Apocalypse: Winter 2018 – Army Lists

In continuing our Apocalypse wrap-up, we move on to army lists….

Much like our normal Apoc games, we didn’t split up teams in advance.  We do this because, although some people like to build lists together, we find that gives them a strategic advantage over many of our more casual gamers.  Competitive players already have an advantage, so anything to even the playing fields seems like a good idea.  We came up with an arbitrary point limit of 180 power, but allowed people to share extra power if they wanted (because at least one player toyed with bringing a warlord titan at 200 power).  People were pretty loosey-goosey with the power levels though, but it all worked out in the end.

We originally had the first two people walk through the door be team captains, but that eventually petered out when we found that of the 9 folks playing, four of them brought chaos.   It made so much more sense to break up teams in that fashion.  The teams were a little like this:

Sam’s Imperial Fists & Friends:

  • HQ:
    • Chapter Master in Terminator Armor w/ Thunder hammer, & Storm Bolter
  • Elites:
    • 10x Terminators w/ 2x Cycline Missle Launchers
    • 10x Sternguard w/ 2x Heavy Flamer, 2x Combi-Flamer, & Powerfist
    • Ironclad Dreadnought w/ 2x Hunter Killer Missiles & Ironclad Assault Launchers
  • Flyer:
    • Storm Raven w/ Hurricane Bolters, Assault Cannon, Multi-Melta, & Typhoon Missile Pod
  • Heavy:
    • 8x Devastators w/ 3x Multi-Melta, 1x Plasma Cannon, Combi-Plasma & Armorium Cherub
  • Transport:
    • 1x Drop Pod w/ Storm Bolter
  • Lords of War:
    • Knight Errant w/ Therma Cannon, Reaper Chainsword, & Stormspear Rocket Pod
    • Knight Paladin w/ Rapid Fire Battle Cannon, Reaper Chainsword, & Icarus Autocannon
    • Knight Warden w/ Avenger Gatling Cannon, Reaper Chainsword, & Icarus Autocannon
    • Knight Crusader w/ Avegner Gatling Cannon, Rapid Fire Battle Cannon, & Ironstorm Missle Pod

Sam has always been known for drop pods, but once the Knight kit came out, he served two masters.   Recently, since drop pods are expensive, he tends to run knight, but you never know with him.  Also, he’s been going wild with painting various units (he had an absurd idea that he would paint up everything he owns, and is amazingly making great progress towards it), so who knew what he was going to bring? Continue reading

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Apocalypse: The Armies of Tartarus VII

We held an Apocalypse game sometime last Summer, but I never bothered to do a proper write-up on it (or really, any write-up at all). Part of that was because I wasn’t in the mood and because I hadn’t collected all of the various army lists and such (though, I’m pretty sure the guys turned them in–and I’ve since lost them). Procrastination got the better of me, and now I’m here, more than six months later and trying to cobble together things from memory. What I can say for certain is that we all had four-thousand points to build lists with, and

I don’t recall what we called the teams, or even how we picked them. My guess is that we divided things up as evenly as possible ahead of time with pre-chosen teams (but folks didn’t know). This would split apart those folks that habitually play with each other, and then take those people that don’t often win, and spread them around to ensure that at least half of them would count as winning.

But at least I remember who played! That was Dan, Sam, Albert, Simon, Mitch, Tim, Kurt, and yours truly. The teams looked a little something like this…

Team 1: The Victors

(I’m not saying we won, but I’m on the team, so why not just give it a cool name, right?)

Dan’s Imperial Guard

  • HQ:
    • Commissar Yarrick
    • 1x Ministorum Priest
    • 1x Ministorum Priest
    • 1x Ministorum Priest
    • Lord Commissar
    • Lord Commissar
  • Elites:
    • 5x Bullgryn w/ Powermauls & Shields
    • 5x Bullgryn w/ Powermauls & Shields
    • 5x Ogryn w/ Ripper Guns
    • 5x Ogryn w/ Ripper Guns
    • 5x Ogryn w/ Ripper Guns
    • 5x Wyrdvane Psykers
    • 5x Wyrdvane Psykers
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Scout Sentinel w/ Lascannon
    • 1x Scout Sentinel w/ Lascannon
    • 1x Armored Sentinel w/ Lascannon
  • Fortification:
    • Aegis Defense Line w/ Icarus Lascannon
  • Formation:
    • Imperial Sword Heavy Weapon Company
      • Company Command Squad w/ Nork Deddog & Lord Casellan Creed
      • 3x Lascannon Teams
      • 3x Lascannon Teams
      • 3x Lascannon Teams
      • 3x Lascannon Teams
      • 3x Autocannon Teams
      • 3x Autocannon Teams
      • 3x Heavy Bolter Teams
      • 3x Heavy Bolter Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
      • 3x Missile Launcher Teams
    • Emperor’s Talon Recon Company
      • 3x Armored Sentinel w/ Missle Launcher
      • 3x Armored Sentinel w/ Missle Launcher
      • 3x Armored Sentinel w/ Autocannon

Dan has a bunch of different armies he can field, but I’d say he most often plays his IG–followed by Tau. His list consisted of a ton of guns that could help shoot stuff out of the sky. Continue reading

Apoc 2016: The Armies

In our recent Apoc game, we went old school in how we picked teams.  I mean, truly old-school.  Like, line up against the wall and let’s revert to a popularity contest of drafting teams.  Generally I’ve avoided this because nobody wants to be picked last, but we figured that allowing the generals to pick their teams would thereby allow for more balance (or at least more strategy) when it came to dolling out the missions.

