OK, so I decided to try my hand at Allies. My list follows with an explanation as to why I chose these units. I think I’ll head over to Frontline later tonight to see how it works.
Chaos Space Marines (Primary Army)HQ – Typhus
With the new FAQ this guys has become sorta insane. Looks really good in close combat!Typhus Retinue
4x Terminator, 1 Chainfist and one Reaper Cannon, Nurgle MarkTroop – 2x 6-man Plague Marines, 2x melta plus Champ with Power Fist
Compulsory troopsHeavy – 1x 5-man Havoc Squads, 3x Missile Launchers and 1x Lascannon plus Champ with Fist and Combi-flamer, Nurgle Mark
1 with a dedicated Rhino
Las for the punch and ML for the anti-horde option. Do all ML’s get to fire at flyers now with Flakk Missiles? Seems so.Fortification – Aegis Defense Line with Icarus Lascannon and relay
Home for the Havocs. The Champ Havoc can fire the Lascannon which makes him useful at long range, too! Like the idea of the relay for Typhus’s Termie squad.
Chaos Daemons (Allies)HQ – Epidemius
Took him for the Tally power.Troops – 5x Plaguebearers with Epidemius joined for Look out, Sir!
The PlanWhat I’m trying to do is get the tally has high as I can with the Marked shooty units as quickly as possible and drop Typhus’s termies in close. I suppose I could also make all the termies Champs and then they could all Look out, Sir! each other.
Once the Tally is above 5 my Plaguebearers become sort of a PITA for the enemy, though there aren’t many of them. They could be a tarpit that wounds on 3+ (or better)! They should be able to chew through any troops nearby without too much difficulty once they are buffed. Mostly they are there for the Look out, Sir! on Epidemius.
I could choose to not put Epidemius in the squad and designate him as the second half of the army. That way, he’s out of harms reach for awhile and I can take advantage of the Tally when it gets high without fear of losing him early in the game. Tally only works when he’s on the table, but losing him on Turn 1 would just be devastating. Plus, this way I don’t have to send him in with the Assault troops (Plaguebearers and Typhus squad).
I can just drop the Bearers wherever I need them on the table and after turn 1 they should be ready to disract in the backfield. I’m fairly confident I can do 5 wounds by turn 2.
I do have a question, though: If Daemons have only one squad (for example, Epidemius is made part of the squad) there is no way to split that Deamon army into halves. Does that mean they come in on the first turn no matter what? Or, are they just plain old Deep Striking reserves for CSM?
The only real problem I see with this build is that I have very little in the way of long-range high-strength anti-armor. Really, only 2 Lascannons. Not horribly worried about this as I think heavy armor is going to fade a bit now that it can be glanced to death.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.