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Posts posted by PlasticCraic

  1. On 2/22/2020 at 5:42 AM, broche said:

    hey @PlasticCraic ever played against Bonereaper with bonesplitterz? Never had a chance to test the matchup but I susptect it's pretty bad.

    Yeah I've beaten them (and lost to them) with my Drakkfoot army. They don't reroll saves against shooting so that helps your cause. And I found that Pebbles could knock them on the head pretty effectively with that rend -2.

    It's not a bad matchup if you just whittle down their units to a few models then bang them on the head. 

    For a real anti-OBR build, Ben Savva in the UK beats them every time with his Bonegrinz. Now he *is* Ben Savva, so there's that, but he is running a low drop Kopp Rukk build to achieve that.

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  2. On 2/22/2020 at 7:20 AM, svnvaldez said:

    Does a ranged unit have any place in a list like this? or is it a waste of the +1 +1 melee.

    Allegiance: Big Waaagh!

    Orruk Megaboss (150)
    Orruk Warchanter (110)
    Orruk Warchanter (110)
    Maniak Weirdnob (120)
    Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (110)

    15 x Orruk Ardboys (270)
    15 x Orruk Ardboys (270)
    6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (320)
    - Pig-iron Choppas
    30 x Savage Orruk Arrowboys (360)

    Ironfist (160)

    Total: 1980 / 2000
    Extra Command Points: 1
    Allies: 0 / 400
    Wounds: 181

    Yeah I personally still like the Arrow Boys in builds like this. It's still a combat heavy army, so you're getting plenty of juice out of those +1s

    Quite often I'm glad to have a bit of damage before the combat phase, so I'd find it hard to drop them

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  3. How good is this book by the way. 

    Big Waaagh with Ardfist, Big Waaagh combined arms approach with Pebbles, Big Waaagh we've not even talked about (I'm playing around with Wyvern and Teef Rukk builds for example).

    Ironsunz balanced lists, Ironsunz double Maw Krusha, counter charge shenanigans for days.

    Bloodtoofs toolkit lists that Marco is now throwing around, Bloodtoofs Alphastrike lists (still possible if you choose to go down that path).

    Choppas MSU Brutes lists, probably a lot more to explore in this Clan.

    Drakkfoot hard counters to meta armies, Bonegrinz pop 'n' block melee armies.  Balanced Icebonez armies with 8" scouting moves and infinite movement pigs.

    I'm loving that #AOSLyf right now!

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  4. 7 hours ago, Malakree said:

    Edit: One question I do have.

    How are you dealing with the 3 blocks of 20 hearthguard which make up the staple of modern fyreslayers lists?

    I play against Hearthguard quite a lot, and I'm sorry @Marcoangelo33 but I've found tagging the end of the unit to be very ineffective.  Because they have 2" melee range and pile in twice every turn, they effectively have 8" range in combat.  They always blow up anything that I put in combat with them, even if I tag the edge.  

    But I often still beat them.

    Firstly with Drakkfoot (Bonesplitterz).  I sometimes run a Drakkfoot Kunnin Rukk with a Rogue Idol, and this just eviscerates Fyreslayers.  Bang away with shooting until they're down to single digits then knock them on the head with Pebbles.  The Prophet can chip away a couple each turn with his spell too.  I don't bother trying to shoot off the Heroes, because they're -1 to hit and -1 to wound, and palm off half of what does get through to Aurics, so it takes a couple of turns to kill even a single support Hero.  I get more mileage just by chipping off a few Hearthguard with every round of Dakka, and it adds up quickly.

    But this is a niche build, and pretty much a hard counter to Fyreslayers.

    Secondly with Big Stabbas (Big Waaagh).  Run your screen of Stikkas forward, and run your Stabbas in behind them.  Set up 2.5" back.  That way if he wants to engage he has to bring them into combat, but can't hit them.  You hit him over the top with 3" melee.  He kills a few Savage Orruks, then you swing back and delete the unit.  I'm currently running a block of 8 Big Stabbas with a Warboss, and they consistently blow up a unit of 20 Hearthguard with each swing.

    If I try to engage with them, even by tagging the ends, I always lose every combat.  If I play objectives, they just plod over to those objectives and backhand me off them.  Their army is so, so easy to play: just walk forward and autowin every combat.  The only way I've been able to deal with them is by pumping in round after round of shooting (which ignores their aftersaves), or by hitting over the top of a screen with a 3" melee range murderball.

