CI In the Mortal Realms: Death and Skinks

The battles of Gallet continue on and wow there are a lot of events going on this past weekend, in almost every corner of the world. We see Seraphon making a resurgance with the more Galetian Veteran friendly Fangs of Sotek eclipsing Thunder Lizards (I think Skinks may be an invasive species) and Nighthaunt establishing themself as a serious threat in the meta. There’s still a lot of interesting lists to see with a few surprised so with no further ado lets begin.

Raccoon Rumble

120-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in Vellmar, Germany on September 16 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Colin Klären – Maggotkin of Nurgle:
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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
– Lore of Malignance: Blades of Putrefaction
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)**
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Shards of Valagharr (50)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 142
Drops: 9

vs.

Matthias Brinkert – Nighthaunt:
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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
– Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)**
– Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
Spirit Torment (115)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)***
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)***
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)***
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord
***Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 99
Drops: 8

Thoughts

A real unstoppable force meets unmovable object match. With 70 Bladegheist Revenants there isn’t a whole lot that can stop the charge of this kind of Nighthaunt List. A 20 ghost unit is looking at doing 60 attacks at Rend -1 on the Charge, cutting through many enemy forces like ribbons. It doesn’t suffer on defense, either. In addition to the Ethereal rule, the Cruciators reduce damage by 1, and Soul Torments can bring back dead models.

Still, Nurgle is one of the armies who is uniquely designed to handle a threat like this. The excess of blight kings are incredibly tough and can blunt the charge quite well, and then push back with mortal wounds to overcome the Etheral armor saves. For as strong as the Nighthaunt list is, it needs to push really hard to make up for it. Sadly it comes up a bit short and doesn’t quite clear it.

Result

Maggotkin of Nurgle Victory – 12 – 8

Colin Klären – Maggotkin of Nurgle – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Rotcoven supported by Blightkings, Pusgoyles and Plaguebearers.

Thoughts

The shift to Galet has pushed a lot of debate about whether Flies have lost their place or if they need to make way for foot troops. This list asks, why not both? Combining the solid Anvil that is Blightkings with the more movement heavy Pusgoyles gives a solid mix of offense and defense.

An unusual choice is the focus on the Rotcoven, normally a Lord of Afflictions with the usual kit would be expected in any list with Pusgoyles, but not here. Colin completely eschews them to focus on casting, packed with a solid array of buffs, Mortal Wounds spells and Endless Spells to mess with opponents. With the bonuses to casting, only more specialized casters will be able to regularly stop the onslaught of spells that come their opponent’s way.

Tristan Pfaffenholz – Seraphon – 2nd Place

The List

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Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)***
– General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Skink Starpriest (130)
– Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)***
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)***
– Artefact: Serpent God Dagger

Battleline
5 x Saurus Guard (115)**
30 x Skinks (225)**
– Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)***
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Units
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
– Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 11

Archetype

Seraphon good stuff, with the powerful teleport and summoning Fangs of Sotek allows

Thoughts

Fangs of Sotek have sort of faded into a distant second place, coming back in a big way in Galet. The focus on infantry while still being solid with the bigger, scarier units allows it to succeed much better in many missions. The skink buffs are clear: When everything goes on correctly, they get 60 attacks with reroll 1s to hit and mortal wounds on 6s to wound. Parting Shot is basically a better Unleash Hell, if the roll goes off.

The other stuff just plain works: Salamanders are mortal wound machines, Bastiladons are decent ranged damage even if they can’t fire twice and Saurus guard make excellent early game screens or outriders. The leader suite is pretty standard, but an interesting choice is giving a Slann Master of Magic and the Arcane Tome, giving them another spell and guarantee they pretty much can’t fail, ever.

