Top Three AoS Lists for Wappler Harvest Gathering

This is the top three AoS lists for Wappler Harvest Gathering that took place in Austria on the 30th and 1st of October. It involved 20 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
– Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant

Leaders
Scinari Enlightener (170)*
– General
– Command Trait: Loremaster
– Artefact: Rune of Senthoi
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Scinari Calligrave (110)*
– Lore of Primal Frost: Rupture
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Ellania and Ellathor, Eclipsian Warsages (190)**
– Lore of Hysh: Ethereal Blessing
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
Scinari Cathallar (120)**
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (270)**
The Light of Eltharion (230)***

Battleline
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (150)**
– Lore of Hysh: Ethereal Blessing
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
15 x Vanari Bladelords (360)***
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Vanari Dawnriders (120)***
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (150)***
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat

Endless Spells & Invocations
Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
Suffocating Gravetide (30)
Quicksilver Swords (60)

Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Warlord
***Vanguard

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Terrain
Shrine Luminor

Total: 2000 / 2000

Jon Anderson: News from the realms of order, light, and all things pointy eared.

Andreas Schwarz has proven that sometimes you don’t need a god to show everyone what you’re made of. Going undefeated this past weekend with Zaitrec Lumineth,
we have a fantastic mix of support pieces, threats, and utility all bundled into one neat 2000 points on the nose. Triumphs are for chumps. Utilizing the Spellcasting Savant
Grand Strategy is unquestionably the best option in a GT setting, and by ensuring their survival with the 10 bladelords, I would wager Andreas likely never felt much pressure on his caster
corps.

By taking the Warlord bonus for an extra spell, all of his Wizards (as well as Wizard units) become very knowledgable little elves, and their toolbox evolves from something you’d carry in your hand, to something you roll around in a shop. Nearly every spell available to him is in the list somewhere, and the power of that can not be overstated. The Enlightener packing enough spells
for a whole classroom while also having the ability to double tap the Lore of Hysh means you have a spectacular option as general, and the Rune of Senthloi is a nice change of pace!

As if summoned out of the desert itself, a wild Sevireth has appeared! Mobile, annoying, smashes faction terrain? Sounds like a winner in my book.

The three endless spells are a choice I myself am quite a fan of. This ensures you have redundancy for the battle tactic as well as producing needed projection for damage down field. I personally
would have taken a Lifeswarm, but that’s because I’m a coward.

Great list, and congratulations to Andreas on the undefeated finish.


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Alegiance: Khorne
– Slaughterhost: Reapers of Vengeance
– Grand Strategy: Slaughter of Sorcery
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Bloodmaster, Herald of Khorne (110)*
– Artefact: Halo of Blood
– Prayer: Killer Instinct
– Prayer: Unholy Flames
Bloodsecrator (120)*
– Nullstone Adornment: Pouch of Nulldust
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (330)*
– General
– Command Trait: Firebrand
– Artefact: A’rgath the King of Blades
– Prayer: Bloodbind
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Bloodmaster, Herald of Khorne (110)**
– Prayer: Witchbane Curse
– Prayer: Bronzed Flesh
Skulltaker (120)**
Slaughterpriest (110)**
– Hackblade and Wrath-Hammer
– Prayer: Blood Sacrifice
– Prayer: Killer Instinct

Battleline
20 x Bloodletters (360)
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Flesh Hounds (200)
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)

Units
9 x The Unmade (80)
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
9 x Untamed Beasts (80)*
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
9 x Untamed Beasts (80)**
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
Karanak (140)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Bleeding Icon (50)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Prayer
Artefact

Terrain
Skull Altar

Total: 1990 / 2000

Patrick German: We’ve once again broken away from the standard Khorne list to see a top performer with some interesting choices. We’ve discussed the Bloodmaster, Bloodthirster General, Bloodsecrator, and Bloodletters at length. They’ll perform in this list as well as they ever do, so long as Benedict plays the movement phase well (which he obviously did with his 2nd place finish).

What I would rather focus on is the addition of three Warcry warbands that we haven’t seen in top spots since the days when Slaves to Darkness was dominating the top three lists. Benedict has clearly answered the question that many of us on the Woehammer Discord regularly ask: what do you do to score turn 1?

The trouble with the current GHB is that turn one is often extremely difficult to score for some armies. Khorne’s battle tactics generally require you to kill a unit in special conditions, or finish the turn with a large number of units in combat. This really leaves two options for scoring turn one, either Intimidate the Invaders or Surround and Destroy. The first is deceptively difficult, since it defines territory instead of deployment zone, meaning some missions are requiring 11″+ of movement, which Khorne cannot reliably do. Surround and destroy however…

Enter the Untamed Beasts. For 80 points you get a 6″ pre-game move. It doesn’t matter what they can or can’t do past that point, because you are taking them for the 6″ pre-game move. The ability to quickly get out of your deployment zone and within 6″ of a board edge is scoring those battle tactics early, and if you can also manage to get your units on an objective or two, even better. The inclusion of these units should immediately make your opponent question whether to force you to take the first turn, since you can so easily start the game on a leg up.

Past that inclusion, he has the Unmade to shut of enemy commands, Karanak to help boost up the Flesh Hounds (and making summoning more effective), and Skulltaker to knock the heads off of enemy heroes to score some bonus Blood Tithe.

All around a great list that dips into some less-popular units. Congratulations on the 2nd spot, Benedict!

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Legion of Night
– Grand Strategy: Empire of Corpses

Leaders
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (400)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Waste Away
Vampire Lord (150)*
– Artefact: Morbheg’s Claw
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (480)*
– General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: Unbending Will
– Lore of the Vampires: Vile Transference

Battleline
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*

Units
20 x Grave Guard (320)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Grave Guard (320)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000

Danny Wadeson: Here, we have a fairly standard Manny list, but with my personal favourite chaff combo of 2x 3 Fell Bats. Their speed, ability to trade up (damage 2 and bonus attacks if they kill stuff, plus vampiric healing and 3 wounds a model) just means they’re wonderfully useful in a variety of situations – and in msu format, when they return from the dead, you’re getting 2/3 models back which is wonderful ROI.

The flex points in this list are spent on a 2nd brick of Graveguard, which makes sense because even after their points hike, they still slap like mad and play wonderfully into the army’s recursion abilities. Combined with the counter charge and the potential to be buffed by two sources (Manny killing a model with Gheistvor and the foot vamp), a double brick probably feels fairly overwhelming for most armies.

On that note, I can’t say I can instantly guess why it struggled with a Zaitrec list without seeing it. I suppose the weakness of a list like this in theory is that Graveguard rely on volume of attacks, but if you have ways to reach out and decimate them from range, they’re much less of a threat, and the vlozd is the only piece with traditional threat projection. Either way, LoN is loads of fun, and it’s nice to see a bit of experimentation within the sub-faction. Plus, it’s probably a good sign it can be beaten!




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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Protect da Shrine!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Grinkrak The Great (220)**
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)**
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)**
– General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (70)*
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard

Battleline
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)*
36 x Squig Herd (420)**
– Reinforced x 2
24 x Squig Herd (280)**
– Reinforced x 1

Units
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)**
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (140)**
6 x Grinkrak’s Looncourt (0)**
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (170)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Terrain
Bad Moon Loonshrine

Total: 1960 / 2000

Lodivicus: Sometimes there is a recipe that just works despite various tweaks over a period of time. This list is a current GHB version of the type of army list that was very popular a couple of battlescrolls ago. Pretty much every unit in the list has had its points increased (some twice) since the release of the battletome, yet Tristan illustrates here that it can still perform at a pretty high level and still works.

In some games, you’ll be more cautious and wait for an opening. In others you’ll play aggressive right from turn one. The premise, regardless of timing, is pretty much the same.

Take one unit of Squig Herd, season it with all the buffs, and fling it across the board at your opponent. Next turn, do it again with the other Squig Herd. If the opponent manages to kill a Squig Herd, you pop another half sized unit out of the Bad Moon Loonshrine and get back in line to do it again. Send wave after wave of spiced up meatballs at an opponent until victory is yours.

So what are the main buffs, spells and abilities that spice up the list?

Need more rend? The Madcap Shaman’s Moonface Mommet and Gobbapalooza’s Nasty Poisons have your back.

Mortal wounds? Squigboss with Gnasha-squig’s Yellow Lurka, Skragrott’s Fangz of the Bad Moon, and the Madcap Shaman’s Merciless Blizzard come through.

Fight on death? Grinkrak the Great can ‘I Dub Thee…’ Moonclan (which includes Squigs) units.

5+ ward (and less commonly +1 attack)? Sneaky Snufflers’ Looncap Mushrooms.

+1 hit in melee? The troggoth ally, the Marshcrawla Sloggoth, brings his Krew Drummer to help mitigate that Squig Herd can’t receive commands.

And that’s not all, the list is still loaded with other less commonly used or situational abilities, spells and buffs too. While it may not be your grandmother’s jambalaya, packed with all of the previous ingredients from times past, it’s still plenty spicy and loaded with meatballs. It just works!

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Top Three AoS Lists for Fantasia Fanatic XLIV AoS

This is the top three AoS lists for Fantasia Fanatic XLIV AoS that took place in Sweden on the 14th and 15th of October. It involved 40 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Legion of Night
– Grand Strategy: Empire of Corpses
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (400)**
– Lore of the Deathmages: Waste Away
Vampire Lord (150)**
– Artefact: Morbheg’s Claw
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (480)*
– General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: Unbending Will
– Artefact: Shard of Night
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
King Morlak Velmorn (220)**

Battleline
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*

Units
20 x Grave Guard (320)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1
4 x The Sons of Velmorn (0)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Suffocating Gravetide (30)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000

Danny Wadeson: Soulblight continue to prove a menace post-September battlescroll – mind you, every army should be capable of winning, and when the general is Ronya, well – can you really complain? Legion of Night bring some fantastically sneaky shenanigans to bear, mainly thanks to the heroic action to teleport a vampire, along with a unit being able to counter-charge. Once you add Manny’s ability to charge in the movement phase instead of redeploying, it can be a massive headache for the opponent to move around without having their intentions stymied by an angry beatstick.

