Tzeentch is the Chaos God of magic and manipulation, the Changer of Ways.
His daemons represent this raw energy and maddening affinity with magic, each infused with a glimmer of the god essence. This is a guide for the Tzeentch Daemons Warcry Warband.
Change is coming, will you embrace it leading Tzeentch Daemons to war?
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What changed in Warcry: Agents of Chaos Book for the Tzeentch Daemons Warband?
Note: The new Warcry books released with Tome of Champions 2020 brought some changes in how Thralls, Monsters but especially Allies work. The roster of available leaders has been massively increased and it’s now possible to use more than one as a “Hero” (1 in matched play and up to 3 in a Narrative campaign).
Link to the 4 new books:
– Warcry: Sentinels of Order (all Order warbands updated)
– Warcry: Harbingers of Destruction (all Destruction warbands updated)
– Warcry: Agents of Chaos (all non-warcry specific Chaos warbands updated)
– Warcry: Bringers of Death (all death warbands updated)
In the Agents of Chaos book, Tzeentch Daemons Fatetwisters bands saw the addition of 2 new leaders: the Fluxmaster and the Changecaster.
The new abilities are Blue Fire and Pink Fire.
Master of Destiny increased its range to 12″.
Background and Lore of the Tzeentch Daemons Warband
Tzeentch sits at the centre of the Crystal Labyrinth, an ever-changing fortress impossible to understand by a mortal mind. Natural laws do not apply in the dominion of Tzeentch. From there he sends forwards his legions of Daemons.
Horrors advance launching sorcerous bolts from their fingers and, when struck, split in other lesser horrors spiting their mortal assailant.
Flock of Screamers descend from the skies to cut people with their bladed wings occasionally bracing an opponent with they lamprey-like mouths. Flamers pour from their body mutagenic fire towards their victims.
Tzeentch’s daemonic lieutenants are his Heralds, plotting in the name of their god afoot or on top of burning chariots.
But when Tzeentch requires more attention to a task, will then deploy his greater daemons: the Lords of Change.
Tzeentch has been particularly interested in Chamon, the Realm of Metal, and its ever changing properties. The Bloodwind Spoil is close to the archway to Chamon and therefore heavily populated by Tzeentch followers.
His daemons, gathering in Fatetwister Bands, are highly unpredictable and ready to provide services to the warring warlords but their whimsical attitude makes them equally dangerous and ready to betray.
But how do they play on the tabletop? Let’s take a look at their fighters and bone-crunching abilities.
Overview and Points for the fighters in the Tzeentch Daemons Warband
Note: if you haven’t read the basic rules for Warcry before reading this article, it might be helpful to know that the game’s abilities are activated by using 6 dice that you roll at the start of your turn.
If two of the dice show the same value, they can be used to activate a Double ability. If three show the same value, they can be used for a Triple ability, and so on.
So, when this article refers to an ability being a Double, a Triple or a Quad, it refers to this system. It might sound a bit confusing, but takes no time to get used to when you start playing
The Tzeentch Daemons warband is made from 4 kits with 9 options of which 2 are leaders.
Heralds of Tzeentch
- Fluxmaster: 250 points
- Changecaster: 180 points
The Heralds of Tzeentch are two new leaders added to the warband.
They have identical weapon profile with a ranged attack up to 10″ range, Strength 3 but 3/6 damage that can be pumped up to Strength 6 using the Locus of Sorcery.
The melee profile has 3 Attacks, same Strength and 2/4 damage.
The Fluxmaster has 25 Wounds, Toughness 3 and an excellent 12″ Flying movement. His special ability however is Blue Fire that for a Double allows to roll 2 dice and allocate 1 damage for each 4-5 and up to 6 damage for each 6 to an enemy within 9″. On average this means 1 damage, but with a bit of luck…
The Changecaster ability costs a Triple but allows to do 1 damage for each 3+ and you can throw 9 dice. So while the potential damage is lower, you don’t need a high valued Triple and you have better chances to do some damage (6 on average). Completes the profile 22 Wounds on Toughness 3 with 4″ Movement.
The other ability in common with all leaders is Master of Destiny. For a Triple, it allows to add the value of the ability (to a maximum of 6) to any other ability used by a fighter within 12” from the leader.
The only ones from this warband that can be used with are the Locus of Sorcery (to add up to 3 point to the Strength characteristic for Ranged attacks), Latching Bite (an ability usable only by the Screamers), Blue Fire described above and the Capricious Warpflame (from the Flamers).
