Start Competing: Ogor Mawtribes

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Are you hungry for battle? Like, extremely hungry? Do you stand against fat shaming? Do you never feel too full for yet more eating-related jokes? Then maybe the Ogor Mawtribes are the army for you!

Faction Overview

Arriving alongside the Ossiarch Bonereapers, Ogor Mawtribes is another “consolidation” book along the lines of Cities of Sigmar or Orruk Warclans. In Warhammer Fantasy these units belonged to the Ogre Kingdoms faction, in Age of Sigmar they struggled to find a real home. Beastclaw Raiders got limited support in the form of a Battletome but the Tome was from the early days of the game, so it lacked a lot of the staple features later armies would see. Even ignoring the age of the codex, the faction never felt quite whole. Beastclaw Raiders had a very high point cost, making them one of the most elite armies in the game. As a faction consisting largely of giants on mounts, it made sense but it made your list options feel constrained.

The rest of the Ogre Kingdoms models that didn’t fit under Beastclaw Raiders went to a faction called Gutbusters. Gutbusters never had any kind of support, either from a battletome or through the General’s Handbook. As a result they never really saw any play, you might catch a few allied in with some Orks, or part of a friendly Destruction Grand Alliance list but without anything to bring the faction together it only existed in name alone.

Now the two are back together again as the Ogor Mawtribes, combining the power of the mounted Beastclaw Raiders and the tough footsoldiers of the Gutbusters. Combined the army is tough, but in a different way that one usually sees. By and large their saves are pretty mediocre compared to equivalent units. They do, however have more wounds than average and access to a lot of healing. So while a Mawtribes player might soak up more wounds than your average unit, they’re going to have a much easier time getting back up unless you put the unit down for good.

Strengths

  • You can pick up a competitive army just with a few Start Collecting boxes
  • Some great models
  • Fun lore
  • Very great for adding tattoos etc
  • Lots of ways to get mortal wounds and loads of rend

Weaknesses

  • Low model count (each loss hurts)
  • Some really old models too
  • Lots of skin / fur to paint

Competitive Rating

Top of Medium Tier.

There are several examples of Ogor players placing in the top 10 at tournaments but few of them actually winning the entire event. Losing the Ethereal Amulet in GHB 2020 has caused a switch up in army composition but you can still compete with the top tier armies depending on how you build your list and get a 3-2 record in 5 round events most likely.

Allegiance Abilities

  • Trampling Charge – When an Ogur or Rhinox unit charges, roll a number of dice equal to the unmodified charge roll, adding 2 to this number if your unit had 8 or more models or is a MONSTER, and then for each 6, deal 1 mortal wound. A bit convoluted but in short you get to roll more dice (and get more chances at mortal wounds) if you roll a long charge. You don’t have to actually move that much so rolling an 11 from 4″ away is still 11 dice. This is your main way of dealing mortal wounds with your army besides magic and it is only stopped by your opponent not allowing you to get the charge off or getting stuck in combat. Look for the charge every chance you get since fishing for mortals helps in every battle.
  • Grasp of the Everwinter – For every enemy unit locked into melee with a Beastclaw Raiders unit at the start of your hero phase, roll a die. If this die is equal to or less than the current round number, deal D3 mortal wounds. A nice little extra damage that punishes your opponent the further the match drags out.
  • Might Makes Right – Ogor models count as 2 for the purposes of controlling objectives and Ogor Monster models count as 10 for the purposes of controlling objectives. This is a huge buff for the army since it allows even small units of 3 Gluttons to count as 6 models for objective controlling and it helps the Beastclaw Monster models the ability to compete at the objective game. This constantly can surprise your opponent and allow you to sneakily grab objectives when they least expect it.
  • Ravenous Brutes –  If a unit is more than 3″ from the enemy, it is “hungry” and can move an extra 2″, if it is within 3″ of the enemy it is “eating” and gains 2 bravery. The Hungry/Eating mechanic comes up later in the book and interacts with various warlord traits and relics, hence the naming scheme. It makes even the most basic Ogor Glutton model have a Move Characteristic of 8 inches and makes your Beastclaw Raider models really move up the board, getting up to 14 inches in some cases. This makes your army surprisingly fast and can catch your opponent off guard. The Bravery buff is really nice to have since Ogors have average Bravery stats and it makes them less likely to run.
  • Everwinter Prayers – Standard Prayers rule, each PRIEST knows one prayer and each prayer can only be attempted once per turn, even by different models.The only model with the PRIEST keyword is the Huskard on Thundertusk but the best thing is he can cast one of the three prayers he picks from Everwinter Prayers and then cast one of the two prayers from his warscroll.
  • Mawtribes – Standard subfaction rule. These are optional to take.

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Mawtribes

Meatfist

Meatfist are a very straightforward choice. Their features come together to make an army that charges fast and early, it accents the thing that makes the Ogor army and makes it even better (the good people of reddit have informed us that they give Meatfist a D).

Bryce: I have to disagree with Meatfist being a D by most people and I would rate it as a C. I think it is underrated with all that it gives and I ran it very effectively for a while. An additional dice on the Trampling Charge can come in super clutch when your dice are not rolling well and gives you more chances to get mortal wounds out. A great combo can also come from the Command Ability and the Slaughterpriest’s warscroll spell Rockchomper. Combining The Unstoppable Feast Command Ability and Blood Feast spell, we can get even a basic Glutton to 3 attacks with their Bites and Rockchomper spell allows them to deal 1 mortal wound to the enemy and heal 1 wound. This allows potential for more mortal wound output for our army into armies that have great saves or very little mortal wound protection. I would still rate Meatfist as the worst mawtribe for the three Gutbuster specific ones but it can be good and I recommend more people try it.

