Monday, 10 January 2011

WH40K 5000 points Tyranids V’s Chaos Space Marines battle report

Hi all,

Angryman here. Col Straken and I recently played an apocalypse sized game of 40K. Due to unfortunate circumstances we had to play the game at my house on my dining room table. It measured 8ft x 3ft so we decided to play length ways on the table. Rather than the standard objective apocalypse game we decided on blood lust, so we went for kill points instead. Please forgive the shortness of this report, due to time constraints we only made rough notes for each turn.

Force composition Tyranid
Winged Tyrant
Tyrant with 3 guards
Alpha Prime
2 Tervigon’s
The Parasite of Mortrax
3 Hive guard
3 Zoanthropes
3 Lictors
The Doom of Malan’tai with a spore
5 warriors with L.H / B.S and venom cannon
4 warriors with death spitters and barbed stranglers
3 warriors with death spitters and barbed stranglers
2 harpies
30 gargoyles
3 ravenors
3 shrikes
3 dakka fexes
1 screamer killer fex with spore
2 trygons
20 Genestealers with Broodlord

Force composition Chaos Space Marine (from memory)
Kharn the betrayer
2 Chaos sorcerers
Khorne lord on juggernaut
Khorne lord
Lucius the eternal
2 winged daemon princes
2 obliterators
2 defilers
2 vindicators
1 dakka predator
1 squad of 10 noise marines
1 squad of 10 CSM (night lords)
1 squad of 20 khorne berserkers
1 squad of thousand sons
Plague reaper (baneblade counts as)
2 chaos dreadnaughts
2 squads of terminators
1 squad of Khorne raptors

CSM Turn 1
Due to lack of space in the deployment zone only one squad of infantry could deploy (the Nightlords), everything else was held in reserve. One of the chaos dreadnoughts failed its frenzied test and had to run towards the nearest enemy. The remaining chaos forces spread out of their deployment zone.

 2 Ravenors, 2 Warriors, 1 Gargoyle and a Dakka fex were all killed by the 1st round of chaos shooting.
Tyranid turn 1
All of the swarm flew, ran, slithered and crawled towards the CSM, making best use of the cover.

There was no Tyranid shooting, everything ran forward towards the enemy.

CSM turn 2
The very large squad of Khorne Berserkers (20) with 3 lords (yes 3, one on foot, one on the juggernaut and Kharn the betrayer), the Khorne Raptors, the Noise Marines, the Thousand Sons and a squad of 5 Khorne terminator champions all arrived from reserve. The rest of the CSM force, mainly the armour, moved forwards to get into better firing positions.

10 Gargoyles, 1 Zoanthrope and a Dakka fex were killed by the 2nd round of chaos shooting. All other troops ran forwards to support the armour.

Tyranid turn 2
The Mawloc, the Screamer killer fex with Spore, a lector and the large unit of Genestealers all arrived from reserve. Everything else in the Tyranid force moved towards the CSM.

One harpy manages to kill a night CSM with its Stranglethorn cannon.

In assault the newly arrived Genestealers assault Chaos Dreadnoughts, a Chaos Vindicator and the Plague Reaper. The broodlord destroyed one Dreadnought, the Genestealers took the CC arm from the 2nd Dreadnought, the Vindicator and Plague Reaper only had their paint scratched but the Plague Reapers special rules meant it got to attack back and killed 3 Genestealers.

CSM turn 3
The 2nd squad of CSM terminators arrive from reserve and using the icon on in the Khorne Beserker unit didn’t scatter. The infantry moved towards the large Genestealer unit and into better firing positions.

The last Dakka fex, a Tervigon and a Warrior were killed. Multiple wounds were also caused on the rest of the Tyranid multi wound creatures. The Plague Reaper accounted for a large number of the wounds caused.

One of the Daemon Princes assaulted the Flyrant. He suffered 1 wound and lost the combat and suffered a 2nd wound due to no retreat. A defiler assaulted the newly arrived Mawloc, a CC arm was taken off the Defiler and 3 wounds caused in return. The Mawloc then used hit and run to escape the combat. The 2nd Daemon Prince and the Khorne raptors and terminators all assaulted the Genestealer unit locked in combat with the Chaos Dreadnought. They destroyed the Genestealers without taking a single wound in return.

Tyranid turn 3
1 Trygon, the Doom of Malan’tai in a Spore and a 2nd Lictor arrive from reserve. The Mawloc burrows and everything else moves forwards to get into assault range.

In the shooting phase the Doom kills 2 Khorne Berserkers, the Spore kills another. The Hive guard cause 3 wounds on a Daemon prince and the Trygon fails to dent a Defiler.

