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Top Three AoS Lists for the Season of War Grand Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Season of War Grand Tournament that took place in Ontario, Canada on 6th and 7th August. It involved 65 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. The tournament was hosted and organised by Seaon of War, you can find out more on their youtube channel.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Skink Starpriest (130)***
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)***
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)***
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger

Battleline
10 x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
30 x Skinks (225)**
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Saurus Guard (115)***

Units
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
Reinforced x 1
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 8

Brett: Seraphon but, interestingly, not Thunderlizard. The Seraphon book hasn’t been brought up to 3rd Edition standard yet but remains one of the best and most complete battletomes. We haven’t seen a lot of Skinks at the top recently but maybe Eternal Conquerors will bring them back into the light.

Lots of heroes starting with the Saurus Astrolith Bearer, buffing casting and providing a ward within 12″ his Celestial Conjuration Point (CCP) generation is probably amount the most powerful ability. CCP let you summon units, if you have more than 6 you can summon. A Slann General and Astrolith together give 2D3 CCP a turn making at least 6 CCP a turn feasible. That’s 10 Skinks as a minimum. The Starmaster is a nasty wizard with an inbuilt Spell Portal, 3 casts, +1 to cast/dispel/unbind and unlimited range on his dispel/unbind. Both his warscroll spell (Comet’s Call) and Stellar Tempest deal MW. His command trait allows 1 reroll for a cast/dispel/unbind in each hero phase (2 per turn). He’s built to get both the Purple Sun and Gnashing Jaws out on command and make if difficult to get your spells off.

Supporting him are another wizard and a priest, granting another 2 dispel/unbind attempts as well on top of their casts. The Starpriest is granting rerolls for hit rolls of 1 to a unit. The army has a range of offensive options, the salamander hunting packs with high quality attacks for targets with good saves, the Bastilidon for a little of everything. And the large Skink pack for removing low wound, poor save blobs. Having the 2 loadouts on the Skinks is an interesting play, 2 of the units are ideal for screening or taking objectives (where they count as 30) and the other for damage. With curse the 30 strong unit is on average able to produce MW. Special mention to the Purple Sun (MVP this season so far) and Gnashing Jaws.

Gnashing Jaws is a really strong choice now we are seeing a lot of armies with really strong but slow infantry (Fyreslayers, Kurnoth, Stormcast, Maggotkin). The potential MW output into a unit with a move of 4″ is eye watering. Something to remember is it can affect your foot heroes. This army is really set up to deal with hordes with massed 1 damage attacks but can, with a combination of spells/abilities and some stronger units pivot.

The range of lists taken down in the event shows the flexibility and balance of the army as well as the great generalship. More than just winning each round Ridge scored well in every round to secure the win over Rueben. A head to head between them would be interesting.

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Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Tribe: Taker Tribe
Grand Strategy: Make the Land Tremble
Triumph: Inspired

Leader/Battleline
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525pts)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon
Kraken-Eater Mega-Gargant (490pts)*
General
– Glowy Lantern
– Very Acquisitive
– Krakenskin Sandals

Battleline
Mancrusher Gargants (170pts)**
Mancrusher Gargants (170pts)**
Mancrusher Gargants (170pts)**
Warstompa Mega-Gargant (470pts)*

Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1,995pts

Brett: Another strong showing from the Sons, this time with the less popular Mancrushers in the army as well. The army build is quite clever, creating 2 wizards in an army with next to no magic but still maintaining key artefacts. With endless sells on the rampage Wizards and Priests are almost mandatory inclusions now for the dispel/unbind. The text for Glowy Lantern is pretty cool too, apparently this is a smart Kraken-Eater.

No Montrously Tough here but Flaming Weapon on the Gatebreaker takes the flail to flat 4 damage. Even on his bottom profile that +1 damage is still making a difference with -3 Rend. The Kraken Eater is both well equipped with Very Acquisitive giving both the extra artefact and allows equipping 2. The second is Krakenskin Sandals making the his stomp a more reliable. Bosses of the Stomp provides the 3rd artefact which is on the Gate Breaker. The Mancrushers being in Bounty Hunters is potentially a solid move, it doubles their effect on Galetian Veterans of course.

Mancrushers are typically more vunerable to ranged attackes with their lower wound counts. Pity no one really brought that many, the Thunder Lizard Seraphon list having the most. It goes to show that in a spell heavy infantry meta, even with the risk of a Purple Sun, the giants have a place. The weakening of some shooting (SCE) will help that and they were never bad, so after 6 months we might start to see quite a few back on tables. It will be interesting to see what effect there is on the meta if there are more Sons on the table. To state the obvious, a very effective army with interesting choices that double down on it’s anti infantry roll. Congratulations on 5/0 in a tight field. A head to head between Reuben and Ridge would be quite a spectacle.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Guardian of Souls (150)*
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (115)*
Spirit Torment (115)
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist

Units
9 x Spirit Hosts (375)**
Reinforced x 2
10 x Chainrasps (110)**
10 x Chainrasps (110)**
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)***
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)***
Reinforced x 1
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

Endless Spells
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 10

Brett: More familar territory here with a Nighthaunt Scarlet Doom army still it has it’s own quirks similar to the armies we’ve already looked at. From the Grand Strat (Fight or Flight – no enemies within 6″ of any NH unit contesting an objective) to the block of Spirit Hosts there are nuiances to the list. If you are going first the Grand Strat seems easy since NH can always fall back but with 10 drops going second is more likely. Inspired is a good choice for NH since battleshock isn’t really a thing for them.

4 reasonably standard heroes, providing damage reduction, spells and healing for multiple units. Master of Magic is particularly good with the Purple Sun allowing rerolls of a crucial spell. The unit selection is more interesting in this army. Spirit Hosts took a hit from 2nd to 3rd edition losing their MW on 6s ability for a body guard effect. With 3 wounds though a block of 9 is going to be tanky especially with Spirit Hosts to return a model every turn. The Myrmourn are here as stabby spell stealers, very useful in the Endless Spell era we are currently enjoying. The Chainrasps are really only here to meet battleline, they will probably provide some screening or more likely backline objective holding but will evaporate if pushed too hard.

The Bladegheist are here as the damage dealers, doing mortal wounds on the charge to fall back and charge again. Worse of course they get an extra attack and as bounty hunters are doing 2 damage into your GV units. I think people are getting a handle on Bladegheists now, you need to make sure you understand their threat range or try to remove them with shooting. They are devestating if they can hit you in full formation with the current rules meaning all will hit you most of the time. His only loss was against a Maggotkin list with 3 Lords and 12 Blightlords. With the Blightlords the Bladegheist wouldn’t get additional damage and the Maggotkin army would have superior magic. Their MW output and “shooting” would have been effective at blunting the NH.

Still don’t under estimate Bladegheist, putting down Sons in the first round and then the Hog spam in the last should give an idea of the damage potential. Nate’s first round match against Oliver from Season of War is now up on the Season of War website for anyone interested. Having watched it I am amazed at how tanky the Spirit Hosts turned out to be, great move.

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Allegiance: Bonesplitterz
Warclan: Icebone
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Get Dem Bones!
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Glowy Green Tusks
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Power of the Were-boar
Maniak Weirdnob (100)*
Artefact: Mork’s Boney Bitz
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Glowy Green Tusks
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Power of the Were-boar
Savage Big Boss (65)*
General
– Command Trait: Great Hunter
Savage Big Boss (65)**
Savage Big Boss (65)**
Savage Big Boss (65)**

Battleline
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)**
Stikkas
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)
Stikkas
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)
Stikkas
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)
Stikkas

Units
4 x Savage Big Stabbas (160)***
Reinforced x 1
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*
10 x Savage Boarboy Maniaks (290)***
Reinforced x 1
10 x Savage Boarboy Maniaks (290)***
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord
***Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Spell

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 181
Drops: 14

Brett: Wow where do I even start with this list, 181 wounds and 40 little pigs with more small heroes than most nations can handle. This list is making maximum use of Icebone’s MW on 6s to hit with melee weapon. Grand Strategy is to control a piece of terrain at the end of the battle. 3 casts from the Prophet and Shaman, including the Shaman is a great idea given the chance the Prophet will blow himself up. They concentrate on winding up their crazy mates with their spells.

The Savage Big Bosses have an ability to let another unit with 3″ of an enemy, wholly within 12″, fight immediately after this unit. That’s why there are so many, they are slow but they can fairly easily do 24, 2 damage attacks before letting so the Big Stabbas hit you (or more likely a small boar unit). With so many boars this is a solid tactic letting you concentrate a small castle of pain near an objective and the boars go wide. Combined with the Prophet lifting his mask and the Big Stabbas getting into combat this is enough damage to down a Gargant.

The boarboys and Maniacs are always going to be best on the charge so you want to make sure that isn’t an option first round. And I haven’t mentioned it but there is a reason for the 2 wizards, Purple Sun to eat something important. No shame in drawing against Maggotkin who could outlast most of the charges and blunt them with disease points. His only loss was to our 2nd place Gargants, again understandalbe because you are relying on swingy units to drop them.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Shropshire Slaughter: Telford Onslaught AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Shropshire Slaughter: Telford Onslaught AoS GT that took place in England, UK on 30th and 31st July. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Allherd
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)***
Allies

Battleline
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)*
6x Paired Ancient Weapons
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Ungors (65)*
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)*
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
1 x Cockatrice (95)*
1 x Cockatrice (95)*
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)***
1 x Cockatrice (95)***
1 x Cockatrice (95)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 159
Drops: 3

Brett: Beast of Chaos fresh (?) from their Tome Celestial update in the new infantry meta, at least according to GW, with a full monster list. Imagine being at the table, first round, and your opponent starts unpacking this. Finally a chance for Yndrasta to shine. If you are SCE anyway. It happened to Dan in the last round.

With the Tome Celestial changes the Herdstone now provides a board wide -1 rend in turns 1 and 2 and then -2 from turn 3. The Cockatrice plays into this ability, it’s main attack has no rend but on the charge increases from 4 to 8 attacks. With 12″ move and fly they are hard to screen or stop from charging. As monsters themselves they aren’t subject to monstrous rampages (other than Titanic struggle) and aren’t Galletian Veterans. They also get access to Primal Roar – an extra summoning point and possibly 3. Potentially they could summon a Chimera a turn. Nice. Rally can return models on a 4+ (not 6+) within 12″ of the stone as well.

That lets you game the Bravery characteristic as well, you can render them virtually immune to battleshock and pull from the front removing them from combat. Rally them at the start of your turn and you have a very short charge to get them back into combat. The Dragon Ogors re-roll hit rolls of 1 within 12″ of the General as well. They are a little short on spell casting, Belakor doubles the number of spells/cast himself. There are few buffs to casting here so Geminids (casting on a 6) is a good choice putting out MW and stopping commands. Sundering Blades on the Shaggoth suggests he was kept forward most of the time (an additional Rend within 18″). Tendrils of Atrophy is more situational, the Bray-Shaman doesn’t want to get too close.

