The Battle of Burning Skies Preview

This weekend I’m taking part in my first AoS tournament, Battle of Burning Skies is run by the legends at Savage Hammer Gaming and Greetings from the Warp, and is sponsored by none other than fellow Woehammerer Sarah and SCN Hobbies.

This is my first tournament of any kind since 1999 (yes, I’m that old). All the lists are available on Best Coast Pairing if you have a subscription so I thought I would cover three of the lists which I believe have the potential to win.

Savage Hammer Gaming have a number of events upcoming this year all based in Bedford, for both 40k and AoS. So if you want to keep updated on them or want to come along to an event why not check them out on Eventbrite.

Favourite Declan Waters – Big Waaagh!

Declan has come off the back of two tournament tournament wins and a second place, being undefeated in all three. A win at Dazmaul Wargaming and the Chumpionship tournament, and a second place at Raging Rivers so its hard to ignore his potential to make it three wins on the trot. Declan is running his favourite Big Waaagh! once more which suits his punch second gaming style.

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs:

Megaboss on Maw-Krusha
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

10 x Orruk Brutes
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1

10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1

5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

4 x Ironskull’s Boyz
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas

2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

Core Battalions
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Ironjawz Fist

Additional Enhancements


Christine Coram – Ironjaws

After starting the year playing Daughters of Khaine, Christine swapped to her old favourites Ironjaws for the Chumpionship, and boy what a swap! Christine finished 2nd in the event to Declan with her Ironjaws list and I’ve no doubt her list has the potential for three wins this weekend. WHAT’S THAT COMING OVER THE HILL? IS IT KRAGNOS, IS IT KRAGNOOOOSSSS?! Lots of big stompy monsters here, with a recently upgraded Kragnos who can do a lot of heavy lifting alongside the ubiquitous Maw-Krusha. This list is bound to crush face.

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
– Army Type: Ironjawz
Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty


Kragnos (720)

Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)*
– General
– Command Traits: Mega Bossy
– Boss Gore-hacka and Choppa
– Artefacts: Destroyer
– Mount Traits: Loud ’Un

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*

3x Orruk Gore-gruntas
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
5x Orruk Brutes (160)*
5x Orruk Brutes (160)*

*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)


Christian Moore – Legion of the First Prince

We’ve seen versions of Christian’s list on many top 3’s recently so it’s hard to ignore the potential for him to place high up in the rankings this weekend. Christian is a seasoned pro and went 5-0 at Blackout V with his Soulblight Dynasty he has swapped them this time around for Legion and I think he has the potential to push Declan to the end on this one.

Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumph: Inspired

Kairos Fateweaver
– Spells: The Master’s Command

Be’lakor (360)*
– Spells: The Master’s Command

Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
– General
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Daemonic Axe and Malefic Talons
– Artefacts of Power: Armour of the Pact

The Contorted Epitome (255)*
– Artefacts of Power: Fourfold Blade
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command

10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)**
10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)**
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)**

1 x Emerald Lifeswarm (60)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (70)

– *Command Entourage
– **Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000


As for me…. I’m running Kruleboyz

I in no way believe my list is a contender for any of the top tables and I’ll be happy to walk away with one win this weekend. I have already made one mistake with this list, Levitate! What was I thinking!!!!

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Subfaction: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

Gobsprakk (280)
– Spells: Choking Mist

Swampboss Skumdrekk (320)*
– General

Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Levitate

9 x Man-skewer Boltboyz
– Reinforced: Twice
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
– Reinforced: Once
10 x Gutrippaz (180)*
– Wicked Stikka

1 x Beast-skewer Killbow

3 x Rippa’s Snarlfangs
3 x Fellwater Troggoths (155)
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*

– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

All the Entries this Weekend

Andrew Hartwell Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs
Andy Zielinski Gloomspite Gitz
Ash Coleman Lumineth Realm-Lords/Syar
Billy Burrows Maggotkin of Nurgle
Christian Moore Legion of the First Prince
Christine Coram Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs
Dan Wright Maggotkin of Nurgle
Declan Waters Big Waaagh!
Iain Carsberg Disciples of Tzeentch/Pyrofane Cult
Joel Cooper Skaventide
Jon Keightley Ironjawz/Ironsunz
Jonathon Quinn Flesh-eater Courts/Blisterskin
Kat Binley Sons of Behemay/Taker Tribe
Mark Cullen Ogor Mawtribes/Bloodgullet
Matthew Tyler Daughters of Khaine/Hagg Nar
Max Barton Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar
Paul Coram Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan
Peter Holland Kruleboyz/Big Yellers
Rhys Syllabanks Flesh-eater Courts/Gristlegore
Ross Brace Idoneth Deekin/Dhom-Hain
Tom Meaker Bonesplitterz/Icebone
Wayne Cooper Seraphon/Thunder Lizard
Will Holley Kharadron Overlords/Barak-Mhornar

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