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Top Three AoS Lists for the CCBB2023 – Age Of Sigmar Championship

This is the top three AoS lists for the CCBB2023 – Age Of Sigmar Championship that took place in the Canada on the 19th and 20th of August. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 6-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Ossiarch Bonereapers
– Subfaction: Null Myriad
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Inspired


LEADERS
Mortisan Boneshaper (140)*
– Artefacts of Power: Artisan’s Key

– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Mortisan Soulreaper (110)*
– General
– Command Traits: Dark Acolyte
– Spells: Empower Nadirite Weapons
Katakros (460)**


BATTLELINE
Immortis Guard (440)**
Kavalos Deathriders (180)**

– Nadirite Blade
Immortis Guard (220)**
Necropolis Stalkers (440)**

– 2 x Dread Falchions


CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment


TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000


Army Faction: Sylvaneth
– Subfaction: Oakenbrow
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty
– Seasons of War: The Dwindling


LEADERS
Spirit of Durthu (350)
– Artefacts of Power: Greenwood Gladius
Treelord Ancient (330)
– Spells: The Dwellers Below, Verdant Blessing
Warsong Revenant (300)*
– General
– Command Traits: Spellsinger
– Spells: Treesong, Verdant Blessing
The Lady of Vines (250)*
– Spells: Regrowth, Verdant Blessing


BATTLELINE
Treelord (230)*
Treelord (230)*
Treelord (230)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Spiteswarm Hive (40)
1 x Gladewyrm (40)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

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Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
– Army Type: Legion of Night
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty


LEADERS
Vampire Lord (140)*
– General
– Command Traits: The Bait
– Spells: Spirit Gale
Vampire Lord (140)*
– Artefacts of Power: Morbheg’s Claw
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Mannfred Von Carstein (380)**
– Spells: Waste Away


BATTLELINE
20 Deadwalker Zombies (120)**
20 Deadwalker Zombies (120)**
30 Deathrattle Skeletons (300)**

– Skeleton Champion
– 2 x Standard Bearer
3 Fell Bats (80)**
3 Fell Bats (80)**


OTHER
20 Grave Guard (300)
– Seneschal
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Great Wight Blade
20 Grave Guard (300)
– Seneschal
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Great Wight Blade


ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Malevolent Maelstrom (30)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment


TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000


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Win big or go home……

Army Faction: Nighthaunt
– Subfaction: The Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: A Soul to Claim
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Guardian of Souls (150)*
– General
– Command Traits: Lingering Spirit
– Chill Blade
– Artefacts of Power: Midnight Tome
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Lady Olynder (310)*
– Spells: Seal of Shyish


BATTLELINE
Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Bladegheist Revenants (360)*


ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Mortalis Terminexus (80)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

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Final Tournament Placings

01 Yury Sichinava – BeautyHammer – BeautyHammer
Ossiarch Bonereapers 40 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 40

02 Etienne Tremblay-Guérin
Sylvaneth 40 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 40

03 Peter Longarini – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Soulblight Gravelords: Legion of Night 10 / 40 / 35 / 40 / 40 / 40

04 Carl Ong – Tough Crowd – Tough Crowd
Sylvaneth 40 / 10 / 40 / 25 / 40 / 40

05 Brandon Smith – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Ossiarch Bonereapers: Petrifex Elite 40 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 10

06 Kevin Monzerol
Ossiarch Bonereapers: Mortis Praetorians 10 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 10

07 Gerald Van der Wal
Idoneth Deepkin: Ionrach 40 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 40 / 10

08 Etienne Ouellette
Nighthaunt: The Scarlet Doom 40 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 40

09 Zack Nethery
Daughters of Khaine: Hagg Nar 40 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 10 / 40

10 Johnathan Ho – Lords of War Canada – Lords of War Canada
Kharadron Overlords: Barak-Nar 40 / 40 / 10 / 35 / 10 / 40

11 Jonathan Green
Slaves to Darkness: Hosts of the Everchosen 40 / 10 / 40 / 25 / 40 / 10

12 Robert Curtis
Ogor Mawtribes: Boulderhead 40 / 25 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 4

13 Josh Barron – Liquor & Horrors – Liquor & Horrors
Slaves to Darkness: Cabalists 10 / 40 / 25 / 10 / 40 / 40

14 Geoffrey Truchetti – NERDFORCE – NERDFORCE
Stormcast Eternals 10 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 25

15 Francois St-Pierre Dubois – High Rollers – High Rollers
Nighthaunt: The Quicksilver Dead 10 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 25

16 Raymond Lendt – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Stormcast Eternals: Hammers of Sigmar 40 / 40 / 10 / 15 / 10 / 40

17 Jeff Weed
Blades of Khorne: Bloodlords 10 / 40 / 15 / 40 / 10 / 40

18 Josh Aikens – BeautyHammer – BeautyHammer
Sons of Behemat 40 / 40 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10

19 Olivier Perrier-Maurel
Blades of Khorne: Reapers of Vengeance 40 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 40

20 Louis Liao – Lords of War Canada – Lords of War Canada
Daughters of Khaine: Hagg Nar 40 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 10

21 Garett Veilleux
Kharadron Overlords: Barak-Urbaz 40 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 40

22 Mathias Bar – BeautyHammer – BeautyHammer
Beasts of Chaos: Darkwalkers 10 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 10

23 Gabriel Desfossés
Stormcast Eternals: Hallowed Knights 10 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 40

24 Luc Farly – High-Rollers – High-Rollers
Maggotkin of Nurgle: Drowned Men 40 / 10 / 25 / 10 / 40 / 10

25 Tim Lee
Soulblight Gravelords: Legion of Night 10 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 25 / 10

26 Jason Hutchison
Big WAAAGH! 10 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 25 / 10

27Ben StauntonBonesplitterz: Icebone40 / 25 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 40

28 Cory Greco – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Kharadron Overlords 40 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 10 / 10

29 Michael Simeon – BeautyHammer – BeautyHammer
Ogor Mawtribes: Meatfist 10 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 10

30 David Campbell
Big WAAAGH! 40 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10

31 BJ The Ringer
Sons of Behemat 10 / 10 / 40 / 40 / 10 / 10

32 Josh Chatten – Scalliwag Toy’s – Scalliwag Toy’s
Disciples of Tzeentch: Guild of Summoners 10 / 15 / 40 / 10 / 10 / 35

33 Philip Perrins
Ironjawz: Bloodtoofs 10 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 40

34 Milo Scherzinger – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Soulblight Gravelords 10 / 35 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10

35 Guillaume Berger
Stormcast Eternals: Astral Templars 10 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 10 / 15

36 Thomas Saint Louis – Scallywags – Scallywags
Beasts of Chaos: Allherd 10 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10 / 10

37 Keegan Weatherhead – Shattered Realms – Shattered Realms
Slaves to Darkness: Cabalists 10 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 40

38 Matthew Sanderson
Seraphon: Dracothion’s Tail 10 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 40 / 10

Top Three AoS Lists for the II CN – II GT de CAT

This is the top three AoS lists for II CN – II GT de CAT that took place in Spain on the 25th and 26th of March. It involved 24 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon
– Aspect of the Champion: Stubborn as a Rhinox
Guardian of Souls (150)*
Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (120)**
Lord Executioner (130)**
– Artefact: Tuskhelm (Galletian Champion)
Veremord’s Shamblers – Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (180)****
– Allies

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)***
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)***
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)*
10 x Chainrasps (110)*
Dreadwarden
10 x Chainrasps (110)*
Dreadwarden

Units
20 x Veremord’s Shamblers – Deadwalker Zombies (0)****
Allies
2 x Chainghasts (90)*
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (100)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Galletian Veterans
****Regiment of Renown

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 180 / 400
Wounds: 124
Drops: 7

Kel Pigg: A nighthaunt lists takes 5-0, while not an impossible task Nighthaunt have not been doing as well in this season as many originally believed they would so it’s great to see a strong performance.

