Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Battle Report: *NEW* Astra Militarum vs Deathguard 2000pts

With Games Workshop allowing us the honour of previewing the brand new Astra Militarum Codex early, the Colonel assembles a Cadian force to bring vengeance upon the Deathguard for the destruction of his home!

In this extra long debut special, we take the time to go over some of the new Astra Militarum Codex before taking to the battlefield in a nail bitingly close game!

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  • Tony Molinari

    Tank orders on double firing russ’s … WOW. I love it when existing armies get better AND whole new playstyles are made viable at the same time. Looking forward to seeing what people can come up with to take advantage of some of the new regiments.

  • Sean Kelly Chambers

    Absolutely love all of your content and happily subscribed after discovering your videos on youtube. The love, effort, and especially the fun you have while playing really shows! Just getting into 40k very recently with the increased accessibility of 8th edition (and in no small part due to you all at TTT) and excited to see how my fledgling Imperial Guard army progresses. You are all absolute legends and keep up the stellar work!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks so much, that is really kind 🙂

  • Mark P

    Love the battle report, the new book makes guard even more competitive (even though the index tops most major tournaments).

    Just a few things:

    4+ fnp on your prince doesnt work on mortal wounds
    When the basilisk shot at the -1 prince the 4’s shouldnt have been rerolled due to how modifiers apply after hits.

    • Karl De Paor

      DR does work on mortal wounds

      • Mark P

        The +1 DR on the warlord trait specifically says it doesnt work on mortal wound, a 5+ would still save it but lawrence rolled a 4 when the vehicle exploded

        • Karl De Paor

          Ah right, got ya. Good spot

    • Thanks Mark, yes very true. I missed that the warlord trait doesn’t work against Mortal Wounds (silly me for not finishing reading the whole sentence 😆). As for the new Codex… yes. It is easily the most powerful bit of writing I’ve seen in 8th Edition yet 😳

  • Andy

    How is it that your eyebrow can catch the black death in 2017 Colonel, I will mourn you.

    • TheColoneltt

      😂 yer sadly my eyebrow piercing got lost in Gibraltar this is a spare. Good spot 👍. And the Black Death would never stop a guardsman.

  • Owen Casey

    Wow, what a game, have been up till 5am in the morning watching this, it maybe the jet lag, but a serious contender for batrep of the year on TTT! 👍

    • The B-Bone


  • Zso27

    Awesome batrep guys. Been whipping up a tallarn force for a while now, looking forward to the coming codex. Should be fun!

  • Andreas Rehn

    Don’t know about you guys, but until GW decides to update the other regiment’s models to resin, they’re a big no go for me cause I strongly dislike the metal models (weight, assembly etc) 🙁

    • Duke

      To be fair I felt like that, had some vostroyans and the old metal scouts sitting in blisters for ever, I think 95 for the scouts! … but after taking the little bit of time to clean them they were really fun to paint, not my favourite material but it won’t stop me getting more, I will agree that id happily risk a finecast style product though.

  • Jesper77

    First off, thx for giving me something to do @ work when im working the graveyard shift all alone and everybody else is sleeping. AWSOME batrep!. Spider must be one of the most fun and annoying ppl to play. Annoying in a good way 😉 Super tight game and cant w8 for the new “format”of batreps. TOP quality as always. Easily the best 40k site of em all. The ppl and the quality brings it all togheter. PLease dont loose any off you and dont work yourself down like the “rest” of the sites has done when growing. The other sites lost the fun also.

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate! He is exactly that! The things I call him off camera haha really glad you’re enjoying it and as for loosing the fun? How can you when you’re playing your mates??

      • Jesper77

        True B-Bone 🙂

  • Dr. Zaius

    Great report. I am dreading facing these new guard with my Dark Eldar. Wow

    • The B-Bone

      I would be too 😬

  • Alex Gray

    You either win or you learn. I like that 🙂

    • The B-Bone

      Very Zen 🙂

  • Karl De Paor

    One of the best bat reps to date. As a guard player since 2nd Ed it was your coverage of guard and the Colonel that first drew me to TTT. First codex bat rep and we weren’t disappointed.

  • Marcello Genovese

    Awesome game gents, you kept me up until after 2 am but it was worth the nail biting conclusion. Who would have ever guessed death guard and lawrence would make an annoyingly resilient opponent 😉 😛

    • The B-Bone

      Sleep is for the weak anyway!

    • Marcello 🤣🤣🤣

  • Ghislain Vallieres

    What a game!!!!! omg

  • Mr. Coffie

    Damn spider.. Your dices are betraying you.

  • Muzzatroll

    Amazing game guys! Well done! What a nail biter that just shows you should never give up until the last dice roll (or the last man is dead!).

    You’ve completely re-energized my enthusiasm for Imperi… ugh, Astra Miliwhatsit! All I have to do is figure out how to de-chaosify my Basilisks…

    • Awesomeness! Glad you enjoyed it 😃 Basilisks are frighteningly good, so it looks like you’re off to a good start!

