Grymkin: The Child Loves Animals…

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Today we take a look at the monstrous new warlock for Grymkin called “The Child”

The Child is a beast lover.  Her abilities and spells lend to helping beasts to their maximum effectiveness.  If you were looking to have a bunch of cage ragers and skin + moans running around killing everything then “The Child” is the Grymkin warlock for you.

The Child’s Trump:

Each Grymkin warlock has a their own Trump.  The Child’s is “WRATH”.  If you damage a model in her control area the fury stats increase by 1.  This is a really effective because the beasts can buy that 1 more attack or boost to finish off the enemy.  It is rather easy to trigger, even late in the turn knowing if your beasts are in range of some juicy targets!


The Child’s Abilities:

Pain Response:  This is a nasty ability combined with abuse.  A beast can have a free charge while damaged.  Free charging beasts mean more fury to kill the enemy.

Outrage:  The Child gets angry when you hurt it.  Stronger(+2 Str) , Tougher(+2 ARM), and Pathfinder.

Retaliatory Strike: The Child can hit you back after you hit it.

Abuse:  Morghoul has been abusing beasts for years and so can The Child!

Discord: Give the Banshee scream of Retribution to one of your beasts.  Great to stop charges if your opponent isn’t paying attention.

Force Hammer:  The goto ranged slam!

Tantrum: 2″ Vengeance for a beast if the battlegroup was damaged.

A Childlike List:

This list gives you important extra corpse tokens to make Skin and Moans hardier.  The Death Knell provides a nice armor buff to protect from shooting.  The Crabbits are some of the best Arcana triggering beasts since they die easy and are shield guards.

Grymkin Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Dark Menagerie

(Child 1) The Child [+29]
– Cage Rager [14]
– Cage Rager [14]
– Crabbits (2) [7]
– Crabbits (2) [7]
– Skin & Moans [15]
– Skin & Moans [15]
– Skin & Moans [15]
Gremlin Swarm [0(3)]
Gremlin Swarm [0(3)]
Gremlin Swarm [0(3)]
Gremlin Swarm [0(3)]
Gremlin Swarm [0(3)]
Lady Karianna Rose [4]
Death Knell [13]


What to do VS The Child?  

Remember the Child has 2 threat extenders with Abuse and Tantrum.  The Child armies don’t like multiple weapon masters because they will usually be pretty beast heavy.  Try to kill targets 1 at a time instead of spreading damage because Arcana can heal beasts or cause other things to happen when a beast dies.

~What do you think of the new faction and this new Warlock?

  • JJ

    I gotta say I like the Grymkin Models and story, but I am so tired of games that seem to promote spamming multiple of the same units.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. Grymkin seem to be built around lists like that. Each caster has several units that they favor, and work best in multiples.

    • tfkimmortal

      You know that is just a theme list; the benefits may not even be that good and get overlooked. Play the way you want.

    • UnpluggedBeta

      Warmachine/Hordes actually has quite a bit of combined arms in it. Even with the Child and her love of big bruisers, you’ll see a lot of variety in list design.

    • SonoftheMountain

      well to be fair, the Grymkin don’t have a lot of options right now. They only have 2 heavy warbeasts, so spamming is kind of unavoidable

    • Jabberwokk

      Sometimes that’s a plus.

      If I took this as a side faction I’d be thankful I don’t have to much to think about in terms of army composition. But yeah I hear ya.

  • ZeeLobby

    “I thought you loved ALL animals Mr. Ventura?…”

  • Apocryphus

    A pretty one trick list, I feel mixing in some lights helps her deal with pretty much all list archetypes. Also, Gremlin Swarms are FA 4 in that theme, so that’s an illegal list…

    • marxlives

      Haven’t tried the Child yet, but I do see what you mean. All those gremlins are great for messing around with your opponents lines as you get you beasts in position. Putting in some anti infantry lights would be a good option.

    • marxlives

      I see more potential with this list. I has enough heavies to take on armor, some anti infantry for feeding the Death Knell and for general screening and tarpiting, Glimmer Imps for dropping infantry stats for the Rattlers, Gremlins for denial, and some beef buffs. Also with countercharge you get to use The Child to position for a potential assassination attempt in the late game.

      The Child
      – Skin and Moans (2)
      – Cage Rager
      – Rattler (2)
      – Crabbit
      – Death Knell
      – Lady Karianna Rose
      – Glimmer Imp (2)
      – Gremlin Swarm (4)
      – Dread Rots

      • Apocryphus

        Glimmer Imps are unfortunately not in theme. I’ve been using this to great success:
        Skin and Moans x2
        Cage Rager
        Rattler ×2
        Crabbit (free)
        Crabbit (free)
        Gremlin Swarm (free)
        Gremlin Swarm (free)
        Death Knell
        Lady Rose
        Dread Rots (6)
        Twilight Sisters

  • EnTyme

    Never was able to get into WarmaHordes, but god, I love this faction! I may even have to consider following the game soon.

  • jonow83

    Can someone please explain to me why any list would need 2 Cage Ragers? I got one as a gift and if I get the All-in-One army I’ll have a 2nd one. This list seems to have 2 of them.

  • Jabberwokk

    have you mEt MUh BEAR TIBBERS !!!!!!?