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Top Three AoS Lists from the Las Vegas Open – 28th/29th and 30th January

The Las Vegas Open is different to most other events that you would probably attend. 177 players took part in five games over two days on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January. The top eight of from the first two days then played in a knockout tournament on Sunday 30th January to decide the overall winner.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs are the most common faction at the LVO this year, closely followed by the usual Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty and Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar.

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from the Las Vegas Open 2022.

Gavin Grigar – Cities of Sigmar

Gavin Grigar went though the whole tournament unbeaten, winning eight games and winning the crown.

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
– Subfaction: Living City
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumph: Inspired

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

Battleline
———-
30x Freeguild Crossbowmen (315)*
– Reinforced: Twice
10x Dreadspears (90)*
– City Role: Honoured Retinue
10x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*

Units
———-
4x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)**
– Reinforced: Once
4x Stormdrake Guard (680)**
– Reinforced: Once

Core Battalions
———-
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent
**Hunters of the Heartland

Total Points: 1960 pts

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Levan Sichinava – Soulblight Gravelords

Levan only lost two games out of eight the whole weekend, one of which was to Gavin in 1st place.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Vyrkos Dynasty
Grand Strategy: Unknown
Triumphs: Unknown

Leaders
———-
Gorslav the Gravekeeper (75)*
Necromancer (125)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Decrepify
Big Drogg Fort-Kicka (525)*
Vampire Lord (General)(140)*
– Command Trait: Pack Alpha
– Spell: Invigorating Aura
– Spell: Soulpike
Vengorian Lord (280)**
– Artefact: Terminus Clock
– Spell: Invigorating Aura
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
———-
60x Deadwalker Zombies (345)*
– Reinforced: Twice
60x Deadwalker Zombies (345)**
– Reinforced: Twice
10x Deathrattle Skeletons (85)**

Units
———-
Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (80)**

Core Battalions
———-
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

Total Points: 2000 pts

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Jeremy LeFebvre – Cities of Sigmar

Jeremy also went the whole three days with a remarkable win rate of 6 wins to one loss. The loss was to eventual winner Gavin.

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
– Subfaction: Phoenicium
Grand Strategy: Dominating Presence
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Annointed on Frostheart Phoenix (General)(315)*
– Command Trait: One with Fire and Ice – Golden Mist

– Artefact: Phoenix Pyre Ashes
Assassin (80)*
Assassin (80)*
Assassin (80)**
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (280)
– Spell: Golden Mist

Annointed on Frostheart Phoenix (315)*
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
———-
10x Phoenix Guard (175)***
10x Phoenix Guard (175)***
10x Phoenix Guard (175)***
10x Shadow Warriors (120)**
10x Shadow Warriors (120)**
1x Scourgerunner Chariot (80)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Warlord
**Vanguard
***Hunters of the Heartlands

Total Points: 1995 pts

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The Final Tournament Placings (Top Eight)

Tale of Painters – January 21′

The first month of the year is out of the way already, so it’s time to look at how we’ve all got on at Woehammer with our respective goals and painting pledges this month.

In alphabetical order let’s start with…..

Dave (@hamsfan)

It’s because of Dave that both Declan and I are doing the hobby bingo this year. Dave has started out with a large model in the form of a Basilisk for his Renegades & Heretics army.

Peter: I love the webbing on this miniature and the weathering overall. It really looks like its been based near the front for some time now.

Declan: There’s some great work here – first it’s a lovely cleanly painted tank, and with the addition of the netting and the weathering on the barrels this is a great addition to any Astra Militarum army!

Dave: Thanks guys, unfortunately being painted didn’t make it shoot any better in my last game! I’m umming and aahing on my next bingo square so I guess we will see!

CellExpert Level Goal:Miniature Painted
C2Vehicle or Monster (Warhammer 40k)Basilisk

So that’s 10 points for Dave right off the bat, and one of the larger models/boxes ticked off already!

Declan (@declanandeeyore)

Declan also has managed to get one of the harder boxes out of the way, ticking off his scenery for Warhammer 40k. Declan had a number of other goals he was also hoping to complete this year. How is he doing?

Peter: Declan is one of those hobbyists I’ll always be jealous off! He can crank out painted miniatures at a fantastic rate and they look great when they’re finished! Something like this would have taken me a couple of months to do!

