Aurum Lucanum Athanor Locke
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| Aurum Lucanum Athanor Locke |
Aurum Lucanum Athanor Locke is a young and accomplished arcane mechanik and warcaster who also happens to be a pious Cyrissist. Outfitted with a custom-built and augmented armor frame, Locke is not only a Crucible Guard warcaster, but she leads the arm overseeing the fabrication of the Crucible Guard’s warjacks. While her faith is known to her peers, they do not suspect she acts as a secret observer and agent for the Convergence of Cyriss, bringing them intelligence from within the other organization. Her skill with machinery and engineering both on and off the battlefield has made her a highly valued asset to both groups.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Locke
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
- Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. Click here for a newbie-friendly recap, or click here for the full rules.
- Living Convergence - Unlike most of Convergence, this model is still flesh and blood.
Feat : Arcanodynamic Catalysis
- Enemy upkeep spells and animi in Locke’s control range immediately expire.
- For one round, when an enemy model is forced, casts a spell, or spends 1 or more focus or fury points while in Locke's control range, you can place one Catalytic token on a model in Locke's battlegroup currently in her control range. If a model casts a spell by spending focus or fury, Arcanodynamic Catalysis triggers only once. A model cannot have more than three catalytic tokens on it at any time.
- A model gains +1 DEF and +1 ARM for each Catalytic token on it. The weapons of a model with one or more catalytic tokens on it gain Damage Type: Magical.
- Remove one Catalytic token from each affected model at the end of its activation.
- Field Marshal [Precision Strike] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Precision Strike. (Precision Strike - When this model damages a warjack or warbeast with a melee attack, choose which column or branch suffers the damage.)
- Resourceful - This model can upkeep spells on models in its battlegroup without spending focus/fury.
- Repair [d3+3] (★ Action) - RNG B2B. Target friendly Faction construct model. If the model is in range, remove d3+3 damage points from it.
- Split Loyalties - When included in a Crucible Guard army, Locke is a Crucible Guard model amd not a Convergence model. When included in a Convergence army, Locke is a Convergence model and not a Crucible Guard model.
- Enhanced Fist (x2) - 1" reach, P+S 12 melee attacks
- Flame Jet (x2) - 6" spray, POW 12 ranged attacks
| Engine of Destruction
|The spellcaster gains +2 SPD, +4 STR, and +4 MAT for one turn.|
|Target model in the spellcaster's battlegroup immediately makes one basic melee attack.|
|Target warjack in the spellcaster's battlegroup gains +2 STR and SPD and can run, charge, or make slam or trample power attacks without spending focus. At the end of each of its activations, the affected warjack suffers d3 damage points.|
| Road to War
|When a friendly Faction model in the spellcaster's control range destroys one or more enemy models with a melee or ranged attack during its activation, immediately after the attack is resolved one warjack in the spellcaster's battlegroup that is in its control range can advance up to 3". A warjack can advance as a result of Road to War only once per turn.|
|Target friendly Faction model gains Rapid Fire.
|On a critical hit, models hit are thrown d6˝ directly away from the attacker. Roll distance once for all models affected. Models thrown do not deviate. Move models farthest from the attacker first. Instead of suffering blast damage, models hit but not directly hit suffer a POW 10 damage roll. (Blast damage on non-critical hits is done normally.) The POW of collateral damage is 10.|
- Crucible Guard
Thoughts on Locke
Locke in a nutshell
Locke is an arcane mechanik in the service of the Order of the Golden Crucible, who also serves as a warcaster fighting alongside the Crucible Guard. She is also secretly a member of the Convergence of Cyriss and can work for both factions. All her spells help her jacks, and she has a mix of support features found on Guard & Convergence casters. She has a field marshal, and can push her Mat to silly levels (Convergence), while also featuring a powerful defensive feat which is best described as a mass debuff to the enemy army (Guard). A very unique caster for both factions, and an absolute beast when she engages.