For a brief recap, at the beginning of the game, we sought volunteers to be the two team captains.  Those captains then got to read the dossier (seen in detail here) and then chose their teams.  The captain who won the coin flip to start the game got to choose whether they wanted to deploy & go first or to have first pick in the draft.  Brandon and Kurt graciously volunteered.  Kurt tossed the coin (with a  little too much vigor, as it bounced off the ceiling–but to his credit, he did manage to catch it).  Brandon called head’s and wound up winning the flip, then chose to go first.  Kurt began the draft, and the armies went a little something like this…

By the way, this is also the point where I’d normally include photos of all of the forces, but they may be a little lacking.  Everyone put their armies out to display, but I didn’t get photos of many of them (no excuses).  Luckily, Simon managed to snap a few shots before the game, so I’ll include them below.  (Thanks Simon).

Kurt’s Team:

Kurt’s Space Wolves:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (8)HQ:
    • Harald Deathwolf
    • Canis Wolfborn
    • Wolf Lord (Theldrun) w/ Runic Armor, Belt of Russ, PLasma Pistol, Krakenbone Sword on Thunderwolf
    • Iron Priest (Fengir) w/ Runic Armor, Servor Arm, Thunderhammer, on Thunderwolf w/ 4x Cyberwolves
  • Elites:
    • Murderfang in Dreadnought Drop Pod
    • Contemptor Dreadnought (Aldr) w/ 2x H. Flamers, 2x Dreadnought Claws, & Saga of the Black Cull in Dreadnought Drop Pod
    • Venerable Dreadnought (Avgard) w/ Fenrisian Great Axe & Blizzard Shield in Dreadnought Drop Pod
    • Venerable Dreadnought (Arjarl) w/ Fenrisian Great Axe & Blizzard Shield in Dreadnought Drop Pod
    • Siege Dreadnought (Seigl) w/ Flamestorm Cannon & Assault Drill in Drop Pod
  • Fast Attack:
    • Canis’ Fenrisian Pack x26
    • Thunderwolf Calvary x6 w/ 4x Stormshields & 2x Powerfists
    • Thunderwolf Calvary x6 w/ 4x Stormshields & 2x Powerfists
    • Stormwolf (Blizzard’s Howl) w/ Hellfrost, Lascannon, Multi-meltas
    • Stormwolf (Blizzard’s Snarl) w/ Hellfrost, Lascannon, Multi-meltas
  • Heavy Support:
    • Stormfang (BLizzard’s Wrath) w/ Hellfrost Destructor, Lascannon & Multi-meltas
    • Brethren of the Fell-Handed
    • Bjorn the Fell-handed in Drop Pod
    • Venerable Dreadnought (Borjen) w/ Multi-melta & Powerfist in Drop Pod
    • Venerable Dreadnought (Melurn) w/ Multi-melta & Powerfist in Drop Pod

Kurt is one of the guys in our gaming group that has enough models that he can play a largely unique army each time he plays in an Apoc game.  He can do this while generally playing the same codex (though he has been known to dabble by throwing in some Eldar or IG to supplement his Space Wolves).  In previous games, he has brought lists that consist almost entirely of Titans, or foot troops.  This game he was very heavy on dreadnoughts in drop pods, which was–quite frankly–something I didn’t even know he owned… at least not  in that quantity.

It was interesting to see how they faired, especially because it seemed like most of them were dropped right in my face–but I’ll leave that for the actual battle report.

Dan’s Tau:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (9)HQ:
    • Commander Farsight
    • Commander
    • Cardre Fireblade
  • Elite:
    • 4x xv8 Crisis Bodyguards
    • 4x XV8 Bodyguards (x4)
    • 1x XV104 Riptide Battlesuit
    • 6x XV8 Stealth Battlesuits
    • 6x XV8 Stealth Battlesuits
    • 6x XV8 Stealth Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 2x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 2x XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuit with 1 marker drone
  • Troops:
    • 12x Strike Team
    • 12x Strike Team
    • 12x Strike Team
  • Fast Attack:
    • 4x Drones w/ marker lights
  • Heavy:
    • 1x XV8 Broadside with 2 missile drones
    • 1x XV8 Broadside with 2 missile drones
    • 1x XV8 Broadside with 2 missile drones
    • 7x Sniper Drone Team w/ 2 marksman & 5 drones
    • 7x Sniper Drone Team w/ 2 marksman & 5 drones
    • 7x Sniper Drone Team w/ 2 marksman & 5 drones
  • Lord of War:
    • KV128 Stormsurge

I think Dan wins the award for the most distinct units.  It’s apoc and there’s no Force Org Chart though, so it’s a distinct advantage to break up clumps of units into smaller factors.  In talking with him before the game, he was originally going to play another list entirely, but due to time constraints, he grabbed a box of models that he had laying around and turned that into a list.  Yes, it might be odd to think that one just has a box of this many painted Tau ‘just laying around,’ but I’ve seen Dan’s garage and I whole-heartedly believe him.

