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I've begun running a new main unit for my Ogre army, and I've found it to be a very effective combination. Altogether, it takes up a Lord, hero, and core slot, but the amount of power and versatility it contains is incredible:
Tyrant w/Siegebreaker, fistful of laurels, daemon scars, beast killer, heavy armor 
Butcher w/skull mantle, bangstick 
4 Ironguts w/musician, standard, look out gnoblar 
At 708 points it's certainly not cheap, but it's incredibly effective, and you can drop 1 ironguts and/or the fistful of laurels and beast killer name if you like, for points, and it'll still be effective (just not as resilient).
As it is, you have a unit that causes terror, is immune to psychology, can re-roll any break test once per game, can cast gutmagic on itself, attacks with a ton of great weapon attacks, and not only has 4 ways of causing leadership checks (defeating in combat, bangstick, braingobbler, and terror), but it lowers the opponent's leadership by 1 when they make the test.
Admittedly, it won't do as well against armies immune to psychology (like the undead) but causing terror also means being immune to terror, which is still very useful in that situation.
What do you think? Are there any possibilities/strategies I'm overlooking?
I've started running a similar unit:
Tyrant - Tenderiser, Wallcrusher, Warpstone Necklace, Fistful (this latter item is pretty unecessaary, I know, but I guess it's cheap and the BSB might die *shrugs*)
Bruiser - BSB, Cathayan Longsword, War Banner
4 Ironguts, FC, Rune Maw
Several units nearby to outmanoeuvre, block, or take damage on behalf of this big unit.
An assortment of personal gnoblars.
I came this close to beating off a unit of Chaos Knights (who charged), but for the incessant 5th spell from the LoSlaanesh, and two failed Ld tests at Ld9, meaning I lost two combats in a row to Terror causers, and that was on the defensive. On the charge, however, this unit is frightening. I might drop the Wallcrusher Big Name and Laurels to get the DK Scars (though I think I'll still be 5pts over the limit).
But as I covered in cryptics, if you get charged by a powerful unit, you are in a lot of trouble. Otherwise, I comend you for what you're doing - it's always nice to see OK players thinking outside the square.
this tactic IS different... I'm gonna try it in my next game. Putting a lot of eggs in one basket might make or break a game, but it certaintly looks like a unit that stand on its own against any other single unit....
I'll probably go with a Tyrant, tendereiser, wyrdstone, HA, (and something else)
with butcher skullmantle, (and something else)
With 4 iron guts....
I'm not exactly sure if i wanna go with a bellower and standard, although the standard might earn it's own points back by keeping the group from breaking....
And if you do go with the standard bearer, 'guts can have war banner like above for more static res. I might try something like that, but maybe BSB instead of tyrant with butcher, or just add him for ALL my eggs in one basket, that way more static res and two magic banners, I've always wondered if the dragonhide one was worth it.
i like the idea of the dragonhide banner, but have questioned whether or not 55 points was worth it.... but i agree that if i'm already loading up the unit i might as well fill it up to the 'brim of the glass'
I Ran a List which included this today:
Tyrant- Heavy armor, Wyrdstone, Tenderizer, DK scars.
8 iron guts w/champ and War banner.
Slaughter master- Skull Plucker, wyrdstone,dispel scroll and Bang stick
I was fighting high elves.
I clobbered his lion chariot. destroyed a unit of...something...I forget what there called.
and over ran into sword masters..or what ever theyre called. and killed a bunch of em. but that was turn 6.
He won, but It was the one of the best games ive played.
The bang stick only worked once, but i did kill with it...but power level 3....its not a great choice.
also, I took 2 scrap launchers, and it worked great. Highly recommend it.
The big ogre unit isn't only strong, but its also a whole lot of fun
THe idea of adding 2 scraplaunchers is a great one I think I'll try that next week thnx!
This strategy isn't exactly new, it's called a deathstar (or "putting all your eggs in one basket").
I think the success of this sort of strategy hinges on what the rest of the army looks like. You have to support it properly. I'm currently building such a list for Ogres. I bring a Hunter and lots of Gnoblar Fighters / Trappers and use Bulls instead of Iron Guts for the unit surrounding the Tyrant and Butcher. Plus two 3 man units of Iron Guts to cover flanks and a pair of gorgers. The Trappers/Hunter/Gorgers are dedicated to harassment type tactics, taking down war machines, causing confusion among the enemy ranks and battle plan, while the Deathstar sweeps them up. Gnoblar Fighters are there to screen the Deathstar.
At least, that's how it's supposed to work.
It's probably not as reliable as a Skragg list or an MSU list, but it's fun. One bad round of rolling and 800 points down the drain.
Another win for the Ogres! ^_^
I won another game over the weekend using the strategy in the first post, and this time it was against another Ogre player. Despite the fact that my 'terror' causing unit was now only causing fear, the fear was very effective at panicking the smaller expendable units he ran in front of the rest of his army. After panicking them, one ran back and panicked another large unit by retreating through them, allowing me to get into position and outflank the majority of his army.
Again, the strategy seems very effective, even against fear causing units, especially ones with lower leadership values, that are likely to fail a leadership check with a -1 modifier. Even when they're within 12in of the tyrant, they only have a leadership of 8 against the terror, which is far from invincible.
I knew the deathstar tactic, but I never thought of adding 2 scraplaunchers.
It looks pretty scary when you can get 2 chariot charges of or just get 2 succesfull rounds of shooting on a big block.
lol against 20 empire greatswords like 35 hits on strenght 3with KB