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    38 minutes ago, Marcoangelo33 said:

    @PlasticCraicI have been running Bloodtoofs since the book came out and have done quite well with them in highly competitive tournaments (see AoS Shorts Texas masters bloodtoofs, 4th place); yes you are correct ardboyz are great with +4 to charge but the real secret tech is teleporting the 6x pigs with the ironfist boss outside 12 inches; this then allows you to mighty destroyers move them 3 inches out of the enemy unit, with +2 to charge.  I then use a Megaboss on MK with -3 weapon to compliment this and  begin the smash and bash chain (with either the pigs or MBMK) and look to get 3 units fighting before the enemy can go.  I highly rate bloodtoofs as a clan as a guarantee teleport is pretty game breaking, especially with the level of powerful spellcasters that are in the game now.   The mobility on a bloodtoofs army is INSANE especially with their command ability, that mitigates the drawbacks for aggressive play.  You can go in, execute a unit and then bounce out behind screens etc.   

    Love it!  Have you got any good stories of how you used the Command Ability?

    My army is painted as Bloodtoofs, so I'm super keen to give them a good go.

  6. 7 hours ago, Warbossironteef said:

    I'm actually taking one of the lists you reviewed! Wurgog, Megaboss, Maniak Weirdnob, Wardokk, 6xGoregrunta, 30x Arrow, 30xStikkas, Rogue Idol.

    Cool, well I'm currently running something similar myself (swapped the Prophet and Rogue Idol for a Warboss and 8 Big Stabbas).  FWIW though I think the version you are running is probably better overall though.

    @Garuun might have some input because he's running the same list as you (took it to 4th overall at Cancon).

    In my case, if my opponent looks like they will / could Alpha, I normally box myself in with Stikkas and then fight my way out of it.  This build is very, very good at killing something just sitting in front of it.  You can always get out of being boxed in with Hand of Gork if you need to, but by the time you fight with Mighty D and shoot 90 Arrows, you'll probably be blowing holes to move through.

    Biggest decision I have is Pigs inside the box (protecting the rear of my Heroes as the phalanx moves forward, ready to peel off and get forward when the time comes with a Mighty D double move), or Pigs outside the box (giving me a mobile hammer threat).  Totally depends on my opponent's army and how they deploy.  But in your case it's less of a worry, since you can fly Pebbles out when the time comes, so I'd be using them mainly as a rear screen to protect your Wizards and then peel forward.

    Make sure you have most / all bodiess in a 36" bubble, so you can hit the Waaagh button and pump up your Allegiance Ability turn 1.  Personally I needed to practice deploying a few times to stop ****** this up and being too spread out.  But an 18' bubble is plenty to work with.

    You might want Pebbles / Big Stabbas set up just behind your frontlines so you can hit over the top.  Make sure you know your opponent's melee range (ask them) and set back 0.5" further than that.  So if they have 2" range, you deploy 2.5" back, so you can hit them over the top but they can't hit you (works better with Big Stabbas if they have 2" range but Pebbles can still do it, since he can take a few hits in return).

    Obviously make sure your Chanter is wholly within 15" of both your Pigs and Pebbles.  I set up my footslogging Heroes as far forward as I can (without being in Melee range if the front line gets charged), so they can keep up as you advance.

    Hold Pebbles back, his mobility freaks people out but once he's out there, he's out there.  He has a big impact as an infinite range threat and counter punch unit.  He can handle himself no worries, but you won't be getting any more Mighty D pile ins or buffs on him once he's off on his own.  You want a couple of turns of buffed casting before you catapult him generally.  Ideally I like to fling him off at the top of the turn (say turn 3) with a Warchanter buff applied, so he is double turn insurance.  He's also a good Hero sniper, since he can hit over the top of screens.  Smash their General on the head and your opponent's shoulders will usually drop once they realise their whole army has to do a 180 to deal with him.

    If I was going to YOLO anything, it would probably be the Pigs, but usually skirmishing down a flank into something they can blow up in a turn.  Make your opponent send something good to deal with them, that he'd rather be advancing.  So it's damage output and an anvil, but also pulling their resources around.  But I'm usually pretty cautious, move everything up behind my line of Stikkas, and wait for the moment to hit that big red button.  You can generally force the issue by peppering away with shooting - you don't need to fling your best units forward to get some output.

    One other tip is that I use mini mag trays with 1" gap for the Stikkas, so you can string out really quickly and easily.   Hope that helps!


