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Warcry Warbands for Order: Overview of Warbands & Fighters

This is an article in a series where we do an overview of all Warcry Warbands for a Grand Alliance and exactly what fighter can be taken in each warband. This article is the warcry warbands for Order.

You can find the Warcry Warband overview for Chaos here and the Warband overview for Death & Destruction here.

If you are interested in the Bladeborn warbands, you can find our guide here.

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Order Warbands

Warband NameWarband BoxStG BoxGuide for Warband
Cities of SigmarAnvilgardGo to Guide
Daughters of KhaineWarcry_DaughtersKhaineBoxStart Collecting Daughters of KhaineGo to Guide
FyreslayersFyreslayers Start CollectingGo to Guide
Idoneth DeepkinIdoneth-Start-Collect-smallGo to Guide
Khainite ShadowstalkersKhainite-Shadowstalkers-boxGo to Guide
Kharadron OverlordsWarcry_KharadronOverlordsKharadron Overlords Start CollectingGo to Guide
Lumineth Realm-lordsWarcry_LuminethBoxGo to Guide
SeraphonSeraphon-Start-Collect-smallGo to Guide
Stormcast Eternals Sacrosanct ChamberTempest of Souls BoxGo to Guide
Stormcast Eternals Vanguard ChamberStormcast Eternals Warcry BoxGo to Guide
Stormcast Eternals Warrior ChamberStormcast-Start-Collect-smallGo to Guide
Thunderstrike StormcastWarcry_ThunderstrikeBoxStarterSet_HarbingerGo to Guide
SylvanethWarcry_SylvanethSylvaneth-Start-collect-smallGo to Guide
Hunters of HuanchiWarcry_SunderedFateBox

Cities of Sigmar

Cities of Sigmar is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance, one of the bigger and most varied as well. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

While there has been several expansions to other cities, only the original 7 are available in Warcry, representing the most famous cities in the realm of Fire and Life (Aqshy and Ghiran). As there are many fighter types and many abilities for each city, we recommend our guide that goes into detail.

This guide is part of a big series of guides for the 7 different Cities of Sigmar Warbands. You can find all of the different Cities of Sigmar guides here:

  1. Overview of Cities of Sigmar warband
  2. Tempest Eye
  3. Hallowheart
  4. Anvilguard
  5. The Phoenicium
  6. Greywater Fastness
  7. The Living City
  8. Hammerhal

We are grouping all fighters available by their faction keyword. They have an impressive 68 fighters of which 35 are leaders.

Sorceress

Darkling Covens/Order Serpentis

The Darkling Covens and Order Serpentis represent the Aelves that don’t work under one of the major Aelven Gods (part of the old Dark Elves range).

The Sorceress is a Leader with the Mystic runemark, which lets her cast the Quad Leader ability of any of the 7 cities. She has a good medium ranged attack and 2″ range melee attack, but she has low Toughness and Wounds (which is common to most Cities of Sigmar Leaders on foot).

The Bleaksword is a fighter with the Bulwark runemark, which makes it benefit from the Form Shieldwall Leader ability shared by all 7 cities. It already has 4 Toughness before that ability improves it, but few wounds and a weak 1 inch range melee weapon. The Leader version (of the Bleaksword and the Dreadspear), the Lordling, is mostly an improved version of the standard Bleaksword. The Dreadspear is a version of the Bleaksword, also with the Bulwark runemark, with a 2″ range melee attack with better damage.

The Darkshard is a fighter type with the Scout runemark, which means it can use the ability Volley of Shots. It has an average ranged attack and a very weak melee attack, so there are better options. Its leader version, the Guardmaster, has a slightly better melee and ranged attack as well as twice the wounds, but isn’t otherwise a recommended Leader choice.

The Executioner is a fighter type with the Destroyer runemark, which means it can use the ability Pulverising Strike. It has 4 melee Attacks with a 2/4 damage, which is good when it can also be boosted easily by Pulverising Strike, and this is one of the better fighter types among the Darkling Covens. Its leader version, the Draich Master, has only one more point in Strength that doesn’t matter for fighters focussing on critical hits.

The Black Guard is a fighter similar to the Executioner, but with a 2″ range melee attack and without the Destroyer runemark. Its leader version, the Captain of the Black Guard, has 4 Attacks at range 2″, which is good, but nothing else.

The Drakespawn Knight is a fighter with the Elite runemark, which gives it access to the ability Cavalry Charge, and the Mounted runemark. It has a 2″ range melee attack with 4 damage on critical hit, which can be useful, but only a Move of 8″, which means that there are faster Elite fighters available. Its leader version, the Dread Knight, is one of the most expensive Leaders for the Shieldbands. It does have a high number of wounds and high Toughness, but its melee attack isn’t amazing and it doesn’t have access to any special Leader abilities, so it isn’t worth its cost.

Freeguild Greatswords

Freeguild/Collegiate Arcane/Devoted of Sigmar

The Freeguild, Collegiate Arcane and Devoted of Sigmar represent the humans (part of the old Empire range).

The Battlemage is a Leader with the Mystic runemark, allowing him to cast the Quad ability of each City. The only difference with the Sorceress of the Darkling Covens is a slower movement (4″), having access to the same abilities and weapon profile. It can be interesting to always bring one of the two.

The Freeguild General is a Leader with the Destroyer runemark. He has a good melee attack profile, but it is also the same attack profile as that of a Guild Champion.

The Freeguild Guard comes with 3 different weapon loadouts:

  • The Sword and Shield has the Bulwark runemark, and its shield gives it improved Toughness (4), although there are better options for a Freeguild.
  • The Spear has a 2″ range melee attack with a damage on critical hit of 4 making it a favourite option.
  • The Halberd is the same as the Spear version apart from an added point in Strength.
  • The Leader version, the Freeguild Sergeant, has a mediocre melee attack profile and no access to other Leader Abilities making him avoidable.

The Freeguild Handgunner has the Scout runemark, a ranged Attack of 3″-12″ and a downright bad melee attack, but it’s an affordable ranged unit that also really embodies the visual style of the Freeguild with it’s gunpowder weapon.

There are two Leader versions of the Freeguild Handgunner:

  • The Marksman with Long Rifle is mostly noteworthy for its peculiar ranged attack, which only has 1 attack, but very long range and one of the highest damage on critical hit in the game.
  • The Marksman with Repeater Handgun has the Scout runemark, so he can use Volley of Shots to boost his ranged Attack characteristic. He only has one more attack than a regular Handgunner and much higher cost.

The Freeguild Crossbowman is essentially the same as a Freeguild Handgunner, but it has longer Range and worse Strength, which is a good trade-off.

The Freeguild Greatsword is a fighter with the Destroyer runemark. He has a good melee attack for his points cost, as it has low Strength and only 3 attacks, but good damage (2/4). Its Leader version, the Guild Champion, also has the Destroyer runemark, one additional attack and more wounds, which makes him a good melee hero by the standards of the Cities of Sigmar Shieldbands.

The Flagellant has 4 attacks with a damage 1/3, that is good for his price cost. If you want to field only Humans he is a good choice but the Black Ark Corsair With Vicious Blade and Wicked Cutlass, has the same melee profile and a better Move statistic. Its Leader version, the Prophet, has a good melee profile for his points cost, but no special runemarks or anything else remarking that would make him a better options than other leaders.

The Freeguild Pistolier has the Agile runemark which gives access to the ability Rapid Redeploy allowing a bonus disengage action. His high movement (10″) allows to better use this fighter for his mobility and ranged attacks. The Freeguild Outrider has the same runemarks as the Pistolier, same melee profile but the ranged profile does have a minimum Range but also a higher maximum Range (3-12″), and higher Strength. Their Leader version, the Sharpshooter with Grenade-Launching Blunderbuss, has a ranged attack with a 3″-10″ range, high Strength (6) and high damage (2/6), as well as a good melee weapon profile for a ranged unit. He is very expensive, but a good option.

The Demigryph Knight has the Elite and Mounted runemark. While this prevents it from reaching some areas of the battlefield, it is a pretty fearsome combatant anywhere else: 2″ range melee attack with good damage (2/5), as well as the standard heavy cavalry Move statistic of 8″. Its Leader version, the Preceptor, has only 1″ range weapon while keeping the same profile of other leaders like a Guild Champion, making him a difficult pick.

Gyrobomber

Dispossessed/Ironweld Arsenal

The Dispossessed and Ironweld Arsenal represent the Duardin side (part of the old Dwarves range).

The Warden King is a Leader with the Bulwark runemark. Like the other Duardin Leaders, he has a high Wounds statistic for an infantry Leader in the Cities of Sigmar Shieldbands, but a very low Move statistic of 3″. He has a good melee attack profile, high Toughness, but also a bit pricier than similar leader profiles.

The Runelord is a Leader with the Priest runemark, which makes him the only Leader able to use the ability Forgefire, that adds up to 3 to the melee Attack characteristic of a friendly fighter within range. This ability synergises well with other abilities and for this alone is worth considering.

The Cogsmith is a Leader with the same melee attack profile as the Runelord, as well as a decent ranged attack, but no special runemarks or anything else to make him tactically necessary in your warband.

The Ironbreaker has the Bulwark runemark, a weak melee attack profile but high Toughness (5). Comparing with a Freeguild Guard is more resistant with higher wounds but at the cost of a slower movement (3″). Its Leader version, the Ironbeard with Drakefire Pistol and Cinderblast Bomb, has an unusual loadout: a ranged attack profile with no minimum range and 3 Attacks, and a short range attack with 2 Attacks and higher damage. This makes him well-suited for supporting your melee fighters.

The Longbeard duardin infantry comes in different variants:

  • The Ancestral Weapon and Gromril Shield is a fighter with the Shieldwall-benefiting Bulwark runemark. It is essentially the same as an Ironbreaker, but with better normal and damage on critical hit.
  • The Ancestral Axe is a fighter with the Destroyer runemark and a pretty good melee fighter, but you still have more cost-effective options for this role.
  • Its Leader version, the Old Guard with Ancestral Weapon and Gromril Shield, is essentially a cheaper version of the Warden King with a slightly weaker melee profile but access to the same abilities.

The Hammerer is a fighter with the Destroyer runemark that, with the right combination of buffs or abilities, can score some damaging critical hits. Its Leader version, the Keeper of the Gate, is one of the stronger melee Leaders in the warband with 4 Attacks and 2/5 damage. Like any other duardin, its main drawback is a low Move characteristic.

The Irondrake is a fighter with the Scout runemark, and a ranged attack with 2 attacks and a damage of 1/4, as well as a weak melee attack profile. The high damage on critical hit for a ranged attack arguably makes this the best ranged infantry fighter of the Shieldbands, even though it is also a bit expensive. Its Leader version, the Ironwarden with Grudgehammer Torpedo, does not have the Scout runemark. It does have a strong ranged attack profile with better range and damage (2/5), but there’s better ranged leaders.

The Gyrocopter only good trait, apart from the aesthetics, is the high flying movement and wounds. The Gyrobomber is a much stronger version with higher Attacks in both ranged and melee, as well as more wounds. Still it is expensive for what it does.

Black Ark Fleetmaster

Shadowblades/Scourge Privateers/Phoenix Temple

The Shadowblades, Scourge Privateers and Phoenix Temple represent the Aelves that don’t work under one of the major Aelven Gods, with the first two factions being more pirate-oriented (part of the old Dark Elves) and the last one what remains of the High Elves range.

The Assassin is a Leader with no special runemarks, but a high Move statistic for an infantry leader as well as a melee attack profile with 5 Attacks and and 2/4 damage. He doesn’t synergize well with other Leaders or fighters.

The Shadow Warrior has the Scout runemark and like most aelves in the Shieldbands, it has a good Move statistic but few wounds. It has a long Range on its ranged attack profile and a decent melee attack profile for a ranged unit, so it is a pretty versatile fighter but also similar but more expensive than a Freeguild Crossbowman. Its Leader version, the Shadow Walker has an additional Attack on its ranged weapon profile and a better melee attack profile than the standard version. It’s not bad, he just does not excel.

The Dark Rider has the Agile runemark, an average ranged attack profile and a 2″ range melee attack profile, which is a solid combination that makes it useful as both a ranged skirmisher and a melee combatant. Its Leader version, the Dark Rider Herald has a higher Wounds statistic and more attacks on its ranged weapons profile than the standard version, but its melee attack profile only has 1″ range, so it isn’t a useful upgrade for its points cost.

The Black Ark Corsair can be fielded with two different loadouts:

  • The Vicious Blade and Repeater Handbow has the Scout runemark but a weak ranged profile as well as a forgettable melee profile.
  • The Vicious Blade and Wicked Cutlass is a great choice at its cost, thanks to 5″ Move and 4 attacks on its melee profile.
  • Its Leader version, the Black Ark Reaver, has more wounds and better damage than the Cutlass-wielding Black Ark Corsair. It doesn’t have access to any special abilities, but it has a good damage potential considering it’s one of the cheapest Leader in the warband.