Marc took a relatively standard Scarlet Doom list taking 40 Bladegheist revenants and having all the nighthaunt aura tech in play, offensives from the guardian of souls and the chainghasts and defensively from the cruxiator and the banshees, giving him the added benefit of being able to shrug off some of the more pesky spells.

Uniquely, though, Marc decided to bring out one of the new regiments of renown. This has been a hotly debated topic in nighthaunt for when this regiment is good, but looking at his list, Marc may be going for more of a counter strike playstyle. The regiment of renown for death gives you access to a corpse cart and some zombies. The corpse cart subtracts 1 from wound rolls within 9 and reduces enemy cast rolls by 1 within 18. But special to the regiment, the corpse cart also reduces the enemy ward and save rolls by 1 within 12 of it. Adding a nice bit of both offensive and defensive tech to a scarlet doom army. The only problem is that the corpse cart only has a movement of 4, meaning it’s needing 4+ runs just to keep up with the base movement of nighthaunt.

That’s why I believe Marc most likely let his opponent hit his line first, absorbed most of the damage with his cavalcade of defensive tech, and then, on his turn, really pushed back hard. His opponent matchup was mostly melee, so they would play into the strengths of this list, and personally, I believe it would be difficult to overcome. But all in all, Marc had an effective list using the new regiment and really showed off it’s potential.

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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Army Subfaction: Blessed Sons
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Orghotts Daemonspew (320)
1 x Lord of Plagues (140)*
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Gift of Disease
– Aspects of the Champion: Tunnel Master
1 x Lord of Afflictions (230)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Incubatch
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm
1 x Be’lakor (355)*
Ally
1 x Bloab Rotspawned (320)**
– Spells: Magnificent Buboes

BATTLELINE
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
Blightlord
– Icon Bearer
– Sonorous Tocsin Bearer
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
Blightlord
– Icon Bearer
– Sonorous Tocsin Bearer
10 x Rotmire Creed (130)**

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Alice: A very interesting off-shelf model for Nurgle. Very Herohammer friendly, with only 20 infantry models these guys are hoping to win through magical might.

Blightkings are resiliant enough, and Orghotts, the Lord of Afflictions and Lord of plagues can fight alongside them very well. Bloab and the Rotmire Creed offer support from the rear, peppering opponents with debuffs and Disease Points.

Be’lakor is here to do what he always does: Shut down the enemy’s most powerful tool for a turn (possibly two if they get a double) and then scrap with the rest if they can. Even if they fail to do significant damage, pinning down a major threat is reward enough.

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

LEADER
1 x Kairos Fateweaver (440)*
1 x Curseling (180)*
– General
– Command Traits: Cult Demagogue
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Shield of Fate
– Aspects of the Champion: Tunnel Master
1 x Magister (120)*
Spells: Glimpse the Future
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)*
Pink Horror Icon Bearer
– Pink Horror Hornblower
– Iridescent Horror
– Split and Split Again
10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)*
Iridescent Horror
– Pink Horror Icon Bearer
– Pink Horror Hornblower
– Split and Split Again
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
Kairic Adept
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of the Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive and Arcanite Shield

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)*
Allies

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)
1 x Tome of Eyes (40)
1 x Shards of Valagharr (40)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

So it’s a Krondspine list, Jim, but not as we know it! The changes from the Kaleb inspired lists of previous weeks are that it’s Host Arcanum rather than Guild of Summoners, cutting out the Call for Change battle tactic (summoning a Lord of Change) but allowing for a variety of units to be summoned (probably Horrors still!). It also features a different Endless Spell, with Shards of Valagharr being a useful tech piece to slow the enemy down if they try to go around the Incarnate to get to you.

In terms of other spells, The Curseling has Shield of Fate that they can cast on a double, or two Destiny Dice of the same value, and it can’t be unbound. Combined with the -1 to hit in melee on the Pinks from a Daemon character being in range, a 5+ ward can really increase the survivability of these screens. It might seem a small thing, but keeping those Pinks alive and standing on circles just drains the opponent of points, not only on the primary, but also with battle tactics as well. Add in a Krondspine pinning the enemy in place and you’ve got a recipe for victory.

In terms of opponents, Jordi clearly knows how to pilot his Tzeentch, taking out the Helon Lumineth Realm Lords boogeyman, Teclis and all, on the way to third place. Their only loss was to Marco’s second place list that you will find just above. Nice work, Jordi!

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Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
Subfaction: Quakefray
– Grand Strategy: Protect the Herdstone
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Doombull (160)**
General
– Command Traits: Bestial Cunning
– Artefacts of Power: Slitherwrack Helm
– Aspects of the Champion: Fuelled by Ghurish Rage
Beasts of Chaos Tzaangor Shaman (115)***
– Spells: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (95)****
Artefacts of Power: Brayblast Trumpet
– Spells: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (95)****
Spells: Viletide
Great Bray-Shaman (95)****
Spells: Viletide

BATTLELINE
Bullgors (390)*
Warheard Drummer
– Warheard Banner Bearer
– Bloodkine
– Paired Cleaving Axes
Gors (110)*
Banner Bearer
– Brayhorn Blower
– Foe-render
– Paired Hacking Blades
Cygor (210)**
– Prayers: Heal
Cygor (210)***
Prayers: Heal
Gors (110)****
Banner Bearer
– Brayhorn Blower
– Foe-render
– Paired Hacking Blades

OTHER
Beasts of Chaos Tzaangors (170)*
Twistbray
– Icon Bearer
– Brayhorn Blower
– 2 x Tzaangor Mutant
– Pair of Savage Blades
Beasts of Chaos Tzaangors (170)*
Twistbray
– Icon Bearer
– Brayhorn Blower
– 2 x Tzaangor Mutant
– Pairs of Savage Blades

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Wildfire Taurus (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Herdstone (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Galletian Veterans
**Vanguard
***Vanguard
****Warlord. Magnificient: Artefact

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Alice: A powerful mix of hordes and elites. Tzaagors and Gors supported by a whopping a Tzaangor Shaman and a whopping three Great Bray Shaman. Hey at that cheap why not right? The gors hold a solid role as cannon fodder while Tzaangors can do the same, but actually put back a bit of bites

The Cygors and Doombull are the hammer, meant to come in once the enemy has tied themselves up with cheaper chaff. All in all an interesting approach to beasts.

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Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for God’s of War 3

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for God’s of War 3 that took place in Italy on the 11th and 12th of February. It involved 84 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

The rankings for this tournament included other points that played around with the usual order of lists. We therefore decided to base the top 3 lists on the traditional method of wins and then battle points.

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

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Army Subfaction: Mor’phann
– Grand Strategy: Dominion of the Deep Ones
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Isharann Tidecaster (140)
Artefacts: Rune of the Surging Gloomtide
– Spells: Steed of Tides
– Aspects of the Champion: Tunnel Master
1 x Akhelian Thrallmaster (110)*
General
– Command Traits: Lord of Storm and Sea
1 x Isharann Soulrender (120)*
1 x Lotann (110)*

BATTLELINE
20 x Namarti Thralls (260)*
Icon Bearer
20 x Namarti Thralls (260)*
Icon Bearer
10 x Namarti Reavers (170)**
Icon Bearer
10 x Namarti Reavers (170)**
Icon Bearer
10 x Namarti Reavers (170)**
Icon Bearer

BEHEMOTH
1 x Akhelian Leviadon (460)*
Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Galletian Sharpshooters

TOTAL POINTS: (1970/2000)

Just in case it isn’t obvious by the time I finish this segment, I really love Idoneth Deepkin. They are the perfect army full of the best models with no bad builds, and you will never convince me otherwise. Luca’s list shines a spotlight on a handful of excellent units and clearly uses them to their greatest effect.