The Best of the Rest

There were 10 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Stephan Kintzel – Idoneth Deepkin: An Eidolon, a Soulscryer and Soulrender lead some thralls and reavers and a Krondspine helps out.
  • 4th – Lukas Raczek – Daughters of Khaine: Morathi and a Melusai lead some Blood Stalkers, Witch Aelves and A Krondspine.
  • 5th – Daniel Pommer – Maggotkin of Nurgle: Pusgoyle Spam.
  • 6th – Andreas Hölter – Stormcast Eternals: Knight-Draconis and nothing but Stormdrakes.
  • 7th – Tobias Schwarz – Disciples of Tzeentch: A herohammer list with the usual suspects of Kairos, Magister, Lord of Change and Changecaster. Leading screamer screens and a Krondspine.
  • 8th – Timo Knapp – Kharadron Overlords: Ironclad, Thunderers, Admiral. You know the deal by now.
  • 9th – Jonas Schlüter – Daughters of Khaine: Morathi and Ironscale with Bowsnakes, Spearsnakes and Shadowstalkers.
  • 10th – Dan Tipp – Fyreslayers: 4 Magmadroths and a unit of Berzerkers.
  • 11th – Matthias Brinkert – Nighthaunt: Bladegheist Revenant Spam.
  • 12th – Jan Tomeček – Beasts of Chaos: Lots of Tzaangors, both on foot and on discs.

Hammerfest 2022

88-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Houston, TX, US on September 17 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission –

Kel Pigg – Nighthaunt: The Quicksilver Dead:
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Army Faction: Nighthaunt
– Army Subfaction: The Quicksilver Dead
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER

1 x Krulghast Cruciator (150)***
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Seal of Shyish

1 x Spirit Torment (115)***

1 x Spirit Torment (115)***

1 x Guardian of Souls (150)***
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Chill Blade
– Artefacts: Midnight Tome
– Spells: Shademist

BATTLELINE

5 x Hexwraiths (160)*

20 x Dreadscythe Harridans (320)*

20 x Dreadscythe Harridans (320)*

3 x Spirit Hosts (125)**

10 x Chainrasps (110)**

10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)**

ENDLESS SPELL

1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

OTHER

4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

2 x Chainghasts (95)***

CORE BATTALIONS:

*Bounty Hunters

**Expert Conquerors

***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

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vs.

Zach Kennedy – Sylvaneth: Harvestboon:
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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
– Glade: Harvestboon
– Season: The Dwindling
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders

Warsong Revenant (305)*
– General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong
– Bonded to Incarnate

Battleline

5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*

5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*

6 x Spiterider Lancers (420)**
– Reinforced x 1

6 x Spiterider Lancers (420)**
– Reinforced x 1

Units

5 x Skaeth’s Wild Hunt (110)*
– Lore of the Deepwood: Verdurous Harmony

Behemoths

Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
– Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations

Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions

*Battle Regiment

**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 3

Thoughts

Nighthaunt lists tend to lean hard on Dreadscythe Harridans or Bladegheist Revenants. Both are solid, just pick one and really lean in on it. Both have the same goal, charge in and tear the enemy to shreds with lots of attacks. Few armies can handle that and survive.

However, this Sylvaneth list is particularly well suited to handling it. They can warp out as neccesary to avoid the blunt of the damage, and spiteriders can heal up at the end of each phase, to avoid proccing the Dreadscythe’s bonuses to hit and to wound. The Incarnate is similarly well suited to blunt their attacks, as it shirks all its damage after each round.

In the end the Sylvaneth win by a decent margin.

Result

Sylvaneth: Harvestboon Victory – 30 – 23

Zach Kennedy – Sylvaneth: Harvestboon – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Spiteriders accompanied by an Incarnate

Thoughts

A fascinating list. The Spiteriders end up taking almost half of this list, and thats before the Incarnate takes another fifth. Not that I’m questioning it, because these gys attacks hurt. 24 Rend -2 and 18 Rend -1 Attacks is going to chip through a lot of units. They also are difficult to lock down, able to warp away and charge back in again, gaining Strike-First. The Krondspine adds a solid buffer of raw damage on top, and gives them reroll charges they will so badly need.

