Heretical Visions: Dark Alliances

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This is the first of a series of articles I will be writing pertaining to the various forces of Chaos. When I started Warhammer 40,000 in 2nd edition the game was built around the mindset of "making it your own game." House rules and rules interpretations being left to the players were heavily encouraged and widely used in friendly games and gaming groups.

Today there is a stronger focus on competitive play and list building and strict adherence to the rules. This is fine and also fits into "making the game your own." Anyone is free to play the game as they choose but here I want to focus on thinking outside the box and creating lists, rules and armies that are focused on the fluff and spirit of friendly play.

These articles will be my opinions and ideas but are by no means set in stone. Conflicting and differing viewpoints are welcome and encouraged and if better ideas are presented they may be incorporated or simply used to help someone else create their own set of rules for personal use.

This article will be focusing on allying Chaos Space Marines and Daemons in a single army. When creating house rules I'm of the belief to under power and adjust after playtesting to try and create rules that are fluffy and themed, but just as important, they should be balanced as well. The goal here should be to create a fun list for friendly play and not uber lists to win at all costs.

As such, some things may seemed somewhat disadvantageous. This is to ensure, as best I can, that rules are not abused and in some cases you do pay a penalty of sorts for having allies, whether it be the high cost of required units to attain daemons for a force organizational slot, or the limiting of certain options.



After reading through the Daemon codex I've come up with a basic rules set for allying the Chaos Space Marines with Daemonic forces. In these rules Chaos Space Marines should be the focal point of the army with Daemons as allying support units. The Daemons should enter play using the summoning rules from Codex Chaos Space Marines. The exception to this is the Daemon Prince from Codex: Chaos Daemons, which can be placed as normal in the deployment phase.

HQ

You must take 1 HQ from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex. If that unit has the mark of a specific god you may only take a Daemon HQ of the same mark in the second HQ slot. HQs without a mark or with the Icon of Chaos(IoCG) glory may take a second HQ devoted to any Chaos God.

Elites

You may take one Elite choice from the Daemon codex for each Elite choice chosen from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex. Elites units with a god specific mark must take Daemon Elite units of the same mark. Unmarked units or units with the IoCG may select an Elite choice devoted to any Chaos God.

Troops

You must take two troops choices from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex for one choice from the Daemon codex. Both Troop choices from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex must have the same mark as that of the Daemon Troops unit. If both units are unmarked or have the IoCG they may choose a Troops choice devoted to any Chaos God.

Fast Attack

You may take one Fast Attack choice from the Daemon codex for each Fast Attack choice chosen from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex. Fast attack units with a god specific mark must take Daemon Fast Attack units of the same mark. Unmarked units or units with the IoCG may select a Fast Attack choice devoted to any Chaos God.

Heavy Support

You may take one Soul Grinder in place of a Heavy Support slot from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex. This unit is a 0-1 option, so you may only take one Soul Grinder as an ally in your army.

Daemon princes count as an HQ choice when allied with CSMs. Therefore, they are also a 0-1 option, however you may still take a Daemon Prince using the rules from the CSM Definition: Chaos Space Marinescodex. As per the HQ rules, if the CSM Definition: Chaos Space MarinesHQ is marked you must take the same mark for the Codex Daemons Daemon Prince. Unmarked CSM Definition: Chaos Space MarinesHQs or HQs with the IoCG may take a Daemon Prince devoted to any Chaos God.



I think this alliance system should be fairly balanced. As you may have noticed it is set up to allow themed or God specific armies but also to allow true undivided armies.

Hopefully this will allow players to field a more integrated Chaos army in their casual games or even adapt these rules for their gaming group. Again, I want to stress this rules set is my idea of how an allied Chaos army should work, but it's just that, an idea. This has not been playtested so feel free to try it out amongst friends.




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