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Top Three AoS Lists for 5 Alarm GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the 5 Alarm Grand Tournament that took place in Canada on 12th and 13th November. It involved 22 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Morathi-Khaine (340)*
The Shadow Queen (340)*
Melusai Ironscale (115)*
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Crown of Woe

Units
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
Reinforced x 1
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
Reinforced x 1
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
Reinforced x 2
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 99
Drops: 3

Peter: Joshua Bennett (who you may recognise from many a top three article featuring his own lists), has kindly joined the Woehammer team to comment on Daughters Lists.

Joshua: While this list sticks to the norm of the current meta for DOK, it does have its own tweaks that make it very interesting.

At first glance, we see what looks like the basic Zainthar Kai list. At the head of the snake army is the high queen herself, Morathi. Morathi, by herself, is a menace to most opponents. She has a cap of only three wounds a turn, which becomes a great deterrent for the alpha strikes becoming a perfect screen, where the alpha strikes are running into an unkillable duo of models. As anyone knows that has ever faced off against the shadow queen, she is not to be taken lightly in combat. Shadow queen has the potential to pick up most units. She lives up to her title as a “God Model” with the ability to tank everything with the absolute barrage of attacks with high damage and rend.

Bring on the snakes! 15 blood stalkers have always and still remain to be a powerful force to deal with in the DOK list. At 30 shots, hitting on three’s, wounding on three’s, doing mortals on sixes to hit, makes stalkers a threat against any list. Add the fact that they are also shooting in the hero phase, bringing the total number of shots to 60 at a range of 24”. With all of these attacks, this unit should be feared by all. To add to the terror of the Stalkers, their melee loving counter parts, the blood sisters, are also added to this list. Two 10 man units bring each of these death ball units to 30 attacks, hitting and wounding on threes, followed by an extremely powerful turned to crystal ability. This ability allows the unit to roll a dice for each model in their unit and each 2+ inflicting a mortal wound to the selected unit an inch away from it. In this list, the blood sisters are placed in the bounty hunters battalion, which brings the damage of each attack against Galletian Veterans units, a minimum of 2 damage. But it doesn’t stop there, when the ever daunting Shadow queen is in combat within 18” of these blood soaked sisters, the sisters attacks increase to four attacks each, which gives the sisters even more power to pick their opponents units up.

So I know what you’re thinking! I am just going to stay away from this army of blood driven blood elves. This may be harder to do than you think. This is because the Shadow queen is moving 14” and the melee snakes are moving 8”. Also you must keep in mind that the Melusai is in the list as well and serves more than just a pretty face. She allows the Sisters to be able to run and charge, increasing the threat of the slithering blood crazed sisters to the potential of a 14” move bringing them into a more manageable charge range.

Wait, look in the sky! That’s right, a unit of heartrenders are circling above the battlefield waiting for the right moment to strike. This unit can deploy off the board and be placed on the table 9” away from an enemy model. In the shooting phase they each shoot an enemy within 12” of them and then move 6”. Normally we see two of these units in a list because that allows DOK players to use the Battletomb tactic Cruel Delight. This single unit still has its uses. It keeps a constant threat to the backfield objectives. Also this unit can make a great screen for the remaining army. With this units very speedy movement of 14” it can bounce back and forth between objectives causing their opponents a massive headache of leaving models on all objectives. Also with the Grand strategy of take what’s theirs the late game deepstrike can give you edge needed to gain that three extra points.

The other obstacle opponents face while playing this list, is that you must pick up entire units. Because thanks to the Command trait Zealous Order bringing models back from the dead is much easier than normal. This command trait allows the general to bring back friendly models back on a four plus rally compared to the normal six.

Overall this list hasthe range, and the face-to-face killing power to take on most lists, and I can see why it did so well at this tournament.

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Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
Subfaction: Guild of Summoners
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Curseling (180)*
Spells: Shield of Fate
Fluxmaster (170)*
Artefacts of Power: Pyrofyre Stave
– Spells: Unchecked Mutation
Lord of Change (400)*
Staff of Tzeentch and Rod of Sorcery
– Artefacts of Power: The Eternal Shroud
– Spells: Ghost-mist
Kairos Fateweaver (435)***
Spells: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Tzaangor Shaman (135)***
Spells: Glimpse the Future
Magister (120)***
General
– Command Traits: Arcane Sacrifice
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Arcane Suggestion

BATTLELINE
Kairic Acolytes (120)**
Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of the Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive and Arcanite Shield
Kairic Acolytes (120)**
Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
Kairic Acolytes (120)***
Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Burning Sigil Of Tzeentch (50)
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (70)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Kieron: A super interesting list for my first time reviewing a Disciples of Tzeentch top three list. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Guild of Summoners is relatively low down in the sub-faction hierarchy but Nic has clearly made this work well for him. Conventional wisdom would also suggest that Master of Destiny is a no-brainer Grand Strategy (have Destiny Dice equal to 9 or more at the end of the battle) but Nic has again bucked the trend with Defend What’s Ours. Where the power comes from in this list can be broken down into Destiny Dice, Fate Points and Battle Tactics.

Let’s start with Destiny Dice, or cheaty dice as some less charitable (and non-Tzeentch players might call them). Nic would roll 9 at the start of the game and the Eternal Shroud would allow new dice to be rolled on a 5+ whenever they are used. The Tzaangor Shaman can lurk at the back of the board (see battle tactics below) generating a new one with Glimpse the Future which will be supporting Kairos who is generating one per turn if you have less than 9. This means that over the course of the game, there should be in the region of 20 dice that the Tzeentch player will know ahead of time, allowing them to be super aggressive or defensive as the game demands.

Next up is fate points and if you thought 20 was a lot of a resource to generate then you haven’t seen anything yet! If Tzeentch go first and all the possible spells go off they will have: 1 from Burning Sigil; 2 from The Curseling; at least 1 and probably 3 from Fluxmaster (theoretically 10, but if you roll 9/9 5+s against me I’m probably conceding or calling a TO!); 2 from the Lord of Change; 3 from Kairos; 1 from Shaman; 3 from Magister; 1 from each Kairic unit making around 15-18 in Turn 1. And what do we do with those points I hear you ask? You summon another Lord of Change for only 9 points and bank the other points for the next turn. Next turn you will have another two casts meaning that you will have more than enough to summon another Lord of Change 18 fate points! At this point you would be facing over 1600pts of prime Tzeentch Turkey that are giving each other (and nearby heroes) +4 to cast. Diminishing returns from this point in as there won’t be enough spells for them all to cast, so probably just bring in 20 pinks a turn instead! If the Tzeentch player is not locked down quickly, they could summon 1500pts by turn 5 (EDIT: Thanks to Tasteless for getting me to go back and not blah, blah , blah the sub-faction ability: Guild of Summoners can ONLY summon Magic Chickens, meaning that a 5 turn game could actually see 2000pts of summoning and Nic possibly in need of kidney to donate to fund the 7 Lords of Change that could be on the board at this point…).

This is all well and good, but if you don’t score points then you don’t win and this is also a list that really wants to use book battle tactics! Call for Change is extremely straightforward as you just need to summon a Lord of Change; the Tzaangor Shaman is an excellent choice for Reckless Abandon, where you need to complete a charge move with a mortal unit more than 18″ away from all enemy units; Ninefold Dismantlement needs you to kill a unit with 9 models or a hero/monster with a wounds characteristic of 9 or more and Tide of Anarchy needs you to take an objective off your enemy with 9 or more models. To truly flex on your opponent, Kairos could even go for Mass Conjuration by casting 3 or more spells for a full 5/5 Tzeentch tactics.

Congrats to Nic for doing fantastically well with some more off-meta choices, demonstrating the internal balance of the Disciples of Tzeentch book.

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Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Sky Port: Barak Zilfin
– Mortal Realm: Chamon
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Aether-Khemist (90)*
General
– Command Trait: Collector
– Artefact: Staff of Ocular Optimisation
Aether-Khemist (90)**
Artefact: Spell in a Bottle
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*
Aetheric Navigator (85)*
Artefact: Svaregg-Stein Illuminator Flarepistol
Gotrek Gurnisson (485)**

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

Behemoths
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)**
Main Gun: Great Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Ebullient Buoyancy Aid

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 97
Drops: 4

Peter: Another new member of the team today. Randal Brasher, who some may remember from General Speaking, has agreed to join us to comment on KO, Cities and Stormcast lists.

Randal: Oh boy, here we go! Karl is no stranger to Kharadron Overlords this season and has found 5-0 and 4-1 success with both Double Ironclads and Whole Fleet lists, but the one constant has been his inclusion of Purple Sun. This list leans in on the power of the Endless Spell even more than his previous winning lists by overloading an Ironclad with heroes, Arkanauts, and some spicy Grundstock Thunderers then using the Zilfin Hero Phase move alongside Ebullient Bouyancy Aid. After moving the murder boat across the board it wants to unleash the Purple Sun then leverage the once per game effects of the Flare Pistol (full rerolls in the shooting phase) and the Admiral’s Special Ammunition for either additional rend or eliminating a ward save. It is a very high volume of shots at very high rend, more than enough to cripple most elite armies or clear the flank of a horde army. If the opponent somehow manages to survive the barrage in any condition to fight, they get a facefull of Gotrek.

A bit of tech in this list is to use the Great Sky Cannon over the more synergistic and higher damage Volley Cannon. It lets the boat play the objective game and still contribute some shooting after it unleashes its payload due to the superior range. This list is going to play very well into elite armies or high save armies but it has a serious issue with ranged mortal wounds as its loss to Disciples of Tzeentch shows. Armies with a lot of summoning, such as Beasts of Chaos or Nurgle, might also give it some problems. However, into a metagame of Giants, Daughters of Khaine, Sylvaneth, and Seraphon it is a monster of a metabreaker.

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Army Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
Army Type: Invaders
– Army Subfaction: The Lurid Haze
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Synessa (260)*
General
1 x Sigvald (205)*
General
1 x Be’lakor (360)*

BATTLELINE
11 x Blissbarb Archers (140)*
11 x Blissbarb Archers (140)*
5 x Hellstriders with Hellscourges (135)*

BEHEMOTH
1 x Chimera (200)*

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

OTHER
10 x Symbaresh Twinsouls (260)*
10 x Symbaresh Twinsouls (260)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Alice: Slaanesh is struggling badly at the moment, but it’s not entirely without merit. There’s a few units that manage to succeed despite their own faction dragging them down, and Invaders manages to pull itself up to something quite usable, if a bit fiddly.

