Legion of Everblight
- Steeped in the blighted energies of it's namesake, the Legion of Everblight sweeps down out of the northern reaches doing the bidding of a near incorporeal master...
Everblight is one of the dragon "children" of Toruk who rebelled against him at their birth millennia ago. Slightly weaker than his brethren but more cunning, he worked in the shadows until things changed forever several centuries ago. At that time his hiding place under an Iosan city was discovered and the elves destroyed his corporeal form and imprisoned his athanc (a crystal heartstone containing his essence) on a deaolate mountaintop in north Khador. Decades later he was freed but instead of returning to a corporeal form he has split his essence and mastered the effects of his blight. Now the northern tribes of Ogrun and Nyss elves are fully under his sway and comprise his Legion. They march to war alongside powerful dragonspawn. The Legion is a small but rapidly growing force intent on spreading Everblight's control across all Immoren.
- 1 Legion for beginners
- 2 Legion Theme Forces
- 3 Legion Models and Units
- 4 Other
Legion for beginners
Evil dragon-like creatures; blighted elves and ogres with horns and hooves where they should have heads and legs; and tentacled monstrosities.
At its core, Legion is a fast paced, warbeast focused faction. Legion's rule and keyword laden warbeasts are embodied by their Eyeless Sight - a trait allowing these expensive warbeasts to ignore the defensive tech from clouds, forests, and Stealth, which many armies may rely on to remain safe. On top of that, Legion warbeasts and even infantry boast some of the highest concentration of native Pathfinder and Flight, allowing Everblight armies to maneuver unhindered by terrain. What draws many to the faction are these large and focused battlegroups comprised of fast and flighty dragons. It is not uncommon to see an army of Everblight composed of a warlock, a few heavy warbeasts, and support models to keep the massive amount of FURY in check. Indeed, Legion has near unmatched support for removing excess Fury from the board after a turn of heavy boosting and buying.
Many will call Legion the "alpha strike" or "glass cannon" faction, and while these monikers are somewhat true, they are not fully accurate. Legion's offerings are certainly "glass" when you look at their defensive parameters, but they are no more "cannon" than any other faction in Warmachine or Hordes. In fact, often other armies can well exceed Legion's hitting power after you factor in support buffs! Additionally, on paper many factions look slower than Legion, but in reality many of these armies can buff themselves up to Legion's higher raw speed with common support pieces. Rather, Legion relies on its mobility and warlocks (instead of independent support models) to outmaneuver the enemy and pick them apart while controlling their losses carefully.
Don't let this discourage you. Instead of treating Legion as the "alpha strike" or "glass cannon," it can be better thought of as the "piece trade" faction. While this is a little less glamorous to say, it is far more representative of the faction's focus. While some forces may be able to suffer a blow and soldier on, the Legion of Everblight must engineer clever play to trade low value models for high value models. These sorts of tricks are quite viable thanks to the tools at Everblight's disposal, such as the dragging capabilities of the Hellmouth or Proteus and place/push effects from animi like Slipstream and Repulsion. In many ways Legion is more about disrupting your opponent's plans by snatching key models out of position or dealing a poweful blow and retreating to safety; these sorts of plays set up favorable "trades" that let you get ahead of the enemy with little reprisal.
Of course, striking first and striking hard is definitely still an aspect of these draconic swarms (especially warlocks like Absylonia, Daughter of Everblight), but this plan won't always work every time. A successful Legion player is a crafty Legion player, much like Everblight himself in the lore. Sneaky tricks, creative counterplay, and movement shenanigans will serve you just as well - if not better - as a big meaty beatstick.
The Legion of Everblight can be a tricky faction to pick up initially, espcially if you're coming into an established gaming area with veteran players. It also can be an incredibly easy faction to pick up if most of your fellow opponents are also new players. As stated above Legion is less the faction that does hit first, but more the faction that must hit first. Against well practiced players, many of the easier tricks and traps Legion employs will be harder to execute. Additionally, due to the "glass" nature of the faction, mistakes on your part are much more costly compared to some other factions; even Legion's hardest armor has relatively little staying power against many other armies, which is why this alpha strike is so important. Conversely, against other newer players, their own mistakes when playing against Legion can be just as costly for them, as it will be much easier to find "gotcha" moments where their key centerpiece model is dragged completely out of position and you get to eat it for "free." Your first warlock can also greatly influence your learning curve coming into the faction, and who you choose will depend on your playstyle as well as your familiarity with Warmachine and Hordes as a whole.
