The last couple of years have featured me hating on every new set of Steamroller rules, but this year I’m spectacularly optimistic about the whole Active Duty Roster idea. I love fiddling with lists, I love more options, and I love that they’re doing something that might actually work to increase diversity in tournament lists.
- The Witch Coven
These are our current options for Active Duty Roster, and I’m going with an Asphyxious3/WCoG setup. This setup (initially at least) seems to be very easy to manage on the character restriction issues, and the WCoG feels like a caster that can really play around with the Vanguard benefit.
Players with the Vanguard benefit can add a supplementary list of models/units (specialists) to each of their army lists. Specialist lists are completely optional but cannot exceed 20 points per list. These models are not used unless a player decides to substitute them for models/units in the corresponding base army list in accordance with the specialist rules.
I’m thinking that some casters like Asphyxious3 can use this to tweak their lists, while other casters like the WCoG can completely change their game with it. I dug up my old WCoG list, which I think worked well enough, though I only had a handful of games with it, and then…
The Witch Coven of Garlghast
Bane Riders (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Bile Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Satyxis Blood Hag
– Fuel Cache
The list itself is a fairly balanced approach to the WCoG, but due to Vanguard it can turn into a double Kraken nightmare featuring almost no infantry. The Blood Witches and Bane Riders vanish, which leaves an opponent facing two Colossals and a set of stealth Bile Thralls.
I don’t think having a double Kraken WCoG list in a normal tournament setup is a good idea, but having the option seems like a brilliant idea. I don’t have to use it if I don’t want to, but if I suddenly end up in a game with excessive infantry hate on the other side, I can completely switch gears.
I’m still working on my Asphyxious3 list, which worked well enough but felt a little heavy on support pieces during this weekends tournament. One thing I did learn was, that I actually had trouble putting all the Focus to good use when I got it after the feat turn, so I’ve been considering a couple of Helldivers.
Asphyxious the Hellbringer
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Satyxis Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Satyxis Raider Sea Witch
The Withershadow Combine
Gorman di Wulfe
Satyxis Raider Captain
– Arcane Wonder
– Bile Thralls (Leader & 5 Grunts)
– Ogrun Bokur
– Blood Witches (Leader & 9 Grunts)
– Blood Hag
This list is very much WIP. I haven’t really felt the need for Tartarus in the games I’ve had with Asphyxious3 so far, but having him available for matches against very high defense opponents seems prudent. The list can also turn into crazy dude-spam if needed, by changing the Helldivers and Gorman into Blood Witches + Hag.
I’ll keep working on this, but any input, theory, or experience with Vanguard setups will be appreciated! :)