Lord Azazello, The Castellan
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| Lord Azazello, The Castellan |
Who’s that Farrow swinging down from the chandelier? So dashing! So daring!
He’ll sweep you off your feet, rob you blind, then disappear into the night. Off to the next adventure! Because there’s always another adventure!
At least ... there was. Then the dang world went to heck.
It wasn’t that long ago that Lord Azazello was pulling off high profile heists and capers against the elite of Ordic nobility. Life was good, coin was plentiful, and the company he kept was gorgeous. Now, this suave Farrow finds himself in a shattered world with a little less shine but a whole lot more shinies.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Azazello
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
Riot Quest - Although this model has rules which allow it to be played in Warmachine and Hordes, it was primarily designed for the Riot Quest game. RQ is set in an alternate and/or future timeline where the Infernals won the war. Some of the RQ models have a deliberately goofy aesthetic.
Feat: Stand and Deliver
While in Arazello's control range, friendly Faction warrior models gain +3 STR and ARM and Duelist. Stand and Deliver lasts for one round
- Duelist - This model gains +2 DEF against melee attack rolls.
- En Garde - While in this model's command range, friendly Faction warrior models gain Riposte (as below).
- Farrow Warlock - This model can only have Farrow warbeasts in its battlegroup.
- Henchmen [ Farrow ] - Choose one friendly Farrow unit at the beginning of the game to be Henchmen. The chosen unit gains +2 DEF and can reroll its missed attack rolls. Each attack roll can be rerolled only once as a result of Henchmen.
- Range Amplifier - When this model casts a spell and is the point of origin of the spell, it gains +5" RNG.
- Riposte - When this model is missed by an enemy melee attack, immediately after the attack is resolved it can make one basic melee attack against the attacking model.
|Wide Boar Pistol|
|Target warrior model/unit cannot make ranged attacks and suffers -2 DEF and MAT for one round.|
| Flashing Blade
|The spellcaster immediately makes one basic attack with one of its melee weapons against each enemy model in its LOS that is in the weapon's melee range. These attacks are simultaneous.|
|When target friendly Faction model/unit is targeted by a ranged attack, the attack suffers -5 RNG. Models are not affected while out of formation.|
| Storm Rager
|Target friendly Faction warrior model gains +2 STR, MAT, and ARM and cannot be targeted by CRA or CMA.|
| Wind Rush
|The spellcaster can immediately make a full advance and gains +2 DEF for one round. Wind Rush can be cast only once per activation.|
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Thoughts on Azazello
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Azazello in a nutshell
Lord Azazello is, unquestionably, a warrior support ’caster. He can also mix it up himself in melee fairly well under his own feat and with Storm Rager upkept on himself - and with just Storm Rager and Wind Rush he's an assassin with a 16" non-linear threat range that hits at MAT 10 with an effective P+S 15.5.
Being a warrior-based ’caster, Azazello needs a way to deliver both infantry units and solos. First, we see his Henchmen rule, which is a permanent buff granted to a single Farrow unit at the beginning of the game. If you’re playing Azazello in the Will Work for Food theme force, this is absolutely going on a unit of Farrow Valkyries. In the Thornfall Alliance, you might want to consider putting this buff on a unit of Farrow Brigands—the reroll effect is excellent and the +2 Def stacks well with Dig in.
Azazello’s feat will increase his armies DEF in melee once engaged, but in terms of getting said army into melee, Azazello has two primary methods to accomplish this. First is the spell Phantasm, which flat reduces the RNG of all incoming shots onto a unit by 5˝. The second is Azazello’s combination of Range Amplifier with the spells of Wind Rush and Distraction. Just walking up and casting Distraction, Azazello can threaten the spell at 21˝; thanks to Wind Rush, he can also safely put himself back into a secure position.
Azazello not only has Riposte himself, but he also grants Riposte to all friendly Faction warriors within 8˝ of him. This is particularly brutal during his feat turn when most of his infantry also has Duelist, as well as +3 STR and ARM. Rushing your warriors forward to engage the enemy and popping his feat early, often Turn 3, can provide your opponent with some really unpleasant options.
Azazello's personal threat should not be underestimated. With Wind Rush he has a 16" non-linear threat range on a charge and with Storm Rager he has defensive stats of DEF 18, ARM 17 while doing so. This means he can outright end a game that went badly for you before on attrition or scenario with a cheeky assassination. Furthermore with access to Lighting Strike from a Road Hog he can mix it up in melee every turn and Sprint behind a building and be reasonably safe. He truly leads from the front, which makes him a very involved and rewarding caster to play. Force multipliers like Ride Along from Ledfoot & Tredz and the Krielstone Aura exacerbate this even further, putting his threat range to 18" and his defensive stats at DEF 20, ARM 22 on feat turn, delivering MAT 10, P+S 16 Weapon Master sword strikes ( so long as you did not leave the kriel stone aura doing this)
Warrior models get +3 STR, +3 ARM, +2 DEF in melee. It's a feat with unquestionable offensive and defensive uses that isn't quite as good as it looks at first glance. Ideally it would be used in combination with an alpha strike, going in and wrecking things with the bonus damage, and using the bonus defense to then take the counter-attack. Unfortunately the rest of Azazello's kit doesn't support this as he has no speed buffs or ways of repositioning the enemy to make them take the alpha strike. It's also a feat much better suited for solos or Archons than it is for most Farrow as single wound Farrow warriors are mostly only boosted to ARM 17 (which means that 8s still kill with high explosive or electro-leap and charges kill easily) and at only DEF 12 even Duellist and Riposte aren't enough.
