It’s been a long time since Colossals, and in that time we’ve already seen a ton of models from Vengeance released to store shelves, previewed in No Quarter, and on Matt Wilson’s Twitter feed. Let’s look at those few remaining stragglers that haven’t clawed their way out of the book yet.
So far for Cryx we’ve seen rules for Goreshade Lord of Ruin, the Bane Riders, and the Skarlock Commander in No Quarter, and Aiakos Scourge of the Meredius in that same PDF. So what’s the new thing?
Cryx’s new warjack is the Inflictor. It has a Soul Drive like a Seether, and it’s stats are almost identical to a Seether – but with one less MAT, no Terror, and no Aggressive. As promised during the last episode of Primecast, this guy has a Reach Weapon (our first Reach Jack in Vengeance so far), a shield, and the Shield Guard rule. His main weapon, Stinger, has critical poison and at P+S 16 is a bit more pillow fisted than I expected – presumably to compensate for that extra potential damage output. But given all the debuffs Cryx can bring, I think he’s pretty exciting. Now Cryx players can have Shield Guard in almost all of their tier lists. And since that shield is a Shield Claw, it swings at a surprisingly high P+S 13. And 8 points seems like just the right cost for him.
As for Goreshade 3s Tier, the one in this thread on the PP forums is correct but I will reiterate nonetheless. In his Theme Force, the Lord of Ruin may take any non-character Warjacks, any Bane Units, any Thrall units, any Bane Solos, and any Thrall Solos. Tier 1 will let him take that extra unit of Bane Cav. If you include any Bane Cav, Tier 2 gives you +1 to starting roll. Take at least one Desecrator and all amphibious warjacks go down a point in cost. Yes that includes Krakens. Finally if you take a mechanithrall unit and a Kraken, any Krakens get one corpse token per mechanithrall unit. Although I guess that wording is a bit redundant since you can’t get a bonus for a unit you don’t take.
Last up we have the Retribution. Issyria, Eiryss Mage Hunter Commander, and the Houseguard Thane were released just recently, while the Mage Hunter Infiltrators came out quite awhile back. And with Novice Warcaster Elara spoiled already that just leaves Imperatus.
Except it has been mostly spoiled as well. Matt Wilson again! The gun is not the same as a normal Phoenix, which I didn’t notice at first. The Halation Cannon is range 10, does Fire Type Damage, is a Magical Weapon, and has the Flame Burst special rule. Additionally the warjack is Special Issue: Vyros. It’s MAT and RAT are also each a point higher than a normal Phoenix. Sorry I missed these details when the article first went live. The only unknown that remains is it’s point cost. Would you like to know it? It’s 12. Definitely a fair price for this beast.
And that just leaves us with Issyria and her theme force. She may bring any non-character Myrmidons with Field Generators, Dawnguard Invictors, Dawnguard Sentinels, Houseguard Units, Arcanists, Dawnguard Scyirs, Houseguard Solos, and Sylyss. She’s the only one with no Battle Engine. At Tier 1 all non character solos get an FA bump of 1. At Tier 2, if you include any Houseguard units, warrior models get +2 SPD first turn. At Tier 3, if you have two Dawnguard units, one of them can have a free attachment ignoring FA. Finally at Tier 4, as long as you have at least one Arc Node, you can roll two dice and keep the Highest for starting roll.
And for us Merc players… we’ve already seen it all. Gastone is the only unreleased Merc model from Vengeance. While this was all but confirmed at Templecon, I know a lot of people were holding out hope for a new jack based on the Mangler chassis. No luck there I’m afraid. So to anyone who wants to bemoan the lack of mercs in Vengeance I have one word: Cephalyx. We’ll have to wait a little longer than all these main line faction players to get new warcasters, but it looks like it will be worth it.
And Convergence players… nothing for you. Hope you all understood the limited nature of your faction when you boarded that train.
~Hope you enjoyed! I’m pretty sure I got everything correct. Please feel free to ask questions about any omissions I might have made. I’ll try to be back soon with a rundown of the fluff, but I’ve got to read it all first!