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  7. 18 hours ago, Warbossironteef said:

    First ever tournament is coming up this weekend. I'm running 30xStikkas and 30xArrowboyz in my Big Waagh. Havent had time to practice a lot of games using both blocks of 30. Does anyone have any general tips about how they deploy with these units?

    What else you running mate?

    I guess the first thing I'd say is that you want the Stikkas in front and the Arrows behind, but I guess you already got that 😁

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  8. 9 hours ago, Kramer said:

    Just want to throw it out there, as proof of my incredible ability to guess the future 😉, that I expect them to be ORDER. 

    So far they often kind of write ahead with the narrative and all those mentions of an intelligent race of giants that worked with the pantheon. I’m just so convinced that this year will by all about Hysh. 

    It would mean a massive retcon if so.  The Celestant Prime murdered Behemat, and Sigmar murdered his father.  I don't see it personally.


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  9. Speaking of the big Battalions - and not that I would go there - but would I be correct in thinking that they are technically Matched Play legal?

    They have points in the current GH19, and everything they containt still exists.

    Bloodtoofs Warclan in a Bloodtoofs Battalion for +3" to charge?

    Ironsunz and Ironsunz for neg 2 to be hit in the first Battleround, and loads of CPs?

    Or even Ironsunz Warclan in a Bloodtoof Battalion, to get those countercharges cranking at +2"?

    The opportunities are endless, for anyone gamey enough to go there!

  10. 2 hours ago, Ravinsild said:

    What’s GH? Green Hordes? 

    I just miss the old Ironjawz way of just being super fast and smashing in turn 1 with our surprise speed and going on a rampage. 

    I remember back when the endless spells were new people making all kinds of lists with the old book and GHB2019 with Bloodtoofz and Cogs and it was all about speed and hitting hard. 

    where’d that go? I don’t like big waaagh that much or savage Orruks. I just like the old plain and simple Ironjawz smash playstyle. 

    Sorry I meant General's Handbook - so I'm meaning that window where we had a spell lore for the Teleport, and big Battalions for the extra +1" to charge, but not the Clans or the full book.

    So I'm talking about the same kind of stuff  you are really - you could totally combine that with the tech that @Lanoss is citing to hit them from all sides at once.  Mighty D your pigs and / or Krusha along the deck, teleport your Ardboyz into the backfield, and BAM! BAM! BAM! 

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  11. 3 hours ago, Lanoss said:

    I feel IJ builds are fairly obvious when looking at the clans.
    ironsunz = MBMK focused. 
    bloodtoofs = grunta focused. 
    da choppas = brute focused. 
    Ardboys are just a good (albeit expensive) battleline choice to fill in 

    Personally I would say that Bloodtoofs is more Ardboyz focussed.  The one-shot teleport is used on a unit with inherent bonuses to charge, so you fling a massive block of Ardboyz across the table and charge at +4".  It's the most similar to the classic GH style of play.

  12. On 1/22/2020 at 5:03 PM, Kasper said:

    Tyrants of Blood is certainly a thing that I didnt take into account and is very real. Sisters doesnt seem to be used that often and Yhetees and Bonegrinder is just grasping at straws. Nobody uses those.

    Locus of Diversion is irrelevant. If you sit outside of 3” of a Keeper, it doesnt matter if you fight at the end of the combat phase, since the Keeper cant pile in at all due to being outside of 3”, hence not in combat. So you will be attacking the Keeper first, obviously assuming you didnt put it into combat with some other unit, but even then you could potentially place the MK so he has to pile away from it.

    I mean I don't need to grasp at straws, I'd proven my point that 6" pile ins are already a  part of Activation Wars with Tyrants of Blood. You might want to check the results for London GT too, that was recently won with a heap of Sisters of Slaughter.

    If you want another example, the Squigalanche Battalion gives the whole army a 6" pile in. Ben Johnson went 4-1 with that, and so did James Chalmers, so it's no joke. 

    You're right about Locus, that's actually a good example of part of Activation Wars that you will ignore. My bad. 

    However you will not be ignoring things like Fyreslayers fighting first and then fighting again on their turn, blasting you off the table before you'll get a chance to react. They are still activating multiple times before you get to activate at all, I.e. Activation Wars. 

    Another one you wouldn't ignore is Alvagr Rune Tokens: when they charge you, they can activate against you again and again before you get to activate at all, I.e. Activation Wars 

    So it really is a huge exaggeration to say you can "effectively ignore the whole activation  wars". Piling in from outside of 3" is already around, and it's not the end of Activation Wars, it's part of it.

