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Circle Logo.jpg Theme - The Wild Hunt

Circle Theme Force
Call of the Wild - Secret Masters - The Bones of Orboros - The Devourer's Host - The Wild Hunt

When war requires speed, cunning, and brutality, the Wild Hunt is gathered to spill the enemy’s blood. If the need is dire, many villages of Wolf Sworn are drawn together in these great hunting parties. A Wild Hunt draws upon its warriors’ hunting skills and their knowledge of the land to launch lethal ambushes against enemy columns marching through the wilderness. The warriors of a Wild Hunt rely on their mobility to defeat technologically superior foes; they bleed the enemy with quick strikes, chasing down all who break ranks to offer them as a sacrifice to the primal power of the Devourer Wurm.

Theme Rules - Remix

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Rules subject to change - 2019 Theme Remix
All existing theme forces will be changing from the "free cards" system into a new "Requistion Points" system. There will be an interim period from the start of 2019.08 to mid 2019.09 where players can use whichever system they prefer.

The new version is not "officially" available. The info below is from a spoiler.

Theme Restrictions

An army made use the The Wild Hunt theme force can include only the following Circle models:

  • This army can also include one Minion solo and one Minion unit that will work for Circle.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Circle] rule.
    • Minion units can have non-Ranking Officer attachments

Full model list

The models allowed in The Wild Hunt are:   [Show/Hide]

This list was last updated: 2019.07   (Edit)

Warlocks

  • All Circle warlocks

Warbeasts

  • All non-character warbeasts
  • Brennos the Elderhorn
  • Other character warbeasts can be taken, but only if they have a bond and they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.

Structures

Units

Solos

Minions

  • Up to one solo
  • Up to one unit

Requisition Points

You can spend each Requisition Point on either:

  • One Circle CA
  • Three Gallows Grove solos
  • Three War Wolf solos
  • One other small- or medium-based Circle solo

Theme Bonuses

  1. When a living warbeast in this army is forced to use its animus, reduce the COST of the animus by 1.
  2. One Wolves of Orboros unit in this army gains Ambush.
    Ambush - You can choose not to deploy a model/unit with Ambush at the start of the game. If it is not deployed normally, you can put it into play at the end of any of your Control Phases after your first turn. When you do, choose any table edge except the back of your opponent's deployment zone. Place this model/all models in the unit with Ambush in formation completely within 3" of the chosen table edge.

Recent Changes

2018.10 Tharn Expansion

  • The Well of Orboros was released, and this theme's rules were immediately rewritten to allow it.

2019.07 Theme Remix

  • Game-wide Remix changes
  • Merged with the Call of the Wild
    • If you used to play the Wild Hunt, you now also have access to Brennos, Blackclad solos, and Lord of the Feast
    • If you used to play Call of the Wild, you now also have access to Construct beasts, Bradigus, Wolf Sworn, and War Wolf solos
    • CotW benefits: Kept the reduced cost animi benefit, lost the +1 to go first benefit
    • TWH benefits: Kept the "one unit gains ambush" benefit, lost the "warbeasts gain Tracker" bonus
  • Gallows Groves and War Wolves add to the freebies.
  • New RQ model, Wolf with No Name, added to the allowed models.

Theme Rules - Old

Old Restrictions   [Show/Hide]

An army made use the The Wild Hunt theme force can include only the following Circle models:

Old Bonuses   [Show/Hide]
  1. This army can also include one Minion solo and one Minion unit that will work for Circle.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Circle] rule.
    • Minion units can have attachments, including a Ranking Officer
  2. For every 20 points of Wolf Sworn models/units you can add to the army free of cost either:
    • One Wolf Sworn command attachment, or
    • One small-based Circle solo, or
    • One medium-based Circle solo.
    Free models don't count towards free points.
  3. Warbeasts gain Tracker.
    • Tracker - This model ignores forests when determining LOS when declaring a charge.
  4. One unit of Wolves of Orboros gains Ambush.
    • Ambush - You can choose not to deploy a model/unit with Ambush at the start of the game. If it is not deployed normally, you can put it into play at the end of any of your Control Phases after your first turn. When you do, choose any table edge except the back of your opponent's deployment zone. Place this model/all models in the unit with Ambush in formation completely within 3" of the chosen table edge.