Sam’s “Imperial Fists”:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (5)HQ:
    • Chapter Master w/ Terminator ARmor, Iron Halo, Thunderhammer, Primarch’s Wrath
  • Elites:
    • 10x Terminators w/ 2x Assault Cannons
    • 10x Sternguard w/ 2x Heavy Flamer, 2x Combi-flamer, inc. Vet Sergeant w/ Powerfist in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind Launcher
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Meltagun, Heavy Bolter, inc. Vet Sergeant w/ Powerfist & Combi-melta in Drop Pod w/ Locator Beacon & Deathwind Launcher
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Flamer, Heavy Bolter, inc. Vet Sergeant w/ Powerfist & Combi-flamer in Drop Pod w/ Locator Beacon & Deathwind Launcher
  • Formations:
    • Imperial Knight Baronial Court
      • 1x Knight Warden w/ Meltagun, Twin-linked Autocannon, Mark of Omnissah
      • 1x Knight Errant w/ Meltagun & STormspear Rocket Pod
      • 1x Knight Paladin w/ Twin-linked Autocannon
      • 1x Knight Crusader w/ Battle Cannon & Ironstorm Missle Pod
    • Skyhammer Annihilation Force:
      • 10x Devastators w/ 3x Multi-melta & 1x Plasma Cannon in Drop Pod w/ Locator Beacon & Deathwind Launcher
      • 10x Devastators w/ 4x Missile Launchers in Drop Pod w/ Locator Beacon & Deathwind Launcher
      • 5x Assault Marines w/ 2x Plasma Pistol, inc. Vet Sarge w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol
      • 5x Assault Marines w/ Veteran Sergeant

Sam virtually always brings a drop-pod list because that’s really his shtick.  True to form, they made a bit of a show for our game, but the primary focus was the knight titans that he has been collecting for a while now.  They’ve been collecting dust on a back shelf somewhere, but he kicked things up a notch and got all of the painted specifically for this APoc game.  It’s great to use games like this as inspiration to finally paint something that’s been neglected for a while.

Simon’s Black Legion:

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  • Elites:
    • Chaos Decimator Engine w/ 2x Butcher Cannon & Dedications of Nurgle
  • Troops:
    • 20x Chaos Space Marines w/ Boltgun, Icon of Vengeance, Plasma Gun, Plasma Gun, inc. Aspiring Champion w/ Combi-bolter, Lightning Claw, Melta Bombs, & Veterans of the Long War
  • Heavy Support:
    • Chaos Infernal Relic Predator w/ Heavy Bolters, Plasma Destroyer
    • Chaos Vindicator w/ Combi-bolter, Daemonic Possession
    • Chaos Vindicator w/ Combi-bolter, Daemonic Possession
    • Defiler w/ Dirge Caster, Heavy Flamer, & Reaper Autocannon
    • 3x Obliterators w/ Veterans of the Long War
  • Lords of War:
    • Khorne Lord of Skulls w/ Daemongore cannon, Skullhurler
  • Formations:
    • Cyclopia Cabal
      • Chaos Sorcerer w/  Bolt Pistol, Force Sword, Jump Pack, Power Armour, Sigil of corruption, Spell familiar, Veterans of the Long War (Psychic Level 3)
      • Chaos Sorcerer w/ Bolt Pistol, Force Axe, Mark of Nurgle, Palanquin of Nurgle, Power Armour, Sigil of corruption, Spell familiar, Veterans of the Long War (Psychic Level 3)
      • Chaos Sorcerer on Bike w/ Bolt Pistol, Force Sword, Power Armour, Sigil of corruption, Veterans of the Long War (Psychic Level 3)
    • Daemon Engine Pack
      • Forgefiend w/ 2x Hades Autocannon
      • Maulerfiend w/ Magma Cutters
      • Warpsmith w/ Aura of dark glory, Bolt Pistol, Power Axe, Veterans of the Long War
    • The Bringers of Despair
      • Abaddon the Despoiler
      • 5x Chaos Terminators w/ 2x Chainfist, 3x Powerfist, 1x Lightning Claw, 1x Heavy Flamer, 3x Combi-melta, Gift of Mutation, Mark of Khorne, Veterans of the Long War

Speaking of painting something specifically for an Apoc game: Simon is basically our poster boy for this.  Every game we have he manages to get something new painted.  In this case, I know he did “Dwayne the Rape Train” (his affectionate name for his Lord of Skulls), and I’m pretty sure he did some other units as well, but I can’t think of which ones.    He seemed to take a bunch of formations this game, which is a bit of an oddity–almost nobody else took them.  More power to him though…

Andrew’s “Apocalyptic Blood”:

