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About Me

  1. Current version: AoS 3.0 - GHB 2021 Battlepack: Pitched Battles 2021 Welcome fellow Shepherds of the Damned I'm not going to stand here, beside you, and gesture to the war-torn battlefields after your conquest as though anything I have told you here today was why you won your battle. How you win with your processions of murderers, necromancers, and healers who drew the ire of Nagash is ultimately up to you. I will, however, tell you what I know and point you in a direction. And, hopefully, that direction is onward, ever forward, to inevitable victory. First, What the Nighthaunt Are and What They Are Not The Nighthaunt are not titans on the battlefield. We are not unkillable elites. We will never push up the middle of the battlefield and lay waste to everything in our path, nor will we ever hold territory against an unmitigated onslaught. What we are is a tactical strike force. Nighthaunt asks of you to know your opponent. They will know their own strengths; it's easy enough for any army to be fielded and do what it says on the warscroll cards. It is much harder to win against an opponent who is intent on outplaying those strengths. Sometimes it will be a clear counter; we are faster, we hit harder, or we can resist their damage. But, in most cases, it will come down to playing the objectives and keeping your opponent on the back foot. The key to winning as Nighthaunt is to know your opponent's pressure points and how to apply enough pressure, while not over-exposing your own. If you want to know more, read on. General Tactica Play the objectives: There are very few battleplans that require you to take on the big bad across the table directly, and those that do often have a more fair way to gain those points other than total annihilation. We are a superior army when it comes to objective claiming and defending with our quick units, teleportation, and From the Underworlds. By default, the rule to claim an objective is to simply have more of your models within 6" of the center of it at the end of your turn than your opponent does, and it remains yours so long as your opponent can't beat that count at the end of their turn, even if your models are no longer there. A battleplan has to specifically alter these rules if they require anything else --and some do-- so always be sure you are up on the objective capture requirements being used. And then be ready to abuse them. Know your tricks: Use the rules as written to your advantage. For example, most battleplans don't require you to hold an objective, just to claim it and then deny your opponent from claiming it by keeping them out of range. That could be as simple as zoning in on the objectives on turn one with From the Underworlds and then charging with everything at the enemy just to deny them getting close enough to flip the claim in the turns limit. Further, abilities like From the Underworlds and Spectral Summons count as and exhaust movement, but aren't moves themselves, meaning you can exploit some battleplan objective rules and a few enemy movement lockdown abilities. Expand your tactics: Most Age of Sigmar armies could be classified as "Hammer and Anvil" style armies, or you will see a lot of common tactical advice given out that fall along these lines. This really isn't our style. Nighthaunt is all about tactical styles that expose and hunt for weaknesses. I will go into more detail for four other styles of tactics in the Writs of the Mortarch section at the bottom of this guide. Know your limits: In just the next section I'll run you through some of our most impactful abilities. As a new player seeing these abilities, you might be tempted to do some crazy things, like combining From the Underworlds with Spectral Summons to line up a couple units just outside 9" from an enemy and go for an immediate charge. While this is a viable tactic, and one seasoned players often use, it stretches the idea of viability. Know your chances and that a 9-inch charge will fail most of the time. That a 6+ ward save won't save a unit from an unmitigated counter-attack. That a lost hero is devastating to us. That throw-away tactics won't work well for us without a solid plan of response. Choose the right Procession: You've only got the two, but they are both very important. Consider what your goal is, what your Grand Strategy is, and choose the Procession that best supports it. The Emerald Host will focus on the raw power of your lesser heroes, sacrificing a command trait for a free command ability, propping up their low wounds with sacrificial bodies, and cursing the enemy centerpiece's save rolls. Reikenor's Condemned, in contrast, shifts the focus to the troops, spotlighting Chainrasps and Glaivewraiths for model return, speed, and damage buffs. More information on these Processions in the Processions, the Jailed Forced to March section further down. Take battalions: Depending on your style of play, you will either have access to only Core Battalions or both Core and Warscroll Battalions. For Matched Play, the battlepacks Contest of Generals (Core Book) and Pitched Battles 2021 (GHB and the tournament standard) limit you to Core Battalions. But they're free and useful. Consider filling out Vanguard with your troops and hero cover you plan on charging with, or Battle Regiment for a shot at that all-important turn priority. With our numerous heroes the Command Entourage or Warlord CBs are within easy reach. And in this age of monsters, Hunters of the Heartlands can be an easy fill if you expect an enemy monster. Unlike Warscroll Battalions, you don't necessarily need to build your list around these, instead slotting in what units you're taking to tick off the bonuses as available. For Open and Narrative play, consider one or two given points being played. In our army battalions are synonymous with specializing or equipment load-outs. They allow you to counter an enemy by choosing from a variety of benefits that usually exploit specific enemies. Does your opponent love close combat? Shroudguard is a solid counter. So is Chainguard. Does your opponent have high saves? Dolorous Guard can bring some Mortal Wounds. Battalions also have a few passive benefits to keep in mind as well; each one grants your army another Command Point at the start of the game, another artefact you can equip on a hero. Note that the Core Battalion ability Unified and all Warscroll Battalions offer choice of placing all units within that battalion at the same time otherwise known as a "one-drop." This one-drop feature does not know distance or boundary, so you can certainly split that one-drop across the battlefield and From the Underworlds all at once if you wanted. 😉 Target weaknesses: Most other armies depend on their heroes the same as we do. Units will often have banner carriers, musicians, or icon bearers or other champion models. Some armies are powerful but slow, and some are fast but relatively weak. Some can lock an opponent in place. And we can exploit all of it. With our flying, we can move over and retreat through the front lines to attack a hero or general or claim an objective. We have artefacts, like Slitter, than can halve a unit under the right conditions or can target specific models. Reikenor can use his Corpse Candles on particular models to remove buffs or command potential from a unit. Spectral Summons can be used to not only pull a unit back after taking too much damage but can be used to reposition after units move and change the points of battle, or get a unit out of a lock. The point here is to know what your opponent plans on bringing, knowing what their army is known for, and being ready by bringing tools that can remove what they need working for them to win. Don't forget your own buffs: Our most essential buffs come in two forms: our heroes and our battalions. Though some units, like the Bladegheist Revenants, have built-in buffs or special effects when a specific other model is nearby, the majority of your power will come from choosing the right hero to support a unit. I will get into more detail in what those buffs are below, but the takeaway here is that by leveraging what a hero or combination of heroes can give you will help set up your threat units. ABW12: Always be within 12 inches. If you can't do anything else, at least make sure that your units are always within 12" of your heroes. You don't really want them in combat if you can help it, but you have to keep them close. Oftentimes this means your hero will be running more than anything else, and running into position ahead of your charging units. This will put pressure on yourself to make those charge rolls, lest you leave your hero hanging in the open, but you will want --need-- your heroes giving out their Deathless wards at all times. So bring a ruler and use it religiously, and be prepared to spend that Command Point on rerolling that charge. Tools of Terror Let's get into things a bit deeper. Let's talk about what we can do. I won't get into everything, but I'll list what I think are our most useful abilities and tactics that use them. From the Underworlds They Come: Half of the units we bring to a battle can go into the Underworlds and can sit there for up to 3 turns, and brought out anywhere on the board more than 9" from an enemy. I cannot overstate how useful this is. Depending on the kind of list you want to build, you will want to either place your objective takers or threat units into the Underworlds. The very act of putting something in the Underworlds means your opponent will have to mind their own deployments lest they open up a window for you to exploit a vulnerable edge or backline. For more about this, check out Writs of the Mortarch at the bottom of this guide. Wave of Terror: This is arguably our second most crucial ability, and it alone can win you the battle or turn the tide of a losing war. Unfortunately, this sliver of Nagash's power is as fickle as he is, and if you're unlucky enough never to see it in a fight, it could cost you the game. Each time you charge, should you roll a natural 10 or higher, you trigger the ability to pile in and fight as though it was the combat phase. It's not the combat phase, however, which means that your opponent gets no counter-attack. That natural 10 is a bit of RNG, only having a 16.67% chance of occurring per throw and is not in our favor. This is why we like to build our lists with a lot of smaller units, affectionately called "MSUs" or multiple-small-units (though we will still rarely run minimums, just smaller than maxed). You will want to strike a balance between the number of chances you get to throw those dice on a charge, the amount of heroes you will want to have around to cover those units that charged and potentially spend CP to re-roll a charge, and the models you could lose in a counter before needing to return models or risk losing the unit. Deathless Spirits: As long as a hero is present, that hero and any nearby units get a ward roll to negate a wound on a 6. This is important since it is our only method, other than model-return mechanics, to mitigate mortal wounds and damage that gets past our unmodifiable 4+ save. As with Wave of Terror above, this ability both allows you and requires you to make choices about unit sizes. A larger unit can charge in without a hero and get by on a large model count to keep their effectiveness up, but medium-to-small sized units are going to rely on Deathless Spirits to not evaporate too quickly. You might find a tactical advantage of letting a unit or two advance without this protection, but if you are not shoring up the difference elsewhere, you will feel the loss all too soon. Flying: Flying is more than just ignoring terrain. It's also ignoring models. Nothing can get in your way when you're moving, which means that you can spend your moves getting into optimal positions despite your opponent's best efforts to screen you out. You still have to follow the basic rules of movement, can't end a move closer than 3" to an enemy, for example, but now that bubble of protection no longer forces your units to have to skirt around them to get to the other side. Just fly over. Where this ability shines the most is when retreating. Retreating is a normal move with a few caveats attached to it; you give up your shooting and charge, and you have to end outside 3" of all enemies. But that doesn't mean "away," so you can retreat right over the top of an advancing enemy line to set yourself up in their backfield or claim an objective. A couple of our units, Bladegheist Revenants and Glaivewraith Stalkers, can retreat and charge in the same turn, making them powerful users of this ability. Spectral Summons: As long as your general is alive and on the field, for a Command Point, they can pluck any unit, hero or otherwise, from anywhere on the battlefield and drop them wholly within 12" of the general and more than 9" from any enemy. The apparent use of this ability is to pull back a unit that's on the verge of being lost and heal them up from our various sources. But, it can also allow a particularly fast general, like a Dreadblade Harrows, to pop in at any open space and reposition a threat unit or objective holder, or can be leveraged to protect your general by pulling in a unit to screen them. The Undying Dead We don't have an overabundance of ways to dig into the grave to grab new recruits in the heat of battle. But, we are not without our tricks when it comes to keeping our units full of death dealers, and when effectively used, this little bit can go a long, long way. Below I will list our sources of healing starting with the most models that can be returned, then abilities that require managing wounds, then those that only heal wounds. Ruler of the Spirit Hosts: Command Trait - D3 models to a unit within 9" of general, at the start of the hero phase. Our number 1 most selected Command Trait and for a good reason; it's free, it can't be interrupted, and it brings back full models regardless of how many wounds a model in that unit might have to heal. This is extremely powerful when used on units with multiple wounds, like Hexwraiths and Spirit Hosts, but don't let that stop you from using this to bring back a few more Chainrasps if you need to. No Rest for the Wicked: Olynder's Command Ability - 1 model to each unit within 12" per Command Point, during the hero phase. Our Lady, if she's our general, can bring back 1 model to all units that happen to be within --not wholly within-- her for a CP. This has a real trade-off: on the one hand, if she's surrounded by friendly units in the thick of battle that 1 CP can bring back a potential ton of ethereal flesh. On the other hand, if Olynder is your general and you are not running Procession: The Emerald Host or the Sorrowmourn Choir battalion to beef up her potential wounds, you run the risk of losing her before she could have her moment in the emerald light. And, it costs CP, which is a premium and arguably better spent on a Spectral Summons or a charge re-roll. Nimbus of Power: Black Coach - D3 models to one unit wholly within 12", at the start of the hero phase. Exactly the same as Ruler of the Spirit Hosts, but with a larger range (mind the "wholly") and from a non-hero (also non-summonable 😠) model that can change up its role from support to attack when needed. The Black Coach is already a beautiful and useful model that should appear in almost every list, but as a support piece, you can keep your units healthy in the early-to-mid game before you charge the Coach into the face of that unsuspecting guy across the field once it hits level 3+. Captured Soul Energy: Spirit Torment - D3 (or 3 if Stormcast) worth of models returned to a unit within 6" if 3 enemy models died anywhere on the field when the combat phase transitions to the battleshock phase. Or, you can opt to heal this many wounds to any 1 target, including heroes. This is one versatile ability and might merit bringing as many Spirit Torments you are comfortable with. The only drawback here is that if you want to bring back Hexwraiths or Spirit Hosts, this is the first of the healing abilities that you would need to roll a 3+ or a 5+, respectively, just to bring back one model. But, the trade-off is that you can target heroes (or other non-summonable units) for that heal, including himself. This is where things change for us. Everything above returned models without requiring you to heal the targeted unit first. For 1-wound units, the below won't be an issue, but if you plan on putting any of these supports near multi-wound units, you're going to have your hand forced. Spectral Lure: Guardian of Soul's unique spell - D6 wounds must be healed if possible, otherwise worth of models returned to any unit wholly within 24". Probably the very definition of risk-vs-reward for us you have here the potential of returning a full 6 models to a 1-wound unit, or even up to 2 Spirit Hosts, to a unit just under two feet away, but on a spell that requires a 6 to cast, can be unbound, and only one attempt to cast it no matter how many GoS's you have. This would be downright amazing if it could cast on a 4, especially when comparing it to everything else listed here, but the best you will be able to do about that is spending an artefact slot on Wychlight Lantern to get a +1, or giving him the Corpse Candle from Procession: Reikenor's Condemned for a one-time +1 or +3. As an aside, the other Guardian of Souls artefact, Beacon of Nagashizzar, can add +3 to the models/wounds returned to a unit. It's statistically more likely that Wychlight will result in a successful cast, about 25% more after considering an unbind attempt, but if you think you'll need the bodies more and have a hot hand the Beacon can be a good choice. Beyond this are the rest of our healing abilities. They will not return models, but they still have their purposes. Spectral Tether: Spell Lore - D3 wounds only to heroes only within 12". Lifestealer: Spell Lore - Deal D3 wounds within 12", caster heals that much. Feed on Terror: Heal 1 wound to a hero within 6" of an enemy unit that fails battleshock. An unfortunately rare occurrence nowadays, but worth keeping in mind. Harbingers of Grief They don't have any choice but to heed Our Lady's commands, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few stand out heroes that put in the extra effort in the field. Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed: Needed for the Forgotten Scions battalion, and one of the leader options for the Shroudguard battalion. He can spend a Command Point to grant a unit +1 attacks. This ability can only be used in the combat phase, but it can be yours or theirs, meaning you can pump up a few units for a counter-attack your opponent might not be expecting. In terms of firepower, this is the best buff you can bring in most cases. It will have the most impact on units with low to-hit/to-wound attack profiles. Even more so with units with double-digit model counts. Knight of Shrouds (on foot): Also one of the leader options for Shroudguard. He can spend CPs to give every unit in a bubble around him +1 to hit. This is stackable, so 2 CP is +2 to hit within that bubble. A great hero to pal around with Dreadscythe Harridans or Myrmourn Banshees to get their enhanced damage profiles through. Reikenor the Grimhailer: The last of the options for Shroudguard and one of the best wizards in the game -- well, before Teclis. And the new Lord Kroak. Okay, but he's still good. We don't have a ton of great spells, but there are a few you'd want his ability to get either a +1 or +3 to cast on, like his Wraithstorm spell, Lifestealer, or the endless spell Mortalis Terminexus. More importantly, his Corpse Candles target specific models, so you can spot-remove a banner carrier and rob an opponent's unit of their buff. Guardian of Souls: Necessary for the Chainguard battalion and is a wizard that comes with the only model-return spell we've got, Spectral Lure. Give him Spectral Tether, and you've got a dedicated healer. Too bad there's unbinding likely, and unless you give the GoS the Wychlight Lantern or Procession: Reikenor's Condemned's Corpse Candle there won't be much to ensure the cast. He's got a passive +1 to Wound bubble, though. That's... helpful. Dreadblade Harrows: You get two of these in a box, which is great for the Forgotten Scions, but unless you run that battalion, you'll only need one. He makes a great general thanks to his teleportation ability, so he can stay safe, show up to use a Command Trait like Ruler of the Spirit Hosts or use the Command Ability: Spectral Summons to teleport units to him. As a hero he can cast a spell if he has the Midnight Tome artefact, always being in the right place to use it with a little planning beforehand. He breaks the game in terms of mobility and objective capture, especially combined with From the Underworlds They Come. Spirit Torment: Necessary, along with Chainghasts, for The Condemned battalion, Mr. Torment also brings a passive re-roll 1's to hit for any units within range of his 12" bubble with Nagash's Bidding. This might not seem like much at first, but any units swinging with high attack profiles, like Spirit Hosts with their 5+/4+, will get more benefit from this buff--which is free and always on--than they would from an extra attack that costs CP. Even more so for any unit that wants more 6's. Bladegheists get it even better, getting a re-roll misses buff with him nearby. Additionally, he brings Captured Soul Energy, which is one of the few healing or model-return abilities we have that can't be interrupted (the others being Ruler of the Spirit Hosts, the Black Coach, and Olynder). It triggers if at least 3 enemy models were killed in a round by the time a battleshock phase starts, and if so, heals either D3 (or 3 if those enemies were Stormcast) wounds or models to a unit within 6" of the Spirit Torment. Very versatile, as you get to choose if you want to heal or return models even if they're damaged, or you can opt to heal heroes, and the whole bit works whenever three enemies are killed, so even in your opponent's turn. Note that it can only trigger once per turn per Spirit Torment, so if you want more than D3 models returned this way, bring another ST and kill another 3 enemy models. Krulghast Cruciator: The newest hero in this list comes straight from the book Broken Realms: Be'lakor, but is standard legal and is an interesting addition to the main Nighthaunt offerings. He's got a decent set of attacks and ties with Lady Olynder as the longest-range hero we have with his 12" Phantasmal Torture missile weapon. But, as a support hero, his biggest contribution to the team is what happens if his Phantasmal Torture can score at least one wound on an enemy model that sticks; Empowering Excruciation. This ability empowers this model to enhance the Deathless Spirits ward by allowing it to trigger on a 5+ instead of 6+ for all friendly Nighthaunt models wholly within 12" of him, including himself, until the next shooting phase. This adds a reinforced bubble of protection that we seriously need since our saves are not modifiable. Surprise your enemies and amuse your friends by Unleashing Hell for an early 5+ ward save! Kurdoss Valentian: Now this guy, he hates things. In particular, he hates other generals and through If I Cannot Rule, None Shall Rule! (he's also long-winded, I can respect that) he can steal the Command Point the enemy general receives for being on the field. Each time they are granted one you roll a die, and on a 5+ you take it. This can occur up to 10 chances a game, provided both he and the enemy general remain around that long, and even a single successful theft of a CP can be a game-changing event. Kurdoss is also a martial master, sporting the highest potential damage profile of any other hero with which to beat enemies to a pulp. He likes to be up close, though, having no damage output outside of a 1" range, but if he closes this distance he can swing with 11 attacks across two weapon profiles with the potential mix of a few mortal wounds and a lot of rend -2 normal wounds, the latter half of which gets better if the enemy he's targeting is the general. Such a bone to pick, this guy. You can further beat this point into the ground (as well as your enemies) by spending one of those CP you stole for All-out Attack, and hero-flexing with Their Finest Hour and swing that rending scepter at 2+/2+ for a whole lot of D3 (or D6 on a wound roll of 6) wounds. Lady Olynder - Mortarch of Grief: As the leader of this faction, Lady Olynder brings a host of abilities that don't support her army per-se (she leaves that to her commanders), but instead brings sorrow and suffering to her enemies. Though she has some merit in melee range, her staff having 2" of reach and a great damage profile that can be enhanced by other hero support, and always has a Spirit Hosts' worth of attacks replete with Frightening Touch, her deadliest abilities lie outside of this range. At the start of the hero phase she can use Lifting the Veil and choose an enemy target up to 12" away and roll a die, on a 2+ it does that number of mortal wounds and if it kills anything suck out the life force and heal herself D3 wounds. Then, in the hero phase proper she can follow that up with being a wizard with two casts and unbinds, including her own spell Grief-stricken--a cast-value 7 spell with an 18" range that will both amplify damage done to the enemy unit it affects by granting all melee attacks that target it +1 to hit, and squelches damage done by it by giving that same unit -1 to hit with all its attacks regardless if melee or ranged. Still in the hero phase, our Lady can use her Grave-sands of Time, a one-time ability to either heal herself D6 wounds or, if within 6" of an enemy hero, just allocate that many to that hero. An instant, no-hit D6 mortal wounds? Suffering indeed. Olynder would like to get her grief on though, so now in the shooting phase she can unleash her Wail of the Damned, an area of effect ability that centers on herself and affects every enemy unit within a 10" range around her, triggering a 2D6 roll for each unit and if the roll beats their Bravery do D3 mortal wounds. The Wail is an ability, which means it can still be used if she ran. And, lastly, to make sure the sorrow is complete, through her very presence she conveys her status as Mortarch of Grief and causes 1 additional model to flee every time an enemy unit fails a battleshock test while within 12" of her. With all of these abilities combined, Our Lady is a mortal wound bomb, capable of laying low all who dare oppose her bypassing save rolls with most of her damage. Now, she does have one support ability, No Rest For the Wicked, a Command Ability that can be used in the hero phase to return a single model to all friendly units within 12" of her. This can be an amazing ability if you are down a few models on a lot of units, or you want to make sure a unit survives for a more powerful model-return effect can be used, but costs a CP so its use needs to be considered carefully. All the rest of the heroes, are situational at best and filler on the shelf at worst. Lord Executioner is slightly harder to kill, Tomb Banshee can scream at low Bravery targets, and the Cairn Wraith is so cheap he can just be there to make sure your out-of-pocket units can have Command Abilities options and their Deathless Spirits ward. Those Who Are Tormented Let's briefly touch on each of the units that have notable roles in our army. Battlelines In Matched Play, a Batteline unit can be reinforced up to twice, for a total of 3x the initial unit size. Each reinforcement counts against the Reinforced Units limit available for play (2 at 1000 points, 4 at 2000). Chainrasp Hordes - Unit Size 10: Our quintessential front line unit with a lot of hidden strengths. The three primary purposes of these little guys are to hold objectives, swarm enemy units, and put out surprising damage. They can be a lot to chew through and can buy time even with no hero support if you're willing to spend reinforcements on them. With hero support, they can easily put out the damage, especially in Reikenor's Condemned. Their 25mm base size is less than an inch, and with a 1" range this means they not only can fight in two ranks attacking over the top of each other, but a 2" ranged weapon right behind them, like a Grimghast Reaper's scythe or many hero weapons, can reach over the top, as well. The Dreadwarden that's included is a unit champion, so this unit can issue its own Command Abilities. And finally they have a built-in buff to reroll Wound rolls of a 1 if there are more than 10 in a unit, and that alone is reason never to bring less than 20. Grimghast Reapers - Unit Size 10: The Reapers primary purpose is to target enemy hordes, getting free re-rolls against 5 or more models. But, thanks to their long-range weapons and easily fighting in two ranks they are great against everything, even elite units, provided you can max your potential attacks using that range. They are expensive, though, putting less wounds on the table for the points than Chainrasps. But they are also faster and deadlier. The Extoller of Shyish is this unit's champion, and thus can issue Command Abilities to its unit. Spirit Hosts - Unit Size 3: These multi-wound ghosts have three primary purposes, balancing their risk and reward options. Their high attacks count and Frightful Touch mean they can reliably damage targets with high save values more so than standard attacks; 2+ enemy saves mean nothing with a lot of 6s. Their large base sizes make them for an excellent hero screen. If you are willing to pile 6 of these guys together, then you also have an objective camper not likely to give up its spot anytime soon. With any of the model-return abilities available to us that don't rely on wounds, you can make a big enough blob of these immortal. Hexwraiths - Unit Size 5: Until recently, our cavalry battleline was nothing to look at. Effectively a quarter of a Spirit Host in every way except speed, you would be forgiven thinking these guys are best left in the stables. They see new purpose within Procession: The Emerald Host, however, as the abilities grant extra health for a general on a very reliable 2+ roll, and boost their wound and mortal wound potential on a charge. With their two wounds each and packs of 5, they are great for quick objective grabs and holds or hero hunting while waiting for support to arrive. The Hellwraith is their unit champion. Others In Matched Play, the following units can be only be reinforced once each, counting against the limit for play. Bladegheist Revenants - Unit Size 10: Your baseline threat unit who can do amazing damage, retreat and charge in the same turn, and who's built-in buffs might just be overkill. This is also our only Elite unit, meaning the whole unit can issue Command Abilities to itself. This unit doesn't need any other buffs to perform well (other than charging), but any hero can only help them do better. It's good to keep in mind that they could have some Chainghasts nearby for the Fearful Frenzy buff without a Spirit Torment even on the board, but if you're going to invest in any elites for the support I'd go with a hero to grant Deathless Spirits. Dreadscythe Harridans - Unit Size 10: These ladies got a new warscroll with the release of Broken Realms: Be'lakor, which gave a few minor changes that result some really nice upgrades when put together. Now their champion models, the Slasher Crones, can replace 1 for every 5 standard models in a unit, granting an extra attack each and the ability to issue CAs to the unit. In addition, all Harridans can now explode attacks on natural 6's when rolling to to hit, scoring an additional hit to roll wounds for and effectively removing the deficit a 4+ to hit usually has. These combine to out-damage a unit Bladegheists of the same size, even if they have charged, unless the 'gheists are benefiting from Fearful Frenzy. In addition, the Harridans' passive ability to subtract 1 from hit rolls for enemy models within 3" now activates on enemy Bravery lower than 7 (so 6 or less). When combined with our army-wide -1 Bravery to enemies for being 6" or closer, armies with natural Bravery of 7 are now affected, opening up most mortal armies to be subjected to this. Myrmourn Banshees - Unit Size 4: A threat and utility unit that is the epitome of risk vs. reward. They can unbind or dispel as though they were wizards, with a +1 to the unbind for every four models in a unit. It's short-ranged, though, only working within 18" for the unbind and 6" for the dispel, but if either is successful, the Banshees buff themselves +1 attacks (the dispel does D3 damage to the unit, so without healing you'll lose models). In terms of damage potential, 8 of these ladies can outperform 10 Bladegheists with just that self-buff alone, if you think the reinforcement is worth it. This scales quickly with any more buffs you can toss their way. The Myrmourn are a good way to shore up any lists with weak unbinding, or to sneak in some damage dealers in a small package. Chainghasts - Unit Size 2: I talk up some Hexwraiths, but wait until now to even mention Chainghasts? You'd think that as our only non-hero/non-behemoth ranged unit, you might want as many of these guys as you could, right? Especially considering our only other units with range are Lady Olynder, Krulghast Cruciator, the Black Coach, and Tomb Banshee and Chainghasts beat their best ranges by 3 more inches? Well, not exactly. You're not going to pack more than 2 of these to a single unit, they aren't elite or champions, and are slightly more expensive than our cheapest hero. In the ranged department you're looking at 15" and wildly swingy D3 attacks each. However, they do have a trick up their sleeves within melee: they get 1 attack per model within 2" when they are activated. What do you do with that? Well, if you charge these guys into a horde pack and determine you've got some 10-15 attacks, why not use that 2" reach and slam them all into the hero standing next to them? Still, without some assistance to their ranged I feel these guys are a bit one-trick and easy to snipe. Another Link in the Chain is great for when you want some Spirit Torment buffing but can't fit another one into your list, so that's something to consider. Glaivewraith Stalkers - Unit Size 4: You've got, like, 32 of these, right? Sorry about that. They shoved handfuls of these in Storm Strike, Tempest of Souls, and Soul Wars starter sets, so most players will have an abundance of these guys. I won't harp on them and say they're literal trash, they can be converted into Reapers or mounted on Hexwraiths after all, but they aren't great. Or rather, interesting? They are cheap with small unit sizes, meaning you can slot in a few pretty easily. They have a 2" range which means they can fight in ranks or behind other units. They can retreat and charge in the same turn if they have a Deathbeat Drummer, and get to re-roll all failed hits if they've charged or get charged. And, every model can be a Deathbeat Drummer, so they'll never lose the ability to issue commands to themselves. That all sounds amazing until you look closer. A unit size of 4 means fighting in ranks is almost moot. Retreating and charging means slingshotting over that enemy unit into another one nearby, but with 4 wounds this unit will likely be dead before you can do that. And despite being able to re-roll all failed hits they will do less damage than a charging Bladegheist, model per model. In fact, a unit of 3 Bladegheists will break even with a full unit of 4 Glaivewraiths. And while featured in the Procession: Reikenor's Condemned, they don't receive a very impactful buff (they retain their ability to re-roll failed hits if no charging happens, as long as a ST or Chainghast is near by), but can benefit from extra model return. I, uh... I feel bad for these guys. Battery-Powered Curse Hearse Does the Black Coach deserve its own section? You bet your sweet Necromancer and/or Vampire that's bound, gagged, and chained in the back it does! This beautiful, ornate, gloriously gothic centerpiece is what the Nighthaunt are! I mean, look at it! Name a more gorgeous thing. I dare you. I'll wait... Nothing, right? And it's a great unit on top of that. The Black Coach Aesthetics aside, what you have here is an excellent support piece that can transition into several roles as you see fit, giving you some proper dynamic choices through the course of a battle. It's a Totem now, so it can give out commands to units wholly within 18" of it! But, it's not a hero, so it won't be giving out a Deathless Spirits ward. Nor is it "summonable," which is the keyword all our troop units have that allow our healing-mechanics to work on them. So, its healing is going to have to come from itself or a Spirit Torment (see how versatile