I’m far from done my Chaos army in terms of collecting (is anyone ever truly done collecting?), but it’s built up enough at this point that I feel comfortable exploring allies. So, I figured I’d explore the options a bit here.
Kamui mentioned the other week the same thing I’m about to, Imperial Guard. They are the most commonly used ally for good reason, cheap and versatile. That aside, they appeal to me as well from a hobby/fluff perspective as traitor Guard. They are my top consideration for an ally for much the same reason they appealed to Kamui, cheap heavy weapons and more bodies. Not only would I be able to put down more scoring units, I can put down precious heavy weapons, something Chaos typically lacks. Additionally, they are units suited for hanging back and hunkering down, unlike most of my Chaos units. The downside, to me anyway, is that I hate doing what everyone else is and everyone is using Imperial Guard for allies.
Next up we have Daemons, the obvious fluffy choice. I have some Daemons already, 10 x Bloodletters, Skulltaker, a Greater Daemon of Slaanesh and two Princes. The Greater Daemon and Princes were originally part of my Chaos army but with the removal of Greater Daemons, and Princes getting very pricey, they’ve moved into my Daemon collection.
Anyway, the problem here is that Daemons don’t really give me what I feel I need, long-range anti-vehicle fire support. What they can do for me though is give me a way to put further pressure on my opponent early. My Chaos list is built for speed and dropping Daemons on someone gives my fast units support, or at the very least forces some target priority choices by my opponent. Of course if doing this I would need units capable, even if by a long shot, of opening up transports and tanks.
The last option I’m considering is Orks. They aren’t much for range but there are some affordable options like Kannons and Lootas. I could also get some more cheap scoring units and tossing Boyz in Trukks will let them keep up with my fast Chaos units. I love Orks, though I rarely play them at all these days, but the thought of allying them in with Chaos doesn’t really appeal to me. It would be more of a choice of effectiveness (potentially anyway), and I’m not really one for choosing things solely based on effectiveness. I need to be interested in something (for whatever reason), to include it and Orks just aren’t doing it for me.
Necrons are an option as well but I’d just feel dirty using them.
Ah, so much to consider…