Lots of monsters to push up the board and, without Hunters in the Heartland available anymore, able to switch off commands at will. That makes taking damage both more likely and more risky. On top of that12″ movement with -1 Rend board wide, which near the Shaggoth was -2 and then -3, makes this very hard to contain. Structuring the army to fit into Battle Regiment battalion. A good example of a skew list taking advantage of the rules, well done on getting Beasts all the way to No 1.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (345)*
Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)*
Scinari Loreseeker (170)*
General
– Command Trait: Fast Learner
– Artefact: Gift of Celennar
– Extra Spell: Total Eclipse
– Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light

Battleline
20 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 1

Brett: Big block of Sentinels, Wardens everywhere, Sevireth, Loreseeker and a Hurakan Spirit of the Wind. All of the favourites with Chronomatic Cogs and a Lifeswarm. The Lifeswarm making it much harder to remove those Sentinels.

I think most people know how this list works; Cogs is unusual but overall variations of this list have been around for a while. Battle regiment to try and go first (giving up the double), make sure you get Cogs out (for rerolls), apply Power of Hysh on the Sentinels and then use Lofted shot to fire 30″ ignoring terrain and line of sight. The plan is to get 5+’s for mortal wounds (around 12 per volley). Power of Hysh can be cast multiple times, here both the Sentinels and 20 man Wardens will probably cast it most turns. The two smaller Warden teams are screens that can also push out a bit to apply Lambent Light. That gives the Sentinels +1 to hit against one unit.

The Loreseeker, 20 man Warden and Sentinals are all hammers in this set up and very dangerous. Given his mobility the Loreseeker is a great choice for Lambent Light as well. The Sentinals extra spell is Speed of Hysh to double their movement if they are threatened or about to be out of range. It’s an effective list and played well into most of the armies until he met Dan. Dan’s army, they are team mates, is a counter to shooting lists. The Cockatrice are individual units so the wounds don’t carry across but you need the full 30 Sentinels to be sure of killing one with MW.

Since they fly it’s very hard to stop them reaching the Sentinels and from round 3 onwards they instakill Sentinels (rend -2 into a 5+ save). The Grand Strategy is an interesting choice, Lumineth aren’t the most interactive army and yet his GS requires him to have 2 units in the enemies territory. That said both Loremaster and Sevireth can easily accomplish that. With infantry and hordes more common will we see a Lumineth return?

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)***
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Harbinger of Decay (140)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)*

Battleline
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)****
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)****
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**

Units
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)***
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
***Vanguard
****Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 10

Brett: Interesting variation on the popular Blightking/Blightlord armies we’ve started to see a fair bit in Season 1. More heroes and a mix of castle and some mobility through the Blightlords and Lord of Affliction. Also interesting to see a return to the high number of drops as if they didn’t care about turn order.

Aaron has chosen to take limited spell casting but included Geminids for that MW and command prevention utility. The spells double down on the rolling castle by increasing how many disease points are handed out. The Lord of Afflictions will provide his normal redeploy/teleport like abilities to the Blightlord allowing them to fly with him. That maximises their usefulness in Bounty Hunters. Festus provides heals, mostly to the Blightkings. Orghotts and the Beasts are a threat in themselves able to control an area and deny it due to their attacks and disease production. The Harbinger is a very interesting inclusion, his two warscroll abilities farm CP and deny commands.

Interesting approach, this is still a list that is going to try to outlast you but includes a reasonable mobile punch. With all of the big boys on the table they are going to take some time to kill and apply disease points all of the time making them a tough opponent.

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Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Tame the Land
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Mean ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)
Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)
Lore of the Swamp: Nasty Hex
Wurrgog Prophet (150)
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

Battleline
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)
Jagged Gore-hackas
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)
Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord
***Expert Conquerors
****Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Mount Trait

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 127
Drops: 12

Brett: Alex has been talking about his Big Waagh lists for most of this year taking the best of Ironjawz and increasing their flexibility with Kruleboyz. Double warlord for mount traits. Does it work? Is it fun? I suggest you look up Alex in discord (AosCoach) to find out.

The Mawcrusha build is interesting, instead of the IJ approach of Destroyer and Fast ‘Un, Alex has built the Mawcrusha with Arcane Tome for the teleport. He’s then given his mount Mean ‘Un increase the damage done by stomp. The Break-Boss has Fast ‘Un to get it into the enemy quicker, in the end it’s only moving 10″ though without might destroys. Warchanters to hand out ++1 damage and increase the charge of the Gore-gruntas, the Shaman for poisons on the Boltboyz and finally the Wurrgog for his nasty stare. If you can pull it off it’s a very tough list to counter. Going with Tame the Land is a tough call to, you almost need to table your opponent to control all of the objectives outside your territory. It can also spread your army fairly wide.

Unfortunately I think people are beginning to have a good handle on Boltboyz. They need to move (it can be only 1″) to use Hasty Shot and even then with poison they only average 8MW or a dead Cockatrice. But if it was Stormdrakes or Fulminators then they would either not remove a model or only take one. And die the next turn. With only 24″(or 12″ on hasty) it’s hard to keep them out of trouble with out a lot of screens. I think that’s what the ‘ard boyz are doing, but that’s 345+ points tied up. Still it’s innovative army and has some solid punch. If the Wurggog goes off it will remove something important and provide space for the Breaka Boss/Mawcrusha to wreck face. Which is always fun.

Final Tournament Placings

The full tournament results can be found on tabletop.to

Top Three AoS Lists for Boise Cup O AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Boise Cup O AoS GT that took place in Texas, USA on 30th and 31st July. It involved 52 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. A larger event with a good spread of lists in the Top 5. The tournament used the CORRECT scoring system which awards bonuses to the Battleplan scoring including for denying a Battle Tactic. Something for TOs to consider.

Before I jump into the Top Three AoS Lists, I wanted to remind everyone of our friendly Discord server where you can join in the conversation with the Woehammer crew and suggest articles or series for the website.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
Army Type: Legion of Blood
– Grand Strategy: Lust for Domination
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Neferata (365)
Spells: Decrepify
1 x Vampire Lord (140)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Arcane
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Levitate, Invigorating Aura
1 x Mannfred Von Carstein (380)*
Spells: Fading Vigour

BATTLELINE
5 x Black Knights (100)*
5 x Black Knights (100)*
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)*

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Horrorghast (40)
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

OTHER
10 x Blood Knights (390)**
Standard Bearer
– Kastellan
20 x Grave Guard (280)**
Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Seneschal
– Great Wight Blade

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Brett: It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Soulblight in the spotlight it seems. Quickly checking the stats it’s still a popular faction at tournaments (right around the middle in entries) but is slowly dropping in performance against newer books. After spending a year around a 50% win rate it’s now dropped in the last month to a 38% win rate. This underlines how good a performance this is. While in the states the army is interesting for taking a less popular Sub-faction and an uncommon battle line.

What this army does bring though is three Flying Vampires wizards (thank you for that nightmare), a whole mess of spells and a murder of summonable (not sure that’s a word – Peter) units that will keep coming back. Six casts across the three heros and the current staple Cogs and Purple Sun. Cogs for rerolls before casting the Purple Sun for it’s typical debuff and potential to eat something important. Lets assume you drop it near two units everytime (10″ separation is required to prevent the sun touching two units) then over the course of a tournament it will eat something 8 times. With flying multi cast Vampire Wizards that could drop it in a home objective castle on turn 2. I’m not saying that did happen, but lets say it ate a Bastiladon or a Storm Drake. Or even Thanquol. That’s possible.

The list has a lot of mobile threats with the Knights combining with Manfred and Neferata to give a lot of options on positioning. The Vampire Lord is most likely going to stay close to the Summonable (Still not sure – Peter) units he can heal. Importantly for the Vampire Lords they all have heals if they kill something. Otherwise they work to weaken their enemy and reduce their bravery. Combining Horrorghast with the effects of the army is a nice touch, you can potentially lose a lot of 1 wound models in a turn that way. Their spells mostly reduce the combat effectiveness of their opponents and, like most Death armies there is a 6+ ward

The Grand Strategy is an interesting one, it’s book specific and requires you to control more gravesites than your opponent. They either need to disperse their forces to cover one or two of them and risk being attacked by summonable units (like the Black Knights) or cede the GS to you. You pick how many points there are and where they are. Nasty.

It’s good to see a different list from a faction that is struggling do so well, congratulations to Jeremy for taking it all the way to number 1.

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Army Faction: Lumineth Realm-lords
Subfaction: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Sevireth (345)**
Scinari Cathallar (110)***
General
– Command Traits: Fast Learner
– Artefacts of Power: Gift of Celennar
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Protection of Hysh, Total Eclipse
Scinari Loreseeker (170)***
Artefacts of Power: Blade of Leaping Gold
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, Lambent Light, Overwhelming Heat
The Light of Eltharion (220)***

BATTLELINE
Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Steedmaster
– Standard Bearer
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Total Eclipse
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)**
High Warden
– Spells: Lambent Light, Overwhelming Heat
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)**
High Warden
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh
Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)**
High Sentinel
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh

OTHER
Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Standard Bearer
– Steedmaster
Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment
***Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Brett: This tournament has been a bit of a blast from the past, Lumineth on the podium with a massive block of Sentinals and sporting Emerald Lifeswarm. So 2021. Still it’s hard to argue with 30 Archers that can shoot you even behind cover from across the map. That’s the heart of the list, a big block of archers with Wardens as screens. With Power of Hysh the 30 are still averaging 10 Mortal Wounds per turn. Unleash hell while they have Power of Hysh up is very painful. The Dawnriders in Bounty Hunters provide flexibility and threat across the board with much needed increased damage. No MSU is safe, particularly Galletian Veterans.

Severith is a unique threat piece with his extraordinary movement and fire and fade abilities. Exposing small heroes offers him opportunities, the Light and Cathallar are most likely going to remain near the shooting castle offering improved saves. increased bravery and spell protection. The Light of Eltharion is a good covering piece with his MW ranged attack and multiple attacks. The Scinari Loreseeker having Flaming Weapon (+1 damage) with Blade of Leaping Gold (+3 attacks) is very interesting combined with his Lone Agent ability. Drop him within 3″ of something important and apply 7 attacks hitting on 2s wounding on 3s with -1 rend and D3+1 damage.

Beaten into 2nd by one point this is a strong list harking back to the hey day of Lumineth. His opponents, apart from Nighthaunt, mostly had something big that would be a deserving target and without which the army would find it hard to recover. The final match up with Teclis would have been interesting, Dustin couldn’t have relied on his spells at all. The mobility of the Loreseeker, Seviarath and the Dawnriders would appear to be the difference. Loreseeker could do a lot of damage to a Sentinal block in one turn (and die).

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Army Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
Army Type: Invaders
– Army Subfaction: The Lurid Haze
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Sigvald (205)*
General
1 x Bladebringer, Herald on Seeker Chariot (185)*
General
– Spells: Hysterical Frenzy
1 x The Contorted Epitome (245)*
General
– Command Traits: Feverish Anticipation
– Artefacts: Oil of Exultation
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
11 x Blissbarb Archers (140)*
High Tempter

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x The Burning Head (20)
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Fane of Slaanesh (0)

OTHER
5 x Centigors (85)*
5 x Centigors (85)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Archer meta? Krondspine, Purple Sun, 55 Blissbard and Sigvald, what a fun army. The Krondspine to threaten your heroes, block the board and eat endless spells. You don’t want to engage him but his movement makes him hard to ignore and you definitely don’t want to feed him. But if you do try to deal with him you give the opportunity for either the Epitome or Sigvald to wreck face. Sigvald is going to try to come from a board edge and the Epitome can move very quickly.

