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Start Collecting: Ironjawz – Beginners 1,000 Point Army

Those of you who have followed the blog for a while will be familiar with my 40k series of beginners armies based of each factions Combat Patrol box. I thought we should do the same for AoS.

Ironjawz are one of the more popular armies in Age of Sigmar and they’re also pretty good on the tabletop. Ironjawz lists can often be found gracing our top three lists series.

The Start Collecting box for Ironjawz has everything in you’d want in a budding tournament army. Hard hitting Gore-gruntas and tough ‘Ard Boyz.

Start Collecting: Ironjawz

If you’re starting out with Ironjawz you can’t go wrong by picking up two of their start collecting sets. That’ll give you two Warchanters, 20 ‘Ard Boyz and 6 Gore-Gruntas.

You’ll need someone to lead this mob though. At 1,000 points we don’t have enough points left for anything big, but we can pick up a Megaboss on foot.

You’ll also need a copy of the Battletome as well.

The Cost

Remember that if you sign up with SCN Hobby World you can get all these boxes at 25% off the Games Workshop price.

SetGW PriceSCN Price
Start Collecting: Ironjawz £65.00£48.75
Start Collecting: Ironjawz£65.00£48.75
Megaboss£26.00£19.50
Battletome: Orruk Warclans £32.50£24.38
Total£188.50£141.38
What it costs

The Army List

*Core Battalion: Battle Regiment

Megaboss

Credit: Games Workshop

This big fella will be our leader. As we’ve got no shaman in our list we’ve given him the Arcane Tome, this makes him into a wizard who can cast and unbind one spell each turn. We’ve also given him Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork.

Credit: Age of Sigmar App

This is a great spell for getting any of your units closer to the enemy. It can even be cast on himself! For his Command Trait, we’ve chosen Hulking Brute which when he charges into combat means he’ll cause D3 wounds on a 2+ roll.

You’ll want him in combat as well. Look at his weapons:

Lets break that down a bit. The following table shows how much damage you should expect to dish out if you roll perfectly average dice rolls.

WeaponAttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsAv Damage (Pre-Saves)
Boss Choppa & Rip-tooth Fist85.33.57.0
Based on Average Dice Rolls

Add on to that, that you’ll likely be causing 2 mortal wounds on the charge as well, and you’re talking 9 damage in combat.

Warchanter

These guys will give you some great buffs to your units. Give one Fixin’ Beat to heal a model within 12″ D3 wounds (looking at you Megaboss). Then give the other Killa Beat, this will add 1 to hit rolls that target a specific enemy unit. As well as this, with Violent Fury they can add 1 to the damage of the attacks of a friendly unit They’re also not bad in combat themselves:

WeaponAttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsAv Damage (Pre-Saves)
Gorkstikk & Morkstikk64.02.65.2
Based on Average Dice Rolls

Ard Boyz

These guys are tough with two wounds each and a 4+ save. It’ll take a fair bit to shift them. We’ve got two units of these as well, one of which is reinforced to 10 models. Now imagine the unit of ten has charged into combat AND they’ve listened to the Killa Beat from your Warchanter while attacking a unit that the Warchanters used it’s Violent Fury on. You’d get the following output:

WeaponAttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsAv Damage (Pre-Saves)
Ardboy Choppas3120.513.527.0
Based on Average Dice Rolls

That’ll do the job…..

Gore-Gruntas

Your fast attack, these can be on the enemy before they know it. Make sure to give them Jagged Gore-Hackas so they can take full advantage of their charge ability.

These fellas are also the reason we’ve chosen the Bloodtoofs subfaction.

The ability to make a move or charge another unit after combat is just too good to resist!

What about their damage output?

WeaponAttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsAv Damage (Pre-Saves)
Jagged Gore-hackas106.64.44.4
Tusks & Hooves127.95.25.2
Based on Average Dice Rolls

The Jagged Gore-hackas are at rend -2 as well! There isn’t a single one of your units you don’t want in combat.

Where next?

Once you’re up to 1,000 points (or nearly in any case), you’ll probably start thinking about a 2k list. Perhaps look at the Megaboss on Maw-Krusha or some Brutes. Perhaps even double Maw-Krusha….

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 Norsehammer Open 2022 – 5/6th March 2022

Norsehammer Open 2022 was a five game event that took place in Rogaland, Norway on 5th and 6th March. It saw 41 players fight it out to be crowned champion.

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1st Ole Vatland – Seraphon

Ole won all five games beating Kruleboyz/Big Yellers in Round 1, Stormcast Eternals/Hallowed Knights in Round 2, Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 3, Kharadron Overlords/Barak Zilfin in Round 4 and Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in the last round.

Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (265)*
– General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Spell: Celestial Apotheosis

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

Engine of the Gods (265)*
– Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse


BATTLELINE
20 x Skinks
(150)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
– Reinforced x 1

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

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


UNITS
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)
– Reinforced x 1

2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)
– Reinforced x 1

2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)
– Reinforced x 1

Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

TERRAIN

Realmshaper Engine

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 109
Drops: 10

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2nd Danny Elvestad – Ironjawz

Danny managed an impressive four wins and one loss, losing against 1st placed Ole Vatland and his Seraphon/Thunder Lizard list in Round 5. He beat Legion of the First Prince in Round 1, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 2, Daughters of Khaine/Khelt Nar in Round 3 and Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 4.

