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Tournament Preparation – Hampshire GT

  • Big Waaagh list with Kragnos

After an incredible run ended at Quest of Champions, I’ve decided to take a fun army to Hampshire GT this weekend. But… I couldn’t bring myself to leave the Big Waaagh behind yet. So, I searched the book for something new to add and didn’t need to look far. I’d recently painted some new models so they were top of my list. The good news is that they are likely to be fun.

Peter A has also released some great advice on Big Waaagh in his latest blog post over on Plastic Craic (*).

Kragnos / Kraggy!

I’ve covered his painting a little in a Hobby update, having painted him to gaming standard last year, struggled with the old warscroll, and only finished him last month when Tom wanted to borrow him.

His new Warscroll is giving him a new lease of life and seeing so many of them at Quest of Champions last weekend has convinced me to give him a go.

Man-Skewer Bolt Boyz

Also covered in their own Hobby Update, these were painted for Peter at Battle of the Burning Skies but unfortunately he didn’t get to it so the ladz have been languishing on my painting shelf staring at my Gitz! The other Big Waaagh lists last weekend both brought 6 of these, but with Kraggy there aren’t that many points spare, so I’ve brought only 3 of them for a little fun sniping.

The List – Big Waaagh!

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 General
 Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
 Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
 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

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
 Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 122
Drops: 1

Battle Regiment or Warlord?

This was perhaps my most difficult decision – Each battalion gave different benefits and would both be viable choices, but in the end I went for the Battle Regiment and the 1 drop. With Kragnos in the army I think I need to know who is going first (or a 50/50 if I meet a fellow one-drop), because against anything with Mortal Wound shooting I can deploy Kraggy at the back next to the Warchanter – and go for the teleport.

9″ charge of 3D6 with a re-roll has a very good chance of hitting home. Sure if my opponent also has screens I’m in all sorts of trouble but that’s the fun of Kraggy.

The disadvantage here is that the Wurrgog is now on 6+ ward save, not the usual 4+ ward save so that he is very likely to kill himself. I’ll need to use him more as a 2 cast wizard for Mystic Shield onto Kraggy and using his Warscroll spell for any hordes I might face.

The Rulespack

Yes, I even read the rulespack and that was one of the reasons I decided to make the change to the army and bring something different.

Extract from Hampshire GT Rulespack

Making Minor Wins / Minor Losses more likely is a great way to potentially break up the pack… and my Big Waaagh list tends to win or lose by small amounts meaning Major Wins are slightly more difficult under this rule for my usual army.

Kraggy either wins big…. or get’s shot by Sentinels / Longstrikes / Dragons so I may be able to avoid those Minor Wins. This rule also gives you something to play for if its a ‘guaranteed loss’ game… get close – get a minor win and 10 TPs (better than a defeat at 0 TPs).

If you’re going as well, come and say hi – I’ll be rolling dice on the bottom tables likely, but I’m sure Kragnos will make it fun whilst I do so!

— Declan

(*) Actually I wrote this before his article was released, but it’s great fun to ‘blame’ PlasticCraic for this car crash of a list! Wish me a lot of luck.

3 Big Waaagh! Lists – Quest of Champions

This weekend I am off to Sanctuary Gaming for Quest of Champions (Heat 2), hosted by the people of Warrior Lodge.

I was fortunate enough to play Baz & Thomas at the Dazmaul Wargaming event a few weekends ago, and a lot of the Age of Chumps club have booked tickets for this event, so it promises to be a fun event.

The lists are being submitted via BCP (Best Coast Pairings) app and have been released today… and there are 3 Big Waaagh lists! Hurrah!

One is mine, and repeated last for convenience, but it’s great to see two others – completely different – being run as well. The thing I like about Big Waaagh lists is the variety available – sure mine is Ironjawz mostly, but it’s great seeing what others have and now – for the first time since switching to them – there are others playing them at the same tournament as me.

Orruk Warclan Book from Games Workshop – where you can find the Big Waaagh Allegiance.

Alex – Big Waaagh!

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

Leaders
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)*
– Artefact: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Wurrgog Prophet (150)**
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)**
– Lore of the Swamp: Nasty Hex
Orruk Megaboss (140)**
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Weird – Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
– Lore of the Weird: Bash ‘Em Ladz

Battleline
15 x Orruk Ardboys (255)***
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Orruk Ardboys (170)***
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Brutes (160)
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 1x Gore Choppas

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
– Jagged Gore-hackas
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas

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

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 151
Drops: 12

Alex has brought in Kruleboyz and range threat with the 6 Man-Skewer Boltboyz. They have the ability to shoot at up to 24″ something that my list doesn’t have. They are backed up by a Swampcalla Shaman who will be able to make the Boltboyz cause mortal wounds on a 5 or 6 to hit. They have 7 shots (2 damage) at 24″ range so that’s on average 4 mortal wounds – not a high amount, but within 12″ that suddenly becomes 13 shots with the same mortal wound chance – or 8 mortal wounds – good bye small characters.

He’s taken the Wurrgog Prophet with Glowin’ Tatooz to give him a 4+ ward in possibly the best single model in a Big Waaagh! list. He can stare at a unit within 12″ and do mortal wounds until they die (or he does!!) Beware of going near him as he needs over 14 successful wounds to kill him!

For the rest of the army Alex has taken hitty, hitty things mostly from the Ironjawz side of the book. The two Warchanters allow Violent Fury (+1 Damage) to keep coming and ensure the important +2 Waaagh points per turn, and the Orruk Megaboss can hit if need be – but he’s also a budget spell caster with the Hand of Gork for useful movement shenanigans. His troops are 2 x 3 Gore Gruntas which I would guess are either for shielding other units, or charging in early for extra Waaagh points and some early damages, and 25 Ardboyz (15 and 10).

Their profile isn’t anything to write home about (3/4+/3+/-/1) but with Waaagh points they are quickly 3+/2+ and Violent Fury can get them to 2 damage as well. Ignore them at your peril… and if you don’t a Rally works on a 4+ – if you go in, make sure you kill them. The hitty stuff is rounded off with 5 Orruk Brutes with Jagged Gore-Hackas for the -2 rend. Once again with Violent Fury these guys can put a dent in anything – up to and including a Mega Gargant – so can’t be ignored. Of course their Bravery is a problem but I imagine Alex will be keeping back some Inspiring Presence for them if the need arises. And he’s finishing it all off with a Mirebrute on Troggoth – this thing can swing, get damaged, and swing with more! It’s great a number one target for a lot of armies meaning the rest of the force is left alone to do it’s stuff.