Let’s start with heroes. Luca has opted to leave the classic Murderking at home to fill in more slots for GCs. They are also focusing their heroes on the ability to buff and support their key units rather than shine by themselves. The Tidecaster brings two Isharann Rituals, the Thrallmaster is remarkably versatile (and has pretty decent solo damage output as well), the Soulrender keeps those Namarti alive, and Lotann provides some amazing buffs when stacked up with other heroes.

The Namarti thralls and reavers are supported by these heroes in key ways. Sticking the Tidecaster in a boat to give Riptide the widest possible reach, then pick your favorite Thrall unit and stick all of the remaining heroes into the middle. At that point the Soulrender is going to be resurrecting 4 to 6 Thralls per battleshock phase, the Thrallmaster is going to provide exploding 6’s to hit, Lotann provides +1 to wound, the Leviadon gives +1 to hit…

You see where this is going. Assuming the chosen unit doesn’t get destroyed on their way to their destination (which obviously didn’t happen, given Luca’s first place win) the 20 thralls will force a massive number of Rend -1 saves. And if it does happen that the thrall unit gets destroyed on the way to their destination, Luca has a backup castle right behind the first. On top of all this, Luca has 30 Sharpshooter Reavers running around the board as fast as (or faster) than other armies’ cavalry all the while able to pick off enemy GCs before they have the chance to score battle tactics.

All-in-all, this is an excellent showing from an army that we don’t get to see in top 3 articles very often, and Luca did an excellent job piloting them to a 5-0 win and first place!

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: The Day is Ours!
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)**
Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon
Lord Executioner (130)***
General
– Command Trait: Hatred of the Living
– Artefact: Slitter
– Aspect of the Champion: Fuelled by Ghurish Rage
Spirit Torment (120)**
Spirit Torment (120)

Battleline
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (180)*
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (180)*
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)***

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (100)**

Core Battalions
*Galletian Veterans
**Warlord
***Vanguard

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 99
Drops: 11

No Harridans, no Hexwraiths, just a single-minded focus on some of the most effective murder machines Nighthaunt has. By now, everyone knows the Bladegheist trick, an extra attack on the charge. With Lightshard, that means up to 5 attacks as well as mortal wounds from the charge (Scarlet Doom ability). This is a variation on the 2 blocks of 30 Bladegheist that we saw early in last season. This list deals with one of the weaknesses of the 60 Bladegheist list by giving both more units and a non-trivial screen. The weakness, of course, is only 10 wounds for 180 points. They can issue discorporate on themselves to take advantage of a 5+ ward increased their effective wounds 30%. But even without rend, a 10/13 wound unit is pretty easy to pick up.

Unfortunately unless you have a double pile in/fight rule (Terrorgheist I see you) the unit that removes the screen is really only a trading piece with one of the large units likely to take advantage of your clearing the screen. Elite armies can’t afford that trade too often. The normal buffing heroes are here, Kruleghast gives -1 damage, and Guardian of Souls with 2 Spirit Torments to return models every turn. The Lord Executioner build is cute and very threatening, but with only 5 wounds, he can be removed a bit too easily to rely on. It will take a little effort, though, with his standard wards and once per game 3+ wards.

If combined with the Spirit Hosts, it will take quite a bit to shift him. He’s not a Megaboss but with Slitter (chance to one shot small heroes) and Hatred of the Living he’s a nasty bomb waiting for something to get too close. The points increase cost this list dearly – in Season 2, it costs more than 100 more than Season 1 neatly removing the Purple Sun (and other helpful spells). With a mix of defensive and offensive buffs and choices, this is still a very aggressive list that aims to win by destroying you more than playing for points. Isolated any of the core units are pretty weak. The lower Battlescore (still 5 and 0) reflects that it’s a bit harder to score in Season 2 just by killing your opponent. It’s still fun though.

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Army Faction: Slaves to Darkness
Subfaction: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount (170)*
Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
– Cursed Warhammer
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (120)*
General
– Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Daemonic Speed
– Aspects of the Champion: Leadership of the Alpha
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (120)*
Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
– Spells: Chaotic Conduit

BATTLELINE
Chaos Knights (230)*
Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
– Doom Knight
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Cursed Lance
Chaos Knights (460)*
Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
– Doom Knight
– Cursed Lance
– 2 x Hornblower
– 2 x Standard Bearer
– Ensorcelled Banner: The Eroding Icon
Varanguard (290)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– 3 x Ensorcelled Weapon
Varanguard (290)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– 3 x Fellspear
Varanguard (290)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– 3 x Fellspear

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Slaves to Darkness players (myself included) are quickly finding that the new book has some definite power, even if from a fairly limited selection of warscrolls and allegiance abilities. However, the combos that do work, work.

Meme has kept things simple and leaned into a ‘2e Slaves but with no Archaon’ list, with loads of cavalry in Knights of the Empty Throne, which makes mounted units able to run and charge, and Varanguard battleline. Also, be aware, the 5+ Varanguard rally only applies if the GENERAL is a Varanguard model.

Slaves HQ picks are quickly consolidating to a lean selection of 1-2 Lords, with at least being the Sorcerer as we have here, for access to the fantastic Daemonic Power (+1 to hit and wound) spell, that he can cast on 3d6 thanks to a heroic action – hence the Arcane Tome and Master of Magic – also crucial to getting ‘Daemonic Speed’ off for those 3d6 charges.

Troop wise, Chaos Knights are rapidly showing Nurgle to be their favourite mark, so they can act as durable pinning pieces. Meme has them backed up by 3x msu Khorne Varanguard, as savage guided missiles, with each unit being able to fight twice.

You can probably see how it works – a wall of super hard to kill knights with run+3d6 charge to box you in, and death squads of Varanguard with – if all the buffs go off – 4 attacks each, 2/2/-3/2!

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Stormkeep
– Subfaction: Hallowed Knights
– Triumph: Inspired
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Their

LEADERS
Lord-Castellant (160)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Starfall
Gardus Steel Soul (170)***
Knight-Zephyros (100)***
– Artefact of Power: Mirrorshield
– Aspect of the Champion: Stubborn as a Rhinox
Krondys (550)***
Spell: Thundershock

BATTLELINE
15 x Vindictors (390)*
Vindictor-Prime
– 3 x Azyrite Signifier
5 x Vanquishers (110)**
Vanquisher-Prime
5 x Vanquishers (110)***
Vanquisher-Prime

OTHER
3 x Aetherwings (70)**
3 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)**
Raptor-Prime

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Everblaze Comet (90)

CORE BATTALIONS
* Galletian Command
** Galletian Sharpshooters
*** Warlord – Artefact

UNIQUE ENHANCEMENT – HOLY COMMAND
Steadfast March

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

With the news that small heroes were the focus of Season 2, SCE players rejoiced and began sorting through their 40 heroes for Galletian Champions to take up the challenge. And very quickly realised that despite only average performance, they’d gotten a nerf. The same 3 or 4 foot heroes that were already in the list were there for a reason. However, both the Knight Zephyros and the Knight Azyros. especially the Knight Zephyros, made a return. Only 6″ move, but he can teleport instead of move on top of run and charge. Only 5 wounds but equipped with Mirrorshield (can’t be shot unless you are within 9″) and Subborn as a Rhinox makes him both a great backfield but also a great unguarded objective unit. Really though this is the Krondys show with a supporting cast of heroes.

Both the Castellant and Steel Soul bring useful buffs (+1 to save and a 12″ 5+ ward). While Krondys is the big hammer, the Vindictors are a hammer in their own right. They are part of the Galletian Command battalion with the Castellant. You can expect them to hang around with a 2+ save. You can expect them to do an average of 5 mortal wounds at full strength (15 models), they need to lose 3 models before battleshock is an issue. They also fight on death, so combat is a real concern. They are part of an anti horde approach, including Starfall and the Vanquishers (they get more attacks the more models they face). At the same time, as including a hero that can snipe objectives, Ambrogio included some real snipers.

