Thursday, June 13, 2013

Chaos Daemons Army 6th Edition

Greater Daemon of Slaanesh - custom!
I've been steadily getting games in with my Chaos Daemons army over the last two months, since the release of the 6th edition Daemon codex. At first, I was overwhelmed with the number of choices and how swingy the units seemed. Some were amazingly powerful (greater daemons) while so many other choices just seemed weak. It took me awhile to figure out how to use them in conjunction.

I've been fairly successful with them over the last few weeks, which is accounted for by two things: local players just aren't expecting what the Daemons can do, and the fact that I've used conniving tactics to make it work.

Let me be clear: I don't have a large Daemon army. The models I have are enough to play with, but I have very little variety. I only owned daemons as support for my main chaos marine army since 2nd edition, so I never bothered to buy a whole army of them. When the 6th edition Chaos Space Marine 'dex came out, there were no daemons to be seen. Obviously they were going be used only as allies, and thus I had to wait for the new Daemon codex to arrive a few months later.

So admittedly, I don't have the best army build. I play with what I own, and I've been doing pretty good with them. So what do I have? Here is the list I ran yesterday versus some great Space Wolves. Allied units are listed in Italics.

  • Greater Daemon of Slaanesh - 2 greater rewards and a Slaanesh psychic power
  • 2 Slaanesh Heralds - each with the Move Through Cover loci and an Etherblade: AP 2 mastercrafted!
  • 1 Herald of Tzeentch - +1 Str on psychic loci and Divination - reroll misses
  • Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer - Biomancy + Spell Familiar
  • 3 Beasts of Nurgle
  • 10 Daemonettes + Alluress with Etherblade: AP 2 Mastercrafted
  • 10 Daemonettes + Alluress with Etherblade
  • 11 Pink Horrors + Blasted Standard
  • 5 Chaos Space Marines + Plasma gun
  • 5 Chaos Space Marines + Flamer
  • 10 Chaos Furies with Slaanesh (gives them fleet, +3" run, and Rending)
  • Heldrake with Baleflamer
  • Daemon Prince of Slaanesh + armor + wings + Grimoire of True Names
  • 2 Obliterators with Mark of Nurgle (to give them Toughness 5)
It's done pretty well! I have 9 old Bloodletters I haven't pained yet. A Balgrog from LotR that I could paint up as a Bloodthirster, a wingless beast that I run in my Fantasy Beastman army as a Ghorgon, but I could make as either a Khorne daemon prince or Skarbrand, and I'm working on a custom-made Skullcannon.

As you see, I'm basically playing with what I have. How do I run it? I think that will be a future blog post, so I can really get into it. For now, how about a few pictures?

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh

Snap shot of Daemon Army

OOP Daemonettes

Skull Cannon of Khorne - WIP

Thanks for reading. Do you have any questions about my army list or my models? Leave a comment and I'll get back to you quick. Murphy Out!


  1. Always wanted to field a demon army, got the codex and whatever scrap models i have. Once bought about 12 bloodletters for my khorne themed CSM army in 4th or 5th ed. got some models i could use as furies, have a demon Prince and that huge bloodthirster from forgeworld and another "regular" bloodthirster. So i'd be very interrested in some more thoughts on this codex.

    1. Hey, sorry I never saw this comment! I actually don't get too many comments, so haven't been in the habit of checking for them.

      I've done really well with the Daemon codex. The trick is to find a balance between a horde of lesser daemons and a few heavy hitters like Bloodthirsters or Daemon Princes. I always have at least two monstrouse creatures decked out with Greater Gifts, which generally help them survive. While my opponent is shooting a the big guys, the little ones survive a little longer and actually get to charge!

      I wont say that I've been unbeaten, but I've won most games I've played with them.