Saturday, 16 March 2013

Gargantuans: Musings of the Pig Gods

Well Gargantuans has hit the shops now and i eagerly devoured reading my copy as much as possible yesterday afternoon! Unlike colossals, this is a full book with a good number of releases for each faction. There has been a lot of discontent from Thornfall players who have felt let dow with only getting 2 releases each pact, but this largely died away when full spoilers were shown of Midas.

Although i have a Skorne army aswell as a Farrow force, its the pigz that are my main army and first love in the game, and its the two releases for them that has me most interested in the book:

Warlock - Midas
Lesser Warbeast - Razorboar

Midas is a Bonegrinder Warlock, he utilises the powers of dead flesh to power his magics, and is really quite good at it. A solid but unremarkable stat line and an average Fury of 6, but its his abilities that make him:

Butchery; Living warbeasts killed OR removed from play in his control area grant him a bone token that can be exchanged for fury for later turns (See Feat!)

Curse; That wonderful ability of tartarsauce can now be used for bonegrinders, its mainly there to raise his Fury to 8 for spell casting but could turn normal bonegrinders into mini doom missiles at a push i reckon.

Soul Food; a pseudo blood boon that works off destroying an enemy warbeast, you either cast a spell of 3 or less OR cast the destroyed beasts animus. This combined with butchery and his dismember means that he should be wailing on beasties where possible. He has Calamity and Battle Lust as spells which combined with curse turn him into a proper engine of destruction vs beasts!

E.G: Curse a beast, calamity that beast then charge in with battle lust and convert three bone tokens into three more fury to give you an effective MAT 10 PS 15+5D6 charge with 5 more 15+4D6 hits if needed, then you'll gain another bone token after killing the beast... at dice -5 he's up for taking on gargantuans me thinks hahaha

Midas Tier list is also quite special, he gains usage of the Gatorman Boneswarms and as a T4 benefit he starts with a free beast of your choice that is destroyed... Free Warhog! Free Road Hog! this is a massive benefit, most tiers get you 2/3pts, this is up to 9pts! early game having a dead beast lets your bonegrinders cast its animus already so you can be getting free charges for fury managment etc, late game its another heavy to put down with the feat hehe. given that you can get T4 in a 15pt game it can really tip battle in your favour as you are playing with nearly 10 more points than your opponent.

All this brings us nicely to his feat.... Return all destroyed warbeasts in his battle group to play within 3" of Midas, they cant be forced this turn but can activate but ones killed this turn cant activate. midas can also spend fury points to heal damage to himself and the battlegroup but its not compulsory. I see this feat in two ways; Alpha strike and blocking. For Alpha striking i
wont be healing the beasts as Midas will need his fury for spells, and its all about getting him into a good position to drop a few heavies down for a wamping run on the enemy caster. On paper his beasts have a low threat range, but on feat turn they effectively get a 20" range with Midas charging up field and the feat placement before there own charge... via Massacre! The much maligned warhog animus has a key roll in this army shock horror.

For blocking, you need a good spam of razorboars to return, and then charge off at enemy models to block return movement against Midas, this is more for scenario play and doesnt appeal as much as the alpha strike doom lolz, Farrow play to the mad charge/crazy speed style that appeals to me and Midas lets me play how i like with lord Carver but more sneakily, he doesnt have the killing power but has far more shennanigans to try out.

Since my usual carver lists have no slaughterhousers or bonegrinders in them, its like i get 5 releases this book with a caster, 2 beasts and 2 units!

Now to a new list, we play mostly at 35pts so this is the list i will be rolling out very soon:

1 Midas +5

4 Razorboars 8pts
1 Boneswarm 4pts
1 Road Hog 8pts
1 War Hog 0pts

6 Slaughterhousers 6pts
6 Slaughterhousers 6pts
4 Bonegrinders 2pts
4 Bonegrinders 2pts
4 Bonegrinders 2pts

1 Targ 2pts

Its quite beast light compared to my usual lists, but midas has the spells for powering infantry quite well so im looking forward to the challenge! Im also virtually painting up an entirely new army, my style and abilities have evolved so much since i finished my army over a year ago that i dont want to dumb it down to that level.

2013 is a good year to be a Piggie!

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