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Battletome Review – Orruk Warclans Part 3: Bonesplitterz

Allegiance Abilities

Woehammer Winner:
We’ll get to Warclans and Warscrolls later, but anyone who has been following the Bonesplitterzance recently will be expecting to see at least some Savage Big Stabbas in the list. The allegiance ability that helps to maximise their output is Spirit of Gorkamorka. Each melee attack that hits on a 6 scores 2 hits, so with a unit of two Big Stabbas, it’s reasonable to expect at least one of these to go off each combat, if not two, especially if All out Attack is also ordered. In real terms, this means that you should be expecting 5 rend -2 damage 2 attacks to get to the wound roll.

Honourable Mention:
I’m going to steer clear of the Rules as Written (RAW) vs Rules as Intended (RAI) debate on this one, but Tireless Trackers is key either way it is played. After deployment but before the first battle round starts, half the units in the army (rounding up) can move up to 5”. With minimum sized unit (MSU) Big Stabbas being quite popular, this can be a lot of movement that can be used to get on objectives early or, as some people argue, repeatedly move a Wurrgog Prophet right into ‘Hard Stare’ range. It’s also worth noting that units can move 5” backwards too, encouraging ranged units to deploy so they can pepper your Savage Orruks at range, only to step just outside of their threat range.

Warclans

Woehammer Winner:
In what is a theme running throughout the whole Orruk book, there are two good ones that have strengths and weaknesses and then one that everyone forgets about and you’ll hardly ever see. The winner is the more common choice and the more successful one that is hovering around mid-60% for the current GHB as per the Honest Wargamer Stats: Drakkfoot. Drakkfoot is fantastic in the current meta that has a high number of Nighthaunt and Nurgle armies as it ignores Ward saves. To put this in context, your Big Stabbas will put a Pusgoyle Blightlord to a 6+ save and prevents the 5+ Ward save Nurgle is famed (and cursed!) for. Throw in a Purple Sun nearby…any damage goes straight through.

Honourable Mention:
My personal favourite is second and is perfect if you’d like to re-enact the charge of the Rohan at Pelennor Fields from Lord of the Rings, but put the greenskins on the cavalry! Icebone has a toned-down version of Venom Encrusted Weapons from Kruleboyz in as much as if the wound roll is a 6, that wound is converted to mortal wounds and the attack sequence ends. But the key draw form Icebone is that Boarboyz are Battleline in an Icebone army. Not only does this avoid giving up an Galletian Veterans related points, but means that practically your whole army can be mounted with a 12” move for over 50 hunks of bacon going forward at high speed. Those few characters you don’t have on boarback can take advantage of Tireless Trackers to get a bit of a head start getting stuck in.

Command Traits

Woehammer Winner:
Easy one for the winner here as it synergises well with several strategies mentioned above and that is Great Hunter. What this allows a Bonesplitterz army led by a general with this command ability to do is to add 3” to the Tireless Tracker battle trait so that it’s an 8” move before the first turn begins. If you want to go full Riders of Porkhan then this means that the few characters you have on foot can actually be 1” further up the board than your 12” mounts, positioning them well to join the charge turn 2.

Honourable Mention:
It’s boring, but probably the next best one here would be Master of Magic to help with some of the buffs available to your casters as the other options for Bonesplitterz don’t really do much for them.

Artefacts

Woehammer Winner:
Really simple one for the winner and it’s Glowin’ Tattooz to improve the Ward save of a hero to 4+ instead of 6+. This is decent on its own, but it’s when you put it on the Wurrgog Prophet that it truly shines, or should that be glows? We’ll get to the best mini-game in AoS in a moment, but suffice to say Glowin’ Tattooz lets your Wurrgog play the game of chicken longer and practically double the threat caused by this single character.

Honourable Mention:
There’s a meme-able option with Mork’s Boney Bitz to potentially be up to +10 to cast vs. Adam Mumford’s (in)famous Cockatrice list, but the second best option is Dokk Juice to heal D6 wounds in the hero phase. What is great is that there aren’t the restrictions of being outside of 3” to this heal as there is to Heroic Recovery. Great on any character, but a fantastic back up for a second Wurrgog Prophet who couldn’t get their tattooz ready for the battle!