The Black Ark Fleetmaster is an upgraded version of the Black Ark Reaver who is also a Leader, but the upgrade only consists of additional wounds and an extra point of Strength on his melee weapon profile.

The Phoenix Guard is a melee fighter with a good 2″ range melee weapon profile but no abilites. Its Leader version is the Keeper of the Flame with more wounds and one additional Attack on its melee weapon profile.

The Anointed is similar to the Keeper of the Flame with better damage on critical hit and more wounds.

Nomad Prince

Wanderers

The Wanderers represent the Aelves that abandoned Alarielle at the beginning of the Age of Chaos (part of the old Wood Elves range).

The Nomad Prince is a Leader with the Bulwark runemark, a weak ranged attack profile with long range and a good 2″ range spear melee attack profile, as well as the high Move statistic of most Aelves. Since his ranged attack will rarely be worth the use of an attack action, you should mainly bring him in your warband for the spear attack.

The Eternal Guard is a fighter with the Bulwark runemark and a good 2″ range melee attack profile, and compares with the Freeguild Guard with Halberd for its point cost trading higher Toughness for Strength. Its Leader version, the Eternal Warden, has better damage, more wounds and more Attacks, but its main difference is that only has a range of 1″, which is a drawback.

The Wildwood Ranger is a fighter with the Destroyer runemark and only 8 wounds, but its high Move makes it a good candidate for the Destroyer slot in your warband. Its Leader version, the Wildwood Warden, has one more Attack and, like the Keeper of the Gate and the Guild Champion, it is a good choice for a damage-dealing Leader. On his side there is the faster movement at the cost of fewer wounds.

The Wild Rider is a fighter with the Elite runemark, but like the Demigryph Knight, it also has the problem that its melee weapon has a range of 2″, which means it can’t benefit from both its good melee Range and Rapid Redeploy at the same time. Its Leader version, the Wild Hunter, has the same runemarks, a good 1″ range melee attack profile, but the model’s alternate build option, the Handmaiden of the Thorn, is much better.

The Sister of the Thorn is a fighter with the Mounted keyword, which means it can’t climb or move through doors and arches. It moves fast and has an 8″ range attack profile with no minimum Range, but few attacks, so its hard to recommend it over the more useful Wild Rider. Its Leader version, the Handmaiden of the Thorn, is one of three Leaders in the warband with the Mystic runemark, which lets it cast powerful abilities. It also has a good ranged attack profile, but its main advantage is that it has better survivability and mobility than the other two Mystics in the warband.

The Sister of the Watch is a fighter with the Scout runemark. Its melee and ranged attack profile is very similar to the Shadow Warrior, with an improved Strength on the ranged attack. Its Leader version, the High Sister, is also similar to the Shadow Walker apart from improved Strength on the ranged attack profile.

Content of Anvilgard Start Collecting, for a pirate-themed army

Shared Abilities for the Cities of Sigmar Shieldbands Warband

  • Pulverising Strike (Double, Destroyer runemark) Add damage points to each critical hit from the next melee attack action made by this fighter.
  • Rapid Redeploy (Double, Agile runemark) Add damage points to each critical hit from the next melee attack action made by this fighter.
  • Cavalry Charge (Triple, Elite runemark) Make a bonus disengage action.
  • Volley of Shots (Triple, Scout runemark) Next time this fighter finishes a move action close to an enemy fighter, do damage to one enemy fighter close to this fighter.
  • Form Shieldwall (Double, all Leaders) Improve Toughness of all fighters with the Bulwark runemark in an area around this fighter.
  • Forgefire (Double, Priest runemark, which means the Runelord) Improve number of Attacks for the next melee attack action of one friendly fighter at a distance.
Content of Greywater Fastness Start Collecting, for a duardin-themed army

Pros and Cons of Cities of Sigmar Shieldbands Warband

Pros:

+ Great variety of fighters and Leaders to choose from
+ Good shared abilities and 7 unique ability tables
+ Good access to ranged fighters and 2″ range melee fighters, as well as cavalry and a few flying fighters

Cons:

– Great redundancy among fighter and Leader types
– Overall weak leaders
– Some of the most interesting abilities are locked behind runemarks only a few Leaders have

Guide for Cities of Sigmar


Daughters of Khaine

Daughters of Khaine is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

Morathi is a newly self-made goddess, taking advantage of the cult of followers of Khaine, the old Elven divinity now deceased, she created. Her “daughters” still believe one day they will be able to resurrect Khaine, while instead they execute the machinations and plots of Morathi.

They have 21 fighters of which 12 are leaders.

Bloodwrack Medusa

The Bloodwrack Medusa is an interesting leader option with the highest Wound characteristic of the warband (35), Toughness 4 (top average of the warband) and 7″ Movement (in par with the other Melusai). She can attack from 2″ range avoiding immediate retaliation and furthermore, she can prevent move or disengage movement with the ability Bloodwrack Stare.

The Hag Queen is a good support Leader thanks to Witchbrew that allows her to increase the Strength of a nearby fighter. In melee with Strength 4 and 2/4 damage she is on par with most other Bloodkindred but she is also quite fragile with Toughness 3 and 18 Wound.

The Slaughter Queen is another support Hero since her Toughness 3 and 18 Wounds will not let her survive long. She can increase the damage of critical hits in melee, that combined with other abilities like Bathe in Blood that adds an extra attack and Strength, becomes formidable.

The Melusai Ironscale is the most expensive leader of the Bloodkindred with 28 Wounds (surpassed only by the Medusa), Toughness 4, Movement 7″ and 2 weapon profiles. In melee she has 2″ range with 5 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage and at 7″ range she has only 2 attacks at Strength 3 but for 3/6 damage.

The High Gladiatrix has one of the strongest attacking profiles of the warband, with 5 attacks for 2/5 damage at 2″ range. The range in particular gives her extra survivability to avoid immediate retaliation, especially considering her 20 wounds on Toughness 3.

All Blood Sisters, as well as the Melusai Ironscale, are able to Turn to Crystal an enemy for some random damage. The Gorgai is the leader of the Blood Sisters and she is quite resilient with 25 wounds and toughness 4 but as all Daughters what she excels in is the ability to do damage: 6 Attacks at Strength 4, 2” range and damage 2/4. The Blood Sister lowers a bit her weapon profile but keeps the constant: lots of attacks with high damage on critical: 5 Attacks for 1/4 damage.

The Blood Stalkers are the ranged version of the Melusai. Their trademark ability is Heartseekers that adds some extra damage in case a critical hit is scored. With only 3 attacks on the Krone, the Leader, it becomes a gamble if the ability will do something or not. Independently from this ability, they have a range of 3-20” with damage 2/5 (or 1/5 for the Blood Stalkers) perfect for striking the enemies from afar.

The Khinerai Heartrender is the harpy version armed with Javelins, allowing to hit at 8” range that, coupled with 12” flying movement, is perfect to cover any spot. They are more fragile than the Melusai, having less wounds (only 15 wounds for the Shryke and 10 for the Heartrender) but same Toughness of 4. Their ability allows first a bonus move and then a bonus attack. Their Leader is the Shryke.

The Khinerai Lifetaker is the melee focused version of the harpies, armed with a sickle. They have the same special ability as the other Khinerai, a flying movement of 12” and Toughness of 4, while increasing the number of attacks. Their Leader is the Harridynn, who gets 5 attacks (4 for the Lifetaker) at Strength 3 for 2/4 damage (1/4) but being at short range, she can increase both with the different Daughters abilities.

The Witch Aelves have different profiles:

  • The leader of the Witch Aelves is the Hag, armed with 2 sacrificial knives or Sciansá. She is the cheapest leader and extremely fragile with Toughness 3 and 12 wounds.
  • The one with Paired Sciansá has 4 attacks at Strength 3 that can become 5 attacks per action at Strength 4 if within 3” of an injured enemy (using Bathe in Blood).
  • The one with Sciansá and Bladed Buckler trades one attack (3) for higher Toughness (4).

The Sisters of Slaughter also have different profiles:

  • The Leader version is the Handmaiden that is probably not worth her cost.
  • The Kruiplash and Sacrificial Knife has one extra attack on Strength 3 and damage 1/4.
  • The Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler provides extra Toughness (4) maintaining same Strength and damage as the other sister.

The Doomfire Warlocks are the only mounted unit of the Bloodkindred (and the only males) with 10″ Movement but the limitations of those units (no climbing, passing through doors, etc.). On the other side they introduce a ranged attack of 10″ in between the Stalkers and the Heartrenders but weaker than both (2 Attacks at Strength 3 for 1/3 damage). Like their Leader, the Master of Warlocks, they can do some damage at distance with their ability Doomfire Bolt. Apart from that, they suffer from being the classic hybrid unit overpriced.

Blood Stalkers with Krone in the foreground

Abilities for the Daughters of Khaine Warband

  • Bathe in Blood (Double, Everyone): If within 3” of a visible injured fighter, add 1 to Attack and Strength characteristic of this fighter.
  • Turned to Crystal (Double, all Blood Sisters and Melusai Ironscale): Pick an enemy fighter in range and allocate some damage depending on 2 dice rolls (up to 12).
  • Witchbrew (Double, Hag Queen): Add up to +6 to to the Strength of a nearby fighter.
  • Killing Stroke (Double, High Gladiatrix): A chance to do 3 damage to an engaged enemy fighter.
  • Heartseekers (Triple, Blood Stalker and Krone): Allocate up to 6 damage to a target fighter if a critical hit is scored in the next ranged attack action.
  • Slaughter’s Strength (Triple, Everyone): Add up to 6 to the Attack characteristic of melee attacks.
  • Doomfire Bolt (Triple, all Doomfire Warlocks): A chance to allocate up to 12 damage to an enemy within 9″.
  • Sacrifice to Khaine (Triple, all Leaders): If the leader takes down an enemy, add +1 to melee attacks of friendly fighters in range.
  • Bloodwrack Stare (Triple, Bloodwrack Medusa): A chance to damage and prevent move or disengage actions from a nearby enemy fighter.
  • Death on the Wind (Quad, all Khinerai): Perform a bonus move and a bonus attack. Add +1 to the Strength of the bonus attack if you moved 6″ or more.
  • Orgy of Slaughter (Quad, Slaughter Queen): Add up to +3 to the damage of critical hits from melee attacks of friendly nearby fighters.

Reaction for the Daughters of Khaine Warband

Gladiatorial Display (Everyone)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action but before hit rolls.
  • What: 4 damage to the attacking fighter if he doesn’t roll any critical hit.
Daughters of Khaine Start Collecting box, one of the potential assembly options

Pros and Cons of the Daughters of Khaine

Pros:

+ Extremely fast
+ Many attacks
+ Gets stronger the more damage is dealt

Cons:

– Fragile
– Too reliant on damage on critical hit and many attacks
– Can be expensive to collect

Guide for Daughters of Khaine


Khainite Shadowstalkers

The Khainite Shadowstalkers were first released in Warcry: Catacombs box set and they are the first original warband outside of Chaos grand alliance.

They represent the spies sent by Morathi around the Mortal Realms for her own purposes and they all hail from the Realm of Shadow, Ulgu. In the Catacombs plot line, they were essential to discover the biggest mines of Varanite so Morathi could complete her ascension to godhood.

They have 7 fighters of which 1 is a leader.

Shadow Queen

The Shadow Queen is a very versatile Leader: she is fast with a Move of 6″, and combines that with a 3″ range Attack and an ability that lets her do damage to all enemies within 3″ or 6″ of her. On top of that, she has a good melee attack, but don’t let that tempt you into throwing her into a fight too early in the game: her unique ability Ensnaring Darkness gets greater range if you apply 3 damage to her as you cast it, so you really need her to have some Wounds left for the greatest effect.

The Shroudblades are the basic fighter types of the Khainite Shadowstalkers, and they come in two variants:

  • The Shroudblade with Cursed Swords, like its spear-wielding sister, can be expensive for a basic fighter, but with 6″ Movement, 4 Attacks and 4 damage on critical hit, it behaves more like what you expect from an elite fighter in other warbands. Both Shroudblade fighter types also have access to the ability Cursed Darts for some ranged damage.
  • The Shroudblade with Umbral Spear is almost identical, the main difference is its 2″ range spear attack which has one Attack less, but greater Strength (4). This makes a bit redundant the Dance of Death ability, since you wouldn’t want to move too close to an enemy fighter anyway.

