Short Daemon Tactica: Building Slannesh Lists

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It’s time to break out the bondage gear, zip up the gimp masks, and think on the kinds of  Slaaneshi lists one could construct.

Overall when you go for mono Slaaneshi lists, it’s not a case of if you can build a fast army, it’s just asking yourself how fast you want it to be. Because make no mistake, Slaaneshi units are some of the fastest units a daemon player can field and an entire army of them will be across the board in three turns at most. But with that comes vulnerability, namely a low Toughness stat across the board for all of its aligned units.

So around this thought comes my first potential list. As per my Nurgle list article, all of them will be 1500 points.

The Fast and the Furious

Superbly painted models, posted by gonzosbignose on Warseer

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. Wings, Psyker level 2, exalted reward

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. Wings, Psyker level 2, exalted reward

3 Fiends of Slaanesh

3 Fiends of Slaanesh

10 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos. Alluress, lesser reward

10 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos. Alluress, lesser reward

10 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos. Alluress, lesser reward

6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

 6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

Seeker Cavalcade. 3 Seeker Chariots

Total: 1486 points

Fragile but deadly and almost entirely mounted, the idea of this army is for it to smash into your opponents army before they have a chance to take advantage of this lists fragility.

The Daemonette units with Instruments of Chaos are to help with not only Deep Striking, but to reduce the effects of a bad roll on the Warp Storm table, which will affect this type of army more than most.

The inclusion of chariots is a bit of a hypothetical at the moment as I’ve not gotten the chance to using them in a game – I hope to remedy that soon!

Death by 1000 Cuts

Herald of Slaanesh. Greater reward, Exalted Locus of Beguilement

Herald of Slaanesh. Greater reward, Exalted Locus of Beguilement

Herald of Slaanesh. Greater reward, Exalted Locus of Beguilement, Steel of Slaanesh

18 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

18 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

18 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

18 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

18 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

15 Daemonettes. Alluress, lesser reward

6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

Total: 1500 points

This army is very much the hoard, relying on cheap Deamonettes to do most of the work. Throw in the odd Herald or tougher unit like Seekers to deal with or delay any tough units the army encounters and the jobs a good’un.

Killer Queen(s)

Keeper of Secrets. Greater reward, level 3 psyker

Keeper of Secrets. Greater reward, level 3 psyker

12 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos

12 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos

12 Daemonettes. Instrument of Chaos

Soul Grinder. Mark of Slaanesh. Warp Gaze

Soul Grinder. Mark of Slaanesh. Warp Gaze

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. Wings, Psyker level 2, exalted reward, Warp-forged armour

Total: 1499 points

If you will forgive the slightly ludicrous title, this is a Monstrous Creature heavy list. A small few units of Deamonettes are around to act as objective holders whilst the heavies do their job and scare the bejezus out of your opponent!

Bringing it all together…

A balanced Slaanesh force painted by ArbitorIan from Dakka Dakka

Keeper of Secrets. Greater reward, level 3 psyker- 250 poin

Herald of Slaanesh. Greater reward, Exalted Locus of Beguilement

Herald of Slaanesh. Greater reward, Exalted Locus of Beguilement, Steel of Slaanesh

12 Daemonettes.Icon of Chaos. Alluress, minor reward

12 Daemonettes. Icon of Chaos. Alluress, minor reward

12 Daemonettes. Icon of Chaos. Alluress, minor reward

6 Seekers of Slaanesh. Heartseeker, lesser reward

3 Fiends of Slaanesh

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. Wings, Psyker level 2, exalted reward

Total: 1496 points

Soul Grinder. Mark of Slaanesh. Warp Gaze

Having a more balanced force has its advantages. By combining the many different elements, you can get the hard-hitting and staying power of Monstrous Creatures and the speed of Seekers of Slaanesh. The only problem is fitting it all in  a 1500 point limit!

And with that, I’m done with Slaanesh for now. Come back next week when I will start (finally!) talking about Khorne. He’s already angry he’s been waiting his turn this long, so it will have to be a good one – or else!

The Slaanesh range from Games Workshop, along with many alternative models,  is available from Firestorm Games for a minimum of 10% off!

Short Daemon Tactica: Slaanesh Characters

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My last look at Slannesshi units comes in the form of the most deadly of all the Prince of Pleasure’s daemonic servants. Able to bring ruin to armies just on their own, in perhaps typical form for the god of excess, there are just so many good options to choose from!