Mount Traits

Woehammer Winner:
A somewhat of a restricted list due to the restricted number of units that can take a mount trait, but the winner (again!) is Fast ‘Un – it’s almost like movement is really important in Age of Sigmar! Really handy to get a Maniak Weirdnob where they need to be for a subsequent hero phase or to sneak round and grab an objective.

Honourable Mention:
However, with only a 6+ save and Ward on your Weirdnob and a very economical 6 wounds, if they find themselves in combat after not charging then Smelly ‘Un might help them make it through to be able to attack back or even survive until the next turn. Maybe.

Spell Lore

Woehammer Winner:
If you’ve gone Icebone with lots of mounts with lots of tusks and hooves flying everywhere then the first spell out of the Lore of the Savage Beast you want your wizards to be learning is Glowy Green Tusks. This spell gives Rend -2 to the mounts only of one unit of boarboyz, which is great. One of the big draws of Big Stabbas is that it gives you the rend that this army so lacks, so a spell that gives you that is a big deal and it only casts on a 5 as well.

Honourable Mention:
There are shooting options in Bonesplitterz, but since losing access to Curse and the mortal wounds associated with it in the new 3rd edition book, Bonesplitterz are a melee army. Managing the flow of the combat is something that Ironjawz can do with Smashing and Bashing; Kruleboyz can do with their Waaagh and Bonesplitterz can do with Gorkamorka’s War Cry. Although a tricky cast with a short range, if successfully cast, an enemy unit has to fight at the end of the phase, allowing all your boyz to have a go at taking down whatever they’re fighting before getting hit back, enabling you to hang on to the Bonesplitterz Waaagh of a 4+ Ward for a combat phase for a whole extra turn.

Grand Strategies

Woehammer Winner:
Waaagh again would not be a bad pick, but because of the fact there are restrictions associated with who scores it, Get Dem Bones! is also a decent choice. To succeed with this Grand Strategy you just have to control a nominated terrain feature wholly within enemy territory at the end of the battle. Potentially this could be one to avoid if Realmstone Cache is in the mission pack as the territory for that battleplan might mean there isn’t terrain wholly within, but usually you should be okay and it can be scored by your Maniak Weirdnob late game with their 12” hero phase Fast ‘Un move, followed by another 12” move and then an auto-run of 6”.

Honourable Mention:
Just as with Ironjaws, Take What’s Theirs is your GHB only best-pick as you’re going forward anyway.

Battle Tactics

Woehammer Winner:
With the new GHB, gone are the points for killing monsters…unless you’re a Bonesplitterz general. They have access to Kill Da Big ‘Un if an enemy monster that you choose is killed by any attacks by a friendly Bonesplitterz unit, meaning it could be melee, ranged or magic…or even a ‘Hard Stare’ from a Wurrgog. It might seem a bit of a risk as the Wurrgog, as we’ll see shortly, can be swingy, but due to the wording of the Wurrgog’s ability, there is a work-around. The Wurrgog ability must be used at the beginning of the hero phase, which rules out any shenanigans in Big Waaagh of teleporting the Wurrgog into ‘Hard Stare’ range. However, in Bonesplitterz (and Big Waaagh, though to less utility) it means that you can do the attacks with the Wurrgog before you choose a battle tactic. If the monster’s dead, you pick this tactic and score it; if not, you can evaluate whether or not to go ahead. There is an argument to make the Wurrgog your general to take advantage of this sequence to guarantee This One’s Mine.

(UPDATE: Thanks to Calvin from AoS Coach who has rightly pointed out that because the Wurrgog’s Laser Eyes are an ability and not an attack, sadly means that you cannot score either of Kill Da Big ‘Un or This One’s Mine. Thanks Calvin! Potentially you can still use the work around of ‘stare first; battle tactic later’ with Outmuscle, Gaining Momentum, Eye for an Eye or Against the Odds as these don’t specify attacks. Realistically, you probably don’t need out-of-sequence jank in these circumstances though.)