Locke's feat relies heavily on her spell selection and model placement. You either need to make your opponent spend focus/fury (Such as by attacking a Warcaster/Warlock and having them reduce or transfer), or make sure that you are able to capitalize on your opponent's use of focus/fury.
You often want to stack Locke's feat Catalytic Tokens to the maximum of three, giving that model multiple turns of defensive buff.
- Jackhammer It's a great spell under most circumstances but you'll want Arc Nodes and Channelers to keep Locke safe.
- Road to War is a mainstay spell of hers. Cast it on turn 1 and every non-Colossal has very interesting threat ranges.
- Redline is another one of her mainline spells - a speed and damage buff. Well worth spell cycling. Combined with Road To War that's a 5" threat extension and +2 damage.
- Engine of Destruction is a spell cast from turn 2 onwards in Convergence armies, but almost never cast in Crucible Guard unless the enemy is silly enough to get their caster within 12" of yours. This is because it boosts Locke to MAT 9 - and if Locke is MAT 9 then so are all her Vectors. In Crucible Guard it just gives an 11" charge threat range at MAT 9, P+S 16 to beat down enemy casters that get too close.
- Sentry is her ranged buff. It requires you have one decent ranged warjack (the rest can all be melee) - and gives you an extra shot.
- Bombshell is a bad zap. But if you can't do anything else on feat turn it's better than nothing.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- She does nothing to help models outside her battlegroup.
- Jackhammer has only a 6" range, which means she needs to either channel (and Convergence channellers are easy to kill while Crucible Guard arc nodes burn out) or play uncomfortably forward (playing forward is mitigated somewhat by her feat).
- Ranged attacks are vital to trigger Road to War early, which often means you have to make a choice between maximizing Road to War or protecting your army with Combat Alchemist clouds.
- Locke's feat does little into certain types of lists, such as infantry spam or infernal horrors
- Locke’s feat often puts her in danger as she needs to be far up the table.
Tricks & Tips
- When using Road to War in Convergence, make sure to activate your Optifex Directive early and hand out Pathfinder to the Vectors before they start moving.
- She can't take the Toro or Vanguard in a Convergence army, due to the way Split Loyalties & Maker’s Mark are worded.
List Building Advice
Her main method of winning is a warjack/vector beatdown, and her feat combined with jackhammer means she can beat up jacks and beasts - while Road to War is an anti-infantry spell. She's also a combined arms caster, with shooting triggering Road to War
She has a very effective assassination that involves delivering a Redline'd warjack to the enemy warcaster then Jackhammering them until they die. The warjack doesn't even need to Charge or make any attacks on it's activation. If it can arrive at the opponent's warcaster with at least one non-crippled weapon system, and you can get Locke or an Arc Node or Channeler to within 6", you've pretty much won. Run your 'jack if you need to, then activate Locke, and begin Jackhammering. 7 free Melee attacks from the warjack (5 if you are Convergence, you'll want to cast Engine of Destruction to boost your battlegroup to MAT 9) will most likely kill any caster.
Other Strategies include taking the hit from the opponents charge, and using her feat to make them miss and / or heavily armoured. Then you use the counter attacks to swing the attrition back in your favour. This can enable a longer game, where your feat will play more into winning by attrition, and also scenario.
Dont be afraid to throw a jack forwards and cripple an aspect / system of a heavy, or even start the piece strade and take it off the board. Even a light jack like the Vanguard or Galvaniser can take out a cortex with a few focus or jackhammers, and a opposing heavy with no cortex is worth a lot less.
She's a battlegroup caster - in Convergence she goes straight in Destruction Initiative and Crucible Guard in Prima Materia without needing to think twice. However Magnum Opus is a really solid theme, and it's worth considering how Locke's 'jack lineup blends with the efficiency of Crucible Guard Infantry (and Rocketmen. Mostly Rocketmen). The arrival of Oblivion is going to finally allow Vector-heavy Clockwork Legions lists, and it’s certainly a strong consideration to be able to run so many self-recurring infantry options.
Army - Crucible Guard
There are a handful of main reasons to run Locke in Crucible Guard over Convergence, and they happen to line up with the main reasons to run Guard in general.
