The Armies of Argos Prime

This post is all about the armies that appeared in our recent Apoc game.  I figured some people might be interested in seeing what sort of forces are fielded in our local meta-game.  Keep in mind that there was a rule that restricted any creatures with toughness 8 or greater, and any vehicle with total front/side/rear armor greater than 33.  That might explain why you aren’t seeing much in the way of vehicles…

Defenders of Rhoame

Dan’s Grey Knight Detachment

I don’t think I’ve seen a more generic list for an Apoc game.  Then again, I’m not sure I’ve seen a more solid list.  Dan wound up taking bare bones units for the most part, and only had one real obvious weakness–and that was tanks.  The thing was, in this game, the rules were built so that he wasn’t going to be fighting anything with armor greater than 12, and virtually every model in his army had a strength 6 weapon.  Who says Grey Knights can’t compete?!?

  • HQ:
    • Brother Captain Stern w/ 9 man Retinue (including Incinerator)
  • Troops:
    • 10x Grey Knights
    • 10x Grey Knights
    • 10x Grey Knights
    • 10x Grey Knights
    • 10x Grey Knights w/ 2x Incinerators
    • 10x Grey Knights w/ 2x Incinerators
  • Elites:
    • 5x Grey Knight Terminators w/ 1x Incinerator
    • 5x Grey Knight Terminators w/ 1x Incinerator
  • Heavy Support:
    • 7x Grey Knight Purgation Squad w/ 4x Psycannons
    • 7x Grey Knight Purgation Squad w/ 4x Psycannons

Kris’ Relictors

With the absence of Matt, Kris really stepped up and brought TEAM HQ.  With more than 30% of his total points spent in character models (including more Psykers than either of the bug players brought), his force was nutty.  He also went out of his way to include models from Codex Space Marines, Blood Angels, Space Wolves, & Daemonhunters, to give him the most varied force around.  To add color, he took the time to name every single one of his squads though, and came up with some pretty good ones:

  • HQ:
    • Master Arthulus Borkai (Pedro Cantor)
    • Brother-Captain Zerahiah (Captain w/ Artificier, Plasma Pistol, Relic Blade, Digital Weapons)
    • Inquisitor Solomin (Inquisitor w/ Power Armor, Plasma Pistol, Null Rod, Psychic Hood, Icon of the Just, Targeter, Auspex)
    • Epistolary Morhavik (Rune Priest w/ Wolftooth Necklace, Wolf Tail Talisman, Chooser of the Slain, Tempest’s Wrath & JotWW)
    • Codicer Trellheim (Rune Priest w/ Wolftooth Necklace, Wolf Tail Talisman, Chooser of the Slain, Murderous Hurricane, JotWW)
    • Codicer Amn (Rune Priest w/ Wolftooth Necklace, Wolf Tail Talisman, Chooser of the Slain, Murderous Hurricane, Living Lightning)
    • First Epistolary Natash (Librarian w/ Term. Armor, Combi-Plasma, Gate, & Avenger)
    • First-Captain Kostya (Logan Grimnar)
  • Elites:
    • Brother-Apothecary Mihail (Sanguinary Priest w/ Melta Bombs)
    • Squad Yuri (7x Sternguard w/ 3x Combi-plasma, 1x Combi-melta, 1x Powerfist, & 2x H. Flamer)
    • Squad Natash “Relic Takers” (7x Wolf Guard w/ assorted weaponry)
    • “The Tainted” (2x Lone Wolves w/ Terminator Armor, Wolf Claw x2, Chain Fist & Storm Shield)
    • Solomin’s Shadows (2x Death Cult Assassins)
    • “The Grey  Daemon” (1x Daemonhost)
    • Veteran Detachment (3x Wolf Guard Squad Leaders – one in each squad below)
  • Troops:
    • Squad Morhavik (8x Grey Hunters w/ Power Weapon & Melta in Rhino “Iron Will”)
    • Squad Trellheim (8x Grey Hunters w/ Power Fist & Melta in Rhino “Decario”)
    • Squad Amn (8x Grey Hunters w/ Power Fist & Melta in Rhino “DeMarche’s Gift”)
    • Squad Jeremias (5x Scouts w/ Telion & Sniper Rifles)
    • Squad Ahkun (5x Scouts w/ Melta Bomb & Teleport Homer)
  • Fast Attack:
    • Landspeeder Storm “Strong Willed” (H. Flamer)
    • Landspeeder Tornado “Swift Death” (H. Flamer, H. Bolter)
  • Heavy Support:
    • “God Slayers” (6x Long Fangs w/  2x Lascannons & 3x H. Plasma)

Simon’s Hive Fleet Vespula

Simon was a little late to show up, and didn’t have his list completed due to some personal issues… but he was a trooper and showed up to play.  In the end, the army he fielded wasn’t 100% displayed in the list, but I’m certain he did the math and didn’t come over on points (though it’s possible he shorted himself).

