in front of the Haunted Mansion. It was much more surprising when just two surviving Plaguebears both carrying magic standards managed to win a round of combat against the relatively fresh Witch Elves, who broke, were caught and killed.
Alas I didn’t have enough staying power and the crossbow bolts and Purple Suns eventually removed all my models but the aforementioned two Plaguebearers. I put their banners away during the game, but with my new supply of magnets and some more cinematic basing, they might stick around for more than a photo op. My DIY musician with my home-made Gong of Despair will hopefully be no problem once I make my custom 2 Plagubearers taking up four models worth of space mini movement tray.
As I said next week is mandatory mercenary week, I’m probably not in last but with only one campaign point and being stuck in the jungle in the upper left corner, I’m close to the bottom. But I know I’m not trying very hard to win, played the toughest opponent almost to a draw, and with a lot of effort can probably field a better list. Luckily I’m unemployed so can devote say three days to making movement trays and basing goblins to produce this army list for next week:
- LORDs: Daemon Prince, Wings, Level 1 Wizard 370pts
- HEROs: Harold of Nurgle, Battle Standard Bearer, Banner of Unholy Victory, Slime Trail 200pts
- CORE: 29 Plaguebearers, Full Command, Icon of Eternal Virulence 403pts
- Mercenary HERO: Night Goblin Shaman, Level 2 Wizard, Mad Cap Mushrooms, Amulet of Protectyness 130pts
- Mercenary CORE: 50 Night Goblins with short bows, Full Command, 3 Fanatics 245pts
- SPECIAL: 4 Stands of Nurglings 140pts
- Leftovers: one more Plaguebearer 12pts
There you go, that army hopefully has more offensive and defensive magic. Slim is still vulnerable but hopefully 50+ Night Goblins will cause some worry. I think the Plaguebearers will do better deployed in depth, it was the banners and the bonus points of combat resolution that won for me, not my extra attacks and the pitiful few kills I actually managed. Slime Trail is a really smart use of 10 points and makes Harold exactly 200 points which is more reasonable.
Next week I have the mercenary Night Goblin Shaman with the Little Waaagh magic, but future 1500 point armies will have a cheap Tzeentch Herald I think. I’ll just put him on foot and hide him behind some squad, say the Plaguebearers. I’ll give the Beasts of Nurgle another go someday, the Purple Sun was a bit of bad luck, more defensive magic might help, but just getting stuck in would help too. I also plan to assemble and paint a Fiend of Slaneesh for the speed. I think the model currently retails for about 35 dollars Canadian so that might be something to buy, though I already own one from a trade many years ago. Fleshhounds are the other option I own that will add speed and higher initiative troops quickly and easily to the army.
First up is more basing, more movement trays, and yet another Plaguebearer. I also will get some non-Nurgle Heralds and my one Fiend of Slaneesh assembled and hopefully painted in the next two weeks.
While editing this post for the third time, to make it better and add a link to Urban Source where I got my sheets of magnets, I also thought since flamer template attacks are all the rage, Nurgle usually has one, but it is too many points to give to Slim at 1500. I’m going to have to paint more stuff or at least field more stuff and use a higher points value, maybe in week three if the campaign goes better.