In the assault phase the Daemon prince and Flyrant cause a wound each on each other but the combat remained a draw. A lictor and a unit of warriors had assaulted a Chaos Vindicator but failed to hurt it. One Harpy charged the Plague Reaper and caused a hit, meaning the main cannon could not fire next turn but the Reapers special rule meant that the Harpy took 1 wound in return. The 2nd Harpy had charged the 2nd Chaos Vindicator and immobilised it and destroyed its main weapon.

CSM turn 4
The Chaos Vehicles move out of combat and move to get better lines of fire on the Tyranids. The infantry moves in rapid fire and assault range.

In the shooting phase the Doom kills 2 Thousand Sons, 2 Nightlords and 2 Tzeentch Terminators, giving him S10 and W10.
In return the Chaos shooting managed to kill 9 Gargoyles, 1 Harpy, the Screamer Killer fex, 2 Lictors, 2 Warriors, a Mysetic Spore and cause several wounds to the multi wounds creatures.

In combat a Daemon Prince is killed by a Ravenor, the last Harpy is killed by a Defiler, the doom held up the Thousand sons in combat, taking 1 wound and causing none. Chaos Terminators kill the 2nd Mysetic Spore and the 2nd Daemon Prince killed the Alpha warrior but was cut down by the squad of close combat Tyranid Warriors.

Tyranid turn 4
The Mawloc automatically emerges from reserve and manages to move the Plague Reaper forwards and kill a Khorne Beserker. The remaining Trygon deep strikes off the table and goes back into reserve and the last Lictor arrives near the Noise Marines.

The Tyranids move into assault range whilst in the shooting phase the Tyranid Psykers finally get to use their Paroxysm on the Raptors and Nightlords (making them WS and BS1). The Hive Guard immobilise the remaining Chaos Dreadnought, the Zoanthrope stuns the Plague Reaper and destroys it Demolisher cannon and the Doom leeches 2 Nightlords and kills the remaining Tzeentch Terminators.

In assault the Flyrant assaults the Defiler, it destroyed it but suffered a wound in return. The Trygon assaults the 2nd Defiler, and destroyed that one but suffered a wound in return. The Shrikes and Ravenor assault a Vindicator and Destroy it. The Tervigon assaults the remaining Vindicator and destroys is main weapon. The Parasite of Mortrex and the Gargoyles assault the Khorne Raptors and got absolutely mashed. 1 Raptor was killed in return but they held didn’t get wiped out due to no retreat and held up to Raptor unit. The Doom of Malan’tai suffers 1 wound in combat but holds up the Thousand sons.

CSM Turn 5
The Chaos Dreadnought failed its frenzied test but fails to hurt the Plague Reaper. All remaining troops move into Charge range of the Tyrainds.
In the shooting Phase the Doom fails to kill anything and a Lictor and a Zoanthrope were killed.

In the assault phase the impossibly big unit of Khorne Berserkers with the 3 lords charge the Mawloc and a Trygon. Kharn and a few Berserkers face off against the Mawloc and cut it to pieces but Kharn manages to kill one of his own in the process. The other 2 Khorne Lord have an impressive 30 attacks between them (Daemon Weapons) but only manage to cause 4 wounds on the Trygon. The Berserkers manage to finish off the Trygon before it gets to attack back. The Doom loses the combat against the Thousand Sons but still holds them up in combat. The Khorne Raptors kill off the remaining 2 Gargoyles.

Tyranid Turn 5
The last Trygon arrives from reserve and what’s left of the Tyranid army moves into assault range of the CSM.

In the shooting phase the Dakka Predator was immobilised and the main turret on the Plague Reaper was shook.

In assault the Ravenors and Shrikes assaulted the Nightlords killing 3 but failing the break them. The Tervigon charged the Plague Reaper and damaged the main drive. The Tyrant and his guard assaulted the Khorne Raptors and avenged the munching of the Parasite. The Flyrant charged the Thousand Sons in combat with the Doom but failed to destroy them.


That was a resounding Chaos Space Marine Victory.

Are there any lessons learned? From the Tyranid point of view, remember to spawn with the Tervigons. I managed it once, 5 Termagants arrived all game. Never play lengthways on an 8x3ft table against an army with a lot of template weapons.

All comments welcome


  1. The lesson I learnt was to always play against Nids Lengthways, and take lots and lots of blast weapons. Also, Kharn is equal to two Khorne Lords with Daemon Weapons

  2. Kharn is a beast, next time i take the swarmlord and we play on a wider table!!!