Keeper of Secrets, sculpted and painted by Forgeworld

Keeper of Secrets: Greater Daemon of Slaanesh

Its a real tossup if this or the Bloodthirster is the single most offensive model in the army. Each model has its merits, but at 80 points cheaper to start with, I’m inclined to say the Keeper of Secrets has a slight edge.

Less able to take a knock than his competitor, nevertheless, the starting package is pretty impressive. A Level 1  Psycher with the option to be Level 3, its certain worth cutting out on the extra run move and instead using him to provide boosts to your force with a mixture of Telepathy and Excess psychic powers. In particular, if you manage to roll the number 5  Telepathy power, you will be having a very fun game, as your Keeper of Secrets will have a 4+ cover save, increasing to a 2+ when in cover! I would probably have a mix of powers, with a Level 3 having 1 Telepathy and 2 Excess powers.

If you choose to mostly ignore his psychic ability though, you have a fast moving engine of destruction. With the extra +3 to his run move (re-rolled) and rending to help with opening vehicles (Strength 6+ 2D6*+D3- yes please!) and 6 Attacks striking at Initiative 10, you can run him bare, confident that he can do a lot of damage. Against all Eldar forces, Preferred Enemy will help you dish out the hurt even more, but understandably its pretty situational.

As with all Daemon characters, I like to run them cheap, so if you take any rewards, I would probably choose only one. Why spend lots of points on a single model that is pretty susceptible to bolter fire when you could have two instead? 😉

Daemon Prince of Slaanesh

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The GW Daemon Prince kit painted to be a Daemon Prince of Slannesh by the Rot Forge

Sticking with cheapness over everything again, I’m really tempted to keep this model without wings to cut down on his cost and just run him as a pure combat machine. The extra run move more than makes up for not taking wings and makes running the model with Warp-forged Armour not so expensive and bulking out on Psychic powers not so bad either.

Regardless of if you run him cheap, or so expensive its about a quarter of your armies cost in a 1500 point game, its always best to take the model with either another Monstrous Creature or some Daemonic Vehicles to back them up. It provides several different targets, which will increase everythings survivability overall, and means that if you get it right, you can gang up on one section of the army and try and roll up a flank.

Herald of Slannesh

Mounted Herald of Slannesh by Golden Daemon winner Georg Damm

As I did for the Nurgle Herald, I’ve explained most of the uses of a Herald of Slaanesh in my tactica’s on Daemonettes and Seekers of Slaanesh. Its worth adding though, what makes Heralds so useful in a Slaanesh force is just how versatile they are. Having the option of a cheap mount really enhances what they can do, to the point that in games under 2000 points, I would be tempted to run just Heralds attached to squads.

Of course, over 2000 points and its becomes pretty hard to resist taking a Monstrous Creature or two. But under 2000, and for definite in any games under 1500 points, its a competitive option- even if it does leave you a bit open to frustration at the hands of lists that spam fliers or vehicles.

Herald of Slaanesh Special Character: The Masque of Slaanesh

I’ve never really liked this Special Character. Though some players swore by her use is the previous codex due to the ability to pull multiple units out of cover a turn, she has one obvious drawback- Toughness 3 and that she is unable to join any other unit.

Its that second part thats the killer and will mean game after game of your opponent getting a free killpoint for not much effort. To avoid this, she will have to be sheltered from harm until close enough to the enemy, whilst crossing you fingers and hoping that she survives any firepower that comes her way, or else your opponent forgets about her.

Her three dances are nothing to write home about either…so all in all, for the cost of the model, you are better getting a few heralds or another Daemonette unit (gotta love those cheap units!).

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So thats it everyone. I’m halfway through my exploration of the Chaos Daemons Codex.

Next week  I move onto the Khorne, the Lord of Skulls and very bad hangovers. Before that though, I’ll be giving a few examples of lists you can make for Mono Slaanesh armies.

See you soon!

Firestorm games have most of the Slaanesh range for sale on their site- all at a minimum of 10% off.

*For being a Monstrous Creature.

Short Daemon Tactica: Fiends of Slaanesh

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Whilst hardly the toughest of units, for a mono Slaanesh army, this is now your linebreaker, capable of delivering a knockout blow to your opponents forces if played right. All wrapped up in one, at least to me, ugly package.

Games Workshops ‘fiendishly’ ugly model. I’m so funny.

Swift and deadly

Coming in at 105 points basic for 3  Fiends, the unit does seem like a big initial investment. But when the unit has 9 wounds between them, its not too bad of a thing. What’s better is the Strength 4 the unit comes with, meaning that any non rending wounds will have a better effect on enemy units than the average  Strength 3 of most Slanneshi models.

