With stage 4 of the escalation drawing to a close soon, it’s once again time to write up my monthly roundup of exploits. For this stage i got my allocated game against some more Orks as well as an extra game against those pesky Imperial Guard. I decided to add a Helbrute and Warpsmith to my forces with the available points this month, you can see my list below:

++ 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

I really enjoyed painting the Helbrute and Warpsmith, they were lots of fun and even tho the Warpsmith was Finecast i didn’t really have any major problems like i had been expecting after reading a few horror stories online. For the next stage i am currently thinking of adding some Raptors and Bikers with the remaining points being saved for a nice little “surprise” in the last month. If you have any alternative suggestions then please get in touch in the comments section below.

The first game i played this stage was against my friends Imperial Guard who i have played a few times before in the league. We only managed to get 3 turns in before the club was closing but he got another solid victory winning 12 – 6 (i think) on victory points. I did manage to kill quite a bit of his army with one of the most notable kills being when my Daemon Prince shredded one of his Leman Russ tanks, however the game went pretty much as i expected with him systematically popping my Rhinos before annihilating the surviving Berzerkers with Lasgun fire before they could reach their targets.

I’m not sure what else i can do to help me in these situations as most solutions include screening with slower, cheaper troops or taking my time and hugging cover which isn’t really an option with the time limit on games at the club due to the opening/closing times. Oh well, it definitely wont stop me from trying! I love playing against him as i always learn something and feel i come out of it a better player.

My allocated game was against another friends Orks but not the ones i had faced previously, this list was really different in comparison as it was mechanised and was a challenge to play against but i came out on top winning 7 – 2 on victory points. With some good placement and lucky dice rolling i managed to cause quite a lot of damage without receiving much in return. In the last turn my Daemon Prince managed to single-handedly destroy a Battlewagon and then survived a brutal amount of attacks with only 1 wound left (thanks to my first successful CP re-roll) before slaying my opponents warlord and netting me some essential victory points.

That’s about all i have time for right now, i do have a few days left before i need to decide what to take for stage 5 but i am quite happy with my plans so far, if you have any alternative suggestions or comments then please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments below.

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