Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Long Wait is over, now let's get back to the Long War!

Greetings Sinners!
It's been a long wait for the Traitor Legions; 14 years since the last Codex with Legion rules were published. Finally our time has come again......and I, for one, welcome our new Chaos overlords!

First of all, let me just make clear this article isn't a review of the supplement, it's more of a collection of thoughts and ideas that I'm chucking around. A couple of people have said to me that they're a little unsure how all of this works in the grand scheme of 40k, so hopefully for those peeps it will make it a bit clearer.....I reserve the right to change anything that I've said should I get it wrong! ;-)

Obviously, I will be concentrating on one Legion in particular, but don't let that put you off too much, some of these ideas will carry across to other Legions as well and will, hopefully, get your creative juices flowing.

If you hadn't realised it would be all about these guys, then you're reading the wrong blog!

There are a few ways to use this supplement, but whichever way you do, you must have Codex: Chaos Space Marines to make it work, this is a supplement and not a stand alone Codex such as Khorne Daemonkin.

CAD - Combined Arms Detachment

This is the good old regular way to play 40k (which I still prefer for tournament play). If one follows the restrictions in the Legion supplement for the Emperors Children then certain Special Rules apply to all units in the CAD; these are:

  • No Unique units other than Lucius the Eternal.
  • Units that can take the Mark of Slaanesh must do.
  • Units with another Mark of Chaos cannot be taken.
  • All units that can do so must take the Veterans of the Long War, at no additional points cost.
  • Any Daemon Princes must have the Daemon of Slaanesh special rule.
  • Psykers from the Detachment can choose to generate all of their Psychic powers from the Slaanesh discipline.
 All units in an Emperor's Children Detachment or Formation gain the following Special Rules:

Fuelled by Sensation
Units that have the VOTLW special rule have the Fearless and Feel No Pain (6+) Special Rules. Units with the Icon of Excess get 4+ FNP.
If a model with VOTLW is slain in combat before it has attacked it can make a single attack before being removed.
Masters of Kakophoni
Units of Noise Marines are Troop Choices.

They also gain access to Chaos Artefacts and Warlord Traits.

This is the easiest way to play an Emperor's Children Warband and the one that most people are familiar with.


Rapture Battalion
This where things can get a little confusing at times. A Rapture Battalion is a special type of Legion Detachment that can be included in any Battle Forged army. It has a Force Organisation Chart whose slots are made up of specific Formations and army list entries; the army list entry in this case is a unit of Chaos Spawn. Chaos Spawn are not a Formation, they are a unit entry.
This is usually where the confusion can arise, especially when tournaments and events impose restrictions on the number of sources that an army can be made up of.
A Formation is a collection of specific units that combine to make a specific Formation. Formations can be added to any Detachment, CAD or Rapture Battalion (Legion Detachment) and they are still Battle Forged.
The Traitor Legions supplement has all the Formations that are required by any of the Legions. I think the Traitors Hate Supplement has a one maybe two different Formations that aren't in the Legions supplement. These could also be bolted on to a CAD or Legion Detachment and the army would still be Battle Forged.
Hopefully, that makes things a little clearer for anybody who has never used Formations or Alternative Detachments before. Incidentally, these Alternative Detachments are often referred to as a 'Decurion' Detachment.

This feels like a good place for a picture break.
Rapture Detachment
The Rapture Detachment is comprised of a Core Formation and at least one Auxiliary. A Rapture Battalion can include up to:
0-4 Lord of the Legion.
1+ Core.
1+ Auxiliary.
So the only real limit is the point size.

Core Formation

  • Chaos Warband.
  • Kakophoni

  • Lord of the Legion.
  • The Lost and the Damned.
  • Helforged Warpack.
  • Heldrake Terror Pack.
  • Cult of Destruction.
  • Fist of the Gods.
  • Raptor Talon.
  • Terminator Annihilation Force.
  • Favoured of Chaos.
  • Spawn.

The benefits from the Rapture Battalion are reroll Warlord Trait and a roll on the Combat Drugs table that is applied to all non vehicle units from the Detachment.

  • +1 WS
  • +1 BS
  • +1 Init.
  • +1 Str.
  • +1 T
  • +1 A

The Auxiliaries and Command Formation are straight from the Traitors Hate Supplement, so they should need no explanation, as is the Chaos Warband.
The Kakophoni however is a new Formation for the Emperor's Children (the Death Guard also get a Formation called the Plague Colony).


