Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I'm not going to deny it, the blog is slipping into oblivion. I'm afraid it'll get worse before it gets better, but I will resume posting.

I cannot afford sixth edition for a while. Consider this an extension of hiatus. I can't say how long, certainly 
less than a half year, longer than a month.

 But the Astute Daemon will return.

For sure, when the starter set comes out, I will be back. I can afford a 20 dollar book, but I can't justify spending eighty dollars on something that, frankly, is no real benefit to me.

I thank the patience of you, the readers, who made this blog successful and will do so again.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another Announcement

I'm afraid I'll have to go on hiatus again, seeing as I know nothing about 6th, and I'm running a warhammer 40k blog.
So, unless a ben franklin shows up on my doorstep, it looks like I'll be out of it for a bit. Expect 2 weeks, maybe less, unlikely-ey more.
Feel free to email me anything, but... I only know 5th, which is largely inapplicable. :\

I really hate to do this to all of you.Let me tell you, it sucks to suddenly know nothing about my favorite hobby.

Well, I'm back.

And from looking around the interwebs a bit, it doesn't look good.

So, give it to me straight, doc. How's 6th? Not just for Daemons, but in general. If it sucks... I might save my $80 and not play a game I don't like.
If the pros outweigh the cons, then ok, I'll keep at it.

But I'm really pissed that I have a hundred bucks of bloodcrushers that are terrible now.

oh, and does anyone have a pdf of the new book? I'm a pirate. I'm going to know the new rules before I buy them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Well, I have some bad news. I'm going to be out of town, and thus, not posting, from next saturday to friday.
That's right. I'm going to be out of town for 6th edition. Not that I could afford it, but you know. Still sucks.
Anyway, is there anything that anyone would like addressed regarding 6th, or saying goodbye to 5th?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Battle Report: Daemons VS Grey Knights

I convinced my brother (who picked up grey knights mostly to spite me) to play a 800pt battle, and decided it would be a great opportunity to do a battle report for the blog.

Here's his list

Draigo, 275

2 paladins with halberds, 110

3 paladins, one with a Daemonhammer and psycannon, one with an incinerator and halberd, and the other with a halberd. 190

5-man Purgation squad, 4 psycannons, justicar has a Daemonhammer, rhino. 220

Here's my list.

3 Chariots of Tzeentch, each with Bolt, WaL and MoS, 330

5 Crushers, instrument, 205

5 Horrors, Bolt, Changeling 100

9 bloodletters, 164

The preferred half contained a chariot, the 5 horrors and 9 bloodletters, and the other half had 2 chariots and the 5 bloodcrushers.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

BAM! 6th edition video!

It's officially announced, not that we didn't know :P The video has some verrrrry nice shots of the book, pics and rules! I would advise pausing and reading them.

beats this video by a long shot.
Curiously, there is a new vehicle type called "chariot": might Daemons be FAQ'd to have their chariots be vehicles?

Anyways, other than that, I'm burned out from staying up too late, playing a 2000pt game against vanilla marines. We spent a lot of time shooting the breeze (his thundershields ended up starting a conversation about the Dark Angel's history), so it ended up taking 4 hours :P

Stupid new soul grinder almost killed his librarian in his first battle- librarian passed his 5++, and grinder got murdered by thundershields, and exploded, killing a bloodcrusher.

I really wanted to name him Witchslayer, but I guess he's more of a Betrayer. :P

anyway, did any of you see anything interesting in the video?

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Daemon's Lair- My Story

It is the Daemon's Lair, my weekly editorial. This is my story, of how I got into warhammer.

Around this week a year ago, I don't remember the exact day, I really started playing 40k. I'd been interested for a while. My friends played it, and were into the backstory. They let me borrow their Black Library novels, notably the Grey Knights Omnibus by Ben Counter.

I have since learned to loathe the Anathema's slaves.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Looks like there won't be a post today, as I have work to do. As long as I'm out, how about speaking out about what's on your mind, with 6th here in nine days?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daemon Elites- which is the best?

There's been a lot of debate on the blog as of late of which is the best choice for the heavily contested Daemon Elite slot. With a bunch of mathhammer, I am going to solve the problem.
Consider this an addition to the Elites review.
Beasts of Nurgle are out.
"doesn't anyone love me?"
We'll use closely points-equivalent squads of each-
210pts, 7 Fiends. 
205pts, 5 Flamers with Bolt. 210 pts,
200pts, 5Bloodcrushers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New rumors! How do these affect Daemons?

There's a whole new batch over at Natfka, and I would advise reading them first.

Holy crap. First off, massive buffs to flying MC's, and some nice tweaks to MC's in general. Bloodthirsters and winged DP's are looking much more attractive now.

