Monday, April 01, 2013
Thinking Cap: Reeves of Orboros
No, they have her locked up pretty tight and otherwise you'll be lacking any real support spells for your models and you'll just have to rely on cutting yourself to re-roll certain attacks. Don't get me wrong - it's a fantastic ability but you have to be careful not to hurt yourself too much for crappy attacks and she has no real spells beyond Carnivore to improve the effectiveness of your infantry. So I took a look at what else Circle has available and I took another look at Reeves and I think we have our first Warlock who might offer them something to make us look twice at them.
This has some interesting implications since Morvahna has Fog of War. One of the main limitations of Fog of War with ranged armies is that all models gain Concealment in her control area - including enemy models - but if you're shooting with a unit that has Hunter, who cares anyway? What's nice though with the Reeves is that if they're in range of the Hunter, they will get Camouflage so they will get an extra +2 DEF from Fog of War meaning they'll be DEF 17 against ranged and magic attacks - not bad considering they're also ARM 13 so blast damage is less likely to kill them too! Okay, they're starting to look a little bit better now. Even if your opponent gets to the Reeves in melee and starts to chew them up, you still have a feat available to bring them back in hopes that you may even be able to use them the following turn. Hell, even the Reeve Hunter could be brought back since he's not a character model.
On top of all of this I think one of my favorite parts of all of this is the War Wolves. Remember how they seem to have poor synergy with their Sic Em ability, immediately charging a target hit by a Reeve attack? Well it doesn't specify a Reeve ranged attack and you have the option of having it charge a target that the Reeve Hunter hits in melee. Also, this ability triggers immediately and so this means that when you use Morvahna's feat, although the War Wolves have to forfeit their action, since Sic Em happens immediately, their ability can still trigger when they're brought back during her feat so you can feel free to throw them out there earlier in the game. Then you can just pop feat, place them in an ideal position, and have some reeves shoot at some targets and immediately Sic Em!
That still, of course, leaves one searching for a suitable target for Carnivore but I think that the Riphorn Satyr will be my favorite target for the spell, but there are some other heavies which could use some consideration. Regardles, I think that Morvahna can actually offer Reeves more than any other warlock Circle has available so far so they may be worth a second look. I'll leave you with the list that I put up on the Steam-Powered Gamer facebook page yesterday where there was some serious discussion. I don't suppose that the list is truly the most powerful out there, but it's one which I would like to play around with once all of the models I need are out there:
- Gorax (4)
- Woldwatcher (5)
- Riphorn Satyr (9)
Druids of Orboros (7)
Reeves of Orboros (full, 10)
Reeve Hunter (2)
War Wolf (1)
War Wolf (1)
War Wolf (1)