Honourable Mention:
Returning to the Orruk book, we have Time to Get Stuck In! that synergises really well with Icebone and their speedy boarboyz as you score it if all models are within (not wholly within) an enemy unit at the end of the turn. The only restriction is that this needs to be scored in the first or second turn only. If book tactics aren’t being used, then Barge Through Enemy Lines is similar in its philosophy and should be doable with some of your mounted troops.

Warscrolls

Woehammer Winner:
The most famous of all Bonesplitterz units and the one that plays a large part in a good proportion of Big Waaagh lists being Ironjawz plus one Bonesplitter is the Wurrgog Prophet. Firstly, though quite an old sculpt, the model is awesome and really conveys the glee of this crazy Orruk dancing around before and during the battle. Where things get real is with the Wurrgog Mask mini-game. Instead of casting, you can pick 1 unit with 12” of the Wurrgog and visible to it. On a 3+, that enemy suffers D3 mortal wounds. So far, so alright. However, you can then choose to play again and go for another 3+ roll. If you make it, another D3 mortal wounds are coming your opponent’s way; if you roll a 1 or a 2, then the Wurrgog takes D6 mortal wounds – this is where Glowin’ Tattooz comes in to ignore half of those. You can keep playing this mini-game until one of three things happens:
The Wurrgog stops staring
The enemy unit is destroyed
The Wurrgog blows his own head off
Fortunately, the Wurrgog starts with 7 wounds, so you can gamble at least once. It is very swingy and it does take some skilful positioning to get the Prophet in range, but if you do, you can kill anything in the game that can die, regardless of what other layers of protection they have. As mentioned above, you can also stare before you choose a battle tactic, allowing some Kruleboyz-esque sneakiness to creep in.

Honourable Mention:
While I’m very much Team Icebone, we can’t not mention the Savage Big Stabbas. They come in units of two, giving you an 8 wound unit with 6 attacks, hitting and wounding on 3s with Rend -2 for 2 damage. Any hits of a 6 explode into 2 hits and each time on of these is killed in melee, they do D3 mortal wounds to a unit within 3” on a 4+. If this is a monster, it’s a 2+. And then there’s the points cost…80 points. They’re an absolute steal and can set up some great ambushes where a unit is screening 2” in front of one or several Big Stabbas. The screening unit may or may not survive, but the Stabbas can’t be touched by the charging enemy unit…but the Stabbas can certainly hit them back with the 3” range on the weapon!

Final Thoughts

Bonesplitterz are in a really interesting place. Their meta representation is pretty tiny, in the bottom 5 overall, but their win rate is 63%, which is top 5 (thanks again to the Honest Wargamer Stats team of Rob and Ziggy for this info). There’s a good chance that you may not see Bonesplitterz in action much, but they have been seen on Season of War, with Michael Simeon running them, so check out that battle report if you want to deep-dive everything boney in the Orruks’ book.

The final part of the series, Part 4 of 4 will be Big Waaagh, the pick ‘n mix of the battletome, where the best bits of all three allegiances come together for a good old ruck and features a battle tactic that even Daughters of Khaine players would look down upon for being too easy!

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

Top Three AoS Lists for the Texas Masters – Grand Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Texas Masters Grand Tournament that took place in Texas, USA on 16th and 17th July. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. The other thing to note is that this tournament used the 21-22 GHB.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Bonesplitterz
– Army Subfaction: Drakkfoot
– Grand Strategy: Get Dem Bones!
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefacts: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefacts: Mork’s Boney Bitz
– Spells: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Savage Big Boss (65)*
General
– Command Traits: Great Hunter

BATTLELINE
Savage Orruk Morboys (155) **
Savage Orruk Morboys (155) **
Savage Orruks (165) **

ENDLESS SPELL
The Burning Head (20)

OTHER
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)
Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Warlord
**Hunters of heartland

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Brett: At the start of AoS3 there was talk about how the Bonesplitterz had been left behind with the new Orruk battletome. Well no more, a major GT win going undefeated with one draw against really solid armies is a fantastic performance. And to do it with a list that should bring a smile to anyone’s face (Bonesplitterz are old style orks). Lets take a moment to acknowledge the dedication needed to have 16 big stabbas through any means. GW originals are just 2 per box of Savage Orruks.

