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The Azyrocopter II - Knight-Azyros

"The herald of the Stormhosts, an avenging angel clutching a glittering starblade that can carve a swathe through the hardiest of foes, the Knight-Azyros wields another, far more potent weapon. He carries a celestial beacon, a lantern radiating the searing light of the heavens, a light that falls upon the forces of Chaos as a sea of torment far more painful than those twisted agonies the Dark Gods gleefully conceive. Wherever this light shines, so might Sigmar cast his divine bolts more easily - the Knight-Azyros is the tip of the spear, bringing glorious illumination to those places thought lost to infinite corruption"

My Knight-Azyros is a little different.

The Azyrocopter II was inspired by a game I had at  Call to Glory 2019 (Cancon) against a fellow Free Peoples player and creator of the original Azyrocopter, Danny Carroll. Danny had a beautiful Freeguild army and I enjoyed the game so much that I wanted remember it by creating my own Azyrocopter to pay homage.

I have also painted up the original model in the colours of the Hallowed Knights (my favourite Stormhost) so as to use in games where my opponent may not appreciate the Azyrocopter as a proxy.

The Knight-Azyros

This is a pretty solid support hero, 5 wounds (normal), 12" movement and fly (very nice), 3+ save (:O) and 9 Bravery, very solid stats. Not to bad on the attacks front, 1" range, 4 attacks, 3+/3+, -1 rend and 1 damage.

Abilities

This is where he shines (pun intended).

Illuminator of the Lost - You can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for attacks made by friendly units that target enemy units while the enemy is within 10" of this model.

This is where the Knight-Azyros is worth his weight in gold at 100 points. He makes all your basic Free Peoples better with the re-roll 1's - Greatswords, Handgunners, your Griffon's and even basic become so much more consistent in their attacks. Buff up some of these troops where they are 2+ hit re-rolling 1's and you get some nasty outcomes.

Light of Sigmar - Once per battle, in your hero phase, this model can use it's celestial beacon. If it does so, each enemy unit within 8" of this model suffers D3 mortal wounds. Chaos units with 8" suffer D6 mortal wounds instead.

Whilst only once per battle, this is a serious deterrent to enemies getting close to the Azyros, especially Chaos plebs. Keeping the Azyros next to a large unit or a General on Griffon and closing with this winged angel becomes and ominous proposition.

Positives

  • Cheap - 100 points!
  • Resilient at a +3 save.
  • Highly maneuverable with a 12" move and flying. 
  • Re-roll 1's within 10" of an enemy - ultimate pathfinder for making those Crossbow, Handgunner and Lumianrk of Hysh shots more consistent. 
  • D3 / D6 (Chaos) motal wounds for those peeps who get too close.

Negatives

  • Screams "Kill Me!" to your opponent.
  • Tricky to maneuver without  being put in a position that will lead to it's untimely death. 
  • 5 wounds.
  • Easy line of sight on those  large wings for shooting/sniping units.
  • Misses out on all the Free Peoples buffs :(

Hot Takes

  • Use cover!
  • He likes holding hands - Keep him with a Freeguild General on a Griffon as a deterrent or close to large units for Look Out Sir!
  • REMEMBER! He has to only be within 10" of the enemy for re-rolling ones on any friendly units that target the enemy he is within 10" of.
  • Run all day with this guy, who care's, you don't want him in combat and it doesn't turn off his abilities.
  • Must have for a Free Peoples army - makes the attacks of all the things more consistent.

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I really like the idea of using a gyrocopter as an Azyros-proxy.  Yours looks very good also 🖕

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