Invaders allows you to have 3 Generals who need to remain 12″ apart from each other. This is largely fine with this composition, because Be’lakor operates well as the main general leading the force to shut down the major threats while Synessa hangs back and casts spells and Sigvald attempts to do character assassinations. If any do die, its a free CP.

Blissbarb Archers are one of the few stand out units in Slaanesh. While they may not get mortal wounds on 6s like some armies, they get a decent number of Rend -1 shots and can run and shoot. Twinsouls make a solid hammer and anvil, depending on what you need in any given situation. Rounding it out, the Chimera is an interesting ally, giving them the mortal wound support they really need while being a solid beat stick to boot.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Ragnarok AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Ragnarok AoS GT that took place in the UK on 5th and 6th November. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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

Allegiance: Disciples of Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
Grand Strategy: Master of Destiny
Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch (180)*
General
– Command Trait: Cult Demagogue
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
Lord of Change (400)
Artefact: The Eternal Shroud
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Fluxmaster, Herald of Tzeentch on Disc (170)* – Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist

UNITS
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (250)**
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (250)**
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Horrorghast (40)
Burning Sigil of Tzeentch (50)
Umbral Spellportal (80)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL: 1975/2000
WOUNDS: 69
ALLIES: 0/400
REINFORCED UNITS: 0/4
DROPS: 7

Ed: This list is a very competent summoning/control list and Ryan is focusing all his resources into that style of play as the best lists tend to. Hosts Arcanum gives automatic unbinds on turns 1, 3 and 5 which has valuable synergy with the Curseling. After successfully unbinding a spell, the Curseling can cast his own spell in the enemy hero phase which teaches him his target’s warscroll spell and, crucially, grants the Tzeentch player a fate point despite having denied his opponent a spell. Add together the Curseling’s in-built ability to re-roll unbinds and the extremely reliable casting/unbinding from the Lord of Change and Kairos and Ryan seems to be throwing down a challenge. “I dare you to cast a spell. I dare you to stop me casting a spell.”

The Curseling also has the Cult Demagogue command trait, which gives double fate points to any spell cast on a double and Tzeentch players can guarantee that by using destiny dice. Then the Fluxmaster’s warscroll spell is a bona fide summoning battery all by itself, and can be thrown through the Umbral Spellportal to ensure maximum gain while keeping him safe and sound behind your screens. Add together the spells from the birds and (even the battleline) and Ryan has the potential to generate a huge amount of summoning points in each turn. Enough to summon whatever he needs to most effectively combat his opponent whether that be bodies, ranged damage, melee damage or just more spellcasters. The force potential and versatility of his summoning really can’t be understated.

Finally between Kairos and the Eternal Shroud artefact, Ryan is recycling his spent destiny dice every round. This means he doesn’t need to be precious about spending them to ensure success on a crucial roll and helps to ensure he will meet his grand strategy of having a combined value of 9 or more in his destiny dice at the end of the game. Removing the chance from a game of chance and simply being able to say “I do this” is strong. It’s easy to see how, in the hands of a good player, this list could do so well.

Double Trouble

We reached out to Ryan who shared a picture of the winning army (above) and commented that understanding your opponent’s list is absolutely key to his strategy, as “one screening mistake and you lose the game”. He also shared that this list is not fun to play against as it is “denial heavy” and I can believe it! It’s looks like a hard list to get right, and not one you play to make friends, but rewarding if you can pull it off. Thanks, Ryan and good luck at LGT! Hopefully we’ll see him in another article soon!

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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Lord of Afflictions (230)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Incubatch
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Artefacts of Power: The Splithorn Helm
Lord of Plagues (145)*

BATTLELINE
Putrid Blightkings (250)*
Icon Bearer
– Sonorous Tocsin Bearer
– Blightlord
Pusgoyle Blightlords (500)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (500)*
Putrid Blightkings (250)*
Icon Bearer
– Sonorous Tocsin Bearer
– Blightlord

OTHER
Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Ed: The eagle eyed will notice that Luke drew against the previous list, meaning that he was close to taking the event if it weren’t for tiebreakers. That just goes to show how much work Pusgoyle Blightlords do, even after their price hike. People worried, or perhaps hoping, that the age of flies was over should take note: they’re still something to worry about. I’m sure you’re bored to death reading about flies by now though, so I won’t re-tread old ground.

Luke’s special flavour includes a Lord of Plagues and 2 units of Blightkings who can benefit from the Lord of Plague’s +1 attack buff. This really is a list that concentrates it’s power in small, elite groups which can both hold their own and dish it out in equal measures. When you’re playing an army like Nurgle which excels at the attrition game having such a small, focused force like this can be great for speeding up your play and ensuring you get to turn 4 and 5 where your army really comes into its own.

The Mindstealer is a fun touch. It’s 10″ move makes it quite zippy for a Nurgle list, which is good for nabbing an objective while the rest of your Rotbringers gum up the board. It’s -2 bravery aura can help to clear hordes or waste your opponent’s command points on Inspiring Presence. It also gives out a fight-last effect once per round which can be disruptive enough to swing important battles in your favour. Plus, if the opponent uses resources to focus the Mindstealer down it’s only 95 points and it has given a reprieve to your more important units. A worthy unit to fill up those awkward leftover points for any chaos army.

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Allegiance: Skaven
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Grey Seer (125)**
Lore of Ruin: Skitterleap
Thanquol on Boneripper (415)
4 Warpfire Projectors
– Lore of Ruin: Skitterleap
Verminlord Deceiver (405)**
Artefact: Shadow Magnet Trinket
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Verminlord Warbringer (395)**
General
– Command Trait: Devious Adversary
– Artefact: Warpstone Charm
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Grey Seer (125)**
Lore of Ruin: Skitterleap

Battleline
20 x Clanrats (100)*
Rusty Blade
– 2x Standard Bearers
– 2x Standard Bell Ringers
10 x Night Runners (90)*
20 x Clanrats (100)*
Rusty Blade
– 2x Standard Bearers
– 2x Standard Bell Ringers
10 x Night Runners (90)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (70)
Warp Lightning Vortex (80)

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 110
Drops: 9

Declan: Skaven again, but this is a very different one to the one I reviewed last time. This one has none of the Warp Lightning shenanigans, but does have 2 Verminlords and Thanquol. Backed up by 2 Grey Seers and there’s not going to be much difficulty casting the Warp Lightning Vortex. On it’s release it was a very popular spell (particularly with KO players with suspicious bottles), but it’s seen less now. However it’s still good tech as it messes with your opponents move and it’s casting value (8) can make it difficult to dispel, but the Skaven have +1 to cast from their mystical Gnawholes.

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

The damage can take a little of getting used to – and you’ll definitely need to explain it – but it’s played for preventing running.

Alexander has also gone for Flaming Weapon on his two Verminlords meaning he can power one up, send it in, kill stuff, and then repeat with the 2nd Verminlord. It’s a hell of a one-two – especially as Thanquol’s there to make it a ‘one-two-three’. There’s a lack of models (for a Skaven army) and the 9 drop means he’s not choosing to go first or second but that’s fine and Alexander did really well.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Option: Grimscuttle Tribes
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dankhold Troggboss (220)**** – Trev the Troggboss
General
– Command Trait: Alpha Trogg
– Artefact: Glowy Howitz
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)**** – Freddie the Fungoid
Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
Madcap Shaman (80)**** – Madcap Max
Artefact: Moonface Mommet
Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)* – The Celestant Slime
Allies

Battleline
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)***
Reinforced x 1
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)***
Reinforced x 1
3 x Fellwater Troggoths (155)**
3 x Fellwater Troggoths (155)**

Units
5 x Spider Riders (90)*
3 x Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)*
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)* – Drummer Dave

Behemoths
Skitterstrand Arachnarok (160)* – Big Bert & Nipper

Endless Spells & Invocations
The Burning Head (20) – Steve the Swamp Trogg
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (40) – Marv the Misunderstood

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 330 / 400
Wounds: 146
Drops: 8

Declan: Gitz on a 4-1… hurrah! Peter knows how to get my comments and Dominic has not let Skagrott’s Asylum (the WhatsApp Group for Gitz players) down here. Every unit is named — even the Endless Spells. He has Troggs which can hit hard especially as Bounty Hunters and a Marshcrawler and Rippas. The only disadvantage here apart from it still being a weak book is that Bounty Hunters against him – especially those on mounted units – really hurt. You can lose a whole Trogg unit in a turn.

Dominic may have had an interesting first three games dodging most of the worst out there, but he did very well to beat Nurgle in game 5… a battletome that is ripping up tournament results everywhere. In fact his only defeat was to Tzeentch piloted by 1st placed Ryan. Great result Dominic.

Final Tournament Placings

Vanguard: Disciples of Tzeentch – Beginners 1,000 Point Army

Following on from Danny and Patrick’s excellent Battletome review we thought it would be great to give you an option for a beginners army based on the new Vanguard: Disciples of Tzeentch.

Vanguard: Disciples of Tzeentch

This new boxed set priced at £80 through Games Workshop comes with 27 models in total to give you an (almost) complete beginners army. I say almost, the total points in this set amounts to 730 points.

Included in the box you have:

  • 1x Magister on Disc of Tzeentch (145 points)
  • 3x Screamers of Tzeentch (100 points)
  • 3x Flamers of Tzeentch (190 points)
  • 10x Tzaangors (175 points)
  • 10x Kairic Acolytes (120 points)

But we want a full 1,000 point army that we can start playing with, so to add to the above I’d possibly look at buying a Fluxmaster, the Tzeentch Endless Spells and a Chaos Spawn (buy a couple, they can be summoned by certain spells).

What will it all cost?

  • Battletome: Disciples of Tzeentch £32.50
  • Vanguard: Disciples of Tzeentch £80
  • Fluxmaster £27.50
  • Tzeentch Endless Spells £27.50
  • Chaos Spawn £30

That’s total of £197.50 at Games Workshop prices for everything you need to play at 1,000 points with Disciples of Tzeentch.

