The Sylvaneth are the children of Alarielle, the Everqueen, the goddess of life.
Originally from Ghryan, the Realm of Life, they are now spread across all mortal realms and favour living in wild places like forests and woods.
The Age of Chaos forced them to retreat but now is the Season of War.
Will you listen to the spirit-song and answer Alarielle’s call?
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Background and Lore of the Sylvaneth Warband
The Sylvaneth are the forest spirits created from soulpods by Alarielle, Queen of the Radiant Wood, in the Age of Myth.
The name Sylvaneth, in reality corresponds to many different creatures, that are grouped together in armies called wargroves.
They defend nature and their sylvan habitats, most wary of any intruders, others more accepting of potential allies.
The bulk of the wargroves is made of Dryads, once gentle creatures now ferocious in their hit-and-run tactics, usually led by a Branchwraith.
Massive champions, Treelords and Treelord Ancients, lead the Noble Spirits, the more martial of the Sylvaneth of which the Tree-Revenants form the standing army.
Other tree creatures known as Free Spirits do not belong to any clan but still listen to Alarielle and answer her call.
Of those the Kurnoth Hunters are possessed with brutal strength and agility and they are equally proficient with blades, scythes, or bows.
Finally, the Spite-Revenants are part of the Outcasts, a darker reflection of their kin, unable to hear the spirit-song, the way to communicate used by the Sylvaneth, unless when it is a call for war.
They are also not welcome in time of peace because of the atrocities they, and their leader Drycha, have committed.
But how do a Sylvaneth Warband play on the tabletop?
If you can’t see the wood for the trees, let’s analyse them in detail.
Overview and Points for the fighters in the Sylvaneth Warband
Note: if you haven’t read the basic rules for Warcry before reading this article, it might be helpful to know that the game’s abilities are activated by using 6 dice that you roll at the start of your turn.
If two of the dice show the same value, they can be used to activate a Double ability. If three show the same value, they can be used for a Triple ability, and so on.
So, when this article refers to an ability being a Double, a Triple or a Quad, it refers to this system. It might sound a bit confusing, but takes no time to get used to when you start playing
The Sylvaneth warband is made from 3 kits with 12 options of which 6 are leaders.
- Kurnoth Huntmaster with Greatbow: 240 points
- Kurnoth Huntmaster with Scythe: 240 points
- Kurnoth Huntmaster with Greatsword: 230 points
- Kurnoth Hunter with Greatbow: 200 points
- Kurnoth Hunter with Scythe: 190 points
- Kurnoth Hunter with Greatsword: 180 points
The Kurnoth Hunters are the most expensive model in the Sylvaneth Warband, but also the most versatile.
The Huntmasters are the leaders of this warband and they have 5 wounds more (35 instead of 30), same movement (4”) and Toughness (4).
As leaders they have access to a Quad ability that, used at the right moment, can change the tide of the battle: every friendly fighter within 6” of the leader increases their Strength and Toughness of half the value of the ability.
Best case scenario within a 6” bubble your army becomes Toughness and Strength 6 or 7 (depending on the model).
A horde of cheap Tree-Revenants can now punch much higher than their weight and the Kurnoth become devastating and vert tough.
As all Sylvaneth, Kurnoth can also regenerate with the Draw from the Spirit-song ability (for a Double) allowing them to heal as much as 3 wounds per turn, useful especially because it can be performed when engaged to expand the already long lifetime of these fighters.
The Greatbow is the only ranged option available to this warband but the 20” range greatly compensates. 2 attacks (3 for the Huntmaster) at Strength 4 (can be increased with the Leader ability as there is no range limit) performing 2-5 damage allow interesting tactics where you can snipe out enemies from afar and makes up the otherwise slower movement (4”).
In melee they will survive thanks to the many wounds and decent Toughness, but their 3 attacks with 1-3 damage will make them no more useful than a 50 points Tree-Revenant, so avoid contact at all costs.
