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Write My Tournament Army – Series Finale

Originally this tournament army was going to be played at the ‘Age of the Dark Gods‘ tournament organised by Savage Hammer Gaming on 24th September. However, due to not enough interest in the event, I was invited instead to attend their event on 25th June ‘The Battle of the God-Kings‘. This is being held in Harrold, near Bedford. For those interested, there are still tickets available.

Last time we had one last vote and that was to decide on whether to keep the Warlord Battalion or change it to another Battle Regiment. The results are in!

Write my tournament army - vote result

With the overwhelming response being to change to the battle regiment, we’ve changed our list to a 3 drop. This should give me a good chance of deciding whether to go first or second.

The Final Tournament Army List

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Subfaction: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)
Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Gobsprakk (280)*
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)**
Spells: Nasty Hex
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)**
General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts of Power: Mork’s Eye Pebble
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)**
Spells: Choking Mist

BATTLELINE
Man-skewer Boltboyz (360)*
Boltboy Boss
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)*
Boltboy Boss
Gutrippaz (180)**
Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Drummer
– Gutrippa Boss
– Wicked Stikka

OTHER
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**
– Scrap Totem Bearer
– Noise-maker
– Hobgrot Boss

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1965/2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 118
Drops: 3

That should do it! Now just to paint the last few models and then roll some dice. I hope I get to play some of my fellow Woehammerers, Ed, Declan and Rhys are all attending the event. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Hobby Update – Swampcalla Shaman

I don’t normally post Hobby Updates following assembly, but last weekend I picked up a special treat… the limited edition Swampcalla Shaman from Games Workshop. I picked him up at UK Games Expo 2022, which is a board games convention. It does have a substantial presence from Games Workshop though, so was a perfect opportunity to pick it up!

Mugruk Da Watcha

He is a named character… but not in the book so comes with his own rules:

Okay, there’s not a lot there – essentially he is a Swampcalla Shaman… which makes the decision to not include his own Pot Grot is a little strange!

The sprue is packed, although there are no options to make two of them different. It is also push fit… although I did use plastic glue to ensure it stays together.

Ready for Undercoat

And there he is… ready for undercoating and then adding to my army. I’ll give you all an update when he’s finished!

— Declan

Army on Parade – Kruleboyz

I thought some may be interested in seeing my completed army to date. All of this has been painted in the first four months of 2022 apart from the Gutippaz which were finished in December.

So completed thats:

  • Swampboss Skumdrekk
  • Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot
  • Rippa’s Snarlfangs (Allies)
  • Beast-Skewer Killbow
  • 9x Man-Skewer Boltboyz w/Champion
  • 10x Gutrippaz
  • 20x Hobgrot Slittaz

Still to paint:

  • Gobsprakk / Killaboss on Corpse-Rippa Vulcha
  • Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot
  • 2x Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof
  • 2x Murknob with Belcha-banna
  • 2x Killaboss with Stab-Grot
  • 9x Man-Skewer Boltboyz
  • 20x Hobgrot Slittaz
  • 30x Gutrippaz
  • 3x Fellwater Troggoths (Allies)
  • Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast

Warscroll Review – Killaboss with Stab-grot

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify that when I discuss anything that involves a dice roll then I will refer to the average dice roll. For example, an average run roll being 3-4″ (average of 3.5 on one die).

This does mean that depending on how lucky your dice rolls are you can achieve more or less than the amount specified. But to keep it simple and for comparison purposes we will always refer to the average.

Basic Info

Image taken from Warhammer Community
Grand AllianceDestruction
BattletomeOrruk Warclans
SubfactionKruleboyz
Cost110 Points

Army Role

This is your cheapest Leader option which can still benefit from the Kruleboyz command traits. This option rarely sees play time over the bigger monsters you have available in the list such as Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth.

Though he could still have a role to play. As he’s cheap at 110 points but has a fairly decent damage output he can be used to weaken or remove smaller units by himself or combined with another unit such as Gutrippaz to destroy units. He can also use his All Part of Da Plan to stop them fleeing in battleshock.

in fact having him equipped with a hacks and shield accompanied by a large group of Gutrippaz (20+) is probably what he’s best used for. He can accompany the Gutrippaz ensuring any battleshock tests are passed at the loss of a single model of needed. While in combat he can add a little extra kick to your offensive capabilities.

But, he’d be a last choice on your army list to fill out points and if you have that many points left you’re probably better off getting a Swampcalla or even a unit of Hobgrots!

Combinations

Grinin’ Blades’ Out of Da Mists applies to the this unit, meaning shooting attacks cannot affect this unit on the first turn as long as it remains beyond 12″ of an enemy unit.

Crawly Swarm the Skullbugz allegiance ability will mean that potentially the unit can have units attacking it at -1 to hit. This only applies if an enemy is within 3″.

The Supa Sneaky command trait can also be used on this unit to move them up the battlefield at the beginning of the battle to claim objectives or place them almost within charge range of a juicy target.

As this is a Kruleboyz Orruk unit they’ll benefit from Venom-encrusted Weapons meaning that to hit rolls of 6 are treated as mortal wounds.