What a great army, and certainly different from the one I’m running. Great to see the Kruleboyz making an appearance as well. Good Luck Alex!

Mike – Big Waaagh!

Mike caught me at March to War where my Big Waaagh had their first outing and we spent some time discussing what else was possible… well he’s certainly brought something different.

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

Leaders
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork (280)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)**
– Artefact: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)**
– Lore of the Swamp: Nasty Hex
Orruk Warchanter (115)**
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Battleline
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)**
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)***
– Reinforced x 1

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 130
Drops: 11

With slightly fewer wounds than Alex or me, you may be thinking this army is easier to beat, but you’d be wrong. Mike has gone for the 6 Bolt Boltboyz and a Swampcalla Shaman as well so has ranged output – in today’s Age of Sigmar a real boon – and a Wurrgog Prophet with Glowin’ Tatooz (I mean, it’s in the book for a reason!!); but he then starts to have some differences… and some of them are big!

The Warchanter is the Wizard with Hand of Gork – remember it can teleport friendly units – which leaves Mike with enough points to take not one, but two monsters. And they’re both Kruleboyz!

Gobsprakk is the first option as the Mouth of Mork. He is definitely anti-wizard doing damage on a successful dispel and being able to dispel once on a 3D6 for that critical spell, on that critical turn. With the +1 from Waaagh points normally gained in turn 2 this makes him great at dispelling and may even convince some opponents not to cast at all – a win/win! Sure he’s a little easy to kill if the opponent charges him, but there’s loads of screens.

The second monster is a Sludgeraker… so those Boltboyz are doing 3 mortal wounds for each 6 rolled. Sure, there’s no rerolls like Sentinels so you can’t go fishing, but it’s a great output and can be used on an ‘Unleash Hell’ – so be careful charging anywhere near those Boltboyz. I’ve only fought one once and have an unassembled one upstairs – they are lovely models and – whilst expensive – they can also fight themselves. Having two monsters makes Monstrous Takeover almost a given, and can even get some bonus points from Savage Spearhead (with Fast Un he’s quick) and using the Warchanter or Swampcalla to get Furious Advance with Monsters – great for those extra points which can be key to victory.

Outside characters, Mike has resisted any temptation to try out the Gutrippaz who are over-costed and has gone for 2 x 5 Ardboys for screening / objective control and 10 Brutes for smashing – you can guess when you get near where the Violent Fury is going.

The army is rounded off by a unit of 3 Gore Gruntas who are great fun for a turn 1 strike is an opponent deploys poorly – with Violent Fury, Mighty Destroyers, move 9″ and charge they can make a mess turn 1, or make your opponent consider taking the first turn and wasting it. A great addition.

It’ll be great to catch-up with Mike & Alex at the event and I wish them both luck – it’ll be great to see different Big Waaagh lists piloted at events.

And, just for completeness my list:

Declan – Big Waaagh!

The Ladz stand ready.

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

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: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11 

It’s mostly Ironjawz, but with the Wurrgog. I’ve gone for the Maw Krusha because of his threat – it’s monstrous – and then hitty models… lots of hitty models.

You can find out how it works elsewhere on Woehammer, so I won’t repeat myself! Just check out some of my other articles on it.

Good luck to all the other players this weekend as well – especially my fellow Chumps!

— Declan

Tournament Review – Burning Skies

2,000 point, 3 game Age of Sigmar Tournament, 27th March 2022

This was a local tournament just the other side of Northampton run by Savage Hammer and Greetings from the Warp as their first AoS tournament in a while. As a local event we managed to get an Age of Chumps invasion team going, and it was great to see everyone again in one place.

It was a small event with 20 players including some people attending their first tournaments. It’s great to see new people in the hobby enjoying themselves and scrapping for that win (or the wooden spoon!)

I took Big Waaagh! with me and the same list as I have used for the last two tournaments. (Chumpionship, Raging Rivers GT, and Dazmaul AoS)

Big Waaagh!

– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line

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: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11

At Chumpionship I went 3-0 (1st) and at Raging Rivers 3-0 (2nd), and a 5-0 (1st) at Dazmaul, and the Big Waaagh were definitely running well. At some point the winning / undefeated streak would end, so, again, I was aiming for a 2-1.

Game 1 v Rhys (Flesh Eater Courts) – Apex Predators – Major Win

Rhys is one of the club, Age of Chumps, and has been playing Fyreslayers recently, but he switched to Flesh Eater Courts to bring a 5 Terrorgheist list along to this tournament…! A boy was it scary from across the table.

Rhys gave me first turn and I was fairly conservative in my opening, not going for any of the objectives with my heroes and pushing out my army. The only exception being the Gore Gruntas, who had Mystic Shield and Violent Fury and went charging into one of the Terrorgheists! I did 12 wounds, and left it on 2 wounds left. I quickly lost 2 Gore Gruntas to the screaming in Rhys’ turn whilst a unit of Ardboyz lost a model to his general. He charged in a Terrorgheist into the Ardboyz, bringing in a unit of Brutes behind them, and the other Terrorgheist stayed in combat with the remaining Gore Grunta.

I lost some Ardboyz, but the Gore Grunta proved his worth and killed his Terrorgheist, whilst the Brutes killed the one that had inadvertently charged them.

Rhys won priority, and gained 2 objectives, completing battle tactics and 3 points from, ‘1 / 2 / more’ but he lost another Terrorgheists charging into another Ardboys / Brutes combo on my right, although I did lose 5 Brutes! In my turn 2 I chose Bring it Down, and my Maw Krusha engaged the final ‘normal’ Terrorgheist, killing it. I still had no objectives as I had killed the leader on the objective with stomp, so not with a Melee attack.

I won priority into turn 3, gave it to Rhys and destroyed the objective held by his general meaning he couldn’t get onto an objective this turn; he went for Broken Ranks, but failed to kill the Brutes near him, whilst I took 2 objectives (Aggressive Expansion), and killed another of his support heroes.