HQ's can be scoring, if you choose the right attribute. Last turn objective grab with a Chariot? yes please!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Daemon's Lair- Black Crusade

I won't talk about 6th edition or what I think of it: there are plenty of other, more experienced people talking about it. Instead, I'll be discussing Black Crusade, a 40k RPG by Fantasy Flight Games. I'm doing it now, as I missed friday |:(
"Hm, the main character's inner conflict is intriguing, a shame the author didn't expand on it more."

Saturday, June 16, 2012

What the rumors mean for Daemons

First off, I am going over all the rumors I've heard of, no matter how unlikely they are. There's a bunch of new ones over at Natfka, so you might want to look at those.

We'll start with Allies. This will bump Daemons, and every army except poor, poor Tyranids. There's several things Daemons would want from Chaos Marines- melta, Heavy weapons in general, and transports. (Note that bloodcrushers are infantry. This means you can put 8 in a rhino they steal from another unit) 

Good options look like Havocs, Sorcerers for psychic powers that Daemons lack and may need, depending on how 6th psychic powers pan out, and... anything that strikes your fancy.

Depending on how the allies chart pans out, it looks like they can get stuff from Tau. Broadsides, yay!

Friday, June 15, 2012


This close to 6th, I'm reluctant to give any advice that will be outdated in 10 days.
regardless... anything on your guys' mind? Speak up, silent majority?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Different Sort of Foe: Mono-Tzeentch

This is the Mono-Tzeentch list I talked about in the last post.
This is the easiest mono-god list I've ever written, mostly as it falls right into my "stick anti-tank anywhere" philosophy.

2000pt list after the break.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How-to: Mono-Tzeentch

I've been toying around with the idea of running an Mono-tzeentch army, and as with all one-god armies, each unit's value shifts somewhat. This will be a mini-review, revisiting each Tzeentch unit, and analyzing how good they are if they can't rely on the other gods.
first, some overall strengths and weaknesses.

The universal 4++ is arguably their greatest advantage: every model is free from relying on cover, which is excellent for a shooting-based force.

Most of their shooting, while pretty good, is short-ranged, and this is bad when they can't be in close combat. They need some sort of counter-assault unit if they don't want to be destroyed third or fourth turn.

The abundance of Bolt of Tzeentch means they will have no problem cracking open rhinos and other low-AV vehicles. Of course, they then need to deal with the infantry inside.

Now let's look at the units, and if they solve the aforementioned problems sufficiently.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Daemons- not bad, just the worst.

I was talking to my brother the other day about the situation Daemons are in. When I  stated they were awful, and Grey Knights were amazing, he replied "oh yeah? Then how come you haven't lost a game for 6 months?" (I've been playing for a year, btw)
"well... I don't know."
"And you shouldn't complain about anti-tank! You kill every vehicle the other person puts on the board!"
"Because I HATE vehicles! And my entire army's focus is destroying them and getting to the people inside!"
"So is everyone's army."

In short, the discussion, and some recent battles, brought some stuff to the front of my mind. Namely- Maybe daemons aren't terrible. Maybe they're just the worst.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mathhammer: doing it right?

So I was exploring the wild and wonderful internets, where I found this
"Choke slamming a shark and 'Mega Sound'? This is how you sell a freaking movie, kids."
Kidding, I mean this, an article by Nikephoros over at House of Paincakes, regarding Mathhammer and how to apply it.
I tried the method he presented on the list in this article, and this is what I got.
DMS: 36.742
DMCC: 27.78
DRPG: 59.01
DLRPG: 32.708
now, if you compare it to stelek's list, or really, any of them, you can see why Daemons struggle with anti-tank. However... the DRPG and DLRPG scores are skewed. They assume that Daemons are on the board the whole game, which they aren't. Adjusted for how long the average unit is off the board, it comes out like this:
DMS: 36.742
DMCC: 27.78
DRPG: 47.208
DLRPG: 26.166
ah. See, that's pitiable. It's very clear from this where Daemons, at least my shooting-heavy list, strengths and weaknesses lie. Penetrating hits are hard to come across against Land Raiders, more common against Rhinos, but the anti-MEQ ability is staggering, at range at in combat.

So what do your lists look like, broken down so? I'm curious how well this system can objectify strengths and weaknesses of a list.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Slaanesh: One Man's Struggle.

Ok, some of you may know that Slaanesh is my least favorite Chaos god, fluff and rules. His/her/it's units clash with my playstyle in every way. They're fast, sure, but they're mind-numbingly shallow, and I believe massed rending is far too unreliable to beat out massed power weapons. They rely on hitting first, and killing the opponent entirely, but with their poor strength (and, you know, rending instead of power weapons) they simply can never pull it off. They usually kill about half of the opponent, then whatever lived murders their face off during a few more rounds of combat.
pictured: more threatening than Seekers.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Daemon's Lair- mumblings of what is to come.