they are?). Thankfully, it can do just that. Evocation of Death is the primary ability that powers the rest of its set. Roll 3 dice at the start of each battle round, no matter who's going first, and look at the results. Each 4+ is a level gained for Evocation of Death, and each turn, you have three more chances to add additional levels. Nimbus of Power is the first level and instantly sets itself as another Ruler of the Spirit Hosts as well as a self-healer. This is already amazing, but wait, there's more. Unholy Vigour, second, which allows re-rolls of 1 for all its melee weapons (all of them, horses too), and it can now run and charge in the same turn. Spectral Scythes is the level you will want to wait for before you put this thing into combat. This level empowers the Coach to let you pick a unit within 1" after it charges and roll a die and on a 2+ deal D3 mortal wounds to it. Insubstantial Form, fourth. Now it can retreat and charge, which it absolutely should. Witch-fire is fifth. Just start burning everything within 3" of this thing every hero phase by rolling a dice for each enemy unit in range and on a 4+ deal D3 mortal wounds. This is a lot, and combined with its other abilities like Frightful Touch on the Reaper Scythe and Relic Bearer's Spectral Claws, and Reaped Like Corn (which is only on the Scythe), and the option to bring the Soulreach Grasp, you might be asking just what are you supposed to use this thing for? Behemoth in Battle The Black Coach has three primary uses, any two of which you will choose for its life in the game; what I affectionally refer to as Corpse Cart and then either Soul Sniper or Reaper on Wheels. Corpse Cart: In the early phases of the game, the Black Coach supplies you with another D3 of uninterrupted model-return. If you intend on layering this with other model-return abilities or commands, you've got a strong support structure to keep behind your front lines while not risking putting your general in harm's way. There's too much firepower building up to keep the Black Coach behind forever, but don't begrudge the effectiveness of using it to zone-out flanking attacks, shepherding units as they push forward, and providing a target to shoot at that's not your other threat units. Soul Sniper: Going this route means you elected to take the Soulreach Grasp instead of the Reaper Scythe, which will give you a ranged option for the shooting phase. It's only 10" and a single attack, but it has -3 rend and D3 damage. Not bad since you get to use this twice (shooting and combat phases) even if engaged, but not likely to mean much without a buffing hero nearby. This can be the better setup if some high-save enemy units are advancing on you thanks to that -3 rend, but only if you can reliably land those Grasp attacks. Selecting this means you'll want to keep the Coach at range and keep healing, which unfortunately means losing out on the rest of the Coach abilities. Reaper on Wheels: This route means leaning heavily on the Reaper Scythe and the collection of other abilities to do a ton of damage before the poor thing gets inevitably blown from the field. Almost all of the Coach's powers are melee-centric; the Reaper Scythe being the only weapon choice to benefit from Frightful Touch and Reaped Like Corn, and the rest of the kit wanting to get close and hug enemy units. Knowing the Coach can eventually run and charge, moving anywhere between 15" to 20" if not too damaged, you simply hold it back until level three and then bring it into combat. Level three will take two turns, on average, which is plenty of time to see where things are lining up on the field. At that point, target that ranged squad in the back, the melee unit that's punishing your threat unit, or an exposed hero and snap the reigns. If possible, keep it within a friendly hero for Deathless Spirits, or a friendly unit for Nimbus of Power, or both. Which is better? The Reaper Scythe. When comparing the two, Soulreach Grasp has the potential to do wounds at range and with better rend, but the range isn't enough to make it a viable weapon choice in most games. The entire kit of the Black Coach wants it to either fight in melee, charging and recharging and doing damage each time it does, or provide support. And it should do both during a course of a game. The Soulreach Grasp effectively hamstrings damage potential, with the wound output being 1-2 less under ideal situations, and the range likely making you feel like you shouldn't commit it to melee in a game, losing out on the damage it could do in more reliable situations. All To Come Within the Fold So we've covered all the units that could be considered Nighthaunt Proper that's wholly within the battletome or Broken Realms: Be'lakor, but for those wanting to shine their Nightmare Lantern's alluring light into other "realms," you can call upon a few more lost souls. From Forge World, you can snag the Mourngul. From Warhammer: Underworlds, you can recruit the Briar Queen and her Thorns. And from Soulblight Gravelords you can contract some vampire allies. Forge World Mourngul: From GW's resin model store Forge World you can grab this guy. It has rules and points, so it's a legal model, but there are some tradeoffs for not coming from GW's mainline. First among them are the points; this tall boi is the single most expensive model you could put on the table, even more than the Black Coach. Second, for all those points, you're getting a warscroll card that has seen rewrite after rewrite. Lastly, it's a Monster and not a hero, which makes the points cost all the more expensive. A few armies have abilities and attacks that get buffed when targeting a monster, and not being a hero means no Deathless ward and no potential artefact. This means that despite its strengths, you are either throwing it away as an expensive distraction or supporting it with a hero, or in the very least, Shademist. Monsters also can't benefit from cover, but Nighthaunt can't do that anyway, so that's not a loss. But, what this model can do, in addition to becoming the de-facto damage magnet as soon as it's on the table, is bring sweet, sweet bloody carnage. It's fast starting at 12", has a 2-mortal wound Frightful Touch, starting with eight attacks with which you could get those MWs, and the second-best natural attack profile we have to back it up when you don't score those MWs that doesn't degrade until after suffering 5 of its 10 wounds. Oh, and it can heal itself D3 wounds if it killed anything via Devourer of Flesh and Souls to try to stay at its top profile, and has a passive -1 to hit rolls for all enemy units within 6" with Ghastly Apparition. This will shroud any friendly units you have palling around with the Mourngul too, so long as the attacks originate within that 6" bubble. And lastly, it's a frickin Monster! It has access to the Monstrous Rampage abilities that happen at the end of every charge phase. Drop the Mourngul with From the Underworlds on some unfortunate unsuspecting target, nail that charge, and revel in piling bodies. Especially so if that target is already engaged in a fight and can't commit to a full counter attack. Underworlds The Briar Queen: From GW's sister game Underworlds, you can pick up the warband Thorns of the Briar Queen and use those models on the table with rules that aren't too bad. The Queen and her six unique Thorns come as a set, meaning that for the slightly inflated cost of a hero, you get a screen as well. The Briar Queen herself is a wizard and comes with the spell Howling Vortex which is a tactical choice of a spell to be sure. With a casting value of 7, 18" range that targets a spot on the table, and 6" area of effect from that spot, you can splash any number of enemy units in that radius with this spell potentially up to 24" away. You then have to roll 2d6 and either beat each enemy unit's movement characteristic or roll a double, and if so, they suffer 1 mortal wound and have their movement cut in half. If you can pull this off, half movement can be a nice way to buy some time on a unit or several units that are more than 12" out, but this quickly loses its usefulness once the threshold for a reasonable charge roll is crossed. She can back up her spell with three ranged attacks at 10" on 3's and 3's with 3 rend (one damage each, ha), and whip in melee once at 3", on 3's, 2 rend, but D3 damage. All in all, there's a lot to the Queen that can be useful, but you'll be hard-pressed fitting her in anywhere that another hero wouldn't be more helpful. The added tax for her Thorns doesn't help this, either, as though they provide a useful screen, they are just Chainrasps that retain their rerolling wound rolls of 1 if two of the six are still around. This doesn't make her terrible, though, just tactically challenging. If she can slow even one fast unit down with her spell or hide behind a durable screen for a couple of shooting/combat phases, she could easily be worth bringing. Allies Credit to @Landohammer for starting this list and giving tips on their roles, and the TGA Nighthaunt community for suggestions. Nagash may command all undead, but he does not force his underlings to play well with each other. Despite this, the bearers of the Soulblight curse have been ready allies to the Nighthaunt for an age now, and with their new reorganization some of their commanders and fodder have been made available to us. Notes about allies - Unlike the additional units listed above, allies come with a suite of restrictions that will make your choice in playing them a very tactically demanding one. Primarily, you are limited to how many allies you can bring; for games up to 1,000 points you have a limit of 200 points to spend on allies, and for games of 2,000 points this increases to 400 points. Additionally, you cannot bring more than 1 ally unit per 4 native Nighthaunt units in your army. Also, allies do not benefit from your Allegiance abilities, cannot take any artefacts or Spell Lores, and cannot be a general. And finally, any ability on either Nighthaunt or Soulblight Gravelord warscrolls that works with any keywords that don't appear on each other's warscrolls cannot be used, like Shademist which can only shroud Nighthaunt units or the Vampire Lord's Crimson Feast which works on Soulblight Gravelord Summonable unts. Despite these limitations, some allies bring such terrible force or amazing utility that they are worth considering for your armies. Fell Bats: The only unit cheaper than Fell Bats are Glaivewraith Stalkers, but their light cost belies their utility. 3 to a unit, 3 wounds per base, extremely fast. They are not going to do any damage, but they can cross the field 14" at a time without a run and can retreat and charge. Perfect for tying up a distant ranged unit or getting an enemy threat unit into a fight right away while you position the rest of your army. Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier: This configuration of the Corpse Cart gives a blanket -1 to casting to all enemy wizards within 18" of it, and then a -1 to wound rolls if any enemy unit gets within 9" of it. This cheap cart can provide a nice protective bubble you can put near a battlezone without much fear of losing it. Vargskyr: With 8 wounds on a single base and a 5+ save, this will be an easy target, but it can move relatively fast at 8" and pack quite a punch if it lives long enough to hit something. It's attack profile is amazing, with a total of 5 attacks rolling at 3+ or better, with lots of rend and a potential total of 9-11 damage if it all hits. It's not exactly cheap, though, considering our useful heroes start coming in at around this point cost, currently equaling a Spirit Torment. Vyrkos Blood-Born: For the same cost of a Spirit Host unit, you can get this pack of 3, 3 wounds each, fast 10" strike unit. A bit brittle with 6+ saves offset somewhat by a 5+ ward save, the value of this unit is that they can hit as hard as the Vargskyr, dealing 9-18 damage if they all hit. And it's likely they will with 3+/3+ and rend -1. Hope you roll well on those ward saves, though. Belladama Volga: The first hero ally option and also a costly one, coming in for more than any of our native heroes save for Lady Olynder and is the last choice you can take in a 1,000 point army. For those points, though, you get some nasty bonuses. First, she's a level 2 Wizard, so two spells and two unbinds, and though she can't take any of our Spell Lores she brings two her own, one of which being extremely useful; Lycancurse. This spell targets an enemy unit within 18" and does D3 mortals. But, if any of those wounds results in a model kill you can set up a Dire Wolf unit within 3" of that afflicted unit, the new unit contains one wolf model for each model killed by the spell. Suddenly Dire Wolves are in direct battle with the unit you targeted, up to 3 of them per unit per cast of this spell. Dire Wolves you didn't have to spend points for. It's a tougher spell to cast, though, at a 7 cast value, but Belladomma isn't done yet. She gets a natural +1 to all casting, dispelling and unbinding rolls. And she's still not done. If she's near one of these packs of Dire Wolves or any other you bring, 3" to be exact, then if she takes damage you roll a dice for each before you allocate it and on a 3+ allocate it to a wolf instead. And she's still not done. Want a Command Ability? At the start of the hero phase she can pick 1 friendly Dire Wolves unit wholly within 12" of her and that unit will be able to fight if it is within 6" of an enemy unit instead of 3", and can pile in an extra 3" to boot. This means you don't even need to charge with those wolves. If they are already within 6" and have received this CA, then on the combat phase you can use your new 6" of pile in and just start attacking. And per the FAQ this CA lasts all the way until your next hero phase, so if your opponent Redeploys or otherwise moves some units around, or you kill the unit, and anything else is within 6" you can continue to pile in and attack. With Bella herself packing 9 wounds and a save of 4+, and 10" of movement, you'll likely be putting her in danger right away as a vanguard to your army. Vengorian Lord: We're now entering point values more expensive than any model in our Nighthaunt line, including the Mourngul, and requires game sizes of 2,000+ to take. What you get, though, is a Hero who is a Monster (but not a Behemoth) and is a Wizard. With 10 Wounds, 3+ save, 12" move, an imposing damage potential through physical attacks--some of them reaching out to 3" away--and you have got yourself a meaty powerhouse to go into fights and wrestle objectives with extreme prejudice. He passively reduces rend by 1 for any enemy unit within 3" of him, has the potential to run and charge, heal himself both passively and via a Command Ability, and increase his damage potential with his own spell. This is the guy that yells "Come at me, bro" and then actually kicks ass afterwards. Lauka Vai: Slightly more expensive than the Vengorian Lord, this is another hero/monster (still not behemoth)/wizard combo you can select. The differences between this option and the one above are as follows: One extra wound on the warscroll, an additional ability that deals mortal wounds after a charge move to an enemy unit within 1", a spell that halves charge rolls for enemy units within 12" of this model instead of the damage-increasing spell, and a Command Ability that adds +1 to hit rolls instead of one that heals. "Luka" is tilted more for direct impact damage than sticking around to fight it out, though she can still certainly do that. It's worth noting that her CA that adds to hit rolls happens at the start of the hero phase (per FAQ) meaning that she can use it first and then her ability to run and charge, which has the added cost not being able to use further CAs, and have both stack. Terrorgeist: Want a giant behemoth monster? How about one that can shoot up to 10" away? A shooting attack that functions off enemy Bravery instead of rolling to hit or wound, and does damage on how much over their Bravery you roll? Who has a Frightful Touch-like ability on their otherwise 3 swings, 4+/3+/-2 D6 attack? Who also does D3 damage to all units within 3" of it if it dies? I mean, this is just a big ol' angry monster with lots of damage potential, lots of wounds at 14, lots of movement starting at 14", and a decent 4+ save. It'll be targeted. It will be killed. And it is so expensive. But, arguably, the Terrorgeist is the benchmark by which all other behemoth monsters are measured and should hold its own toe-to-toe against most others. Radukar the Beast: Despite the name he's not a monster, but is a hero and is the big bad guy of the Warhammer Quest: Cursed City box set. The profile looks pretty nasty before we get into any abilities; 12 wounds, 8" move, 4+ save, a 2" attack with 6 swings rolling 3+/3+ with -1 rend and 2 damage, and another 6 attacks at the same profile, but doing D3 damage limited to 1", making a potential 18-30 damage if everything hits and potentially wiping a weak unit out on that alone. But, Radukar can also run and charge, heal D3 wounds if he kills an enemy model, has a passive -1 to hit from all sources, and a better Frightful Touch on his claws doing 2 mortals for every 6. And his Command Ability? He gets two. The first targets himself or whatever he summons (more on that in a sec) at the start of the combat phase, and if they had charged they get +1 attacks to all their melee (and melee mount) weapons. And the second CA, usable at the end of your movement phase, summons 1 entire 10-model pack of Dire Wolves wholly within 12" of himself and more than 9" from all enemy units. For a command point. Out of thin air. Which he can then buff with his first CA since they work in difference phases. Now, Dire Wolves are fodder, each one having 2 wounds, 10" move, 5+ save, and an attack profile of 2 swings, 4+/4+ for a single damage. They get a champion wolf (what's more dire than dire? Doom, apparently) that has an additional attack, and a unit ability that gives them +1 to hit and wound if they charge, making them great interceptors and combat initiators, despite dying off quickly. But, here's the thing: Radukar summons a unit of these with a CA, which means they are basically free given how many CPs we get now. It's at the end of your movement phase, so they don't get to move the turn when summoned, but they can still charge that turn or get to moving on the next. The summon circle caveat of 9" means Radukar doesn't get to perform this trick while in the thick of battle, so you will want to get the summon out of the way early or at least before you engage him in battle. Neferata, Mortarch of Blood: This expensive model has a host of abilities that are, frankly, better suited supporting other Soulblight units, which unfortunately if you took Neferata you won't be taking any others. Still, she has some use. She's a level 2 caster like the other Mortarchs and comes with a spell that prevents any negative modifiers on a save roll. She also has a Command Ability which imposes -1 to all melee hit rolls. These still work on herself, which makes her 3+ save stick to that or better, stacks with All-out Defense if you want it to be a 2+, and generally makes her very hard to land a hit on. Her 12 wounds means that when something does hit, it'll be a while before she's really hurting. She's susceptible to mortal wounds, though, with no internal ward save and no fancy armor to negate wounds like her blood brother below has. What she has, though, is access to Monstrous Rampage abilities and a nifty little thing called Dagger of Jet, where if her Akmet-har does any damage to an enemy hero that is not negated in any phase where it could, you can then roll a die at the end of the phase and on a 5+ just kill that hero. This makes Neferata best suited for anti-hero fighting, where she keeps herself shrouded from melee damage but in combat to get as many chances at that 5+ as possible. Risky. Very risky. Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night: At the top, or bottom, of this list is the most expensive and also probably the most destructive entry available. If you are eying Manny-fred you are likely either a Total War: Warhammer player, miss your Warhammer Fantasy Vampire Counts, or just feel some sort of way that our native Mortarch, Olynder, isn't a stat-heavy beast as the other Mortarchs. Mannfred comes in as the most expensive ally option available, topping out the near the 400 point limit for allies in 2k games. 30 Chainrasps, 20 Reapers/Harridans, 9 Spirit Hosts, or 10 Hexwraiths all cost less than Mannfred. 20 Bladegheists cost the same (at of time of writing). But what do you get for all those points? Something a bit deceiving--which is perfect for someone like Mannfred. At first blush his 12 wounds, 3+ save, ability to straight ignore the first wound or mortal wound allocated in every phase, self-healing D3 wounds if he kills a model in any combat phase, and an attack profile starting at 18 attacks that he can drop down to 2+/2+ for a chunk of it (and close enough for the rest) for a Command Point that lasts from your hero phase to your next hero phase, and the fact he's a gottdam monster, it certainly looks like he should be deleting whole enemy units by himself. But with a starting move 16", fly, no internal ward save, two casts/unbinds, and the only ability I'm aware of that triggers if within 3" of an enemy unit at the start of any combat phase that allows you to literally disappear him and set him up anywhere else on the field more than 9" away from an enemy, for free, you think that maybe he's supposed to stay out of harm's way. And then his personal spell, CV 7, which allows you to target a unit within 18", and then all other units within 6" of the one you selected, and all get dealt D3 mortals if you roll a 3+ on a dice for each unit, you can start to see that Mannfred is meant to use some guile. And you call the Black Coach a grab-bag of abilities... Mannfred is a force of nature, a deadly misdirection. His potential to deal wounds at any distance, reposition whenever a fight is disadvantageous, and plow through units single-handedly means that he is best suited to wipe out or soften enemy targets that can't readily fight back. Sure, his great save and ignored wound every phase means he's indeed tanky, but if he's hard targeted for mortals or ranged he won't last more than a couple turns, especially if he's not wading through models to heal himself. But, having all his attacks come from his single model, access to Monstrous Rampage, and ability to sharpen his own blade means that when he does choose to attack it'll be a devastating affair. He postures himself like he's the biggest threat on the battlefield, and if you play him with all his tricks he will be. But, just like in his lore, if you get too cocky his power will wilt sharply. But, unlike other units that might be able to be described the same way, Mannfred will always be able to regroup as needed as long as he stays alive. And for the points, he better. If you take him, I recommend relying on his spell in the early game to chip away at as many units as you can before committing him to a physical fight. If you notice a unit that's out-of-pocket that's perfect for a takedown, even if it's too far away, you can charge into something else closer and then at the start of the combat phase remove him and set him up closer to catch up to it next turn like some sort of movie-magic serial killer. But, once engaged, don't overcommit. Do a round of damage, and when it's on your enemy's combat phase, put him elsewhere. Only fully commit him if you're sure you will win. Just like Mannfred himself would do. Processions, the Jailed Forced to March We have two sub-factions called Processions that are available for Matched, Open, and Narrative play. In addition, we have access to six Core Battalions that are available to all armies in all forms of play, and a further two more Core Battalions available for the current Matched Battlepack: Pitched Battles 2021. Unfortunately, all of our other battalions, called Warscroll Battalions, have been made available only in Open and Narrative games. Processions are nice, blanket army buffs we get to add for free and with no real requirements other than a forced Command Trait for one of them and a forced artefact for both. They add in a series of abilities, but do not grant any additional artefacts or Command Points as Warscroll Battalions or some Core Battalions do. Battalions are less army-wide buffs as they are configurations that allow you to build up specific tactical advantages for several units of our army. I won't get into all the battalions here, but I will go over most. Processions Introduced in: Broken Realms - Be'lakor 2021 Procession: The Emerald Host: The first of our two sub-factions, this enables two abilities, a forced Command Trait, and a forced artefact for our army. The first ability is the Emerald Curse, which allows you to choose any single enemy hero and give them a permanent -1 to save rolls for all attacks that target that hero. This is actually pretty huge and will really hurt the right target. Heroes with high saves can now be brought back down to killable range, and those with already low saves can now be threatened to be ganked straight off the table. Also, the Curse works from all attack sources, so even your allied models benefit from it (and allies in multiplayer games), and any enemy ability that counts as an attack against themselves. The second ability is Knights of Regret, which affords your aesthetically painful Hexwraiths a couple of nifty new benefits that'll make them a valued battleline unit. Firstly, all Hexwraiths get a buff on the charge, granting +1 attacks to both the scythes and the horses. At first, this might seem lackluster, but statistically, this makes a pack of 5 Hexwraiths just over half the effectiveness of 3 Spirit Hosts, but with much more movement. Combined with the right general, that effectiveness skyrockets past Spirit Hosts and can make for a terrifying offensive line. Secondly, the Hexwraiths now act as a pseudo-wound pool for whoever your general is. Whenever your general would otherwise allocate a wound or mortal wound, and a Hexwraith unit is within 3" of them, instead of a Ward save roll a dice and on a 2+ give that wound to a Hexwraith instead. You can now inflate your general with 10+ wounds and bring the whole lot into battle with less fear of evaporation or strong headwinds, but at the cost of potentially ignoring roughly half the damage. The Command Trait further enforces this idea, giving the general a free once-per-battle use of the Command Ability on their warscroll. This means you'll want to bring a general who has Command Ability, of which we have a whopping two; the Knight of Shrouds or Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed. Or just Lady Olynder who bypasses the negatives of this Procession. Whoever you choose, you'll lose access to Ruler of the Spirit Hosts or any other Command Traits. Finally, the artefact is just a +1 attacks, and specifically for the first Knight of Shrouds that is included in the army, and only to his sword. Procession: Reikenor's Condemned: This second sub-faction is already getting buzz as the maybe more competitive option. First off, you're going to want to have some Chainrasp Hordes in your army. Maybe even some Glaivewraith Stalkers, if you're nasty. Though you can opt to bring in 0 of either of these units, they get some serious buffs in this Procession. Got a Spirit Torment or Chainghasts? Well, now Chainrasps and Glaivewraiths can benefit from re-rolling all failed hits just like Bladegheists can when wholly within 15" of them. That's right, 15", not 12". Our best battleline option just became bestier, still not out-damaging the 'gheists, but getting a substantial boost nonetheless, especially when you consider how many you might bring. The Glaivewraiths could already re-roll failed hits on their own, but only if they charged or had been charged, so now they can park and still get the benefit. This helps if they lose their Deathbeat Drummer (though why would they, all of them can be Drummers and still attack). In addition to all that, the Chainrasps and Glaivewraiths both now benefit more from a Guardian of Soul's Spectral Lure spell, returning D6 models in addition to any that might be returned by the spell. If all of the above sounds familiar, they should. These are the benefits of both The Condemned and Chainguard battalions, now baked in as a baseline option, and now including Glaivewraith Stalkers. You can read up on those battalions below for their strengths and caveats that also apply here. Moving on, this Procession also gives Reikenor, if he's in the army, the status of general even if he's not the model chosen to be the general, and gives the general(s) the Command Ability to select one of the Chainrasp or Glaivewraith units you have and and add 6" to their movement for a CP if they're wholly within 12" of a hero or 18" of a general. And you get to keep your Command Trait. The artefact that's forced upon you can go to any hero model and is pretty good. It's a Corpse Candle, just one use though, that has one of two effects depending on when you use it. If you use it in the hero phase you can either damage the bearer or an enemy model within 12" of them and get either a +3 or +1 to cast spells, respectively. If you use it in the combat phase, again either on the bearer or an enemy model within 12", you either get +1 to hit and wound for the bearer, or just +1 to hit, respectively. Battalions New in AoS 3.0 and in an effort to balance gameplay and stabilize data reporting for future tweaking, Games Workshop has given all armies access to the same set of Core Battalions, and taken away access to each faction's Warscroll Battalions. At least in Matched Play, which is the tournament style of play. Even though everyone gets access to these battalions, it still will benefit to dive into each of them to see how we can benefit from them. Core Battalions - Legal in all forms of play Introduced in: Age of Sigmar 3.0 Core Rules Warlord: Requires 1-2 Commanders, 2-4 Sub-commanders, 1-2 Troops. This is the only battalion to give out two abilities for fulfilling it. First, once per battle, you can elect to gain 1 additional Command Point for the turn, an ability called Strategist. Secondly, you can select 1 additional enhancement for your army, or the ability Magnificent. These abilities are not restricted to the units making up this battalion, so it makes this a powerful choice for us. An extra command point is always good, but you'll need to claim it at the start of the Hero phase, so you're going to need some foresight not to waste it. And with the way enhancements work now, you can't go wrong with an additional one. Battle Regiment: Requires 1 Commander, 0-2 Sub-commanders, 2-5 Troops, and either 1 Behemoth or 1 Artillery. Oh, the coveted one-drop ability. This battalion gives you Unified, meaning all units that are a part of this battalion all come into play at the same time. In the past, thanks to wildly unbalanced warscroll battalions, certain armies were almost guaranteed to get priority on the first turn while, conversely, some armies like us were almost guaranteed to not get priority, thanks to how many important units we could shove into a single formation. Now, we should all have roughly the same shot. Unlike most armies, though, we can get a very particular benefit from this battalion. From the Underworlds They Come is a location, one that can be selected during deployment, and one that any number of this battalion can go into even if not all of it does. This means, following normal rules for Underworlds, you can elect to use this one-drop to simultaneously place units in reserve as well as on the field. That doesn't sound that amazing? Well, suppose you waited to deploy your Unified until your second or third unit deployment. You'll have a good idea of what your opponent is putting out in the field. You can now, dynamically, decide what you're going to ambush them with and watch them second-guess their now locked-in deployment setup. I've said it before (or will down below); A good deployment can just as easily win you the game as a bad deployment can lose it. Grand Battery: Requires Artillery, which we don't have, SO MOVING ON Vanguard: Requires 1 Sub-commander, 1-3 Troops. This will probably be the easiest battalion to fill out, and multiple times at that. The ability it grants is Swift, which means that any one member of this battalion can get a free, once per battle use of At the Double or Forward to Victory, with no cost and no need for a hero, totem, or unit champion. At the Double replaces your dice roll for a run with a 6. Forward to Victory, probably more important to us, allows you to re-roll a charge roll. Fishing for 10s is still our thing, after all. Any unit we really want to get Wave of Terror on is either elite or has a unit champion, for the most part, so that aspect of the ability is okay, but if your very important WoT-needing unit is in this battalion, you've got a free shot at our best ability. Linebreaker: Requires 1 Commander, 2-3 Behemoths. This is an interesting one. It's the only battalion to give out Expert, which is a free one-time All-out Attack or All-out Defense for any one unit in the battalion. It requires two Behemoths. So, two Black Coaches? A Black Coach and a Mourngul? Two Mournguls? All-out Attack is great, but we no longer benefit from All-out Defense. I don't see this battalion getting much use. Wow, it's expensive. Command Entourage: Requires 1 Commander, 2-3 Sub-commanders. The lesser version of Warlord, this battalion requires half the HR work and no pesky troops for either the Strategist (CP) or Magnificent (enhancement) bonus, but not both. Thing is, I see this one as being very easy to fill. We have so many heroes. Cheap ones. Go for this one if you just want one of the abilities but not both, and shove any straggling heroes into it you couldn't fit anywhere else. Core Battalions - Legal in Battlepack: Pitched Battles 2021 Introduced in: General's Handbook 2021 Alpha-Beast Pack: Requires 2-3 Behemoths. Holy god, 3 behemoths? The ability is Scent Tracking, and it gives D6" of movement to every unit in this battalion, before the game starts. Literally will never get use in Nighthaunt. You don't want your Black Coach(es) in battle before they have leveled up. And if you are taking 2 or 3 Mournguls, I mean, I guess you didn't need that roughly 1/4 of your army in points anyway. I suppose you could bring one Black Coach and one Mourngul and meet this requirement, but if you're not using Underworlds for the Mourngul you're throwing it away. Hunters of the Heartlands: Requires 2-3 Troops. Extremely easy to fill, and you definitely should if you think your opponent is bringing a Monster. The benefit here is Expert Underdogs (why) and it gives the units from this battalion immunity to Monstrous Rampages. Perfect for any units tasked with bringing those beasts down, they can flail all they want but their extra abilities mean nothing to you. Well, they are still behemoths, so engage wisely, but at least these guys will be okay. Mostly. Below are the Warscroll Battalions, tucked behind a spoiler field to keep them from delicate eyes (mine) that may want to weep over their untimely passing (again, me). Expand if you want a taste of Open or Narrative play nostalgia. Spells in the Wake of the Necroquake When it comes to spellcasting, Nighthaunt could stand to have a few more options. While we have a few stand-out Spell Lores we can choose from, our Endless Spells are very niche and might belong on the shelf. I'll go over our wizards, their casting options, our spells, and some universal options that you might want to consider. Wizards Reikenor the Grimhailer: If you're going to invest in a spellcaster, Reikenor might be at the top of your list. He's no slouch with his Fellreaper if you need to swing it at an enemy unit with 5 or more models in it, but it will be his Corpse Candles that will seal his seat on the court. Corpse Candles allows him to deal 1 mortal wound to either any specific model within 12" of Reikenor or to himself, and if that wound ends up allocated either gain a temporary casting bonus of +1 or +3, respectively. The immediate caveat of this ability is that the damage must take, so if your opponent can shrug the damage or Reikenor himself makes the Deathless Spirits ward that he has to attempt, then there's no bonus. But, the hidden power of this ability is in the selection of enemy models; you can select a unit's icon bearer, musician, or champion and snuff them right out of the pack, taking their buffs and command potential with them. Reikenor also brings his own unique spell Wraithstorm, which on a 7 will do D3 mortal wounds to a unit