Not these guys, but not far off.

  • 1 Chaos Lord or Lucius the Eternal.
  • 3-6 units of Noise Marines.
Special Rules: Split Fire and Shred. If the Formation starts with 6 units they gain +1 strength to all sonic weapons.

I may have mentioned before that I love Noise Marines and I really really want to use the Kakophoni. Unfortunately, as much as I love them, 6 units of Noise Marines is a lot of points (804pts for 6 x 5 Noise Marines with a Blastmaster and 3 Sonic Blasters, and then there's the cost of the Lord on top). They have Objective Secured because they would belong to the Emperor's Children Detachment and all Noise Marines are Troop Choices, but unless I'm playing above 1500pts, I can't see me using them because of the Lord tax.
The Lord probably doesn't seem like a tax, but once I start to add Auxiliary Choices it becomes clear that the Rapture Battalion is really designed for games above 1500pts (sneaky GW making me want to play larger games!).
So if I want to use a Rapture Battalion I'm leaning towards the Chaos Warband.

Chaos Warband
The Chaos Warband is the other Core Formation that I would need to use if I wanted to take advantage of the reroll on the Warlord Traits and Combat Drugs. Of course, once again, if I go down this route it limits my options considerably at 1500pts.
The minimum requires me to take :

  • A Lord.
  • A unit of Termies, Chosen or Possessed.
  • Two units of Chaos Marines.
  • A unit of Bikers, Raptors or Warp Talons.
  • A unit of Havocs or a Helbrute.
The Special rules for this allow two rolls on the boon table for a Character who wins a duel and to choose one or both rolls. Added to the roll they already receive for Combat Drugs and it begins to mount up. Better yet every unit has Objective Secured, couple this with all models with VOTLW being fearless and this Warband becomes very worthwhile! Objective secured units that must be wiped out to a man sound very good to me.....Deathstars can't get everywhere can they?

So while thinking about this, it then hit me that I could build the Slaanesh Biker list that I've always wanted. Bikers now being Fearless mean that I no longer have to worry about them needing a Lord to stop them breaking.

6 Slaanesh Bikers 242pts
2 Melta.
Icon of Excess
Aspiring Champion with Powerfist

That gives me toughness 5, 3+ armour, 4+ Jink & 4+ FNP with Object Secured and the Champion gets an attack even if he dies.
Add another two units (the Warband allows up to 3 units) and that gives me 18 Bikers bombing around the Battlefield, being a right royal pain to all and sundry....even Tau will struggle to remove that lot in a turn ;-)
There is one fly in the ointment however, if I take the Rapture Battalion I can't use Forge World.....apart from the Dreadclaw for one of the Troop Choices, but the Battalion is so points intensive that I probably wouldn't be able to afford to anyway.

So this is where my brain is at just lately. Knocking around various ideas for the latest incarnation of the Castigators. I still haven't finalised a list yet, but one thing is for certain, I'm going to have to do a lot more painting and I'm really enjoying the book!

Until next time.....may Our Lady Grant you her number!


  1. Interesting read Gaz! Tempted to do 3 units 6 bikes but will cost me a small fortune to buy all the parts to make 2 more units.;)

    1. Cheers mate.
      Luckily for me, I still have those Bikes that I got from you, so it isn't a problem for me :-)

  2. Glad to see you are enjoying playing with the lists. I wish I had someone good at lists to do similar with my Thousand Sons ha. Lots to play with.

    1. The Thousand Sons models are really lush, but their reliance on the Psychic phase has deterred me from looking at them too closely. I have the Wrath of Magnus books, but all I've read is the background book.
      It's great to have something to spark the imagination, and while it's not perfect by any means, at least we can build lists with flavour that have the type of variety not seen since the fabled 3.5 edition.

    2. I've been fiddling around with some Thousand Sons list to see what you can bring (not a lot, the points add up quickly). The main Core-Auxiliary-Command (CAC) Detachment for TS is one of the weaker in my opinion. Don't getme wrong, it's good to be able to cast more spells. But the formations aren't that great either. I think it's about 1600 points just to bring max units in a War Cabal (you need to bring mx units to unlock the powerful reroll ones on your saving throws). That's without any fancy new wargear or more models. Yeah the points add up quickly.