Using a summoned unit, Rhys completed Savage Spearhead in my turn, charged my Warchanter, killed it with Stomp, and then pile-in into the Wurrgog!

Wurrgog in epic battle… and he lives!

Unfortunately, that stopped Rhys getting a point for the objective, and then the Wurrgog stared at the General, for a few wounds, everyone else moved out of the way whilst the Maw Krusha barrelled in and Slew the Warlord… that was game!

In turn 3 Paul had to teleport his Skink block to get an objective leaving his Engine and 3 characters alone; and I caught them and killed them

Game 3 v Dan (Maggotkin of Nurgle) – The Vice – Major Win

We started Vice with Furious Advance, and not a lot of movement from me, whilst Dan advanced quickly towards my army. He brought his general on the board edge, and charged a unit of Ardboyz to start the disease racking up.

Army set-up for paint judging!

Dan won priority for turn 2, took Savage Spearhead and charged onto my objective on my left… taking it although the Brutes did some damage and didn’t take too much back. In return I selected Slay the Warlord at the Wurrgog was within 12″ of the Lord of Afflictions… one dead Lord later and the Wurrgog still very much alive. I got the objective back, by bringing a Warchanter onto the objective.

Dan won priority 3, took conquer and got the objective back again, only for me to bring the Maw Krusha in and kill a battleline! Still one point behind, but Dan was running out of models.

I then won a priority, and took out half of his remaining army charging on my right, and bringing the Maw Krusha up for a cheeky charge on one of the Beasts. Everything in combat died and Dan was forced to try to get 2 units causing disease in combat to the Maw Krusha. Unfortunately he failed, I grabbed Savage Spearhead for my final turn.

The question around the room, was who was going to play the Dragon/Fulminator list!

Game 3 v Ash (Lumineth Realm Lords) – Marking Territories – Draw

I have never played Marking Territories, as it is not often selected by tournament organisers, and I can see why. It doesn’t have VPs and has an auto-win condition (hold all objectives). Unfortunately that made it a cagey game, with Teclis and the Sentinels trying to chew through my army quickly enough for grab all the objectives, and me trying to survive.

Turn 1 and Teclis did 24 mortal wounds to my army through the spell portal (ouch!) and set up all the defences. The Sentinels hit a unit of Ardboyz. My Gore Gruntas charged a unit of Wardens but only killed 8 (despite Violent Fury), meaning they ‘grew’ back with Emerald Lifeswarm throughout the game. I unfortunately failed Hand of Gork with Teclis outside 30″.

Turn 2, and Teclis shuffled forward for Monstrous Takeover, whilst the Sentinels finished the Ardboyz on my right. I took Furious Advance, and failed Hand of Gork again… no damage done!

Turn 3, I won priority and gave it to Ash, destroying one of his objectives. I did this more so that Ash couldn’t… I was running out of wounds! Ash selected Broken ranks, but only did 10 wounds to a unit of Ardboyz, I had 4 ward saves… and made one! Ash has failed a Battle Tactic which could mean the difference here as it didn’t look like either of us was getting the Major. I took Monstrous takeover and moved the Maw Krusha forward a little… I did succeed in Hand of Gork this time and moved the Wurgogg behind the Sentinels within 12″ in case I got the priority.

Turn 4, and I did get the priority, however the Wurrgog was clearly tired from the previous games and only killed 7 sentinels before dying… boo! I did get my Battle Tactic (Wait for It Ladz), so I was 4-2 up… but Ash made up for his Broken Ranks failure and killed the Maw Krusha (Bring it Down) with the Sentinels doing one more wound than required! So 4-3…

Turn 5, and back to Ash with the priority giving his Furious Advance and killing unit of Brutes. I went for Broken Ranks on the Sentinels (the only ones I could reach), had to use 2 command points for Mighty Destroyers leaving a 10″ charge… failed and it was a draw which was a fair result.

Results

With 2-1-0 I was still unbeaten, and thanks to my first two games I was slightly ahead of Ash on the secondary score (VPs), so was fortunate enough to grab 3rd place! So 1st, 2nd, 1st, 3rd with Big Waaagh! Never been on a hot run like this before.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Savage Hammer and Greetings from the Warp for organising! I’ll definitely be back.

This event was sponsored by Sarah at SCN Hobbies, who also provides Peter & me with our toys at a 25% discount – which you can get too by asking to join the mailing list.

Chumps ride again!

The Chumps are off to Quest of Champions Heat 2 next weekend, which promises to have some difficult games – with a lot of people going to AoS Worlds (Prague, May) attending! It’ll be great to see how we all get on, and maybe we’ll get some more friendly fire and be drawn against each other again.

— Declan

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Tournament Review – Dazmaul Wargaming

2,000 point, 5 game Age of Sigmar Tournament, 19th & 20th March ’22

With COVID restrictions reducing more people are starting to run tournaments, so when I spotted Dazmaul Wargaming were running an event locally to me I signed up straight away. The date was then clashed with an event at Warhammer World but as this event was local I stuck with my original choice!

Dazmaul Wargaming are a great bunch of lads, or run a small youtube channel, so go check them out:

The gents talk about their plans!

I took Big Waaagh! with me and the same list as I have used for the last two tournaments. (Chumpionship and Raging Rivers GT)

Big Waaagh!

– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line

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: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11

At Chumpionship I went 3-0 (1st) and at Raging Rivers 3-0 (2nd) so I was hopeful that I would be able to get a cheeky 4-1 and complete a Hobby Goal early in 2022.

Game 1 v Paul (Seraphon) -First Blood – Major Win

I had recently played Paul at Purple Sparkly Unicorns event at Element Games with a similar Seraphon list. Paul uses Kroak and a block of 30 Skinks who get all the buffs. Because of the recent Battlescroll changes to Salamanders (give up an extra VP) Paul swapped his Salamanders for an Engine of the Gods (not a bad unit to be able to tag in)!

The Dazmaul tournament was being played on 6’x4′ tables which took a little time to get used to – not least that easy turn 1 charges (with Gore Gruntas for example) became more difficult to achieve. It also meant that Kroak had to advance slightly more than normal leaving a suspicious Brutes size hole behind him!

