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Planning on getting into Battlefleet Gothic.
At the moment though, all I really have is the rulebook, and plans to put in the necessary bits order. There are a few skilled players around here, so I'll be able to learn 'on my feet' as it were.
My question however, is...
What ships should a chaos player go after generally?
Price really isn't an issue for me, I mostly just want to get a Chaos fleet of 1500pts up and running.
I'm not the biggest player in the relm of BG, but I'd probably start with a solid fleet consisting of a Despolier class, around 4 Devastation class ships..... then again I'm someone who's a fan of having heavy amounts of battle/carriers in my fleet. As well as heavily abusing either Khorne or Nurgle in that regard. With the Warmaster probably having all four marks, and two of the devastation ships having lords with one of the four marks.
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I don't know if it changes anything, but I was strongly considering a Tzeentch fleet.
Just because it struck my fancy.
I've seen Chaos as being most effective when they spam the ever loving bejeezus out of attack craft. A Despoiler Class Battleship is never a bad way to go, and picking up a Styx and a couple Devestation Class Crusiers would be good as well. A couple Slaughter or Carnage cruisers are good as well when your playing against Eldar opponents, given the sheer amount of batteries they can push. That should be a pretty solid core fleet right there, with a few escorts to fill the gaps.
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For a 1500 point fleet I would avoid a battleship - lots of points, generally slower then the rest of the fleet... not something I go for in a fleet of that size. I would stick with an all cruiser (and escort) fleet at this size; it affords you much more flexibility and keeps your fleet fast and maneuverable - something thats important for the Chaos fleet.
If you want a big carrier then I'd go for a Styx; they work rather well as a flagship at this points level and have a good mix of long range weaponry and launch bays. If you fancy a more gunny heavy cruiser then the Hades compliments the Murder class cruiser very well. The Acheron is a funny one and I find little use for it, but if you like it then its another option for a heavy.
Murder class cruisers are great ships; the true workhorses of the Chaos fleet. I always try and make room for one in a fleet and they work especially well in a pair (or when paired with a Hades). The Carnage is another good 'un; lots of long range batteries makes it especially useful against the Eldar. For a smaller carrier, the Devastation does a good job and it can either act to support a larger carrier or used to provide the sole carrier cover in a more gun-heavy fleet. I love the Slaughter, but you need to use it carefully in order to avoid getting it isolated and killed.
Escorts are always a good investment; Infidels adding a useful torpedo salvo, Iconoclasts some tail-cover and Idolators have longer ranged weapons and a funky lance. Choose the ones you like really, I usually get some Infidels for the useful torpedoes.
Remember the fleet admiral; a good admiral can be very useful and provide your fleet with that little edge of reliability when you need to reload ordnance or turn sharply to get weapons in arc. Each Chaos mark has its own uses; but I tend to go for re-rolls over anything else.
At the end of the day, which ships you take depends on what type of fleet you want; gunny, attack crafty or balanced...um...ey (ok, that didn't work well). I suggest you just go for a combination of ships you like. Play with them a bit, learn the ropes and see how it goes. Gothic is much less list-dependent than other GW games so you can afford to take what you like and just learn to play with them well.
Definitely avoid a battleship though
How does the optional outfitting work on the Murder. It reads "the plagueclaw and Despicable Ecstasy can be armed with Firepower 4 and Strength 2, 45cm range Lances on their decks, for no extra cost." How many lance shots do you get, is it four or two?
Hello Deamon Charmer welcome to LO, Hope you enjoy it. What you have done here is resurrected a dead thread, if you look at the dates, the post before yours was three years ago. This really annoys some people, and means you are unlikely to get a helpful reply. Instead, simply start a new thread altogether, theres plenty of Chaos players i'm sure will be able to help you. Unfortunately, i cant, being a loyal marine fleet ( still not painted ).
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.