Games Workshop Vampire Counts: Black Knights

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Black Knights from Games Workshop are a great flanking unit with high mobility for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.  They get a twelve inch standard move, two wounds each and five plus save helps keep them alive. That save goes to a four plus against attacks with no rending against the Black Knights due to their Crypt Shields.

A unit of Black Knights has five or more models, but do really well in units of between ten and twenty depending on how big of a list you are building.  Like Hexwraiths the other type of cavalry you can build with this box, Black Knights get two attacks with their Skeletal Steed’s Hooves and Teeth hitting on a four plus and wounding on a five plus. But they are also equipped with Barrow Lances that also get two attacks but hit on a three plus and wound on four plus. The Barrow Lances shine when you charge a unit of Black Knights because of their Deathly Charge ability.  Deathly Charge takes their Barrow Lances from wounding on a four plus down to a three plus and changes the damage the Barrow Lances do per wound from one to two!

Black Knights should always be built with a full command.  The unit leader is a Hell Knight and gets an extra attack with his Barrow Lance.  Models in the unit can also be Standard Bearers or Hornblowers.  As  a rule of thumb make sure to remove an command models in the unit last to take advantage of their buffs for as many turns as possible.  Standard Bearers allow a unit of Black Knights to subtract one from the bravery of an enemy units within six inches of the Standard Bearer.  The Hornblower allows a unit of Black Knights to always get a six inch charge unless the charge roll comes out higher than six.

Black knights go well with a Vampire Lord who can bring back slain Black Knights every Hero phase with their Deathly Invocation ability and also grant them one extra attack to all of their weapons with the Blood Feast command ability, skeletal steeds included.  Check the Black Knights from Games Workshop out for yourself for your games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. You can find them on Amazon here.

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Age of Sigmar Easy-To-Build Nighthaunt Chainrasp Hordes

Our Rating: 5 of 5

Review by: Dad

Chainrasp Hordes are one of the main battleline troop choices for your Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. They are most effective in units of 10 or more, I personally think they go great with a unit of twenty of them alongside some Hexwraiths or Glaivewraith Stalkers. You always want to upgrade one of the models in a unit of Chainrasp Hordes to the Dreadwarden unit leader as that model gets and extra attack with its Malignant Weapon and the unit gets bravery ten instead of bravery 6.  So leaving him till the last model you pull as a casualty is an important tip to remember. Units of ten or models of Chainrasp Hordes also get to re-roll wound rolls of a one.

Chainrasp Hordes are available in a unit of twenty in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set and in their own box of easy-to-build models that builds a unit of ten. Each model gets two attacks hitting on fours and wounding on fours doing one damage for each wound. They can then be buffed by the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed’s extra attack and a re-roll on failed hits from Crawlocke the Jailor or a Spirit Torment from the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set. Being able to roll sixty plus dice worth of attacks even hitting and wounding on fours can be devastating to just about any unit they go up against. Easily dishing out 10-15 wounds a turn on average per combat round. Chainrasp Hordes are a cheap and effective battleline troops choice for your Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army and are an automatic buy when building a new Nighthaunt army.  I highly recommend buying the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set to get a nice unit of 20 of them along with all the other amazing units that come in the box for your Nighthaunt army.  As it is an amazing value for anyone starting out in the hobby or wanting to build a new Nighthaunt or Stormcast Eternals army.

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Games Workshop The Guardian of Souls (a unit in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set.)

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Guardian of Souls is a Hero and Wizard character for Games Workshop’s Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. Only available in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Souls Wars starter set, The Guardian of Souls is a great little spellcasting hero.  His Nightmare Lantern allows any friendly Nighthaunt models within nine inches of the Guardian of Souls to add one to their wound rolls, helping to ensure those hits turn into wounds for your melee units. His unique spell Spectral Lure, if successfully cast during the Hero phase, allows the Guardian of Souls to heal d6 wounds allocated to a unit with eighteen inches or if no wounds are allocated to any models you can return a number of slain models to the unit with a combined wounds characteristic equal to or less than the rolled d6.  Hooray for bringing back the dead to fight again.

