July 31, 2016

CTA 2016 40k lists released; analysing the CSM

Bigger field than expected for Call to Arms this weekend with 27 competitors overall.  There will be a bye round but luckily a couple of local players have stepped in to have friendly games during those byes so the players involved still get a game in.


Comp and scenario rules have resulted in a range of lists and army types.
  • Inquisition & Grey Knights
  • Space Wolves CAD
  • Tyranids CAD x2
  • Tau Riptide Wing
  • CSM Black Legion
  • Crimson Fists CAD
  • Grey Knights Nemesis Strike Force
  • Salamanders CAD
  • Necrons
  • Eldar Craftworlds CAD
  • Dark Angels
  • CSM CAD + KD (Mine)
  • Necrons
  • Tau x2
  • Dark Eldar Coven Grotesquerie
  • Ultramarines
  • CSM Crimson Slaughter
  • Eldar Craftworlds & Doom of Mymeara x2
  • Dark Eldar Realspace Raiders
  • CSM CAD
  • Astra Milaterium Imperial Armour 14th Death Korp
  • Raven Guard
  • Space Wolves Company of the Great Wolf
Whats good to see from my point of view are the 4 CSM lists, these are pretty varied given the comp which heavily restricted or penalised the number of formations you could take and maxed the points cost of any model to 280.  The CSM lists cover 3/4 Chaos Gods and bring in a lot of the special units you don't often see.


Chaos #1 - CSM CAD + Black Legion
This appears to be a modified version of what the player took to Maelstrom the other month focusing on Spawn hordes.

CSM CAD
Chaos Lord w. Axe of Blind Fury, Juggarnaut, MoK, SoC, VoLW
10 x Cultists
10 x Cultists
5 x Spawn - MoN
5 x Spawn - MoN
5 x Spawn - MoN
[FW] Relic Sicaran

Cyclopia Cabal
L3 Sorceror w. Spell Familar, VoLW, Bike
L3 Sorceror w. Spell Familar, VoLW, Bike
L3 Sorceror w. Spell Familar, VoLW, Bike

Chaos #2 - CSM Crimson Slaughter
Ah ha MoS Bike Spam and a ton of in your face shooting.

Lord w. Aura of Dark Glory, Bike, Blade of Relentlessness, MoS, Melta Bombs, Slaughterers Horns
L3 Sorceror w. Bike, MoS, Melta Bombs, Balestar of Mannon
10 x Noise Marines  w. Rhino 
10 x Noise Marines w. Rhino 
10 x Noise Marines w. Rhino
9 x Chaos Bikers w. MoS, Icon of Excess, 2 x Plasma, Melta Bombs, Power Sword

Each of the Noise Marine squads has an Icon of Excess, 2 x Blastmasters, 7 x Sonic Blasters, MoS, an extra Combi-Bolter on the Rhino, Dirge Caster, Dozerblades, Doom Siren & Power Sword on the Champion.

Chaos #3 - CSM CAD
So we have a Slaanesh list, a Khorne list and now this one from Nurgle with MoN and VoLW on everything.

Lord w. Blight Grenades, GoM, Ichor Blood, L/Claw, P/Fist, MoN, SoC, VoLW, Bike
Lord w. Blight Grenades, Combat Familar, Dimensional Key, GoM, Ichor Blood, L/Claw, MoN, P/Fist, SoC, VoLW, Warlord, Bike
5 x Plague Marines 
5 x Plague Marines
5 x Plague Marines
3 x Bikes 
3 x Obliterators
3 x Obliterators

and finally there is my CSM CAD + KD Charnel Cohort List

Chaos #4 
Not as tanky as the MoN list, as mobile as the Slaanesh one but it has an almost army wide 5++ save, all but 3 units can Deep Strike, most are Fearless and theres a decent amount of shooting.

CSM CAD
Lord w. MoK, Juggarnaut, Axe of Blind Fury, VoLW, Gift, Sigil of Corruption
10 x Cultists
10 x Cultists
2 x Obliterators MoN
2 x Obliterators MoN
2 x Obliterators MoN

KD - Charnel Cohort
Herald - Brazen Rune
8 x Bloodletters
8 x Bloodletters
3 x Bloodcrushers w. Champion
5 x Flesh Hounds
5 x Flesh Hounds
Skull Cannon

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