Reader Request: Let's Make Some Lists!

Prologue:

I got an email a week or two ago from one of my readers asking for some advice on a pair of 75 point tournament lists. He sent me his list of models and gave me a $50 budget to get some other specific models as I felt were needed. 

I thought this would be a sweet little exercise to put out as an article, so here we are! 

First of all, let's have a look at our model selection:

Warcasters
Kaya 3
Wurmwood 1
Baldur 1
Tanith 1

Warbeasts
Gorax
Wild Argus
Pureblood
Pureblood/Feral (can swap head and arms)
Loki
Stalker
Woldwrath

Solos
Blackclad Wayfarer x2
Gobber Tinker
Lanyssa Ryssyl

Units
Shifting Stones
Sentry Stones x2
Reeves of Orboros
-CA

 

Alright, this is a really great place to start. There are a couple of pieces that I really want to use out of here, both for cool factor and for playability:

Woldwrath - if you've got a colossal/gargantuan, you REALLY want to put it on the table. I think this guy is really sweet with Baldur 1, so we will most likely be going in that direction. 

Loki - arguably Circle's prettiest model, Loki is also a powerhouse on the table and gives some really strange vectors for attrition and assassination. Combine him with Shifting Stones and you've got a 16 inch, non linear drag gun. 

The lists!

1)

With the options above in mind, I'm looking very hard at Baldur 1, simply to base a list around the Woldwrath. Neither of the other two available casters really have an ARM buff, which is what the Woldwrath really needs to shine. 

So to start with we have:

Baldur 1
- Woldwrath

(37/106)

There's a pretty serious argument for going into the Bones of Orboros theme here, but there are quite a few models missing that I would want for that (A Woldwarden, a pair of Woldwyrds, Megalith), so some other things to consider are going into the Wild Hunt to capitalize on the unit of Reeves he has (an idea that I like a fair amount). It also gives the Woldwrath tracker (which is something that Colossals and Gargantuans always want to have) and Baldur can still take Megalith in theme. 

Let's have a look....

Baldur 1 (The Wild Hunt)
- Woldwrath
- Pureblood
- Megalith

Reeves of Orboros
- CA

(94/106)

Twelve points and a potential free solo left to go. I'd really like to fit a Woldwyrd in here (I'd really like two, but I don't think that's particularly doable), which leaves us with three points left to go. The obvious choice is probably a unit of Shifting Stones for Fury Management and threat projection on the ranged models. 

Baldur 1 (The Wild Hunt)
- Woldwrath
- Pureblood
- Megalith
- Woldwyrd

War Wolf/Gallows Grove (Free)

Reeves of Orboros
- CA
Shifting Stones
 

What we have here is a pretty vicious gunline with every single model (other than the War Wolf if that is chosen) having some ranged output. With two Earth Spikes a turn, several Woldwyrd shots, the Woldwrath Gun, and Reeves CRAing, you have some pretty excellent damage potential. 

Baldur's feat covers the army and gives the Reeves cover twice in a game thanks to their mini-feat, and the rough terrain gives the list an extra turn of shooting before the lines close. 

Thanks to Stone Skin, the Woldwrath and Megalith both hit pretty bloody hard in melee, so once the lines close this won't be a slouch in melee either. 

Don't forget, all of the beasts can see through forests to charge, including the Woldwrath. 

2) 

Alrighty, one list down, one more to go! 

So far, we have purchased Megalith for around $30 if you get the old sculpt (which is perfectly serviceable) or heck I'd sell mine for $20 since I have two randomly and a Woldwyrd for around $10 (I'm using discountgamesinc.com prices for my ballparks here since I don't know if my friend here has access to an LGS) and either a War Wolf or Gallows Grove if so desired. 

I really want to put Loki in a list, and there are a couple of ways to go about this. First idea, I could take him with Tanith and potentially go in theme. 

Second idea, take him with Wurmwood and try and engineer some really janky assassination angles. I'm going to take the liberty of suggesting purchases a touch over the $50 threshold here as Wurmwood really needs a second set of Shifting Stones and I also want to get a second Woldwyrd in here. 

I've been a strong proponent of Wurmwood being built like a gunline for....well a long time now, and I've basically got a template for the list already in my head. 

Wurmwood
- Cassius
- Loki
- Megalith
- Pureblood
- Woldwyrd
- Woldwyrd

Gallows Grove

Sentry Stone x2
Shifting Stone x2
Reeves of Orboros (min)

It's another fairly gross gunline with Curse of Shadows to increase damage Stranglehold to keep heavies in check, and lots and lots of assassination angles. 

When some more budget frees up, I'd really suggest dropping the Reeves for a unit of Bloodweavers and making the Gallows Grove and the extra two points into Lanyssa. I could also see dropping Loki (ouch, I can't believe I just said that) for a second Pureblood and then taking out the Grove and Reeves for a min unit of Wolves and a Gorax for that sweet Primal on the pair of Warpwolves. 

Wurmwood can be built in a lot of ways, but, like most Circle lists I play lately, I think he works best as a gunline. 

2.5)

The other list I could see putting Loki into is a Tanith beast brick. I played a list very similar to this for a lot of early mark 3 and it works really, really well. 

Essentially what you do is you throw a heavy with Admonition at something with no buffs at all. You then have the Stalker with Scything Touch go in, kill whatever it is, and then Sprint out. 

Your opponent then has to dedicate at least two heavies to the first one (I usually had the Feral do it, but Loki is the clear candidate now) as when the first heavy goes in, Loki Admonitions away and has to die to the second one, which might not always kill him because Loki is a 14/19 heavy and can have Elusive on him as well. 

After that, you kill the two heavies that came for Loki and you're up 3 heavies to one at worst. 

Reeves are there to kill infantry, and the Shifting Stones are there to provide Fury management and also to make Loki deadly. 

Tanith
- Loki
- Pureblood
- Pureblood
- Stalker
- Gorax

Blackclad Wayfarer


Shifting Stones
Reeves
- CA

Out of the two secondary lists I've proposed, I would most likely use this one as it does something very different than the Baldur list does, namely murder things in melee. 

Conclusion:

This was an extremely fun exercise, I really like building lists with some pre-set limitations. I'm pretty happy with how the final pair came out, let's have a look:

Baldur 1 (The Wild Hunt)
- Woldwrath
- Pureblood
- Megalith
- Woldwyrd

War Wolf/Gallows Grove (Free)

Reeves of Orboros
- CA
Shifting Stones

And:

Tanith
- Loki
- Pureblood
- Pureblood
- Stalker
- Gorax

Blackclad Wayfarer

Shifting Stones
Reeves
- CA

Total investment:

Megalith $30
Woldwyrd $8.50 (Although seriously, do yourself a favor and get two if you can)
Either a Warwolf for $11.04 or a pair of Gallows Groves for $21.25
And potentially a set of Shifting Stones for $10.19

For a total of $49.54 for the Megalith/Woldwyrd/Warwolf Combo, $59.75 for the Megalith/Woldwyrd/Groves, and the option of adding ten bucks on to either for the Wurmwood list. 

 

Hopefully this was helpful and fun to follow along with, I certainly had fun considering all of the possible options, and it's always nice to get to engage with my readers - I'm only doing this still because of how awesome you all are. 

Would you have done something different given the model selection? Let us know in the comments!