World Eaters – Looking to the 2013 Standoff

World_Eaters_IconWith the incredibly enjoyable Fratris Salutem in the rear view mirror it is time to start looking into the gaming future to find my next challenge. 40k has taken a bullet to the head in my area so I am generally lucky if I can get in one or two games every 2 to 3 months. In order to satiate this addiction of mine I have to focus heavily on the modeling and painting side of the hobby.  So with a drought of 40k in the area I am turning my efforts towards planning for the next relatively local tournament event the Standish Standoff 2013.

I have been playing the same basic White Scar space marine list since 6th ed kicked off and I am ready to sink my teeth into something different. Slowly but surely the parts for a world eater force of chaos marines and daemons has been coagulating in the office closet and it is time to set them on the world.

When I begin a project with any kind of deadline I tend to approach it how I approach my work. I write software for a living and even though I am drowning in code most days, it seems like 50% of my job is not typing or solving problems but time management.

From my guesstimate there are probably 5 months give or take a few weeks until the SS2013.  So my goals in that time are to build/paint a Chaos Marine / Daemon ally force with swanky display base and to have 2 perhaps 3 models painted up specifically for the Standoffs painting competition (depending on the categories). 5 months seems like a long time, but when considered that the only time available to work on this is “Hobby Time” it becomes painfully apparent that any big horde style army will not be doable.  I estimate that with luck there are 300 man hours available to complete this project, two hours a night for five thirty day months get me to 300 hours. In all reality that is a high estimate but anyway you get the point. So without the time to paint a good looking cultist mob of doom I think going the complete opposite direction with my army is the way to go. A small elite force with big bad creatures to convert and paint up is very eye catching and more importantly new territory for me. I have never really painted up non vehicle model larger than a terminator, so this should be an enjoyable challenge.

This is what I am going with as far as a paint list, it should be able to be easily amended to fit whatever comp score ends up being used at the tournament. I have carefully considered this for conversion opportunities, painting fun, and partially its ability to play a fast game.  I harbor no illusions that this could put up any real fight in the competitive scene.

Blood Thirster – gotta save up so I can get the forge world beauty
Kharn – will be renamed and reskinned just using his rules
Flesh hounds of khorne – juggernauts look way cooler
Chaos Terminators
Khorne Berzerkers
2x blood letters units
Land Raider
Soul Grinder
Winged Khorne Daemon prince

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Unit details are subject to change but the model count is going to stay roughly the same, right now it is hovering right around the mid 50s. It should be a fast hard hitting list that I think will be fun to play and more importantly fun to play against, there are some nasty units in there but if I line up against any kind of gun line I figure its toast. I look forward to documenting the process and developing the fluff here on creative twilight. Thanks for reading next week I hope to have some progress made on the Khorne berzerker unit to share.

  • Chaos and Daemons are a lot of fun to paint, especially the big guys. My three Daemon Princes I did were some of my favorite models to paint; just so many opportunities to do cool techniques.

    I’m looking forward to see your progress. Your White Scars are well painted and no doubt these will be just as good, if not better.

  • JustHippie

    Now this is an ambitious project! I can’t wait to see some progress posted up here. The FW Thirster is enormous, what about using the FW Khorne prince with some Terrorgheist wings? Or even a Balrog with better wings. Probably best to work on the other stuff and maybe you’ll get lucky and GW will release that rumored new Thirster kit.

    • Warren Falconer

      I would be really suprised if the new greater daemon kit makes it out this year just because space marines are in the pipeline, but that being said if the kit comes out before I find the funds for the FW thirster I will go that route other wise im breaking that piggy bank for the FW one.

  • TheRhino

    They are the best of the original traitor legions. Do you plan to go the overdone gore-splattered route, or the clean and fresh route?

    • What do you mean by ‘best’ of the original traitor legions?

      • TheRhino

        As in “coolest” or “most awesomest.”

        • Didn’t take you for a World Eaters fan. Just when you think you figured someone out :p

          • TheRhino

            Of the original Traitor Legions, yeah. Word Bearers are ruined by Erebus. Emperor’s Children are too femme. Sons of Horus lack any sort of soul (seriously, the legion commanded by the Archtraitor has NO defining characteristics!). Death Guard were neat before the fall, boring after. No one knows anything about the Night Lords. Alpha Legion is too confusing and overdone.
            A Thousand Sons ruined that Legion for me.
            The only other one that’s even remotely neat are the Iron Warriors.

    • Warren Falconer

      Still trying to figure it out, I want them to look beaten to hell and weathered. But the gore especially over the top might end up being lost on the red armor. I certainly want them to be a really dark army.

  • Khorne Inquisitor

    Not a legal list. If you use CSM as allies the bezerkers are no longer troops choices meaning you have 0 troops and 2 elites. If you run the daemons as allies you do not have enough CSM troops and you have either too many HQ’s (DP and BT) or too many heavies (Soulgrinder and DP).

    • I overlooked that. Guess you’ll need a list revision. Plan B!

    • Christian Hazzard

      maybe… he didn’t give a unit count on the berzerkers, and the prince could be an HQ for CSM making it quite legal if theres a second unaccounted berzerker unit. either way he did say this was a “to paint” list and not a “here’s my army”. best to wait and see.

    • Warren Falconer

      Thanks for peein on my parade I totally missed that. I will have to figure something out, maybe just use normal CSM with marks, that is basically a berzerker.

      • It’s better to figure that out now than realizing later you’ve wasted precious painting time when you’re on a deadline.

        This will be a cool project to see unfold!

        • Warren Falconer

          Certainly I am glad it was brought up! I re factored the list and for the same points cost a CSM squad can fill the role with the same bells and whistles, even get to take a melta gun so it probably works out better than the original plan!

          • Lukas

            Also if you dropped the soul grinder you could run the daemons as the allied detachment. Then run zerkers with kharn etc.

          • JustHippie

            Honestly I think running CSM as primary will be better and you will avoid the Warp storm table which is really a waste of time TBH. It rarely does anything and once in a while helps out and then once in a while turns your whole army to shit. Just make that Khorne Prince a CSM HQ and you’re good to go.

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