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The Battle of Burning Skies Preview

This weekend I’m taking part in my first AoS tournament, Battle of Burning Skies is run by the legends at Savage Hammer Gaming and Greetings from the Warp, and is sponsored by none other than fellow Woehammerer Sarah and SCN Hobbies.

This is my first tournament of any kind since 1999 (yes, I’m that old). All the lists are available on Best Coast Pairing if you have a subscription so I thought I would cover three of the lists which I believe have the potential to win.

Savage Hammer Gaming have a number of events upcoming this year all based in Bedford, for both 40k and AoS. So if you want to keep updated on them or want to come along to an event why not check them out on Eventbrite.

Favourite Declan Waters – Big Waaagh!

Declan has come off the back of two tournament tournament wins and a second place, being undefeated in all three. A win at Dazmaul Wargaming and the Chumpionship tournament, and a second place at Raging Rivers so its hard to ignore his potential to make it three wins on the trot. Declan is running his favourite Big Waaagh! once more which suits his punch second gaming style.

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

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Christine Coram – Ironjaws

After starting the year playing Daughters of Khaine, Christine swapped to her old favourites Ironjaws for the Chumpionship, and boy what a swap! Christine finished 2nd in the event to Declan with her Ironjaws list and I’ve no doubt her list has the potential for three wins this weekend. WHAT’S THAT COMING OVER THE HILL? IS IT KRAGNOS, IS IT KRAGNOOOOSSSS?! Lots of big stompy monsters here, with a recently upgraded Kragnos who can do a lot of heavy lifting alongside the ubiquitous Maw-Krusha. This list is bound to crush face.

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
– Army Type: Ironjawz
Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER

Kragnos (720)

Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)*
– General
– Command Traits: Mega Bossy
– Boss Gore-hacka and Choppa
– Artefacts: Destroyer
– Mount Traits: Loud ’Un

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*

BATTLELINE
3x Orruk Gore-gruntas
(170)*
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
5x Orruk Brutes (160)*
5x Orruk Brutes (160)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

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Christian Moore – Legion of the First Prince

We’ve seen versions of Christian’s list on many top 3’s recently so it’s hard to ignore the potential for him to place high up in the rankings this weekend. Christian is a seasoned pro and went 5-0 at Blackout V with his Soulblight Dynasty he has swapped them this time around for Legion and I think he has the potential to push Declan to the end on this one.

Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Kairos Fateweaver
(435)
– Spells: The Master’s Command

Be’lakor (360)*
– Spells: The Master’s Command

Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
– General
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Daemonic Axe and Malefic Talons
– Artefacts of Power: Armour of the Pact

The Contorted Epitome (255)*
– Artefacts of Power: Fourfold Blade
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command


BATTLELINE
10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)**
10 x Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)**
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Emerald Lifeswarm (60)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Command Entourage
– **Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

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As for me…. I’m running Kruleboyz

I in no way believe my list is a contender for any of the top tables and I’ll be happy to walk away with one win this weekend. I have already made one mistake with this list, Levitate! What was I thinking!!!!

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

LEADERS
Gobsprakk (280)
– Spells: Choking Mist

Swampboss Skumdrekk (320)*
– General

Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Levitate

BATTLELINE
9 x Man-skewer Boltboyz
(360)*
– Reinforced: Twice
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
– Reinforced: Once
10 x Gutrippaz (180)*
– Wicked Stikka

ARTILLERY
1 x Beast-skewer Killbow
(130)*

OTHER
3 x Rippa’s Snarlfangs
(70)
3 x Fellwater Troggoths (155)
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

All the Entries this Weekend

Andrew Hartwell Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs
Andy Zielinski Gloomspite Gitz
Ash Coleman Lumineth Realm-Lords/Syar
Billy Burrows Maggotkin of Nurgle
Christian Moore Legion of the First Prince
Christine Coram Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs
Dan Wright Maggotkin of Nurgle
Declan Waters Big Waaagh!
Iain Carsberg Disciples of Tzeentch/Pyrofane Cult
Joel Cooper Skaventide
Jon Keightley Ironjawz/Ironsunz
Jonathon Quinn Flesh-eater Courts/Blisterskin
Kat Binley Sons of Behemay/Taker Tribe
Mark Cullen Ogor Mawtribes/Bloodgullet
Matthew Tyler Daughters of Khaine/Hagg Nar
Max Barton Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar
Paul Coram Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan
Peter Holland Kruleboyz/Big Yellers
Rhys Syllabanks Flesh-eater Courts/Gristlegore
Ross Brace Idoneth Deekin/Dhom-Hain
Tom Meaker Bonesplitterz/Icebone
Wayne Cooper Seraphon/Thunder Lizard
Will Holley Kharadron Overlords/Barak-Mhornar

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)!

