I was complaining a bit the other day about my 40K gaming. I’m not a fan of complaining for the sake of complaining, so I wanted to work on a solution. I put together a list that I feel will be fun to play. With my attempts to remedy my issues, I want to work on establishing more solid fluff for my Chaos Space Marines, Disciples of Twilight. Some stuff is written down, but most is floating around incomplete in my mind. I feel like if I can get more of that fluff down, with more structure and approach, then I can move forward more with my list building. Yeah, probably sounds very backwards to the more competitive out there, but I very much doubt I have a strong competitive gamer following anyway.
Anyway, here’s the list I’m working on.
Disciples of Twilight (Chaos Space Marines) – 1,500pts
- Grimtech (Warpsmith) – Bolt Pistol, Power Axe, Mark of Nurgle, Aura of Dark Glory, Blight Grenades, Melta Bombs
- Gorgons (Terminators) x 5 – Assorted Power Weapons, Reaper Autocannon
- Heldrake – Baleflamer
- Ragefist (Defiler) – Battle Cannon, Reaper Autocannon, Twin-linked Heavy Flamer, Power Fists x 2, Dirge Caster
- Obliterator – Mark of Khorne (I had 4pts left, why not?)
Lords of War
- Chaos Knight Titan Errant – Heavy Stubber, Thermal Cannon, Foe-reaper Chainsword, Dirge Caster, Daemon Knight of Tzeentch
- Hellscream (Helbrute) – Multi-melta, Power Fist
- Cultists x 20 – Autopistol, Close Combat Weapon, Flamer
- Cultists x 10 – Autogun, Heavy Stubber
Yes, it’s an Unbound list, and the first one I’ve ever decided to run. When Unbound became a thing, my first thought was the cool ways you could run fun thematic lists, but I forgot about it. Well, in my attempts at a resurgence, I figured I’d take another look at it.
Now, how this is going to perform on the table is beyond me. It has a Knight, so it can’t entirely suck, right? My big thing, again, was to do something fluffy for my army. The Gorgons serve as a bodyguard/retinue for HQs in my army, so busting out Chaos Terminators is simply for that reason. I love the Heldrake and Defiler models, so they had to come out and play, plus being daemonic engines, they fit right in. There’s a lone Obliterator (I was floating points and lacked more Cultist models), to represent the Dark Mechanicum (they are all painted that way).
The biggest thing here (other than the Knight of course), is the Helcult formation. Rules-wise, the Helbrute gets Rage and any 1’s to-hit strike a friendly model in 6″ (CSM can never have a bonus without a damn drawback…). While the Helbrute lives, the Cultists are Fearless. When the Helbrute dies (and you know damn well it will), the Cultists get Zealot. Last, if Cultists obscure the Helbrute then the Helbrute gets a 3+ cover save, and for each cover save passed a Cultist dies.
What I really like about this formation is the concept of Cultists worshiping the Helbrute. The rule that gives the Cultists Fearless, or Zealot, is called Living Idol of Chaos. Where they take wounds for the Helbrute is Human Shields. Having Cultists of Chaos seeing a daemonic engine as an idol fits right in with a Warpsmith focused list. That’s the angle I see working with Grimtech’s fluff, that he pretty much only takes his pets (the daemonic engines), on the field, as well as those who worship his pets, which he allows for the benefit of those being worshiped.
I also want to start breathing life into my Knight, which is the big reason he’s in the list. The Knight needs a name, a demeanor (other than mad and killy), and putting him in a list with Grimtech, and playing a handful of games, will hopefully do that. That will in turn impact my approach with modeling and painting it, which I really want to finish (modeling), and start (painting).
There you have it, my attempt to do something fun, fluffy and enjoyable for myself in my next 40K game.
What do you think? A vain attempt, or a cool pursuit?