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Hey everyone, Reecius here to talk about the Black Legion Supplement…again!
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So last week I talked about the Black Legion Supplement so to mix things up, I decided this week to talk about the Black Legion Supplement. Yuck yuck.
As I stated last time, I was disappointed the book didn’t make regular CSMs playable competitively (in my opinion). That said, it did jack up the power level of pure Chaos a lot. Yes, it is largely more of the same (Lords, Sorcerers, Princes, Turkeys, Oblits, etc.) that we had before, but we’ve been playing the supplement a lot since it dropped and I have to say, that little bit extra makes a BIG difference on the power curve for pure Chaos. The other books to get supplements so far also benefited from this but neither Eldar nor Tau really needed that power bump like Chaos did. We’ve seen some really clever uses of the Farsight book to make even nastier Tau lists, but Tau on its own is top tier anyway. And Eldar are brutal (I still laugh to myself thinking about all the crying that Eldar sucked when the book dropped, hahaha).
One of the main points we have noticed is that the extra HQ is huge. Chaos benefits so much from that 1 extra slot as it means you can take another Lord to make a unit fearless (and they are pretty punchy, too) AND a Sorcerer or Prince. The Prince is obviously a beat stick and the Sorcerer is such a force multiplier. It also means that yeah, you can grab that Warpsmith (and you can jack those guys up to do a lot of damage at a reasonable price point) It helps immensely. We’ve been running a lot of lists with dual Biker Lords, and Sorcerers to great effect. Also, the extra heavy and fast slot have allowed for some really powerful builds. Frankie ran a pretty beastly 11 Oblit list with Spawn, 2 Bike Lords and a Bike Sorcerer. That was pretty powerful. 40 Cultists for sitting on objectives and not bad at all. There’s a video bat rep of that list at the bottom of the post. We’ve also been mixing in Noise Marines for a fearless, scoring, shooty backfield unit with Biker Lords and Sorcerers to run up field and attack.
Some of the other fun stuff we’ve been trying is the Eternal Warrior upgrade on Winged Princes for a very resilient FMC that can either also take the psychic wargear for the awesome Nova power (which really is incredibly powerful against some armies, oh, and ALWAYS take the Spell Familiar with this wargear item) or on Lords to buff them up. One cool combo is a Nurgle Lord on a Palanquin and EW for a really tough 5 wound bugger. Fist and claw, stick him with a big unit of Cultsists or some Oblits, and march right up the field. We actually have been talking about 3 units of Nurgle Oblits each with a Lord, walk upfield shooting, and then assault. Not bad at all!
Good old Typhus can now bring a horde of Zombies AND some major backfield firepower, even more than before!
Combo the EW upgrade with the wargear that let’s you reroll failed invul saves of a 1 with MoT, Termie armor and a Sigil makes for a resilient tank Lord. Not ultra durable, but annoyingly durable. He would be good to run in a big unit of Cultsists as he is already tough 3 (doesn’t care about majority toughness) and can soak the small arms fire they draw fairly well.
We’ve been toying with the idea of quad Maulerfiends and Helbrutes with an EW Prince with shooty scoring units (usually Noise Marines) for a fun, fast, high threat, mixed arms army.
In all, while it didn’t really shake the pillars of the 40K world, or bring anything truly unique to the table, the Black Legion Supplement really did give CSMs that extra little oomph they needed to compete without bringing in IG, Orks or Daemons. I still pine for useful, non-scardey cat CSMs. Hopefully we’ll get that in one of the supplements that haven’t come out yet. In the meantime, we’re really enjoying the extra power that the BL supplement brings to Chaos and the wider variety of builds it offers.
What cool combos have you all come up with? I am sure there are plenty more to be discovered in that book!