Having doubts about the Goreshade3 all cavalry list made me sit down and have a look through my drawers of rarely used dollies, and suddenly I remembered one of the first theme forces I tried out almost four years ago: Asphyxious1, Scavengers of the line.
I thought a bit about how much fun I’ve had with twelve Scrap Thralls over the last month or so, and then thought about the sheer stupid fun I could have with three or four times that number. Scavengers of the line allows you to place a wreck marker for every warjack in his battlegroup, which of course grants cover, but which can also be turned into more Scrap Thralls, so I came up with the following list, which I’m trying to beg and borrow my way to fielding (just two more Slayers to go).
Iron Lich Asphyxious, Scavengers of the line T4– Cankerworm– Deathripper– Deathripper– Slayer– Slayer– Slayer– Slayer– Slayer– Slayer– SlayerNecrotech & 1 Scrap ThrallNecrotech & 1 Scrap ThrallNecrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall3 Scrap Thrall3 Scrap Thrall3 Scrap Thrall
Objective: Fuel Cache
The first turn the three Necrotechs statistically clear out two wrecks, thereby creating another 2d6 Scraps to play with, and they’ll keep doing so all game long unless they get shot. The Slayers all run like crazy (+2 SPD in the first turn) to the middle of the table where cover (three small wreck markers) awaits them , or near where the Fuel Cache is since there’s no way Asphyxious can even run all his jacks on the same turn!
Then it’s just a question of keeping the Slayers punching while wave after wave of exploding little dudes come running up, and the Slayers can even chuck them at the enemy if they need to. The theoretical number of Scrap Thralls in this list is 12 +14d6 +6d3 = 114, though only if the game goes at least seven rounds and all my jacks die (and more likely ten rounds, since one Necrotech is likely to fail each turn). The list has no upkeep removal, no Pathfinder, and no support, but I find the thought of running ten jacks and 50+ exploding infantry at an enemy pretty damn funny!
The list can punch through almost anything in the game, and the sheer silly number of Scrap Thralls should be able to deal with almost any number of infantry. The main challenges will be keeping the squishy Slayers alive, while applying Scrap Thralls without accidentally setting them up for a chain explosion that’ll wipe out half my own army!
Man I hope I can find someone to lend me the last two Slayers!