This can be further enhanced when near either the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Swampboss Skumdrekk who can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused on a 6 via their ability Sludgeraker Venom.

Speaking of their Venom-encrusted Weapons, these can be buffed by the Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot who can grant them Poison, this would mean they cause mortal wounds on 5 or 6. Bear in mind that the previously mentioned Sludgeraker Venom doesn’t work on rolls of 5 in this case and still only applies to the hit rolls of 6.

The Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot can also grant an Elixir which will add +1 to its save.

This unit can benefit from the Kruleboyz Waaagh meaning they get to fight immediately after your General in the combat phase.

Another option is to have them near a Marshcrawla Sloggoth to take advantage of its Krew Drummer ability giving them +1 to hit in melee.

This unit can use Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud at the start of the game. Though you’d probably be better off using this on your shooting units that you don’t want picked off at range.

Summon Boggy Mist spell can add 1 to this units charge rolls.

You can also use the Murknob with Belcha-banna‘s ability Power of Kragnos to give this unit a 5+ ward save against the effects of spells or Endless Spells.

The Rogue Idol will add 1 to this units Bravery.

Missile Attacks

This unit has no missile attacks.

Melee Attacks

This model has two options for its load out, you can either equip it with a Boss-hacka and Rusting Flail or, Boss-hacka and Skareshield. This either makes them fairly jolly or very tanky depending on what you want.

AttackAv Threat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Boss-hacka 12″42.0 +1mw1.3 +1mw2.6 +1mw
Rusting Flail 12″21.30.90.9
Prized Shiv12″31.50.80.8
Based on average dice rolls

Looking at the damage after saves:

SaveBoss-hacka Unsaved DamageRusting Flail Unsaved DamagePrized Shiv Unsaved Damage
2.6 +1mw0.90.8
6+2.6 +1mw0.90.7
5+2.2 +1mw0.80.5
4+1.7 +1mw0.60.4
3+1.3 +1mw0.50.3
Amount of damage after saves based on average dice rolls

The chance of this units charge connecting:

DistanceChance
8″97%
9″92%
10″83%
11″72%
12″58%
13″42%
14″28%
15″17%
16″8%
17″3%
Chance of making a charge (including movement)

Resilience

This fella is fairly tough even before swapping his flail for a shield. With six wounds and a 4+ save, your opponent will need on average 12 damage with zero rend weapons to be delivered BEFORE and saves are made to have a chance of dropping him. When you swap the flail to a Skareshield this increases to 1 damage before saves.

Final Results

CategoryAmount (Two Weapons)Amount (Weapon & Shield)
Movement5″ 5″
Missile Damage Output
Melee Damage Output4.3 +1mw (13″ Threat)3.4 +1mw (13″ Threat)
Combinations1313
Total Wounds6 (18.3pts per wound)6 (18.3pts per wound)
Resilience12 Hits (Pre-Save)18 Hits (Pre-Save)
Cost110 Points (110pts per Model)110 Points (110pts per Model)
Killaboss with Stab-grot

Warscroll Review – Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify that when I discuss anything that involves a dice roll then I will refer to the average dice roll. For example, an average run roll being 3-4″ (average of 3.5 on one die).

This does mean that depending on how lucky your dice rolls are you can achieve more or less than the amount specified. But to keep it simple and for comparison purposes we will always refer to the average.

Basic Info

Shaman and Pot-Grot painted by myself
Grand AllianceDestruction
BattletomeOrruk Warclans
SubfactionKruleboyz
Cost105 Points

Army Role

Swampcalla Shamans appear in almost all Kruleboyz tournament armies due to their abilities to buff nearby units with either Poison (Mortals on 5 and 6’s to hit instead of just 6’s) or Elixir (+1 to save rolls). One option is to park them near your missile units constantly giving them Poison while.

Using Poison or Elixir does mean that you won’t be able to cast however, so bear that in mind.

The Spells aren’t too bad either, Choking Mist can be cast up to 24″ and any units within 6″ (friend of foe) have their attacks characteristics reduced by 1 (to a minimum of 1) and they cannot run. Or Nasty Hex which remove a target units ability to use ward save.

Sneaky Miasma is great for getting your monsters into combat quicker (especially your Sludgeraker Beasts which are surprisingly good in combat) as it allows them to make a normal move in the hero phase. Keep in mind however that Sneaky Miasma does not work on the Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth as it is not classed as a Monster.

Da Black Pit will see you rolling a dice for each enemy model in a unit and for each 6 or roll that is greater than that units armour save characteristic they’ll suffer 1 mortal wound.

But, keep these guys out of combat and constantly giving units Poison.

Combinations

Grinin’ Blades’ Out of Da Mists applies to this unit as well, meaning shooting attacks cannot affect this unit on the first turn as long as it remains beyond 12″ of an enemy unit.

Crawly Swarm the Skullbugz allegiance ability will mean that potentially the unit can have units attacking it at -1 to hit. This only applies if an enemy is within 3″.