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  • HQ:
    • Khârn the Betrayer
  • Elites:
    • 11x Plague Marines w/ 2x Flamers & Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in CHaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster
    • 11x Plague Marines w/ 2x Flamers & Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in CHaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster
  • Troops:
    • 10x Khorne Berzerkers w/ Plasma Pistol, Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in Chaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster, Warpflame Gargoyles & Havoc Launchers
    • 10x Khorne Berzerkers w/ 2x Plasma Pistol, Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Gift of Mutation, Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in Chaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster, Warpflame Gargoyles & Havoc Launchers
    • 11x Plague Marines w/ 2x Flamers & Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in CHaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster
    • 11x Plague Marines w/ 2x Flamers & Veterans of the Long War inc. Champion w/ Powerfist & Plasma Pistol in CHaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster
    • 10x Chaos Space Marines w/ 2x Plasma Guns, Mark of Khorne, & Icon of Wrath inc. Champion w/ Gift of Mutation, Power Fist, Plasma Pistol, Melta Bombs in Chaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster, Warpflame Gargoyles & Havoc Launchers
    • 10x Chaos Space Marines w/ 2x Plasma Guns, Mark of Khorne, & Icon of Wrath inc. Champion w/ Gift of Mutation, Power Fist, Plasma Pistol, Melta Bombs in Chaos Rhino w/ Dirge Caster, Warpflame Gargoyles & Havoc Launchers
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Heldrake
    • 1x Heldrake
  • Heavy Support:
    • 3x Obliterators
    • 3x Obliterators
    • 1x Defiler w/ Warpflame Gargoyles
    • 1x Defiler w/ Warpflame Gargoyles
    • 1x Defiler w/ Warpflame Gargoyles
    • Chaos Land Raider w/ Dirge Caster, Combi-Flamer, & Extra Armour

Drew is a guy we don’t see nearly enough, but on occasion we can draw him out with an Apoc game.  It’s good to have him over because I used to see him on a weekly basis, and now we’re relegated to once per year.  I was especially happy to see him on the other side of the table because he had all of those rhinos… again, more on that in the actual battle report.

Brandon’s Team:

Brandon’s Salamanders (Flameblade Strike Force Battle Company):

  • WH39kApoc2016 (6)HQ:
    • Vulkan He’stan
    • 1x Librarian: Psyker (Mastery Level 2)
    • 1x Librarian: Psyker (Mastery Level 2); The Tome Of Vel’Cona
    • 1x Librarian in Terminator Armour: Psyker (Mastery Level 2); storm shield
    • 1x Captain: thunder hammer; thunder hammer; artificer armour; The Salamanders Mantle
    • 1x Chaplain
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; flamer; multi-melta in Drop Pod
    • 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 Rhino
    • 10x Tactical Marines: Veteran Sergeant (combi-flamer; melta bombs); 9 Tactical Marines; flamer; missile launcher
  • Elites:
    • 5x Veterans: Company Champion; Apothecary; Company Standard; 1 power weapon; 1 power fist; 2 × plasma gun in Drop Pod
    • 5x Terminators: Terminator Sergeant; 4 Terminators; 1 chainfist; 1 heavy flamer 190
    • 5x Assault Terminators: Terminator Sergeant (thunder hammer and storm shield); 4 Assault Terminators; 4 × thunder hammer and storm shield
    • 7x Sternguard Veterans: Veteran Sergeant (power fist); 6 Sternguard Veterans; 2 × combi-melta; 1 combi-plasma; 1 heavy flamer in Drop Pod
  • Fast Attack:
    • 5x Vanguard Veterans: Veteran Sergeant (storm shield; relic blade); 4 Vanguard Veterans; 1 lightning claw; 1 storm shield; 2 × power weapon; 1 lightning claw; 1 thunder hammer; jump packs
    • 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
  • Heavy Support:
    • 10x Devastator Marines: Space Marine Sergeant; 9 Devastator Marines; 4 × missile launcher
    • 10x Devastator Marines: Space Marine Sergeant; 9 Devastator Marines; 4 × lascannon

Brandon doesn’t Apoc much.  Apparently he’d done so a bit back in the days of 4th edition, but that was long before I knew him.  We’ve talked it up a bunch, and he even hosted a game earlier this year.  He’s done a great job of finishing up a painted battle company of marines for Apoc, and that’s become his defacto standard army to play.  One of these days he’s going to surprise everyone by busting out his Chaos forces though… I can’t wait…

Rob’s Forces of Ultramar:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (7)HQ:
    • 1x Captain in Terminator Armor w/ Stormshield
    • 1x Librarian in Terminator Armor w/ Stormshield (Prescience, Perfect Timing, Precognition)
  • Elites:
    • 5x Terminators w/ Thunderhammers & Storm Shields
    • 1x Ironclad Dreadnought w/ Heavy Flamer & 2x Hunter Killer Missiles in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind Launcher
    • 1x Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
    • 1x Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
    • 1x Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-melta
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-melta
    • 1x Storm Talon w/ Twin-linked Assault Cannon & Twin-linked Lascannon
    • 1x Storm Talon w/ Twin-linked Assault Cannon & Twin-linked Lascannon
    • 1x Storm Talon w/ Twin-linked Assault Cannon & Skyhammer Missiles
    • 1x Storm Talon w/ Twin-linked Assault Cannon & Skyhammer Missiles
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Whirlwind
    • 1x Whirlwind
    • 3x Centurion Devastators w/ Grav Cannons & Hurricane Bolters inc. Sergeant w/ Omniscope
    • 3x Centurion Devastators w/ Grav Cannons & Hurricane Bolters inc. Sergeant w/ Omniscope
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
    • 1x Heavy Artillery Carriage w/ Earth Shaker Cannon
  • Fortifications:
    • Aegis Defense Line w/ Icarus Lascannon
  • Formations:
    • Skyhammer Annihilation Force:
      • 5x Assault Marines w/ 2x Plasma Pistols
      • 5x Assault Marines inc. Veteran Sergeant w/ Power Axe
      • 10x Devastators w/ 2x Lascannons & 2x Multi-Melta in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind Launcher
      • 10x Devastators w/ 2x Missile Launchers & 2x Heavy Plasma in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind Launcher