- Debuff gunline. Guard not only has longer ranged threats than Convergence, but also has many more options for layering debuffs to maximise those ranged threats.
- Model-type solutions. Convergence tends to do its own thing, relying on better stats and a silly amount of focus to win. Guard offers much more specific solutions to given model types, such as against Living, Undead, or Constructs.
- Great warriors. Guard has overall a fantastic suite of warrior models which don't necessarily take a punch, but they tend to do their job exceptionally well, be that jamming (Rocketmen or Alchemists), shooting (Infantry or Dragon's Breath), or support (the solos, especially Prospero).
- Synergy with Locke's feat. Guard are a shooting faction, and as such they tend to be on the squishier side. Locke's feat (and the combination of Rapid Fire & Road to War) protects your army and can often buy you an entire extra round of decent shooting.
- Toro - Locke loves this beatstick and her army will typically field at least one and as many as three. Between Countercharge, Road to War and Redline, the Toro's non-linear threat reaches absurd levels and lets it bully the table.
- Vanguard - A decent light which hits at its points cost (it will scratch but not dent a heavy), and comes with Shield Guard to protect its controller. Both sides of this 'jack are turned way up under Locke, thanks to an improved threat range, better defences (her feat turns this into a Khador heavy with good Def), and the ability to Shield Guard twice in Prima Materia. She'll almost always want at least one Vanguard in her list, two+ in Prima Materia.
- Vindicator - Crucible Guard's go to answer heavy, Locke can maximize the threat range & effectiveness of the Vindicator's amazing set of Attack Types. The "standard" start to Locke's battlegroup is two Toros, a Vindicator, and a Vanguard.
- Suppressor - Long range sprays are always good, especially when boosted and the SPD of their carrier is buffed. The unfortunate downside to the Suppressor is its somewhat lackluster hitting power (Pow 16 into Constructs provided it lands Rust), and being 3 points more than a Vanguard it is usually worth spending those extra points on a Trancer. That being said, the Suppressor is a great fifth warjack thanks to its variety of debuffs and ability to take some hits.
- Retaliator - The combination of Grievous Wound on a spray with Locke's Field Marshal ability is pain for the enemy to deal with, especially good against packed infantry with Tough such as Trolls. The budget option compared to a Vanguard, that extra point is often used to upgrade a solo (such as Gorman into Hutchuk, or a Trancer into Gorman).
- Liberator - Locke wants to swap her upkeeps and cast Jackhammer, but it can be hard for her to keep up with her 'jacks. The Liberator's Experimental Arc Node allows Locke to cast her spells across the battlefield, while still serving as an effective frontline 'jack. It's a matter or personal preference whether to run a third Vanguard or a Liberator, but generally speaking most Guard players would choose the Liberator for flexibility.
- Vulcan - SPD8 and POW21 with Redline plus all its abilities make the Vulcan extremely potent with Locke.This is on top of the Vulcan's ability to correct for match ups into armies with lots of Immunities, which is a huge weakness for Crucible Guard lists without the Railless or infantry spam. The unfortunate downside of running a Vulcan, is limiting the number of other warjacks you can run. Locke likes to have a larger battlegroup, and it is a huge question mark whether the Vulcan is worth two Vanguards and a Vindicator.
- Aurum Legate Alyce Marc - Locke loves the support Alyce provides, and can easily make full use of her abilities every turn. Jackhammer has a funny interaction with Big Alyce, the two together can push through the last damage needed on a weakened enemy caster (Big Alyce jumps to engage, while Locke spends he stack for a bunch of Mat 8, Pow 14s).
- Prospero - Locke fields many 'jacks, making Prospero useful for all of his abilities. He has a fairly diverse range of potential battlegroups, all of which love to see Alyce with Locke (Empower works with his 'jacks too).
- Preferably with Suppressor or Retaliator as Guided Fire is great with sprays. Note that Instability Equation is one of the best counters to jamming infantry Locke can field.
