Tournament Preparation – Hampshire GT

  • Big Waaagh list with Kragnos

After an incredible run ended at Quest of Champions, I’ve decided to take a fun army to Hampshire GT this weekend. But… I couldn’t bring myself to leave the Big Waaagh behind yet. So, I searched the book for something new to add and didn’t need to look far. I’d recently painted some new models so they were top of my list. The good news is that they are likely to be fun.

Peter A has also released some great advice on Big Waaagh in his latest blog post over on Plastic Craic (*).

Kragnos / Kraggy!

I’ve covered his painting a little in a Hobby update, having painted him to gaming standard last year, struggled with the old warscroll, and only finished him last month when Tom wanted to borrow him.

His new Warscroll is giving him a new lease of life and seeing so many of them at Quest of Champions last weekend has convinced me to give him a go.

Man-Skewer Bolt Boyz

Also covered in their own Hobby Update, these were painted for Peter at Battle of the Burning Skies but unfortunately he didn’t get to it so the ladz have been languishing on my painting shelf staring at my Gitz! The other Big Waaagh lists last weekend both brought 6 of these, but with Kraggy there aren’t that many points spare, so I’ve brought only 3 of them for a little fun sniping.

The List – Big Waaagh!

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

Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
 Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
 Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

10 x Orruk Brutes (320)*
 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

3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
 Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 122
Drops: 1

Battle Regiment or Warlord?

This was perhaps my most difficult decision – Each battalion gave different benefits and would both be viable choices, but in the end I went for the Battle Regiment and the 1 drop. With Kragnos in the army I think I need to know who is going first (or a 50/50 if I meet a fellow one-drop), because against anything with Mortal Wound shooting I can deploy Kraggy at the back next to the Warchanter – and go for the teleport.

9″ charge of 3D6 with a re-roll has a very good chance of hitting home. Sure if my opponent also has screens I’m in all sorts of trouble but that’s the fun of Kraggy.

The disadvantage here is that the Wurrgog is now on 6+ ward save, not the usual 4+ ward save so that he is very likely to kill himself. I’ll need to use him more as a 2 cast wizard for Mystic Shield onto Kraggy and using his Warscroll spell for any hordes I might face.

The Rulespack

Yes, I even read the rulespack and that was one of the reasons I decided to make the change to the army and bring something different.

Extract from Hampshire GT Rulespack

Making Minor Wins / Minor Losses more likely is a great way to potentially break up the pack… and my Big Waaagh list tends to win or lose by small amounts meaning Major Wins are slightly more difficult under this rule for my usual army.

Kraggy either wins big…. or get’s shot by Sentinels / Longstrikes / Dragons so I may be able to avoid those Minor Wins. This rule also gives you something to play for if its a ‘guaranteed loss’ game… get close – get a minor win and 10 TPs (better than a defeat at 0 TPs).

If you’re going as well, come and say hi – I’ll be rolling dice on the bottom tables likely, but I’m sure Kragnos will make it fun whilst I do so!

— Declan

(*) Actually I wrote this before his article was released, but it’s great fun to ‘blame’ PlasticCraic for this car crash of a list! Wish me a lot of luck.

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