Warhammer 40K: Which Chaos Faction Should You Pick?

Death to the False Emperor!

Chaos Faction
Games Workshop

Welcome new devotees to the Pantheon of the Dark Gods. With these first steps down the eightfold path there are many avenues for you to take. Will it lead to the “loving” embrace of Prince of pleasure or will you tread the hallowed halls of knowledge within the Black Library of Tzeentch?

Whatever you desire, the Dark Gods readily offer. They care little for the mortal realm and the weakness of real-world flesh… All they need is your reverence. Your worship empowers them as they continue the endless dance of the Great Game.

Or will you shun the very concept of separate Gods and worship them as the four aspects of one almighty being. Chaos incarnate?

Before you pledge your soul (and wallet) to Chaos let this guide give you some useful information about the playstyles of the various factions that are in bed with the Pantheon.

9. Emperor's Children III Legion

The Emperor’s Children were the first Space Marines to be given the honour of wearing the Imperial Aquila upon their armour. In striking purple and gold, their elegance was only surpassed by their philosophical debates in the amphitheatres of their flagship, “Pride of the Emperor”.

As a legion their obsession with perfection in all things allowed them to be easily lured to the embrace of, She Who Thirsts, Slaanesh.

They quickly became enraptured in sensation and all vestiges of their nobility was replaced with obscene decadence. Now slaves to sensation, the Emperor’s Children are a vicious Warband lost to the pursuit of “perfection”.

Positives of playstyle

Their playstyle is to race up the board into combat. This is due to their special trait “Flawless Perfection” which allows them to always fight first in close combat, even if they have been charged! Since the release of the book “Faith and Fury” the Emperor’s children have been given superb tools for getting into combat.

To compliment this, as they are devotees to Slaanesh, they will have access to the stratagem “Endless Cacophony” which will let their ranged units fire twice. This will help the combat units get to the juicer targets behind the opponents weaker screening units.

Negatives of playstyle

The Emperor’s children do not have their own Codex with fully fleshed out special rules, so they can feel a similar to some of their more generic cousin legions.

Their special unit “Noise Marines” while being good at destroying other units they can be wiped out by a stiff breeze.

All of their special units, barring the new Fabius Bile model, are either finecast resin of metal models and are in desperate need of a redesign.


Hailing from Sunny Wales, Joe has a disposition similar to the weather of his country. Grim... and... dark. This has lended well to his obsession with all things grimdark in the 41st Millennium. Willing to fight and die for the Emperor and Dorn, Joe will crusade his way through all of the Black Library and beyond.