Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III
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| Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III |
Lord Carver arose from the squalid hordes of the farrow on a tide of determination and violence, leaving behind him a trail of enemies and rivals crushed beneath his sharpened hooves. Carrying powerful weapons wrested from his enemies, the farrow warlord leads his snorting, bloodthirsty army on a campaign to trod all who would oppose them into the muck.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Lord Carver
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
- Minion - In a 2+ warlock game, he will work for Skorne, Legion, Circle, and Trollbloods
- Warlock - All warlocks come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome.
- Farrow Warlock - This model can only have Farrow warbeasts in its battlegroup.
Feat: Hog Heaven
While in Carver's control range, friendly Farrow models gain Overtake and an additional die on melee damage rolls. Hog Heaven lasts for one turn.
- 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".
- Veteran Leader [ Farrow Warrior ] - While in this model's command range, other Farrow warrior models gain +1 to attack rolls.
- Sawed-Off Scattergun - 6" spray, ROF 2, POW 12 ranged attack.
- Both Barrels (★ Attack) - This model gains +4 to the damage roll for this attack. This model cannot make additional ranged attacks with this weapon during an activation in which it used a Both Barrels attack.
- Hand of God - 2" reach, P+S 15 melee attack.
| Batten Down the Hatches
|While in the spellcaster's control range, models in its battlegroup cannot become knocked down and gain +3 ARM, but suffer -2 DEF. Batten Down the Hatches lasts for one round.|
|Models in the spellcaster's battlegroup that are currently in its control range gain +2 SPD and Pathfinder for one turn.|
|While B2B with target friendly Faction model/unit, enemy models suffer -2 DEF and cannot advance except to change facing.|
|The AOE is rough terrain and remains in play for one round.|
Thoughts on Lord Carver
Lord Carver in a Nutshell
He‘s your basic, well-rounded warlock with an emphasis on passive infantry support, while his spell list focuses on his battlegroup. With Batten Down the Hatches you can keep your beasts alive and Mobility makes up for their lackluster movement.
His feat is where things start to shine. With Overtake and additional damage Berserk models such as Maximus and Battle Boar can carve through infantry, and the War Hog extends its threat range drastically as it pacmans through targets. The drawback is the control range, meaning on feat turn Carver will need to be close enough that he is in danger the next round.
His passive abilities boosts all attacks making the RAT of most Farrow units on par with other factions.
Maximising his feat & spells
Feat - Carver's feat is awesome for wrecking both infantry and heavies. It's pretty obvious what it does and what's there not to love about it?
- Batten Down the Hatches - Great for brawling out with the enemy. Obvious what it does.
- Mobility - threat range for your battle group. Again obvious and useful and his other mainline spell.
- Quagmire - his signature spell, Quagmire is effectively a MAT buff that gives the enemy a challenge to kill whatever has Quagmire before they can move.
- Rift - You don't often cast this but don't forget you have it.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- On feat turn he needs to be in the mix to keep the chain of attacks going.
- His spell list and abilities do not really help Farrow at all. He's a battlegroup caster first and his only relevant buff to pig infantry is his Veteran Leader, yet accuracy is the least of the problem plaguing them.
- He's a Fury 6 warlock who wants to go battlegroup heavy in a faction with little Fury management.
- Between Batten Down the Hatches and Mobility, you will often find yourself camping nothing. 13/20 with Tough and no knockdown is nothing to sneeze at, but without transfers you're relying entirely on your stats and positioning to avoid assassination.
- His biggest schtick (Batten Down the Hatches) is countered by anything with Blessed weapons. In fact, Blessed enemies will get to ignore your +3 ARM while still benefitting from your -2 DEF. Sad panda.
Tricks & Tips
- He's Tough and Batten Down the Hatches prevents knockdown. If you're lucky enough, he'll never die!
- He's SPD 6, which is 1 faster than any of the other Farrow warlocks (not including Dr. Arkadius). So that's nice. It just about lets him keep pace with his beasts under Mobility.
List Building Advice
Carver is an attrition based warlock who pounds the enemy army to a pulp. He basically supports his battlegroup and the Farrow in his army.
You're going to be casting Batten Down the Hatches and Mobility every turn until you make contact. This means everything will be getting hit with the lowered DEF. As much as his spell list now screams warbeast he is in desperate need of ranged attacks to keep pressure up while his army slowly moves across the board... or not so slowly, thanks to that sweet, sweet Mobility. Between deceptive speed, impressive staying power (thanks to Batten Down the Hatches), and a turn of massive damage, Carver specializes in controlling the scenario and punishing your opponent for trying to contest.
Ironically, he cares little for this theme, despite being the grand General of it in the fluff, due to its less than stellar theme benefits and model selection.
It's a fine theme if you want to go for an infantry heavy farrow army, but outside of Veteran Leader and the feat, he doesn't really support such a kind of lists.