Thoughts on The Wild Hunt

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Recent Errata - This article needs updating
The "Basic Info" section has been updated to match a recent errata/spoiler, but the "Thoughts On" section hasn't been brushed up yet.
If you play this Faction, please delete the old irrelevant info and then delete this warning.

See also Category: Recent Change and Category: Recent Release.

Initial Thoughts on the Remix

Most things you'd want the old Wild Hunt or Call of the Wild for are covered here. A nice update to get some much more varied lists and bring models few used (Wolf Sworn) into combined arms lists.

Note that PP initially spoilered The Wild Hunt from the wrong document - and only living beasts get the animus cost reduction.

The Wild Hunt in a nutshell

The Wild Hunt does two things - the first is enables you to use warbeasts and have them be more effective (thanks to cheaper animi) and the second is uses Wolf Sworn infantry, which cover most of the main infantry types by having a chaff unit (Wolves of Orboros), a shooty unit (Reeves of Orboros), a heavy unit (Warpborn Skinwalkers) - but none of it is hard hitting. The Wolf Sworn on their own aren't generally considered a compelling infantry theme (unlike e.g. the Tharn) but provide excellent support to empowered warbeasts with skirmish screens, ambushers, infantry threshing, and even hard to kill infantry.

This is a thematic Wolf Sworn army that gives you a few bonuses for playing mostly with Wolf Sworn - and has to date the best ambushers in the game. Unusually for the Circle the only advance deploying models are the Shifting Stones, but you do get a powerful unit of ambushers instead. The Wolf Sworn are not, alas, amazingly popular even if the Reeves can utterly thresh light infantry.

Reduced Animus Cost

It's true, a warbeast with a COST 1 animus will have it reduced to COST 0 and be able to cast it for free in this theme!

Barring enemy debuffs increasing the COST back up again, that is. Remember that when altering the COST of something, you do multiplication/division first, before addition/subtraction. So for example:

  • Versus Lamentation (which doubles the COST): COST 1 on the card, when the warbeast tries to cast it Lamentation and the theme benefit apply "simultaneously".
    • A COST 1 animus will double to 2, then the theme reduces it to 1.
    • A COST 2 animus will double to 4, then the theme reduces it to 3.
  • Versus Scaverous's feat (which increases the COST by 1): The cost will increase by 1, then decrease by 1, so you'll end up just paying the normal cost.

Special mention Tanith1's feat which is kind of counterproductive in this theme, because her feat also reduces COST by 1 (for a total of a -2 saving) but it also imposes a "minimum cost 1".

  • Animi that normally cost 3, will cost 2 on non-feat turns and cost 1 on feat turn.
  • Animi that normally cost 2, will cost 1 on all turns.
  • Animi that normally cost 1, will cost 0 on non-feat turns, and go back to costing 1 on feat turn. Like I said, counterproductive.

Refer to Infernal Ruling (link in the #Rules Clarifications) for full explanation about Tanith.

Theme Weaknesses

  • This is primarily a warbeast theme; the infantry is there for support and because too large battle groups get tricky.

List Building Tips

The biggest freebie options are the Lord of the Feast, or three War Wolf or Gallows Grove solos. Not every caster wants Gallows Groves (although all want a Blackclad Wayfarer), and the War Wolf makes at least a small Wolf Sworn presence a whole lot more efective.

Warlocks of Note

Building Call of the Wild at 25 points

Call of the Wild is a good list to start with - and if you can't think of anything to use here's a good place to start that manages to fit ten free points into a 25 point list.


