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Well, for about the past year now, I've been working on my 'Nid army, and have left my smaller Chaos army alone, but now that the new codex is out, I'm trying to get back into Chaos. So, here are my questions:
1. For Characters like Typhus and Ahriman, and so on, do you have to have their specific army to use them. As in does my army have to be strictly Death Guard to use Typhus?
2. Have the rules for combining forces changed since the last codex, when it comes to which types of marines are allied with any of the four guards. Example: Can half of my army be Khorne, while the other half is dedicated to Nurgle, and is this affected by the HQ choices I take?
3. If I wanted Plague marines, couldn't I just paint up some normal Chaos marines, and call them Plague marines, or do I actually have to buy the box of seven Plague marines (Which unfortunately happens to be the most expensive per model out of the four affiliations.)
So thanks to anyone who answers this, and please, just straight answers, because I've already read the new codex, and I can't find what I'm looking for.
2) Yes, no.
1. & 2. There are now absolutely no rules as to combining marks around in your army, so it doesn't matter about which HQ you choose, which combination of troopers you have nor which mark a vehicle they go in has (as vehicles no longer have marks)
3. That's an interesting question. the four legion boxes are actually specific legions (like dark angels or space wolves), rather than marines bent towards a specific god (like true grit or other trait marines) meaning that you can just use the standard plastic marines, Remember that there is a big difference now between marines with the mark of nurgle and Deathguard or tzeentch marines and 1,000 Sons.
Beyond this though, most people like to make them a bit more god-specific than just a choice of paint and the easiest way often is to get the legion box (deathguard / berzerkers / noise marines but NOT 1K sons) and spreading the legion specific bits through your standard squads.
If there is particular unit configurations your interested, tell us and we can can give more specific advice in the modelling side.
Question 1 and 2 are fully answered, but I think the 3rd can use some more.
When you are low on budget, getting the standard CSMs box and painting them
as Deathguard is not a bad idea at all.
You get 10 CSMs, opposed to 7 models. You also get alot more bits.
I think that as long as you give the CSMs the paintjob that Nurgle cult Marines carry,
you can say that they are Deathguard.
As an example, I made 10 Plague Marines this way: I used the head and shoulderpad
for Nurgle for the unit champion, and gave all the Marines bloated bellies with green stuff.
Some got a little more green stuff on their shoulderpads, in which I carved the Nurgle
symbol, and on others I glued horns so that it looked like they bursted from the Marine.
Another way of showing that you play cult Marines and not Marines with an Icon, is by
simply building the squad without an Icon, as cult Marines automatically have them.
And modelling aside, I think the paintjob says it all.
I hope you can do something with this, good luck!
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