There aren’t a lot of buffs to their casting but the Epitome has reroll casts. That’s a big buff to getting the Sun out. Flaming Weapon with the Lurid Haze artefact and trait is good combo. 9 attacks at 2 damage particularly if it gets Overwhelming Acquiescence off. Sigvald will typically be entering from a board edge and using his charge to get into something important. Lots of damage, very small screens (Centigors) and a reason to get into your deployment. This is a fun army that is going to be very determined. It’s interesting that Matt’s only lose was to Lumineth.

That list was built around Teclis, so no Purple Sun and included a block of Sentials, the natural enemy of Blissbard. The Epitome and Sigvald would struggle with Teclis as well, this would have been a difficult army to engage. 3rd in a big tournament is a solid effort and reflects the value of Slaanehi lists.

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Army Faction: Flesh-eater Courts: feast day
Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Abhorrant Archregent (245)**
General
– Command Traits: Dark Acolyte
– Artefacts of Power: The Dermal Robe
– Spells: Deranged Transformation
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)**
Artefacts of Power: The Grim Garland
– Mount Traits: Gruesome Bite
– Spells: Blood Feast
Varghulf Courtier (160)**

BATTLELINE
Crypt Ghouls (85)***
Crypt Ghouls (85)***
Crypt Ghouls (85)***

OTHER
Crypt Horrors (220)*
Crypt Horrors (220)*
Crypt Flayers (360)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Charnel Throne (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 1975/2000
9 drops

Brett : An army that is currently among the lowest ranked in the current meta with some potential in this season 17th is a good result. Flesh Eater Courts work by applying overlapping buffs from their Nobles (or Heroes) to the Knights (Horrors and Flayers) and Serfs (Ghouls). That means, at least early on, you can expect a pretty big castle.

That makes a lovely target for some serious shooting if you have it. The army has 3 casts with the Archregent having +1 to cast, unbind or dispel from the Dermal Robe. The command trait appears to add a spell but they aren’t gaining the wizard trait (since it is a wizard) and he add Deranged Transformation to throw those Horrors further faster. The Ghoul King and his Terrorgheist have some “interesting” abilities but they are let down in the execution. Death Shriek is only really effective against Destruction armies or Cities but the other attacks inflict serious damage. The Gaping Maw/Gruesome bite combo is extremely nasty, reroll hit rolls, it has 3 attacks, where a 6 does 6 MW. Enough to one shot a Stormstrike Chariot. Twice. In the same game.

The Horrors have 3 attacks hitting on 4s that can be improved, doing 2 damage and 3 on wound rolls of 6. Flayers have 4 attacks only doing 1 damage but can redeploy quickly and does MW on 6s. The Archregent and Ghoul King can return models on top of their summoning which can make clearing the Horrors/Flayers more difficult. To stop the army you need to kill the heros or they will heal and summon. Unfortunately this army has effectively 6 screens to stop you doing that. You can play around the bigger units and pick up the screens through MW attrition and shooting. Like most death armies their strength is often in numbers and if you are patient you can deal with them.

Cody did very well taking the army to 17th dealing with Ironjawz, DoK and SCE all of who have strong play into this list, well done.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Peace Through Dakka AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Peace Through Dakka AoS GT that took place in Delaware, USA on 30th and 31st July. It involved 16 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. As a smaller tournament we expect to see some different armies perform well, this time we have two destruction armies in the top 10 as well as some of the more popular recent books.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)*
Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 1

Brett: An army we have been seeing a lot lately, Blightlords paired with a Lord of Afflictions. In this case teamed with casting heroes all wrapped in a Battle Regiment for a chance at first turn (EDIT or more importantly decide who goes first). Their resilience is the key here, with a pair having 16 wounds and taking (an average) of 36 -1 rend, 1 damage attacks to chew through. Because they aren’t Galletian Veterans Bounty Hunters don’t work so the basic attack infantry of a lot of armies aren’t going to kill a unit of 2 in a turn. And they’ll heal with the Festus potentially increasing that a bit further.

With the Drowned Men pregame move they can be within charge range very quickly for additional mortal wounds (MW). That’s without considering the larger unit of 4 or the Lord of Afflictions. He is more useful at the back to begin with so he can take Blightlords into the sky and redeploy them (EDIT not that anyone does). The Bloab is the better option in this army for pushing forward, his Daemon-Flies and Windspeaker Bells need to be close to the opponent to impact.

A couple of useful spells, Magnificant Buboes to debuff a hero and Gift of Disease for extra disease points. This means they also have dispells and their ward gives some protection from spell damage.

Are Blightlords becoming a defacto DPS check? I certainly think if you are going into a tournament you should be sure you can drop a unit of 2 easily. Looking at Emma’s run it looks like most of the armies would fail that test. That makes it much harder to play the game around objectives and achieving battle tactics because you need to commit real resources to dealing with them

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Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Subfaction: Gnarlroot
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)*
Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: The Dweller’s Below

BATTLELINE
Dryads (100)*
Tree Revenants (110)*
Tree Revenants (110)*

OTHER
Spiterider Lancers (420)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Spiteswarm Hive (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: New book and a new look with Spiterider Lancers instead of Kurnoth to support Alarielle. Not a lot of bodies in this army, it is very heavily reliant on Alarielle and the Warsong Revenant. Unfortuately you can’t afford to commit Alarielle too early, she returns on a 6+ with you adding the round number so losing her before the 3rd round is a huge risk. 2 wizards with 7 casts in the list covering a broad range of spells and the ubiquitous Purple Sun as well. The Gnarlroot grove helps get Purple Sun out with it’s 3D6 and discard the lowest near an awakened wyldwood or overgrown feature.

The army is struggling for damage with the Spitelancers, even reinforced, only really offering 29 damage 1 attacks. You can boost that with Bounty Hunters but into a lot of things (Blightlords, Fulminators or Stormdrakes) your mileage may disappoint. They are very durable, if they kill a model they can heal all wounds at the end of their turn. That’s twice a round, chip damage isn’t enough to end them. Alarielle can summon additional units, it’s not clear which Alex took but they would be clutch. The movement tricks that Sylvaneth are known for here would play their part in making Battle Tactics happen. Throughout the event the army scored well. The list for the army is deceptive only showing a damage spell for the Warsong. However Alairelle knows the whole lore and will return models or heal every turn.

As always there are lots of synergies particularly in concert with the trees/terrain. I feel you really want to control priority with this army, mostly to go second Turn 1 and play for the double reasonably often. That allows your army to get closer to you so you can operate near the woods for fight and fade, get spells up for Mortal wounds. And preserve Alairelle. Getting the double is a huge advantage here because you can commit her to combat knowing that if you need to bring here back it’s on Turn 3 with a 50/50 chance. I think this play style of drawing you in, hurting you with small bites all the way and then really damaging attacks deep in the forest is thematic as anything. It suits a very good player though and takes practice so well done Alex.

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Army Faction: Ironjawz
Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Orruk Megaboss (140)
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)
Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– General
– Command Trait: Mega Bossy
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*

BATTLELINE
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-Hackas
Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
Reinforced: Once
– Pig-Iron Choppas
Orruk Brutes (160)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Brett: Double Maw-Krusha list that’s been around since the start of 3rd edition with two notable changes. One is the extra Megaboss sitting like a cherry on top and the other is the battalions. Early on the with the Double Maw-Krusha, warlords were preferred to give extra artefacts to the 2nd Krusha. This army has gone with the battle regiment for priority control side stepping the debate between Tough ‘Un or Weird ‘Un on the 2nd Krusha for durability.

Otherwise a Megaboss and 5 Brutes to control the home, nasty for anything trying to teleport although they are a slow moving block. 9 Gore-gruntas including a nasty block of 6 with the shorter range weapons, that might create some issues and two Warchanters, probably with Fix ’em and Get ’em beats. The biggest alpha strike list in AoS? The General moving up to 36″ and done properly the other Maw moving 24″. Unit of pigs with a 3D6 charge set up in first turn? Always a lot of muscle getting close fast that forces you to set up very carefully.

Ray’s only loss was to 2nd place after beating another Sylvaneth list in the second round. The first army is a Kurnoth centred tree terror list as compared to Alex’s Aliarelle’s spell slingers. I feel like the Purple Sun might have eaten something important. In any case deploying Aliarelle out of the Maw-Krusha’s reach. The other armies (Cities and SCE) may have struggled in the face of all of that damage. Nice work Ray.

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Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
Subfaction: Glogg’s Megamob
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Dankhold Troggboss (240)
General
– Command Traits: Shepherd of Idiotic Destruction
– Artefacts of Power: Aetherquartz-studded Hide
Kragnos (720)

BATTLELINE
Rockgut Troggoths (435)*
Rockgut Troggoths (435)*
Stabbas (150)*
Bad Moon Icon Bearer
– Gong Basher
– Pokin’ Spear and Moon Shield
– Barbed Net

TERRAIN
1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

Brett: Kragnos and friends? Does Kragnos have friends or just terrified/fascinated followers? Is this a Gloomspite alpha strike?

Whatever’s happening this army is getting into your personal space as quickly as possible and hugging you. Which you might find uncomfortable. There isn’t a lot of subtlety, the Dankhold makes the Rockgut battle line and grants a re-roll before smacking you in the face. Or whiffing – that’s the joy of Gloomspite, mad damage with bad saves and explosions. Double reinforced Rockgut units to take maximum advantage of their ability to return units (on a 4+ return a Troggoth unit at 1/2 strength). Lastly all of the troops are in Bounty Hunters just to hurt a little more.

A lot of fun but not without risk. Jakob’s 3rd round was an opponent that took No Place for the Weak making those battleline’s a primary target. With a reasonable amount of shooting that’s a problem. But this is Gitz, it’s about silly fun and not grinding out wins. The best part of this army is the way it’s going to hit you and either explode or explode you and it’s going to be a fun ride. There’s no overthinking things apart from where that moon is. 3/2 with an army like that is a very solid effort.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Armed Forces Day 5

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Armed Forces Day 5 that took place in Illinois, USA on 30th and 31st July. It involved 34 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

If you’d like to listen to this article as a podcast it is available on Spotify.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Army Subfaction: Hallowed Knights
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
Gardus Steel Soul (150)
Lord-Relictor (145)
General
– Command Traits: High Priest
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Celestial Blades
– Prayers: Translocation

BATTLELINE
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield

OTHER
1 x Stormdrake Guard (680)
Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade
1 x Stormdrake Guard (680)
Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade

CORE BATTALIONS:
Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Brett: Stormcast is an interesting faction playing a little more like Custodes than the Space Marines they are always accused of being. They have high moral and good saves making them hard to shift but they’re damage isn’t amazing. They don’t rely on amazing complicated synergies and casting certain spells the right way to unlock a combo. That also makes them a bit easier to know and counter so to get the best out of them you need a good general.

Alan’s gone 5/0 taking down some solid armies that play well into Stormcast. Unfortunately they were melee heavy which are maybe vulnerable to Stormdrakes. The army has 2 small heroes with 1 prayer, 1 cast and 2 denies, 3 small screening units and 2 massive hammers in the Stormdrakes. Stormdrakes in Bounty Hunters increases their damage (to Galletian Veterans) by 43%. Bounty Hunters has the biggest effect on Damage 1 weapons giving a 100% increase. Both the Relictor and Gardus are decent combat support charaters as well.

