As everyone is well aware, the Chaos codex came out this past Saturday. As excited as I was for it, and am to have it, it creates a problem for me. Next month is my FLGS’ large annual 40K tournament. Last year I couldn’t play Chaos because I was far from having the army completed in terms of painting. This year I can do it but I need to nail down a list ASAP so I can get the needed models painted for it.
Sounds easy enough but the problem is this. My Chaos army is lacking for choices as I held off on building it up much knowing the codex was in the pipeline for a while. Add in the fact that I have to alter how I play now with the codex, not a complaint but change takes time I have precious little of, and a list is harder than I’d like. I’d love to go grab some of the new units but there’s no time to assemble huge models like the Fiends and get them painted on top of my current painting queue. I have to work with what I have that’s painted or can be painted quickly.
My first list idea uses Daemon allies. I won’t bother running down the lists themselves. With Daemons it adds a manageable amount of painting I need to get done, specifically 10 Bloodletters, and that’s it from them. The problem though is adding Daemons to my Chaos list forces me into a short ranged army with little beyond a few units to take on vehicles with shooting. I can assault the hell out of vehicles if I can get there but we all know that’s not a reliable plan. Despite the inherent weakness of adding in Daemons with what I own it’s the choice I’m leaning towards as it’s all Chaos and by nature themed.
The other option I’m considering is allying in Orks. Anything I pull from my Ork army is painted and so I can focus on just my Chaos army in preparation for next month. I love Orks but set them aside a while ago on account of having a tough time getting anywhere with them. As an allied detachment though I’m willing to try it and it makes the most sense in a time constraint. It’s also not an unfluffy option and though not themed in the same way Daemons would be, it’s very workable.
There’s my dilemma and the more I spend debating it the less time I have getting stuff done. Help!