  • Army Ability: Fleshy Stampede – Roll an additional die for the Trampling Charge battle trait. Not great on its own but you can combine it with other similar traits to hopefully stack up more dice to roll with.
  • Command Ability: The Unstoppable Feast – Pick a hero unit and all Gluttons within 18″ gain +1 attack on their Gulping Bite. Gluttons are your battleline by default so you can stack up a ton of these guys easily and get the most out of it.
  • Command Trait: Food for Thought – If your general is eating (i.e. locked into combat) at the beginning of the hero phase, gain 1 CP. This encourages you to play aggressively with your general, just make sure he’s protected.
  • Artefact: Gut plate of Ghur – Reroll saves of 1 for the bearer. A decent artefact for survivability, especially on a general with the command trait.

Bloodgullet

This mawtribe is a powerful pick, it helps improve a lot of different units making it a good catch-all and makes them incredibly threatening with a focus on magic B

  • Army Ability: Heralds of the Gulping God – Butchers know an extra spell and can cast an extra spell. The Ogor magic list is very good all around so this is an extremely good trait.
  • Command Ability: Bloodbath – Only butchers can use this, when you pop this, reroll wound rolls for all gluttons wholly within 12″. This is an insanely good ability, wound rerolls can be hard to come by, let alone rerolling all rolls. Plus most of our models hit on a 3+ with wounds so it can really help get in more damage.
  • Command Trait: ‘Nice Drop of the Red Stuff!’ – Friendly units wholly within 12″ of the general can pile in an additional 3″. This really helps our big boys to get more models into combat due to our models being on mostly 40mm bases.
  • Artefact: Splatter-cleaver –  Pick a melee weapon, at the end of the combat phase, when you successfully deal damage with this weapon heal D3 wounds for each friendly unit within 12″. An insanely powerful artifact to round this out, healing is plentiful in the army but you want to have as much to spread around the field as you can.

Underguts

In stark contrast to the first two “gutbuster” mawtribes this mawtribe plays with a more ranged build, focusing largely on Leadbelchers and Ironblasters and is the obvious choice if you want to run lots of them B

  • Army Ability: Gunmasters – Leadbelchers can shoot 18″ instead of 12″ now. With the Leadbelcher’s ability to shoot D6 shots if they don’t make a move, this means you have a better chance of getting more shots off.
  • Command Ability: Thunderous Salvo – Add 1 to attack characteristic for ranged attacks for Ironblasters wholly within 12″ of an Underguts hero. It can only be used once per shooting phase sadly but it allows your Ironblasters to get more efficiency in the shooting phase and can make them nasty hero killers.
  • Command Trait: Mass of Scars – -1 to wound rolls against the general with ranged attacks. Since you’ll ideally be trying to keep your distance, your opponent might try and use ranged attacks against you, so this has use.
  • Artefact: Gnoblar Blast Keg – Rounding out the ranged game, this once per game artifact lets you pick an enemy unit within 9″, you roll 6 dice, for every 6, deal d3 mortal wounds. On average it’ll hit once, dealing 2 mortal wounds but that’s not what you’re using it for, you’re going to use this sucker on a nice juicy 40 man, in which case you’ll hit on a 2+ and deal an average of 2 mortal wounds, so on average it’s more like 10. The scaling effect is nice and this isn’t a bad artefact to round out the list. It works great on an Icebrow Hunter who can come in from reserves and target the best unit with it.

Boulderhead

The first of the Beastclaw Raiders themed tribes focuses on what the beastclaws are known for, namely their huge mounts. It is an excellent choice for a Stonehorn heavy list and has a great Artefact and Command Trait A

  • Army Ability: Fearsome Breed – +1 wound to all monsters, which helps to keep your monsters on the board maybe a turn more. The real prize though is all thundertusk and stonehorns get a mount trait now instead of 1. This is HUGE since almost every mount trait is great.
  • Army Ability: Deadly Hail –  Turns the pulverizing Hailstorm into a 3+ instead of a 4+. That’s right, two command abilities and this ones pretty sweet too. Pulverising Hailstorm is a damn good prayer
  • Command Ability: Dig in your heels! – Have a Hero on a mount use this and for the rest of the phase, always use the top wound counter. This can make or break you when you’re down to your last few wounds and are locked in melee, giving you a bit more pep in your step to win the fight.
  • Command Trait: Lord of Beasts – All monsters that start within 12″ of your general move an extra 1″ when making a normal move so no running. Not bad when setting up a charge.
  • Artefact: Brand of Svard – Add 1 to hit rolls for the bearer’s mount attacks. Your mount attacks are better than most so not a bad little perk for a faction dedicated to running giant mounts. You can combine this with a Black Clatterhorn mount trait on a Stonehorn and it makes his horns hit on 2+, which is his big damage dealer.

Thunderbellies

The thunderbellies rely on Mournfangs, the smaller mounted baby brothers of the beastclaw raiders. It’s not bad, but most Beastclaw lists would prefer to be Boulderhead C

  • Army Ability: Swift Outflank – Mournfangs can charge even if they ran this turn if they begin their charge within 12″ of the edge of the board. This encourages some clever positioning to get yourself into a good place for an effective charge.
  • Army Ability: Ride the Hurricane – Keening Gale prayer casts on a 3+ instead of a 4+. Helps those Mournfangs you’re packing.
  • Command Ability: Rip and Tear – An interesting one, pick an enemy unit within 6″ of a Hero that has a wound allocated to it, you may reroll all wounds for mournfang packs attacking it. Good for dispatching multi wound units though you have to time it so there is a wound allocated, not just dead models.
  • Command Trait: Storm Chaser – Add 1″ charge rolls for all friendly units within 18″. Solid
  • Artefact: Shatterstone – All terrain within 12″ of the bearer is treated as Deadly in addition to other scenery rules. This is an interesting one, you can manipulate your opponent so they would have to end their turn near the scenery and possibly take damage, but it also might do nothing.

