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I'm toying with the idea of including chaos warriors or possibly some chosen in my new chaos army (to date I've only ever really included marauders as far as infantry goes) but I'm having trouble justifying adding them in due to their points cost, especially with chosen, just because even small units cost a bomb and with M4 its quite easy for your opponent to avoid them getting into combat, especially armies with lots of skirmishers/fast cavalry. The chosen have some nice options (being able to give the champion something like helm of many eyes or book of secrets is awesome) but again all of these just make them even more costly.
How do you guys usually equip your units of chaos warriors in terms of weapons, magic banners etc and what size units do you usually include? At the moment I'm considering either:
12 Warriors (2 ranks of 6) with great weapons, sheilds, full command, mark of nurgle, banner of rage = 311
10 chosen (2 ranks of 5) with great weapons, shields, full command, mark of nurgle, banner of rage = 325
(Its a nurgle themed army hence the mark, plus the -1 to hit from shooting is nice for making sure they make it into combat alive...)
Not so sure about banner of rage as that would make it easier to get them lead around the table by fast cavalry but 3 S6 attacks per model is very tempting, especially as I'm looking to use them as a support unit for marauder blocks. Even those small units though cost a whopping 300pts + each, and I just feel like for that many points I could have a unit of 5 knights which are much more likely to make it into combat a give me a lot more tactical opportunities.
Anyone got any advice on what size/sort of chaos warrior units have worked for them?
I absolutely love the playability of chosen. Personally I like Halberds and shield. Also if you are worried about shooting maybe think of giving them the mark of Tzeench and Blasted Standard which in conjunction with oneanother gives your chosen a 4+ ward in the shooting phase.
Another though is if you are doing a Nurgle theme, put Festus in there with them. He gives the unit he is with regenerate on a 5+, on top of being a l.v.l 2 sorcerer.
Also equipting champion with favour of the gods allows you to re roll on the eye of the gods table. I like having this plus a war altar or two beefing my chosen up even more. It just gets scary eventually.
Hope I helped.
I have used Khorne chosen with great weapons and while they are expensive, it was nice to see them wreck my ffriends grave guard (he had a previously unkillable unit with a frontage of seven, 3 ranks, full standard, and a magic banner that gave them regen). They hit the flank of his unit and left about 13 out of the 21 in the first round causing another 7 or so to crumble. For the points chosen are very very scary but i felt like crying when they autobroke from skeletons and go run down by his vamp general... i think they are worth it as a main unit, but if you want a support unit id say pass. Also, ten may not be necccessary since if they dont deal enough damage from cobat rez to win, usually one rank wont make the difference i think.
If you take em, Nurgle with the Banner of Rage is perfect for protection and devestation. The banner makes them basically Nurgle, Khorne, and Slannesh! The big upside to for warriors and chosen of nurgle is that with a WS of 5, most other core units, being WS 3, will hit them on fives b/c of nurgle.
Chaos Warriors are some of the absolute toughest troops that can be fielded. Yes, they're kinda pricey, but you get your money's worth with them. How many other Core Troops have WS5 with a possible 2+ save...let alone can reduce their enemy's WS just by being the target?
Unless you're after a themed Marauder list, take at least one unit, they will do their job, but you don't need to get expensive with them, forget the Banner of Rage on them, it's better on Nurgle Knights anyway. Personally I wouldn't even bother with Champions in there unless you're including a Warshrine.
Nice, simple 10 Warriors with Halberd and Shield and the Mark of Nurgle all for 200 points. Any extra points you have left over can give them the muso and standard, or add another couple of warriors.
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I'm currently using a unit of 20 Chaos Warriors with Shields and a Raptuous Standard (370pts). Though pricey a big block would be near impossible to remove and has incredibe hitting power. I'm not particularly worried about getting charged due to their toughness and armour save. However I also have 2 units of Knights to keep my opponents on their toes.