More adventures on Konor

Another week of the Fate of Konor campaign draws to a close. I had another battle on Friday, this time against Blood Angels. The Games Workshop store where we played was suggesting a 35 Power Level game, but since my opponent and I had much more than that, we played a game around 100 Power Levels. I ran my Death Guard and my opponent brought his Blood Angels.

2nd Konor battle, turn 1

This was my first time playing against Blood Angels in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew my opponent had several drop pods, and since scatter is no longer a part of the game, I wondered what kind of threat that would be for my force.

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Bringing rot to Konor

I played my first game in the Fate of Konor global campaign on Sunday, and my third game in 8th edition. I’m not sure if the campaign is structured this way in other places, but at my local GW store, the first week was for games with a Patrol detachment. We were looking at about 30 Power Levels (plus or minus a few). No other restrictions were put on what we could take. I took a group of my Death Guard. My opponent ran Ultramarines, but all Primaris. To say the least, I was a little anxious as I hadn’t faced off against Primaris Marines yet.

My list included two 5-man Plague Marine squads, a Chaos Rhino, a Chaos Spawn and Typhus. The Plague Marine squads I kitted out the same way: two plasma guns, and then swapped the champion’s boltgun and bolt pistol for a power fist and plasma gun. That meant I could belt out at least six plasma shots each round. My opponent had two Intercessor squads, an Assault Terminators squad, a Primaris Lieutenant, and a Primaris Captain.

We played on a 4′ x 4′ table and used this week’s Konor campaign mission. I deployed my Death Guard in something of a gun line at the leading edge of my deployment zone. I also held Typhus for a teleport strike. My opponent set up his Space Marines in a cluster, near the center edge of his deployment zone, with his Terminators out front. You can get a sense of how things looked in this photo. I was supposed to go first, but he rolled a six on his Seize the Initiative roll. Of course!

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Update: Making progress on the Foetid Bloat-drone

Painting hasn’t gone quite as quickly as I hoped this past week. Partly because I spent some free time actually playing my first couple of 8th edition games. As such, I didn’t have as much time for painting. But I did get some work done on the Foetid Bloat-drone for my Death Guard.

I finished the base coats and the shading. I’m about 75 percent done with the highlights. I picked up a pot of Ogryn Camo the other day, and I think it’s a great highlight for the Vallejo Camouflage Green. On the “antlers” I went over the Zandri Dust with Ushabti Bone and then Screaming Skull. For the ichor coming off the antlers, I layered Incubi Darkness, Kabalite Green, and Sybarite Green. For the flesh, I used a base coat of Rakarth Flesh, then shaded the flesh with Druchii Violet. I then went back over most of the flesh areas again with Rakarth Flesh. I’ll finish that up with some Pallid Wych Flesh.

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Seduced by the dark side… again!

It seems every time I try to start a loyalist Space Marine army, I end up getting sucked back into the Warp after I finish the first squad. With the new models for Death Guard in the house, I couldn’t help myself. So the Dark Angels are back on the shelf. Just for the moment, I hope.

New Death Guard being painting

Right now, I’m painting the Foetid Bloat-drone and the squad of Plague Marines. Adding those units to my current Death Guard army will put it in the neighborhood of 2000 points. That’s what I want to have ready for the upcoming world-wide campaign. With a little bit of luck, I’ll be finished painting these models by the campaign’s start date.

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Death Guard reinforcements incoming – and the advent of 8th edition.

It seems that just about every blog out there involving Warhammer 40,000 has had something to say about the release of 8th edition. I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Since the release is just a few hours away, now seems like the perfect time for a procrastinator like me to say something. Here are a few quick thoughts.

First off, as someone who’s been a long-time Death Guard player and collector (since 3rd edition), the fact that the new starter box includes them has me giddy! While I’m probably one of the few players on the planet who still likes the old Death Guard models, I’m pleased to see the supplicants of Father Nurgle get an update. I haven’t seen anything confirmed yet, but it looks like from some of the teaser videos that a Death Guard Plague Marine multi-part kit is also on the horizon. So, looks like GW won’t pull another Dark Vengeance with the CSM faction and leave the starter box models as exclusive to the set.

Death Guard, pre-8th edition
Patiently awaiting reinforcements….

Second from what I’ve seen, I like most of the rules for the Death Guard. I’m glad the kept a Feel-No-Pain type rule that’s even a little more useful than it was in 7th edition. I like that my Forge World Death Guard dreadnought… err… Helbrute and Chaos Land Raider will be officially Death Guard units again. I like that the army is getting a few new specific units like the Pox Walkers, the Bloat Drone, and the Plague caster.  It’s also pretty cool that the troops can take up to three plasma guns in a squad, thanks to the new load-out available to the Plague Marine champion.

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