It’s pretty clear how this will work, the Savage Big Boss gives the Big Stabbas a pregame 8″ move increasing their first round movement to 13″ before run. That gets them within range of any centre objectives in the first round and charge range of anything forward deployed on most maps. If they go second that might make them exposed but there are a lot of them and each is a separate unit. As well, Bonesplitterzs have a 6+ ward normally and a 4+ if the Waagh is called. So unless you split fire you mightn’t get too many in a turn. For armies like Seraphon that often have a few high quality shots this is a nightmare, with a 6+ save you don’t need Rend to kill Big Stabbas.

But wait there’s more. All of the battleline units are in Hunters of the Heartland, preventing monster Shenanigans. If you are going to attack them then make sure you get in, they like charging (either an extra attack or +1 to wound rolls if they succeed). The Prophet’s can force a unit to fight last but their Mask is the biggest boon. If they stare then on a 3+ it’s D3 Mortal Wounds. That’s enough to drop a Bastilidon out of their top bracket. Of course they can continue to stare and risk blowing themselves up. I’ve heard of up to 20 wounds delivered that way. Their warscroll spell is pretty good, best again big units but still a good alternative to Arcane Bolt. Prophets are a really good reason to look at Bigwaagh lists if you like Ironjawz or Kruleboyz.

Even the artefacts are really well chosen, Glowing Tattoos giving an improved ward save and Boney Bits granting a +1 to casting/dispell for each monster within 24″. In a monster meta that could be interesting. This looks like a skew list but it’s really a balanced army in the crazy Bonesplitterz way. The army may be a result of the Masters format and knowledge of the opponents but this is an incredible effort into very good armies with strong players. Congratulations.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Blessed Sons
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line – Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
The Glottkin (700)
Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
General
– Lore of Malignance: Plague Squall

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 5

Brett: Even someone that isn’t a fan has to admire the beautiful simplicity of this army. Playing into the resilience Nurgle is known for with only 22 models but 113 wounds. Starting from the top – Blessed Sons hands out extra mortal wounds, a nice change from the more common Drowned Men. Glottkin is almost half the army but is an enormous threat in his own right as well as being able to hand out mortal wounds if you are close, additional healing to all Nurgle units within 14″, heals himself and is incredibly hard to kill. To effectively kill him you need to generate 60 damage, hard to do in one turn, and he can heal D3 without heroic actions. Packed here with a mortal wound on a 2+ spell.

Bloab is here to hand out MW like candy through his presence as well as his high quality attacks. For extra spice he can hand out additional Disease points. To be clear everyone of these units can put out MW just if you are in engagement range. On top of that if you are in engagement range you are getting disease points and rolling for additional MW at the end of combat. In a meta where the best way to win is get in close fast. Then we come to the Blightkings. Part these on an objective and laugh as your opponent kills him/herself.

They can actively give you disease points, every 6 provides another disease point. The 5 man units will average 4 and the 10 man 8 in a turn at full strength. Their resilence is legendary, bravery 8 and they can increase that to 9 so they aren’t loosing models to Battleshock. The block of 10 is nigh on unkillable, they will soak up nearly 100 D1 R-1 attacks. And they can get healed. Locus of Fecundity is within 14″ not wholly within you can stretch this unit to ensure it’s tagged. It should be easy to cover at least 2 objectives for most of the game. We haven’t even mentioned the summoning or teleporting via the Feculant Gnarlmaw.

I think we will continue to see a lot of Nurgle armies, they play well against the meta and their speed isn’t as punishing. Slow building damage is effective and lets players generate a lot of points in competitions. Great list building and clever play, it’s only a surprise that this didn’t go 5/0 and win. The Bonesplitterz played for keeps.