Allegiance: Ironjawz
– Warclan: Bloodtoofs
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: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Battleline
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas
(340)*
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1

10 x Orruk Ardboys (170)*
– 2x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
– Reinforced x 1

6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1

6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1

Units
4 x Ironskull’s Boyz
(80)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 1

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3rd Lasse Kalberg – Daughters of Khaine

Lasse also managed to get four wins with a single loss during their weekend. Beating Flesh-eater Courts/Morgaunt in Round 1, losing against Idoneth Deepkin/Fuethan in Round 2, then beating Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 3, Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 4 and Skaventide in the final round.

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
– Temple: Khailebron
Mortal Realm: Aqshy
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Bloodwrack Medusa (120)*
– General
– Command Trait: Mistress of Illusion
– Artefact: Whisperdeath
– Lore of Shadows: Mirror Dance

Morathi-Khaine (330)*
– Lore of Shadows: Mindrazor

The Shadow Queen (330)*

BATTLELINE
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
– Reinforced x 2

10 x Blood Stalkers (360)*
– Reinforced x 1

10 x Witch Aelves (120)*
– Pairs of Sacrificial Knives


UNITS
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Lifetakers (90)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 94
Drops: 1

Wildcard 15th Stein Gaarder – Skaventide

Stein performed fantastically over the weekend with an outdated Skaven Battletome. Stein managed an impressive three wins and two losses. Along the way Stein lost against Stormcast Eternals/Hammrs of Sigmar in Round 1, won against Nighthaunt/Emerald Host in Round 2, Legion of the First Prince in Round 3, ironjawz/Ironsunz in Round 4 before losing against 3rd placed Lasse Kalberg and his Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron list in Round 5.

Allegiance: Skaventide
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Verminlord Warpseer 
(335)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Arch-Warlock (175)*
– Artefact: Vigordust Injector
– Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!

Warlock Bombardier (125)*
– Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
9 x Stormfiends 
(945)*
– 3x Windlaunchers
– 3x Ratling Cannons
– 3x Shock Gauntlets
– Reinforced x 2

5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*
5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*
5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*
5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Soulscream Bridge (70)
Vermintide (80)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 97
Drops: 1

The Final Tournament Placings

– Declan & Peter

Top Three AoS Lists from Brewdog AOS GT – 25th February 2022

The Brewdog AOS GT was a five game event that took place in Aberdeen, Scotland on 25th Feb. It saw 34 players fight it out to be claimed champion.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

John B – Cities of Sigmar

John B won all five games beating Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribein Round 1, 3rd placed Mike Callaghan with his Ironjaws/Ironsuns in Round 2, 2nd placed Phil McGuinness with his Ironjaws/Bloodtoofs in Round 3, Bonesplitterz/Icebone in Round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in the last round.

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
Subfaction: Living City
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Freeguild General on Griffon
(290)*
– General
– Lance
– Command Trait: Ironoak Artisan
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Soaring Guardian
– Lore of Leaves: Lifesurge

Doralia ven Denst (115)*
Sorceress (95)*
– Lore of the Leaves: Ironoak Skin

Battleline
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*

Units
4 x Stormdrake Guard
(680)*
– Drakerider’s Lance
– Reinforced x 1

4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)*
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 1

Declan – Peter’s found me a non-Stormcast, non-Seraphon 5-0 list… however this is a Stormcast list in disguise with two of the best units from the book included – Stardrake Guard and Dracothian Fulminators. Mortal range shooting is currently very powerful and with over half the army being from a different book is it really Cities?!

The Freeguild Crossbowmen provide some shooting whilst holding objectives and providing bodies, and the Freeguild General on Griffon can help take out screens and charge with the Stormdrake and Fulminators — have your own screens present.

It’s a very powerful list but does need practice to win, and a little luck to go 5-0; Well done John B.

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Phil McGuinness – Ironjawz

Phil managed an impressive four wins and one loss, losing against John B and his Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 3. He beat Sylvaneth/Winterleaf in Round 1, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 2, Beast of Chaos/Darkwalkers in Round 4 and Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribe in Round 5.

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

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

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Get ’em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)**
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-Tooth Fist

– Command Trait: Mighty Waaagh! Leader
– Artefact: Arcane Tome

– Lore of the Weird: Bash ‘Em Ladz

Battleline
5x Orruk Brutes
(160)**
5x Orruk Brutes (160)**
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (160)**
– Reinforced: Once

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1940 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 114
Drops: 5

Declan – With the rise of Stormcast the Ironjawz may have been forgotten, but this list is still hard as nails and smashes and bashes it’s way through tournaments.

The two Maw Krushas are insanely quick and with Hand of Gork from the Shaman it is possible to have them on a 3″ charge at the end of the hero phase (teleport 12.5″ away, Mighty Destroyers). The Warchanters increase the damage output of the Krushas significantly and the Brutes (whilst small units) provide some solid defense of objectives. They can’t be taken out without an active effort.

Good to see Ironjawz in the top 3 again. I’m sure more will get there soon.

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Mike Callaghan – Ironjawz

Like Phil, Mike won four games and lost only to eventual winner John B and his Cities of Sigmar/Living City list in Round 2. Along the way he beat the Flesh-eater Courts/Court of Delusion in Round 1, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 3, Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribe in Round 4 and Lumineth Realm-Lords/Iliatha in Round 5.