My Apoc list doesn’t seem to vary all that much from game to game.  The biggest change this time was a lack of fortifications and the addition of some flyers.  I had wanted to paint up some Storm Ravens too, but time got the best of me.

Next Apoc, I should strive to make things a little more varied and put things like Tactical marines into the list…

Sean’s Eldar:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (4)HQ:
    • Wraithseer w/ D-Cannon (Warlord)
    • Eldrad Ulthran
    • Autarch w/ Banshee Mask, Eldar Jetbike, Fusion Pistol & Shard of Anaris
  • Elites:
    • 5x Wraithguard w/ Wraithcannon in Wave Serpent w/ Holo-fields, Shuriken Cannon, & Twin-linked Starcannon
    • 5x Wraithguard w/ Wraithcannon in Wave Serpent w/ Holo-fields, Shuriken Cannon, & Twin-linked Starcannon
    • 5x Wraithguard w/ Wraithcannon in Wave Serpent w/ Holo-fields, Shuriken Cannon, & Twin-linked Starcannon
  • Troops:
    • 6x Windriders w/ Shuriken Cannon
    • 6x Windriders w/ Shuriken Cannon
  • Fast Attack:
    • 3x Hornet w/ Holo-fields & 2x Pulse Laser
  • Heavy Support:
    • Fire Prism w/ Crystal Targeting Matrix, Holo-fields & Shuriken Cannon
    • Lynx w/ Holo-fields, Sonic Lance, Star Engines & Starcannon
  • Lords of War:
    • Avatar of Khaine
    • Revenant Titan w/ 2x Pulsar
    • Wraithknight w/ Suncannon & Scattershield

He was on my side, and his list seemed small, but I had no idea that he had under 50 models in the entire force.  That means his average cost per model was upwards of 80 points each.  Egads… In comparison, I had nearly twice as many models and Mitch… well, Mitch is special…

Albert’s Chaos:

  • WH39kApoc2016 (3)HQ:
    • Typhus
    • Sorcerer (level 3) w/ Spell Familiar
  • Elites:
    • 10x Chosen w/ 2x Lightning Claws, Melta Bombs, Mark of Nurgle in Rhino
    • 10x Terminator w/ 1x Heavy Flamer, 1x Reaper Autocannon, 2x Chainfist, 4x Powerfist, 1x Combi-melta w/ Mark of Nurgle in Land Raider
    • 5x Terminator w/ 2x Powerfist, 1x Reaper Autocannon, w/ Mark of Nurgle
    • 1x Hellbrute w/ Twin-linked Lascannon
    • 1x Hellbrute w/ Twin-linked Lascannon
  • Troops:
    • 15x Plague Marine w/ 2x Plasmagun & 1x Power Weapon
    • 15x Plague Marine w/ 2x Plasmagun & 1x Power Weapon
    • 10x Chaos Space Marines w/ Plasma Pistol, Heavy Bolter, Powerfist w/ Mark of Nurgle in Rhino
    • 10x Chaos Space Marines w/ Plasmagun, Meltagun, Power Axe w/ Mark of Nurgle in Rhino
    • 20x Cultists w/ 1x Heavy Stubber, 1x Flamer, 1x Shotgun & Mark of Nurgle
    • 20x Cultists w/ 1x Heavy Stubber, 1x Flamer, 1x Shotgun & Mark of Nurgle
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Helldrake
  • Heavy Support:
    • 1x Forgefiend w/ Extra Ecto Cannon
    • 1x Landraider
    • 2x Obliterators w/ Mark of Nugle

Pretty standard Albert Apoc list.  We’re gonna have to get this boy a few new toys so he can include them into his army.  It’s all decent (as decent as his codex gets), but you’d think he’d like to mix it up a little more…

Mitchell’s “Corruption Rupture”:

  • HQ:
    • Typhus
    • Herald of Nurgle w/ Greater Reward, Lesser Reward, Exalted Locus of Contagion, Palanquin of Nurgle, Psyker level 2
    • Herald of Nurgle w/ Greater Reward, Lesser Reward, Exalted Locus of Contagion, Palanquin of Nurgle, Psyker level 2
    • Herald of Nurgle w/ Greater Reward, Lesser Reward, Greater Locus of Fecundity, Palanquin of Nurgle, Psyker level 2
    • Herald of Nurgle w/ Greater Reward, Lesser Reward, Greater Locus of Fecundity, Palanquin of Nurgle, Psyker level 2
    • Necrosius the Undying
    • Chaos Space Marine Sorcer w/ Terminator Armor, Force Axe, Combi-bolter, Mark of Nurgle, Sigil of Corruption, Spell familiar, Vets of the Long War, Psyker level 3
  • Troops:
    • 18x Plaguebearers of Nurgle w/ Icon of Chaos & Plagueridden
    • 18x Plaguebearers of Nurgle w/ Icon of Chaos & Plagueridden
    • 25x Plague Zombies inc. Champion
    • 25x Plague Zombies inc. Champion
    • 25x Plague Zombies inc. Champion
    • 25x Plague Zombies inc. Champion
    • 25x Plague Zombies inc. Champion
  • Fast Attack:
    • 6x Plague Drones of Nurgle w/ Deaths’ Head, Instrument of Chaos, Icon of Chaos, Plague Banner, Plague Bringer, & Rot Proboscis
  • Heavy Support:
    • Defiler
    • Maulerfiend
  • Lord of War
    • Scabeiathrax the Bloated

Between Mitchell and Albert we actually had two copies of Typhus on our side of the table.  Albert’s version was slightly less protected as he wasn’t hiding behind nearly 200 various zombie & demon models.  If Sean wins the “least models on the table rule,” Mitchell definitely walks away with the most models (177 total for anyone that’s counting–which is more than three times as many as Sean had).

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

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The Fall of Morrsleb: The Armies

This post is a continuation of the review of our recent Apocalypse game entitled “The Fall of Morrsleb.” In this particular post, I’ll be going over the armies that people brought and the breakdown of the teams. In total, eight players showed up of the 9 that had committed to coming. I had a feeling that one person would not show (though in the end, it was a different person that wound up skipping the event than I had originally expected), so I did have a spare 10th person on standby, but it turned out that it wasn’t necessary to bring them in order to balance the teams.

We had planned attendance in advance, and had a good idea of what armies people would be bringing:

  • 5x Imperial Players (Including me, who was also toying with the idea of playing bugs)
  • 1x Tyranid
  • 1x Chaos
  • 1x Necron

There really wasn’t a clear way to break down the teams to me, so we opted to roll randomly determine teams on the day of the game. I kind of like that method, so that people don’t do significant amount of planning together before the game starts. Granted, it’s nice to encourage people to work together and build up anticipation before the game starts, but not many people do that sort of thing, so it could potentially lead to an unfair advantage to a particular team.

The Forces of Evil:

As luck would have it, when we randomly determined teams all of the non-imperial forces were aligned together (with the exception of Sean’s smallish Eldar allied contingent). Sadly, with five predominately Imperial aligned players, one had to be banished to “Team Evil.”   It turns out that he was elected to act as the side’s warmaster. His backstory was that he mistakenly thought he could control them…

Sam’s Space Marine Detachment:

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (1)HQ:
    • Chapter Master in Term armor w/ Thunderhammer, Primarch’s Wrath, & Digital Weapons
    • Master Librarian w/ Digital Weapons & Melta Bombs
    • Master Librarian w/ Jump Pack, Melta Bombs, Digital Weapons & Armor Indomitus
    • Chaplain w/ Jump Pack Melta Bombs, & Digital Weapons
  • Elites:
    • 10x Terminators w/ 2x Assault cannons
    • Venerable Dread w/ Assault Cannon in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind
    • Dread w/ Assault cannon in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind
    • Ironclad Dread w/ Hammer, Melta, HK x2 in Pod w/ Deathwind
    • Venerable Dread w/ Twin-linked Lascannon & Missile Launcher in Drop Pod w/ beacon
    • 10x Sternguard w/ 2x Heavy Flamer, & 2x Combi Flamer in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind
  • Troops
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Power Fist, Combi Flamer, Flamer, & Lascannon in Drop Pod w/ Beacon & Deathwind
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Power Fist, Combi Melta, Meltagun, & Lascannon in Drop Pod w/ Beacon & Deathwind
  • Fast Attack:
    • 10x Assault Marines w/ Jump Packs, Power Fist, & 2x Flamers
  • Heavy Support:
    • 10x Devastators w/ 4x Missile Launchers (w/ flakk)
    • 10x Devastators w/ 3x Multi-melta & 1x Plasma cannon, power axe & combi-plasma in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind

Definitely a traditional Sam army. That guy loves his drop pods.

He did spend a week or so prior to the game working hard to get his army painted. Though he almost always plays a bunch of pods, it’s unusual to have him play a force consisting entirely of pods, and he doesn’t normally chose deathwinds, but I built them up enough before the game that he tried them out.

Well, at least that’s what I like to think. More likely, he just needed to eat up points at the end, and that was an easy way to do just that.

