The other week Stealthy Stealth, regular 40K player and extremely infrequent author here, made a comment when I saw him last at the shop where I play. He saw the Orks I was using as proxies for Possessed, thinking they were actual Orks, and said, “Finally! Tony’s playing 6th edition.” Stealthy thought I was allying in Orks with my Chaos Marines. He was wrong but very right in the fact that playing with allies is something I very rarely do even though it has existed since 6th edition.
I have nothing against allies and, if not done as a dick-move, is a very fun way to play an army. A while ago when I started my Chaos Marines I decided to hold off on allies until I built up a more solid core to my army. I like to focus on one thing at a time and having options in my primary army was the focus. Years have since passed and it’s time I start reviving my Daemon allies.
Chaos Daemons are a cool army but I have no desire to build out a full army, just an allied contingent. Of course, I may change my mind on that later, we’ll see. I think Daemons work great to supplement Chaos Marines though. I really like power armor. Too many years of playing Marines has made the 3+ a mainstay for me. However, pulling in a few units of Daemons to run with all the power armor works for me.
What I have to work on now is determining how I want to go with Daemons. My current collection of Daemons is minimal with just:
- Keeper of Secrets
- Skulltaker (on foot)
- Bloodletters (10)
- Screamers (5’ish)
- Seekers (5’ish)
- Flesh Hounds (10)
At the moment I’m leaning towards Khorne. Nurgle is cool but generally too slow for my liking. Tzeentch is neat but I’m not a big psyker user and prefer punching things over shooting them. Slaanesh is a close second though. They are similar to Khorne but going with higher initiative over strength of attacks – generally speaking. I really wish they didn’t change the hatred between gods as they did so I could, in a fluffy way, put Khorne and Slaanesh together.
Khorne is a cheaper base for me to build up since I have 2 HQs, 1 troop and 1 fast attack. As of typing this though, I have a few eBay bids going that may drastically alter that for Khorne, Slaanesh or both depending. However, I can’t build based off maybes and what-ifs.
I do know I need more Bloodletters though so I can either do two squads of 10 or a larger squad. A single squad of 10 Bloodletters is just bolter bait and never works out. I also want to get some Khorne Heralds for cheap HQ options that can help bolster the Bloodletters. A Khorne Herald on a Juggernaut would do well with the Flesh Hounds as well, not to mention Skulltaker on his.
Of course, there’s the meatier HQs as well like Greater Daemons and Princes. Although I think those are great, I’m leaning away from them for now. I think I would rather build up a cheaper to field (points-wise), Daemon ally army to begin with and then later add in the bigger guys.
Any Daemon players have advice? I will admit my knowledge of Daemons isn’t as good as I’d like it to be, so advice on the more subtle nuances of the army would be great.