Psychic Awakening Engine War has made for New Chaos Daemons with new Stratagems, Relics, and Exalted rules for your Greater Daemons. Several Datasheets have been added to this book for easy access but there are no new units at this time. In that regard, the New Adeptus Mechanicus are the big winners in Psychic Awakening: Engine War. The updated datasheets can also be found in Chapter Approved 2019.
Monster Mash with the New Chaos Daemons
Overall, things are not that great for the New Chaos Daemons unless you are a Greater Daemon as you can now be an Exalted Greater Daemon. The best news is you can have more than one. The Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage Can already have 2 attacks each with his sweeping blow. This makes it more likely to trigger extra attacks with the Deathbringer Ability. If need be he can fight for a second time at the end of the fight phase. Hell Wrought Armor for a 2+ armor save should help keep the Bloodthirster in good shape for that second fight. Daemons are still limited to a max of 3 relics. So giving a Bloodthirster an extra relic has to be balanced against that. G’RMAKHT THE DESTROYER is out because the Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage has a Great Axe of Khorne instead of an Axe of Khorne. So this Greater Daemon is not getting back up. The other
The Exalted Greater Daemon that wins as warlord would be a Lord of Change with the Impossible Robe and the warlord trait Incorporeal form. Not only would that Greater Daemon have a 3++ Invulnerable save, but it also reduces damage taken by 1. You don’t have to worry so much about the Tzeentch Daemonic loci as there 2 chances to not be hit on a 1+ which you could not be hit on anyways. Furthermore, there are plenty of full reroll abilities in the game to make this the worse loci. Throw the Lord of Change into a battalion with Nurglings as their out of deployment zone deployment is very useful for screening. The Exalted Lord of Change has great exalted abilities. Go random for two of them.
The Other Greater Greater Daemons
Greater Daemons and Exalted Greater Daemons lack character protection with all those extra wounds. So the best way to keep them alive is by having other big, scary, and fast threats. The Keeper of Secrets is all the three. Quicksilver Swiftness to fight first is nice but their Daemonic Loci to advance and charge is the selling point. If you do exalt them, you can make them faster or give them a better invulnerable save. The scariest part is the out of activation fighting. The strength may seem a bit lacking at 7 or lower. Silverstrike is a new Artefact of Excess to replace your Witstealer and attack at strength 8.
Great Unclean Ones are not the clear winner for Exalted Daemons. Casting spells that can’t be denied with the Tome of a Thousand poxes is great. However, his chunky butt is to slow to immediately pull fire away from the threat of the Bloodthirsters or Keepers of Secrets. Since those last two are grabbing all the attention he might just make it up the board 7” at a time. With a 4+++ Revolting Resilient he can take a hit.
The New Chaos Daemons will have you searching for how to make Daemons work. The stratagems are mostly limited to just one particular unit. For example, Putrid Demise works on PLAGUEBEARER CAVALRY. The Plaguebearer Keyword was added to Plague Drones while Pox Riders of Nurgle are still relegated to the beast keyword and cannot make use of this. Hopefully, that will change in the future. The main stratagems that matter at the moment are the ones making your Greater Daemons into Exalted Greater Daemons.
Chariots now have stratagems to help get a little more use out of them. For example Warp Portal a Tzeentch Daemons Stratagem allows for a first turn charge. Since you can pick it up and move it anywhere on the board 9” away from enemy models. You can not move any further that phase after using this stratagem. BUT the stratagem is not specific on when to use it during the movement phase. So you could move it, mid-movement phase realize you don’t like its placement then use Warp Portal and place the unit somewhere else.
The engines are revving with the Daemonic equivalent of Horsepower with the Psychic Awakening Engine War. They are ready to join their chaotic allies also in the Engine War, The New Chaos Knights.
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