This Saturday is a 1,500 40K tournament and last night I got in a practice game with my Chaos Space Marines, Disciples of Twilight. I was using a list modified from my previous practice game that utilizes Possessed from Crimson Slaughter. Speaking of, here’s the list.
Chaos Space Marines (Crimson Slaughter): 1,500pts
- Warforce (Sorcerer) – Psyker (Mastery Level 3), Bolt Pistol, Force Weapon, Prophet of Voices, Mark of Tzeentch, Melta Bombs, Balestar of Mannon, Daemonheart
- Possessed (9) – Mark of Tzeentch
- Possessed Champion
- Chaos Space Marines (10) – Meltagun x 2, Icon of Vengeance
- Aspiring Champion – Melta Bombs
- Spawn (5) – Mark of Nurgle
- Raptors (5) – Meltagun x 2
- Raptor Champion
- Obliterators (2) – Mark of Nurgle
- Obliterators (2) – Mark of Nurgle
- Maulerfiend – Lasher Tendrils
Note: I was proxying Orks as my Possessed.
I had first turn and advanced forward, trying to keep some distance between my army and Chris’ Daemon Princes. My shooting, what little I had, was ineffective.
Chris jumped up his Daemons Princes and slammed both into my Maulerfiend. I should have measured distance to ensure that didn’t happen but I figured the Maulerfiend would live. Lasher Tendrils reduce attacks by two and they were only S7. Well, I was wrong and the Maulerfiend blew up. First blood to Chris.
With my army all central I moved to get the Spawn into one Prince and Possessed into the other. My Obliterators fired on the Princes but the 2+ jink avoided all wounds. As planned, the Spawn charged into one Prince but did nothing and I took four wounds (I believe), in return. My Possessed charged the other Prince, with Warforce (Sorcerer). I needed 5’s to hit the Prince (WS9), but I had Prescience up and buried the Prince under wounds and he wasn’t able to save them all and went down.
Chris moved the Great Unclean One forward to aid his remaining Daemon Prince. The Warp Storm saw a unit of 11 Plaguebearers drop into my backfield near an objective. Chris also cast Cursed Earth, which is +1 invulnerable to all Daemons in 12″. The Great Unclean One (GUCO), charged into the Spawn and between him and the Prince wiped them out.
My Possessed rolled their random ability and got the 3++ and rending. That meant within 12″ of the GUCO they had a 2++. One Obliterator squad moved back toward my deployment to intercept the newly arrived Plaguebearers. Shooting removed two and then the Obliterators charged in, killed off a few, took two wounds and combat stuck.
The Possessed with Warforce multi-charged the GUCO and the Prince. It was a risky move but I had a 2++ and needed to lock those two models down. I had Prescience on the unit but I still only managed a single wound on the GUCO. In return I lost two Possessed and the combat stuck.
Plaguebearers arrived and landed centrally. Chris’s Soulgrinder charged a Rhino of mine on an objective midfield and smashed it apart to claim the objective it was on. I got two wounds on the GUCO in that combat, one with Warforce who had force up. However, Chris made the force save (damn!). I lost a few more Possessed as the unit continued to dwindle.
Turns #4 – 5
To bring this to a conclusion and not draw it out. My Chaos Marines with melta moved on the Soulgrinder with an Obliterator and destroyed it in shooting. My Raptors arrived and landed perfectly on an objective I needed. Chris was able to clear out the Possessed and moved Prince and GUCO towards the board center where my remaining units were, barring the Raptors. My Raptors had a string of bad luck, lost combat against Plaguebearers and ran. My CSM in the center, and Obliterators, took charges from the Prince and GUCO. Things did not go well for me there and the CSM were removed but one Obliterator remained when the game ended.
It was a really fun game. My mistake early on with the Maulerfiend hurt. I intended for him to tackle one Prince, he’s great at hunting monstrous creatures with the Lasher Tendrils. The Possessed with Mark of Tzeentch worked out really well and the Sorcerer support really boosted their effectiveness. It was a far better approach, at least in this game, than my previous configuration for the unit.
All-in-all I was happy with my list. It was fun to play and I’m looking forward to seeing how it fares this Saturday.