  • HQ:
    • Hive Tyrant w/ Armored Shell & H. Venom Cannon
  • Elites:
    • 3x Zoanthropes
    • 3x Lictors
  • Troops:
    • 15x Warriors (Eye of the Hive Formation  w/ 5x Rending Claws, 2x Venom Cannons, 8x Devourers.  All with Toxin Sacs & Adrenal Glands)
    • 10x Genestealers w/ Adrenal Glands & Toxin Sacs
    • 10x Genestealers w/ Adrenal Glands & Toxin Sacs (including Broodlord)
    • 16x Genestealers w/ Scything Talons
  • Heavy Support:
    • Behemoth Crusher Brood
      • 3x Carnifices
    • Subterranean Swarm:
      • Trygon Prime
      • 5x Raveners
      • 5x Raveners

Savage Attackers

Blaine’s Tyranid Swarm

Our terminal Tyranid player, Blaine’s been a die-hard bug fan since Rogue Trader and still has all of his classic models.  He’s never had any false pretenses, deciding to play WYSIWYG instead of playing what’s best each  edition.  In order to make list-building easier, he bought a whopping 3 formations which made up more than 80% of his total army…

  • HQ:
    • Living Fortress Formation
      • 2x Hive Tyrants w/ H. Venom Cannon, Old Adversary, Acid Blood, 2+ armor, Regen, Indescribable Horror, Leech Essence, Paroxysm & Lashwhip/Bonesword
      • 1x Hive Tyrant w/ Scything Talons, Acid Blood, Regen, 2+ armor, Leech Essence, & Paroxysm
      • 6x Tyrant Guard
    • 1x Tervigon w/ Scything Talons & Cluster Spines
    • 1x Parasite of Mortrex
  • Elites:
    • 1x Doom of Malan’tai
  • Heavy Support:
    • Behemoth Crusher Brood:
      • 3x Carnifices w/ Crushing Claws, H. Venom Cannon & Regen
  • Other Formations:
    • Genestealer Infestation:
      • 3x Lictors
      • 16x Genestealers (w/ Broodlord)
      • 16x Genestealers (w/ Broodlord)
      • 16x Genestealers (w/ Broodlord)
      • 16x Genestealers
      • 16x Genestealers

Sam’s Space Marines

Sam is a man after my own heart, bringing some units that nobody ever seems to field anymore, including Assault Marines & Whirlwinds.  He brought a pretty run-of-the-mill marine force that was spread equally through all five areas of composition.

  • HQ:
    • Chapter Master in Terminator Armor w/ Thunderhammer
    • Chaplain w/ Jumppack & digital weapons
    • Librarian with Avenger & Gate
    • Captain with Relic Blade/Storm Shield
  • Elite:
    • 10x Terminators with powerfist/stormbolter + 2x cyclones
    • 8x Sternguard with 2x Heavy flamers and powerfist in Rhino
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical marines w/ Flamer, H. Bolter, Powerfist, & Teleport Homer in Rhino
    • 10x Tactical marines w/ Melta, H. Bolter, Combi-Melta, Powerfist, & Teleport Homer in Rhino
    • 10x Tactical marines w/ Plasma, Missile, Power Weapon & Plasma Pistol
    • 10x Tactical marines w/ Plasma and Missile Launcher
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Plasma, Missile Launcher, & Teleport Homer
  • Fast Attack:
    • 10x Assault marines w/ 2x Flamers, & Powerfist
  • Heavy Support:
    • 10x Devastators w/ 3x Lascannons & 1x Missile Launcher
    • 10x Devastators w/ 4x Heavy Bolters
    • Whirlwind
    • Whirlwind

Cole’s Wolfguard & IG Detachments

Oh, Cole… where do we begin?  We love to rag on him for playing slowly, but he’s really the most thorough and technically accurate gamer in the lot.  Perhaps he could speed up his game by bringing less models than the either of the two Tyranid armies, eh?  You’ll notice that two players wound up bringing Logan in their force, but that’s because we didn’t talk about our lists before hand.  Luckily they randomly got split into two seperate teams.