Paul took turn 1, did a little damage and set up to take a charge, whilst I teleported Brutes behind Kroak but failed the charge.

Brutes with Violent Fury (+1 Damage) fail 9″ charge into Kroak.

Fortunately I won the second turn, and had the Maw Krusha join the Brutes near Paul’s table edge. Brutes charged into Kroak and the Saurus Guard and Maw Krusha charged the Realmchanger – but failed to destroy it.

I called the Waagh, Killed a unit of Saurus who had been summoned turn 1 and left the General on 1 wound. Unfortunately I failed to kill Kroak as Paul rolled an 8 on 3D6 to have him not pop (he needed a 10 to die)

But… I had Paul pinned back and not a lot left with Brutes coming in as well for turn 3. His Engine of the Gods did roll a triple 6 (double all attacks for the army (!) which meant the Brutes behind Kroak mostly died, and Kroak retreated. The Engine charged the MawKrusha and did a lot of wounds with double attacks, but I survived and killed the Slaan general.

In turn 3 Paul had to teleport his Skink block to get an objective leaving his Engine and 3 characters alone; and I caught them and killed them with the 2nd unit of Brutes allowing the Maw Krusha to catch Kroak.

Game 2 v Baz (Morathi) – Apex Predators – Minor Win

Baz was paying attention to TTT results as they came in and worked out that we would play each other… Morathi and the Bow Snakes on Apex Predators is my worst match up as I don’t have a consistent way of killing Morathi quickly… oh dear!

Knowing that my usual sit back approach wouldn’t work I went for a turn 1 charge with Brutes (teleport) and Gore Gruntas into the Shadowstalkers but failed them both leaving the two units in a lot of trouble!

Baz teleported little Morathi onto one objective to start racking up points from turn 2, and killed the Brutes and Gore Gruntas with Morathi taking the middle objective for no damage done.

Baz got the second turn and the racking up of points continued, whilst in my turn 2 Ironskulz Boys charged little Morathi and did 3 wounds, whilst the Maw Krusha took the third objective.

3 damage on little Morathi as I try to start the clock!

I went first into turn 3, which meant Baz removed my objective. I did 3 wounds on big Morathi with the Wurrgog and destroyed the 5 spear-snakes with Maw Krusha. I also teleported 10 Brutes behind his lines and killed his general. I left my Big Stabbas so that Morathi could charge them and keep the objective, in the hope I could do three wounds in Baz’s turn. Baz took Broken Ranks on the Brutes, and shot them so only 2 were left, setting the 10 snakes up for the charge… which he forgot to do – failing the Battle Tactic. I owe him a rematch!

My turn 4 and Wurgogg finished off Morathi giving me the middle objective and leaving Baz with no heroes. This allowed me to sneak back to a 18-18 draw, but I had completed all my battle tactics and Baz had missed Broken Ranks – a Minor Win to me in the most fortunate of circumstances.

Game 3 v Kelvin (Soulblight Gravelords) – The Vice – Major Win

Kelvin had a Soulblight Gravelord list with 3 ambushing units (2 Blood Knights and a unit of 3 Vargheists, as well as Manfred. He gave me first turn, and I cast Hand of Gork on some Brutes, with Violent Fury, and charged them into the 40 Zombies… they died! Whilst this was a reasonable start for body reduction it’s only 230 points and half could automatically come back, which they did!

The Vargheists came on ambush to attack my Big Stabbas but missed the charge, whilst Manfred bravely charged the Brutes. He survived, just, but would spend much of the rest of the game healing in a corner.

I kept up the steamroller, killing the Dire Wolves with the Gore Gruntas, whilst I consolidated my two objectives. I just failed to capture one of Kelvin’s. His 2nd turn saw the Blood Knights turn up and charge… straight into the Maw Krusha. He did his thing, stood his ground and killed 4 of them, but Kelvin had won the objective giving him an early lead.

I won turn 3, and counter charged the Blood Knights killing them all whilst the Gore Gruntas and Brutes took out Zombies on Kelvin’s objective; which he couldn’t take back as Manfred was still healing.

Turn 4, and the centre objective became active, but I parked most of my army on it, and killed the Skeletons leaving Kelvin with very little left to get points. The 6×4 made a difference again, with the Skeletons in particular struggling to make an impact with their small movement.

Game 4 v Johnny (Idoneth Deepkin) – Tooth and Nail – Major Win

Johnny was using the new IDK rules and flipped the tides so he would strike first in turn 2… unfortuantely the board made it impossible for him to reach me in turn 2 as he set up defensively and then couldn’t reach me. I just hid on my home objective whilst Ardboyz and Ironskulls Boyz held the 2 neutral objectives for 2 turns (after some poor shooting), getting me ahead in points.

A lovely army!

This meant his Thralls didn’t see combat, and I got to charge his Turtle and Eidolon in the last turns to grab some Kill Points. We chatted afterwards and agreed that Johnny was a little too conservative and scared of the Maw Krusha… although it would have made a mess being amongst his units turn 2 with strike first would likely have killed it had I charged. Hopefully Johnny will get a better chance next time we meet.

Game 5 v Tom (Slaves to Darkness) – Feral Foray – Major Win

Being in the lucky position of having reached my target of 4 wins I could relax into game 5… although with Archaon on the board it would be interesting! Another big God model. Tom & my game was also recorded by The Hobby Room and you can find it here:

This was a game of manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre with not a lot of fighting, but a great game!

Tom gave me turn 1, and I moved up the Gore Gruntas and teleported a unit of Brutes in the hope of capturing one of his objectives. The Gore Gruntas made it, but the Brutes sadly failed so I killed the Spawn but Tom kept the objective. In his turn Archaon teleported into my territory and he took one of my objectives with a Varanguard unit. Unfortunately for him he failed a charge with Archaon but it didn’t make a difference to the scoring.

Archaon’s dice of fate showed that Tom went first turn 2, and he killed my Big Stabbas on the right, consolidated the objective on my left and destroyed it. Archaon didn’t charge this time, but by choice! His minions could do the job. I charged Brutes into Varanguard with Violent fury but only did 6 wounds (!) leaving them with 2 models and still in combat. This did have a small advantage in that it gave me extra Waaagh points. Meanwhile the Maw Krusha teleported onto Tom’s left and took an empty objective, also burning it; although failing a charge attempt into the Iron Golems.

