My First Big Battle

This past Thursday, I played my first one-on-one game of Warhammer 40,000 at what is considered a “normal” point value. For the last year or so, I’ve only been playing a special version of WH40k called Combat Patrol, in which the armies on each side only add up to 400 points and there are a few other limitations, as well. While these small games with shortened playtimes are great for learning, I felt it was time to finally start playing some higher point games. After finishing building enough models, I was now able to field a 1750-point force of my Chaos Space Marines.

Kevin brought over 1750 points of Ultramarines to the Nerd Bunker. It was one of his oldest armies and this list was something fun he wanted to try out with pretty much all tactical marines in drop pods. However, one of the drop pods hid a bit of a nasty surprise: the chapter master of the Ultramarines, Marneus Calgar and his command squad. I went first, reserved my entire army (upon Kevin’s suggestion) and then many of Kevin’s pods dropped in. It was then my turn to start bringing in my forces.

The Ultramarines drop in and ruin the neighborhood

My forces included a Daemon Prince and a Chaos Terminator Lord with dual lightning claws (he seems to have somehow gained the nickname “Uncle Tickles”), 10 Chaos Space Marines in a Rhino, 10 Khorne Berzerkers in a Rhino, eight Plague Marines, three Chaos Terminators with combi-meltas (for busting tanks), two Vindicators, a Chaos Dreadnought (named Zoidberg) and three Obliterators. As everything was held in reserve, they weren’t able to all come in at once, and slowly trickled in over the course of the first few turns.

My poor Daemon Prince getting beaten like a punk by Marneus Calgar and his mean friends

Some units fared better than others. My partially-painted Daemon Prince barely did anything good; he dropped into the battle in a tactically sketchy spot, and he maybe wasn’t spec’d out as well as he could have been (he had wings, a Mark of Nurgle for toughness and Doombolt) so I may have to tweak him for next time. He was a close combat monster (literally) but couldn’t get a decent charge on anyone for the first few turns and he had to hide behind a building like a big girl’s blouse. Eventually he charged into combat with Marneus and his pals and they beat him like a rented mule. He put a wound (maybe two?) on Marneus and then died unceremoniously.

"Hey... do you guys hear something?"

Uncle Tickles, on the other hand, did some work. Six power weapon attacks when on the charge (with re-rolls to wound) will mess up your standard group of tactical marines when they’re caught a bit flat-footed. At one point, Tickles leapt out from behind a wall and took out a whole mess of Ultramarines and then moved on to slice and dice some more. However, Marneus and his goon squad eventually decided to invite themselves to the party and the fight turned a bit epic. Long story short: when the smoke cleared, Ultramarines Chapter Master Marneus Augustus Calgar and the dread Chaos Lord Avunculus Titillacus (Uncle Tickles for short) had killed each other simultaneously, which is the best way in my opinion.

The climax of the battle: a boss flight between my Chaos Terminator Lord and Kevin's Marneus Calgar

The rest of the battle was a bit one-sided. Kevin had a few groups of Ultramarines scattered about the boards, whereas I still had all of my Plague Marines, most of my Chaos Space Marines, at least one of my Vindicators, and my Rhino full of Berzerkers hadn’t even deployed yet (they had one of those travel DVD players for watching movies in the car, so it was okay) plus there were the Obliterators, which were still fine, thank you, and switching weapons at will. I had lost enough that the kill point score was close, however, so when the roll at the end of turn five was a two and ended the game, I only squeaked out a 6-5 win.

In the end, it was a really fun game and I learned a lot, from some strategies for when to keep forces in reserve to how to properly deepstrike onto the board. I’m looking forward to playing some more learning games with this army down in the Nerd Bunker, maybe doing a full-blown battle report next time, and getting this list all completely painted up. To that end, I primed the Chaos Terminators and primed and basecoated Uncle Tickles this weekend, but that will be a post for another day.

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3 Responses to “My First Big Battle”


  1. 1 Jeff Payne March 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Ouch, he told you to reserve. Rule number never do what your opponent tells you. You would have been better off bubbling wrapping with your marines, & reserving your rhino. It’s not like you don’t know where he’s going to come down.

  2. 2 atom March 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Well, yeah, normally you don’t listen to your opponent, but this was a learning game. I was asking for tips. And it worked out pretty well anyway.


  1. 1 Uncle Tickles Revealed « atom smashing Trackback on March 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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