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  13. 13 hours ago, Malakree said:

    Honestly it's a massive buff to Ironjawz that you can do it and easily brings them back into being competitive compared to Big Waaagh!

    It's one reason why I always take a Brutish Cunning Megaboss in Big Waaagh lists.  But then I don't (currently) play the big Ardifst lists.

    13 hours ago, Malakree said:

    Honestly it's a massive buff to Ironjawz that you can do it and easily brings them back into being competitive compared to Big Waaagh! It's also an enormous buff to Bloodtoofs, fast un, hand of gork and even the maw krusha.

    The others I get, but why does it help Hand of Gork?

    Also: Ghyrropian Gauntlets :-)

  14. 8 hours ago, Kasper said:

    Right now you can effectively ignore the whole "activation wars" since nobody can attack you before you pile in and attack them

    Eh that's a bit of an exaggeration.

    Piling in from outside of 3" is already a big part of Activation Wars (see: Tyrants of Blood).  To be back inside melee range after your pile in, you'll need to start a maximum of 3.9" or 4.9" away depending on the weapon profile (and mostly the former) so any 6" pile in players in Activation Wars will still have you.  See: Tyrants of Blood, Yhetees, Sisters of Slaughter, Bonegrinder Gargants...

    Furthermore you'll still be in range for Locus of Diversion at the end of the charge phase, which is another big player in Activation Wars.  So you're not ignoring that either.

    It's another tool in Activation Wars, it doesn't bypass the whole thing.

  15. 2 hours ago, Ravinsild said:

    For 80 points I feels like on paper that the uh guys from Shadespire seem legitimately good? Maybe?

    Yeah I don't hate them, on paper at least. 

    I think their biggest issue is that they can't go in any Battalion, so they cost you a drop.  Which puts them at a disadvantage in their direct competition with 5 Ardboys. 

    But if you really, really need that 10 points...I don't think they're terrible.

  16. 11 hours ago, Chase said:

    What have you been cooking up? A version of your bonegrinz paintrain is going to be my next project I think. It's my play style and thematic af. What makes it great is that it all can go into Bih Waaagh! which is amazing. It's a good time to be team green. At least until GW forgets our toys again in 3.0

    Anything you've played that's similar to this or what have you been running? 

    Actually I've been looking at Big Stabbas again!  My current focus is attemping  to design a Tzeentch Killer, because I'm mostly focussed on team events this year.

    Big Stabbas in Big Waaagh is of serious interest: hitting and wounding on 2s and 2s, yes please! 

    I think Boneys have serious play against the pop-up Flamer lists, because of the pregame move; for that reason I'm looking closely at Icebone, because you can still take the 8" pregame move CT.  It's a decent all round faction so I think you can tailor against Tzeentch and be an all-rounder against most other armies.

    The things I'm looking for are mainly huge volume of damage at low rend.  Essentially I want an army that can just tear through Horrors.  And also I want everything to be on small bases, so you can set up 9.1" back from your chaff line; but also with reach, in case they backboard and make you go first.

    This is what I've got so far:


    Allegiance: Big Waaagh!

    Orruk Megaboss (150)
    - General
    - Trait: Brutish Cunning
    - Artefact: Destroyer
    Orruk Warboss (140)
    - Great Waaagh Banner
    Orruk Warchanter (110) Fixing Beat
    Wardokk (80) Brutal Beast Spirits
    Maniak Weirdnob (120) Breath of Gorkamorka

    30 x Savage Orruk Arrowboys (360)
    30 x Savage Orruks (300)
    - Stikkas
    6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (320)
    - Pig-iron Choppas

    8 x Savage Big Stabbas (400)

    Total: 1980 / 2000
    Extra Command Points: 0
    Allies: 0 / 400
    Wounds: 212

    With a fair tailwind, you should be able to blast through even a 300-wound army, if all it's trying to do is tag and block.

    You can buff the Gruntas and pile them in twice with Mighty Destroyer; you can use the Wizards to jack up your shooting (hitting on 4s and banging 6s), or to get your Savage Orruks hitting on 2s; your Stabbas are naturally going to be 2s and 2s, and again you can make them bang on 6s; you have loads of bodies to rack up early Waaagh; and the classic Warboss is a huge force multiplier for all of the above.  With his Waaagh every turn and the  Big Waaagh stacking with it, and old mate chipping in with Destroyer, you can put out a surreal amount of damage against poor armour saves (which Tzeentch generally has).

