KoW: Building Army Lists – The Expendables


Nick Williams rounds out his Kings of War orc army  with some chaff units in today’s installment.

Catch up on Part One and Part Two of Nick building his Kings of War army.  Ok, let’s proceed.

We’re now starting to run out of points with just 565 remaining. One thing this army is sorely missing so far is some disposable chaff units. Units that are designed to gum up the enemy and die at a time that suits you. If they magically survive then they can claim some objectives.

Usually with a fast list like this, some light cavalry at speed 9 or 10 with Nimble would be best. Unfortunately Orcs don’t have access to any light cavalry, so the other suitable unit is the lowly troop of Skulks.

At 75 points Skulks are very cheap and with Speed 6 and Vanguard they can get all the way across the board by the end of the first turn. They can certainly get up in the enemies face fast enough to screen Gore Riders. Skulks are also good at sitting on top of objectives.

A quick hint is not to necessarily grab Loot with them. Move up, sit on top of the Loot and the enemy is forced to take you out in combat. If you picked up the Loot then when they Rout you in melee, they would be able to take the Loot. Instead if you just sit on it, then they’re forced to advance after melee to try and pick it up. That could mean overshooting the Loot entirely if they roll a 6 for the advance, or just simply being forced to move into your charge range.

I’d like to take three of them again (this is becoming a fairly common number!). Perhaps if I have the points I could bump this up to four units, but certainly for the time being three will suffice.

  • 3 x Skulk Troops 225
  • + Fightwagons & Gores 1660

Kings of War Orcs (Mantic)

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~More Kings of War in the days ahead.

  • ZeeLobby

    Yeah. I’m just still a huge fan of ranked models. Just think they look great. I mean I know buying 30 models you cram into a block and having to paint them sounds ridiculous, but I loved it back in the day.

    • euansmith

      I’ve just been assembling my Warpath stuff. The Steel Warriors are excellent minis; though maybe over complicated. The Corporate Marines are great. And the Asterian Mannequins are cool too; especially their drones.

      As usual there are a bunch of weird “Why did you do that, Mantic?” moments, to do with the assignment of bits to the sprues. But the quality of the models has come along a long way since the first round of Sci-fi plastic sprues.

      The Level 3 Plague dudes are horrible, though; poor to assemble and completely out of scale with the rest of the range.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah, currently I’m still working on my Iron Fathers. I just love em. Not the nicest looking minis, but they’re probably dwarf stout. Their sci-fi is still light years above most of their fantasy.

  • dave long island

    Those are good lookin minis. Mantic does Orcs well, perhaps the best among their range. They have some nice undead troops too, IMO.

    • Nathaniel Wright

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      • dave long island

        Not if it’s a digital clock set to 24 hours, rather than AM or PM… Lol

    • Karru

      Haven’t seen them, but I have seen their Dwarves. My god they are bad sculpts.

    • ZeeLobby

      Their undead are solid.

      • ILikeToColourRed

        that’s a relief, gaseous undead are such a nightmare