Thursday, October 11, 2012
The New Chaos!
To begin, the image is a piece I have been working on for a while, adding
alterations as my photo manipulation skills improve.
The new chaos codex has been out for almost a week, and I have to say, I am
rather pleased. My beloved plague marines only went up one point, while getting
their rusty shanks of killyness back! The new daemon engines add both flavor, and
give players like myself options for heavy support that both fit into fluff and are
While the codex is not perfect, asking for perfect is asking for the impossible. My
favorite parts are the champions of chaos rule, the chart that goes with it, chaos
artefacts, and the many, many builds that can be made with the book.
the champions of chaos rule fundamentally alters how the codex works, meaning
that you have to make sure your champions are capable of winning challenges, or
lose a major benefit to your army. This is helped by the fact that champions are part
of the basic cost of a squad now, and the costs for wargear are not too spendy. Two
upsides to this are the chaos rewards chart, and the ability to purchase a foll on the
chart at the beginning of the game. The free roll ignores results of spawnhood or
daemonprince, meaning that the worst you will get from it is no bonus, but with the
possibility of gaining very powerful abilities, for 10 points. During the game, if your
champion kills a character in a challenge, he gets to roll on the chart.
The chaos artefacts are pretty damn awesome, from the ap4, torrent soulfire
flamer, to the daemon weapons that are pretty good for "mimicing" effects you
would expect from the various chaos powers. This, combined with the gifts that a
lord/sorceror/daemon prince can take. makes for a very characterful set of options.
The variety of lists you can make from this codex are immense. You can make lists
ranging from a list dominated by cultists, to one that is elite, depending on your
warlord. The option to take daemon engines, heldrakes, effective spawn, etc. means
that the number of lists you can make is so large that a single article is unable to list
In all, I am very happy with the codex, and look forward to both playing many
games using it, and what further codices will bring to the tabletop.