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Goatboy’s 40K: The “Go-to” Pure CSM Chaos List

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Mar 08
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Goatboy here with my current Chaos Go to list – that’s all about CSMs without any pesky allies.

I usually play Chaos armies if I can because well – Death to the False Emperor and all.  I also don’t always want to bring some kind of Knight nonsense to the table top even though my inner “Timmy” wants to push around Knights and make pew pew sounds.

This army is using some Forge World options as I really like to use the Dreads as a way to answer some hard to resolve enemy units.  I don’t want to fill my army with Smites as again this is just straight Chaos Space Marines.  This isn’t about adding in Ahriman (even though I find him da bests even when he fails 6 spells in a row) or finding some way to smash some Death guard in there.  I want to use pure Chaos Space Marines and see if I can win more then I lose.

Army list – Zerks and Dreads – Version 1.3

 

Chaos Space Marines Battalion Detachment – 4cp – [56pl, 903]

Legion – World Eaters

-HQ-
Chaos Lord on Bike [7pl, 127pts] Lightning Claw X 2, Mark of Khorne, Relic – Talisman of Burning Blood (-1cp)
Dark Apostle – [5pl, 76pts] Mark of Khorne
Exalted Champion – [5pl, 70pts] Chainsword X 2, Mark of Khorne

-Troops-
Khorne Berzerkers X 8 [9pl, 136pts] Chainsword/Chainaxe X 7, Asp Champ with Chainsword/Chainaxe
Khorne Berzerkers X 8 [9pl, 136pts] Chainsword/Chainaxe X 7, Asp Champ with Chainsword/Chainaxe
Khorne Berzerkers X 8 [9pl, 136pts] Chainsword/Chainaxe X 7, Asp Champ with Chainsword/Chainaxe

-Dedicated Transports-
Chaos Rhino [4pl, 74pts] Mark of Khorne, Combi-Bolter X 2
Chaos Rhino [4pl, 74pts] Mark of Khorne, Combi-Bolter X 2
Chaos Rhino [4pl, 74pts] Mark of Khorne, Combi-Bolter X 2

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Chaos Space Marines Vanguard Detachment – 1cp – [60pl, 1096]

Legion – Alpha Legion

-HQ-
Daemon Prince [9pl, 183pts] – Mark of Slaanesh, Wings, Malefic Talon X 2 – Warlord – I am Alpharius – Relic – Intoxicating Elixir
Sorcerer on Bike [8pl, 140pts] – Mark of Slaanesh

-Elites-
Helforged Contemptor Dreadnought [10pl, 188pts] Helforged Death Claw X 2, Soulburner X 2
Helforged Contemptor Dreadnought [10pl, 188pts] Helforged Death Claw X 2, Soulburner X 2
Helforged Contemptor Dreadnought [10pl, 188pts] Helforged Death Claw X 2, Soulburner X 2

-Fast Attack-
Chaos Bikers X 9 [13pl, 209pts] Mark of Slaanesh, Chainsword X 8, Asp Champ – Combi-Bolter

Total – 1999pts – 8PL

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List Tactics

The idea here is to have the push forward units of Khorne Berzerkers and Rhinos with the Bikers sliding around to remove things with 40 bolter shots that shoot twice.  Throw on Delightful Agonies and you got a really annoying unit to try and get rid of.  The 3 Dreads are there as simple answers to annoying things like Knights, tough units, and throwing out those extra 3-6 guaranteed wounds you need to have in any army.  Plus they hit pretty hard in Close Combat if needed.  The double Lightning clawed Chaos Lord just feels cool to me – especially with the relic mix that lets him move 20 inches and still charge.  Rerolling to hit and rerolling wounds feels like a nice combo to clean up smaller units and just be a pain in the butt.  Throw a spell or two on him from the Sorcerer and you could have a really mean little turd of a guy.

Overall it feels like it could do ok versus most stuff. I think the Castellan build we see all the time could are very annoying especially on a table not covered in terrain.  It is the life you have to live as there are some obviously better armies on the table top.  The new Chaos stuff has me thinking of ways to use the Greater Possessed as they could be very interesting with some Decimators and other Daemon Engine options.  So many thoughts and having some guys hidden in the Rhinos full of Zerkers could be super cool.  Plus heck Possessed might actually start to be good.  Will see.

Here is hoping next week we get super sweet new Chaos stuff.  At least the models will look cool.

~Until next time – Death to the False Emperor who didn’t git me the GI-JOE toy I wanted for X-Mas.  The true start of the Horus Heresy.

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