A Love/Hate Affair with the CSM 'dex

My all-time favorite armies are 13th Company (now defunct), Eldar (if I could only play one army...), and Daemons (my new baby), but I said that to say this:

I think more about the crappy Chaos Space Marines book than any other army, by far.  I don't know what it is about it, truly, but I find myself kicking around army ideas in my head all the time.

Maybe I'm trying to find the secret; I don't know.  I recently posted my Tzeentch list idea, so here's my latest thought excercise - how do I make Noise Marine pillboxes work?  This is what I've got; let me know what you think.

(2) Daemon Prince, Mark of Tzeentch, Wings, Bolt, Warptime = 200
(5) Noise Marines, Blastmaster, Rhino w Havoc Launcher = 190
(3) Dreadnoughts, CCA w HvyFlamer = 120
(3) Defiler, CCAx2 = 150
(1) Greater Daemon = 100
(1) CSM Squad, Sacrificial Champ, Meltax2, Rhino w Extra Armor = 240 

Obviously it's a Walker/Monstrous Creature/Pillbox list - and I say that like it means something!  Standard caveat - I'll never build this thing.



Chumbalaya said...

It looks neat, pretty much how I'd use Noise Marines, but still CSM-style shitty :P

Not much you can do with that crappy Codex, sadly.

b.smoove said...

The list looks pretty cool -and particularly so from a hobby perspective.

I might be in the minority here, but I think there's a lot to love in that codex. Sure, it lacks the bells and whistles of its newer cousins, but to my way of thinking that just makes it all the more challenging/compelling.

Big Whit said...

I found that while we were conducting our army build up the CSM where very tough up until 1500pts and then they seemed to fall victim to the low point cost of other codex. I don't know if anyone else has found this to be true. I think that this list would give just about any other 1000pt list hell.

Mercer said...

This may be of interest: http://www.imperiusdominatus.com/2010/05/chaos-space-marine-top-7-units.html

Brent said...

Mercer - it was of interest - good article!


GMort. said...

I use pretty much the same set-up with my Noise Marines and they do okay (even if the Blastmaster is a tad over-pointed imo).
As my regular opponents are quite competitive I tend to find the Chaos Codex outclassed by any optimised build that they face, unfortunately.

Mercer said...

Happy to help Brent :)

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