Welcome to our newest series, The Docket.  Back in September of 2011 when we made our first return from a long hiatus, we promised to bring you more content on ”the Rules Lawyers as gamers”, intending to keep you, our readers, apprised as to what we’re up to.  We wanted to give some insight into our gaming lives beyond just the tournament reviews and the dry, lengthy rules discussions we (occasionally) produce.  That was partly the result of meeting and getting to know some great people at Gamesday 2011.  It was also partly in response to some emails we’d received in our absence, asking about things like what armies we’re playing, what armies we’re working on, what tournaments we’re going to/judging, and other things like what videogames we play, whether we’re on XBox or PS3, etc.  We’ve continued to get these kinds of questions from time to time ever since.  Unfortunately, aside from the occasional “Building the Case” article, we haven’t really done much to address those questions.  And as we’ve mentioned before, we want to be your rules lawyers.  That means we want our content to be driven by what our readers want to see.  No sense in writing something nobody wants to read.

 

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After spending a couple weeks with the new Chaos Space Marines Codex and getting in some playtesting, watching and reading various battle reports, etc. I’ve been able to get a good feel for the Codex. We’re still quite early in the codex’ lifespan, but I think we’ve got a good handle already on some units that do their job well and some units that underperform. Putting all of that together, this is the most competitive build for Chaos at 1850 that we’ve come up with so far. It is built around the two principals we’ve identified as being essential to success in competitive 6th edition play – durable scoring units and mobility.

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For those fluff/theme/lore enthusiasts like myself out there, this series is for you.  One of the great failings of the 2007 Chaos Codex was the difficulties it presented to those seeking to build an effective a mono-god chaos army.  Sure, there were marks, and cult troops, and some lists worked better than others.  But lesser daemons lacked flavor, and Lash was so good it was difficult to justify taking an HQ that wasn’t a lash prince or lash sorc.  Paint it how you want, call it what you want, when you’re running a lash prince we all know it’s the Prince of Excess setting those enemy infantry up for that perfect Vindicator blast or ‘Zerker charge.  Either way, the lack of in-game recognition and support for individual Legions, specific Daemons, sacred numbers, or any reason to take anything purple that wasn’t a Lash Prince, mono-god theme armies were relegated to the land of the beer and pretzels game.  But now it’s 6th edition, and we’ve got the new Chaos Space Marines codex in our hot little hands.  Will it be enough to run a mono-god theme list that isn’t going to auto-lose to anything balanced and competitive?  In this series, I’ll talk about how the new Chaos Space Marines Codex and 6th edition in general have helped mono-god theme lists make a comeback, and provide some sample lists for your viewing pleasure.

 

This is a fun list to show off one of the features of the new Chaos Space Marines codex – special characters with preset warlord traits.  The great thing about preset warlord traits is you can plan your army around it and really take advantage of it.  Ahriman’s warlord trait is one of the best in the Chaos ‘dex – it lets 1-3 infantry units infiltrate.  This list takes advantage of that by cramming 20-60 power-armored murderers down the enemy’s throat.  Hilarity ensues.  This isn’t intended to be a competitive list, or anything resembling balanced.  This is not a list that’s going to win you tournaments.  Friendly lists have their place, too, and this one seems like it’ll be a lot of fun to play.  That said, it has the potential to just run right over a lot of lists that aren’t equipped to handle it.

*UPDATE – I’ve updated the list after some additional playtesting.  It’s now Huron’s Angry Circus. See the comments section for the new list.

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