For what it’s worth, Cole’s Logan did much better. 🙂

  • HQ:
    • Logan Grimnar
    • Njal Stormcaller
    • Runepriest w/ Chooser of the Slain, Living Lightning & JotWW
    • Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf w/ Runic Armor, Frost Blade, Storm Shield, Saga of the Bear, Wolftooth Neck/Tali, 2x Fenrisian Wolves
  • Elites:
    • 5x Wolf Guards in Terminator Armor w/ assorted weapons
    • 5x Wolf Guards in Terminator Armor w/ assorted weapons
    • 5x Wolf Guards in Terminator Armor w/ assorted weapons
    • 7x Wolf Guards in Terminator Armor w/ assorted weapons
    • 5x Wolf Scouts w/ Meltagun, Wulfin, & Power Weapon
    • 5x Wolf Scouts w/ Meltagun, Wulfin, & Power Weapon
    • 10x Psyker Battle Squadd
    • Marbo
  • Troops:
    • Infantry Platoon
      • 5x Command  w/ 4x Grenade Launchers
      • 10x Infantry w/  Flamer & Lascannon
      • 10x Infantry w/ Flamer & Lascannon
      • 10x Infantry w/ Flamer & Autocannon
      • 10x Infantry w/ Flamer & Mortar
    • 10x Penal Legion
    • 10x Veterans w/ 3x Snipers & 1x Autocannons + Harker
  • Heavy Support:
    • Manticore
    • Hydra
    • Hydra

So there you have it.  These are the two forces that wound up clashing in the battle.  The next post for the blog (and the last post on Argos Prime) will be the actual write up of this Apoc game.  So, if you’re waiting for me to finally post on another topic… bear with me… 🙂

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6 comments on “The Armies of Argos Prime

  1. What strange rules! No AV 14 but allowing Hive Tyrants and other monstrous creatures? We at the Deathbridge Warhammer club are doing up a giant apoc game this coming weekend. We'll be posting our armies too… and stealing your idea of doing so! MUHAHAHAHAHA! Hope it was fun like Apoc is supposed to be!

  2. Well, Monstrous creatures can still be wounded by things like lasguns andbolters, whereas it takes a heavy weapon (or melta gun) to “wound” alandraider. The goal was to minimize the effect of big tanks that normallydominate our local Apoc games (such as Titans). Reducing the armor valuesdown was an attempt to quell the super-heavies; eliminating land raiders andsuch was simply a side-effect. I think everyone agreed that it made for agreat game though.I don't slight people for wanting to play the super-heavies they have (asthey take a great deal of money and effort to purchase and paint), but itwas nice to have a “little” game as well.I'd really like to see how you guys tackle a write-up of your Apoc game, asyou have so many talented people on your blog. It's sure to be great! 🙂

  3. I will be sure to pass on the compliments!The game is gonna be insanity. Here are a few of the point totals we know of…I am bringing upwards of 6600pts of Catachan Guard. Yes. Catachan. Almost all of it. Notables include Marbo, Straken, Harker and Yarrick. Fielding 8 leman russes and a baneblade as well amongst the armor.Another fellow is bringing 4500pts of Dark Angels (mostly Deathwing) and 3000pts of his new raven guard.A third is bringing 4000pts of all Biel Tan Eldar. It's a gorgeous army. The other tally we have (the 4th out of 6 players) is 4000+ guard and 2000pts of Fire Hawk marines. This is all really unique with rogue trader models mixing with new stuff. Quite a cool menagerie.I look forward to hearing more about YOUR game. Notable happenings, etc, etc, etc!

  4. What strange rules! No AV 14 but allowing Hive Tyrants and other monstrous creatures? We at the Deathbridge Warhammer club are doing up a giant apoc game this coming weekend. We'll be posting our armies too… and stealing your idea of doing so! MUHAHAHAHAHA! Hope it was fun like Apoc is supposed to be!

  5. Well, Monstrous creatures can still be wounded by things like lasguns andbolters, whereas it takes a heavy weapon (or melta gun) to “wound” alandraider. The goal was to minimize the effect of big tanks that normallydominate our local Apoc games (such as Titans). Reducing the armor valuesdown was an attempt to quell the super-heavies; eliminating land raiders andsuch was simply a side-effect. I think everyone agreed that it made for agreat game though.I don't slight people for wanting to play the super-heavies they have (asthey take a great deal of money and effort to purchase and paint), but itwas nice to have a “little” game as well.I'd really like to see how you guys tackle a write-up of your Apoc game, asyou have so many talented people on your blog. It's sure to be great! 🙂

  6. I will be sure to pass on the compliments!The game is gonna be insanity. Here are a few of the point totals we know of…I am bringing upwards of 6600pts of Catachan Guard. Yes. Catachan. Almost all of it. Notables include Marbo, Straken, Harker and Yarrick. Fielding 8 leman russes and a baneblade as well amongst the armor.Another fellow is bringing 4500pts of Dark Angels (mostly Deathwing) and 3000pts of his new raven guard.A third is bringing 4000pts of all Biel Tan Eldar. It's a gorgeous army. The other tally we have (the 4th out of 6 players) is 4000+ guard and 2000pts of Fire Hawk marines. This is all really unique with rogue trader models mixing with new stuff. Quite a cool menagerie.I look forward to hearing more about YOUR game. Notable happenings, etc, etc, etc!

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