The interwebz is covered in Chaos Marines articles and this is one for the pile. As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m getting ready for a 40K tournament next month and so I’m focused on that and using the units I have. However, once that is done then it’s time to refocus on what my plan is for my Chaos army. See, I haven’t bought any of the new toys yet. I’m avoiding distractions on the hobby front and new models, though pretty, are distractions. Of course this doesn’t mean that I haven’t thought about what I’d like to do. There’s one direction that I’ve always enjoyed with armies, though none of pulled it off in the manner I was completely happy with, and that’s speed.
Chaos Bikers got stupid cheap. You pay 70pts for 3 Bikers, one is the Champion, and then 20pts per-bike after. To compare, Space Marines pay 90pts base for 3 Bikers, one is the Sergeant, and then 25pts per-bike after. No Attack Bikes for Chaos but they can be marked and take an icon. Add in that 6th edition made Bikes better and this is a unit I want to get going sooner than later.
We also have Chaos Spawn who are not useless any longer. For 30pts you get a S5, T5, W3 model that has rage, gets some neat random abilities and can be marked. They have no save, unless they roll it in their mutated table, but they are bests and should be able to hit a target in short order. It’s definitely a unit I’m interested in and seeing as I need to own some Spawn in case the Chaos Gods curse my champions, I may as well use them as a unit as well.
I’ve always like jumped infantry and now that Raptors don’t have sucktastic models I’ll be getting some. They’re a bit cheaper than their loyalist counter-part and have all the typical Chaos choices.
Then we have the Heldrake. He seems to inspire a love/hate feeling with regards to the model. I know some people bought this thing as soon as it came out but I’m going to hold off a bit. I think it’s a solid choice but in consideration with what I own and what I feel I need, well he’s not my top priority. I know, I know, Luke.
Changing direction a bit, but relating to future investments, there’s the Forgefiend. I love this model. It’s a cool dino-daemon that shoots a lot. One thing my lists almost always lack is good ranged fire support and this guy fits the bill very well. I’ll be buying this before I buy the Heldrake. Yes, Luke, I know.
If you’re wondering, Luke (occasional author here), told me about 50 times last night that I need to buy a Heldrake.
Anyway, as I said, I’ve always enjoyed fast lists. I’ve never been one for the stand back and shoot approach, too boring for me. The assault phase is also my favorite phase of the game and fast units get to assault…faster! I also enjoy the maneuverability of a fast list; being able to react and counter much more easily than slower lists. It’s one reason I enjoy flying Princes as much as I do.
So, there’s my brain-dump on the direction I’ll be heading with Chaos and I’m looking forward to it.