HORDES: Primus Jalaam Guns em Down

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Primus Jalaam, the shooty warlock of skorne is finally here. We check out his far reaching shots today.

Who Is He?

A Skorne warlock with a Reiver crossbow, WHAT? That’s right Jalaam is here boys and girls. Skorne now has a Cygnar-like threat range warlock that can pick off his enemies from afar.  If you were looking for a skorne shake up this is the warlock for you.


  • Artifice of Deviation: Stealking Irusk2 spell he can give cover to valuable Skorne models. Titans might not get autohit even!
  • Deadeye: Slingers can now hit a broadside of a barn and the enemy with this spell. Giving a Krea a 4th dice to hit could be devastating to a caster hiding.
  • Scavenger’s Blessing: Prowl and Pathfinder on a model/unit. This can be dirty on a Titan or Aradus that normally would suffer shots on the way in.
  • Vanish: Giving a little extra threat or being able to slink back after some shots gives some flexability.
  • Warpath: This is SICK in Skorne. Even consider running Jalaam out of theme could be a nasty combo since Molik Karn can threathen for days with that extra 3″ move.
  • Hunter/Prey/Grievous Wounds: Nothing wants to be the target of Jalaam’s shots.
  • Resourceful: Even with this he will be fury starved most games.
  • Hide in Sight: A rather powerful defensive feat. Unlike Fiona where you have to be in her control area to effect the enemy , the friendly Skorne models only need to be in Jalaam’s. This includes Archidons which can be 20″ away and still in feat.

A Jalaam List:

Winds of Death is the only theme that has slingers in it and slingers are terrible except with Jalaam. Slingers threaten high armor infantry with corrosion and constructs/warjacks with their erosion shot. Mix in some long range Venator Reivers and you have a pretty decent amount of shooting. Mix in some Aradus Soldiers and the Gladitor to increase threat you now have some rather rude front line of beasts.

Skorne Army – 75 / 75 points

[Theme] Winds of Death

(Jalaam 1) Primus Jalaam [+28]
– Aradus Soldier [16]
– Aradus Soldier [16]
– Cyclops Raider [9]
– Titan Gladiator [15]
– Aptimus Marketh [0(5)]
Mortitheurge Willbreaker [0(4)]
Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor [5]
Venator Dakar [4]
Venator Reivers (max) [15]
– Venator Reiver Officer & Standard [4]
Venator Reivers (max) [15]
– Venator Reiver Officer & Standard [4]


Revenant’s Final Thought:

Jalaam is probably worth fielding just to have Warpath in Skorne. Throw in his ability to threathen casters from 20+” away with farstrike and vanish is rather hilarious in skorne too.

A- is our grade at BOLS.


~What do you think of Primus Jalaam? Please share in the comments below.

  • Apocryphus

    I get the feeling the author plays Skorne :D. Jalaam is extremely good and I get the feeling we’ll be seeing him in the competative meta a lot. I still can’t believe players were so vocal about him being sub par in the CID…

  • zeno666

    Warpath in Skorne, huzza!

  • marxlives

    I wonder if there is a book or short story anthology about this guy. I read the Makeda novel and venators are seen as something between a worker/warrior but without honor so they are bottom rung of the society but necessary for warfare in the Iron Kingdoms to the west of the skorne empire. Basically it took Vinter to shake them up and use them as weapons during warfare. To see one as a primus and in command is…well highly unusual and I bet he has a story to tell. I love how they kept his abilities to the hunter roots of the sect.

    • Apocryphus

      IIRC He’s not a “venator” but saw how effective the weapon could be and said, “Why the heck aren’t we using these more?” Not much was really said about him and I only heard that ftom another Skorne player though.

      • marxlives

        So basically he is the guy that wanted to retire cavalry after he saw what a machine gun could do.

  • Jared van Kell

    I get the feeling that he would also be good in an Imperial Warhost list where he could make the most of Warpath. Scavengers Blessing would also be quite effective in that theme force.