Today’s Battle is between the Nid Swarmlord and Chaos wizard Ahriman. Now I know from reading various forums online that many don’t consider the Swarmlord a special character, I personally consider it a named hive tyrant so as such I am including it in this series.
Not knowing these characters very well I did some further digging this time so avoid mistakes made previously. Starting with the Swarmlord, He has 4 boneswords that cause instant death now correct me if I’m wrong but it appears nid boneswords don’t work anything like the ID caused by a force weapon, instead they force the opposing player to take a ld test, in this case on 3d6.
A Swarmlord can cast 2 psychic powers a turn from the horror (NA for this tournament), leech (d3 s3 ap2 hits, leeching wounds that come off), paroxysm (reduce ws/bs to 1) and psychic scream (ld test or take wounds equal to amount you fail by no av sv allowed). It has a 4+inv save.
So all in all it’s a pretty nasty monster, Ahriman on the other hand doesn’t seem anywhere near as good, he can use multiple shooting powers a turn, so im guessing can also fire his ap3 pistol as well as cast shooting powers least it would make sense and with how hard this fight is going to be for him, I think its safe to allow it. Ahriman has doombolt (s4 ap3 assault 3), warptime (re-roll hits and wounds in combat), wind of chaos(wound on a 4+), gift of chaos (turn swarmlord into a spawn on a 6) and bolt of change (essentially a meltagun)
Problem here is that tests need to be taken on 3d6 due to shadow in the warp. Chaos for some crazy reason even though they are meant to have the best psykers in the game, don’t even have any sort of psy protection (new Chaos codex please GW).
The Swarmlord vs Ahriman
Thanks to http://legiominimus.blogspot.com/ where i stole this exceptional swarmlord picture from.
On the Swarmlord charge he beings by casting paroxysm then leech and finally scream. The scream fails but the rest pass, leech causing 1 wound to Ahriman leaving him on 2 wounds. Swarmlord goes into combat with 5 attacks, he hits with 5 and wounds with 4, killing Ahriman without answer after failing his saves.
Ahriman Charge and he starts by casting bolt but it fails, knowing my only hope is a force weapon/warptime I’ll try that for him so he shoots his gun, it hits, wounds but is inv saved. Warptime is passed and they go into combat with the Swarmlord first, he hits 4 times and wounds 4 times, Ahriman makes 3 saves unfortunately also fails his ld test and is instagib’d.
So this one is over and unsurprisingly Swarmlord takes it without even a challenge from Ahriman. Do we have something here that can beat the ctan? We shall soon see though it has to get past Mephiston in the next round first.