The Liberators are a screen and hold objectives, within Hallowed Knights they also fight on death. Not combat power houses but they have a 3+ save with a 5+ ward if within 12″ of Gardus. The Holy Command isn’t shown but was likely Call to Aid, which allows the return of a unit of Liberators. In a pinch The Lord Relictor can translocate a unit across the board, it has to be wholly within 9″ of him so the drakes will struggle. Translocation gets answered on 2+ (he gets +1 to prayers) and has a reroll so at some point you can expect him to move a unit. He could even respawn a unit of Liberators once they are killed next to him and then throw them to a lightly or unoccupied objective. Can be a really easy way to get a Battle Tactic.

The heart of this list is the 2 big mobile, 12″ move, hammers. Against armies with minimal shooting they are able to roam the board and not including shooting can put out 80 wounds a turn. Can they one shot Teclis – yes. Their shooting is swingy with each dragon having a 33% chance of doing nothing, D3 damage or D6 damage. A nice bonus but not something to rely on. It’s also good to punish small heroes or other units behind screens before hitting the screens. Scions of the Storm makes sense in Season 1 where the Stormkeep’s counts as 3 on objectives is neutered. If a list has a lot of shooting you can keep something back for later deployment or drop Gardus close to some Stormdrakes that are going to be in heavy combat.

Dropping Gardus from the sky ensures the drakes are within 12″ for his 5+ ward but also his ability to make Hallowed Knights fight again on death and his extra attack. 4 drakes will definitely destroy god models like Teclis in that scenario. Gardus also grants a reroll charges on top of the Stomdrake reroll charge on the turn they arrive. Pity we don’t have space for a Lord Imperatent to give a 7″ to the drakes. With 36 wounds they are very difficult to clear in a phase, once they are in they will tie up units for sometime. The drakes coherency rules and mobility give you a significant amount of board control and the ability to influence your opponent’s options.

Prime Hunters really hit Stormcast by putting a mark on their best units hitters (Fulminators, Stormdrake and Raptors). With Holy Command, Raptors aren’t that attractive, however the other units are. I wonder if we will see a resurgence in placings now, there are still a lot of Stormcast players.

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Army Faction: Lumineth Realm-lords
Subfaction: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Scinari Cathallar (110)*
Artefacts of Power: Gift of Celennar
– Spells: Etheral Blessings, Overwhelming Heat, Total Eclipse
Archmage Teclis (740)*
General
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat
Alarith Stonemage (120)*
Spells: Crippling Vertigo, Overwhelming Heat, Voice of the Mountains

BATTLELINE
Vanari Bladelords (130)*
Bladelord Seneschal
Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)**
High Warden
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Protection of Hysh
Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)**
High Warden
– Spells: Etheral Blessings, Overwhelming Heat

OTHER
Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Steedmaster
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Umbral Spellportal (70)
1 x Horrorghast (40)
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: A Teclis led Lumineth army takes second on the back of a 4/1, losing to Stormcast in the 4th round. Could be a tag line from an early 3rd edition tournament. In any event Jonathan has taken the “alternative” path with a Warden heavy list to support Teclis and his band of mages. To round out this approach there are 3 Endless Spells, because that’s what Teclis is for, getting that Purple Sun into your face. Even when he casts 4 spells they are auto cast on a 10, they are all auto matic. That leaves one spell on a 10 to cast; Protection of Teclis (5+ ward) for everything within 18″. On subsequent rounds he’s free to cast anything including Speed of Hysh and Transporting Vortex in case mobility is a concern.

In the current magic/endless spell meta, or what seems to be a magic heavy meta, Teclis is a great choice. He can automatically dispel 1 endless spell and automatically unbind one as well. No Purple Sun for you. Umbral Spell portal increases the range for him to hit you with Storm of Searing Light and he isn’t bad in combat. He is a lot of points. Otherwise the list includes bodyguards for the Scinari and Dawnriders for taking remote action, board control and harassment. 14″ move and with Speed of Hysh (28″) make them a constant threat. Then there are the 2 big anvil units. The wardens are slow moving but counting for 60 on objectives makes them something you need to deal with. You want to whittle them down early preferably before they can cast Power of Hysh (MW on 5+)

+1 to cast from the Zaitrec Nation, Teclis granting 4+ wards against spells and a spell reflect like ability mean that spells are trivial to this army. Despite a potential threat from archers Jonathan defeated an Idoneth list with 4 units of archers (3 x Reavers and 1 x Sentinals for good measure). I wouldn’t want to be those Sentinals when Teclis catches them. The results show the effectiveness of 4 Stormdrakes vs units of 2, Jonathan easily beat a SCE army centred on units of 2 but lost to the bigger unit. I feel sorry for the Seraphon casting list without Kroak (2nd round), talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight. Great performance.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)**
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)**
1 x High Gladiatrix (90)**
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Crown of Woe

BATTLELINE
20 x Witch Aelves (230)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Paired Sciansá
20 x Witch Aelves (230)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Paired Sciansá
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
Handmaiden
– Hornblower
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Bloodwrack Viper (80)

OTHER
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Strategists

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Daughters of Khaine have a new book and Witch Aelves are good again. A good run through the tournament taking the new hotness from Death (Nighthaunt) and the Tree loving Sylvaneth both fresh from their own recent books. AoS Coach just covered a list like this with Marcella Helu if you’d like a more in depth discussion. Also great to see the new Hero for DoK – the High Gladiatrix.

Before going into the army too far though I have to acknowledge that the tournament was allowing book Battle Traits and Grand Strategies. Bloodthirsty Zealots is very easy to accomplish (either fight or be destroyed) and the army itself is built to take advantage of at least 4 book BT. The Khinerai can easily accomplish 2 themselves with very little interaction. That’s all I’ll say about it.

Otherwise this is a very solid army. The Shadowqueen is able to tank a bit but really you want to go first to power up the Witch Aelves and unleash them. They are +1 to charge from in the first round, and +1 to wound and -1 rend if they are within 12″ of the Gladiatrix. Sisters of Slaughter outfitted to tank as well with an improved save and reflecting hits on 6s.

With all of Cheryl’s opponents being similarly combat based until the last round, the fights would have been brutal and resolved by who attacked first. As a low rend, 1 damage army they don’t give up much to Nighthaunt and each Witch Aelve has, at full strength, the ability to remove complete units. They are vulnerable to the 4 Drake block, you could play this destroying the troops and ignore Morathi.

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Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Sloppity Bilepiper (130)*
1 x Lord of Change (400)*
Staff of Tzeentch and Rod of Sorcery
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command
1 x Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)**
Daemonic Axe and Malefic Talons
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)**
General
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Artefacts: Armour of the Pact

BATTLELINE
10 x Bloodletters (110)*
Bloodreaper
– Hornblower
– Gore-drenched Icon Bearer
20 x Plaguebearers (300)**
Icon Bearer
– Piper
– Plagueridden
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)**
Gore Hound
– Burning Roar

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Soulsnare Shackles (50)

OTHER
3 x Nurglings (105)*
3 x Nurglings (105)*
3 x Nurglings (105)*
6 x Furies (95)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Are you given to the dark side but not sure what faction suits you best? Do you love flexibility and never making a decision? If you said YES YES YES then Legion of the First Prince is for you. Taking the fallen(?) of the daemon worlds, Legions of the First Prince provides them a home. Mike has gone with the bigger daemons for punch with a few smaller daemons to hit objectives. But where is Belakor?

Unfortunately that means the army misses out on the rerolls for the battleline demons that Belakor allows, and the heals. But on the upside, beyond the power of the Greater Demons Mike was able to summon units from Khorne, Nurgle and Tzeentch depending on what he needed. The Plaguebearers are hard to move off objectives while the Flesh Hounds provide mobile threat. Some shooting from the Furies, stabby Bloodletters and the annoying Nurglings.

The results bear out that this approach can be effective. Along the way Mike beat armies that included 40 Sentinels and 30 Blood Sisters, elsewhere considered the scourge of daemons. Their nemesis appears to be red headed dwarfs who cut a swathe through them. An innovative list with a number of tricks from the Demon Prince from halving movement to spell eating (good in the Purple Sun meta). Good to see life in the Legion ahead of updated books.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Miniparadice Anniversary Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Miniparadice Anniversary Tournament that took place in Germany on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Krysothea – The Lady Of Arcana (400)*
Lord of Change
Staff of Tzeentch and Rod of Sorcery
– General
– Command Trait: Spell Hunters
– Artefact: Wellspring of Arcane Might
– Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Kai & Ross – The Surfing Bird(s) (435)**
Kairos Fateweaver
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Birdie Mc Birdface (140)**
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch
Artefact: The Fanged Circlet
– Lore of Change: Unchecked Mutation
– Krondspine Bonded
Vilitch & Thomin (180)**
Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch
Lore of Fate: Shield of Fate

Battleline
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*

Behemoths
Changespine, Incarnate of Tzeentch (400)*
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 65
Drops: 4

Peter: This army revolves around the quick Screamers of Tzeentch (16″) and buffing them with heroes while the Krondspine eats stuff and the casters chip away mortal wound damage via various spells.

This Hosts Arcanum army will allow you to move D3 of those Screamers of Tzeentch units 6″ before the battle even begins. Meaning that with their 16″ move they have the potential threat range of 34″ in the first turn alone. They’re ok in combat as well with 3 attacks each hitting on 4+ and wounding on 3+, no rend though and only 1 damage per attack. That puts their average damage output at 3 damage before any saves are made. They’re better against monsters as the damage changes to D3 and means that average damage output jumps up to 9 damage.

The Fanged Circlet, which has to be taken in a Hosts Arcanum list as the first Artefact isn’t exactly a burden to take when once per battle it will allow you to summon a unit of 6 Screamers of Tzeentch near the Changecaster.

But really the Krondspine is here to do all the smashing while the Screamers of Tzeentch cap off the objectives.

This is a strong magic list made stronger by the ability to auto unbind one spell in the 1st, 3rd and 5th rounds. If they don’t want you to get Purple Sun off then it’s unlikely you’ll manage it unless in rounds 2 or 4. On top of that the Lord of Change has the Wellspring of Arcane Might allowing it to re-roll it’s casting and unbind rolls. The Chronomantic Cogs will also give this ability to other casters as well.

This list has three spells for causing mortal wounds on the enemy, Tzeentch’s Firestorm (CV9) allows the player to target an enemy unit within 18″ and roll 9 dice with each 6 causing D3 mortal wounds. Unchecked Mutation (CV6) also with a range of 18″ can also cause D3 mortal wounds on a unit, if that successfully removed a model then it will cause an additional D3 mortal wounds on the same unit. Finally there’s Bolt of Tzeentch (CV7) also with a range of 18″ which automatically cause D6 mortal wounds on a target unit within range. But where you’re reading 18″ these can be extended to 36″ with the use of the Umbral Spellportal.

In summary this list is designed to dominate the hero phase unbinding enemy spells and doing a lot of mortal wound damage with its own.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
Lore of Malignance: Blades Of Putrifaction
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)***
Reinforced x 1
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)***
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)***

Units
2 x Nurglings (105)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Shards of Valagharr (50)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 142
Drops: 9

Peter: Another Rotbringer Coven list that leans heavily into magic – it even has the much discussed Purple Sun.