The Darkflame Warlocks are the closest the Khainite Shadowstalkers have to a defensive fighter type. They come in two variants:

  • The Darkflame Warlock with Repeater Crossbows has an 8″ range attack with 4 attacks and 3 damage on critical hit. This isn’t an amazing ranged attack at all, but doing damage isn’t the primary function of a Darkflame Warlock anyway. What your Darkflame Warlocks really add to your arsenal is their ability Harness Shadow which subtracts 1 Attacks from any attack action that target friendly fighters close to one of them.
  • The Darkflame Warlock with Doomfire Ring is mostly identical, but it splits its attacks between a ranged attack with 4 damage on critical hit, but with less range (3-7″) and two fewer Attacks, and a lousy melee attack.

The Slaughtershades are the elite fighters of the Khainite Shadowstalkers and, like the other non-Leader fighter types in the warband, come in two variants:

  • The Slaughtershade with Umbral Spears has 12 Wounds, which is the highest of the warband except for the Leader, but it is still pretty low for an elite fighter. It has a good damage profile, with a 2″ range spear attack with 4 Attacks and a 4 damage on critical hit, which works well with its ability Instrument of Khaine, which gives you a bonus move or attack action after taking an enemy fighter out of action.
  • The Slaughtershade with Shadow Whip serves the same function in your warband, but has a more interesting weapon profile with a 3″ ranged attack, fewer Attacks, but a high damage of 2/4.
Slaughtershade with Shadow Whip

Abilities for the Khainite Shadowstalkers Warband

  • Shadow Leap (Double, everyone): Allows the fighter to fly when moving.
  • Cursed Darts (Double, all Shroudblades and Slaughtershades): A chance to allocate up to 4 damage to a fighter and halve their Move characteristic.
  • Instrument of Khaine (Double, all Slaughtershades): After taking down an enemy you can perform a bonus Move and Attack action.
  • Harness Shadow (Triple, Darkflame Warlock): -1 debuff to attacks targeting any friendly fighter close-by.
  • Dance of Death (Triple, everyone): Disengage actions can end close to enemy fighters.
  • Ensnaring Darkness (Quad, Shadow Queen): Up to 6 damage in an aura close-by. You can extend the range of the aura by self-assigning damage to the queen first.

Reaction for the Khainite Shadowstalkers Warband

Slip Between Shadows (Everyone)

  • When: An enemy ends a move within 3″.
  • What: Relocate this fighter anywhere but at the same distance from the moving enemy.
Khainite Shadowstalkers full warband

Pros and Cons of the Khainite Shadowstalkers

Pros:

+ Good movement and abilities that improve movement
+ Good amount of attacks and damage on critical hit
+ Advanced, high stakes playstyle

Cons:

+ Very fragile fighters
+ Only 4 types of fighters (with some weapon variants)
+ Somewhat expensive fighters considering their fragility

Guide for Khainite Shadowstalkers


Fyreslayers

Fyreslayers is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

They are the sons of Grimnir, the Duardin God that was fractured in millions of pieces at the end of an epic fight against the god-beast Vulcatrix. They now collect those pieces, called ur-gold, in desperate search to revive their god.

They have 19 fighters of which 13 are leaders.

Auric Runefather

The Auric Runefather is the veritable leader of any Hoardseeker with 22 Wounds on Toughness 4 and a 2″ polearm to avoid direct engagement with 3 Attacks at Strength 5 for 2/5 damage. He has access to 5 different abilities of which the most noteworthy is Lodge Leader that allows to increase by 1 the Strength of all nearby fighters.

The Auric Runeson is a cheaper Runefather with access to the same 5 abilities. The main difference is the reduced Wounds (20), and the 2 different weapon profiles:

  • The Ancestral War-axe has 1″ range, 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage.
  • The Wyrmslayer Javelin brings the range to 8″ but reduces the attacks to 2.

The Grimwrath Berzerker is your butcher. As a combatant is similar to a Hearthguard with 3 Attacks at Strength 5 for 2/5 damage. He is really durable and his special ability allows him to run to perform a bonus move (increased by as much as 6″) and at the end can make a bonus attack.

The Battlesmith has a similar weapon profile as the Runeson, but 1 Attack less. The other difference is made by his ability, Icon of Griminir, that can add 1 Toughness to all friendly fighters nearby. It is situational, but Toughness is a trait Fyreslayers don’t excel at.

The Auric Runemaster is the priest of the warband, able to damage an enemy in range as long as he is on the battlefield floor. In melee the Runemaster is one of the least impressive with 1/4 damage, but at least has 2″ range and Strength 4.

If the Grimwrath was hitting hard, the Doomseeker is more balanced with 5 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage. Those 2 extra attacks compensate with the lack of special ability, putting him back in the list of valid options for a second leader.

The Auric Runesmiter is the “wizard” of the Hoardseekers, with a weapon profile similar to the Runemaster but 1″ range only. He differentiates himself providing increasing one friendly fighter’s Strength for the next attack.

The Auric Flamekeeper‘s profile is identical to the Runesmiter so what he adds to the fray is his reaction. Masterflame Rune can be activated when a friendly fighter is taken down and increases by 1 the damage of every other fighter within 6″ of the Flamekeeper. This is huge as it impacts both hits and critical hits, doesn’t cost an ability but just one of the Flamekeeper actions and can be easily combined with all other abilities that increase Strength and attacks.

The Hearthguard Berzerkers represent the elite fighting force of the Fyreslayers and they all share the ability Unleash Runic Fury that can bring their attack characteristic to an insane number. They come in different variants:

  • The Berzerker Broadaxe provides 3 attacks with Strength 5 for 2/4 damage and 2” range.
  • The Karl with Berzerker Brodaxe is a Leader and adds 1 attack to the profile.
  • The Flamestrike Poleaxe has the same range, Strength 4 for 3 attacks but more damage (2/5).
  • The Karl with Flamestrike Poleaxe is a Leader and adds 1 attack to the profile.

The Auric Hearthguard have the farthest ranged option available to this warband: the magmapike with range 3-15”. With that weapon they can Encase in Molten Rock their opponents reducing their movement. The magmapike itself is a good weapon with 2 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage at distance and 3 attacks at Strength 3 for 1/2 damage in melee. Their Leader, the Auric Hearthguard Karl, has Strength 4 and same weapon profile but is suboptimal choice for a leader.

The Vulkite Berzerkers are the cheapest models of this warband and this allows them to be used in scores. For their low cost, they still have Toughness 4 (the 2 versions with Slingshield up to 5) and 12 wounds making them an efficient cheap unit. There are different versions:

  • The Fyresteel Weapon and Bladed Slingshield has 2 attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage.
  • The pair of Fyresteel Handaxes doubles the amount of attacks at the cost of Toughness (4 instead of 5).
  • The Vulkite Berzerker Karl instead has 4 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage representing a valid option as leader.
Some Heathguard Berzerkers ready for your game of Warcry
Hearthguard Berzerkers with Flamestrike Poleaxe and their Karl in the forefront

Abilities for the Fyreslayers Warcry Warband

  • Fyresteel Throwing Axe (Double, Everyone): Choose an enemy within 6” and roll 2 dice. For each 4-5 allocate 1 damage, for each 6 as much damage as the value of this ability.
  • Encase in Molten Rock (Double, all Auric Hearthguard): Subtract up to 3″ to the Movement characteristic of an enemy fighter targeted in the next attack.
  • Relentless Zeal (Double, Everyone): Add 3″ to the next Movement action.
  • Volcano’s Call (Double, Auric Runemaster): A chance to perform high damage to an enemy 12″ away on the battlefield floor.
  • Runic Empowerment (Double, Auric Runesmiter): Add up to 6 to the Strength characteristic of melee attacks of a nearby fighter.
  • Lodge Leader (Double, Auric Runefather and Runeson): Add 1 to the Strength of melee attacks of all friendly fighters in range.
  • Duty Unto Death (Triple, all Hearthguard Berzerkers): The fighter can make a bonus move action and then a bonus attack but only if it has 5 or more damage points allocated.
  • Slingshield Charge (Triple, both Vulkite with Slingshield): At the end of the next move action allocate up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy fighter.
  • Honour Our Oaths (Triple, all Leaders): Add 1 to the Attacks of melee actions of friendly fighters within 6″ after the Leader took down an enemy.
  • Icon of Grimnir (Triple, Battlesmith): Add up to 3 to the Toughness of friendly fighters close-by.
  • Unleash Runic Fury (Quad, Everyone): Add up to 6 Attacks to the melee attack actions of this fighter.
  • Battle Fury (Quad, Grimwrath Berzerker): Add up to 6″ to the Move characteristic. In addition perform a bonus move and then can make a bonus attack.

Reaction for the Fyreslayers Warband

Gathered Heroes (Everyone)

  • When: After an enemy finishes a move within 3″.
  • What: A bonus move for another friendly fighter within 3″ that needs to end within 1″ of the enemy fighter.

Masterflame Rune (Auric Flamekeeper)

  • When: When a friendly fighter is taken down.
  • What: Increase by 1 the damage on hits and critical hits for all friendly fighters nearby the Flamekeeper.
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Pros and Cons of the Fyreslayers Warband

Pros:

+ Versatile warband
+ Many attacks
+ Several synergies

Cons:

– Extremely focussed on attack
– Extremely slow

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Idoneth Deepkin

Idoneth Deepkin are one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

They are the first aelves souls to be extracted from Slaanesh’s belly by the Aelven gods. But something went wrong in the process and their souls were corrupted. Spared by an act of mercy from Tyrion, they escaped in the depths of seas and oceans around the realms and they know have to chase fresh souls to extend their lifespan.

They have 12 fighters of which 8 are leaders.

Akhelian Prince

Few things are more majestic than an Akhelian King, that is also one of the biggest models available in Warcry. His “ethereal” abilities allow him to fly (10″) and therefore to ignore all obstacles despite the mount. His special ability, Storm of Blows, can increase the Attacks for an Attack action. The two different profiles distinguish themselves by the melee weapon:

  • The Bladed Polearm provides a 2″ range weapon with 4 attacks at Strength 5 for 2/5 damage.
  • The Greatsword trades Strength (4) for number of attacks (5) but at 1″ range.

Isharann Tidecasters are the most powerful of Idoneth wizards. One is quite fragile with 18 Wounds and Toughness 3, so best use her for her powerful ranged attack (3/6 damage at 7″ range). To help survivability, their ability reduces the Attack characteristic of nearby enemies.

The Isharann Soulrender has 2 weapon profiles: a 2″ range Scythe attack at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage, and a 3″ “fish attack” using his companion, a Rakedart, for 3 attacks at Strength 4 and 2/4 damage. His ability, Hangman’s Knot, can prevents an enemy from moving or disengaging allowing the Soulrender to choose the battleground in a 1vs1.

The Isharann Soulscryer does not have a ranged attack, his maximum range being 2″ at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage. His special ability allows him to do some random ranged damage. Of the three Isharann he is probably the weakest.

The Akhelian Thrallmaster base stats are the same as all other Isharann, and his melee profile is the same as the scythe attack of the Soulrender. What distinguishes him is his special ability, Way of the Depths, that costs a Triple but adds +1 Strength to melee attacks from Namarti Thralls and Reavers within 6″ from him.

The Akhelian Ishlaen Guard are the most adapt to defensive warfare of the two eel-riding units. Their ability, the Biovoltaic Barrier, allows to treat all critical hits received as normal hits. This is extremely useful when surrounded by many enemies whose real damage comes from the critical hits, considering they have Toughness 4 and 20 wounds. The Leader version, the Ishlaen Guard Lochian Prince, does not underperform either with 4 attacks at strength 4 for 2/5 damage and 25 wounds.

The Akhelian Morrsarr Guard are the offensive version of the eel riders. With similar characteristics (3 attacks instead of 4 but Strength 4 and range 2” instead of 1″) they perform similarly on the battlefield (don’t forget the 10” movement flying) so the main difference comes from their ability that allows to do area damage to all nearby enemies. As a Leader, the Morrsarr Guard Lochian Prince has access to the High Tide ability allowing him to fly where is needed to boost his units.

The Namarti Reavers are the archers of the Soulraiders. They have a range of 15″ and their special ability, Storm Fire, allows them to go from 2 Attacks per action to 3. 1/3 damage may not seem much, but 15″ is a long distance to cross for many fighters. In melee their profile is in line with their point cost, having Strength 3 for damage 1/3.

The Namarti Thralls are the basic infantry of the Idoneth Deepkin. Their special ability is Sweeping Blow that for a Double allows to do damage to any enemy fighter within 2” (1 damage on a 5, up to 6 on a roll of a 6). Their melee profile is in line with their point cost with 3 attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage.