You can of course get these cheaper through your local retailers. Element Games offer between 15-25% off on these prices and the total of this army would cost just £166.37 through their store. Why not use our affiliate link below to start your army today?

The List

Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
Subfaction: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Master of Destiny

LEADERS
Magister on Disc of Tzeentch (145)*
General
– Command Trait: Arch Sorcerer
– Artefact: Spiteful Shield
– Spell: Arcane Suggestion
– Spell: Infusion Arcanum
– Spell: Shield of Fate
– Spell: Bolt of Tzeentch
Fluxmaster (170)*
Spell: Unchecked Mutation
– Spell: Blue Fire of Tzeentch

BATTLELINE
10x Tzaangors (175)*
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
3x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*

OTHER
3x Flamers of Tzeentch (190)*

ENDLESS SPELLS AND INVOCATIONS
1x Burning Sigil of Tzeentch (50)
1x Tome of Eyes (40)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 990/1000

Aside from the Acolytes and Tzaangors this is a quick army with all of the other units moving a minimum of 9″ per round. We’re also magic heavy in true Tzeentch fashion with the ability to use 6 spells from their lore and two endless spells. Movement and casting with your leaders will be key.

How it could play

Magister on Disc of Tzeentch

Our general for this particular list. He’s quick with a 16″ move which should be enough to both keep him out of combats you don’t want him to be part of, as well as keeping him range for casting one of his myriad of spells.

He’s a single cast wizard with the ability to cast two at the 17% risk of changing into a Chaos Spawn. I would only cast two spells with this chap if you’re on the ropes in a game, otherwise stick to one.

It’s not a great model for melee, so try and keep it out. That said if it is in combat then we have the Spiteful Shield which will cause two mortal wounds on an attacker if you make any save rolls of 6 in melee.

In terms of the spells this model knows we’ve given it the Arch Sorcerer command ability to give it access to two more spells for a total of four.

Bolt of Tzeentch will allow it to cause D6 mortals on a unit, Arcane Suggestion will allow you to debuff enemy units making them easier to wound or making it harder to attack for them. Shield of Fate will give one of your units a ward save. While Infusion Arcanum will give buffs to its own attacks in combat. Something for every eventuality and that’s not including the two Endless Spells we’ve picked.

Fluxmaster

This “chap” comes with his own Arcane Tome ability which, once per style will allow you to re-roll one casting roll for this unit, it also allows you to add 3 to that casting roll when you do so. For its spell I’ve chosen Unchecked Mutation to go alongside its Blue Fire of Tzeentch.

Blue Fire of Tzeentch is particularly tasty, rolling nine dice for an enemy unit within range. For each 5+ roll that unit suffers 1 mortal wound and your force gains 1 Fate point. Unchecked Mutation causes D3 mortal wounds on a unit and if that successfully removed a model then you cause an additional D3 mortals.

As with the Magister you’ll ideally be keeping both of these characters out of combat and casting as many spells as you can to raise fate points. You should be able to manage two or three Fate points per turn giving you an opportunity to summon units at around turn three or four.

Tzaangors

As mentioned, these and the Acolytes are the slowest units in your force. That being said, both units are still movement 6″…. And they can run and charge in the same turn. If they do charge then each model can add 1 to the number of attacks they make with their beaks. This doubles those attacks from 10 to 20!

If you have 10 of these all with paired blades you’ll find they’re kicking out 30 attacks at 3+/3+/-/1 giving you on average a damage output (along with their beaks) of 16 before any saves (19 on the charge). That’ll remove some lighter units in a single turn. With both these and the Acolytes you’ll want to work in concert with your magic to make sure you’re removing the units you need to remove in order to win, as damage output is not the best with Tzeentch.

With the amount of damage this unit has the potential to do, it makes it your hammer. Tie up units with the Acolytes or Screamers then pile these boys in to bring them down.

Kairic Acolytes

Coming with Sorcerous Bolt at 18″ range, this is your only unit with any ranges firepower. Hitting on 4+, and wounding on 3+ with no rend (but this can be improved to -1 through their own spell) and only a single point of damage they aren’t Sentinels. They do an average of 3.3 damage at range and so make perfect units to chip damage off lightly armoured enemy.

They are classed as a wizard (with a +1 and so can cast a spell and also unbind in each hero phase. A lot of the time you may be improving the rend of their Sorcerous Bolts, but that’s good, as any successful spell can generate you a summoning point for more units!

Get them as near to enemy casters as possible, as each time they successfully cast near this unit they’ll suffer a mortal wound on 4+.

Finally, this unit has the option to take three models with shields. These shields give you a ward save of 6+ so remove these after you’ve removed other models to keep your ward save going.

Screamers of Tzeentch

These are quick, and they can dish out mortal wounds as well. With a 16″ move, if you use the movement to go over another unit you’ll cause mortal wounds to that unit on 4+ for each Screamer. Meaning on average you’ll score one to two mortal wounds. This is great for perhaps adding some chip damage to a hero or for whittling down an enemy anvil unit.

Once in combat they’re ok but not great. Causing on average 4 damage at rend -1. They’re better for harassing the enemy and using the pass over skill to cause mortals. Also use them to capture objectives quickly.

Remember to use Locus of Change if these are in combat and within 12″ the Fluxmaster as enemies will suffer a -1 to hit against them.

Flamers of Tzeentch

Another fairly decent ranged unit. It’s 18″ attacks should cause on average 6 damage (8 if the target has 5 or more models) before saves, which isn’t to be sniffed at. They’ll wipe small cheap screens like Hobgrots with ease.

If you summon an Exalted Flamer, be sure to place it near to these chaps to give them +1 attack each. That’ll push their average damage before saves up to 10 if they target a unit with more than 5 models.

Like the Screamers, they’re fairly fragile in combat so keep them out of it unless absolutely necessary or you need to finish off a unit. Take advantage of their ranged attacks.

Like the Screamers, remember to use Locus of Change if these are in combat and within 12″ the Fluxmaster as enemies will suffer a -1 to hit against them.

Other Notes

We’ve included two Endless Spells in this list. The first being the Burning Sigil of Tzeentch. This spell cause D3 mortal wounds to enemy units within 9″. If this is successful, then you also get to drop a Chaos Spawn model within each unit that suffered a casualty from this spell. Chaos Spawn‘s can be great to pin down units that are causing you problems as they’ll heal ALL their wounds if there is a friendly wizard within 9″ of them that successfully casts without their spell being unbound. They won’t stick around long as they’re only five wounds with a five plus save, but they’re worth it, especially if a spell is giving them out for free.

The second Endless Spell is the Tome of Eyes. Which when summoned will follow its caster around allowing them to re-roll their casting rolls. It also gives the caster access to yet another spell, The Parchment Curse, this will allow you to cause D3 mortal wounds to an enemy unit within 18″ of the caster on 3+. For each model slain by this they have to subtract 1 from their bravery for the REST OF THE GAME.

As Disciples of Tzeentch a wizard in your army can automatically cast a spell (the enemy doesn’t get an opportunity to unbind) that summons one of your Endless Spells. As this happens before the first Hero Phase it may be better to cast the Tome of Eyes to give the casting benefits to your caster in your first Hero Phase.

The other key thing to remember with Disciples of Tzeentch is that you can automatically unbind a spell with one of your Wizards in the first, third and fifth battle round thanks to our subfaction Hosts Arcanum.

You also have access to Destiny Dice where you roll nine dice at the start of the game and place them to one side. These dice can be used to replace a roll you have made for:

  • Casting Rolls
  • Unbinding Rolls
  • Dispelling Rolls
  • Run Rolls
  • Charge Rolls
  • Hit Rolls
  • Wound Rolls
  • Save Rolls
  • Rolls that determine the number of attacks or damage of a weapon
  • Battleshock Rolls

Remember to keep track of your Fate Points! You’ll get a Fate Point each time you successfully cast a sell that isn’t unbound. You can use Fate Points to summon units into your army. Once at 10 (which is the minimum needed to summon) you’ll have enough to bring either 3 Screamers of Tzeentch, 10 Brimstone Horrors or 10 Blue Horrors onto the table.

The army should be a lot of fun, especially if you like dominating the Magic Phase.

Where to go next?

I’d possibly look at buying a few of the summonable units such as Blue Horrors and another box of Screamers.

You get great value for money from the Burning Chariot kit. This can be used to build a Fateskimmer and an Exalted Flamer, a Fluxmaster and an Exalted Flamer, a Burning Chariot and a Changecaster or a Blue Scribes kitbash and a Changecaster.

Either way you go, have fun and let us know how you do!

Top Three AoS Lists for Flying Monkey Con 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Flying Monkey Con Grand Tournament that took place in Wichita, Kansas , USA on 24 and 25 September. It involved 51 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. The top 10 has 10 different factions represented, that is certainly representative of the wide open meta we have right now.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
City: Phoenicium
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Mighty Beachhead
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Anointed on Frostheart Phoenix (315)
General
– Command Trait: Seeker of Vengeance
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Anointed on Frostheart Phoenix (315)
Artefact: Phoenix Pyre Ashes
Assassin (80)**
Assassin (80)**
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (290)**
Lore of the Phoenix: Golden Mist
Haskel Hexbane (180)

Battleline
10 x Phoenix Guard (175)***
10 x Phoenix Guard (175)***
10 x Phoenix Guard (175)***

Units
10 x Flagellants (80)*
10 x Shadow Warriors (120)*
5 x Hexbane’s Hunters (180)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 110
Drops: 12

Brett: A Cities list without allies on the Podium? This is something exceptional even in our current meta, and Phonecium has the lowest representation of all of the Cities at just 2%. So Jeremy is doing it the hard way(?) but with a good reason. The Phoenix heros gain a wound and the Phoenix Guard gain +1 to hit and wound rolls (and a 4+ ward) within 12″ of Phoenix Temple hero (the Phoenixes). The result is the Guard become a capablable pining unit with some punch. The Guard are all in Expert Conquerors for objective control. Flagellants are very cheap screens, Shadow Warriors for mobile threat (strike from reserve) and Hexbane’s Hunters. All of these have mostly damage 1 weapons but are Bounty Hunters. Nice play, you’d normally use GVs to clear the screening units. Extra bonus, Flagellants get extra attacks if you don’t wipe the unit.

