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Currently running a Chaos Kill Team and considering running a Chaos Cultist Kill team in our next campaign. I'll use the Genestealer Cult profiles/costs/weapons, but Operatives don't exactly work. Any suggestions?

Would love to be able to get a CSM as a Special Operative but that would require building the profile/equipment. Do you think it would be balanced simply to use the Chaos Operative list?

I'm playing with my own group and not at a store/club, we're pretty tolerant and not strict.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2017/04/18 17:11:31

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charlest wrote:
I'll use the Genestealer Cult profiles/costs/weapons, but specialists don't exactly work.
In what sense?

Also have you thought of using the Guard list?

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Whoops, wrong terminology. I meant Operatives. Operatives don't work because they consist of Purebred Genestealers and the like.

Going to edit and fix my improper wording.

The Guard list would work probably, but I think the Genestealer Cult fits a little better.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2017/04/18 17:12:08

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Eh, purestrain GS is a good enough match for a Chaos Spawn. the real issue is Chaos Terminator. Since your friends are pretty chill, I doubt they will complain too much if you just switch in CSM specops.

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Regular Dakkanaut

This idea is awesome! The only thing I want to add is, Genestealer Cult is great for representing a cult of Slaanesh, because their higher Initiative of 4 across the board represents how these cultists have the Mark of Slaanesh. I love it because it's a closer fit than even the Chaos Space Marine list allows for Slaaneshi Cultists. You basically invented the Slaanesh Daemonkin faction for SW:A.

(An aside - Initiative, atm, imho is still a little underappreciated. It's a great "utility" stat that has so many uses in SW:A.)

I also agree with the Operatives issue above. Let's say you consider my feedback on specifically a Slaaneshi cult, because the mechanics fit the fluff so well. In that case, a Purestrain Genestealer could represent something akin to a Slaaneshi Chaos Spawn that is akin to a Daemonette. Pic related, imagine the Purestrain proxy as the figure on the right:

Aside from adhering closer to fluff and sportsmanship, the other benefit is that, imho a Purestrain is more useful than other Operatives, due to when you would actually use an Operative in SW:A campaign rules. I'll just mention this because not everyone has the rulebook yet, but "hiring" an Operative for a game costs a Prometheum Cache...which is the prize for you doing a mission in the first place. You get a Cache if you lose, 3 or maybe 4 if you win big, so when you have to spend 1 just to bring an Operative, it's a hard thing to justify. The exception is if you have to do a Rescue mission, when you have to sneak in and rescue a captured squadmate. In that scenario, an Operative is a great choice, and imho I think the Purestrain is a great choice for that. You want something that moves fast (he runs/charges 18") and is very unlikely to sound alarms (usually by firing guns, pistols or noisy chainswords...he has none).

In any case, the idea of a Slaaneshi cult with Genestealer Cult rules is just so cool, nice one!

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Infiltrating Broodlord

You will only be using the Genestealer operative.. as he is that much better then the others.. and it is simple to just use a Daemon summoned by the cult for it
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