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Recently I got hold of the Daemons codex and it tickled my interest a bit...
As I'm not a big fan of all the different models together
so I was wondering, to get started I'd collect one kind and stick to that for a while.
But wich of the four powers could hold it's own without mixing with the other three?
I was thinking Khorne or Tzeentch, I like the models and it has somewhat of variety.
But of course Slaanesh and Nurgle have some appeal too!
It doesn't have to be a tournament winning army, just local gameclub level as it will be my second 40k army, so it will start out purely for fun.
(but I still wanna win now and then :-p )
Any thoughts or expierience anyone?
Anything can work for friendlies.
Generall though, each god fits into a certain strategy:
-Khorne is tough and killy, but generally slow and/or expensive
-Slaanesh is cheap, speedy and hitty but relies heavily on rending and has a lot of fragile units
-Tzeentch is shooty with good invulnerable saves, but they generally have average to low T and don't perform well in assault
-Nurgle is slow and tough, but they don't kill much of anything and have no answer to vehicles
I'd pick Khorne or Slaanesh. They have the speed a Daemon army needs to be successful, can do well against vehicles with a lot of fast, high S attacks and can take a punch before going down, nor do they rely on obvious lynchpin units.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here, and give a general rule of thumb:
The more you rely on a single God, the more you'll rely on your HQs.
What does an all Khorne army need? Speed! What's their best unit for that? Bloodthirsters!
What does an all Slaanesh army need? Strength and toughness! Best unit for that? Keeper of Secrets!
What does an all Tzeentch army need? As many bolts/breaths as possible (it is primarily a shooty army after all)! Best unit for that? Plenty of heralds and/or Blue Scribes!
What does an all Nurgle army need? Epidemus! Yeah, Epidemus is pretty much your only option there.
So which army should you use? The one with the HQs you like the most. ^_^
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Tzeentch seems to work best on it's own. The Oracle is a roster by himself, they can shoot very well and still use Grinders.
Khorne is good but like Grax said your Thirsters are going to do a lot of the work. Bloodletters aren't bad at all but you'll have no real shooting or anti-armor outside of Thirsters. I vote Tzeentch personally.
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I think any but Nurgle could work as a stand alone army.
With Tzeentch you have shooting galore and plenty of anti-tank options. As long as you can stay away from hand to hand you can control large areas at will.
With Khorne you have nightmares in hand to hand, but you'd need to pick up some flying daemon princes or Soul Grinders to go along with your Bloodthristers if you want enough anti-tank stuff.
Slaanesh seems similar to Khorne in that you'd need to put in a little extra effort in your Heavy Support section in order to take down tanks, and you trade Khorne's durability and anti-marine punch for extra speed.
Nurgle, really just doesn't have much going for it (which is sad cause it's my favorite god, thematically) They're slow, they're meh in hand to hand, they have no shooting, vehicles will dance around them, the only thing they have going for them is toughness. You could argue for an Epidimus list, but relying everything in one model just seems too risky for me. I just can't see any reason to do a stand alone army of Nurgle.
Personally I'm going with the Khorne route, 2 Bloodthirsters, 3 Flying Daemonprinces, and 5 units of Bloodletters. It has a very classic "Demonic" look to it.
Last edited by CrimsonAngel; October 20th, 2009 at 15:56.
I agree that Tzeentch is probably the best able to cope on its own. The troops & elites are poor in combat but three daemon princes with MoT & bolt are a cheap method of dealing with tanks and engaging termies and the like in combat. Flamers can deal with hordes and elite infantry alike. Horrors have decent saves and can keep the range open to avoid assaults. Chariots with bolt, Sorcery, Legion and MoT are excelent shoot 'n scoot units
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