Generals with the Egomaniak command trait can offload their wounds on a 4+ to this unit.

The Supa Sneaky command trait can also be used to move them up the battlefield at the beginning of the battle to claim objectives or within range of a unit to cast a spell.

As this is a Kruleboyz Orruk unit they’ll benefit from Venom-encrusted Weapons meaning that to hit rolls of 6 are treated as mortal wounds.

This can be further enhanced when near either the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Swampboss Skumdrekk who can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused on a 6 via their ability Sludgeraker Venom.

Speaking of their Venom-encrusted Weapons, these can be buffed by the use of its own Poison, this would mean they cause mortal wounds on 5 or 6. Bear in mind that the previously mentioned Sludgeraker Venom doesn’t work on rolls of 5 in this case and still only applies to the hit rolls of 6.

The Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot can also take advantage of its Elixir which will add +1 to its save. .

This unit can benefit from the Kruleboyz Waaagh meaning they get to fight immediately after you General in the combat phase.

Another option is to have them near a Marshcrawla Sloggoth to take advantage of its Krew Drummer ability giving them +1 to hit in melee. Though with its low damage output, this probably isn’t wise.

Can use Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud at the start of the game. Though you’d probably be better off using this on your shooting units that you don’t want picked off at range.

Summon Boggy Mist spell can add 1 to their charge rolls.

You can also use the Murknob with Belcha-banna‘s ability Power of Kragnos to give this unit a 5+ ward save against the effects of spells or Endless Spells.

The Rogue Idol will add 1 to this units Bravery.

The Rogue Idol will also give the Swampcalla Shaman +1 to their casting rolls while within 6″.

Missile Attacks

This unit has no missile attacks.

Melee Attacks

Rend -1 attacks with a fairly standard threat range of 12″ (movement + charge). The Shaman also benefits from the Pot-Grot’s Back-up Stabba. But let’s be honest, his damage output isn’t something to write home about.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Bogbark Staff 12″21.30.91.8
Back-up Stabba12″21.00.50.5
Based on average dice rolls

Looking at the damage after saves:

SaveBogbark StaffBack-up Stabba
1.80.5
6+1.80.4
5+1.50.3
4+1.20.3
3+0.90.2
Amount of damage after saves based on average dice rolls

Resilience

The Shaman is 6 wounds with a 5+ save.

To destroy this unit with weapons that have no rend you’ll need to score on average 9 hits before any saves are made.

Final Results

CategoryAmount
Movement5″
Missile Damage Output
Melee Damage Output2.3 (12″ Threat)
Combinations13
Total Wounds6 (17.5pts per wound)
Resilience9 Hits (Pre-Save)
Cost105 Points (105pts per Model)
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot

Warscroll Review – Gutrippaz

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify that when I discuss anything that involves a dice roll then I will refer to the average dice roll. For example, an average run roll being 3-4″ (average of 3.5 on one die).

This does mean that depending on how lucky your dice rolls are you can achieve more or less than the amount specified. But to keep it simple and for comparison purposes we will always refer to the average.

Basic Info

Gutrippaz painted by myself
Grand AllianceDestruction
BattletomeOrruk Warclans
SubfactionKruleboyz
Cost180 Points

Army Role

Gutrippaz are the main battleline of the Kruleboyz faction. In the current meta many players opt to play as Big Yellers and so Man-Skewers are used in place of these usually, with possibly only a single Gutrippaz unit appearing in the army.

They can kick out quite a few mortal wounds especially when buffed by Sludgeraker Venom and Poison from the Swampcalla Shaman. Buffed with these they can cause on average 7 mortal wounds totalling 7 damage as well as another 3-4 standard hits also causing a further 3-4 damage on average before saves.

Unit of Gutrippaz can be used as screens if necessary, they do have more survivability than Hobgrot Slittaz. They may be a little pricey for this role however.

You could use Supa Sneaky and have them move up the battlefield early doors to either claim objectives or get them in combat quicker. Being 9″ away from an enemy on turn 1 with an average 8″ charge (thanks to the musician) means that they have a 91.6% chance of making their charge.

Their main role is to claim objectives however, near or far. They can dish out some hurt but not as much as you may expect for 180 points. To dish out more pain they would need buffs from other units to do so.

Combinations

Grinin’ Blades’ Out of Da Mists applies to the Gutrippaz, meaning shooting attacks cannot affect this unit on the first turn as long as it remains beyond 12″ of an enemy unit.

Crawly Swarm the Skullbugz allegiance ability will mean that potentially the unit can have units attacking it at -1 to hit. This only applies if an enemy is within 3″.

Killaboss units are able to use their skill All part of da plan with Gutrippaz, allowing them to only lose 1 model to battleshock if they’re within 3″. As this unit is very expensive, this can be a wise strategy to keep them around.

Generals with the Egomaniak command trait can use Gutrippaz to offload their wounds on a 4+ to. But when this unit is so expensive do you really want to do that? Situational perhaps.

The Supa Sneaky command trait can also be used on Gutrippaz to move them up the battlefield at the beginning of the battle to claim objectives or place them almost within charge range of a juicy target.