Akhelian Morrsarr Guard with their Lochian Prince at the forefront

Abilities for the Idoneth Deepkin Warband

  • Low Tide (Double, everyone): On the first battle round this fighter can make a bonus move up to 6″
  • Sweeping Blow (Double, Namarti Thralls): A chance to do up to 6 damage to all visible fighters within 2″.
  • Storm Fire (Double, Namarti Reavers): Add +1 to the ranged attacks.
  • Riptide (Double, Isharann Tidecaster): Subtract 1 from the Attacks of an enemy unit within 12″ of the caster.
  • Hangman’s Knot (Double, Isharann Soulrender): On a 3+ a nearby enemy cannot perform move or disengage actions.
  • Storm of Blows (Double, all Akhelian Kings): Add up to +3 to the Attack characteristic of the next attack action.
  • High Tide (Triple, all Leaders): On the third battle round any friendly unit within 6” of the leader gets +1 Attack and Strength for melee attacks.
  • Biovoltaic Barrier (Triple, all Akhelian Ishlaen): Count the critical hits targeting this unit as normal hits instead.
  • Scryfish Shoal (Triple, Isharann Soulscryer): A chance to allocate up to 12 damage to an enemy within 10″.
  • Way of the Depths (Triple, Akhelian Thrallmaster): Add +1 to the Strength of melee attack actions performed by Namarti Thralls or Reavers within 6″.
  • Biovoltaic Blast (Quad, all Akhelian Morrsarr): Allocate up to 6 damage points to all close-by enemy units.

Reaction for the Idoneth Deepkin Warband

Fade From Memory (Everyone)

  • When: After an enemy finishes a move within 3″.
  • What: If there’s another fighter in range of the enemy melee weapons, this fighter cannot be targeted by that enemy.
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Pros and Cons of the Idoneth Deepkin

Pros:

+ Mobile and fast
+ Strong but situational abilities
+ Strong basic units

Cons:

– Low toughness
– No big hitters

Guide for Idoneth Deepkin


Kharadron Overlords

Kharadron Overlords is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

They are the duardin that took to the sky to save themselves from the fallout of Chaos forces invading the Mortal Realms. Believing their gods abandoned them or died, they have now only one interest: money.

They have 28 fighters of which 9 are leaders.

Arkanaut Admiral

The Arkanaut Admiral compares to the Company Captain, but for a higher cost has more wounds, Toughness (4) and weapon profile. His ranged attack is not the top in the warband, but 1/4 damage at Strength 4 on 8″ range is still respectable. Where he actually shines is his melee attacks with 4 attacks for 3/5 damage that is one of the best in the warband.

The Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit is both the most expensive fighter of the warband and the one with the most Wounds. He has a strong ranged attack with high Strength and 6 damage on critical hit, and a similar melee attack as the Arkanaut Admiral (damage 2/4). He has access to the abilities Fight for Profit which buffs nearby fighters’ Attacks, and the Fly ability Master the Skies, which buffs his own damage against other fighter types with the Fly runemark.

The Endrinmaster with Endrinharness competes for the best melee profile in a Prospector warband. His profile is even better considering his Double ability Supercharged Endrinharness, which adds 1 to Strength and Attacks for his melee attack. This brings him all the way to 4 Attacks and Strength 6.

The Aetheric Navigator combines a melee profile similar to the Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit and the same 8″ ranged attack of the Admiral. Aetherstorm allows to do some random ranged damage anywhere in the battlefield as long as there is line of sight!

The Aether-Khemist has a mediocre melee attack but a decent ranged one with 6 attacks at 6″ range. In addition he has a good defensive buff ability, the Triple Atmospheric Isolation, which subtracts 1 from enemy Attacks characteristics within a bubble around him.

There are 5 different Arkanaut Company fighter types. They are all very slow with a Movement characteristic of 3″, Toughness 3 and moderately low wounds.

  • The most basic version is the Privateer with Privateer Pistol and Arkanaut Cutter that is the cheapest unit with a Strength 3 shooting attack (with no minimum range) and a Strength 3 melee attack.
  • The Leader version, the Company Captain, is a lot like the basic version, but with more attacks at both ranged and melee range, a better damage profile for their melee attack, and few extra wounds.
  • The Privateer with Skypike has a nice 2″ range attack with 3 attacks, strength 4 and an impressive damage on critical hit of 5.
  • The Privateer with Light Skyhook has a range of 15″, is more expensive, and has less but more powerful attacks (2 for 2/5 damage).
  • The Privateer with Aethermatic Volley Gun has more attacks (3) and less damage at a cheaper cost.

There are 6 different Grundstok Thunderers fighter types, where one is a Leader. They have the same Wounds and Move characteristics as the Arkanaut Company, but Toughness 4 and access to the ability Keep Your Distance which gives them a bonus disengage action.

  • The basic version is armed with Aethershot Rifle and has a 15″ ranged attack with 2 attacks, Strength 4 for 2/4 damage. Basically the same profile as an Arkanaut Company with Skyhook but with higher Toughness and slightly less damage on critical hits.
  • The Leader version, the Gunnery Sergeant has one more attack both in melee and ranged, and access to both the Triple Leader ability and the Double ability Harrying Drillbill, which prevents one enemy fighter within 20″ from making disengage actions.
  • The Decksweeper has 4 attacks at Strength 4 with a 3-10″ range that is the most balanced of the group.
  • The Aetheric Fumigator is one of the more fun special weapons. It has 4 Strength 5 attacks with 1/4 damage, but it has a range of 6″ with no minimum range.
  • The Grundstok Mortar has a range of 6-12″ and also 3 attacks, but with a lower Strength (3) and an impressive 3/6 damage.
  • The Aether-Cannon goes even higher with a damage of 5/10 all concentrated in one single attack at Strength 5 at 3-10″ range.

The Skyriggers are the flying units of the Kharadron Overlords. They are split in two groups with similar loadouts. The first ones are the Endrinriggers:

  • The basic version is armed with Rapid-fire Rivet Gun and Aethermatic Saw for an 8″ ranged attack with no minimum range, 2 attacks and a damage on critical hit of 4, as well as a strong melee attack with 3 attacks, Strength 5 and 2/5 damage. It’s expensive but it can cover ground quickly and hit hard in melee.
  • The Leader version, the Mizzenmaster can boost attacks with its ability like all the other Leaders, but otherwise it only has few extra wounds and one more melee attack, so it’s not one of your best picks for a Leader.
  • The Aethermatic Volley Gun is similar to the Arkanaut Company one but on a flying unit.
  • The Skyhook are improved versions of the Arkanaut’s weapons. These have 6-20″ range and greater damage (3/5) making them formidable weapons when you can keep your enemies at distance.
  • The Drill Launcher is really similar to the Skyhook, with greater Strength (5) but lower damage (2/4).
  • The Grapnel Launcher has a much weaker ranged attack, but it comes with the ability Grapnel Launcher which lets you teleport near an obstacle 20″ away.

The Skywardens also can fly and have the ability Timed Charges, which lets you damage a nearby enemy and disengage.

  • The basic version is armed with Vulcaniser Pistol and Skypike and is a lot like the Endrinrigger, but it has lower Strength on its attacks, lower damage on critical hit on its ranged attacks, but also a 2″ ranged spear-type attack in melee.
  • The Leader version, the Custodian, has one more melee attack and few more wounds than the basic Skywarden.
  • The Aethermatic Volley Gun, the Skyhook, the Drill Launcher and the Grapnel Launcher have identical weapon profiles to the Endrinrigger version.
Skywarden custodian and Skywarden with Aethermatic Volley Gun. Image kindly provided by David at @Sliverminiatures

Abilities for the Kharadron Overlords Warband

  • Ancestral Fortitude (Double, everyone): Add +1 Toughness.
  • Master the Skies (Double, all fighters with the Fly keyword: Skyriggers and the Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit): Add +1 damage on normal and critical hits against other targets with the Fly runemark.
  • Supercharged Endrinharness (Double, Endrinmaster with Endrinharness): Add +1 to Strength and Attack of melee actions.
  • Harrying Drillbill (Double, Gunnery Sergeant): Prevent an enemy fighter within 20″ from making disengage actions.
  • Keep Your Distance (Triple, all Grundstok Thunderers): Make a bonus disengage action.
  • Grapnel Launcher (Triple, Skyriggers with Grapnel Launcher): You can teleport this fighter to an obstacle on the battlefield 20″ away as long as it was not previously engaged.
  • Fight for Profit (Triple, all Leaders): Add +1 to any fighter within 3″ of this. If close-by an objective or carrying a treasure, double the bonus.
  • Atmospheric Isolation (Triple, Aether-Khemist): Subtract 1 to the enemy attacks within range from this fighter.
  • Timed Charges (Quad, Skywardens): Up to 6 damage to a close-by enemy and then perform a bonus move or disengage action.
  • Aetherstorm (Quad, Aetheric Navigator): A chance to do up to 18 damage to anyone on the battlefield.

Reaction for the Kharadron Overlords Warband

Return Fire (Everyone)

  • When: During an enemy attack action but before hit rolls.
  • What: As long as the enemy is in range of at least one of the target weapons, he receives 1 damage for every miss or 2 damage for every 1 on the hit roll.
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Pros and Cons of the Kharadron Overlords

Pros:

+ Great shooting and many ranged weapons
+ Leaders can boost attacks
+ New Leaders from Sentinels of Order add tactical versatility
+ Strong, versatile flying fighters

Cons:

– Not very durable in close combat
– Either very elite (high points cost for flying fighters) or very slow
– Few direct damage abilities

Guide for Kharadron Overlords


Lumineth Realm-lords

Lumineth Realm-lords is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

The Lumineth are the aelves originally from Hysh, the Realm of Light, trained by the Aelven gods Tyrion and Teclis in the martial and magic arts. Once a proud nation that almost destroyed itself, they now commune with the realm spirits and are divided in different temples depending on the spirit affinity. There are currently only 2 temples available plus the Scinari (magic experts) and the Vanari (the military side).

They have 21 fighters of which 14 are leaders.

Scinari Calligrave

Scinari

The Scinari Cathallar is a mage whose main ability, Emotional Transference, allows the potential to make lots of damage to any opponent up to 24” distant! Apart from this she has a melee-oriented weapon profile (2 attacks at Strength 4 at 1” range) not supported by her otherwise fragile constitution: 16 wounds with Toughness 3. Surprisingly she is the only “wizard” hero with no ranged attacks.

The Scinari Loreseeker has the same melee profile as the Cathallar with one more attack, but he adds a missile attack (3-7″) with impressive damage potential (2 attacks at Strength 3 for 3/6 damage).

The Scinari Calligrave has the same ranged attack of a Loreseeker but a weaker melee profile (2 attacks, Strength 3, 1/4 damage) with the same Cathallar’s fragility. His special ability, Realmscribe, is peculiar: reduces by 1 the damage received by friendly fighters within 6″ of a spot in the battlefield, but only from critical hits. Not your first choice.

While having the same fragility of the other Scinari, the Scinari Enlightener complements it with 12″ range attack for 1/3 damage but at Strength 4. Her melee attacks are also more balanced with 3 attacks for 2/4 damage. However she does not add anything else if not situationally better attack profiles.

Vanari Lord Regent

Vanari

The Vanari Lord Regent is the appropriate leader of your cavalry charge. With 10″ Movement he can keep the pace with the other Dawnriders, and the 28 Wounds with Toughness 4 will guarantee him some survivability. His high cost is justified by a good melee profile (4 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage) with the addition of a ranged magic attack (3-7″) with 3/6 damage (same profile as the other wizards like the Scinari).

The Vanari Dawriders are Lumineth’s heavy cavalry: 10” Movement and high wounds (18 or 22 for the leader) combined with medium Toughness (4) and decent attacks (4 at 2″ range for 2/4 damage) makes them a valid elite unit although on the expensive side. The Steedmaster, the leader of the unit, increases the Strength from 3 to 4. Dawnriders have access to a basic ability available to all Vanari: Shining Company, and the classic damage on charge, Lances of the Dawn.

The Vanari Auralan Sentinels are the foot archers of the Lumineth with a decent ranged attack: 2 attacks at Strength 3 at 3-15” range for 1/3 damage. They compensate their low damage output and fragility (8 Wounds on a Toughness 3) by being one of the cheapest unit in the warband. The High Sentinel has one single melee weapon profile (3 attacks at Strength 3 for damage 2/4) and has access to the Sharp-eyed Scryhawk ability that allows to pick an enemy fighter and increase the Attack characteristic of attacks performed against that model.

The Vanari Auralan Wardens are pike units that can hit from afar without being engaged thanks to their long-ranged melee weapon (3”). 3 Attacks at Strength 3 for damage 1/4, Toughness 4 and Movement 5” makes them a versatile unit. The High Warden, the leader of this unit, does not share the same pike but the same 1” range weapon of the High Sentinel. His ability is Moonfire Flask that offers some random ranged damage.