If the Guardian of Souls gets in trouble and has to enter melee combat, he has a respectable three attacks hitting and wounding on a 3+ with -1 rending and 1 damage each with his Chill Blade.  However, it’s highly recommended to never let him enter close combat as he should be buffing your mainline troops to greatness with his nine inch wound bubble and bringing the dead back to life again instead of getting his ghostly hands dirty.

While the Guardian of Souls is currently only available in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set, he is great addition to your army and gets a place in most of my lists. And this unit goes great with Crawlocke the Jailor (You can read my review of Crawlocke the Jailor here).

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Games Workshop Nighthaunt Keldrek Knight of Shrouds Malign Portents

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Knight of Shrouds is a Hero character for Games Workshop’s Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army. The Knight of Shrouds is available by itself on foot as the named character Keldrek and in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Souls Wars starter set on an Ethereal Steed. Either version are a great option for your general in a Nighthaunt army in smaller games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Both have beautiful sculpts that really show off Games Workshop latest advancements in the CAD design and production of these kits.  They really have been producing some of their most beautiful and easy to assemble models in the last couple of years.

The Knight of Shrouds on foot is amazing in melee with his Sword of Stolen Hours. The sword not only has four attacks hitting and wounding on a 3+ with -1 rending and two damage each.  As a bonus, every time he slays an enemy hero with the Sword of Stolen Hours, he heals a wound.  The Knight of Shrouds on foot’s command ability Spectral Overseer allows any friendly Nighthaunt models within nine inches to add one to their hit rolls.

The Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed gets is the far more powerful version in my opinion, getting six wounds instead of the five wounds of the on foot version, he can also move up to twelve inches instead six inches and his Ethereal Steed grants two more attacks with its Ghostly Hooves and Teeth.

He is also equipped with the Sword of Stolen Hours and it has the same attack profile and rules. Where he further differs from the Knight of Shrouds on foot is in his command ability.  Lord of Gheists allows him to add one to the attack characteristic of any friendly Nighthaunt units within a whopping 18” of the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed.  Any ability that grants an extra attack to a units profile is very useful when running him behind a large blob of Chainwrasp Hordes or my personal favorite Glaivewraith Stalkers.

The larger the model count in the unit, the more benefit you get from these attack stacking abilities. No matter which version you decide to add to your collection the Knight of Shrouds is a fantastic edition to your Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army collection. To add the Games Workshop Nighthaunt Keldrek Knight of Shrouds Malign Portents to your army, find it on Amazon here.

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Games Workshop Crawlocke The Jailor and Chainghasts Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

The Spirit Torment is a fantastic Hero unit for your Games Workshop Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt army.  The Spirit Torment is one of those heroes that can find a place in just about any Nighthaunt list.  I also bought a second one off of a popular auction website because I had to be able to run more than one of them. The Spirit Torment is available in either the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set, or as a single model and in a stand alone box as the named character Crawlocke the Jailor.  Crawlocke is a great option to get a second Spirit Torment as the box also comes with a unit of two Chainghasts if you already own the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set.

The Spirit Torment has two abilities of note for boosting your other units like Chainrasp Hordes or Glaivewraith Stalkers. Captured Soul Energy can heal lost wounds or return slain models to a unit at the beginning of the battleshock phase as long as three or more enemy models were slain during the turn in any phase.  Which is important because the models returned come back before any battleshock test are taken. With bravery ten, most nighthuant units rarely fail battleshock tests, but units of larger model counts are more susceptible to failure if they lose a lot of models.  This ability helps ensure you are never failing battleshock test and your units stay as strong as possible. And this ability can be used by as many Spirit Torments as you have in your list for every three enemy models slain during the turn!