Unusually Azazello doesn't have any sort of zap spell or ranged magical weapon for dealing with obnoxious incorporeal models.
- Distraction is a nice spell but with only Fury 6 he normally needs to boost to hit. And that's half his Fury - when he has two upkeeps. On the other hand it's great from a Gatorman Soul Slave and with a range of 15" from Azazello it can really stop some lists that put a huge number of points into shooting.
- Phantasm is a very nice defensive spell that probably belongs on your skirmish screen. Or anything you think your opponent will want to shoot.
- Storm Rager at a cost of three is very hard to re-cast which means it should be used wisely. A good option is to use it on Azazello for CRA immunity and to use him as a super-solo while forcing your opponent to stay out of assassination range. The other option is if you have a really good melee solo (normally an Archon) make it really hard to take down and threaten a lot of work. The former is still prefered however, as Azazello really, really does not want to recast a cost 3 spell in the middle of the game after the combat solo has inevitably died, and th buffs from Storm Rager are very relevant for his survival when (not if) he plays forward and gets the job done himself.
- Wind Rush is a part of the Azazello super-solo package. It gives speed and defense - and puts his assassination threat up to a substantial 16" or works as a de-facto sprint.
- Flashing Blade combos with Wind Rush, allowing you to clear out the enemy after wind rushing before your charge. It's occasionally useful otherwise but with only a 1" threat it does little more than buying another attack.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- He's not the Farrow warlock we've all been waiting for; Riposte for all warriors in his control area helps high DEF models more (and Farrow are DEF 12) and his feat is better on high ARM high DEF models with multiple wounds because single wound infantry still dies easily even with +3 ARM. He's therefore best in a Will Work for Food army with a lot of solos or a Vengeance of Dhunia army that makes use of Trollkin Champions.
- In WWFF he has a similar toolkit to Helga the Conqueror - and her feat is incredibly fun and can produce weird tricks.
- He does nothing for warbeasts unless he get to shoot a juicy target.
- He needs to shoot a juicy target to get is Beacon shot of, meaning he cannot throw down in melee at the same time.
- No zap spell means that you need to bring something else in case the opponent brought a single incorporeal solo to contest scenarios (or charge the target and then use Wind Walk to effectively sprint to safety).
Tricks & Tips
- If you are engaged at the start of your activation you can use flashing blade and still be allowed to move and perform normal actions
- The feat and wind rush put you at casual DEF 20, so depending on what you are facing you can even dodge free strikes. At ARM 19 he can probably take one to the chin even if it somehow manages to hit, anyhow. Use this to your advantage when considering assassination angles.
List Building Advice
You will find, in many early turns, Azazello must live dangerously, keeping zero fury to himself. You’re often going to want to upkeep Phantasm and Storm Rager, then move up, throw out a Distraction, and Wind Rush back to safety. When the time comes to commit to the battle, though, Azazello with Storm Rager on himself and under his feat is effectively a MAT 10 P+S 15 Weapon Master with DEF 18 against incoming melee attacks, possibly DEF 20 if you Wind Rushed AND he has Riposte.
Don’t be scared to commit him to the front lines when the time is right—just watch out for knock down or stationary effects that can reliably hit you.
Vengeance of Dhunia, VoD for short, is probably Azazello's best theme, though not by much because Will Work for Food is very good too. Here he runs a fantastic Champion boat while having access to key support models like the Krielstone and Pyre Troll.
- Trollkin Champions - They have naturally high DEF and Sanguine Bond + Riposte makes them really annoying to remove. They also take super well to the feat, granting them Duelist and +3 ARM and STR, meaing they either hit like a ton of brick as POW 16 weapon masters under the stone, or just run and be virtually impossible to dislodge from a zone on feat turn. Two units + Skaldi are the gold standard for the conventional Azz list.
- Trollkin Champion Hero - HE grants the champs Retaliatory Strike, meaning you get to make a counter punch no matter if the enemy model hit or missed.
- Boomhowler3 - Azazellos only speed buff is Beacon, which is difficult to apply for a melee monster without Dual Attack. Boomy brings Dinner Time and Hoof It to fix this and has Shout Down on top of it so Az does not have to rely on Distraction for hit fixing. He also randomly has the Champion tag so he gains Retaliatory strike from the champion, so he combines his devastating counter charge with riposte and retaliatory strike.
- Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes - A walking +2 ARM buff is essential for both Az's and his champs survival. Also makes the Valkyries that much better at their job of Shield Guarding. Use the Stone Scribe elder as your CA for a +1 STR buff and some problem solving abilities.