– Army Faction: Ironjawz
– subfaction: Ironsunz
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
———-

Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General

– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un

BATTLELINE
———-

10x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Reinforced: Once
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
5 x Orruk Brutes (160)**

UNITS
———-

3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150)*
3x Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 200
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies
: 0 / 400
Wounds
: 121
Drops:
9

Declan – … as if by magic, there’s a second one — like buses! Almost identifical in the character loadout, with the shaman being dropped, but the 2 Warchanters & 2 Maw Krushas being maintained. This allows for Phil to take Ironsunz which have a superb counter charge ability at the end of the opponent’s phase.

The 10 Brutes are a very damaging unit, especially when given the Warchanter Violent Fury buff (+1 damage) once the Maw Krushas are out of range or dead. With lots of Drops this army rarely has the choice to go first, but with 121 wounds and 2 Maw Krushas there’s not much in the game that will successfully alpha-strike it.

A final shout out for taking Rippas… Phil’s clearly a great strategist! Read here to find out why I think they’re one of the best units available to the Ironjawz.

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Wildcard – Cara Newby – Beasts of Chaos

Cara managed to get three wins and a draw during her weekend and finishing 7th. Beating Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 1, drawing against Blades of Khorne/Reapers of Vengeance in Round 2, beating Lumineth Realm-Lords/Zaitrec in Round 3, losing against 2nd placed Phil and his Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 4 before beating Lumineth Realm-Lords/Syar in the final round.

– Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
– Subfaction: Darkwalkers
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
———-

Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
– Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Spell: Hailstorm
– Spell: Sundering Blades
Grashrak Fellhoof (150)***
– Spell: Savage Dominion

– Spell: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (100)***
– Spell: Wild Rampage

– Spell: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
– Artefact: Desolate Shard
– Spell: Wild Rampage

– Spell: Vicious Stranglethorns
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
– Spell: Savage Dominion

– Spell: Vicious Stranglethorns
Doombull (115)****
– General

– Command Trait: Nomadic Leader

BATTLELINE
———-

6x Bullgors (260)**
– Reinforced: Once
30x Gors (225)**
– Two Gor-Blades
– Reinforced: Twice
20x Gors (150)**
– Two Gor-Blades
– Reinforced: Once
10x Ungor Raiders (90)***
5x Grashrak’s Despoilers (0)****

BEHEMOTHS
———-

Ghorgon (155)*
Jabberslythe (165)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Doomblast Dirgehorn (45)
Wildfire Taurus (110)
Ravening Direflock (50)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Alpha-Beast Pack
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Warlord
****Warlord

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact
Spell

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies
: 0 / 400
Wounds
: 151
Drops:
13

Declan – Beasts of Chaos are having a resurgence following the recent White Dwarf article and it is good it see. Cara has gone full magic (I won’t pretend to know what it all does), with an additional spell for 5 characters, giving loads of options for all occasions, as well as all 3 Endless spells for the Beasts.

This is backed up by two Monsters allowing easy access to Monstrous Takeover and bonus points for other battle tactics. They are cheap enough to throw away as well once they’ve picked up the additional points available.

And it’s rounded off by some horde Battleline and 6 Bullgors. What an army… and hopefully I’ll see some Beasts of Chaos on my travels soon.

The Final Tournament Placings

– Declan & Peter

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

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

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

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

Win Rate

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

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from Golden Sprue.

Corey Begley – Stormcast Eternals

Corey won all five games with 169 battle points.

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

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

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


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

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


Core Battalions
———-
Battle Regiment*

Total Points: 1950 pts

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Thomas Zhennan Guan – Stormcast Eternals

Thomas managed four wins from five and 153 battle points.

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

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


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

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

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


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

Total Points: 1965 pts

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Tyler Bushey – Ironjawz

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

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

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

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

Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Killa Beat

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

Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat


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

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

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

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


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

Total Points: 1985 pts

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Wildcard! Justin Hagelin – Gloomspite Gitz

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 2000 pts

The Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists from General’s War #46 (Warsaw, PL) 19th December 2021

These were the top three lists from General’s War #46 held on 19th December 2021.

Piotr Kurkowski – Lumineth Realmlords

Piotr won the event with threw wins from three and 79 points. Beating an off-meta Nagash Soulblight Gravelords army in the first round, a Nagash Petrifex Ossiarch Bonereapers list in the second round and a Sons of Behemat list in the final round with four mega-gargants.

Allegiance: Lumineth Realmlords
– Great Nation: Syar
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
Triumphs:

Leaders
———-
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (345)*
Vanari Lord Regent 
(155)*
– General
– Command Trait: Goading Arrogance  
– Artefact: The Perfect Blade  
– Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
Scinari Cathallar 
(145)*
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse

Battleline
———-
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens
 (145)*
 Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels
 (450)*
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

Units
———-
1 x Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)*
1 x Hurakan Spirit of the Wind 
(265)*

Core Battalions
———-
Battle Regiment*

Total Points: 1985 pts

NB: – With the recent points update from Battlescroll: Gods & Heroes this list would now cost 2,085 points due to the +20 points for the Sentinels and is no longer a valid list for Age of Sigmar

Tomasz Litman – Ironjawz

Tomasz also managed three wins from three beating a Stormcast list with Vindictors and two units of reinforced longstrike crossbows in the first round, an off-meta Slaves to Darkness list in round two and a Soulblight Gravelords Grave Guard army in round three.

