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Okay, so for the most part, I'm not all that interested in the CSM, but the Thousand Sons and Chaos Sorcerer angle really intrigues me. Does anyone have any advice on a competetive way to field these types of units, and also what would be the most helpful as backup for them?
I think the best way to do what you are after is a Tzeench themed army. Don't go overboard on the Rubric marines, and have a bunch of vanilla marines painted in Tzeenchy colors.
I have my Rubrics painted like the Sorcerer animated the suits of fallen enemies -
I also field a couple of squads of Tzeenchy marines -
And for HQ I like Sorcerers with with doombolt or wind of chaos and warptime
(I gave this miniature away for a secret santa event, but you get the idea...)
And Daemon Princes are always cool -
Like an above poster said don't go overboard on the rubrics unfortunatly the only viable hq for any chaos army is the lash prince you can ofcourse ignore that and go for the fluff but you will be unable to compete with the codex creep in 5:th ed not using the only goodie available in our 4:th edition codex.
commonly you will want:
2+ meq hunting squads of rubrics with doombolt sorcerers suggested 8 man in a rhino @266pts or 9 man for slightly more.
for about half the number of rubric squads you will want a dedicated cc unit to unstick your rubrics from unwanted cc. 10 man zerker units in rhinos or IoK raptors and termies work here. If you opt for termies equip your 1k sons with icons so you get better deepstrikes.
1-2 lash prince hqs
1 defiler with 2* extra ccw.
If you don't mind fluffing it out over winning or if you don't care much about playing vs IG SM and Orkz you can go all out 1k sons and still be able to play with some chance of winning.
for that I would recommend using forge wolrd dredds becuase they are awesome and getting a landraider for a termie sorcer hq and retinue
dude, aero, you absolutly gotta tell me your painting process on your rubric sorcerer, he looks clean as all hell!
Take my words with a grain of salt, i am not the tactical genius i think i am!