Terminus and the Kraken?

I had some time to think during the drive on Friday (I’ve been recruited to help design the storyline of a smartphone game which is interesting but bloody exhausting work) and I kept going back to Terminus. The Kraken won’t be released in time for the ETC but when it does arrive I’ll be testing it extensively with Terminus because there’s one obvious problem with the list: Terminus is the most dangerous and the most physically intimidating model on the board so he gets a lot of attention.

This image is from their own site so we can assume it’s accurate, and since Terminus is a bit smaller than the Deathjack I’m thinking most opponents will enter “Kill The Kraken” mode the second it hits the table. If they don’t focus on it the Kraken is a Colossal and I don’t think letting any kind of Colossal running rampage is healthy for any type of list. The Kraken also benefits from Ravager and since it supposedly runs on Corpse Tokens it can go wild on feat round without worrying about stealing souls.

The best thing of all is that it’s actually a throw-away model in the list so it can be used to block an entire flank while Terminus handles business elsewhere, and a huge base with 4″ reach, Ravager, and Focus seems tailor made to clear out 8″ zones. I don’t see the Kraken covering much LoS since he’s so slow but he can reach 12″ on the charge which makes him perfect for Terminus. Assuming the WJ points can be spent on it this looks promising:

Lich Lord Terminus
– Kraken
Skarlock Thrall
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Bile Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
The Withershadow Combine
Bane Lord Tartarus
Darragh Wrathe
Madelyn Corbeau
Saxon Orrik

I’m really really looking forward to this model and it’s nice being excited about new releases for once.


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  1. Quite a few characters!

    I think I like the idea. The Krak should deffo take some of the heat off the big T, but I wonder if it will do so more than say the DJ and min Satyxis + UA, for example. Blocking LOS to Terminus is hardly useful most of the time, and my proposed substitution throws in a much mobile distraction than the Kraken which I think is key.

    Still it will take a good look at the final rules to even begin making that decision. I’m worried you won’t get much use out of the colossal’s range weapons when you have no buffs, which is doubly true when you won’t have any focus to spare.

    • I don’t actually plan on using the gun much, but you’re wrong on Terminus not having Focus to spare. Terminus has just one use for his Focus and that’s staying alive, so if you can guarantee his survival another way he’s one of the casters with most Focus to spare.

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