Hexbane’s Hunters were only announced recently so they are a bit a surprise. Slow moving they are a pair of assassin units with a preference for wizard heroes (they do additional damage to Hexbane’s chosen target). If you use an Underworld squad your opponent might not know what they do. In this case it’s 2 units with a combined 15 wounds and a 5+ ward that can do some annoying damage, including MW at the end of combat. In fact good luck getting Hexbane’s warscroll (it was taken off the Warhammer site). Special mention for the pair of Assassins. They appear with any unit of 5 or more at the start of the combat phase. No need to note which unit at the start off the game.

Shadow warriors striking from reserve could charge and if successful have an Assassin added. Or they can be dropped onto a unit you’ve charged at the start of your combat phase. The Phoenixes and Hurricanum are clearly the hammer units here but are falling behind a little (the Hurricanum through spell damage and buffing adjacent units). Despite the detail this isn’t an army that wins through list tech. There are a lot of old data sheets here with lowish rend and random damage, making the most of that to go 5/0 is pretty remarkable. His first 4 opponents had units that are hard to take down (Gargants, Mawcrushas, Be’Lakor and a Stardrake). At the same time this list is hard to concentrate your forces against and very hard to prevent it scoring. Throughout the competition Jeremy scored consistently taking the even from the other 5/0.

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Allegiance: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
General
– Command Trait: Spell Hunters
– Artefact: The Fanged Circlet
– Lore of Change: Unchecked Mutation
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Kairos Fateweaver (435)
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Lord of Change (400)*
Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm

Battleline
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
7x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (250)*
Split and Split Again
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
7x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 63
Drops: 2

Brett: More familiar territory now with a Kairos/Lord of Change double act. All squeezed into a Battle Regiment with some crowd favourites – Purple Sun and Krondspine. Changecaster as General, freeing up the Lord of Change to be aggressive. Mortal Acolytes, MSU Pink Horrors and 3 Endless Spells round out the list. The endless spells are fairly normal choices – Cogs, Purple Sun and the Burning Head, the Burning Head is very cheap MW on demand. Be ready for Kairos to use Gift of Change with both Cogs and the LoC making it much more likely to succeed, the Spawn are a useful boost to melee. Otherwise we’ve seen similar lists a few times, the Krondspine and Horrors will slow your advance while Kairos and the LoC pepper you with spells. This list is easily generating 5+ fate points a turn, units can be summoned from Turn 2.

Dwarves seem to have been decent counters to the list otherwise scoring was strong across the board. KO shooting and mobility can be difficult to counter for an army with essentially 18″ range (but Dalton still won). Fyreslayers on demand ward can be an issue for spell based MW (you aren’t spamming attacks to generate damage). As a known quantity going 5/0 takes skill, the lack of units hampers scoring which probably Dalton the event.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Syar
– Grand Strategy: Tame the Land
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)
Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)
Hurakan Windmage (120)*
General
– Command Trait: Goading Arrogance
– Artefact: The Perfect Blade
– Lore of the Winds: Howling Gale
Hurakan Windmage (120)*
Lore of the Winds: Transporting Vortex
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (345)*

Battleline
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (495)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 90
Drops: 3

Brett: Lumineth (and Sentinels) back in the winner’s circle with a 4/1, 3rd. The dual Spirit of the Wind/Windmage combos is a diversion, the Spirits can move 24″, shoot and move another 12″ and still charge. The Windmage heal them if they are within 12″. Severith shares the Spirits mobility with a MW ability if he crosses over an enemy unit. The core of the army is the Sentinels with their long range shooting. But instead of windriders the army is using extremely mobile heroes to apply pressure and complete Battle Tactics. Typically using terrain is the best way to avoid the Sentinels even with their indirect shooting. Sevireth and his band can still reach you.

We don’t see Geminids enough, turning off commands is underrated and very powerful as are the incidental MWs. It offers board control in the same was as Purple Sun at half the price. Cogs is potentially significant with so many units self buffing via spells. It worked with consistent scoring throughout with the exception of the Idoneth who have the ability to drop the combat range to 12″.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)**
Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
Dankhold Troggboss (240)*
General
– Command Trait: Alpha Trogg
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
6 x Fellwater Troggoths (310)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Rockgut Troggoths (145)**
3 x Rockgut Troggoths (145)**
3 x Rockgut Troggoths (145)**
3 x Rockgut Troggoths (145)**

Units
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (40)

Terrain
Bad Moon Loonshrine

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 150 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 2

Brett: Picking our last list was a bit more controversial, at least in our virtual office. Double battle regiment Gitz army (yes a 2 drop army). This Gitz/Troll army has minimum HQs or other distractions and is relying on the unreliable Rockgut Troggoth for everything. There’s 24 in this army with 6 Fellwaters, led by a Dankhold and partnered with a Sloggoth (he broke free from the Kruleboyz somehow). The Cave-Shaman gives extra CP on a 4+ and might do some MW. Ranged attacks at very close range (6″ and 9″) this is a slow moving combat army. They can hit very hard but there are a lot of D3s and D6s for number of attacks or damage, fitting for an older book but guaranteed to make things “interesting”. The Sloggoth giving +1 to hit (or free all out attack) within 18″ makes things a bit more spicey.

Beau went all the way to the final round without dropping a game, that’s a stellar piece of work. In the last round he ran into the overall winner and his regeneration (most units get D3 wounds in the hero phase) just wasn’t enough.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Notorious GT II

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Notorious GT II that took place in New Zealand on 8th and 9th October. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
Subfaction: Pyrofane Cult
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak

LEADERS
Lord of Change (400)*
General
– Shrouded in Unnatural Flame
– Chainfire Amulet
– Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Fatemaster (145)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion

BATTLELINE
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)**
7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)**
7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)***
– 7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives

UNITS
6x Tzaangor Skyfires (360)***
Reinforced Once
10x Ungors (65)*
– Mauls & Half-Shields

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS 2000/2000
Wounds: 89
Allies: 400/400
Reinforced Units: 1/4
Drops: 9

Comments: Lord of Change (LoC) along with a Krondspine makes a lot of sense in the current meta. The Krondspine provides melee threat to anchor the centre of the board, while the Lord of Change (and Skyfires) provide mortals wounds at range. Host Arcanum is becoming more common than Pyrofane Cult but Pyro buffs Kairic Acolytes, in particular their ranged attacks (+1 hit and one unit re-rolling their wound rolls). Split between Bounty Hunters and Expert Conquerors these mortals are putting in a lot of work. Umbral Spell Portal and Chronomatic Cogs are the usual endless spells, the portal is very effective at extending the Lord of Change’s reach. The Ungors can be used as the screening unit, and the Skyfires the third hammer. They probably benefit most from the Ungors as a screen in the early turns.

The LoC has the mandatory Trait and Artefact (soon to change with the new book), while Arcane Tome is on the Fatemaster to create the 3rd wizard. James was lucky (?) and faced off against most of the scarier factions, including Seraphon, Daughters and Bonnesplitterz, winning all of them. His last round was against 3rd and is a repeat of a match recently streamed from Nashcon with the same outcome.

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Army Faction: Seraphon
Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Starborne
– Spell: Bind Endless Spell
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skunk Starpriest (130)**
Spell: Hand of Glory

BATTLELINE
30x Skinks (225)*
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
– Reinforced Twice
10x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
10x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
10x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelin, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler

UNITS
2x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)**
Reinforced Once

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Revenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS 1990/2000
Wounds: 100
Allies: 400/400
Reinforced Units: 3/4
Drops: 5

Brett: Not a lot to say at this point with Fangs of Sotek and it’s continued success two General’s Handbook’s. This list drops Kroak for the more tame Starmaster and adds in both Krondspine and even more skinks. Do Seraphon really need a Krondspine? Maybe not, but he is a tremendous threat that needs to be dealt with and might get your opponent to leave the double reinforced Skink unit alone. With mulitiple screening 10 strong skink units, that can be teleported and summons guaranteeing a few Battle Tactics. Ravenaks would work well into most of his opponents with a maximum movement of 8″. It appears that he’s taken Warlord to get an extra artefact to take Arcane Tome on the Engine of the Gods and bind that to Krondspine. A good way to avoid it going wild.

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Army Faction: Ironjawz
Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Boss Choppa & Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warchant: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warchant: Fixin’ Beat
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Madcap Shaman (80)*
Allies

BATTLELINE
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (340)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
– Reinforced Once
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (340)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
– Reinforced Once
3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (170)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (170)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)***

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000
Wounds: 144
Allies: 80/400
Reinforced Units: 2/4
Drops: 10

Brett: Another familiar list, taking advantage of the 3rd edition Battletome to take as many Gore Gruntas as possible. Mobile and hard hitting, why not? Unusual features here include the weapons on the Pigs (or their riders?Peter), all have the Pig Iron Choppas. This was common in 2nd edition for the extra attacks,t but in 3rd a combination of coherency and saves made the Gore Hacka’s extra rend the preferred choice. The Mad Cap Shaman has been included (I assume) for his warscroll spell (making one unit -1 to hit from range). On top of this we have a spell casting Warchanter. The last isn’t an uncommon solution (I mean I run it) but I wonder if the Mad Cap would have been better as a Fungoid Cave-Shaman for the CP. A solid list with lots of options, only defeated by the overall winner. 3 big threats moving a minimum of 9″ is a lot to deal with.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Subfaction: Bloodgullet
– Grand Strategy: Tame the Land
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Frostlord on Stonehorn (420)
General
– Command Trait: Nice Drop of the Red Stuff
– Artefact: Splatter-Cleaver
– Mount Trait: Metalcruncher
Huskard on Stonehorn (340)
Blood Vulture
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)

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

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS 1970/2000
Wounds: 79
Allies: 0/400
Reinforced Units: 0/4
Drops: 6

Brett: The other big boys (Ogors) who’ve seen a resurgence in recent times. This is an extremely mobile list with real potential to make the most of Kragnos’s The End of Empires qbiliry (it’s easy for these units to be wholly within 12″) and the 3D6 charge. An advantage of that longer charge is you can set up charges beyond redeploy range with a good chance of success. The Huskard synergises well with the Mournfang granting additional movement and as Ogors they naturally enjoy some of the benefits of Eternal Conquerors. Ogors have an extra 2″ movement if they are outside 3″ of an enemy when they begin their move and, if they are inside, they do mortal wounds (D3). That’s on top of impact hits.