In the last case, you would need to have a Triple and a Quad available and have your leader within 12” of a Flamer within 3” of enough enemies to justify the use of 7 dice…
Flamers of Tzeentch
- Pyrocaster: 220 points
- Flamer: 150 points
- Exalted Flamer: 210 points
The Flamers of Tzeentch represent two different models that can also be purchased separately. The leader of the unit of Flamers of Tzeentch is called Pyrocaster, while the Exalted Flamer can be found also riding a Burning Chariot (although in this version is not usable in Warcry).
All Flamers share the same ability: Capricious Warpflame. For a Quad they can do up to 6 damage to any enemy fighter within 3”. The range is small but the potential damage really high, although it does cost a Quad and really depends from the ability value too.
As most Tzeentch units, Flamers have a ranged and a melee attack. The ranged attack has a minimum range of 3” and a maximum of 10” at strength 3.
The Pyrocaster and the Exalted Flamer have 4 attacks each, while the Flamer only 3. The Exalted Flamer does also 1 more damage (2/5) on a critical hit. The melee attack is the same across all 3 units: 2 attacks at strength 3 for 2/4 damage.
With Toughness 3, the number of wounds can make the difference: 25 for a Pyrocaster, 15 for a Flamer and 30 for an Exalted Flamer.
In synthesis the Flamers are a loose cannon, because the Quad is always there lurking when you get too close, and if you don’t get too close, they can hit with 4 (or 3) attacks and damage on critical hit of 4.
The strength is quite low but can be improved for a Double using Locus of Sorcery bringing it to a potential 6 (for one attack action only).
But this cannon is also made of glass with Toughness 3 and no ways to improve it.
In melee they still perform decently but here is the conundrum: with movement 8” and a range of 10”, do you want to keep your enemies distant but not enough so that you can’t use a well placed Quad while risking to be torn apart if anyone survives or you keep the distance and hope for some critical hits?
Screamer of Tzeentch: 180 points
The Screamers are capable Sky-sharks and the second Flying unit in this Warband. With an impressive movement of 12” they can cover great distances in one single round.
Their main ability, Latching Bite, allows them to improve their Strength characteristic (from 4 to a potential 10) for a Triple.
As a downside after using this ability they can’t move or disengage until the end of the turn. With 4 attacks at damage 2/4 they can end up doing some serious damage to mid-tier fighters.
But be careful about the comeback in case they do not kill their opponent: with Toughness 3, their 18 wounds will not last long.
Screamers are melee-only so use them wisely and don’t forget they are perfect to get first to objectives and other strategic points.
Horrors of Tzeentch
- Iridescent Horror: 190 points
- Pink Horror: 90 points
- Blue Horror: 75 points
- Brimstone Horror: 55 points
The Horrors of Tzeentch are the most unusual of the Warcry fighters and are very thematic. Pink and Iridescent Horror have access to the Split ability that for a Double allows to replace that fighter with 2 Blue Horrors, while the Blues can be replaced (again for a Double) with a Brimstone Horror.
Attention that to execute the split the fighter needs to be wounded and needs to be done before it gets killed. With Toughness 3 it will not take long for them to go down but the ability to replace them with healthy, although less powerful, fighters make them an interesting strategy.
As most fighters in the warband, the Horrors have a ranged attack with 3-10” range at Strength 3 with decreasing damage depending on the Horror, and a melee attack at Strength 3 following the same trend.
The leader, and strongest of the Horrors, is the Iridescent.
As a Leader he has access to Master of Destiny that, although of no use for the other Split abilities, can still be used to support nearby Flamers or Screamers.
As a Horror he can also split in the desperate situation you can afford to lose a leader and replace it with 2 more fighters. With 22 wounds he is the most resilient, his 2 ranged attacks have damage 1/4 and his 4 melee attacks have damage 2/4 making him versatile but not overpowered.
The Pink Horror on the other side has 12 wounds, 2 ranged and 3 melee attacks with damage 1/4 making him an excellent option for a decently low cost (90 points).
The Blue Horror loses wounds (only 8) and damage on critical (1-3) on both weapons for 15 points less.
The Brimstone Horror is the cheapest fighter of this warband. For 6 wounds and damage 1/2 do not expect much, but at the same time you can get one for free (still using a Double) if a Blue Horror is close to die and it will interfere on the count of models around an objective.
Abilities for the Tzeentch Daemons Warcry Warband
- Locus of Sorcery (Double, Everyone): Add up to 3 to the Strength of the next ranged attack action.
- Split (Double, Iridescent and Pink Horror): As long as the fighter is injured, can be replaced by two other Blue Horrors to be placed within 3” of the original miniature.
- Split Again (Double, Blue Horror): As long as the fighter is injured, can be replaced by one Brimstone Horror to be placed within 3” of the original miniature.
- Blue Fire (Double, Fluxmaster): A chance to do some damage depending on the value of the ability and dice roll on an enemy 9″ away.
