We're getting closer to the end of my sort-of "End Times" review. This time I'm going to analyze new Formations, presented in "Archaon".
Only two more to go folks. For this article I'll review the single new army available for the Forces of Chaos, as well as new Battlescrolls, some of which are quite interesting!
1. The Grand Legion of the Everchosen
|Prepare your anus|
2. The Blood Hunt
|"Dude! We're in the wrong game!"|
Ka'Bandha decided that he was bored of being a Blood Angels punching bag (altough he was pretty badass in James Swallow's "Fear to Tread"), so he hopped to Warhammer Fantasy to be useless here as well. Well not really as this Formation is really, really nasty. First of all it consists of 3 different Bloodthirsters from the "End Times: Archaon" which in itself is fucking hardcore. Then there are 3 units of Bloodletters, 2 units of Flesh Hounds and a single unit of Bloodcrushers. As you can see this is an all-exclusive Daemon army, which can be both a blessing (Fear, Morale) and a curse (Light Magic). It's special rules are pretty khorny with "Blood-trackers" giving D3 Bloodletter units the Vanguard deployment special rule for those nasty, early charges while "The Hunt is on" grants the whole army Hatred and the ability to re-roll failed charges, but only as long as the enemy General is still alive. This is a perfect example of "get-in-your-face" force which strikes hard and mercilles. While being a Daemon-only force has it's drawbacks, especially in the "End Times" where magic is much easier to use, if this army will get a drop on their enemy, then he's done for. Like, for reals.
3. The Army of Blight
|Still the best female sculpt that GW has ever done|
4. The Host of Death
|Still the worst sculpt that GW has ever done|
Nagash is still in the game and he proves this by assembling his Host of Death. Nagash, Arkhan and Krell are leading a single units of Morghasts and Morghast Archai, 1 unit of Grave Guard and 1 units of Black Knights. Caster heavy, this army also packs a punch with Morghasts and Knights (Krell helps too, altough he's a rather weaksauce in ET). Arkhan proves himself a reall alpha caster who recieves a friggin' +3 bonus to all his casting attempts, as long as Nagash is "alive", thanks to the "First Disciple" special rule. Then there's the aptly named "Doomed Legion" army trait that makes both Grave Guard and Black Knights WS5 while saving them 2 Wounds in case of the Unstable rule. Like I said, this Formation can cast really well and hit really well and I like the diversity. Sure, it will still suffer from Light Magic, but given how fast it can get into enemy's ranks and having both Nagash and Arkhan for some summoning goodness, the Host of Death is really good and definetly worth considering for all you necrophiliacs out there.
5. The Host of Fire
|This one's ok. However it's in Finecast. So not really ok|
6. The Throng of Metal
|"Hi Ho Quicksilver!"|
7. The Beast-Waaagh!
|Prepare to get crumped|
Not-Ghazghkull brought his Boyz with him and went to town. Grimgor, Incarnate of Beasts, leads some Orcs and Ogres to where the fight is thickest. 2 units of Black Orcs, 2 units of Orc Boyz, 1 unit of Orc Boar Boyz, a single Giant, 2 units of Ogres, 1 unit of Ironguts and 1 unit of Leadbelchers comprise this army. Not a lot of shooting, but a lot crashing 'eads. Both units of Boyz and Boar Boyz MUST be upgraded to Big 'Uns which makes them even more buffed. Also Animosity's gone, thanks to the "Keepin' Order" special rule and finally the "Beast-Waaagh!" allows every unit in this Formation to get benefits from the Waaagh! in the turn it is called, as well as the ability to re-roll one or more dice during charges. It's complete oposite of the previous Formation, with only a single ranged unit, and a lot of CQC potential. The lack of casters hurt this one, but then it's a Battlescroll. Just stick it into a bigger army with some Shamans and you're set.
