Recently I decided to start collecting a new Warhammer army. At first I could not make up my mind as there are new army books being published, and different armies are being remade. First I thought about collecting Tomb Kings, but there are two things that I don’t really like about them. I don’t really like desert theme based on ancient Egypt. Another thing is that although they now have new models, they still have those ugly undead horses that I really can’t stand. Those horses have to be the worst models in Warhammer in my opinion.
Then I thought about collecting Orcs. However, they might be fun to play and all, but I never really enjoyed playing with them, probably as they reminded me of Skaven, as they are strong in numbers and in shooting with different machines. I was looking for something different, something where each unit matters and an army that can hit hard and be tough. Skaven are all except that. Don’t get me wrong, I love Skaven, but you need to take a break from something from time to time.
When the new Ogre Kingdoms army book was published I thought that it was it. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the looks of the models and their new units are quite good. What I don’t like is that they are all fat, big and stupid. Another very important thing is that with this 8th edition Games Workshop is forcing players to buy big monster that look amazing, but most of them are totally useless in your army. Ogres got few of these.
Recently, the new Vampire Counts army book was published, and after reading it I realized it is a blast playing with them. And now I had to make a decision. Whether to start collecting Vampire army or something else? I was always more of a Chaos player. I never liked playing with good guys or humans in that matter. I was probably going to choose Daemons of Chaos but for some reason I don’t really like how they work. After playing with Skaven, I was going for something totally opposite of what they do. So no more heavy shooting and more hard hitting units. That is when I decided to go with Warriors of Chaos.
When I choose an army to collect besides the characteristics and the play style, I always look for an army that I visually like. I love well sculptured miniatures and I like to have a nice looking army. Warriors of Chaos have amazing models. All of their miniatures are really nice and high in detail. Heroes and Lord are very good and I have a problem fitting all of those I would like into my army. Besides the Chosen, which look amazing, I have to say that my favorite models in Chaos army are Knights of Chaos. These look really good.
What is also very interesting is that it has a very good battalion that you can buy. Most of these battalions have units that you will probably not use, but Warriors of Chaos battalion has all the units you will use. Ten warhaounds are great and you should always have at least two units of 5 in your army. They are great for diversions and they are great for out deploying your opponent. Battalion also comes with 20 Marauders. There is no way you will make your army without them. Now with the 8th edition rules you are looking for big units that you can take as a horde. Unit consisting of 40 Marauders is quite deadly and can stop anything for at least one turn. Equipped with great weapons they can make some serious damage to your opponent. In order to have all you need it is enough to buy another Marauder box set, or a second battalion. That way you will have 40 marauders and enough Warhouds and Knights. What you will have to add are Chaos Warriors, but no more than just one box set in order to have a very playable army.
I believe that there is no point in taking more than 5 Knight into your army. Although I don’t play with them, as I thing that there are better options to fill their points, they hit hard and can withstand even the strongest opponents. Even if you are not going to use them, 5 Knights from the battalion can be used for different conversions as they simply look awesome.
Besides the Knights, Warhouds and Marauders you also get 12 Chaos warriors. This is your hardest units, well, besides Chosen. Two units of 15-20 Warriors in your army should do the job. I like taking 18 Warriors and 15 Chosen. Mark of Khorne is always welcome as your Warriors will have one additional attack. Mark of Tzeentch is also very good as it will grant you with Ward save. Chaos Warriors are easily converted into Chosen of the Chaos. So if you take two battalions you will have to add just one box of Warriors and with just a little work you can have both Warriors and Chosen made out of the same models. Chosen models look amazing but they are quite expansive to buy as they come in 5 model box sets.
There are a lot of different models of heroes and lords to choose from. You can pick a champion dedicated to each of the four Gods. There are also mounted characters that look amazing. However, I have to say that I am not really impressed with the dragon model they got, but I could not really find any purpose for the dragon in 8th edition, unless you are playing with 2500+ points.
One of the very interesting units is Chaos Warshrine. There is no model for this units, but you can easily make one as it is not really said what it actually is. It is some kind of shrine pulled by whatever you wish. Very useful unit and there are different tactics to be used with it.
I hope that there will be a new army book for Warriors of Chaos soon. Actually, that might not be that soon but still. There are other armies that should be fixed first like Bretonnia and Wood Elves. We can only imagine what kind of new units they will have.