An escalation league for Warhammer 40k started recently at my local gaming club so i decided to take the opportunity to use it as a way for me to finally start playing 40k regularly and to actually paint an army (unbelievable i know).

The basic idea of it all is this – you start with 750 points and every 4 weeks you get to add 250 points for the next stage with points being awarded for building, painting and playing games at every stage.

I chose Chaos as my army, with World Eaters being my legion of choice as they suit my tactics and play style of “Go that way, kill everything”. My initial 750 points included the following:

+ Legion +

World Eaters

+ HQ +

Dark Apostle: Bolt pistol, Mark of Khorne, Power maul
Exalted Champion: Chainaxe, Chainsword, Mark of Khorne

+ Troops +

7 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.
7 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.
7 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino
Chaos Rhino
Chaos Rhino

I only just managed to get everything together and painted on time for the deadline which passed a few days ago and i have already made a start on my first set of reinforcements. I am really enjoying having a painted army on the table and like how the league has motivated me to paint.

I managed to get a couple of practice games in against some Cadians and then some Scions which didn’t go very well for me. Against the Cadians only 2 Berzerkers got across the table after some great shooting from my opponent and terrible rolling from me – on the plus side those 2 men killed 14 men on their own which did give me a little taste of what can be achieved if they make it into combat.

I fared a little better against the Scions, tearing through 2 transports and a couple of squads before i succumbed to the mass plasma fire. I probably could have done a lot more damage if i’d remembered i had a squad of Berzerkers still inside their Rhino – d’oh

In the first stage league game i played i faced off against some Admech and fully expected to get shot off the table like in my previous 2 games, however it would appear Khorne was on my side this time as i managed to win by tabling my opponent.

A combination of poor rolls from my opponent and some strategic use of cover to limit his firepower and target choice enabled me to close the gap and get 2 Rhinos and 2 squads of Berzerkers across the table which promptly tore through everything they touched.

For the second stage of the escalation league i decided to add 3 more Berzerkers and a Daemon Prince, who i have recently christened “Bob the Barbaric Destroyer of Worlds” after his recent amazing debut against some Orks. So for stage 2, my 1000 point list looks like this :

+ Legion +

World Eaters

+ HQ +

Daemon Prince with Wings: Khorne, Malefic talon x 2
Dark Apostle: Bolt pistol, Mark of Khorne, Power maul
Exalted Champion: Chainaxe, Chainsword, Mark of Khorne

+ Troops +

8 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.
8 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.
8 x Khorne Berzerkers: Icon of Wrath, Chainaxe, Chainsword.

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino
Chaos Rhino
Chaos Rhino

I have already finished the 3 Berzerkers and only need to finish the Daemon Prince with most of the 4 weeks still to go. I plan on darkening down the wings on the Daemon Prince and painting his armour like the rest of the Berzerkers to keep the colour scheme going across the whole army.

For the second stage i faced off against some Orks and it was a bloodbath with everyone charging into the centre and having a massive brawl. It was a really fun game and made me think slightly differently to the other games i had played previously.

“Bob the Barbaric Destroyer of Worlds” performed admirably well, killing a unit of Stormboyz off almost in one go before shredding a couple of Killa Kans. The most memorable moment for me was a squad of 8 Berzerkers chewing through a Trukk and its occupants and then in the following turn killing off a unit of 18 Boyz in one round of combat.

For stage 3 i plan on adding a couple of Helbrutes with autocannons and missile launchers to give me some much needed firepower, my shooting phase currently is basically non existent with only 4 guns in my whole army. Hopefully i will be able to soften up a few targets before my Berzerkers hit or at least provide a distraction for my opponent to shoot at instead of them targeting the Berzerkers, only time will tell.

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