Is a Leadership Based List Viable? - Chaos in 8th

Is a Leadership Based List Viable? - Chaos in 8th

Warhammer 40,000 - Early in 8th edition I decided to do a Night Lords list, my idea was to do a ton of Raptors that messed with leadership to force my opponents to run away. Sadly with the rule of three spamming a ton of minimal Raptor units isn’t really viable. Another issue is that “assault troops” with a single base attack don’t really do well in assault, nor do small specialized units. While they’re vicious and great in combat in the lore and other background; in reality Raptors are a mobile firebase that can max out on special weapons.

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Multipurpose Cultists

Multipurpose Cultists

Warhammer 40,000 – The ubiquitous Imperial Guardsman has been making his presence felt through out the 41st Millennium and in the last year has found his way into a variety of lists. The Imperium, Chaos and Tyranids can take advantage of the benefits this little guy and his friends bring to the table. So it only makes sense that I’m starting to see “multi-purpose “ guardsmen. Built from the Imperial Sprue, with some Genestealer Cult bits mixed in painted to match the colors of three other armies while remaining unique is my latest commission project.

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Rotten Treats ... Death Guard with Renegade Knights

Rotten Treats ... Death Guard with Renegade Knights

Warhammer 40,000 – I love big events. They always turn into "brand-new" armies from my clients. The latest big event inspired list is for one of my Black Legion clients. He decided to add some Renegade Knights and Death Guard to his force. I jumped at the chance to do an alternate scheme Death Guard as the green/white, rotten green color scheme is everywhere right now. As with the Khorne elements I painted for him previously the god-specific helmet color is what sets them apart from the rest of the force. 

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Khorne on the Cob?

Khorne on the Cob?

Warhammer 40,000 – The Beta Rules and Faqs have put a damper on some of the more prevalent strategies for the Chaos Super-Faction. Soup is gone, Alpha-Strike is limited, and the Never-ending Cultist Bowl is a thing of the past. Things change so fast that some of the units my clients give me change in function before I finish painting them. With the FAQs dropping twice a year now it should be easier to anticipate what may or may not change.

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Escalation Campaign - Session three, Week One

Warhammer 40,000 – I'm really happy with how my escalation league/campaign is going. For most of the last session I was play-testing a list I wanted to take to an event. Something came up however that means I won't be able to attend the event. That being the case I decided for this portion of the campaign to go another direction. 

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Escalation League – Week 3

Escalation League – Week 3

Warhammer 40,000 – This week I played another 2v1 game. Which meant I was running two complete 50PL armies, double what I had prepared for. Luckily with power level its super fast to build a list, I grabbed a Chaos Knight 24PL, a terminator sorcerer 6PL, a dark apostle 6PL and 4 units of cultists 3PL each. Quick and easier. whatever they're carrying is what they're armed with and I'm ready to play.

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Night Lords – Nightmarish List 100PL/2000Pts

Night Lords – Nightmarish List 100PL/2000Pts

Warhammer 40,000 – As part of my resolutions for the new year I decided to pick a solid list for each of the factions I own and stick with it until I get the hang of what the list can do. At the end of seventh edition I dipped my toe back into the Chaos soup and started a Night Lords force that was supposed to be very focused on a few formations. While it did very well in the new edition those formations didn't translate so well. You can get a similar effect spending command points on stratagems and building your core force as an Outrider Detachment but it's not exactly the same. 

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Storm of Iron ... Iron Warriors

Storm of Iron ... Iron Warriors

Warhammer 40,000 – Raptors can be devastating when they can hit the right targets. Dropping in via deepstrike or just flying forward to get a jump on the enemy they're incredibly useful. Possessed marines don't have the randomness of old but a potential 3 attacks each at strength 5 is pretty good, especially with a 7" move. 

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Iron Without ... Iron Warriors

Iron Without ... Iron Warriors

Warhammer 40,000 – Vehicles are so much better in 8th edition. The Landraider is the king of them all. A great save and giant guns make this monster a pain to get off the table. Troop Transports can harass the enemy after getting their cargo where it needs to be. Heavy support tanks like the Vindicator can be difficult to take out as they fire on the enemies equipped to take it out. The days of an all infantry force are at an end.

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Iron Within ... Iron Warriors

Iron Within ... Iron Warriors

Warhammer 40,000 – Iron Warriors used to be something to fear back in the days of the old force organization chart having extra heavy slots meant a bunch of Obliterators coming down and wrecking face. In 8th edition they have the most lackluster of Legion Traits but one of the best relics. Regardless of how strong they are the color scheme is striking and makes for a good looking force. 

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Dark Skies ... Black Legion Troops

Dark Skies ... Black Legion Troops

Warhammer 40,000 – Sometimes it feels like an army is never finished, which for me is great because it keeps my painting queue stocked and my brushes busy. As Chaos players learn the ends and outs of their new codex many units that weren't optimal choices before are seeing more play on the tabletop, especially standard Chaos Marine Squads. More durable that cultists and able to hold their ground these traitorous bad boys can be a force to be reckoned with.

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How to Make a Monster ... Chaos Spawn

How to Make a Monster ... Chaos Spawn

Warhammer 40,000 – Chaos Spawn are one of the creepier units in the Chaos Marine army. One two many "gifts" or disappointing your patron can result in becoming a gibbering monster. Of course it also can be the fate of anyone who attracts the Ire of a sorcerer so its important to have a few around.

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Renegade Knight (Black Legion)

Renegade Knight (Black Legion)

Warhammer 40,000 – Knights are models that really draw my eye, they're huge and make a great centerpiece model for any force that can take them. The Forgeworld Chaos Knight kit is exceptional. The details and simple modifications to the basic model really take it to another level.

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On the painting table ... Black Legion

On the painting table ... Black Legion

Warhammer 40,000 – I have another Black Legion Client, apparently he saw the work I did for another client with the same army and really liked what I did. Back in third edition Black Legion was my first army when I got back into the game and have always been one of my favorite bad guys.

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Maelstrom of War ... Team Battle

Maelstrom of War ... Team Battle

Warhammer 40,000 – Eighth Edition 40K still seems to be a hit with my group. Each week we've had a four player team game trying out different styles of play. This week we put a restriction of 2,000 point battle forged armies with no "titanic" models. The idea being that we'd see how things work with focusing on the more standard units. We rolled off to determine teams and then followed the rule book to set up a standard Maelstrom of War Mission.

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