But what I love is the inclusion of Velmorn and his Grave… Sons of Velmorn, for that sweet anti-pile in tech, albeit at a high price point it seems to me. Combined with the ever-present threat of 20 traditional Graveguard (RE-RELEASE THEM BASED ON THE VELMORN SCULPTS YOU COWARDS), you have some serious movement/pile-in denial backed a brutal hammer, especially with the foot vampire around. Dire wolves and bats provide the ever-reliable fast chaff scoring, while Gravetide allows for some horde clearing and potentially a sneaky, big base bonus screen.

Ramon Silva: Beating out two Starborne lists along the way must have been a particular highlight – big up Ronya ‘Death Queen’ Andersson!

Royna, a. Well-known Warhammer five round winner, has done it again at {name of gt}, with an impressively low body count land grabbing legions of night list.

“Zombies?” she don’t need no stinking “zombies”
Within this four-drop list are many tools to control where the fight happens.

-A cunning counter charge that doesn’t age

-A heroic action teleport so Manfred can railroad a lane and then warscroll teleport out next turn.

-Velmorn with a 3+ save are some Tanky bones. They don’t fall down like other cardboard cutout death rattlers do.

-and the Gravetide endless spell has a huge base size perfect for zoning.

Besides that, The battleline is lean but very mobile.

20 Grave guard is one of the best hammers in the game and can be buffed with horror frost, reliably because the morbeg claw artifact gives the Vlord on foot +3 to cast.

The additional artifact on VloZD nullifies rend from shooting so it can sit back and double up the body count ww12 around them with their command trait.

But when needed they can cast blazing weapon and saddle up for some real damage.

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Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
– Subfaction: Bloodlords
– Grand Strategy: Slaughter of Sorcery
– Triumph: Inspired


LEADERS
Bloodsecrator (120)*
– Nullstone Adornments:  Pouch of Nulldust
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (330)*
– General
– Command Traits: Firebrand
– Artefacts of Power: Ar’gath, the King of Blades
– Prayers: Bloodbind, Bronzed Flesh
Slaughterpriest (110)*
– Hackblade and Wrath-hammer
– Prayers: Blood Sacrifice, Killer Instinct
Herald of Khorne on Blood Throne (160)**
– Prayers: Killer Instinct, Unholy Flames


BATTLELINE
20 Bloodletters (360)*
– Icon Bearer
– Hornblower
– Bloodreaper
5 Flesh Hounds (100)*
– Gore Hound
– Burning Roar
8 Claws of Karanak (100)**


OTHER
3 Bloodcrushers (180)**
– Icon Bearer
– Hornblower
– Bloodhunter
10 Skullreapers (380)**
– Icon Bearer
– Skullseeker
6 Furies (80)** (allies)
9 The Unmade (80)** (allies)


TERRAIN
1 x Skull Altar (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord (magnificent: additional prayer)
**Battle Regiment


TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Roland Rivera: In a somewhat unusual twist for a Khorne Bloodlords list, this one features a mix between Bloodletters and Bloodcrushers (expected), Khorne mortal units (unexpected), and Allies (even more unexpected). However, the balance of their capabilities is likely effective enough that this list succeeded despite not maximizing the benefit of its chosen subfaction.

The conventional pillars of many Khorne lists are here: a big blob of Bloodletters to give and take damage with, a Bloodcrusher unit as a tough, recursive pinner, a Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury as a versatile Hero Monster, a Bloodsecrator for an on-demand offensive bonus, chaff units like Flesh Hounds and Claws of Karanak to pressure objectives and generate Blood Tithe upon death, and a Herald of Khorne on Blood Throne to help with Bloodletter recursion. Where the differences start to emerge are the inclusion of Furies and the Unmade, which provide some utility tools that are somewhat uncommon in Khorne (fast flying chaff and an anti-Rally/Redeploy aura, respectively). A 10-man unit of Skullreapers is another notable deviation from the norm, but these provide a useful Rally target for the Bloodsecrator while requiring relatively little support to generate consistent damage output.

Because of its high unit count and Khorne’s mobility tricks, this list will be excellent at covering the battlefield and funneling opponents into fights of its choosing, and the Khorne buff lineup is potent enough to allow its hammers to do enough damage to key units. This profiles as a challenging list to pilot, but an even more challenging one to face.

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Hallowed Knights (Stormkeep)
– Mortal Realm: Hysh
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Gardus Steel Soul (160)*
Knight-Arcanum (100)**
– Spell: Celestial Blades
Knight-Incantor (120)**
– General
– Command Trait: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Spell: Azyrite Halo
Knight-Relictor (90)*
– Artefact: Luckstone
– Prayer: Translocation

Battleline
5 x Liberators (100)*
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Liberators (100)*
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Vindictors (110)*
5 x Vindictors (110)*
5 x Vindictors (110)*

Units
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (150)***
6 x Questor Soulsworn (230)***
4 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (420)***
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Vanguard-Hunters (100)***
– Boltstorm Pistols and Shock Handaxes
5 x Vanguard-Hunters (100)***
– Boltstorm Pistols and Shock Handaxes

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Andtorian Acolytes
***Redemption Brotherhood

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid

Total: 2000 / 2000

Craig Ellis: Described by the player who ran this as a ‘Stand on Circles’ list, this is going to be very strong on the primary with the aim of creating blocks of frustrating, hard to kill units and winning the war of attrition. As a Stormkeep, this gives the ability of Redeemers (Liberators, Vindictors) to count as 3 on objectives (only in own territory until turn 3) meaning the level of scoring is going to be consistent throughout the game. Hallowed Knights allows the use of Gardus Steelsoul, who has a 5+ ward aura, adding to the general tankiness on offer here & giving all Redeemers Fight on Death on a 4+. The addition of spells such as Celestial Blades (+1 to Wound), Hoarfrost (buffing weapons) & Azyrite Halo (Save rolls of 6 deal a MW back) plus the Shield of Civilization (d3 MW’s when being charged into) Stormkeep ability means the enemy is going to take some damage when trying to drag these guys off objectives too. Tempestors and Questors provide the threat as well as the ability to score several battle tactics. Vanguard Hunters provides a guaranteed Surround & Destroy battle tactic as well as popping up to snag unguarded objectives. The Knight Relictor with translocation provides the ability to teleport units on a 3+ when required, with Luckstone giving an OPB re-roll if it is really needed. The Grand Strategy (Overshadow; destroy all enemy battleline with at least 1 friendly alive) leans into the aim of the list, keeping as much battleline as possible alive. The Holy Command Call for Aid will bring a unit of Redeemers back OPB adding to the staying power of the army. Looks like some decent match-ups with 4 wins until the final game where he lost to SBGL. It’s probably a tricky match up for this list as it is much stronger on the primary.

Ramon Silva: Shiny silver armor, crackling lightning and chants of “only the faithfu” must be one thing?
Zombies right?… Just kidding but in all seriousness, Stormcast Hallowed Knights are part of the first Legions of Light and Alexis piloted them to an impressive 4-1.

One of the initial books of 3.0, SCE benefits are.. rotting, but being poster boys they regularly get gud warscrolls. Which makes most lists feel like a bag of tricks with some juicy heros and troops.

Gardus in HK give a 5+ ward ww 12.
Knight “nope” incantor with an auto unbind
A priest for “lord, please, get me the f out of here” : translocate
And tempestors for solid ranged damage

This castle style list hands out +1 to wound and armor reflecting mw’s to tanky troops that can also fight on death. Taking Stormkeep means troops count as extra bodies on objectives but they all start on the board. They don’t stay there though as Questor soulsworn have a built in boogie, and the vanguard hunters have a board edge warscroll teleport.

Another point to note is that there is not much shooting at all so this list gets what it needs to get done in positioning and melee. It plays very well into the primary, or objective scoring, and has the additional troops to provide options for the secondary, battle tactics.

The path to 3rd was hard fought, as everything besides ironjaws is fairly newer. KO shooting can nullify the fight on death stormhost ability. Where-as the last three matches were against other melee army’s that just have more in book tricks. Which again makes the sparse shooting even more impressive.

Congrats!

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Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Starborne
– Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Lord Kroak (410)*
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spells: Cosmic Crush, Merciless Blizzard
Skink Starseer (150)**
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard, Rupture
Slann Starmaster (290)**
– General
– Command Traits: Lord of Celestial Resonance
– Spells: Comet’s Call, Merciless Blizzard

BATTLELINE
Skinks (90)
– Skink Alpha
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler
Skinks (90)
– Skink Alpha
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler
Saurus Guard (140)*

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Horrorghast (60)
1 x Malevolent Maelstrom (50)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)

TERRAIN
1 x Starborne Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Andtorian Acolytes

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Danny Wadeson: It’s Starborne, with the flex points spent on not one, but two Arks of Sotek, because they’re fantastic wound sponges capable of surprising spike damage. Everything else is the same as usual! Sorry, I’m not going to explain how the entire list works again – but if you really don’t know, it’s basically ‘get summoning points and summon stuff’. As I have no idea what units Abbe summoned, it’s hard to talk about strategy other than to say, I like the double Arks of Sotek because that would make for a helluva screen!

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Final Tournament Placings

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AoS Meta Stats W/Ending 22nd October 2023

I thought with the release of Games Workshops Meta Article yesterday, what better time to release ours than a day later? You know, jump onthe old band wagon and all that!

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Disclaimer

The data contained inside this article is only Woehammer’s interpretation. There are differing methods and analyses of the data available from Games Workshop and Honest Wargamer, whose methodology differs slightly from our own.

