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Trollblood Logo.jpg Theme - Kriel Company

Trollblood Theme Force
Band of Heroes - Kriel Company - Power of Dhunia - Storm of the North

The trollkin of the United Kriels will stop at nothing to protect their new home. In order to defend against any who would seek to drive them out, militias of resolute trollkin take up arms as companies of warriors. These companies mix traditional martial practices of the trollkin with modern firepower and the might of trolls to crush any opposition.

Theme Rules

Theme Restrictions

An army made using the Kriel Company theme force can include only the following Trollblood models:

Theme Bonuses

  1. This army can include one Minion solo and one Minion unit that will work for Trollbloods.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Trollblood] rule.
    • Minion units can have attachments, including a Ranking Officer
  2. If Greygore Boomhowler & Co. or Dannon Blythe & Bull are included in this army, they are considered to be Trollblood units instead of Minion units.
    • Despite being treated as a Trollblood unit during a game, Dannon, Bull, and Greygore still use up your Minion slot during list creation. They are more like a Partisan Minion unit, in that respect. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Note that there is a bug in Warroom that allows you to take them, plus another Minion unit.
  3. For every 20 points of Trollblood units and Trollblood battle engines in this army, you can add free of cost either:
    • One Trollblood weapon crew unit, or
    • One Trollblood CA, or
    • One medium-based Trollblood solo.
    • Free models do not count toward the total point value of Trollblood units in the army when calculating this bonus.
  4. Models in this army can ignore other friendly warrior models when determining LOS.
  5. You gain +1 to your starting roll.

Recent Changes

2018.01 Black Fleet CID

  • Confirmed that Blythe, Bull, and Greygore count against your Merc limit.

2018.03 Primal Terror CID

  • Hearthgut Hooch Hauler added to the allowed models.
     
Models allowed in Kriel Company   (Edit)  
This list was last updated: 2018.03

Warlocks

  • All Trollblood warlocks

Warbeasts

  • Non-character Trollblood warbeasts with a ranged weapon
  • Character warbeasts (with or without a ranged weapon) can be taken, but only if they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.
Beasts with Bullets  

Light

     

Heavy

Gargantuan

Units

Solos

Battle Engines

Minions

  • One solo
  • One unit

Thoughts on this Theme Force

Kriel Company in a nutshell

Kriel Company is the Trollblood ranged infantry theme - which is about all you can say about it. The benefits are bland (a few extra points, a better chance to decide who goes first, and shooting through your own models) and trolls aren't really known for their infantry gunlines. Extra points are always a good thing.

Theme's weaknesses and Overcoming them

Most of the ranged units in this theme (the good ones anyway) are also available in Storm of the North, which arguably provides better theme benefits. As such when building a Kriel Company list you should focus on the models you can only get in this theme, which are the War Wagons and free weapon crews. Fortunately, War Wagons are great and as such there's good reason to run two of them.

The next problem you'll encounter is the lack of damage buffs in this theme. Since this is a Hordes theme this can't be hot fixed by taking Aiyana or Ragman and as such you should pick a warlock with a damage buff.

  • Horgle the Anvil's feat boosts damage rolls on burning targets. So, fist light your enemy all up with Fire Eaters and Raiders, then pump out the damage into them with Sluggers, and then crash your War Wagons and Beasts into them.
  • Hunters Grim bring Mortality to lower your opponents ARM by 2 for 3 fury.

If you don't shoot the enemy off the board before they get to you, it's looking dire for your victory, since none of the available units are all that great in melee.

Cloud effects really ruin the day of any range focused list, consider Lynus and Edrea and/or the Bog Trog Mist Speaker.

All in all, you will still struggle against even moderately bricky lists, so your better off playing to your strengths. With all the battle engines, sprays and AOEs and Advance Deploy and Reposition on many of your units, you will clear infantry in droves and be strong on scenario. You can even play it for assassination, especially with Grimm2. This is to say, pair a Kriel Comp list with something better at cracking armour.

List-Building Tips

As mentioned you need to think your way round the two huge weaknesses above as not being able to handle the armour in even a list with two heavies is a major weakness. You need a plan for that.

