I had the opportunity to have the winner/winners of the May Atomic Hobby AOS Tournament discuss there thoughts tactics and gameplay from this last weeks local tournament. If you are interested in Tzeentch or Nighthaunt Tactics for Age of Sigmar this is the place to be. The tournament had 14 players many of whom are the top players in the city. Many of the lists are top tier and could be taken to a grand tournament.
Check out: Fat Ogre Games, Spring Texas. A great place to game on the North Side of Houston. And big thanks to Bryan L for running another great event.
This link is for the Harambe’s Heroes Podcast. They discuss the lists prior to the tournament:
These are the round breakdowns:
Pictures form the event:
Kyle Corcoran 1st Place
Kyle 1/2 of the infamous Corcornan Brother. Is a great competitor and always comes prepared with competitive lists. I have always appreciated his list building and hobby prowess. He brought a magic heavy Tzeentch list with lots and lots and lots of hidden wounds. Warscroll Builder only lists 64 wounds, in reality its closer to 250 not counting if he rolls any 1s for Pink Horrors battleshock.
Allegiance: Tzeentch –
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
Kairos Fateweaver (400) – Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch (240) – Lore of Fate: Glimpse the Future
Gaunt Summoner on Disc of Tzeentch (260) – General – Command Trait: Spell Hunters – Artefact: The Fanged Circlet – Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
The Blue Scribes (120) – Lore of Change: Unchecked Mutation Changecaster,
Herald of Tzeentch (110) – Lore of Change: Treason of Tzeentch
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (220)
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (220)
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (220)
Endless Spells / Terrain / CPs
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (60)
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Darkfire Daemonrift (80)
Total: 2000 / 2000 Extra Command Points: 0 Allies: 0 / 400 Wounds: 64
The List Overview
Even Miller 2nd Place
Even is a member of Harambe’s Heroes, who is a regular on the tournament scene. He is also part of the Harambe’s Heroes Podcast.
About the army
“To be honest I’m not what I would consider an expert in Nighthaunt. I only started collecting this army about a week before the tournament. I did have a lot of help due to the other members of Harambe Heroes, who helped shape the list that you see today. The big focus of this list and why I jumped on it was that it can be geared heavily into charging and weight of attacks, like my destruction armies I tend to play with. Unlike my destruction armies, you have a lot of ways to deep strike and pull shenanigans, and worst case if you don’t make that charge, you still are tanky enough to survive in most cases.
As for the subfaction and battalion, both were geared towards giving my Hexwraiths a serious number of attacks. They provide +1 to attacks for Hexwraiths if you made a charge move that turn (so essentially +2 on a successful charge). To make it even deadlier, you get those bonuses if you make the 10+ wave of terror charge. Combined with the Knight of Shrouds on ethereal steed’s command ability, you can have a 10 block of Hexwraiths get 180 attacks!
A worthy side note is that the emerald host allegiance allows you to worsen the save of an enemy hero by 1 for the whole game.
The strategy is pretty easy to setup, you essentially use the fast movement on the Hexwraiths and Black Coach, added with the pendant of the fellwind for a minimum 15” movement. While on the other hand, you’re deep striking the 20 block of revenants to either make a nice charge or at minimum block off an area/provide a threat. You also deep strike the Cruciator with the 20 block to try and hopefully provide that 5+ wound negate if the revenants fail the charge. The final key is deep strike the knight of shrouds where you think the most likely charge/damage can be done, as his command ability is great! I typically put him with the Hexwraiths as the 2nd part of the subfaction allows me to pass wounds off to the hexwraiths on a 2+.
As all or nothing as this list seems to be on the charges, it is surprisingly tanky being completely ethereal and having good hero support for those FNP.
Game 1 was fought against Justin and his IronJaws. He’s been running a double Maw-Crusha list at the last few tournaments and is very good at making it across the board and tabling you turn 1. The battleplan was border war, and Justin had fewer drops so naturally he went first. I made a major mistake by screening out my Hexwraiths with my Chainrasps hoping he wouldn’t be able to kill anything important, but not only did he make a 12” charge with a Mawcrusher into my backline, but his 2nd Mawcrusher and 2 boar units made it as well. It got worse when he got smashing and bashing off 3 times, killing 15 hexwraiths and 19 chainrasps before I got my first swing off.
It didn’t get any better on my turn when I failed my deep strike charge and retreated all my remaining Hexwraiths away from combat, trying to steal the objectives. The only silver lining was that my Black Coach made it across the board into his backline, and got locked into combat with his 5 brutes holding the objective. I knew for me to win I needed the double-turn, which luckily I got. My luck got even better when I made 2 10+ charges killing both his 6 block of boars and a Mawcrusher while stealing all objectives, putting me in a very good lead. On the bottom of turn 2 Justin killed off all my remaining Chainrasps and all the rest of my Hexwraiths, but wasn’t able to get enough objectives, with his only hope needing to get the roll off into turn 3. This did not happen and Justin conceded, ending the game 11-3.
Game 2 was against James West and his Illiatha Lumineth army. I was very familiar with this list as I have played Lumineth dozens of times, and James’ specific list at the Harambe GT, where it beat out my Troggoths. I hadn’t beat this type of army so I was pretty nervous with this new army I was playing.
The Objective was blades edge, which I normally have issues with holding 6 objectives while being able to throw enough stuff at my opponent, but luckily I had a lot of chaff that could sit back while I go take the opponents side.
First turn James went first, and admittingly James rolled pretty low on his ranged mortals which left me with most of my army intact. In total I made 5 10+ changes throughout the game which was pretty much the reason I was able to dwindle his forces down enough to pull out a victory. Anytime I’d be pinned down I would be able to retreat and steal objectives. Scored 10-4 on this one.
Game 3 was against Gavin Grigar on shifting objectives. Gavin’s someone that I’ve only fought a handful of times so far but have never been able to win against. Plus, I’ve seen his DOK games go 3-0 several times so it’s a combo that I was extremely nervous to fight.
Gavin made me go first round 1, screening out his 15 block of blood stalkers and 10 blood sisters with Morathi/Shadow Queen as well as the 5 block of blood stalkers, making it very difficult for me to get into the things I wanted to fight. I did the usual deep strike and moving up, however I didn’t make any charges except the black coach. I did however take all 3 objectives giving me 7 points (extra from battleline) and sufficiently screened enough to make it difficult for him to get any points from me. On his turn the snakes really laid in the damage killing many Hexwraiths, Chainrasps, and Bladegheists, however he was only able to take 2 objectives scoring him 4 points. The big play was the roll off went in my favor, allowing me to retreat all my remaining battleline out of combat taking back both objectives, while my bladegheists and black coach retreat and charged with a 10+ killing all the blood stalkers left on the board. And with that, I was able to score another 7 points and effectively ending the game. Game ended with me pulling off a victory and going 14-0 and having my first 3-0 local!”
Great commentary, tactics and list from 2 of Houston best players. I want to take the time to thank Evan and Kyle. I am always humbled and blown away with how our community treats each other and is just excited to talk AOS.
Fat Ogre runs a monthly tournament on the north side of Houston. If you are interested in attending keep an eye out for the Best Coast Parings listing.
Thanks for reading, Y’all be good.