      If you plan on bringing max Scarab Occult and Rubrics the War Cabal is golden otherwise go for the CAD or an Allied Detachment for Ob Sec Rubrics. The big perk of the TS CAC is the ability to bring single vehicles and walkers as Aux. That offers more flexibility than most other Chaos CAC Detachment.

  3. I've got enough part's to make 3 more bikes same standard as my other's that will give me 9. Just need to troll eBay for all the part's to make 9 more lol

    1. Cool, I have lots to paint now.
      I need another two Rhinos because I turned my old ones into Predators. I also need to build 3 Terminators because my old ones have Sonic weapons on them (and they look terribly dated), and I finally have a reason to go back to my Autocannon Havoks....oh yeah, and another 10 Bikers!

    2. Why not turn the predators back into rhinos or do you want to keep the option of having predators? Are you doing the minimum 3 man terminator unit or 5 man?

    3. I have more than enough new models to paint without going back to 25 year old models ;-)
      I'll be using a 3 man Termicide unit with Combi-Plasma and maybe a Chainfist if I have the points.

  4. Why not try the terminators from the burning of prospero there perfect for slaanesh mate

    1. I do like how they are posed and I love the legs but I don't like the torso on them. They look like a smaller version of the Deredeo Dreadnought and I really don't like that model. It reminds too much of the robot out of Lost in Space.....Danger! Danger! Will Robinson. ;-)

  5. Lol What about chopping the torso up so it's half flesh and half armour with a tit on the right hand side of the torso that's what im doing with my terminator squad :)

  6. The Chaos Warband is pretty much the clear winner in all of the Legion detachments. Objective secured everywhere, and you can min/max it. The god specific ones are just so point heavy, 4 x Berserkers, Typhus + 3 x Plague Marines, etc. It's great if you're hammering on the theme, don't get me wrong, and it's functional, but leaves you little points for much else in smaller games; as you said.

    I agree that those Bikers would be pretty damn brutal. Let's not forget I5 as well, putting you ahead of your basic units, then you back that up with the T5 and FNP. Toss in some Hammer of Wrath ahead of it all, and you've got a solid unit(s) for sure.

    1. While the Warband does have clear benefits at lower pointed games, it's still too restrictive for me. If I want to take my 'Hellriders', then I won't be able to fit in any Noise Marines at all using the Warband. Decisions, decisions....

    2. Doesn't seem right not having at least one unit of noise marines in a slaanesh list does it ;)

    3. Exactly right! That's why I'm leaning towards sticking with CAD for games under 1500pts.

  7. Wait, what? I'm not the only Chaos player stoked by the latest book. ;)

    EC looks strong, with fearless on everything. And the Icon for 4+ FNP is just great on units like Bikers or big blocks of regular Chaos Marines.

    I can't wait to dive into the book and try and decide on how to build my lists in the future.

    1. The possibilities are endless, I'm sorely tempted to use my Lord on his Slaaneshi mount again to deliver a large squad of Chaos Marines into the backfield.....I never thought I would say that again with our current Codex.....happy days!

  8. My Alpha Legion veterans of the looooooong war are also rejoicing. ^_^ Now they can punch above their weight thanks to their expertise regardless of their tiny bases and puny-looking figures. Cheers.

    1. Lol, I know what you mean about tiny bases. Over Christmas I have decided to finally bite the bullet and upgrade my models to the larger bases.

    2. Lord Adiatun Varunn3 January 2017 at 04:51

      Happy New Year or millennium, Castigator
      The only way for you to insert a unit of Noise Marines into a list it would seem to be to use the Black Crusade Detachment from Traitor's Hate with the "Veterans of the Legions" auxiliary choice if not in a CAD

    3. Happy New Year to you as well my friend.
      That's a great idea! I'm still playing around with list ideas at the moment (and not really liking any of them yet).
      I played a Highlander game against White Scars a few days ago (damn, I love how White Scars play!) using my usual 1500pt FW goodies and although the game was a tight loss (8-5), it didn't help that my Fire Raptor didn't turn up until turn 4, which is a lot of points to go missing. Despite that, the same old problem of dealing with armour 2 models arose. I need to look at getting more AP2 into my army and the 215pts that the Raptor costs, could give me a way to increase it.
      At least the options are there though, it's just taking longer than I thought to design an army I'm happy with ;-)