It’s no surprise that it perhaps drew with the other magic heavy Disciples of Tzeentch list that won the event as they would perhaps cancel each other out.

With offensive units (Pusgoyle Blightlords) and defensive units (Plaguebearers) this army is going to try and get all over the objectives as soon as it can. All the while the Nurgle magic and disease points will be taking their toll on the opponent

Brett: Moggotkin are popular in Germany it seems with 2 of the top 3 armies from the faction. They represent the 2 most popular sub-factions (Filthbringers and Drowned Men) which are either side of the magic/combat divide. Colin appears to like variety, the Blightlords aren’t battleline of course. Nurglings in Bounty Hunters is interesting but there isn’t room anywhere else for them. How embarrassing to be killed by a damage 2 Nurgling.

At it’s heart this is a castle type army that can sit on objectives while being hard to remove. Including the Blightlords give it some offensive punch, particularly as Bounty Hunters but they will almost be sniping since you don’t want them to be isolated and unsupported. The Endless Spells round out the offensive part of the list. Shards of Valagharr (CV5) and Gnashing Jaws (CV6) are both reasonably easy to cast. Shards is an interesting and unusual inclusion, removing fly and having movement makes it much easier for slow moving Blightkings to come to blows. You want that because every 6 is a disease point. It’s easy for the large unit 10 thing unit to max disease points every turn.

One last point, each of the Endless spells is also diseased since it was cast by a Rotbringer. All up this is a pretty tight army that should outlast most others. If you can avoid the Blightlords and remove the Rotbringers it should be easier to tackle. It’s not flashy but board control and consistent mortal wound output will win games as you can see here. Even the chosen spells lean into the toughness (debuffing your opponent) and increasing the application of disease points. Host Arcanum into this army would have been very interesting to watch. The Host Arcanum army featured big daemons for the most part that aren’t also the best at combat. Into an army with 5+ wards that can resist a lot of their magic forcing them to rely on combat. Where the HA will get mortal wounds (from disease points) that they can’t shrug.

Otherwise the army saw off all comers including Sons of Behemat, I can’t see the list but I’m guessing it had Manchrushers. It’s an interesting win since this isn’t a DPS army and Sons are a DPS check. Goes to show that playing the mission and not the player is the important part.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)*
Allies

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)**
Reinforced x 1
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)**
Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

Units
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single (110)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 3

Peter: This is a time honoured list from the earlier General’s Handbook and one that was fairly common. Lots of Pusgoyle Blightlords with their 8″ movement plus the pre-game movement as well. The Lord of Afflictions gives options to drop two fly units with him from reserve. The whole list revolves around pinning you in your deployment zone and making your way through the really tough Nurgle units. Board control is its key.

Be’Lakor has been added to this list in place of a second Lord of Afflictions. He’s a beat stick himself, but can add to the pinning effect with his once per battle ability The Dark Master where on a 3+ in each phase the chosen unit cannot act.

A quick army (8″ move) with a tough hide means you’ll be hard pressed to steal the objectives away.

Brett: As Peter said this is a fairly common army that reaches back to before Season 1 kicked off. It plays well into the new harder Battle Tactics with it’s combination of resilience and movement. Drowned Men giving everything other than Belakor a 8″ pregame move is a big part of this. You can see how your opponent deploys and reacts. That also makes taking Bounty Hunters and a Battle Regiment more palatable, reducing the sting if you don’t finish deploying first.

The inclusion of Belakor brings 2 casts/unbinds to a list with little magic and is a combat monster with several powers to enhance his combat effectiveness, or longevity at least. The army is very combat focused, his high mobility with the Lord of Afflictions The Swarm Descends giving long range and threatening home objectives. The Blighlords can chew through screens efficiently giving the army a strong chance to deal with shooting. Through the event he only lost to the winner (in the final round) and took down several armies with access to solid shooting. The mobility and robustness of the army would have been an issue for both Idoneth and Stormcast.

Disease points make staying in combat for any length of time a loosing proposition. It gives a solid advantage against Ossiarch and Stormcast who have good saves but whose damage output might not be as high as the elves.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Vanari Lord Regent (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Fast Learner
– Extra Spell: Lambent Light
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
Hurakan Windmage (120)*
Extra Spell: Guiding Flurries
– Lore of the Winds: Transporting Vortex
Scinari Loreseeker (170)*
Artefact: Gift of Celennar
– Extra Spell: Lambent Light
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh

Battleline
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
– Reinforced x 2
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 107
Drops: 1

Peter: Players often complain about Lumineth, but right now after the release of the new handbook, they’re not in a good place with a sub 45% win rate. That’s why I chose this list, Daniel’s done exceptionally well to claim four wins in the tournament.

Brett: I’d complain about this list as well – that’s 60 archers with 30″ range and potentially MW on 5+. This sort of list was common on the release of Lumineth and faded when no one would play them. An average 20 MW a shooting phase is enough to get anyone’s notice. Here Daniel has played into the small heroes to maximise troops so has 3 x 10 Wardens, arguably better than the Sentinels, for screening and generally being painful to deal with. If you charge into them they get extra rend and wound on a 3+. Assuming they don’t redeploy and leave you hanging for the next shooting phase.

Everything in this list is a wizard and everything has unbinds so your hero phase is likely to be “interesting”. Their spell lore is incredibly good at buffing and protecting the slightly soft Aelves, Speed of Hysh, doubling movement, Lambent Light, rerolls hit rolls with missile weapons, Protection of Hysh, 5+ ward. Guiding Flurries adds range and Transport Vortex, well that’s just a teleport. To paraphrase Terry Pratchett, you’d be mad to give an elf a chisel lest he carve his initials in your forehead with it. This lot would probably expect you to thank them.

The heroes are here mostly as buff characters but do offer some combat capacity if pushed (not the Windmage though). The army can easily divide into 2 shooting castles and dare you to engage. If need there is still the ability to teleport using vortex. This style of army was popular in the past but faded with the rise of DoK and Sons. And probably the painting of so many Sentinels. There are definite counters and because virtually the whole army is Galetian Veterans they are very susceptible to Bounty Hunter units. Good work from Daniel in piloting such an army and particularly in taking out 2 armies thought to offer good counters.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Outlaw Open at LSO

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Outlaw Open at LSO that took place in Texas, USA on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 46 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. A return to the correct order with a Daughters of Khaine (DoK) taking the event pushed hard by the Sons of Behemet. Ogor Mawtribes make a welcome showing at the top table as well, just underlining how open the meta is.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)*
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)*
1 x Bloodwrack Medusa (130)*
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Shadow Stone
– Spells: Mindrazor

BATTLELINE
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Paired Sciansá
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Paired Sciansá
15 x Blood Sisters (420)**

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)

OTHER
1 x Gotrek Gurnisson (485)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Brett: Morathi and Gotrek together feels wrong somehow, like shouldn’t Gotrek be after Morathi. Not in this army though, they’ve worked together to go 5/0 and take the event. Elves are fragile and die easily – not this army, that’s 1165 points of the nigh on impossible to kill. We saw a lot of Gotrek early in 3rd edition but he has faded as people have learnt to play around his slow movement. Including him here is a great idea because your opponent really wants to get at the Shadow Queen. You really need to be in combat with her to max your wounds against her. She only takes 3 a turn, so you need to be able to shoot or attack her in your turn and fight back in her players turn to get more than 3 wounds a round. Now you have to go through Gotrek.

Until you kill the Shadow Queen you can’t kill Morathi who is both casting spells and working as a blender in combat. A 3 cast wizard with a special command to make a unit shoot or fight in the hero phase (it’s eligible to fight again in the shooting or fight phases). She knows the full spell lore, includes a mortal wound and has 3 casts. All up the army has 4 casts and 4 unbinds available. The Bloodwrack Medusa has Zealous Orator for a boosted rally (models return on a 4+), Shadow Stone for +1 to cast and is casting Mindrazor. Mindrazor has a CV of ,8 hence the stone, but provides (additional rend and +1 damage to a unit within 18) . On the Blood Sisters that adds to 46 attacks on 3s with -2 rend and potentially 3 damage (into Galletian Veterans).

The Medusa lets a single unit advance the Blood Rites table for that phase and her warscroll spell lets you subtract 1 from wound rolls for 1 unit. Blood Rites is a Battle Trait for DoK that gives an army wide buff starting with add 1 to run rolls and ending with a 5+ ward. Advancing the table might let you surprise your opponent with getting something into combat or being more lethal. This is a combat army with next to no range attacks (the Shadow Queen has some). It doubles down on the combat with Gotrek, Reducing incoming attacks to 1 damage, 3+ ward, as long as something is within 3″ fighting again (and again). Unfortunately most of the buffs in the army are keyworded to the elf units and Gotrek isn’t sharing them.

Choosing Blood Sisters and Witch Aelves with no Heartenders or Blood Stalkers is interesting. This list is either going to come at you hard (first 2 Blood Rite abilities) or force you to come to them through some heavy damage dealers. Which way you take it would depend on your opponent, as a 3 drop army it will choose priority much of the time. In this event 2 armies had strong shooting, although SCE have fallen off with the change to holy command. Really though that strong combat, particularly with the ever popular Blood Sisters, is going to let you dictate battle around the objectives you choose. Good solid on meta army that without specific experience is hard to counter. Well done.

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Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Tribe: Breaker Tribe (Fierce Loathing: Idiots with Flags)
– Grand Strategy: Stomping Order
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
General
– Command Trait: Monstrously Tough
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny (Universal Artefact)
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
Warstomper Mega-Gargant (470)*
Warstomper Mega-Gargant (470)*

Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp – Unified

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 140
Drops: 1

Brett: Did the Sons ever go away? Or did they just sleep for a little while. For a while they were taking less events but they are still a good army and difficult to play into. Using a faction Grand Strategy has attracted some attention lately with some of the Battle Traits and Grand Strategies being easier than the new Season 1 choices. Stomping Order means that they are going to run or charge every turn, it may be one of the less interactive ones. Bosses of the Stomp gives either one drop or an additional Enhancement. Christopher has chosen to go for a one drop, giving the opportunity of a 1st/2nd round double, very very frightening.

2 Gatebreakers, 2 Warstompers, no casting, the general has 40 wounds (up from 35) and a 6+ ward for that little extra something. The Fierce Loathing is a solid choice, any unit with a Totem or a Command Model gives up a +1 to hit. There are a lot of units with Command Models baked in particularly Stormcast but pretty much all of the troops with higher wound counts have the ability. A bit of extra work for players. Limited ranged attacks – Gatebreakers – and horrific melee. The Warstomper’s Titanic Boulderclub shouldn’t surprise anyone now with it’s attacks characteristic of however many models are within 3″, +4 for monsters and +* (for the warscroll table) to a maximum of 10.

His matchups for the most part were pretty favourable, although pulling KO twice must be pretty rare. The melee SCE list would suffer horrible clap back, interestingly those are shield Annihilators with much lower damage. The KO lists concentrate their shooting in Ironclads and use a “super hero” either the Incarnate or Gotrek. Gotrek is a bit slow to chase Gargants (but is effective into them since they struggle to kill him) and Sons are one army that can deal with the Incarnate quickly. The Kragnos/Ogor and Sons match up that ended in a draw would have been very interesting to watch live. Can Kragnos out stomp Gargants?