As this is a Kruleboyz Orruk unit they’ll benefit from Venom-encrusted Weapons meaning that to hit rolls of 6 are treated as mortal wounds. This can be further enhanced when near either the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Swampboss Skumdrekk who can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused on a 6 via their ability Sludgeraker Venom.

Speaking of their Venom-encrusted Weapons, these can be buffed by the Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot who can grant them Poison, this would mean they cause mortal wounds on 5 or 6. Bear in mind that the previously mentioned Sludgeraker Venom doesn’t work on rolls of 5 in this case and still only applies to the hit rolls of 6.

The Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot can also grant the Gutrippaz an Elixir which will add +1 to its save. Though if you can you’re much better attempting the Covered in Mud Dirty Trick.

This unit can benefit from the Kruleboyz Waaagh meaning they get to fight immediately after you General in the combat phase.

Another option is to have them near a Marshcrawla Sloggoth to take advantage of its Krew Drummer ability giving them +1 to hit in melee.

The Gutrippaz can use Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud at the start of the game. Though you’d probably be better off using this on your shooting units that you don’t want picked off at range.

Summon Boggy Mist spell can add 1 to the Gutrippaz charge rolls.

You can also use the Murknob with Belcha-banna‘s ability Power of Kragnos to give this unit a 5+ ward save against the effects of spells or Endless Spells.

The Rogue Idol will add 1 to this units Bravery.

Missile Attacks

This unit has no missile attacks.

Melee Attacks

No rend attacks with a fairly standard threat range of 13″ (movement + charge + 1″ extra if this unit contains a musician).

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Wicked Stikka 13″217.0 +3.5mw3.5 +3.5mw3.5 +3.5mw
Wicked Hakka13″217.0 +3.5mw4.6 +3.5mw4.6 +3.5mw
Based on average dice rolls

Looking at the damage after saves:

SaveStikka Unsaved DamageHakka Unsaved Damage
2.9 +3.5mw4.6 +3.5mw
6+2.3 +3.5mw3.8 +3.5mw
5+1.8 +3.5mw3.1 +3.5mw
4+1.2 +3.5mw2.3 +3.5mw
3+0.6 +3.5mw1.5 +3.5mw
Amount of damage after saves based on average dice rolls

Resilience

These fellas are two wounds each with a 5+ save, which amounts to 20 wounds for 180 points.

Bravery 5 means they won’t hang around either, so consider using All Part of Da Plan to keep them around.

Twelve unsaved wounds on this unit will likely see the last fleeing to battleshock. This means to remove them from play in a single turn an opponent should look to score 21 damage on them before saves to ensure enough are killed to see the rest flee in battleshock.

Final Results

CategoryAmount
Movement5″
Missile Damage Output
Melee Damage Output2.9 / 4.6 +3.5mw (13″ Threat)
Combinations15
Total Wounds20 (9pts per wound)
Resilience21 Hits (Pre-Save)
Cost180 Points (18pts per Model)
Gutrippaz

Warscroll Review – Man-Skewer Boltboyz

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify that when I discuss anything that involves a dice roll then I will refer to the average dice roll. For example, an average run roll being 3-4″ (average of 3.5 on one die).

This does mean that depending on how lucky your dice rolls are you can achieve more or less than the amount specified. But to keep it simple and for comparison purposes we will always refer to the average.

Basic Info

Man-Skewer Boltboyz painted by myself
Grand AllianceDestruction
BattletomeOrruk Warclans
SubfactionKruleboyz
Cost120 Points

Army Role

Man-skewers are the mainstay of many Kruleboyz armies in the current meta, being a battleline option under the Big Yellers subfaction.

They can kick out quite a few mortal wounds especially when buffed by Sludgeraker Venom and Poison from the Swampcalla Shaman. Buffed with these they can cause on average 6 mortal wounds totalling 9 damage as well as another 3-4 standard hits also causing a further 9 damage on average before saves. Ignore that output at your peril.

Units of Man-skewers are great for shooting anything you feel is a threat, and they can do this from turn 1 with a 24″ range (27″ if taking Big Yellers).

Combinations

Firstly there’s the allegiance abilities. The one that suits the Man-Skewer Boltboyz the most is the Big Yellers, Only Da Best. This gives missile units with the Kruleboyz Orruks keywords an extra 3″ range as well as the ability to re-roll a single failed to hit dice per unit in the first turn of the game.

Grinin’ Blades’ Out of Da Mists also applies to the Man-Skewer Boltboyz, meaning shooting attacks cannot affect this unit on the first turn as long as it remains beyond 12″ of an enemy unit.

Crawly Swarm the Skullbugz allegiance ability will mean that potentially the unit can have units attacking it at -1 to hit. This only applies if an enemy is within 3″, if an enemy gets that close then it wouldn’t really matter about the -1 to hit rolls.

Killaboss units are able to use their skill All part of da plan with Man-Skewer Boltboyz, allowing them to only lose 1 model to battleshock if they’re within 3″. As there is so few models in this unit, this can be particularly handy to keep them around.

