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The Daemons are pure, concentrated evil - destruction incarnate, really. They have some pretty slick models and a lot of options in the army, however, many people have swarmed to Daemons of Chaos because of their broken reputation in 7th edition. Well, with the release of the 8th edition army book, those days are effectively over.
Daemons are one of the trickiest armies to play now simply due to the amount of randomness thrown into the new book. The first big change comes from the Reign of Chaos table which is consulted when you roll for winds of magic. The effects of this table can help you for the turn giving you an upgrade to your Ward Save, bombing enemy units, or giving you free lesser daemons or heralds or extremely cripple you docking your ward save or destroying your own units.
The other one is the inclusion of Daemonic Gifts which are all random and disallows the use of core rulebook magic items except banners, though you may swap out your roll for a magic weapon. Note that a popular choice with this army is magnetizing the models to both the square and round bases Or simply using the round movement trays of whatever they seek best , so that you can have two armies in one.
This gives you an advantage and disadvantage, the first is you have an army that can be used in both games. Needs a lot of work! At first, Daemon units might seem frail with their lack of armour and few available options The power of the Daemons lies here and access to Daemon gifts only buffs them further.
In fact, you deep strike none of it - you setup just as other armies. Remember that supposed frailty issue we were murmuring about earlier? Turns out Daemons can at least be shot at to keep them at bay, with almost nothing to contribute with in the shooting phase. Although unlike other armies, they all get ward saves against it.
Important Note: Each of the 4 gods Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch and Slaanesh all grant their respective daemons a unique trait. There are three Greater Daemon and four herald characters.
Note: Under the current edition, named characters tend to be overpriced; you can pretty easily emulate most named characters from scratch and save yourself some points. That said, a few named characters do have abilities and wargear or wargear combos unique to them, so if you absolutely need to have them, go ahead. This power gets boosted more if he makes an enemy unit fail a Panic or Break test, where he gains d3 more power dice to spend, which CAN take him over the power pool limit, but which only he can use.
Enemy units within 12" have -1 Ld. One of your few Ld 10 characters. Skarbrand, the Exiled One: pts. He also has S5 breath weapon while bestowing friendly and non-friendly units with hatred and is frenzied himself. Keep in mind that unlike other bloodthirsters, Skarbrand does not fly. Kairos Fateweaver: pts. Nagash has rules now! He also rides a Palanquin of Nurglings, but the real cool feature is, again, the fact that he hurls Nurglings fit to burst from sucking his fatass off! Can effectively neutralize war machines that would otherwise be shooting at him.
Nurgle Wizard, makes undead units she wounded in combat take d3 additional unsaveable wounds, and enemies in base contact during the Magic Phase takes an armour-ignoring S1 hit. Oh, and she replaces her chalice with a new Plague Chalice that becomes a grenade. After placing the small blast on herself, she moves it in a direction ahead of her 3d6 inches and anyone who touches it must now test Toughness or take an unsaveable wound.
Oh, and she has Hatred Undead , so totally throw her in front of Mortarch Vlad. Skip for miles. The Masque of Slaanesh: Although better than her 40K incarnation, still not really worth it as she cannot join units. Pretty good in close combat with her unnatural reflexes and awesome at disrupting units with her eternal dance. Epidemius: The Nurgle version of Skulltaker, with T5, virulence locus, and gives continuous buffs to Nurgle units in your army.
Pretty sweet if you have the points to spare and essential if playing an all Nurgle army. You may want to think about buying the Kazyk the Befouled model to use instead of the Epidemius one. The Blue Scribes: A tougher herald that randomly generates bound spells. Not really worth it.
The Changeling: special character that can shore up the lack of close combat ability in a squad of horrors. Can nominate one character before battle to re-roll to hit and to wound against with his 4 S5 I6 attacks at WS7.
His special toy is a brass collar see Flesh Hounds that causes a S10 hit against any wizard within 12" before they get bent over by their miscast roll. He also gives his unit frenzy. Is he worth it? Ask yourself two questions: is your opponent undead or does he have pointed ears? On top of the usual daemon awesomeness, he comes with two hand weapons, heavy armour, can fly, has magic resistance 2 , and 10s in WS, BS, with I9, on top of Thunderstomp.
Wrath of Khorne more points gives more of a boost. Moreover, using BT means no 4 level Wizards for You, which is a shame, considering DoCh no longer holds the advantage of having killy and finely priced units as they used to have.
