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Tutorial Dinosaurs in the Desert, a Lizardmen vs Tomb Kings Tactica

Discussion in 'Lizardmen & Saurian Ancients Tactics' started by airjamy, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. airjamy
    Razordon

    airjamy Active Member

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    Thanks a bunch NIGHTBRINGER, haha.

    On the Armour of Silvered Steel, this is the item you want most of the time on your Prince. Silvered Steel+Dragonbane Gem+GW is the standard build, gives you a 2+ with T5 and 3W on a model that buffs its unit,, etc. It is not going to kill most Lords, but it is great value and something of a budget Hero that really pulls its weight. The alternative is using the Armour of Destiny, but everyone strangely always remembered that my characters are Flammable (i even had to tell a lot of guys that no, not my entire army is Flammable), that really made you want to take the Dragonbane Gem. Silvered Steel is 45, Destiny is 50, so Silvered Steel was often the better option. If you put something like Silvered Steel on a Necrotect you are literally paying 100 points to give one unit Hatred.. meh.

    The way i ran them was just in friendly games, and than i would just give them nothing. We always played with closed lists, so your opponent never knew if he had something like Silvered Steel, so often they would just ignore him "because he probably had something" so i got away with giving my 40 unit of TG Hatred for a decent price. Yes this is kinda cheesy for friendly games, but TK were pretty underpowered at that point, i took what i could get. I only sometimes gave him the 5 pts item that gave the unit a 6++ against Warmachines if there was no char who could take that item in the unit. That item was just pretty strong for its points, if you only made one save with it, it has its points worth. I never tried running him just bare in tournaments, might be an interesting idea.

    Its already done! ;)

    Also, now that 8th is dead, is it ok to use point values in out posts?
     
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  2. NIGHTBRINGER
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    That is some interesting food for thought. I've always given my Prince the 4++ save for things that might hit him while he is in his unit (a lucky cannon ball, death sniping, etc) but your point on the dragonbane gem is pretty solid.

    When you field Tomb Kings, you got to squeeze the army for every last drop of competitiveness!
     
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  3. NIGHTBRINGER
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    @Killer Angel @Lord-Marcus @airjamy

    Over on the Tomb Kings forum (http://z4.invisionfree.com/Khemri/index.php?showtopic=13567&st=0) a survey was conducted rating the effectiveness of all the different Tomb Kings units. I've tabulated the results and thought it might be fun to analyze it here or at the very least use it as a reference.

    Legend:
    5 – This choice is extremely powerful / under-costed
    4 – A very competitive choice, good value for the points.
    3 – An OK choice, not optimal but still decent
    2 – This unit is below par, either underpowered or overcosted
    1 – Complete rubbish, very difficult to find any use for it

    The following table shows the average score for each TK unit:

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    Here is a further breakdown of the voting:
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    I'm a bit surprised just how well the Carrion and chariots did and also at how "poorly" the Necropolis Knights fared. No surprise seeing the Casket of Souls and Hierotitan leading the charge though.

    Discuss! :)
     
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  4. Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl
    Bastiladon

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    I'm really surprised at the Tomb Herald being last because according to a PDF version of the TK book I have, he can help stop your army crumbling if he's a battle standard bearer.

    Also Ushabti would be useful against things like Goblins and State Troopers because they have Great Weapons and are basically Tomb King Ironguts.
     
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    I agree. While I don't think that Tomb Heralds in general are that good, having a BSB is still useful even in an undead faction. TK may not have to take break tests, but they do take swift reform tests, combat reform tests (after losing), crumble checks after the loss of the heirophant, etc. I didn't expect to see Tomb Heralds in the very last position.

    Ushabti with GW have strength 6, that is quite useful against armour. However they are very squishy and expensive. I have toyed with creating a horde of 18 of them for shits and giggles. That's a lot of S6 attacks!

    Similar to our Kroxigors, they just seem a bit underwhelming. If you could freely put characters in the unit without having to place them on the side of the unit (due to incompatible footprints) things might be a bit more interesting.
     