within 12", and if it kills a model will trigger another D3 mortal wound one more time. Lady Olynder: Of course, Our Lady is on the list. She's a level 2 wizard, which means that she can cast and unbind twice. Olynder also comes with her own unique spell Grief-stricken, which on a 7 will make an enemy unit within 18" have to subtract 1 from all their hit rolls, while also granting +1 to all melee weapons that target them. Unfortunately, Olynder does not have access to access to any casting bonuses, so even her own spell is a hard cast with a high chance of failure. Still, her other abilities can more than make up for this obvious slight of Our Lady's power, provided you can keep her safe enough to use them. Guardian of Souls: The last of our allegiant wizards, this is also our only unnamed one and means that you can assign an artefact to him that neither Reikenor or Olynder can have. The GoS has access to a set of artefacts that are unique to him: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon, Wychlight Lantern, and Beacon of Nagashizzar. If you have been following my hints elsewhere in this guide, then you know that I think that Wychlight is usually the best option, and maybe by now you see why. Casting bonuses come very rarely to us, and an extra digit on the die roll can make all the difference. Nighthaunt Spell Lores Soul Cage: A tactical spell if there ever was one with two effects baked in, Soul Cage can be a nasty bit of magic in the right spot. For a casting value of 6, a unit within 12" loses its ability to retreat and must now wait until the end of the combat phase before it can fight. Going "at the end" means it's likely that the unit you're targeting won't be able to fight back until after the two or more units you just shoved in its face have had a swing, potentially ending them before they could retaliate. But this spell can also buy time, which sometimes is all you need; just affecting an enemy unit with it can make your opponent reconsider a charge move if that unit wasn't already engaged in combat, and if they were in combat a whole phase's actions have to be decided before theirs can. Spirit Drain: What Spirit Drain is, is easy to cast. On a 4, within 18", roll a die for every Wound characteristic your target has, and for each 6 give out a mortal wound. Considering that's only a 16.67% chance, per die, to do damage, you won't see this spell taken very often. Still, feel it out if anyone tends to bring a double-digit Wounds hero to the table. Lifestealer: With a casting value of 7, you'll probably find it's the best on Reikenor. It's just a D3 of mortals within 12", but it returns that much to the caster. Snuffing those candles on himself doesn't seem so bad of an idea anymore. Nailing the cast and preventing the unbind with his bonuses make this almost his sure-pick spell. Reaping Scythe: Now, this is an underestimated spell. Casting value of 4, so really reliable, and it gives any single weapon the caster's holding re-roll both hits and wounds until the next hero phase. Mitigated by the fact that it only targets the wizard who cast it, the only native wizard who'd benefit from it is Lady Olynder, and oh does she ever. Re-rerolling fails on her Staff of Midnight, when combined with the rest of her damaging abilities, makes her into a curb-stomping Queen. With the Midnight Tome, there are a few other heroes who might like this spell, too; Krulghast Cruciator for sure, Knight of Shrouds (either one), Spirit Torment, or even Dreadblade Harrow. Shademist: Since, as an army, we will want to focus on staying alive, and in the fight, Shademist is likely the superior spell for any wizard who's not Reikenor or Lady Olynder. Maybe even if they are. Casting on a 6, a Nighthaunt unit wholly within 12" gains a buff of -1 to wound rolls for all attacks that target that unit. Not a lot of abilities buff wound rolls out there, so this tends to be a harder counter to taking damage than -hit effects. And, we no longer have access to Mystic Shield or All-Out Defense, so this is our only avenue to protection outside of 6. To give you an idea of how powerful this is, a reduction of 1-to-wound is about 25% less damage on average coming in. Spectral Tether: If it weren't the only spell that we have that can heal heroes, I'd say this was a hard pass. Casting value of 6, 12" range, and D3 wounds, it's not a lot of healing when compared to the myriad other ways we can put wounds back into a unit. But, since this can only work on heroes, and our heroes lack sources of healing, this becomes a spell to factor. I would bring a Spirit Torment, instead, unless this spell were going to a Guardian of Souls. Captured Soul Energy can't be interrupted, after all. Universal Spell Lores Ghost-mist: The only universal spell that might be of service, this spell targets a terrain feature up to 6" away, and on a cast value of 5, makes it block line-of-sight. If any model wants to target another model, they have to draw a line from closest parts of each and if that line passes through more than 3" worth of that terrain, visibility is blocked. This is great to block ranged attackers. Nighthaunt Endless Spells Under the new Endless Spells rules even our own spells have some niche uses we never had before. Unlike before, Predatory Endless Spells remain in the control of the wizard who cast it for up to 30" away. That wizard only loses control if they cast a second Predatory Endless Spell and then have to choose which they control and which goes wild, as they can only command one at a time. This allows us to better control the spells we cast, and gives our opponent only the option to dispel them, as long as we mind the range. A word of advice: If an Endless Spell has a casting value of 6 or less, it's fair game, though you may want a Guardian of Souls with a Wychlight or Corpse Candle attempting it. However, if you're looking at a 7 or higher, save that for a self-wounding Corpse Candle, or better, Reikenor. There are a few reasons for this; you want an initial casting roll that's good enough to cast the spell, you want an unbind that's more likely to be higher than your opponent can roll, and if they are spending casting slot on dispelling it that's one less spell they can cast that phase. Shyish Reaper: Our physical iconification of death, yeah? This giant scythe appears on a cast value of 6 and up to 6" away. It can then move 8" and fly. You have to pivot the scythe when you move it, and then push it that direction, but when it comes to a stop any models that it passed across (including the pivot), and any that are within 1" of it after it stops will be under its effect. Roll a couple of dice and if the result of either die is the same or higher than the unit's save value it's D3 mortal wounds each. This is a potential 2D3 mortals against targets with otherwise impenetrable save values giving you a way to pierce that armor. Vault of Souls: It's a box. Of doom? Another 6 cast and 6" range spell that can also move 8" and fly, but when it stops look for all the models within 6" of it and roll a dice for each. Any 6's and that model suffers 1 mortal wound. And then once 10 damage has been allocated in this way, the box explodes. Roll a dice for any units still within 6" of it and on a 2+ that unit suffers the number on the die in additional mortal wounds. Afterwards it poofs out of existence until you cast it again. This is our horde-killer spell, Frightful Touch in a box. The more bodies near it, the more dice you get to roll, but anything not a 6 is a whiff, so don't rely on it. Mortalis Terminexus: Phantom hourglass supported by the souls of the damned. Man, I wish this spell was so different. As it is, another casting value 6 (to round out our 666) and a range of 18". It, too, can move 8" and fly. This one works like a Chronomantic Cogs in that it has two time modes. But, unlike Cogs, the times are reverse or fast, with reverse healing D3 wounds to all units within 6" and fast dealing D3 wounds to all units in the same range, but after a dice check of 2+. This doesn't return models why? Missed opportunity there. But it can still be useful as a hero support spell. Now that we can always control it just keep it behind Lady O or another hero and get D3 back every turn. Until its dispelled. Universal Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum: Slightly cheaper than our own Shyish Reaper, this is an alternative. Ask yourself, will it be easier to beat an opponent's save with 2d6 or easier to get a 2+ on a single die? Do you want a blade that can go in any direction, or just a straight line in the direction it was set in? That's the difference. Oh, and this is cast on a 5. Balewind Vortex: Just kidding. It's gone now. Chronomantic Cogs: This spell used to be meta back in the 2.0 days. No longer table-wide and not as strong, the fast mode of this spell still allows you to +1 to charge rolls, but only for units who are wholly within 18" of it at the time of declaration. While that might still be useful, the slow mode might be more so, giving any wizard within 6" of it 1 extra spell cast in the hero phase. It doesn't follow the new Endless Spell rules as tightly, though, as if you have two wizards within 6" of it, one of yours and one of your opponent's, it's whoever turn it is that decides the speed. So you'll want to keep them away. Emerald Lifeswarm: Want another source of model-return? For a casting value of 6, you can set this down in the thick of combat and watch it return D3 wounds to one unit within 1" of it, that being yours. Even better, if no wounds are needing to be healed, it will return D3 models instead. Don't lose control of this one or it may move its 8" away from you or target something else. As an alternative, you can also park it in your backfield and use Spectral Summons to pull units back to heal up. Horrorghast: This spell now prevents command abilities in the battleshock phase. That alone might be worth taking this thing, but it also makes D3 more models flee if the unit fails the check. But, it's a 12" radius so that can include our own stuff, too. Cast of 6, range of 12", movement of 8" and flying, be sure to park this one behind enemy units you're engaged with, or about to take on. Malevolent Maelstrom: One thing we can't do is reliably shut down enemy casting. We can force them make some choices about it, though. Cast this on a 5, set it up 6" away, and then fly it another 8". Get it within 12" of an enemy wizard and let them cast their spells. Since the new Predatory Endless Spell rules, you'll maintain control of this as long as your wizard that cast it stays within 30", so it's a safe bet your opponent now has this ticking timebomb on their shoulder they now have to spend a spell slot dispelling instead of casting on you. Or risk it eventually blowing up. Or try to move away from, but since this can move 8" it will likely keep up. Set up a counter in the form of a dice next to this spell when you cast it. Each time a spell is successfully cast within 12" of it, or someone dies within 12" of it, the Maelstrom adds 1 to the counter. It maxes out at 6. At the end of every combat phase, roll a dice and add this value. If it's a 10 or more, boom, and everything within 12" of it takes D3 mortal wounds and the model disappears. The chances are somewhat likely. The first time this becomes available is after 3 spells or deaths near it and you roll a 6. When the counter is maxed at 6 you need only a 4 or more. Prismatic Palisade: Wait, hear me out. Cheap, 5 on the casting roll, and it's a big ole bright wall you can put between you and their ranged units. It's complete cover if a line from the closest point of their model passes through the Palisade on the way to the closest point of yours. Sure, they'll move around it on their way to get to you, but more importantly, they'll have to. And maybe lose a buff for moving. There's a lot of ranged units out there, at least make them work for their shots. Purple Sun of Shyish: This has some risk to it. May the die be in your favor, because this spell is excellent at thinning out some horde or ranged units a tiny bit that you don't want bothering you. Bit of a hard cast at 8, range of 6", flight of another 8", and a footprint the size of someone's mother, this spell can be hard to get into position, especially in the thick of a fight. Add to that its chance of going wild no matter what you wanted, even on the turn you cast it, because at the end of the hero phase you roll a dice and on a 5+ off it goes. But, wild or not, if it passes over any models when it moves then a dice is rolled for those units, and on a 2-5 that's D3 mortals. On a 6 that's D6. Worth it? Quicksilver Swords: Alternatively, you can swap purple for silver and try this out. 6 cast, 6" range, 8" fly, and after it moves you can pick a single unit that it had passed across and roll 12 dice. Yep, 12. Any 6s and that's a mortal wound. That's Frightful Touch from two Spirit Hosts! Oh, and the cherry on this skewer? No ward rolls for the damage. Pricey little spell, though, for that extra damage potential. Suffocating Gravetide: As an alternative to the alternative you can swap silver for sickly green and go surfing. One of the cheaper spells here in the "anti-horde" category, this one tags units via models like all the rest, but gets to roll a dice for the number of models in each unit it affected. Any 6s are mortal wounds. Cast on a 6, set it up 6" away, and move it 8" with the customary fly, and go for the thickest of enemy units. Relics Primed for Corruption I have a few artefacts that have become favorites, each with a utility that I think benefits a Nighthaunt army in some novel and meaningful ways. As an army, you can choose whatever your home realm is and gain access to that realm's artefact in addition to any that come with Nighthaunt. You also gain access to the artefact that exists in the realm you will be fighting in, should you want to take it, assuming you knew beforehand. And, now universal artifacts! We're spoilt for artefacts to choose from and though our native ones will almost always be better, some can compliment Nighthaunt artefacts nicely. Nighthaunt Artefacts Shadow's Edge: Frightful Touch on a 6, but D3 mortal wounds instead. On any hero you can pump up the number of swings on; this can toss some excellent saveless damage. Slitter: After picking this weapon's carrier to fight, but before they pile in, select an enemy model within 1" and roll a dice. If higher than the model's Wound characteristic, that model dies. Use this after the enemy unit has attacked so that they can no longer move for the rest of that phase. If the model killed breaks up the unit more than 1", it is out of cohesion, and additional models have to be removed until it is back in cohesion. Play this smartly and slice units in half. Be aware that abilities or effects that modify the wound characteristic of your target count toward the total you have to roll to beat, but current damage allocated does not. Headsman's Judgement: +1 to hit and wound rolls for one of the bearer's weapons. Simple yet effective. Midnight Tome: Turns the bearer into a Wizard granting one spell/unbind, and a spell from Nighthaunt Spell Lore. The unbind alone can be worth it, but a well-placed Shademist is even better. Pendant of the Fell Winds: The bearer of this artefact grants +3" of normal movement to all Nighthaunt units wholly within 12" at the start of their move. This means you can move the units that are near the bearer first and give them the extra movement, and then the move the bearer closer to another set of units, and they can then be moved with the extra movement as well. We're already fast, but with this, we're dogs after a bone. Excellent when combined with Flying and getting over those screens. Realm Artefacts Rest in Peace Malign Sorcery aretefacts... Gone are the Aetherquartz Brooches and Gryph-feather Charms. Dead are the Gildenbanes. With the release of General's Handbook 2020 each realm now only comes with one artefact, a change which is intended to put more emphasis on the selection that come in each army's battletome instead of seeing the same handful across every army. Still, despite this (and the heavy-felt loss of Aetherquartz Brooch) there are a few realm artefacts worth considering. Remember, you can choose a Realm of Origin; where your army hails from, as well pick the one in whatever Realm of Battle you happen to end up, giving you potentially two more options. Here are my pics, ranked from best to worst. Gravesand Brooch - Shyish: You can re-roll save rolls of 1 for attacks that target the bearer. A free old-style Mystic Shield? Stronger on us than you might think. Between this and anything below, this might be best we've got. Everspring Diadem - Ghyran: In your hero phase, you can heal 1 wound allocated to the bearer. A minor heal potion, eh? Given that our heroes are rather wounds-light, and healing them is more of a trick than a mechanic for us, healing one a round shouldn't be overlooked, especially since our heroes wear targets on their backs. Predator’s Torc - Ghur: You can re-roll charge rolls for the bearer. Not so important for a Wave of Terror attempt, but you don't want to leave your threat units without hero support and this could mean the difference of making that happen. The re-roll Core Rule means you only get one re-roll of the charge per declaration, but it's free saving you a Command Point. Given that you generally don't want your heroes in combat you can weigh risk vs. reward for this artefact. Incandescent Rageblade - Aqshy: Pick 1 of the bearer's melee weapons. If the unmodified hit roll for an attack made by that weapon is a 6, that attack scores 2 hits on the target instead of 1. Make a wound and save roll for each hit. This is an additional hit, so on the Lord Executioner or Cairn Wraith you can gain an additional effect. A 6 on either hero triggers both their warscroll effect and this artefact's effect, but only for one of the hits each. For example, if a Lord Executioner rolls a 6 to hit his warscroll gives that attack 2 damage. This artifact then grants 1 extra hit, but it will still be 1 damage. Similarly the Cairn Wraith's 6 would score both a mortal wound (and no further rolls for that damage) and an additional hit. The rest of the realm artefacts are situational. Our Nighthaunt artefacts are demonstrably more powerful or fill in our niches better, but if you want to give a combat hero a re-roll hits or