Declan: Cheers to Peter for his kind words… I love this kit and have written a full article on it already! As Peter has aluded to above I have some other Hobby Goals as well. The good news (for me) is that I’ve managed to tick off 50% of one of the aims already – I’ve finished 4-1 in my first tournament of the year. One of my aims was to get two 4-1s so thats a great start. I’ve also got 3 games of Warmaster played… so a great start to the year and the Hobby. I’ll need to get going to get more of the Bingo sheet completed though.

Dave: I’m not sure if this 40k or part of Declan’s homebrew kit but I like it. I’ve just started playing ninth edition so it’s all a bit confusing for me but this looks cool.

CellExpert Level Goal:Miniature Painted
B1Fortification or Scenery (Warhammer 40K)Sector Mechanicus

Also 10 points and an Expert Level goal ticked off for Declan.

Peter (@woehammer)

I’ve been hard at work this month trying to get my Kruleboyz force painted up in time for Burning Skies on March 26th. So I’ve managed to produce Rippa’s Snarlfangs and the Swampcalla Shaman for that. I also managed to finish off my first Rogue Trader model in the form of Marneus Calgar.

As an added goal this year, I wanted to try and reduce the number of unpainted models in my collection. So my months summary is:

Models Painted/SoldModels Acquired/BoughtMonths Total
638+32 Unpainted

Plus Dave has mentioned that he has some old Dwarfs he’s looking to sell……

Peter: I’m quite proud that I was able to get this lot finished this month, it meant reducing the quality of the Snarlfangs slightly, but I can always revisit them in the future if I need to.

Declan: Peter’s leaving us all in his shadow here with 3 boxes ticked off and the lovely Rogue Trader diamora finished. I’ll take credit for Rippa’s being in his Kruleboyz list and wish Peter luck in finishing off an army. It’ll be great to see it all finished. I think the yellow on the Kruleboyz is a great call and the Shaman and Pot Grot are looking like real killers!

Dave: Pete’s diorama looks excellent and I’m pleased to see him painting the best marines there are, especially as it’s Marneus Calgar – the spiritual liege of all marines everywhere. Rippa and the snarlfangs may sound like an awful college punk band but they look great. I actually disliked the Kruleboyz when they came out but I like what Pete has done with them.

CellExpert Level Goal:Miniature Painted
C1Hero or Character (AoS)Swampcalla Shaman
D2Unit of 2+ Models (Underworlds)Rippa’s Snarlfangs
E4Hero or Character (Warhammer 40K)Marneus Calgar

That brings me to 30 points and 3 Expert Level goals completed.

Hopefully we’ll continue this each month to let you know how we do with our goals.

AoS Stats for January

We’ve covered a lot of Top 3 lists over the last month, so I thought it would be good to look at some of the stats surrounding them.

Be wary those, these are for all the one day and two day events that we’ve covered plus two or three more. All armies are at 2,000 points and using the current rules and FAQ’s.

The below list are the tournaments that have been used to populate this data.

Golden Sprue AoS GT 2022
Clash of Swords
Tempest
Coliseum of Sigmar
PSU: March to War
Norwegian Masters
Kirwans Game Store Monthly AoS Tournament
January 8th Metagames 2k Tournament
Grudge Hammer LVO Prep Event
Atomic
Dallas Defenders New Year New Player
TTWG Sigmar Bash
MOX Age of Sigmar Tournament
Forge & Fire 2k Age of Sigmar
Viking Games RTT: Realm of Viking Part I
Gitmob Charity Brawl 2022

Most Selected Grand Alliance

Order tops the table with almost half of all armies being from an Order Battletome.

Grand Alliance Win Rates

The win rate for each Grand Alliance tells a difference story though with Destruction being the most successful and Chaos the least.

Most Selected Faction

Out of those 280 armies that we’ve focused on it’ll be no surprise that the Stormcast Eternals are the most played faction with nearly 20% of the field playing Stormcast. This would mean on average at a five day event you’re likely to play at least one Stormcast army.

Faction Win Rates

Idoneth Deepkin lead the table here with a massive 72.7% win rate over 22 games. However, let’s narrow this down to the more popular factions who have played at least 50 games:

This leaves the five most popular factions, with Ironjawz heading this mini-league with a 57.7% win rate.