The Spirit Torment’s Nagash’s Bidding ability allows any friendly Nighthaunt unit with twelve inches of the Spirit Torment re-roll hit rolls of a one.  This ability makes the Spirit Torment pair great with a Guardian of Souls and his Nightmare Lantern adding one to the wound rolls of friendly Nighthaunt units within nine inches. The Spirit Torment is a must buy for any Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthuant army and I highly recommend running more than one if you can fit them in your lists.

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Games Workshop Fine Cast Vampire Counts Tomb Banshee

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

“Tomb Banshee are apparitions of revenge who have long dwelt upon the dark deed that robbed them of vitality, love or contentment, becoming bitter and hate-filled.  A single scream from a Tomb Banshee can freeze the life from even the bravest warrior” – Games Workshop Tomb Banshee flavor text.

The Tomb Banshee is a great filler hero unit for Warhammer Age of Sigmar Nighthaunt armies.  Tomb Banshees are equipped with a Chill Dagger that does an automatic D3 mortal wounds on a natural six to-hit roll just like Myrmourn Banshees. The Chill Dagger normally does one attack hits on a four plus and wounds on a three plus with minus two rend and D3 damage for each wound. Which is still pretty decent if it goes in. 

The only other ability of note for a Tomb Banshee is their Ghostly Howl.  You can use Ghostly Howl during the shooting phase to target an enemy unit within ten inches of the Tomb Banshee and roll two six sided dice. If the total of the dice is higher than the target units bravery statistic it suffers a number of mortal wounds equal to the difference. 

The Tomb Banshee is most effective if you keep her out of close combat so she stays alive longer and can use her other ability Ghostly Howl in as many turns as possible before she goes down. However, Ghostly Howl is only effective facing a force of mostly low bravery units like Skaven. Making her points or warscroll cost only worth it if you know you will be facing mostly low bravery units.  She does make a great filler unit if you have less than one hundred points available left over in your list.  The Tomb Banshee pairs up great with unit of Myrmourn Banshees to give her some protection. Check her out for yourself and see how far you can push Ghostly Howl in your own games of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Dad

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is Games Workshop’s latest edition of their Age of Sigmar starter set, including a full hardbound rules book for the 2018 2nd Edition rule set.  This fantastic box also includes a whopping fifty-two miniatures in Games Workshop’s new push-fit easy to build style models.

Thirty-two Nighthaunt miniatures and nineteen Stormcast Eternals with the newest warscroll cards and unique battalion warscrolls are included in the model set. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box also includes a plethora of support booklets. A sixteen page booklet with the full rules for easy reference, a thirty-two page Battle of Glymmsforge booklet containing some of the back story and fluff for the included miniatures, and an 8 page Start Here booklet providing all the essential information for starting the Warhammer Age of Sigmar hobby.

The box is nicely rounded out with a beautiful set of twelve 14mm six sided dice, a twelve inch ruler, assembly and painting guides for all the miniatures, transfer sheet for the Stormcast Eternals and a mini thirty-two page preview novel from the Black Library, Games Workshop’s repository of stories from the Age of Sigmar and 40K universes.

The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is a great example of Games Workshop working to pack more value into their kits. They have truly pulled that goal off here.  Even at a price point that is 30% higher than previous starter sets, this box is a fantastic value.  It starts with the rule book. Previous entries only had mini versions or booklets of the rules, while this set includes the full hardbound edition of the rules. The rule book alone nets you 30% of the increased cost of the box.

Next, the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is packed with fifty-four models, the most they have ever included in a starter set. The kit is a solid place to start building a new Stormcast Eternal or Nighthaunt army. Games Workshop is killing the design of their new push to fit, easy to build models. The detail on these models is sometimes even better than GW’s standard model kits, and they are so easy to build that you have no excuse to put off assembling them.

Getting the warscrolls is a needed and much appreciated bonus, along with all the support books and dice.  The included ruler is on the flimsy and cheap side, but most Warhammer players choose to use their own tape measure. However, the ruler they provide is serviceable if no other measuring device is available.