It's Friday, so it's time for my weekly editorial, the Daemon's Lair. Today I'll be offering my opinion of the rumors of 6th, and the upcoming Chaos Marines codex: go to Natfka if you don't know what I'm talking about.

I think about 75% of what we've heard about 6th is false, namely, close combat AP values (or at least the ones listed), but the most recent set of rumors from grant seem fairly reliable.

I don't like "mysterious terrain:" nobody like dangerous terrain, and the game doesn't need it. When's the last time you played a game and said "Man, I wish I didn't even know if that terrain was dangerous, difficult, or clear!"

Thursday, June 7, 2012

a Different Sort of Foe: True Undivided

Alright, due to an old request, I have made an undivided army- I think it can even be used competitively.

Actual list after the jump, of course!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Against the Warriors of Realspace: Grey Knights

This installment of Against the Warriors of Realspace sizes up what ought to be the greatest threat Daemons could face- Grey Knights.

Yeah, I hate them too.

I apologize for the no-post yesterday- it was my birthday. 

Grey Knights ought to be an auto-lose for Daemons- I mean, not only is Grey Knights the newest Power Armor Mat Ward Codex, and Daemons are the 4th ed. rejects, but Grey Knights are unashamedly specifically designed to kill Daemons!

However, it's not that straightforward.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Email in: 2000pt Undivided, 4-herald list

This is an email from Hendrix in reply to the comments in this article.

I took into consideration what you said and scarped [sic] the list. ( the funny thing is I do own two heralds of tzeentch on chariots just never made a list to use them.)

so this is what I came up with (using models I actually own.)

2x HoT on chariots w/ legion, master, and bolt 110
1x HoK on juggernaut w/ gift, fury, and unholy might 135
1x skulltaker on juggeranut 175 pts.

2x 8-man juggernauts -320 each

5x pink horrors w/ bolt and changling 105
5x  pink horrors w/ bolt 95
5x plaguebearers 75
20x daemonettes 280 ( still need to get my hands on 20 of these models)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Against the Warriors of Realspace: Tyranids

As per the request of Ron_Fury, this segment of Against the Warriors of Realspace is sizing up Daemons versus the Great Devourer, Tyranids.
The most common, and generally most successful Tyranid build is T6 spam (I do not use spam derogatorily- I am all for using the most effective unit in every slot.), so I'll focus on that, but there really isn't a "majority" build for Daemons, so I'll analyze commonly used units, after the break.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Daemon's Lair: Project Biomorph 1.1

It's Friday, so today's post will be the Daemon's Lair, my weekly editorial! This is where I discuss non-tactics, once a week.

As you all are no doubt aware, Project Biomorph released their first ruleset! (link: download available there also) The simple fact that they actually have a ruleset, instead of debating which dice to use, puts them firmly above M42 in my mind.

But let's look at the rules, (specifically, what they mean for Daemons) after the jump.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Different Sort of Foe: Khorne & Nurgle

So you guys think I like to have pretentious names for bundles of articles that are similar, and then claim they're a series- you are entirely correct. A Different Sort of Foe is a series where I post lists, either by request or unsolicited, but mostly the former.

Today we have a request by Ron_Fury, of a Khorne/Nurgle army. Now I don't normally write themed Daemon lists: it's like writing a Grey Knights list with nothing but purifiers, rhinos, crowe and a couple psyfledrea- oh. That list works. Bad analogy. Well... It's like making a space marine list with only things that have 2 "A"'s in the name- you arbitrarily cut yourself off from a bunch of good units.

However, Khorne-Nurgle sounds just crazy enough to work! Let's try it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Against the Warriors of Realspace: introduction and Vanilla Space Marines

Against the Warriors of Realspace is a new series I'm starting, sizing up how Daemons perform against the worst the Materium has to offer our beloved entities of Chaos.

Let's start with Space Marines! The vanilla kind! I have had quite a few battles with them, and can speak from experience about them.

Let's look at what units gain value against each other, and which ones lose value.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part X: General Tactics, lists, and closing notes.

Chaos Daemons Review Part X: General Tactics, a list, and closing notes.
So, we’ve gone through all the units: some are awesome, some are painful to look at, but throughout the whole book we see some weaknesses and some strengths.

 this will be updated later.

A fantastic ability to destroy any and all non-vehicles
Incredibly durable scoring
Great Melee units
always get the first shooting phase

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review part IX, Heavy Support

Chaos Daemons Review Part IX, Heavy Support.

Soul Grinder: Usable.
ahem. Anyways.
Besides the fact that they might get murdered by basic Dreadnoughts, they are pretty good. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part VIII, Fast Attack

Warhammer Vault
Chaos Daemons Review Part VIII, Fast Attack
The Fast attack slot is kind of a mixed bag- while many are bad, most can be situationally useful. More after the jump.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Daemon's Lair- 6th, M42, or Biomorph?