The Vanari Bladelords can throw more than a punch for a limited cost: 3 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage. They can further increase their damage output with their ability, Perfect Strike, that allows a bonus attack and up to 6 damage on the critical hits for that attack. Their leader, the Bladelord Seneschal, has 2 different weapon loadouts:

  • The Sunmetal Dual Blades have more attacks (5) and good damage (2/4) representing the ideal choice.
  • The Sunmetal Greatblade loses one attack to increase his damage output on a critical hit.
Alarith Stonemage

Alarith

The Alarith Stonemage is the wizard leader of the Mountain Spirit side of the Lumineth. His ability costs a Quad but is really devastating: Gravitic Redirection deals D3 damage (rolled individually) to each adversary within 6” and halves their movement for the rest of the battle round. The movement debuff affects also friendly fighters in range.

The Alarith Stoneguards are the elite infantry of this warband. This is highlighted by their Wounds, Toughness (4) but reduced mobility (3” instead of 5” of all other infantry).

  • The leader of the unit, the Truestone Seneschal, has good attacks (4 at Strength 4 for damage 2/4) and higher wounds (20).
  • The Diamondpick Hammer is better for light armoured enemies (Strength 4 and damage 2/5).
  • The Stone Mallet is perfect for the toughest opponents (Strength 5 and damage 2/4).
Hurakan Windmage

Hurakan

The Hurakan are the Lumineth attuned to the Wind spirits and the Hurakan Windmage is their representative leader wizard. 12″ of flying movement alone justify the high price, but then we also have good Wounds (22), average Toughness (3), and good ranged attack (same as the Scinari).

Where the Dawnriders represent the heavy cavalry, the Hurakan Windchargers represent the light cavalry. They are extremely mobile: 12″ (against the 10″ of the Dawnriders), have an ability that allows them to end a disengage movement anywhere (Move Like the Wind), and another that adds up to 3″ extra movement to the next movement action (Go Where the Wind Blows). Their Leader, the Windspeaker Seneschal, has 22 Wounds, same Toughness as the Windchargers and 3 attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage at 10″ range or 4 attacks at Strength 3 and 1/3 damage in melee.

Hurakan Windchargers with Windspeaker Seneschal in the middle

Abilities for the Lumineth Warcry Warband

  • Shining Company (Double, all Vanari): Can be used only by a model within 1” of 2 or more friendly models that can also use this ability. In that case subtract 1 to the Attack characteristic of attack actions that target friendly fighters within 1” of this model.
  • Mountain Stance (Double, all Alarith Stoneguard): Until the end of the battle round subtract 1 from the damage received from each hit and critical hit.
  • Go Where the Wind Blow (Double, all Hurakan Windchargers): Add up to 3″ to the next Move action.
  • Moonfire Flask (Double, High Warden): Pick a visible enemy fighter within 6” and roll 2 dice. For each 4-5 allocate 1 damage, for each 6 up to 6 damage.
  • Realmscribe (Triple, Scinari Calligrave): Pick a point of the battlefield within 9″ from this fighter, until the end of the battle round reduce by 1 the damage on critical hits for all friendly fighters within 6″.
  • Lone Agent (Double, Scinari Loreseeker): Perform a bonus move but only if there are no friendly fighters within 6″.
  • Move Like the Wind (Triple, all Hurakan): No restrictions on where to end the disengage action (can be within 1″ of an enemy).
  • Lances of the Dawn (Triple, all Dawnriders and the Lord Regent): At the end of the next move, allocate up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy unit.
  • Emotional Transference (Triple, Scinari Cathallar): Pick a friendly wounded fighter within 12” and an enemy fighter within 12” of that model. Roll a die for each wound allocated to the friendly fighter and for each 4+ allocate 1 damage to the enemy model.
  • Sharp-eyed Scryhawk (Double, High Sentinel): Pick an enemy fighter within 20”, until the end of the battle round add 1 to the Attack characteristic of actions against that model.
  • Perfect Strike (Quad, all Bladelords): Perform a bonus attack and add up to 6 to the damage of critical hits.
  • Gravitic Redirection (Quad, Alarith Stonemage): Allocate D3 damage to all enemy fighters within 6” of this model. Also halve the Move characteristic of all fighters starting within 6” of the Stonemage.

Reaction for the Lumineth Realm-lords Warband

Blinding Brilliance (Everyone)

  • When: During an enemy missile attack action but before hit rolls.
  • What: Roll a dice for each critical hit, on a 4+ it becomes a normal hit.
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Pros and Cons of Lumineth in Warcry

Pros:

+ Different type of units
+ Good range in melee

Cons:

– Uninteresting abilities
– Average low Toughness

Guide for Lumineth Realm-lords


Seraphon

Seraphon is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

Their origin is lost in time and is older than the Mortal Realms themselves. Created by the Old Ones to fight the Chaos forces, they are a lizardmen-like race with different species of which the bulky Saurus represent the military caste and the slender Skinks the administrative and religious class.

They have 34 fighters of which 19 are leaders.

Slann Starmaster

Saurus

The Slann Starmaster is not a Saurus but a powerful wizard, represented by his ability, Lords of Space and Time, that allows to relocate friendly fighters. As a combatant he has a more ranged profile with 12″ range (no minimum range) for 3/6 damage at Strength 4. 32 Wounds and Toughness 4 can last a bit, but better keep him protected. He can fly, but only 4″ away.

Saurus leaders share the bonus move or action after killing an enemy (Cold-blooded Commander) and as Saurus they share Tearing Bite to add damage on melee attacks.

  • Starting from the Oldblood with 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage.
  • The Scar-Veteran is identical to the Oldblood and a Mounted movement of 7″.
  • The Sunblood copies the Scar-Veteran and adds also +1 damage on critical hit (2/5).
  • The Eternity Warden loses 1 Attack (3 total) and 1 Toughness but increases Strength to 5 and damage to 3/6.

If you are planning an army of pure Saurus any of them would be a valid leader.

The Saurus Astrolith Bearer deserves his own section because of his special ability Revivifying Energies that allows to heal any friendly fighter in range. It is expensive, but as support hero goes, you can’t find one more efficient.

The Saurus Guard are the elite fighters of the Scale-Cohorts. Toughness 5 makes them the most resilient fighters, and the 15 wounds can absorb all but most severe critical hits. Thanks to their 2” range weapons they can attack without being engaged and Strength 4 for 2/4 damage can do more than a dent in enemy’s armours. Their Leader version, the Saurus Guard Alpha has 1 attacks more (4) and more damage on critical hit (5). He compares to a Sunblood, with the same weapon profile but with the 2″ range weapon wins the parallel hands down.

The Saurus Warriors are some of the cheapest Saurus units, and their characteristics reflect this: 10 wounds, Movement and Toughness 4 and 2 weapon profiles.

  • The Celestite Club offers more attacks (4) for less damage (1/3 on Strength 4).
  • The Celestite Spear offers more range (2”) and damage (1/4) but less attacks (3).
  • The Alpha is the Leader version and has 4 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage.

The Saurus Knights represent the cavalry of the Seraphon but their movement is not the highest of the warband (only 6”) placing them in the elite range with Toughness 4, high wounds and good damage output. As the Warriors, the Knights also have two weapon options:

  • The Celestite Blade offers more attacks (4 at Strength 4, damage 2/3).
  • The Celestite Warspear offers more range (2”, 4 attacks, Strength 4, damage 2/4).
  • Their Leader version, the Alpha has the same Blade profile but more damage (2/5). He would compare to a Scar-Veteran on Cold One, and if you have the points, that is a much better profile than the Alpha.

The Kroxigors too are not Saurus, but they are tough fighters and have access to the same Saurus’s ability Tearing Bite. They are as fast as a Saurus Knight, but cost as much as a leader thanks to their impressive Strength 5 and 3/6 damage.

Skink Starseer

Skinks

Skinks priestly leader’s main ability is Tide of Serpents that can provide a way to do some extra ranged damage. There are different profiles:

  • The Skink Starseer can fly 4″ and has only one melee profile with no minimum range and 12″ of maximum, 2 Attacks, Strength 4 and 3/6 damage.
  • The Skink Starpriest has 2 weapon profiles, one ranged up to 7″ for 3/6 damage and one melee for 1/4 damage both at Strength 3.
  • The Skink Priest has a similar profile but only 2/5 damage on the ranged attack and 1/3 on melee.

The Ripperdactyl Riders represent the shock flying squadron of the Seraphon. With a flying movement of 10” they are a constant threat to your opponents.

  • The basic version has Toughness 4 ,15 wounds, 3 attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage.
  • The Ripperdactyl Rider Alpha is a Leader, has one more attack and same weapon profile
  • The Ripperdactyl Chief is identical to the Alpha but 3 wounds more.

The Terradon Riders are the medium range flying squadron with 12″ of flying movement, good wounds but only Toughness 3. They have different variants:

  • The Starstrike Javelin has 8” range and 1 Attack at Strength 3 for 1/4 damage.
  • The Sunleech Bolas has 3” range but 3 Attacks.
  • The Alpha with Starstrike Javelin adds one attack to the equivalent profile,
  • while the Alpha with Sunleech Bolas adds also 1 Strength.
  • The Terradon Chief does not have a ranged option, he has 1 more Attack (4) than the melee profile of the other models.

The Skinks are the cheapest of the Seraphon warband and they show it with their fragility: low wounds and Toughness. Despite this they have a good Movement (6”) and few ranged options:

  • The Meteoric Javelin and Star-Buckler has a single ranged attack at 8” range, Strength 3 and damage 1/4.
  • The Boltspitter and Moonstone Club has 8” range but 2 attacks at Strength 1 for 1/2 damage.
  • The Moonstone Club and Star-Buckler does not have a ranged profile, but the same melee profile as the other Skinks: 3 attacks at Strength 2 for 1/3 damage.
  • The Skink Alpha with Boltspitter adds 1 more attack and Strength in melee to the equivalent profile.
  • The Skink Alpha with Moonstone Club is the cheapest leader of the warband and shares the same melee profile of the Alpha with Boltspitter.

The Hunting Packs are actually two different kits, both containing 3 Skink Handlers and 1 beast:

  • The Skink Handler is the cheapest fighter of the Scale-Cohorts, despite so it has 1/4 damage on 2 Attacks at 2″ range allows him to be a nuisance to your opponent and to last longer than the other Skinks. On top of that he can trigger a bonus attack of one of the following beasts.
  • The Salamander has 7″ range for 3/6 damage on Strength 4, Toughness 4, 16 Wounds and 6″ movement.
  • The Razordon has 12″ range for 5 Attacks at Strength 3 but only 1/3 damage, Toughness 3 and same Wounds and movement of the Salamander.
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Abilities for the Seraphon Warcry Warband

  • Nimble Retreat (Double, Skink Starpriest, Skink Priest, all Skinks and Skink Handler): If engaged perform a bonus disengage action.
  • Hunting Pack (Double, Skink Handler): A nearby Beast fighter can perform a bonus attack action.
  • Voracious Appetite (Double, all Ripperdactyl Riders): Up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy.
  • Cold-blooded Commander (Double, all Leaders): Perform a bonus move or attack action after taking down an enemy.
  • Tide of Serpents (Double, Skink Starseer, Starpriest and Priest): Damage an enemy 8″ away a random number based on the ability value and the dice roll.
  • Lean from On High (Double, Terradon Chief): Add up to 3″ to the next Move action.
  • Rain Meteoric Barrage (Triple, all Terradon Riders except Terradon Chief): Allocate up to 6 damage to a nearby enemy at the end of the next move action.
  • Tearing Bite (Triple, all Saurus and Kroxigor): Add up to 6 to the damage of the next melee attack action for both hits and critical hits.
  • Lords of Space and Time (Triple, Slaan Starmaster): Remove any friendly fighter within 12″ and bring him back anywhere up to 6″ from the Starmaster.
  • Wrath of the Old Ones (Quad, Everyone): Add up to 3 to the Attack and Strength of melee attack actions.
  • Revivifying Energies (Quad, Saurus Astrolith Bearer): Heal up to 6 damage from all friendly fighters within range.
  • Nimble Retreat (Double, Skink Starpriest, Skink Priest, all Skinks and Skink Handler): If engaged perform a bonus disengage action.
  • Hunting Pack (Double, Skink Handler): A nearby Beast fighter can perform a bonus attack action.
  • Voracious Appetite (Double, all Ripperdactyl Riders): Up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy.
  • Cold-blooded Commander (Double, all Leaders): Perform a bonus move or attack action after taking down an enemy.
  • Tide of Serpents (Double, Skink Starseer, Starpriest and Priest): Damage an enemy 8″ away a random number based on the ability value and the dice roll.
  • Lean from On High (Double, Terradon Chief): Add 3″ to the next Move action.
  • Meteoric Barrage (Triple, all Terradon Riders except Terradon Chief): At the end of the next move action allocate up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy fighter.
  • Tearing Bite (Triple, all Saurus and Kroxigor): Add up to 6 to the damage of the next melee attack action for both hits and critical hits.
  • Lords of Space and Time (Triple, Slann Starmaster): Remove any friendly fighter within 12″ and bring him back anywhere up to 6″ from the Starmaster.
  • Wrath of the Old Ones (Quad, Everyone): Add up to 3 to the Attack and Strength of melee attack actions.
  • Revivifying Energies (Quad, Saurus Astrolith Bearer): Heal up to 6 damage from all friendly fighters within range.

