There’s been a bit of discussion amongst my Ordo Ineptus brethren about Beastmen. When the Army Book came out (was it really 2 years ago?!) we all felt more than a little let down. I personally was just finishing an all Khorne Minotaur army using the old book, and was very disappointed that something like that could not be done again. Now this was in 7th edition, and there’s some communal experience with 8th edition now, so the question we had was, do Beastmen still suck?
|He doesn't suck, but he does have a pot-belly!|
I was researching going to Templecon in February. Their Fantasy tournament has many restrictions on almost every army…the mean combinations just aren’t allowed. Notably, there are no restrictions on Beastmen…in fact, they get 200 extra points.
Yes, that’s right…straight up bonus of 200 points.
So, do the Beastmen really suck to the point that they need 200 extra points?
I'm at work, with no desire to do anything constructive, and Army Builder just begging to be played with...so I decided to see what I can come up with that fits my style, to see how bad it can be. Warning: this is kind of “stream of consciousness" as I bounce back and forth between real work and this. Good luck following it!
The concept is a couple big steadfast cheap units of crappy Ungors; two units of Minotaurs with a Doombull and Gorebull to give them some fun punch (super-hammers); and a couple decent-sized Gor units to take advantage of Primal Fury. All supported by a cheap Shaman with Beast magic, some scouting Harpies to kill stone-throwers, and a million Ungor Raiders to harass, ambush, charge and march block, and give lots of extra deploys.
Many of you may remember my penchant for Minotaurs, so I really wanted this to push the cows. To start with, I want a big ridiculous Doombull to lead one of the Minotaur units:
Doombull: Ramhorn Helm; Talisman of Preservation; Gnarled Hide; Many-limbed-Fiend, Heavy Armour, and a Shield.
This guy, counting Frenzy, has 7 S6 attacks, plus d3 S6 impact hits, plus Stomp, plus an extra attack every time he makes an armour save...speaking of which, he has 1+ AS and 4++ Ward. He prices in at 348.
To lead the second Minotaur unit, a Gorebull with Heavy Armour, Shield, Dragonhelm, and The Brass Cleaver. While not as ridiculous as the Doombull, he still sports 5 S5 attacks, d3 impact hits, Stomp, and an extra attack for every enemy model in base to base. He costs 212.
And some Minotaur units for them to lead...two units of 5 with great weapons at 315 points each (see, this is why I think Beastmen are considered less competitive...they are WAY over-priced...more on that later).
The BSB get dropped down to just Enchanted Shield. 3+AS will have to do!