The Daemon's Lair is my weekly editorial, served hot and fresh every Friday. This is where I post my views on the happenings in the 40k blog-o-sphere, my forays into other game systems, painting and modelling, itty-bitty snippets of my personal life- whatever's on my mind.

It's been a little crazy today, and will be tomorrow- post will happen, but may not happen on time.

Back to business- With 6th edition rapidly approaching, and the rumors sounding... less than encouraging, some have started looking for alternatives. Namely, M42 and more recently, Project Biomorph. I'm going to be taking a brief look at the three(?) competing rulesets- 6th, M42, and biomorph, and see which one I think will be the best, or at least the most popular.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part VII, Elites

warpstone flux
Chaos Daemons Review Part VII, Elites
The elites slot will be crowded, there’s some fierce competition between 3 of the units in it. How you build your elites dictates what all your other FO slots are.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part VI, Troops

Christopher Burdett
Chaos Daemons Review Part VI, Troops.
I would advise against all the options except where I specifically state otherwise.

You must choose your troops carefully- after getting the other "If-I-don't-get-these-units-I-can't-be-competitive" units, you won't have a whole lot of points left over for scoring- and most of these troops can do more than score- for example...
 Bloodletters of Khorne: Can be very good

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part V: HQ part IV: Special Heralds

Chaos Daemons Review Part V, HQ part IV, Special Heralds.
Holy CRAP I'm on the Faeit212 blogexchange!
I'm so happy!
*ahem...* anyways...
The Masque: Bad.
Let’s see, she’s on foot, but fleet. She has about close combat and shooting capability and durability of 2 daemonettes (read, not much.), while costing more than 3 times as much. Oh look! she can use pavane 3 times! Nope, still not worth it. She isn’t even a character, so you can’t join her to squads. :\ she dies to lasguns, after she moves a couple squads out of cover. Waste of points, and a free KP.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part IV: HQ part III: Heralds.

Chaos Daemons Codex Review Part IV: HQ part III: Heralds.
Daemon Heralds are the cheapest HQ choice available to Daemons, and there’s one for any army you would like to build.

Herald of Khorne: Pretty Good!
He is 70 pts, and you get a pretty good statline for that price. He’s pretty useful to stick in a squad of bloodletters or bloodcrushers: think of him as an upgrade from a bloodletter that takes 1/2 an hq slot, and that’s about what his role is. Upgrades after the jump.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review, Part III: HQ part II, Greater Daemon Special Characters

Chaos Daemons Review, Part III: HQ part II, Greater Daemon Special Characters.
Ok, the special characters are kind of a mixed bag, and unique in that none of them really make their normal counterparts obsolete- except one. There is no KoS special character (Sorry N’Kari), so we’ll start with...

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Daemon's Lair, rules that "Make Sense"

The Daemon's Lair is my weekly editorial, served hot and fresh every Friday. This is where I post my views on the happenings in the 40k blog-o-sphere, my forays into other game systems, painting and modelling, itty-bitty snippets of my personal life- whatever's on my mind. Also, they will usually have a ragecomic, for fun.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part II: HQ Part I, Greater Daemons

Chaos Daemons Review Part II: HQ Part I, Greater Daemons.
Daemons have a ridiculous number of choices for HQ’s: 7 Greater Daemons, 8 Heralds, for 15 total. mixed in there is special character versions of all the heralds except the Keeper of Secrets. I’ll do the Greater Daemons first, then special Greater Daemons, then heralds, then Special Heralds.

Greater Daemons: these guys are, for the most part, expensive. Somebody thought that a 4++ was worth ~50 pts or so, and flying or fleet was another 50.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chaos Daemons Review Part I: Introduction and Army Rules.

Chaos Daemons Review Part I: Introduction and Army Rules.
Chaos Daemons. The internet’s opinion of them ranges from a laughingstock, to subpar but playable, to, rarely, OMG OP!1!!
I’ll say that two of those are wrong, right off the bat. The former opinion is held by people who haven’t played against them or read the codex, the latter is held by those who have played against an experienced Daemon player whilst holding the first opinion, and the middle(r?) is held by those who know the codex inside and out, and have played against a wide range of skilled opponents.
I’m writing this review to educate people about this codex: this review will provide advice to those playing as Daemons, and those playing against them.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Codex Reviews

This is a formatting post, where I'll put all the codex reviews. The arrangement is largely inspired by 3++'s layout, so credit where credit is due.

Hello world.

This is the First Post of the Astute Daemon, a blog which, maybe, someday, shall reach internet fame akin to 3++ or HoP.
I seek to earn my readers with the content of my posts. Indeed, how else can a blog gain a readership?
I will start with a review of Codex: Chaos Daemons, a codex that I hold near and dear: my first, and currently only army. The units will be reviewed in no particular order, but I will aim to post often.
I hope this is the start of something great.