Privateer: New Skorne & Menoth Army Boxes

Warmahordes players – two new all in one 50pt army boxes are being unveiled for you Makeda & Vindictus fans.

Privateer’s Army Boxes are a steal – each contains a 50 point army that’s ready to play. Each army is built by the Privateer Press Development team with both veteran and new players in mind. They are built to create dynamic combos using battlegroups and infantry. Will Shick breaks down the new Skorne and Menoth boxes…

Skorne Army Box

First up is the Skorne Army Box, which fellow Will—Will Pagani—and I brainstormed together. This new Army Box makes maximum use of Archdomina Makeda’s updated rules to cause the enemy serious issues in scenario play and in the attrition game.

-Archdomina Makeda
-Basilik Krea
-Titan Gladiator
-Titan Sentry
-Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor
-Praetorian Karax
-Praetorian Karax Officer and Standard
-Praetorian Swordsmen
-Praetorian Swordsmen Officer and Standard
-Paingiver Beast Handlers

Between Field Marshal [Shield Guard], Midwinter’s Arcane Vortex, the Krea’s Force Aura animus, and the Karax’s Shield Wall ability, this army can weather just about anything as it marches across the field to engage the enemy. The Karax alone can reach ARM 24 between Shield Guard, the Karax Officer’s Iron Zeal ability, and the Krea’s animus. While Shield Wall units can sometimes lag in terms of speed because they can’t run, the Quicken spell gives them a respectable SPD 8, not to mention DEF 14 versus ranged and magic attacks. The Swordsmen Officer’s Power Swell ability lets the Swordsmen hit incredibly hard right when they need to. And Makeda’s feat just adds insult to injury, granting all models Retaliatory Strike and allowing her to keep her warriors alive as long as she has health to spare.

There are a few options when bumping this list from 50 points up to 75. You could, of course, enhance Makeda’s battlegroup by adding the demigod of death Molik Karn, the immovable object Tiberion, or the offensive punch of a Bronzeback Titan. Alternatively, you could opt to add in some more units to make the most out of Makeda’s feat. Cataphract Cetratii, Praetorian Ferox, or even some advance deploying Venator Slingers all provide additional tactics for you to use to rope-a-dope your opponent and set up your knockout punch.

Menoth Army Box

The Protectorate 2017 Army Box contains a well-balanced list focused on the strengths of Vice Scrutator Vindictus. Exemplar Errants give the list forward presence because of Advanced Deploy, and with Defender’s Ward, they become a durable unit to pressure scenarios. Backed by Knights Exemplar and Visgoth Rhoven’s bodyguards, the list packs a substantial punch with a significant threat range, thanks to True Path. Rhoven himself brings excellent utility to the list with his spells Menoth’s Sight and Purifying Prayer. Sanctifiers will claim the souls of the fallen infantry to fuel themselves, allowing Vindictus a plethora of focus to cast his powerful but expensive support spells. With the increases to damage from the Choir, the Sanctifiers become heavy-hitting models that can act as a final wave for the list’s offensive potential.

-Vice Scrutator Vindictus
-Sanctifier
-Sanctifier
-Redeemer
-Exemplar Errants
-Knights Exemplar
-Choir of Menoth
-Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & Honor Guard

Expanding on this box can go several ways. Flame Bringers synergize very well with the speed of the list, giving you a hard-hitting cavalry unit that utilizes the feat, Divine Protection, in addition to the True Path and Defender’s Ward spells very well. Adding some support options like the Covenant of Menoth or a Vassal of Menoth can give the list a few tricks to catch your opponent off-guard!

 

These boxes should be out on the heel’s this month’s Cygnar & Retribution 50pt army boxes sets. The previous sets have been in the $120-$140 range, with about a 33% discount over a la carte pricing. Pre-order these from your favorite retailer – they will go fast.

~ Do you think these are well put together for competitive play?

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    The Menoth box looks nice. I only have the Choir.

    • ZeeLobby

      It looks solid. Excited to see what Circles is

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        It was already announced.

        • Warlock Kromac, Champion of the Wurm
        • Feral Warpwolf Heavy Warbeast
        • Warpwolf Stalker Heavy Warbeast
        • Ghetorix Heavy Warbeast
        • Rotterhorn Griffon Light Warbeasts x 2
        • Shifting Stones Unit x 2

        http://privateerpress.com/hordes/gallery/starter-products/all-in-one-army-boxes/hordes-all-in-one-army-box-circle-orboros-2017

        • ZeeLobby

          Argh. Wish it had some infantry. The last thing I need is more beasts. Not all that sold on the rotterhorn either. Oh well. Maybe there will be some good holiday bundles.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            I was disappointed too. I already have a lot of those models. I was really hoping for more infantry and solos, honestly.

          • ZeeLobby

            Exactly! Some solos would have been great.

          • DeadlyYellow

            Aye. Really wish they would at least choose an infantry unit that didn’t come in the two-player starters. The mkii army boxes paired well with the starters for spreading out the range.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            I agree. I do not understand why PP is making all in ome box sets that include any models that come in the starter sets. The goal should be to get a diverse amount of units and kodels into peoples hands as possible, that way they have lots of tools they can use to create new lists from.

            The Skorne one duplicates an entire unit and a beast. Do you really need 2 units of swordsmen? Maybe but it would have been more fun if one of the boxes contained a different unit.

          • zeno666

            The Skorne box does not include two units of Swordsmen.
            The second Swordsmen-listing is the UA.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            No, the two player starter set has a unit of swordsmen in it.

            My point was that PP should minimize the number of duplicate units/models between their starter sets (single or 2 player) and their all in one armies, that way new players to the faction can buy both and have a large assortment of varied units and models to build future lists (i.e. provide the consumer with a strong foundation on which to build a collection).

          • zeno666

            Oh yeah, My bad.
            I do think that you get a whole plastic kit (ie, all three options) in the Army box.
            So perhaps you can make keltarii out of the swordsmen.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Valid point if they give you the whole kit! Hopefully that’s true!

          • zeno666

            I’m not saying for sure that they do now. But they did in the earlier Army boxes that was available around christmas 2015.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            That would make me really excited!

          • zeno666

            Just got confirmation from Discount Games inc that these kits come with complete warjack kits and such (so all options).

          • marxlives

            I agree man, doesn’t make sense to put the same infantry in the bundles that you see in the two player set. I don’t know if this occurred with last year’s all in one. In either case #notmyall-in-one.

  • euansmith

    I wish they would include the material the various models are made from in the descriptions. I’ve got a real aversion to using metal minis.

    • Hawt Dawg

      Have you tried their soft plastic? After going through my first box of Winter Guard infantery, I yearn for metal…

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        The old metal models were one piece each. So much better.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Metal is not that bad. Just pin stuff that doesn’t hold tight 🙂

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I like their plastics more as well.

  • Hawt Dawg

    These boxes looks so cool that I am almost pressing the instabuy button evertime.

    Then I realise there are only 24 hrs per day. 🙁

  • marxlives

    I have been looking at the Circle one and hopefully a Cygnar one. Got to see what happens with the Grimkyn offers. The new boxes look awesome and I wish that I didn’t have so much Menoth and Skorne already.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The Grimkyn may not get an all in one box set this year. PP likely wants to maximizes first-run sales.