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    Bastiladon

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    18 Ushabti would last longer than a unit of 3 at least, and the majority would be able to attack. I've had my Saurus cav against Ironguts and although I killed a couple I got stomped in return even with a 2+ save without modifiers.

    What I don't get is if they are so squishy because they have a 5+ save, and Ironguts are similar, why are Ironguts so difficult to beat? Surely they would be as squishy as Ushabti.
     
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    I think the thing that Ogres have and that Ushabti don't is monstrous infantry character support. If we could add character support within the unit itself, as opposed to on the sides, our Ushabti might be more useful. Also Ironguts benefit from the Ogre Charge rule, which can really help soften up a unit.

    That said, if I could find a way to keep a defensive Necrotect alive for a turn or two in an 18 strong Ushabti unit, they would probably disintegrate just about anything they come into contact with. Necrotect also grants them a 6+ regen save.

    Support-wise, how would you field an Ushabti deathstar? Perhaps with a pair of Necrotects to help ensure at least one survives? A Tomb Prince only gives them a modest boost in WS (from 4 to 5), whereas a Tomb King is quite expensive. The tricky part is that characters in the unit get no LoS roll. It might be a good idea to keep the characters in an infantry support unit, and only move them into the Ushabti unit when needed (this of course is purely dependent on the composition of the opposing army and what kind of templates can they throw at you; cannons, stonethrowers, etc.).

    The other issue with Ushabti in comparison to Ironguts, is that Ushabti can move 5 inches a turn (and only 4 inches if joined by characters), while the the Ironguts can march 12. That is a BIG difference.
     
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    Bastiladon

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    Unless you cast Khsar’s Incantation of the Desert Wind on them with a friendly Liche Priest - then they would be able to move 10” (8 with characters), making much less of a difference. Also Ogre Charge only works if they charge you - I charged them with my Saurus Cav and got stomped. I am learning, Master!
     
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    This is true, it just sucks that we have to spend power dice to do what every other army can freely do. It's a shame that constructs can only be healed a single wound per magic phase with the restless dead lore attribute, otherwise the spell would be very much justified.

    Saurus Cav leave much to be desired in my opinion. I only usually take them as a Saurus Scar-Vet/Oldblood bus. Were you running characters in your cavalry unit? Was your Ogre opponent running characters in his gutstar?
     
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    Bastiladon

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    No and Yes respectively. I don’t often like to get stuff online and Saurus on cold one character is online only (although I could try getting another cav box and convert) and yes he had a Bruiser with great weapon in his gutstar. I was hoping to do a double teaming with my Carnosaur sharging into his flank at the same time, but Frenzy meant he attacked a sacrificial unit of 3 bulls he had moved out in front of his army instead. I did kill the 3 bulls easily though.

    He had 2 units of 5 Leadbelchers, each with a Butcher, 4 Maneaters, 3 Bulls and 6 Ironguts with his Bruiser in. I had Oldblood with spear on Carno, 16 Saurus with spears, 8 Saurus cav, Skink Priest, Skink Chief, 16 Skinks with javelins, Bastiladon with solar engine and 3 Terradons (I don’t have a Slann and didn’t have any more Saurus then - it’s only recently that I got some more). I should really have included my other priest rather than the chief. To be fair though my Bastiladon killed 4 Leadbelchers outright with its solar engine in the first turn which allowed me to finish off the Butcher and one remaining Leadbelcher with my Saurus warriors and I destroyed the 3 bull unit easily with my Carnosaur. I was also able to kill the other butcher later on in the game, although my Terradons fled the board after deciding to use a flee charge reaction when faced with the Ironguts, my Carnosaur was riddled with holes by the leadbelchers and the Skink unit with priest and chief was wiped out. My Oldblood was a beast though even without his steed - he took on the 4 Maneaters by himself and almost killed them all and my cav did kill 1 Irongut and wound the bruiser.
     
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