Matt Beasley – Legion of the First Prince – 2nd Place

The List

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Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER

1 x Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
– Spells: The Master’s Command

1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)**
– General
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Artefacts: Armour of the Pact

1 x Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)**
– Hellforged Sword and Malefic Talons
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne

1 x The Contorted Epitome (245)**
– Artefacts: Fourfold Blade
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE

5 x Flesh Hounds (105)*
– Gore Hound
– Burning Roar

10 x Bloodletters (110)*
– Gore-drenched Icon Bearer
– Hornblower
– Bloodreaper

5 x Flesh Hounds (105)*

BEHEMOTH

1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

ENDLESS SPELL

1 x Umbral Spellportal (70)

1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)

CORE BATTALIONS:

*Battle Regiment

**Command Entourage
– Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

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Archetype

Legion of the First Prince with Kairos, Boomthirster, Contorted Epitome and Khorne Daemon Prince. No Be’lakor, but Krondspine for spice!

Thoughts

Since the nerf to Legion of the First Prince the faction has pretty much been written off, Be’lakor is a bit too vulnerable with just a 4+ Ethereal save and no bodyguard. Well this list says to hell with him and runs a lot of the staple heroes and a Krondspine to add some extra punch. The basic jist strategy would remain much the same, but Be’lakor be a liability.

Matt Robisch – Sylvaneth – 3rd Place

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
– Glade: Heartwood (The Burgeoning)
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)*
Arch-Revenant (120)*
– General
– Command Trait: Warsinger
– Artefact: Seed of Rebirth

Battleline
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)*
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (230)*
3 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (230)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 82
Drops: 1

Archetype

Kurnoth Hunters supported by Alarielle

Thoughts

It’s nice to see Alarielle kicking. I love her model and she is powerful, just debatably overcosted.  Kurnoth Hunters are still extremely dangerous and can put up a lot of seriously deadly High rend attacks.

The Best of the Rest

There were 13 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 4th – Kel Pigg – Nighthaunt: Dreadscythe Harridan Spam.
  • 5th – Emma Mengals – Nurgle: A herohammer heavy list with Blightlords (one mounted, one not) and the new rotmire Creed.
  • 6th – Ryan Quirk – Maggotkin of Nurgle: Pusgoyle Spam.
  • 7th – jiwan noah singh – Beasts of Chaos: Dragon Ogors and Tzaangors in jolly cooperation for high rend goodness.
  • 8th – Michael Wynn – Daughters of Khaine: Morathi, Cauldron of Blood and lots of Bow and Spear Snakes.
  • 9th – Matt Taylor – Ossiarch Bonereapers: Spamming lots of Stalkers and Kavalos Deathriders.
  • 10th – Marco Hernandez – Big Waaagh!: Mounted Megaboss, Wurgogg Prophet, Swampcalla Shaman and some Warchanters lead Ardboyz, Manskewers and Pigs.
  • 11th – Jeremy Veysseire – Kharadron Overlords: 1 Ironclad, 2 frigates and 2 Gunhaulers make a veritable fleet to carry around these Arkanaut Companies.
  • 12th – James West – Kruleboyz: Gobbsprakk along with the usual Kruleboyz suspects leads 9 boltboyz and 40 Gurtrippaz
  • 13th – Joseph Carnrite – Stormcast Eternals: Fulminators and Stormdrakes for some serious mortal wound breath spice.
  • 14th – Ryan Rutherford – Sons of Behemat: Breaker tribe with 3 Gatebreakers and 2 little guys.
  • 15th – AlanMichael Torres – Blades of Khorne: 2 Bloodthirsters, a Bloodsecrator and a Skullmaster leading Bloodcrushers and puppies.
  • 16th – Elijah Ramos – Seraphon: Thunder Lizard good stuff. Actually uses Stegadon as Battleline so thats neat.

