Saturday was a 40K tournament at my LGS at 1,000pts. I brought along my Disciples of Twilight, Chaos Marines, and ran this list. The idea with the list was something fun and themed as I’m aiming towards getting a list finalized for Fratris Salutem, a spring 40K tournament.
My first game was against Khorne Inquistor and his Daemons. One of my Helbrutes took out his Chariot early but the Lord of Change, and eventually The Great Unclean one, just went on to rampage me. I got three wounds on the Lord of Change early but after that it was all downhill. The game went 6 turns. Had it ended on turn #5 then the final score would have been closer but ultimately I took a 25-8 loss.
Second game was against Warren and his White Scars. This was definitely one of the more interesting games and also a blast. I took an early lead on kill points with my Helbrutes headed for his advancing line. A meltagun and a melta bomb eventually removed those threats to him and he started closing the lead. Puppet master saw one of my plasma gunners take out my own Rhino and then force my Forgefiend to destroy two of my CSM holding an objective. Back under my control, the Forgefiend removed two of his Marines on one of his objectives forcing a draw for objectives. Once the other missions got factored in I took a 22-12 win here in a damn close match.
Final game was against TheRhino and his Marines, which he was running trying out the Imperial Fists chapter tactics. This game came down to shooting and positioning within the ruined city board we were fighting on. We both needed to reach the board center and he did so first with Scouts. He had Terminators led by a Chaplain headed that way as well but my shooting saw the Terminators die off and left only the Chaplain. His Scouts tied up a CSM unit of mine to keep me from the center and I threw my Helbrute at the lone Chaplain to keep him off the center. I repositioned my other CSM squad to hit the center and eventually withdrew my previous CSM squad once they took out the Scouts. There was a lot really that went on in this game but in the end I barely took a 19-13 win.
Not a bad day going 2-1, better than I’ve done lately. My score wasn’t amazing but I was happy with the day. All of my games were fun and closer than the scores might indicate. I was also pleased with the Warpsmith. First game he fixed a Helbrute and next game a Rhino. Shatter defenses didn’t matter much in any game and he never did use machine curse as there was a distinct lack of vehicles in all my games. However, for the points and utility he offers I like how he’s worked out so far. Also, I was happy with how he played out riding in the Rhino with CSM. Previously I’ve stuck him with a foot retinue but having the mobility in the Rhino and being able to bolster the unit he’s with panned out a lot better.