8. The Host of Shadow
|I know it's not cannon in the "End Times", but still... This artwork is pretty sweet|
GW really needs you to know, that "Archaon" will feature every, single important character from both the "End Times" and Warhammer Fantasy as a whole. This time it's Malekith, the Eternity King, leading a combined forces from all 3 elven factions... again. 1 unit of Black Guard, 1 unit of Phoenix Guard, 1 unit of Wildwood Rangers, 1 unit of Darkshards, 1 unit of Black Ark Corsairs, 1 unit of High Elf Spearmen and 1 War Hydra - that's all you get in this Formation, and that's quite a lot. This one seems like a nice combination of both melee and ranged units, but it still feel like it should really stick to the enemy and bash him in some good, old fashioned close combat, especially with the rules it has. "Gloomstriders" make the whole army ignore Dangerous Terrain tests and make it harder to hit with missile fire, but only as long as Malekith is alive and only to those within 12'' of him. Meanwhile "Master of Shadow" allows Malekith to cast the Steed of Shadows spell on his own UNITS (awesome) and more than once each turn, as long as his targeting his own guys. The spell's range is further increased to 36''. This final rule clearly shows that this army is in fact kitted out for close combat and should be racing for its opponent as fast as possible.
9. The Host of Life
|Ah, the good ol' times...|
Alarielle reminds us that in the "End Times" she can be just as dangerous as everyone else. Being a character heavy Formation, this one includes Durthu, Naestra and Arahan, 1 Treeman Ancient, a single Handmaiden of the Everqueen, 1 unit of Sisters of Avelorn, 2 units of Glade Guard, 1 unit of Deepwood Scouts, 1 unit of Wild Riders and 3 units of Dryads. The Sisters of Twilight must be mounted on Ceithin-Har, but that's it for restrictions. Now the fun part - every unit in this Formation has th Regeneration special rule, thanks to "Limitless Renewal" special rule. Holy crap, that's just absurd and pretty awesome at the same time. This army's second rule is pretty meh tough, as it grants both Durthu and the Treeman Ancient Hatred against any enemy that is within 12'' of Alarielle. Like I said - meh, but the regeneration thingie is great. Combined with the Lore of Life and the Hosts of Life overall high Movement and Initiative, it can bring a nasty surprise to your opponent... as long as he isn't packing a lot of fire(power).
10. The Host of Light
|He's back, because when you want to make someone's sacrifice seem meaningful, it's best to ressurect them later|
The last Formation is here and it delivers. Combining both forces from the Empire and the Host of the Eternity King, it is led by Tyrion, Incarnate of Light, Imrik, Crown Prince of Caledor and 2 Elven Princes. It consists of 1 unit of Reiksguard, 2 units of Knightly Orders, a single unit of Demigryphs, 2 Lothern Skycutters, 2 units of Silver Helms and 1 unit of Cold One Knights. Clearly a fast moving, hard hitting, uncompromising force and an incredibly tough at that. Every single unit in this Formation gets a +D3 combat result when charging, instead of a +1, all thanks to the "Earth-shaking Charge" special rule. Its second unique trait is the "Vengeance of Hysh:, granting all of its units Hatred against Daemons and Undead, something which can be incredibly nasty when facing the Blood Hunt. This army isn't really subtle as it's very similar to The Beast-Waaagh! Just point it at the enemy and let fly. They'll take care of the rest.
That's it for today. New army and new formation are done. Personally I liked the "Thanquol's" Battlescrolls more. They seemed more fleshed out and unique. Here there are only few that are worth trying out, mainly the Throng of Metal, The Host of Death and The Blood Hunt. Elves are incredibly strong it ET by themselves, they don't really need special formations to get the job done. The Host of Light is good, but it's just a buffed up, all cavalry army, which can be easily made, using any vanilla rulebook. This part of the "End Times: Archaon" wasn't bad, but it was nothing unique either. Let's see if the special characters section will be able to improve my opinion on this book.
Until next time!