BROKEN REALMS AND MINIS FOR WAR 2

47-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Glasgow, Scotland on September 17 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Tabletop.to.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission –

Adam Turner – Sons of Behemet:
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Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
– Tribe: Taker Tribe
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Kraken-eater Mega-Gargant (490)*
 General
 Command Trait: Extremely Intimidating
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
 Artefact: Vial of Manticore Venom (Universal Artefact)
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
 Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 105
Drops: 4

vs.

John B – Beasts of Chaos:
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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)
 General
 Command Trait: Father of the Storm
 Artefact: Horn of the Tempest
 Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
 Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Vicious Stranglethorns

Battleline
9 x Dragon Ogors (375)*
 9x Paired Ancient Weapons
 Reinforced x 2
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)*
 6x Paired Ancient Weapons
 Reinforced x 1
3 x Dragon Ogors (125)**
 3x Paired Ancient Weapons
10 x Ungors (65)**
 Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
 Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Gors (70)**
 Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
 Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
 Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 159
Drops: 6

Thoughts

Quite honestly, the Beasts of Chaos got a real edge here. While Sons of Behemat are strong, they are vulnerable to lots of high rend attacks and this list has it in spades. The Dragon Ogors and Tzangors on Discs can hit them with a lot of damage rapidly, and Hailstorm with Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws is a potent mortal wounds dealer even on relatively fast enemies.

The Giants list is largely…well it’s giants. You know what they do, chill out on the point and if they can hold on, great. If the BOC player can keep their herdstone guarded from all the monsters on the other side, they have a real advantage. Overall this final match gets pretty hairy, ending in only a 4 point difference.

Result

Beasts of Chaos Victory – 0 – 4

John B – Beasts of Chaos – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Dragon Ogor bonanza supported by Krondspine and Tzaangors on Discs

Thoughts

This is basically “Beasts of Chaos Good Stuff”. Dragon Ogors are incredible, especially when supported by a Shaggoth. Tanky and have a lot of attacks for such a low model count, the rend from the Herdstone makes them a terrifying threat.

Tzaangors offer ranged support while the gors can be screens and flankers, and ungors get smashed against the rock for summoning.

JJ Cropley – Stormcast Eternals – 2nd Place

The List

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Lord-Relictor (145)**
 General
 Command Trait: Master of Magic
 Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
 Spell: Lightning Blast
 Prayer: Translocation
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
 Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
 Meteoric Standard
Knight-Heraldor (105)*
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
 Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
 Meteoric Standard

Battleline
5 x Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows (190)**
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)*
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)**

Units
3 x Annihilators (200)*

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)**
 Allies

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1920 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 74
Drops: 2

Archetype

Certainly not any archtype I’m used to…lots of Vexillors and Judicators.

Thoughts

This…frankly bizzare list is a ranged heavy list which can plant D3 Mortal Wounds all over the battle field to break up castles and pelt them with arrows, while the Annihilators and the Krondspine hold the front line. Absolutely out there list and I respect it.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Nathan Watson – Blades of Khorne: Triple Bloodthirsters and Krondspine.
  • 4th – Adam Turner – Sons of Behemat: See Showdown.
  • 5th – Donald Macrae – Hosts of Slaanesh: Glutos is a surprise appearance alongside Slaanesh mainstays like Sigvald, Contored Epitome and Blissbarb Archers.
  • 6th – David Jack – Nighthaunt: Bladegheist Revanant Spam with the usual suspects for Leaders
  • 7th – Leigh Martin – Daughters of Khaine: A surprisingly Morathi free list with lots of Witch Aelves, allied Black Ark Corsairs and two Avatars of Khaine.

Invasion AOS 2022

44-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Vest-Agder, NO on September 17 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission –

Eirik Søraa – Nighthaunt: The Scarlet Doom:
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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
– Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)*
– Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
– General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts

Battleline
30 x Bladegheist Revenants (525)**
– Reinforced x 2
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*

Units
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)**
3 x Fell Bats (75)*
3 x Fell Bats (75)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 150 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 3

vs.