Other

Trivia

  • Released 2017.02

Other Circle models/themes

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warlocks Baldur1 - Baldur2 - Bradigus1 - Grayle1 - Iona1 - Kaya1 - Kaya2 - Kaya3 - Kromac1 - Kromac2 - Krueger1 - Krueger2 - Mohsar1 - Morvahna1 - Morvahna2 - Tanith1 - Una2 - Wurmwood1
Lessers & Attachments Druid Wilder (Attached) - Una1 (Lesser)
Light Argus Moonhound - Winter Argus - Wild Argus - Gorax Rager - Razorwing Griffon - Rotterhorn Griffon - Scarsfell Griffon - Wold Wight - Woldwatcher - Woldwyrd
Heavy Gnarlhorn Satyr - Riphorn Satyr - Shadowhorn Satyr - Feral Warpwolf - Pureblood Warpwolf - Warpwolf Stalker - Wold Guardian - Woldwarden
Brennos the Elderhorn (Satyr) - Ghetorix (Warpwolf) - Loki (Warpwolf) - Megalith (Woldwarden)
Gargantuans Storm Raptor - Woldwrath
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures
Units Druid Mist Riders - Druids of Orboros & CA - Reeves of Orboros & CA - Sentry Stone & Mannikins - Shifting Stones & CA - Stoneward & Woldstalkers - Tharn Bloodtrackers & Character UA - Tharn Bloodweavers & CA - Tharn Blood Pack - Tharn Ravagers & CA - Tharn Wolf Riders - Warpborn Skinwalkers & CA - Wolves of Orboros & CA
Brighid & Caul - Death Wolves
Solos

Blackclad Stoneshaper - Blackclad Wayfarer - Bloodweaver Night Witch - Druid Wilder - Gallows Grove - Lord of the Feast - Reeve Hunter - Primal Archon - Tharn Blood Shaman - Tharn Ravager Shaman - Tharn Ravager White Mane - Tharn Wolf Rider Champion - Una the Falconer - War Wolf - Wolf Lord Morraig

Battle Engines & Structures Celestial Fulcrum (Engine) - Well of Orboros (Structure)
Theme Forces
Call of the Wild - Secret Masters - The Bones of Orboros - The Devourer's Host - The Wild Hunt
Minions
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Circle Orboros Minion
This index was last updated: 2019.04

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Ambush      (Edit)

  • When a model/unit is going to use Ambush, it needs to be declared before either player begins deploying models. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If both players have Ambushing models, then it goes: Pick Sides, Player 1 chooses whether or not to use Ambush, then Player 2 chooses whether or not to Ambush, then Player 1 begins deployment. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Ambush occurs last in Step 5 of the Control Phase. You cannot use Apparition on a model that Ambushes. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Tracker - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification: Theme Forces     (Edit)

Rerolling the starting roll   [Show/Hide]
  1. If the original dice roll is a draw, you can choose to either use your theme-benefit-reroll (TBR) on your die only, or let both players reroll the dice and save your TBR for later.
  2. If you lose the original dice roll, then use your TBR and get a draw, then that's your TBR used up. Both players will now reroll the tie normally until there is a winner/loser.
  3. If both players have a TBR and the original roll is not a tie, then the loser will reroll (unless he really wants to lose). If his new roll results in:
    • If the loser is now the winner, the ex-winner can use his TBR to try and beat it.
    • If the loser is now tied with the ex-winner, then the ex-winner can choose whether to use his TBR or save it for later, as described in #1.
  4. If both players have a TBR and the original roll is a tie, then both players reroll it until there is a winner/loser, then you can start using your TBR as described in #3.
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

  • 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)
    • This may change with the remix 2019.08
  • 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]
  • 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   [Show/Hide]
  • If a unit is allowed in a theme, any-and-all of its attachments are allowed too. Exception: Ranking Officers are not allowed unless explicitily mentioned.
  • If the theme force gives a benefit to a specific unit, any-and-all attachments to that unit will benefit too. Even if it is a "generic" attachment like the Void Leech. (Infernal Ruling)
    For example, a Trollkin Sorcerer will gain Serenity if its attached to a Dhunian Knot unit in a Power of Dhunia theme force.
  • If your theme allows "3 weapon attachments" as a freebie, you can spread them into different units.
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.

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)
Mercenary - The Talion Charter   [Show/Hide]
  • The 3rd benefit is "Sac Pawn [Sea Dog trooper]", not just any Sea Dog. (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 - 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.
  • If you create a new model mid-game (ie with the Well of Orboros and that model can have corpse tokens, that model does not enter play with a corpse. Because it's not the beginning of the game. (Locked thread)
Circle - The Wild Hunt   [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)

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)

Infernals - Hearts of Darkness   [Show/Hide]