In my opinion, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is one of the best starter sets Games Workshop has ever released.  With immense value packed into every inch, gorgeous artwork and model design, and that beautiful full hardbound edition of the complete ruleset.  It is a must buy for anyone who plays or wants to play Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.

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Citadel Nighthaunt Liekoron The Executioner Lord Executioner Warhammer Age of Sigmar

Our Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review By: Dad

The Lord Executioner is an interesting Nighthaunt army unit for Warhammer Age of Sigmar to say the least.  It’s available in two different versions from Games Workshop.  One is included in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set and the other is available as a stand alone model with a completely different sculpt named Liekoron The Lord Executioner.  However, both flavors use the exact same warscroll.

Normally, named versions of units have extra abilities or something that makes them unique enough to deserve a name in the background story and fluff.  And honestly, on paper, the Lord Executioner should be an amazing unit worth the points cost in your lists as an extra Hero unit.

But in practice, I’ve had a completely different experience.  This unit’s performance as a Hero hunter is not the greatest.  While effectively able to hit on 2+ and wound on a 3+ when fighting another hero, along with a bonus two damage per wound on a natural six wound role and -2 rending, I’ve never been able to effectively use him in a game. Now, that may be my own fault but I tried, believe me, I tried.

I’ve brought him in later rounds to surprise enemy generals or spell-casters.  I’ve slowly worked him up the board behind a large unit of Chainwrasp Horde or Glaivewraith Stalkers.  He just never seems to perform, once he engages close combat with any melee hero, he melts in less than a turn and never seems to eliminate his target.  I’ve found that his points are better spent on Crawlocke The Jailor or a Cairn Wraith or other similar boosting heroes in my lists.

The models themselves have really cool sculpts, and each one has their own charms to their design, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to keep playing one in my lists. Check the Lord Executioner out for yourself and see if he has a place in your Warhammer Age of Sigmar collection.

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Games Workshop Thanquol & Bone Ripper Skaven Warhammer

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review By: Dad

The mighty Boneripper protects his master Thanquol with his savage bulk and a choice between Warpfire Braziers and Warpfire Projectors.  Thanquol has some amazing fluff written around his addiction to warpstone, which fuels and boosts his megalomania, paranoia and fantastic spell casting abilities.

He can cast two spells in your hero phase and unbind two spells in your opponent’s hero phase as well and the Warpstone Addiction rule gives him an automatic spellcasting reroll on a 2+ but on a 1 he can’t cast anything. Boneripper can drop an automatic 2d6 (two six sided dice) wounds with his Warpfire Projectors, which is savage to any unit that comes within 8” of them.  The Warpfire Braziers net you 4 attacks with d6s hitting on a 3+ with -2 rend and a whopping 3 damage each.  Either choice works well and can consistently deal damage so pick the one that works best for your play style.

Thanquol and Boneripper are a beastly Hero Unit choice for your Skaven army in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and are a great pick as your general with a Command Ability granting a 6+/5+ invulnerable save to any unit.  Thanquol’s Warp-amulet allows them to heal a wound every hero phase, as well making them tough to kill without consistent damage being done. Just keep him in range of some blocking support to keep powerful ground units away from him while Thanquol unleashes his powerful spell-casting and Boneripper hoses anything down that gets close with the Warpfire Projectors or smashes them into piles of goo with the Warpfire Braziers.

The kit itself is well designed and fairly easy to build with the normal patience and time miniature modeling requires.  There are only a few joints that may require gap filling during construction and they are small enough that Games Workshops Liquid Greenstuff works great to fill them in. Games Workshop recommends and age of 12+ for the majority of their products, but younger kids can still paint them after an adult handles the hobby knife and plastic glue putting the kit together.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is a fantastic fantasy miniatures wargame, with many different armies and army themes to choose and build from.  Miniature wargames are a combined hobby of miniature modeling/painting and an exciting, strategic, dice based simulated battle.

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