Aetherwings are not just spotters (+1 to hit for longstrikes if the target is within 12″ of them). They can, of course, take objectives or push scoring opportunities. The Longstrikes are a good choice for sniping out Galletian Champions. A well thought out list with solid scoring opportunities and the ability to apply pressure, including through remote mortal wounds (Raptors, Everblaze Comet, and Starfall) that will punish any horde or army that castles. 13th is low for a 4 and 1 record, demonstrating SCE’s frequent mobility issue and its impact on scoring.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Masters

This is the top three AoS lists for the Northern Masters that took place in Scotland on 21st and 22nd January. It involved 16 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Bloodpelt Hunter (140)**
Butcher (140)**
General
– Cleaver
– Command Trait: Reluctant Rabble-rouser
– Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
– Lore of Gutmagic: Blubbergrub Stench
Huskard on Stonehorn (400)**
Blood Vulture
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
6 x Ogor Gluttons (260)*
Paired Ogor Clubs or Bluntblades

Units
20 x Gnoblars (120)**

Artillery
Ironblaster (200)
Ironblaster (200)
Ironblaster (200)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 10

Regular readers of this column (and if you’re not – why??) may remember some previous 1st place Ogor lists – and they may also recall that my response to them is, at kindest, best called ‘sassy’.

Well, dear reader, I hope you like your sass piled high. Because even after the recent minor points hikes, we’re still looking down the meaty barrel of three giant shooting platforms with a 30″ 2x 4/2/-2 for D3+3 dmg (and +1 rend for 3 total in Underguts) profile and an arguably even scarier ‘short range’ (i.e. 12″ with a 9″ move factoring in the new Hungry rule) profile for 10 attacks at 3/3/-2/2 (that’s inc. Underguts bonus). Sass is my coping mechanism.

They’re supported by the typical 20 Gnoblar blob that do mortals (even post-FAQ…) each time you end any kind of move near them, 2 units of rend 2 Leadbelchers and a blob of Gluttons so greedy they’re prepared to literally eat lead – at least that’s my head-canon for why missile attacks are -1 to wound into them.

Rounding things off are a sneaky Bloodpelt Hunter, a support Butcher and the typical enhancement stacked Stonehorn – in this instance a lesser known Huskard, who enjoys a -1 to hit in melee ability, a healing prayer a +1 to wound prayer and the perennial Rockmane Elder mount trait for -1 to wound – good luck killing him, you’re going to need it.

Andrew’s route to 5-0 included the famously weak in melee Idoneth, that Kruleboyz faction with the rubbish rule that you can’t see them beyond 12″, a newly-extremely-expensive Thunder Lizard list, some Stormcast (who I imagine the Ogors opening like tin-cans) and the notoriously easy to kill Nurgle.

In all seriousness, gratz to Andrew as those were likely some tough opponents to beat out with such an elite army, but Ogors definitely still have the tools to continue their ravenous rampage it seems.

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indominatable

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Father of the Storm
– Artefact: Horn of the Tempest
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
Axe
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Allies

Battleline
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
9 x Dragon Ogors (435)***
6x Paired Ancient Weapons
– Reinforced x 2
6 x Dragon Ogors (290)***
6x Paired Ancient Weapons
– Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)***
Reinforced x 1
3 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (180)*
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 305 / 400
Wounds: 164
Drops: 6

It’s Beasts of Chaos with 9 Enlightened on Disks. What do you want me to say? Their new book is about a month away, which will hopefully give me something new to write about.

It’s just all so old and janky. They get their own stuff, possibly the old Chaos stuff (depending on whether the event was allowing the technically illegal until yesterday Slaves tome) and the best of the new Tzeentch stuff, all propped up by a wildly over-tuned Tome Celestial.

GW are looking down from their ivory tower at these lists and holding their noses while the new book slowly hoofs its way into public existence to shake its wiry mane and proclaim, ‘Beasts are dead! Long live Beasts!’ Only they decided not to update the model range because fugly models are the price you pay for putting lipstick on a pig-monster. Pearls before swine? This metaphor is as broken and mixed up as the Beasts book itself.

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

Leaders
Spirit Torment (120)***
Guardian of Souls (150)***
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (120)***
Krulghast Cruciator (150)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)**
5 x Hexwraiths (170)*
10 x Grimghast Reapers (160)**
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (180)**

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (100)***

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

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 11

The Scarlet Doom terror strikes again, ticking all of the boxes, 50 Bladegheists, Myrmourn Banshees for spell shenanigans Spirit Hosts for Bodyguards, and Hexwraiths for mobility and a cast of minor, interesting heroes. The Grimghast are rarer, and there are no Chainrasps to the disappointment of true Nighthaunt fans. For anyone who doesn’t know this list, it will flow across the board, ignoring your high quality, high rend attacks, and striking fear into your units. With Hexwraiths to take any exposed objectives. The Guardian of Souls and Spirit Torments will return models (mostly to the Bladegheist) each turn, and Krulghast is an auto include for his damage reduction.

It controls the centre well, holding a back objective as well and ticks off Battle Tactics (or did, Season 2 might be different). However, if an opponent can lift one of Bladegheist units in a turn, then this army will struggle. To do that reliably, you need a lot of relatively low quality attacks (1 damage). Unfortunately, the 2nd (Tempestors and Drakes) and 5th (Dragon Ogres) round opponents had the means to shut down our heroes. Great performance and another army it will be interesting to see how they go in Season 2 after being a clear leader in the last 6 months.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Stormkeep
– Army Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable
– Holy Command: Pray for Aid

LEADER
1 x Celestant-Prime (330)*
1 x Drakesworn Templar (400)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Tempest Axe
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Celestial Instincts
– Spells: Celestial Blades
1 x Slann Starmaster (290)*

BATTLELINE
4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (480)*
5 x Liberators (120)*
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
5 x Liberators (120)*
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Everblaze Comet (90)
1 x The Burning Head (30)

OTHER
3 x The Farstriders (90)*

BATTLE REGIMENT *

TOTAL POINTS: (1950/2000)

Some real surprises here, a magic heavy (for Stormcast) list with 3 big heroes backed by a single big hammer unit and solid screens. There are not a lot of units, but extreme mobility/flexibility, and it does away with the need for a teleport in the list. The Drakesworn Templar works either as a hammer or an anvil for the Fulminators. With his ranged attacks (Unleash Hell) and the Tempest Axe reducing pile-ins, he is a dangerous anvil that takes serious force to move with a 4+ save. With the points drop in the latest GHB, we might see more of him. And if castled near the Slann (18”) he is granting +1 to cast on top of the Slann’s +1. With plenty of ranged Mortal wounds on offer (Comet’s Call, Burning Head and Everblaze Comet), this is a surprisingly deadly ranged army. Celestial Blades to give the Fulminators a well-deserved 2+ to wound.