Wahapedia

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

Man-Skewer Boltboyz

Three more models completes for the tournament army. Like the rest these are mainly base coats and washed with very little highlighting apart from any exposed skin or any yellow.

I’ve still got another 15 of these lads to paint!

Meanwhile I’m also nearly done with the Beast-Skewer

Swampboss Skumdrekk

Finally for this boy finished and it brings me to 755/2000 painted for Burning Skies.

I’m currently also just basing my first three Man-skewers so they should be done over the weekend as well. Then I’ve got my my Beast-Skewer and nother 10 Hobgrots on the painting table.

Top Three AoS Lists from Da Great South Waagh – 12th/13th February 2022

Da Great South Waagh! was a five game event over two days that took place in the UK on 12th and 13th Feb. It saw a massive 72 players duking it out to be claimed champion.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar once again see themselves at the top of the most selected faction/Sub-faction sheet making up 10% of all the armies present. Stormcast were also represented by 13 armies from differing sub-factions. If you’re planning to go to an event, its almost worth making sure your army can counter Stormcast, Cities and Seraphon at the moment.

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from the Da Great South Waagh.

Matthew Davies – Lumineth Realm-Lords

Lumineth at the top of the pile once more

Matthew won all five games beating Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 1, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 2, Flesh-eater Courts/Feastday in Round 3, Slaves to Darkness/Hosts of the Everchosen in Round 4 and Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in the last round.

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
– Great Nation: Zaitrec
Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (345)*
Vanari Lord Regent (155)*
– General
– Command Trait: Fast Learner
– Artefact: Gift of Celennar
– Extra Spell: Protection of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh

Scinari Loreseeker (170)*
– Extra Spell: Protection of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light

BATTLELINE
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
– Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light

10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse

10 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (170)*
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse

UNITS
1 x Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 1

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Pete Wlodarczyk – Seraphon

Pete won four of his games and drew the fifth. He beat Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in Round 1, Ogor Mawtribes/Boulderhead in Round 2, Daughters of Khaine/Hagg Nar in Round 3. Drew against 3rd placed Daniel Arnold and his Stormcast Eternals/Tempest Lords in Round 4 before beating Daughters of Khaine/Hagg Nar again in Round 5.

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

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (265)*
– Spell: Stellar Tempest

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

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

BATTLELINE
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

10 x Skinks (75)*
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Stegadon (265)*
– Weapon: Skystreak Bow

Stegadon (265)*
– Weapon: Skystreak Bow

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

BEHEMOTHS
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 90
Drops: 3

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Daniel Arnold – Stormcast Eternals

Space Marines of the Tempest Lords Chapter

Daniel also won four games, and drew against second place Pete. Along the way he beat the Soulblight Gravelords/Kastelai Dynasty in Round 1, Stormcast Eternals/Knights Excelsior in Round 2, Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in Round 3, drew against 2nd placed Pete and his Seraphon/Thunder Lizards in Round 4 and beat Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 5.

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Tempest Lords (Scions of the Storm)
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs:

LEADERS
Karazai, The Scarred (600)
Knight-Draconis (300)*
– General
– Command Trait: Shock and Awe
– Artefact: Luckstone
– Mount Trait: Thunderous Presence

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

UNITS
5 x Tree-Revenants (80)*
– Allies

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 80 / 400
Wounds: 88
Drops: 2

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WILDCARD – Cole Wright – Kruleboyz

It’s not that often you see Kruleboyz armies at tournaments and its even rarer to see them go 4-1 over a weekend like Cole Wright managed eventually finishing 8th!

Over the course of the weekend he beat Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 1, Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 2, Blades of Khorne/Repaers of Vengeance in Round 3. Lost against Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 4 and then beat Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 5. Yes, thats three games against Hammers of Sigmar…..

Allegiance: Kruleboyz
– Warclan: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)*
– General
– Command Trait: Supa Sneaky
– Artefact: Mork’s Eye Pebble

Murknob with Belcha-banna (95)*
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)*
– Lore of the Swamp: Choking Mist

Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof (170)**
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un

Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)**
– Lore of the Swamp: Da Black Pit

BATTLELINE
10 x Gutrippaz (180)**
10 x Gutrippaz (180)**
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
– Reinforced x 1

3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*

UNITS
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**

ARTILLERY
Beast-skewer Killbow (130)*
Beast-skewer Killbow (130)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 126
Drops: 2

The Final Tournament Placings