Chaos Space Marines

The traitor legions of the Chaos Space Marines are the ancient enemy of the Imperium, warped and mutated by the vile energies of the warp and the four daemonic Chaos Gods; Khorne, Tzeentch, Slaanesh and Nurgle. The Heretic Astartes were created during an event in Warhammer 40,000 history known as the Horus Heresy, when nine renegade legions of Space Marines, led by Horus the Warmaster, turned against the Emperor of mankind in an act of heresy that would lead to countless deaths and centuries of endless war.

Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marines are a twisted reflection of their loyalist counterparts, as strong and fearless as ever but utterly selfish, corrupted and driven mad by the offerings of Chaos. The insidious corruption of Chaos spreads from the Eye of Terror reaching wide across all corners of The Imperium. When the whispered promises of power take root upon it will often go unnoticed until it is too late and entire chapters, planets and even star systems succumb to the traitorous alure of Chaos.

It is the sanctified duty of the Emperor’s Holy Inquisition to seek out and destroy Chaos heretics wherever they may be hiding, often along with anyone who the Inquisitors suspect may have been touched by the corruption. But even the fearsome Inquisition are powerless in the face of a mighty Black Crusade when the forces of Chaos amass in great numbers under their reviled champion, Abaddon, to threaten the very heart of the Imperium itself.

Where to Start with a Chaos 40k army

So, you have chosen to follow the ruinous powers of Chaos? Beware for the path of the Heretic Astartes is one of blood, madness and damnation… But fear not, simply follow our Warhammer Chaos Space Marines quick start guide and you’ll soon have mastery over the Chaos Gods themselves!

Heretic Astartes Essentials

A great way to kickstart your Chaos collection is with the Start Collecting! Chaos Space Marines Set, offering tremendous value and a wide range of strong starting units for your burgeoning forces of Chaos!

The backbone of any Chaos Space Marine army are the Traitor Marines themselves which include a variety of ranged and close combat options. Bolster these forces with some heavy supporting fire from Chaos Havocs to deny your opponent any room to advance or escape!

There is no better master to lead your chaotic force into battle than a mighty Chaos Lord, a peerless warrior and terrifying presence on the battlefield. Or if you prefer to tap into the foul energy of the warp itself, the same kit can be used to create a Sorcerer Lord, leading your forces with dark Chaos magic.

The forces of Chaos are well known for spawning all sorts of terrible war-machines, and Daemon Engines like the Forgefiend are well worth their fearsome reputation. These hulking monstrosities contain the raging soul of a mighty daemon, encased in near impenetrable armour and armed with a devastating array of hellfire-spewing cannons making them the ideal cavalry to support your troops.

Expanding your Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marine Army

Your dark forces are starting to grow and now you can set your gaze upon some of the most twisted and powerful servants of the Chaos gods.

Even more terrifying and lethal than the heretic space marines, Chaos Terminators are equipped with extremely heavy armour and a wide range of unholy weapons that will tear through infantry and vehicles alike.

If like mighty Khorne you prefer to spill blood in close combat, the battle-crazed Chaos Berzerkers are an excellent addition to wreak havoc on your enemies ranks. Or for a more demonic twist, Possessed Chaos Space Marines are a terrifying sight to behold and will eviscerate anything they can get close enough to sink their mutated claws and blades into.

As your Chaos army grows you will need a leader worthy of the blessings of the Dark Gods themselves. Abaddon the Despoiler is the mighty warlord to lead at the head of any Chaos 40k legion, wielding a cursed blade with unmatched strength and skill, this champion of darkness is both a fantastic model to paint and to add to your games of Warhammer 40,000.

The ultimate manifestation of the Chaos Gods are their chosen avatars and mightiest servants, the Greater Daemons. They are each huge monstrosities that must be seen to be believed, from the repugnant Great Unclean One of Nurgle or Tzeentch’s treacherous Lord of Change to Slaanesh’s beguiling Keeper of Secrets and the mighty Bloodthirster of Khorne. These incredible models are wonderfully detailed and make for a brilliant centrepiece for any Chaos army.

Reasons to Collect Chaos Space Marines

The Chaos Space Marines embody all that is the grim darkness of Warhammer 40,000. They are the ultimate villains of the Imperium and a great army to collect if you prefer a little darkness and occult themes in your models.

The Chaos Marines have lots of standout character models complete with hellish details that will give even veteran painters lots of opportunities to add unique touches to their models. The forces of chaos also offer a wide range of unique vehicles and daemon-engines to choose from. Chaos armour is awesome to behold, each model looks as if it is possessed with a deamonic life of its own sprouting hellish jaws, tentacles and fangs all over.

Another great reason to collect Chaos is the option to bolster them with Chaos Daemons and Chaos Knights. There’s no reason to limit yourself to just Chaos Marines, so you can throw in some fantastic centrepiece Daemon and Heretic Knight models to make your own Black Crusade unique!

One of the best things about Chaos Space Marine armies is there is almost endless options to customise your army whether in dedication to one of the four Chaos Gods or one of the many Chaos legions. Each Chaos god has its own style and flavour, and you can add your own individual finishing touches on those to make your Chaos force look awesome and unique!

Chaos Space Marines Gameplay Style

Playing Warhammer 40,000 with Chaos Space Marines means controlling lots of powerful infantry with a strong focus on melee combat. The Heretic Astartes have access to savage close combat weaponry and are highly skilled, zealous melee fighters. That doesn’t mean they can’t shoot however, as the Traitor Space Marines still have good accuracy and a wide range of strong ranged weapons.

Like their loyalist space marine counterparts, the Chaos Space Marines have tough armour and good leadership which makes them a highly durable presence on the battlefield. For even tougher Chaos models, check out the implacable Death Guard!

Unlike a lot of Warhammer 40,000 armies which often stick with a particular specialisation, Chaos Space Marine armies are a ragtag horde bringing mixed unit compositions to the field. Combined with their powerful Psyker abilities, this can make them extremely unpredictable and difficult to counter for any other army.

Finally, the Chaos Space Marines feature many special and unique characters, most of which are powerful individual combatants and leaders in their own right. Combining several of these formidable anti-heroes into your Chaos force can turn the tide of battle as they tear through the ranks of their terrified enemies.

Fun Facts about Heretic Astartes:

  • Did you know that many of the Chaos Space Marines who first revolted against the Emperor over 10,000 years ago still fight against the Imperium, having been granted a twisted gift of immortality.
  • Abaddon the Despoiler has led twelve separate Black Crusades since becoming Champion of Chaos. Each one was repelled with a terrible cost and many fear that the thirteenth will spell the end of the Imperium for good.
  • Becoming a champion of chaos isn’t always a good idea. While some mighty Chaos warriors can ascend to demi-godhood as an immortal Daemon Prince, most who receive the gifts of Chaos are transformed into hideous, mindless Chaos Spawn for all eternity.

Buying and Collecting Chaos Space Marines

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