- A simple Vanguard is always a good option, especially in Prima Materia when running Prospero as a support piece.
- Prospero is one of the best Vulcan controllers in Guard, and that doesn't change when under Locke. It's usually better to keep the Vulcan on Locke for the melee output, but a stand & shoot Locke list would prefer the Vulcan on Prospero.
- Crucible Guard Mechaniks - With that many 'jacks one or two Mechaniks are very useful to provide Pathfinder and Repairs.
- Combat Alchemists - Cloud walls really help Locke deliver her army. In addition, Combat Alchemists serve as a solid scoring and zone denying option for an army which would rather spend its 'jacks killing other 'jacks.
- Dragon's Breath Rockets - A highly efficient weapon crew which can be free in Magnum Opus or contribute to free solos in Prima Materia. Almost certainly a staple, especially when you consider how Withering Humor devastates 'jack-jamming infantry.
- Gorman & Hutchuk are always solid options for any Guard list, especially ones which want to try and piece-trade with opposing battlegroups (Ambush + Rust is nice for clearing zones)
- Trancer - One of Guard's signature solos, the Trancer is best run in at least a pair, typically three or four together. However this is difficult to do without consuming too many points, points Locke would rather spend on more warjacks. Additionally, Trancers typically provide Guard lists the ability to fight into hard battlegroups (such as Dark Menagerie with a bunch of Crabbits), a weakness which is not shared under Locke thanks to her incredible feat.
Starting a 25 point list
- Combat Alchemists: [Free] (7 pts)
Army - Convergence
Convergence offers a more diverse suite of warjacks (ahem, Vectors) from which Locke can choose, including two different Colossals. The reasons to include Locke as your Convergence warcaster are generally:
1) More battlegroup options. Guard is a newer faction, with a greater emphasis on combined arms than Convergence. As such it is harder to run a list built around a single big battlegroup. At the same time, only having access to three heavies, of which only two are notably synergistic with Locke, is a major disadvantage.
2) More focus. Convergence is historically the Warmachine faction with the most resources to spend on any given turn. Their hitting power comes from favourable math & individual output as opposed to layers of debuffs.
3) Great anti-range tech. Convergence is very good at punishing gunlines, with above average melee threats (especially with Locke), and an abundance of inexpensive available Shield Guards (servitors) in Destruction Initiative.
4) Natural synergy with Locke. Most Convergence models are good at hitting, but not the best at getting there. The solutions in faction are minimal, but guess what Locke's main ability is? Her ability to deliver her battlegroup. On top of that, every part of Locke's card is relevant in every game as Convergence, thanks to the way Vectors work and the reliance on melee hitting power.
- Corollary - An auto-include in every Convergence list, and for good reason. An extra 2" on Locke's control range is huge for catching enemies in her feat, as well as abusing Road to War almost anywhere on the board. Being able to fuel her battlegroup for her allows Locke to spend more on casting Engine of Destruction and Redline. Also, the latest changes to Destruction Initiative means you can take one for free as a Requisition Option.
- Inverter - 2" reach, and pow 19/22 with Redline. Redline and Road to War drastically increase this otherwise slow vector's threat range, and everyone loves Mat 9 auto-knockdown P+S 22. It is always worth considering at least one, if not two.
- Assimilator - Strong weapon master melee, and a good ranged attack for triggering Road to War. An excellent Sentry target. Do note that since attacks from Ground Pounder occur simultaneously, a single Ground Pounder can only move one model with Road to War.
- Conservator - Under her feat, these become really difficult to kill, with a Def 14/Arm 23 statline if given three Catalytic Tokens. With Redline and if the opponent triggered Hand of Vengeance, the Conservator becomes MAT 7 POW 19. For total overkill, Engine of Destruction brings it to MAT 11. Not bad, for a 12 point heavy.
- Diffuser - Sentry allows the little fella to get two beacons out each turn. This can allow a single Diffuser to do the work of two given the right matchup (such as into clumped up Grymkin beasts in Dark Menagerie). At six points its an ideal requisition option in Destruction Initiative.
