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That is how I would describe the battle report from the most recent White Dwarf. I will not spill the beans on the result, as not to spoil it for those who have not read it yet, but it was a crappy one. Now, I know its naive of me to expect a decent battle report from the magazine, but I couldn't help it. It had dwarfs in it. One look at the dwarf list shows it was once again just a showcase for the new Skaven due next week.
This was their list:
Dwarf lord; shieldbearers, great weapon.
MRoGromril, MRoKragg the Grim, 2x RoCleaving
MRoBalance, Spelleater Rune
Thane; handgun, shield
MRoAlaric the Mad
20 warriors, shields
20 warriors, shields
20 longbeards, shields
18 hammerers; shields
1 Giant Slayer, Full command
20 miners; blasting charges
full command, steam drill
Grudge Thrower; engineer
The list just isn't playing to the dwarfs strengths. For example, all dwarf players know VS any army with shooting attacks, you take the MRoGrungi on a unit, to protect yourself against them (5+ ward vs all shooting to all units within 6"). That would have been my first choice vs Skaven. The two units capable of runic banners, doesn't have them. Again, a stupid choice. In 3500 points the dwarfs have only 4 war machines. Four. And none are bolt throwers, which are pretty much designed for combating big ranked units. Oh, and to cap it off they took a runelord without the anvil. Now, despite being a long term dwarf player I have never used the anvil (I rarely game and my dwarfs are getting an face lift) but I know its strengths. The point of it is to give the dwarfs a tactical advantage of -
a) additional movement
b) resistant to psychology
c) damage causing, and movement prohibiting
These would have proved useful against the skaven, its undispellable and rather powerful. In addition, it adds another dispel dice adding again to the anti-magic ability of the army. Why they chose to ignore it is quite obvious, they wanted the skaven to win.
I understand the reasoning behind the choices, they decided to handicap the opposing army, giving them chance to show off the power of the new army. They always do it. This is a sneaky away around the whole fixing battles. This is upsetting as not too many months ago, Jervis in his "Standard Bearer" column stated that the battle reports are not fixed and they cannot play more than one battle. This may be the truth, but it seems that the way around this is to handicap the opposing side by taking poor choices and making the army less than competitive.
Poor show Games Workshop. Poor show.
To me the most glaring idiot move was the MRoGromril on the Lord. Gromril armour + Shieldbearers is a 2 up anyway so surely we have another, much cheaper rune, that would be better placed.
And Rune of Resistance on a model with only a 3+ armour save... OH DEAR
But despite this I'm going to stick up for Games Wrokshop. They are in this to sell models. If they dont, then they go out of business, and we all need to find a new hobby. If they were a bit more honest about things then that would be an improvement but I can really see why they bias things in this way.
Some people will be pulled in by it, but I dont really think the new Skaven will be that strong.
Dwarfs have been featuring in a lot of the WD reports recently. Everyone likes taking a chunk out of the stunties.
Current painting project: 2300 pts of Dwarfs in 5 weeks.
I noticed the poor list as well. [spoiler --> ] So I find it terribly funny that the dwarfs still won xD
My commentary on their list. I don't mind them not using the anvil. I couldn't have born it blowing up in the start of the game. Thats why I don't use it mysefl either. I go for a lord on shieldbearers. The lord had a rune of resistance too by the way.
The characters were too expensive, and he should've taken at least a pair of boltthrowers. He would've skewered dozens of ranks, and possibly destroy those doomwheels and screaming bell/plague furnace with them.
They didn't want the skaven to win, IF they wanted Skaven to win then Skaven would have won, Instead, they wanted to exemplify the fact that Skaven cannot win while they argue (a skaven trait) but that if they actually focused on the dwarves they would massacre them (shown by the dwarves rubbish list, that still only barely won).
New gamers may now think this, however, most older gamers know better and are content to grumble at games workshop's dastardly tactics to make new armies look better than others and thereby encourage the purchase of more merchandise.
White Dwarf has gone downhill, As have the battle reports, about 80% of battles that focus on new armies are won by those armies, either by having one side at a weakened list, or giving the other easier objectives.
White dwarfs are known for taking odd lists. The skaven generals lists weren't tournie style lists either pretty much any sample army i've seen in the newer white dwarfs makes me think they just like to show off underused builds and units.