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One to Watch: PSU March to War

As a professional (*) and competitive (**) AoS player I like to look at lists before a tournament and spot the eventual winners. Sure, anyone can select the Dragon list or Morathi and Bow Snakes but in this occasional series I’ll be picking an army that should win…! However like Radio 4 picking a horse (***)… this may not be the best omen.

For the first article in this series I’ve gone through the lists attending Purple Sparkly Unicorns – March to War – and picked out my favourite list (and it’s not mine!!).

Aidan Clieve

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Befouling Host
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Indomitable
Great Unclean One (495)*
– General
– Plague Flail & Massive Bilesword
– Command Trait: Nurgling Infestation
– Artefact: The Witherstave
– Lore of Virulence: Fleshy Abundance
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Spoilpox Scrivener, Herald of Nurgle (120)*
20 x Plaguebearers (300)*
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Plaguebearers (300)*
– Reinforced x 1
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)*
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)*
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)*
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 146
Drops: 2

Stirring a pot of disease

As the newest army book on the block I’m looking forward to seeing them in the flesh, so I was always going to pick one of the three Nurgle lists for this preview.

Aiden has gone for a 2-drop so has a great chance of going when they want. It’ll still struggle against the few 1-drops in the tournament but I’m sure Nurgle can take a punch.

I’ve selected this army because its got a good mix from the Daemon side of the book as well as scratching the horde itch (40 Plaguebearers) in a meta that doesn’t see many hordes and so opponents may struggle against it. It also has 3 Beasts of Nurgle which at 110 points seem to be reasonable value for their versatility. All of these are battleline as well, so Hold the Line should be easy — or at least difficult to prevent.

There are also 2 Monsters – a Great Unclean One which will allow Battle Tactics including Monstrous Takeover, whilst making it difficult to get a +1 point for killing it… they are tough big buggers. And the second Monster is Bloab Rotspawned which is my favourite Maggoth Lord. The Miasma of Pestilence is a great spell and on a 6+ its got a chance to be cast – especially with his +1 casting from Windspeaker Bells.

I hope to catch a few pictures of this at the tournament if my games don’t go the full time!

Which list is your favourite to take out the tournament?

— Declan

(*) – well, I’ve won some best sports and 1 wooden spoon… and a raffle prize!
(**) – I would be… if Gitz were better
(***) A bit of a niche joke here… if it’s galloping over your head that’s fine.

Getting Started in Age of Sigmar

After Declan’s great article on getting started with Warmaster, we decided to perhaps turn this into a little series. So today I bring you getting started in Age of Sigmar!

For those who don’t know, Age of Sigmar is a fantasy game which is commonly played on a 60″ x 44″ board, with points values of 2,000 points bring the most common sized games. It is the replacement of Warhammer Fantasy and is designed to be a much simpler rule set to its predecessor.

Games Workshop has produced a number of videos explaining how to play Age of Sigmar.

1. Introduction

2. Overview

3. Warscrolls

4. Hero Phase

5. Movement Phase

6. Shooting Phase

7. Charge Phase

8. Combat Phase

9. Battleshock Phase

If you’re interested in getting into Age of Sigmar. I can’t suggest you start anywhere else but these excellent collection of videos.

— Peter

Tournament Preparation – March to War

In January (22nd & 23rd 2022) Purple Sparkly Unicorns are presenting March to War. They are a great fun group who can often be seen at tournaments sporting their unmissable club shirts!

It is a VERY sparkly Unicorn

This is my first tournament of the year, and the first since the FAQ drop and points changes, so I was unsure what to take. Regular readers will know I have a ‘reasonable’ collection consisting of most Destruction models. I was very tempted to use Kragnos to see how his new warscroll would work, or I could use an Ogor army and see why the US scene is running 4 Ironblasters…! Unfortunately I didn’t have them painted, and after Kragnos (v1) embarrassed himself at a THWG event last year, I wasn’t sure I trusted him in a two day tournament.

So next on the option list was Gitz… I am fortunate to have some 1 day tournaments booked in for later in the year and the Gitz are likely to make an appearance there… but in a world with Gargants, Sentinels, Krganos inspired Ogors, and Dragons… loads of Dragons … I don’t really want to play 5 games and lose all of them. I do try to avoid wooden spoons!

