Blighted Nyss Warlord
| Blighted Nyss Warlord |
The warlords of Everblight’s Legion enter combat armed with the double-bladed claymore—a weapon requiring remarkable dexterity and coordination to wield. With it, a blighted Nyss warlord scythes through enemy ranks, severing heads and limbs alike with blinding strikes.
|Blighted Nyss Warlord|
- Blade Shield - This model gains +2 DEF vs ranged attacks.
- Cleave - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a basic melee attack during its Combat Action, immediately after the attack is resolved this model can make one additional melee attack. This model can make only one additional attack as a result of Cleave each activation.
- Leadership [Blighted Nyss Swordsmen] - Friendly Blighted Nyss Swordsmen models in this model's command range gain Precision Strike. (As below)
- Overtake - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a basic melee attack during its Combat Action, after the attack is resolved it can immediately advance up to 1".
- Precision Strike - When damaging a warjack/warbeast with a melee attack, the attacker chooses which column/branch takes the damage.
- Double Claymore - 1" reach, P+S 11 melee weapon.
Thoughts on Blighted Nyss Warlord
Blighted Nyss Warlord in a nutshell
The Blighted Nyss Warlord ("the Warlord"), in terms of raw damage output, is a force to be reckoned with in his point class. Obviously, he's not likely to kill a heavy warjack on his own, but if you ask any Retribution player, they'll tell you the the combination of Weapon Master and Decaptitation is a potent combo for tearing off an arm, aspect, or simply obliterating an important solo. Against the average unbuffed heavy (ARM18-20), the Warlord can expect to do 10-14 damage on a normal day, but can obviously spike much higher thanks to his four dice charge damage and the fact that each point of damage on your dice is worth two with Decapitate. Combine his solid damage output with elite levels of MAT and decent DEF against direct shooting and the Warlord is a solidly self-sufficient combat solo.
However. the Warlord isn't a one-size fits all answer to your questions. To continue to compare to Retribution's Mage Hunter Assassin, the Warlord is much better at scalpeling those critical warjack systems thank to Precision Strike, but he will struggle to make it to certain targets thanks to his lower threat range, lack of Advance Deployment, and lack of pathfinder. He won't need help hitting his targets and doing the damage you want, but he will need assistance making it there unimpeded.
The Warlord also have some extra utility if you're bringing his brothers in arms, the Swordsmen. Cut from the same cloth, he's the de facto solo to back Legion's premiere weapon master infantry, and turns them into the miniature versions of himself by granting those within 9" of him Precision Strike. With a full allotment of Swordsmen with the command attachment and a Warlord or two, these Nyss can cleave through enormous amounts of infantry (Cleave+Overtake) or even leave a vanguard of warjacks missing most of their critical systems which can be almost as good as killing them outright.
Combos & Synergies
Since the Warlord packs his own defensive tech and is capable in melee on his own, models that can grant him added mobility are ideal for his inclusion, as well as warlocks who bring army-wide force multipliers. That said, Blade Shield alone is also not a guarantee against enemy gunfire - try to leverage terrain or consider a warlock who can help pump his DEF even higher.
- Succubus - With a well placed Blizzard you'll worry less about seeking cover during your advance. Combine with Blade Shield, and even veteran ranged units will have a hard time hitting you.
- Ice Witches - Fortunately, they can be brought into the same theme force. Puppet Master can save your investment, if the dice betrayed you on the first try.
- Kryssa - A +3 STR swing during her feat is a potent force multiplier and can be thought of as adding 6 damage to the Warlord thanks to Decapitate.
- Fyanna2 - She can replicate Kryssa's trick with Fury, if there are no better recipients around. Her feat can keep him safe on the way up the board against guns (DEF19 before forests/hills/walls), or in melee once he's charged in (DEF17).
- Thagrosh1 - Fog of War stacks with Blade Shield for DEF18 against guns. Draconic Blessing can go on him in a pinch for effective +4 damage, but much like Fyanna2, save it for special cases.
- Rhyas1 - She speeds warrior models up with Dash, and offers free strike immunity as well, which lets the Warlord really dig deep on his initial strike. The extra attack from her feat is just icing on the cake with his high MAT and damage.
- Rhyas2 from the Twins gives warriors in her control area pathfinder on the charge, which the Warlord obviously appreciates.
- If you can engineer Flank during Bethayne's feat for a Warlord, expect nothing short of silly damage levels if you roll well. At MAT10 and 5 dice of damage, not much will walk away without a good chunk of damage taken out of it. Add in the bonus from her Disintegrate spell and the occasional help of the Blackfrost Shard, and you will likely be close to the highest mathematically possible damage in the game for a single hit.
- When taking an infantry army backed by a Blightbringer, his STR aura does twice as much work on a Warlord than any other model. For some ideas, a Warlord on Kryssa's feat and in a Blightbringer's aura does effectively 10 extra damage to his target - effective 4d6+16 is about 20 damage against average heavy jack/beast ARM after Decapitate.
- If you want an impressively focused army, the Warlord, Swordsmen, Nephilim Soldiers and Zuriel can all laser in on the enemy front lines and each utilize Precision Strike to selectively disable the opponent's warjacks. This tactic is much less viable into Hordes unless you have a good way to liberally apply Grievous Wounds.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- Good DEF, but middling ARM. Don't expect him to live long after his initial strike, and be wary of boostable blast damage as well.
- Lack of pathfinder makes him hard to deliver.
- A little pricey for other models in is price range, and the CotD theme leaves few space for free solos.
Tips & Tricks
- Decapitate ignores Tough - keep this in mind when selecting the Warlord's targets.
- There is a damage guide on the Category: Precision Strike page.
Released near the start of Mk3 (2016.11)
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