The key is to stay away, well away, and kill Kragnos from range since they can charge from outside of 12″. Unfortunately the Frostlord and Huskard are only slightly kinder than Kragnos. The only army to do that well against them were Bonesplitterz. They are monster hunters and everything in this list is a monster. The Wurgog is always an issue for a combat army (needs to get within 12″) and the Big Stikka unit is a monster killer. Still ahead of the new book this is a strong performance.

Final Tournament Placings

Beginner’s Guide to The Disciples of Tzeentch

The new Disciples of Tzeentch tome has arrived! If you’re a collector, you’ve likely already looked into what this book will bring you, but if not you can find out right here! If you’re brand new to Tzeentch, or if you just want to know what kind of mystic filth you’ll be playing down at your local club this October, allow us to fill you in.

Who is Tzeentch?

The chaos god Tzeentch is the herald of change, represented by mutated flesh and gouts of multicoloured flames that “transform” you into piles of ash. He is also a purveyor of both secrets and lies, hatching elaborate plans so convoluted and nefarious that if one seems to have failed he can simply claim that’s how he wanted it to go all along. Oh and he’s really into birds…?

Tzeentch’s followers include his daemonic hordes of imp-like Horrors, fire breathing raincoats inventively called Flamers, and mantaray-like flying beasts called Screamers. On the mortal side you can find the avian beastman Tzaangors, some of whom ride into battle atop daemonic frisbees called Discs of Tzeentch (which are themselves living creatures), and Tzeentch’s human servants the Karic Acolytes who are basically a bunch of bird cosplayers with the physique of a WWE superstar. Wizards of various shapes and sizes also flock (heh) to Tzeentch’s banners, notably the nefarious Gaunt Summoners who transport your slower units around through silver portals and this update’s signature foot-hero model the curseling, who is actually a buy-one-get-one-free champion with 2 heads and the ability to turn his opponent’s spells against them.

Tzeentch only has 2 monsters in the roster, not counting allies from other armies, but they are his greatest servants and extremely powerful Wizards to boot. The Lord of Change is a giant, bird-like daemon who’s mixture of spellcasting, combat potential and manoeuvrability makes them a versatile unit who add a great deal of value to an army. The named version, Kairos Fateweaver, does everything the Lord of Change does but a little better. You should expect to see these centrepiece models as part of many Tzeentch armies.

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How does Tzeentch play?

Tzeentch’s signature ability is Destiny Dice. At the beginning of the game a Tzeentch player can roll 9 dice and place them to one side. Before making most kinds of rolls the Tzeentch player can choose to expend one or more of the dice from their Destiny Dice and use its result in place of whatever roll they were about to make. This ability is absolutely incredible if used intelligently, and can guarantee success in game-changing plays like making a 12 inch charge to secure an objective or guaranteeing that your general survives by passing a crucial save roll.

Typically any Tzeentch list will include a variety of spellcasters churning out a varied mix of buffs, debuffs and mortal wounds. Every time a spell is successfully cast they also generate fate points which allow them to summon daemonic reinforcements so you should expect their forces to expand as the game goes on. Particularly if your opponent has a lot of wizards too, because even enemy spells will feed into Tzeentch’s summoning pool! They can also start the game with one of their signature endless spells already on the field and unable to be dispelled for the first battle round, including the powerful Burning Sigil which does mortal wounds to all enemy units in an 18” bubble and has the potential to summon a Chaos Spawn to frustrate your opponent’s movements. Frankly there are too many cool magical abilities and bonuses to list. Basically: they’re really, really good at magic.

Tzeentch has access to a lot of shooting, which combined with their magic output makes them deadly at range. Of course Tzeentch’s units tend to be quite squishy in exchange – unless they are able to buff their survivability with vital spells and abilities. The Arcane Shield spell for example can give a unit a 5+ ward, and all daemon units have a built-in -1 to be hit if they are standing close to a Daemon Hero (including the heroes themselves). Still, even fully buffed Tzeentch isn’t the tankiest faction in the game and you should treat them like the glass cannons they are. Don’t let your units get into a fight and trade blows. Make surgical strikes, only fight battles you know you can win, and abuse your relatively high mobility and summoning to control the board.

Horrors of Tzeentch have a unique ability that allows a Pink horror to split into 2 Blue Horrors upon death, who in turn become Brimstone Horrors when they die. This means that a unit of 10 pink horrors may not seem very imposing at first, but they are actually a whopping 50 wounds worth of meat shields! They are a perfect unit for holding objectives although at 250 points for 10 pink horrors it’s quite an investment for a Battleline unit that doesn’t do a great amount of damage without multiple stacking buffs. If you use them, you’re likely to want to invest in some heroes specifically to make them extra durable or extra killy and really get the most out of them.

Tzaangors and Kairic Acolytes are the other two main types of battleline, both of which are more traditional infantry with fairly well rounded stats. Tzeentch has 3 conditional battleline units however: Flamers, Screamers and Burning Chariots (which is a flamer, standing on a disc, being pulled by screamers, in a trenchcoat, trying to get into an R rated movie). On top of that they can include coalition units from both Slaves to Darkness and Beasts of Chaos, and allies from Slaanesh meaning that the range of models they can field is dizzyingly broad. In that respect, like the other chaos gods, there is a great deal of room for personalization in lists compared to other, more restrictive factions.

Should I play Tzeentch?

You’ll probably enjoy Tzeentch if you enjoy a more cerebral army. You really get what you put into this one: if you’re on top of your movement and are able to look several turns ahead Tzeentch’s rules will reward you with an army that can pull off all manner of tricksy shenanigans. It’s not the type of army you play if you just want to push everything into the middle of the board and roll dice until one side breaks. But if you mess up, you can get punished hard. The versatility of what Tzeentch can accomplish sometimes works against them, because although they can do a lot of cool things they can’t do it all at once. When the stars align however, you will walk away from the game feeling like an absolute genius. Honestly if you’re on the fence about starting this army try not to overthink it. After all, whether you’re aware of it or not, Tzeentch has already made this choice for you…

Disciples of Tzeentch: Battletome Review

The Changers of Ways return! And fittingly, we’ve decided to try and change our review format a little. Mainly because, to support the new release, we’ve decided to break things up and create a conversational, high-level review, a more detailed guide to playing the faction, and the next in our ‘Getting Started’ style series.

So read on to discover what two of the finest (and by finest, we mean, ‘most attracted to bright colours’) minds of Woehammer had to say about the new Tzeentch Tome.

What’s CHANGED in this Tome? Eh? *cough*

Danny:  So, Patrick – let’s start with what we were hoping for from this book. Put simply, I was hoping for balance. I feel like 3e books (apart from the opening brace of SCE and Orruks, who suffered from time honoured first-book syndrome) have been wonderfully balanced, internally and externally. Such a control and magic heavy army as Tzeentch risked being problematic to balance, so I thought if they could make a few of the lesser seen units more viable without breaking the game, we could all be happy.   How about you?

Patrick: I like variety and flavor, and with a few exceptions (looking at you, Gore-gruntas) AoS 3e has been good about making enough units viable in each tome to prevent mono-build and spam lists. Like you said, heavy magic armies make that balance and viability a little more difficult, but I was mostly hoping to see some varied lists start to show up in the top 10 spots at tournaments.

As someone who plays against Tzeentch rather than as Tzeencth, a selfish part of me was also hoping that the army would be bad. I don’t think I got my wish.

Danny : Good segue to your ‘favourite’ 3 things about this book, and a one line summary of where you think it will land competitively?

Patrick: My favorite part of the book is the spell lores. There are two spell lores with 11 spells between them. All of those spells are great, with maybe one or two exceptions. Tzeentch players are going to be able to customize their Wizards to perform whatever specific task they want. Past there, I think the summoning mechanic is interesting, and generating summoning points with every spell successfully cast means that even high level units like Lords of Change will see summons. I also like that the mechanic gives some counterplay, since your opponent can technically block your summons by killing your heroes, or swarming them with units.

The Change Covens are also great, and you will easily see two different Tzeentch armies have very different playstyles based on the chosen Coven. While some are going to be chosen more often than others for competitive games, I think there is play for each. Guild of Summoners will probably see the most play, but there’s something to be said for Pyrofane Cult and Cult of the Transient Form, both of which improve the utility of your battleline units. Competitively I think we’re going to see this army float to the top for a while.

The options that are presented are strong. I will say that I think the army is going to suffer against some current top contenders, though. Thunder Kroak lists are going to create problems for spellcasting and may be effective enough to delay summoning, and some top-tier Stormcast and Ironjawz lists will present problems for Tzeentch’s relative squishiness. That all being said, Tzeentch was in a good position before this book came out. We’ll see if the win rate breaks the 55% barrier that they were already flirting with.

Big Bird Make More Stuff Cast Good Now

What about you? I expect that you have more experience to see some exciting changes.

Danny: Yep, the new Guild of Summoners capping the 2nd LoC summon at 18 is potentially huge, especially given there are now plenty of ways to generate fate points, including one off guarantee chunks of them. The spells, predictably, do kick ass too – the strongest for me is easily Arcane Suggestion due to the tactical flexibility of it. Choosing whether to turn off commands, -1 to hit and wound, or put an extra -1 rend on a unit is absolutely game-changing in many circumstances

Danny: I’m not sure I agree on the Change Covens though. I like that they offer plenty of conditional battleline now, but they’re definitely not all created equal. Eternal Conflagration giving extra rend to flamers is potentially very strong – combo with the above spell for -2 rend flamers for example, screened by horrors etc.   But I think Hosts Arcanum (one free unbind and nothing else), Transient Form  (very unhelpful fight on death on Acolytes with a 6 generating a Tzangor) (and Pyrofane Cult super niche extra damage from Acolytes shooting) are all hot garbage, basically, and I see no reason to take any of them outside of fluff or really loving your Acolytes and wanting to juice them to the max.

Patrick: Interjection: I do love fluff and Acolytes.

