Lord of Ruin: Fail & Fortune

A month ago I posted about my tragic adventures with Goreshade3, and then I brought him to The Battle of Lund. Having put together the list myself – instead of netdecking – I thought it might be different, but winning one game by lucky assassination – and losing the other – wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I’ve never lost more games with a caster than I have with the Lord of Ruin, and that’s including my atrocious experiments with some of the worst casters in the game.

Then about a week ago I was driving home, and my mind began putting together random ideas. I don’t always know where my inspiration comes from, but every once in a while I’m allowed to follow the process, and this was one such time. I’m not sure I can recommend following my train of thought, but let’s give it a go anyway. I would also like to apologize to Duskern in advance, and pray that giving his band a little exposure will earn me enough points to get away with abusing him :D

I had just been talking to him about buying some more Mechanithralls for my Deneghra3 list, since he owed me a box from several years ago, and the radio was playing ‘Hello’ by Adele. Listening to the chorus of the song I got to thinking that it might sound pretty spectacular in a metal version, which was obviously a note spawned by Duskern – because he’s metal as fuck – so I went home and fired up youtube in order to find a metal version of ‘Hello’.


The guy on the far left is Duskern, with his band Woebegone Obscured (I linked a track to the image)

I found a great version (I love that preview picture so much!), even though Duskern might execute me for calling it metal, and while I was listening to Leo screaming I thought about a partner for The Soul Weaver. I’ve spent weeks trying to come up with something I could enjoy playing, while also doing well in tournaments, and while I was pondering the problem Duskern kept roaming around in ye old noggin because of the music.

Now Duskern is an amazing person and probably the nicest man in the world, but also quite possibly the slowest player in Warmachine, and suddenly the random thoughts began congealing into an idea. I’ve been bitching about Mockery of Life being useless as anything but an assassination tool, because games are rarely long enough for those 3-6 models to actually matter in an attrition war, but what if I forced the games longer simply by including more bodies and recursion than most lists could conceivably deal with?

Goreshade, Lord of Ruin
– Ripjaw
Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts)
Mechanithralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Skarlock Commander
Mechanithralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Skarlock Commander
Mechanithralls (Leader and 9 Grunts)
Necrosurgeon (Necrosurgeon & 3 Stitch Thralls)
Necrosurgeon (Necrosurgeon & 3 Stitch Thralls)
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Satyxis Blood Hag
Saxon Orrik
Skarlock Thrall
Warwitch Siren

Objective: Bunker

The list has 68 models and returns 9+ models each turn. Sure it has some tools, some ranged attacks, and the option of assassination, but in reality the list is designed for just one thing: Timing my opponent out. The longer the game goes the more models will arrive, and at some point an opponent will either lose the ability to handle the recursion or just time out killing them all. I’m not going to be playing the list to win, but to waste my opponents time, which will be an interesting experiment to say the least.

The list above is version 2, but I took version 1 out for a spin against a Deneghra1 gun line last night and timed him out. I had 20 minutes left on my clock when he timed out after killing more than 100 models. Version 2 has slightly fewer models (four less) but has Ghost Raiders for even more recursion, and 21 Incorporeal models can really create both clusterfucks and activation sequence nightmares, costing an opponent even more time.

Turn two

Tomorrow I’ll bring the list to the Xmas brawl – partnered up with Deneghra3 – and if it keeps on trucking I’ve found my list, and it doesn’t hurt that Goreshade3 is on next seasons ADR, so if I’ve finally broken the code with him I’ll be a happy man.


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  1. Three things:
    1) I don’t know if the internet can handle how metal Duskern’s band is. You have to be careful with stuff like that, man, seriously.

    2) Leo Morachiolli is the man. His “metal” might fall a bit toward the Nu end of the spectrum for some people’s tastes, but his cover songs (Frozen, Taylor Swift, etc) are hilarious.

    3) This list concept is ridiculous. It’ll be amusing to see if it actually works.

  2. So is the plan just run everything up and keep replacing the stuff killed? Jam them out of zones and contest everywhere?

    I’ll need a lot more mechthralls :(

  3. This may seem counter intuitive. But horseshade needs to be on tier. His game us full stop pants on head stupid.

  4. I played in the Xmas brawl today, and it was awesome with Christmas music, klejner, and a few Christmas themed models made for the day.