Top 10 Most Selected Sub-Faction

It’ll probably come as no surprise that the Hammers of Sigmar lead the table in the most played sub-faction. The appeal of Dragons and Dracothian units is just too great possibly.

Surprisingly for me, Skaventide is in fourth despite having possibly once of the most outdated books?

Top 10 Win rates for Sub-Factions with 20+ Games

Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan top the charts showing that perhaps they’re the easiest faction to pick up and play? My own beloved Kruleboyz/Big Yellers prop up the rest of the table with a measly 30.3% win rate.

Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar Analysis

So who’s their bogey enemy? Who do they lose to most often?

The data set is too small to have a any reliability at the moment, but Legion of the First Prince and Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe have had the most success against them.

If we reduce the opposition to Sub-Factions who have played them at least ten times then only the Ironjaws/Bloodtoofs have a favourable win ratio against them.

Ironjaws/Bloodtoofs Analysis

Again, the data set is to small to have any significance.

Seraphon/Thunder Lizard Analysis

Top Three AoS Lists from Gitmob Charity Brawl 2022 – 22nd January

This event saw a total of 24 players take part over three games.

Gitmob Gaming are proud to announce their 1st one day event, which is also in support of the brilliant charity CALM, the campaign for living miserably. The charity seeks to break taboos around mental health, offer support for mental health issues and prevent cases of Suicide. This Age of Sigmar matched play event is open to 30 players and will consist of 3 games, held at the Bowlers Arms, Newbury. 

Tournament Description

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

For the first time since we’ve covered the top three lists in 2022 the Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty are the most played faction in a tournament. The lack of an Ironjawz list is also quite surprising.

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from Gitmob Charity Brawl 2022.

James Eveleigh – Sons of Behemat

James won all of his games and beat Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Arcanum in Round 1, Ogor Mawtribes/Bloodgullet in Round 2 and Soulblight Gravelords/Vrykos Dynasty in Round 3.

Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
– Subfaction: Breaker Tribe
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumph:

Leaders
———-
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
Artefact: Vial of Manticore Venom
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (General)(525)*
– Command Trait: Louder than Words
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
———-
3x Mancrusher Gargant Mob (475)**
3x Mancrusher Gargant Mob (475)**

Core Battalions
———-
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent
**Hunters of the Heartland

Additional Enhancement
———-
Artefact

Total Points: 2000 pts

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Mark Paddon – Soulblight Gravelords

Mark won all three games beating Beasts of Chaos in Round 1, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 2 and losing to Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 3.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Vyrkos Dynasty
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs:

Leaders
———-
Coven Throne (290)*
– Artefact: Arcane Tome

– Spell: Vile Transference
Belladamma Volga, First of the Vyrkos (200)*
Spell: Soulpike
Radukar the Wolf (150)*
Spell: Amethystine Pinions
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (General)(435)*
– Command Trait: The Hunter’s Snare
– Artefact: Sangsyron

– Spell: Flaming Weapon
– Mount Trait: Foetid Miasma

Battleline
———-
10x Dire Wolves (135)**
10x Dire Wolves (135)**
10x Dire Wolves (135)**

Units
———-
5x Blood Knights (195)**
5x Blood Knights (195)**

Endless Spells
———-
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

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

Additional Enhancement
———-
Artefact

Total Points: 2000 pts

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Steve Curtis – Soulblight Gravelords

Steve won two of their three games and beat Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in Round 1, Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in Round 2 and lost against Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe in Round 3.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Vyrkos Dynasty
Grand Strategy: Vampiric Conquerors
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Gravestride Corpse Eater (Drogg) (525)
– Allies

Belladamma Volga, First of the Vyrkos (200)*
Spell: Spirit Gale
Necromancer (125)*
– Spell: Fading Vigour

Wight King on Skeletal Steed (General)(130)*
– Command Trait: Kin of the Wolf


Battleline
———-
20x Deadwalker Zombies (115)*
20x Deadwalker Zombies (115)*
30x Grave Guard (420)*
– Reinforced: Twice

Units
———-
5x Blood Knights (195)*
3x Fell Bats (75)*

Endless Spells
———-
Emerald Lifeswarm
(60)

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1960 pts

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The Final Tournament Placings

Writing a Sci-fi Tabletop Wargame – Part 10

As with everything I would like this to be community driven, so if you see any typo’s or think paragraphs need rephrasing or moving then please let me know in the form at the end of this article.

