Big Bird and Friends: Fatecrusher Daemons Tactics: The Flying V

Big Bird and Friends, back for another round!

In this final installment of Fatecrusher Tactics, Will talks about properly deploying his Daemons and his infamous Flying V formation.

This week we’ll talk about Big Bird’s flying V formation deployment. How and why I deploy my army on the table. Why I pick out my 1st and 2nd waves.  This is also the final article on my daemon tactics.

Depending on the match up, I’ll stick with my usual wave set-up. 1st wave- Fateweaver, Lord of Change, 1 x Blood Crushers, Fiends, Plaguebearers. 2nd wave- 1 x Bloodcrushers, 2 units of Plaguebearers, Seekers. I sometimes switch the Fiends and Seekers around if I need too.  If I’m playing Draigowing I’ll even put all my eggs in one basket and make a super wave with Fiends, all the Bloodcrushers and Seekers.  I typically keep both waves somewhat similar because of the off chance I don’t get my preferred wave. That way, you aren’t crippled in 1/3 games.

My deployment starts with Fateweaver. I do this so he has more deep striking room. He is too important to risk with a mishap, and gives me a better idea of where the rest of my army should land, leaving him centrally to everything else to grant his buffing aura. I place the crushers in front of him but within that bubble of awesome. The fiends land behind fateweaver as they are fast enough to not worry so much about placement, but still within Big Bird’s protection.  The Lord of change is somewhere near fateweaver depending on what im trying to do with him, so that he too can be damn near impossible to kill. I drop my troops on the furthest objective from my opponent, or safest place if its kill points. They then cheer encouragements to the rest of the army and keep their heads down.

The reason why I place my main forces within 12inchs of fateweaver is to give them some wiggle movement for scattered deep strikes. This also allows them to run back into Big Bird’s range of awesomeness if needed after a bad scatter. It is almost always better to place them conservatively and use your run move to correct bad scatters than take a risky drop and lose them to a mishap.

Some other small tips to remember: always keep track of where you’re placing your icon when you deep strike. You have to prepare for next turn by having the icon placed with enough room for next turn’s arrivals to all fit where you need them. Now, there’s only 2 models that can shoot in this list. So what you do shoot at has to be high priority targets, Such as Lootas, Warwalkers, etc. Really anything that has a high volume of firepower that big bird needs to worry about.

And that’s it really. Once your boys are in the right place, with intelligent placement, you let the Daemons do what they do best and rip everything apart in combat. The nice thing about placing your units after your opponent has deployed is that you always get to go “first” in a sense. If anyone has any questions about certain tactics, or anything really feel free to ask.

Thanks for reading, and Next week, I’ll begin my on going articles on my All Marine army. Building, painting. Conversion ideas. Everything really.



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12 Responses to “Big Bird and Friends: Fatecrusher Daemons Tactics: The Flying V”

  1. Easy January 22, 2012 2:47 am #

    I liked your articles about this daemon list. The only downside is that I was expecting to read about how to beat grey knights spam with your list, or how did you performed on past tournaments, as you said…
    Well i should wait to see a batrep with Fatecrusher vs Grey Knights.

    • Reecius January 22, 2012 10:14 am #

      Will has come up with a list he thinks can consistently beat Grey Knights. He is getting the models together now and we should have a report up on that very soon!

  2. Easy January 25, 2012 2:11 pm #

    Eager to see that!!

  3. Ben February 16, 2012 9:31 pm #

    So I finally got the chance to play my fatecrusher list for he very first time tonight. Turn 2,4 bolster shots cause 2 wounds failed one save failed re roll rolled a 11 on ld fate crusher immediately becomes crusher. I was livid to say the very least…..

    • Reecius February 17, 2012 12:05 pm #

      Hahaha, that stinks! Man, that does happen from time to time, but it is exceptionally unlikely to occur. Just laugh it off, that will only happen extremely rarely.

    • Reecius February 17, 2012 12:07 pm #

      Oh, and Will is playing his Fatecrusher at a big GT this weekend (the Broadside Bash), so we will see how he does with it.

  4. Ben February 17, 2012 7:22 pm #

    Ya I tried to do the math on how unlikely that was and it was a bit hard to swallow haha. Still having a blast with the army though and painting everything up. Check out my Plog and Lmk what you think if you get the chance! Hopefully he will get the chance I put up some more batreps. I’d like to see him play your bjorn wolves too!;jsessionid=1A38BD04C3F0866B2BFF82AC543DA816

  5. Michael July 30, 2012 11:52 am #

    Any tactics for using a Fatecrusher army against Orks??

    • Reecius July 30, 2012 12:50 pm #

      This tactica is from 5th ed, we’ll update it for 6th.

      • Michael July 31, 2012 11:00 am #

        Thanks, I appreciate it! At the moment, I am trying to replicate Will’s Fatecrusher list and adapt it to fit into a 1500 point army. Do you think I will need to make any tactical substitutions for fighting Orks and Necrons in particular??

        • Reecius July 31, 2012 11:26 am #

          Fiends murder Orks (and Crons, too) and since Crushers got a slight nerf and Fiends got better, I would certainly recomend taking more of them. They’re cheaper to boot!

          Other than that, taking CSM allies we’ve found makes Daemons just brutal. Lash, Termies/Oblits with FW, etc. are just such powerful combos.

          • Michael July 31, 2012 3:55 pm

            Excellent!! Thank you for the tips!! You’re absolutely right! I look forward to reading the update for 6th (if Will does one, that is).

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