Last night I played a 1,750 game with my Standoff test list. I made a few minor changes to it. I freed up 15pts to get a Bloodreaper in with my Bloodletters and got him a lesser gift. I figure it will give that unit a little more of an edge and they need all they can get from my experience.
I played against a Daemons of Nurgle list, a pretty nasty one too. He had the Great Unclean One, Mamon, 2 x Nurgle Princes w/wings, 4 x Plaguebearers, Nurglings and Plague Drones. I’ve faced his Nurgle list a few times and each time it’s ended the same, me not being able to put enough of a dent in his army to matter and losing the game of attrition.
We rolled up a book mission and got Big Guns Never Tire with 4 objectives. We placed them basically center board line strung down the length of the board. The quick and dirty of the game: melee orgy in the center of the board. He threw his Princes forward (he had 1st turn), flying and I grounded one and tackled it with Flesh Hounds. I maneuvered to cover my weak Rhinos while leaving my Spawn to bubble-wrap the area. Basically the game turned into a huge fight at board center, as noted. I did hold back a few units though to make surgical strikes. My Tzeentch Prince ignored the big combats and went after Plaguebearers on an objective. My Bloodletters came in and I deep struck them in his deployment zone. Those Bloodletters performed better than I ever expect to see again and were easily my MVP. Over the game they went on to destroy 4 Plaguebearer squads (one of those being from the Portalglyph). In doing so they took him off an objective and grabbed it for themselves at the end. That unit won me the game hands-down.
By the end of the game I had 3 of the 4 objectives and he had none. He did get first blood but that was it and he had the Great Unclean One as his remaining model. My list having so many tough multi-wound models let me drag out combats. Once that center combat got going it lasted until turn #6 when it finally cleared out. I used that time to position my troops on objectives and, as mentioned, used other units to tackle his troops and steer clear of his monstrous creatures. The monstrous creatures I downed with massed bolter fire, dancing that rapid fire range.
I’m continually impressed with my list. The big thing I need to do now is face off against a shooty army, which I know will be my achilles heal. I’m hoping though that I have enough fast threats that something will live through a few turns of heavy fire. Of course smart positioning will be key here as well.
On the hobby front I’m getting close to having my list fully painted. No pictures but tonight I’m hoping to wrap up 3 WIP Chaos Marines and then move on to the Champion. That will finish off that unit and then I need to get 10 Flesh Hounds painted. I got the Hounds all assembled yesterday so I need to clean a few more mold lines and do a little gap filling. I don’t think the unit will be too time intensive and I should get them done with plenty of time to spare.