Allegiance: Ironjaws
– Warclan: Bloodtoofs
Grand Strategy: Dominating Presence
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)**
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Mega Bossy
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny (Universal Artefact)

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

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)**
Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Battleline
———-
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (150)*
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas
(150)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas
(150)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas
(150)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas

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

Total Points: 1995 pts

NB: – With the recent points update from Battlescroll: Gods & Heroes this list would now cost 2,075 points due to the +20 points for the Gore-Gruntas and is no longer a valid list for Age of Sigmar

Robert Rajkowski – Soulblight Gravelords

Robert also managed three wins from three, facing off against a Tree-Revenant Sylvaneth list in the first round with Alarielle, a Kruleboyz Gutrippas spam list in round two and another Tree-Revenant Sylvaneth List with Alarielle in the last round.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Avengorii Dynasty
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
———-
Big Drogg Fort-Kicka (525)*
– Allies
Necromancer
 (125)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify
Vampire Lord 
(140)*
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
———-
60 x Deadwalker Zombies (345)*
– Reinforced x 2
40 x Deadwalker Zombies 
(230)*
– Reinforced x 1

Units
———-
Zombie Dragon (295)*
– Cursed Mutation: Urges of Atrocity
Zombie Dragon (295)*

Core Battalions
———-
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1955 pts

Ironjawz – A Competitive View

With the Winter FAQ about to drop we wanted to take some time to talk about the new kids of the block, kicking butt and taking names… the Ironjawz! Since the Orruk Warclans book was released the Ironjawz have been climbing the stats and have appeared on tables everywhere in the UK and beyond.

What makes them so popular, and what is driving up this win-rate? We wanted to get the view of a tournament attendee and what better person than the Top Ironjawz player according to Bad Dice Podcast. We searched high and low, vale and dale and all across the UK but wouldn’t you know the person was sat here in Northampton all along!

I was as surprised as all our readers, so I demanded a recount… but blow me if it didn’t come up with my name again… So we’ve asked Declan to write a few words! (and talk about himself in the 3rd person for a bit for some reason).

Screenshot, before it all changes!

Who are the Ironjawz?

The Ironjawz are one of 3 allegiances within the Orruk Warclans book which was recently released. Along with Bonesplitterz and Kruleboyz they make up a book which you can run the allegiances separately (with limited model availability) or run them all in one list called Big Waaagh! Under the previous book Big Waaagh was the most popular list, but this has now pivoted to Ironjawz – although Kruleboyz are likely behind because fewer people have armies painted for them.

What is their playstyle?

Ironjawz love Smashing & Bashing and so they are an army that fights in close combat – none of the sneaky Lumineth shooting shennagins. This means that they will be attacking their opponent quickly and early in the game and hitting hard when they do so. Beware of the speed (up to 36″ + charge with the right Mount Trait) and the damage of their MawKrushas (Wyverns who fly because gravity itself is too scared to stop them).

Their Warchanters add to this damage, whilst the Gore Gruntas charge in with the MawKrushas and the Brutes slowly cross the table, before hitting like a steam train.

This means that they damage and then get damaged if the attacks don’t go as planned. So they are beatable, but as their opponent you do need to be careful.

A bit of everything in this one-drop. Apart from the Shaman… he’s at home!

Ironjawz Abilities

Ironjawz have 3 great abilities:

  • Smashing & Bashing – If an enemy unit is destroyed in combat by an Ironjawz unit, the Ironjawz player may immediately select another unit to fight
  • Mighty Destroyers – Hero phase free move if outside 12″ of enemy, pile in if within 3″ (no fighting), or charge otherwise
  • Waaagh – +1 to charge and -1 Rend

All of these abilities get the Ironjawz closer to the enemy, faster and they are great. A little care is needed with Mighty Destroyers as the 12″ rule for charging is regardless of whether you could make a charge or finish within 0.5″ of an opponent so a clever opponent can throw units forward to prevent the move being used.

Allegiance Abilities

There are 3 allegiance options for the Ironjawz but only two are regularly seeing play at the moment.

Ironsunz is the one I use as it gives a command ability to allow Ironsunz units to charge at the end of an opponent’s charge phase – perfect for counter charges with Brutes.

A small selection of my Brutes – the backbone of the Ironsunz!

Bloodtoofs makes Gore Gruntas battleline, and any Gore Gruntas that fought in a combat phase can make a pile in, move or charge at the end of the charge phase.

Both of these are great for speed, and getting into combat to do the Smashing and Bashing and get enemies killed. Again the Ironjawz do need to be in combat to do damage, but they do a lot whilst they are there and alive.

Megabosses – Command Abilities

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Maw Krushas and Megaboss special abilities (on their warscrolls). The Maw Krusha can issues the same command ability three times, and the Megaboss on Foot can do one twice – all for one command point. I’ve lost count of the number of redeploys I’ve done to stop Broken Ranks (step back one unit, step forward another) or Savage Spearhead (step up to my territory to stop the enemy). Or simply saving 3 units with Inspiring Presense. It’s a great ability – be warned!