All of these sources should be viewed as a collective whole to allow you to gather a larger picture of the Age of Sigmar meta. The win rates, while accurate for events we have on record so far, are likely to change in the coming weeks and shouldn’t be the single point of reference for a factions strength.

How Win Rates are Calculated

All of our data is pulled from two day single events. We split all draws between the wins and losses of a faction evenly, as we believe this provides a fair reflection of a factions win rate. For example, as a player, you may achieve 2 wins, 2 losses, and a draw at an event. Some sites will only count the wins towards the faction rate, so in this case, 40% (2/5=0.4). Woehammer includes half of the draws, so our result would be 50% (2.5/5=0.5).

We have also included a confidence interval based on the sample size and their results. This interval has a 95% confidence rate. What does this mean? Essentially, we’re 95% sure that the win rate of the faction will fall inside this band at the release of the next battlescroll.

We have decided to include this as each factions win rates can (and will) fluctuate as more and more players post their results. While the faction win rate may be that specified right now, it is more than likely to change in the future. So when looking at a win rate, take into account the number of players who have posted results, as well as the upper and lower limit of that 95% confidence interval. This will give a good indication of the future win rate of that faction.

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If you have organised an event that doesn’t appear in our database and has the following minimum requirements to be included:

  • Two Day Event
  • Singles Event
  • Minimum of 8 players

Then why not complete the form attached and send the results to thewoehammer@gmail.com? We’ll include them the next time we produce the stats.

Data Overview

Battlescroll: Tactics of Andtor (Sept 2023)

Tournaments Included:

  • Trouble at Mill
  • Invasion AoS 2023
  • Broken Ranks Q3 Illinois
  • King Gizzard and the Blizzard Wizards
  • Wardolly Weekend 5
  • LGT AoS Single
  • Gran Tourneo Huertano Individual de Murcia
  • End Times Grand Tournament 2023
  • Tough Castle 2023
  • Woehammer AoS GT II
  • Kippers Melee 2023
  • Age of Sigmar GT: US Open Tampa
  • Battle Rage Ballerup 2023
  • Palladium Games Age of Sigmar GT
  • Age of Sigmar Grant Tournament @XPG
  • Hobart Hammer Grand Tournament 2023
  • King Cheese GT
  • Flying Monkey Con 2023
  • TM Gaming
  • Wappler Harvest Gathering
  • Crucible 2023
  • North China Open
  • Mowan Autumn Championship 2023
  • AoS Champs at the 2023 Michigan GT
  • Sovereign Smash 2023
  • Symposium SELWG
  • Justice Series GT
  • Fantasia Fanatic XLIV AoS
  • GAF Jamboree
  • Suge & Dice Annual AoS Tournament
  • SoCal Open
  • Duckstravaganza 2: Battle for the Pond
  • I. Lay Low the Tyrants Grand Tournament
  • Malmo Wargaming Weekend 7

Faction Win Rates

The above was updated on 27th October 2023 at 15:43 UTC after the donkey who created the spreadsheet didn’t press refresh on his pivot table to update this chart for the week.

As we have now included a confidence interval within our data based on the sample size and results, we have now included all factions within the below tables regardless of their player base.

Soulblight Gravelords and Ossiarch Bonereaper nerfs appear to have worked at first glance, but the Kharadron Overlords who were possibly being held back a little in the last battlescroll have probably benefitted from this power vacuum and find themselves in the top spot.

The heavy handed approached on the balancing of Hedonites of Slaanesh is showing with their win rate falling to a miserable 43% this week.

Win Rates

You’ll see in the chart above that each faction shows its current win rate as a % inside a text box. The paler green and yellow segments show the margin of error of that win rate. We predict with 95% confidence that the win rate will be within the paler bars upon the release of the next battlescroll. The size of this segment is determined by the number of tournament entries using that faction, the spread of their win rates at competitions and finally how many weeks are estimated to be left until the next battlescroll update.

Using our old format of win rate reporting and removing factions with less than 20 results, we have the following table:

Subfaction and Army of Renown Win Rates

We’ve started having subfactions hit the 20 player min representation, so have taken those factions for the chart above.

ARMIES OF RENOWN

I’ve decided to have a little chart recording their progress as the Battlescroll progresses, they may well track against their own faction as a whole, but I though it would be interesting to see nonetheless.

Player Results by Wins

This graph has at least two purposes. Firstly, it shows the faction popularity by the number of players, and secondly, it breaks down those players’ results in terms of the number of wins they achieve.

Here, we’ve included all the factions that have been played to date, as there is no benefit in removing those with a small sample size.

Faction Popularity

The full list month-by-month is below:

When looking at the above table, bear in mind that this is the worldwide meta, and region to region or even city to city may differ. So while this gives us a general idea of the meta it may not be representative of your local meta.

We’re seeing (as always) a massive spike in the player base of the new tomes that have been released and fall off on the older Tomes. This is to be expected really as competitive players jump around following the “Oooo shiny” method of collecting. They’ll likely always be a strong base for Stormcast Eternals, thanks to them appearing in nearly all beginner army sets, as magazine collections and the feature of many stories in Age of Sigmar.

Players Achieving 5-0 Wins, Tournaments in Winning Positions and 3 Wins from

Out of all the players using that faction (shown in brackets next to the faction name), this graph shows the number achieving a whitewash at a GT with 5 wins from 5. Those achieving 4 wins from 4 after the fourth round and those achieving 3 wins from 3 after the 3rd round. Take into account that those who achieve 5-0 are included in the numbers of 4 wins from 4 and 3 wins from 3. Likewise, those achieving 4 from 4 are included with the 3 from 3 data.

Results Split

This chart tells you which factions are more capable of achieving positive results at tournaments.

Conclusions

If you’re planning your list for a GT, look at the data as a whole. Don’t just look at our data either, look at TSN and also GW. Get a big picture, use these sites as sources to make your own informed opinion on the meta. Think about which armies are popular, as you’ll likely face at least one or two of these armies at some point during an event, especially in the earlier rounds.

Look at those factions that are regularly in a tournament winning position and winning GTs, as these are likely to be your opponents in the later rounds. I believe you should look at building a list that is able to cope with playing the following factions at some point in a GT if you’re looking to compete;

  • Blades of Khorne
  • Seraphon
  • Stormcast Eternals
  • Soulblight Gravelords
  • Gloomspite Gitz

But also, if you’re playing a local GT with your club, then bear in mind that meta may be completely different to those given in the stats above. All of what is presented here, should be taken with a pinch of salt, but hopefully it gives you some guidance when it comes to list construction, or even army choice if you’re looking to play Age of Sigmar.

Running 8 Week Average Win Rate Since May 2022

For a bit of fun

Our Database

This is our most copy of our database.

Winning Socal open with Dhom-hain


The Story:
Socal open is the Culmination of a year long Journey for me. Competing for me is not so much about rank and wins as it is the Path to growth and constantly chasing a higher level of skill. For all of 2022, I played the arguably worst army in the game, Kruleboyz, and resolved to master them. I chose them in no small part because it would be a huge challenge. I knew that if I played the strongest armies it wouldn’t force me to learn and grow nearly as much; And grow I did but after a year on the struggle bus even I needed a bit of a break from the frustration of randomness in a competitive game.

I picked up Idoneth because while they’re not a power army, they’re close to 50%, and in my thinking, that means the better player should win. The fish elves would be a great metric to judge my progress and see how I measured up to the best in a fair fight, but I also still hold growth as my main goal, so I set a new mission for myself. I wanted to win an RTT, or 4-1+ a GT, with every subfaction in IDK.

My first result was with Nautilar in Arizona, playing to a strong 4-1 finish with Frostheart phoenix and turtle to create a tanky death ball. Next, at Old Town Throwdown summer smash, I played to another 4-1 with Fuethan just before the buffs. That was a hard, fought grind, but I squeezed it out. After that, I. picked up Dhom-Hain and got a top 8 with 3-1-1 in Arizona smite club open, but I couldn’t quite get it, so I had to try again. Which brings us to the Socal open with my new and improved list

The List:

Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Subfaction: Dhom-Hain
– Grand Strategy: Dominion of the Deep Ones
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Isharann Tidecaster (130)*
General
– Command Traits: Teachings of the Túrscoll
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Battlemage (100)*
Magic of the Realms: Wildform (Ghur)
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**
Eidolon of Mathlann Aspect of the Storm (300)**
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**

BATTLELINE
Namarti Thralls (220)**
Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (220)**
Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (110)**
Icon Bearer

BEHEMOTH
Akhelian Leviadon (400)**
– Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace

OTHER
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000


When building the Dhom Hain list, I knew I’d have to lean into its strategy as hard as I possibly could if I wanted it to work. Dhom-hain is not an army of reasonable choices. It is an army of explosive, risky power. With this in mind I looked to maximize the namarti savages rule, which allows me to charge if I kill everything within 3’ (and I’m going first in the round) and then fight again (not immediately).

Step 1: Killing everything within 3”.
Thralls can hit pretty hard, but on their own they’re just not getting there most of the time. They need a ton of support to do their job. 2 Thrallmasters granting exploding 6’s and reroll 1’s to hit up their consistency a ton, as well as the Leviadon giving them +1 to hit targets Wholly within 15”. These abilities combine to make the Thralls hit more times than they even have attacks. On average, dive 41 attacks from 20 thralls will hit 47-48 times. On top of that, the storm grants +1 to the wound, and Hoarfrost can increase their rend by 1-2 if you get a little lucky.

All of these auras combine to make an absolute blender of a unit, but it is 1030 points of buff pieces to set up a 220 point thrall unit.

