Last night my Chaos Space Marines, Disciples of Twilight, played a game against Chaos Daemons. I’m still experimenting and brought a list to try out a Sorcerer in Terminator armor with Terminators as well as a Defiler. Now that I don’t have to make the choice of casting or running to close the gap I was curious how the foot Sorcerer would work out. With vehicles being a bit tougher in Warhammer 40K 7th edition I also wanted to give the Defiler a shot. Having AV12 isn’t great but with a 5++ and 4 hull points I figured he might at least live through turn #1 now.
My opponent was toying with a summoning list and was full on Tzeentch. Other than the obligatory Heralds and Horrors he had the Lord of Change, a Prince and Screamers. I knew it was going to be a tough fight since my list was pretty top-heavy and focused more on opening vehicles than chewing through masses of units but I figured it would at least be interesting.
We played a Maelstrom mission; the one where you always have 3 cards. He deployed first and then I stole the initiative.
I’m going to quickly summarize this game. He did well with summoning and brought in a Blood Thirster, Keeper of Secrets, 10 Daemonettes, 10 Bloodletters and a handful of Heralds throughout the game. I focused on his Prince and Screamers early on. I eventually killed off the Screamers but could not get the Prince down. Ultimately I was just overwhelmed with the summoned units and could not hold up. At the end of the game I had my Defiler left, Maulerfiend and some Marines in their Rhino. He still had most of his army and won something like 12-6.
While I don’t think that a summoning list is the boogeyman it was being made out to be, it is damn tough. The risk of perils is present, and pulling in a Greater Daemon removes your caster, but with the ability to just generate more Heralds to replace your losses it’s almost a moot point. I do honestly feel that in the hands of Chaos Daemons that a summoning list is too much. Like I said, for all your losses you’re generally making more gains so the risks are negligible. You will almost always come out ahead with summoning and force your opponent to deal with a list that’s larger than his own and constantly replacing losses. I’m not one to bandwagon or piss and moan but I honestly do feel that it’s too good. No offense to my opponent either. He’s a cool guy and I wanted to see it firsthand so it’s all good.
As for my testing, the Defiler lived through the entire game, as mentioned above. He lived through fighting Screamers, alongside the Maulerfiend, which was surprising to me. My Maulerfiend, after the Screamers, went on to fight a Bloodthirster and Keeper of Secrets and held up. The one attack with Smash went a long way to him surviving. I was pleased.
My Sorcerer didn’t do much this game. I rolled some terrible powers that were marginally useful. While the powers were lacking this game, I do like the viability of a foot Sorcerer. Probably not ideal, but I’m a sucker for the Terminator version because I just like the model.
What do you think of a Chaos Daemons summoning list? Have you managed to hold up against it?