Posts Tagged ‘chaos’

Khorne Warband – More Chaos Thugs

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Two more chaos thugs, the musician and champion, join the warband today, bringing the compliment of thugs for the warband to five. That’s all I need for now, but I very much doubt I’m done painting Khorne flavoured thugs.Are here is the champion for th…

On the Painting Desk 8

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Needless to say, as I was out the whole week, nothing much has been done on my figures shown last episode.But still…I had a “survival kit” with me for really rainy days, and fortunatly, while the weather wasn`t superb, I only had one afternoon it was…

On the Painting Desk 8

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Needless to say, as I was out the whole week, nothing much has been done on my figures shown last episode.But still…I had a “survival kit” with me for really rainy days, and fortunatly, while the weather wasn`t superb, I only had one afternoon it was…

Midwest Meltdown 2017 – Warherd (Brayherd) List, Games, & Army Pics

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I recently attended the Midwest Meltdown Age of Sigmar event in East Peoria, IL. This post will be about my list, and how it worked against the various opponents.Here’s the list: 2000 Chaos Warherd Sayl ListAs you can see, I went with a mostly War…

Umiłowany papy Nurgla | Papa Nurgle’s beloved

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Wraz z wydaniem nowej edycji WH40K postanowiłem nieco zwiększyć stan pomalowanych figurek z tej gry. Tym razem jednak nie Czarny Legion – przynajmniej nie bezpośrednio – a wyznawcy Nurgla. Oczyściłem większość modeli Chaosu z nowego boksa, ale na początek zacząłem malować demony.
Sposób malowania opisałem jakiś czas temu – w skrócie, rzadka, przenikająca się farba, po wyschnięciu poprawiana i domalowywane szczegóły. 
When the new edition of WH40K has been launched, I decided to paint some more miniatures for this game. This time not for my Black Legion – at least not directly this legion – but Nurgle’s followers. I assembled most Chaos miniatures from the new starter set, but – for the beginning – I will paint some demons.

Painting was described in earlier note – in short, miniature was painted with thin paints of different colors, freely mixin both on the palette and miniature. After this layer was dry, it was time to tidy everything up and paint some details.


All hail Slaanesh! Eldar God of Peacetime

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

We…we thought She would be our saviour. A glorious God of Peace and Prosperity, forever ridding us of Khaine the Murderer of Eldar. We were gravely mistaken.



Heg the Crone could have spied the truth, had we not blinded her from it. It was our only option. She would not have taken kindly to our plot to murder her consort.


This…disfigurement. This eternity in servitude to the Goddess we spawned. This is the punishment for our hubris…

…it is not enough for what we have done.

And here are the last two of the Croneworlders, bringing the warband to the sacred number 6.
Apologies, but a rambling essay ahead!
I wanted to use the Croneworlders to offer a little hint that there might be more to the Fall than the simplified myths and legends we know today. The official story is that the eldar descended into decadence and birthed a Chaos God that tore their civilisation apart. You mean to say that a supremely psychic race with a penchant for scrying the future, and an entire pantheon of warp-gods including a prophetess and a seer…didn’t see that coming?
Nah. There’s got to be more to the story than that.
So I thought a little more about it. There’s no chance that the eldar, even in their most decadent self-absorption, didn’t see that they were birthing a warp-entity. So, why would they have let it happen?
We know that some dour fanatics tried to prevent the fall into decadence and the birth of this God, but why did their protestations fall on deaf ears? Especially as there was no way a profoundly psychic race would miss the birthing pains of a warp-god.
What if…what if they wanted Slaanesh to be born? Think about it. Your race is experiencing an unprecedented golden age. You’re undisputed masters of your galaxy. Your citizens are able to explore nothing but the pursuit of pleasure. Why would you expect any God birthed in that time be anything other than benevolent?
So, I came up with a little story based on that. The first eldar to notice that they were birthing a new god would probably be the followers of Morai-Heg the seer, deciphering Lileath’s prophesy. Perhaps they made the connection that the God of Peace they were birthing would finally kill Khaine, God of War (and murderer of eldar). Perhaps they made the connection that Morai-Heg might not be so pleased about her consort being murdered, so set out to blind her to it.
And so the Fall of the Eldar was eased into motion. A group of eldar prophets forseeing a glorious God for a glorious golden age. In their arrogance they did not forsee that this God may not be all it promised to be and so blinded their leaders to the dangers presented, and led on the masses to greater deeds of decadence (becoming the Dark Muses referenced in the Dark Eldar codex).
Only when Slaanesh tore herself into wakefulness did they realise what they had done. Those who could fled, seeking refuge in the webway. Those who couldn’t were kept as playthings, disfigured into crones (a terrible affliction for slaaneshi and eldar alike) and forced to watch for eternity as their kind are steadily hunted down by She Who Thirsts.
What you get at the end of that is the Croneweaver in the first pic. Downtrodden and ostracised by Her other playthings. Kept as living proof of the folly of trying to control the Gods.

