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Hello all you chaos players out there, I have just started needing over the chaos space marine codex and am confused with what to do and what to take.
So, if you guys can help out at all that will be great. Thx in advance.
I'll jump on this with the model side of it. You can't beat the Battle Force. You get a rhino along with 15 CSMs, 5 Possessed and 8 Bezerkers and all options for said troops. With that You can mix and match to get CSMs, or Bezerkers in any combination that you like in there. You can use the Possessed bits on normal CSMs to make them even more warped. (As Possessed are not good at all).
As for army. Read up around the forums here and at places like Bell of Lost Souls and Bolter and Chainsword to see what ppl play and why. You might find that having hard to kill troops of Nurgle Marines and Plague marines is your thing, or a CC army of Khorne Bezerkers is more your style. Or the a conversion heavy Slaanesh pleasure/pain army is your style. Once you pick a theme, then you can go with it there... write up some lists and proxy what you need too. Delve through as much pictures of other ppls armies that you can. I've been playing Chaos since just before the current Dex came out and I am still finding conversions I wish I had seen before I glued everything together and painted it. As it is, I've painted my entire 4000 pt army twice.
I just went through this and here's what I did: I bought the Battleforce, 5 Terminators and a Predator. I had a Daemon army so I used the Soul Grinder as a proxy model for the Defiler, I used my Daemon Price as an HQ and I used my Daemon troops and HQ's for summoned Daemons. On another thread, we talked about summoning Daemons and we had mixed reviews on the subject. I can tell you from my experience, that summoning Daemons is worth it from time to time. They can immediately bolster a position (providing they come in from reserves) and attack in the same round they come in. With all the models I had, I just consulted the codex BEFORE assembling the models to see what build options you can use and then assemble the models accordingly. In my case, I took plasma and melta whenever available. Flamers and combi weapons are up to you, but I took them where available in most cases too. After I was set up, I found the CSM competitive right out of the boxes. My choices are not what everyone takes so take this with a grain of salt: I run my main assault oriented marines with the mark of Nurgle only because I don't have a two Rhinos and with a toughness of 5, they shrug off a ton of small arms fire; it will surprise you. I run the Khorne Berserkers up in the Rhino because they rock in close combat. I also take the Mark of Tzeentch on my Terminators. With a 4+ Invulnerable and a 2+ armour save, they don't die without a fight and some bad luck. I also opted to put the Havoc Launcher on the Rhino, but some people don't. Unless you have to make up points for higher point battles, don't take the Possessed. They are expensive and they rely too heavily on a good roll on a chart to be effective. The Daemon Prince is a strong unit and very much worth getting right away. It can be tricked out in many ways or it can be strong at base cost. A few of the ways people trick out the Prince is : 1) Mark of Tzeentch, Breath of Chaos and Warptime (and/ or Bolt of Change), 2) Mark of Slaanesh, Warptime, Lash of Submission. Many people give the Prince wings especially with the Lash power because you can move a unit up from 2-12", the Prince w/ wings can move 12" and then assault 6". It is also good to hit an enemy unit with the lash, bring them out of cover and pack them in a nice tight pie plate, then hit them with the Defiler's battle cannon.
As said it really does depend on what you want from your army, but there are certain units that can be good in an army of almost any theme, especially when customised with icons, these include:
The specialist troops can really compliment your army, and each different unit can fill a different role, I personally never play without berzerkers. If you tell us the theme you want for your army, or how you want to play I can help more.