Generals with the Egomaniak command trait can use Man-Skewer Boltboyz to offload their wounds on a 4+ to. But with only a few models and one of the few Kruleboyz Orruk units able to pack a punch, why would you?

The Supa Sneaky command trait can also be used on Man-Skewer Boltboyz to move them up the battlefield at the beginning of the battle to claim objectives or place them within shooting distance of the enemy to harass and pick off wounds.

As this is a Kruleboyz Orruk unit they’ll benefit from Venom-encrusted Weapons meaning that to hit rolls of 6 are treated as mortal wounds. This can be further enhanced when near either the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Swampboss Skumdrekk who can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused on a 6 via their ability Sludgeraker Venom.

Speaking of their Venom-encrusted Weapons, these can be buffed by the Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot who can grant them Poison, this would mean they cause mortal wounds on 5 or 6. Bear in mind that the previously mentioned Sludgeraker Venom doesn’t work on rolls of 5 in this case and still only applies to the hit rolls of 6.

The Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot can also grant the Man-Skewer Boltboyz an Elixir which will add +1 to outs save. Though if you can you’re much better attempting the Covered in Mud Dirty Trick.

Although this unit can benefit from the Kruleboyz Waaagh, with low damage in melee and being extremely vulnerable to melee attacks why would you?

Another dubious option is to have them near a Marshcrawla Sloggoth to take advantage of its Krew Drummer ability giving them +1 to hit in melee.

One of the better combinations for the Man-Skewer Boltboyz is using Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud at the start of the game. If successful you can hide up to three units in terrain and they’re unable to be targeted by range attacks but can still shoot. This coupled with the Big Yellers allegiance ability of Only Da Best means you can park them inside terrain in your own deployment zone and use the 27″ range to attack from afar while not being shot at yourself.

Summon Boggy Mist spell can add 1 to the Man-Skewer Boltboyz charge rolls…. Again, why would you?

You can also use the Murknob with Belcha-banna‘s ability Power of Kragnos to give this unit a 5+ ward save against the effects of spells or Endless Spells.

The Rogue Idol will add 1 to this units Bravery.

Missile Attacks

The threat range of their missile attacks is a fairly decent 17″ if they move or, 24″ (20″ and 27″ respectively for Big Yellers) for the aimed shot.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Hasty Shot17″72.5 +1 Mortal1.3 +1 Mortal4.6
Hasty Shot (Big Yellers)20″72.5 +1 Mortal1.3 +1 Mortal4.6
Aimed Shot 24″43.32.24.4
Aimed Shot (Big Yellers)27″43.32.24.4
Unit of 3 Man-skewer Boltboyz damage based on average dice rolls

Then viewing the amount of unsaved damage that can be caused based on average dice rolls:

SaveUnsaved Damage
4.6
6+4.6
5+3.8
4+3.0
3+2.3
Amount of damage after saves based on average dice rolls

Don’t forget that the damage can be increased if the Man-Skewer Boltboyz are near a Sludgeraker, and the number of mortal wounds can be increased by the use of poison from the Swampcalla Shaman.

Melee Attacks

No rend attacks with a fairly standard threat range of 12″ (movement + charge) plus a 1″ reach once in combat. However it probably goes without saying that you should avoid melee combat with these chaps.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Jaggedy Blades 12″63.01.51.5
Based on average dice rolls

Again, looking at the damage after saves:

SaveUnsaved Damage
1.5
6+1.3
5+1.0
4+0.8
3+0.5
Amount of damage after saves based on average dice rolls

Resilience

These fellas are two wounds each with a 6+ save, that’s only 6 wounds for 120 Points.

Bravery 5 means they won’t hang around either, so if you’ve clumped these into a unit of 9 consider using All Part of Da Plan to keep them around.

5 hits on this unit will see two models dead and possibly the last fleeing to battleshock. But really an opponent will need to deal the full 6 wounds to rid themselves of this unit. Meaning they should take up to 8 hits (Pre-saves) before they’re destroyed.

Final Results

CategoryAmount
Movement5″
Missile Damage Output4.4 (24-27″ Threat)
Melee Damage Output1.5 (12″ Threat)
Total Wounds6 (20pts per wound)
Combinations16
Resilience8 Hits (Pre-Save)
Cost120 Points (40pts per Model)
Man-Skewer Boltboyz

Warscroll Review – Beast-Skewer Killbow

Before I begin, I wanted to clarify that when I discuss anything that involves a dice roll then I will refer to the average dice roll. For example, an average run roll being 3-4″ (average of 3.5 on one die).

This does mean that depending on how lucky your dice rolls are you can achieve more or less than the amount specified. But to keep it simple and for comparison purposes we will always refer to the average.

Basic Info

Beast-Skewer Killbow painted by myself
Grand AllianceDestruction
BattletomeOrruk Warclans
SubfactionKruleboyz
Cost130 Points

I started my Warscroll Reviews with possibly the greatest unit inside Age of Sigmar, the Hobgrot Slittaz. I continue it today with another Kruleboyz unit, the Beast-Skewer Killbow.