Step 2: Charging out of phase.
If I manage to kill everything around me, I can immediately attempt a charge. This is super powerful, but anyone who has played it knows it’s not as amazing as it sounds. The thing about charging out of phase is that you can not use the command to reroll that charge, so you’re extremely reliant on the dice. I found a solution to that problem, by running 1980, I often had a triumph to reroll, which immediately adds some consistency. Additionally, the Isharann ritual for +1 to run and charge on flood tide helps things line up in your favor. But the real bit to seal the deal is the ghurish battlemage, who’s spell grants +2 to run and charge. Having run and charge, +3 to run and charge, with both a command and a triumph to reroll, and being able to charge a second time can give the thralls a max threat range of 53” in a single turn if everything lined up perfectly, and allows you to pop off much more consistently.

With this game plan laid out, and everything tuned to my goals, it was time to really put it to the test at the Socal open


THE GAMES:

Round 1 vs Frank Deloachs Big Waaagh on Geomantic Pulse

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
1 x Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*
– General
– Command Traits: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork, Foot of Gork
1 x Wardokk (80)*
Spells: Merciless Blizzard, Gorkamorka’s War Cry
1 x Wurrgog Prophet (170)*
Artefacts: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Hoarfrost, Levitate
1 x Gobsprakk (240)***
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)***
– Warbeats: Fixin’ Beat
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)***
– Warbeats: Get ’Em Beat

BATTLELINE
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)**
Brute Boss
– Gore-choppa
– Boss Choppa
– Jagged Gore-hacka
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)**
Brute Boss
– Gore-choppa
– Jagged Gore-hacka
– Boss Choppa
10 x Orruk Ardboys (220)***
Gorkamorka Glyph Bearer
– Ardboy Boss
– Ardboy Choppas

OTHER
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
6 x Weirdbrute Wrekkaz (250)**
3 x Morgok’s Krushas (80)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Ironjawz Fist
***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

The game began with me taking away the top of turn and flipping the tides so that when push came to shove in this beatdown matchup, I’d have control of turn 2. I had deployed as a dense castle in the center with flanking sharks and one wizard in a corner. 

Frank came in with pigs but was surprised by how hard my crack back was as my pile ins removed 5/6 pigs.

On my turn, I moved up and scored magical dominance from standing in the corner. Frank couldn’t afford to expose his Gobbsprakk just to shut off my tactic. for the rest of the game, I neglected to attempt any spell casts so as to deny him Gobbsprakk mortals.

Turn 2 came and I had always strikes first vs his entirely melee army. He had top of turn but couldnt accomplish much without taking huge damage first. On my turn I  proceeded to take out multiple other units and then doubled him to secure the win. Franks list was very nasty but Dhom hain was a solid counter to it.

Round 2 vs the Noog’s BOC on Fountains of Frost

Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
Army Subfaction: Darkwalkers
– Grand Strategy: Desecrating Brayherd
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Doombull (180)*
General
– Command Traits: Bestial Cunning
– Artefacts: Brayblast Trumpet
1 x Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Spells: Merciless Blizzard

BATTLELINE
10 x Ungors (80)**
Brayhorn Blower
– Banner Bearer
– Halfhorn
– Pitted Blade
9 x Bullgors (630)**
Bloodkine
– Warheard Drummer
– Warheard Banner Bearer
– Paired Cleaving Axes
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)**

OTHER
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)*
6 x Beasts of Chaos Tzaangor Enlightened (180)*
6 x Beasts of Chaos Tzaangor Enlightened (180)*
3 x Beasts of Chaos Slaangor Fiendbloods (130)*
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)**
1 x Cockatrice (120)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Flipping the tides for Always Strikes first turn 2 meant that when he had to come in off the board edges, he couldn’t afford to be aggressive. He played far back instead, but I used chain charging to wipe ~1300 points of models in a single turn and lock him into a corner. The extra mobility i got from multi charges meant his backline castle ended up getting shredded despite his careful placement.

He tried to sneak back into the game, but idoneth mobility and me winning all 4 priority rolls helped me counter his clever mobility tactics. Despite the heavy kill ratio, the overall points scored were fairly close as it was a 6 objective map, and BOC is incredible on maps like that

Round 3 vs Brian’s Khorne on Nexus Collapse

Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
Army Subfaction: Reapers of Vengeance
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs

LEADER
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (310)
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (310)*
1 x Bloodsecrator (120)*
– Nullstone Adornments: Pouch of Nulldust
1 x Wrath of Khorne Bloodthirster (300)**
General
– Command Traits: Firebrand
– Artefacts: Halo of Blood
– Prayers: Bronzed Flesh
1 x Slaughterpriest (110)**
Bloodbathed Axe
– Prayers: Blood Sacrifice
1 x Realmgore Ritualist (110)**
Prayers: Killer Instinct
– Aspects of the Champion (Archived): Tunnel Master (Archived)

BATTLELINE
10 x Blood Warriors (190)*
Blood Champion
– Icon Bearer
– Goreaxe and Gorefist
– Goreglaive
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)*
10 x Blood Warriors (190)*
Icon Bearer
– Blood Champion
– Goreaxe and Gorefist
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)*

INVOCATION
1 x Hexgorger Skulls (50)

TERRAIN
1 x Skull Altar (0)

OTHER
1 x Khorgorath (90)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

This matchup was decided more than anything by it being the first time he had ever played the mission. It’s a weird one that you have to get a few reps to understand. The score was extremely lopsided, but the game itself was really techy and fun. It was a much closer game than it looked on paper overall. 

His double boom-thirsters (mortal wound AOE demons) were terrifying, and I spent the whole game very carefully measuring to make sure they couldn’t blow my army up. Turn 4, I messed that up, and he threatened to bomb me but failed to roll any 6s even with an extra attack. After that, all in play, I was able to clean up his forces bottom of 4.

Round 4 vs Kyle Calips OBR on spring the trap

Army Faction: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Army Subfaction: Mortis Praetorians
– Grand Strategy: Barren Icescape
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Katakros (500)*
1 x Arkhan the Black (380)**
1 x Liege-Kavalos (180)**
General
– Command Traits: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefacts: Lode of Saturation
1 x Mortisan Boneshaper (140)**
Artefacts: Artisan’s Key
– Spells: Hoarfrost

BATTLELINE
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)*
Mortek Hekatos
– Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
30 x Mortek Guard (130)*
Mortek Hekatos
– 3 x Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
– 3 x Soulcleaver Greatblade
2 x Morghast Archai (220)*
Spirit Halberd

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

This game was by far the hardest one of the whole event. Kyle played an extremely tight game, including denying me a tactic by countercharging the opposite direction I expected and barely tagging a unit that wasn’t even the charge target. On the same note, I repeatedly forced him into difficult positions with movement tricks and pile ins. I ended up grabbing it basically off of a critical 6″ redeploy to take the game by just a point. 

The game was neck and neck from start to finish and until the very last moment I had no idea who would take it. Great game and a great opponent 

Round 5 vs Tads Gitz on power flux

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)**
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)***
General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (70)*
Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Webspinner Shaman (65)*
Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard

BATTLELINE
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
Reinforced x 1
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (300)**
Reinforced x 1
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**

OTHER
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)**
Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (170)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 170 / 400
Wounds: 171
Drops: 4

I deployed my army as a melee castle with a wizard off to each side being terrain but up forward, making it nearly impossible for him to score magical dominance turn 1. My castle was just far enough back that he could realistically come into me, but it’d have to be full send. 

Tad decided to go for it but didn’t manage to connect the way he’d hoped, and my entire army piled in and mopped up his squigs. On my turn, I rushed up the board, tagged corners of units, and liked in to kill them after taking very little damage. 

Then I doubled him and tabled his entire army top of turn 2

It was honestly brutal, but we had a good laugh about it. He was left with a risky play, and it didn’t pan out. BY THE POWER OF MATHLANN, I HAVE THE POWER!!! (And a Golden ticket to the World Championship in the lost city of Atlanta)

SUMMARY:

All in All Dhom hain is a super fun faction to play, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for exciting games, but I will also caution that it’s MUCH harder to play than it looks like. Most of the army is single wound infantry with 5+ saves, and all of your games are balanced on a knifes edge. If you want a heart-pounding, technically demanding, explosive army, then it is amazingly fun to play. Unfortunately, the Battlemage of Ghur is rotating out essentially immediately, so changes to the list will have to be made. Creativity and list tweaking is a huge part of the game, and i’m excited to find what new direction to take with it.

Six Nations Lists: Six Takeaways

The Six Nations AoS Teams Tournament is coming up soon, where England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Wales will compete against each other and the lists have just been released. To give you an overview of the kinds of matchups that will be coming up and what we can learn from the submissions of these national teams, we’ve come up with six takeaways from the lists.

For reference, here’s all the army lists in one handy download (courtesy of AoS 6 Nations, Underworld Gaming and Mediocre Hobbies)

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Blood for the Blood God…Apart from in Scotland.

Of the Six Nations, all countries took a Khorne variant apart from Scotland, underlining how powerful Khorne are in the current meta with their ability to march across the board and stomp their authority on any game. Prayers are clearly going to be a key part of the Khorne strategy alongside the ubiquitous Murderlust for those out of phase movements. Only one Skarbrand out of the five lists, but lots of Wrathmongers and Flesh Hounds with one Bloodlords list with waves of Bloodletters. Other popular lists included Soulblight Legion of Night with Manfred appearing in three of the four lists; Seraphon Fangs of Sotek with double Ark of Sotek Bastiladon; three King Brodd’s Stomps, with three bigs and three littles and three Disciples of Tzeentch Guild of Summoners lists with 12 Enlightened on Discs.

Give me ALL of the Primal Dice!

While there are lots of battle regiments in the lists as expected, the next most common battalion is Andtorian Acolytes for those extra Primal Dice. In most cases, the lists in question could not fit into a single battle regiment, but rather than going for a second battle regiment, those extra Primals seemed to be worth going to a three drop list minimum. Alongside a high frequency of Merciless Blizzard, the potential for a single hero phase to turn around what should be an easy win to a loss (or vice-versa) is definitely there. Even just being aware of the threat will impact on the opponent’s strategy, which might be enough to get a positive result for your team.

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Fight me, you coward!