Last Weeks Poll Results for Orders

Here are the results from last weeks polls.

Based on these results, the following section will be added to our living rules:

ORDER GENERATION

At the start of a turn each player will roll 2D6 and add the number of Generals they have on the table to that roll; this is their ORDER POOL.

WHO GOES FIRST?

Who gets to use an order first in the turn is determined by bidding. Once the ORDER POOL has been generated, each player should say how many orders they wish to use to bid for the FIRST ACTIVATION of that turn. Any orders that have been used to bid for the FIRST ACTIVATION are lost from the ORDER POOL regardless of whether the bid was successful or not.

For example, Player A rolls 9 for their ORDER POOL, and decides to use 4 orders to bid for the FIRST ACTIVATION of the turn. If they bid more than the opposing player, they can activate a unit first that turn. If they bid less than their opponent then they will have the SECOND ACTIVATION that turn. Regardless of whether the player wins the bid or not, they lose the number of orders that they used to try and claim the FIRST ACTIVATION that turn. In the case above Player A will have 5 orders remaining in their ORDER POOL which they can use to attempt to order their units with in the coming turn.

ORDERS

When an order is being issued, the player must first determine the score needed in order for the target unit to activate. To do so add the COMMAND RATING of the unit to that of the nearest friendly General on the table. This combined rating will then be used as a score which the player must equal or beat on a roll of 2D6 in order for the order to be effective. If the player does not achieve the score needed then an order is lost from their ORDER POOL and the next player then attempts an activation.

For Example, Player A wants to activate an elite unit on their left flank that has the possibility of claiming an objective. The units COMMAND RATING is 2, and the nearest General’s COMMAND RATING is 4, giving a combined total of 6. Player A rolls a 7 on 2D6 and so is able to issue an order to that unit.

THIS WEEKS POLLS

There are two further poll it has been suggested to me to add in regards to Orders.

Firstly, if a unit has been successfully given an order, does it carry out any actions the player wishes OR should it be a specific order such as move or shoot.

Secondly, if a unit has been issued an order can you then issue another order to the same unit? If so, should there be a limit on the number of orders any one unit can receive?

Next week we’ll begin to look at the stats of a unit.

–Peter

Suggestions?

Do you have any rules suggestions, or a topic you would like us to focus on next. Or perhaps you would like us to reword something in the main document. Anything you want, let us know below.

Tournament Review – The Nameless King

The Nameless King was a 1 day, 3 game AoS tournament run by Speccles of Twitter fame! I wrote about the Big Waaagh army I took to the event here.

Here’s the list for those who missed the original article.

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Weird ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Power of the Were-boar

Battleline
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
– 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Pig-iron Choppas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Ironjawz Fist

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 152
Drops: 11

Game 1 – Stormcast – Apex Predators

Game one was against Stormcast with 6 Longstrikes, teleporting on a 2+… but this had a twist. A Stardrake! You don’t often see these around because they are not a top tier warscroll for their points so it was great to see it on the table.

I was given the first turn, slightly advanced, and didn’t take any of the objectives as I didn’t want my heroes shot off the board. In response he shot at some Ardboyz and moved his Stardrake onto the centre objective.

Second turn, and I took Monstrous Takeover to take the right most objective, whilst my Brutes charged off his Aetherwing screen and a unit of Liberators. They were joined by a unit of Big Stabbas to increase the Waaagh points, whilst my Wurrgog moved up to bring the Stardrake into 12″ for next turn… hidden behind a screen of Ardboyz.

My Brutes were then shot to shreds, whilst the Stardrake charged into the Ardboyz – and so stayed within 12″ of the Wurrgog.

I got the third priority, he destroyed the objective with my MawKrusha on it… so I triggered the Mask on the StarDrake and did 14 wounds before the Wurrgogg died, this was enough for the MawKrusha to come barelling in, killing the Stardrake and getting the objective!

Wurrgog after the staring!

This gave the Longstrikes too much to shoot at and I ended up with a small 12-8 victory.

Game 2 vs Sons of Behemat – Feral Foray

A 3 Mega-Gargant, 3 mini-gargant list which ran at me… quickly! He smashed into the screens and the Gatebreaker hit the Orruk Brutes. I swung back, stared at the Gatebreaker doing 16 wounds before dying, but it was enough for the Brutes to finish him off.

They are big…!

