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As my signature indicates, starting a new army is likely the worst possible idea I could think of right now, but I can't help it. Beasts of Chaos were my first love but I was too scared to get them and be worried about underpoweredness. Well, I shook off such fear when I impulse purchased the Ogre Kingdoms while on sale, so now its time....time to pick up some beasts!
My plan of attack will likely be 1k Beasts, then finish my WoC to 1k, then Ogres to 1k. We'll see, but... For now, I had a question.
As you can see I'm currently wielding two elite armies with WoC and the Ogres. I'm interested in the prospect of going with a horde style army to get a feel for that type of game. Besides trying a marauder heavy list, I'm very interested in trying a beasts list packed full of beast herds. Has anyone tried this, and if so, was it effective at all? I am a little worried about having no or very few hard hitters to put enemies in the dirt, but the imagery of all those beasties running around is just swell.
Any thoughts appreciated!
Just a mild warning that cleaning up the beast herd will have you crouching in a corner rocking backwards and forwards muttering incoherently about mould lines for weeks.
A horde of beasties certainly is an alluring image, isn't it? I just finished reading Shamanslayer, you might like to give it a read sometime if you like the thought of a horde of beasts. It's about the eighth book in the series but it made sense to me fine and I haven't read any of the others.
The army would be very lightly armoured which would be a downfall, though most would be skirmishers which would giving them a small grace versus arrowfire, in combat you'll be mostly squishy without something a little more solid to tie up the front of an enemy. Herds are quite nice to stick in somebody's flank and poke them with sticks and a miriad of blades. However I don't have the book with me and can't check thotoughly, bother.
You may want to have a little padding of SOMETHING to be more of a brick, as a horde Beasties can't really compare with the likes of the traditional horde armies and without a few specialists we can get a little unstuck.
At lower points, the idea has a very attractive image and holds a fair bit of merit. Perhaps being backed up with a Lord of Tzeench and a Shaman or two to bolster units with various spells while being able to tackle an army strategically with a well placed spell.
At higher points I'd consider compatible units that would still fit the theme but give it a little bit of a punch. At 1k though, it seems worth a shot See if you can find a discount place to get the units you need though, as Beasts will be being looked at fairly soon the moulds are looking pretty aged and I doubt you'll get anything 'crisp' at the moment, they will need to be cleaned up before painting, but the extra effort and TLC is worth it I assure you
The thing to remember about beasts is that they are unreliable - be sure to send two herds to accomplish any one job. But they are cheap, so it all works out.
Back up the herds with a few units of Minotaur with great weapons and a few Slannash Sorcerers and you should be fine.
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