So that brought me back – in a very round-about-way – to the Warclans book. I had success with on release including a 4-1 at Leicester and temporarily gaining the ‘Best Ironjawz’ tag on Bad Dice Rankings. But I’d played them a lot in 2021, so perhaps something different? I have very few Bonesplitters and – although I have lots of Kruleboyz – I really want to have Hobgrots be good… so I haven’t painted much yet.

So why not Big Waaagh! Well the answer may be in the stats that The Honest Wargamer has given us!

Not taken very often!
With only 38 games played, Big Waagh is struggling against most opposition

So there was only one option really… let’s see if I can get them working!

Planning

What would the army include? Well as I have experience of the Ironjawz – and had lots painted – I would use these as a basis… what did that mean? Brutes… lots of Brutes!

Brutes and more Brutes!

The List

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: Smelly ‘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: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

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
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (150)*
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
 Jagged Gore-hackas

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Ironjawz Fist
Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 10

It’s another 10 drop… so I’m not going to decide who goes first… and with Big Waaagh I need to survive a few turns. Hopefully I won’t play dragons too often. However the Maw Krusha and Gore Gruntas have a reasonable turn 1 threat range to encourage my opponents to deploy more carefully. Will it work? We will see.

Character 1 – Megaboss on Maw-Krusha

The Megaboss on Maw-Krusha is a great unit, and a fun warscroll and is currently an auto-include in every Ironjawz list I have seen to date. His equipment is easy – a Rip Tooth for a 3+ armour save is this only real option.

I then make his mount a ‘Smelly ‘Un’ which is my go-to option at the moment, as it makes opponents -1 to hit in combat if you don’t charge. Perfect if you plan to alpha strike and then survive an opponent’s turn.

With the change in the Amulet of Destiny I have given him a Arcane Tome to allow my to take Touched by the Waaagh – to get up to +3 to cast – and Hand of Gork – so I can get closer to the enemy for those all important early charges.

Character 2Warchanter

I have only taken one this time, and he gives +2 Waaagh points a turn so I’ll need to protect him. If there’s no terrain he’ll hide behind the Maw-Krusha. As he’ll be hiding he’s been given Fixin’ Beat so he can heal anything that the Maw Krusha wounds with Touched by the Waaagh.

Character 3 – Wurrgog Prophet

I fought against 4 of these at Reading and they were great fun to play against. They can cast and dispel 2 spells, give +1 Waaagh Point and have a 4+ ward because of the Glowy Tattoos. But the best thing is his mask – and I hope to be able to stare down the enemy:

I can use this to keep units honest or just blow up the head of a Gargant – sure it requires a bit of luck and I’m rubbish at ‘push your luck’ mechanics but it’ll be fun and the 4+ ward save can be used against these mortal wounds so he has some protection.

Units 1 & 2 – 10 Brutes, 10 Brutes

20 Brutes, 3 wounds at 4+ save and Jagged Gore-Hackas. These guys can push out some serious damage, can stop 1 wound models counting on objectives (looking at Pink Horrors here!) and can be used as a screen if that is what’s needed. Plus they are great models, and who doesn’t love great models. They are definitely significantly better with the Warchanter buff (+1 damage) on them but I also love their movement shenanigans with redeploy and counter charge. They can suddenly be on an objective that your opponent thinks is safe.

They are also both in the War in the Heartlands battalion to stop monsters using their monstrous rampage abilities – this is great to guarantee that they can have the +1 to save (they rarely need the +1 to hit because they get this naturally against 4 wound models and I’ve got a Marshcrawler Troggoth).

If you’re unsure how Brutes work, you’re also in luck, for there’s an article on this very blog on it. Just here.

Units 3,4 & 5 – 5 Ardboys, 5 Ardboys, 5 Ardboys

Screens… lots of screens… and more screens! Also helping with Hold the Line or if I need to leave some objectives with small guards. My intention is to Hand of Gork these units near the enemy and then make a charge against a relatively small unit for the bonus Waaagh points. I’ll get +1 for charging, and an additional 1 if I’m still within 3″ of enemy at the end of the combat phase – so I’ll be wanting to charge weak screens here.

Unit 6 – Marshcrawler Troggoth

My only Kruleboyz unit and one I’ve used before – in my Squig Army at BoBo. He’s not bad, doesn’t count as a Orruk (unfortunately) but gives a huge bubble for +1 to hit. Why would I need him with the Brutes getting a natural +1 often and being able to use All Out Attack? Well he’s super cheap and can reduce the ability of -1 to hit to hurt my army. Plus it’s got Grots of it… and a Troggoth! So it’s like I’m still taking Gitz.