This is the only artillery unit available not only to Kruleboyz, but to Orruk Warclans in general. But is it worth the 130 points?

With only five wounds and a 5+ save it won’t stand up to much and has very little built in defense. On top of that, if it moves you’ll find that it’s shooting is affected. In competitive play, the Killbow is usually dropped in favour of other monsters that they have available to them.

Army Role

This unit is perfect for taking down large models with lots of wounds. They especially excel inside Big Yellers lists where they’re given an additional 3″ range and the opportunity to re-roll a single hit roll in the shooting phase of the first turn. This ability means they have a reach of 27″ and a 97% chance to successfully hit their target in the first turn

Combinations

Firstly there’s the allegiance abilities. The one that suits the Beast-Skewer Killbow the most is the Big Yellers, Only Da Best. This gives missile units with the Kruleboyz Orruks keywords an extra 3″ range as well as the ability to re-roll a single failed to hit dice per unit in the first turn of the game. As mentioned previously this pulls their first turn hit chance up from 83% to 97%.

Grinin’ Blades’ Out of Da Mists also applies to the Beast-Skewer Killbow, meaning shooting attacks cannot affect this unit on the first turn as long as it remains beyond 12″ of an enemy unit.

Crawly Swarm the Skullbugz allegiance ability will mean that potentially the unit can have units attacking it at -1 to hit. This only applies if an enemy is within 3″, if an enemy gets that close then it wouldn’t really matter about the -1 to hit rolls.

Although Generals with the Egomaniak command trait can use Beast-Skewer Killbow to offload their wounds on a 4+ to, there are very few situations where you would do actually do this.

You may also use Supa Sneaky on the Beast-Skewer Killbow. This may be useful after a bad deployment to move it away from a threatening unit and safely inside your own deployment area.

As this is a Kruleboyz Orruk unit they’ll benefit from Venom-encrusted Weapons meaning that to hit rolls of 6 are treated as mortal wounds. This can be further enhanced when near either the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast or Swampboss Skumdrekk who can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused on a 6 via their ability Sludgeraker Venom.

Speaking of their Venom-encrusted Weapons, these can be buffed by the Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-Grot who can grant them Poison, this would mean they cause mortal wounds on 5 or 6. Bear in mind that the previously mentioned Sludgeraker Venom doesn’t work on rolls of 5 in this case and still only applies to the hit rolls of 6.

The Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot can also grant the Beast-Skewer Killbow an Elixir which will add +1 to outs save. Though if you can you’re much better attempting the Covered in Mud Dirty Trick.

Although this unit can benefit from the Kruleboyz Waaagh, with only 1 damage caused on average and bring extremely vulnerable to melee attacks why would you?

Another dubious option is to have them near a Marshcrawla Sloggoth to take advantage of its Krew Drummer ability giving them +1 to hit in melee.

One of the better combinations for the Beast-Skewer Killbow is using Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud at the start of the game. If successful you can hide up to three units in terrain and they’re unable to be targeted by range attacks but can still shoot. This coupled with the Big Yellers allegiance ability of Only Da Best means you can park them inside terrain in your own deployment zone and use the 27″ range to attack from afar while not being shot at yourself.

Summon Boggy Mist spell can add 1 to the Beast-Skewer Killbow‘s charge rolls…. Again, why would you?

You can also use the Murknob with Belcha-banna‘s ability Power of Kragnos to give this unit a 5+ ward save against the effects of spells or Endless Spells.

The Rogue Idol will add 1 to this units Bravery.

Missile Attacks

The threat range of their missile attacks is a fairly decent 17″ if they move or, 24″ (20″ and 27″ respectively for Big Yellers) for the aimed shot.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Hasty Shot17″10.50.3See Damage Table
Hasty Shot (Big Yellers)20″10.50.3See Damage Table
Aimed Shot 24″10.80.5See Damage Table
Aimed Shot (Big Yellers)27″10.80.5See Damage Table
Based on average dice rolls

Damage is different with the Beast-Skewer Killbow so the below table shows the average damage for different unit types.

Unit TypeDamage Dice RolledAverage Damage Caused
Single Wound Models12.3
Two Wound Models22.6
Five Wound Models53.7
14 Wound Monsters 146.6
35 Wound Mega-gargant 3512
Killbow damage based on average dice rolls

When compared to a similar cost unit of 3 Man-skewer Boltboyz the damage output is greater when targeting units with more than a five Wound characteristic. Anything less than that and the Man-skewer Boltboyz are a better damage dealer.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Hasty Shot17″62 +1 Mortal1.3 +1 Mortal4.6
Hasty Shot (Big Yellers)20″62 +1 Mortal1.3 +1 Mortal4.6
Aimed Shot 24″32.51.63.2
Aimed Shot (Big Yellers)27″32.51.63.2
Unit of 3 Man-skewer Boltboyz damage based on average dice rolls

Melee Attacks

Tier 4* attacks with a fairly standard threat range of 12″ (movement + charge) plus a 1″ reach once in combat. Only three attacks, you’ll only get one hit before saves with this weapon. Avoid melee combat.