The tricks don’t end there, Stormkeep making the Liberators effectively Galletian Veterans (count as 3 on objectives) while still in a Battle Regiment – Scions isn’t really useful in this list. Hammers of Sigmar for the blue and gold and a handy 6+ ward on objectives. Along with Call to Aid to return a unit of Liberators if necessary. And finally, there is the Celestant-Prime to remove something important and the equally mobile Farstriders. A very cheap unit with an inbuilt teleport. They aren’t likely to do a lot of damage, but they have a 12” range attack as well as melee, potentially creating a lot of issues for a lightly defended point. All of this is just to say this is a very flexible army that is difficult to counter. Reflecting that approach, Stu had 4 very close games, only losing or winning by a handful of points, tense close fought battles. This list would do well in a teams format, and with a little luck, it could have gone 5 and 0 (the 2 loses were by 1 and 3 pts). With the new GHB here now, it would be interesting to see where this list goes,

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Top Three AoS Lists for 2D6 Oslohammer #2

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the 2D6 Oslohammer tournament that took place in Norway on 27th and 28th December. It involved 20 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Battlemage (100)*
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Allies
Knight-Incantor (125)*
Spell: Celestial Blades
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Thundershock
– Prayer: Translocation

Battleline
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)*
Reinforced x 1

Units
10 x Protectors (450)*
4x Starsoul Maces
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (480)*
Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 100 / 400
Wounds: 102
Drops: 1

Brett: Classic 3rd edition Stormcast army made up of 1st and 2nd edition units. Absolutely nothing here with the Thunderstrike Keyword. Geir has chosen Scions of the Storm here mostly for the Vanguard Raptors I think, it’s standard for SCE armies to keep them safe from their opponents shooting. The Battlemage and Lord Relictor can team up and grant teleport (Translocation) and a 7″ charge (Wildform grants +2 to move, run and charge). They can do that from outside of deny range, that can drop either the Fulminators or the Protectors close to your ranged units unless you have very good screens. Both can eat an Unleash Hell through either wounds (4 x Fulminators is 24 wounds at 3+, Protectors are 30 wounds at 2+) or saves.

Ideally the Knight Incantor gives the Fulminators +1 to wound rolls (Celestial Blades) before they are teleported to within 7″. They still have a shooting attack and then do 3 damage on the charge. Defensively the Lord Relictor has Thundershock to subtract 1 from the opponents wound rolls and the Liberators as screens and objective holders. The Holy Command, Call for Aid returns a Redeemer unit (the Liberators) outside of 9″ of enemy models and within 12″ of a Hero unit.

So long as those criteria are met you can place them anywhere on the board. Situationally, it’s great for moving a screen, protecting a hero or grabbing an objective. At at the worst it gives you back 10 wounds of Galletian Veterans. Looking at the opponents they really don’t have the answers. Only one of the Ogor lists included multiple Ironblasters and Leadbelchers but both units are badly outranged by the Vanguard Raptors. Fulminators would average 20 wounds on the charge into the Bladegheist and there are no screens in that army to prevent it. Combinde with the shooting it’s likely that they are gone in one turn. And for anything more durable, the Protectors and Raptors can all do mortal wounds in abundance. Without something like the teleport/fight on death of DoK or mortal wound shooting this is a hard list to counter directly. It has elements that want to hold back and pound you and others that are trying to get at you. Importantly, through Scions and Translocation, they have mobility on top of durability.

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Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Coalesced
– Army Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Engine of the Gods (285)**
General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Artefacts: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster
– Prayers: Curse
1 x Skink Priest (120)***
Prayers: Heal
1 x Slann Starmaster (285)***
Artefacts: Fusil of Conflagration
– Spells: Stellar Tempest
1 x Celestant-Prime (325)***

BATTLELINE
10 x Skinks (75)*
Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
10 x Skinks (75)*
Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
5 x Saurus Guard (115)***

BEHEMOTH
1 x Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)**
1 x Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)**
1 x Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)**

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Horrorghast (40)

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Danny: Seraphon are in an interesting place at the moment – in the last year they’ve received new rules (Tome Celestial) and two rounds of point hikes (with more coming in the new GHB) – and yet they still occupy a strange space of having some busted 2e style rules in both good and bad ways, awful internal balanced and absolutely the ability to take down tournaments.

Here, Tom takes a relatively common spin on things – a core of the Engine of the Gods which just offers insane utility for its price, along with the ‘buff core’ of a Slann and Priest – supplemented by the lizards’ favourite ally, C-Prime. Seraphon in general have a good mixed phase output but lack something that can really hit hard and fast in melee – hence the big shiny boi’s inclusion.

Thunder Lizard battleline units are, as usual, built around the minimum taxation, which we see here with 2x 10 skinks and the Saurus guard to help keep the Slann alive.

And then we have the bastiladons. Double Bastis have fallen out of favour recently due to their lack of objective play but Tom opts for 3, 1 of which is the bargain-basement CHONK loadout – basically it’s a tonne of wounds on a 1+ save with -1 damage for 165 pts.

Now, you look at the the path to 2nd – double Disciples? One of the only armies able to out-magic a Slann? Top of the win-rate pile? And then you remember Bastiladons do +1 damage to chaos daemons. Losing to Ogors makes sense, as the shooting output in Underguts is easily enough to just blast through any lizard capable of holding an objective.

Without spoiling anything, let’s just also say this list gets WREKT by the incoming points changes. I don’t know where Seraphon go from there that isn’t a ditch until their new book to be honest, but for now, gratz to Tom for a podium finish¬!

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

Leaders
Ogroid Thaumaturge (175)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Sacrifice
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
Magister (120)
Lore of Fate: Shield of Fate
– Bonded to Krondspine
Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
Fluxmaster, Herald of Tzeentch on Disc (170)*
Lore of Change: Fold Reality

Battleline
6 x Screamers of Tzeentch (200)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
7x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Burning Sigil of Tzeentch (50)
Daemonic Simulacrum (60)
Umbral Spellportal (80)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 70
Drops: 2

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Kieron: New book; same old Krondspine holding the line for Disciples of Tzeentch. Despite the points increase, Krondspines are still useful for Tzeentch as a combat anvil that can hold units in place long enough for the mortal wound hammer says hello (and goodbye shortly after!). Arcane Suggestion from the Ogroid can also make the Krondspine’s attacks more potent by reducing the armour of what it is currently trying to eat OR make what it is trying to eat less effective in combat by subtracting one from hit and wound rolls. Coupled with Mystic Shield and All Out Defense, that monster is probably hanging around for an annoying period of time. Another sneaky tricky the Tzeentch player can pull is to have the Magister, to whom the Krondspine is bonded, kill themselves by first casting a spell and then casting a second that is a double, guaranteed by the Destiny Dice. Instead of turning the Magister into a spawn, the Tzeentch player can choose to slay the Magister, turning the Krondspine wild for run and charge and +1 to hit. On top of that, if the Magister cast an Endless Spell, Burning Sigil, for example, the Krondspine can then eat that spell to go up a level. Please note, however, this cannot be done with the spell automatically cast at the start of the game with Arcane Armies until battle round 2 at the earliest.

In terms of the rest of the list, Screamers are very fast and can be brought back to full strength with the Fold Reality spell that both Kairos and the Fluxmaster can cast, but not as effective as they could potentially be in a unit of 9…but that would ruin the list composition as there would not be three battleline units. The 9 could have been handy for the only battleplan Danny failed to win – Lurkers Below – to be able to speed on to that third objective for the auto-win. As it happened, the second place army of Tom Kenneth Solli managed the auto-win instead (hence the 20-0 loss), the Celestant-Prime potentially being a great bit of tech to hold back in Azyr until that key turn to swoop in and snatch the opponent’s home objective and meet the auto-win conditions.

Otherwise, Danny cleaned up very effectively, with the next closest result being a 7 to 8 point victory over Nurgle and then 15+ margins of victory in every other battle. The ability to generate 2 spawn a turn (through Burning Sigil and the Magister’s warscroll spell) would have probably been key shutting down the Kruleboyz Boltboyz in Round 5 but the most impressive result has to be against the 7 dragons of Stian Engebretsen with their 4+ ignore magic ability on their warscroll, meaning that Danny had to beat them in other ways and not just magic (or was aided by some unlucky dice rolls from Stian!) It would be interesting to see what would have been the outcome were Lurkers Below not included in the pack as a 5-0 could have been on the cards. With this battleplan being one of the 6 carried forward into next season’s General’s Handbook, it’ll be interesting to see if it continues to be a bit of a wild card battleplan.