I’ve written further about this in a past article.

Unit 7 – Gore Gruntas

Despite their points increase they are still quick (super quick with Mighty Destroyers) and I’ll use them as a screen or to gain a cheeky +1 Waaagh point if I fail a Hand of Gork on the Ardboyz. Added to this the internet says they are good, so maybe my opponents will spend too much time trying to kill them… please!!

Big Waaagh! Grand Strategy & Triumph

For my Grand Strategy I have gone with Hold the Line – 5 units of tough Orruks are going to be difficult to kill especially as I can Hand of Gork them into corners if need be. There were a few other options, but this is the one I normally use so it is easier to remember!

With 40 points spare I may get a Triumph and so Inspired will allow me to get +1 wound – probably on the Maw Krusha or on a unit of Brutes if I manage to get the Warchanter buff on them.

Finally I have one additional thing to remember on Big Waaagh – there is a Battle Tactic I can do… Wait for it Ladz is successful if you start a turn with 24 Waaagh points and end with at least 30. It means I can’t call the Waaagh (which is +1 attack), but if I get that high it’ll likely be too late to use it effectively anyway. You can also use this when already on 30 so it’s a possible last turn Battle Tactics even if I’ve not got a lot left.

Waaagh Points!

Big Waaagh was very popular in AOS2 under the previous Warclans book, but it’s taken a hit this time with fewer points awarded and fewer rewards for your time… but I think I can make it work. I tend to sit back a little and wait to see what happens (except against those with a lot of range firepower and mobility like Longstrikes, Sentinels & Bow Snakes). So I should be able to accumulate some points.

I’ll get D6+3 each turn all 3 characters are alive, so they’ll be hiding a lot and they trigger at thresholds:

8++1 to Run for Orruks
10++1 to Charge for Orruks
12++1 Cast, Dispel, Unbind
16++1 to hit in Melee for Orruks
20++1 to wound in Melee for Orruks
24+Can call Waaagh. +1 attack, lose all points at end of phase

So I think I can get to 12+ with luck by turn 2 and 20+ by turn 3. The real question is whether I can stay alive long enough to crank up the Waaagh Points and get to the good stuff!

Finally… Bad Dice Rankings

And then as a bit of fun I’m going to see if I can get top Big Waaagh player (UK). Currently this is held on 38 points from a pre-book tournament in 2021… This means with 38 players I’ll need to finish 22nd or higher – it’s possible but I may need some luck. I just need to remember that the units I am using are good – even if the allegiance ability is probably a bit weak.

If you’re at the tournament come along and say hi! I love to speak to fellow gamers.

— Declan

Top Three AoS Lists from Golden Sprue AoS GT 2022 (New York, US) 15/16th January 2022

This event saw a total of 26 players take part in five games over two days.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

The appeal of playing with Dragons is obviously very strong at the moment, with seven of the twenty-six payers choosing to select the Hammers of Sigmar for the tournament. The winning list was also from this faction.

Win Rate

While the Hammers of Sigmar were the most selected faction/subfaction at the event and held the honour of a list in first and second place at the tournament, they were only middle of the table when it came to their win rate. Perhaps a sign that the popular list could be hard to use well?

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from Golden Sprue.

Corey Begley – Stormcast Eternals

Corey won all five games with 169 battle points.

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

Leaders
———-
Aventis Firestrike Magister of Hammerhal (310)*
– Spell: Thundershock
Lord-Relictor 
(General)(145)*
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Prayer: Translocation

Knight-Judicator with Gryph-Hounds
(205)*
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Celestial Blades


Battleline
———-
2x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
2x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
15x Judicators with Skybolt Bows
 (600)*
– Reinforced: Twice

5x Liberators (115)*
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons


Core Battalions
———-
Battle Regiment*

Total Points: 1950 pts

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Thomas Zhennan Guan – Stormcast Eternals

Thomas managed four wins from five and 153 battle points.

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

Leaders
———-
Lord-Relictor (General) (145)**
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Artefact: Mirrorshield
– Prayers: Translocation


Battleline
———-
4x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (440)*
– Reinforced: Once

2x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
2x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
2x Dracothian Guard Concussors (220)**
2x Dracothian Guard Concussors (220)**

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


Core Battalions
———-
*Redemption Brotherhood
**Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1965 pts

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Tyler Bushey – Ironjawz

James came third and also managed four wins from five with 147 points.