Excluding Beasts of Nurgle. To sum up, It is yours to decide if you have the balls to use this GD. I do choose a safer option. Not as physically imposing as the other Greater Daemons having less weapon skill, initiative, or attacks ; however, what he lacks in combat prowess he makes up in magic and trickery. He is the cheapest by far to raise to level 4, starting with a base level 2.
With the new book he no longer knows all the spells of the Lore of Tzeentch, but now he can use the Lore of Metal instead if he chooses to. Metal is a decent lore because it has the tools to answer high armored units i.
Searing Doom and the Banner of the World Dragon i. Final Transmutation. Fly around, cast spells, and charge at the right target and at the right time, just like the scheming Tzeentch-playing bastard that you are. Keeper of Secrets: Probably one of the best choices here, solid magic ability, excellent close combat skills and have had a significant point drop down to Again, the change to Gifts has significantly changed how you use this guy, no more crazy gift combos, but still very good for tearing through infantry or kitted out to be a fairly efficient character killer.
As is the norm for monsters, expect your opponent to fire everything they have at it so pray for some good rolls on the gift table. Suprisingly, this guy works well with Tzeentchian units. Lore of Shadow can cripple T and M of enemy units, making them greatly less resistant to Warpflame tests.
Stick him behind something with many Wounds Beasts of Nurgle anyone? He also has 6 wounds. Also throws down with poisoned attacks. His lowered point cost, now , does make him more viable for smaller games though for an extra 75 points he could end up with 2 of the daemonic gifts listed in the keeper of secrets analysis. Daemon Prince: The other generic lord-level unit. Cheapest by far, clocking in at a basic pts. Heralds: Your generic hero choices that come in 4 flavors as below.
Note, all the heralds have access to abilities called "Loci," which makes them share their special power with a unit of troops of that Chaos god. They can also ride mounts or chariots of their gods. Herald of Khorne: Close combat awesome! WS7, S5 and lots of killing blow attacks! His locus powers are either Magic Resist 2 30 pts , Frenzy 60 pts or Hatred 75 pts granted to the Khorne unit he is in.
Can also take 50 pts. You can also put him on a Juggernaut or chariot. The HoK came out worse than before due to having to buy a Locus and lowered S. But is it worth it? Free Herald of Khorne in the box! It boosts up Bloodletters to a level of medium usefulness and proves a good shooting magnet. Remember that You can actually park this guy near a unit or 2 of Letters and just push the lane heavily, most opponents will try to avoid them due to the Killing Blow.
Still, the model blows. Herald of Tzeentch: Magic awesome! Not much of a stat line, but he comes as a level 1 wizard and can re-roll ward saves and channeling rolls of 1. Not much point taking them without some pink horrors to keep him safe. Then my friend you are in luck because someone at GW decided to make a Battlescroll that does exactly that for 90 points.
Madness I know, but hey when your friends use Banner of the World Dragon you are free to punish them with this not-war machine hero. No guarantee you will have friends left but at least you killed those elves really well that one game. Its three loci are: auto-pass dangerous terrain, Look Out, Sir!
Can be mounted on steed, seeker chariot or exalted seeker chariot of Slaanesh. Can also be upgraded to Lv1 wizard with access to lore of Slaanesh or Lore of Shadow. Might be worth it since all the daemon lore attributes let you add models to your units.
Herald of Nurgle: Still T5, still tougher and stronger than your average Plaguebearer. Can ride a Palanquin, giving him a 50mm base footprint and 4 Wounds!
Can get very expensive very fast though, especially if you load him out with the 50 points of Daemonic Gifts and buy casting options for him.
Warhammer Fantasy Daemons of Chaos 8th Edition Army Book
The Daemons are pure, concentrated evil - destruction incarnate, really. They have some pretty slick models and a lot of options in the army, however, many people have swarmed to Daemons of Chaos because of their broken reputation in 7th edition. Well, with the release of the 8th edition army book, those days are effectively over. Daemons are one of the trickiest armies to play now simply due to the amount of randomness thrown into the new book. The first big change comes from the Reign of Chaos table which is consulted when you roll for winds of magic. The effects of this table can help you for the turn giving you an upgrade to your Ward Save, bombing enemy units, or giving you free lesser daemons or heralds or extremely cripple you docking your ward save or destroying your own units. The other one is the inclusion of Daemonic Gifts which are all random and disallows the use of core rulebook magic items except banners, though you may swap out your roll for a magic weapon.
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