The Scythe is the heavy-hitting option: 3 attacks (4 for the Huntmaster) with 2” range at Strength 4 for 3-6 damage can be decisive on many occasions.
The Greatsword instead provides more attacks (4 o 5 for the Huntmaster), with 1” range, same Strength but slightly less damage (2-5).
- Spite-Revenant Shadestalker: 140 points
- Spite-Revenant: 70 points
The Spite-Revenants are one variant of the Tree-Revenants box. Their special ability allows to block an enemy on a 3+ for a Double.
Sure it’s only 66% chance to succeed and depending on the Double, the Spite has to be from 1 to 6” distance from the enemy, but in the end if it works can prevent an enemy from running away or from grabbing an objective last minute.
The ability also prevents bonus moves and such being useful in certain situation.
The Shadestalker as a leader can also use the special Quad ability that increases Strength and Toughness within a 6” bubble.
The profile itself of the Spite is in line with the low cost (70 points): only 8 wounds, movement 4”, Toughness 3 and 4 attacks at Strength 4 for 1-3 damage.
The Shadestalker adds more wounds (16), one attack (5) and more damage (2-4).
- Tree-Revenant Scion: 120 points
- Tree-Revenant: 50 points
The Tree-Revenants have an interesting strategic ability: they can be moved anywhere from the battlefield at the cost of a Triple.
It does not matter if they are engaged or far away from the enemy.
If there is an objective undefended, they are carrying a treasure, or they are the target of an enemy action, they can just disappear and reappear on the other side of the board.
It cannot be used as an offensive strategy because they appear more than 5” from an enemy and with 4” movement and a weapon range of 1” would take them 2 turns to engage any enemy.
Despite this, they are also one of the cheapest model in the game, so they can be used in hordes to protect Kurnoth Hunters, engage an enemy unit before it gets to a key member of your army and so on.
Their profile is similar to that of the Spites, the only difference being the 3 attacks at Strength 3.
The Scion has 4 attacks at Strength 3 with same damage as the Shadestalker (2-4).
- Branch Nymph: 145 points
- Dryad: 70 points
The Dryads also have an interesting horde-ability.
If one “shouts” at an enemy in range, every Dryad adds +1 Attack against that enemy (at the cost of a Triple, the distance based on the value of the ability).
Dryads have 4 attacks at Strength 3 (4 for the Branch Nymph) and can cause small damage (1-3) but in numbers and with 10 attacks (with the shout) per activation they can represent a problem.
They are also more resilient than their Revenant counterparts with 10 wounds (20 for the Nymph), Toughness 3 and Movement 5”.
The Nymph does the same damage as the Scion and the Shadestalker (2-4) but she is also the most expensive of the 3.
As all leaders she can also use the Envoy of the Everqueen ability.
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Abilities for the Sylvaneth Warcry Warband
Draw from the Spirit-song (Double, Everyone): Heal as many wounds as half the value of this ability (rounded up).
Trample Underfoot (Double, all Kurnoth): Roll as many dice as the value of this ability. For each 4+ do 1 damage to a single enemy within 1”.
Shrieking Terror (Double, all Spite-Revenants): Pick a visible enemy fighter within x”, where x is the value of this ability and roll a die. On a 3+ that enemy cannot move or disengage until the end of the turn.
Enrapturing Song (Triple, Dryads and Branch Nymph): Pick a visible enemy fighter within x”, where x is the value of this ability. Until the end of the round add 1 to the Attacks against this enemy from Dryads or Branch Nymph.
Walk the Spirit Path (Triple, all Tree-Revenants): Remove this fighter from the battlefield and place it anywhere on the battlefield floor, 5” from any enemy fighter.
Envoy of the Everqueen (Quad, all Leaders): Until the end of the battle round add half the value of this ability (rounded up) to the Toughness and Strength of friendly fighters within 6”.
