These girls have been a thorn in my eye for quite some time. They were among the first casters I bought, and I quickly realized that they were way out of my league back then. I put them on the table twice, lost both games, and decided they would be better suited for later… much later.
About a year later I brought them out again and didn’t fare much better. I won most of the games this time, but only because people didn’t know about the stupid 28″ Stygian Abyss assassination run, and whenever I met someone who did I lost… badly. Now another year has gone by and I’ve pulled out the Coven again.
This time around they have access to the Kraken though. The Coven has always lacked some durability, speed, and hitting power, so they might actually work with the Kraken. I decided it was time for another adventure in failure! I brought the following list, and found a game against Hjelmen and his pThagrosh Ogrun theme list.
The Witch Coven of Garlghast
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts)
The Withershadow Combine
Bane Lord Tartarus
Gorman di Wulfe
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall
This was the first time I’ve had the Kraken on the table (or well… a giant cork circle with Kraken written on it anyway). The concept is pretty obvious, with almost everything being either stealth, high defense, or the Kraken (Bane Knights get Occultation of course).
I also got a sneak peak at the now assembled Hjelmen-style Extreme Proteus, and I put a Coven member next to it for size comparison. I think she might have peed herself a bit, because that thing is fantastic!
The game was decided rather quickly, when the Kraken stuffed his Carnivean in the furnace on the second turn, thus removing it from play (I can’t believe that rule isn’t limited to Warrior models). It shot his Warmonger War Chief, killed his Carnivean, Shot half his pot members, and then killed Thagrosh in turn three. Really, a 14″ threat Colossal with MAT 8 isn’t fair at all.
The Kraken is everything TWCoG ever wanted in a jack, and their spell list is more or less designed to run it. Now I just have to go build one, because I’ll be damned if I’m buying one just to use them with TWCoG. I dug up a bunch of old GW bits, so maybe there’s something in there I can turn into a Kraken.
I do feel bad about bringing the Kraken though, because I still feel Colossals were a bad decision from PP. They’re not overpowered by any means, but they make list building boring (can I handle the Colossals… no… bring more Banes), and the games often end up being about killing the Colossal, because if it goes down you’ve killed half his list, and if it doesn’t it will destroy you.