Winterbite

The final subfaction is a bit of a mixed bag. Its buffs are all over the place but seems to favor an Icebrow Hunter with Yheetes in tow. With the new GHB 2020, more people have started turning towards Winterbite and Yheetes as possible list options and I think it has more power than most people think. C

  • Army Ability: Ghosts in the Blizzard – -1 to ranged attacks to hit your units within your territory. Help keep them alive as they close the gap.
  • Army Ability: Call of the Endless White – Predictably, this makes Call of the Endless Blizzard a 3+. Since you see Yheetes in unit sizes of either 3 or 6 models usually, this helps keep the unit around for longer.
  • Command Ability: Call of the Wild – Choose a Frost Saber and Yhetes unit with 12″ of the hero, they fight first the fight phase. While fighting first is powerful in Age of Sigmar, you will need to lean hard into this to get much use out of it.
  • Command Trait: Wintertouched – Add 1 to wound rolls for Yheetes and Frostsabers within 12″ of the General. Pretty alright if you got these units which if youre playing winterbite, I assume you do.
  • Artefact: Frostfang – Pick a bearer’s melee weapon, each turn roll a die and on a 5+ add 1 to the damage, this effect is cumulative. Pretty meh, on average you’ll get +2 damage per game but it might not kick in until its too late to help.

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Artefacts

Tyrant Artefacts

  • Headmasher – Increase the damage on the Tyrant’s Mace from 3 to 4. The Mace is a really good weapon but given the absolute abundance of artefact weapons out there you have such better options than a meager 1 damage increase C
  • Grawl’s Gutplate – Increase movement from 2″ to 4″ when hungry. 2 inches can make a difference in some situations but probably not enough to spend an artefact slot on it C
  • Gruesome Trophy Rack – Add +1 to hits for all friendly Gutbusters units wholly within 12″ that target Heroes or Monsters. Combine this with the Thunderous Salvo Command Ability from Underguts Mawtribe, this allows the Ironblasters big damage shot to shoot twice and hit on 3+ with a 2+ to wound. Probably his best artifact. A
  • Flask of Stonehorn Blood – Once per battle, give the bearer a 4+ Feel no pain save. You need to time this just right but a 4+ FNP save on a tyrant is no joke B
  • Sky-Titan Scatter Pistols – Increases Attack of your pistols from 2 to 6(!). 6 attacks from anything is pretty nasty, definitely worth considering B
  • The Fang of Ghur – Changes the bearer’s spear’s rend from -1 to -3. This will cut through the armor save of just about everything in the game making them a solid hero killer especially if paired with something like the Eye for Loot Command trait. It might be overkill for most infantry, however B

Butcher Artefacts

  • Dracoline Heart – Once per game you can refill the mawpot if you’re within 6″ of it. The Mawpot is your terrain piece and lets you heal d3 wounds for all Ogors within 36″ when its full. Normally to refill it you need to kill an enemy model within 6″ of the pot. It might come in in a pinch but with so many artefact options it seems like you’d prefer something a little more reliable C
  • Shrunken Priest Head – 5+ Feel no Pain for the bearer. Not bad, especially for a model with so many wounds. Making a Slaughtermaster or Butcher take less wounds and their innate ability to heal on a 2+ when the cast a successful spell makes them way more survivable A
  • Wizardflesh Apron – Cast one additional spell per turn, good solid pick. You can combine it with Bloodgullet to make you cast three spells in one turn B
  • Bloodrock Talisman – +2 to unbind and dispel rolls. Really good, especially for magic using opponents B
  • Grease-smeared tusks – +1 to charge rolls for Monsters within 9″. It can be helpful when playing more Beastclaw Raider models but there are usually better option C
  • Rotting Dankhold Spores – Once per battle pick an enemy unit within 6″, roll a die for each model in the unit. for each 4+ deal 1 mortal wound. This is great, even once per battle, drop it on a big unit of 40 men and on average do 20 wounds. Let leadership sort out the rest B

Beastclaw Artefacts

  • The Rime Shroud – Reroll unmodified 6s for ranged attacks targetting the bearer. Mostly to stick in the craw of abilities with exploding 6s, but given it only applies to missles it’s a little too niche C
  • The Blade of All Frost – Pick a melee weapon, if you hit an enemy hero with that weapon and they did not die, they take -1 to hit and wound rolls for the rest of the battle. Mostly aimed at bigger heroes with tons of wounds like Nagash and Archaon, but an ok choice nonetheless, since there are many heroes who can survive more than 1 round of combat if your opponent prepared them right. Of course if they die, this is pretty redundant C
  • Carvalox Flank – All Icefall Yhete’s wholly within 12″ move an extra 2″. Too situational to be useful D (In a Winterbite force, this goes up to a since you can put this on a Thundertusk and then your Yheetes run and charge a ridiculous distance)
  • Alvagr Rune-tokens – Pop this once per game and for one turn the bearer can reroll all hits, wounds and saves. Wow. Time this right and whatever you point the bearer at is going to die A
  • Skullshard of Dragaar – Once per battle, auto unbind a spell. If you time this right it can ruin your opponents day B
  • Elixir of Frostworm – Once per battle, pick an enemy unit within 9″ and deal D6 mortal wounds, then the bearer takes D3 mortal wounds. I’m not comfortable with how random this is and you might as well take a more reliable artefact D

Hunter Artefacts

  • The Pelt of Changar – In the Hero phase, heal D3 mortal wounds. Unlike how these artefacts usually work, its not once per game which means over time it’ll pay for itself. Icebrow Hunters are often running around behind enemy lines, away from the mawpot, so a source of healing is crucial to keep him going A
  • Kattanak Browplate – Add 1 to save throws, a solid buff. The command point you recieve on your first turn is a nice bonus B
  • Frost-talon shardbolts – For each unmodified 6 with the bearer’s crossbow, deal D3 mortal wounds in addition to normal damage. Likely too unreliable to pick C

Command Traits

Tyrant Command Traits

These traits may ONLY be taken the by new HERO, the Tyrant

  • Furious Guzzler – If your General is within 3 inches of an enemy model at the beginning of the turn, heal D3 wounds. Good for topping off your health especially when you want Tyrants in combat anyway. In lower point games playing with no tribe, it has use to keep him alive longer B
  • Prodigious Girth – +2 wounds, as usual for wound boosting traits its not bad, not great. It does help the Tyrant’s so-so save and gives him a whopping 10 wounds total, which isnt a joke B
  • Killer Reputation – Tyrants have a mechanic called names which lets them pick a title for a bonus, sort of like a mini-warlord trait. This allows you to pick two names which is quite good B
  • Mighty Bellower – If an enemy fails a battleshock test within 3″ of this General, D3 more models flee. This is really good against hordes and with bravery reducing abilities, though it might not see much against Daemons or Death C
  • An Eye For Loot – Reroll wounds and hits against enemy Heroes with artefacts. This is situationally useful but if you can exploit it, it can make them an excellent hero hunter B
  • Crushing Bulk – Treat this general as MONSTER for purposes of the trampling charge rule. Not so great, Trampling Charge is more of a side benefit and when you have so many Warlord traits as options, this seems like a poor investment D

Butcher Command Traits

These are exclusively used by Butchers and Slaughtermasters, your wizards.