The key part of this though is the delivery system. Being Beasts, Fiends can move 12″ and aren’t slowed by terrain in the slightest. Add a D6+ 3 run move and a 3D6 charge range (which can be re-rolled thanks to Fleet)  and they will be competing with Seekers of Slannesh as the fastest models in your army.

Its something I’m tempted to use as a one two punch, letting the main army advance up the board, whilst Seekers and Fiends  go up the flanks, confident they can keep up. That, or send them ahead as advance scouts, to wreak havoc on the enemy lines, confident they can keep them busy whilst the rest of your army (which won’t be far behind) catches up.

Fiends of Slannesh conversion by DrunkenBoxer on Dakka Dakka

Dazed and Confused

I haven’t even gotten to the best part of them yet either. Though a little reliant on the right circumstances, unless your opponent is Initiative 6 or better, even if charging a unit in cover you will be striking, at the very least, simultaneously, thanks to  Soporific Musk.

A unique special rule that means that any unit charged by Fiends will strike at -5 Initiative in combat. Its perfect for ganging up on one unit, as this will affect the entire combat, meaning that friendly units will also get its benefit.

I’ve even seen a somewhat sneaky interpretation of their rule too. As any unit reduced to Initiative 0 cannot attack that turn, most units will be unable to strike back in the first turn you charge them, which is a great is a great way to demolish a large number of the games best assault units. I wouldn’t use the tactic myself, but its something you can perhaps exercise when playing a very competitive person.

Slannesshi artwork from the Daemons Codex

So there you have it- a unit with a trick in its tail, Fiends of Slannesh are a great way of adding versatility to a force. Though a little squishy compared to the other gods’ elite units, they do enough to justify their inclusion in any Slannesshi force. The only problem for me is finding an alternative model!

Fiends of Slannesh are available exclusively from Games Workshop for £15.50

Short Deamon Tactica: Seekers of Slaanesh

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My lord, what a stunning unit. Lithe, fast and very, very deadly. If you wanted a killer unit, you could go a lot worse. A canny opponent knows it too.

I’m taking a ride, with my best friends…

Do you like Daemonettes, but just get annoyed that they don’t move fast enough? Say hello to the Seekers of Slannesh. Daemonettes with an 18″ move, they WILL be assaulting your opponents units turn two, something really bad happens. Now admittedly terrain is still a bugbear, as you have no grenades and treat all difficult terrain as dangerous.But considering you are getting Actue Senses, Outflank, Cavalry movement and an extra attack for only 3 points more (on top of the very respectable Daemonette stats and abilities), its something that can be overlooked.

For the points, its mighty tempting to take a unit of 20, which will cost you just over 200 point and net you 120 attacks with Rending a turn. Thats painful for anything in the game and even units with 2+ saves are statistically likely to lose a large number of their squads. Throwing in a Rapturous Standard and Heartseeker almost seems like overkill.

A Pain That I’m Used To

After all the advertising of how good they are, it may come as no suprise that as soon as you plonk them down on the table, a smart opponent will make them priority number one. Even in a unit of 5-10 models, they can cause carnage, so the last thing they will want is a unit of two getting their uninjured. This is why you need to start getting tricksy.

The metal Julian Diaz Seekers of Slannesh, painted by LadyCassandra

For a start, unless you are over 2000pts, have several smaller units. If you are going to be running a mono Slaanesh force, its not as if you have anything else to fill Fast Attack with anyway. Outflank at least one unit with a Herald- it will allow for a multi wave approach and keep your opponent guessing what table edge you will be attacking from. With Acute Senses, whatever hole in their defences your opponent reveals, you should be able to exploit it.

Now talking of Heralds, like Daemonettes, they can have an important role to play in making the unit just so much better. Mounted on a Steel with the Locus of Beguilement probably enhances the units potential most, with a Herald and Heartseeker probably being able to rip the heart out of a combat focused squad whilst the Seekers (probably hitting on 3+’s re-rolled) mop up the rest.

Due to the squads speed, I’m even tempted to give them Pyschic Powers, as there are powers from both the Excess and Telepathy disciplines that rock. You are more likely to get something usable out of the Excess powers, but Telepathy makes up for it with some really powerful powers (Invisibility to name one) that synergise with a Seeker and Herald squad, should you be lucky enough to roll them.

Whatever you do, use terrain to your advantage and try to lock down an opponents movement before they can get into some and use it to negate your advantages. Seekers are still squishy and S3, so you need to use your speed to channel enemy units and more importantly, attack where you can do the most damage.

