At my LGS we’re all getting ready for the 1,850 tournament next month. I brought my revision of my Khorne Daemonkin list I posted the other day.
Khorne Daemonkin – 1,850
- Ghostwrath (Daemon Prince) – Daemonic Flight, The Blood-forged Armor (3+, FNP, Eternal Warrior)
- Darktide (Daemon Prince) – Daemonic Flight, Warp-forged Armor, Goredrinker (gets stronger with kills)
- Bloodletters (8)
- Bloodletters (8)
- Rampage (Berzerkers) (10) – Icon of Wrath, Plasma Pistol x 2
- Skull Champion – Melta Bombs, Power Sword
- Rhino – Combi-bolter, Havoc Launcher
- Flesh Hounds (10)
- Chaos Bikers (5) – Plasma Gun x 2
- Champion – Melta Bombs
- Heldrake – Baleflamer
- Ragefist (Defiler) – Battle Cannon, Reaper Autocannon, Twin-linked Heavy Flamer, Power Fists x 2, Dirge Caster
- Forgefiend – Hades Autocannon x 2
My opponent was running his list from Crimson Slaughter, playing as Word Bearers.
- Chaos Lord – Sigil of Corruption, Daemonheart, The Slaughterer’s Horns, Blade of the Relentless, Prophet of the Voices
- Possessed (5)
- Chaos Space Marines (10) – Meltagun, Plasmagun (I think), Icon of Vengence
- Chaos Space Marines (10) – (forgot what special weapons), Icon of Vengence
- Rapier Laser Battery (2)
- Land Raider – Twin-linked Lascannons (2), Heavy Bolter
I knew it would be interesting with three big tanks and little in the way of squishy guys to assault.
We rolled up the Spoil of War Maelstrom mission (steal objectives). He got to setup first and I didn’t bother to try and steal the initiative.
Jon’s big opening was to down my Forgefiend with his Rapier Laser Battery. I sort of forgot about them when setting up and put him right in their view. The explosion in turn killed three Berzrekers. His Marines in the board center jumped out of their Rhino to claim an objective there. He got another point for another objective (I believe), to score: 3-0.
I advanced forward and my shooting was ineffective. I kept my Princes back a bit to line up charges for the next turn, and to avoid his tanks for another turn. My Hounds charged the CSM who got out the previous turn and the combat stuck with a few dead on both sides.
I hate to summarize a game so early but little detail is needed for the rest of the game really. The Lord and Possessed jumped out of their Land Raider and charged the Hounds. That combat would go on until turn #6. I eventually fed in Darktide (Prince), Bikes and two diminished Bloodletters squads to the combat, losing all over time. There was an objective in the middle of the combat that kept coming up but he had objective secure units on it and I just could not shift him off to take it. In turn he kept taking the points from me, plus his own cards for it.
Ghostwrath (Warlord Prince), eventually died from tank fire. My Defiler had two charges against the Land Raider and could not destroy the thing to claim an objective and in turn Jon stole that objective from me.
The game ended with Jon winning 17-13 and I only had a Heldrake left.
Post Game Thoughts
It was a great game. I haven’t played Jon in a very long time and he’s been working on his Word Bearer force for a while. A few failed charges and bad placement on my part really did me in. The game remained close though. He had me by a few points for most of the game and at one point I actually took the lead. However, in turn #6 that damn center objective came up again and he pulled a lead I couldn’t recover from.
This was my first time seeing the Sicaran tank and I really like what it can do. It’s something that will go on my to buy some day (probably never manage it), list.
The game has me really considering my list again. I can’t help but wonder if I’m just trying to drive the square peg into the round hole with my Khorne Daemonkin. I love the army but, as I’ve said a hundred times, playing with what I have right now is very limiting. I need to use painted models and can’t proxy in things that I want.
I’m just not sure I can make KDK work for this tournament currently. I’m going to look at adjusting the list and losing the Berzerkers would be the first step. I love Berzerkers but they really need a Land Raider. I own one but it won’t be ready in time. My Berzerker replacement options aren’t all that great either.
My alternative would be to run my Warpsmith list I really love for Chaos Space Marines. Basically, throw down all my mechanized stuff with Obliterator support. It’s a list I enjoy, it’s thematic and tends to perform pretty well. Choices…