  • John Barber

    I was under the impression that Conscripts had changed, or have they changed just that you can’t max the squad sizes to 50 anymore.

    When it came out I really like Codex: Heretic Astartes, but after reading Codex: Death Guard it seems a little underwhelming. I feel that Codex Death Guard is rather like Codex: Heretic Astartes+. Sure regular CSM can do some things better than Death Guard (and who may not be able to do them at all!), but the things they can both do the Death Guard can just do it better. In addition; the Death Guard can basically pick and choose the things that supposedly identify the other legions as well. Suppurating Plate is basically Lucius the eternal’s shtick. They even get an item that does the Word Bearer’s warlord trait too, and they have some form of morale modifying like the Night Lords.

    And Plaguecrawlers with entropy cannons are; if you pardon the pun, filth – and are a pretty good replacement of Vindicator’s imo.

    EDIT: A new round of errata’s just came out that did indeed indicate that Daemon Princes of Nurgle do have the option to take wings. Which is exactly what we all thought would happen anyway 🙂

    • Thanks for the comments mate! You’re totally right about Death to the False Emperor too – if I forget it one more time, I’m going to stop playing Chaos 😂😂😂🙈🙈🙈

      As for the Deathguard vs Chaos debate. I completely agree, overall the Deathguard just seem to have better ways of operating, which is a little disappointing. Further more, the normal Chaos book trying to take on an optimised Guard army would likely be an exceptionally dull game, as the Cadian Guard are so incredibly powerful against them. I’m going to focus on it in the new Tactica that drops next week 🙂

      • John Barber

        From now on, I think that whenever you play Chaos you should, just out of camera shot perhaps, have a picture of me on the wall somewhere with the acronym DTTFE underneath it. Of have a small hand made card that says it and you keep it on top of your dice or something haha.

  • Przemek ‘Mike’ Rzasa

    What an epic game that was! Right to the bitter end! Thanks for posting and I am looking forward to next one 🙂
    PS would be nice to see Colonel in competitive battle report style ? 🙂

    • Definitely! We’ve already discussed that his next game will be a Tactica Battle Report as that’s his preferred style of play anyway 😃

      • John Barber

        Completely looking forward to seeing that.

  • Chris Brothwood

    Great battle report as always. Really love the paint scheme of the guard. At 2:47 i had to do a double take as the paint job on the infantry capes blended so well into the board i couldn’t quite tell what i was looking at

  • My god the amount of DR and armor saves Lawrence made, what a game!

    • It was the only thing that kept me in it so long I think 😂😂😂

  • Haakon

    As always-very entertaining! Are you planing on doing a Death Guard Codex Tactica? H

  • Haakon

    Any chance of a Codex Death Guard tactical vid? Great show as always guys! H

    • Oh yes. Now that the FAQ has dropped I’m filming the Deathguard Tactica next week 😃

      • Haakon

        Excellent!! Looking forward to it:)

  • Stefan Brodd

    Anyone kept count on how many of those DR saves Lawrence made?!

    Awesome, AWESOME, report guys!

    • Muzzatroll

      Throughout 8th ed so far, Lawrence has passed about 97% of his DR rolls…

      Bone has made 0…

      Just kidding, I haven’t actually done the maths, though I’m pretty sure about Bone… 😂

    • Thanks mate! I do tend to make a lot of my saves don’t I? 😆😆😆

  • Dajanja

    Amazing content as always. The IG is so strong and fluffy now with all the cool doctrines and stratagemes that I am almost jealous.
    I really like what GW has done with the codexes and the 8th edition so far, everything comes together in a fluffy and efficient way.
    I’ll have to wait for the greater good codex but it is already a pleasure to fight against and watch bat reps with the IG, deathguard.

    Keep up the good work boys!

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I too hope that the new Tau Codex de-icers the variety and power of the Astra Militarum Codex 😃

  • Rob Hurding

    Great batrep! Finally fear the guard!! 😁
    Spider just tells the dice what he wants and he gets it 🙂

  • Nic

    As a Death Korps player its so nice to see other regiments of guard diversify and get some amazing tactical options. You guys always do an amazing job with your videos! Keep up all the great work!

  • Grey_Wolfe

    Seriously what a battle. Swinging between the Guard and The Death Guard. +3 hours but loved every-bit of the drama. Lawrence, how you consistently roll those 5s for the DR is beyond spooky. Awesome game, keep it up.

    • Thanks mate! 😂😂 My dice rolling is quite scary really 😱

  • Nick Davies

    Absolutely epic game! Took me three nights to watch it, but totally worth it!

  • James Daniel Wilcox

    Good lord that was awesome! ^_^ Thank you very much!

  • Martin Lindby

    I am just starting up with Guard, been an Ork player for years. This was one spectacular bat rep Gents. Well done. It is really a pleasure to watch. Keep up the good work.

  • Loved it!

  • Nolan Miller

    great bat rep again and again