Menoth: High Exemplar Kreoss Pushes You Over

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The classic pop and drop caster gets a new look. Check out Menoths new Kreoss in Mk.3

The caster needs no introduction and is Menoth’s classic assassin caster. He also got better by default just because of the power up rule.

To change up the pace instead of breaking down this classic models abilities lets talk about the Pop and Drop and maybe some ways to counter it.

The Pop and Drop:

The Pop is referring to Kreoss feat. Popping feat aka Menoth’ Wrath has scarred many of Menoths opponents. Having everything knocked down in Kreoss control area will obliterate the unprepared and has won many a game.

The Drop is usually the ranged threat that Kreoss is packing. Multiple warjacks effectively auto-hitting your knocked down models with only a defense of 5. Redeemers have a high threat range and with a walking SPD 5″ and a RNG 16″ gun. With Choir assistance these guns clock in with 3 shots at POW14 for a mere 11 points. What usually makes the Redeemer swallowable is the RAT 1 shots have little chance of hitting. However, combined with Knockdown the Redeemer’s accuracy is without question.

On top of all this Kreoss is armed with the back breaker spell Purification. So, even if you have some sort of ranged safety like Stealth because of Occulation, or a Animus like safeguard to prevent you from being knocked down, Kreoss can just remove it and finish the job.

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Example Pop and Drop List:

The list below is a ranged nightmare. On top of that it has decent zone control with Tristan’s armored up Templar and the 20 shield wall pikes. This list can really lay down some serious firepower and clean up the leftovers with its melee weapons.

Protectorate Army – 75 / 75 points

(Kreoss 1) High Exemplar Kreoss [+29]
– Redeemer [11]
– Redeemer [11]
– Redeemer [11]
Initiate Tristan Durant [4]
– Redeemer [11]
– Templar [15]
Choir of Menoth (max) [6]
Temple Flameguard (max) [11]
Temple Flameguard (max) [11]
Vassal of Menoth [3]
Vassal of Menoth [3]
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution [6]
Wrack [1]

 

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Some Anti Pop and Drop:

Not every thing can be purified by Kreoss thankfully.
He also has a fixed threat of 19″ without throw shennanigans. So you have a few options to combat the Pop and Drop.

Stay away:
– In non killbox scenarios keep your caster safe and out of the 19″ threat.
Out threat:
– Cygnar and Khador can easily match Kreoss threat with 20″+ threats of their own. Lylth 3 on the sled threathens 23″
Natural protection:
– Models with innate stealth will be quite safe from direct hits without Menoth’s Sight.
– Models with innate Steady or GroundWork will not lose there defense during Kreoss feat making the Redeemers not that useful.

FEATS:
– Feats like Rask or Khaelyssa’s can protect your army before it gets there and other feats that prevent knockdowns are also useful.

Any great Kreoss 1 stories BoLS? Please share in the comments below.

  • petrow84

    I’d swap one of the Vassals for 3 mechanics. You need those jacks to be up and running, and it takes only 9 damage to render its rockets useless.

  • Richard Mitchell

    Not really impressed with the variant sculpt, even though it is pretty. But compared to the Haley resculpt it is far behind. Maybe they should have him with one hand out casting and the other pulling back to swing that morning star. Or have him crouching with the mace down in its follow through moment and he is getting ready to backhand that sucker.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. Whenever they do insiders showing the design process for their casters, there’s always 3/4 poses which just look soo much better. I really have to wonder if it’s a limitation of the restic material (though I swear some manage to pull it off).

  • Damistar

    Is that the same figure as in the Protectorate of Menoth starter box?
    Certainly resembles it to me.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. He was the mk2 battlegroup caster. He’s pretty nasty too, probably the best of the bunch.

      • petrow84

        He could always have been second for me beyond Denny – that witch gave me some serious lessons about the Cryxian debuff engine.

        • ZeeLobby

          True, Denny was probably top dog. Denny2 just overshadowed her, and now Cryx is just in a sad place, so I tend to forget about her, haha.

  • petrow84

    Sidenote: Lylyth3 is battle engine, she cannot be knocked down.