- Galvanizer - While banking on Critical Effects isn't always the best decision, the Galvanizer can be free as a requisition option, can repair other vectors, and with Field Marshal Precision Strike it can try to scalpel out important systems/branches on enemy battlegroups. If nothing else, it's always good for contesting zones cheaply.
- Prime Axiom - Locke's assassination run is characterized by the Inverter, but there is something to be said about Jackhammering a Redlined Prime Axiom. However, including the Axiom limits how many vectors you can cram in a list, and Locke tends to enjoy saturating the table with heavies. Whether you start your list-building with the Axiom, or prefer multiple Assimilators, having the additional ranged presence from either helps you trigger Road to War, playing into Locke's toolkit.
- Monitor - A walking heavy, its Ricochet shot is useful for triggering Road to War and scalping out some support behind the main line. With Sustained Attack on its melee weapon it complements the Inverter as a mainline heavy, although at MAT 9 with Locke, it isn't missing a great deal, but every little helps.
- Reflex Servitors - Possibly useful, Reflex Servitors are best used for creating an early skirmish line and pressuring scenarios while the rest of Locke's battlegroup moves up. With POW 14s, they can threaten some heavier armor when they move in to attack. However, due to the wording of Detonation, only a model killed by the direct hit will trigger Road to War, not anything killed by the blast damage.
- Elimination Servitors - Cheap Shield guards that can snipe out high armour single wound jamming models.
- Attunement Servitors - Are often a good choice now in the changed Destruction Initiative, Shield Guards that can drop enemies DEF. Locke helps her Battlegroup with MAT to deal with DEF skew, but if you are taking a Monitor for Ricochet or a Prime Axiom a little help with hitting never hurts. Stripping Stealth too is useful in some situations.
- Optifex Directive - Convergence walkers don't have Pathfinder. This fixes that, and patches up any Redline induced damage. Locke also doesn't have any Magical Weapons outside of her feat turn. The Directive fixes that, too. Locke will always want at least one unit.
- Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex - Convergence's Arc Node. Cheap but fragile, keep it defended with shield guards. Good for swapping Redline around on the flanks in the early game, then running out to channel Jackhammer when lines have clashed. Take three as a requisition option. Their changes to increase induction range by 3 inches is invaluable to a caster with a large battlegroup, which can now spread out more
First Seven Purchases
A few veteran players have put their heads together and tried to figure out the seven best things to buy for this specific caster. This is not designed to add up to a nice round points limit, nor be balanced vs other "First Seven" lists you find on this website. It is simply going to give you some of the essentials this caster needs most of the time.
- Warjack: Corollary
- Warjack: Inverter
- Warjack: Monitor
- Warjack: Prime Axiom
- Solos: Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex (x3)
- Solos: Elimination Servitors
- Unit: Optifex Directive
- Released with the Crucible Guard Faction (2018.06).
- While not the first two-faction warcaster, she is the first (and currently only, ignoring the weird Oblivion themes) who is not also Mercs or Minions.
Video Battle Reports
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|Crucible Guard Index (Edit)|
|Battlegroup & Similar|
|Warcaster attachments||Aurum Legate Alyce Marc (Crucible) - Sylys Wyshnalyrr (Mercenary) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)|
|Other Warjack Controllers||Prospero (BGC)|
|Light||Liberator - Retaliator - Vanguard|
|Heavy||Suppresor - Toro - Vindicator|
|Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures|
|Battle Engines||Railless Interceptor|
|Magnum Opus - Prima Materia|
|Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Crucible Guard Mercenary|
|This index was last updated: 2020.07|
|Convergence Index (Edit)|
|Units, Solos, & Battle Engines|
Accretion Servitors - Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex - Attunement Servitors - Destructotron 3000 - Elimination Servitors - Enigma Foundry - Frustum Locus - J.A.I.M.s - Prefect Hypatia - Reflex Servitors - Steelsoul Protector
|Clockwork Legions - Destruction Initiative - Strange Bedfellows|
|This index was last updated: 2020.08|