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Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Bloodgullet
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
General
– Command Trait: Nice Drop of the Red Stuff!
– Artefact: Splatter-cleaver
– Mount Trait: Metalcruncher
Butcher (135)*
Tenderiser
– Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Ribcracker
– Lore of Gutmagic: Greasy Deluge
Butcher (135)*
Tenderiser
– Artefact: Bloodrock Talisman
– Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Molten Entrails
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)

Battleline
2 x Mournfang Pack (160)**
Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists
2 x Mournfang Pack (160)**
– Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists
2 x Mournfang Pack (160)**
Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 81
Drops: 7

Brett: An army that does extra damage on the charge with Kragnos who grants an 18″ charge to units within 12″. What could go wrong with that? A very clever army that probably shows the struggle for Destruction at the moment. Really strong units but it’s difficult to survive, score and hit back however Jacob scored well during the weekend.

Bloodgullet grants an extra spell (and cast but not dispel) to the Butchers. Both of the chosen spells are offensive (very – these are Ogors) – Ribcraker taking 1 from a unit and Molten Entrails for +1 to damage for a unit. As we are seeing a lot of there are 2 Endless Spells, Chronomatic Cogs (rerolls) and Gnashing Jaws. Bloodrock Talisman adds +2 to the roll for an Endless Spell so we know who is most likely to cast the 2 Endless Spells. Levitate is a useful spell, letting you grant flying to a unit. Flying Kranos anyone? Certainly doable, meaning you could easily prevent early rounds shooting but you probably want to get him out early to buff charges.

The Frostlord brings the mandatory trait and artefact on top of his ward and ability to command a unit to reroll their charge. Everything does mortal wounds on the charge (except the Butchers of course) and the Mournfang can do (really occasionally) MW on 6s with their range attack for just a little more sting. Good quality attacks punish MSU hurting several of his opponents. Short range shooting is very vunerable to the long charges Kragnos brings. The Frostlord and even more Kragnos could hit the Incarnate hard enough to slow it’s growth (but are vunerable to it’s type of attacks). And of course there is no battleline infantry for Bounty Hunters to worry at. All up a very well rounded army for the current meta. Coming 3rd by 1 pt with Mawtribes, not one of the stronger factions, is a great achievement.

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Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: Unrelenting efficiency
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament (340)***
Mortisan Boneshaper (115)***
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour
– Lore of Mortisans: Empower Nadirite Weapons
Mortisan Soulmason (115)***
Artefact: Gothizzar Cartouche
– Lore of Mortisans: Drain Vitality

Battleline
20 x Mortek Guard (280)*
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Mortek Guard (280)*
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield

Artillery
Mortek Crawler (215)
Mortek Crawler (215)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Bone-tithe Shrieker (50)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 106
Drops: 9

Brett: This is the first time I’ve seen the same unit in both Bounty Hunters and Expert Conquerors, do they get on or is the squabbling in the ranks? Petrifix Elite, which grants -1 rend to all units and lets you increase rend by 1 for a unit per phase (so it can have +1 rend in both yours and your opponents combat phases). A better Armour of Contempt for the 40k players. Like most older books this has mandatory items, an artefact and command trait. Both are very good – +2 wounds and melee weapon set to rend -3 so they aren’t a burden. Command Entourage was taken as the battalion for the leaders to access an additional artefact, Gothizzar Cartouche, +1 to wound rolls is the target does not have the DEATH keyword. Particularly good with the crawlers.

For non DEATH targets that means hitting and wounding on 2s doing 5 damage. Nice. The army has very strong magic as we are seeing a lot in Season 1, with all up 6 casts covering 2 Lore of Mortisans spells, 3 endless spells and 3 solid warscroll spells. Arkhan’s +2 to casts/dispells is clutch for getting Purple Sun out, the play being Chronomatic Cogs then Purple Sun so you have a reroll. Bone-tithe can be cast by anyone that is close enough to make sure one of the Mortek Guard units gets +1 to hit. Arkhan’s Curse of Years from his warscroll sounds nasty but on average is slightly better than Arcane Bolt. If it spikes though, it could be a lot worse.

You’d also want the Soulmason to cast his Soul-Guide most turns, re-roll 1s to hit on a larger block of Guard. That’s worth 6 hits (if they have Empower Weapon) from the average 6 x 1s you roll in 41 attacks. Hopefully you’ve gotten the idea of what this list is like, other than Arkhan everything is only moving 4″ or 5″. Move a block to the centre or better yet stay back and make the opponent walk through your Endless Spells, spells and Crawler fire causing chip damage. Then fall on them with your Bounty Hunters Mortek Guard. The worst case is you attacked them with Galetian Veteran’s into a unit with empowered weapons and soul-guide. That averages 23.5 hits at rend -1, 2 damage before saves.

While not extremely hard hitting elite armies will struggle to field enough units in later turns and Bonereapers can start to dictate. You have to close with them because you need to shut the catapults down but that opens you up to the spells. Looking at his path to 4/1 his one loss was to a Skaven list with decent shooting from Stormfiends and melee from Thanquol. While short range they are beyond the threat range of Guard (or just inside it) and Stormfield are pretty fighty as well. Otherwise a lot of bodies to kill that all move a bit faster so a good counter. Watching Morathi against this army would have been interesting, that was Jonathan’s highest scoring round.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt City GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt City GT that took place in New York, USA on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 31 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Morbidex Twiceborn (320)
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
General
– Command Trait: Grandfather’s Blessing
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
Artefact: Rustfang
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)***
3 x Plague Drones (200)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Quicksilver Swords (60)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 137
Drops: 9

Brett: The sorcerous arm of Nurgle comes out to play and dominates the field going five wins, with all five Battle Tactics and his Grand Strategy for a full 35 points in each round. Three wizards here to take full advantage of the Filthbringers ability. Standing in a group (3″ of each other) they have a +3 to casts, unbinds and dispelling rolls. No coincidence then that there are 3 Endless Spells in the army. Purple Sun is casting on a 5+ (67% chance). Gnashing Jaws and Swords deal direct Mortal Wounds (CV3 with the buff), but they are a bit spicier here because they have the Nurgle keyword if cast by a Rotbringer; applying disease points from their presence and if they do damage.

Morbidex is a little more unusual but gives solid combat punch to the army that might lack that (Rend -1, -2 and -3 on different weapons) while still naturally very tanky. 12 wounds, 3+ save and 5+ ward who heals half the wounds taken every round. That’s 54 damage at 0 rend to bring him down in a single round. And as the king of the Nurglings, he can return one unit of Nurglings per turn, the army has a swarm of them to keep him company.

The army plays into the Season 1 battalions but I don’t think the list correctly marks them, because Plague Drones are mounted (and not Galletian Veterans). Plaguebearers are in Eternal Conquerors so they count as 3 models each on objectives.

Blightkings in Bounty Hunters is a good move for such a big investment. The combination of Blightkings as the hammer with the Plague Drones and Endless Spells makes this a very mobile (for Nurgle) army. Alternatively park the Blightkings in the middle and dare your opponent to remove their 240 effective wounds. The Command Trait gives a little bit more control to the Cycle of Corruption and Arcane Tome gives an extra cast to a Rotbringer (4 total). There’s also the cheeky inclusion of Rustfang to scare off enemy heroes if they attack the Rotbringers.

Beyond the Endless Spells we also have Gift of Disease (spread disease points), Magnificent Buboes (debuff enemy hero) and Cloying Quagmire to slow an enemy and reduce the potential for charges.

A successful and innovative army that shows the depths of the Nurgle book. We haven’t even delved into the Cycle of Corruption and summoning (teleporting for fun) but the mixture of de-buffs, resilience, movement and multiple casts would make this both fun to play and difficult to play against.

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runemaster (125)**
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runesmiter (135)**
Forge Key
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
– Prayer: Prayer of Ash

Battleline
15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)*
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 2
15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)*
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Molten Infernoth (40)
Runic Fyrewall (40)

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 7

Brett: A great result with Fyreslayers 4/1 with 4 rounds of maximum scoring (separated from 3rd by two points). This army is based around the hidden power of Hearthguard, with two big blocks being powered up by their small heroes and particularly the influence of the Battlesmith and his 4+ rally on them. The Battlesmith can grant a 4+ ward as well with his artefact which is very good for the Vulkite. The list has a lot of artefacts but that is a result of the lodge (Greyfyrd) which gives an additional 2 and grants +1 wound to foot heroes; it’s the obvious choice for this army. The Command Entourage provided another artefact. This makes a tooled up Auric Runefather with a pet who is fighting twice in one turn and has Axe of Grimnir making his main attack -2 Rend and 4 damage. A mobile and threatening monster killer.

Two Priests with an Arcane Tome to increase the casts/denies to 3. Fyreslayers don’t have a spell lore so a generic spell is listed. The Runemaster has the Volatile Brazier to reroll an invocation (prayer). Prayer of Ash is a defensive spell that reduces incoming wound rolls by 1. Very useful to keep those big blocks of Hearthguard around. The Hearthguard have the Broadaxe, in my opinion the more consistent and better weapon although they are hampered by their 5+ save. Near any Fyreslayers hero they also have a 4+ save though. To top off the list there is a Runic Firewall to block paths and maybe grant wards and a Molten Infernoth for some chip MW.

Solid performance with the army only dropping the round to Luke whose Maggotkin are more mobile. With the exception of one army they are all pretty tough armies, some with a lot of shooting, typically an area of weakness for Fyreslayers. They are a slow moving army and avoiding those Hearthguard would be the best option for trying to defeat them, but that’s easier said than done with those large blocks.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 3rd place, Legion of the First Prince

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Spell: Bash ‘Em Ladz
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Get ‘Em Beat
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Get Fixin’ Beat

BATTLELINE
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-Hackas
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-Hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-Hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-Hackas

INVOCATIONS & ENDLESS SPELLS
Purple Sun of Hysh (70)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1970/2000)

Brett: What is there to say, Ironjawz are awesome, but this is a Mawcrusha and 18 piggies. There is no subtlety here – these are coming across the board as fast as they can. Both of the big blocks are in Bounty Hunters to boost their damage against GV. The inclusion of an Arcane Tome on the Mawcrusher is interesting, presumably for the Purple Sun. The Purple Sun and Bash ‘Em Ladz have the same casting value (8). Get the Sun out as soon as possible and then try and get the +1 to wounds from Bash em ladz?

First turn (or any turn really, but only one) that Mawcrusha can move 36″ with Fast ‘un and Mighty Destroyer’s. While Tyler would like you to go first and move closer, he really doesn’t need it on most AoS boards. At least one of the big Gore-grunta units will also have a 3D6 from Get ’em ladz. However this is a 3 drop army, we are seeing a lot of larger drops at the moment which might give Tyler an edge.

This is a massive alpha strke army that you want to avoid until you can wear them down. It’s important to remember not only Mighty Destroyers but Touched by the Waagh. The Megaboss can call his Waagh any time and then everything is rerolling their charges, a wall of charging Gore Gruntas. His only loss was to the eventual winner, those Blightkings being just the thing to weather a massive charge.

