With the advent of 6th edition and after my first & only game under the new rules (watch for the video batrep from that fiasco later this week), I’m thinking I might follow a path that I’ve always found intriguing…
I'm talking a full "Mark of Nurgle" Choas army with Epidemius the Tallyman (attached to a big unit of cheap Nurglings), and led by a Chaos Space Marine detachment that would include Typhus (level 2 terminator Nurgle sorcerer HQ, allowing me to use the new psychic powers) attached to a Plague Marine unit or two and flanked by T6 Nurgle bikers.
The Daemons would be rounded out with a bunch of Plaguebearers (which I love to model and paint). I only have a dozen so far, and would need at least a dozen more, I think.
The Tallyman provides some really cool benefits as Nurgle models die:
5-9 All Plagueswords wound on 3+ (carried by Plaguebearers)
10-14 All followers of Nurgle have Noxious Touch (wound on 2+, sweet!)
15-19 All Nurgle have FNP and save on 3+ now (T5 with a 3++, also sweeet)
20+ All Nurgle attacks ignore armour saves (uh oh.)
(A Soul Grinder can’t technically purchase a Mark of Nurgle, so wouldn’t count toward the Tallyman’s count, even if I paint him all up in Nurgle fashion… right?)
So, none of the Tallyman stuff was addressed in the FAQ... I guess it all still stands.
My only concern being the codex completely changing when the rumored “legions” codex is released in Aug or Sep and the army being nerfed to no fun. But oh well.
Nurgle is my favorite god and I’ve always wanted to do a Nurgle Daemon army… but it’s never been feasible considering the codex. But, now that I can bring in some CSMs to the mix, this is sounding like my ex-gf; tons of fun.
I already own Epidemius, but never modeled him because I could never figure out a way to make him viable in an army.
I’m thinking the CSMs will be the primary detachment, since there are no FA FOC Nurgle choices for CDs, and I want to run Nurgle bikes. So, CSMs with Typhus (my likely warlord, shown below) and maybe a flying Nurgle Daemon Prince as HQs, a bunch of PMs, Nurgle Bikers, and…
Allied detachment: Epidemius (HQ), Nurglings (body guards/meat shield), and a couple groups of T5 FNP Plaguebearers, who don’t seem like much at WS3, S4, I2, A1… they are hard to kill.
Still light on shooting and no fliers (if you don’t count the Flying MC Prince), so I don’t know how much fun it would actually be in 6th. I definitely don’t care about winning tournaments, but I’d like the list to at least be able to stand up for itself in most matches. I'm guessing CSMs will get some fliers in the next codex, so that could help level the playing field. But really, who knows how prominent of a role they'll play in the coming months though.
Sooo, thoughts? What am I missing to make this even more fun? I’m thinking I could whack up a pretty sweet list… but what does it look like and at what point level is the new meta going to be when running allies?