Warchanters

The warchanters are the key to the army, although they only have 6 wounds on 4+ armour, but they use Vicious Fury which gives an Ironjawz unit +1 damage. This is critical to the Boars and Brutes and great on the Maw Krushas, but without it the army’s damage is severely reduced. Don’t leave home without 2 of them – and I’ve seen some Ironjawz players run 3!

Army Lists

I’ve run a few army lists that you can find in these articles

I also did well in War in the Heartlands with a similar list to my Carnage list. These are all Ironsunz lists, because I love Brutes and the counter charge ability is very complimentary to my playstyle. (Sit back, take a hit, punch… hard!)

The other army list available at the moment is Bloodtoofs and Gore Gruntas (pigs) massing for a charge. There is a 2 MawKrusha, 2 Warchanter, 24 Pigs list… and it is brutal! This list has done very well into the current meta, but before you start picking up Gore Gruntas wait for the Winter FAQ! Things may be changing.

How do I play them?

As alluded to above and with the lists in the other articles I play with 1 MawKrusha, 2 Warchanters, and lots of units – often being 10 or 11 drop. My favourite unit in the Destruction tomes – Rippa’s Snarlfangs – joins the army for some much needed speed, but you can leave these at home if you are going Bloodtoofs.

I tend to sit back, occasionally throwing the MawKrusha forward to krump, to get my Brutes in range so that I can charge in my opponent’s turn – or at least threaten to. I also make extensive use of Hand of Gork with the following combo (cheer Russ Veal of Facehammer fame for discussing this one):

Megaboss on Foot (you can use a MawKrusha) with Arcane Tome as the general. He then takes the Wizard Command Trait Touched by the Waaagh! This gives the Hand of Gork between +1 and +3 depending on causing D3 mortal wounds within 6″ (even the enemy if they are close enough). This turns a 50/50 spell into something much more likely to come off, and makes my Brutes appear in the strangest of places – exactly where my opponent doesn’t want them. Hand of Gork also forces opponents to stay on objectives in much the same way as a Fast ‘Un Maw Krusha.

How else can they play?

In a word Fast! The Bloodtoofs ability to make Gore Gruntas battleline and bringing 2 MawKrushas gives you a smashing & bashing army that no-one wants to fight. Swapping out a Maw Krusha for a Rogue Idol (Forgeworld, not in the book), means you can have a very powerful and hitty Battle Regiment – 1 drop. So you can decide who goes first. Just don’t face Morathi who can stop this tactic in it’s tracks.

How to beat them?

This being a Destruction book, it is obviously unbeatable (see also Gloomspite Gitz in the same position)… but if you wanted to beat them then you need to survive the alpha strike, and be able to do damage back to them.

Screens are coming back into the game and this is only a good thing although it does stunt the Ironjawz alpha strike capabilities. I bring 2 x Ardboyz and they are great in the mirror match either for holding objectives, or preventing the turn 1 charge by the GoreGruntas doing massive damage.

The Ironjawz are also surprisingly easy to kill – in combat or with shooting. A 4+ armour save (except for the Maw Krushas) means that most armies have something that can kill a Maw Krusha in 2 rounds, so if you can survive a charge (Morathi!) and get a few additional wounds in on the Ironjawz turn, you can be killing a Maw Krusha turn 1!

They also have very poor bravery for their size – just 6 on the Brutes & Gore Gruntas – so causing damage to multiple units can see models flee from battleshock – or means the Ironjawz player has to keep command points for inspiring presence.

Finally, remember that this is an objective game, so go after the objectives (unless your models are 1 wound and there are brutes), and don’t worry if the Ironjawz are ahead in turn 1 and 2 – it really is an alpha strike armour and a glass hammer and it can be stopped and then killed!

Good luck to the Ironjawz players out there – hope the Winter FAQ treats us well.

— Declan

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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Tournament Preparation – Leicester GT

Following my reasonable success with the One Drop Ironjawz list at Warfare, Ascot I am back on the tournament scene this weekend and heading to Leicester. Leicester GT is using the Win/Draw/Loss scoring system as the primary scoring (with 20-0 as the tie breaker). This meant that winning by smaller values will still see us playing against other winners.

Because of this I have decided to bring a very different Ironjawz force with 10 drops, and no Gore Gruntas… which fits my playstyle (wait, wait, counter punch) much better than the hyper agressive 1 drop list I took to Warfare.

Brutes and more Brutes!

I had to send this list in before seeing how the Reading list did, and I may have swapped in a few Gore Gruntas before the inevitable points increase, but I am happy overall with the following list:

Allegiance: Ironjawz
– Warclan: Ironsunz
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
 Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
 Artefact: Amulet of Destiny (Universal Artefact)
 Mount Trait: Smelly ‘Un
Orruk Megaboss (140)***
 General
 Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Warbeat: Get ‘Em 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
15 x Orruk Ardboys (255)**
 3x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
 Reinforced x 2
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

Units
3 x Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)*

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 150
Drops: 10

As a 10 drop I’ll likely not often get the choice of first or second, and so need something to grab early objective or put some threat on the opponent. The Maw Krusha is the threat with 24″ + charge threat range on turn 1, and Rippa’s are the speed to grab a middle objective. Other that the main aim is to advance as quickly as possible and hit the enemy turn 2 or 3… I will be honest about a concern against shooting armies, but I can always use Foot of Gork or the Maw Krusha for an alpha strike if I need it!

