Big Whit posted:
This was my reply to a post on our store's forum where a guy asked what's up with all of these people talking about using all of the new codexes for chaos space marines.
I read a post on bols were they were trying to say that the csm codex was badass, and some guy broke it down as to why it sucks. The main point that he made was that there is not a whole lot of flexibility when it comes to building a competitive list. The writer of the post had even stated something about how bad ass the berserkers are, and that is when I had to call bullsh*t myself. I do have mixed feelings about the codex, and it is definitely a love hate relationship. To me it is hard to find a list that can compete against the low point costs of the guard and space wolf armies. I do like playing the chaos and the look of the army, but to be competitive I loose the fluff of the red corsairs. I'd love to field Huron and all regular SM with defilers and dreadnoughts, but I'd get rolled right off the table even more so than I do now playing guard or space wolves. That's my biggest complaint, that I can't have a real themed list to bring to a tournament. I really believe that this is what drives most of these players to do a counts as army. That is why I really miss playing my salamanders because no matter what I add to my list, as long as I have Volcan in my army then they are still special and not in a de-te-de way.
There you have it. I've had success with the army, so I can't say that the codex can't be competitive, it just can't be fluffy unless you go plague of course.