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Stark Heroes II – $ 29,99
House Stark has attracted a very diverse following up in Winterfell. Being so close to the edge of civilization, many from further north, including Wildings, have come to the warm halls and become allies of the Direwolf. Also, Lord Eddard has sired many children, each with their own distinct personalities. This means that House Stark has many different resources available to them which will surely come in handy out on the battlefield. This month, the Stark Heroes II box comes out for the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. Let’s take a look at some of this new cast of characters and see what sort of advantages they bring to the table.
Most of the figures in the Stark Heroes II box come in the form of Unit Attachments. Able to join where most-needed, they can take a standard unit and make them much more elite on the battlefield. For example, whenever Jojen Reed’s unit activates, his Greensight ability lets the Stark player roll a die and determine what sort of bonus they receive. It could be that the unit gets a free Maneuver action, or that they can re-roll misses that activation. But beware, rolling a 1 will cause the unit to become Panicked and Vulnerable. Seeing through someone else’s eyes can sometimes be disconcerting.
Several of the Unit Attachments also punish the enemy simply for taking them on in combat. Osha causes Wounds directly to any enemy that dares destroy a rank of her unit. Meera Reed will cause the enemy to worry about every step they take, able to put out traps and cause Wounds to opponents simply for trying to move around the battlefield. Then there’s the master swordsmen Syrio Forel. His special rules are simple, as he causes the enemy to suffer -1 To Hit against his unit when they are attacked in melee, his fencing skills transferring to the troops around him.
Aside from the Unit Attachments, there is also a single Non-Combat Unit in the box in the form of Arya Stark, The Wolf Girl. Having trained well under Master Forel, she has taken his lessons to heart and makes sure that the enemy never quite knows what she is up to. Her once-per-game ability allows the Stark player to give 1 free Maneuver action to a unit at the start of any round. This has many potential uses, from getting a jump on an enemy that thought they were safely out of range, to pouncing on an objective late in the game, or pulling a threatened unit out of harm’s way. As her flavor text says, “Never do what they expect” can be powerful words to live by on the battlefield.
The Stark Heroes II box also contains a single unit. Shaggydog, Rickon Stark’s pet direwolf, is also included. A rather vicious beast (quite literally, as he has the Vicious special rule, which causes enemies to suffer -2 to Panic Tests he causes), and very fast on the battlefield, Shaggydog can tear into the enemy with is Savage Mauling attack, rolling two dice and hitting on 2+. However, to bring Shaggydog, Stark players must be cautious, as Rickon himself will also be out on the battlefield, and enemy commanders would surely love to get their hands on a prince of Winterfell.
The Stark Heroes II box gives Stark commanders a myriad of new options out on the battlefield. Their units can become much more difficult to deal with and a lot less predictable with these various attachments and the NCU. And anytime you have direwolves roaming around, it’s a time to be cautious.
This new box will be available March 29th.
Bei den Lannisters gibt es neue Schwertkämpfer:
The Warrior’s Sons – $ 29,99
Named after the bravest and most martial of the deities that make up the Seven, the Warrior’s Sons are noble swordsmen that have given up everything to serve the will of the gods through the commands of the High Septon. Forgoing titles, land, and other noble benefits to don the arms and armor of the holy Sept, there are few as devoted to their cause as the Warrior’s Sons. As that the High Septon is a member of the King’s Councill and loyal to the crown, the Warrior’s Sons unit box adds a new House Lannister unit to the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. Let us look at what these soldiers of the faith bring to the battlefield.
These knightly men don heavy shining armor embossed with the seven-pointed star and heft expertly crafted longswords anointed with oils poured by the High Septon himself. They put their lives and the lives of their fellow soldiers in the hands of the Seven, but it is unquestioningly the Warrior’s work they are called to do. The Warrior’s Sons are skilled swordsmen, slashing and stabbing at their foes with a considerable amount of Attack Dice and hitting regularly half the time.
When put on the defensive, it is the Sons’ thick armor that shunts off blows on an impressive 4+, but that is only the defense of the body. It is the stalwart bastion of fearlessness that the Warrior’s Sons become on the battlefield that makes them truly special. Knowing their hands and lives are guided by the Seven gives the Warrior’s Sons a remarkable sense of calm and purpose, as their faith emboldens them against the natural fear and panic that sets in when one’s life is on the line.
This strength that is drawn from their holy duty is represented in multiple ways. The simplest reflection of their loyalty to the cause is their nearly unshakeable Morale statistic of 4+, meaning that almost nothing can steer them from their orders. It is when the Warrior’s Sons stand defiant in the face of fear however, that their unit shines brightest. Reciting blessings and pious anecdotes to one another and shouting scriptural curses at their enemies, the Warrior’s Sons gather a unique asset, Faith Tokens (the counters for which come along with this unit box).
Whenever the Warrior’s Sons have been tested and found worthy (i.e. – pass a Morale Test), their commander may add a Faith Token to the unit. Faith Tokens can then be spent as a temporary boost to their own Attacks, gaining a bonus to Hit and the armor-cleaving Sundering ability. Alternatively, their Faith can also offer an enhanced Defense against the Attacks from their enemies, whether from swords, axes, or arrows, adding +1 to all of their Defense Save rolls from the impending attack! Whether their Faith is guiding their sword arms or helping them ignore otherwise crippling wounds, it is perhaps their mightiest aspect.
Occasionally leading the Warrior’s Sons (or other allied infantry) into battle is their veteran Champion of the Faith unit Attachment. A seasoned fighter that has the perfect parable or battle cry to pour steel into the veins of his fellows, the Champion turns a moment’s possible weakness into raw, zealous tenacity. When the unit passes one of its Morale Tests, the Champion of the Faith can Order them to Stand Resolute, forcing all enemies in contact with them to become Vulnerable. A Champion of Faith can, with the right words, turn something as terrible as being completely surrounded into a way to prove his unit’s faith in their blessings from the Seven.
The Warrior’s Sons are a powerful unit to add to a House Lannister force that is ready to pay the point cost for such mighty heroes of the faith, with or without their Champion. When combined with some of the other House Lannister units, Attachments, and tactical assets, these shining examples of what the Seven can do for the people of Westeros can be all that is standing between a crushing defeat and a joyous victory. Now is the time to bend the knee to the heavens, shine your seven-pointed-star, and ask the Warrior to keep your blades sharp, your aim true, and your plate mail unyielding.
The Warrior’s Sons unit box will be available March 28.
Quelle: Cool Mini or Not