Like every other faction in the game, the Legion is also dominated by the theme forces, and it is likely to remain so in the foreseeable future. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, here is a quick rundown about them. Beside choosing your first warlock it is also advised to find a theme force that appeals to you. If you are clueless at first, don't despair. Choose a few models that are aesthetically appeasing to you, and check the available theme forces for them - most likely you'll find a common denominator.
- The Legion Starter Box, which is currently widely available, is a solid starter package and a great value to money deal for new players just getting into the scene.
- While not technically a completely viable starter option in terms of army composition (due to changes between Mark 2 and Mark 3), you can also look for the original starter box featuring Lylyth, Herald of Everblight (Lylyth1). NOTE: This box is 5 army points too high because of edition changes, so it is better as a way to get some bundled models than an actual start to your army.
- Both of these starter boxes feature straightforward warlocks with simpler rules and battlegroups, and are intended to play against the other starter boxes as a complete army in small games to learn the rules.
- From time to time, Privateer Press offers "All-in-One" army boxes - small/medium army lists curated based on current metagame trends, bundled together and sometimes have a slight discount. Smaller bundles may sometimes be available around the Holidays.
- Finally, you're always welcome to make your own first list from any of the faction's stable of models. Just make sure to do the research as you'll likely be choosing models not necessarily intended for a newbie.
Other worthwhile early purchases
For new players who have their first army and want to expand their army (especially those starting with the Kryssa box):
New players will want to get some of the important faction staples as soon as they are ready to expand their battlegroup or learn to use solos and units in concert with their beasts.
- Legion falls flat without its incredibly valuable and relatively low cost support solos. They're also cheap (in cash as well as PC) ways to improve and expand your army.
- If it's more heavy warbeasts you want, there are no shortage of good beasts in Legion.
- For a centerpiece model, look into Typhon. He's Legion's most expensive warbeast, but is incredibly potent and self sufficient, meaning he plays well with pretty much every warlock.
- At least one or two heavy warbeast kit - a multi-model box that can build a Carnivean, Scythean, or Ravagore - are great early buys for aspiring Everblight players.
- If you pick up this, look into "magnetizing." With a few magnets and a dremel this lets you field whichever of the three beasts the box builds with only one kit. If you get more than one, magnetizing both allows you to mix and match as well, giving you great value to money and list variety.
- A Seraph is also a very valuable support warbeast that many lists will want, although players starting with Kryssa probably want a hard hitting heavy first.
- If you're looking for raw speed, an Angelius is a decent choice. They require a bit more finesse to use, but they do embody the fast flyer side of Legion, and many popular casters like at least one in their list to soften or finish off key targets.
- If you want to expand your light warbeast collection, consider looking into the Raek and Naga Nightlurker. If you started with Kryssa's box, consider grabbing those support solos or heavy warbeasts first.
- Raeks are a fast and stealthy melee beasts that can get behind enemy lines and sow discord.
- A Naga Nightlurker is a valuable support beast with a decent gun who lets your army ignore many enemy defensive buffs with its animus.
- If you want to try out units sooner rather than later, there are a few standout choices. The examples below all play with Kryssa well to boot.
- The Hellmouth is easily Legion's best unit in terms of utility and piece trading. If you're ready to break into units, put a Hellmouth (maybe two) at the top of your shopping list. They can grab models out of position and make them very out of position, giving you free kills, hold zones, and just be a general nuisance. Worth their weight in gold.
- Blighted Nyss Swordsmen are a go-to pick if you're preferring a unit that dishes it out directly. While the Hellmouth will cater to sneaky and crafty players, Swordsmen are a zero learning curve "apply directly to the forehead" beatstick. Kryssa supports them well.
