Dear Nighthaunt bros, I attended a local 2k tournament yesterday, 3 games with some soft scores, below is the list I took;
Allegiance: DeathCairn Wraith (60)- General- Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts Cairn Wraith (60)- Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvent Moon Cairn Wraith (60)Tomb Banshee (80)Tomb Banshee (80)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)3 x Spirit Hosts (120)Mourngul (400)Mourngul (400)Reinforcement Points (0)Total: 1860 / 2000
Game 1 was against Dispossessed in knife to the heart his list was roughly;
LeadersWarden King (120)Runelord (80)Unforged (100)Battleline20 x Longbeards (240)- Axes or Hammers40 x Warriors (280)- Axes or Hammers20 x Hammerers (360)- Dispossessed BattlelineUnits10 x Irondrakes (200)20 x Thunderers (240)War MachinesCannon (180)Cannon (180)Reinforcement Points (0)Total: 1980 / 2000
he basically bubble wrapped his objective with the warden king, cannons and thunders, iron drakes & runelord were bubble wrapped by some long beards & unforged and hammers or something were tunneling.
Summary of the game was; I smashed into his unit of longbeards & thunderers with 3 units of spirit hosts, 2 wraiths and a mourngul & popped lightshard & ate the unit fairly easily.
Other mourngul & banshee's screamed and went into the big block of warriors, thunderers & cannons to get some nice -1 to hit from the mourngul
general & remaining spirit hosts protected my objective & controlling table space to put the deep striking unit in a position i wanted.
Basically ate his whole army by end of turn 3 and had more than enough spirit hosts to chew through the deep striking unit.
- major win nighthaunt
game 2 was against mixed khorne in scorched earth his list was roughly im forgetting something but i cant remember;
LeadersWrath Of Khorne Bloodthirster (330)Bloodsecrator (120)Slaughterpriest (100)Slaughterpriest (100)Battleline10 x Flesh Hounds (200)- Khorne Daemon Battleline (Karanak General)5 x Blood Warriors (100)- Goreaxes- 1x Goreglaives10 x Bloodreavers (70)- Reaver Blades10 x Bloodreavers (70)- Reaver Blades3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (140)- Ensorcelled Axes- Khorne Bloodbound Battleline (Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut General)Units2 x Skull Cannons (320)2 x Khorgoraths (160)BattalionsGore Pilgrims (180)Total: 1890 / 2000
Summary of the game, he gave me 1st turn, i brought up a mourngul, 3 units of host, cairn wraith with light shard & a banshee. Got 4 turn 1 charges off and 1 shot a slaughter priest, took 3 wounds off another .
From there i just sucked at making save rolls and my army didnt have the numbers to stay in combat and got grinded away, 2 turns i was off one of my objectives but i thought you didnt need to hold them but the mourngul burnt 1 of the flank objectives. Blood thirster killed 3 hosts on 1 wound left and burnt my open objective resulting in him winning by 1 point.
So just bad luck there but couldnt be helped
- Major loss Nighthaunt
Last game was against a power Sylvaneth list in blood and glory, his list was roughly.
Allegiance: OrderLeadersAlarielle the Everqueen (600)Branchwraith (80) - balewind and the aoe spellBranchwraith (80)Treelord Ancient (300) - teleport abilityLoremaster (100) to baby sit alarielleBattleline20 x Dryads (200)20 x Dryads (200)5 x Tree-Revenants (80)- Sylvaneth BattlelineBattalionsGnarlroot Wargrove (180)SceneryBalewind Vortex (100)Total: 1920 / 2000
opponent set up woods on an objective entirely, i lost the roll for sides and was stuck with one of my own objectives that i couldn't really hold properly.
Same thing again i got turn 1, decided to drop everything in because i was scared of the aoe spell rolling good and killing all my characters, tried to scream off the branch wraith before she went up on the balewind and was not successful even with it being a long shot, failed my charges by 2 banshees and the mourngul into the same branchwraith which made me sad.
Long story short got charged by the bettle, took 5 wounds off my mourngul, got held in combat by the banshee, got the priority next turn and put 10 spirit hosts in combat with the beetle, popped light shard and one shot her off which was amazing! two mourngul's ate basically 20 dryads and had their eyes set on the other blob on the other objective.
sadly by trying to avoid the aoe spell from the branch wraith i spread out a little too much and the tree revs teleported onto the objective covered in woods and took that and treelord teleported in on my other objective and killed 2 hosts to secure the other objective.
that sucked the most knowing that i could have very easily won that game if i was paying better attention to my army position
- major loss Nighthaunt.
All in all i was really happy with how the army plays, i feel it will always struggle agaisnt bodies & mortal wound heavy armies (like everyone) but i feel with more games under the belt it will be fairly strong in my local meta & potentially more of the aussie meta. Like it doesn't have many tools but same time it really works most of the time. I feel like it really lacks magic defence so im interested to trial putting in a vampire lord with flying horror & just hunt around buffing the mourngul & character hunt things, war machines etc
but ill keep everyone up to date with my games!