    In terms of reach you have pigs moving twice with Might D, shooting from your Arrow Boys and Breath of Gorkamorka on your Savage Orruks / Arrow Boys.  So you can set up your screens and happily go first or second in most matchups.

    You can even switch gears to make the Savage Orruks a proper tarpit (4+ save rerolling 1s with a 6++) if you need to, so that's quite a lot of flexibility from a small amount of buffing Heroes.  And although your Wizards can be +1 to cast and rerolling, you aren't too exposed to buffed unbinding, because most of your buffs just happen regardless (Mighty D, Waaaghs x2, Wardokk dance, Warchanter fun times).

    Its great weaknesses are essentially unkillable stuff, so in the current meta I'm thinking OBR and Hermdar.  You might have some play against OBR if your opponent makes mistakes, but you'll struggle to do much to fights-first Slayers realistically.

    What do you reckon?  Would this go ok against Tzeentch, or is it a house of cards?

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  17. On 1/15/2020 at 11:16 PM, Garuun said:

    This was the list @PlasticCraic played against;


    Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
    Orruk Megaboss (150)
    - General - Trait: Brutish Cunning
    Maniak Weirdnob (120)
    - Lore of the Savage Beast: Breath of Gorkamorka
    Orruk Warchanter (110)
    - Warbeat: Fixin' Beat
    Wardokk (80)
    - Lore of the Savage Beast: Kunnin' Beast Spirits
    Wurrgog Prophet (160)
    - Artefact: Mork's Boney Bitz
    - Lore of the Savage Beast: Brutal Beast Spirits
    6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (320)
    - Pig-iron Choppas
    30 x Savage Orruk Arrowboys (360)
    30 x Savage Orruks (300) - Stikkas
    Rogue Idol (400)
    Total: 2000 / 2000
    Extra Command Points: 0
    Allies: 0 / 400
    Wounds: 197


    Yep, can confirm my man @Garuun smashed my Bonesplitterz with this army!

    Although they are very similar lists, we did arrive at them separately, and I think this one is probably the better version.

  18. On 1/14/2020 at 6:32 AM, Chase said:


    What's your Big Waaagh! looking like these days? I like your "new toys revised" list. How is it coming along? Has it preformed well? What does that list look like? I'm boosting up my ironjawz soon and looking for a bit of inspiration. 

    Hey @Chase, I've been focussing more on pure Bonesplitterz recently, but I'm about to jump back into Big Waaagh.  I've been trying to build lists that incorporate an Ardfist into the BW, but I can't quite make it work.  If you can square the circle between that style of build, and the Foot Megaboss with Pebbles style, I'm interested to see it!

    I did play against a list at the weekend that was very, very similar to my "New Toys Revised" list, but with a couple of tweaks.  Essentially it swapped the Orruks, Ardboys and BWV for 30x Savage Orruks with Spears.  It was probably better for the change imo, so you could do worse than look at that I think.

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  19. 9 hours ago, Intrinsic said:

    I noticed the other day that Merwyrm, Dread Maw and the Magma Dragon are all labeled Last Chance to Buy now. Been waffling on the Magma Dragon and Merwyrm for years now, so I just went ahead and purchased them before I regret not owning them. 

    Well there's $360 down the drain. Wonderful. 😥

  20. Have you been running yours @DestructionFranz? How's it going?

    Yeah she doesn't feel like a 540 point model. Especially since the keywords limit her to Mixed only, which is (presumably intentionally) more and more marginalised. 

    I dunno, 460 and give her the Hero keyword? 

    What faction keyword(s) would you give her?

  21. Yeah if I was a gambling man, I'd bet good money that the best-selling FW kits in the AOS era were the Mourngul and Sayl the Faithless, back when Mixed lists were king, and thanks largely to their excellent rules.

    Fundamentally, FW has not continued to develop its warscrolls and failed to keep pace with the overarching trend of Mixed lists being pushed aside for Allegiance lists.  Which is a crying shame, because uploading an updated PDF should be very achievable.  I do hope the Rogue Idol has sold bucketloads to reward the updated keywords it received. 

    I'd have loved to see the Dread Maw receive a cheeky Maw Tribes keyword, but unfortunately this amazing model seems to be on the "set up to fail" pile with much else in the range.  I'm really concerned that the money I've pumped in to things like that and the Magma Dragon in good faith will not be honoured.

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