Allegiance: Ironjawz
Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (General)(480)*
– Command Trait: Mega Bossy
– Boss Choppa and Rip-Tooth Fist
– Artefact: Armour of Gork

Megaboss on Maw-Krusha 
(480)*
– Boss Choppa and Rip-Tooth Fist
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un

Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Killa Beat

Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat

Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat


Battleline
———-
3x Gore-Gruntas (170)*
– Jagged Gore-Hackas

3x Gore-Gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-Hackas

3x Gore-Gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-Hackas

3x Gore-Gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-Hackas


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

Total Points: 1985 pts

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Wildcard! Justin Hagelin – Gloomspite Gitz

Justin came in 13th out of 26th with a two drop squig heavy Gloomspite Gitz army that our Declan would be proud of, Especially as it includes Kragnos! This must have been a lot of fun to play.

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Subfaction: Jaws of Mork
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs:

Leaders
———-
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig 
(General)(110)*
– Moon-cutta
– Command Trait: Envoy of the Overbounder
– Artefact: Syari Screamersquig


Battleline
———-
10x Squig Hoppers (180)*
10x Squig Hoppers (180)*
10x Squig Hoppers (180)

Units
———-
10x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
– Reinforced: Once

10x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
– Reinforced: Once

10x Boingrot Bounderz (210)*
– Reinforced: Once


Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 2000 pts

The Final Tournament Placings

Peter’s Painting Challenge #1

So in response to the horror that is my backlog, I’ve decided to start a little challenge for myself.

I’ve created a spreadsheet with all of my backlog of miniatures listed inside, there’s a simple formula which will then choose a unit that is yet to be completed at random. My task is to paint that unit before moving on to anything else.

This will be to go side by side with my current projects of getting the Kruleboyz tournament ready and painting the oldhammer I have.

The first challenge according to the spreadsheet is……..

So, I’ll paint the smallest sized unit allowed in Warhammer Fantasy which is a unit of 10. When that’s done we’ll see what I have to paint next…..

Top Three Lists from Tempest (AoS)

Scott runs a lot of tournaments up in Stirling, Scotland at Common Ground Games. Unfortunately I’ve not been to one yet, but it’s definitely on the list of places to go! Warmaster is also run up there.

His latest tournament has just finished, and he has been posting the results – and lists – online via his twitter account and on Tabletop.to.

So before you continue with this article, pop onto Twitter and give Scott a well deserved follow! https://twitter.com/_wee_men

Welcome back!! I hope you liked Scott’s feed – it’s full of great coverage from the event and well worth a read. I followed along all weekend to the trials and tribulations of the competitors.., and the Dragons!!

1st Place – Daughters of Khaine – Nathan Watson (5-0)

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
– Temple: Hagg Nar
– Mortal Realm: Ulgu
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: 

Leaders
Bloodwrack Shrine (190)*
 General
 Command Trait: Devoted Disciples  
 Artefact: The Ulfuri  
 Lore of Shadows: Steed of Shadows
Hag Queen (105)*
 Artefact: Khainite Pendant  
 Prayer: Blessing of Khaine
Morathi-Khaine (330)*
The Shadow Queen (330)*

Battleline
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)**
 Reinforced x 2
20 x Witch Aelves (240)**
 Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers
 Reinforced x 1
10 x Witch Aelves (120)*
 Pairs of Sacrificial Knives

Units
5 x Khinerai Lifetakers (90)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Heart of Fury (55)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 101
Drops: 8

Nathan is rocking Morathi and the Bow Snakes and clearly did a lot of work here. The secret to Morathi’s success is no secret – she’s a beast! Being able to dish out good damage, knowing all the spell lore (interesting boost in the latest FAQ), and only taking 3 damage per player turn means that you can use her to block, kill big stuff and generally get in the way. If you’re opponent has no shooting she’s even better as she won’t suffer early wounds.

In AOS she is great and the FAQ made her stronger!

A word of warning though – this is not a pick up and play army… practice, practice, practice is the order of the day with this. There’s not many wounds available (101) and not a great save across the rest of the army.

Congratulations to Nathan.

2nd Place – Stormcast Eternals – Luke Garside (4-1)

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Knight-Draconis (300)*
 General
 Command Trait: Battle-lust
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Mount Trait: Thunderous Presence
 Spell: Thundershock

Battleline
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
 Drakerider’s Lance
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
 Drakerider’s Lance
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
 Drakerider’s Lance
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
 Drakerider’s Lance
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
 Drakerider’s Lance

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 101
Drops: 1

Stormcast Eternals are lucky enough to have a great Warscroll and the ability to make it into battleline. And Luke has done this shortly after the models were released over the Christmas break. Stormdrake Guard have a mortal wound shooting attack, great movement, and decent combat output. And they can survive! At 340 points they are exceptional value despite the massive points increase before they were released.