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

Leaders
Awlrach the Drowner (175)*
Guardian of Souls (150)***
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Krulghast Cruciator (150)***
Spirit Torment (115)***
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish

Battleline
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
30 x Bladegheist Revenants (525)**
Reinforced x 2
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)***

Units
3 x Fell Bats (75)*
3 x Fell Bats (75)*
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)**
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 110
Drops: 8

Declan: Despite an increase in points and a reduction in power Eirik is still rocking the purple sun in this Nighthaunt army and it’s great to see it still getting use. The main benefit here is not the mortal wounds on a 1 (but that’s fun), it’s the -1 rend to all units within range… an effect that doesn’t change ethereal saves of the Nighthaunt. So all the benefit, none of the disadvantages – it’s a great piece of tech!

From Games Workshop / Wahapedia

And that’s before the Nighthaunt start charging to really rack up those negatives to armour saves (or increases to rend if you prefer)

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

Those 8-9 really hurt, but when you consider you can drop a level, it’s really 8+ (almost 42% before re-rolls). I’ve given my opinion on this before, but there doesn’t seem to be a FAQ and Nighthaunt players have definitely paid with their time in the wilderness (what is it with the non-Stormcast box armies? – Bloodbound, Nighthaunt, Kruleboyz!)

The army itself is all about the Bladegheists – if you can kill them in one turn (or in a double) then you’ve likely won… but wow what a unit to have to kill. And if it charges you, with any small units and characters also charging expect to have no armour. And how do you beat a Nighthaunt army… shooting! None-the-less great work from Eiric on a 4-1. I think Nighthaunt are much closer to a 3-2 army so he’s done well to get 4th here.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Frozen Empires 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Frozen Empires 2022 that took place in Northern Ireland on 10th and 11th December. It involved 18 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Winterbite
– Grand Strategy: Ready for Plunder
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Bloodpelt Hunter (140)***
Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
Icebrow Hunter (120)***
General
– Command Trait: Touched by the Everwinter
Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Units
12 x Ogor Gluttons (530)*
Paired Ogor Clubs or Bluntblades
– Reinforced x 1
4 x Mournfang Pack (350)*
Gargant Hackers
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Frost Sabres (80)**
2 x Frost Sabres (80)**
2 x Frost Sabres (80)**
Ironblaster (170)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 129
Drops: 9

Declan: New book 5-0… take a bow Mike Wendel. I mean Mike’s a good player before a new book and this has done nothing but help… but he’s not paid attention to the Internet so only 1 Ironblaster (doesn’t he know that 4 are needed).

This list is actually very similar to some pre book release but with the benefits that they’ve all gained. It’s great to see Ogor Gluttons now being used. They are great models and the reach (2″) means they can now contribute in a fight. Mike has made them and the Mournfang Bounty Hunters as well so not a lot of Galatian Veterans are standing their way.

Add to this the stonehorn and 3×2 Frost Sabres and he’s got another hammer unit and some cats which just have to be killed, although you really want to concentrate on tue big guys.

So, how to beat it… well at this stage don’t get drawn against Mike is a great start, but as with everything target priority, screens and keep your eyes on the battle tactics. You don’t have to kill it all to win! (Although it would help!)

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

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)*
– General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (115)*
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon

Units
30 x Bladegheist Revenants (525)**
Reinforced x 2
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)**
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)**
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)***
5 x Hexwraiths (160)***
5 x Hexwraiths (160)***
2 x Chainghasts (95)*
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 100
Drops: 10

Declan: Well Solomon has definitely paid attention to the Nighthaunt release. Step 1 find the best scroll in the book (Bladegheists) step 2 assemble 60 of then, step 3 charge! What’s truly impressive here is he’s got through 60 of them without wanting to throw the whole army away! A true test of patience.So don’t think you’ll out wait Soloman…. the patience of a bird watcher lies in his soul! (Probably big vicous birds of prey… or seagulls!)

As I’ve said before be careful of the charge and the retreat and charge and the characters… in fact this army is just screaming for you to take the 4 Ironblasters and shoot it off the board. And that’s the limitation of this army. It’ll smash Kragnos off tur board, but struggles against serious shooting. Is that good for the meta? I don’t know but it’s an interesting way to balance them.

So well played to Soloman. I still think 5-0 is very difficult with them despite bei

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Lord-Relictor (145)*
Prayer: Translocation
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Thundershock
– Prayer: Divine Light

Units
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)*
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)*
5 x Liberators (115)**
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Liberators (115)**
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)***
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)***
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)***
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)****
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)****
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)****
Horrorghast (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
****Redemption Brotherhood

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 128
Drops: 7

Brett: It’s Ben Hur with dragons down to the chariots having priests to whip them into a frenzy before the race. 6 Chariots, how do you even deploy them all, you don’t you can always bring them from the heavens with Scions of the Storm. Anchored by Liberators and the Relictors (for teleports) but the rest of the army moves a minimum of 10″. Tempestors can be played a few ways being mobile but the dual ranged weapons can’t be ignored. They can be translocated and shoot you before tempting you charge as well and they are pretty durable. And that’s the trick here, for a Stormcast Army this is a lot of wounds (128) most of which has a 3+ save and is really durable. Itcan take objectives quickly and tie up multiple units.

There’s nothing that will do a lot of damage in a turn but it takes a lot to kill a chariot (12W) and they can wear down a unit over a couple of turns after their initial impact hits with their 11 attacks. Call for Aid is the Holy Command really giving the list 3 units of Liberators. The HQs are unusual, only the 2 Relictors, the General is built for both offense and defense with Divine Light (reroll hit rolls of one) and Thundershock (subtract 1 from opposing wound rolls from one Unit). Colin dropped only one game (against Tzeetch whose spells would have been very effective) and even beat second. Solik\d, maybe a bit dour but an effective list that is hard to play into. Your best options are to exploit the thin screens and try to tie up the Chariots. Stop the charges if you can.

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Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament (340)*
Liege-Kavalos (170)*
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour

Units
20 x Mortek Guard (280)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Mortek Guard (280)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Mortek Guard (280)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)*
Nadirite Spear and Shield
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)*
Nadirite Spear and Shield
Mortek Crawler (200)*
Nightmare Predator (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 120
Drops: 4

Patrick: Ossiarch are in a tough spot, completitvely. Anyone who has played them (or against them) knows that the Bonereapers aren’t really playing the same version of AoS that everyone else is, and that isn’t a good thing. Their competitive win rate sits just below the 45% “happy zone.”

That being said, Alan led them to the top 10 at this event, and showed off one of the more straightforward lists, and how it can be effective. Starting off, Petrifex Elite is an excellent subfaction to improve the resiliency of the army, reducing the rend of all incoming attacks by 1. Then you have Arkhan the Black, who can pull double duty by being an effective support wizard and also reviving destroyed models.

And there will be plenty of models destroyed! With 60 Morteks pressed into a Bounty Hunters battalion, these units will crawl across the board, steadily increasing the threat presence on the battlefield. They will benefit strongly from the fact that they are Gallatian Vets, getting to fight in two ranks, and with their small bases you can expect to see at least 10 models from a unit getting to make their attacks.

Countering the army’s slow pace, there are two units of Deathriders led by a Liege-Kavalos to help screen objectives and push some damage back on the opponent. The predator will arrive bound to Arkhan, targeting an enemy hero and giving the opponent one more threat to worry about. The Mortek Crawler also assists in pushing the threat range of the army by providing some much needed ranged damage while the Guard keeps the opponent in place.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Big Bristol Brawl

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Big Bristol Brawl that took place in the UK on 3rd and 4th December. It involved 41 players (Including our very own Danny) 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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Pre-Tournament Analysis

I thought I’d add a bit about the meta at the event before we jump into the meat of the article. If this is popular I’ll continue doing this on future top three articles.

Ranked Players
Below shows the players already ranked in our Woehammer rankings form events before the Bristol GT.

11 Players had already taken part in 1 GT before this event, with the highest ranked player (Luke Churchus) being 22nd in the UK. Remeber these rankings are based on our own handicapped rankings system explained here.

Faction Breakdown

The Bristol Brawl saw an unusually high number of Daughters, Blades of Khorne and Slaanesh armies, with all three seeing double their expected representation based on the current worldwide meta.

