The Armies of Apocalypse (Winter 2016 Edition)

Last month I posted of an impending Apoc game that has since come and gone, so I thought I’d take a couple of posts and do a write-up.  The army lists for these things are always so huge, that they really need an entire post of their own.  So, without anymore fanfare, here are the lists that we played:

The Forces of Man:

The first force was that of the Imperium, consisting of a combination of Salamanders & Imperial forces (IG with some knight allies).

Brandon’s Salamanders:

Brandon has been looking for an excuse to paint up the final few squads of his marines, so when we decided to play an Apoc game, he knew he would just need to paint up 30 marines to finish up his battle company.  They really looked sharp too, to see an entire company of marines painted up to a nice/consistent standard.

  • Space Marine Battle Company
    • Apoc2016 (2)Vulkan He’stan
    • Chaplain: melta bombs
    • Techmarine: servo-harness
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; flamer; multi-melta in Rhino
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; meltagun; multi-melta in Rhino
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; meltagun; multi-melta in Rhino
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-grav; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; grav-gun; plasma cannon
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-melta; power fist; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; meltagun; multi-melta in Drop Pod
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; flamer; missile launcher
    • 5x Veterans: Company Champion; Apothecary; Company Standard; 1 power weapon; 1 power fist; 2 × plasma gun in Drop Pod
    • Dreadnoughts
      • 1x Dreadnought: power fist (built-in heavy flamer)
      • 1x Dreadnought: power fist (built-in heavy flamer)
      • 1x Dreadnought: power fist (built-in heavy flamer)
    • 5x Assault Terminators: Terminator Sergeant (thunder hammer and storm shield); 4 Assault Terminators; 4 × thunder hammer and storm shield
    • 5x Terminators: Terminator Sergeant; 4 Terminators; 1 chainfist; 1 heavy flamer
    • 10x Assault Marines: Veteran Sergeant (power weapon; melta bombs); 9 Assault Marines; 2 × flamer
    • 10x Assault Marines: Veteran Sergeant (thunder hammer; melta bombs); 9 Assault Marines; 2 × flamer
    • 10x Devastator Marines: Space Marine Sergeant; 9 Devastator Marines; 4 × missile launcher
    • 10x Devastator Marines: Space Marine Sergeant; 9 Devastator Marines; 4 × lascannon
    • Vindicators
      • 1x Vindicator
      • 1x Vindicator

Kurt’s Imperial Forces:

Kurt wound up shelving his Space Wolves and Titan Maniple

  • Apoc2016 (5)HQ:
    • Knight Commander Pask in Leman Russ Vanquisher w/ Vanquisher Cannon & Lascannon, Multi-melta sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers,
      • + Leman Russ Executioner w/ Executioner Cannon & Lascannon, Plasma Cannon sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
  • Fast Attack:
    • Vendetta w/ Twin-linked Lascannons (3), Searchlight & Extra Armour
    • Vulture Gunship w/ Heavy Bolter, Twin-linked Punisher Gatling, Searchlight & Extra Armour
    • Vulture Gunship w/ Heavy Bolter, Twin-linked Punisher Gatling, Searchlight & Extra Armour
    • Vulture Gunship w/ Heavy Bolter, Twin-linked Punisher Gatling, Searchlight & Extra Armour
  • Heavy Support:
    • Leman Russ Battle Tank w/ Battle Cannon & Lascannon, Heavy Bolter sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Leman Russ Battle Tank w/ Battle Cannon & Lascannon, Heavy Bolter sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Leman Russ Battle Tank w/ Battle Cannon & Lascannon, Heavy Bolter sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Hydra w/ Pair of Twin-linked Hydra Autocannons, Heavy Flamer, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Basilisk w/ Earthshaker Cannon & Heavy Bolter, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Manticore w/ Storm Eagle Rockets & Heavy Bolter, Searchlight & Extra Armour
    • Deathstrike w/ Deathstrike Missile & Heavy Bolter, Searchlight & Extra Armour
  • Super Heavies:
    • Baneblade w/ Autocannon & Baneblade Cannon, Demolisher Cannon, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter, Lascannon & Heavy Bolter sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Shadowsword w/ Volcano Cannon, Twin-linked Heavy Bolter, Lascannon & Heavy Bolter sponsons, Searchlight & Smoke Launchers
    • Knight Lancer w/ Cerastus Shock Lance, Ion Gauntlet Shield
    • Knight Errant w/ Ion Shield, Heavy Stubber & Thermal Cannon, Reaper Chainsword

