Now some of you may be familiar with my work in creating fan base dexes, Codex Death Guard and Codex Tau, if you’re not familiar with them then you can find them on this various board. In addition to those two I have also done a Sister of Battle one and a few other small projects, those just haven’t ever made it onto the onlinez.
Now I’m wanting to introduce you all to my next project in the shape of a new chaos codex. With this project my aim is to deliver a completely new dex built from the ground up, not just a simple 5th ed tweak with point changes and a few new sparkly items. Let me make it clear that I actually like the current chaos space marine codex and yes I’m aware of its problems and those problems are pretty obvious.
In my opinion and I’m sure others will agree with me, the current form of chaos space marines has become stale. The fact players can make a CSM army using loyal marine dexes just goes to show that the fluffy theme of chaos just isn’t making it to the table top! Currently most chaos marine forces are too similar to loyal marines but with spikes and a grumpy attitude. I want the chaos back in chaos.
So what’s holding CSM back? Sheer diversity I’d say. There are so many types of chaos forces out there that one standard GW sized codex just simply will not cover. You have you four major cult forces, your standard generic undivided forces, your speciality forces such as Iron Warriors, Word Bearers, Night Lords and etc. So how do I got about enabling CSM players in making these sorts of themed armies? The answer is the Chaos Lord.
This is my plan; you’re able to take only a single chaos lord who can then be upgraded to a daemon prince and or a sorcerer. Then for your lord you select a doctrine the reflects on the nature of the chaos marine force you wish to build. Some examples of doctrines – Khorne Lord, Occult Lord, Terror Lord, Nurgle Lord and Siege Lord. Now your CSM marine force just happens to be a Word Bearers force so you’d pick the Occult Lord doctrine, this will then enable you access to a higher count of daemons and daemonic gifts for your units. But if you had say a Night Lords army you’d probably want to go the Terror Lord option as that enables you access to more raptors and terror tactics for your units.
All units throughout the dex will have below all their generic wargear and upgrade options a list of doctrine specific upgrades. So for example if you the Occult Lord is at the head of your army you could take upgrades from the Occult Options, things like improved daemonic summoning icons and daemonic upgrades for the unit. But if you had the Terror Lord then you’d be given access to the Terror Options, upgrades like fleet or infiltrate for the unit. Now of course nothing is free, everything has its points values!
Of course cult favourites will remain, such as Plague, Thousand Sons, Khorne Zerks and Noise Marines. Although what force org. slot they sit in will depend entirely on your lord. Khorne Zerks for a Siege Lord would be an elite choice but for a Khorne Lord they’d be a troop choice. Expect to see cult terminators again to.
Other things you can expect are doctrine specific vehicle upgrades! So a possessed vehicle is unique to the particular god the entity within belongs to. So a Khorne possessed vehicle is hungry for blood whilst a Nurgle possessed one is bloated and tough to kill.
Expect to see non-generic daemonic weapons and sorcerers that are actually masters of wielding the ruinous powers that worship.
Okay so everything is all very much up in the air still, what I’ve mentioned above are just broad ideas that have been rolling around in my head during the long drives to and back from work. Now for a project so grand I am looking for input, ideas and inspiration. If you’re a good fluff writer and want to contribute then by all means! If you have some gnarly original art work then fire away! But what I am looking for the most is play testers, I don’t get to play the game as much as I like due to work and social commitments. So if you’re willing to participate with that side of the things that would be fantastic!