There is one common high level competitive list that makes an end-run round the weaknesses of the theme force and needs handling by itself; Kriel Company is the only list that allows the War Wagon - and it also allows the Hearthgut Hooch Hauler. The battle engines (post Battle Engine CID) are all good, and this means that Kriel Company is played at high level with two War Wagons, a Hooch Hauler, and a gargantuan. Throw in a Krielstone and a minimum unit of Pyg Lookouts and that's your three free models (probably with Grim Angus as a feat-on-a-stick with Return Fire).

Warlock thoughts

There are a few obvious warlocks for this list - the three shooters and one slightly offbeat one that's the most flexible choice.

Other

Trivia

  • Released 2017.09

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification: Theme Forces     (Edit)

Warjacks/Warbeasts with bonds   [Show/Hide]
  • A warjack/warbeast with a bond can always be included in a theme force, whether or not they're in the list of allowed models, but only if they're controlled by that bonded model.
  • This applies even if that bonded model isn't a full warcaster/warlock (changed as of 2018.06).
Including Mercenaries   [Show/Hide]

Number of Mercenaries

  • For your solo, if you select a solo that comes in multiples (such as Swamp Gobber River Raiders) you get the normal number of solos. Not just a single model. (Locked thread)
  • As per the errata to the core rules, if your "up to one Merc" ...
    • ... can take warbeasts/warjacks, then you can add warbeast(s)/warjack(s) (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
    • ... comes with a Companion model, then you'll get that Companion (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
  • There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to not only take one Merc solo/unit, but the entire FA of that Merc solo/unit. It's a bug.

Partisans & Theme Forces (Edit)

  1. If the theme force has the Partisan model on the list of allowed models, then it doesn't use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and so you can take the full FA plus another mercenary. Example: Cephalyx in Black Industries or Kayazy in Jaws of the Wolf. (Infernal Ruling)
  2. If the Partisan isn't on the list, it does use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and you can only take one. There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to take multiple.
  • Whether you used option 1 or 2 above, once they're in your theme force they count as a Faction model and so...
    • they can count towards free points (if applicable). For instance, Nyss will count towards the "20 points of Retribution units" in the Defenders of Ios theme. (Infernal Ruling)
    • they can be taken free of cost (if applicable). For instance, Eiryss1 can be taken as a free solo in the Legion of Dawn theme. (Infernal Ruling)

Mercenaries and Quasi-Partisans

  • Some themes include a benefit that says "If this model is included, it counts as a Faction model instead of a Mercenary model". For example Greygore in Kriel Company.
    In this case, the mercenary model has effectively gained Partisan and is subject to the FA limits described above. To reiterate:
    • If that Merc is in the list of allowed models allowed (such as Savio in Storm Division), they won't count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.
    • If that Merc isn't in the list, (such as the Devil's Shadows in Slaughter Fleet Raiders), they will count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.