- Farrow Valkyries - His best Henchman option, thus you always bring one unit. Two or even three is gravy and depends on how many points you have left after the essentials are in.
- Dhunian Archons - The negate damage and heal your models back up to make them that much more infuriating to remove.Under feat they can even do some serious work themselves.
- Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew - Their clouds block charge ranges and hand out concealment for more DEF.
- Gudrun the Wasted - He contributes even bigger DEF numbers against shooting and is a capable melee solo in his own right. Parking something in the Aura and in one of the Trenches granted by the theme makes them virtually impossible to hit at range.
- Ledfoot & Tredz With feat and stone they become pretty beefy and Ride Along and Bull doze are really important abilities to Azazello for threat ranges and getting to safety after doing work. They rae your most expensive free card and you are heavily incensivised to take them as such.
- Pyre Troll - Flaming Fists is a very important damage buff to Az and his many combat solos. You get to cast it for free once per turn thanks to the theme benefit, as well. One of the main reasons to play the theme is this model in particular so don't leave your house without it!
- Troll Bouncer - Another Shield Guard and the Earth's Blessing animus which basically removes any worry you might have about the enemy knocking Az down and assassinating him with his DEF reduced to 5. That being said Az is already swapping Animi from Flaming Fists to Lightning Strike every turn while casting Wind Rush and trying to get work done. Another animus for him gets expensive real fast and is usually overkill, as sprinting behind a house and into the Krielstone aura is usually enough to keep him safe.
- Earthborn Dire Troll - With the right buffs it hits like a real workpiece heavy and packs Earth's Blessing as well, should you ever need it, so it's an okay alternative to the War Hog.
- Troll Basher - It hits astoundingly hard for a light warbeast after buffs and Chiller is another way of hitfixing, which Az lacks a reliable way to do.
His worst theme. His kit works better with multi wound infantry and solos, because ARM buffs aren't going to save SWI from dying. If you still want to run him here for hoots and hollers consider:
- Farrow Brigands to make them Henchmen are recommended. They love the DEF buff and rerolls.
- Consider running the full Field Allowance of Farrow Valkyries. He works really well with Valkyries, and they help keep him alive, given how close he likes to get to the action.
- Slaughterhousers will love the +3 STR part of his feat and beacon for extra speed. As his gun is POW 12 he will likely also damage anything he applies beacon on, setting up their Finisher ability. Phantasm is also good on these guys as unlike the brigands they can’t protect themselves with dig in and unlike the commandos they don’t have ambush to get to melee faster.
- Farrow Commandos will threaten 13.5" turn one against beacon'd targets.
You run him in this theme because you can bring up to 6 archons which take REALLY well to his kit and are very strong models. Season with Valkyries and solos to taste.
- Void Archons - Great at infantry clearing, love Storm Rager or Phantasm as they are weak to guns, debuff enemy ARM and take super well to his feat.
- Dhunian Archon, Gudrun the Wasted, Ledfoot & Tredz and Bellows Crews are in this theme, too.
- Primal Archon - With Counter Charge, Riposte and Knock down on their attacks they are (un)holy menaces. On feat turn they are also hilariously bricky and they love BEacon for extra speed.
- Taking Wrong-Eye can also be a good idea so you can stack his DEF buffs and Riposte with Star Crossed, while the duo themselves benefit from his ARM buff and healing from Dhunians. He's expensive, though.
- Underchief Mire (or Wrong-Eye) can bring a Swamp Horror for Elasticity, giving him 2" Flashing Blades, or a Dracodile for him to put Phantasm on, though both options are steep point investments.
- The Wastelander loves the feat and Riposte. He also helps the army on the approach and is a fine target for Storm Rager.
- Hermit of Hengehold - Loves the healing Dhunian Archons provide and offers his usual buffing abilities.
- Bone Shrine - Extra fury and an Arc Node. Azazello loves it!
- Gatorman Soul Slave - a free upkeep for Storm Rager and it can supply him with one fully boosted Distraction a turn.
- Swamp Gobber River Raiders - Are just annoying little buggers as they can easily reel into the back arc of something, Weaken it and benefit from Duelist for DEF 16.
- Boomhowler3 - The Axe Archon! A walking hit fixer thanks to Shout Down, which is important as Azz does not fix hitchances outside of Henchmen rerolls. Dinner Time can also a more reliable SPD buff than beacon and Hoof It on a Void Archon is a thing of beauty! All that aside he is also a great melee combat solo with Counter Charge and knock down on his axe, who can also Thresher twice per activation!
Azazello does nothing for his battlegroup except being able light up enemy models with his Beacon gun, meaning they occasionally can get a free charge and +2" movement on it. This means he will likely be limited to running double Road Hogs, which can spray something from 22" away and give him sprint, or double War Hogs as beatsticks, or one of each. You don't want to run more than two heavies as he wants to spend all his army points on warriors, since that is what his kit revolves around.
- Released 2020.06
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