The MawKrusha charged the mini-Gargants and killed them all with the significant help of the second unit of Brutes… they nearly killed the Maw-Krusha in return… but he survivied… just!

This meant I could then fight the Kraken & Stomper killing them all by the top of turn 4… a win and a big one (19-1) in a game that is very difficult for the Gargants because of the number of objectives.

Game 3 v Stormcast – Techtonic Inteference

This was another shooting list, with 3 Longstrikes, 6 Crossbows and 5 of the bow chaps… so I needed to Alpha Strike. I do however tend to follow a rule that the Maw Krusha doesn’t charge turn 1 – this is because he fluffs … a lot! But I had my Triumph and command points and needed to do damage so I broke my rule, and the Gore Gruntas and Maw Krusha went in. I killed 2 Judicators on the stomp, and then swung with the MawKrusha with All Out Attack and Inspired Triumph (+1 to wound)… and did nothing! Only 7 wounds which were all saved on 4+ and 5+… oh very dear!

An embarassing attack!!

I had moved up the entire army though and gained 6 points in turn 1.

My opponent then shot off the Maw Krusha… just – but because it was in combat with most of the shooting there was limited moves towards the objectives.

In Turn 2 I racked up the max 6 point again, and cleared the judicators off the central objective, gaining Waagh points as the Bodyguard stayed alive. In response he failed to shift my army, but did kill 10 Brutes… this was now about survival!

Turn 3 saw the Wurrgog stare off the Bodyguard and rack up 4 points… but I forgot my Furious Advance and cost myself 2 points! I haven’t do that in a while …! His turn 3 killed most of the Ardboyz, and captured one of the objectives.

Turn 4 and I took 2 objectives and tried for Slay the Warlord with my Wurrgog… but this time he failed; rolled a 1; 6 wounds and only save 1 of them. I couldn’t keep going because he was holding an objective. So I couldn’t do much damage so over to him… to kill most of my army.

Priority 5 was still important as it would get me a vital few points if I got it… I rolled a 4; but he finally got the 6 he needed, took it and tabled my army – winning by 1 point!!! Such a close game and I still think the Maw Krusha move was right – no damage was so unlikely! Still it will make me think twice as the last time he charged turn 1 I lost as well (into Paul Scott’s Nurgle at March to War!)

So I finished 2-1 and 4th, only 1 point behind 3rd, and only 2 points behind 2nd (who got a 20-0 in his last game)… so close!

I’ll definitely be back though – great fun.

— Declan

If you want to read more Tournament Reviews we have a page listing them

Book Review – Broken Realms: Morathi

By Games Workshop

Over a year on since the release of the Broken Realms books are they good and essential, or pretty eye candy for the completionist… read on!

Morathi, High Oracle of Khaine, sets her sights upon the greatest prize of all – the power of a goddess! As furious war consumes the Mortal Realms, the shadow-wreathed empire of Hagg Nar makes its ambitious play for power. The cruel and boundlessly cunning Morathi, ruler of the Daughters of Khaine, desires to claim her rightful place as a goddess – but to do so she must sacrifice her past, forge bitter new foes, and spill the blood of rivals and allies alike!

The Mortal Realms will never be the same again. In Broken Realms: Morathi, a new era begins for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, bringing with it seismic shifts in the status quo, epic stories, and new rules for your army however you prefer to play. Part narrative supplement, part rulebook, this first Broken Realms book allows you to immerse yourself in the Mortal Realms fiercest conflict yet.

The first in the Broken Realms series begins with the Story of Morathi, the Herald of Khaine, and includes a number of other related stories.

As a gaming book this had enabled the authors to add narrative battle plans, and the rules writers to change some warscrolls, and update points. It’s a well put together book with – as you might expect – lovely artwork, which advances the story significantly. Indeed this is one of the advantages of the these books – they can advance the overall narrative of the Age of Sigmar in a way that Black Library novels are rarely permitted to do.

Unfortunately, I can’t get past the price, which if you buy all 4 books in the series will be £100 – a significant investment if you want to keep up with the lore (as I do), and a reason why many people won’t be able to. GW do need to consider how to release the narrative elements of these books at a much more reasonable price.