Danny:   Interjection noted!

As a counterpoint, I’m going to list my 3 least favourite things about the book.

1. A whole bunch of the artifacts are geared towards melee (e.g. Daemonheart being a once per battle, number of MWs equal to battleround within 1″ of the bearer) with no good melee heroes to utilise them.

2. The aforementioned Change Coven internal balance – I think there are basically 2.5 competitive ones and 3 assuredly garbage ones. It’s a shame, given they could really have been a way to elevate Tzangors or similar that doesn’t really exist anywhere else in the book.

3. Warscroll wise, there are quite a few heroes who just don’t really seem to have a well defined niche and are variations on a theme. There’s some missing identity and fun factor there for me.

Patrick: I 100% agree on the relics. There are some strong choices, but there’s never a good reason to put a melee-focused option on a Tzeentch Hero. You’re always better off with something that’s going to improve your spellcasting like the Nine-Eyed Tome, or your Destiny Dice mechanic like The Eternal Shroud. I don’t see a lot of good uses for the Arcanite Artefacts at all, though. Especially the “deal mortals equal to the battle round” appearing twice. That is either going to do nothing, or only deal a solid chunk of mortals too late in the game to do anything. I also don’t like the number of “feels bad” mechanics in the book.

The ability for a Lord of Change to simply turn your endless spells back on you is going to feel rotten every time it happens. The presence of a non-interactive Grand Strategy that only requires you to have Destiny Dice equal to or greater than 9 at the end of the battle is bad. It guarantees that you succeed without giving your opponent the opportunity to play around it.

Danny: Moving on – we’re not going to talk about every damn allegiance ability and army enhancement. Some stuff got taken away, some stuff has been streamlined – but let’s quickly talk about Arcane Armies, which is an excellent new rule allowing for a Tzeentch endless spell to be auto-cast before the start of the first turn, which can’t be unbound in the first battle round – how do you see that playing out?

This is huge!

Patrick: I really like Arcane Armies. I think we’ll mostly see the Tome of Eyes to get rerolls on casting. That will guarantee an effective first hero phase, especially for a unit like a Lord of Change, and push some summoning points early on. If the ability was not restricted to faction endless spells I think it would be broken. A guaranteed turn 1 purple sun, or deploying in a way for all of your wizards to get the benefit of the Chronomatic Cogs would be devastating. As it is, it’s a nice ability that won’t be game changing.

Danny: Tome of Eyes is great but it’s hard to overlook Sigil – the ability to do multiple instances of d3 mortals and turn stuff into spawn in both turns of the first battle round – maybe pinning units in place and killing more in melee is potentially huge. I think it is a game changer!

Now, we both agree the artifacts are, overall, a missed opportunity. Do we feel the same way about the command abilities? Any stand outs for you?

Patrick: The Command Abilities either stink or they’re amazing, and there isn’t a lot of in-between. Cult Demagogue providing a 1/6 chance of automatic casting without the ability to be unbound is incredible, and Arcane Sacrifice can seriously improve the function of your wizards early-game, since your opponent will generally want to deploy outside of the 18” danger zone. I personally don’t love the Daemon traits, they don’t seem to synergize well with what the units want to do outside of Arch-Sorcerer providing two extra known spells. (edited)

Outside of those, we are once again seeing a few abilities to improve the melee capabilities of your Arcanite units, which you will never take, and they wasted ink by putting them in the book. (edited)

Patrick: I’m interested in your thoughts on the matched play rules, particularly the grand strategies. I have some strong opinions, but maybe you can provide some counterpoints to my rage. (edited)

Danny : They’re undoubtedly strong. Maybe close or equal to the strongest of any book in 3e so far. Master of Destiny – ‘add the total value of your unused Destiny Dice – score the GS if they’re above 9’ is effectively guaranteed. The others are good, but why would you ever not take this one?

The battle tactics… Call for Change wants you to summon a LoC. In Summoners, with an obvious combo of Enhancements/units, you’ll be able to guarantee this on the appropriate turn at near zero risk. Mass Conjuration needs a wizard casts 3 spells that go off and aren’t unbound in a turn. You’re Tzeentch so this isn’t hard. Ninefold Dismantlemant asks you to kill a unit with 9 or more models, or a monster with 9+ wounds. This will be almost any unit, in reality, on the board. Reckless Abandon wants a moral more than 18″ from an enemy to complete a charge – bit naff but ways to get it done. And Tides of Anarchy wants you to take control of an objective from your opponent and have 9+ models within 6″ of it.

Now, as a DoK player I’ve heard plenty of salt about trivially easy to score battle tactics. They’re obviously one of the main vectors a book can become unbalanced along. And it’s pretty clear to see DoT are going to have an incredibly easy time of scoring 3-4 of their book tactics every game. Given I think the army plays the mission very well anyway, yeah I’m going to agree with your implication Patrick, these are over-tuned and almost impossible for your opponent to deny in most match ups.

Should we move onto the warscrolls? Who do you think are the biggest winners?

These guys hit hard now.

Patrick: The changes to Arcane Tome for the Fateskimmer and Fluxmaster are great. The security provided by a reroll alone is excellent, but adding 3 to the value of the second attempt makes most spells a guaranteed cast. The Blue ascribe is also an insanely flexible caster, and I expect we will see him used in most lists. The gaunt summoners created some rumblings over their new Lords of the Silver Towers ability, potentially one-shotting an enemy hero. The summoner has to survive the initial attacks to use the ability, however, and if an opponent can’t kill a Gaunt Summoner in one round then they deserve what’s coming.

I think Tzaangors Skyfires are going to show up a good bit, too. Their speed and flying makes them an excellent harassing unit, and the ability to ignore hit/wound penalties with their bows means they might pose a threat to more targets. Special shout out to Kairos Acolytes. I wouldn’t describe them as good, but Arcane Cataclysm made them pretty bad. The Battletome corrects all the changes, and leaves them pretty much identical to their 2e profile.

Danny: Agreed, Skyfires doing d3 mws on 6s combos nicely with Fate Dice, and I think a unit of 6 will be common given how reliably they can snipe off support heroes at range – their movement and relative durability make them excellent objective grabbers too. I think it’s fair to say everything that was already good, stayed good – including Screamers, even if they lost their extra damage to wizards, at 100 points and with their newly reliable combat profile, they’re fantastic value. In general, things got more consistent – especially flamers.

For me, the losers are Tzangors, on foot and Enlightened. I just don’t really get what they do now, aside from look pretty. I also nominate a fair few heroes – Curseling, the Ogroids, Tzaangor Shaman especially – as being highly uninteresting now. But overall, there are some serious buff bots here with plenty of fun and powerful rules. Be prepared to have many of your models turn into spawn…

Ok let’s wrap this up. I wanted to hold back my reaction to your competitive rating until now – and I think I agree. Some folks are bemoaning what the book has lost, but overall I think it contains board control (horrors, Sigil, fast cheap grabbers), extremely powerful magic, and A+/S tier matched play rules.

Weaknesses will be fast, aggressive armies and powerful shooting that can shut down their casting momentum. I predict it’ll take some time to bed in, but then we’ll absolutely see it taking down podiums but not reaching the heights of Nurgle, Seraphon or SCE – certainly not this season anyway.

Patrick: I completely agree. I expect that they will break the 55% win rate barrier. There are a handful of rules that they lost, but I think what they gained more than makes up for it. The only real complaint I have comes from me being an opponent rather than a player, but I don’t want to restate what I’ve already said. Overall, this is a great tome, and I think Tzeentch players have a lot to love.

And there you have it! Bird fans – agree, disagree, just want to talk about how good big birds are? Let us know in the comments, twitter or discord! We’d also love to know what you think of this review format. Don’t be shy now.



Top Three AoS Lists for Nova Open 2022

And we’re back! Sorry about the long hiatus. I’ve been on holiday for the last two weeks which has meant a lull in the posts. We’ll be trying to catch up on what we missed over the next couple of weeks, so on many days you can probably expect two top three articles per day!

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Nova Open 2022 that took place in the USA on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September. It involved 135 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5/8 game tournament. After the first 5 rounds the top 8 contested an additional 3 rounds in a seeded event to determine overall winner. There was a separate “renaissance winner” for the winner, including modelling scores, from the first 5 rounds. Separately those outside the Top 8 had the option of playing a 3 round RTT on the last day. Nova attracts a lot of the top ranked players in the US (and overall) and it’s an important place to get a feel for what is working at least for the best players.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Duplicitous
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord of Change (400)*
General
– Bound To The Incarnate
– Command Trait: Will of the Phantom Lord
– Artefact: Brand of the Spirit Daemon
– Lore of Change: Treason of Tzeentch
Kairos Fateweaver (435)
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm

Battleline
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
10x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
10x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Tzaangors (175)*
4x Savage Greatblade
– 6x Savage Blade & Arcanite Shield

Behemoths
(Spinedog) Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 73
Drops: 2

Brett: I caught up with his last of Kaleb’s games on a Season of War stream, he handled it masterfully and defeated his brother handily. The Incarnate provides some real impact in the early rounds allowing this list to avoid committing the Lords of Change too early (which he did against his brother) and maintain his screens for a while longer. No Horrors here to take advantage of the 5+ return 10 models once they are defeated. However the Will of the Phantom Lord command trait granting reroll casting and unbind’s within 9″. Backed up on the Lord of Change by a +1 to save (Brand of the Spirit Demon). That takes up the mandatory choices as well.

Between them there are 8 casts in the list, Kairos knows the spells of the other casters as well as his own and has 3 of them. That’s on top of his fate (dice) changing and automatic dispel (Purple Sun isn’t really an issue for Tzeetch). The Mortals are bringing their own, at least until some one hits them and drops a model or 2. The Lord of Change has a command ability to grant +1 to casting to a model within 18″ (often Kairos). The endless spells are 20% of the list but critical as well. The Purple Sun is included as much for the chance to eat something – Kairos can guarantee that will happen at least once per game. Umbral Spell Portal for that extra range and Gnashing Jaws – great into slow moving units (particularly punishing for infantry with a move < 6″).

