Stage 3 of the local escalation league I am a part of is coming to a close soon and it didn’t go so well for my boys in red, never mind, Khorne cares not from where the blood flows !

I got 4 games in this stage, my allocated one and 3 extras and I was fairly confident after my recent run of victories but unfortunately my winning streak wasn’t to continue. My list for this stage is as follows:

+ 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

Elites +

Helbrute: Autocannon, Missile Launcher, Mark of Khorne
Helbrute: Autocannon, Missile Launcher, 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, Combi-bolter
Chaos Rhino, Combi-bolter
Chaos Rhino, Combi-bolter

My allocated game was against Grey Knights and we played “The Scouring”. It was a relatively close game that had to end early due to the club closing, I lost on VP’s but think i might have been able to scrape a draw if we had gotten enough time.

The first of my extra games I played against my brother and his Scions and we also played “The Scouring”. It was a brutal game that was a lot of fun even though i lost. A combination of poor rolling (once again) and the fact his weapons got better as i got closer with my Berzerkers ensured lots of blood was shed in the name of Khorne, only this time it was my skulls being added to the pile.

My second extra game was against my friends Cadian’s and we played “The Relic”. It was just as bloody as the game i had against their elite cousins the Scions and ended in me being tabled. I got the first turn and everything was going well until i had to roll some dice. I rolled very, very poorly this game, the best example of which was probably when i needed 2+ to wound on 3 dice and rolled 3 lots of 1.

In his first turn of shooting he managed to kill my Demon Prince, 2 Rhinos and most of the men that jumped out of one of the exploding Rhinos. It was utterly devastating and basically lost me the game but somehow the game lasted 5 turns and I almost stole a draw at the end when my last remaining Helbrute shot at his unit carrying the relic but failed to kill enough Guardsmen before being wiped off the board.

My third and final extra game was against another friends Orks and i finally ended my bad luck with a much needed win. I always enjoy playing another CC orientated army as it can go either way and really comes to down to strategy and positioning. I won the game with some good dice rolling and by managing to block his access to my Berzerkers with my Rhinos so i could charge him and not vice versa.

Below you can see my 2 Helbrutes after their fresh lick of paint, I am pleased with how they turned out and like that i managed to keep the armies colour scheme going to tie everything together.

For the next stage i will be adding a Warpsmith and a 3rd Helbrute armed with a melta and a fist which you can see below. The plan is to keep the Warpsmith with my long range Helbrutes to help repair them when they take any wounds and to also deal with any pesky units that may try to engage them in close combat while the 3rd Helbrute advances with the rest of my army to try and take out any armour and hopefully chew some face if it survives long enough.

So for Stage 4 i will have the following which comes in well below the 1500 point limit as i need to save some points for what i have planned in the later rounds. My allocated game for stage 4 is against the same Cadian player who i played previously and i fully expect to get tabled again but i’m sure it will be a fun game nonetheless.

++ Battalion Detachment ++

+ No Force Org Slot +

Legion: World Eaters

+ HQ +

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

+ Troops +

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

+ Dedicated Transport +

Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Mark of Khorne
Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Mark of Khorne
Chaos Rhino: Combi-bolter, Mark of Khorne

++ Vanguard Detachment ++

+ No Force Org Slot +

Legion: World Eaters

+ HQ +

Warpsmith: Bolt pistol, Flamer, Mark of Khorne, Meltagun, Power axe

+ Elites +

Helbrute: Helbrute fist, Mark of Khorne, Multi-melta
Helbrute: Mark of Khorne, Missile launcher, Reaper autocannon
Helbrute: Mark of Khorne, Missile launcher, Reaper autocannon

What do you think ? Does anyone have any advice to help counter a gun line ? Let me know in the comments below.

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