  • Questionable Hygiene – -1 to hit for enemy units within 6″, this is a nice aura debuff, keep your general properly screened and 6″ is still enough to affect enemy units B
  • Herald of the Gulping God – Don’t take battleshock tests within 15″ but only while eating. This is pretty good for a battle wizard, battleshock tests probably arent your main concern but a 15″ aura covers a huge chunk of the field, making sure you wont have to worry the times they come up B
  • Growling Stomach – -2 Bravery for enemy units within 12″ while hungry. This one is tricky, it only works when Hungry, so not locked into melee combat.  12″ is getting into charge range, which means the debuff can be nullified pretty easily C
  • Gastromancer – Learn all spells from the gutmagic discipline. This seems like a given, as it grants unmatched versatility A
  • Rolls of Fat – +2 wounds, as before pretty ok but not great C
  • Spell-Eater – This is a nice one. Anytime you dispel an endless spell you can heal 1 wounds, or boost the wound characteristic of the Butcher by 1 if they’re already at max health. It does somewhat rely on your opponent bringing an endless spell, but you can also keep a cheap endless spell in your back pocket for emergencies B

Beastclaw Command Traits

These are used by Frostlords and Huskards

  • Nomadic Raider – Reroll wound rolls for melee weapons in enemy territory. This is really great, favors an aggressive playstyle which you should be doing as a Mawtribe player anyway B
  • Voice of the Avalanche – Use the Warlord’s command ability once per turn for free. While not quite as good as a free CP per turn, it comes pretty close and they have some pretty good command abilities to boot A
  • Frostfell Aura – Enemy’s can’t retreat when within 3″ of the general. Very nice, engage the enemy on your terms and force them to fight you A
  • Master of the Mournfangs – All Frostfang models within 18″ ignore battleshock tests. A decent take for a cavalry focused army B
  • Skilled Rider – Half the number of wounds when checking the wound degradation table. This is the good stuff, many monsters drop off fast in Age of Sigmar so this lets them remain dangerous for longer, especially combined with the army’s propensity for healing A
  • Touched by Everwinter –  Make this general a priest, or if they’re already one, give them an extra prayer. The prayers are pretty good and Beastclaw Raiders models cost a lot of points so it’s hard to stock up on a ton of priests B

Hunter Traits

These are for Icebrow Hunters only:

  • Winter Ranger – Get D3 Command points each turn while the Icebrow Hunter is in Ambush, which is a mechanic for the Hero which allows it to be put into reserve. An odd one since it asks you to keep your general off the field as long as possible to get the most out of it, but D3 command points each turn is a mighty tempting proposition B
  • Eye of the Blizzard – Subtract 1 from hit rolls targeting this general. Not exciting but gives them some survivability C
  • Blood Vulture’s Gaze – Add 1 to hit and wound rolls the General’s ranged attack. The Icebrow has some good ranged attacks so this is good for making him a mobile harasser B
  • Frost Maw – The general’s Frost Maw ability can target 3 units instead of 1. A bit too swingy for my tastes, since you can’t target the same unit multiple times C
  • Raised by Yhetees – Add 1 to attacks of Yhetees within 12″. If you wanna run a lot of Yhettes, take this A
  • Skal Packmaster – Normally when you put an Icebrow into ambush you can bring 1 squad of Frost sabres with him, this lets you bring two. You really need to lean into this one, as relying on a deep strike is asking a lot. If you do though, it does help put a lot of units in your enemy’s back field very quickly, which can be a powerful advantage C

Mount Traits

These are divided into 2 tables, one for Stonehorns and one for Thundertusks. As is usual for mount traits at this point, you can take one of these traits if you have the required mount in your list, and for each battalion you may take an another, but only one per mount and never the same one twice.

Stonehorn Traits

  • Black Clatterhorn – Add 1 to hit your Rockhard Horns. A solid choice, at full health you have 6 attacks with this and with the trait it’s a very respectable 3+ to hit A
  • Metalcrucher – At the start of the combat phase, pick an enemy unit you’re locked into combat with and if it has the WAR MACHINE keyword or has a save of 4+, 3+ or 2+ you can deal d6 Mortal wounds. The amount of units this can potentially target is wide enough that this is very worth considering, free d6 mortal wounds is hard to say no to A
  • Belligerent Charger – Always treat charge rolls under 7 as a 7 for purposes of the Trampling Charge trait. Not awful, 7 is the “Average” roll so it makes you more likely to get those mortal wounds, but a bit luck reliant C
  • Frosthoof Bull – Improve your mount’s hooves attack rend by 1. Maybe not as good as Clatterhorn but still good B
  • Rockmane Eldar – +1 wound. Meh, I don’t care for these because 1 wound likely won’t save you when it counts D
  • Old Granitetooth – Add 1 to charge rolls for Stonehorns and Mournfang packs within 12″. Not bad if you run a lot of these units B

