Crimson Slaughter – 1,500 List Idea for 40K

This month at my FLGS there’s going to be a campaign. Normally we do monthly tournaments, but we all decided a single day campaign would be fun. I decided I need a break from my Khorne Daemonkin again, so I decided to go in a different direction with a psyker focused Crimson Slaughter list.

Disciples of Twilight (Crimson Slaughter) – 1,500


  • Maelstrom (Sorcerer) – Psyker (Mastery Level 3), Combi-bolter, Force Weapon, Terminator Armor, Mark of Tzeentch, Spell Familiar, Sigil of Corruption
  • Warforce (Sorcerer) – Psyker (Mastery Level 3), Bolt Pistol, Force Weapon, Sigil of Corruption, The Balestar of Mannon, Daemonheart


  • Gorgons (Terminators) x 5 – Mark of Tzeentch, Reaper Autocannon, Combi-melta and assorted power weapons.


  • Redemption (Chaos Space Marines) x 10 – Meltagun x 2, Icon of Vengeance

    • Aspiring Champion – Melta Bombs
    • Rhino – Dozer Blade
  • Vengeance (Chaos Space Marines) x 10 – Plasma Gun x 2, Icon of Vengeance
    • Aspiring Champion – Melta Bombs
    • Rhino

Fast Attack

  • Chaos Bikers x 5 – Mark of Nurgle, Plasma Gun x 2

    • Biker Champion – Melta Bombs

Heavy Support

  • Devastation (Obliterators) x 3 – Mark of Nurgle
Chaos Sorcerer Warforce: Showcase #5
Warforce, once again, is ready to campaign.

I basically built the list around the Sorcerers. The last time we did a campaign (longer ago than I realized…), I used Warforce to lead the army. It was in that campaign that he got his name and I wrote stories around him. Prior to that campaign, in another previous, I created Soulgore. I wanted to do the same with Maelstrom. The name is something I gave him as a placeholder since he rarely gets on the table at all. So, I thought I’d use this as a chance to establish my Terminator Sorcerer, and probably get him painted too since he’s been unpainted for about five years now.

Maelstrom is Tzeentch and setup with a 2+/3++. He will hang out with the Terminators, also Tzeentch. Warforce will be going with the Obliterators. The Balestar of Mannon gives him Divination access (hello Prescience), and also re-roll failed psychic tests. The Daemonheart gives him a 2+ and It Will Not Die. I wanted both of these guys to live and fit in with their bodyguard. They aren’t going to do great in combat, but hopefully hang in there for their bodyguard to save them. It’s a hefty investment but it’s two M3 Sorcerers, and both have re-rolls on failed psychic tests. Hopefully it works out.

The Marines will do what they do, ride around and shoot stuff. The same for the Bikers really; my one fast unit to zoom around to snag objectives, or harass the enemy. I had some points left over so I gave the Bikes Mark of Nurgle since you can never go wrong with T6 Bikes.

Overall the list is more elite than I’ve been playing lately. It’s low on model count and, hopefully, putting quality over quantity. I’m also going to be relying a lot on the Socerers, but CSM Sorcerers with re-rolls are some of the best psykers. The army is probably not going to do anything amazing, but as long as it can hang in there, and create some cool moments for the campaign, I’ll be happy.

Thoughts, suggestions and feedback welcomed.



I began playing Warhammer 40K in 2006, and have been an avid player and hobbyist since then. I have also been blogging about 40K for almost as long as I've been playing it, having started Creative Twilight in 2009.

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  • Looking forward to seeing what you can do with it. Very light on bodies as usual. Summoning to bolster your forces?

    • No summoning. I could, but without my psykers being Daemons, it means they would perils on any doubles, and that’s just too risky.

      It’s fine though. I wanted to create something a bit more elite. I just picture the Sorcerers slowly marching up the field and unleashing devastating powers. Then they swoop in to clean up what remains. Whether it works out that way will remain to be seen.

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        I have found a little gem lately- Daemon allied contingent made up of a single nurgling unit (45pts) and a Nurgle Herald, lvl 1. He can summon without perilling and always manages to call down two or three units of daemons.

        • That’s definitely a cheap way to do it. Food for thought.

      • I look forward to hearing how you went with it.

        • I give it a test run tonight. Hopefully I’ll finally have a game worth doing a battle report on. Been a while…

          • We both know you are still beating me on that account.

  • I like it. Very simple. My draft list has a full Assassinorum Execution Force, a small Scout CAD led by Telion, and a First Company Task Force. I think I have even fewer bodies.

    • Thanks. I figure since it’s a campaign I’m not even going to try for competitive. Not that I normally do anyway, but even less so this time.

      Your list sounds fun too. Hopefully more people understand the intent of this as well, and create fun thematic lists.

      • Adley

        I like the choice of Sorcerers for leadership it adds a different feel to the army.
        I’m bringing a Raven Guard Talon Strike force, and a shadowstrike kill team. The list fits Raven Guard fluff fairly well, but it has a kind of MSU feel to it, (due to having to fit the requirements/limitations) which has me feeling uneasy about where it stands on the competitive/thematic spectrum.

        • I’m sure it will be fine. MSU isn’t inherently an overly competitive tactic. It’s only annoying when it’s used to min/max a list, which I don’t think anyone will accuse you of.

  • Yeah, sorcerers! I think that will be a fun list to play. And remember, perils ain’t that, just keep on rolling sixes.

    • I have had very little luck with psykers in 7th. It’s not that they’re bad, or that I don’t like them, just my bad luck. Hopefully I can turn that luck around.

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