How to become a Chaos Cultist

Fantasy Flight Games just released a new 40k RPG, Black Crusade. While I’m note much of a role-player, it got me thinking about Chaos and all the variant armies it had in Rogue Trader. How do you accurately represent an army that has approximately a gazillion different unit types? I mean, traitor guardsmen, cultists, beastmen, renegade marines, and daemons. That’s just scratching the surface. And then it hit me. Grey Knights.

Not the Knights themselves, mind. Start with Torquemada Coteaz. Call him a Chaos Magus. Suddenly a whole new world of crazy troop choices are unlocked. An Inquisitorial henchmen band can be used to represent just about anything. There are the basic humans (Acolytes), two different types of psyker (Mystics and, well, Psykers), and heavy weapon troopers (Servitors). You can have any number of fanatic cultists and mutants (Archo-flagellants, Banishers, Crusaders and Assassins). To top it off, you even have a fallen Adeptus Mechanicus look-alike (Jokaero). And of course, Daemonhosts. Go with another Inquisitor for your second HQ. Give him a daemon weapon. Call it a day. If you crave even more, you can always count a Daemon Prince (or just about any chaotic monster) as a Dreadknight, and renegade Marines as Grey Knights.

There you have it. An old-school Chaos army from a new-school codex. I don’t have the time for a project like this at the moment, so I’m giving this idea to you, the community. What are you waiting for? Go forth to kill!

Dreadfleeting

I’ve been assembling and priming the Dreadfleet ships this week. The rules seem fun and random, and the models are nifty and

OH MY GOD THE MOLD LINES, THE MOLD LINES THEY NEVER END

It’s not that they’re especially bad. It’s just that there are about a kilometer of them, and the masts and sails and bits are small and fiddly. I kid you not, I could use the scraped-off material and build a squad of Space Marines.

Now I’m done with all the ships and islands. And I realize that all the gaming aids need to be scraped as well.

At least I’ve got Jonathan’s son to entertain me. I’m prepping him for Golden Demon 2032.

A bright beacon

The discourse (oh, how I loathe that word) on 40k and Warhammer has become mind-bogglingly stupid over the years. It’s all competitive this and spam this unit that and I’m-a-casual-gamer-it’s-the-way-it’s-meant-to-be.

Then James S comes along and explains it all. He’s a soothing academic voice in the festering cesspit of the Internet. A true hero in these dark days.