Thundertusk Traits

  • Fleet of Hoof – Reroll one or both dice when charging with this model. This is really good, being able to reroll 1 or both dice is a game changer A
  • Fleshgreed – While eating, gain 1 wound per turn. If you forgot, eating is being in melee range so it’s basically free healing when locked into melee. Not great alone but every little bit of healing adds up C
  • Rimefrost Hide – Make enemy rend worse by 1 when targetting this model. Rend can be terrifying to deal with so this is highly recommended B
  • Gvarnak – +1 wound. My mind has not changed on these D
  • Matriarch – +1 to charges of Thundertusks within 12″. If you have a couple Thundertusks in your list, this is useful B
  • Alvagr Ancient – If this model has not made a charge this turn, all enemy units within 3″ have to attack last in the attack phase. This is probably the best one for the Thundertusk to take since they dont have the 5+ FNP like the Stonehorn and do not wish to be in combat as much  A

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Spells

Gut Magic

A nice mix of buffs and debuffs that make your melee phase extra terrifying

  • Fleshcrave Curse – Casting value 6, deal D6 mortal wounds to an enemy unit within 12″, but they gain +1 attack to melee weapons. D6 mortal wounds is tempting, but naturally, don’t use this on something that will really get a lot out of bonus attacks. Use this on a smaller unit or a hero who’s not well suited for melee combat. As it is though, it’s a real risk to take this C
  • Blood Feast – Casting Value 7, pick a friendly unit wholly within 18″ that is not a monster and add +1 to attacks characteristics for melee weapons. Simple and straightforward buff that you should probably always have, given ogors rather low model count A
  • Ribcracker – Casting Value 7, pick an enemy unit within 18″, subtract 1 from all saves by that unit for one turn. Practically an autotake, make your opponent’s tough as nails units collapse before you A
  • Blubbergrub Stench – Casting Value 5, treat all RHINOX within 18″ as being monsters for the purposes of the Trampling Charge trait. OK if you have a lot of Rhinoxes? You have much better spells C
  • Molten Entrails – Casting Value 7, pick a Friendly Monster within 18″, add 1 to the damage characteristics of the Mount’s attacks. A nice buff if your list leans more towards the beastclaw raiders side of the book B
  • Greasy Deluge – Casting Value 7, pick an enemy unit within 18″, that unit suffers -1 to hit rolls. Another auto take with Ribcracker and Bloodfeast. With all 3 combined you will just trounce anything that gets into melee with you A

Lore of the Sun-Eater (Firebelly only)

  • Fiery Whirlwind – Casting Value 6, pick an enemy unit, roll a die for each model within 1″ of the caster, on a 4+ deal 1 mortal wound. This spell has a few quirks that make it work differently from similar abilities. First it only affects models within 12″, not the entire unit, so Firebelly needs to get in close to get the most of it. A nice side benefit is if the unit only has one model, e.g. is a Hero, you roll 3 dice. So it’s a bit more flexible in its application C
  • Billowing Ash – Casting Value 8, all friendly units wholly within 12″ are -1 to hit. This spell alone is worth taking Firebelly, the only tricky part being the relatively high cost to cast. It combos well with greasy deluge making an enemy unit basically blind A+
  • Tongue of Flames – Casting Value 6, pick an enemy unit within 18″ with 5 or more models. If that unit moves within the next turn, deal D3 Mortal wounds. The fact you don’t need to roll to see if the mortal wounds work isn’t bad, and will make an opponent second guess their move but it has its limits. Too small of a unit and it can’t target them, if the unit is large they can afford to lose a few models. So around 5-10 is the perfect target. C

Prayers

Each Beastclaw Raiders priest can choose 1 of these prayers to learn and can attempt to “Cast” it each hero phase. All of these prayers are answered on a 4+

  • Pulverizing Hailstorm – Pick a point within 18″, for each unit within 3″ of this point, roll a die. on a 3+ deal D3 mortal wounds. 3+ is very reliable and 18″ is a good distance, just note it does aim at all units, so be careful not to strike your own guys!
  • Keening Gale – Pick 1 MONSTER or Mournfang Pack within 18″ and add 3″ to their move. Really good, given prayers are “free” to cast.
  • Call of the Blizzard – Pick a Yheetes unit within 18″ and revive one model. If you’re going heavy on a hunter with his Yheetes, you might as well throw this in too.

Battalions

Gutbuster Battalions

  • Gutbuster Warglutt – One of Each Battalion Below (not counting Bully Boys) – At the start of the Hero Phase on the first turn, move all units D6″ (roll for each troop). Unlike most Super Battalions this one is fairly reasonable to pull off in price but the benefit is probably not worth trying to organize a list around it D
  • Tyrants Gutguard – 1 Tyrant, 0-2 Ironblasters, 1-3 Units of Ironguts – Gives the Ironguts a 4+ Look Out Sir! when targetting the Tyrant. Not a bad perk to keep him alive C
  • Goremand – 1 Slaughtermaster, 1-3 units of Gluttons, 1-3 units of Leadbelchers, 1 unit of Iron Guts – Lets you use the Slaughtermaster’s Great Cauldron ability twice per turn. While the chance of rolling two 1s might scare you, the odds are in your favor and these are probably units you want to bring anyway A
  • Butcher’s band – 1 Butcher, 1-3 units of Gluttons, 1-3 units of Leadbelchers, 1 Unit of Ironguts – An alternative to Goremand, heal 1 wound to each unit within 12″ of the butcher. While maybe not a ton, you add that up with your other healing sources and this can help over the long term B
  • Junkmob – 1-3 Units of Gnoblars, 1-2 Scraplaunchers – Add 1 to attacks for scraplaunchers while within 3″ of a Gnoblar unit of 20 or more. If you wanna bring scraplaunchers, this is almost an auto take. You need a lot of Gnoblars to use it, but hey, they’re cheap B
  • Kin-Eater’s Bully Boys – 1 Tyrant, 1 unit of Ogor Gluttons, 1 unit of Leadbelchers, 1 Ironblaster – A special battalion only found in the Feast of Bones box, it lets you reroll charge rolls for units within 12″ of the tyrant. Not a bad little perk, even though the unit choices are all over the place (It was for a starter box after all) B