On the flip side of this, the tournament saw no representation from Ironjawz, Slaves, Cities, Kharadron and Big Waagh where we would have expected at least one army to be present.

Of the high win rate factions Beast of Chaos and Disciples are as expected while Ogor Mawtribes and Soulblight see a slightly higher number than compared to the meta.

The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Nagash, Supreme Lord of the Undead (955)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*

Units
2 x Chainghasts (95)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 74
Drops: 1

Declan: Greg has been using Nagash since AoS3 dropped, and quite a bit before that. In early AoS3, there was a period we met 3 or 4 times and he beat me every time with a Soulblight version…. here he has taken Nighthaunt instead which allows him to use the Nighthaunt alleginace abilities on the charge and back it up with Nagash’s magic dominance.

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When they charge the Bladegheists are almost certain to roll 4+ and get one of the debuffs on the table. But the truly frightening thing is that these debuffs stack. I’m not a fan of the mechanism, but it’s the core of how Nighthaunt work and it is scary when a 10+ is rolled followed by a few 8+ (because you can always go down the table).

There’s no denying that Nagash is the centrepiece though and – although he is seen as weaker in the last update – he can still take on an army (and at 955 points he needs to). I’d love to tell you how to kill him, but the truth is I still don’t know but I imagine it’s got something to do with mortal wounds (preferably at range). It’s definitely not a Mangler Squig (last time I charged one in, I did no wounds to Nagash).

If you’ve not met him before he lives up to his role as the Lord of the Undead… with 8 spell casts, all with bonuses and the piece de la resistance… Arcane Bolt as many times as you like. (see you’ll be glad you brought the ranged mortal wounds. He’s a beast and sometimes the best thing to do is get ahead on points, stand on objectives and hope he and the Bladegheists can’t shift you. Good luck; you’ll need it!

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Lofnir
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Battlesmith (150)**
Battlesmith (150)**

Battleline
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Flame-scale Youngblood
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Magmadroth Trait: Lava-tongue Adult
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
Ancestral War-axe

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1940 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 90
Drops: 7

Edit: The maximum number of Magmadroths you can take in a Lofnir list is six, not five as the comment below eludes to.

Ethan: This Lofnir list leans on heavy on the idea that more is more, taking as many magmadroths as you can fit in 2000 points. It’s obviously an effective strategy, having worked out well for Alex, with his only loss being Hagg Nar where I can only predict Morathi’s unkillable rules made for a major issue for an army so light on units.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Subfaction: Boulderhead

LEADER
1 x Kragnos (720)
1 x Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)*
General
– Command Traits: Touched by the Everwinter
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Rockmane Elder
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Prayers: Heal (🎶Living on a Prayer🎵)
1 x Butcher (135)*
Cleaver
– Spells: Molten Entrails

BATTLELINE
2 x Mournfang Pack (175)*
Skalg
– Culling Clubs and Hackers and Ironfist
1 x Stonehorn Beastriders (310)*
Blood Vulture
2 x Mournfang Pack (175)*
Skalg
– Culling Clubs and Hackers and Ironfist

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1960/2000)

Danny: Andy helped me out with our Ogor Tome Review – so it’s awesome and very interesting to see him go 4-1 and 3rd at this highly competitive event – WITHOUT cannons or Gnoblars. Andy has basically stuck with this tried and tested core of a Frostlord backed by Kragnos – the big(ger) man offering 3d6 charges for those sweet 3d6 MWs on the charge, along with a huge pressure piece while the Frostlord, specced out with Arcane Tome + Flaming weapon for more reliable damage and Touched by the Everwinter to also make him a priest with the ability to heal himself – or Kragnos. So he’s doing it all. Another ‘big cow’ joins the pressure party as the first battleline pick.

Two units of Mournfang fill out the tax, allowing for some excellent objective play, hardly inconsiderable damage and their new and improved resistance to shooting attacks.

Andy also included a Butcher for some utility spell casting and to babysit the mawpot, although he informed me that he regretted including him overall as he always ended up out of range to be useful and felt like wasted points overall.

Andy had a tough route to 4-1, remaining on top table most of the event, taking a big win against IDK to kick off, followed by a tough Blood Knight list, then the Kroak list that beat me, a grudge match over the ‘new’ 4x Ironblaster + leadbelcher Ogor list before finally losing to the event’s winner Greg. The amount of pressure this list can put out can clearly only be resisted by unrendable ghosts with Nagash bringing loads back and shunting fistfuls of MWs through Kragnos’ 2+ save – definitely a counter to what is otherwise clearly a list that very few armies in the game can really withstand.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Melusai Ironscale (115)*
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Crown of Woe(hammer)
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)*
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)*

BATTLELINE
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Sciansá and Bladed Buckler
15 x Blood Sisters (420)*
Gorgai
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)*
Krone

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

OTHER
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)*
Shroud Queen
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Shryke

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Danny: It me! First things first, I’m working on an in-depth tourney report including some deeper thinking on my list and a breakdown of the games, so for now I’ll give you the digest of HOW the list works rather than get bogged down in the why.

It’s relatively simple – a twist on the Morathi on the bowsnakes. I took 15 spears and 10 bows to lean more heavily into the reliable MWs. Witch aelves are a cheap screen and battleline pick with bladed bucklers for some hopeful clutch saves and mortal wound bouncing. I took Ironscale to make the sneks battleline and enable the run+charge for some key threat projection, but also because I wanted Hagg Nar to speed up Blood Rites, which saves me loads of CP and helps Morathi perform a lot better in early rounds (when she’s still alive!)

This event didn’t allow book battle tactics, so instead of a 2nd squad of Khinerai, I opted for Shadowstonkers, who are also just a relatively tanky and super mobile scoring piece.

Jaws rounds out the list as a spare point filler and another source of MWs against slower targets that my spear sneks might be scared or unable to get into. It’s all wrapped up in a one drop bat reg because this list really, really wants to avoid getting doubled. Of course, sometimes you come up against another 1 drop in round 5 and lose the roll-off….more on that and other exciting, brain-melting moments in my full report.

Want to say a quick but big kudos to both the organisers (Alex and Jonny) from our club, Sigmar’s Pilgrims, and to all my opponents and everyone else there – it was a hugely competitive field but the vibe was friendly and jolly as all hell – a fantastic, super hard fought event!

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Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Invasion 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Northern Invasion Grand Tournament that took place in Scotland on 1st and 2nd October. It involved 45 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.

If you like what we’re doing, why not join our Patreon and help keep it going?

Also if there’s a one day or two day tournament you’d like us to cover drop us a comment on this post and we’ll have a look at it for you.

The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Lord Kroak (430)*
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Itxi Grubs
– Spell: Stellar Tempest

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

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Horrorghast (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 9

Comments: Fangs of Sotek with both Kroak and Krondspine headlining a lot of Skinks. No Bastilidons or Engine of the Gods, the only Behemoth is the Krondspine. No Purple Sun either but a pair of Mortal Wound endless spells with Ravenak’s and Burning Head combined with Horrorghast. The intention is pretty clear, send in the Horrorghast then follow up with Ravenak’s and maybe the Burning Head before Kroak rains MWs on you. This list is able to bring decent damage, especially from Kroak, Krondspine and the big unit of Skinks, which on top of the MWs and Horrorghast will cause battleshock issues. Countering that play is difficult, particularly with the summoning, but trying to stay back early may be the play. Kroak’s spells aren’t range limited and you need to avoid Unleash Hell from the 30 Skink block.

His opponents for the most part are reasonably slow and very exposed to Ravenak’s as a result. Combined with the Skink double shoot and Kroak turning off magic these were hard games for his opponents. It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact the new Tzeentch, Behemat and Lumineth tomes have on this type of list.