We are clearly in a combat-heavy meta at the moment, with the vast majority of lists focusing on winning the battle by fighting in combat as opposed to relying on ranged shooting attacks. Both Daughters of Khaine lists have eschewed the Bow Snakes for the Fighty Snakes; there are no Lumineth Sentinels at the event; even Kharadron Overlords are much more focused on fighting out of a Frigate rather than Thunderers blasting away from range. There are a couple of exceptions, with all of the Idoneth lists having a healthy amount of shooting, with even the Namarti-heavy list having 40 Reavers and the Shark lists having a huge number of attacks that will also explode on 6s. It will be interesting who these will be matched up with because the lack of return shooting from their opponents could really swing the matchup in the fish-elves favour!

OB – Where?

One of the more underrepresented armies of the top echelon recently are Ossiarch Bonereapers, with only two nations choosing to collect the Bone Tithe and both of these being Null Myriad lists. The points increases on Immortis seem to have done the trick as there are only two units at the event, with Deathriders and Mortek picking up the slack. Perhaps this isn’t surprising as only a quarter of the armies at the event are heavy magic-users and the pairings process can potentially avoid a single anti-magic army. Other notable missing armies include Beasts of Chaos, Ogor Mawtribes and Kruleboyz – just kidding! As recently as a few months back, there would be less variation than we have represented, with nineteen of twenty-four battle tomes in attendance, showing how healthy the meta currently is.

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An Age of Heroes.

Across the lists, there is definitely a flavour of what unique heroes can bring to an army, not only narratively, but competitively too. Named characters who will be fighting it out include Gobsprakk, Katakros, Skarbrand, Brokk Grungsson, Kairos Fateweaver, Manfred Von Carstein, The Glottkin, Severith, Morathi and everyone’s (least) favourite angry dwarf, Gotrek. One of my favourite aspects of AoS is how cool it looks on the tabletop to have these centre-piece models battle it out and there will be ample opportunities for epic showdowns across the event with this array of heroes.

Skewl List, bro!

Most of the lists submitted are relatively close to a take-all-comers singles list too, but there are a couple of more skew lists that look really interesting that will cause absolute headaches for whoever gets paired into them. The IDK shark lists come close to this, but they’ve become a bit more mainstream, with several players running this list successfully. What might become more of a meta-list after this event and with the arrival of Belthanos on the scene is Andreas Angermund’s 18 Spiterider and 6 Seeker list. Firstly, respect to Andreas if he is transporting that many models with fragile and awkward wings but then to also give your opponent the dilemma of having these 24 flies be able to pre-game move 12″ before the game even starts…yikes! Another interesting list that could very quickly get across the table and punch you in the mouth is Greg Shelton’s 30 Black Knight list. Black Knights appear in several of the Soulblight lists, but no-one has gone as hard in as Greg has. If all three Black Knight units make a charge, Greg will be rolling 60 dice and expecting at least 20 mortal wounds as his return – scary stuff indeed.

So that’s six takeaways from the Six Nations lists. Best of luck to all competitors at what I’m sure will be a great event. Are there any interesting combos that I’ve missed? Please comment below if I have and let us know which list(s) you think will do the most work!

Top Three AoS Lists for Crucible 2023

This is the top three AoS lists for Crucible that took place in New Zealand on the 30th and 1st of October. It involved 44 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
– Army Type: Vyrkos
– Grand Strategy: Lust for Domination
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Nagash (900)*
1 x Vampire Lord (150)*
– General
– Command Traits: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Artefacts: Ulfenkarni Phylactery
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

BATTLELINE
30 x Deathrattle Skeletons (130)*
– Skeleton Champion
– 3 x Standard Bearer
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
– Doom Wolf
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
– Doom Wolf

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)

OTHER
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (90)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Danny Wadeson: What we have here is a list that looks simple on the surface of things….and is simple beneath the surface too. It’s Nagash, and a shit load of chaff. Now, utilising Nagash well isn’t that simple, but essentially, he’s King-Magic-Man and likes bringing skellybobs back. You’ve got the Myrnmourn Banshees in there to deny opponent’s magic too, which seems somewhat overkill given Naggy’s +3 to unbinds, but hey, sometimes you really, really want to be the only one on the board flinging spells around. And it clearly works – taking down some tricksy factions, including stuff like IDK, which I’d have thought had the forward pressure necessary to give this list trouble. Would love to have seen some of these games!



Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Subfaction: Badsnatchers
– Grand Strategy: Chasing the Moon
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– Spells: Itchy Nuisance
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– Spells: The Hand of Gork
Dankhold Troggboss (210)**
– General
– Command Traits: Loonskin
– Artefacts of Power: Glowy Howzit
Webspinner Shaman (65)***
– Spells: Rupture

BATTLELINE
Fellwater Troggoths (170)**
Rockgut Troggoths (170)**
Rockgut Troggoths (170)**
Moonclan Shootas (120)***
Moonclan Shootas (120)***
Moonclan Stabbas (120)***
– Bad Moon Icon Bearer
– Gong Basher
– Stabba
– 3 Barbed Nets

BEHEMOTH
Aleguzzler Gargant (140)**
Mangler Squigs (260)***

OTHER
Gobbapalooza (170)***
– Spells: Levitate

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Scuttletide (80)
1 x Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (50)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Lodivicus: I have to admit, when I was asked to do the analysis and commentary on this list, I felt like I was getting Punk’d a little bit. It’s VERY off-meta and illustrates the skill of Chris Kennedy and the level of internal balance Gloomspite Gitz currently has. If you’ve been wondering if it’s possible to 5-0 with a Gitz list that contains pretty much at least one of all the different keyword types in the faction, Chris is here to say “Yes!”

For most mixed lists in Gitz, one would expect that King’s Gitz would be the subfaction choice taken most often. But not here! Chris chose Badsnatchers (reroll one of the casting dice if another Badsnatchers Moonclan Wizard is wholly within 9”) with two Fungoid Cave-Shamans and the Gobbapalooza fitting the bill. Completing the Moonclan Grot portion of the list, two units of Moonclan Shootas and a unit of Moonclan Stabbas round out the list to act as screens, objective control, ranged support and increase the wound count of the list.

The Dankhold Troggboss general with his Glowy Howzit (4+ ward until he can no longer resist the urge to eat it) is one of the most durable general choices available in Gitz and pairs well with the Chasing the Moon Grand Strat. He also adds Scuttletide to the list for free with his Loonskin command trait and gives out the mighty +1 attack to Troggoths when being a Shepherd of Destruction. Completing the Troggoth portion of the list is two units of Rockgut Troggoths (durable hammers with throwin’ boulders) and a unit of Fellwater Troggoths (debuffing tech troggs with their terrible stench and noxious vomit).

The Squig component of the list is not met by the more common Squig Herd or Boingrot Bounderz component, but instead, Mangler Squigs takes the place in the list. With its faction specific monstrous rampage, Giant Boing! it can get pretty much anywhere it wants to go and deal pretty effective damage once there.

What would a mixed list be without a Spiderfang component? The Webspinner Shaman is one of the most popular Andtorian Locus choices due to his 65 point price tag and built in 5+ ward. In true off-meta fashion, Chris gave him the Frost spell Rupture instead of the more popular Hoarfrost or Merciless Blizzard. Considering this event happened 2 weeks after the Rupture nerf, I can only assume he expected that he might run into a lot of Incarnate lists and didn’t want to be without his Incarnate de-levelling tool or perhaps was a list submission deadline casualty.

We have all the four major keyword types in Gitz covered, but how could it truly be an all-encompassing mixed Gitz list without bringing an Aleguzzler Gargant to round it out? With his 3d6 charge and Hand of Gork in the list, this monster can reliably be delivered pretty much anywhere he’s needed. Once there, he can do things like the Smash to Rubble monstrous action to opposing faction terrain or act as a monstrous missile.

While I did not personally witness the event (I wish I had), if I had to hazard a guess (which apparently I do), I would bet that Chris’ opponents enjoyed playing against a list that was so off-meta with so many vastly different and fun components even when they lost to it. It’s definitely not the usual Gitz list you’d expect to see at an event. While I wasn’t provided with the exact lists that he ran into, looking at the factions/subfactions of his opponents it appears that he ran into several different archetypes and barrelled his way to a 5-0 finish with this mishmash crew of Gitz. Very impressive!

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Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Starborne
– Subfaction: Dracothion’s Tail
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (290)*
– General
– Command Traits: Arcane Might
– Artefacts of Power: Spacefolder’s Stave
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spells: Cosmic Crush
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Skink Starseer (150)**
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Lord Kroak (410)***
– Spells: Comet’s Call

BATTLELINE
Saurus Guard (140)**
Skinks (90)**
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler
Skinks (90)**
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)***

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)
1 x Malevolent Maelstrom (50)

TERRAIN
1 x Starborne Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Linebreaker

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

I’m a Seraphon player, but there comes a point where you have to just hold up your scaly hands and say ‘it’s the wizard lizard list’. It’s always hard to write commentary on this list archetype because much of the skill comes from what you choose to summon, and where, and how you use it once it’s on the board, which obviously I have no way of knowing.

But for those unfamiliar with the engine in general, here’s how the list works. For every cast, unbind, and dispel, plus for every ‘cosmic node’ (wizards and wizardy shit like the Astrolith), you get a star power point. No, that isn’t the official name. Star power can be used to summon stuff, or do a shit load of MWs to stuff near aforementioned C-nodes. The Slann gets double star power be…wait…hold up…

He didn’t take the double star power command trait!! This is unheard of! He’s taken the ‘can control 3 endless spells and double their range’ trait! That would certainly allow him a lot more leeway in terms of positioning the somewhat fiddly Maelstrom, and allow for one of Kroak’s damage spells to go through the portal instead of Pendulum, which with double-range can much more reliably be cast normally. I can’t believe someone finally didn’t take Lord of Celestial Resonance, what a trailblazer.

