So I have failed many times to own a Hordes army. While I love the idea of an army comprised mainly of beasts, something about the Hordes offerings just never stuck with me. I have owned (and subsequently sold) Circle Orboros, Legion, and Skorne. My Warmachine armies though, haven’t failed me. I play Cryx, Protectorate, and Mercs. Still, I have a hungering for an army of mostly metal monstrosities. While I can satisfy this at times, I have decided I really want to attempt refocusing my army construction on going jack-heavy, and I have decided I want to attempt this with Cryx. Yeah, Protectorate may be the obvious choice, but Mortenebra has taught me the joys of a horde of Cryxian jacks.
So, in this first installment, I wanted to list all of the models that somehow can contribute to this goal. What I am looking for is focus or psuedo-focus. For example, Warwitch sirens directly contribute focus to warjacks, whereas a skarlock thrall, while useful in putting more of a warcasters focus into warjacks, cannot directly add focus or efficiency to warjacks. That doesn’t mean a skarlock isn’t a good inclusion, just that it is of a different nature. So, here is my list:
- Warwitch Siren (directly contribues focus via power booster)
- Iron Lich Overseer (contributes focus equivalency via Jack Marshall and Soul Matrix)
- Aiakos, Scourge of the Meredius (as a Novice Warcasters, brings four focus directly to the table)
- Scavenger (Finishes approximates boosting)
- Desecrator (Accumulates focus near bane models)
- Harrower (Soul Collector makes souls act just focus)
- Seether (charges/runs for free, and gets one free focus, just for being awesome)
- Deathjack (Skulls of Hate and souls = lots of focus)
- Malice (also uses souls like focus, and starts with one for free)
- Kraken (corpose tokens can be traded in for focus)
And while any warcaster is an obvious source of power for warjacks, some just stand above the rest in Cryx:
- Mortenebra (THE jack casters. Terminal Velocity equals boatloads of focus equivalency)
- Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast (Seas of Fate, while not directly focus, sure helps with efficiency)
- Witch Coven of Garlghast (9 focus, Infernal Machine, and the ability to cycle like crazy)
So these are the models that will comprise the core of my jack-heavy lists. Some of these things have never struck me as good models (Overseers, Desecrators…) but perhaps they will find a place in this kind of initiative. In the 2nd part of this series, I will focus on figuring out which models are worth inclusion and which are not, and start building some lists.
Let me know if you have any good thoughts on models I should/shouldn’t focus on!