Last weekend I attended the UK Champions event thinking that this would be my last tournament under GHB21. But when a local one day tournament had some drop outs and I have bravely stepped into the breech! So onwards to Savage Hammer! Wayne runs smashing little events for both AoS & 40k including Battle of the Burning Skies.
I gave the Big Waaagh their last outing at Champions UK, so wanted to take a different list for this one. Looking around for inspiration, Peter Atkinson (PlasticCraic) came to the rescue with a superb article on ‘Bad in Name Only‘. Go read the article, but the take-away from this article for me was ‘Use Gloomspite’!
As one of the lowest ranking armies in GHB21 the ladz would definitely need some help and this is where PlasticCraic’s article provided the inspiration. This season I have played Sons of Behemat, Squigs, Kraggy and Warclans. Warclans had their last hurrah, but Sons, Squigs & Kraggy were left wondering whether GHB21 was for them after all.
Why Not All Three?
I therefore wanted to take Kragnos, a mercenary Gargants and some Squigs… but what would the list consist of?
Having used Kragnos in a number of events including his 3 different warscrolls I now like him. Sure he’ll get shot to shreds by mortal wound shooting, but if he can get charges off he can do massive damage to monsters. Sure, he’s still too slow, struggles in Ghur and GHB21, but he is the God of Destruction and for that reason alone he needs an appearance.
Whilst I’ve not used Bundo, I have used a vanilla Kraken-Eater in a Sons of Behemat army at Carnage and a one-dayer. I got bored with the army though and my opponents didn’t seem to have lots of fun; so they were dropped. But I do have a Bundo in a cabinet – waiting his chance to swing his club! Added to that he can kick objectives and opt to strike last in order to get re-rolls – a great benefit for Gitz who struggle to kill.
If you’ve played any games in GHB21, the one thing you’ll know that the one thing better than 2 monsters, is 3 monsters! There’s loads of battle tactics available with loads of bonuses. As Squigs were the order of the day, that meant my general, on a squig. But a really, really big Squig!
Nathan Prescott (of The Honest Wargamer fame) has run more Gitz lists this season than is sane and he has a brilliant little trick with the Mangler Squig. So, I’ve given the lad an Arcane Tome, Squig Lure and – critically – Dodgy Character.
Re-roll all successful attacks – yes please! Sure people will want to be attacking Kragnos and Bundo and this just encourages it, but it may keep him alive long enough for a combat or two.
When you take three expensive monsters, there’s not much left, but with the Mangler Squig I could take Squigs as Battleline… and who wouldn’t do that! Fortunately the points left allowed for 3 Squig units without resorting to Spider Rider battleline if. 2 Squig Herds and Squig Hoppers and I was ready to go.
The Army List
Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)
Bundo Whalebiter (490)
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (290)
– Command Trait: Dodgy Character
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Moonclans: Squig Lure
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)
12 x Squig Herd (160)
12 x Squig Herd (160)
*Hunters of the Heartlands
Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 490 / 400
Lets Get Bouncing!!!
With army list written, books packed and toys taken down from the shelf I’m ready to go. Lets see off GHB21 in style – I’m hoping for 1 win here with a not top tier list!