There are also two Arks of Sotek because they’re cheap as fuck massive wound sponges with spike mortal potential.

But he didn’t take LoCR!!!




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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Munificent Wanderers
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Great Unclean One (430)*
– Doomsday Bell and Bileblade
– Artefacts of Power: The Witherstave
– Spells: Fleshy Abundance
Sloppity Bilepiper (120)*
– Artefacts of Power: Tome of a Thousand Poxes
– Spells: Gift of Disease
Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
– General
– Command Traits: Infernal Conduit
– Spells: Plague Squall
Sloppity Bilepiper (120)**

BATTLELINE
Plaguebearers (240)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper
Plaguebearers (120)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper
Plaguebearers (240)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper

OTHER
Nurglings (100)*
Nurglings (100)*
Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
Plague Drones (200)**
– Icon Bearer
– Bell Toller
– Plaguebringer

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Vanguard

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Roland Rivera: This is perhaps one of the most unexpected Nurgle lists I have seen since the 3rd edition book dropped. It picked one of the least-used subfactions (Munificent Wanderers), and is running some very rarely picked units in the Rotbringer Sorcerer (two of them even more so) and the Great Unclean One. The fact that this list went 3-0 in Day 1 is nothing short of remarkable. Take a bow, John, take a bow.

This list is clearly playing the objective game above all else, as its 50 Plaguebearers are not much to write home about offensively but can be extremely hard to shift when backed up by a Sloppity Bilepiper to prevent pile-ins and a caster using Fleshy Abundance to juice up their Wound count. It also uses Nurglings and Beasts for a bit of mobility, as well as potential pinning maneuvers. Plague Drones can also pitch in as pinners, while dealing enough damage that they have to be respected.

On the matter of Hero support, the Great Unclean One carries the Witherstave, which makes disease points more effective, and the Infernal Conduit command trait juices up the list’s summoning ability. All in all, a surprising list, but a pleasant surprise indeed.

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Bolt Action – Escalation Campaign Rules

You may have seen a few Bolt Action articles floating around on the site recently. Well Dave and I are now diving in with an escalation campaign for ourselves.

These rules are still in draft format and may well change over the next few days/weeks. This article will be kept live with a log of any changes at the top.

They are based almost entirely on Games Workshop’s Crusade system for Warhammer 40k. I’ve also heavily leaned on the Chicago Dice campaign rules. In fact, if you’re in to Bolt Action, I highly recommend you take a look at their site!

Also, check out the Command Post, which provides a fantastic Mission Generator for your games, this was the source of the Missions in this campaign.



The Woehammer Bolt Action Escalation Rules

Pick a nation

When you start an army, all of the units in your Order of Battle must be drawn from a single nation (i.e. Germany, Soviet Union, Hungary etc).

Order of Battle

A player’s Order of Battle is a list of all the units that they have as part of their army. A player’s Order of Battle can consist of any number of units, but each unit must have their weapons, abilities and experience level listed. A starting force cannot exceed 500 points and this is your force’s Supply Limit. The Supply Limit can be increased by playing battles. Make a note of each unit’s weapons, abilities and experience on your Order of Battle.

You can add new units to your Order of Battle at any time, provided that doing so does not exceed your army’s Supply Limit. Once you have added models to your army, you cannot change their equipment without spending Requisition Points to do so. Further models may be added to units at a later date if that unit is not at full strength. All weapons must be decided at the point of purchasing those models.

You can remove units from your Order of Battle at any time, but once you have removed a unit you cannot add it back into your Order of Battle (so any experience, awards etc they have gained, are lost). Removing a unit from your Order of Battle does not affect your Supply Limit (so removing a unit can potentially leave you with the ability to add a new unit to your Order of Battle).

Battle Tally, Requisition Points and Other Information

Each player taking part in the campaign must also have a tally of the number of battles they have played, as well as their current number of Requisition Points (RPs). When you first embark on a campaign and you create an Order of Battle, you will start with 5 RPs. You can also include any other information you want on your Order of Battle, including notable victories or defeats, any vendettas or grudges you feel your army would have, or any additional background that you wish to add to your force or units within it.

Fighting a Battle

Battles are fought between two members of the campaign, at a points level agreed by both parties. The army used in the game must be constructed from units present in your Order of Battle.

Missions

Once you have a Battleplan, you must also roll 2D6 for a mission from the below list. This will act as your secondary objective for the game.

At the end of the game, if you completed your Mission successfully you treat a Defeat result in the scenario being played as a Draw, and a Draw as a Victory. In the cases where both players have succeeded in their Mission, the missions are disregarded when working out which side has won, drawn or lost.

Die Roll (2D6)MissionObjective
2Control the FlanksAt a turn end phase, have one or more friendly units fully within 12″ of each table side edge on the opponent’s half of the table.
3DecapitationKill an enemy officer during the game.
4EnvelopmentAt the end of the game you must have a friendly unit fully within 12″ of the opponent’s table edge.
5Fuel ShortageA vehicle model must not be given an Advance or Run order for 3 consecutive turns.
6Hold ThisDuring setup, before deployment, you place an objective marker (roughly 2″ in diameter) within 12″ of your table edge. At the end of every turn, a friendly model must be within 3″ of the objective marker.
7Keep Up The PressureAt the end of any turn at least 4 enemy units have at least one pin marker.
8Probe DefencesThe first friendly unit to be pinned must fall back to your own lines to report enemy positions, using consecutive Run orders until it reaches your own table edge.
9Reckless BraveryDo not use a Down order during a turn (at turn end phase, none of your units have a Down order next to them).
10Shock and AweAt the end of turn 3 you must have 3 or more friendly units fully within the opponent’s table half.
11Take PrisonersDefeat an enemy Infantry or Artillery unit in close combat to capture a prisoner. Add the enemy model to your assaulting unit. The prisoner is unarmed. Keep the prisoner alive and under control – at least one model of your unit and the prisoner must survive – to the end of the game.
12The MoleJust before beginning the first turn of the game, after all deployment is finished (including snipers, spotters and observers), you place an objective marker representing the hiding resistance operative on the table, following the same setup instructions for the objective in the Hold Until Relieved scenario on page 114 of the Bolt Action Rulebook.

You must be within 6″ of the resistance operative with an Infantry unit, at which point the resistance operative will reveal themselves (place another model on the objective, at which point they join the friendly unit as a regular, pistol armed soldier), if there is no enemy unit within 6″. The operative needs to leave the table by moving into contact with your own table edge.

Experience

When you add a unit to your Order of Battle, it will start with the lowest experience available to it (i.e. if a unit can be bought as Regular or Veterans, then players must choose the Regular unit), the unit will then start the campaign with the minimum number of experience points available to its rank as shown in the table below.

Units can spend their experience points to go up in quality or by improving the unit.

Infantry and Artillery Experience

  • Battle Experience. At the end of a battle, each unit that survives gains 1 experience point.
  • Death Dealers. A unit gains 1 experience point for every enemy unit it has destroyed from shooting.
  • Courageous. A unit gains 3 experience for destroying an enemy unit in assault.

Infantry and Artillery Experience Purchases

Experience PointsBenefit
5Move up in troop quality (inexp. to reg, reg to vet)
5Purchase an infantry bonus skill
10Purchase a second infantry bonus skill
15Purchase a third infantry bonus skill

Infantry Bonus Skills

Infantry SkillEffect
StubbornIf forced to make a morale check, they ignore negative morale modifiers from pin markers. Remember that order tests are no morale checks.
FieldcraftUnits with Fieldcraft using Hidden Set-up may start the game in Ambush. In addition, in the first turn of the game, all Fieldcraft units treat all Rough Ground and Obstacles as Open Ground for the purpose of movement.
Tough FighterWhen a Tough Fighter scores a casualty in assault against Infantry or Artillery, it can immediately make a second damage roll.
Behind Enemy LinesWhen Outflanking, ignore the -1 modifier to the Order test for coming onto the table (American players re-roll this as this skill is already incorporated into your National RulesModern Communications)
ResolveIf the unit possess any pins at the end of each turn, roll a single die. On the roll of a 5+, a single pin marker is removed.
First AidEvery time the unit receives casualties from small arms, rolls a single die. On a roll of 6, one casualty may be ignored. This skill can be used in addition to a medic.

Artillery Bonus Skills

Artillery SkillEffect
StubbornIf forced to make a morale check, they ignore negative morale modifiers from pin markers. Remember that order tests are no morale checks.
Mountain GunTreats Rough Ground as Open Ground. (Players should discuss before game if they think some terrain does not apply, such as water features, etc)
Prepared PositionsThe crew has dug out cover effectively, and counts as having a Gun Shield. If the gun already has a Gun Shield, it counts as providing protection from the front and sides of the gun.
Enhanced SightsThis unit takes no penalty for firing at long range.
SteadyThis unit does not suffer a penalty for only having one crew member remaining.
ResolveIf the unit possess any pins at the end of each turn, roll a single die. On the roll of a 5+, a single pin marker is removed.

Officers and HQ Experience

  1. Battle Experience. Officer gains 1 experience for surviving the battle.
  2. Snap to Action. An officer gains up to 1 experience for initiating “You men, snap to action!” which results in an enemy unit taking casualties. (Can be earned once per game).
  3. Lead from the Front. An officer uses a morale bonus to assist friendly unit in a successful order test, morale test or rally. (Can be earned once per game).
  4. Medic! Medic succesfully saves a casualty (Must be a medic and not from First Aid bonus skill). Can be earned up to three times per game.