Some more advanced options
For veterans looking to start Legion as a second (or third) faction, brave newbies, or newer players looking for a new warlock:
- Thagrosh1 is a fairly forgiving warlock for those who are coming from Warmachine, or those coming from hardier factions like Trollbloods or Skorne (or those having trouble mastering a more fragile Legion list). He's a bit slower than most Legion warlocks, and much tankier. He has a flexibility for large beast bricks or mixed arms with heavier infantry. As a bonus to Warmachine players, his Athanc rule can get you out of a tight spot while you get used to using enough Fury each turn.
- Absylonia2 is a good starter warlock for those who want to embrace the warbeast fully and immediately. Her lists tend to run low in the model count department, meaning you can build a functional Abby2 list for relatively cheap, and she is going to feel very distinct from a typical mixed arms list, if that is something you came to Legion looking for.
- Kallus2 comes with Overrun and a threat extension feat, which simultaneously makes him among Legion's best hit and run and longest potential threat range warlocks, so if these Legion overtones attracted you, Kallus2 will likely not disappoint. Incoming Menoth players will appreciate his "burn everything" flavors as well.
- Vayl1 also typifies much of the movement shenanigans Legion has become known for with her feat, and she comes packing Incite for a huge force multiplier. Her lists are flexible and varied, so players looking to go beast heavy or infantry heavy will feel right at home with this incarnation of Vayl.
Starting a Theme Force
Theme Forces "compartmentalize" the full range of your Faction's models into smaller subsets that are thematically related to one another. By restricting yourself to a narrower range of models, you unlock additional in-game benefits which vary from theme to theme.
Theme Forces aren't compulsory, but the benefits of playing in-theme are so great that most players never play out-of-theme.
When you first start playing you should ignore theme forces, and just buy and play a few models you like the look of. Also, you can't even use Theme Force rules in games under 25 points.
However you should start looking into themes sooner rather than later, because otherwise you might end up owning, say, 80 points worth of models but can only field a 25 point theme force (because very little of your collection work together in the same theme). You should focus on collecting just one or two themes to begin with, not every single one in the Faction (unless you're a "Collector Completionist").
If you're on a bit of a tight budget, you'll want to buy stuff that can fit into more than a single theme. Mostly this is just the support models, so I'm not suggesting you should buy all the models in the list below, but rather they're worth looking into.
- 4 themes
- 3 themes
- 2 themes
Legion Theme Forces
A combined arms theme that focuses on the Striders, Raptors, and Grotesques, the Legion's fastest infantries, complemented by the swift, flying heavy warbeasts and their lighter ilk.
This list was last updated: 2018.03 (Edit)
- All Legion warlocks
- Most non-character Legion warbeasts
- Character warbeasts can be taken, but only if they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.
- List of Ravens of War warbeasts [Show/Hide]
- Blighted Nyss Raptors
- Grotesque Raiders
- Grotesque Banshees
- Strider Scouts
- Strider Blightblades
- Annyssa Ryvaal
- Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion
- Grotesque Assassin
- Spell Martyr
- Strider Deathstalker
- Up to one solo
- Up to one unit
This theme force features your magic-wielding infantry and battle engine, coupled with the broadest selection of the Legion's warbeasts.
Another infantry theme, this time with the Blighted Ogruns (being heavy infantry) and Blighted Rotwings.
Legion Models and Units
Minions that work for Legion
Official Short Story Series: Blight Also Rises
In an Insider series entitled "Blight Also Rises," PP explore the pivotal events surrounding the unexpected emergence of the dragon Everblight as a major player in the conflicts of western Immoren. From the outset of the dragon attaining freedom from imprisonment, it defied all expectations and predictions and was soon perceived as a unique threat to the region.
- Volume One: The Betrayer, by Douglas Seacat 2018.08
- Volume Two: The Threat Unveiled, by Douglas Seacat 2018.10
- Volume Three: In Darkness Bound, by Douglas Seacat 2018.12
More Deep Lore
See Legion Deep Lore