Warhammer 40,000 *NEW CODEX* Battle Report: Chaos Daemons vs Deathwatch 2000pts

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Grotty sings the praises of Games Workshop as we are blessed with a great gift a Chaos… the new copy
of Codex Chaos Daemons! In this pre-release week battle report, Beard brings his all new Deathwatch to take on the mighty denizens of the warp as we highlight new stratagems and rules in this epic game!

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T.J. Collier (OKnights112)
T.J. Collier (OKnights112)

Man that was an amazing game, Good job Joe on making Lawrence charge you so he could eat that overwatch. I am not sure how I would deal with that Daemon army. I can’t wait to see a full Nurgle list.

Kassket
Kassket

Just a note on the Plague bearers cloud of flies rule, it’s worded that if the unit has more than 20 models at the start of the phase, all attacks against them suffer the -1 to hit. This indicates that even if they drop below 20 in that phase they still keep the negative until the next phase. I’ve noticed in two bat reps you guys are changing the negative as soon as the model count drops below 20. Thought I would mention this, as before it was with the index list, and I thought maybe they updated the rule… Read more »

Grey Buckleton
Grey Buckleton

That was epic! It took till the end of turn 3 for me to stop thinking the Deathwatch were utterly doomed. Nice to see the elite army finally pull in a win!

Chris Garth
Chris Garth

There’s a point in the game where Spider had a Heroic Intervention and he said that Beard couldn’t target his character. We were discussing this over a game a month ago…where does it say that in the rules? Honest question.

Nick Lucas
Nick Lucas

Well… this game did not turn out as expected, awesome game! If the Spider was not there Beard would have missed many important rules. So I am glad Lawrence was around to help out, it is amazing how your mind can think of your rules, the game rules, filming, narrating, AND Beards rules all at once. Color me impressed.

Replikant Yensei
Replikant Yensei

Great batrep!

That’s a wonderful Nurgle list – Laurence you’re a sick, sick man! 😀
Beard, your Watchmaster is a boss and I really like the Deathwatch mixed unit shenanigans – very kinky. I’d love to see them go up against some Xenos 🙂

Aaron Paulding
Aaron Paulding

Great game, if I were to start an Imperium army I have been leaning towards Deathwatch but I might wait till they get a codex. This game definitely helped my liking of them though 🙂 Just a question, when the Watchmaster charged the GUO because he couldn’t fit through the gap, could he have declared a charge against both? Because, to charge the GUO, he needs to get within 1″, meaning he can move around him within that 1″ bubble to also get to the Plaguebearers, right? Or at least pile in to them? Or is it because there isn’t… Read more »

Eddie
Eddie

What were the beta rules you were testing? Smite charge increases by 1 each time its used per turn?

Alex Andersson
Alex Andersson

Lovely batrep guys, thoroughly enjoyed it as always 🙂 Keep up the boss work!

Also, great to see some (more) facelifts on the terrain, matching the gorgeous armies you guys got rolling 🙂

Martin Owen Jones
Martin Owen Jones

MOAR!

Nikhil Kurien
Nikhil Kurien

Slight lore correction here Lawrence, the Death Watch don’t use the ‘Black Ships’. The ‘Black Ships’ are in service of the Adeptus Astra Telepathica who come to whisk psykers away from planets.

Magiceffect
Magiceffect

Hey guys Fantastic game showing off the nurgle goodness!

Joe,
I know this was probably a friendly game showing off the power of nurgle, but Lawrence had no shooting. You could have hovered the blackstars behind your squads, shooting with no negative because you aren’t moving and when the daemons got too close, deploy into the blackstars and fly to another corner / objective. Then the following turn let them out again in a different corner, and lawerence would have to chase you around the whole time.

Tony Molinari
Tony Molinari

Pls give us a backstory and name for the watchmaster. That guy fights like a primarch! Super fun batrep as always guys. Cheers!

PS If you’re taking suggestions I vote for Rhaegar 🙂 🙂 🙂

Joshua Galvez
Joshua Galvez

Wonderful battle. Good job, Beard!
Commiserations Spider, you’ll get ’em next time.