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

Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Subfaction: Nautilar
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Akhelian King (250)*
General
– Command Traits: Unstoppable Fury
– Bladed Polearm and Falchion
– Mount Traits: Voidchill Darkness
Akhelian Thrallmaster (110)*
Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
Lotann (115)*

BATTLELINE
Namarti Reavers (170)*
Namarti Thralls (130)*
Namarti Thralls (130)*
Namarti Thralls (260)**
Akhelian Leviadon (500)**
Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace

OTHER
Akhelian Allopexes (330)*
Razorshell Harpoon Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: The first of the 4/1 armies, and with a loss in the first turn a great turn around. An interesting mix of characters including the new Thrallmaster who really works well to buff Namarti Thralls. His way ability lets you change, by choice, between higher quality attacks (into better saves) or exploding hits or better defence. Being able to choose and not have it as a random ability is fantastic. He’s a pretty effective combat character, easily capable of ganking a small hero and Flaming weapon takes that even further. The Akehelian King is carrying the polearm (D3 on the charge) and buffing different parts of the army, Unstoppable Fury to increase attacks under High Tide and a mount trait that improves saves. His Lord of Tides ability is why you bring him potentially giving fight first after running and charging in round 2.

Lotaan is here for his +1 to wound and his Ishraan ability. Most commonly the can’t be shot if over 12″ is chosen but the +1 to run, advance and charge in Flood Tide is pretty common. With the Thralls’ 6″ movement buffing their charges can be important. 2 units in this army are capable of garrisoning a large shipwreck if both pieces are used together giving them a +5 ward. The large 20 man unit is trying to delete everything, they don’t need to lose many models before battleshock is an issue. The Reavers are useful archers, they can of course shoot but they also create an Unleash Hell risk. They can also wound a unit on an objective or important point boosting the effectiveness of the Allopexes. While their range is short they move pretty fast (8″) giving them 26″ effective range and in Flood Tide can run and still shoot (or potential 32″).

Lastly the 2 bigger offensive units. 2 Allopexes bring some solid shooting and good melee potential if you lock them up. The additional attack for Ferocious Bite is worth triggering whenever possible and it’s good play to reduce the melee threat because with a 4+ save they are a little fragile. Keeping them close to the Leviadon helps this (+1 to save) but isn’t always practical. The Leviadon is, as always, terrifying with a combination of mortal wounds, shooting and devestating melee. I find Idoneth a bit confusing because their best ranged units (Allopex and Levidon) are also their best melee but you don’t want them tied up. Either is great for Eye for an Eye though.

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Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: Hold the line
– Triumphs: Inspired

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

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

Artillery
Mortek Crawler (215)
Mortek Crawler (215)

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

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the heartlands
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 106
Drops: 8

Brett: We aren’t seeing a lot of Ossiarch Bonereapers

The attacks on the Mortek Guard and even Arkhan are just a bit behind a lot of other units. Poor wound rolls combined with low number of attacks or rend negate a lot of their impact. The Crawler’s can lay down a D5 attack, but it’s only 3 attacks, on average you are going to see two wounding blows only slightly more than you see one before saves. Or you can expect 2 rounds of no damage at all per game. That said this is a 4/1 list and he’s played it very well.

With the big blocks of Mortek to screen letting the casters and crawlers work over their targets before charging this is an army that will have a strong final 3 turns. He scored well in most rounds apart from the last although his lowest 2 wins were both against Lumineth. Different armies but both had a lot of wardens and the ability to make the Bonereapers have to try to reach them. Mighty job getting this far.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists from the San Diego Open

San Diego Open took place in California, USA on 11th and 12th June. It involved 74 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Celestial Equilibrium
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (80)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Guidance
Terradon Chief (80)***
Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration

Battleline
30 x Skinks (225)**
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)***
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Units
6 x Terradon Riders (210)***
Sunleech Bolas
– Reinforced x 1