Tom Kenneth Solli – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek:
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Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Starborne
– Army Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER

1 x Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
– Artefacts: Serpent God Dagger

1 x Slann Starmaster (265)**
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Stellar Tempest

1 x Skink Priest (90)**
– Prayers: Heal

1 x Skink Starpriest (130)***
– Spells: Hand of Glory

BATTLELINE

30 x Skinks (225)*
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club

5 x Saurus Guard (115)***
– Saurus Guard Alpha
– Wardrummer
– Stardrake Icon Bearer

10 x Skinks (75)***
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

10 x Skinks (75)***
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH

1 x Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

ENDLESS SPELL

1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

1 x Horrorghast (40)

OTHER

8 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*

8 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*

CORE BATTALIONS:

*Bounty Hunters

**Command Entourage
– Magnificent

***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1950/2000)

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Thoughts

Bladegheist Revenant Nighthaunt vs Skink spam Fangs of Sotek. We’ve covered both these lists in other tournaments so I won’t belabor the point, but since Nighthaunt live or die by the charge phase, this puts them at a severe disadvantage when they can both Parting shot and Unleash Hell on two units the charge phase, if necessary. This ends up going a fair bit in favor of the Seraphon, as predictable

Result

Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek Victory – 15 – 5

Tom Kenneth Solli – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Fangs of Sotek Skink Spam

Thoughts

At this point we’ve come across it so much there isn’t much to say. We’ve moved from Thunder lizards to Fangs of Sotek which means more Skinks, but the Skinks combo still works, just even better with Parting Shot. Salamanders and Bastiladons offer ranged support

Benjamin Flodda – Skaventide – 2nd Place

The List

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Allegiance: Skaven
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Grey Seer (125)**
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Verminlord Deceiver (405)**
– Artefact: Shadow Magnet Trinket
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Verminlord Warbringer (395)*
– General
– Command Trait: Devious Adversary
– Artefact: Warpstone Charm
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Warlock Bombardier (115)**
– Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
6 x Stormfiends (640)*
– 2x Windlaunchers
– 2x Ratling Cannons
– 2x Doomflayer Gauntlets
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Clanrats (100)*
– Rusty Blade
– 1x Standard Bearers
– 1x Standard Bell Ringers
20 x Clanrats (100)*
– Rusty Blade
– 1x Standard Bearers
– 1x Standard Bell Ringers

Units
1 x Warp-Grinder (65)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 5

Archetype

6 Stormfiends supported by a Warlock Bombadier and 2 Verminlords.

Thoughts

Before the current tome. 9 Stormfiends was generally accepted as the way to go, as it was far and ahead the best unit in the book. Now that you have options, they’re still really good but there’s a good argument for dialing it back to 6 so you can fit more stuff in.

Like 2 Verminlords! Verminords are aggressively underutilized, theyre great models and put up a solid fight, something many Skaven units lack. The Clanrats make disposable cannon fodder, as they should.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Sindre Kjølvang – Soulblight Gravelords: Mannfred, Vordrai and a Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon lead 10 Blood knights, some skeletons and grave guard.
  • 4th – Ole Vatland – Ironjawz: 1 mounted Warboss and 2 Warchanters with lots of pigs and 5 Ardboyz
  • 5th – Kristoffer Mällberg – Beasts of Chaos: Lots of Bestigors and Ungor Raiders supplemented with a Krondspine and Cygor.
  • 6th – Lasse Kalberg – Daughters of Khaine: Morathi, Ironscale and 15 Bowsnakes with some Witch Aelves and Shadowstalkers for support.
  • 7th – Lars Hjelen – Sylvaneth: Spiteriders and Kurnoth hunters make up the bulk of this force’s damage dealers, with lots of heroes and chaff sprinkled in.