Beastclaw Raiders Battalions

  • Alfrostun – 1 Frostlord on a Mount, 1 of each Battalion below – When using the Grasp of the Everwinter ability, subtract 1 from the roll. This is damned powerful but like most Super Battalions, I can;t imagine when you’d be in a game big enough to use this, let alone use it without a lot of compromise on unit composition D
  • Jorlbad – 1 Huskard on Stonehorn, 2-4 Mournfang Units, 1-3 Stonehorn Beastriders – At the start of the first battle round, move each unit in the Battalion D6″. Not bad except Eurlbad has the same unit composition and a better ability A
  • Eurlbad – 1 Huskard on Stonehorn, 2-4 Mournfang Units, 1-3 Stonehorn Beastriders – For each unmodified 6 to attack, deal a mortal wound in addition to normal damage. I’m not sure what’s going on here, it’s like GW ran out of ideas. The unit composition is the same as Jorlbad, so you’re just choosing which ability you like more. Personally, this is better A+
  • Torrbad – 1 Huskard on Thundertusk, 3-9 Thundertusk Beastriders, 0-3 Icefall Yhetees – Every hero phase, roll a die for each unit locked into melee combat with a unit from this battalion, on a 2+ deal a mortal wound. Really solid since its practically guaranteed. B
  • Skal – 1-6 Icebrow Hunter, 2-10 Frost Sabres – Add 1 to charge rolls for units from this battalion while within 12″ of another unit from this battalion. An outlier for the Beastclaw raiders in terms of unit composition, if you really like the Icebrow Hunters, might as well B

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Units

Almost every Ogor unit has a Bite attack which does 1 damage. It’s worth remembering but I shan’t list it on every unit!

Heroes

Frostlords

The big Beast riding gibblies of the army. They have an impressive 13 wounds with a 3+ save and the same command ability, but otherwise are very different depending on their mount

Their command ability is

  • Bellowing Voice: Grant a beastclaw raiders within 12″ the rerolls to charges

On Stonehorn

The rider gets 4 attacks with his spear, hitting and wounding on 3’s and doing 3 damage with 1 rend. The mount has 6 attacks with its horns (3 damage) and D6 with its Hooves (D3 damage) with +1 damage to the mount attacks if they charged making them pretty brilliant damage dealers making them a very widely used model and a great choice for general.

They also get a 5+ feel no pain against wounds and mortal wounds.

On Thundertusk

Slightly less melee based, the rider gets the same frost spear attacks but the mount’s tusks only do D3 damage and it doesn’t get hoof attacks. Instead it gets a mortal wound breath weapon. You pick a unit within 18″ and roll a number of dice (starting at 12, which degrades as he takes wounds) and do a mortal wound on a 6+ with +1 to the roll if the unit has 10 or more weapons or +2 if it has 20 weapons. Sadly this doesn’t work out that great unless you’re guaranteed to be facing hordes.

Rather than the feel no pain, they instead get -1 to hit them with melee weapons.

Huskards

Huskards are slightly cheaper than the Frostlords and come with 1 less wound and only a 4+ save. They both get the same ranged weapon choices of a Harppon Launcher (1 shot for D3 damage), a Chaintrap (1 shot at short range for 3 damage) or a Blood Vulture (pick an enemy within 30″ and on a 2+ do a mortal wound). Neither have any melee weapons apart from Punches and Kicks and their mount attacks.

On Stonehorn

Identical to the Frostlord on Stonehorn the mount has 6 attacks with its horns (3 damage) and D6 with its Hooves (D3 damage) with +1 damage to the mount attacks if they charged

Their command ability is

  • Line-breakers: Add 2 to the damage of a Mournfang pack within 12″ Tusks if they use their Mournfang Charge ability

Definitely worth a look if you’re running any Mournfang packs (which you probably are if you’re going Beastclaw Raiders)

On Thundertusk

Just like the Frostlord on Thundertusk the mount’s tusks only do D3 damage and it doesn’t get hoof attacks. Instead it gets a mortal wound breath weapon. You pick a unit within 18″ and roll a number of dice (starting at 12, which degrades as he takes wounds) and do a mortal wound on a 6+ with +1 to the roll if the unit has 10 or more weapons or +2 if it has 20 weapons. Rather than the feel no pain, they instead get -1 to hit them with melee weapons.

Instead of a Command Ability they get access to Prayers on a 4+ (+1 for each other Thundertusk within 18″)

Winter’s Endurance: Heal D3 wounds to a Beastclaw Raiders unit within 18″

Winter’s Strength: Add 1 to wound rolls for a Beastclaw Raiders unit within 18″

Tyrant

8 Wounds, a 4+ Save and some decent attacks with several different melee attacks and a pistol make this guy a decent all round hero. His Mace is particularly nasty with 3 attacks, hitting and wounding on 3’s and doing 3 damage with a hefty -2 rend and doing mortal wounds on a hit roll of a 6 (or D3 if attacking a unit with more than 3 models). His Glaive goes from D3 damage to D6 damage when attacking heroes or Monsters which is very nice, although he only gets 2 attacks with it.

The main gimmick Tyrants get is the ability to choose a big name for themselves (or two if you take the Killer Reputation command Trait). These are:

  • Deathcheater: +1 Wound
  • Brawlerguts: +1 to wound rolls if he charges
  • Fateseeker: improves his save to 3+
  • Longstrider: Increases his move to 8″ instead of 6″
  • Giantbreaker: increases his weapon damage by 1 when attacking monsters
  • Wallcrusher: Reroll 1 wound roll for 1 attack with 1 melee weapon each time the model attacks. You can also reroll wound rolls for attacks made with melee weapons that target a unit that is part of a garrison

Their command ability is

  • Bully of the First Degree: Pick a friendly Gutbuster unit within 3″ and deal D3 mortal wounds but stop them from having to take battleshock tests for the rest of the battle. With 12 Gluttons, you put this on them turn one and that is 48 wounds that will never run from battleshock. Super great and underrated.

Slaughtermaster

The wizards of the faction. Coming with an impressive 7 wounds but only a 5+ save. However, they are pretty good casters who heal a wound when they succesfully cast or unbind a spell unless you roll a 1 on a D6 in which case you take a mortal wound instead. They can cast and unbind one spell a turn.