Character 1 – Megaboss on Maw-Krusha

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

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

He also has the essential Amulet of Destiny, so he has a chance of reaching turn 2. As a combat unit his only chance is to get into range of the enemy and take some damage – unlike similarly priced shooting units – so his task is to either be a powerful counterpunch unit with the Ironsunz ability to charge in my opponent’s charge phase. The 1″ reach has been a problem, but that just needs to be worked around!

Character 2Megaboss on Foot

This will be the first time I have run my General as a foot Megaboss which will allow my opponent to Bring it Down (Maw Krusha) and Slay the Warlord (Megaboss) so I will need to be careful with him.

His main reason for being here is as a more defensive Orruk Shaman, with Arcane Tome, Hand of Gork and Touched by the Waagh! This command ability requires him to cause D3 mortal wounds before casting a spell and add this to the spell casting. Turning a 55/45 into a 60/40 or even better, and also making it more difficult to dispel.

Hand of Gork was the mobility I really missed at Warfare, so I’m really glad to have it back. He may have to hide near the back though until any shooting threats are removed, but I do have the option of using Hand Gork on him, charging and then casting Arcane Bolt in the next phase (D3 wounds from the command ability, D3 wounds from the Bolt). Could catch out a few players!

Characters 3 & 4 – Warchanters

The Warchanters are just superb with Violent Fury providing +1 damage and two of them allow to buff the Maw Krusha and one other unit. I give them Fixin’ Beat (healing) and Get ‘Em Beat (3D6″ charge) to give me an option of going second, healing damage done to the Maw Krusha and striking back.

No self respecting Orruk Ironjawz general wouldn’t go to war with at least 2 of these – and I’ve seen people take 3 with success. They are also not bad themselves with 6 attacks, 3+/3+/-/D3 – especially against things with low armour saves

Units 1 & 2 – 10 Brutes, 10 Brutes

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

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

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

Units 3,4 & 5 – 15 Ardboys, 5 Ardboys, 5 Ardboys

One of the things I really missed at Warfare with the 1 drop was having units to hold rear objectives, or throw forward as screens. Fortunately, I can bring them back now and use them to slow down fellow Ironjawz players or to stop teleporting units from getting my objectives. The unit of 15 will either be a last punch unit, or a forward screen with Hand of Gork. They will also be used as fodder for the General’s Touched by Waaagh! command ability. I am hoping I may be able to get off some cheeky rallies with this unit (on a 4+ if done with their leader and a Warchanter nearby), but I’ve not used it in 15 games, so it may just be a pipedream.

Unit 6 – Rippa Snarlfangs

I got them back in the army… thank Mork (or possibly Gork) for their reappearance. I’ve written about these guys a lot, so if you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll already know about them. If you need a catch-up it can be found here.

Ironsunz, Grand Strategy & Triumph

These are unchanged from Warfare. Alright, Get ‘Em allows me to charge units in my opponents charge phase either forcing them to charge me, or be counter charged. It’s great for keeping the Maw Krusha in combat. Grand Strategy is Hold the Line so my opponent needs to kill (and catch) all the Brutes and Ardboyz and Triumph is inspired (+1 to wound)

My Grand Strategy was equally easy to chose – Hold the Line – and the reason why I have taken 10 Ardboyz at my final unit.

What would you run in a Win/Loss/Draw system with Ironjawz; can’t get enough Gore-Gruntas or just want to run 3 MawKrushas – let us know below!

— Declan

Orruk Warclans – Ironjawz in 20-0 System

5 Tournament games at Ascott Race Cource – Warfare 2021

Last weekend I was happy to be able to revisit an old event, that I have been attending for many years – Warfare. But this time there was a change of venue as the old sports hall in Reading was being redeveloped and the show had outgrown the venue anyway. (For those who may not know, Warfare is a trade show with some tournaments along the side)

I would be bringing my Orruk Warclan – Ironjawz – after my success at Carnage and War in the Heartlands with them. But this time I wanted something that was quicker to play than my normal armies – because I wanted to see the trade show!

The army in all its Glory

The thoughts behind my list can be seen in my Ironjawz One Drop Article, and is repeated below:

Allegiance: Ironjawz
– Warclan: Ironsunz
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
 General
 Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
 Command Trait: Hulking Brute
 Artefact: Amulet of Destiny (Universal Artefact)
 Mount Trait: Smelly ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
 Warbeat: Get ‘Em 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 Brutes (160)*
 Jagged Gore-hackas
 1x Gore Choppas
10 x Orruk Ardboys (170)*
 1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
 Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (300)*
 Jagged Gore-hackas
 Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 155
Drops: 1

I’ve never really tried a 1 drop army before, but I knew that this would definitely have quick games… allowing more time for shopping!

Although the Gore-Gruntas are a more popular choice I had two things which limited what I would take. Firstly I didn’t have any painted, and only had 6 available so I didn’t want to give myself too much painting to do… secondly I like to sit and counter punch so the idea was that the Maw Krusha & Gore Gruntas would charge first, and the Brutes would follow up… but no plan survives contact with the enemy!