Blaine’s Tyranid Hive Fleet:

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (4)HQ:
    • Flyrant w/ 2x Devourers
  • Elites:
    • Malenthrope
    • Malenthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Zoanthrope
    • Hive Guard
    • Hive Guard
    • Hive Guard
  • Heavy Support:
    • 3x Biovores
    • 3x Biovores
    • 3x Biovores
    • Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon
    • Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon
    • Tyrannofex w/ Rupture Cannon
    • Exocrine
    • Exocrine
  • Lords of War:
    • Hierophant Bio-Titan
  • Formations:
    • Carnifex Crusher Brood w/ Adrenal Glands & Scything Talons

Blaine was in from out of town, so he wound up using my models. As I said before, I was toying with the idea of playing ‘Nids with him, but as he was building his army, it was abundantly clear that wasn’t going to happen. He started off by essentially taking every model that has Synapse that I own, and then followed it up by taking virtually every monstrous creature I owned.

Had I decided to play bugs after that, I would’ve been stuck with 3x Tervigons and a Swarmlord as my only synapse, and the only other MC’s I own are two flyers. While that might be fun enough, it would leave me with 3,000 points of little bugs, and frankly, I can’t fathom those movement phases.

Danny’s Necron Phalanx

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (2)HQ:
    • Overlord w/ Catacomb Command Barge, Warscythe, Mindshackle Scarabs, Phase Shifter
    • Royal Court: Necron Lords w/ Warscythe, Mindshackle Scarabs, Resurrection Orb, 5 Crypteks w/ 2 Harbingers of Destruction, 3 Harbingers of the Storm
    • Destroyer Lord w/ Warscythe, Sempiternal Weave, Mindshackle Scarabs and Resurrection Orb
    • Anrakyr the Traveler (Warlord)
  • Elites:
    • Triarch Stalker
    • 8 Triarch Praetorians
  • Troops:
    • 5 Necron Warriors w/ Ghost Ark
    • 5 Necron Warriors w/ Ghost Ark
    • 5 Necron Warriors w/ Night Scythe
    • 10 Immortals w/ Night Scythe
    • 10 Immortals w/ Night Scythe
  • Fast Attack:
    • 9 Scarab Swarms
    • 5 Wraiths
  • Heavy Support:
    • Annihilation Barge
    • Annihilation Barge
    • Annihilation Barge
  • Lords of War:
    • Transcendent C’Tan w/ Tranliminal Stride, Wave of Withering and Seismic Assault

Danny’s Transcendant C’Tan scarred (and scared) me to no end. If you haven’t seen the stats on that thing, do yourself a favor and don’t.

The thing is just disgusting. While I knew that he had purchased it and painted it up for the game, it wasn’t until the night before that I actually looked up the rules. That thing is just terrifying.   So much so, that when it came to deployment, I based my entire strategy around where that thing was on the board: “Oh, he’s on that flank—let me deploy my entire army on the other side of the table.”

Egads…

Simon’s Black Legion:

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (3)HQ:
    • Abaddon the Despoiler
    • Be’lakor
    • Sorcerer: jump pack; sigil of corruption; plasma pistol; Psyker (Mastery Level 3); force weapon; Veterans of the Long War
  • Elites:
    • 5 Bringers of Despair: 3× power fist; chainfist; 4× combi-bolter; heavy flamer; Mark of Khorne; Veterans of the Long War; Terminator Champion (lightning claw; gift of mutation); icon of vengeance
    • 10 Chosen: 4× flamer; flamer; Veterans of the Long War; Chosen Champion (lightning claw; combi-bolter; gift of mutation; melta bombs); icon of vengeance in Rhino Chaos Rhino: dirge caster; combi-flamer; destroyer blades
  • Troops:
    • 10 Chaos Space Marines: plasma gun; plasma gun; Veterans of the Long War; Aspiring Champion (combi-bolter; lightning claw; gift of mutation; melta bombs); icon of vengeance in Chaos Rhino: combi-flamer; destroyer blades; dirge caster
    • 10 Chaos Space Marines: plasma gun; plasma gun; Veterans of the Long War; Aspiring Champion (combi-bolter; lightning claw; gift of mutation; melta bombs); icon of vengeance in Chaos Rhino: combi-flamer; destroyer blades; dirge caster
    • 35 Chaos Cultists: Cultist Champion (shotgun)
  • Fast Attack:
    • 6 Chaos Bikers: 2× plasma gun; Veterans of the Long War; Chaos Biker Champion (lightning claw; gift of mutation); icon of vengeance
    • Heldrake: baleflamer
  • Heavy Support:
    • Defiler: Havoc launcher; dirge caster
    • Maulerfiend
    • Maulerfiend
  • Lords of War:
    • Khorne Lord of Skulls: skullhurler

Simon was another of those guys that spent the month working up to the game in a painting fervor. In fact, I’m not sure that any of the models in this APoc game are from his regular army (no wait, the rhinos and cultists probably are). Otherwise though, I think he painted up just about everything specific for this game, and they looked pretty snazzy.

 

The Forces of Good:

Somehow I got thrust into the role of Warmaster for the forces of good (and seriously, with Marneus at the lead of my army, how could I not?).