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Army Subfaction: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x One-eyed Grunnock (470)
1 x Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)*
General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts: Vial of Manticore Venom
– Mount Traits: Weird ’Un
1 x Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
Spells: Da Black Pit
1 x Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
Spells: Levitate

BATTLELINE
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
10 x Gutrippaz (180)*
Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Drummer
– Wicked Stikka
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss

OTHER
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: For our extra list today we’ve chosen the 5th place, another Ork list, Kruleboyz going 4/1. Mass ork shooting with a Giant friend. And some Hobgrots. Again it’s a pretty straight forward list, you have the choice of either closing with the infantry and being shot. Or you can focus on the Giant (Sons of Behemat) so it can’t rampage, and be shot. It all fits in a Battle Regiment and is one drop.

Including Grunnock is interesting, a 35 wound stomping model will take a lot of focus for most armies. As a monster with a vicious stomp attack, the ability to ignore screens or engagement to an extent and mortal wounds (MW) on the charge it’s a lot to deal with. Keep it within 15″ of at least one Bolt Boyz unit and a Shaman and they’ll be able to pepper whatever is trying to deal with it with MW (on a 5+). The challenge is to use the bows without exposing them, Big Yellers helps by extending their range by 3″ (to 27″). This means Sentinels, Judicators or Raptors will still outrange them but a lot of armies only have 18″ on their archers. Even with the Hobgrots there don’t seem to be enough screens, and small units of Gutripperaz seem to melt quickly.

I’d be tempted to increase one of the Boltboyz to a 9 and drop one of the 6s. If you drop the grots you would have enough for another Gutrippaz unit. They won’t have poison unless they are within 12″ of the Sludgeraker but it feels more robust and still very damaging. That said this army as written went 4/1 so Jeff knows what he’s doing. The Sludgeraker is a great unit to anchor the lines against to make use of it’s Sludgeraker Venom and it’s attacks, you want to keep it healed up to maximise the number of 2 damage attacks. As included he allows a redeploy (Supa Sneaky), Manticore Venom is straight damage increase and Weird ‘un gives a 4+ ward against spells, with the buffed Endless Spells that’s a good idea.

Super solid performance and a good showing with Kruleboyz bringing their sneaky shenanigans – especially a big smelly mercenary (what do you pay a giant anyway?)

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for BWG: Summer Slaughter GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the BWG: Summer Slaughter GT that took place in Pennsylvania, USA on 23rd and 24th July. It involved a massive 102 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. An interesting result, 2 of the lists feature White Dwarf rule adjustments and we have Seraphon. In fact the whole top 5 is made up of AoS 2 books with 6th being the highest placed. Of course 5 to 10 are all the newest of books (Skaven and Sylvaneth).

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Top Three AoS Lists - 1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Allegiance: Slaanesh
Host: Lurid Haze Invaders Host (Host of Chaos)
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Sigvald, Prince of Slaanesh (205)*
Host Option: General
The Contorted Epitome (245)*
General
– Command Trait: Feverish Anticipation
– Artefact: Oil of Exultation
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Krondspine Bladebringer, Herald on Seeker Chariot (185)*
– Lore of Slaanesh: Hysterical Frenzy

Battleline
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
Reinforced x 1
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
Reinforced x 1
11 x Blissbarb Archers (140)*

Units
5 x Centigors (85)*
10 x Gors (70)*
Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 1

Brett: Tuned to excess (I know what I did there) with the most efficient Slaanesh Warscrolls combined alongside Krondspine and that Purple Sun. The result is a mobile army with brutal amounts of shooting backed by enough hitting power to remove your hammers (or anvils). This is a very interesting army which avoids any of the larger heroes (Glutos, Keeper of Secrets or Shalaxi) for Krondspine and maximum Blissbarb.

Anthony has taken advantage of the Invaders battle traits to gain a second hero for command purposes. Useful to increase the sweep of command abilities. 2 Wizards with 3 casts and denies but neither are true wizards so the list really has 3 combat heros with denies. Starting with Sigvald; he continues to be a machine, ignoring wards but has a 4+ ward, with his minimum 5 attacks hitting on 2s and wounding on 3s with Rend -2 and D3 damage. If he charges he can use his charge roll for his attacks. Invaders allow the placement of 3 units into ambush (deep strike) so there is an excellent chance of meeting him after he charges (3+ to his charge roll), of course he strikes first. Avoid hm by staying more than 15″ from the edge of the board. Any edge.

The Contorted Epitome is quite tanky in this build with +1 wound and it’s normal 2+ ward on MW. 14″ move and with Flaming Weapon (presumably on the Ravaging Claws) for 9 attacks with a rend -1 and 2 damage weapon. And ability to make other units fight after it if it charges. The Chariot and Epitome have warscroll spells to grant rerolls for 1s. The Chariot has an impressive melee profile but more importantly can retreat and charge, it inflicts mortal wounds on the charge. The Hysterical Frenzy spell inflicts more MW. These combat characters make sense when the rest of the list is mostly Blissbarb. 2 attacks but a 6+ save and 1 wound mean they will melt under pressure. With a 6″ move (but they can run and shoot) mobility is limited but they can take Sigvald up the board with them.

With the limited casting and no real wizards (who have buffed casting) getting Purple Sun out might be hard. Geminids have a CV of only 5 though and are no where near as powerful as the Purple Sun. Still they inflict MW on a unit with 1″ at the end of their movement on a 2+ and if they do they turn off commands. An army that is going to apply pressure from the start, it pretty much always wants to go second to see where the best places to drop in units. If they take Sigvald into ambush with 2 of the Blissbard Archers units their opponent is going to have real trouble. Anthony scored consistently through all rounds (26+), most of his opponents had either Eternal Conquerers or Bounty Hunters or both which this list largely negates (they are shooting you off objectives, your numbers won’t count).

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Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Sky Port: Barak Zilfin
– Mortal Realm: Chamon
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the High Airs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Aether-Khemist (90)*
General
– Command Trait: Collector
– Artefact: Spell in a Bottle
Aetheric Navigator (85)*
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)**
1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)**
1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)**
1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns

Units
10 x Grundstok Thunderers (270)*
Reinforced x 1
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)
Main Gun: Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Debtsettler’ Spar Torpedo

Behemoths
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)
Main Gun: Great Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Dealbreaker’ Battle Ram
Admiral’s Krondspine (400)
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 94
Drops: 10

Brett: It’s been a while since Kharadron Overlords have climbed to the top of the tree. Coming off a recent buff from both the mid year points (only 2 units) and White Dwarf revision Carl is one of 3 to go 5/0 in the event. He does have both the Purple Sun and Krondspine and 2 wizards to bind them thanks to the Arcane Tome. I wonder if we will see anything about the Purple Sun and Krondspine before the next Battlescroll is due in September.The general, the Aether-Khemist is an obvious choice, one of 3 Khemist only artefacts guarantees an endless spell can be cast once per game. The Purple Sun has a casting value of 8 so if there is anyway to make it a sure thing take it.

Slow moving he also hands out a re-roll wound rolls of 1 to a unit within 12″ and reduces to-hit rolls within 3″ (himself and another character typically) unless garrisoned, so he has to be on foot. His own attacks are much riskier, 3D6 with rend -2 sound great but only 9″ range make it a risky proposition. Of course he can garrison a vessel. The Navigator is here for his dispel and reroll run and charges for vessels if they are visible to him. Lastly the Admiral, who was the most changed by White Dwarf here. He lost 3 of his 4 unique command abilities, keeping the ability to allow a unit to fire even if it had run (Master of the Skies). Flaming Weapon is an interesting choice, he has reroll hits and wounds against monsters and heroes.

He is a small beatstick with only 3 attacks, -2 rend, 2 damage. He can divert wounds to the Arkanaut Companies (Skyfarers). Otherwise 3 battle line Arkanauts with minimal upgrades, Thunderers for some punch. With limited capacity in the flying units I would garrison the Thunderers and forgo the hero buffs to minimise their exposure. All of the KO shooting units have quite short ranges, typically 18″ or less except for the boats. The addition of the Purple Sun to increase saving throws for adjacent units with the number of shots from even the Arkanauts is a great combo. The Krondspine is pure distraction and menace, it takes a lot to deal with but can’t easily be ignored. In melee he can delete weaker units and at least bracket most bigger heroes in a single turn.

His highest ranked opponent was 11th, so it’s not clear how much we can take from his matchups. Most of the armies this went against were a bit short on shooting with the exception of his 2nd opponent. 5/0 is no small accomplishment and the list is quite different with so few boats and mostly footsloggers who aren’t riding.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 3rd place, Legion of the First Prince

Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Coalesced
– Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Artefacts of Power: Fusil of Conflagration
Lord Kroak (430)**
Celestant-Prime (325)**
Engine of the Gods (265)***
General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Artefacts of Power: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster
– Prayers: Curse

BATTLELINE
Skinks (75)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club
Skinks (75)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club
Saurus Guard (115)**
Saurus Guard Alpha
– Stardrake Icon Bearer
– Wardrummer

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Horrorghast (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Warlord
***Linebreaker

TOTAL POINTS: 1960/2000

Brett: The last of the 5/0 armies coming in 3rd with an absolute hero hammer of a army. Over a 1000 points in heroes, some skinks and Saurus to fill those pesky battleine and 3 Bastiladons because why not. The inclusion of Horrorghast in interesting and the decision to play into the Triumph (Inspired). Those 40 points could have upgraded Skinks to Saurus or Chronomatic Cogs for casting rerolls. I wonder what Michael thinks after the event. Again this army wasn’t paired into any of the top 10 armies so not a lot can be drawn from the matchups.

Kroak is an amazing wizard, only Nagash and Teclis match him with 4 casts/unbinds and no range limitation on his unbinds. He adds +2 to casts, can make nearby units fly and give a +1 to save. He’s very hard to kill so those spells are there the whole game. The Astrolith is also a wizard and the Engine of the Gods has some decent combat prowess but is mostly here for the Cosmic Engine. Thunder Lizard means it rolls twice. Celestant-Prime is a SCE ally, their most expensive non dragon hero.

24″ shooting attack (D3 MW to units with 6″ of a point) and the mighty Ghaz Maral hammer. Starting at 3 attacks, -3 rend, 3 damage hitting on 3s and wounding on 2s he gains 2 attacks for each turn you leave him in reserve. Once a turn he can change a dice roll, including a charge roll. Arrive in Turn 3 with 7 attacks and a guaranteed turn or bring him in earlier if things are going badly. He is likely to delete any smaller hero when he arrives and is even a good chance (with help) to force an incarnate to lose a level.

The Bastiladons are rocking an extra 2 wounds, taking 4 wounds to bring them below a 1+ save. I know, stupid GW a 1+ roll always fails, except for Bastiladons and moral (40k). Anyway all of them are using the Ark of Sotek for maximum attacks (18 at top bracket) looking for MWs on 6s. Hunter Battalions are less common as well so there is a good chance of a monstrous action affecting opponents. A Thunder Lizard army with all of the big toys as we’ve come to know is pretty effective and has done extremely well here.

