The Chaos Daemon army is not quite like other armies in the Warhammer 40k universe. This is because the Chaos Daemon army was designed for the Warhammer Fantasy game ( now replaced by) and ported across to 40k.
The Chaos Daemon army plays quite differently to other 40k armies. This is mainly due to the numerous special rules. The addition of these rules also make the army difficult to play. I would suggest that the Daemon army is not a good one for beginners, but a great one for advanced payers that fancy a challenge!
Often the best was to use the Chaos Daemon army is to use it as an attachment to a Warhammer Chaos Marine army. What the Chaos Daemon units bring to the Chaos Marine is psychic powers, monstrous creatures and close combat units. The number of deep striking units are useful for snatching objectives or take out key enemy units.
Chaos Daemons come in five flavours one for each of the chaos gods and one faction for those that do not follow a specific chaos god, or follow all of them equally.
The Chaos Daemon army come with a number of special rules. These rules are quite different from other Warhammer 40k armies.
If you are familiar with the Chaos Space Marines you will have come across the four chaos gods; Khorne, Slannesh, Nurgle, and Tzeench. With the Chaos Marine army the use the chaos god’s traits is optional. There are enough unaligned choices available to create a undivided army. With the Chaos Daemon army you will need to be totally conversant with the chaos gods traits.
Each of these four gods have their own characteristics. These characteristic are passed on to the gods followers.
Khorne is the most popular chaos god with players. Khorne is the god of war and the Daemons of Khorne are frenzied close combat killers. The other aspect of Khorne, and it’s followers is that there are no Khorne psykers.
Khorne units work well with Tzeench units. The Tzeench can provide psychic long range fire support that Khorn units are usually short of.
Nurgle units are the second most popular chaos units. Nurgle specializes in deseses and poisons. The Nurgle units tend to be tough but a bit slower than other units.
Nurgle units work well with Slaanesh units that have the speed that the Nurgle units don’t have.
Slaneesh units are focused of speed and the excess of pleasure. This means that they are fast but fragile. Slaanesh units also have access to a number of psyco-active drugs and narcotics.
Slaanesh units work well with Nurgle units that have the toughness that the Slaanesh units don’t have.
Tzeench is the god of change and is the master of psychic powers. The downside though is that Tzeench units are generally poor at close combat.
Tzeench units work well with Khorne units that can act as body guards to the more vulnerable Tzeench units.
The Chaos Daemon army has a wide verity of HQ choices. Some of these are very powerful and some are quite quirky, however they all come with a slew of special rules. I highly recommend that you know the special rules for any unit you take, maybe writing out the special rules on a 3×4 card so you can have as a prompt while you play.
Chaos Daemon warlords can use the default Warlord Traits found in the rule book, or the warlord traits found in the Chaos Daemon’s codex. One the whole the codex warlord traits are recommended. This is specially true if the bulk of your force is from the Chaos Daemon Codex.
Lord of Change
Great Unclean One
Keeper Of Secrets
The Daemon Prince can come in a verity of configurations. If you get a chance have a look at the options available before you build the model. This will give you the chance to configure the model to fit in with your play style. You can see from the attached image that I prefer to have my Daemon Prince with wings. This allows him to deep strike and zp around the table using the maximum damage.
Heralds Of Chaos
Herald of Khorne
The Blue Scribes
Herald Of Tzeentch
Hearld Of Nurgle
The Masque Of Slaanesh
Hearald of Slanesh
Bloodletters Of Khorne
Pink Horrors of Tzeentch
Daemonettes Of Slaanesh
Bloodcrushers Of Khorne
Flamers Of Tzeentch
Beast Of Nurgle
Fiends Of Slaanesh
Chaos Daemon Fast Attack Tactics
Flesh Hounds Of Khorne
Screamers Of Tzeentch
Plague Drone Of Nurgle
Seekers Of Slannesh
Hellflayer Of Slannesh + Exalted Alluress
Chaos Daemon Heavy Support Tactics
Skull Cannon Of Khorne
Burning Chariot Of Tzeench
Seeker Chariot Of Slaanesh
Exalted Seeker Chariot Of Slaanesh