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Age of Sigmar: 5 Things the Hedonites of Slaanesh Battletome Needs

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Mar 8 2023

The Hedonites of Slaanesh seek perfection in all things, and these would bring their battletome just a little closer.

The latest iteration of the Hedonites of Slaanesh are about to invade the Old World, and they’re bringing some spice with them. While we don’t know much just yet, we know a new hero is on the way, and he’s the perfect example of Slaaneshi arrogance. As an avid HoS player, I have been with them through their best and worst times, and I’ll admit they’re currently not sitting pretty. The new book is the chance to bring them back to the glorious conquerors they once were, and there’s a few things that can make that happen. Whether we see these in the new book or not is anyone’s guess, but there’s no harm in hoping.

More Rules for the New Guy

The Lord of Hubris was revealed not too long ago, and he’s got the perfect blend of sass and skill to fit right in with the Hedonites. His rule to draw all damage toward himself is pretty cool, and will keep the arguably squishy infantry safer as they rocket up the battlefield. That said…I want him to do more; maybe increase the survivability of the Heavy Infantry, or give them some sort of special action. Either way, I’ll be adding at least one of these gents to my army list.

courtesy Games Workshop

New Magic Hero

Now that we’ve seen the new Lord, I’d like one that has a bit more of an arcane bend. Maybe they’re obsessed with knowledge, or they are masters of domination over their foes. Honestly, it would be really cool if they were a plant from Be’Lakor, to keep an eye on the forces of the newly reawakened god. Either way, Slaanesh needs more magic, and this is the perfect time to give it to them.

Do More with Depravity

Depravity points are all well and good, but they feel a little…stale. Sure summoning Daemons to the battlefield is a great game swing, but why don’t the Hedonites react at all to the Depravity they’re dishing out? I want to see a table similar to Blades of Khorne where the more Depravity the army has, the better they are at fighting. That would give generals that want to focus on Mortals a different use for the points, and make gaining them not feel like a waste. Speaking of Depravity…


We Have Such Sights to Show You

As great as Depravity points are, they’re one of the hardest Chaos resources to dig up. You have to hit (but not kill) a unit, or risk one of your vital Heroes to get even a few, and getting to the likes of a Keeper of Secrets is nearly impossible. Having another way to generate points would lighten the load a great deal, and make Slaanesh feel more balanced with the other three factions. Even if that means the threshold for summoning rises, it would make for a less tedious game.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Another thing Slaanesh is pretty famous for is offering deals to enemies and allies alike. The Fane, the Mirror, and Shalaxi all give chances at glory…if you’re willing to accept the price. I’d love to see something similar as a universal rule for Slaanesh, with both a dubious “reward” and a punishment for refusing. The better the prize, the worse the punishment, and by contrast the worse the price for turning it down. This one feels the most far-fetched, I admit, but it would still be really cool to see.

What do you hope to see in the new book?


Author: Clint Lienau
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