Game 1 Savage Gains v Kharadron Overlords

I was drawn against club mate – Ben – in this clash which was great as we’ve not had an opportunity to play recently because of COVID. Also he was using his great undead KO army. It’s lovely!

Lots of Boats, Boats, Boats!

Survival of the Fittest doesn’t use the ‘normal’ scoring for AOS3, and instead has 1 point for a home objective, 2 for each of the middle ones, and 4 for the opponent’s. I was also lucky enough to have recently played against KO – albeit with my Gitz.

I started with Agressive Expansion, and grabbed the two neutral objectives, putting a toe on the one on the left (picture above), and moving some Brutes onto the one on the right. The MawKrusha (MK) meanwhile used Mighty Destroyers, and charged off to kill a unit of Duardin – I wanted to reduce the size of Ben’s army and was reasonably confident the MK could survive a round of shooting.

In Ben’s turn he picked up his boats and put them all over on my right away from the Maw Krusha, getting the objective (Agressive Expansion) and killing a few models with shooting. The Gunhauler charged 10 Brutes… it’s torpedo missed and it was killed.

I won priority turn 2, triggered Monstrous Takeover and charged the frigate off the objective, whilst getting near the Ironclad – I didn’t want to have unleash hell without the MK & GG getting in, but I failed the MK charge… however I had also made a mistake and the MK was a little too near Gotrek! I redeployed 3 away, forcing an 8″ charge but he succeeded with his reroll and charged… MK died! I’ve only played Gotrek with Gitz before and watching him wipe out an MK (albeit only just) was a shock! Ah well live and learn – I was still ahead 16-11 though because the MK had grabbed 4 points for Ben’s objective.

Winning Priority again, I chose Slay the Warlord… but failed to get through his armour and he lived – I always seem to do this instead of just attacking the boats — must remember next time! Ben did Broken Ranks and the difference was still 5 points in my favour.

Turn 4, and Ben won his first priority completed his Savage Spearhead and picked up 3 points; however I was struggling to get objectives and running out of Brutes – I did grab three objectives though to lead 26-19.

Turn 5, and I won priority again – unfortuantely with units in combat I couldn’t do any Battle Tactics (my third failure in the game!) and picked up 5 points… Ben then taught me the garrison rules – his general deployed out of the Ironclad onto my home objective and shot off the last of the Brutes getting the full 9! … This gave him 12 points at the last… bringing us to 31-31 DRAW!

It was a great game, and really happy it ended in a draw for both of us – must remember to avoid Gotrek with the MK, and attack the Ironclad and not the people inside it next time.

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Game 2 Survival of the Fittest – vs Sylvaneth

Ready, Steady, Waaagh!

This was bloody and very, very short. I took the first turn, charged the Kurnoth with the Gruntas – killing them, charged the Revenants with the MK – killing them with the impact hits & Stomp – charged again into the other Kurnoths – killing them! The Ardboyz & 5 Brutes took the outside objectives.

In his turn 1, he charged the MK with everything, but this allowed my Gore Gruntas and Ardboyz to counter charge with the Ironsunz ability – Drycha did some damage, but the Gore Gruntas killed the Warsong Revenants. The Treelord & Stormcast chap couldn’t finish off the MK who then killed the Stormcast and hurt the Treelord.

I won priority for Turn 2, and my opponent conceeded… I was a huge rock to his surgical scissors – 20-0 WIN

Game 3 Power Struggle – Bonesplitterz

The board after the Bonesplitterz free movement

This was a classic army with 4 Wurrgog Prophets:

What an ability

This is a superb characterful ability and I was worried about the potential damage – especially as the Prophets have 6+ ward, and general has a 4+ ward, to reduce the damage they take! These things can (and in the tournament did) take down a Gargant so my MK was at risk… given that I needed to try to get his units away from the Prophets and let the Bonesplitterz go first.

Turn 1, he took Monstrous Takeover and moved his units forward whilst ensuring the Prophets could cover some of the units if I charged them. I took the bait, charged into the Rogue Idol with the MK, and engaged 2 of the Boar Boyz. Killing the Idol, 5 Boars and 3 Boars I was ready for the punch back… but if I could win priority it would all be over.

But it was not to be, and the Bonesplitterz won the priority and took the run selecting Bring it Down on the MK. The first Prophet started the attack doing only 5 damage before dying, but the general was still available – he went all out and rolled until his head exploded… but the MK had only 3 wounds left. Meanwhile one prophet was in range of the GoreGruntas and killed three of them, but died leaving just 1 Prophet left. He charged the MK with some boarboyz, and I counter charged with 5 Brutes and the remaining GG. The boars killed the MK, but the Brutes & GG took down the Boarboyz. Whilst I had lost the big guy I’d done a lot of damage, and was able to grab Broken Ranks in my turn. Meanwhile one of my units of 10 Brutes was walking towards the objective on his side of the board. It was 9-9 but the Bonesplitterz had lost most of their damage dealers.

Turn 3, and Bonesplitterz went first again, the remaining Prophet killing 9 Ardboyz and surviving… wow! gaining Broken Ranks, but this was the high point and I took Agressive Expansion, killed the 10 Orruk Bonesplitters and moving 12″ away from the remaining Prophet. I finished off with Furious Advance and then Savage Spearhead giving me the win. WIN 17-3

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Game 4 Veins of Ghur vs Blades of Khorne


Cagey Start from both players!