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

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 130
Drops: 6

Danny: Sometimes a Seraphon list comes along that makes me do a little ‘whoop’ because it has something new to talk about! This list has the usual core HQ, but goes off piste by taking 6 Terradons! These super fast moving (16″) ‘tiny dragons’ pop up here and there because they can drop a once per game d3 mw bomb (aka ‘rocks’) over a unit they move over on a 4+. So a unit of 6 can zoom over something important and do an average of 6 mws. It even packs the Terradon Chief who makes the Terradons do their MWs on a 2+ instead of a 4+. That changes the maths to (checks calculations…) a boat load! 2 cheap-as-chips Ark Bastiladons form a durable objective grabbing core while the rest does what Seraphon do. But props for an unusual list that no doubt caught a few people off-guard on the way to 5-0.

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List name: Definitely not Gavin’s 2022 LVO list

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
City: Living City
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Doralia ven Denst (115)*
Sorceress (95)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Leaves: Ironoak Skin
Freeguild General (100)*
City Role: General’s Adjutant

Battleline
30 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (315)*
– Reinforced x 2
See it is different! He took crossbows.
10 x Freeguild Handgunners (105)*
10 x Dreadspears (90)*
City Role: Honoured Retinue (Must be 5-20 models)

Units
4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)**
Reinforced x 1
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)**
Drakerider’s Lance
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 3

Danny: It’s hard to write about Cities lists, mainly because they have so many damn options. As you might guess from the list name, this one has been tried and tested and revolves around the great Living City trait of shooting units being able to move after shooting, which makes them all surprisingly fast and agile, and no doubt leads to many shenanigans and gnashing of teeth and whiffing of charges. Doralia also makes a cameo for wizard sniping, there’s a Sorceress for very cheap magic support, and a few other little tricks. Oh yeah, and 4 Fulminators and 4 Stormdrake Guard. Just a little kicker there. Just imagining playing this list gives me more of a headache than trying to remember what all the random cities units do!

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Army Faction: Cities of Sigmar
Army Type: Living City
– Grand Strategy: Mighty Beachhead
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (280)*
Spells: Lifesurge
Celestant-Prime (325)**
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (280)**
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Ironoak Skin

BATTLELINE
Longbeards (105)*
Ancestral Weapon and Gromril Shield
Longbeards (105)*
Ancestral Weapon and Gromril Shield
Longbeards (105)**
Ancestral Weapon and Gromril Shield

BEHEMOTH
Celestial Hurricanum (230)*
Celestial Hurricanum (230)**

OTHER
Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)**
Khinerai Heartrenders (95)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Danny: pops some headache meds Ok, another 5-0 Cities list with a bunch of odd units that synergise in a hundred ways I’m probably missing. At a glance, it’s a really smart list already – a sneaky unit of Khinerai who can now drop out of reserves, fire then move 6″ make for some very cheeky objective grabbers, while the Fulminators and Celestant Prime offer pure, fast moving hammers who wouldn’t have a huge amount of trouble taking down a gargant by themselves. Then there’s the artillery – 3 Celestial Hurricanums – who on top bracket roll 3 dice each and do d3 mortals on a 2+ and give out a 10″ +1 hit aura each – that’s a lot of CP saved with careful positioning over the course of a game. The Longbeards are a tanky battleline choice at a budget cost of 105 too. Is it thematic though? Is it fuck, dwarves would be well sus of all that human magic flying over their heads!

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Allegiance: Bonesplitterz
Warclan: Drakkfoot
– Grand Strategy: Get Dem Bones!
– Triumphs:

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

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

Units
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)**
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)

Endless Spells & Invocations
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 192
Drops: 20

Danny: Big. Stabbas. Lots. And Lots. Of. Big. Stabbas. I don’t normally applaud spam lists but going 4-1 at a major with Savage Orruks right now – no Big Chadnos in sight! – is definitely a feat. Props to the double Wurrgog too for what assuredly would be a series of hilarious staring contests and heart-stopping dice rolls (for this list’s opponents).

It’s clever, but it is hilarious. And bloody successful!

Final Tournament Placings (Top 20)