Privateer Press: Trollblood Battlebox


Ragnor Skysplitter leads the Trollbloods Battlegroup – check out what you can do with this new Warlock!

The new privateer battleboxes have come out and today we are taking a look at the Troll battlebox. The battleboxes are a great way to get started in warmachine/hordes. Not only are they affordable, they contain models that most bigger armies will actually use! Also, if you want the newest warlock/warcaster the only way to get them currently is through the battlebox. Ragnor Skysplitter leads this small force of trolls and he is a force to be reckoned with.

Whats in it?
4 Plastic Miniatures with Stat Cards
– Troll Bouncer (Light Warbeast)
– Troll Axer (Light Warbeast)
– Troll Impaler (Light Warbeast)
– Ragnor Skysplitter, the Runemaster (Warlock)
Basic Training Tutorial Guide
Battle Map
Introductory Guide
Hordes: Primal Rules Digest
18″ Ruler
4 Six-sided Dice
15 Fury Tokens
3 Spell Tokens
Obstacle Card



What it does?

Ragnor can keep your army relatively safe from ranged/magic attacks by putting the whole battle group in cover for cost of 1 fury each with Earth’s Sacntuary.
He can also remove enemy upkeeps/animus with Hex blast. This is great because most of the battlebox casters do have useful upkeep spells. Pulveriser is a must because his battlegroup is all light warbeasts and need the extra strength help to kill heavier targets.

Bell of Lost Souls Warmachine Hordes Battlebox Power Rankings Trollbloods
Ragnor’s feat Stone’s Fortitude can help absorb the impact from faster battleboxes like Cryx. The trollblood axer is a strong beast and should be your Pulveriser target. Also, the axer’s animus rush is a great way to get the charge. The impaler’s slam is a decent way to knockdown targets with it’s critical slam. That way your axer and bouncer do not need to boost to hit. Keep the bouncer close to models you don’t want to get shot because it has shield guard.

What battleboxes it might struggle with?
Khador has 2 armor 20 jacks and with Kozlov’s feat onrush they could beat armor 22. This will not be easy for this troll army to deal with. Killing Kozlov might be easier then trying to kill his jacks.

Also watch out for the cryx battlebox. They are very fast and if the reaper can hit a model , even if it’s in cover, you could easily lose a beast a turn with little recourse.

If you are just starting trolls what would be a good next buy?

A Dire Troll Mauler would be a good first heavy warbeast. It’s animus helps with heavily armored targets.

The Krielstone bearer and stone scribes is a great unit for supporting your models.

FennBlades are a great melee unit and are really fast with the Unit attachment.

Highwaymen are a good shooting unit and have pathfinder which will help when more terrain gets added to your battles.

Janissa is a good solo to combine with Ragnor. With her Raise Earth and Earth’s Sanctuary the model will have a +6 defensive bonus at ranged.

Trollblood Battlebox $39.99



What do you think of the new Troll battle group? Please share in your comments below.

  • Mr_Pickles

    I’m pretty sure this has been asked elsewhere, but are they “rules digest” that are in these starter boxes, the full rules for Hordes/Warmachine or just some quick play version of the rules?

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I’d imagine its a getting started set. however it could be the mini form of the brb without the fluff, like many other games have for gamer editions.

    • Cergorach

      They took all the rules form the hardback, and shrunk the pagesize down. Full rules in mini book, same as 40k.

    • Parthis

      Full rules, no fluff.

      Excellent little book.

      Geniunely folks, there’s never been a better or easier time to try Warmahordes.

    • Richard Mitchell

      The box set (from experience) comes with a full rulebook (no fluff), a mini faction for an overview on the faction, basic tactics, model fluff overviews for those in the boxset, and painting guide, a training manual to get started quickly, dice, a ruler, a 2d playing board with a training side and a regular side with terrain features printed on it, cards, and models.

  • Agent OfBolas

    Looks great

  • Hawt Dawg

    Best caster in terms of look and quality of the new boxes.

    • ZeeLobby

      Def agree. Personally Menoth is the close second. The rest of the casters look so… meh.

      • Hawt Dawg

        Fat bad bone priest FTW!


      • Richard Mitchell

        I agree with you, I am going to pick this one up this Friday.

  • ChubToad

    Just curious. How have trolls made the transition to MKIII? Until now in my local meta not even a single Trolls player spotted.

    • ZeeLobby

      They’re pretty good. Madrak2 is somewhat OP at the moment, but gunbjorn, grim2 and even calandra are playable. The mauler is straight ridiculous now (fury 5). Overall they’re pretty solid. Probably the strongest Hordes faction atm (Circle propped by wurmwood, everblight nerfed, skorne still skorney (though better), and minions unknown).