Bright and early on the Sunday and I was playing Blades of Khorne and Myles, who I had played before recently. I knew this would be fun, although with Veins of Ghur having the random drop locations I didn’t know if Skarbrand and his mates were coming straight for me.

I set-up defensively, gave Khorne the first turn and we both just shuffled a bit, gained Furious Advance and waited for turn 2.

Khorne won priority turn 2 and gave it to me after the middle objective fell on the side of my MK… this was also the side of his Bloodthirster and Skarbrand, so we knew where the fighting would be. I decided to ignore Battle Tactics for this turn and just moved the Ardboyz onto the objective whilst my 5 Brutes and 10 Brutes advances on my left in case an objective landed over there. Myles predictably took back the objective with Conquer and he led 6-4. A very small lead in Veins.

I won priority turn 3, but the objectives fell reasonably for us both (his on my left guarded by Fleshounds so I couldn’t reach it, mine in the middle) so I gave the turn away. Khorne again played carefully and took Agressive Expansion for the two objectives he already held. I took the same, took back the one in the centre on my right with my Ardboyz and charged into the Fleshounds on the left. I had to keep out of 18″ from the Daemon Prince of Khorne to ensure my charge was successful. The unit of 5 did some damage to the Fleshounds.

I won the key turn 4, declared Monstrous Takeover with the MK who toe poked the objective, whilst on the left the 10 Brutes joined the 5 Brutes and started to threaten the objective. In Myles’ turn they took over the objective and so Myles went on the attack… but Skarbrand failed an 8″ with re-roll and so the Bloodthirster and Juggernaughts went into my force on their own. They failed to kill the 10 Ardboyz, failing their Battle Tactic… but worse – failing to capture the objective. 0 points gained in turn 4 and I was ahead 22-14.

However, the game still had something to give – and by this time we had quite an audience – and turn 5 priority went to Khorne – he selected Slay the Warlord and Skarbrand went for the kill – he wiped out the GG who were guarding the MK and did 16 wounds to the MK. The MK swung back and killed Skarbrand, but the Bloodthirster swung around and killed the MK. The Deamon Prince stood on my objective which I thought was safe as I had a garison near it… only to be told it only counted as 1… ooops! It was 28-22 going into my turn 5.

I selected conquer, set-up outside my garrison and charged the Brutes and one Warchanter into the Bloodthirster (who had used Bloodtithe to get onto my objective). The Daemon Prince’s Blood Soaked Ground made the charge a little more difficult but I was succesful and the Daemon Prince fought twice… killing 3 Brutes – but it wasn’t enough and the Brutes killed the Bloodthirster! I had won 38-31. WIN 14-6. Because of his previous games though Myles was still ahead of me in the tournament.

Game 5 Feral Foray vs Daughters of Khaine

Morathi plans her revenge agains the GG

I had not played Morathi yet (suprising with all the games in AOS3 I’ve played) and so this would be useful. My opponent had already beaten an Ironjawz list to get to this point in game 5 and so this might be difficult!

I went first, moved the GG up to grab an objective and got the 5 points… and then found out what Morathi does! She shot, charged the GG and killed 5 of them. The remaining one managed to do the 3 wounds needed (because little Morathi had miscast), but this was a bad start! On my right the Bow Snakes and Shadowstalkers were advancing and killing anything I put within 32″ of them – I did know enough to be outside 24″. First up was the Ardboyz.

With no throw away units or ranged damage to hurt Morathi I was struggling to see a way out, so I took Monstrous Takeover turn 2, and 3 objectives (2 points) putting me on 9. The DoK took the objective on my right, which I had retreated my Brutes from to stop them dying in the hero phase, and we were 9-9… and then it went wrong as I lost the third turn priority. I burnt my middle objective to make the DoK concentrate on an area I wasn’t in, whilst Morathi killed 10 Brutes and put loads of wounds on the MK. I did do three more wounds, but this was too little too late and the teleporting troops meant I couldn’t escape them.

I lost priority turn 4, and hence the MK. The last 3 Brutes charged Morathi and did the remaining 3 wounds gaining some valuable points but I was then wiped out finishing 32-14 for LOST 1-19

This army really struggles in this match-up especially as I don’t have any throw away units, and he was screening well. I think next time I’ll try to get the Warchanters into Morathi as they can be reasonably confident of doing the 3 damage required, but with my other Ironjawz army (lots of drops and Rippas!) I fancy my changes more.

The army again… just in case you missed it the first time ’round

Summary

I finished with 3-1-1 and 62 points having only lost to Morathi. It was a great tournament and I finished 10th out of 38, so very happy with the result. Also managed to chat with a lot of the other gamers there and catch up with friends on the 40k tables!

This was a great army which definitely achieved the target of being quick to play, but still having a chance. The last game draw was critical though and the game against KO was perhaps a little short of what I should have got… but that would have got my playing against some of the Team England chaps who had turned up due to a cancelled event at Warhammer World, so I definitely can’t grumble

I’m not sure it’s a play style I like (a little too reckless for me) but I can definitely see how this can regularly get very high scores in a 20-0 tournament and I may bring it back to the next one of those.