Montreal GT

42-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Montréal, Québec, CA on September 17 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Prize of Gallet

Julien Saïz – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek:
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Julien Saïz – Les bonhommes
Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Engine of the Gods (265)*
– Artefact: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Trait: Starborne
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Skink Priest (90)*
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Lord Kroak (430)**
– General
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
– Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Skink Starpriest (130)**
– Spell: Hand of Glory

Battleline
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
30 x Skinks (225)*
– Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 4

vs.

Danick Gagne – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek:
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Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)*
– General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
– Spell: Celestial Equilibrium
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)**
– Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Weapon: Skystreak Bow
– Mount Trait: Starborne
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spell: Hand of Glory
– Spell: Extend Astomatrix
Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spell: Hand of Glory
– Spell: Extend Astomatrix
Skink Priest (90)**
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
30 x Skinks (225)****
– Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
30 x Skinks (225)****
– Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)***
– Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)***
– Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
5 x Saurus Knights (110)**
– Blades

Units
5 x Chameleon Skinks (115)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Horrorghast (40)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord
***Expert Conquerors
****Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Spell

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 12

Thoughts

Push comes to shove I’ll give this to Seraphon. Ah, sorry! You’re right. I’ll give it to Fangs of Sotek.

OK! Fine! Geez. Both lists are naturally trying to do pretty much the same thing here, Skink blob being the focus centerpiece with the other stuff around it supporting it to do some additional damage and general support ability. I think Danick might have the edge here, while the Bastiladon in Julian’s list is tanky and offers some chunky long range damage, Danick has 2 squads of 30 skinks for redundancy and Salamanders can do a lot of damage, albeit at shorter range. Which isn’t such a bad trade when you have a free can’t fail teleport. This match ends up being a bit of a blow out, with the glass cannon strategy managing to push back against the tankier list.

Result

Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek Victory – 33 – 14

Danick Gagne – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Skink blob Fangs of Sotek

Thoughts

As stated above this list is much more delicate, lacking a Bastiladon and much in the way of tankier creatures but it’s effective at its job. It packs a ton of redundancies with enough skinks to block out the sun, with two 30 blobs to put down the keys buff and smaller groups to offer point holders and disposable screens.

Christian Riel – Maggotkin of Nurgle: Drowned Men – 2nd Place

The List

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Festus the Leechlord (150)**
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Lord of Afflictions (210)**
– General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Lord of Blights (150)**

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
– 2x Dolorous Tocsin
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)**
– Reinforced x 1

Units
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single (110)**

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 4

Archetype

Nurgle fly spam.

Thoughts

The hot debate about Nurgle flies continues and the argument that its not dead is pretty damn strong. The manueverability and mortal wounds is just difficult for most armies to match, who cares if you can’t get Expert Conquerers if you just kill everything on the board anyway? The 10 man block of Blightkings is good for holding back lines, or just plain grinding the opposition out.

The Best of the Rest

There were 6 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Vincent-Pierre Martineau – Nighthaunt: A healthy mix of Dreadscythes and Bladegheists, supported by the usual cast of Leaders.
  • 4th – Alex Thibaudeau – Stormcast Eternals: Pure Vanguard spam with hunters and Palladors alongside the usual Longstrikes.
  • 5th – Julien Saïz – Seraphon: Fangs of Sotek Skink Spam
  • 6th – Loic Gosselin Delort – Kharadron Overlords: Barak-Zilfin with Arkanaut company, Ironclad and Thunderers.
  • 7th – Frederick Proulx – Ironjawz: Two megabosses, one mounted and one on foot, with a healthy mix of Warchanters, Pigs, brutes and Ardboyz.
  • 8th – Marc-Andre Fecteau – Nighthaunt: A more Herohammer list with Lady Olynder and a menagerie of different units mashed together.