The Haul Report 94

Posted on August 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone to another week of hauling stuff for the collection, and it’s mostly Chaos this week.Mostly…The first thing I grabbed was a model to serve as a Chaos Spawn in my Slaaneshi forces, produced by Kromlech.I also picked up a heap of reading…

The Haul Report 94

Posted on August 13th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone to another week of hauling stuff for the collection, and it’s mostly Chaos this week.Mostly…The first thing I grabbed was a model to serve as a Chaos Spawn in my Slaaneshi forces, produced by Kromlech.I also picked up a heap of reading…

On the Painting Desk 7

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A slow week as predicted this time, as I finished nothing, and won`t be doing any painting the coming week either.This due to some real life stuff and holidays, those things happen after all.What I did manage to do is not only assemble the Chaos Marine…

On the Painting Desk 7

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A slow week as predicted this time, as I finished nothing, and won`t be doing any painting the coming week either.This due to some real life stuff and holidays, those things happen after all.What I did manage to do is not only assemble the Chaos Marine…

She has sent her seekers to claim her due…

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The idiocy of your infantile race truly knows no bounds. Thanks to your petty squabbles a great Rift has torn across the galaxy. Gates long thought sealed and safe have been rent open, exposing us. She has sent her seekers to claim her due.This will no…

She has sent her seekers to claim her due…

Posted on August 9th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The idiocy of your infantile race truly knows no bounds. Thanks to your petty squabbles a great Rift has torn across the galaxy. Gates long thought sealed and safe have been rent open, exposing us. She has sent her seekers to claim her due.This will no…

Game of Thrones Themed 40K Army, and Chaos Renegades

Posted on August 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I was watching Game of Thrones last night, along with approximately 70% of the TV viewing public, dreaming up lists to re-imagine the army barbecue on screen. In a somewhat fortunate twist, Chaos Renegades are happy to oblige!The Renegades are true Cha…

Shadow War Campaign House Rules

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

We previously established that the Shadow War rules are exactly the same as the old Games Workshop game Necromunda, right down to the wording. However, the campaign rules, which allow your Kill Team to gain experience, acquire new equipment and recruit…

Shadow War Campaign House Rules

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

We previously established that the Shadow War rules are exactly the same as the old Games Workshop game Necromunda, right down to the wording. However, the campaign rules, which allow your Kill Team to gain experience, acquire new equipment and recruit…

Sneeky Rim – Goblin Acolyte

Posted on August 7th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Delving deep within my Lead Mountain for robed acolytes I came across this Mantic Goblin Sneek.  He’s been painted with fire-motif robes as he will be joining my warband as one of Clyro Burns’ assistant sorcerers. This miniature is out of production, which is weird as I still think of Mantic Games as the new […]

Chaos Space Marine Legions Review Part 2

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Second half of our look at the Chaos Space marine Legion traits and reveals spotlights the Black Legion, the Word Bearers and the one I’ve personally been waiting for, the Alpha Legion.