Officer and HQ Experience Purchases

Experience PointsBenefit
5Move up in Rank quality (2nd Lieutenant to 1st Leitenant, Captain to Major)
5Purchase an Officer bonus skill
10Purchase a second Officer bonus skill
15Purchase a third Officer bonus skill

Officer and HQ Bonus Skills

Artillery SkillEffect
Strong LeaderAdd 3″ to the morale bonus range of this officer.
In ControlThe Officer can remove one pin marker from a unit within its morale bonus range per turn at the cost of an Order.
Cut ThroatThe officer is known for their tenacity in combat, as such any units in close quarters can add +1 to their combat rolls.
Skilled ObserverIf this Officer is an Artillery Observer or Forward Air Observer, add +1 to their Artillery Barrage Chart, Smoke Barrage Chart or Air Strike Chart roll. Note that a 1, will still count as a Miscalulation or Rookie Pilot.
Skilled ShotThis Officer has a reputation as a crack shot, and such confers a +1 to hit for a single unit within its morale bonus range as that unit tries to emulate the officers skill.

Vehicle Experience

  • Battle Experience Vehicle gains 1 eperience for surviving the battle.
  • Death Dealers. Vehicle gains 1 experience for destroying an enemy infantry, artillery or soft-skinned vehicle.
  • Tank Hunter. The vehicle gains 3 experience for knocking out an enemy armoured vehicle.

Vehicle Experience Purchases

Experience PointsBenefit
5Move up quality (Inexperienced to Regular, Regular to Veteran)
5Purchase a Vehicle bonus skill
10Purchase a second Vehicle bonus skill
15Purchase a third Vehicle bonus skill

Soft-Skinned Vehicle Bonus Skills

Soft-Skinned Vehicle SkillEffect
WheelmanMay make an extra pivot as part of an Advance or Run order.
ResolveIf the unit possess any pins at the end of each turn, roll a single die. On the roll of a 5+, a single pin marker is removed.
Forward ScoutThis vehicle may make an Advance move (without shooting) after deployment but before the start of Turn 1.
Behind Enemy LinesWhen Outflanking, ignore the -1 modifier to the Order test for coming onto the table (American players re-roll this as this skill is already incorporated into your National RulesModern Communications)
Shoot n’ ScootCan fire then move as part of an Advance order.
RecceWhen reversing, either voluntarily or because of a failed order test, a Recce vehicle can reverse at it’s full Advance rate rather than at half rate, and can manoeuvre as if driving forward, i.e. a wheeled vehicle or half-track can make two 90 degree pivots and a tracked vehicle can make a single 90 degree pivot.

Some Recce vehicles can even reverse at their Run rate if they are especially small and manoeuvrable or if they have dual direction steering. These exceptions are indicated in the Army Lists. If they fail an order test, these vehicles will always reverse at a Run rate.

Recce vehicles will also spot hidden enemy at longer ranges than other vehicles – as noted in the rules ofr hidden units.

Armoured Combat Vehicle Bonus Skills

Armoured Combat Vehicle SkillEffect
Armoured CupolaThis unit does not count as Open-topped when firing its pintle mounted weaponry. If this unit does not have the option to take a pintle mount, re-roll this skill.
ResolveIf the unit possess any pins at the end of each turn, roll a single die. On the roll of a 5+, a single pin marker is removed.
Maximum ImpactOnce per game the vehicle may increase the main gun damage modifier by D3. This is selected before the roll To Hit. (Re-roll this skill if vehicle does not have weaponry with a penetration modifier)
BulldozerThis vehicle always counts as passing the Order Check to Tank Assault another vehicle regardless of the number of Pins. No check is needed, and 1 Pin is removed. (Re-roll this skill if your vehicle is armor 7, as it cannot Tank Assault vehicles).
LuckyThe first time this vehicle takes a penetrating hit, reduce the number rolled by 1 on the Damage Chart. (First time each game)
Recovery VehicleAdd +1 to the roll to see if this vehicle survives during the Casualties Phase.

Transport Vehicle Bonus Skills

Transport Vehicle SkillEffect
WheelmanMay make an extra pivot as part of an Advance or Run order.
ResolveIf the unit possess any pins at the end of each turn, roll a single die. On the roll of a 5+, a single pin marker is removed.
Forward ScoutThis vehicle may make an Advance move (without shooting) after deployment but before the start of Turn 1.
Getaway DriverThis vehicle can make an Advance move during its activation even if troops have embarked on it this turn.
Dedicated GunnerThis vehicle may fire two weapons instead of one, even when empty. If this vehicle cannot take more than one weapon, re-roll this skill.
First AidEvery time a friendly Infantry Squad receives casualties from small arms within 6”, roll a single dice. On the role of a 6, one casualty may be ignored. This skill can be used in addition to a medic.

Requisition Points

Requisition Points can be used to purchase Requisitions. These can upgrade your army, or the units within it. Each time you spend a Requisition Point, reduce your total by 1. Any Requisition Points you do not spend are saved and can be used later. As you play more battles, you can accrue additional Requisition Points, but an army can never have more than 5 RP, and any additional Requisition Points after this are lost.

Each time you play a battle you will gain 1 RP after that battle has been completed, regardless of the result.

Requisitions

Increase Supply Limit (1 RP)
Purchase this Requisition at any time. Increase your army’s Supply Limit by 50 points.

Fresh Recruits (1 RP)
Purchase this Requisition at any time. Select one unit from your Order of Battle. Roll a die for each casualty a unit has received in the campaign so far, on a 2+ a fresh recruit is drafted into the unit to replace it’s unfortunate predecessor. Due to limited manpower, sometimes the replacements you receive will not b the same quality as the troops that were lost. To represent this, if more troops are being replaced than are left in the squad roll a die. On a 4+, the replacements are the same level as the current squad; on a 1-3 the unit loses a single level of experience.

When men are lost from an Infantry Team or Artillery Crew, these troops are replaced immediately (with the replacement being drafted in from another unit in your roster).

Rearm and Resupply (1RP)
Purchase this Requisition at any time. Select one unit from your Order of Battle. You can change any weapon options that models in that unit are equipped with, within the weapon limitations as described for that unit in that Nation’s army list.

Repair and Recuperate (1RP)
Purchase this Requisition either before, or after a battle. Select one unit from your Order of Battle that has one or more Battle Scars. Select one of that unit’s Battle Scars and remove it from it’s listing on your Order of Battle. By removing a Battle Scar, your Order of Battle Strength will increase by 1.

Casualties

After battle, roll a d6 for every model that was removed during the game. Make your rolls one unit at a time. Do the same for vehicles that were Knocked Out.

  • For Inexperience models, they survived on a die roll of a 6+
  • For Regular models, they survived on a die roll of a 5+
  • For Veteran models, they survived on a die roll of a 4+
  • Vehicles that were Knocked Out during the game will survive on a 4+ regardless of quality.

If all models from an infantry team or unit die, that unit is wiped out, and it should be removed from your Order of Battle.

Vehicle models that do not survive, are not available for selection in the next game, as a replacement crew is found. Roll a die, on a 4+ the vehicle retains its experience level, on 1-3 it reduces a level in experience.

Territory

After each game, the winning player rolls a D6 and gains that many territories. The losing player gains half that figure (rounding up).

Territories are used to rank the players throughout the campaign.

Warhammer AoS Battleforce Boxes 2023 – How much and whats in them?

Battleforce boxes had success in 2020, 2021 & 2022. These are a fantastic way to get into a new army or even add to an existing one, but whats inside them and how many points of miniatures do you get?

Well Warhammer Community have announced that they are coming back for 2023!

If you’re looking for the Warhammer 40k 2023 article it’s here

Prices are not yet confirmed, but last year they were £130 so hopefully inflation won’t hit us too hard – we are estimating they will be £140 (Edit – Declan – these came in at £135 each so we’ve slightly adjusted the figures below). In the meantime I thought our readers would like to know the value of the toys… so see below against each box:

Battleforce BoxsetCostRRP
Seraphon – Primordial Starhost£202.50£135
Ossiarch Bonereapers – Praetorian Spearhead£230.00£135
Slaves to Darkness – Warhorde of Eternus£192.50£135
Soulblight Gravelords – Vengorian Court£192.50£135

There are significantly fewer than last year (4 vs 7), but hopefully there is something there for you. Three of the boxes are around the £200 mark, with Bonereapers being a much bigger saving at £230 retail for the individual models. I wonder if the price of the Bonereapers Battleforce will be above our estimate?

But I can tell you a way of saving even more money by purchasing these at 25% off the recommended retail price! Just visit SCN Hobby World and sign up to their mailing list for 25% off all GW products and 20% Warlord Games products.

Alternatively, if you regularly use Element Games, you can pick them up there… using our affiliate link (for which we receive a small contribution to the site)

So what do you get inside and how much would it cost you normally? I’ve also included the points for the troops as sold, but you can make small changes with the way some of the models are built.

Seraphon – Primordial Starhost

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
Slaan Starmaster290£52.50
10 Saurus Warriors180£37.50
3 Kroxigor160£37.50
3 Aggradon Lancers190£37.50
Hunters of Huanchi (Warcry)210£37.50
Total1,030£202.50
RRP£135
Saving£67.50

Ossiarch Bonereapers – Praetorian Spearhead

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
Arch-Kavalos Zandtos190£35.00
5 Kavalos Deathriders190£37.50
20 Mortek Guard260£37.50
Gothizzar Harvester160£35.00
4 Morghast Archai440£85.00
Total1,240£230.00
RRP£135
Saving£95
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Slaves to Darkness – Warhorde of Eternus

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
Eternus, Blade of the First Prince180£37.50
3 Ogroid Theridons150£40.00
5 Chaos Knights220£40.00
5 Chaos Chosen230£37.50
10 Chaos Warriors180£37.50
Total960£192.50
RRP£135
Saving£57.50

Soulblight Gravelords – Vengorian Court

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
Vengorian Lord300£42.50
5 Blood Knights230£42.50
20 Deathrattle Skeletons220£37.50
10 Dire Wolves150£35.00
3 Fell Bats90£35.00
Total990£192.50
RRP£135
Saving£57.50

So what do you think good value or not? Will you be picking up a set?

— Declan & Eeyore

Warhammer 40k Battleforce Boxes 2023 – How much and whats in them?

