Sloan is a very straight-forward warcaster. What does she do? Shoot stuff. What kinds of models does she like in her force? More shooty stuff. What does her feat do? Let her guys shoot more stuff! But surely all of this ranged firepower must come at a price, have some weakness? I have discussed in the past that the current meta unfortunately is heavily melee focused. There is a lot of protection out there against shooting and since Legion largely ignores most of them, that is partly why they are such a popular faction. Cygnar, however, has a more difficult time bringing their shooting prowess to bear against most armies. That means that one of the biggest challenges facing a shooty Cygnar force is killing off melee threats before they get close enough to engage and ultimately destroy your superior shooting.
Here's the list I've come up with:
- Stormwall (19)
- Minuteman (5)
Long Gunners (full, 10)
Black 13th (4)
Stormsmith Stormcaller (1)
Stormsmith Stormcaller (1)
You'll notice that I've also added a Minuteman to the list and I've discussed before how I think that the Minuteman will be very useful with Sloan, but even just a cheap source of POW 14 shots will be quite helpful for Sloan. On her feat turn, her battlegroup can potentially throw out 3 shots at POW 15, 3 at POW 14, and 3 POW 12 shots from Sloan's Weapon Master rifle! That's a lot of firepower! On top of that, she still is packing a full unit of Long Gunners which will be solid at long range for being able to throw out high-POW CRAs if they need to.
One of the worst match-ups for Sloan, however, is a list that has lots of Stealth models, but there are several features of this list that deal with those models without a problem. The rules for the Stormwall's Lightning Pods lets them act as triangulation points for Stormcallers, and since Storm Call is not a ranged attack but merely requires a skill check, you can fairly reliably deal with Stealth or high-DEF models by zapping them with some Storm Calls - as well as Disrupting warjacks! Having played with eNemo's theme list for some time, I can't underestimate how great that is, even if the Stormsmiths will be less accurate than I'm used to. Additionally, the Black 13th can deal with a variety of Stealth targets as well by placing their template so that the rest of your army can shoot away at models within, as well as packing some solid firepower. The Black 13th are practically an auto-include for Sloan and they'll fit quite comfortably in this list too.
|These guys are perfect for Sloan!|
In the end what we have with the list is a lot of high-powered ranged attacks to deal with heavy targets, ways of protecting your ranged models from getting engaged, and the tools needed to deal with models which have Stealth. Hopefully now you can see why I believe that the Stormwall will be quite effective with Sloan and why I'm excited to get my hands on the model!