Strategy and Tactics for the Sylvaneth Warband
The Sylvaneth are a well-balanced warband: they have ranged units, although expensive, heavy lifters and cheap dispensable units.
They have interesting abilities like Draw from the Spirit-song (for a Double) that allows all Sylvaneth to heal as much as 3 wounds per turn even when in combat.
Respite, the universal ability, costs a Triple and can heal up to 6 wounds, but only if there is no enemy fighter within 1”, giving some interesting healing alternatives in this warband.
Leave your opponent in disbelief when your almost dying Kurnoth gets some extra juice while still engaged. Or save your leader from certain death adding a couple of wounds more.
But they also have other cards up their sleeves like the ability for Tree-Revenants to abandon a fight and re-appear anywhere on the battlefield just in time to grab an objective or to evade the final blow when they are the target of your opponent.
Or even to engage a key unit of your opponent to delay his move towards another objective.
They can even prevent such movement with a Spite-Revenant and their ability Shrieking Terror that costs only a Double but they need to be close and it’s not guaranteed (2 chances out of 3).
On the other hand with Toughness 3 and 8 or 10 wounds most cheap units will disappear really quickly so you will need to compromise between how many Kurnoth you want in your army, and how many others should accompany them.
Something that can give more survivability is the Quad ability all leaders have.
In that case you want your leader to be as close as possible to where the action is, discouraging the use of a Kurnoth Huntmaster with Greatbow. One turn with high Toughnessalso gives more breathing room to the Kurnoth in general.
If you follow the horde path, nothing is better than many Dryads charging towards a specific enemy, especially with a big base to allow maximisation of units around it, and the use of the Enrapturing Song to increase the chances of a critical hit by adding more attacks.
Or simply to project potential power.
To resume, a Sylvaneth warband would most likely have a Kurnoth Huntmaster as a leader, at least a Kurnoth armed with Greatbow and one with Scythe (one of them could be the leader) and a group of Dryads, Tree-Revenants and Spite-Revenants depending on personal preference.
Dryads are quicker and have more wounds allowing for an efficient screening for the big boys.
Tree-Revenants can snitch objectives or force your opponent to not abandon their post and Spite-Revenants can fill the gaps.
You will need to plan carefully but, in the end, can be extremely satisfying.
Pros and Cons of the Sylvaneth Warband
+ Decent mobility
+ Ability to heal
+ Varied abilities and strategies
– Medium hitters
How to buy a Sylvaneth Warcry Warband
The Sylvaneth warband can be purchased from 3 boxes.
But to get every single assembly option you may need to buy more than one of the same box.
Unless you already have an Age of Sigmar Sylvaneth warband, in that case you most likely already have everything you need.
The Kurnoth Hunters box contains 3 models for 35£. You can assemble only one Huntmaster but with any variation of weapon.
A single box should be enough to give you any option for your Warcry warband, but if you want to use them in Age of Sigmar you will need all 3 models to have the same weapon profile or try and magnetize them.
The Tree-Revenant box (25£) provides you 5 models, and once you decided your leader (between the Scion and the Shadestalker), you can assemble the other 4 models however you prefer (Spites or Trees).
To be an Age of Sigmar valid unit however all 5 need to be of the same type.
The Dryads are available in a box of 16 for 25£ and you could decide any of them is your Nymph.
For 55£ if you are starting at the same time an Age of Sigmar army you can get the same 16 Dryads, a Branchwych (that you can use as allied) and a centrepiece like a Treelord Ancient in the Start Collecting! box.
However, for Warcry purposes, this box does not offer much value.
For alternative models you can find 3 Tree-Revenants (although one armed with a bow) in the Warhammer Underworld warband Ylthari’s Guardians for 15£.
Tips on painting a Sylvaneth Warband for Warcry
Do you have some awesome Ogors painted up?
Then I really want to display them here.
As many armies in Age of Sigmar, you can of course use your own theme or colour scheme like this winter theme from the Warhammer Community.