Battleforce boxes are back after their success in 2020, 2021 & 2022. These are a fantastic way to get into a new army or even add to an existing one, but whats inside them and how many points of miniatures do you get?

Well Warhammer Community have announced that they are coming back for 2023!

(If you’re looking for the 2023 – Age of Sigmar – it is on it’s here!!)

Prices in 2022 were around £130 each so hopefully they haven’t increased much – we’ll let you know as soon as we have the RRP! In the meantime I thought our readers would like to know the value of the toys… so see below against each box:

Battleforce BoxsetCostRRP
Votann – Defenders of the Ancestors£237.50£140.00 (Est)
Orks – Beast Snagga Stampede£220.00£140.00 (Est)
Astra Militarum – Cadian Defence Force£207.50£140.00 (Est)
Space Marines – Spearhead Force£197.50£140.00 (Est)
Tyranids – Onslaught Swarm£200.00£140.00 (Est)
World Eaters – Exalted of the Red Angel£215.00£140.00 (Est)

There’s a range of value in each box with the starter set armies (Space Marines & Tyranids) having the lowest value… but who doesn’t love big guys with wings / jump packs! With their own Primarch leading their box it is no surprise that the World Eaters box has the most points in it.

But I can tell you a way of saving even more money by purchasing these at 20% off the recommended retail price! Just visit SCN Hobby World and sign up to their mailing list for 20% off all GW products and 20% Warlord Games products.

Alternatively, if you regularly use Element Games, you can pick them up there… using our affiliate link (for which we receive a small contribution to the site)

So what do you get inside and how much would it cost you normally? All of the points have been given for the basic unit options and include no upgrades, but you can make changes with the way some models are built.

Leagues of Votann – Defenders of the Ancestors

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
10 Einhyr Hearthguard300£75.00
Einhyr Champion60£25.00
Hekaton Land Fortress225£70.00
Grimnyr Living Ancestor65£27.50
Sagitaur ATV100£40.00
Total750£237.50
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£97.50(Est)

Orks – Beast Snagga Stampede

Warhammer Community / Games Workshop
UnitPointsCost
Mozrog Skragbad195£35.00
3 Squighog Boyz110£40.00
Nob on Smasha Squig60inc above
Painboss Medic60£25.00
10 Beast Snagga Boyz105£35.00
Psyker-Strapped Kill Rig200£85.00
Total730£220.00
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£80.00(Est)

Astra Militarum – Cadian Defence Force

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UnitPointsCost
20 Cadian Shock Troops120£60.00
5 Cadian Command Squad65£27.50
2 Rogal Dorn Tanks520£120.00
Total705£207.50
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£67.50(Est)
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Space Marines – Spearhead Force

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UnitPointsCost
15 Jump Pack Intercessors255£105.00
Captain with Jump Pack85£25.00
3 Outriders95£37.50
Invader ATV70£30.00
Total505£197.50
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£57.50(Est)

Tyranids – Onslaught Swarm

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UnitPointsCost
Norn Emissary290£70.00
Winged Hive Tyrant210£37.50
20 Hormagaunts130£60.00
10 Genestealers170£32.50
2 Ripper Swarms40inc. above
Total840£200.00
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£60.00(Est)

World Eaters – Exalted of the Red Angel

UnitPointsCost
Angron, Primarch of Khorne415£100.00
10 Khorne Beserkers200£40.00
6 Exalted Eightbound300£75.00
Total915£215.00
RRP£140.00(Est)
Saving£75.00(Est)

So what do you think good value or not? Will you be picking up a set?

— Declan & Eeyore

Warhammer 40k – Reviewing the latest Space Marine kits

(Company Heroes, Intercessors with Jump Pack and Captain with Jump Pack)

With the release of the new Space Marine Codex, we have had the first wave of new model releases. Alongside the individual release of the Leviathan Box models and Agastus Box set, there are a total of 10 new model kits in the Space Marine Line. I’m going to quickly tackle 3, the Captain with Jump Pack, Jump Pack Intercessors, and Company Heroes.

Captain with Jump Pack, Jump Pack Intercessors and Company Heroes

We’ll start with the Captain, but none of these is especially tricky to build. Around the same complexity as standard Intercessors with some welcome improvements. All of the kits were independantly purchased.

Captain with Jump Pack

The Captain comes with his own small box in a shift away from the plastic containers that individual characters often arrive in. There’s a single sprue with all of your weapon options. There are fewer of these than other captains, but you still have Chainsword, Relic Weapon (Power Sword), Thunder hammer, Power fist, Plasma Pistol, Hand Flamer and Heavy Bolt Pistol.

Captain with Jump Pack sprue

The casting is clean, with very little flash. There are still mould lines, especially on larger surfaces like the greaves (and their back), tops of the backpack. I prefer to remove these with a dedicated tool. The most annoying are on the top of the weapons, and you can’t always remove them completely, but they aren’t obvious when painted.

The legs are really the only tricky part of the model. They aren’t positively located on the model and affect the final posture, dry fit first and you shouldn’t have any real issues. Everything comes together pretty quickly, you assemble to about 50% before you put the model on the base. The arms can be posed to suit your build.

The detail parts frequently have positive locations (flats or marks on the model) to help them stick. Looking carefully and dry fitting can be helpful. The jet pack is very easy to assemble with insets and connections for major pieces. The jet nozzles are marked L and R for left and right. In the end I went with a Power fist and Plasma Pistol for mine, it’s a combo I like but can’t say if it’s the most competitive.

Jump Pack Intercessors

Jump pack intercessors

Two sprues this time with very few options, similar to existing Assault intercessors.

The Sergeant chooses from a hand flamer, heavy bolt, and plasma pistols. He also has the choice of Thunderhammer, power fist, chainsword, or power sword. The remaining troops all only have one option, heavy bolt pistol and chainsword. The castings are clean, very little in the way of mould lines. The sprues are clearly marked, and there are next to no tricky steps in construction.

Intercessor No 2 waiting for fitout

With some care around leg placement, there are no other issues with construction. The kit fits together almost as easily as Lego. Even the quick access pouches on the legs have recesses to ensure solid, correct placement.  Arm placement is still up to the modeller, but the hand/weapon/arm combination is quite rigid for each pose. There is nothing left on the sprue when you are done, but there is also very limited scope for customisation. Each squad is going to be identical.

The model to base connection is fairly small, you’ll need to support the model to form a solid bond. They took about an hour total to assemble including cleaning up mould lines.

Completed squad with Captain

Company Heroes

To the final of the three kits, the Compnay Heroes. This was the kit I was most looking forward to. It has 5 unique models, including a Captain. The unit can only be deployed with a Captain, so you can replace the one in the kit. He has all of the weapon options for a Captain, and the kit includes all of them except the Relic Shield.

Sprue 1 from Company Heroes (Captain and Heavy Bolter parts)

Two sprues again for the whole kit, it’s very compact, and other than the Captain, there is only one build option for each figure. Most of the models have a small plastic “terrain” piece that they mount and connect to the base. Poses are fairly rigid with model bodies for most of the models. That’s good and bad – if you are willing to cut and shape it, it actually makes them easier to modify than separate parts.

The kit includes an Ancient (with Banner), Company Champion, and 2 Company Veterans with Heavy Bolter and Master Crafted Bolter. Each comes together really easily with solid poses, I especially like the Captain with the Power Fist option (not sure why I have modelled him with the empty scabbard, though. The kit takes the positive location of details to the next level. Every model had indents or moulded pins to make sure those detail parts stuck. The only part I questioned was the Ancient’s banner. The moulded detail is crisp but very much styled for a single chapter (the 13th) with numerous laurel wreaths.

Company Veteran, moulded pin for Heavy Bolter spare ammunition

Final Results

Assembling all 10 models probably took 3 hours spread across a couple of evenings, with the models being primed the following day. Mould lines weren’t pronounced, and the detail is crisp. The move to very positively locating and fixing the smaller details is a great improvement. I constantly have issues with small pouches, etc, falling off models during transport and play. As a player, not a collector it’s important to me that the model’s cope well with play.

Completed models with the new codex

List building and use

Intercessors with Jump Packs

The intercessors with Jump Pack join Vanguard Veterans with Jump Packs as the highly mobile strike infantry for Space Marines. Both have Deep Strike, Vanguard have Lethal Hits on the charge, and Intercessors do Mortal Wounds. The Vanguard has both better ranged weapons (Inferno pistols or plasma pistols) vs. 2 Plasma/3 Heavy Bolt Pistols for the Intercessors. The same is true of melee weapons, with the Vanguard in front, but their real strength is the Storm Shield. The Vanguard Veterans can be given a 4+ invulnerable save.

But Intercessors are 20 points cheaper at 85 points. I think the Intercessors with Jump Packs make fantastic backfield scoring units in the same way Raptors/Warp Talons do for Chaos Space Marines. Inceptors may be better at the moment, but if Inceptors go up, expect to see more Intercessors as a cheap scoring unit.

Captain with Jump Pack

More situational than the Intercessors because he is a combat piece that probably doesn’t add a lot to the Intercessors. He’s the Haarken Worldclaimer of the Space Marines. There is a good argument that if you wanted to create a small fast hammer with 10 x Vanguard Vets, though (inferno pistols and some Storm Shields), that he would be a solid addition.

Company Heroes

I’m really excited to get these on a tabletop, although I am not sure why. They don’t have a lot of output, but it’s decent in both shooting and melee. Not exceptionally robust, but while the captain is there, they are -1 to wound. With the banner, they are OC2, and you can include a lieutenant. Named captains can also be included, and Uriel Ventris and Captain Sicarian could make it a bit spicy (6” scout).

A very hard to remove bodyguard unit that is going to have play in the late game? It is very likely useful and probably won’t attract the attention a similarly priced dreadnought would. At 175 points it’s a big investment, but it’s one way to make your home objective secure.