Northern Wastes GT

28-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Prince George, British Columbia, CA on September 17 2022. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission –

Nic Fortin – Skaventide:
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– Army Faction: Skaven
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Indomitable
LEADERS
Grey Seer (125)**
– Spells: Levitate
Grey Seer On Screaming Bell (325)**
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Skavenbrew
– Spells: Death Frenzy
Grey Seer (125)**
– Spells: Skitterleap
Deathmaster (165)****
– Artefacts of Power: Gnawbomb
Warlock Bombardier (115)****
– Artefacts of Power: The Brass Orb
– Spells: Warp Lightning Shield
Plague Priest (100)****
– Prayers: Rabid-rabid!
BATTLELINE
Clanrats (100)***
– Rusty Blade
Clanrats (100)***
– Rusty Blade
Skryre Acolytes (150)****
OTHER
Warpfire Thrower (70)
Ratling Gun (65)
Ratling Gun (65)
Plague Monks (180)*
– Pair of Foetid Blades
Plague Monks (180)*
– Pair of Foetid Blades
ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
1 x Vermintide (60)
TERRAIN
1 x Gnawhole (0)
CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage
– Magnificent

***Expert Conquerors
****Warlord
TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000
Created with Warhammer Age of Sigmar: The App

vs.

Matthew Chaput – Flesh-eater Courts:
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Vibe Check

Army Faction: Flesh-eater Courts
– Army Subfaction: Gristlegore
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER

1 x Abhorrant Archregent (245)*
– Spells: Spectral Host
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

1 x Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)*
– General
– Command Traits: Savage Strike
– Artefacts: Ghurish Mawshard
– Mount Traits: Gruesome Bite
– Spells: Monstrous Vigour

1 x Crypt Ghast Courtier (70)*

1 x Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)**
– Mount Traits: Razor-clawed
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

BATTLELINE

10 x Crypt Ghouls (85)**

10 x Crypt Ghouls (85)**

10 x Crypt Ghouls (85)**

BEHEMOTH

1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)**

ENDLESS SPELL

1 x Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)

1 x Horrorghast (40)

TERRAIN

1 x Charnel Throne (0)

CORE BATTALIONS:

*Command Entourage
– Magnificent

**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Thoughts

The Skaven book is still pretty new and people have had a wild ride trying to suss out what you can do with it. This list definitely focuses on putting much more bodies on the field, synergizing the plague monks with a plague priest. The  FEC list is much more monster heavy, with 2 Terrorgheist Leaders supported by a Krondspine.

In the end the huge number of Skaven win in a bit of a blow out.

Result

Skaventide Victory – 20 – 5

Nic Fortin – Skaventide – 1st Place

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

A real skaventide list focused on Clan Pestilens and a lot of the most fun artefacts the book has.

Thoughts

One of the things I guessed about the Skaven book is that there would be a lot of paths to victory and there wouldn’t be a clear list. While 6 or 9 stormfiends still does quite well, the field has allowed a lot of different options paths to victory here.

In this case there’s a clear focus on Clan Pestilens, with the Priest granting a bonus attack for the units, their Rend -2 on 6s isn’t quite as good as Mortal wounds but it gets pretty damn close, especially on that many attacks (60 for a fully buffed unit).

The dipping in of the Deathmaster gives him access to the Gnawbomb, so the plague monks can get across the field quicker, and the Bombadier gives the brass orb, allowing him to remove a threat for a turn. This list is the only one that ended the event 5-0

The Best of the Rest

There were 3 players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Daytond Obre – Daughters of Khaine: Zainthar Kai: Morathi, Melusai with 20 Blood Sisters and 15 Blood Stalkers.
  • 3rd – Matthew Chaput – Flesh Eater Courts: See showdown.
  • 4th – Ryeker Gilbert – Fyreslayers: A Lofnir list but surprisingly only 2 monsters, with 20 Berzerkers and a strong entourage of heroes backing it up.

Wrap Up

Whew! Another wild week, and a ton of events after a few weeks of slow goings. Seraphon seem to be happily back on the top of the meta pile, albeit in another form but they do not go uncontested. Many recent battletomes are showing off their stuff and putting up a solid fight, and some old favorites are peaking their head up just to show they’re still alive. We got a few more months before the end of the year so there’s plenty of time for things to change. See you all next week!