Farrow Units all benefit from Veteran Leader. Because Carver isn't incredibly tough (although he does benefit from Batten Down the Hatches) he wants to stay back, so ranged units get more from his Veteran Leader.
- Farrow Brigands are an excellent all-round ranged unit - and getting an extra point of MAT and especially RAT is really useful.
Carver is all about his battlegroup and this is best realised in WWF. You can still bring Maximus and Valkyries here to make use of every aspect of his card.
Mobility makes Carver's battlegroup extremely quick on the first turn. Add, potentially, dialing up speed on your Road Hogs, and you can have beasts sitting in the middle of the table on Turn 1. Your exact milage may vary, but there's something to be said for threatening your opponent with POW 12 sprays for just leaving their deployment.
- Feralgeists and Gremlin Swarms are excellent Quagmire targets and can help him in in the scenario game, since he is otherwise very battlegroup heavy. As they are incorporeal, they are a nightmare to get rid of for models without magical weapons, so they can be held in place by Quagmire'd models.
- The Hermit similarly is very hard to kill even by models WITH magical weapons and provides a slew of other buff to his army.
- If you really wnat to rub it in, run two Dhunian Archons and use them to heal your Quagmire targets.
- In addition, you can choose from utility supports not found in Thornfall, such as the Bog Trog Mist Speaker for Magical Weapons of your own and the Gatorman Soul Slave to upkeep Quagmire for free and fling out boosted Rifts, which actually allows you to have all 4 of your spells in play at once.
- There's also the dirt cheap Bone Shrine which allows Carver to actually play with transfers if he so chooses, and Batten Down the Hatches mostly makes up for potentially being cursed by the Shrine.
- Of course, you're not getting much use out of your Veteran Leader in this theme, but even the available Farrow Valkyries or Rorsh (of Rorsh & Brine) will appreciate the buff in a pinch. Additionally, the ubiquitous Overtake means you can always use your feat strictly for damage, rather than potentially debating using it for infantry clearing.
- Now you can even take Underchief Mire here, giving you access to Rage, Elasticity, and more as well as being able to make a small cloud wall of your own. Honestly, however, its debatable how useful this really will be as it begins further cutting into the points that may be better off building a bigger Farrow battlegroup to benefit from all Carver's exclusive benefits.
Here are some of his other favourites, available in either theme:
- Feat, then charge in with the Meat Thresher in Carver's CRTL range. Knock the target down, and watch your opponent's face upon rolling 5D6 + 16 for damage.
- Farrow Valkyries can help protect things from shooting.
- His feat makes Maximus an infantry threshing monster, berserking and overtaking as long as he hits and kills (on 4 dice to damage)... and as long as he stays within Carver's control range.
- While Rorsh & Brine will not directly benefit from Carver for most of the game, he sometimes appreciates the load they can take off of his own battlegroup burden. Rorsh enjoys standing in Veteran Leader range anyway, making his 3 ranged attacks per activation potentially a little more accurate, and Brine gets turned up to 11 (or 12, or 13) between Pig Farm and Carver's feat.
With both Mobility and Batten Down the Hatches available every turn, and with the ability to send your damage up on feat turn, Carver goes very well with ... just about everything.
- War Hog - Kill! Maim! P+S 18 Weapon Masters.
- Road Hog - what was that threat range again?
- Battle Boar - With no hit buff of his own, Primal is as important to Carver as it is to any other Farrow warlock. And making your own beasts frenzy is kind of like Fury management, right? Right??
First Seven Purchases
A few veteran players have put their heads together in 2020.06 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.
- Warbeast: War Hog
- Warbeast: War Hog
- Warbeast: Battle Boar
- Solo: Hutchuck
- Solo: Lanyssa
- Unit: Slaughterhousers
- Unit: Brigands + CA
- Released in Forces of Hordes: Minions (2007)
- BMMD stands for "Bringer of Most Massive Destruction".
- "Esq." is an abbreviation of "Esquire," an antiquated honorific indicating that an individual practices Law and holds a license to that effect.
- His cleaver/sword is called Hand of God. Or "H.O.G." Haha.
- This model has a limited edition sculpt, released in 2020.06.
- His limited edition sculpt is based on the events of the 2019 Lock and Load narrative event. The Minions player used Carver to take over one of the airships at the culmination of the event.
Warbeasts he can take
With the way Minion battlegroups work, this warlock can't simply take any Minion warbeast, and instead is limited to the following choices:
|Farrow Warbeasts (Edit)|
|Lights|| Battle Boar - Gun Boar - Splatter Boar |
Dr Arkadius only: Gorax Rager | Midas only: Boneswarm
|Heavies||Road Hog - War Hog|
Video Battle Reports
- 2019.04 Arcane Assist, vs Baldwin1
- 2018.10 Arcane Assist, vs Garryth
- See also Category: Video Battle Reports for more casters with videos.
Other Minion models
|* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)