Reaction for the Seraphon Warband

Starborn (Everyone)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action but before hit rolls.
  • What: Count up to 2 critical hits as hits instead.
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Pros and Cons of the Seraphon Warband

Pros:

+ High mobility
+ Versatile warband

Cons:

– No heavy hitters

Guide for Seraphon


Stormcast Eternals Sacrosanct Chamber

Stormcast Eternals form different legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. The Sacrosanct Chamber is one of those and you can play almost all miniatures with that keyword.

The Stormcast are mortal heroes taken by Sigmar just a moment before their death and reforged in almost immortal fighters. Of all chambers, the Sacrosanct represents the warrior-mystics most attuned to magic and they have first been unleashed in the Mortal Realms following the Necroquake event.

They have 24 fighters of which 15 are leaders.

Easy to Build: Astreia Solbright, Lord-Arcanum
Lord-Arcanum on Celestial Dracoline

The Lord-Arcanum are the commanders of the Sacrosant Chamber and as such they are also powerful wizards of their own. They have two ranged Attacks at 7″ range for 3/6 damage on Strength 4 and a decent melee profile too: 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage.

  • The Lord-Arcanum on Dracoline in melee adds 1 to the damage on critical hit (2/5). Interestingly he does not count as Mounted and has access to Thunderous Pounce.
  • The Lord-Arcanum on Gryph-Charger is cheaper and has 1 more Strength in melee.
  • The standard Lord-Arcanum has a movement of 4″ (instead of 10″).

The Lord-Exorcist is a wizard with the same ranged profile as the Lord-Arcanum while in melee he loses only 1 Attack. The difference is made by his special ability, Open Redemption Cache. While the Lord-Arcanum damages everyone including themselves, the Lord-Exorcist, in the same radius, blasts only enemies.

The Lord-Ordinator are instead the Engineers of the Sacrosanct Chamber. Their special ability, Meteoric Slam, adds +1 to Attack and Strength for a turn transforming them in powerful fighters.

  • The Astral Grandhammer can therefore become a 4 Attacks at Strength 6 for 3/5 damage on a 2″ range.
  • The Paired Astral Hammers becomes 5 Attacks, Strength 6 for 2/5 damage.

Do not underestimate the Knight-Incantor thinking he is your usual wizard. His ranged and melee profile is identical to the Lord-Exorcist, however he shares the same ability as the Lord-Arcanum: Shatter Spirit Flask, for up to 6 damage to anyone within 3″.

The Evocators on Celestrial Dracolines are powerful warrior-wizards that don’t actually count as Mounted and have access to Thunderous Pounce for some impact damage after movement.

  • The Grandstave has 2″ range for 4 Attacks at Strength 5 for 2/5 damage.
  • The Tempest Blade and Stormstave has 1″ range, 5 Attacks at Strength 5 for 2/4 damage
  • The Evocator-Prime with Grandstave is the Leader version with same weapon profile but 1 damage more on critical hit
  • Same for the Evocator-Prime with Blade and Stormstave.

The Evocators on foot represent the infantry and couple really well with those mounting Dracolines. The Primes have access to Summon Celestial Lightning, same as the mounted version. And exactly as those, they have 4 different versions:

  • The Tempest Blade and Stormstave and the Grandstave have similar weapon profile to the mounted ones except 1 attack less and the 4″ Movement.
  • The Prime with Blade and Stormstave increases the number of attacks to 5, have same Strength (5) and a lower damage on critical hit (2/4).
  • The Prime with Grandstave instead has longer range (2”), less attacks (4), same Strength and more damage on critical (2/5).

The Sequitors are the main infantry with a shield that allows them to treat critical hits received as normal hits instead (Soul-Shield Channelling):

  • The Sequitors with Tempest Blade and Soulshield have Strength 4 but more attacks than their other counterparts (3).
  • The Sequitors armed with Stormsmite Maul and Soulshield have Strength 5 but less attacks (2).
  • Both weapon profiles have an equivalent leader, the Sequitor-Prime, who adds 1 more attack.
  • The guest star is the Sequitor with Stormsmite Greatmace: he trades Toughness (“only 5”) for 3 attacks at range 2” and 3/5 damage.
  • The Sequitor-Prime with Redemption Cache has access to an ability that can damage any visibile unit in a range.

The Castigators are your ranged options and they are essential to compensate the overall slowness of this warband (unless you use Dracolines). With maximum range 15” they can really make a difference: 3 attacks at Strength 5 for 2/4 damage are not to be underestimated, but avoid engaging them in melee. Their Leader version, the Castigator-Prime, adds 1 more melee attack.

The cheapest unit available in this warband is the Gryph-Hound, shared across all warbands. In melee they have 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage but a movement of 6” and the Darting Attack ability that provides them a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.

Castigators for the Stormcast Sacrosanct Warcry Warband
Castigators with Gryph-hound and Castigator-Prime in the foreground.

Abilities for the Sacrosanct Warcry Warband

  • Channelled Empowerment (Double, Everyone except Gryph-hound): Add up to 6 to the Strength of the next melee attack.
  • Summon Celestial Lightning (Double, all Evocators): A chance to do up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy.
  • Meteoric Slam (Double, both Lord-Ordinators): Add +1 to Attack and Strength of melee attacks of this fighter.
  • Cleanse the Realms of Taint (Double, all Leaders): After taking down an enemy perform a bonus move or a bonus attack.
  • Burst of Celestial Lightning (Triple, all Castigators): Add up to 3 to the damage for both hits and critical hits for the next ranged attack.
  • Darting Attack (Triple, Gryph-Hounds): Make a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage action.
  • Soul-shield Channelling (Triple, all Sequitors except the Sequitor with Greatmace): Until the end of the battle round count critical hits as hits instead.
  • Shatter Spirit Flash (Triple, all Lord-Arcanum and the Knight-Incantor): Allocate up to 6 damage to all fighters in range (friendly and enemy).
  • Thunderous Pounce (Quad, all Lord-Arcanum and Evocators on Celestial Dracoline): Up to 12 damage to an engaged enemy at the end of the next Move action.
  • Open the Redemption Cache (Quad, Lord-Exorcist and Sequitor-Prime with Redemption Cache): Up to 6 damage to all visible enemies within 3”.

Reaction for the Stormcast Sacrosanct Warband

Thunderous Departure (Everyone except Gryph-hound)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action that takes down this fighter.
  • What: D6 damage to the attacking fighter.
Evocators for the Stormcast Sacrosanct Warcry Warband
Evocators with Tempest Blade and Stormstave and their Evocator-Prime in the foreground

Pros and Cons of the Stormcast Sacrosanct Warband

Pros:

+ Really elite warband
+ High toughness

 Cons:

– Low models count
– Situational abilities

Guide for Stormcast Eternals Sacrosanct Chamber


Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Auxiliary Chamber

Stormcast Eternals form different legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. The Vanguard Chamber is one of those and you can play almost all miniatures with that keyword.

The Stormcast are mortal heroes taken by Sigmar just a moment before their death and reforged in almost immortal fighters. Of all chambers, the Vanguard Auxiliary comprises the scouts and skirmishers, experts in ambush and tactical warfare.

They have 16 fighters of which 9 are leaders.

Lord-Aquilor
Lord-Aquilor

The Lord-Aquilor is one of the most expensive fighter in the warband with 38 Wounds, Toughness 5 and 10″ Movement! He has also 2 weapon profiles with an average ranged (3 Attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage at 10″ range) and a good melee (4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage). If he needs to get into place faster, his ability allows him a free Move. Alternatively he can increase the Toughness of all friendly fighters with the generic Leader ability Righteous Aura.

The Knight-Venator focusses on ranged damage for 3 Attacks at 20″ range for 2/6 damage. He is understandably only slightly cheaper than the Lord-Aquilor having same Movement (10″) but Flying (no penalties), same Toughness (5) but much less Wounds (28). His special ability, Star-fated Arrow, has a chance to do quite some damage on a huge range.

The melee version of the Angel is the Knight-Azyros. Compared to the Knight-Venator, he has the an improved melee profile (4 attacks for 2/4 damage) but no missile weapon. His ability, The Light of Sigmar, allows for some area damage.

The Knight-Zephyros is the first of our on-foot heroes, with “only” 5″ Movement, but same resilience (28 Wounds on Toughness 5). In close combat her profile is the same as all other leaders (4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage) and ranged she performs like a Lord-Aquilor being an optimum alternative leader at a cheaper cost.

The Vanguard-Raptors are the elite archers and come with two different weapon profiles. In melee the ranged weapon cannot be used being replaced by a melee profile of 3 attacks, strength 4 and 1/4 damage.

  • The Longstrike Crossbow is the long-range weapon and one of the most powerful, comparable to a ballista with a range of 20” and a damage of 10 on a critical (but only 1 attack). They have access to Aimed Strike, that allows to increase the damage characteristic (both for hit and critical hit) for a potential damage of 10/16 per shot.
  • Their Leader version, the Raptor-Prime with Longstrike Crossbow is one of the most versatile leader in the game combining the longest-range weapon with the highest damage (4/10) with 25 wounds and Toughness 5. The drawbacks of all Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows is that they are relatively slow with their 4″ movement, quite expensive, and that single attack per action can be dooming.
  • The Hurricane Crossbow has a shorter range (3-15”), less damage (2/6) but, with more attacks (3) at Strength 4, could statistically do more damage than the Longstrike version. The Attacks can be increased even further using the Rapid Fire ability.
  • Its Leader version, the Raptor-Prime with Hurricane Crossbow, is probably more versatile than the other Prime.

The Vanguard-Hunter is a mix of infantry and ranged unit with the same ranged profile of the Lord-Aquilor (3 attacks at Strength 4, 10” range) and one of the best melee profiles in this warband (3 attacks, Strength 4, damage 2/4). The Hunter-Prime has one more attack (4) and few more wounds. He is also the cheapest leader in this warband, allowing to use non-leader options for the high-output damage shooters.

The Vanguard-Palladors are the cavalry of the Vanguard with 10″ Movement (mounted). While being extremely expensive, they have the same ranged ranged profile and ability of the Lord-Aquilor to do a bonus move for a Triple. In melee they differentiate from their weapon loadout:

  • While the Shock Hand-axe has a more balanced profile with 4 attacks and damage 2/4,
  • the Starstrike Javelin introduces 2″ range and higher damage on critical hit (2/5) at the cost of 1 attack (3).
  • The Pallador-Prime with Shock Hand-axe and the Pallador-Prime with Starstrike Javelin have the equivalent weapon profiles, but with 1 more attack in melee. As melee goes, these are the best damage dealers in the warband, but they come at a significant price.

The cheapest unit available in this warband is the Gryph-Hound, shared across all warbands. In melee they have 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage but a movement of 6” and the Darting Attack ability that provides them a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.

The Aetherwings have the same cost of a Gryph-hound, meaning it’s often the choice between these two. With Toughness 2, 8 Wounds and 3 Attacks at Strength 2 they are definitely not there to hold the ground in melee, but they can be really useful scouts. Their Warning Cry reaction (one attack against a targeted fighter within 6” of the Aetherwing can be re-rolled) it’s extremely useful to assure maximum damage from the snipers, but apart from that they cost too much for what they represent.

Vanguard-Raptor with Longstrike Crossbow

Abilities for the Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Warband

  • Tireless Hunter (Double, Everyone): Add up to 3″ to the next move action.
  • Lightning-fast Strikes (Double, Knight-Zephyros): Add up to 3 attacks to the next melee attack action.
  • Ride the Winds Aetheric (Double, Lord-Aquilor and all Palladors): Perform a bonus move up to 6″ away.
  • Righteous Aura (Double, all Leaders): Add 1 to the Toughness of all friendly fighters within 6” of the leader.
  • Darting Attack (Triple, Gryph-Hound): You can make a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage action.
  • Rapid Fire (Triple, Raptors with Hurricane Crossbow): Add 2 to the attacks of the next missile attack action.
  • Star-fated Arrow (Triple, Knight-Venator): Damage an enemy within 20″ based on a dice roll up to 10 Wounds.
  • Aimed Strike (Quad, Raptors with Longstrike Crossbow): Add up to +6 damage to both hit and critical hit.
  • The Light of Sigmar (Quad, Knight-Azyros): Damage up to 6 Wounds to all close-by enemy fighters.