AttackThreat Range# of AttacksAv # of HitsAv # of WoundsDamage Output (Pre-save)
Jaggedy Blades12″31.50.750.75
Based on average dice rolls

Resilience

With five wounds, bravery 5 and a save of 5+, it’s not going to stand up to much punishment. That being said, as mentioned earlier, you could use Dirty Tricks: Covered in Mud to keep it hidden in terrain from enemy ranged attacks. This forces the enemy into making melee contact with it when it’s likely deep within your deployment area.

The unit itself would need to suffer the following hits from each rend to almost guarantee its destruction:

RendHits Required (Before Saves)
8
-16
-25
-35
Based on average dice rolls

Final Results

CategoryAmount
Movement5″
Missile Damage OutputVaries (24-27″ Threat)
Melee Damage Output1.0 (12″ Threat)
Combinations15
Total Wounds5 (26pts per wound)
Resilience8 Hits (Pre-saves)
Cost130 Points (130pts per Model)
Beast-Skewer Killbow

Write My Tournament Army – Part 3

I’ve asked you all to get involved with the writing of my tournament army for the Age of the Dark Gods tournament, run by Savage Hammer Gaming. Each week selecting a different unit for the army.

I thought it could be fun to see what Kruleboyz army you would all choose for me to run at this event, and so far you haven’t disappointed! Last week you chose the first battle line unit for the army.

This week we’re adding a unit of 9 Man-Skewer Boltboyz to the mix. These will be great with the Big Yellers allegiance ability giving them an extra 3″ range as well as being able to re-roll 1’s to hit in the first turn.

Here’s the list so far:

Allegiance: Kruleboyz
Subfaction: Big Yellers
Mortal Realm: Ghur
Grand Strategy:
Triumphs:

LEADERS
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)
General
– Command Trait: Supa Sneaky

BATTLELINE
9 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (360)
  – Reinforced: Twice

Total: 675 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 32
Drops: 2

This week’s we’re choosing our second battleline unit as well as an additional leader unit as requested in our vote last week.

Battleline Units

I won’t go over the pros and cons of the Gutrippas and Man-skewers, as I have already done that last week and I’d be repeating myself.

Gutrippas
Some of my Dominion Gutrippas ready for action
Cons
Expensive – At 180 points for ten models, you won’t want to be throwing them at the enemy without good reason. 18pts per model.
Low Bravery – Like most Orruks, these guys only have Bravery 5, which can be increased to 6 with the banner model.
Man-Skewer Boltboyz
Some of my Boltboyz
Pros
Hit at Distance – With these boys, if they don’t move they can shoot 24″ across the table (2+/3+). Each one making one shot and the boss making two. Not bad. I mean they’re not Longstrikes but….
Cons
Low Model Count – At 120 points for three models, they’re expensive (40pts per model). But does their range make up for this?
Low Bravery – Like most Orruks, these guys only have Bravery 5, which can be increased to 6 with the banner model.
Poor Shooting when Moved – If they move then their shooting ability gets cut drastically (4+/3+). With their range going from 24″ down to 12″. However the number of shooting attacks increase by 1.