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Allegiance: Khorne
Slaughterhost: Reapers of Vengeance
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Skarbrand (380)*
Bloodsecrator (125)*
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
Axe
– Artefact: The Crimson Crown
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
Slaughterpriest (100)
Prayer: Blood Sacrifice
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (295)
General
– Command Trait: Mage Eater
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
Artefact: Skullshard Mantle

Battleline
10 x Blood Warriors (190)**
Goreaxe & Gorefist
– 1x Goreglaives
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
Meatripper Axes
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
Meatripper Axes

Units
5 x Centigors (85)***
5 x Centigors (85)***
5 x Centigors (85)***

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 131
Drops: 12

Brett: 4/1 only gets you to 15th place in this tournament, only getting his Grand Strategy 3 times with the dropped game seeing Sam slide. The new Season 1 Battle Traits and Grand Strategies are that much harder. I am not sure that Show of Dominance is a good pick, it’s quite risky trying to place a GV unit in each quarter. Blades of Khorne can summon additional veterans though through Blood Tithe points which you earn by killing units. And that’s what this army is built for.

With Skarbrand and 2 more Bloodthirsters as well as a Demon Prince this army moves fast and hits very very hard. Or whiffs (nothing personal Skarbrand). Getting to 4 points shouldn’t be hard unless your opponent is super elite. 4 points grants 10 Bloodletters. Back to the heroes – the Crimson Crown is a good choice on the Demon Prince allowing him to use Bloodslicked Ground for free. Mage eater for a deny in an almost castless army (the Slaughterpriest has a deny as well) and Skullshard Mantle, because Blades of Vengenace must take it, round out the enhancements. Blood Scarifice allows the generation of Blood Tithe, farming 5 a game, at the cost of something cheap (Centigors or Bloodreavers).

13 drops (not 8) and 131 points without summoning Sam had a tough road facing 3 new books in his first 3 rounds and only dropping one. His last game was Lumineth, and interesting problem for a melee army. Solid effort Sam.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Midwest Makeup

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Midwest Makeup that took place in Indianapolis, USA on 16th and 17th July. It involved 27 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Top Three AoS Lists - 1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Liege-Kavalos (170)*
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour
Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament (340)*
Mortisan Soulmason (115)*
Artefact: Soul Reservoir
– Lore of Mortisans: Drain Vitality
Mortisan Boneshaper (115)
Lore of Mortisans: Empower Nadirite Weapons

Battleline
20 x Mortek Guard (280)***
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Mortek Guard (280)***
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Kavalos Deathriders (380)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1

Units
3 x Necropolis Stalkers (175)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Bone-tithe Shrieker (50)
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 111
Drops: 8

Brett: What’s happening in the US? We are only a couple of weekends in but we’ve seen a wide variety of armies winning since the new GHB. Even if they weren’t using the new GHB (Texas Masters). Another OBR (Ossicarch Bonereaper) army, Petrifax Elite, to challenge everyone. Michael’s army was the only 5/0, excellent work with a faction a lot of people have written off. In an infantry meta (according to GW) we should expect to see more of OBR who have some of the best heavy infantry in AoS.

6 casts from 3 Wizards, 3 Endless spells and 2 healing heroes with the ability to heal or return models, if there are no damaged models, to up to 5 units. Soul Drain, the Soulmason’s spell can be cast twice (and potentially up to 4 times) granting reroll 1s. Thematic but the second spell does depend on a dice roll and then a casting roll. Don’t rely on it. Liege-Kavalos has taken the fixed trait and artefact, again a hold over from AoS2.0, not bad on a combat hero though with an extra 2 wounds and negating the first damage he takes. You always want to hit Liege with low damage, insignificant attacks and hold back on the big stuff.

Drain Vitality forces your opponent to reroll good rolls (6s) to either hit or as saves, very annoying. And Empower Nadirite Weapons lets one unit have exploding hits on a 5 not a 6. Then there are 3 endless spells, Cogs for rerolls, the Burning Head for cheap mortal wounds/AOE and the Bone-tithe Shrieker stopping units from Inspiring Presence or Rally within 12″ and +1 to hit units within 12″. Most of all the spells combine to make the Guard tougher to kill and hit a bit (or lot harder). The army builds in a lot of flexibility with the choice of characters and the third battleline. Mortek Guard have a movement of 4″ and their support characters 6″. But the Deathriders, Liege and Arkhan all move at least 10″.

This army lets you construct a castle with the Guard Units backed by the Stalkers and Soulmason/Bonerepear that locks down a home objective and stretches to the centre depending on the map. They would have reroll ones and exploding 5s (on one unit). Not very inviting to charge into, they also count as 60 models on objectives and have very high moral. Exactly what you need in an objective unit. That leaves the Liege and Deathriders free, Liege can grant Endless Duty to the Deathriders giving them another attack (for a total of 4) which magnifies their exploding 6s. And they have an extra damage into Galletian Veterans. Lastly there is Arkhan with enough movement and threat to support either the castle or the roving unit. Any small unit trying to hold an objective is very exposed.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Spirit Torment (115)
Guardian of Souls (150)
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Krulghast Cruciator (150)
Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon
Reikenor the Grimhailer (190)
Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*
20 x Chainrasps (220)*
Reinforced x 1

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
Bounty Hunters
Warlord
Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 106
Drops: 10

Brett: If I’m not mistaken Nicholas is from the Die is Cast podcast/battle report channel and you can watch his development of the list through a series of battles since the Battletome dropped. Well worth giving them a look. To the list; Quite a few Nighthaunt lists lately have had 1 Spirit Torment, 2 Guardians of Souls, or 2 Spirit Torments and 1 Guardian of Souls, focusing on returning models to the Battleline units.

Nicholas has instead gone with Reikenor, expensive but a great wizard and wizard slayer. He can snuff a corpse candle for +3 to cast. Used on Purple Sun that reduces it to a Casting Value (CV) of 5 or 75% chance to succeed. With Arcane Tome on the Guardian we have 3 casts/denies and the Guardian (as the strongest non named character) being the General. Shademist and Seal of Shyish are almost autotakes; they grant one unit -1 to wound rolls that target it or a 5+ Ward (normally a 6+).With Krulghast’s ability to reduce damage by 1 (terrified units only) and the Purple Sun -1 to save rolls within 6″ the army has a lot of buffs, mostly durability, for one or 2 units.

On top of the 3 denies the Banshees are here to shut down spell casting. With 4 models they have +1 to their 2D6 spell ignore and they only roll against the casting value not your cast. Otherwise the list uses Bladegheists on the charge to remove things (60 attacks after applying mortal wounds from Scarlet Doom. All Nighthaunt can fall back and charge so you can charge every round. ., I can’t tell but I would expect them to be in Bounty Hunters for +1 damage to Galletian Veterans. The Spirit Hosts can protect one character, it’s only a 66% chance of the wound passing over but it’s after saves so still pretty strong. Chainrasps to hold a backfield objective, in Expert Conquerors so counting as 60 models on an objective.

A solid army with plenty of mobility (ie 8″ move) and hitting power but with the no rend, 6+ ward and all of the debuffs, as hard to hit as ghosts should be. Good results through the weekend with maximum scoring in pretty much every round except of course the first one. We’ll talk about that list a little later but it’s as close to an anti meta nightmare as you’ll find. If they roll well the Bloodthirsters will remove entire units quickly and Khorne hates magic. Not a good combination for Nighthaunt.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 3rd place, Legion of the First Prince

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Incubatch
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Artefacts of Power: The Splithorn Helm
Be’lakor (360)*

BATTLELINE
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
2 x Dolorous Tocsin
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

OTHER
Pusgoyle Blightlords (Single) (110)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: And we’re back with Maggotkin of Nurgle. They play the new Battle Tactics well, able to score a few along the way and denying their opponents their Battle Tactics through their resilience. Sam’s army is a good example, with each of the troop units having 16 wounds (apart from the single). Even worse for a lot of opponents they aren’t Galletian Veterans; Bounty Hunters don’t do extra damage. If that’s not enough, with no Galletian Veterans in the list 3 of the 8 Battle Tactics aren’t even available to your opponent. That feels like a bit of an oversight from GW .

Powerful army full of almost impossible to kill things, 118 wounds with a 5+ ward and it’s 2 drop. The army is very mobile for a Nurgle one, with 8″ move for everything. The Lord of Afflictions is loaded for bear with the Tocsin, a 4+ ward (Splithorn Helm) and interferes with commands. Belakor adds a mobile battering ram but needs to operate independantly not to suffer from the Lord’s Incubatch ability MW because he doesn’t have the Nurgle keyword. Drowned men lets the entire army except Belakor redeploy before first turn.

Blightlords pregame move over they have an 8″ movement letting them apply pressure assuming they aren’t taken into the sky by the Lord (effectively a teleport). Charging, the Blightlords (and Lord) inflict D3 MW on a 4+, 2+ with Dolorous Tocasin which the Lord and the large unit of Blightlords have. This is per model making that large unit very damaging. Blightlords apply 1 MW just for being near them (3″) if they roll above the opposing units wounds before disease points. Blightlords are very good at applying them with 22 attacks per unit (44 for the larger unit) averaging just under 4 disease points per combat phase. That’s not to mention the 1 for being near them or 1 that carries over. It would be very easy to have 6 points on a unit being near them. 6 disease points gives an average of 3 MW (4+).

To break that down, a 2 model Blightlord unit that would need 36 Rend -1, damage 1 attacks to clear can apply an average of 7.5 MW (charge, presence and disease points) into 1 wound models. Against 2 wounds it’s more like 7MW on average. That’s without counting their attacks. How to deal with it? Shooting comes to mind and maybe staying mobile, loosing Outmuscle, Head to Head and Against the Odds as Battle Tactics hurts a lot. What’s interesting is the only loss was to a foot Fyreslayers army (no Magmadroths) so mobility wasn’t important. But it does have Gotrek and Demon Slayer which turns off Ward save’s and a 4+ Ward for the troops near a hero. That would mitigate a lot of the incoming MW including the disease points.

A very hard to deal with army.

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Allegiance: Khorne
Slaughterhost: Reapers of Vengeance
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leader
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (295)**
General
– Command Trait: Mage Eater
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)**
Artefact: Skullshard Mantle
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
Artefact: Khartoth the Bloodhunger
Skarbrand (380)
Bloodsecrator (125)**
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)**
Sword
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne

Battleline
10 x Bloodletters (110)*
10 x Bloodletters (110)*
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)**
10 x Gors (70)*
Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Warlord
Artefact

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 109
Drops: 10

Brett: Do you hate magic users? Does your local meta have a lot of Death armies with 1 wound models and magic? Or are you just a very angry angry being? Here is an army for you, 3 Bloodthirsters and Skarbrand to let all of the hate flow. And it looks like a Khorne army with some Bloodletters.

In a meta where 20 Namarti, 10 tree revenants or 20 bladegheist are dominating a lot of battlelines the big daemon heroes can shine. But they are very swingy so high risk, high reward. If they go off they can remove entire units in a turn. With Skarbrand you want to hold him back a turn so that when he gets in on the 2nd turn he is fighting from his bottom bracket (Slaughter has 9 attacks and Carnage hits on a 1+). With the Demon Prince halving charge rolls Nighthaunt, particularly Scarlet Doom will suffer. Even falling back just over 3″ to charge is going to leave them with a 7″ or 8″ charge which is no sure thing. With mulitple sources of reroll 1s and the anti magic of Wizard eater this is a fast and hard hitting army that will chew up armies with weaker troops.

Which is amusing given how squishy Bloodletters and Gors are. The Fleshhounds are a good inclusion for extra wide mobility and Gors are really good for screening home base. An imaginative army from one of the factions normally seen as a bit weaker, is Gallet Khorne’s territory?

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