April 20, 2016

Khorne Daemonkin Blood Host or CAD @ 1500?

Thanks to a mate with UK connections I'll be getting a Bloodthirster earlier than expected and a lot cheaper too meaning I'll be able to take one and a Lord on Juggarnaut to Maelstrom in June.  The BT turns up on Thursday so I should get 7 weeks of gaming in after that and possibly 10+ games to practice with it.  Getting the BT early also means taking a new list to the event - but the question is do I go with a CAD or the Blood Host??
The Blood Host gives you some amazing benefits principally the free tithe point each turn and access to the Gorepack + Slaughtercult combo.  But it lacks objective secured troops which given the scenarios being used I'll need at Maelstrom and it fields less bodies.  So two options swinging in my head right now.
Blood Host
Slaughtercult - Core
Lord
w. Juggarnaut of Khorne, Axe of Khorne, Sigil of Corruption, Blood Forged Armour, Melta Bombs, Bolt Pistol
8 x CSM
w. Melta, Rhino, Havoc Launcher, Power Sword
8 x CSM
w. Melta, Rhino, Havoc Launcher, Power Sword
5 x Possessed
w. Rhino, Havoc Launcher
8 x Cultists

Gorepack - Auxillary Formation
3 x Bikes
w. Melta, Melta
3 x Bikes
w. Melta, Melta
10 x Fleshhounds

Lord of Slaughter
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage

Total - 1496 points

I guess I'm supposed to have a plan so I'm thinking its Juggar Lord with the Fleshhounds who scout up while everyone else just rushes like crazy to kill stuff.  Havoc Launchers are just for fun and because why not.  Only real issue with the Blood Host is that nothing is objective secured - also read the rules properly and realised I've been playing the formation wrong.  

The Slaughtercult gets a 2nd Tithe bonus for free when the army spends the Tithe points.  But that free bonus only applies to the formation not the army.  

Now you can interpret that two ways (1) that the entire army is the formation or (2) that the Slaughtercult is the formation.  I'd been playing it using version (1) when reading it more carefully shows that it should IMO be played as version (2).  My usual tactic is to go for 4 points and give the army +1 A with the bonus being FNP - not being able to pass that onto the Gorepack and BT will make things dicey somewhat.   

And finally option 2...

Khorne Daemonkin CAD
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage
Lord
w. Axe of Khorne, Juggarnaut, Sigil of Corruption, Blood Forged Armour
8 x Cultists
8 x Cultists
8 x Cultists
10 x CSM
w. Melta, Melta, Rhino, Havoc Launcher
10 x CSM
w. Melta, Melta, Rhino, Havoc Launcher
3 x Bikes
w. Melta, Melta
3 x Bikes
w. Melta, Melta
10 x Fleshhounds

This list loses (1) move through cover for the Bikes, (2) the free Blood Tithe Point, and (3) the free S/Cult Tithe bonus.  But it gains (1) 7 objective secured units, (2) more bodies and (3) will score 17 more tournament points than the Bloodhost automatically 25 vs. 8.

Decisions decisions....

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