Tayne’s Tactica Daemonica, by Graeme Nicholls

21 Jan

Ok, so it’s been… *checks blogroll* ..wow, three months or so since I said I was starting my new daemon army and I’ve finally gotten bits assembled and played it for the first time. So I figured I’d share my experiences. First, let’s begin with the list I brought:


HQ: Bloodthirster, Instrument of Chaos, Blessing of the Blood God

Elites: 6x Bloodcrushers, Icon, Fury of Khorne, Instrument of Chaos

Troops: 15x Bloodletters, Fury of Khorne

8x Bloodletters, Fury of Khorne

8x Bloodletters, Fury of Khorne

5x Horrors of Tzeentch, Bolt of Tzeentch

5x Horrors of Tzeentch, Bolt of Tzeentch

Fast: 5x Flesh Hounds, Fury of Khorne

Heavy: Daemon Prince of Chaos, Iron Hide, Mark of Nurgle, Cloud of Flies, Noxious touch


A few words about the list to begin then. The list is entirely of the Daemons I own, bar the flesh hounds (I subbed in the seeker models from the battalion for this game) and a single Bloodletter, which was easily replaced. The Daemon prince was there to stand alongside the Bloodthirster in the first wave and provide a durable distraction. Oh, and the ‘Thirster has an instrument just because I had five spare points.

So this is the 1500 point list I took to my local gaming group to scrounge up a game. I found two, a foot based Eldar list and a Predator heavy, Mephiston led Blood Angel list. The Eldar list had some banshees, some scorpions, two squads of Dire Avengers (his only troops), 2 warp hunters, 2 hornets, all led by a Farseer and an Avatar.

We played a battle mission game… and that just turned into a 3 objective capture and control effectively. I got my preferred wave (Bloodthirster, Bloodcrushers, Daemon Prince, the 15 Bloodletters and one horror group) and decided to focus on being aggressive (shocking for daemons, eh?). My squads popped down, the Horrors taking out a number of his Dire Avengers at range, before they were targeted down.

He counter attacked, dropping my Bloodthirster before it moved, the Daemon Prince after it wrecked a single vehicle and the first group of horrors. My response was to bunch the 15 Bloodletters on an objective in cover and then destroy his troops, with a wave of Bloodcrushers indomitably marching onto his objective and clearing out both Scorpions and the Dire Avengers, whilst a smaller Bloodletter squad wiped out the last of the weakened avengers, before the Banshee’s took them out.

In the end, the Avatar was duking it out with the large Bloodletter squad, managing to contest that objective, “his” objective cleared out, and a single Bloodletter gone to ground on the last objective at the end of turn six. Another turn would have no doubt led to the death of that single Bloodletter, but would probably have killed the avatar (the previous round of combat had left a single wound on the bad boy). A surprising win to me.

The Blood Angels list comprised of three Baal Predators (two assault cannons, one flamestorm), two lascannon toting Predators, a Vindicator, two 5 man assault squads and, of course, Mephiston. We rolled up capture and control on Dawn of War. Again, my preferred wave turned up, this time swapping the bloodletters for the other Horror squad, with just 5 scoring models, I wanted them cleared off quickly. Then disaster struck, I took a risk with the Bloodcrushers and they scattered right next to Mephy. One quick roll on the mishap table later, and I was 280 points lost before a single shot was fired.

Just like the previous game, the Bloodthirster was shot quickly, but with a 4+ invulnerable save actually survived the first round with two wounds remaining. Mephiston came out of hiding and charged my Daemon Prince, only to both perils and lose the round of combat by 1 (love that noxious touch). The Bloodthirster joined the party.. and Mephiston killed him before he got to swing. Way to go big guy, at least you moved this game. “Sadly”, the Daemon prince had a single wound, grinned, and turned Mephiston to paste. The club cheered, and all was well….

Where was I? Oh yes, killing marines. His 10 assault marines soon died to either warpfire shots or an 8 man Bloodletter squad assaulting through cover. Then the Flesh Hounds descended. Beasts, furious charge, one model with rending against a rear armour 10. I was worried before the game began by the amount of Mech I was fighting, the furious charge/rending of the Khorne units soon solved those fears and I watched with great amusement as the dogs chased the cars. Uh, the tanks even.

The only other shocking factor in this game was my rolls with the Bolt of Tzeentch. I hit. Every. Single. Time. I only failed to penetrate once, and the worst damage I did was a weapon destroyed. Ok, cover saves were made and I just had two at most for the game, so it’s not as though I wrecked destruction with every die roll and I really do not expect that luck to last. This game I won, two objectives held, one contested, one free.

On the whole, I had a brilliant time with my daemons. The change of style was very enjoyable and I got to do something in my assault phases! Hooray! On the other hand, I really do not see how lists with just the bare minimum troop choices work. To my mind, you have to protect those troops in two thirds of games or risk never being able to win. In this list, I took 5 troops, for my Tau I have at least 4, including outflanking kroot and for Deathwing.. well, that’s troop heavy every time. I am definitely looking to play more with this army.


The Pledge:

Last time I wrote about taking up the pledge, and so far I’m doing well. I have painted, based and varnished 19 kroot mercenaries and 5 kroot hounds. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t do that one last kroot as they are a minimum of 10 per squad, that would give me 2 units worth.. ah well. I also had a daemon building start this last weekend building the last 10 horrors, 5 seekers and 16 bloodletters. On my table at the moment are some Daemonettes of Slaanesh and warhammer spiders to bash together and use as Fiends of Slaanesh. How are you all progressing?


5 Responses to “Tayne’s Tactica Daemonica, by Graeme Nicholls”

  1. Andy Ovel January 23, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Good report, it makes me want to play daemons (because I need another army right?) 🙂

    As for the pledge, I painted a load of 15mm alien models (heresy!), and then took all those bits I’ve had sitting around my bits box for ages, and converted my own Yarrick model (I hate the real model with his bugs bunny tooth) which I promised myself I would do about a year ago, and I started work on some scenery by PVAing some polystyrene.

    Are we quite sure buying models don’t count as “working on model” as I just bought a load of Deffcopters on eBay? Whoops :$ lol

  2. Graeme Nicholls (@TheTayne) January 24, 2012 at 12:02 #

    Hehe, sadly not. The whole point is to curb some of my buying and finally finish an army. That was intended to be Tau, but looking at my paint desk, Daemons may take over soon enough.

    Dare I ask how many Deffkoptas? I imagine the black reach ones are pretty affordable, and I found them annoying as hell to my Deathwing recently.

    • Andy Ovel January 24, 2012 at 14:14 #

      Yeah, I know I need to paint more 😦

      BUT I have my whole army painted for the GT already except for one model, my scout sergeant, so I’m doing ok really.

      I got the 8 Deffcopters for £6 on eBay! They had no picture so they could turn out to be really bad, but I can always strip the paint off, plus I reckon for £6 it was worth the risk. 🙂

  3. Graeme Nicholls (@TheTayne) January 24, 2012 at 16:11 #

    £6? Nice! Sometimes you just have to take that risk.

    • Andy Ovel January 25, 2012 at 11:37 #

      Yeah £6 including postage! They arrived and they were fine, I just need some flying bases; Very happy 🙂

      I will try and get that last Scout painted this weekend…promise 🙂

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