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  1. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    Yeah. Except the one dude came in second running him in the Aussie (if think it was there) master's tourney!
  2. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    Thank you! Shout-out to the whole forum! This place is awesome!
  3. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    You know what I really like about this book? Unlike, say, Khorne (where there's really just 2 ways to go (Murderhost and Gore Pilgrims) , there does not seem to be too many clear-cut choices here. There's a lot of legitimate ways to go. If I squint hard enough, I can even see reasons to sometimes put in beasts, nurglings, the scrivner, and the piper. I suppose as more tournaments are played one or two lists will start to ascend above the others. But I think it's not obvious at this point what they will be. There's only a few things I'm "sure" of: 1) Every list should have a unit of 30x Plaguebearers with a daemon hero support. 2) I think every list should have a GUO or a Glottkin as the centerpiece. 3) I think every list should mix daemons and mortals to give access to cross-beneficial abilities.
  4. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    Three questions. First two easy ones: 1) Does the BlightKings Virulent Discharge ability work on itself (so if a unit is alone it heals d3? ) And if you have two units w/in 3" each would heal 2d3? (tempting in that case to put your wounds on the Blightlord first?) 2) Base size for Plaguebearers. The start collecting has 32mm, and the PB box has 25mm. For tournament play, is 32mm the accepted norm? 3) I'm on the fence with the Drones. (As I'm trying to Theory-Hammer before making too many purchases). With the GUO command ability and a hero nearby and blades cast, I have a unit of 3 doing on average 20.5 wounds on soft targets, 14.5 wounds on medium targets, and 12 on on hard targets. Good enough for a hammer unit? If so, are they better supported by the harbinger or is a Lord of Afflictions worth the points (don't see any other daemon hero choices to keep up with them)? (In general I'm having a hard time finding a good hammer in this book).
  5. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    I included the points for the cyst and the lord in the analysis.
  6. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    I agree. Realistically, it's tough to get one big unit all into combat. Especially with 40mm bases and 1" range. Nevertheless, based on the numbers it looks like the Battalions are a bit overpriced.
  7. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    Ran some numbers on the various ways to buff Blight Kings' damage output. Bottom line: (1) I don't think either of the Cyst Battalions is worth it as far as damage output goes, unless you are running 30 or more Kings; (2) Both Lord of Blights and Lord of Plagues basically have the same effect on damage output; (3) Most cost-effective in terms of pure damage output is to run a single unit of 20x Kings buffed by either Lord with a Sorcerer casting Blades of Putrification; (4) If you are only running 10 Kings, it's better to add 5 more, than to buff the unit of 10 in anyway. The numbers: [(x/y/z) where x is expect damage vs. soft target (avg 6+ save); y is exp. damg vs. med. target (avg 4+ save); z is exp. dmg. vs. hard target (avg 3+ save)]: Small formations: Unit(s) totalling 15x Kings [480 pts] =(27/16.5/10.5) Unit 10x Kings + either Lord [460 pts] =(21/13/8) Unit 10x Kings + Blades of Put. (sorcerer)[440 pts] = (20.5/13.5/9.5) Larger formations: Unit(s) totalling 30x Kings [960 pts] =(54/33/21) Unitof 20x kings + either lord + sorcerer [840 points] = (59/33/23) 5x Kings + 5x Kings + 10x Kings + either lord + cyst [1000 pts] =(48/28/20) 5x Kings + 5x Kings + 5x Kings + Lord + cyst + Blades [960 pts] = (35/20/14) EDIT: I forgot to figure-in probability of failure to cast blades - updated numbers to reflect that.
  8. Let's chat : Maggotkin of Nurgle

    So I finally picked up the book, a GUO (maybe best looking model in the line!), and a Lord of Blights - because, you know, can't help myself.... Just perusing through the book, and am I right that if you use the Lord Of Blight's command ability on a big block of Plague Bearers that they become -4 to hit in shooting phase, and -2 to hit in combat?? If so, why am I not seeing the Lord of Blights more often as general in lists?
  9. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    I too would love to find a competitive way to field Skarbrand. Perhaps the best way of protecting him Rd. 1. is to force your opponent to shoot at more pressing needs. Depends on scenario, but you can force the reaction to things occupying objectives - or he concedes points to take down Skarbrand. Thus the hordes of whipped reavers or skull crushers. I'm certainly going to give it a try in friendly games, and we'll see how it goes.
  10. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    Maybe they go the other way and the Battalion adds Khorne and Totem keywords to her. After all, the photo shows her leading Blood Reavers. Maybe then she'd be worth 80 points. But even there.... I doubt it.
  11. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    Hadn't thought of that. A bunch of Blades of Khorne models being run as Slaves to Darkness with those faction abilities would open a new world of possible combos. I really hope that's the case.
  12. Gore Pilgrims or Murderhost? Where to start.

    I'm having fun with GorePilgrims, that's for sure. Key is to field it with the full 3x slaughterpriests IMO. Portal of Skulls at 36" is awesome. And 3x re-rollable prayers, and 3x re-rollable and stackable blessing buffs, gives you incredible tactical flexibility. That said, you are slotting in 5x auto-include leaders: 1xbloodsecrator, 3xslaugherpriest, 1x bloodstoker (you need him too). That leaves only 1x leader if you want to run murderhost too. WoK seems the popular choice. From there the list builds itself: 30Xbloodletters, Bloodwarriors and reavers to taste. Leaving you with option of one more unit: Wrathmongers for monster killers and buffs; Skullreapers for another hard hitter; Skullcrushers for a little speed; or plenty of other options.
  13. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    Disappointed with the warqueen. Shame, I love the model. And they show her leading the charge for bloodreavers too! Doesn't make sense. And nice to see Garrek in a list. I'm guessing his unit might get undue attention on the assumption that it can do more than it really can. Saek and Karsus' models look brutal. Might have a minor Distraction Carnifax effect. Anyway, cheapest 5-man objective holder we have I think, right?
  14. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    I'd make that random 6th hero another Slaughterpriest. Extending the Portal the full 36" and giving another prayer and blessing adds more to a list I feel than other heros. Or don't you need a daemon hero to get the buff on the 'letters? (I don't run them - yet).
  15. Let's chat : Blades of Khorne!

    Yeah, Super good on the charge - not so afterwards. Thus, (and it's probably a waste of bloodtith points), I retreat her in enemy hero phase after she charges (or mine if double turn) and then get a second charge in. First charge I make sure she gets something she can kill (sometimes whipped - for extra long range assassination); and then she more than makes her points with her second charge. (And if she kills units on both charges, it's only a net loss of 1 blood tithe).