Archaon gave Tom turn 3, allowing me to destroy my own centre objective and leaving only 3 objectives on the table; one of which I held with a lot of Brutes, and a Wurrgog. So Tom teleported Archaon and tried to charge the MK (as he could charge and keep the objective), but failed the charge. I then teleported the MK to Tom’s right most objective, used Fast Un to be within 3″ of the Lord, charged, killed him, and burned the objective. It was dead level at 16-16 all! Would the priority decide it?

And… it went to Tom again. He picked Bring it Down, moved the Varanguard up to the MK allowing me to redeploy him… a 6!! This left Archaon with a 10″ charge after his 14″ move – the big tables came to my rescue again, and Archaon failed the charge, and the Varanguard chose not to go in on their own. Tom had failed a battle tactic though, so a door was open. All I need to do was succeed in Hand of Gork – thanks to Touched by the Waaagh it worked, and I teleported back to my last hime objective, gaining Monstrous Takeover and spread out the army to stop Archaon teleporting and charging in his turn.

Turn 5, and Tom killed the Wurrgog with Varanguard (after Archaon failed another charge roll, gaining him a StD Battle Tactic. In response I gained ‘Wait for it Ladz’ battle tactic, teleported the Maw Krusha again and picked up some kill points.

An incredibly close game, which Tom could easily have won with some different dice rolls. Thanks again to Ben & The Hobby Room for recording it – it was interesting to look back and sorry the Wurrgog never got to stare in this game!

Results

I had finished 5-0 which is my first 5-0 ever in over 20 years of gaming, and makes it 11-0 in the last three tournaments with Big Waaagh! I almost think I should take a break with them, but I had to hand in a list for a local one-dayer before this event so they are playing next weekend too!

After the soft scores were added in, I also was fortunate enough to win the tournament, which is also my first 2 dayer win ever as well! A weekend of firsts.

Thank you for Dazmaul for hosting, and for all my opponents you were all gents. I hope to see you all again, and give you a chance for revenge against the teleporting Maw Krusha.

— Declan

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Top Three AoS Lists from Dazmaul Wargaming 2022 – 19/20th March 2022

Dazmaul Wargaming 2022 was a five game event that took place in Daventry, England on 19th and 20th March. It saw 26 players fight it out to be crowned champion.

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1st Declan Waters – Big Waaagh

Our very own Declan gets to feature in a top three after winning all five games beating Seraphon/Fangs of Sotek in Round 1, 2nd placed Baz Norman Jr and his Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron list in Round 2, Soulblight Gravelords/Legion of Night in Round 3, Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 4 and 3rd placed Tom Wainwright and his Slaves to Darkness/Hosts of the Everchosen list in the last round.

Allegiance: Big Waaagh
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– 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: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11

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2nd Baz Norman Jr – Daughters of Khaine

Baz managed an impressive four wins and one loss, losing against 1st placed Declan and his Big Waaagh list in Round 2. He beat Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 1, Daughters of Kahine/Hagg Nar in Round 3, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 4 and Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 5.

Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Subfaction: Khailebron
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
Morathi-Khaine(660)*
The Shadow Queen (660)*
Melusai Ironscale (115)*
– General
– Command Traits: Mistress of Illusion
– Artefacts of Power: Whisperdeath

Battleline
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
– Reinforced: Twice

10x Blood Sisters (280)*
– Reinforced: Once

5 x Blood Sisters (140)*

Other
9x Khainite Shadowstalkers (120)*
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (120)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1975/2000

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3rd Tom Wainwright – Slaves to Darkness

Tom also managed to get four wins with a single loss during their weekend, losing to Declan in Round 5. Beating Soulblight Gravelords/Legion of Blood in Round 1, Ogor Mawtribes/Bloodgullet in Round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in Round 3, and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 4.

Allegiance: Hosts of the Everchosen
– Subfaction: Sixth Circle
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Archaon (860)*
– General
– Spell: Mask of Darness

Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Lord (120)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

BATTLELINE
3x Varanguard (280)*
3x Varanguard (280)*
8x Iron Golems (75)*
5x Chaos Knights (170)*

UNITS
1x Chaos Spawn (55)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000

Tournament Placings

PlayerFactionSubfactionWDL
Declan WatersBig Waaagh!None500
Baz Norman JrDaughters of KhaineKhailebron401
Tom WainwrightHosts of the EverchosenSixth Circle401
Matthew BellLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec401
Alex IrelandMaggokin of NurgleBefouling Host401
Daniel TadmanDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar302
Tom LawlerMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men302
Paul BurrowSeraphonFangs of Sotek302
Mark PooleIronjawzBloodtoofs302
Toby ThomasOgor MawtribesBloodgullet302
James LinfordBeasts of ChaosNone302
Kelvin MakepeaceSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night302
Paul HeathOgor MawtribesBoulderhead212
Johnny PoyserIdoneth DeepkinFuethan203
Andrew CookStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar203
Cal EverittKruleboyzBig Yellers203
Marc PotterStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar203
Alex HamiltonCities of SigmarLiving City203
Jack HunterOssirach BonereapersPetrifex Elite203
Tom CareSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night203
Barney CopperCities of SigmarHammerhal203
Jonathon BarlowSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Blood113
Steve HampshireSeraphonDracothion’s Tail104
Dan SmartOgor MawtribesBloodgullet104
Neil BowdenStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar104
Daz MaulSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Blood005

Tournament Review – Raging Rivers GT

2,000 point, 3 game Age of Sigmar Tournament, 5th March 2022

On 5th March 2022, Rob Symes (of Honest Wargamer fame) ran another of his one dayer tournaments at his place in Nottingham. This is a great venue with 8 tables and plenty of space around each table meaning that the Vice doesn’t cause any issues! (Not that we played it). There is also lots of big scenary pieces with impassable and a better version of obscuring to make shooting more difficult. There are also some large garisonable buildings, but you can’t garrison into or out of combat.

You can check out Rob on Twitch & YouTube as well.

Once again, I took my Big Waagh list which was identical to the list I took to Chumpionship last weekend.

Big Waaagh!

– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs:

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: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz (80)***
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
2 x Savage Big Stabbas (80)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 11

After my success last weekend – going 3-0 and picking up first place – I was hoping for a 2-1 here… although the draw would affect this.

Game 1 v David (Stormcast) – Power Struggle – Won 19-1

David brought a Stormcast list that he had collected through the Mortal Realms magazine and this was his first tournament. David later got his first tournament win as well – Congratulations to him.

David’s Army – Stormcast armies are small in model count now!

This meant he had the Longstrikes with Relictor and Translocation (teleport on 2+, re-rollable) so he had output. He also brought and Imperatant, Bastian Carthalos, Fulminators, 2 x 5 Vindictors, and 6 (!) Annihilators.

He started with the Annihilators and Fulminators off the board and decided to take the first turn.

I zoned out my deployment zone and heavily weighted my left flank (after re-deploy)
The Relictor is hiding behind the large Realm Gate in David’ deployment

Because the Maw Krusha could reach the Longstrikes turn 1, David took the first turn, moved the right hand (my view) Vindictors moved onto the central objective, and the other Vindictors moved up to protect the Longstrikes. The Longstrikes didn’t shoot in the hero phase, but in the shooting phase killed two of the Gore Gruntas. In my first turn I gave a unit of Brutes Violent Fury, then cast Hand of Gork successfully and teleported the Brutes onto the empty objective. This left them within 9″ of the Relictor! I charged; rolled the 9 and killed the Relictor.

Turn 2, I got the double turn, Hand of Gorked a Warchanter to the Brutes in David’s deployment zone, and then charged the world! Brutes into the centre, Brutes into Longstrikes and Maw Krusha into Vindictors and Imperatant. They killed everything, leaving David with only Bastian on the board, who did 3 mortal wounds on the Maw Krusha, charged him and did another 10 wounds to it. The Maw Krusha then Krush’d him back. Meanwhile the Annihilators dropped onto my back left objective and took it back, killing a Warchanter and some Ardboyz but leaving them within 12″ of the Wurrgog.

David got third turn priority, took it and I destroyed the objective under the Annihilators. They finished off the Ardboyz, and the Fulminators dropped, but failed their charge after shooting off some more Ardboyz. Wurrgog stared down 4 Annihilators and the Maw Krusha headed back to my board side. Unfortunately, David was out of the game at this point, but he did get Savage Spearhead, and I failed Broken Ranks with a charging Maw Krusha which meant David got 1 tournament point. A great game, which would have been very different if I hadn’t got the double turn into 2.

Game 2 v Thomas Waller (Flesh Eater Courts) – Apex Predators – Won 13-7

Thomas & I have been to a lot of tournaments in the last 6 months, but not played against each other, so it was great to get a game. He brought his FEC with 2 Terrorgheists and a Zombie Dragon and lots of summoning!

The Big Beasties from Thomas’ Army. He also has 3 x 10 Ghouls!

I struggle with Apex Predators, because I don’t like putting my Warchanters & Wurrgog in the middle of danger. Thomas asked me to go first and I got Hand of Gork off again. Getting a 12″ charge I had a choice between the two small casters or a Terrorgheist. Because one of the casters was in cover, I went for the Terrorgheist and killed it. Thomas’ revenge was swift – his Zombie Dragon took one of the objectives, he summoned lots of units including a Vargulf near another objective. His other Terrorgheist took off the Brutes in his deployment. A fair swap I think!

I won Priority turn 2, but gave it to Thomas as he wasn’t set up to benefit hugely and his Zombie Dragon was effectively ‘stuck’ on the objective. His Vargulf took another objective and the Terrorgheist moved towards the centre. Quick turn but Top was 10-3 up now! Time to strike! The Maw Krusha trigged Fast Un and Mighty Destroyers to give me a charge on the Varghulf – I succeeded and he died, giving me the objective. The rest of my army cleared out some of the screens including the Ardboyz charging the centre Ghouls protected by the Terrorgheist in order to get me to 16 Waagh Points (+1 to hit). I was 10-6 down, but all to play for.

Thomas won priority 3, took it and I destroyed the objective which the Zombie Dragon was holding, this freed him up and he took the centre objective whilst the Terrorgheist went hunting my Wurgogg and Warchanters, who were guarded by a unit of Ardboyz. The Terrorgheist took a lot of damage, but killed the Ardboyz, and did some damage on the characters. Unfortunately Thomas forgot he had a Varghulf available to summon. My turn three, and the Wurrgog stared at the Zombie Dragon leaving it on three wounds. My Maw Krusha left his objective and charged the Zombie Dragon killing it, whilst the Warchanter killed the Terrorgheist – upon death it did 2 wounds to the Brutes and both Warchanters… killing both Warchanters (Thomas deliberately played for this – it was great to see)! So with only one character left for me, and Thomas having 2 who couldn’t dislodge the Maw Krusha plus a summons it was very tight. (11-13)

Turn four, Thomas won the Priority but was struggling with Battle tactics – the Varghulf came on ready for turn 5. I killed a unit of Ghouls whilst retaining the centre objective to take the lead (16-13). Turn five saw me win Priority getting me ‘hold one, hold more’ whilst Thomas moved the Varghulf to gain the 2nd objective in his turn. A very close 23-17!

Cheers to Thomas for the game – it was great to play eventually although I was glad it wasn’t against one of his Destruction armies, the FEC were still difficult to get over in this mission. Maw Krusha & Wurrgog once again shared model of the match for me!

Game 3 v Charles (Beasts of Chaos) – Feral Foray – Won 11-9

Charles (Twitter name Colonel Cabbage) is well known in the UK tournament scene but we’ve never played. He brought an old struggling army, but one which had just got the White Dwarf treatment… Beasts of Chaos. I was interested to see what they could do, but also a bit anxious… lots of summoning and massive rend – with some huge monsters.

All around the Herdstone – but what a great army!

Charles had 3 x 3 Bullgors, 5 Doombulls, and 3 Ghorgon’s. Plus some supporting units. Each hero would turn into a spawn when it died (one a 2+) which can be put into combat… so there were a lot of wounds to get through. Added to that everything gets -1 rend in turns 1 & 2 and then -2 rend in turns 3+. This meant the Doombulls were on -4/-5 at the end of the battle… who needs mortal wounds! They’ll even slice through Bastiladons.

