So Swanky Tiger and I broke out the power armor so I could give some of the formations from Traitor's Hate a play through.
I played a Black Crusade detachment with a Chaos Warband, a Veterans of the Legion (Khorne Beserkers), and a Lord of the Black Crusade (a Sorceror). All-in-all, it included Kharn as my warlord (who rolled the ability to re-roll boons), 20 CSM with Mark of Khorne, 10 Bezerkers, 8 Chosen, 2 Helbrutes, 5 Raptors with a mark of khorne, and 2 Sorcerers.
Swanky played a bog-standard Dark Angels CAD, with 20 Tactical Marines, 15 Terminators, 2 flyers, a company commander, and a chaplain.
Chaos reigned supreme. The new Black Crusade detachment actually wasn't too shabby... the extra Boon rolls turned my champions into close-combat beasts, which in turn made them succeed in their challenges much more.
By far though, the most useful new tidbit out of Traitor's Hate is the Ectomancy discipline. It is a carbon-copy of the Fulmination discipline, just with spikey power names and descriptions. The powers are pretty useful, and in my opinion, the most useful of them is Soul Swap. With that power and some highly mobile units, you can teleport some of your slower footsloggers into combat range. It's surprisingly easy to manifest too, with the higher ML of Chaos Sorcerers and psychic familiars.
In the future, I'd probably use a Daemon prince with wings to catapult units into combat range, or take a unit of bikes to use as a leapfrog unit. The Raptors do in a pinch though.
Bezerkers are still pretty awesome in combat. I haven't had a chance to try a Maelstrom of Gore, but I imagine it is pretty potent with the extra running distance and the Red Rain rules. If only we had an equivalent of a Sanguinary Priest to drop in for some Feel No Pain shenanigans...
Another tactic being thrown around the net is using a unit of terminators and Abbadon, coupled with a couple sorcerers with Ectomancy (for soul swap), zipping around and causing a ruckus. I may look into that as well.
Well until next time,