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

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

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)**
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)**
10 x Chainrasps (110)**

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

Endless Spells & Invocations Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Total: 1975/2000
Reinforced Units: 2/4
Allies: 0/400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 11

Comments: Scarlet Doom continues to be the top choice in Nighthaunt and this list doesn’t deviate too much from the normal inclusions. 2 x Spirit Torments, Guardian and Krulghast with Spirit Hosts as bodyguards. Otherwise Bladegheist (the soul of a Scarlet Doom army), Hexwraiths for mobile pressure and scoring with some Chainrasps as either screens of for screens/objectives. Banshees to provide counter spell (endless spell anyway) and the Purple Sun. Stand outs are probably Master of Magic (great choice) and the use of both of the new battalions. Turn priority isn’t critical for Nighthaunt with their speed, ignore rend and ward saves, the potential double on 2/3 is very strong for them, they often lose models slowly and regrow them. Most lists would run a 20 and a 30 Bladegheist unit with this number (50) available).

2 large units of Bladegheist are going to delete a lot of threats, they can each be backed Spirit Torments for some returned models. The list isn’t tied to 1 big death ball, it can effectively operate on 2 fronts. Expert Conquerors is a great choice, the units are relatively cheap so they can be traded and MSU batteline may not destroy them in one turn. Spectral Lure (Guardian of Souls) has a 24″ range, it’s possible to return models from a decent distance. The only match up he lost to is Kharadon, their boats can escape combat and with their shooting it’s a very tough fight for Nighthaunt.

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Allegiance: Ironjawz
Warclan: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Heroic Stature
– Artefact: Armour of Gork
– Mount Trait: Smelly ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Battleline
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
– 1x Gorkamorka Glyph Bearers

Behemoths
Rogue Idol (430)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 122
Drops: 8

Comments: A variation on the double Mawcrusha style with a Rogue Idol in place of the 2nd Mawcrusha. Warlord has been used to give the Shaman and extra spell and the MegaBoss on Mawcrusha is super tanky (Armour of Gork, Heroic Stature and Smelly ‘Un). Smelly ‘Un only applies if you haven’t charged, and that suggests how this list plays. The 2 x 6 Gore Grunta units and the Rogue idol are the aggressive elements, the Mawcrusha is going to be held back until it has to be committed. On the other hand the Rogue is going to charge as much as possible for that +1 to hit. If the Warchanter gives it the Get ’em beat it’s threat range is massive.

The list is the first of the 4/1s only struggling with Soulblight Gravelords. That’s expected because they operate in different ways, with SBGL getting stronger as time goes on and they can summon/return units while the Orruks lose strength particularly from Turn 3 onwards as units succumb. The secret to beating them is to out last them. Is it time for a new model for Ironjawz? If there was what should it be?

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Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Knights of the Empty Throne Varanguard x 6 (560)**
General
– Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Command Trait: Inescapable Doom
– Artefact: Grasping Plate
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Knights of the Empty Throne Varanguard x 6 (560)*
Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Artefact: Corrupted Nullstone
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness

Battleline
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

Units
6 x Furies (95)**

Behemoths
Chaos Warshrine (215)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Prayer1: Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Chaos Warband – Unified

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 126
Drops: 4

Comments: In 4th and another 4/1 result it’s Knights of the Empty Throne with max Varanguard and Iron Golems. Everything has Mark of Tzeentch because it’s probably the best in the current spell meta. Combat heroes (6 Varanguard) and 2 casting heroes with a team of mortal screens (Iron Golems) and the warshrine. Mask of Darkness for teleporting madness. The Varanguard are going to be applying pressure and stamping out threats, they don’t do as much damage as Fulminators (average damage is 18 before saves + 3 MWs). Iron Golems are a very annoying screen/objective unit. With the 7 x 1 wound and a 3 wound model, there is a very good chance you want clear it 1 turn unless you commit. And the Warshrine can then heal it forcing you to fight a them in 2 turns.

Again the only loss was to a faction that directly counters this list, long range shooting with mortals being a great counter. The unit of Varanguard with the grasping plate is able to pile in 6″, remember that if you have ranged attacks because they don’t need to trigger Unleash Hell. That’s probably the biggest trick, otherwise this a straightforward list.

Final Tournament Placings

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Top Three AoS Lists for Fantasia Fanatic XLII

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Fantasia Fanatic XLII Tournament that took place in Sweden on the 1st and 2nd October. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)**
General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Viletide
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)**
Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy

Battleline
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)**
6x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Ungors (65)
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)***
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)***
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)***
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
20 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (350)*
8x Savage Greatblade
– 12x Savage Blade & Arcanite Shield
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

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

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 179
Drops: 11

Declan: As we do more and more Top Three lists for AoS, two things are starting to happen. We see similar armies and we start to see the same names… and Ronya is one of those names. Ronya has gone for a Tzaangor based Beasts of Chaos army, but this works in the same way as most Beats of Chaos armies. There’s massive rend from the Herdstone, and summoning from the Dragon Ogre Shaggoth hurting himself (and then healing). It’s been a great army since the White Dwarf update and remains good.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leader
Guardian of Souls (150)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
– Bonded to Krondspine
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*

Battleline
Spirit Torment (115)*
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)**
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)**
Reinforced x 1
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*
10 x Grimghast Reapers (160)**

Behemoth
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 85
Drops: 4

Declan: Let’s be fair, Nighthaunt are good – they give debuffs on the charge (after retreating), and if you don’t kill whole units they come back – very quickly. And what would make them better? Anders has the answer with a Krondspire Incarnate. Yet another model in the army that is difficult to kill (in fact he is impossible), the Incarnate also discourages opponents using their Endless Spells – a double benefit.

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
– Glade: Gnarlroot
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)**
Warsong Revenant (305)**
General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: The Vesperal Gem
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong
Spirit of Durthu (370)
Artefact: Greenwood Gladius
Arch-Revenant (120)**

Battleline
10 x Dryads (100)*
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*

Endless Spells and Invocations
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 73
Drops: 7

Declan: Marcus was 4-0 going into the final game and lost to Ronya… not bad at all and thoroughly earning the third place. This Slyvaneth army is different to others I have seen, in that Alarielle is making an appearance. At 840 points Marcus did well to get value out of them and I have to be honest I’m not 100% sure how he did it. Sure Alarielle is good, but she’s also a point sink. I imagine there was a lot of teleporting through trees, charging and teleporting back (either with Durthu or Alarielle); but Marcus did well to concentrate on the Battle Tactics and grabbing the wins.

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Allegiance: Bonesplitterz
Warclan: Drakkfoot
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefact: Mork’s Boney Bitz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Glowy Green Tusks
Wardokk (80)*
Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Savage Big Boss (65)****
General
– Command Trait: Great Hunter

Battleline
10 x Savage Orruks (165)**
Chompas
10 x Savage Orruks (165)**
Chompas
10 x Savage Orruk Morboys (155)***

Units
5 x Savage Boarboy Maniaks (145)***
5 x Savage Boarboy Maniaks (145)***
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)****
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)****
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)****

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

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

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 147
Drops: 10

Declan: Another 4-1 but this time it’s Bonesplitters. They have definitely overcome the initial doubters after the release of the Orruk Warclans book where some thought it was the third army behind Kruleboyz…! Bonesplitters are now fighting it out with Big Waaagh for 2nd place.

2 Wurgogg Prophets put up 12″ range bubbles that you have to brave to enter and the Krondspire Incarnate puts out even a larger one! Sure the Incarnate makes this army, but it’s available for everyone and helping even the top armies so no reason Bonesplitterz can’t benefit.

The thing that helps this army in the meta is Drakkfoot:

Games Workshop and Wahapedia

Ward rolls are common in the top armies – Nurgle and Nighthaunt spring to mind. And turning them off can make a big difference. However as is always the way with theory, Dennis avoided them all – oh well! He did very well to beat what was in front of him for a 4-1.

Final Tournament Placings