Faction Focus: Daemons of Slaanesh

Slaanesh may be the youngest of the Chaos Gods, but he’s certainly made his mark on the 41st Millennium since his birth (after all, while the Dark Gods have been working to destroy the Imperium of Man for 10,000 years, Slaanesh gutted the Aeldari empire in one particularly hungry afternoon).

Slaanesh’s Daemonic Locus allows your units to close the distance on the enemy with terrifying speed. Combined with the natural swiftness of your units, you’ll be able to compensate for your lack of shooting by hitting enemy lines before they can fully react.

Where the Daemons of Slaanesh really shine is using their Characters, from Heralds to Keepers of Secrets, thanks to a powerful suite of Hellforged Artefacts and Warlord Traits. The Mark of Excess is punishing when used against armies with a multitude of Characters or larger creatures. Against a force of Tyranids, or an Astra Militarum player making use of multiple Regimental Advisors, you’ll be able to cause havoc amongst the enemy ranks.

Indeed, with Quicksilver Duellist, one of the six Slaaneshi Warlord Traits in the book, Keepers of Secrets are superb Character assassins, but they can just as easily be transformed into invaluable battlefield support units. Combine yours with Bewitching Aura, and the enemy will find the combat potential of their units considerably reduced.

Servants of Slaanesh now have some new psychic powers to play with, too. The most interesting of these is Phantasmagoria, an ability that reduces enemy Leadership in a considerable radius. On its own, this power might not seem like much, but throw in some other Leadership reducing units, like Be’Lakor or some allied Heretic Astartes from the Night Lords, and morale casualties can start stacking up very quickly.

It’s not just about the characters, mind – Slaanesh armies have a range of options to help improve their standard infantry. Daemonettes move fast and hit hard, but can struggle with durability when they’re counter-attacked. Now, the Aura of Acquiescence Stratagem can be used to help them survive combat against your opponent’s most dangerous units. Alternatively, use the Rapturous Standard and tear through them before they can counter-attack!

In short, Slaaneshi armies are quick, absolutely deadly in close combat, and make for the perfect force for any player looking for a swift and lethal army to conquer the 41st Millennium with. Codex: Chaos Daemons is available to pre-order this weekend, and while you’re waiting to secure your copy, you can start collecting your Slaanesh Daemons army here.

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