The Pride of Ultramar (Rob)

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (7)HQ:
    • Marneus Calgar
    • Chaplain in Terminator Armor
  • Elites:
    • Ironclad in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind
    • Deadnought w/ Twin-linked Lascannon & H. Flamer in Drop Pod w/ Deathwind
    • 5x Terminator Assault Squad w/ Thunder Hammers & Storm Shields
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Lascannon
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Missile Launchers
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Missile Launchers
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Plasma Cannons
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Heavy Bolters
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Heavy Bolters
    • 5x Sternguard w/ 2x Multi-meltas
  • Heavy Support:
    • Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
    • Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
    • Techmarine w/ Thunderfire Cannon
  • Fortifications:
    • Aegis Defense Line w/ Quad-Gun
    • Aegis Defense Line w/ Quad-Gun
    • Bastion w/ Icarus Lascannon
    • 2x Vengeance Weapon Batteries w/ Battlecannons
    • 2x Vengeance Weapon Batteries w/ Battlecannons
  • Ultramar Planetary Defense Force (IG Allies):
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x EarthShaker Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x Medusa Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x Medusa Carriage Defense Battery
    • 1x Medusa Carriage Defense Battery
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Autocannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons
    • 3x Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Lascannons

This has become a pretty-defacto standard for me in Ultramarines related Apoc games. When we were in the planning stages of the game, I had hoped to paint up all of my fortifications in order to cover our side of the board in BLOO; unfortunately, I spent the two months prior painting up the terrain for the game (more on that later).

So, I fell back on the old standbys: Long Range Firepower provided by the Imperial Guard (No, I won’t call them the Militarium Tempestus, or whatever their new name is). I was able to squeeze in five fortifications (more than everyone else combined), and between all of the little blue guys, the board did have an unmistakable cyan tint to it.

Cole’s Grey Knight Strike Force

  • Wh39kApoc2014 (6)HQ:
    • Librarian
    • Librarian
  • Elites:
    • 5 man Terminator
    • 5 man Terminator
    • 10 man Strike Team
    • 10 man Paladin
    • 5 man Paladin
    • 5 man Purifier
    • Dreadnought
  • Heavy Support:
    • StormRaven
    • 10 man Interceptor team
    • Dreadknight
    • Dreadknight
  • Inquistion Allies:
    • Inquisitor Coteaz
    • 6 man henchmen warband
    • Land Raider
  • Assassin Allies:
    • Vindicare Assassin

Ok, so it’s obvious that I don’t know the Grey Knight Codex. Are all of those different units really elites?

Anywho, Cole came out of retirement to play with his brand new codex, along with some throwbacks to the old ‘dex in the form of Inquisitors and Assassins. Most of his army seemed to deep strike down, and he definitely provided the psychic assault of our team.

Sean’s Space Wolf Company:

  • HQ:
    • Bjorn the Fell Handed in Drop pod w/ Deathwind
    • Krom Dragongaze
    • Njal Stormcaller
    • Ragnar Blackmane
    • Rune Priest (level 2) in power armor
  • Elites:
    • Venerable Dreadnought w/ Blizardshield & Axe in Drop pod w/ Deathwind
    • Murderfang in Drop pod w/ Deathwind
  • Troops:
    • 15x Blood Claws w/ Flamer, Meltagun, & Powerfist in Stormwolf w/ Hellfrost cannon
    • 15x Blood Claws w/ Flamer, Meltagun, & Powerfist
    • 1x Lone Wolf
  • Heavy Support:
    • Land Raider Crusader
    • Long Fangs x6 w/ 5x Plasmacannon
  • Lords of War:
    • Logan Grimnar
  • Eldar Allies:
    • Wraithknight w/ Scatter laser, Suncannon & Scattershield
    • Revenant Titan w/ Missile Launcher & 2x Pulsars
  • Fortifications:
    • Aegis Defense Line w/ Comms Relay

In hindsight, Sean seemed to be the only person who brought models that weren’t painted. I gave him a pass because he changed jobs and moved his apartment during the build-up to the game, and he did have most of his force painted (in fact, I think he had all of the space wolves painted). Besides, he’s only been playing 40k for a year or two, so frankly, his progress is amazing.

 

“Harald’s Space Wolf Apocalypse Force with Gryphonicus Titan Maniple Support” (Kurt)

  • HQ:
    • Harald Deathwolf (lord on thunderwolf)
  • Fast Attack:
    • 5x Harald’s Fenrisian Wolf Pack
    • 5x Harald’s Fenrisian Wolf Pack
    • 5x Harald’s Fenrisian Wolf Pack
    • 5x Harald’s Fenrisian Wolf Pack
    • 5x Harald’s Fenrisian Wolf Pack
    • 6x Thunderwolf Calvary
    • 6x Thunderwolf Calvary
  • Lords of War:
    • Reaver Titan (Rage of Fenris) w/ Melta Cannon, Gatling Blaster, & Apoc Missile Launcher
    • Warhound Titan (Wolf Strider) w/ Inferno Gun & Plasma Blastgun
    • Warhound Titan (Fenrisian Strider) w/ Inferno Gun & Plasma Blastgun

In any Apoc game, Kurt has to bring more Forgeworld models than anyone. I think that guy owns every Forgeworld model that’s legal to play in a Space Wolf Force. When he ran out of marine models, he started picking up IG models—so it shouldn’t’ have been a big surprise that he unveiled his new purchase: three fully painted titans.

The looked great (except when they were falling apart on top of my army), and provided some real scale to the table.