- Latching Bite (Triple, Screamer): Add up to 6 to the Strength characteristic for the next attack action. This fighter cannot move or disengage afterwards.
- Master of Destiny (Triple, Pyrocaster, Iridescent Horror): Add the value of this ability (to a maximum of 6) to any ability used by a fighter within 12” of the leader.
- Pink Fire (Triple, Changecaster): A chance to allocate up to 9 damage to an enemy 9″ away.
- Capricious Warpflame (Quad, Pyrocaster, Flamer and Exalted Flamer): Allocate up to 6 damage to all close enemy fighters.
Strategy and Tactics for the Tzeentch Daemons Warband
Tzeentch Daemons is warband which is probably more suited for experienced players.
The fighters all have low Toughness but compensate with a decent ranged firepower and good mobility to keep their opponents at distance.
When grabbing objectives, the Horrors and their ability to split will ruin more than one adversary plan, doubling the fighters around a particular position when on the brink of death.
Useful also to engage other opponents if required and get extra firepower on the table mid-game. Note that you can still perform all your attacks with the dying miniature, then split and later on activate the two new ones for basically 6 attack actions for turn.
The leader ability is an interesting one: really situational and probably the least used in the various warbands as it requires a lot of dice. Another characteristic of this warband is the low number of attacks available and the low Strength.
You are able to increase one of the two values but not both at the same time (the universal ability Onslaught for a Double gives +1 attack for the entire activation).
The damage output is also on average high (2/4) but the absence of heavy hitters will make dispatching the strongest tanks an incredible feat. For this reason, at least one Exalted Flamer should be included in every list. He guarantees a decent damage output at a certain distance, high wounds and a good mobility with its 8” movement.
Another alternative are the two heralds that ranged can do 3/6 damage. Their abilities are arguable, in particular the Fluxmaster Blue Fire, while the Changecaster Pink Fire is slightly more reliable.
Movement wise the best units are the Screamers thanks to their flying 12”. They are also good melee fighters and if they really commit, with a Triple they can ensure to do a decent damage even to the most armoured opponent.
Their ability prevents moving afterwards and is valid only for one attack, so if already engaged you can use your first action to see if the God of Destiny smiles at you, and if not you can then increase your chances using Latching Bite for the second attack.
Where this warband will struggle are the missions in which you have to defend a certain group. Splitting a horror will count as your warrior being taken down, so be ready to play cat and mouse and bombard your enemies with your magic missiles.
Finally, the Flamers can unleash hell if surrounded (and you have a Quad available), but most of the time are better suited to attack from afar.
Pros and Cons of the Tzeentch Daemons Warband
+ Decent ranged options
+ Ability to multiply fighters
– No heavy hitters
– Can be hard to play for beginners
Some thematic warbands for the Fatetwister Bands
Just for fun here we present few thematic warbands, meant more for fun or narrative context than for competitive play. Note that in narrative play you need to control at least two territories before mustering your first hero.
All Flames: Changecaster, Iridescent Horror, 4 Pink Horrors, 2 Blue Horrors and 2 Brimstone Horrors
Variety Box: Changecaster, Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch, 1 Screamer of Tzeentch, Flamer of Tzeentch and 3 Pink Horrors. All in the Start Collecting, but you will need some Blue and Brimstone to use the split abilities.
How to buy a Tzeentch Daemons Warcry Warband
The Tzeentch Daemons warband is almost entirely contained in the Start Collecting! Daemons of Tzeentch box.
While you can find every single other miniature independently in other boxes, for 55£ you will find in the starter box 3 Flamers (one can be assembled as a Pyrocaster), 3 Screamers, 10 Pink Horrors (the leader can act as Iridescent) and the Burning Chariot can be assembled as a Herald on Disc of Tzeentch leaving the Exalted Flamer as a stand-alone to complete your collection or magnetize the herald as the Changecaster.
On top of that, to make use of the Split abilities, you will need a box of Blue Horrors and Brimstone Horrors (22.5£) containing 20 miniatures (10 blue and 10 brimstone), that should be enough for your warband of Daemons.
This is by far the most optimal way of getting your warband together, so we just suggest getting a Starter Set + a box of Blue/Brimstone Horrors and you are ready to crack skulls in Warcry!
The Fluxmaster is available in a separate blister for £25.
Tips on painting a Tzeentch Daemons Warband for Warcry
Do you have some sweet looking Tzeentch Daemons painted up?
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All you have to do is send my some files. You can read more about how to make that happen here.
Tzeentch has been out for a long time with his armies for both Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar. Daemons in particular are usable in both game systems, therefore there is plenty of guides on how to paint them.