Chaos Space Marine Themed Army Ideas
of the Eldritch Gods
army idea takes its inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu mythos”
stories. Lovecraft envisioned that long ago, alien beings of immense power
and limitless evil visited Earth, enslaving the primitive humans and receiving
worship as gods. Something happened, however, and these gods were exiled
from Earth or “locked away” in crypts, their power diminished but not negated.
In Lovecraft’s stories, these beings—Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Hastur—always
seek to return, often through the use of horrific minions.
influence on Warhammer 40K is most obviously noticed when reading the background
material presented in Codex: Necrons. Lovecraft’s ideas can
also be applied to the forces of Chaos….
The army that
follows uses the rules from the Lost and the Damned list found in Codex:
Eye of Terror, with the notable exception that allied units from
Codex: Chaos Space Marines may NOT be taken. Any characters
in the army are restricted to the Mark of Chaos Undivided.
The man who
would take the name “Vastator,” the Imperial Gothic word for “destroyer,”
was born under mysterious and sinister circumstances in a small settlement
on an agri-world far from Terra. For untold thousands of years, the local
populace—uneducated, isolationist, and increasingly inbred—have paid lip
service to the state-sanctioned worship of the Emperor while preserving
the pre-Imperial traditions of submission to a pantheon of older, darker
beings called the Eldritch Gods.
Even as a small
child, the man who would become Vastator exhibited genius-level intelligence
and frightening psychic abilities. He grew swiftly—far more rapidly than
a normal human child should—and began to display grotesque physical mutations
that necessitated his being hidden from Imperial Witch Hunters. Braver
souls in his community whispered that the child’s father was one of the
physical adulthood a mere 13 years after being born, the child claimed
his new name and set off, traveling to many worlds to study sorcery and
to summon other secret worshippers of the Eldritch Gods. Invariably, these
worshippers are hideous mutants or loathsome crossbreeds of humans and
the vile minions of the Eldritch Gods.
Nurgle, Tzeentch, and Slaanesh are the mightiest and best-known Chaos entities,
they are not the only ones. Other malevolent beings lurk in the Warp, some
of them quite old, very powerful, and desirous of human worship. The Eldritch
Gods have lost much of their original potency but nevertheless have numerous
plans to gain ascendancy over the Imperium of Man, all those who follow
the “upstart” Chaos gods, and indeed, the entire galaxy. Soon, the stars
shall align in ancient, pre-ordained patterns that will allow the Eldritch
Ones to enter the physical universe and begin an unending reign of terror.
Vastator shall be their high priest, and his followers shall be the most
favored slaves of the Eldritch Gods.
an Arch Heretic, which counts as a Chaos Sorcerer from Codex: Chaos
Space Marines. You are free to choose powers and equipment for
him as you like, except that the only Mark he may bear is the Mark of Chaos
Undivided, as he does not serve any of the four major Ruinous Powers.
be accompanied by a Chaos Space Marine Aspiring Champion or a retinue of
Chosen who serve the Eldritch Gods. Greater Daemons may not be used in
army may include no more than one unit of Possessed Chaos Space Marines.
Big Mutants and Daemon Packs of “Saurian Terrors” (treated as Bloodletters)
The scum that
make up the ranks of Vastator’s army are Mutants and Gibbering Hordes (treated
as Nurglings). Vastator has made little inroads in corrupting the Imperial
Guard or in hiring mercenaries, so no Traitors may be taken.
army may use Chaos Hounds or packs of Furies.
At least one
unit of Chaos Spawn—most likely underlings who have failed Vastator—must
be included in the army. Chaos Defilers provide firepower as Vastator’s
mutant horde advances.
Modeling and Painting
gathered a mighty horde of mutants, monstrous crossbreeds, and sickening
abominations that can only vaguely be considered human. Enterprising modelers
may want to use bits from Tyranid and Kroot figures and from the Warhammer
Fantasy Lizardman and Skaven lines to build Lovecraftian Mutants, Gibbering
Hordes, Daemon Packs, Daemonic Beasts, and Chaos Space Marines. Conversions
should have a “naturalistic” look, as if the unfortunate subject was some
vile combination of human and various animals. For this reason, avoid using
bits from “regular” Chaos models, as they tend to have a more “diabolical”
directs his tide of mutant scum against Imperial Guard, Daemonhunters,
Witch Hunters, and the forces of Chaos. His followers surge toward the
enemy, overwhelming them by sure weight of numbers and a few key elite
forces like Space Marines and Daemons.
Chaos Space Marine Themed Army Ideas
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