Part 1 covering the Emperor’s Children, the Iron Warriors, the Night Lords, and World Eaters is found here. Also apologies for any silly spelling errors, as I’m ill today.

Yes, I blog when I’m sick. Papa Nurgle protects.

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Chaos Undivided by Fernoll

Black Legion

I started this off last week trying to figure out a strong case for the Black Legion, and kept coming down to Terminators. After a fashion.

Here is their trait, and I’m just going to quote myself from last week on my gut reaction to it:

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Add 1 Leadership, on Advance Rapid Fire weapons become Assault 

At a glance, this helps your army become a faster moving Chaos force. The old Veterans of the Long War bonus is there, and it’s clear there’s meant to be symmetry with the Ultramarines chapter tactic.
But here’s the thing… auto-bolt rifle armed Intercessors with the Ultramarines Chapter tactic can do exactly the same job as Black Legion Chaos Space Marines for 30 points cheaper AND get to shoot Falling Back from combat. They also get an extra shot.
Apart from the Chaos Space Marines getting to use Plasma Guns as an Assault weapon (of dubious advantage since they’ll be exploding on 1s and 2s), there’s no benefit to this trait. And if you wanted that, the Hellblasters have an assault gun anyway!
Very unimpressed, as the Black Legion were starting to become a really good Deep Strike, hyper aggressive Legion in 7th. Disappointing to see them come back to being vanilla but worse than Loyalist again.

I actually can’t say more than that for them. Your good picks are Terminators and bikes, allowing really swift battlefield movement for the latter whilst still putting out a decent rate of fire. The benefit for Terminators is avoiding being left out of the game. If you’ve ever dropped a group of Termies into the enemy back line, only to have them spend the rest of the game chasing other people down, then you’ll know what I mean.

The other units that really benefit from this are two of the cult Marine groups. The Plague Marines are a great tar pit or damage sponge for their points, equally effective at range or in melee. This Legion Trait can get them right to where they need to be faster.

By the same token, the differently tough Rubric Marines of the Thousand Sons can advance and use their good bolters (at least a little bit!). A neat way to counter the slightly slower movement speed they have, without piling them into a transport and negating the use of their Sorcerer.

It’s worth noting that faster movement across the battlefield without the crutch of transports is always welcome. Your regular Marines will be faster… it’s just that Loyalist Space Marines do it better.

The Warlord trait is of dubious benefit as well.

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Death to the False Emperor triggers on 5+ 6-inches from the Warlord

The trait is very cool and thematic, but it only works against Imperials. Granted, about 2/3 of your opponents will BE Imperials, but really not impressive.

The Stratagem is copy/paste from the Space Marine Codex. Basically Ultramarines.

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Re-roll 1s for To-Hits in shooting and fight phase. Re-roll failed hits if Chaos Space Marine squad

Yay? Good because you can get 3 plasma guns into a 10 man Chaos Space Marine squad, but there are better ways to get firepower from special weapons. Now if that Stratagem was for Terminators, as the Black legion were renowned for their Termies, that would have made for a very powerful alpha strike unit.

Abaddon is noted in the release, but if an army can’t stand up without leaning on special characters then something has gone wrong. I’m generally against using special characters in armies, as they detract from Your Dudes.

Overall, underwhelming for the premier Bad Guys of 40K, but some neat tricks you can pull with the more exotic troops.

Word Bearers

Black Legion have always been  considered the most vanilla of the Spikey Marines. However, the Word Bearers have taken hold of their Horus Heresy development in full and are now the best candidate for “standard” Chaos Space Marines… if such a thing is possible.

Their trait is simply And They Shall Know No Fear:

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Re-roll failed Morale tests

Which on the surface seems fairly terrible compared to the Loyalists. But then you need to consider marks and icons. Well, one of them really. Icon of Fury basically turns your Chaos Space Marines into spiky Black Templars.