As far back as possible (maybe next time I’ll deploy a little further foward.

I had the choice of first turn as Charles has 17 drops, so not being used to this, I gave the turn to Charles. His Ungor raiders captured the middle objective and did some small shooting, chipping a few wounds here and there. I then charged with pretty much my whole army giving my 7 Big Waagh points by turn 2, giving my +1 to hit. Not surprisingly the Ungor raiders vanished in a puff of blood!

Preparing for a counter charge.

Charles won priority and charged in with the second line of attackers – the 3 Bullgor units, and a Ghorgon. The Ghorgon killed 5 Brutes (ouch) and could easily have killed more, whilst the Bullgors in the centre killed 5 Ardboyz. The Bullgors to left and right though fluffed completely doing 3 wounds in total to Ironskull’s Boyz and a unit of Ardboyz. The Brutes then killed the Ghorgon which had hurt them, and I did some wounds to the Bullgors. In my turn the Wurrgog did 10 wounds on one unit of Bullgors, whilst the Maw Krusha charged the ones in the centre, getting Broken Ranks. I had claered the next line out, and because I had killed a monster, was back to within a point (10-11)

Charles won priority, and I destroyed his objective on my right, whilst he brought in yet more ungors and Gor! There were almost litterally thousands of them! He was also getting -2 rend from now on… and it was sure to hurt. On came the Doombulls, supported by the Jaberslyth and one Ghorgon. They smashed into my lines killing 2 Gore Gruntas (and being unlucky not to kill a third) and some Brutes on my right. The Jaberslyth gave the Brutes an extra attack (but 1s would do mortals). After my attack the Jaberslyth was dead but so were 4 Brutes leaving one left (Brutal!). The Ghorgon on my right had to charge within 3″ of the brutes so the Ardboyz made way, and the Brutes killed the Ghorgon. He also took my left most objective with some Ungor Raiders.

In my turn 3, I counter charged, killed all the Doombulls and the Ungor Raiders. However I forgot the Spawn and one of them appeared on my unguarded right objective… oops!

Turn 4, and Charles moved his spawns to block me in between the three buildings, whilst yet more Gor appeared on my board edges. Some Ungor raiders re-took my objective despite me killing the Spawn, but couldn’t get within 1″ to destroy it; however Gor summoned in turn 3 destroyed my right-most objective. My Wurgogg killed one of the Spawn in the way allowing the Maw Krusha to charge off into Charles’ central objective killing his general and 3 ungor and taking the objective. There wasn’t a lot left and I was 21-22 behind… could I win a priority roll.

Well, no, Charles won it and took the turn. A summoned Gor unit took my central objective, burned it and gained a battle tactic (wow!), whilst his other units moved to ensure I couldn’t get his left objective. I fortunately still had a battleline alive (Brutes), and the Maw Krusha within 9″ of the Herdstone, so I walked to within 1″ of the objective and burned it. We were level at 27-27, but I had stopped Charles’ Grand Strategy giving me the narrowest of wins! (30-27)

I finished 3-0 in my second tournament in a row with Big Waaagh! They are doing a lot of heavy lifting and really fit my play style of sit back and wait. I still struggle to win ‘big’ in the 20-0 system because of the conservative approach but I prefer to take my Gitz to tournaments where this is primary.

I also picked up Best Sports which I am very happy with – it is after all the best trophy to win and the only other time I’ve won it at AOS3, is with Gitz.

Thanks to Rob, and I highly recommend his events – well run, great terrain, good location (and easy to get to).

— Declan

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Top Three AoS Lists from February Old Town Throw Down AOS – 26th/27th February 2022

The February Old Town Throw Down was a five game event over two days that took place in USA on 26th and 27th Feb. It saw 45 players fight it out to be claimed champion.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from The February Old Town Throw Down.

Alexander Gonzalez – Soulblight Gravelords

Alexander won all five games beating Maggotkin of Nurgle/Blessed Sons in Round 1, Kruleboyz/Big Yellers in Round 2, Kruleboyz/Big Yellers in Round 3, Blades of Khorne/Reapers of Vengeance in Round 4 and Seraphon/Fangs of Sotek in the last round.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Vyrkos Dynasty
Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon
(435)
– General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: Pack Alpha
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Foetid Miasma
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapo
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Radukar the Beast (315)**
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour

Battleline
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (85)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (85)**
10 x Dire Wolves (135)**

Units
20 x Grave Guard
(280)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

20 x Grave Guard (280)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 118
Drops: 5

Declan – Alexander went 4-1 at Emerald City with the same list… and he’s gone one better here. It shows the benefit of playing multiple games of Age of Sigmar especially if you get two tournaments in two weekends. Not essential by any means, but I know I’ve improved playing in multiple tournaments!

But it’s been less than a week, I’ve not really learnt anything new here… so a repeat of the Emerald City comments!:

40 Grave Guard! Wow! I’ve fought 20 of them before and they can kill a Mega Gargant over a couple of rounds of combat. Backed up by Mannfred and a Zombie Dragon, this army can get where it needs to get to.

The really secret tech (may not be secret) is Mannfred’s command ability:

From: Wahapedia

Considering most armies pay 1 command point for a one phase +1 to hit this is amazing value for a command ability. Sure it’s a relatively small range but with the smaller boards and Mannfred’s ability to run away from combat this is almost impossible to stop. Then it’s Grave Guard for the win!

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Christopher Hernandez – Seraphon

Christopher managed an impressive four wins and one draw over the weekend. He beat Soulblight Gravelords/Kastelai Dynasty in Round 1, drew against Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 2, Big Waaagh! in Round 3, Cities of Sigmar/Tempest’s Eye in Round 4 and Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 5.

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

Leaders
Engine of the Gods
(265)*
– General
– Command Trait: Prime Warbeast
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Lord Kroak (430)
Skink Priest (80)*
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spell: Hand of Glory

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
5 x Chameleon Skinks
(115)*
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
– Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Soulsnare Shackles
(65)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 2

Declan – Ah Seraphon… how I’ve missed you. Although I’ve not had a lot of chance to do so. This is Seraphon… again … and they are as good as ever. As I’ve said before they have a great toolkit and you can almost pick what you like… except maybe Saurus foot and Carnosaurs.

