I held off on making my preferred choice on an allied detachment until the Daemons codex came out. Let me be honest, I have not looked over the Daemons’ codex thoroughly. I have gone through it all but trying to create a list is something I have not done. The reason being that nothing caught my eye. I’m definitely not saying it’s a bad codex or anything like that, just that nothing jumped out at me and made me want to try them.
Since the introduction of allies I’ve looked at Imperial Guard; hard not to. Now that, for the moment anyway, I’m ruling out Daemon allies it’s time to look at Imperial Guard closer. The simple idea of traitor Guard excites me more so than Daemons did even prior to this codex when I did ally them on occasion. I can’t put my finger on it but something about traitor Guard has me wanting to just go buy stuff and get painting.
The other thing that pushed this desire when the last time I played Kamui and he allied Imperial Guard with his Orks. He had great success with them and they perfectly supplemented his force. This is what I’m aiming to do as well, to fill the holes in my list. One of the primary things I aim to do with Imperial Guard is get cheap scoring bodies. Cultists aren’t bad at 4pts a model but a Guardsman at 5pts a model is better in every way. So, my first goal is to use Guard in the same capacity as I was using Cultist, well mostly. Guard actually have weapon choices where Cultists don’t. These choices will allow me to actually give these cheap scoring bodies something useful to do, which will be a nice change of pace. Oh, then of course there are orders. Simply put, there’s no shortage of reasons why I’ll field Guardsman over Cultists.
I have a basic plan I want to try and I’m hoping next week I’ll get to do just that. I’ll be borrowing some Imperial Guard from a friend and trying out my ideas to see if things pan out. As much as I’d like to just start buying up stuff, I’m also pragmatic enough to hold that back until some testing.
Back to Daemons for a few here. My thought on that front is to wait a while and let our local Daemon players, who are probably reading this now, get the chance to work through the codex. They will know far better than I what’s possible with the codex and work through the nuances of it. I was pretty overwhelmed in reading it at first, so much new stuff that I didn’t know where to start. Once they come to grips with it and are comfortable then I’ll look into it again. All the while I’ll hear their experiences and get the chance to learn the codex at a leisurely pace.