Before we discuss the tactics there are a couple of things to understand. First, Shifting Stones have a major weakness and that is that in order to teleport a target model (like I'll be showing), you need to have all three of them still alive. While the Stone Keeper grants on unit stealth to keep them alive at range, one of those units won't have stealth, and in order for these two tactics to work, you'll need all three alive and present and that is not always easy to do. We'll discuss some survival tips with pBaldur at the end of this.
The second thing is that the teleportation range is within 8" of the target model's current location. This means that you can place the back of the model's base within 8" of where its front was previously. Since heavy warbeasts have 50 mm bases, this means that they can have an effective threat range of a little less than 10.5" if you do it right. While that might not seem that impressive, remember that the teleportation is also a placement, meaning that you can go behind models and squeeze into places that other models can't - even if they have a larger threat range. Also, since this happens outside of their normal activation, that means that you can have time to get them into your control area if they wander too far or you can cycle upkeeps onto them for maximum effectiveness. With pBaldur especially, being able to cycle Stone Skin onto multiple warbeasts can be hugely effective!
Okay so without further ado, let's look at the basic Shifting Stone formation that I use:
|Typical Shifting Stone formation|
In the game, however, I didn't actually do this. While Megalith would've certainly done the job, he's much too valuable to Baldur for many reasons. Instead, I decided to use the other tactic: the Slingshot. This is more obvious and harder to set up for longer distances, but in my same formation I was actually able to have Shifting Stones group 1 teleport the Woldguardian to my right, exercising a little practical pythagorean theorum.
|You have lots of tools for preventing your opponent|
from killing off your stones.
Lastly, here's a quiz question for you in light of the above tactics. What is the furthest distance from your board edge that you can project the Lord of the Feast on your first turn, if you assume that he hits a target with his raven?
We will look at the answer to the question tomorrow!