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1500 Azure Flames vs. Nurgle Daemons

Another incredibly satisfying battle at AFK Games!  This was against veteran Daemon player Loren who had a fantastically painted Nurgle army.  We played 1500 points.

Bozeman - Azure Flames

-Librarian, Mastery Level 2, Terminator Armor, The Shield Eternal (Endurance and Leech Life from Biomancy, Master of Ambush: Outflankers have Acute Senses)

-Terminators x5, Chainfist, Cyclone Missile Launcher

-Land Raider Crusader

-Tactical Squad x10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, Combi-Flamer, Flamer, Heavy Bolter in a Rhino with Extra Armor

-Tactical Squad x10, Veteran Sergeant, Power Fist, Combi-Flamer, Flamer, Heavy Bolter in a Rhino with Extra Armor

-Scouts x5 in a Land Speeder Storm

-Thunderfire Cannon

-Stormtalon Gunship with Typhoon Missile Launcher

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Loren - Nurgle Chaos Daemons

-Daemon Prince, Mark of Nurgle (Death Incarnate: Melee Attacks cause Instant Death)

-Plaguebearers x14, Etherblade

-Plaguebearers x14, Etherblade

-Plaguebearers x14, Etherblade

-Plaguebearers x14, Etherblade

-Herald of Nurgle, Etherblade

-Herald of Nurgle, Etherblade

-Plague Drones x7, Etherblade

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Mission: Big Guns Never Tire (D3+2 Objectives, we had 5.  Heavy Support holds objectives and killing HS earns 1VP)

Setup: Dawn of War (long table edges)

Here's our board after setup.

No Night Fight, Initiative not seized.  I held the Scouts and the Stormtalon in reserve, and Loren held 2 Plaguebearer squads and one Herald in reserve.

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Turn 1 - Chaos Daemons

The Plague Drones move forward towards the Thunderfire Cannon while the Plaguebearers march forward.  The Daemon Prince moves to my right.

Drones are Jet Pack Cavalry, so they move fast!

The Daemon Prince goes off on his own.

Turn 1 - Azure Flames

Ineffectual firing puts a few wounds on the Plague Drones.  3 of 4 Thunderfire shots scatter off target.

Aiming is hard!

Turn 2 - Chaos Daemons

The Plague Drones assault and kill the Thunderfire Cannon, and put three glancing results on the Land Raider.  Other forces advance.  One unit of Plaguebearers deep strikes.

The Drones are incredibly effective.

Turn 2 - Azure Flames

Rhino-mounted Tactical Squads, the Land Speeder Storm, and the Stormtalon make short work of the deep-struck Plaguebearers out in the open.  Land Raider backs up and fire from it and the Terminators remove two Plague Drones.

Fire cleanses Plaguebearers very well!

The Land Raider makes a last desperate effort to fight.

Turn 3 - Chaos Daemons

Daemon Prince charges Terminators.  The Prince Challenges the Librarian, but the fight is ineffectual.  The Plague Drones charge and wreck the Land Raider.  The last squad of Plague Bearers deep strikes as the other two squads on foot claim two objectives.

The Daemon Prince gets stuck in, while the Drones finish the Land Raider.

Turn 3 - Azure Flames

Rhino mounted tatsquads kill 1/2 of the Plaguebearers that deep struck.  The Daemon Prince/Librarian fight continues, and the Shield Eternal saves the Librarian from Instant Death as he takes a wound.

More cleansing.

The Librarian is in trouble!

Turn 4 - Chaos Daemons

Disaster!  The Plague Drones charge the Terminators.  The Daemon Prince finishes off the Librarian, but the Plague Drones take five wounds from Terminators and do none in return!  Daemonic Instability rolls go insane and the Prince and the Drones are eliminated!  The Deep-struck Plaguebearers charge a Rhino and wreck it.

The Daemons vanish!

Hey!  You trashed our ride!

Turn 4 - Azure Flames

The Tactical squad takes revenge on the Plaguebearers and eliminates them.  The Terminators charge the Plaguebearers in the nearby building, but poor rolls lose one Terminator and no plaguebearers!

The charge is less than effective...

Hmmmm... Whattaya think?  Fire?  Is fire a good idea?  I'm thinking fire.  Let's try fire and see what happens.

Turn 5 - Chaos Daemons

A challenge by the Terminator Sergeant ends poorly and the lone remaining Terminator breaks and flees.  Turn not pictured.

Turn 5 - Azure Flames

The remaining Tactical Squad in the Rhino puts the hurt on a Plaguebearer squad, and claims the objective.  The other tactical squad and the Scouts claim two others.  Game ends.

Shoot-em-up!

Claimed!

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Final Score

Azure Flames have 3 objectives for 9VPs plus Slay the Warlord for 10

Chaos Daemons have 2 objectives for 6VPs plus two Heavy Support Kills, Slay The Warlord, and First Blood for 10, a tie!

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This was an amazing game!  I wish I had put my Thunderfire Cannon in a better place as I practically fed it to Loren.  I got a bit lucky with the Daemon Prince fight, but previously the Terminator Librarian kept failing to wound or the Prince made saves.  This was great fun.  Next time I'm bringing Sternguard to fight those pesky Plague Drones!

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