This army is relatively simple… go forward … kill the world … don’t die!

But that’s doing Luke a dis-service and you have to play well to get a 4-1 with such other great armies around (*Edited – thanks to John B below!)

It will take time for the AoS community to work out how to deal with this, but they do seem very, very good and it’s difficult to see them not winning a 5 game tournament in the very near future.

3rd Place – Stormcast Eternals – John B (4-1)

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

Leaders
Freeguild General on Griffon (290)*
 General
 Lance
 Command Trait: Ironoak Artisan
 Artefact: Spear of the Hunt
 Mount Trait: Soaring Guardian
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (325)*
Branchwraith (95)*
 Lore of Leaves: Lifesurge

Battleline
10 x Ironbreakers (115)*
10 x Ironbreakers (115)*
20 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (210)*
 Reinforced x 1

Units
10 x Shadow Warriors (120)*
4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)*
 Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Celestial Hurricanum (230)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 111
Drops: 

John B has another 1 drop army but very different from the Dragon list. I’ve seen similar, but never anything exactly like this… and it’s good! The Fulminators have a mortal wound shooting attack (see above!), the Celestant-Prime can arrive on the table on the game when needed and he has reach with the Crossbowmen.

It’ll be interesting to see this live to see how it plays… I’ve got little idea!

Wildcard! – Skaven – Cara Newby – 3-2

Peter Atkinson of Twitter, and Plastic Craic fame suggested that we pick a fourth army for our top three articles as an interesting list, one to watch for the future, or just because we like it.

I’ve chosen a Skaven list by Cara Newby.

Allegiance: Skaventide
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Master Moulder (95)*
– General
– Command Trait: Hordemaster

Master Moulder (95)**
– Artefact: Rabid Crown
Master Moulder (95)**
Master Moulder (95)***

Units
6 x Rat Ogors (285)*
– Mutation: Toughened Sinews
6 x Giant Rats (40)*
6 x Giant Rats (40)*
6 x Rat Ogors (285)**
– Mutation: Insanely Rabid
6 x Giant Rats (40)**
6 x Giant Rats (40)**
6 x Giant Rats (40)***
6 x Giant Rats (40)***
6 x Giant Rats (40)***
6 x Giant Rats (40)***

Behemoths
Hell Pit Abomination (240)*
– Mutation: Toughened Sinews
Hell Pit Abomination (240)**
– Mutation: Best-best Warpstone Spikes
Hell Pit Abomination (240)***
– Mutation: Accelerated Regeneration

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

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 152
Drops: 3

Cara was 3-1 going into the last round with a chance of a 4-1, and this list is great! Anyone who knows me, knows I love horde armies and this looks like a great example. I played a similar army at a 1 day THWG event last year and they are great at holding objectives, and stopping Cara getting Hold the Line must have been a real challenge.

Added to that the four monsters allow extra points from Battle Tactics including – at least – monstrous takeover. Added to that this must be fun to play against which is always something I look out for in a list.

Well done to Cara for 3-2 with a possible 4-1. I hope I’ll get a chance to see this in the flesh this year.

Thanks to Scott for running the tournament and keeping us all updated on Twitter… looks like everyone had a great time.

— Declan

Pot-Grot and his Assistant

The work towards Burning Skies continues. Today (or is that yesterday, it being 00:45 here right now) I finished my first models of 2021.

I’ll need to pick up the pace a bit though if I’m going to get the remaining 44 models done by late march…..

Top Three Lists from Clash of Swords (AoS)

Elysium Wargames recently ran a 2 day, 5 game Age of Sigmar tournament. It was run by Twitterer Ellis Priestley at Elysium Wargames.

By all accounts it went well, and Tom Patton took it out with Sons of Behemat and a 5-0 result!

The event was run on BCP (Best Coast Pairings App), so I was able to grab

Now, without further ado – the winning lists.

1st Place – Sons of Behemat – Tom Patton (5-0)

Following the Winter FAQ and the significant change to the Kragnos warscroll, Tom has decided to try him out in a Gargant list… and didn’t it do well! With 2 Gatebreakers and Kragnos this army is quick, likely has a triumph and can dish out damage… and the 6+ ward saves are not shabby on models with so many wounds.

