Jungle Juice: November 2008
by Patrick Eibel
I was going through some past submissions
when I came across this one:
I regularly check out
Jungle, as I am invariably drawn to the expertly written fiction and
the backgrounds. I love the idea of themed armies, but whenever I set my
mind to it, the idea seems flawed or I really don't have the money (I was
going to make an entire Terminator Dark Angels company for the opening
of Apocalypse). But here's the biggest problem for me: I recently
started collecting a Chaos Space Marine army with the new codex, and I
cannot for the life of me think up any decent fluff. The army is themed
as being Undivided, so I have a range of models dedicated to the four powers.
I also have a load of general units to fill things out. I haven't
yet created a paint scheme as I figured it should go along with the 'fluff',
and I really want to avoid a usual 'black and dreary' Chaos approach.
I have based this army on a chapter
of Space Marines that have turned from the word of the Emperor. Not a few
Space Marines or a faction, the entire chapter. This is based on the belief
that the Emperor is really dead, a version of events brought to light by
the young Chapter Master, now known as Caernifus. The Loyalist Chaplains
thrown out and the vehicles of the supposed 'Machine-God' left burning,
the chapter fled to the Eye of Terror.
The name of the army has been
an issue of discussion between my friends and I, of which I like the name
'Lords of Carnage'.
Josh sent me his army list as
well, but this has been in my mailbox so long that an even newer Chaos
Codex has come out. It is long over due that we give the bad boys
of Chaos some “juice,” so let’s see what we can do to help Josh out.
The Army List
I have taken the army list Josh
sent me and applied it to the latest codex. Fortunately for Josh,
he had not planned on using any demons.
Chaos Lord: w/ Terminator armour,
power fist + personal icon
Chaos Sorceror with Mark of Slaanesh
and Lash of Submission (yeah, yeah, yeah, stop whining about it)
Possessed Squad w/ 15 Possessed
Space Marines; one has Icon of Khorne (the entire squad will have 3 Attacks
+ charging bonus)
Chaos Terminators. Five Terminators,
one has Icon of Nurgle; one chainfist; one reaper autocannon; two combi-weapons
Chosen Squad w/ 10 members, including
Aspiring Champion; 10 meltabombs; heavy bolter; four plasma guns
(talk about a mini Havoc squad)
Chaos Space Marine Squad w/ 10 members,
including Aspiring Champion w/ power fist; Icon of Chaos Glory; one plasma
gun; one lascannon
Plague Marines Squad w/ 7 members,
including Aspiring Champion w/ power weapon; two w/ plasma guns
Noise Marine Squad w/ 8 members,
including Noise Marine Champion w/ power weapon; 6 w/ sonic blasters; 1
Khorne Berzerker Squad w/ 20 members,
including Skull Champion w/ power weapon and plasma pistol; two plasma
pistols in the squad
Two squads of Thousand Sons, each
w/ 9 members + Aspiring Sorcerer w/ Bolt of Change
Two Chaos Spawn
Defiler w/ Havoc missile launcher
and twin-linked lascannon upgrade
The list does a nice job of spreading
things among the four different powers with each faction being represented
twice. The Sorcerer with the Lash will be useful in moving enemy
units closer so that the Possessed and Berserkers can charge them.
The Obliterators and Defiler are on tank duty, while everything else softens
up the troops.
Background and Painting
Josh has already gotten a pretty
good start to the background, so I won’t add too much here. Suffice
it to say that the leader of the Chapter had some “revelation” that turned
the entire chapter away for the Emperor. Each of the units that carry
a Mark should be painted in the colors associated with that faction – blues
and yellows for Tzeentch, reds and brass for Khorne, purple and pink for
Slaanesh, and green and brown for Nurgle. For the other units, I
suggest a color scheme with Red Gore faded to Blazing Orange with Sunburst
Yellow accents. The bright colors will certainly be different than
the typical doom-and-gloom black and brass you usually see, and with Carnage
in the Chapter name, you have to use red somewhere.
Well, that all for this time, hopefully
it won’t take so long for me to go through my mailbox again. If you would
like me to develop some ideas for you, check the introduction
page of this series for the e-mail address.
Posted November 2008.
Used with permission.