Their gimmick is that they carry a cauldron round with them which you can eat from each turn in your hero phase. To do so you get to roll a D6 and see what happens

  1. Suffer D3 Mortal Wounds
  2. Heal D3 wounds and heal 1 wound to each Ogor unit within 12″
  3. Give a unit within 12″ +1 to hit with melee weapons
  4. Give a unit within 12″ +1 to hit with melee weapons
  5. Do D3 mortal wounds to each enemy unit within 6″ on a 4+
  6. Do D3 mortal wounds to each enemy unit within 6″ on a 4+

Their unique spell is

  • Rockchomper: Casting Value 5, causes a unit of Ogor Gluttons to do Mortal Wounds and heal a wound when making a wound roll of 6 with their gulping bites

Butcher

A simpler version of the Slaughtermaster who keeps the ability to heal when casting spells but loses the cauldron. Also gets to cast and unbind one spell a turn

Their unique spell is

  • Voracious Maw: Casting Value 7, do D3 Mortal Wounds to a unit within 18″, then do it again on a 4+ (and repeat until you stop rolling 4+)

Firebelly

A firebreathing wizard with the standard 7 wounds and a 5+ save (he’s not wearing much). Has an ok hammer and a breath attack that does D3 mortal wounds to an enemy unit within 6″ on a 4+. He is a wizard who can cast and unbind 1 spell a turn

Their unique spell is

  • Cascading Firecloak: Casting Value 6, roll 1 dice for each enemy unit within 3″ and on a 4+ they take D3 mortal wounds and grant the Firebelly +1 to saves

Icebrow Hunter

A sneaky fat guy. This chap comes with the standard 7 wounds with a 5+ save and can choose between a Spear or a Crossbow (both doing D3 damage but the Spear gets 1 rend whilst the crossbow gets extra range). The spear can also be used when the model has run and gets D6 damage and extra range if they did so it’s probably the best choice. He also gets a breath attack which does D3 mortal wounds on a 4+ to an enemy unit within 6″ but you have to sacrifice your ranged attacks to do so.

His gimmick is that he can come on in Ambush and deploy him alongside a Frost Sabre unit you have also ambushed 9″ from enemy units, with any unit joining him up to 12″ from him (and 9″ from enemies). Quite tricksy and good for getting Frost Sabres in places your opponent wasn’t expecting them.

Their command ability is

  • Lead the Skal: Add 1 to the attacks of a Frost Sabre unit within 12″

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Battleline

Ogor Gluttons

4 wounds a piece with 3 attacks each, hitting and wounding on 3+ and doing 2 damage (plus a bite attack) make these basic troops seem pretty chunky. Their save of 5+ is low, but they are basic troops.

They can choose to take double weapons (causing hits of 6 to cause 2 hits) or Ironfists which reflect mortal wounds back to attacking units if they roll a 6+ on their saves.

They get the standard sort of unit upgrades with a leader (+1 attack), bellower (-1 bravery to enemies within 6″) and standard bearer (reroll charges or +1 bravery (take the reroll charges!)). The banner bearer also gets a Gnoblar to give him a 6+ wound negation against missile weapons.

Frost Sabres (with Icebrow Hunter General)

Crazy cheap at only 40 points for 2. They have 2 wounds each but only a 6+ save. Their attacks aren’t anything to write home about and they get +3 to their charge rolls and +2 bravery within 16″ of a Hunter. You won’t be winning many fights with these but they do give you a degree of mobility and board control that you may find you are lacking with so many big expensive units.

Icefall Yhetees (with Thundertusk General)

Some of the ugliest models available. These have 4 wounds a piece and a 6+ save and some decent attacks doing 2 damage a piece with -1 rend. Enemies subtract 1 to hit them due to them being hidden by snow.

Their gimmick is being eligible to fight in the fight phase if they’re within 6″ rather than 3″ and get to pile in an extra 3″ making them quite tricky to deal with. They can also run and charge if they’re within 16″ of a Thundertusk.

Sadly they’re roughly the same cost as a unit of Gluttons and aren’t nearly as good.

Mournfang Pack (with Beastclaw Raiders General)

The little guys riding giant beasts. These are impressively tough with 6 wounds a piece and a 4+ save. The leader has a pistol doing D3 damage with -1 rend and the unit can choose between Clubs / Prey hackers and an Ironfist or Gargant Hackers. Clubs / prey hackers give them 3 attacks, hitting and wounding on 3s with 2 damage whilst the Hackers give them 2 attacks hitting on 4+ with -1 rend and 3 damage. The ironfist lets them bounce damage back as mortal wounds if they roll a 6 to save. Their mounts get a decent number of attacks with -1 rend and they have an impressive move of 9″. If you’re playing Beastclaw you’ll be taking these as your battleline.

Ironguts (with Gutbusters General)

Slightly better Gluttons. They get an improved save of 4+ and their attacks do 3 damage with -1 rend. As well as a leader (+1 attack) and a bellower (-1 bravery to enemies within 6″) they can take a banner bearer which can be used to increase the number of enemies that flee from battleshock within 6″ by D3. The banner also gets to negate spell effects (including endless spells) on a 6+

Once per battle they can reroll hits, wounds and save rolls of 1 as long as at least 1 Ogor from your army has fled at some point during the battle.

Leadbelchers (with Gutbusters General and 4 or more models in the unit)

4 wounds a piece with almost the same number of attacks in melee as Gluttons. However, you bring these lads for their rather cool guns which only have a range of 12″ but each get D3 shots (or D6 if they didn’t move) hitting on 4’s and wounding on 3’s with 1 rend. On average a unit of 4 which doesn’t move will get 14 shots so you can really start to pile on the volume of rending shots with them.

Artillery

Ironblaster

An Ogor riding a Rhino with a cannon. As you do. This has a hefty 9 wounds and a decent 7″ move. You can choose to fire the cannon as a cannon ball (only 1 shot but doing D6 damage and wounding on 2+ with -2 rend) or a hail shot (6 attacks but only doing 1 damage, wounding on 3+ and -1 rend).

