…to Urcaen and back


Mikael Kreoss’ prayers were cut short. Outside of his personal tent of prayer the Protectorate occupied Laelese town of Leryn and hub of the Northern Crusade stirred with fear and unease. Much of the Exemplar order had come with Kreoss to the north and had grown weary because of recent attacks. Cryxian thralls had recently been appearing sporadically outside the city walls and detachments of knights had to scramble to see off the small skirmishing forces. Unfortunately, as soon as one group of thralls had been seen off another group would emerge on the other side of the city. Where were they coming from? Although for Kreoss and the Exemplar stationed in Leryn battle is a form of devotion to Menoth, these random attack where wearing the faith of the crusaders thin and rumours where rife of a larger undead force preparing to strike. Furthermore, there is something disconcerting about dispatching shambling undead creatures wearing menofix necklaces. Kreoss assumed another group of thralls must be on their way. He gave thanks to his God once more before rising from his knees, his men needed leadership.

Kreoss emerged from his tent in a cloud of incense and stood between his two Bastion escorts, standing forever vigilant in their heavy armour. He looked out to see that the cause of commotion was not coming from outside the city walls but was striding silently through the Protectorate encampment. Behind the dark figure two detatchments of Kreoss’ Knights Exemplar marched as did a detachment of Temple Flameguard that Kreoss had not previously seen. To further his surprise Kreoss’ personal Crusader, Fires of Salvation, marched with the same sure conviction of the faithful soldiers. Nearby Knights only stopped trying to dissuade their brothers in arms from marching with their new leader when they noticed the Grand Exemplar’s presence. As his troops marched past him Kreoss simply stood and watched stoically. Although a flood of emotions ran through him he did nothing. He was outraged with his men for abandoning their posts and with the one know as the Testament of Menoth, leader of the reclaimant order, for ‘liberating’ his men. However, Kreoss’ anger was stilled. Partly out of fear, he knew the High Reclaimer could reclaim whoever he deemed fit and that Kreoss himself was not exempt. Mostly he simply stood and watched because he knew who the High Reclaimer was. No other Menite knew the mind of Menoth or the nature or Urcaen as he did. He gripped the tablet of the Creator’s laws taken from Urcaen itself. He knew that Fires of Salvation and the Knights that followed the Testament of Menoth did not do so at a whim but that the Testament was on an ordained mission and the troops that followed him had also been chosen and knew innately that it was Menoth’s will that they follow this man. As Kreoss watched an indispensable portion of his garrison walk away he knew that they not only followed a man, they followed Menoth’s will and that these men would follow the Testament to Urcaen and back.

After I wrote my second Stoke 25pt tourney list I realised that the list looked a lot like ToM had borrowed a lot of resources from Kreoss. I’m not really big on fan-fiction but that scene appeared in my head and the High Reclaimer/Testament is flipping cool so it had to be done. So here is the list:

Testament of Menoth

Fire of Salvation


Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts)

Knights Exemplar (Leader and 5 Grunts)

Temple Flameguard (Leader and 9 Grunts)

High Paladin Dartan Vilmon

The Wrack (3 wracks)

As previously stated I’m going for fully painted at this tourney. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on the second unit of Knights Exemplar and they are turning out ok. I’ve now got another 2 weeks to finish 2 more Knights, Fires of Salvation and ToM himself. He has just come out of the garage after stewing in nail varnish remover:

Good ol' ebay, models in the wrong colour scheme for a cheap, cheap price!

You thought wading through the hordes of the damned was bad? Thats got nothing on nail varnish remover!

It shouldn’t be too difficult to get all that finished in time.

I chose to bring the Testament as my second caster after Reznik not only because I dig the whole reclaimer thing but since MKII kicked off he has been pretty maligned. The biggest single reason for this was that cavalry impact attacks where made compulsory which stopped the classic Venger assassination run on the feat turn. Although be aware **it has recently been decreed that impact attacks are optional** the sales of PoM cavalry might pick up now! – http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?16411-Incorporeal-and-Impact-hits&p=416021#post416021

Anyway, my list! This list is the opposite of my Reznik list as it has a very high model count for a 25pt list. ToM loves having loads of infantry. The TFG provide cheap souls who can get to that irritating def 15 with ashen veil. The Knights provide accurate heavy hitters who are good revive targets. These two work brilliantly together if the feat turn (army goes incorporeal and can charge without LOS) isn’t going to be used for the assassination run. The TFG with a their nice threat range can get stuck into your opponents back field/support models while the Knights can get stuck into the solid stuff on their front line. Even if this doesn’t totally gut your opponents army it leaves them in a bizarre situation where they have your army all mixed up in their army (eww, you got Protectorate in my Cryx) it’s brilliant.

On the other hand, if you want to use the feat to end the game we have FoS who moves 5” and attacks in your maintenance phase if a friendly model was killed within 5” of it. Fires of Salvation can then activate and charge through for the kill, thats a 13.5” threat. And don’t forget about milking some more movement shenanigans out of Kreoss’ BFFL with hallowed avenger. If a heavy ‘jack isn’t quite enough for the job how about a pow15 weapon master? Vilmon can probably singlehandedly end the game from 11” away, at mat 9 he is comfortably hitting def15 casters.

This list covers a lot of bases. It has a pretty scary and constant assassination threat and also does attrition with revive – all that work you just did? It un-happened… and my guys are chaining 3” across the table. If ToM gets 2 souls he can revive 3 guys with the help of the hierophant and the wracks. The list plays off the ‘you kill us we get stronger’ vibe with Knights, FoS and ToM which is always fun to play with, even when you’re losing you’re winning. It is also pretty atypical as it doesn’t have a choir or vassal, its occasionally good to spend points on killing stuff rather than buffing stuff.

I’ll be posting pics of my pretty painted models as they get done but for now we can all look forward to Barbed Thorn Hordes: Genesis articles that will be running all next week.

in a bit



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