The Battle Regiment is taken by Christopher, to reduce the drops – a very popular choice – and he’s taken Kroak. He’s a monster of a Wizard and can throw out loads of damage, much of it board wide or essentially board wide. Also, good luck killing him as he heals all his wounds each phase (sort of)!

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So you can kill him with only 2 wounds… but good luck trying! I’ve fought Kroak 3 times and not come close to killing him in any of the games. Bring guns… loads of guns!

Kroak is backed up by some great monsters including the ubiquitous Bastiladon. – what a great list!

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Aaron Newbom – Big Waaagh!

Aaron won four of his five games, losing only in Round 3 against 2nd placed Christopher and his Seraphon/Thunder Lizard list. Along the way he beat the Daughters of Khaine/Hagg Nar in Round 1, Slaves to Darkness/Hosts of the Everchosen in Round 2, Slaves to Darkness/Despoilers in Round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 5.

– Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
– Army Type: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Dominating Presence
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
———-

Orruk Megaboss (140)*
– Artefacts of Power: Destroyer

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Wurrgog Prophet (150)**
– Artefacts of Power: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Ghost-mist

Orruk Megaboss (140)**
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome

Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)**
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork


BATTLELINE
———-

5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)**
15 x Orruk Brutes (480)***
-Reinforced: Twice
15 x Orruk Ardboys (255)***
– Reinforced: Twice
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***

ARTILLERY
———-

1 x Beast-skewer Killbow (130)
1 x Beast-skewer Killbow (130)

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Warlord
– **Warlord
– ***Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Declan – Ah… Big Waagh! It has had a mini-revival recently and I’ve been having fun leading this charge in the UK. Aaron only lost to Christopher’s Seraphon and has gone a very different route than my ‘almost Ironjawz’ approach.

The Wurrgog is great with his stare (beware of ending a turn within 12″ of him), and I love the double Megabosses on Foot which I’ve tried before in Ironjawz. When Big Waagh is up and running they are 2+/2+ which is difficult to better. The Hand of Gork allows Aaron to threaten teleport into any area of the board which keeps opponents honest and means they have to defend their territory.

Meanwhile the Killbows provide reach to go and get the enemy – although if you play with this be aware that the Big Waagh hit and wound bonuses don’t apply. A great army and a superb result.

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Wildcard – Gregory Brewer – Kruleboyz

Gregory also won 4 games with a Kruleboyz faction that rarely finishes with more than 3 wins at tournaments, he eventually finished the event in 6th. He lost his third game against Lumineth Realm-Lords/Helon list. He won against Lumineth Realm-Lords/Ymetrica in Round 1, Kruleboyz/Big Yellers in Round 2, Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in Round 4 and Kruleboyz/Big Yellers in the last round.

– Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
– Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Subfaction: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
———-

Kragnos (720)
Gobsprakk (280)*
– Spells: Nasty Hex

Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
– Artefacts of Power: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Spells: Nasty Hex

Killaboss with Stab-Grot (110)*
– General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Boss‑hacka and Skareshield


BATTLELINE
———-

9 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (360)*
– Reinforced: Twice
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*

OTHER
———-

20 x Hobgrot Slittaz (160)*
– Reinforced: Once

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment
TOTAL POINTS: 1975/2000

Declan – When Kruleboyz were first released, people immediately looked towards the Big Yellers and this is no expection. The Man Skewer Boltboyz remain a solid option, although maybe not up the shooting standards of other battletomes. They have the reach to do damage at range, and means that once Kragnos is in amongst your opponent’s troops causing damage left and right.

It’s great to see Kragnos starting to appear in 4-1 lists since his warscroll re-write in December. It certainly seems to be an improvement, and he’s scary to face as I found out at Chumpionship last weekend.

The Final Tournament Placings

– Declan & Peter

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

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Top Three Lists from the Everwinter Grand Tournament (Boston, US) 11/12th December 2021

These were the top three lists from the Everwinter Grand Tournament held on 11/12th December 2021.

Sam Gould – Seraphon

Sam won the event with five from five wins and 163 points.

Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Koatl’s Claw
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs: IBloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Celestant-Prime (325 pts)++
– Allies
Slann Starmaster (General) (265 pts)+
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Engine of the Gods (265 pts)+
– Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Saurus Scar-Veteran on Carnosaur (215 pts)++
– War Spear
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
Skink Priest (80 pts)++
– Prayer: Heal

Battleline
———-
Saurus Knights (220 pts)++
– Reinforced: Once
Saurus Knights (110 pts)++
Skinks (75 pts)+
Skinks (75 pts)++
Saurus Guard (115 pts)++

Units
———-
Chameleon Skinks (115 pts)+

Core Battalions
———-
Warlord+
Warlord++

Total Points: 1990 pts
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Roger Barker – Big Waaagh!

Roger managed four from five wins with 169 points.

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
———-
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105 pts)++
– Spell: Nasty Hex
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105 pts)+++
Spell: Nasty Hex
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (General)(480 pts)+++
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115 pts)+++
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Battleline
———-
Orruk Ardboyz (85 pts)++
Orruk Ardboyz (85 pts)++
Orruk Ardboyz (255 pts)+
– Reinforced: Twice
Shootas (140 pts)++
– Ally

Units
———-
Man-Skewer Boltboyz (240 pts)+++
– Reinforced: Once
Man-Skewer Boltboyz (240 pts)++
– Reinforced: Once
Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150 pts)+

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

Total Points: 2000 pts
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Jiwan Noah Singh – Ironjaws

Jiwan also managed four wins from five and 150 points.

Allegiance: Ironjawz
Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480 pts)+++
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny
Mount Trait: Mean ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter
(115 pts)+++
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115 pts)+++
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90 pts)+
– Spell: Bash ‘Em Ladz
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (General)(480 pts)+
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Spell: Foot of Gork
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95 pts)+
– Ally

Battleline
———-
Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150 pts)+
Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150 pts)+
Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150 pts)++
Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150 pts)++

Core Battalions
———-
Warlord+
Hunters of the Heartlands++
Command Entourage – Magnificent+++

Total Points: 1975 pts
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