Dark side of the (Khadoran) Moon

Khador dark side of the moon

As mentioned in my last post I’m trying to rediscover my Khador by moving out of my comfort zone and visiting some of the more unorthodox casters and units.OrsusSmash did a fantastic write up about Khadoran casters and this material along with my revitalized feel for the game has given plenty of inspiration for forces I’d like to try out and what follows are a few of those lists along with a preliminary analysis of what I’m trying to achieve with them.

For the past two years I’ve more or less played Khador the exact same way and I’m feeling like its more then a bit stale now. The usual attrition war of high def infantry isn’t just boring but in the current meta it doesn’t stand as well as it used to so I want to branch out and try new things. It doesn’t mean I won’t use high def infantry any more I jus want to find new ways to utilise them and combine them with other elements. As such I’m steering away form my 2 most common casters; pIrusk and pVlad for the moment and trying to use only what I have so far in my Khador collection and as I play on with different casters I can proxy new things before making new purchases. I’m quite lucky in that I like all the khador casters wether it be because of their backstory or nature of play so I’ve got plenty of options.

Now these are only preliminary lists and as of yet I haven’t tested any of them so I can only speculate on whats going to happen and how I’m going to adapt with them but as I play more of each one I’ll pick apart my findings in separate articles. So without further adue here we go!

The Butcher of Khardov
– War Dog
– Behemoth
– Beast 09

Rorsh
– Brine
Saxon Orrik
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich

Kayazy Assassins
– Kayazy Assassin Underboss
Winter Guard Infantry
– Winter Guard Officer & Standard

Now some of the more shrewd amongst you will recognise as a list from Templecon 2013 used by Matt Lee and you would be correct! So why, when I’m trying to rediscover the faction on my own terms am I copying someone else’s list? Well it’s circumstantial I suppose, most of the elements were already in place (kayazay, winterguard, saxon and Big B) when I was introduced to this list and in my eyes it filled in a lot of the holes I was musing over.

pButcher was my first caster with Khador after the battle box and he’s one of the major reasons I got into the faction. I love how aggressive he is and how when it all goes south he can get stuff done himself. Accompanying him is the standard IF fodder but with more heavy support then Khador is used to, one of which can alpha strike and is not dependant on butcher to do so. As such the list is still attrition based but uses the feat and R+B to tilt it aggressively and towards assassination if the opportunity arises.

One thing I may try during play testing is swapping beast out for a normal juggernaut and widowmakers but for the moment reach and the imprint is just too tempting.

Kommander Strakhov
– War Dog
– Beast 09

Fenris
Manhunter
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator
Widowmaker Marksman

Doom Reavers
– Greylord Escort
Widowmakers
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters
Kayazy Assassins
– Kayazy Assassin Underboss

I have always really liked Strakov; his fluff, the model, his aggressive playstyle and so he’s one of the casters I want to learn to use most. The thing is he’s always been seen as a one trick poney and even though knowing something is coming and being able to stop it are two different things it does leave him very one dimensional and most importantly: predictable. Most people always take a lot of CC units with him to maximise charge distance but I read a very interesting in a comment in a thread whist researching him: why not include more shooting elements in the army? This way you can engage in a more attrition based game whilst waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.

To this end the Nyss and Widowmakers are in to help attrition down the opposing force as well as clear charge lanes for the feat turn. A good spattering of hard hitting infantry like assasins, reavers, Fenris finishes it off. Beast 09 is of course ever present with Strakov to provide a ridiculous assassination threat.

Kommander Orsus Zoktavir
– War Dog
– Conquest
– Drago

Fenris
Man-O-War Drakhun
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution

Great Bears of Gallowswood
Doom Reavers
Widowmakers

So I owe this one to my club mate Chris Berry, he’s been playing a lot of eButcher and seeing the fun he’s been having with him has wet my appetite so this is my first list attempt with this very unique caster. The whole thing balances on using the feat to assassinate or deal so much damage in one turn that my opponent cannot recover.

To this effect theres some shooting in the list to guarantee at least a few rage points if things look sketchy and the usual assortment of fast cavalry solos and hard hitting elites to make the best of the feat. Most models in this army, if given 3 fury are capable of killing a caster. Of special note the conquest is not there to shield Butcher, although sometimes this may be necessary the massive base will hinder more then help in a lot of situations, but because with the feat, fury and conferred rage he has a treat range of 14” at MAT8, POW 25. Even with “only” 3 attacks this is enough to render most heavys dead or useless. Drago is a bit of his experiment in this list with rampager and his imprint he can go through an entire unit on his own…in theory!

I also want to run the eButcher tier list with lots of Doom reavers though obviously this requires a few more purchases first.

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Kommander Harkevich, The Iron Wolf 
– Behemoth
– Black Ivan
– Conquest

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich

Winter Guard Rifle Corps
Battle Mechaniks

With a beard like that who wouldn’t want to play Brian Blessed Harkevich! A caster I have long dismissed as being incredibly sub-par but now I want to take the plunge and see what I can make of him. I feel that Broadsides can be a trap if you’re not careful and that you should never build just for it but also for CC as the speed and armour buffs present quite a few opportunities. I chose the 3 best shooting jacks available to us that can also hammer things in combat (ok Ivan is a bit pillow fisted but we can forgive him that). The rifle corps are also an experiment in providing long range, accurate infantry support whilst also performing the essential winterguard role of being meatshields/jammers etc. I think the mechaniks are self explanatory.

Maybe its because I’ve playing hordes with lots of heavies that makes me want to use this list but I have a few hopes for it and the experience I gained playing hordes should help out hopefully. I’m fully aware that its not at all the same thing due to the focus/fury mechanics but I do have a lot of shooting potential, and a lot of close combat threat and nobody wants to have to deal with armour 23+ jacks. Either way I want to finally get this caster on the table and see what he’s worth.

Koldun Kommander Zerkova – T4 Hunting Wolves
– Conquest
– Spriggan
– Vanguard
– Vanguard

Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist
Koldun Lord
Widowmaker Marksman

Kayazy Assassins
– Kayazy Assassin Underboss
Greylord Ternion
Kayazy Eliminators
Widowmakers

Ah good old Zerkhova, no doubt Khador’s most frowned upon caster yet the only one with a cult following. I played her fo the first time a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Admittedly it was only at a small scale however I can see some of her merits now and as her theme force is quite impressive I thought I’d start with that. Now I’m not 100% about this list as I feel you REALLY want to take advantage of the FA 2 Kayazay and underboss but sadly I only have one unit of them so that will do for now.

This one is a difficult one to explain, as the theme force dictates what you take and what hunting wolves lets you take is stuff I’m already quite the fan of I just tried to get as much in as possible. Until then Zerkova has a lot of objective control with Forceblast and on the Conquest this gives her a LOT of coverage and with the spriggan you can cover both zones in multiple objective games. The Vanguards are there to cover Zerkhova and let her make the most of influence, Icy Grip and her feat.

So its not the best list but it is what I have access to (the vanguards i can proxy). The biggest challenge as the moment in any case is playing and getting used to her and then we’ll see where we go from there.

 

So theres the first few lists I’ve come up with but still got a few more to go including eIrusk, Karchev and the Sorschas. I’ll post them up when they’re ready but until then all thats left is to get playing and see what happens!

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