The battleline aren’t combat power houses, although they can sting if you let them. Between the Tzaangors mortal wound on a 4+ for every wizard within 9″ (5 in the list alone), to the ability to add rend to their ranged attack both Tzaangors and Acolytes are very good at chip damage. The Greatblades on the Tzaangors can do more than chip. This list is mostly going to screen using the battleline and Incarnate to discourage charges while hitting you with mortal wounds from spells. Bolt of Tzeetch (D6 MW), Treason of Tzeetch (roll a die/model in a unit and 6s do MW) to Tzeentch’s Firestorm (9 dice, 6s do D3 MW). Ideally you want to deploy and let the screens take the damage, chipping away until it’s time for the coup de grace with the big chickens cleaning up.

Destiny Dice and summoning using Fate Points go a long way in helping Tzeentch (new screens from Turn 2?). They introduce an interesting game, you gain Fate Points if you don’t unbind your opponents spells. do you wan them to have the spell or do you what to deny it? All of this is at 18″ though so you can see how important Spell Portal is into longer ranged opponents. Once within that range there are spells and ranged attacks galore. The list is crafted to fit within a Battle Regiment to control the initial turn order with a general preference to go second. The list has all of the tools but is fragile as well in the right circumstances, it takes a lot of skill to take it to 8/0.

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leader
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)
1 x Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)
1 x Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)**
General
– Command Traits: Mega Bossy
– Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist
– Artefacts: Armour of Gork
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
1 x Orruk Megaboss (140)**
– Artefacts: Destroyer
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)**

Battleline
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
Jagged Gore-hacka

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: (1965/2000)

Brett: A list showing there’s still life in Ironjawz yet, it’s not all Big Waagh. Kaleb’s brother, as I mentioned you can see the pair of them play. Single Mawcrusha with as many pigs (Gore Gruntas) as possible. Nick has swapped the Weirdnob Shaman for a Fungoid Cave-Shaman, costs 5 points for a chance to get an extra command point (on a 4+) and an extra spell in one round. The extra command points make it a great 5 point upgrade. Megaboss on Mawcrusha is the General, with Armour of Gork and bearing the Boss Choppa and Rip Tooth fist, for a 6+ ward and 3+ save. The Mawcrusha is still using Fast ‘un to maintain mobility. 2 Warchanters and a foot Megaboss complete HQs.

The foot Megaboss has Destroyer, he’s more than capable of being teleported to deal with an MSU on an objective or holding the rear and can issue Mighty Destroyers. Most of the Gore-Grunta’s are in Bounty Hunters, the advantage is blunted a bit by how many people don’t have Galletian Veteran’s in their lists at the moment. 2 big and 2 small units of pigs (possible when you don’t go double Mawcrusha) is a really good choice. You have the option of throwing the big units down range (with or without the Mawcrusha) or holding them and screening them with the smaller units. The Mawcrusha has a defensive build while maintaining speed (36″ move is possible with Fast ‘un). Nick only dropped the last game all weekend (7/1) , a fantastic result for Ironjawz.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord Kroak (430)*
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
Skink Priest (90)*
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Engine of the Gods (265)***
– General
– Command Trait: Prime Warbeast
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Spell: Hand of Glory
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
10 x Skinks (75)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
20 x Skinks (150)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Horrorghast (40)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Linebreaker

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000

Brett: Gavin is currently the top ITC ranked player in the world so definitely a list worth paying attention to. Skinks as battleline with Bastiladons as the workhorses and Lord Kroak at the centre. Thunder Lizard for the 2 wounds on the big boys. Still a magic based list (with just 2 wizards and 2 priests) but Kroak with 4 casts, and a +2 dominates. He can shutdown endless spells anywhere on the board and use a Skink Wizard to cast through and extend the range of his mortal wound spell. He also knows the full Lore of Celestial Dominance and can very reliably provides Command Points throughout the battle. The Astrolith Bearer provides a 6+ ward wholly within 12″ and a +1 to cast (useful for the Engine of the Gods).

The Skink Priest is bringing a potential run and charge, +1 to save and + 1 to hit rolls and a Heal. Engine of the Gods for summoning, battleshock play and melee combat supporting the Skinks and backing the Bastilidons. Opting for the larger Skink unit gives them a lot more play, they have an extra attack and absorb buffs well. They don’t become as threatening as Fangs of Sotek but they are likely to do at least chip damage to even a 3+ save. With Horrorghast available that’s potentially very damaging. Skinks can also be summoned or teleported and as GVs they excel in grabbing uncovered objectives. All of the Skinks are Eternal Conquerors, making them much harder to clear away from objectives (you need to kill them all). The Skinks can achieve 2 or 3 battle tactics almost independently of the rest of the army or enemy.

The list has a lot of flexibility, strong melee punch of the Bastildons and Stegadon (Curse + free all out attack on a Ark of Sotek?) backed by artillery (Solar Engine) and magic. The bigger unit tends to need to castle to ensure short range buffs provide coverage. This isn’t an alpha strike army, it’s going to build up damage in the first few turns and hopefully force some moral issues. Once units are weakened the Bastildons, that are very hard to bracket initially, can go in. Some weakness to MW shooting (who doesn’t) but the teleport, Solar Engine with buffs with run and charge for Skinks makes it possible to play around the shooting. Really great tournament result for a favourite army, just pipped at the post.

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Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
City: Tempest’s Eye
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Runelord (95)***
General
– Command Trait: Hawk-eyed
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Eagles: Strike of Eagles
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
– Bound to Incarnate
Doralia ven Denst (115)
City Role: General’s Adjutant

Units
10 x Longbeards (105)**
Ancestral Weapons & Shields
– City Role: Honoured Retinue (Must be 5-20 models)
10 x Darkshards (115)**
20 x Irondrakes (340)** – Grudgehammer Torpedo
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)***
Main Gun: Sky Cannon
6 x Skywardens (210)*
2 x Aethermatic Volley Guns
– 1 x Skyhooks
– 1 x Grapnel Launchers
2 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
3 x Vanguard-Palladors (215)*
Boltstorm Pistols and Starstrike Javelins

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Vanguard

Total Points: 1980/2000

Brett: First of the armies from the regular rounds, Nick only dropped his second round match, otherwise scoring well throughout the tournament. Doing so with a less favoured battletome (Cities) that doesn’t even use the Storm Drake/SCE coalition is a fantastic effort. Instead he’s chosen to make it a KO heavy army (Tempest Eye’s coalition partner), light on HQs with a small SCE contingent. Slimming the HQ slot frees up space for units and in this case Krondspine without compromising too much. Also unusual with the lack of spells from the HQs, instead this is an anti magic cohort. The Runelord can dispell an endless and normal spell with a +2, Doralia can take aim at an endless spell. Doralia is a witch hunters with bonuses to hit and number of attacks if she doesn’t move, doing double damage to wizards (and Daemons).

The Runelord isn’t finished yet, he takes Arcane Tome to be bound to the incarnate, and cast Strike of Eagles (a very long range mortal wound spell). His artefact provides +1 to hit for ranged attacks (within 12″) and his warscroll provides with 6+ or an extra point of rend. All for 95 points. The coalition units are the Gunhauler and Skywardens, that’s a really cheap way to provide one of your ranged units with dedicated teleport. Skywardens can hitch a lift on any Skyvessel before it flies high to move themselves to a location 9″ from the enemy. The advantage with this method is you can drop the Gun hauler further back and land the within 6″ which may keep them safe or let them deploy more aggressively. Say put the Gunhauler in Shrapnel range (18″) and the Skywardens further back (24″ range).

The list goes on to have 2 more hammers, the Fulminators and Irondrakes. The Fulminators are well known, slightly fragile as a pair but it’s still 12 wounds at 3+ and they are still bringing 16 rend -2, 2 and 3 damage attacks on the charge (potentially 42 damage). With the Longbeards and Darkshards to screen the Irondrakes should have an extra attack and the Darkshards will be shooting earlier anyway making approaching them and charging either Longbeards or Darkshards costly. Palladors haven’t seen a lot of work lately, they are costly but they are extremely mobile and can potentially pick up exposed objectives or snipe out a character with their inbuilt teleport (Ride the Winds Aetheric). A more expensive prosecutor. All and all an innovative list with a high degree of complexity but plenty of tools.

Final Tournament Placings (Limited here to Top 32)

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 28th August 2022)

Unfortunately they’ll be no meta stats next weekend as I am on holiday. Normal service will resume for the week ending of 11th September.

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Grand Tournaments

Emerald City Open 2 – USA
32 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar5-0-0
2ndSons of BehematBreaker Tribe5-0-0
3rdDisciples of TzeentchHosts Arcanum4-0-1
4thSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
5thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
Emerald City Open 2

Sacremento Slam – USA
12 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonThunder Lizard5-0-0
2ndDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar4-0-1
3rdOssiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite3-0-2
4thSkaven3-0-2
5thHedonites of SlaaneshLurid Haze3-0-2
Sacremento Slam

Dice and Ducks: Decimation – UK
16 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSons of BehematTaker Tribe4-0-1
2ndSeraphonFangs of Sotek3-0-1
3rdDaughters of KhaineKhailebron4-0-1
4thSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night4-0-1
5thBlades of KhorneReapers of Vengeance2-0-2
Dice and Ducks: Decimation

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This Weeks Stats

The following stats are for the week ending 28th August only, essentially GT’s that took place on the 27th and 28th August.

Rolling 4 Week Stats

The rolling stats includes all GT’s since the weekend of 30th/31st July to the 20th/21st August. This covers a total of 983 players (+152 players) across 24 Grand Tournaments (+3 GT).

As the new release of the GHB takes hold it looks as though the overall effect is a positive one, although the stats are starting to shift away from the 50% mark slightly again. With Destruction once again falling.

Its not been a good week for the Kruleboyz and this is also reflected in the four weeks stats with them falling to 35.0%. Come on GW, show them some love.

Here are the rolling four weeks win rates since we began tracking this information:

Faction Stats (Version)

The below stats are for every match in a grand tournament since the release of the new General’s Handbook.

A great week for Seraphon sees them extend a lead over the Daughters of Khaine with 9 clean sweeps to their 6.