wounds, give those a gander. However, whatever you do, avoid the Plate of Perfect Protection from Chamon. It literally does nothing for us thanks to our Ethereal. Universal Artefacts Arcane Tome: Bearer is a wizard. They know Arcane Bolt and Mystic Shield, the latter of which useless to us. But, importantly this allows that hero to unbind, or if they were already a wizard, cast an additional spell. Can be useful if you already put Midnight Tome on someone else. Seed of Rebirth: Re-roll Heroic Recovery rolls. If we need healing. Architectures of Torture Next, let me touch on a few things I'd want you to keep in mind as you tackle the challenges of enemy armies and tactics. These are a few guiding principles that have seen me to victory more often than not, and I hope they do the same for you. Always do this Use From the Underworlds for at least one unit: You never know when an opportunity might show up, and just having something in reserve can save a bad game or keep an opponent too worried to commit fully. Build your list with a focused goal: We are often not considered competitive or tournament-level because we suffer from the "one list does not fit all" problem other armies with above 50% win-rates don't have. Don't try to do too much with a single list. Instead, focus on a clear goal, like objective claiming/holding, and hone your list to support that goal. Moreover, having a clear plan means that when things go wrong, you still have sight of your goal and can more easily get back on track. Use your Command Abilities: Command Points are more plentiful now, but evaporate quickly at the end of the round. With 1 for going first, 2 for going second, 1 for our general on the field, 1+ for any Core Battalions that grant them once a battle, and 1 per hero that 💩 themselves via Heroic Leadership, there will be many opportunities to use them. They have some restrictions, though; A model cannot issue more than one command a phase, a unit cannot receive more than one command a phase, and the same command ability cannot be used in the same phase, so choose wisely. Here are the useful universal ones. Rally: At the start of the hero phase the unit that receives this command can roll 1 dice per missing model and on a 6 return it. The unit must be more than 3" from enemy units at the time. At the Double: Don't roll a dice for running. It's a 6. Redeploy: During the enemy movement phase, choose one of your units that's between 9" and 3" of an enemy and make them move D6". It has to stay outside 3" throughout the move. Forward to Victory: Re-roll a charge roll. Unleash Hell: If an enemy unit finishes a charge within 9" of one of your units with ranged attacks, fire at them. -1 to hit and can only target the charging unit. The firing unit must be outside 3" of any other enemy units. All-out Attack: Either shooting or attacking, add 1 to hit rolls for the phase. Inspiring Presence: Selected unit ignores battleshock tests. Consider Some Tricks Underworlds Chainrasps: A standard strategy is to put one or two units of Chainrasps into the Underworlds to drop on an objective right away. Careful with this, because if your units are too small or not supported with a hero, you might have thrown away your units for not much gain. Harrow Hopping: Another classic strategy is to use the Dreadblade Harrows to teleport to a position and, if he's your general, spend a Command Point to Spectral Summons a unit onto it. Great for holding objectives. DHs are also great if carrying support artefacts like the Pendant of the Fell Winds and Midnight Tome, to hop in for some support wherever it may be needed. Cheap Hero Hunting: A unit of Bladegheists with either a Spirit Torment or a Chainghasts unit can be a cheap-ish set to drop from Underworlds and snipe an enemy backline. Vicious Spell Eaters: A pack of Myrmourn Banshees can dispel an Endless Spell at the start of the hero phase (Designers’ Commentary, July 2019) as if they were wizards, but will suffer D3 mortal wounds for doing so. The buff they receive from this, +1 attacks, is not contingent on taking the damage or losing models, so if you pair them with a model-return mechanic that operates before the combat phase you can get those models back with the buff, since it's the unit receiving the buff and not the individual models within it. This means you could dispel an Endless Spell, even your own from the previous turn if you had to, and shrug the wounds or reverse the damage via any of our model return abilities, and then attack in the combat phase with a full unit of +1 attacks. You can even use this to your advantage "moving" your screamy sisters closer to an enemy unit or up the board by returning the models in any configuration that supports both the ability used and unit cohesion. Olynderbomb: Take Lady Olynder and anything you can reliably screen her with. Preferably things that bite, like some Spirit Hosts or Hexwraiths. Especially Hexwraiths if using the Emerald Host Procession whether or not Olynder is your general. Give her a self-buffing spell like Reaping Scythe or crowd control like Soulcage. Drop the whole lot in someone's backfield and attempt to melt everything. For a bit more investment you can pair her with a Spirit Torment so that it all benefits from re-rolling 1's to hit and healing/model return. Mortal Reign: Thanks to the myriad of changes since the before times, my most winningest list has been reduced to cinders. But you can still benefit from the crux of that list, which is a single- or double-reinforced unit of Spirit Hosts and a Spirit Torment with Pendant of the Fell Winds. In terms of damage, this murderball has some damage. It's not a mindblowing amount, but it's meltingly good, and when targeting units with 2+ or 3+ saves all those mortal wounds make a difference. If you can, make the Spirit Torment a general and give him Ruler of the Spirit Hosts. Between that and Captured Soul Energy that murderball won't die anytime soon. Writs of the Mortarch Lastly, a few list-building tips and strategies with examples that I hope will help you firmly set your position as a Mortarch of your own sect of Nighthaunt. How to build a Nighthaunt List Step One - Goals: Start any list-building venture by first thinking about what you want to accomplish. This is by far the most critical step because if you are not clear on what it is you want to do with your list, you will find yourself making sub-optimal choices to fill in gaps and rushing to create lists that don't really accomplish anything. Setting a clear goal not only means having a sharp idea of what you want to do with your list, but it also challenges you to evaluate each choice you make for their individual merits, as well as their contribution to obtaining your goal. You might think that your goal is obvious: to win. But that's not going to be good enough for our kind of army. Your opponent is going to want to win, as well, and will be bringing tools to the table to do just that for themselves. Instead, your goals need to be more precise than that. Here are a few examples: Capture Two Objectives on Turn 1, Hold Two Objectives for at Least Three Turns, Take an Opponent's Objective, Eliminate a Certain Enemy Hero, Eliminate a Certain Enemy Unit, Eliminate the Enemy General, Defend Two Heroes for at Least Three Turns. A good source of goal ideas are Hidden Agendas, too. Whether or not you actually use them in a game, they can be great guiding ideas to shape your army around. Thanks to the dynamic style of play From the Underworlds They Come brings, your games are going to be a combination of at least two types of goals; direct and indirect. Your direct goal is what you are going to be spending most of your resources achieving while your indirect goal is going to be what you use to assist your direct goal. In terms of gameplay, if your direct goal concerns objectives, build most of your list to allow you to take them and keep them. If your direct goal is to hurt enemy units, take more units that can deal damage and meet the enemy on your terms. The rest of your list should support your indirect goal. In most cases, you will leverage Underworlds to facilitate your indirect goal, so you can decide when to alter or enforce your direct strategy. More on this in a bit. Your goals are also going to be informed by your available models, the points limit of the game, your tactical prowess, and your opponent--any of which may or may not be known to you before showing up to play. More importantly, by selecting your goals first, you will already start making choices about how you are going to build to achieve them and know what to do when you encounter your opposition and setbacks. Step Two - Tactical Structures: There are many styles of tactical play available to Age of Sigmar armies. Hammer and Anvil, for example, is a very popular choice for most armies given its real-world historical significance and ease-of-use. Though there is no wrong choice in tactics if you are having fun playing, there are certain styles that work better for us than others. Let's detail three of these styles and how they pertain to Nighthaunt. Hammer and Anvil: This tactic gets all the fame and glory. It is the most basic and straightforward of the army-style tactics, can be deadly offensively, and can dominate the field defensively. It's also the most adaptable tactic to the large swath of army types available to play. If you are paring up against an opponent who knows their stuff, chances are you will see a variation of H&A. The concept is simple; the bulk of your force is comprised of either a lot of wounds or a lot of armor, a thick shield of toughness that acts as a solid platform--an anvil. The rest of your army is comprised of a highly mobile--or ranged capable--hammer. The anvil serves as a stationary or slowly mobile fixed force that ties up enemy movement through combat. Once engaged, the hammer comes sweeping in to slam upon the opponent from the other side. The opponent, then, is caught between the two forces and is left with a bad situation. It cannot run because of the anvil, and it cannot stay and fight because of the hammer. However, this technique has a downside that Nighthaunt makes evident either using it or playing against it: Hammer and Anvil tactics rely on some kind of overwhelming power. You either need to greatly outnumber your opponent and tie them down or greatly out-fight them while you've got them. Anything less and you will have a crippled army trying to defend a losing position. As Nighthaunt we simply lack a sturdy enough of an anvil to make great use of this tactic; our best saves are 4+, our most wounds for the points are Chainrasps with a 5+ save, and our best fences, Spirit Hosts, are just too expensive and too small a unit. But, for our opponents that happen to use H&A, our creative uses of Fly, Underworlds, and Spectral Summons can render an anvil useless giving us a huge advantage against it. Envelopment: The Macedonians created H&A and then the Romans perfected it. But then Carthage comes along and decimates it with this tactic. Envelopment doesn't rely on anything overwhelming at all to get its job done. Instead, this tactic focuses on exposing weaknesses in an opponent's army, and targeting in a more direct way their lifelines and advantages. It works by first identifying your opponent's likely strengths--such as their their H&A tactic--and avoiding them altogether. Envelopment is synonymous with "flanking" and opts to ignore the more heavily-guarded or deadly front or advancing side of an army and sweeping around the side to strike at the meaty sides and rear. This is generally done with a H&A-style deployment, but the anvil in this case is purely a diversionary device. It gets the attention of your opponent long enough for you to drop or maneuver your more killy units around the side. The advantages of this tactic are that it requires far less of a body count to be effective, you usually have clear lines of retreat or regrouping should you need it, and a confused or off-put opponent who now needs to hurriedly plan their next move. However, a high degree of coordination is required to make this tactic work, which means more extensive planning and forethought. Also, if you are unable to establish an element of surprise in your opponent, you could be setting up your threat units to get wiped from the board. Pincer: If H&A is considered to be a brute force tactic, and Envelopment might be considered dirty trickery, then Pincer should be considered elegance in motion. Older than both the tactics I described above, this tactic was first outlined by Sun Tzu. You know, the guy who wrote The Art of War in 500 B.C.? You might have heard of it. "When your quarry goes to ground, leave no ground to go to." "What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy." Sun Tzu wrote the definitive structure of war for any army who does not want to, or cannot, strike from a position of ultimate power. Sun Tzu wrote a book about tactics that are tailor made for Nighthaunt. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that when Nighthaunt were designed The Art of War might have been the inspiration. As such, I believe tactics such as Pincer are our superior mode of choice except for maybe the Death Star below. Fundamentally, Pincer is a lot like Envelopment, but instead uses two or more maneuvering elements. Instead of sweeping around to one side or another, you move your units in from both sides, or all angles, to encapsulate your opponent's resources or threats. This works perfectly with Underworlds and Spectral Summons, allowing us to stage our mobile and bloodthirsty units in out-of-the-way locations, if even on the table, until they are needed. You can lean on the diversionary tactic of Envelopment to try to set your opponent off-foot but you don't rely on it, needing it only to pull your opponent out of formation and exposing one or two angles of vulnerability. This means you can set up your pseudo-anvils or posture like you are using Envelopment, and if your opponent catches on and neutralizes them your true Pincer tactic comes into play to make them pay for it. The simplest way to engineer this strategy is to place your diversionary units or mobile screens on the field while you place your threat units into reserves. You then push forward with your fielded units, knowing full well they are temporary, before summoning in your reserves to deal out the devastating damage a bit later. The advantages of this tactic are that it is quick to set up, is flexible enough to adapt to most situations, and can provide an effective and damaging response to any pain points. The disadvantages, however, are that this will require planning several steps ahead of your opponent, careful coordination of all your units, and the potential of over-committing units to a lost cause. Death Star: New to us in AoS 3.0 is a tactic that’s been in prominent use over in our sister game 40K since mid-2015 known as the Death Star. This formation is characterized by a central core of buff-providers and ranged units, protected by a rank or two of melee on the forward side and flanked on either sides and rear by “detachable” fast-moving skirmishers or cavalry. While this tactic saw some use in other AoS armies prior to 3.0, what made it ill-advised for us was the danger of putting all our heroes in proximity to each other, opening them up for the onslaught of ranged and magical attacks to which we had no counter or protection beyond Look Out Sir! and our ward save. While this hasn’t changed, 3.0 brought some significant changes that make this tactic far more viable. The smaller board size and fewer more centralized objectives means we’re better equipped with our speed to swarm multiple objectives at once and bullying enemy units off them with our overlapping buffs. Smaller units across the board mean we’re more evenly matched against melee armies and ranged has less damage output unless that’s the focus of the enemy army taking power away from elsewhere in their lineup. And our access to a reliable 5+ ward with the Krulghast means the damage that does come through can more often be ignored. All this together makes our heroes that much more versitile, and lends to us being able to max out our hero slots without the fear of "putting all our eggs in one basket," and the tactic can continue to operate should a few of them die. The use of this tactic on the board is simple; grab a handful of heroes who give buffs to surrounding units like the Spirit Torment, Guardian of Souls, and the Knight of Shrouds. Fill out the rest of your hero slots with the Krulghast Cruciator and any damage heroes you want, preferably ranged like Olynder. Make sure one of them has Pendant of the Fell Winds for speed on the entire Star. Fill out the troop ranks with damage units and one or two that can break away if needed. Typically this will be a fully-reinforced unit of Chainrasp Horde at the front that wraps around the sides, Grimghast Reapers just behind them to add damage thanks to their reach, and an aft unit of your preference to protect the rear and detach as necessary. The side can be made up of the Black Coach or other fast skirmishers. The Death Star engages by using its speed to stay out of range until ready, and then getting as close as possible before charging with the troops. Try to keep the charge distance as short as possible, as you want your shooters to not need to run prior to the charge and you don't want anyone falling out of range of the buffs. As always, spend points to put a unit into Underworlds to drop on an objective or charge a weak enemy unit. As an aside, the Death Star has precedence in real-world historical tactics, too. As the early Roman’s H&As eventually broke upon Carthage’s Envelopment formations, and that eventually fell to more advanced Breakout tactics, the advent of firearms lead to a slew of new formations built on the backs of high-value high-damage dealers that were supported and surrounded by mobile infantry. The most famous of this is the Pike and Shot, the invention of which marked the beginning of the modern era of warfare. This 15th century Italian structure would put their slow-firing and slow-reloading firearm carriers in the thick of pike-carrying infantry. This would evolve over time to incorporate both better firearms and better melee weaponry all the way to mechanized units and eventually getting the name Base of Fire. This parallels nicely with our ability to buff our units and supplement our damage with mortal wounds at range. A tournament list using this tactic is in the Sample Lists section below—just look for Sotek's Death Star. All four tactics are viable for use on the table. Selecting one early and adapting it to your goals will allow you to make better decisions about the following steps. Step Three - Troops: The backbone of any good team is not the leaders that lead them, but the team members who put in the effort. An army is no different. Now that you have a clear goal in mind, your troop choices become much more manageable. If, for example, your goals were to take a couple objectives by the end of turn 1 and then hold them for as long as possible, you might already be looking at large blobs of Chainrasp Hordes and Spirit Hosts to put in the Underworlds, or Hexwraiths to move and run up the board. If your goals are to fight for objectives and defend the objective holders, then you might lean more toward Grimghast Reapers, Dreadscythe Harridans, and Bladegheist Revenants as damage dealers and Glaivewraith Stalkers as cheap objective holders. Troops have set unit sizes as detailed in their section at the beginning of the guide. So part of your troop choices is going to be to decide which ones get reinforced and how many times. Your troop choices need to reflect your goals. Reject anything that doesn't fit. Step Four - Heroes: Heroes are our linchpins, but not so much so that you should be building your list around them. There will be scenarios in which you will design hero-centric lists--Emerald Host being a good example--but in a competitive sense, your heroes are best thought of as your support structure and not your primary focus. They are the bones underneath the muscle. They should come fourth in your decision-making process. You need heroes for Deathless Spirits ward rolls, a few bring buffs to enhance units, and they are your only source of healing and model-return mechanics. But, except in the rarest of cases, none of them will be the unit that wins the game. It will be the troops they are supporting that do that. So, make choices that compliment the troops instead of the other way around. Spirit Torments are great with Bladegheists, Spirit Hosts, other heroes, and the Black Coach. Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed is great for anything that wants to have more attacks. Knight of Shrouds on foot is great for anyone not already swinging at 3+ or better. Guardian of Souls for clutch casting or his +1 to wound rolls. Krulghast Cruciator for his ward buff. Depending on your point limit, you will have a hard cap on how many heroes you can bring, and my rule of thumb is to take that limit and subtract 25%. That means for a Vanguard (1,000+) match aim for 3 heroes, and for a Battlehost (2,000+), aim for 4. This allows for some room for customization without running too few heroes. After your 3 or 4 Nighthaunt heroes consider your points and if a troop choice can fill any gaps. After that, feel free to drop in an ally or another NH hero. Step Five - Enhancements: By now, you should have a firm idea of what your list is going to do. You have your goals, the units that will achieve those goals, and the heroes who will back them up. Now, it's time to think about enhancing them. Enhancements are the bits and baubles, the interchangeable and intangible parts to your army that help shape what they can do. The Procession you choose, the Command Trait you general gets (or is forced to take), the artefacts you take (or are forced to take), the spells you select, and the Triumph you opt for all fall into this category. When building your list you get a set of these for free: 1 Command Trait, 1 artefact, 1 spell per wizard, and the triumph. Certain Core Battalions allow you to select an additional one of any of these categories except Command Trait. For example, if your list includes Lady Olynder and a Guardian of Souls, and you already selected Soulcage for the Lady and Shademist for the Guardian, if you use the Core Battalion ability Magnificent you could elect to have another Spell Lore enhancement. You could then choose another spell for each wizard, such as Shademist so both the Lady and Guardian have that option, and Ghost-mist for the Guardian. Enhancements don't allow for extra spell casting, so Olynder can still only cast two and the Guardian one, nor could Shademist be attempted more than once per hero phase, but your options of who casts what are opened up. Same applies to artefacts, no two Pendants of the Fell Winds out there. None of the options at this step should be the decision that makes or breaks your army. Instead, they should be the kinds of choices akin to sharpening your weapons or reinforcing your shields. Your game shouldn't hinge upon if you took the right spell or artefact. Procession: The Emerald Host might be your key to keeping your general alive, but your list shouldn't depend on the Host to succeed. You shouldn't purposefully dock your points for the hope at using your Triumph. These enhancement choices should give an already formidable list an edge that's needed to secure a win. Final Step - From the Underworlds: Finally, you've got a list of ghostly delights, and it's time to think about how you are going to use them. You aren't done building an army until you consider the pre-game and early-to-mid-game tactics you will employ utilizing that army. A good deployment can just as easily win you the game as a bad deployment can lose it, and you could have crafted the perfect list only to see it swallowed whole by a wrong decision you made on turn 1. From the Underworlds is going to be the most reliable tactic, hands down, you can use to protect yourself from a bad start and take an advantage in the early game, and this final step is going to try to teach you how to use it properly. Final Step A - What's Going into the Underworlds: You get to put half of your units into the Underworlds, but you're going to want to select which ones and how many do so carefully. Again, refer back to your goals. The units that support your indirect goal are likely going to be the ones you're going to want to put into the Underworlds for the simple fact they will be off the field for some time and can appear almost anywhere. For example, if your direct goal is to eliminate at least two enemy units and your indirect goal is to cap objectives by the end of turn 1, you will want to put the objective takers into the Underworlds for a quick drop while your threat units engage and tie up the units you're targeting. If your goals are the reverse of this, then put your threat units into the Underworlds to drop down and distract your opponent while you march your objective takers up the field. Refer to Step One - Goals section again to decide which goals to focus on and how to build a list to support them. Final Step B - When To Deploy from the Underworlds: You have until the end of your movement phase in the third turn to drop units you put in the Underworlds. This gives you plenty of time. Once again, your goals are going to dictate when you're going to drop the units you put in reserve. Objective takers, for example, you'll likely drop turn 1. Defenders, attackers, strike units, or an Olynderbomb, might wait all the way until turn 3, or whenever the timing is right. Underworlds is a tactical choice, and so will require both planning and patience. If you are unused to From the Underworlds and tend to feel exposed, practice with objective holding or light skirmish units until you feel comfortable enough to place high-value units there, and adjust your goals and lists to support that. Sample Lists and their Goals And now for the section that everyone's been waiting for; just what does all this fancy-talk of building lists actually look like. I'll include a few examples here, each that I consider to be of a competitive level. This means that I've played the list more than once and it won the majority of the time. This also means that these examples are snapshots in time; they worked for me and my local meta and at the points they currently are. If and when points change, or the meta changes, this section will fall out of date and may not be as valid. I will try to keep it updated. If you have a formidable list send it my way and I'll include it here and credit you for it. Sotek's Death Star Sample List Template The Sound of Sorrows and Portraits of Grief Thanks for reading! Please comment and share this guide if you found it helpful or have something you want to add. Audio As a bonus, have a listen to me talking to Loremaster of Sotek about Nighthaunt in the 3.0 era. EnixLHQ Talks Nighthaunt with Loremaster of Sotek.mp3 - 2hrs Audio Gallery And, if you ever wondered what this pontificating Mortarch might model and paint their army, catch the gallery below. 💀☠️⚰️ Thanks and Credit Special thanks to Loremaster of Sotek for his Death Star build, tournament-level advice, and being an all-around great guy. Thanks to @Landohammer for assistance on the Allies section. Thanks to the TGA Nighthaunt Community for all the Nighthaunt discussions. And thank you to everyone who helped me craft this guide into what it is.
  2. Anyone got some nice Ironjawz 1000 point lists I could use? I have two SC boxes, a maw krusha a box of ardboys, and a box of brutes
  3. As far as I know no Bretonnian miniatures were released during 4th edition (1992-1996). Many 3rd edition models, but not all, are found in the 1991 Citadel Catalogue (also called Red Catalogue). There are also many 2nd edition models shown in this catalogue so it is intended not to show them together with 3rd edition models here. I found many models that are not shown or named in any publication (catalogue, White Dwarf). So I can't be completely sure if there are more unlisted models. It would be very much appreciated to get information on that. All 3rd edition models were made from metal, but all horses were made from plastic. Miniatures before 1989 were in smaller scale (25 mm). Bretonnian King and Bretonnian General (1989) Bretonnian Knight Heroes (4 different models, 1990 or 1991) Bretonnian Wizards (1989) The left one was released as an Imperial Wizard, but was used by GW as a Bretonnian wizard in their studio army.) Chevalier d'Honneur and Chevalier de Notre Dame de Bataille (1989) Knight from the King's Retinue and Chevalier Rampant (1989) Bretonnian Knights with Handweapon (10 different models, 1990) Bretonnian Knights with Lance (10 different models, 1990) Bretonnian Foot Knights (21 different models, 1990/91) Mounted Men-At-Arms (8 different models, probably 1991) Mounted Men-At-Arms with Bows (3 different models, probably 1991) Retainers and Men-At-Arms (16 different models, 1990/91) Archers (10 different models, 1990) Crossbowmen (3 different models, 1990/91) Crossbowmen (3 different models, 1990/91 and 1987). The right one was released in the "F4 Men-At-Arms" series in White Dwarf 96 from December 1987. This month there was also the release of the 3rd edition of Warhammer and the model was labeled as Bretonnian later in the "Red Catalogue". Crossbowmen (6 different models, 1988) Brigands (10 different models, 1990/91) Breech Loading Bombard (1990/91) Mortar (1990/91) Organ Gun (4-barreled, 1990) Organ Gun (7-barreled, 1990) Pot-de-Feu (1990) Ballista (1990) Swivel Gun (1990) Mantlet (1990/91)
  4. Hello everyone! I am brand new to the hobby, wanted to try out Underworlds, as well as attempt to build a little 500pt army of Stormcast. I got the Underworlds starter box, which came with the 3 Castigators with Loyal Gryph-Hound, and then swung by a hobby store and snagged Gardus Steel Soul, and the box of 3 Sequitors, but I’m not sure about what else to grab to fill out the last few points. I was thinking about getting the Vanguard Raptors box, as I think that would get me close to 500pts, but battlescribe says Sequitors are supposed to be in a group of 5, so I’m not sure if I should grab another box of those. Any thoughts or tips on what I should get, and how best to get into gameplay from here would be awesome, and much appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hello Everyone! My name is Henin and I hail from the lands of the Tomb Kings! If you have not heard, there is an incredible project going on for tomb kings where the TK are getting their own fan-made, unofficial Battletome, complete with artwork and lore as well as some unofficial additional rules put together by the community to play for fun with friends: http://theendlessdeserts.blogspot.com/p/what-are-endless-deserts_8.html I have come to love the new world of AoS thanks to this project (personally). I may not be completely happy with the lore but I enjoy the game and love the dynamics and creative encouragement it has. With that said, I keep hoping to see a similar event from the Bretonnian community, but have yet to see this. (based on my research, I could be wrong and if I am please point me in that direction [seriously do please]) My brother and I started playing and collecting warhammer models some time before the End Times began. When they began the changes, me and my brother were hit hard since we had barely just finished getting the hang of the game and then suddenly it does a 180. All our efforts were crushed especially since both our armies seemed to be thrown out by GW (Him playing Brets and me playing TK). For me it is not simple to remember and learn such a complicated game as it was in warhammer 8th edition. Though, eventually I gave AoS a chance and came to love it, but honestly it was thanks to the efforts in the TK community that I now came to love it. I really want to somehow do the same for my brother and the Brets. I want to try to put together some kind of team and put effort into creating something like what the TK have for their own game for fun! To support the community. Put together an AoS Bretonnian Battletome with all kinds of fun stuff for all to use and enjoy~ So please, if this is something you are hoping to see, and/or have something to offer such as artistic skills, game knowledge, photography skills with epic models and anything at all that can help get this project in motion, please comment or message me. I want to see what the community has to say and if their is any desire for this to happen. Thoughts? Opinions? Ideas? (be sincere please) Best, -Henin
  6. The Fey Entchantress and the King of Bretonnia Bretonnian Lords Battle Standard Bearers Damsel / Prophetess Knights Errant Knights of the Realm Questing Knights Grail Knights Pegasus Knights Men-At-Arms Peasant Bowmen Grail Reliquae Battle Pilgrims Trebuchet
  7. Event Title: Alliance Open - Return to the Realms Grand Tournament Event Author: Alliance Open Calendar: Events The Netherlands Event Date: 08/02/2020 12:00 AM to 09/27/2020 06:00 PM The Alliance Open presents: Return to the Realms Grand Tournament Rulespack: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=5B244894DC6F646C!3816&ithint=file%2cdocx&authkey=!ADMV9QqzSAY0Imc In February we did our first Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament and it was a great success. That also meant we need to it bigger and better. Venue is next to Schiphol Airport (10 minute free shuttle) at the Van der Valk Hotel, next to multiple restaurants (Fastfood, a la carte and more) 64 tickets (current player list: https://www.alliancearmoury.net/en/i/aos-return-to-the-realms-gt) 2000 points GHB 2020 implemented Epic terrain Worried about the event being cancelled? No worries! If due to COVID-19 the Dutch goverment cancels the event you will get your money back. If you can't make it due to a COVID-19 rule from your government you will get a voucher for an event in the future for you top choose. Ticket link: https://www.alliancearmoury.net/en/p/event-ticket-aos-return-to-the-realms-gt Link to our promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th5BZlJZ01U&t=28s Alliance Open - Return to the Realms Grand Tournament
  8. until
    The Alliance Open presents: Return to the Realms Grand Tournament Rulespack: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=5B244894DC6F646C!3816&ithint=file%2cdocx&authkey=!ADMV9QqzSAY0Imc In February we did our first Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament and it was a great success. That also meant we need to it bigger and better. Venue is next to Schiphol Airport (10 minute free shuttle) at the Van der Valk Hotel, next to multiple restaurants (Fastfood, a la carte and more) 64 tickets (current player list: https://www.alliancearmoury.net/en/i/aos-return-to-the-realms-gt) 2000 points GHB 2020 implemented Epic terrain Worried about the event being cancelled? No worries! If due to COVID-19 the Dutch goverment cancels the event you will get your money back. If you can't make it due to a COVID-19 rule from your government you will get a voucher for an event in the future for you top choose. Ticket link: https://www.alliancearmoury.net/en/p/event-ticket-aos-return-to-the-realms-gt Link to our promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th5BZlJZ01U&t=28s
  9. Hi there everyone! I've been wargaming since I was a kid in the early 90's. Mostly Warhammer (currently AoS), 40k & Necromunda. Returned to the hobby after a long hiatus a few years ago, and started a blog last year. I really like to see what other people are up with their hobby projects, and would also like to share some of my stuff here. So sharing of inspiration is a big thing for me. Here's a few pics from the most recent projects from this year.
  10. King of Bretonnia The Brigands of Bergerac: Bertrand le Brigand, Hugo le Petit and Gui le Gros The Fey Enchantress and the Green Knight Baron Odo d'Outremer and Suliman le Saracen Jules le Jongleur and Tristan le Troubadour Repanse de Lyonesse and the limited Bretonnian General (I put him on the same horse as Repanse as I think it suits him better). Bretonnian Hero on Pegasus Mounted Knight Heroes: Grail Knight Hero with Great Sword, Questing Knight Hero with Lance and Knights of the Realm Hero with Morning Star. Foot Knight Heroes: Grail Knight Hero (orginally released as Holy Knight), Questing Knight Hero, Knights of the Realm Hero, another Questing Knight Hero (originally from Warhammer Quest) and the Chevalier Ermite de Malmont (French Games Day miniature 1997). Sorceresses Knights Errant Knights of the Realm Questing Knights Grail Knights Men-At-Arms with Spears Men-At-Arms with Halberds Bowmen Squires with Bows Mounted Squires
  11. Uvatha