Battleline Vote

Additional Leader Unit

Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180 Points)
Pros
Resilient – 12 Wounds plus an ability to heal D3 wounds on 4+ in friendly Hero Phases.
Lots of Attacks – With its Iron-Bound Clubs and Bident Goad, this model generates 9 attacks per turn all 3+/3+.
Even More Attacks -For each wound caused after rollingD3 wounds using the Breaka-Harness you can gain 2 to the Iron-Bound Clubs attacks of the Troggoth giving him up to +6 attacks on 3+/3+ with -2 Rend and 3 Damage.
Cons
Individual – With no Aura’s or Buffs this model has no direct benefits to other units in the Kruleboyz list.
Can Die Quickly – If you’re choosing to use the extra attacks by causing D3 wounds you can quickly lose wounds in combat. Is this something you want to be doing on your general?
Slow – With a movement of 5″, this model will take time to move across the table and get into contact with the enemy. When you do get into contact, it’s probably at the location chosen by your opponent.
Gobsprakk, the Mouth of Gork (280)
Pros
Strong Magic – Gobsprakk can deal mortal wounds to casters when he unbinds their spells.
Fast – 14″ movement
Venom-Encrusted Attacks – The Vulcha benefits from Venom-encrusted attacks on its Beak and Flesh-tearing Talons and its Stinger, as well as the Killaboss’ Jagged Boss-Stikka. Total of ten attacks.
Cons
Expensive – 280 Points. For that 280 you get a strong Magic user but a surprisingly poor damage dealer in combat.
Target – Because of its Speed and its ability in the magic phase, this unit is likely to be targeted by the opponent very early.
Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha (240)
Pros
Aura – Only 1 model will flee for friendly Kruleboyz units within 3″ that fail battleshock.
Duplicate Command Ability – If you choose to issue a command ability with this model, another model in your army can still issue the same command ability in the same phase.
Venom-Encrusted Attacks – The Vulcha benefits from Venom-encrusted attacks on its Beak and Flesh-tearing Talons and its Stinger, as well as the Killaboss’ Jagged Boss-Stikka. Total of ten attacks.
Fast – Movement 14″
Cons
Expensive – 240 Points, aside from the Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker this is the most expensive command unit and will limit your choices elsewhere on the roster.
Target – Because of its Speed and number of attacks this unit is likely to be targeted by your opponent quickly.
Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof (170 Points)
Pros
Cheap – At only 170 points, this is one of the cheaper options to lead your army. Beaten only by the Killaboss on foot.
Fast – 10″ Movement
Aura – Only 1 model will flee for friendly Kruleboyz units within 3″ that fail battleshock.
Venom-Encrusted Attacks – The boss benefits from Venom-encrusted attacks (mortal wounds on 6+).
+1 To Hit – If this unit made a charge move in the same turn
Cons
No. of attacks – The drop in points come at a price, and in this case its a drop to eight attacks instead of 9/15 (Mirebrute) and 10 (Vulcha), they do however still hit on 3+/3+
Low Wound Count – This model will die quickly to sustained attacks, but does benefit from a 3+ save instead of 4+ as seen on the other units so far.
Killaboss with Stab-Grot (110 Points)
Pros
Cheap – At only 110 points this is the cheapest Leader option available to the Kruleboyz.
Aura – Only 1 model will flee for friendly Kruleboyz units within 3″ that fail battleshock.
Stab-Grot – Model has a single use Ward Save on 1-5, if successful you lose the Grots attacks. 3 attacks (4+/4+)
Venom-Encrusted Attacks – The boss benefits from Venom-encrusted attacks (mortal wounds on 6+).
Cons
Can Die Quickly – With only 6 attacks, this model WILL die and will give away Slay the Warlord points.
Slow – With a movement of 5″, this model will take time to move across the table and get into contact with the enemy. When you do get into contact, it’s probably at the location chosen by your opponent.
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315 Points)
Pros
Lots of Attacks – This model can attack up to 12 times in the combat phase with various weapons with them all at 3+/3+ or 3+/2+.
Aura – This model can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused by Venom-Encrusted weapons on Kruleboyz units within 12″.
Insta-Kill – This model has the potential to one shot characters with 7 wounds or less on a roll of 2D6. Single Use.
Tough – Has 14 wounds and a save of 4+.
Cons
Target Because of its Poison Buff and number of attacks this unit is likely to be targeted by your opponent quickly.
Expensive – At 315 Points this is the most expensive unit in this list. The difference between this and the foot Killaboss being the ability to field another 200 points of other units.
Murknob with Belcha-banna (95)
Pros
Save against Spells – This model can grant a 5+ ward save against Spells or Endless spells for units within 12″.
Mortal Wound – This model can cause mortal wounds to enemy units within 3″.
Cons
Low Attacks – Only one melee attack which on average will cause 2 damage.
Slow – This model is a standard foot slogger, moving around the board at 5″.
Swampboss Skumdrekk (320)
Pros
Lots of Attacks – This model can attack up to 12 times in the combat phase with various weapons with them all at 3+/3+ or 3+/2+.
Aura – This model can add 1 to the number of mortal wounds caused by Venom-Encrusted weapons on Kruleboyz units within 12″.
Insta-Kill – This model has the potential to one shot characters with 7 wounds or less on a roll of 2D6. Single Use.
Tough – Has 14 wounds and a save of 4+.
Additional Triumph – This model can use an additional triumph on itself during the battle through the sacrifice of a Hobgrot unit.
Cons
Target Because of its Poison Buff and number of attacks this unit is likely to be targeted by your opponent quickly.
Expensive – At 320 Points this is the most expensive unit in this list. The difference between this and the foot Killaboss being the ability to field another 200 points of other units.
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-Grot (105)
Pros
Magic User – The shaman has access to the strong Swamp lore for Orruks. Giving them access to spells like Da Black Pit or Summon Boggy Mist.
Poisons – Allows nearby Kruleboyz Orruk units to cause mortal wounds on 5+ instead of 6+.
Elixirs – Gives nearby Kruleboyz Orruk units +1 to their saving throws.
Cons
Weak – only 6 wounds and a 5″ move.

Leader Unit Vote

Next Week’s Unit

As well as the third battleline unit what type of unit should be included next week?

Warmaster Gordrakk – Part 2

EDIT: after talking to Declan and others at Woehammer, they disagree that he can be included and believe this still needs clarification with the FAQ team at GW due to the below images from the Battletome.

Kraggy’s Warmaster Rule
His keywords
Orruk Warclans Allegiance Rules

A few days ago I asked whether Gordrakk could be included in a Kruleboyz or Savage Orruk list. The response was a resounding NO!

However, before asking everyone on Reddit, I also emailed GW to ask them. Today I had the response.

Well that certainly makes things interesting. Whether he’d be any good in a Kruleboyz or Savage Orruk list is another question….

But he may be a cheaper alternative to Kragnos.