Being a model riding a rhino they’re also quite handy in combat with plenty of attacks.

Gnoblar Scraplauncher

Like an Ironblaster but rather than an Ogor with a cannon you get Gnoblars with a catapult. They fire 3 lumps of scrap which do D3 damage each (going to D6 damage with +1 to hit when attacking units of 10 or more models). Scraplaunchers are basically the horde killers while the Ironblaster is a single model killer.

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Behemoths

Stonehorn Beastriders

A single model that is identical to a Huskard on a Stonehorn except for no command ability. 20 points cheaper than a Huskard so if you’ve already got one and want another cheap Behemoth they’re a good shout.

Thundertusk Beastriders

A single model that is identical to a Huskard on Thundertusk except for no prayers. 40 points cheaper than the hero version but you’re probably better off just taking a Stonehorn at the same price.

Other Units

Gnoblars

Your classic screening unit. These little chaps have 1 wound and a 6+ save and don’t hit worth a damn (although they get an extra attack each when attacking units with more than 10 models) and a very slight chance of doing mortal wounds to units that charge them. They are cheap though!

Gorgers

A unit with 5 wounds and 4 attacks doing 2 damage each. They can ambush onto anywhere on the battlefield more than 9″ from enemy units and also get to reroll charges. They seem pretty good on paper but don’t really bring anything other than attacks and the chance to get off a surprise charge.

Maneaters

Ninja ogors with Throwing Stars… These chaps have 4 wounds a piece and a 5+ save. Their pistols and throwing stars get 1 attack each hitting and wounding on 3s and doing D3 damage with -1 rend and decent melee attacks (4 each hitting and wounding on 3+ with 2 damage and -1 rend)

When you deploy the unit you get to choose an ability for them from

  • Bralwers – reroll melee attack rolls of 1
  • Crack Shots – reroll ranged attack rolls of 1
  • Striders – run and charge
  • Stubborn – don’t take battleshock tests with this unit

I quite like these but their cost is pretty prohibitive at 180 points for 3

Terrain

Great Mawpot

A free terrain piece so you should definitely get one. The Mawput is either empty or full, it starts off the battle full and gets refilled when an enemy model is slain within 6″ of it.

When the pot is full an Ogor Hero within 6″ of it can empty it to heal D3 wounds to all Ogor units within 36″ of the pot (roll for each unit). This is pretty great with all of your multiwound models although it doesn’t let you bring dead models back to life. Really think about where you place your pot to get maximum use out of it.

The pot also grants +1 to cast and unbind to wizards within 1″ of it so you probably want to keep a wizard like a Butcher nearby to benefit from this and be the one emptying it.

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Army Lists

Nathan Watson’s Tempest Winning List

I really like this list, especially since it can be built almost entirely from 3 Start Collecting boxes (you just need one more Stonehorn). Similar lists were incredibly popular when the book came out (and I am very tempted to buy this for myself!)

Realm – Aqshy

Mawtribe – Boulderhead

Battalion – Eurlbad

Frostlord on Stonehorn (General)

  • Lord of Beasts
  • Thermalrider Cloak
  • Black Clatterhorn

Frostlord on Stonehorn

  • Brand of the Svard
  • Metalcruncher

Huskard on Stonehorn

  • Blood Vulture
  • Old Granitetooth

4 Mournfang Pack

2 Mournfang Pack

Stonehorn Beast Rider

  • Blood Vulture

Adam Burt’s Cancon List

Here’s a very interesting list which Adam did very well at Cancon with that actually uses Ogor Gluttons and Ironguts.

Mawtribe – Bloodgullet

Slaughtermaster (General)

  • Nice Drop of the Red Stuff
  • Bloodfeast
  • Ribcracker

Frostlord on Stonehorn

  • Splattercleaver
  • Clatterhorn

Butcher

  • Greasy Deluge
  • Molten Entrails

Icebrow Hunter

12 Ogor Gluttons

6 Ogor Gluttons

4 Ironguts

4 Ironguts

6 Frostsabres

James Boots’ Sheffield Slaughter List

Possibly the most interesting list I’ve seen, this seems to be a really, really nasty gunline

Mawtribe – Underguts

Battalion – Skal

Slaughtermaster (General)

  • Mass of Scars
  • Gnoblar Blast Keg
  • Blubbergrub Stench

Firebelly

  • Billowing Ash

Icebrow Hunter

  • Kattanik Browplate

2 Frost Sabres

2 Frost Sabres

Ironblaster

Ironblaster

Ironblaster

4 Leadbelchers

4 Leadbelchers

4 Leadbelchers

4 Leadbelchers

4 Leadbelchers

4 Leadbelchers

20 Gnoblars

Bryce Martin’s Pure Gutbuster List

With the changes in GHB 2020, I have been running only pure Gutbusters and I love the power of this list. Gluttons are amazing for their points and I love running two big units of them to handle anything I need to.
Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
– Mawtribe: Bloodgullet
Butcher (140)
 Cleaver
 Artefact: Shrunken Priest Head
 Lore of Gutmagic: Ribcracker
 Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Greasy Deluge
Tyrant (160)
 Artefact: Splatter-cleaver
 Big Name: Fateseeker
Slaughtermaster (140)
 General
 Command Trait: Nice Drop of the Red Stuff!
 Lore of Gutmagic: Fleshcrave Curse
 Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Blood Feast
12 x Ogor Gluttons (400)
 Pairs of Clubs or Blades
12 x Ogor Gluttons (400)
 Pairs of Clubs or Blades
8 x Ironguts (440)
4 x Leadbelchers (160)
Goremand (140)

Total: 1980 / 2000
Extra Command Points: 1
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 166

Wrapping Up

And that’s it. With many, many words above there’s inevitably some mistakes or stupid decisions in here somewhere, so if you spot any, or have any other feedback, hit us up at contact@goonhammer.com or over on our Facebook Page.

 

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