A good book, and probably essential to those using Morathi, but for others it’s difficult to recommend just for the lore advancement – especially as the plot has probably been spoilt for you by now – especially if you watch the Warhammer+ Loremaster series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan

Tournament Preparation – The Nameless King (One Day – AoS)

Tomorrow (January 29th 2022) I’ll be going to my first 1 dayer event this year. I love one dayer events – I get to try out new stuff have a bit of fun and still have Sunday available to be at home and spend some time with my family.

The Nameless King is and event being run by Boards and Swords which is a gaming store based in Derby. They run regular one day events and are only 75 minutes away from me… so a great local tournament.

I have said previously that I would bring Gloomspite Gitz to a one-dayer, but after my success at March to War with the Big Waaagh I want to see whether I can do well in a 20-0 system with them. At March to War I went 4-1 but took a ‘sit-back’ approach, which doesn’t always work for a 20-0 system. Sure, I can win, but can I win by enough?

Without any further ado, the army:

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
 General
 Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
 Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Mount Trait: Weird ‘Un
 Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
 Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
 Lore of the Savage Beast: Power of the Were-boar

Battleline
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
 Jagged Gore-hackas
 2x Gore Choppas
 Reinforced x 1
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)**
 Jagged Gore-hackas
 2x Gore Choppas
 Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
 Pig-iron Choppas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Ironjawz Fist

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 152
Drops: 11

This is almost the same army as I took to March to War so to get an idea of how it works look here!

All Change…

… or not! The only change here is dropping the Marshcrawler Sloggoth for 2 x 2 Big Stabbas.

2 x 2 Big Stabbas… with a couple of conversions in there!

I raided my Gargants Bitz Box to find two big weapons for my second set of Big Stabbas and I think they work a treat. But… why Big Stabbas? During March to War I found that I reached the +1 to hit threshold a lot earlier than I had anticipated (by turn 2 most of the time). And so I have decided to replace him. I still have only a few Kruleboyz painted and I haven’t settled on a scheme so it was either 2 x 5 Ardboyz, or 2 x 2 Big Stabbas… as it gave me an excuse to get painting I’ve picked the Big Stabbas.

8 wounds for 80 points, 6+/6++ save means that an opponent will need to dedicate resources to killing them, and they can be teleported by Hand of Gork if required. At bravery six, they are unlikely to die to battleshock – they’ll either die or be alive!

During March to War I found my lack of rend a bit of an issue, so 3 attacks, 3+/3+/-2/2 is not a bad damage profile. With a 3″ range they can also hide behind units and still attack if the front unit is charged. Da Final Fling is also a great bonus few damage especially if I have to play a Seraphon monster list or the Sons of Behemat.

My only two other changes were switching out Smelly Un for Weird Un (4+ mortal wound save vs spells) and giving the Wurgogg a spell to slightly boost the movement and charge of the Big Stabbas.

As always I’ll let you know how I get on –

— Declan

Top Three AoS Lists from Grudge Hammer LVO Prep Event (US) – 8th January

This event saw a total of 26 players take part over three games. The event was designed to be a test for the tournament organisers in preparation for their larger competition at the end of the month.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

For the first time since we’ve covered the top three lists in 2022 the Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs are the most played faction in a tournament.

Win Rate

The Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs, despite being the most played faction at the event only managed a win rate of 41.7%.

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from Grudge Hammer LVO Prep Event.

Patrick Shifflett – Stormcast Eternals

The most played army at tournaments currently

Patrick won all of his games and beat Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 1, another Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 2 and Disciples of Tzeentch/Host Arcanum in Round 3.

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Knight-Draconis (General)(300)*
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Scintillating Trail
– Spell: Thundershock

Battleline
———-
4x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
– Reinforced: Once

2x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
2x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
2x Stormdrake Guard (340)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancement
———-
Holy Command: Steadfast March

Total Points: 2000 pts

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Sergio Ortiz – Idoneth Deepkin

Sergio alson won all three games beating Stormcas Eternals/Hallowed Knights in Round 1, Blades of Khorne/Reapers of Vengeance in Round 2 and Lumineth Realm-Lords/Zaitrec in Round 3.