Reactions for the Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Warband

Thunderous Departure (Everyone except Gryph-hound and Aetherwing)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action that takes down this fighter.
  • What: D6 damage to the attacking fighter.

Warning Cry (Aetherwing and Raptor-Prime with Longstrike Crossbow)

  • When: After an enemy finishes a move within 6″.
  • What: Friendly fighters targeting that enemy can re-roll one dice per attack action.
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Pros and Cons of the Stormcast Eternals Vangaurd Warband

Pros:

+ Ambush tactics
+ Best ranged attacks
+ Mobility options
+ High toughness

Cons:

– Low model count
– Hard to manage certain situations
– Susceptible to critical hits

Guide for Stormcast Eternals Vanguard Chamber


Stormcast Eternals Warrior Chamber

Stormcast Eternals form different legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. The Warrior Chamber is one of those and you can play almost all miniatures from the original release of the Stormcast Eternals.

The Stormcast are mortal heroes taken by Sigmar just a moment before their death and reforged in almost immortal fighters. Of all chambers, the Warrior one represents the core of a Stormcast army. Always present in all battlefields, they are the unshakable golden wave that fights the Chaos forces.

They have 41 fighters of which 19 are leaders.

Lord-Castelant

With so many leaders available the main difference is not made by their weapon profile but by their special ability. The Lord-CelestantWarcloak’s Storm Magic, allows to do some small random damage at short range. Not remarkable.

The Lord-Castellant comes with only 2 Attacks but at 2″ range and for 3/6 damage. His special ability however can reduce by 1 the damage taken by all friendly fighters around him. The downside is that being a low-count model warband not many fighters will be within 6″.

The Lord-Veritant is a cheaper Lord-Celestant with 2 Attacks less (3) and a different ability that allows to reduce by 1 the value of abilities used around him.

The Lord-Relictor in melee is just average but his ability allows an almost reliable way to perform some damage on medium range.

The Knight-Heraldor has a similar attack to the Lord-Relictor but one Attack more (4). His ability, Battle-horn Thunderblast, is extremely limited in scope as it works only if the enemy is on a platform..

The Knight-Questor hits similar to a Lord-Celestant (4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage) but ups the Toughness to 6 (and can bring it to 7 with Staunch Defender!!) maintaining high Wounds (30). His ability however is unimpressive.

The Knight-Vexillor has a weapon profile identical to the Lord-Relictor. His ability allows to increase the Movement of all friendly fighters starting their activation around him. While strong on paper it is really situational.

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A Knight-Questor, one of the multiple versions. This was Store Anniversary 2021.

The Prosecutors are the flying light cavalry of the Stormcast and they come in different variants including 3 leader options. They can be divided in 3 groups: Prosecutors with Javelins, Prosecutors with Hammers and Prosecutor with special weapons.

  • The Stormcall Javelin and Sigmarite Shield can do 2 attacks at distance (3-8”) or 3 close-by (2”) with Strength 4 and can hit pretty hard (5 damage on a critical hit).
  • The Stormsurge Trident and Sigmarite Shield adds 1 to the damage on normal hit (3/5).
  • Their Leader version, the Prosecutor Prime with Stormcall Javelin and Sigmarite Shield adds 1 Attack at range 2” (for a total of 4). With toughness 6 and 30 wounds is one of the hardest fighters in the game.
  • The Celestial Hammers and Sigmarite Shield also have 2 ranges: 2 attacks at 3-8” or 3 at 1” for a consistent damage of 2/4.
  • The Paired Celestial Hammers adds 1 attack to both profiles.
  • Their Leader versions, the Prosecutor Prime with Paired Celestial Hammers and the Prosecutor Prime with Celestial Hammer and Sigmarite Shield both add 1 attack in melee going respectively to 5 and 4.
  • The Grandaxe has 3 Attacks at Strength 4 for 3/6 damage.
  • The Grandblade is more balanced with 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 3/5 damage.
  • The Grandhammer 3 Attacks at Strength 5 for 3/5 damage.

The Paladins are the elite fighters of the Warrior chamber and come in different shapes and forms. The three main categories are DecimatorsProtectors and Retributors of which one can be armed with a Starsoul Mace. They can all use Earth-shattering Blow for bonus attack action with extra damage.

  • The Decimators are the more balanced of the paladins with 3 attacks at 2” range for 3/6 damage.
  • The Protectors enjoy the longest range (3”) but they lose 1 damage on critical (5).
  • The Retributors are the cheapest, have only 1” range but more Strength (5) and the same output damage of a Protector (3/5).
  • Each one of this has a Leader version: Decimator-Prime, Protector-Prime and Retributor-Prime with similar weapon profile of the base version except one more Attack and access to Leader abilities.
  • The Paladin with Starsoul Mace has 3 Attacks at Strength 5 for 8 damage on a critical!

The Judicators are the ranged fighters of this warband with 2 main weapon options, each reflected with a Prime, and a specialised weapon. None of them have a special ability.

  • The Skybolt Bows are the longest ranged weapon up to 20” range for 2/4 damage at Strength 4.
  • The Shockbolt Bow is slightly more expensive but adds 1 Strength (5) and 2 damage on critical (2/6).
  • The Boltstorm Crossbow has shorter range (max 12”) but more attacks (4 instead of 3), same Strength (4) and same damage output as the bows (2/4).
  • The Thunderbolt Crossbow has a different range with a minimum of 6” (instead of 3”) but a maximum of 15” for 5 attacks with same Strength and damage as the other crossbows.
  • The Judicator Prime with Skybolt Bow has the same ranged profile of the base version but one attack more in melee and access to Leader abilities.
  • Same for the Judicator Prime with Boltstorm Crossbow.

The Liberators are the core of the Warrior chamber. They are the cheapest but not by far, still swinging between Toughness 5 and 6 (for those with shield), high wounds and movement 4”. They have 2 weapon options each guided by a Prime, each weapon option can be carried in pairs or with a shield and each has also a special weapon available.

  • The Warhammer and Sigmarite Shield have Strength 5 and hit for decent damage (2/4) at range 1”.
  • The Paired Warhammers‘s number of attacks goes up to 3, same as their Leader version, the Prime with Warhammer and Sigmarite Shield.
  • The Prime with Paired Warhammers goes up to 4 Attacks.
  • The Grandhammer adds an extra damage to both normal and critical hit (3/5) comparing with the pair of warhammers.
  • The Warblade and Sigmarite Shield loses 1 Strength (4) to increase the number of attacks (3) but same damage (2/4).
  • The Paired Warblades‘ number of attacks goes up to 4, same as their Leader version, the Prime with Warblade and Sigmarite Shield.
  • The Prime with Paired Warblades goes up to 5 Attacks.
  • The Grandblade performs as a pair of warblades with increased damage (3/5 for 4 attacks at Strength 4).

The cheapest unit available in this warband is the Gryph-Hound, shared across all warbands. In melee they have 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage but a movement of 6” and the Darting Attack ability that provides them a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.

The Liberators useable in a Warcry stormcast eternals warrior chamber warband
Liberator with Paired Warhammers and with Paired Warblades

Abilities for the Warrior Chamber Warband

  • Furious Avengers (Double, Everyone): This fighter can do a bonus move if there’s at least another friendly fighter within 6” wounded.
  • Lay Low the Tyrants (Double, all Liberators): Add +1 to Attack and Strength in melee if the target has 15 or more Wounds.
  • Sigmarite Shield Bash (Double, Knight-Questor, Prosecutors and Liberators with shields): A chance to do up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy at the end of a Move action.
  • Warcloak’s Storm Magic (Double, Lord-Celestant): A chance to allocate up to 12 damage to an enemy within 6″.
  • Lantern of Abjuration (Double, Lord-Veritant): Reduce by 1 the value of abilities used within 9″ of this fighter.
  • Staunch Defender (Double, all Leaders): Until the end of the battle round add 1 to the Toughness of all friendly fighters within 6” of the leader.
  • Wings of Divine Life (Double, all Prosecutors): Add 3″ to the next Move action.
  • Darting Attack (Triple, Gryph-Hounds): Make a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.
  • Battle-horn Thunderblast (Triple, Knight-Heraldor): Pick an enemy on a platform within 12″ and roll a dice for him and each other enemy fighter within 6″ of him. On a 4+ allocate 3 damage.
  • Warding Lantern (Triple, Lord-Castellant): Reduce by 1 the damage inflicted to friendly fighters within 6″ of this fighter.
  • Lightning Storm (Triple, Lord-Relictor): A good chance to inflict up to 6 damage to a fighter within 12″.
  • Earth-shattering Blow (Quad, all Paladins): Perform a bonus attack action adding up to +3 to the damage characteristic for both hit and critical hit.
  • Tempest Winds (Quad, Knight-Vexillor): Add up to +6″ to the Move of friendly fighters within 12″.

Reaction for the Stormcast Eternals Warrior Chamber Warband

Thunderous Departure (Everyone except Gryph-hound)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action that takes down this fighter.
  • What: D6 damage to the attacking fighter.
The content of the Thunderstrike Brotherhood Start Collecting box.

Pros and Cons of the Warrior Chamber Warband

Pros:

+ High toughness
+ Decent mobility
+ High wounds
+ Good ranged option
+ Extreme versatility

Cons:

– Really low models count
– Hard to manage in certain situations

Guide for Stormcast Eternals Warrior Chamber


Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike

Stormcast Eternals form different legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. The Thunderstrike is one of those and you can play almost all miniatures with that keyword.

The Stormcast are mortal heroes taken by Sigmar just a moment before their death and reforged in almost immortal fighters. The Thunderstrike are not a new chamber but rather a new breed of Stormcast armed with the newest armour, the Thunderstrike, that allows the Stormcast soul to return to Azyr after they are defeated. Since the Cursed Skies created by Be’Lakor, the First Daemon Prince, Stormcast deaths without the armour can become permanent.

They have 18 fighters of which 11 are leaders.

Lord-Imperatant

The Lord-Imperatant is the great leader of the new Thunderstrike divisions. As a fighter, his high cost is highly justified by his longevity (Toughness 5 and 30 Wounds), his decent attacks (melee and ranged) and his few abilities. His signature ability, Coordinated Strike, allows up to 3 other friendly fighters nearby to perform a bonus move or a bonus attack.

The Knight-Arcanum is the wizard of the warband, able to shoot up to 7″ away for 3/6 damage (at Strength 4) or to club his opponents at 2″ range for 2/4 damage. His special ability, Bolt from the Heavens, allows to hit an enemy at a good range for random damage. Normally you would consider this fighter at least as a supporting hero, but with all other choices available, it is probably a pass.

The Knight-Relictor is the priest of the warband, he has the same defence characteristic as most other leaders and similar attacks. His ability, Purifying Incense, can reduce the damage taken for friendly fighters around him.

The Knight-Vexillor with Banner of Apotheosis. apart from his impressive banner, has similar characteristics to the other leaders. The difference is made by his ability to heal wounds to all friendly fighters nearby.

The Knight-Judicator is probably one of the best sniper in the Mortal Realms: 20″ range for 4/10 damage at Strength 5 (comparable to the Vanguard-Raptor with Longstrike Crossbow from the Vanguard Chamber). In melee he can also defend himself with 2/4 damage and the usual high defence will make him last longer.

The Vindictors are the battleline of the army and core of this warband. The Vindictor-Prime is one of the cheapest Leaders available in the warband, but his lack of special abilities, despite the good attack profile with 2″ range, makes him quite forgettable. What makes the Vindictors different than the rest of the troops is their Toughness 6 and the 2″ range.

The Vanquishers are the swordmasters, able to cut down the surrounding enemies with their special ability Vanquishing the Horde. Their attack profile is already quite impressive with 4 attacks (5 for the Vanquisher-Prime, their Leader version) at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage, but you need also to add Toughness 5 and high wounds.

The Vigilors represent the archers of this warband, and the only non-leader model with ranged attacks. 15″ range at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage is not bad and even in melee with 3 attacks at Strength 4 for 1/4 damage makes them a threat to not underestimate. The Vigilor-Prime adds 1 more ranged attack (3 instead of 2) for a valid alternative profile if you need a support hero different from the ones above. And the reason is the Vigilors’ special ability: Guiding Lightning that basically creates a beacon for other fighters to target the same enemy.

The Annihilators are the elite of this warband, surprisingly having more or less the same cost as the other fighters in the warband. They come with two profiles: one with Meteoric Hammer focussed on defence, and one with Grandhammer focussed on attack.