This list seems to work in a similar way to the 3 Gatekeeper & 2 Mini-Gargants lists.

It’s great to see the Destruction God getting some play now that he has a new scroll, and I don’t think this will be the last 5-0 we see with him in the list.

Kragnos is now a Beast!

2nd Place – Stormcast Eternals – Jacob Whitehouse – 4-1

I reported on the success of the Stormdrake Guard at Blackout at the end of last year and they are back again. This is definitely an army that I would fear playing against, and if you want to go 5-0 you’ll need practice against it. It’s quick, mobile, the unit of 4 is great at ‘Unleash Hell’. It’ll breath on you (mortal wounds) and then charge! Definitely ouch.

I don’t know what Jacob lost to, but the new speed of Destruction with Kragnos may be able to outspeed this… however be careful of losing Kragnos – he’s no longer better if these guys are around.

3rd Place – Maggotkin of Nurgle – Mikey Herbert(4-1)

It’s great to see the new book doing well so early upon release (this was pre-FAQ). With 2 big guys and lots of Plaguebearers I imagine that this works very similarly to the Gargant list – walk onto the objectives and don’t die!

And Plaguebearers are masters at this approach. They may not be putting out much damage but with 2 wounds each they will be sticking around for a while.

I reviewed Nurgle upon it’s release, so you can read my views on it in a series of articles starting here.

Thanks to Ellis & Elysium Wargames for making the results easier to find. Sounds like everyone had a great time!

— Declan

Top Three AoS Lists from Atomic Age of Sigmar (Texas, US) 8th January 2022

These were the top three lists from Atomic Age of Sigmar held on 8th January 2022.

Bryan Lofton – Ossiarch Bonereapers

Bryan won all of his games gaining 39 battle points.

Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
– Subfaction: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumph: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Arkhan the Black (360)
Katakros 
(450)*
Mortisan Soulmason 
(General)(140)*
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour
– Spell: Empower Nadirite Weapons


Battleline
———-
10 x Mortek Guard (140)*
10 x Mortek Guard (140)*
5x Kavalos Deathriders
 (190)**
5x Kavalos Deathriders (190)**

Units
———-
2x Morghast Harbringers (185)*
3x Necropolis Stalkers 
(180)**

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

Total Points: 1975 pts

Gavin Grigar – Ogor Mawtribes

Gavin also managed three wins from three and 38 battle points.

Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
– Mawtribe: Underguts
Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Hrothgorn (General) (170)*
Tyrant (150)*
– Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
– Big Name: Fateseeker

Butcher (135)**
– Artefact: Gnoblar Blast Keg
Spell: Blubbergut Stench
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*

Battleline
———-
2x Frost Sabres (55)**
2x Frost Sabres (55)**
2x Frost Sabres (55)**

Units
———-
3x Hrothgorn’s Mantrapers (0)**
20x Gnoblars (100)**

Artillery
———-
Ironblaster (130)**
Ironblaster (130)
Ironblaster (130)
Ironblaster (130)

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

Total Points: 1960 pts

James West – Maggotkin of Nurgle

James came third and managed two wins and a draw while gaining 36 battle points.

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

Leaders
———-
The Glottkin (700)
– Spell: Rancid Visitations

Bloab Respawned
 (General)(300)
– Spell: Magnificent Buboes

Battleline
———-
10x Putrid Bightkings (500)*
– Reinforced: Once

5x Putrid Blightkings (250)*
5x Putrid Blightkings (250)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Hunters of the Heartlands

Total Points: 2000 pts

Pile of Potential – The Full List!

So I’ve spent some considerable time digging around my room to find what’s in my pile of sh… potential. This list is still missing a lot of non-Warhammer miniatures, but that aside this is complete. The remainder will be filled out once I get the time to look through my last remaining boxes.

As mentioned I have already posted about my Age of Sigmar collection. But here is the list in its entirety.

So what am I going to do with this? Well for a start I need to stop buying so much! Then I need to consistently paint stuff from start to finish, too many times have I painted a model to 80% completion then left it to do something else.

Therefore, this year my focus on painting will be the following:

  • Get the Kruleboyz Tournament Army ready for March 26th
  • Paint the Rogue Trader collection as and when they are received and don’t buy any more until complete
  • Finish the many, many models that are 50-80% complete and start clearing the semi-painted backlog
  • Get Cursed City painted ready to play with my family and friends.
  • Once that’s done it’ll be choosing units at random to paint to completion.