Allegiance: Idoneth Deepkin
– Subfaction: Fuethan
Grand Strategy: Predators Domain
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Eidolon of Mathlann, Aspect of the Storm (330)*
– Artefact: Arcane Tome

– Spell: Unknown
Isharann Tidecaster (General)(105)*
Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Spell: Arcane Corrasion

Battleline
———-
10x Namarti Reavers (115)*
10x Namarti Reavers (115)*
10x Namarti Reavers (115)*

Behemoth
———-
1x Akhelian Leviadon (380)*

Units
———-
2x Akhelian Allopexes (250)*
– Reinforced: Once
2x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
– Allies

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1980 pts

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Jacob Brandon – Legion of the First Prince

Jacob also won all three games and beat Soulblight Gravelords/Avengorii Dynasty in Round 1, Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 2 and Fyreslayers/Vostarg in Round 3.

Allegiance: Legion of the First Prince
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs: Unknown

Leaders
———-
Kairos Fateweaver (435)
– Spell: The Master’s Command

Bloothirster of Insensate Rage (General) (280)
– Command Trait: Ruinous Aura

– Artefact: Armour of the Pact
Be’lakor (360)*
– Spell: The Master’s Command

Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne

The Contorted Epitome (255)*
– Artefact: Fourfold Blade
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
———-
10x Bloodletters (115)**
5x Flesh Hounds (105)**
5x Flesh Hounds (105)**

Endless Spells
———-
Emerald Lifeswarm
(60)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

Core Battalions
———-
*Command Entourage
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Total Points: 1995 pts

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The Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists from Norwegian Masters (NO) – 22/23rd January

This event saw a total of 17 players take part over five games.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

For the first time since we’ve covered the top three lists in 2022 the Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar are not the most played faction in a tournament.

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from Norwegian Masters.

Stian Engebretsen – Stormcast Eternals

The most played army at tournaments currently

Enge won all five games and beat Skaventide in Round 1, Beasts of Chaos/Gavespawn in Round 2, Stormcast Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 3, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 4 and finally the Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in Round 5.

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Knight-Draconis (General)(300)*
– Command Trait: Shock and Awe
Artefact: Luckstone
– Mount Trait: Celestial Instincts
Lord-Relictor (145)*
– Prayer: Translocation

Battleline
———-
2x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
4x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
– Reinforced: Once

5x Vindictors (130)*

Units
———-
6x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (480)*
– Reinforced: Once

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancement
———-
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total Points: 1965 pts

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Geir Vedeld – Idoneth Deepkin

Geir won four games from five and lost to Soulblight Gravelords/Legion of the Night in Round 1. After that initial loss he won all four of his remaining matches against Lumineth Realmlords/Ymetrica in Round 2, Soulblight Gravelords/Kastelai Dynasty in Round 3, Skavdentide in Round 4 and Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 5.

Allegiance: Idoneth Deepkin
– Subfaction: Fuethan
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs: Bloothirsty

Leaders
———-
Eidolon of Mathlann, Aspect of the Storm (330)***
– Artefact: Arcane Tome

– Spell: Flaming Weapon
Isharann Soulscryer (140)***
– Prayer: Curse

Isharann Tidecaster (General)(105)***
Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Rune of Surging Tide
– Spell: Vorpal Maelstrom
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (325)*
– Allies

Battleline
———-
10x Namarti Reavers (115)***
10x Namarti Reavers (115)*
10x Namarti Reavers (115)*

Units
———-
2x Akhelian Allopexes (250)**
– Reinforced: Once
1x Akhelian Allopexes (125)**
1x Akhelian Allopexes (125)**
1x Akhelian Allopexes (125)*
1x Akhelian Allopexes (125)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment
**Hunters of the Heartland
***Warlord

Total Points: 1995 pts

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Benjamin Flodda – Soulblight Gravelords

Benjamin also won four games and beat Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 1, Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 2 and lost against Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 3, beat Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 4 and Beasts of Chaos/Gavespawn in the last round.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Legion of Night
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)*
– Spell: Amethystine Pinions

Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (General) (435)**
– Command Trait: Swift Form

– Artefact: Shard of Night
– Mount Trait: Foetid Miasma
– Spell: Amethystine Pinions
Vampire Lord (140)**
– Spell: Flaming Weapon

Necromancer (125)**
– Aertefact: Morbheg’s Claw


Battleline
———-
40x Deadwalker Zombies (230)***
– Reinforced: Once
20x Deadwalker Zombies (115)*
10x Dire Wolves (135)***

Units
———-
Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (80)**
20x Grave Guard (280)**
– Reinforced: Once
3x Fell Bats (75)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord
***Hunters of the Heartlands

Total Points: 1995 pts

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The Final Tournament Placings