Top Three AoS Lists for Dazmaul Wargaming

This is the top three AoS lists for the Dazmaul Wargaming Tournament that took place in the UK on the 18th and 19th of March. It involved 29 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Vyrkos Dynasty
– Mortal Realm: Shyish
– Grand Strategy: Vampiric Conquerors
– Triumphs: Inspired

1 x Necromancer (130)*
– Command Trait: Pack Alpha
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify
– Aspect of the Champion: Leadership of the Alpha
1 x Radukar the Beast (310)*
1 x Vampire Lord (140)*
– Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions

40 x Deadwalker Zombies (240)*
Reinforced x 1
40 x Deadwalker Zombies (240)*
Reinforced x 1
40 x Deadwalker Zombies (240)*
Reinforced x 1

1 x Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (80)*
20 x Grave Guard (280)*
Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Zombie Dragon (270)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

I can’t in good faith make any more jokes about Soulblight rising back up, so I’ll just jump right into it.

What we’ve got here is a Vyrkos list that gleefully flips off the last season and screams ‘RIP BOUNTY HUNTERS’ while pushing 120 zombies up the board and, presumably, cackling gleefully. They’re all backed up by the usual buff pieces allowing them to get extra attack (Radukar, if he makes a charge) and fight twice (Necromancer, with danse macabre) – and remember they do MWs on 6s to hit and bring back models killed as zombies on a 2+. So it’s not like they can’t spike a few rolls and do a surprise bunch of mortals to whatever tries to chew through them or pull from the front and rally back up.

On top of that, they’re backed up by a Corpse Cart, which projects a -1 to wound aura, making those zombos even more infuriating to kill, and the pretty standard 20 Graveguard – who also make an excellent target for the hero buffs – who always have and still absolutely slap. A newly bargain-priced Zombie Dragon provides access to monstrous rampages and some nice targeted damage, while fitting neatly into the battle regiment!

5 wins for Soulblight at the moment is a great result, and it seems like loads and loads of meat is well and truly back on the menu, boys (and girls).


Army Faction: Flesh-eater Courts
Army Subfaction: Hollowmourne
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

1 x Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (450)
Spells: Flaming Weapon
1 x Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (450)*
– Command Traits: Grave Robber
– Artefacts: Corpsefane Gauntlet
– Mount Traits: Gruesome Bite
– Spells: Spectral Host
1 x Abhorrant Archregent (240)*
Artefacts: The Dermal Robe
– Spells: Deranged Transformation
– Aspects of the Champion: Tunnel Master
1 x Abhorrant Ghoul King (170)*
– Spells: Blood Feast
1 x Varghulf Courtier (160)*

10 x Crypt Ghouls (80)**
6 x Crypt Horrors (220)**
6 x Crypt Horrors (220)**

1 x Charnel Throne (0)

*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Galletian Veterans

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Having just called a list with 9 x Flayers “the list” we’ve got one of the best variations. I say that because I played against a version of this a lot. 2 Dragons and 2 blocks of Crypt Horrors is a smart way to play the faction. It gives you more threats to push an opponent. You still have the ability to bring 9 x Crypt Flayers/Horrors (Flayers are probably better) on through summoning. You might have to do it earlier if the Terrorgheist are in combat though.

Still no Cogs, taking the risk that a spell will fail, and only one of the Crypt Horror units will have all of the buffs. The 6 strong units are a risk as well, against a Rend -2 attack even with a 5+ ward (and only one should have it), it’s only 36 effective wounds. A block of fulminators can overcome that on the charge easily. Still, they have fight twice near one of the Dragons on top of rerolls to hit. And additional attacks – they are very nasty threat.

Tunnel Master on the Archregent is surprisingly useful. He can grab an unattended objective easily and then summon friends. But just as easily, it lets him stay within range of either the dragons or Crypt Horrors. Lots of mobility and stacks of board control, it’s a very effective way to control your opponents’ scoring opportunities and really terrify them.


Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Subfaction: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Chasing the Moon
– Triumph: Indomitable

1 x Skragrott, the Loonking (160)**
Spells: The Hand of Gork
1 x Squigboss (80)**
– Artefacts of Power: Gryph-feather Charm
1 x Squigboss (80)**
1 x Grinkrak the Great (190)***
1 x Fungoid Cave-Shaman (90)***
– Command Traits: The Clammy Hand
– Artefacts of Power: Moonface Mommet
– Spells: The Hand of Gork
– Aspects of the Champion: Tunnel Master

20 x Moonclan Shootas (125)*
Moonclan Boss
– Bad Moon Icon Bearer
– Gong Basher
– 3 Barbed Nets
20 x Moonclan Shootas (125)*
Moonclan Boss
– Bad Moon Icon Bearer
– Gong Basher
– 3 Barbed Nets
36 x Squig Herd (360)***
36 x Squig Herd (360)***

1 x Grinkrak’s Looncourt (190)*
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)**
1 x Gobbapalooza (145)***
Spells: Itchy Nuisance
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (110)***

1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)

*Galletian Sharpshooters
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1975/2000

Our latest boogey man (for all of a month and then more demons arrived this week). Simon was keen to see a horde on the table and took over 100 models. Beyond that, though there is so much going on, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve got a couple of sources of Hand of Gork (for teleports), and Grinkrak’s Looncourt can teleport themselves (if you don’t want the bodyguard). Fungoid Cave Shaman as General? Not sure I’ve seen that before, he’s a sneaky Tunnel Master as well, not sure you’d want to use that too early but he has a nasty Mortal Wound spell with a range of only 6″.

Squigboss’s for both Squigg units, of course, Skragrott (is he mandatory, certainly see him a lot) and a Sloggoth for monster action. The point, of course, is the heroes buff the Squiga (or Shootas), and you let loose the Squig’s. Individually, it’s not really an issue. The 30 Squiggs (and 6 herders) in each of the Squigg herds can hit, from the charge, 120 times. And if you kill some on the crack back, they do a mortal as they flee. With a 3 for bravery, there is a lot of fleeing. Their version of rally is once a game (2+ from each Squigherd) and kills the squiherd but unless you can clear the unit in a turn (difficult) you’ve probably got 2 turns of this from each unit.

That’s the name of the game for the squig build. Wear your opponent down in rounds 1 through 3 and then crack back. With the heroes handing out ‘shrooms granting wards or bonuses to the Shoota (only target) and the Sloggoth giving +1 to hit the Shootas start to be an issue. Sloggoth’s affect is an aura and will apply in any phase – charging the Shootas will be painful. Goes first, winds the squiggs up and unleashes them into your key units. Goes 2nd, hold the squiggs back at let’s the Shootas blunt your attack. If you try to hide, then the Shootas can even be teleported to punish you. If you injure them but don’t clear the unit, it can be rallied 3 times. If you do kill it, there is a 50% chance of them returning via the moon shrine.

I’ve only scratched the surface, but despite weak looking warscrolls, this is a very competitive army. 140+ wounds that can have multiple models or units returned is bad. Their overwhelming you with buckets of dice, which is worse. It’s probably a bit cheap with a lot of sources of mortal wounds. It’s an army that you have to try to outlast or watch them run away with things in the turn 4 and 5. Losing to Flesh Eater courts probably reflects the amount of damage even 3 Crypt Flayers (or 6 Crypt Horrors) can do with buffs and fight twice. They can kill anything in this list in a turn. Otherwise, more elite armies will struggle.


Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs:

1 x Gordrakk the Fist of Gork (500)*
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
1 x Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork (260)**
1 x Orruk Megaboss (140)**
– General
– Command Trait: Skilled Leader
– Artefact: Gryph-feather Charm (Galletian Champion)
– Aspect of the Champion: Tunnel Master
1 x Wurrgog Prophet (170)**
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist

10 x Orruk Brutes (300)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Brutes (150)***
Pair of Brute Choppas
5 x Orruk Ardboys (80)***
5 x Orruk Ardboys (80)*
5 x Orruk Ardboys (80)**

Core Battalions
***Galletian Veterans

Additional Enhancements

Total: 2000 / 2000

Tom & I spent much of late 2021 and 2022 battling each other for top Ironjawz and top Big Waaagh in the UK… and whilst he always beat me, my fun run last year got me the Big Waaagh title…! Woot. Since then Big Waaagh has suffered with the new General’s Handbooks and it’s great to see Tom bucking the trend with a 4-1 result (and top table game 5 match.

Tom’s taken a mostly traditional Big Waagh list with Ironjawz as the base, but he’s gone with Gordrakk and Gobsprakk. Two big flying models in the era of Gallatian Champions is a brave decision but it does allow Tom to stop spells with Gobsprakk and kill characters with Gordrakk.

It’s a great call to bring a model that can cause mortal wounds to Galatian Champions and has the reach to get them. Being able to avoid shooting doesn’t help when a Maw Krusha gets within 1″.

The rest of the army is standard Big Waaagh… but I like all the pieces and it’s made me consider actually painting my Gobsprakk – so a great double result. Well done Tom!

Final Tournament Placings

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