That summon demons more easily.

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Re-roll any dice in the Daemonic ritual. Also no Perils on rolls!

And have dragon robots, dinosaur robots, and don’t mind the psykers in general.

Frankly, out of all the traits we’ve covered so far this lends itself to be the most flexible. If you’re not sure which way you want to go, or which specialism, Word Bearers are going to be your Legion of choice.

Different icons can let you dabble a bit in the other Legions:

  • Flame for testing out Mortal Wounds in the psychic phase as a transition to full on psyker play. 
  • Despair for trying out Night Lord fear mechanic shenanigans.
  • Excess for… Black Legion I guess? 
  • Fury for all of the close combat Legions.

They have a few more bits and pieces in their reveals, but these all have analogues within the Space Marine codex… and actually a lot of similarity with the Black Templars. If you wanted “Space Marines But Evil”, the Word Bearers are really what you need. And since they have slightly better access to daemons, they really are more Evil Marine than the Black Legion.

I’m just going to mention Tide of Traitors here, even though it isn’t strictly a Word Bearer stratagem. For the cost of two Command points you can bring back 40 cultists from death on your enemy’s flank.

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2 Command Points brings back your cultist squad on the enemy’s flank

The kicker from this is that the unit isn’t destroyed, meaning your opponent doesn’t get victory points for it.

So imagine this: an unholy (literally) blob of autoguns marches in front of your power armour as human shields, and just as they’re about to die out they teleport to behind your enemy and rapid fire 80 shots into the enemy artillery.

Proceed to cackle with glee.

Just as a little incentive, this blob can be made with two purchases. Nearly £60, but so worth it for the look on your opponents face! And if they get snippy about saying only half are armed with autoguns, just remind them they’re rag tag rebels, and those pistol looking things are “home-improved”.

And of course, that works just great with…

The Alpha Legion

These are hands down my favourite Legion, and only second to the White Scars in my mind. They specialise in subterfuge, terrorism and integration into the populace. They literally bring down a world from within. How does an 8-foot tall power-armoured warrior do that without getting noticed?

They’re just that good.

They also have a weird history, and no-one is quite sure where their allegiance lies. It may even be that individual cells of the Alpha Legion have different allegiances. To make the point clear, their war cry is “For the Emperor!”. Although they may just be saying that to confuse their enemy.

They’re so mysterious that the story of Alpharius, their Primarch, being discovered has three different versions, all of which are true. And what makes matters worse? All their leaders are Alpharius. And their sergeants are Alpharius. And even their regular troopers.

So how does the crunch support this fluff?

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-1 To Hit if more than 12″ away

Copy/pasted from the Raven Guard, this receives similar criticism and benefits to all the other Chaos Legions. They don’t have the And They Shall Know No Fear, making them less point efficient than the Loyalists, but they have access to Marks and Icons making them far more flexible.

Raven Guard are probably very jealous of the Alpha Legion Raptors with an Icon of Fury, who can hide in the shadows as well as they can, and then make their charge better than they can. Winged Deliverance indeed!

The coolest thing is going to be the Warlord trait:

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Pure trolling

The enemy needs to chop their way through every single one of your characters to get that Slay the Warlord point, and with the trait allowing you to roll on the regular Warlord trait table, it’s essentially a free upgrade!

You trade sureness of your build for a little bit of security here, with the great benefit being able to throw your Warlord into danger more easily than other armies. That teleporting Terminator Lord may seem risky to a Black Legion commander, whereas for you it’s just another cunning decoy by Alpharius.

It fits the Alpha Legion that only two parts of their list are unveiled properly now, with just the snippet of their unique stratagem given out. Quoting from Warhammer Community:

“The beauty of the Alpha Legion is flexibility. Take advantage of the versatility of Chaos Space Marines by deploying far away from combat armies or close to shooting armies with Forward Operatives.”