Mercenaries and Ranking Officers

  • If you can include a Merc unit, and its attachments, then you can attach a Ranking Officer. This is true regardless whether or not that Ranking Officer is on the list of "Allowed models" . (Infernal Ruling)
  • Adding a Ranking Officer to a Merc unit doesn't increase the number of Merc units you can take.
  • The Merc unit will count towards your "X points of [Faction] models/units" benefit (if your theme is worded that way). (Infernal Ruling)
Benefits for a single model/unit (eg "One unit of [blah] gains [yaddah]")   [Show/Hide]
  • If you need to choose which models get your theme bonus, then you do this choice after deployment. (Infernal Ruling)
  • An example is how Winter Guard Kommand gives Advance Move to one-warjack-of-your-choice-per-WG-unit.
    • In comparison, Destruction Initiative gives all Servitors the Shield Guard ability so you don't need to "make" a choice.
  • You should still write on your army list how many of these bonuses you get to hand out, though, so your opponent can clearly see. (Infernal Ruling)
    • ie at the bottom of your list, you'd write "3 warjacks gain Advance Move" but you don't need to state which three are going to get the bonus.
Free models and Specialists (ADR)    [Show/Hide]
  • You can swap out as many models from your main list into your specialists and vice versa as you like, but you must completely recalculate the new army list when you do, including bonuses. As long as the new army list is valid, including all free models, it doesn't matter what the left over points in your specialists are. (Staff Ruling)
  • If your theme only allows one merc solo, you can't have one in your main list and a different one in your specialists.
Unit Attachments & free points    [Show/Hide]
When to apply theme benefits   [Show/Hide]
  • Theme force benefits are applied when you construct your list and models keep the benefit for the whole game. You don't gain/lose theme benefits due to in-game changes.
    Also, if you put a new model into play midgame, they immediately gain any relevant benefits too. (Infernal Ruling)
    • For example, Scourge of the Broken Coast gives Dodge to "models in the army." If your opponent takes control of one of them, it keeps Dodge even though it's currently not "in the army".
    • For example, Storm Division gives lightning immunity to "Cygnar models in the army." If you include a Mercenary unit with a Ranking Officer, they will get the theme benefit and also keep it even after the Ranking Officer dies.
Number of free models   [Show/Hide]
  • If a model is normally added to your army in multiples (such as 3 Scrap Thralls for two points, 2 Crabbits for seven points, etc) and you choose to use your free card on such a model, you only get one model. (Infernal Ruling)
    • There are some exceptions, such as Storm Division's benefit explicitly saying you'll get 3 stormcallers.
    • There is one odd exception, for Children of the Dragon, where it was ruled that you'll get 5 incubi. However that ruling is an exception, not a general case.

Cryx - Ghost Fleet   [Show/Hide]
  • The "free solo" can be any kind of solo, it doesn't have to be a Revenant solo.
Cryx - Scourge of the Broken Coast   [Show/Hide]

Protectorate - The Faithful Masses   [Show/Hide]
  • A Mercenary unit with an Attendant Priest does count as Protectorate unit for the purpose of calculating points for free cards. There is a bug in Warroom that prevents it counting properly. (Staff Ruling)
Protectorate - The Creator's Might   [Show/Hide]

Mercenary - Llaelese Resistance   [Show/Hide]
  • It is 2 Cruicible or 2 Cygnar or 2 Menoth.
    You can't take more than 2, and you can't mix and match from multiple Factions. (Infernal Ruling)

Circle - The Bones of Orboros   [Show/Hide]
  • Una1 cannot be taken in this theme (yet) due to the conflict between the theme's "Only Construct warbeasts allowed" and Una1's "Must take warbeasts with flight". There are no construct warbeasts with flight (yet). But if/when there is, then Una1 can be taken in this theme. (Infernal Ruling)
Circle - Call of the Wild   [Show/Hide]
  • When it comes to other things that alter COST (such as Lamentation), follow basic maths: Double/halve first, then add/subtract.
  • Due to the way Tanith's feat is worded, during her feat turn the COST of animi cannot drop below 1. (Infernal Ruling)
Circle - The Devourer's Host   [Show/Hide]
  • Free Tharn models do count towards the free corpse tokens. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Bradigus1 is not legal in this theme. The theme only allows living warbeasts, his rules only allow construct warbeasts, and you can't just 'skip' his battlegroup - you have to spend your warbeast points.

Legion - Children of the Dragon   [Show/Hide]
  • If you select Incubi as your "one" solo, you get five of them. (Infernal Ruling)

Skorne - The Exalted   [Show/Hide]
  • If a Construct model loses the Construct advantage mid-game, it keeps the theme benefit anyway. (Infernal Ruling)

Trollblood - Kriel Company   [Show/Hide]
  • Despite being treated as a Trollblood unit during a game, Dannon, Blythe, and Greygore still use up your Minion slot during list creation. They are more like a Partisan Minion unit, in that respect. (Infernal Ruling)

Crucible Guard - Magnum Opus   [Show/Hide]
  • If Mosby is attached to a Mercenary weapon crew unit, they would gain 3" reposition and would not lose it if Mosby is no longer in the unit. (Infernal Ruling)

Models in this Theme Force

Refer to Category: Kriel Company

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