    Vampire Lord #1

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
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  13. Uvatha

    Vampire Lord #5

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  14. Uvatha

    Vampire Lord #4

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  15. Uvatha

    Vampire Lord #3

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  16. Uvatha

    Vampire Lord #2

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  17. Uvatha

    Vampire Lords

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  18. Uvatha

    Vampire Lords

    https://twitter.com/guillaume_gte/status/1271650751987752960 My Vampire Lord kitbash/conversion, inspired by Mike Lee's "Nagash" and Josh Reynolds "Neferata" excellent books :)
  19. In which a storm in Ghur drives a traveler off his path and into the sanctuary of a far-flung church of Sigmar... The sound of thunder rattled the windows of the small church. Outside, rain relentlessly lashed its exterior, spattering off the old stones like bullets from a Freeguilder’s musket. Kneeling in prayer at the altar, the priest did his best to shut out the noise of the storm. He muttered his catcheisms as flashes of lightning illuminated the interior of the sacred space. As far as temples to Sigmar went, it was hardly the largest or the most illustrious, but its robust stonework had kept it standing out here in the wilds for long enough, and its simple construction and lack of adornment belied the faith it nurtured among the few who passed through its doors. A loud banging, different from the raging noise of the storm, shook the priest from his faithful reverie. The old man narrowed his eyes as the thumping on the front door of the chapel paused for a moment then continued again. He rose wearily to his feet, trying to ignore the pain in his back and the popping in his knees. In truth, he was probably too old for a role like this, a missionary priest in the hinterlands tending to the few faithful, but where else was he to go? With a grunt, he stood fully and began moving cautiously down the aisle, stalking past the rough-hewn wooden pews to the door. It did not do to rush. Even here, in the areas of Ghur purportedly under the control of Sigmar and his mortal allies, there were untold dangers that abounded on the lonely roads, and not all of them were beasts. The banging continued incessentantly as the priest finally reached the door. He paused for a moment, breathing deeply, and listened, trying to ignore the raging storm without. “Open up! In the name of Sigmar open the door please,” a muffled voice rang through the wood, “I’m fit to drown out here!” The priest paused for a second. It sounded human enough. That was no clear indicator of intention, mind. He hesitated a moment more then shook his head. Was he not a priest? Was this not his duty? To tend to the needy and tired that walked these roads. He could not turn his back on that through simple fear. With a weary sigh, he unlatched the bar that held the heavy door shut and swung it open. The rain and wind surged in, driving the priest back a step. A flash of lightning and once more the rumble of thunder quickly followed, and, as if urged on by the noise, a man tumbled through, sodden and panting. His long leather coat was soaked from the rain and the hat he wore was drooped low, though not enough to hide a narrow, weather-beaten face and a pair of piercing green eyes. “My thanks, father.” The stranger’s voice, while undoubtedly that of a Ghurite, was cultured and lacked the more guttural tone so common among the denizens of this realm. “The storms of Ghur are no laughing matter I must say.” The old priest struggled the door back close, shutting out the wrath of the weather and bringing a modicum of peace back to the chapel. He turned then and cast an appraising eye over the newcomer soaking the rough stone floor of his chapel. The stranger was a tall, handsome man, with noble, dark-skinned features bearing the telltale cast of a native of Ghur. Though his coat and clothes were worn, it was clear, even in the soft candlelight illuminating the chapel, that they were well-made, expensive even. An unadorned sword hilt emerged from the fold of the coat, matching in general the well-made yet functional attire of the man. The priest narrowed his eyes a bit at the sight of the weapon, but he made no move one way or another. In truth, if the storm-tossed stranger had wanted to hurt him, he would’ve been dead the moment he opened the door. Few thieves and murderers in Ghur were subtle creatures. The man looked at him, noticing the appraisal. “I’m sorry father, my apologies. Pieter van Detler, at your service.” The well-dressed man doffed his hat, spilling some water on the floor and he grimaced, “Again, my apologies. In truth, you are a lifesaver this fine night.” The priest smiled. “It is no problem, my friend. What is any church of Sigmar for, if not to provide succor for those in need?” The priest’s voice was thin and weary, though there was an undercurrent of steel there, the will of the faithful, that was impossible to avoid. It was easy for Pieter to imagine the old man, despite his wrinkled appearance and rough-spun robes, extolling the praises of Sigmar in some sermon. “A fine attitude father and one I wished more of us faithful shared. It was a stroke of good fortune that I stumbled upon your chapel. I had not realized there was much call for the word of Sigmar in these parts.” “Oh,” the priest replied, almost bashfully, “it’s about what you would expect these days. But there is a need. The light of Sigmar shines where it will.” He began to move back down the aisle towards the altar as he talked, exposing his back to Pieter for a moment. The old man waited to feel the shock of the blade driven into his back, but it did not come. He smiled. A decent man then, that was lucky. The newcomer cast his eye across the chapel. Simple pews, carved from thick, dark wood, stood in neat rows down the length of the building, leading up to the altar stone at the front. Iron sconces held a plethora of lit candles that brought their dim illumination to the room. Pieter looked at the priest, who had a simple, rugged air that matched the building itself. He was an observant man and he noted, rather offhandedly, that the priest moved with a strength and poise that his old frame hid well. A warrior-priest then. At least once. “What brings you to “these parts” then, my friend? Surely you have a good reason to be abroad on a night like this.” The priest settled into a pew, gazing forward at the altar in front of him. “Of course, father. Of course.” Pieter sidled down the aisle after the priest, still dripping water. With a quiet squelch, he lowered himself into the opposite pew, taking a moment to make the sign of the hammer as he looked at the altar as well. Much like the rest of the temple, it was a relatively rough thing, as would be expected, with a hammer and lightning bolt made of fine wood sitting atop a rough block of stone. Candles were lit around it, casting everything in a soft light. There was an undoubtable rustic charm to it all that Pieter could appreciate, even drenched and cold from the still raging storm. Could do without the shadows though, he thought idly, always better for these temples to be lit, especially on a lonely, weather-beaten road such as this. Still, any port in a storm. He looked over at the wizened features of the chapel’s attendant. “I am on a mission from Sigmar, as it were.” “Is that so, my friend?” The priest said, turning his head to face his guest. “A mighty claim, if ever there was one. It is good to know that I am not the only servant of Sigmar at work in this region.” He chuckled softly. Pieter smiled in return and flipped back one of the folds of his coat, revealing a small gold pin that gleamed in the candle glow. Lightning flashed, briefly casting the priest’s concerned face in stark light. “The Order of the Azyr?” The old man’s voice was hushed. The truly mortal templars of Sigmar were a rare breed and, even though they worked for the God-King, their presence rarely boded well, for it meant great evil was afoot. “Indeed,” said Pieter, almost wearily, “the Order of the Azyr.” He saw the concern in the priest’s face and raised a gloved hand in a calming gesture. “Nothing to worry you, father, or any of the faithful of Sigmar.” “That is good, my friend,” the priest said, though the tension was not completely gone from his voice, “though undoubtedly your purpose in this region is a dark one.” “I’m afraid so,” Pieter said, frowning for the first time since he entered the chapel. Nothing more was forthcoming as he looked back to the altar. Thunder rumbled and lightning flared once more, illuminating the altar. The candles in the church flickered for a second, as if caught in a draft. The priest looked back at the door, but it was firmly sealed. A draft. Unsurprising. As old as it was, the temple itself wasn’t completely weatherproof. He turned to face the templar again. The younger man was still staring at the altar contemplatively. Silence filled the church, broken only by the noise of the storm continuing to batter at the walls. “Father,” said Pieter softly, breaking the relative quiet, “do you ever have doubts?” “Doubts?” “Yes, doubts. In Sigmar. In his purpose, the mission, the ability to actually reunite the disparate peoples of the mortal realms.” “No, I do not,” the priest smiled wanly. “I served in the armies of Sigmar’s faithful, many years ago. I saw the passion there. The hope. I saw the Stormcasts. You cannot doubt Sigmar’s purpose when those warriors fight alongside you.” “That’s fair, father,” Pieter straightened up, “it’s just so much sometimes. How can one man, one god as it were, handle all of this?” He swept his hand out and though he only gestured around the temple, the meaning was clear. “His reach is far, friend. You know that as well as I do. Even here his light shines upon us.” It was a bland turn of phrase, but a common and comforting one. The priest smiled, evidently pleased with his ministrations, and leaned back into the pew. “Indeed,” Pieter replied, “after all, you are here are you not? It’s a bold posting, though perhaps not surprising for a man of your years and experience, Father Reichenbold.” The priest tensed a little, but did not move much. “You know my name?” Reichenbold’s voice was slightly softer now, more cautious. “Father, please,” Pieter shrugged, “did you honestly expect that the Order of the Azyr would send one of its own abroad without letting them know the name of a potential ally in the area? That being said, it was fortune that led me to your door, I was completely lost in that storm.” “Ah well, that does make sense, my friend.” Reichenbold rolled his shoulders and looked up at the altar. “It is a rough place, to be sure, but I find it fulfilling. In many ways, it feels simpler out here, easier to connect with the people than it does back in Azyr.” “I can only imagine,” the witch hunter said cheerfully, “I’ve never stayed overlong in Azyr, though I dearly wished to. Loved the stars.” He sighed before continuing, “Native of Ghur myself, that’s why the Order sent me here for this.” There was another pause, letting the noise of the storm filter in. “And what is this, my friend?” the priest inquired after a moment. The younger man said nothing for a moment, fixing his gaze on the altar. “Murders, father, foul murders. A large number too,” Pieter’s voice was free of any levity, cold and severe. Gone was the more salubrious behavior of only a few moments before. “Travelers missing and some pilgrims gone. They’re what got the eye of my superiors. Protecting Sigmar’s faithful is always our priority, even out here.” “I’ve heard of no murders?” There was genuine concern in Reichenbold’s voice. “Ah, that is the problem. They’ve been quiet, subtle, extremely dangerous. We would never have known were it not for the fact that one of those pilgrims happened to be an old friend of the Grand Theogonist herself. When she failed to arrive in the Azyr two weeks ago, higher powers took notice. I’ve been on the hunt ever since.” “Terrible,” Reichenbold said, “It’s hard enough out here without some foul cult at work. If I had only known, I would’ve tried to do something.” “A cult, yes,” the templar said absentmindedly. He shook his head and continued, “Not surprising you would want to help, father, considering your service. One of the heroes of Mountenbach Ford, are you not? The Astral Templars themselves honored your fellows and you after that battle, if I don’t miss my mark. High praise, the Stormcast give it to us regular mortals so rarely.” “That was a long time ago, my friend.” “A long time ago, but I bet you could still swing your hammer with skill if need be? Pity that these murderers only have to face me, rather than your wrath, even in your retirement.” The priest chuckled. “You’re too kind. Though I could still swing the hammer, I will admit. A necessary skill in Ghur, even in... retirement.” “Of course,” said Peiter, sitting up. “Tell me father, what were they like? The Astral Templars, that is. I’ve not had the chance to meet one yet.” The priest nodded. His eyes lit up and he gestured excitedly with his hands. “Amazing, my friend. Stunning. The God-King’s will made manifest, clad in gold and full of the storm’s fury.” The thunder rumbled outside and lightning flared again, as if in acknowledgement. Pieter whistled, easing back in the pew and staring up at the ceiling of the chapel. “Imagine that.” The two men sat in silence for a while longer, Pieter looking up at the rafters, Father Reichenbold looking ahead at the altar, occasionally casting furtive glances at his guest. “The Astral Templars are clad in purple.” The witch hunter’s voice was cold and severe again. The priest grunted in response. “Ah, of course they are. My old mind forgets these things. They were indeed giants in purple armor.” “And the battle where they honored Father Reichenbold was Turtleshell Ford. There is no such place as Mountenbach.” The priest was silent. Thunder rumbled. “Are you going to lie about forgetting that too?” “Father Reichenbold” rose to his feet, his knees popping, though the look on his face betrayed little pain. Pieter rose as well and the two men faced one another in front of the altar. “No, I think there’s no point in that petty indulgence.” Gone was any genial tone in the priest’s voice, replaced instead by that underlying steel. “Good. I dislike pretences, despite my profession.” Pieter’s hand drifted to his sword. “And where is the real Father Reichenbold?” The priest chuckled darkly, shifting his hands within the flow of his rough robes. “Dead for months. I drained his body of blood and buried him behind the chapel.” The priest gestured lazily past the altar. “If it makes you feel any better, he was a fighter to the end. I appreciated that. So did my god.” “Did you honestly think no one would notice?” Pieter’s voice was calm, his hand now firmly upon the hilt of his sword, though he did not draw the blade. “Honestly?” The priest responded, “I really did not. Your Sigmar is weak, templar. He betrayed these realms, cast them aside and sealed himself away and let the darkness take us all. Even now, even with his vaunted heroes and his “devoted” servants, his light falters. It has no place here, that much is for sure.” “And yet here I am, a Ghurite, fighting for Sigmar.” “You are twice a traitor then,” the old man shrieked, “to serve the coward-god that betrayed your people!” “Sigmar saved my people, murderer.” The priest snorted derisively. “Saved them? By tying them to his yoke? Placing them under the lash of his pampered Azyrites that rode out the hell of Chaos invasions in luxury? Some salvation. This is what you sacrifice your heritage for?” Pieter said nothing and the priest continued, filling the void with words, his voice becoming more and more zealous with each venomous utterance. “I serve an older master, one that did not abandon these lands like your foolish God-King. One that nurtured the people of these hinterlands, protected them from the foulness that threatened them all. What has Sigmar done here that equals that? Where was he, when the servants of the Dark Gods were baying at our borders? Your Father Reichenbold, the hero! The fool more like! He thought he could push Sigmar on us, as your priests always do. He was wrong. His blood was like wine on the lips of Onholt. Each of those travelers died screaming. All of their blood nourished my god, renewed our pacts, guaranteed our continued safety from all that would threaten us.” The priest smiled, drawing a wicked looking sickle with a jagged edge from the folds of his robes. There was madness in his eyes as he stalked towards the witch-hunter. “And the best part, lackey of the coward-god? Onholt is always thirsty.” The priest lunged forward with a yell, swinging his sickle downwards. Pieter’s thin blade, thrice blessed by the Grand Theogonist herself, emerged from its scabbard in the blink of an eye to intercept the vicious weapon. The templar lunged into a riposte, but, as he suspected, the priest was far from the frail old man he appeared, rolling backwards on his heels and smacking the thrust aside. His robes fluttered and flapped like the wings of some ragged vulture as he struck again and again, and Pieter was hard-pressed to knock the brutal slashes askew. As the priest’s robes fluttered, Pieter glimpsed the sinuous tattoos that decorated the old man’s arms, drawn in what appeared to be long-dried blood. Undoubtedly they were responsible for the unnatural strength and vigor the fanatic displayed. It was supernatural, the unsavory gift of whatever petty godling had chosen this man as its champion. In the abstract part of his mind that was not immediately occupied with fighting for his life, Pieter pitied Father Reichenbold for having to face an opponent like this. Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled once more as the two figures danced back and forth in front of the altar. Their blades skittered and clanged off one another, each man showing superb skill in the duel, but it was the priest of Onholt that seemed to be gaining the upper hand. Each strong blow drove Pieter back towards the wall of the small chapel, rattling the steel of his sword and threatening the sturdiness of his guard. Every couple of strikes, the sickle’s jagged blade nicked the witch hunter’s body, drawing small amounts of blood, sapping his strength with each slice. “I will offer up every last drop of your blood to Onholt,” the old man shrieked, cutting low with his sickle and forcing Pieter back once more, “He will drink it all!” Like a great cat of the Ghurlands, the priest pounced forward, throwing himself bodily into the templar, his weapon hooking the blessed blade out of the way. Pieter stumbled backwards and fell, cracking his head against the wall even as the sickle opened up a wide gash across his front. On his back, groggy from the blow, the templar struggled as a wrinkled foot in a grimy sandal slammed down on his chest to pin him in place with that same, unnatural strength. He grunted as the priest pressed down on the wound. “You were foolish to come here alone, lackey of the coward-god,” the old man drew back his sickle for a killing blow, and a flash of lightning backlit his hideous silhouette in Pieter’s eyes. Defiant despite the pounding in his head, the witch hunter spat his words up at the fanatic poised to execute him. “The servants of Sigmar are never alone, heretic.” There was a loud snap crack followed by a flash, like that of lightning, and the tang of ozone filled the room. The priest of Onholt wheezed violently as a bolt of light plucked him off his feet and sent his wizened form smashing with bone-crushing force into the stonework of the temple’s back wall. With the pressure lifted off his chest, Pieter rose unsteadily to his feet, just in time to see the large form sliding out of the shadows by the door of the chapel. The mighty figure cast back his cloak of woven black beast-fur as he strolled down the aisle towards the witch hunter, revealing the purple armor of the Astral Templars underneath. “Brother Tarkus, I was beginning to wonder if you were here at all.” Pieter said, touching the swelling bump on the back of his head gingerly before bending to retrieve his sword. “That took you long enough.” “I could say the same to you, van Detler.” Tarkus’ voice echoed from within his helm, and though it was well-spoken, it bound the roiling power of the storm in its words. “I had to be sure,” the witch hunter said, walking over to the corpse of the zealot. A look of surprise was still plastered on the old man’s face, though the appearance of shock hardly detracted from the spectacle of the dinner plate sized hole in the fanatic’s chest where the bolt had impacted. “Again,” Tarkus rumbled, “I could say the same.” Pieter looked up at the Stormcast, struggling to keep the vague sense of annoyance off his face. “You almost sound disappointed, Brother Tarkus.” “I am, van Detler. I expected him to be a demon. Or a magus of the Dark Gods at the very least.” “No,” Pieter said, kneeling down next to the corpse and lifting up an icon on a chain around the man’s neck. It depicted a sickle and a drop of liquid, undoubtedly blood. “It is sad to say, my noble hunter, but the evils of the mortal realms are just as likely to be rooted in mere men as they are to be the work of the Dark Gods and their ilk.” “But he was ensorcelled in some way?” “Oh yes,” Pieter said, holding the icon up to the light and examining it closer. Crude characters in the tongue of Ghur decorated its outside. “A follower of Onholt, an old god obsessed with sacrifice and blood. Perfect for Ghur, in so many ways. The Order thought his followers had long died out, but clearly that is not the case.” The witch hunter stashed the icon away inside a pouch at his waist. “They call Onholt “The Drinker”. Pleasant title, seems fitting.” “Not the Blood God then?” Tarkus seemed doubtful. “No, not the Blood God. Similar perhaps, but not the same.” The Stormcast shrugged slightly in response. “One evil seems much like another.” “If only that were the case, it would make the Order’s job much easier.” The cuts Pieter had suffered were not deep, even the one on his chest, but he winced in pain as he stood. “I’ll need to investigate his quarters. There may be more of his cult hereabouts, helping him commit his sacrifices. We might also give Father Reichenbold a proper funeral, if we can find him. He deserves far better than a shallow grave in the hinterlands of this realm. Probably need to tend to my wounds too, we don’t all bleed starlight.” The man began to move towards the door at the side of the chapel leading to the priest’s personal abode. “I don’t bleed starlight,” Tarkus said almost petulantly, calmly reloading the crossbow in his hands as he looked down at the crumpled form of the zealot. “Was it true what you said, van Detler? About the doubts?” Pieter paused and turned back to the Stormcast. The armored giant, veritably charged with the power of the Azyr now that his presence was revealed, was intimidating, especially when it came to questions of faith. Wild as they were, the Astral Templars were no less devoted to the God-King than any other Stormhost. “Yes, Brother Tarkus. It is true,” Pieter sighed, “Was that what stayed your hand for so long?” “No,” the Stormcast replied firmly, “I told you I was waiting.” “It is natural for men to doubt, Brother Tarkus. To fear. I feel that this man,” he gestured towards the ragged form of the zealot, “was driven towards Onholt by his doubts more than anything else. The difference between him and I though, is that my doubts give me purpose. For what is doubt if not the trappings of hope? One does not exist without the other. I believe in Sigmar, in his will, and his mission. That I worry it can be achieved at times only drives me harder to assure that those doubts do not become a reality.” The Stormcast said nothing, but nodded slowly. Thunder rumbled again outside, rattling the church’s windows, as if in affirmation of the witch hunter’s statement. “Now, I think that’s enough matters of the spirit for the day, don’t you?” Pieter said, continuing his walk towards the quarter’s door. “We have work to do.”
  20. I’ve been reading though the cool new mini-campaign/solo rules for AoS that were released, and I would like to adapt the contents to suit either Chaos or FEC enemies. https://www.warhammer-community.com/2020/04/09/solo-warhammer-troggoth-slayersgw-homepage-post-1/ 3 Rockgut Troggoths (160pts) - 50mm bases 3 Fellwater Troggoths (160pts) - 50mm bases Dankhold Troggoth (220pts) - 60mm base Dankhold Troggboss (300pts) - 60mm base I could always just use a different model to repesent the same warscrolls I guess, but I'd love to figure out some equivalents. The big wrench in the mix IMO is how important the Regeneration rules likely are to this setup. I could toss regen on whatever other models, which is one solution.
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