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I just started playing Warhammer 40k just before Christmas '09 and have been collecting Chaos Daemons. Here is what I have so far: 13 Bloodletters (3 were given to me!), 10 Daemonettes, 2 Beasts of Nurgle (with Noxious Touch), 5 Pink Horrors (I play one as a Changling and one with the Bolt of Tzeentch), 1 Masque, 1 Skulltaker and 1 Daemon Prince (typically outfitted w/ Iron Hide, Mark of Tzeentch, Bolt of Tzeentch, Daemonic Gaze, Breath of Chaos and Master of Sorcery) for just under 1100 points. I know it isn't much yet, but I'm poor and I have to get my kids their models as well.
So far, I haven't won a damn game. Usually what happens is I either have a Deep Strike mishap on the first round or the Chaos gods don't like my first choice of my first wave or something. I'm having trouble Deep Striking the Bloodletters and /or the Daemonettes in that they usually get shot to hell before they get close enough to attack in hand to hand. I hear you should get Plague Bearers to lead the charge to soak up some damage with Feel No Pain, but where does that leave the Bloodletters and Daemonettes; don't bother to use them? Out of the last 4 battles, I haven't got Skulltaker in close enough to attack before he gets creamed by ballistics too. The Daemon Prince is my saving grace, lasting a long time and taking a lot of units out in the process. The Masque is ok with her 3+ Invulnerable save and the ability to move units closer to my troops. The Beasts of Nurgle with Noxious Touch is ok if they get into battle, but since they are Slow and Purposeful, they take a long time to get into battle.
So help me out fellow Chaos Daemon players, what is next for me and what is the skinny on battle tactics I should employ? Plague Bearers to soak up front line damage? More shooting models such as more Pink Horrors and Flamers? Hey a Soul Grinder and Bloodthirster would be nice, but I'm on a tight budget. What about Screamers, are they any good and do they stand up in battle well? With Warp Jaws, they sound good, but with one wound, I'm skeptical. Should I drop the Beasts of Nurgle for a better unit? I plan to spend about $100 Canadian Dollars (or so) in the next month on units with my tax refund and this is the place for advice.
Do most people agree with Deep Striking Chaos Daemons in the first place? I find it a bit of a pain in the tush. Not being able to assault in the same round as the deep strike is another kick in the nuts, however I understand that if they could it would be too big of tactical advantage and a big point cost for the units. I think they should have a Chaos Daemon that you can put anywhere on the board during the deep strike and use his Ballistic score to reduce the distance scattered much like a Ballistic score stops a blast template from scattering. Once units are on the board, you could use the Chaos Icons then. I'm just getting sick of deep striking mishaps is all.
Generally speaking there shouldn't be all that much impassible terrain on a board. Watch out for the board edges though - don't want your daemons to fall off the edge of the world.
You could try proxying a chariot or two, they draw a fair amount of fire (and the speedy Slaanesh chariots are dirt cheap)
But if you Deep Strike into Difficult Terrain, you treat it as Dangerous Terrain and still have to take the Dangerous Terrain test for each model, right? But you're right, I've been having mishaps in difficult terrain by mistake. Stupid me. Three years of College and I still haven't learned to read properly yet!
Hello Andrew. I played an all Slaaneshi army, which is not generally recommended, for the reason you mentioned. Daemonettes get shot up like crazy...so beautiful...but so fragile.
Everytime I hear to bring Plague Bearers it's usually to hold objectives or to hold the Chaos Icon, presuming they will survive to allow your second wave to land in some sort of proximity.
Deep strike has often been my friend, letting me assess the foe's placement before choosing where to throw my second wave. But I know what you mean, bad luck can really mess you up. *Shrugs sadly* You know, when chaos first came out it was a ton of random tables to simulate the 'chaotic' nature of the critters. This all deepstrike thing may be an echo of that philosophy. Can't do anything but buy an orc player a drink and listen to him tell us what randomness -really- does to an army, ha ha
So, you can try dropping plague bearers (minimum unit size I'd expect, they are too slow to maneuver well and only get 1 attack) with an icon and then throw down handfuls of daemonettes! If those lobster claw beauties make it to melee, a good time will be had by all
Uh, I didn't say any of this, I'm a Witch Hunter player now...
Emperor defend you and guide your steps...
P.S. Daemon Princes! They really are awesome, whether you fight for or against them! Get as many as you can!
My name isn't Andrew; I'm an Andrew Beater! Funny story about networking the original Diablo (back in the day), a trainer created weapon called the "Andrew Beater" and an idiot player by the name Andrew. Long story short, Andrew got beat by the Andrew Beater and I've had the handle ever since. Ahh, life in the fast lane...