This is likely to be the same Stratagem as the Raven Guards, where you can spend a command point to put a unit into an unusual deployment. You can use this in a similar way to the Raven Guard (assault unit in charge range [Icon of Fury!!], plasma Chosen in Rapid Fire range etc.) or some absolutely horrible tricks unique to Chaos.

First up: Death Guard in front of the enemy lines. Or Khorne Beserkers. Or Thousand Son warp flame bolters. Fun, but predictable.

How about a blob of 40 cultists?

Which come back on the enemy flank?

Have a think about that.

The rest of the reveals for the Alpha Legion are generic ones:

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Shoot twice at nearest unit if you didn’t move

Fire Frenzy is a fun way of getting more dakka out of your Hellbrutes, but the command point is probably better spent elsewhere.

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Swap your powers!

Chaos Familiar is very nice. Being able to swap psychic powers on the fly is incredibly strong, meaning your psykers will never lack utility. Having a few psykers dotted around the field with this Stratagem means you’ll always have access to your full tool belt.

And this is why I’ve put these three Legions together in this post. Whilst the previous ones ha a lot of benefits in their respective specialisms, these ones really highlight the advantage of Chaos against their Loyalists counterparts: adaptability and flexibility.

Space Marines with the Primaris coming down the line are becoming more inflexible. Intercessors, Inceptors and Hellblasters do one thing, and do it quite well. Chaos, by chopping and changing marks, are the opposite. Even their psykers can change their battlefield impact on the fly!

If you like to come up with quirky strategies, or unusual synergies, Chaos is going to be for you. Whilst on the surface they may seem to be less strong than the Loyalists, remember that even their most flexible Chapters have a plan and stick to it.

You can make things a bit more Chaotic.

Renegades and Fallen tomorrow.

Until next time!

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Yet here they stand, staining our world beneath their cursed feet…

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Few among the Craftworlds truly believe that there are Eldar still living in the Eye. Only in the babbling of the deranged and the rhetoric of doomsayers are the twisted playthings of She Who Thirsts mentioned with any kind of certainty.Yet, here they …

Yet here they stand, staining our world beneath their cursed feet…

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Few among the Craftworlds truly believe that there are Eldar still living in the Eye. Only in the babbling of the deranged and the rhetoric of doomsayers are the twisted playthings of She Who Thirsts mentioned with any kind of certainty.Yet, here they …

The Haul Report 93

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone to another week of heaps of goodies, and it`s been a pretty big one.And it included a lot of stuff I got through my wargames club, thanks peeps for helping out my forces.The first thing I got was a purchase from eBay, the old Morathi mod…

The Haul Report 93

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone to another week of heaps of goodies, and it`s been a pretty big one.And it included a lot of stuff I got through my wargames club, thanks peeps for helping out my forces.The first thing I got was a purchase from eBay, the old Morathi mod…

New Grey Knights Reveal Explained!

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been burned before trying to pint out some of the negatives with New Games Workshop, but I think the latest Grey Knights Codex reveal has a few question marks surrounding it.I was flicking through my Codex Space Marines today, trying to justify my…

New Grey Knights Reveal Explained!

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been burned before trying to pint out some of the negatives with New Games Workshop, but I think the latest Grey Knights Codex reveal has a few question marks surrounding it.I was flicking through my Codex Space Marines today, trying to justify my…

Chaos Space Marines Legions Summary and Analysis Part 1

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hot off the heels of last week’s Codex Space Marines, Codex Chaos Space Marines is already on it’s way (I heard pre-orders on 4th August in the shop last weekend, but that seems to not be accurate). This week Warhammer Community has been dropping Legio…

Chaos Space Marines Legions Summary and Analysis Part 1

Posted on August 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hot off the heels of last week’s Codex Space Marines, Codex Chaos Space Marines is already on it’s way (I heard pre-orders on 4th August in the shop last weekend, but that seems to not be accurate). This week Warhammer Community has been dropping Legio…