Cameron Bowler
Cameron Bowler

JOE !! What the heck do you feed that WatchMaster ?! He stood tall against two of the nastiest daemons around. Well played game guys, that didn’t turn out how i expected at all. Great watch as always

Archmike
Archmike

Could you do a vid about the slaanesh stuff? Always been my fave god, bit weird as I’ve been an eldar player for 22 years…?
Added bonus that they can be used in both systems ^_^

ROMKnight
ROMKnight

Any chance we’ll see the hammers of titan fight some demons? I haven’t seen them since the beginning of 8th :{

Israx'Shall
Israx'Shall

Really surprising report! When I saw the lists I thought it would be a piece of (rotten) cake for the daemons, but Mr Beard somehow managed to get the victory from Lawrence grasp thanks to some good overwatch and fire allocation! Great stuff. Would love to see the daemons force exanded with some Slaanesh and Tzeentch, my favourite Chaos gods. As a piece of advice, I would consider adding the veteran with jump pack at least to those deatwatch units with two Frag Cannons against melee armies. Greatly increases their fire rate being able to fall back and shoot… and… Read more »

Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes

Wow! Another nailbiter at the end, that overwatch is something else! Well played Beard, was good to see the Deathwatch pick up the win, definitely some of the coolest space marines even if not the strongest army at the moment! Have to say the Corvus is probably the best looking flier as well (not the biggest fan of the flying sandwich boxes other chapters have!!!).

Grendle
Grendle

Thanks for the preview Gents!! Fun to watch! Question: Isn’t consolidation done at the end of each individual units activation during the assault phase and not all together at the end of the assault phase? Just to clarify for my future games.

Artyom Trityak
Artyom Trityak

Wow, that was unexpected. Battle report is amazing, the only cons i can find – everyone nowdays filming battle reports with Nurgle daemons – it would be very interesting to see Tzeench, Khorne, Slaanesh. But great job!

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson

Would just like to make a huge thank you to @tabletoptactics:disqus (Lawrence and Beard for this Batrep, appreciate some decisions were made because they looked cool rather then 100% right and that made the game feel really fun. This is one of my favourite bat reps yet and what an amazing one it was until the bitter end! Just a question Spider, on turn 3 I think it was rather then considilating each unit you pick with it to fight (as I understand each time you pick a unit to fight it goes for its 4 steps (Pile in, Attack,… Read more »

Dimitri Tkatchenko
Dimitri Tkatchenko

Could you have consolidated after killing a unit even though you were still in combat with intervening model?

ekampp
ekampp

Just me, or does the imperial Aquila on the tips of the black-star wings look like little smileys 🙂

M Jela
M Jela

The game was super cinematic and the armies looked awesome, Deathwatch standing out quite well even against such a beautiful(in it’s own way) daemonic horde.Even though I’d prefer more of a multigod army, I fell Nurgle-Khorne army lokks quite well together. Maybe add some ‘Letters instead of Plaguebearers and a ‘Crusher squad for deepstriking and charging 3D6 would make it more interesting. And Nurglings, everyone loves these little critters)

Nicky Johnson
Nicky Johnson

Does the watchmaster have a name? Because if not i think he needs one after that amazing and valiant display!!!

M Jela
M Jela

Lawrence:
Says he wants to show variety
Brings 90 Plaguebearers

GemiNaga
GemiNaga

Around 2:20 you guys are debating the clockmaster charging the plaguebearers, but you say this wouldn’t be possible as he can’t stay more than 1″ away from the great unclean one. A solution to this that I’ve seen people interpret the rules as is that you can declare a multicharge against both units, thereby allowing you to pass within 1″ of the great unclean one even if you end up further than 1″ when you finish your charge, next to the plaguebearers.

Dimitri Tkatchenko
Dimitri Tkatchenko

Really loved it. Nice seeing spider back and killing. 1 thing I noticed but not 100% as I don’t have daemons codex yet. I believe the -1 to hit on plague bearers works differently now. I think it says that if at the start of the phase you have 20 or more you have -1 to hit. So in first death watch shooting he would have -1 even if you drop below 20 in that phase.

Thomas Whybrow
Thomas Whybrow

Thoroughly enjoyed that. Thanks for the upload and the preview guys. I’m not the best player in the world but am I right in saying you could deep strike skarbrand in and give him a 4++ and then 3d6 charge?

Skylar Petitt
Skylar Petitt

Great game! Really fun to watch this one! Both armies look really great!

