Recently, I wrote an army list for a planned doubles tournament. The rules require two 900 point armies with no more than two copies of a single data sheet (excluding troops) in each list and no more than three copies of each data sheet across the two forces.
I knew immediately that I wanted to play Deathguard. I had a plan for a solid base of plague marine squads for objective holding while leaving the killing blow to my partner. My team mate was less certain what they wanted to play. We swung from a spawn/smite heavy Tzeentch list to a Scary Night Lords warband, via a couple of World Eaters forces (and some Iron Warriors, we really did try everything!).
Given the low points value, I decided that the Lord of Contagions was probably too expensive and didn’t really support the planned holding role. So I decided to go for a Chaos Lord in Terminator armour instead. The reroll ones to hit is likely to be more useful than the LoC aura of mortal wounds. Of course, given I just said I was trying to save points, I probably should have gone for the regular Chaos Lord as I have previously but for some reason I forgot they were a thing while writing the list.
In my initial list I went for a combi bolter and Balesword. Partly this was because I wanted to use the only Nurgle themed weapon on the list. It also gives me access to the Plaguebringer, if I decide to use it. The model I used for this is a blightlord terminator stood on the scenic base from a Chaos Terminator Lord.
The blightlord model was really fun to paint, although I began to suspect that the sculptor had deliberately put maggots in hard to spot places. Every time I looked I spotted another one I had missed!
When I looked at my army list I realised I was a little light on anti-tank (in particular because we were considering an allied World Eaters detachment at this point). To balance this out a little, I altered the wargear on the Lord to a powerfist/combi-melta set up. This, of course, required another model and so the second sibling was born.
This model was based on another blightlord terminator, with arms donated from a third along with and arm from a cataphractii terminator and a melta bit from the new Chaos Terminators. The base is from the 40k hero bases set.
This second sibling ended up even taller than the first.
I’m particularly pleased with the grey cloth, which I also used on my most recent plague marine squad. It’s a heavy application of Basilicanum Grey over Wraithbone.
With the current situation, the doubles tournament is delayed. Once we get back to playing, I’m not sure which sibling I will field. My head says the melta/fist is a better for for the list but I like both models so it may come down to what looks “right” on the table.