The Tide of Darkness:

The game was originally intended to be a thematic battle between chaos and everyone else, but those are always so hard to set up.  It’s hard to find a single army that has enough players to show up to represent an entire side (to date, the only one I can think of that’s ever worked that way was Tyranids).  Simon & Albert were there in force though:

Albert’s Forces of Nurgle:

I want to start out by giving Albert mad props for his prep work.  I wound up meeting Albert about a year ago (I think), and in that time, he got back into 40k after playing ages ago, and bought an entire chaos army, but he only ever painted a single model.  Well, in the two weeks coming up to the game, he went insane and wound up painting over 100 models specifically for the game.   Sure, he had some unpainted models on the table (more than anyone else–who, come to think of it, had virtually none), but I can’t fault a guy that puts out that sort of production in such a short timeline…

  • Apoc2016 (4)HQ:
    • Typhus (Nurgle 1,2)
    • 1x Chaos Sorcerer (level 3) w/ Spell Familiar (Malefic 3,6,primaris)
    • 1x Chaos Sorcerer (level 3) w/ Spell Familiar (Sanctic 6,1,3)
  • Elites:
    • 10x Chosen w/ 2x Lightning Claws, Melta Bombs, Mark of Nurgle in Chaos Rhino w/ havoc launcher
    • 10x Terminators w/ 1x Heavy Flamer, 1x Reaper Autocannon, 2x Chainfist, 4x Powerfist, 1x Combi-melta w/ Mark of Nurgle
    • 5x Terminators w/ 2x Powerfist, 1x Reaper Autocannon w/ Mark of Nurgle
    • 1x Hellbrute w/ twin-linked lascannon
  • Troops:
    • 17x Plague Marine w/ 4x Plasma gun & 1x Power Weapon
    • 17x Plague Marine w/ 4x Plasma gun & 1x Power Weapon
    • 10x Chaos Space Marine w/ 1x Plasma Pistol, 1x Heavy Bolter, 1x Powerfist w/ Mark of Nurgle in Rhino w/ havoc launcher
    • 10x Chaos Space Marine w/ 1x Plasma gun, 1x Meltagun, 1x Power Axe w/ Mark of Nurgle in Rhino w/ havoc launcher
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Forgefiend w/ Extra ecto cannon
    • 1x land raider
  • Helcult Formation:
    • 1x Hellbrute w/ twin-linked lascannon
    • 20x Cultists w/ 1x Heavy Stubber, 1x Flamer, 1x shotgun w/ Mark of Nurgle
    • 20x Cultists w/ 1x Heavy Stubber, 1x Flamer, 1x shotgun w/ Mark of Nurgle

Simon’s Black Legion:

  • wh39kSimonAPocHQ:
    • Abaddon, the Despoiler
    • Chaos Lord w/ Chainfist, Gift of Mutation, Lightning Claw, Mark of Khorne, Terminator Armor, The Skull of Ker’ngar, Veterans of the Long War
    • Chaos Sorcerer (level 3) w/ Aura of Dark Glory, Force Weapon, Gift of Mutation, Jump Pack, Last Memory of Yuranthos, Plasma Pistol, Spell Familiar, & Vets of the LOng War
    • Warpsmith w/ Gift of Mutation, The Hand of Darkness, & Vets of the Long War
  • Elites:
    • Chaos Decimator Engine
    • 5x Chaos Terminators  w/ Bringers of Despair, Icon of Wrath, Mark of Khorne, Vets of the Long War, 3x Powerfist, 1x Lightning Claw, 1x Chainfist, 1x Heavy Flamer & 4x Combi-melta
    • 5x Chosen w/ 4x Meltagun, 1x combi-melta, 1x Powerfist in Chaos Rhino w/ Dirge caster
    • 10x Chosen w/ 4x Plasmagun, Combi-bolter, Powerfist, Vets of the Long War in Dreadclaw
    • 10x Chosen w/ 4x Plasmagun, Combi-bolter, Powerfist, Vets of the Long War in Dreadclaw
  • Fast Attack:
    • 6x Chaos Bikers w/ 2x 2x Plasma Gun, 1x Lightning Claw, Melta Bombs w/ Mark of Slaanesh & Vets of the Long War
    • 5x Chaos SPawn
    • 1x Helldrake
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Chaos Vindicator w/ Combi-bolter, Daemonic Possession
    • 1x Defiler w/ Dirge Caster & Havoc Launcher
    • 1x Maulerfiend
    • 1x Maulerfiend
  • Helcult Formation:
    • 1x Hellbrute w/ Multi-melta
    • 10x Cultists w/ Autopistols
    • 10x Cultists w/ Autopistols

Team Bug:

Cole was up for the Apoc (come to think of it, he’s pretty much the reason we had it at the time we did).  He’s moved out of state though, so I was left to provide an army for him.  Since I was out of town on vacation, I just threw together a list that comprised of basically every monstrous creature I had (from memory).  It looked a little something like this:

  • Apoc2016 (3)HQ:
    • Swarmlord w/ 3x Tyrant Guard (Catalyst, Psychic Scream, Warp Blast, Dominion)
    • Flyrant w/ twin-linked devourers (Warp Blast, Paroxysm, & Dominion)
    • Flyrant w/ twin-linked devourers (The Horror, Catalyst, & Dominion)
    • Deathleaper
  • Elites:
    • 1x Malanthrope
    • 1x Malanthrope
    • 1x Malanthrope
    • 2x Hive Guard
    • 2x Hive Guard
    • 2x Hive Guard
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & The Horror)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & The Horror)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & The Horror)
    • 1 xZoanthrope (Warp Blast & Catalyst)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & Onslaught)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & Onslaught)
    • 1 xZoanthrope (Warp Blast & Psychic Scream)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & Paroxysm)
    • 1x Zoanthrope (Warp Blast & Paroxysm
    • 1x Lictor
    • 1x Lictor
    • 1x Lictor
    • 1x Lictor
    • 1x Lictor
  • Troops:
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
    • 1x Mucolid Spore
  • Fast Attack:
    • Harpy w/ Stranglethorn Cannon & Cluster Spines
    • Harpy w/ Stranglethorn Cannon & Cluster Spines
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Twin-linked devourers
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Scything Talons, Toxin Sacs, & Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Scything Talons, Toxin Sacs, & Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Carnifex w/ Scything Talons, Toxin Sacs, & Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Exocrine w/ Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Exocrine w/ Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Exocrine w/ Adrenal Glands
    • 1x Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon, Clusterspines & Electroshock Grubs
    • 1x Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon, Clusterspines & Electroshock Grubs
    • 1x Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon, Clusterspines & Electroshock Grubs
    • 1x Mawloc w/ Toxin Sacs
    • 1x Mawloc w/ Toxin Sacs
    • 1x Mawloc w/ Toxin Sacs
  • Super Heavies:
    • 1x Heirophant
    • 1x Heirophant
  • Fortifications:
    • Aegis Defense Line
    • Aegis Defense Line

In game play terms, we wound up splitting most everything in half and deployed that way.  For things we reserved, we just grabbed whatever we wanted to play with/use and used it.  It actually worked out quite well.

My next post will be a recap of the events of the game.  Not sure how to combine it all into a single post though…

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