Beard, well played all around – good target selection, objective prioritizing, and use of the flyers!
Spider, don’t forget to consolidate immediately after a unit swings! You could have shut down a significant amount of shooting in the last couple turns by consolidating into frag cannon marines!

Keep up the great work!

alx51
alx51

Very nice game, after having seen the armies presentation I felt like it will be a no brainer, quick victory for the daemons. After turn one I almost skipped to the end because I didn’t see how Mr Beard could win… And I’m so glad I didn’t and watched the entire video !!!

Tom Batsford
Tom Batsford
John Glass
John Glass

Great report as ever gents, really enjoyed it. Watch Master v GUO, what an epic stand-off.

Not sure I’d put anything on a Demon Prince other than two sets of Malefic Talons: weight on numbers all the way…

I play Death Guard, and like them, this report shows the reliance on good buffing units/characters: suspect we’ll see Demon lists with multiple Heralds appearing. The only thing putting me off doing a Demon army is the thought of painting up 90+ Plaguebearers. Will, of course, pick up the codex and see what else Papa Nurgle can offer his ardent followers.

Martin Buch
Martin Buch

Just a note: The big hammer causes D6 wounds in terms of doing the DR save 😉
Otherwise a great batrep guys!! I believe that we will see tons of plaugebearers in the near future meta-wise.
Cheers!
EDIT: You caught it immediately after, no worries !

Karl De Paor
Karl De Paor

Quick question in regards to rerolling wounds with modifiers. If my weapon says reroll failed wounds and that happens before mods does that mean you have to reroll the misses that would become hits after mods? So like when Lawrence repelled to wound for his plague bearers he only rerolled the 1’s but should he have rerolled the 2’s as well?

David
David

My girlfriend;

“Why is Lawrence called the Spider? He doesn’t look like a spider”

Terrific game guys!

Mike Rainbow
Mike Rainbow

God you guys are quick of the mark with this stuff! I received an email about pre ordering the Codex from gamesworkshop, got home and you guys had a battle report! Big thumbs up ????????

Ed
Ed

New battle rep and a bacon butty. Perfect start to the weekend.
Cheers chaps!

Symon Greenwood
Symon Greenwood

In my minds eye that fight between the Watch master and Great unclean played out like a movie fight, Epic.

Great work as ever guys 🙂

Darren McKernan
Darren McKernan

It may just be me but I have a feeling Plague Bearers are going to start being spammed. You can spam them in numbers, which makes them harder to hit, buff their speed, invuln, reroll wounds, buff strength, and potentially gain units in moral (a small chance), and have a %33 chance to ignore any wounds (including mortal wounds which is mental). Deepstriking them anywhere is a huge plus as you can put pressure from multiple sides and split firepower. The +1 to hit can cripple shooting armies like the guard. It took all of Beards units shooting at them… Read more »

Andreas Rehn
Andreas Rehn

What a Watchmaster! Went toe to toe with a Great Unclean, one and stared it down a couple of turns, saving his comrades and then, he faced a Demon Prince and walked away from that one as well. What a boss, loved it ^_^

As the lists were shown I thought it was gonna be a slaughter where the demons would just roll all over the marines so I’m very happy it wasn’t over by turn 2 😛

Congratulations to Mr Beard for claiming victory o/

Sean Mayson
Sean Mayson

Nice to see the significant class upgrade from the apple watch Beard. Watch game improving

Sean Mayson
Sean Mayson

So if Bone plays Beard and they only put longstrike and a heavy thunderhammer marine on the table, which one dies first before doing anything?

John Barber
John Barber

Omgomgomg Hype hype HYPE. Hmmm, my thoughts are that in regard to the Malefic Talons choice or that corruption sword; I’d still go talons. Even if it is D3 damage; it’s D3 damage. I think generally speaking +3 attacks that do Damage 2 each is much much better (although maybe it’ll balance out if say the sword or there was some nurgle way to increase AP value). I can’t think of anything much worse than smashing your big scary dude into something like Wraithguard or hell, Terminator’s, and then rolling 3 1’s… As an aside; I actually took Warp Bolters… Read more »

Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis
Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

Im not far into the video but there seems to be this prevailing White Noise thats in the background. it also is kinda high pitch. Anyone else hearing this started at 3 min mark in vid and im up to the 7.

Franco Nova
Franco Nova

FIRST 😀 3:32:00 HS!? I’m in for a Treat