Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Problem with Chaos marines
The basic Chaos Marine easily has the best loadout of gear in the game, but it looks like that is about to change.
I'm not usually someone that gripes, but this seems to be stuck in my head. So I thought I share my thoughts on the topic.
The most recent rumors about Space Wolf Grey Hunters say that they come with Ubergrit (Bolter, Bolt pistol and close combat weapon)load-out and grenades in the new dex. Plus they have ATSKNF, Acute senses and Counter charge for 15 points a model.
Compared to Codex Space Marines that carry Bolters and bolt pistols with ATSKNF, Combat squads and combat tactics for basically 15 points.
Then compare this to the basic Chaos Marine who comes with the Ubergrit load-out and grenades, with Zero special rules for 15 points. The chaos marine has one higher LD and a CCW over the codex marine, but this does not make up for the 3 special rules all codex marines have. The icons don't count either as they are a buff that must be paid for and can be lost in game.
So if the rumor is true the Space Wolves are underpriced, Codex marines are about right and Chaos Marines are overpriced by a few points.
I know we are in a transition phase for 40k, but GW need to pick up the pace fixing armies. The new design philosophy seems to be killing the balance there was in the points system.
Here's what I don't understand. For ten thousand years the Chaos marines have been living on worlds infested by Hellish daemons and fighting an endless war; plus they were once a normal Space Marines. So why do they not have a special rule similar to ATSKNF or fearless?
All CSM's should be fearless or have a special rule that takes this into account, and the Icon of Chaos Glory should have a different effect.
With this all said I'm not giving up on my Chaos marines. They are still quite a good army, but I will be addressing this issue when I do the Soul Reapers Mini-dex.
So what are your thoughts?