As it’s already been spoiled, I’ve managed to pry the athanc from my chest and escape Everblight’s control. This has coincided with less than stellar tabletop performance upon my return to the Protectorate. Likely Menoth is none too pleased with my actions whilst under the influence of a dragon and is punishing me accordingly. While I intend to play and paint my Protectorate forces until I’ve got (at least) two painted 50 point armies for Steamroller, I’ve still got an athanc sized hole in my chest when it comes to playing an army on the Hordes side of the game.
With that in mind, I took a look at the other Hordes factions available. Within my meta we’ve already got Skorne and Circle players, so they were out. There’s already too much overlap with Marc and I both playing Protectorate. On the Minion side of things, the Gators are an interesting option but I think I’d get bored of them too quickly owing to a lack of variety in competitive choices. Lastly, when it comes to the Farrow, there’s just no way I’d play them unless I converted them all to be Pigs in Space.
So that left Trollbloods. The troll esthetic appeals to me. I was a longtime (14 years) player of the Lizardmen in Warhammer Fantasy Battles and from what I can tell there are a lot of similarities between the sculpts and playstyles of the two forces. Both can brick very well, perform well in the meta without having to tailor their lists to their opponents, and aren’t so powerful that people tech for them. To follow that up, I did play trolls for a short time (the length of a journeyman league) about two years ago, just a couple of months after I’d started Legion of Everblight. While I enjoyed playing the trolls, I ended up selling them off to add to my Legion army. Fast forward two years later and I’ve sold off most of my Legion and picked up Trollbloods again.
I was lucky enough to pick up a used army from a former Warmahordes player so I’ve got a decent block of models to work with when it comes to starting out with the faction. The army was used so they’re currently sitting in various chemical baths to remove the former owner’s paint schemes (there wasn’t anything wrong with the painting, I just prefer that I’ve painted my own models – it’s part of the fun for me). This gives me time to study popular Trollblood list designs, research paint schemes and figure out what else I need to round out my initial forces. As well, I’ve got a couple of conversions planned that I intend to share with you here.
My initial foray into the interwebs has told me that I should make a Runes of War list (snowflakes be damned). Aside from that the forums and the WTC lists have a smattering of a number of different casters. Calandra’s Evolutionary Elementalism looks like a lot of fun and so does Jarl; the latter being the warlock I had the most success with when I played trolls in the past.
Give me some feedback! Do any of you play trolls? Have any suggestions for people just starting out with Trollbloods? Are there any good reasons as to why I shouldn’t buy 2 units of Warders? Comments and constructive criticism welcome below.