    Game1: Goreshade3 Vs. Ossyan. I win on attrition without breaking a sweat. It was a rusty opponent returning from hiatus, and with our specific lists the match-up was heavily in my favor.

    Game2: Deneghra3 Vs. Ossyan. I grind him to bits, line up for a scenario victory (I’m at 4-0 with total control of the zone), then overlook the Mage Hunter Assassin hiding in the forest, and die to a 5% assassination (10+ on 2d6 as he was hitting over an obstacle, and 16+ on 4d6). Kasper ‘long hot assassination’ strikes again.

    Game3: Goreshade3 Vs. Rahn. A wave of models wash over him in another of the most lopsided games I’ve played in years. Ghost Raiders feat-froze half his army and the swarm ripped it apart, while Goreshade bravely hid behind a house with Occultation up and camped his focus until it was all over.

    I ended up third and we (the missus and I) won the Christmas model competition. I took a loss with Deneghra3, which again was completely my fault instead of hers, but the Goreshade3 list seems promising. I didn’t even get close to timing out in any of the games, despite the high model count.

  5. Good to see you getting some wins with horsey.

    It looks horribly boring to play though.

  6. Goreshade3 is so boring. Id put him on Venny level. Great but a snore fest.

    Glad you are winning though.

    I’ve been having a ridiculous blast playing
    With sturgis.

  7. You planning on giving Shade3 and Denny3 in ADR next semester?

    • Giving *** a try. Writing on my phone xD

    • I don’t think I’ll enjoy G3 dudespam for long enough, but Skarre2 and Mortenebra are on the list as well. It’s been years since I played Mortenebra, and Skarre2 is a fun caster, so there’s a lot to work with when considering D3s partner. G3 is probably the best option, but the year of ‘fuck it’ really pressed home a point: I need to have fun in the long run to keep my steam pressure up.

      • Well I’d like to try him into Bradigus. Stealth Bane Thralls and occulationed Knights should help on the approach and Scything touch will help break the high armour.

        Throw in a butt load of more dudes and he should have trouble dealing with them all.

        Just hope it’s enough.

  8. Dude you’ve promised to play my Mortenbra gunline army. Time to cryx up and enjoy the full dumb and power.

    • Several versions are under development, but I want more stuff in it than points will allow :D

      • As long as it starts with
        Kraken (Sepulchre)
        And necrotechs/scrap thralls
        Its on the right track.

        • I’m trying something a little different first (tomorrow if all goes well)…

          Master Necrotech Mortenebra
          – Helldiver
          – Harrower
          – Harrower
          – Harrower
          – Harrower
          Necrotechs (7)
          – Scrap Thralls (7)
          Scrap Thralls (3)
          Scrap Thralls (3)
          Scrap Thralls (3)
          Warwitch Siren
          Warwitch Siren

          • That. Looks fun as well. ! Tell me how the game goes!
            Also dont fight gargossals. Its not representative of the power.

          • I was wiped by Legion with a Blightbringer. It was good fun and I’m coming back to it after testing my Revenant Crew Gpreshade3 list.

  9. I played a very similar list for Goreshade3 on the weekend. My only difference is I kept to min units of mechthralls, didn’t have a skarlock commander on one group and didn’t have a warwitch siren so that I could fit in a min unit of Biles. Although the biles did pretty well, I think a siren could have been useful.

    (snipped a LOT out :D )

    Only played one game with Shade in three rounds*. First round vs Butcher3.
    In the end, after barely hurting his guys but making lots of mechthralls, managed to time him out by blocking charge lanes to Goreshade and just making it harder for him to get in melee. I didn’t even try to attack the last couple of turns, just spat out Mechthralls from the necrosurgeons and lined them in the way.

    * I dropped Denny3 into Cygnar (and timed myself out with his caster on 4), and into Circle (which should have been Goreshade because then I would definitely have had a field of mechthralls getting in the way instead of hardly anything to block the Primaled, autohitting on the charge due to feat, Warp Wolf thing.)

    • Don’t get charged by anything that auto-hits :D

      • I really should have learned by now to read the opponent’s caster’s card if I’m not familiar with its feat. Having an idea of how far the warp wolf could charge would have helped too. Yeesh.

        The same player usually drops Khador, and in a previous tournament Denny3 soaked up a charge from Butcher3 and was left alive on 1 health. She then ate him. So this was revenge, I guess.

  10. This is how you lose friends. :D

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