  • The Meteoric Hammer comes with their giant shield that introduces for the first time Toughness 7!!! Only a handful of fighters in the game have Strength 6 and none 7, making them hittable only on a 5+. And their attack profile is equally good with 3 attacks at Strength 5 for 3/5 damage.
  • Their Leader version, the Prime with Meteoric Hammer has one more attack.
  • The Grandhammer instead reduces Toughness to “only” 6 but the attacks are 3 at 2″ range with Strength 6 for 3/5 damage.
  • Their Leader version, the Prime with Grandhammer once again adds one attack.

The Praetors represent your bodyguards as they are able to heal back a nearby Leader. Praetors are reliable hitters, with Strength 5 and 2/5 damage. Their Leader version, the Praetor-Prime has has 4 attacks instead of 3 and same weapon profile.

Gryph-hound are normally the cheapest unit in a Stormcast warband (they are available in all warbands to date), but in this case, they cost like the average troop. They have the same profile as a Vanquisher (4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/4 damage) but a movement of 6” instead of 4” and the Darting Attack ability, that allows a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.

Knight-Judicator with 2 Gryph-Hounds

Abilities for the Thunderstrike Stormcast Warband

  • Blaze of Glory (Double, Everyone): This fighter can do a bonus attack only if they have 15 or more Wounds allocated.
  • Soul-forged Guardians (Double, all Praetors): Remove up to 6 wounds from a nearby Leader, then allocate D3 damage to this fighter.
  • Shock and Awe (Double, all Leaders): After taking down an enemy you can perform a bonus Move and Attack action.
  • Plant the Banner of the Reforged (Double, Knight-Vexillor): Heal D3 wounds to all friendly fighters in range (roll individually).
  • Bolt from the Heavens (Double, Knight-Arcanum): A chance to do up to 9 damage to an enemy within 18″.
  • Guiding Lightning (Triple, all Vigilors): After attacking an enemy with a ranged attack, everyone else has +1 attack against that enemy.
  • Darting Attack (Triple, Gryph-Hounds): Make a bonus attack and then a bonus disengage.
  • Vanquish the Horde (Triple, all Vanquishers): A chance to do up to 6 damage to all nearby enemies.
  • Purifying Incense (Triple, Knight-Relictor): Reduce by 1 the damage taken while within 6″ of this fighter.
  • Coordinated Strike (Triple, Lord-Imperatant): Up to 3 other nearby friendly fighters can perform a bonus move or bonus attack.
  • Force of a Falling Star (Quad, all Annihilators): Perform a bonus move and if ending nearby an enemy unit, allocate up to 12 wounds to that enemy.
  • Draw the Gaze of Sigmar (Quad, Knight-Judicator): Up to 3 damage to all enemy fighters nearby a chosen point.

Reaction for the Thunderstrike Stormcast Warband

Thunderous Departure (Everyone except Gryph-hound)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action that takes down this fighter.
  • What: 6 damage to the attacking fighter.
Warcry Thunderstrike Stormcast Eternals box

Pros and Cons of the Warrior Chamber Warband

Pros:

+ High toughness
+ High wounds
+ Good ranged option
+ Extreme versatility

Cons:

– Low models count
– Hard to manage in certain situations

Guide for Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike


Sylvaneth

Sylvaneth is one of the legacy warbands from the Order Grand Alliance. You can play almost all miniatures from that range.

They are the children of Alarielle, Goddess of Life. They are grown from soulpods in the most disparate forests and represent the sylvan inhabitants of the Mortal Realms. Those forest spirits and tree creatures are not to be underestimated as they all guided by the spirit-song and work in unison.

They have 22 fighters of which 13 are leaders.

Arch-Revenant

The Arch-Revenant is the most expensive unit of the warband. He doesn’t hit as hard as a Kurnoth, but has a good melee profile with 2″ range, 4 Attacks at Strength 4 for 2/5 damage. He has a plethora of abilities as well of which Zephyrspite’s Tail Pincers allows to do 3 damage to an engaged enemy and Call to Battle that can increase the melee Attacks of units within 6″ by 1.

The Branchwraith is a spellcaster of the Forest Stalkers, and as such she has a 7″ ranged attack for 3/6 damage useful to hit from the second line while staying close to the fight. Don’t use her in melee with her Toughness of 3 but she can support the back lines with some healing.

The Branchwych could be another support character but her ability is a random chance to do some damage. She has the same ranged attack as the Branchwraith, but a 2″ melee attack that allows her to fight in melee without being engaged.

The Kurnoth Hunters are the most expensive model in the Sylvaneth Warband outside of the Arch-Revenant, but also the most versatile with different weapon loadouts:

  • The Kurnoth Greatbow is the farthest ranged option available to this warband with an amazing 20” range. 2 attacks at Strength 4 (can be increased with the Leader ability as there is no range limit) performing 2/5 damage allow for some interesting tactics.
  • The Kurnoth Scythe is the heavy-hitting option: 3 attacks with 2” range at Strength 5 for 3/6 damage can be decisive on many occasions.
  • The Kurnoth Greatsword instead provides more attacks (4), with 1” range, same Strength but slightly less damage (2/5).
  • Their Leader version, the Kurnoth Huntmaster, exists for all 3 different weapon options and adds 1 attack and access to the Leader abilities.

The Revenant Seekers represent the heavy cavalry with 10″ of flying movement, Toughness 4 and high wounds. Their attacks are proportionate with 2/4 damage at Strength 3. Their unit champion, the Soulwarden, adds 1 more attack, more wounds and overall creates the basis for a good Leader profile.

If the Revenant Seekers are the heavy cavalry, the Spiterider Lancers are the light cavalry, but with a twist: they are more expensive thanks to their 2″ range weapon and 12″ flying movement. Their unit champion, the Spiterider Scion, build up on the basic profile by adding one more attack and wounds, but in this case he is too expensive for the damage potential he offers.

The Gossamid Archers are an interesting combination as they add flying movement (10″) with missile attacks at decent range (3-10″). They don’t hit as hard as a Kurnoth (1/4 at Strength 3), but they are more mobile and cheaper. In addition, they can increase their Strength for a Double, Larval Shafts. Their Leader version, the Flitwing Scion, has a bit more wounds, one more missile attack and damage on melee.

The Spite-Revenants special ability allows to block an enemy and can be useful to disrupt your opponent plans. The profile itself of the Spite is in line with the low cost: 10 wounds, movement 4”, Toughness 3 and 4 attacks at Strength 4 for 1/3 damage. Their Leader version, the Shadestalker, adds more wounds (15), one attack (5) and more damage (2/4).

The Tree-Revenants have an interesting strategic ability: they can be moved anywhere on the battlefield. Despite this, they are also one of the cheapest model in the game, so they can be used in hordes to protect Kurnoth Hunters. Their profile is similar to that of the Spites, the only difference being the 3 attacks at Strength 3. Their Leader version, the Scion, has 2 different weapon loadouts:

  • The Protector Glaive adds a 2″ range that is always useful on leaders, and a higher damage on critical hit (2/5).
  • The Enchanted Blade has a more balanced profile, with 1″ range, but 4 attacks and 2/4 damage.

The Dryads also have  an interesting horde-ability. If one “shouts” at an enemy in range, every Dryad adds +1 Attack against that enemy. They have 4 attacks at Strength 3 and can cause small damage (1/3) but in numbers and with 10 attacks (after using Enrapturing Song) per activation they can represent a problem. Their Leader version, the Branch Nymph does the same damage as the Shadestalker (2/4) but with one attack less (4).

Kurnoth Hunters for the Sylvaneth Warband in Warcry
Kurnoth Hunters with Greatsword and their Huntmaster in the foreground

Abilities for the Sylvaneth Warcry Warband

  • Draw from the Spirit-song (Double, everyone): Heal up to 6 Wounds.
  • Larval Shafts (Double, all Gossamid Archers): Add up to 3 to the Strength characteristic of the next missile attack action.
  • Shrieking Terror (Double, all Spite-Revenants): A chance to block an enemy preventing move or disengage actions (on a 3+).
  • Zephyrspite’s Tail Pincers (Double, Arch-Revenant): A chance to do 3 damage to an engaged enemy.
  • Swarm of Spites (Double, Branchwych): A chance to do up to 6 damages to an enemy within 6″ (on a 4+).
  • Enrapturing Song (Triple, Dryad and Branch Nymph): Target an enemy up to 6″ away. Add +1 to the Attacks performed by Dryads (or Branch Nymph) against that enemy.
  • 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.
  • Blessing of the Forest (Triple, Branchwraith): Heal D3 damage to all friendly fighters within 6″ (roll individually).
  • Call to Battle (Triple, Arch-Revenant): Add +1 to the melee Attacks of friendly fighters within 6″.
  • Thrumming with Life (Quad, all Revenant Seekers and Spiterider Lancers): After taking down an enemy heal up to 10 wounds.
  • Envoy of the Everqueen (Quad, all Leaders): Add up to +3 to the Toughness and Strength of friendly fighters within 6”.

Reaction for the Sylvaneth Warband

Vengeful Spites (Everyone)

  • When: During an enemy melee attack action but before hit rolls.
  • What: 1 damage to the attacking fighter for each hit and 2 for each critical hit.
Warcry Sylvaneth box with 5 Revenants and 3 Kurnothi

Pros and Cons of the Sylvaneth Warband

Pros:

+ Decent mobility
+ Ability to heal
+ Varied abilities and strategies

Cons:

– Expensive elite fighters, missing a layer in between them and the cheap infantry
– Not many offensive abilities

Guide for Sylvaneth


Hunters of Huanchi

The Hunters of Huanchi are the second non-Chaos warband released for Warcry and the first of the new season set in Ghur. While nominally belonging to the Seraphon army (lizardmen riding dinosaurs), they are their own warband with their own rules and brand new fighters.

They have 8 different fighters, of which 2 are leaders.

Chameleon Skink Alpha with Moonstone Club

The Chameleon Skink Alpha is the leader of this warband and comes with 2 profiles, one ranged and one melee. The ranged profile (with Dartpipe) has an extremely weak attack (Strength 1 for 1/2 damage) but a 6″ range, the melee one (with Moonstone Club) is better, with Strength 3 and 1/3 damage, but Toughness 3 and 12 wounds would mean early death if not accurately protected.

The Chameleon Skink Hornblower shares many traits with the Alpha, including having a melee profile (with Moonstone Club) and a ranged one (with Dartpipe). Those are identical to the Alpha (the melee one has one attack less 3 instead of 4) and the same low resilience (Toughness 2 and 8 wounds).

The Chameleon Skink with Dartpipe is the ranged basic profile of the warband. Apart the 6″ range, their profile is extremely weak (2 attacks at Strength 1 for 1/2 damage). Their role is not to deal damage, but to steal the objectives from the enemy, dance around them, and occasionally pop a wound or two on them.

The Chameleon Skink with Moonstone Club is your go-to basic infantry. His profile is in line with his cost: 3 attacks at Strength 3 for 1/3 damage, Toughness 3, 8 Wounds and 6″ Movement. The best trait is their Hurled Bolas ability that can reduce the number of available actions to an enemy.

The Huanchi’s Claw is the debuffer of the warband. His javelins allow him also to shoot 8″, that is the longest range in the warband and with a critical hit of 4, he beats also the record for the highest damage in the warband. Damage that can be further increased with the Double Envenomed Weapons, to pump the 2 attacks at Strength 3.

The Terrawing is identical to a Chameleon Skink with Moonstone Club except for his 10″ flying movement. It is much more expensive because of its increased mobility but its best trait is that Hornblowers allow it a bonus move with impact damage.

Full warband from the box

Abilities for the Hunters of Huanchi Warband

  • Agile Climbers (Double, Everyone except Terrawing): Ignore vertical distance when climbing.
  • Envenomed Weapons (Double, Everyone except Terrawing): Add 1 to all damage for the next attack action.
  • Hurled Bolas (Triple, Chameleon Skink Alpha and Chameleon Skink with Moonstone Club): Roll as many as 6 dice and if you score at least a 6, the target in range performs one action less this turn.
  • Bellow of the Carnosaur (Triple, Huanchi’s Claw): Reduce by 1 movement and damage inflicted by the target enemy fighter.
  • Call of the Hunt (Triple, all Chameleon Skink Hornblowers): Enable a Terrawing in range to perform a bonus move and inflict up to 6 damage to an engaged enemy.
  • Hit and Run (Quad, Everyone except Terrawing): Perform a bonus move or disengage, then a bonus attack or move.

Reaction for the Hunters of Huanchi Warband

Slippery (Everyone except Terrawing)

  • When: After being allocated damage on a melee attack.
  • What: Perform a disengage action.
Sundered Fate Warcry box

Pros and Cons of the Hunters of Huanchi Warband

Pros:

+ Great models, something Seraphon badly needed
+ Many bodies
+ Great mobility

Cons:

– Lack of synergies
– Extremely fragile

Guide for Hunters of Huanchi


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