Daemonettes on Seekers by slaanesh-goddess

My next article will focus on the few models that break the S3/T3 barrier for Slaaneshii models- Fiends of Slannesh.

Seekers of Slannesh are available from Firestorm Games for only £15.75 . 

Short Daemon Tactica: Daemonettes

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Where else to start with Slaaneshi Daemons but their most iconic unit? Nimble and deadly, these beautiful horrors can cut a swathe through an army without even breaking a sweat. That’s if they can get there first though.

Graceful yet Deadly.

I really love Daemonettes. These fast but very effective killers are probably the armies best troops unit, due to just how good they are in the assault phase. Coming with Weapon Skill 5, Initiative 5 ,two attacks and rending for just 9 points a model really is a steal, when you consider how all of their downsides (poor save, low leadership, low toughness) tend to be shared with the other troop choices of the army.

Now by themselves they are a pretty effective troops killer – I find it hard to believe that anything that has Toughness 3 will have much of a chance of standing up to them, or running away from their either. Attack +3″ to the units run move, that can then be re-rolled thanks to Fleet is something not to be underestimated and it means units will positively fly up the table.

I’ve seen games where players have managed to pull off a two wave effect, with a few units deep striking in to cause havoc, leaving an opponent to decide if they need to deal with the units about to assault them this turn, of the units that will assault them the next one. It’s a great psychological tactic and one that’s only so effective due to how fast the unit can move.

Metal Daemonette models, painted by Redbeard of Dakka Dakka.

Excess or restraint?

Now I recommend taking them in large numbers, or else having lots of small units. First of all, their base cost is so good, it would be a waste not to – a unit of 20 with a champion and a banner is just over 200 points, which is a steal.  Secondly, with only T3 and a 5+ Invulnerable Save, you will be losing a fair few models before you get to combat, so its best you either split an opponents fire with multiple small units, or have large units able to soak up that firepower.

As with Plaguebearers, I recommend the ‘less is more’ trend for what to give your Alluress. A single Lesser Reward roll is all you will usually need to give her some extra combat kick, if you even decide to get one at all due to the unit being so great at combat to start with. I suppose it may be useful to draw any hard-hitting characters into a challenge, where they will be denied inflicting damage on the unit for a turn- more often than not there’s a good chance you may be striking at the same time due to the champions great Initiative stat!

Now whilst their base stats are nothing to be sniffed at, to reach their full potential of nightmare inducing hellions, they need the addition of a Herald.

Converted Daemonettes and Fiends, by isotope99 of Warseer.

Masters of pain.

Where to start? Shall I lead with the amazing stats, the Locuses that give them so much flexibility, a pretty great set of psychic powers, or that all of this is available for 45 points base?!

Okay, okay, I’ll calm down. Exciting as all of the options you have for your Herald of Slaanesh, it’s also the main weakness of them, as you can easily find yourself adding more and more rewards until have a 150+ points monster…that still has only Toughness 3 and a 5+ save.

So its finding the best way to compliment the unit you are adding the Herald to and deciding what role you want the model to fulfil and sticking to it rigidly. For me, that means you should probably stay clear of the Psychic powers as they will slow down the unit and focus on having the Locus.

The Games Workshop Herald of Slaanesh model.

Again, theres no clear winner here, but if you want a cheap unit upgrade that helps with them getting to combat, you can’t go wrong with the Lesser Locus of Grace. Giving the unit they join Move Through Cover, means terrain is no longer a hindrance and you can safely shelter behind it, knowing that next turn you can comfortable walk through it and assault the following turn. The Greater Locus of Swiftness isn’t as useful because of their natural Initiative 5 (Initiative 7 for the Herald), but then if you feel like being able to strike in combat before almost everything else in the game, you couldn’t go worse than this.

Now onto the last Locus, the Exalted Locus of Beguilment. This is a good one, letting you choose your challenge opponents (which cannot be refused) and giving the Herald and the unit it joins re-rolls to hit in combat. It’s probably the best of the lot, but coming in at two thirds of the base cost of the Herald, it’s only worth taking if you have a large unit, to spread the cost of the upgrade out.

In the end, if you are thinking of taking a Mono Slaanesh army, well you lucked out with one of the best troop choices in the game.

If you can avoid cover as the unit have no grenades, a full unit of Deamonettes should have very little to fear except excessive firepower. I’ve seen these lovelys kill everything from Greater Daemons to those pesky Storm Shield Terminators. No go forth and enjoy!

Daemonettes are available from Firestorm Games, for only £16.20