This weekend I faced off against a war convocation with my daemons.
After a week of state testing I needed to let loose. Phil brought his war convocation along with some moonshine. I brought my daemons and some bourbon.
Here was my list:
Daemon Prince: Nurgle, Greater gift x2, Epidemia, Wings
Beast of Nurgle: x6
Plaguebearers: x11 (I didn't have the models for more horrors
Daemon Prince: Exalted Gift, Greater Gift, Wings, Grotti the Nurgling
Daemons aren't my usual army, but I felt confident since I knew that Phil didn't have any weapons that ignored cover
We rolled The Spoils of War and Dawn of War for our mission and deployment.
Phil Played incredibly smart. He knew his weapons weren't effective against my army, but he kept his whole army together. I had to engage his whole army at once. This meant that between the grimoire and invisibility I still wasn't able to protect everything.
My plaguebearers hang out with what remains of my bourbon.
Phil focused on one unit each turn and made sure it was eliminated. Turn one he took out the beasts, turn two dropped the horrors, then Turn three and turn four took out successive daemon princes. I inflicted quite a bit of pain in return, but not enough to make up the difference.
Turn five rolls around and I am in bad shape. I have Be'Lakor, my plaguebearers on one objective, the nurglings on another, and I am down in points. Be'Lakor gets charged by the knight, kills the knight after two rounds of combat, and manages to survive the explosion. He only has one wound remaining, but he is still kicking as we go into turn six. We have also become tied at 13 points each.
Be'Lakor manages to save eighteen consecutive saves! He was eventually eliminated, but Phil had to pour his entire army into Be'Lakor to do a single wound. The game ends and Phil has 14 points to my 13.
This was an incredibly close game. Phil scored quite a few objectives at the beginning of the game, but I managed to make a comeback towards the end. I had several units (beasts, flamers) that did absolutely nothing but absorb shots. Ultimately, my loss came from my lack of experience with daemons. I haven't consistently played them this edition, and I'm not fully comfortable with what they can do.