Meanwhile at the lower end of the tables factions who have gone a whole tournament with five losses…

As for the win rates of each faction since the release of the new GHB:

In terms of faction popularity:

By rights, each faction should have an equal share of the player base, however we know this will not be the case due to either the appeal of the miniatures or the rules for the factions. Here we can see the most popular factions are Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Sylvaneth, Daughters of Khaine, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Seraphon and Skaven.

Currently it would appear that Seraphon players have the highest chance of going 5-0 at an even.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Emerald City Open 2

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Emerald City Open 2 (Electric Boogaloo) that took place in Puyallup (Tacoma), USA on 27th and 28th August. It involved 41 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game/2 day tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
– Temple: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Indomitable
Leaders
Melusai Ironscale (115)**
– General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
Hag Queen (110)**
– Prayer: Martyr’s Sacrifice
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)**
– Prayer: Blessing of Khaine
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
High Gladiatrix (90)*
– Artefact: Crown of Woe
Battleline
30 x Witch Aelves (345)*
– Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
– Barbed Whips and Sacrificial Knives
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
– Barbed Whips and Sacrificial Knives
10 x Blood Sisters (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Blood Sisters (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
Units
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Endless Spells & Invocations
Heart of Fury (45) Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Expert Conquerors
Additional Enhancements
Prayer Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 130
Drops: 6

Brett: Daughters of Khaine (DoK) small heroes list this time, a solid alternative to Morathi focused on the big block of Witch Aelves. (Going to go with the Honest Wargammer here and call this a Death Ball not the more common, 40k derived Death Star). In a spell heavy meta this army doesn’t have any Wizards but there are 2 priests (they can unbind endless spells of course). Both have Curse (1MW on a hit roll of 6, Answer Value (AV) 4), and otherwise provide reroll on the ward roll (Blessing of Khaine) or inflicts MW on a 5+ after a model dies (Martyrs Sacrifice). They can also summon the Heart of Fury which usually reduces multi damage weapons by 1 damage but on a 6 does that and adds an attack to units within 12″.

The combination of 3 Battleline units does open a battle tactic not often seen right now (Clash of Arms) Situationally they can use Witchbrew on a unit to advance the Blood Rites Table (Hagg Nar already advances them one, giving +1 to charge in the first round). The Hag Queen on Cauldron buffs the prayer rolls of the other Hag Queen and improves the saves by 1 for units within range on a degrading profile. The High Gladiatrix can grants + 1 to wound and -1 rend to both types of battleline unit and is a solid combat unit, as is the Melusai although her best ability is to grant run and charge to a unit.

Each game will be different but the key play her is to get the Witch Aelves into combat as quickly as possible through a combination of additional movement and run and charge with the High Gladiatrix and The Hag Queen on Blood Cauldron close. 90 attacks, hitting on 3s and wounding on 2s, -1 rend averaging 50 hits before saves, with Curse they’d average 15 MWs on top. Nice.

The list has a lot of flexibility through commiting the heroes (other than the Melusai) to combat. Sisters of Slaughter to hold objectives and for board control and Blood Sisters for even more of both (they are Expert Conquerors and count as 3 on objectives). Death Ball with wings?.The Heartrenders are on hand for deep strike, battle tactics and objective games. They will use their fire and fade ability at least once. Not much to say about his opponents, 2 x Nighthaunt, mostly MSU, 2 x Gitz lists (Shootas and a Troggoth list) and Seraphon skinks list. Everything is dying too fast to heal, and while the priests can be blocked by the Seraphon priests it’s not as certain as their magic counters.

Lots of units and hard to keep track of but that means lots of tools and a very difficult list to counter, unless you can stand back and shoot. Scores weren’t amazing through the weekend (until the last round) but very solid.

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Army Faction: Sons of Behemat
– Army Type: Breaker Tribe
– Grand Strategy: Make the land tremble!
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
Gatebreaker (525)*
General
– Command Traits: Louder than Word
– Artefacts of Power: Enchanted Portcullis

Gatebreaker (525)*
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

Gatebreaker (525)*
Battleline
Mancrusher Gargant (170)**
Mancrusher Gargant (170)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
1 x Horrorghast (40)
Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp
– Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
Total Points: 1955/2000

Brett: Rerolling 1s own Bear with his current Sons list, he covered this in more detail with in a session with AoS Coach recently, check the video out if you want to know more. 3 Gatebreakers with Arcane Tome for a little magic and 2 Mancrushers rather than 3 to fit an endless spell. No Fierce Loathing shown in the list (Idiots with Flags is popular to counter elite units that issue their own commands). The general has Louder than Word for an additional 2 flail attacks (because 10 is never enough – it’s a good counter to the degrading profile) and Enchanted Portcullis for a 6+ ward.

Flaming Weapon is a nice touch (4 damage on the Flail) but Horrorghast is more interesting. Gate Breakers have a natural -1 to bravery for units nearby and their prodigious output almost always guarantees a battleshock roll. Focing and extra D3 to flee particulary against Multiple Small Unit (MSU) or elite armies (Stormcast/Ironjawz) is really strong. Another nice touch is Mancrushers in Bounty Hunters, doubling the damage of their main weapon. It’s a list with some ranged but basically mostly strong melee attacks and abilities that wants to get close early for impact hits, lots of damage and hopefully some battleshock fails. 5/0 with a decent differential through out, really good result for Sons who are often a bit harder to score Battle Tactics with (no GV and very few units).

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Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
– Army Subfaction: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired
Leader 1 x Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
– Spells: Unchecked Mutation 1 x Magister on Disc of Tzeentch (145)*
– Spells: Bolt of Tzeentch
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur 1 x Tzaangor Shaman (135)*
– General
– Artefacts: The Fanged Circlet
– Spells: Arcane Suggestion
Battleline 10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
– Kairic Adept
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive 10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
– Kairic Adept
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive 3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
Behemoth 1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)* Endless Spell 1 x Umbral Spell portal (70) 1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70) 1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40) Other 6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs of Tzeentch (360)* Core Battalions *Battle Regiment TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Old book Tzeetch with a last podium before the new book hits? Probably not, there will be a couple of weeks before the new book hits the shelves and a little while longer until the FAQ, Tzeetch remains pretty strong. Appropriately for a Tzeetch list this leans heavily on spell casting, not just their own but endless spells and aggro endless spells (Incarnate) as well. Interesting take with so many mortals given the composition of the new battlebox. All of the heroes are wizards, 5 casts in total. Kairos has some interesting warscroll abilities. Beyond replacing a D6 once a battle and a nasty spell that can do 6 MW (top bracket) he can set the lowest D6 to match the highest every time he casts.

The chosen spells are damage spells except Arcane Suggestion, either D3 + D3 if any models are slain (Unchecked Mutation), D6 MW (Bolt of Tzeetch). Arcane Suggestion is more fun with 3 possible outcomes (D3 MW, -1 to hit and wound rolls or -1 to save rolls, you pick). While the wizards are within 18″ of Kairos he knows there spells as well. With the Spell Portal that means he can drop a Bolt of Tzeetch into your back field. Kairos is also the likely choice to cast Purple Sun and with Cogs dropped before hand they probably won’t miss many (any) of their spells. With Bolt of Tzeetch, Kairos can guarantee 6 MW if it’s important – that’s enough to take out most foot heroes. And eat an endless spell per turn (bye Purple Sun)

There is a lot to keep track of with Tzeetch armies including Destiny Dice (affect rolls with dice that are rolled at the start of a game), Faith points (summoning currency) and Agenda’s. What’s important to remember is that they can change their dice and summon additional forces pretty easily. Even the troops are complicated. Kairic Acolytes are all casters, they only know one spell but it grants -1 rend to their ranged attack. They cause mortal wounds to Wizards near them regardless of the outcome of the spell and have a 6+ ward. Screamers move 16″ and can travel over opponents trailing MW (on a 5+) in their wake. The Tzaangor Enlightened are very fast (16″ move) with a lot of attacks they are capable of dealing reasonable damage.

They are also quite likely to achieve an agenda or two on the way and improve their stats. The incarnate is a worthwhile inclusion, giving a substantial boost to combat capability. However it costs as much as a 2nd Lord of Change or a block of Pink and a block of Blue horrors. Which is better depends on your play style. Matt faced some very tough lists and did well not to drop more games. He lost to a Seraphon list with 2 reinforced salamander packs, that’s a lot of damage that this list doesn’t have an easy answer to. It will be interesting to see where Tzeetch goes with the new book.

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Army Faction: Skaven – Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs – Triumphs: Inspired
Leader
1 x Master Moulder (90)* – General – Command Traits: Cunning Mutator – Warpstone-tipped Lash – Artefacts: Foulhide
1 x Warlock Engineer (105)* – Spells: More-more-more Warp Power!
1 x Warlock Engineer (105)* – Artefacts: Esoteric Warp Resonator – Spells: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
6 x Stormfiends (640)** – 2 x Windlaunchers and Clubbing Blows – 2 x Ratling Cannons and Clubbing Blows – 2 x Doomflayer Gauntlets and Warpstone-laced Armour
5 x Skryre Acolytes (75)* 6 x Giant Rats (60)*

Artillery
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)

Other
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
1 x Warp-Grinder (65)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)*
2 x Rat Swarms (55)**
2 x Rat Swarms (55)**

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors
TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: A very different take on Skaven that performed pretty well throughout the event. There are no Deceiver’s or Thanquol or even clanrats just a lot of cannons and rats. One of the lower scores in the top 10 despite only dropping one battle tactic in the competition and taking all 5 Grand Strategies. Only defeated in the 2nd round, fittingly by 2nd in the event, the list struggles to control objectives or stop their opponent from scoring. In this tournament that was the difference between 4th and 6th.

With a Master Moulder (with a 3+ ward thanks to Cunning Mutator) to return Giant Rat and Rat Swarms (on a 3+) and the Warlock Engineers to buff the cannons. The Warlocks have More More More Warp Power to give +1 to hit and wound rolls. Mostly useful on the Stormfiends (they can take the D3 damage that occurs next turn). There’s not much more to it, rat swarms for screening the cannon, cannon’s to spew MW whenever necessary. One benefit of a the list is there is nothing for Death Ball to go into other than Stormfiends. Doing that will leave you open to the Cannon’s MWs though.

Good run through the event taking down Archaeon in one round bout as noted above not the highest scoring army.

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