A Song of Ice and Fire: Baratheon Neuheiten
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House Baratheon’s Doctrine of War is Heavy
Baratheon Sentinels – $ 34.99
House Baratheon’s style of warfare is different from many other Houses in Westeros. While everyone fields some form of heavy infantry, what House Baratheon classifies as standard troops, others would consider heavy. The Baratheon Sentinels are the epitome of this philosophy. They head into battle covered in scale armor and wielding dual war hammers, the signature weapon of the House. First seen in the faction’s starter set, House Baratheon players will soon be able to add more of these troops to their force. Let’s take a look at what they’ll be bringing to the table.
Baratheon Sentinels cost 6 points for a player to field. So, they’re not really expensive or cheap, fitting right in the middle. For that reasonable cost, players get a lot of resilience as the Sentinels march to battle in armor that grants them a 4+ Defense Save, but still allowing for a respectable Speed of 5. The Sentinels have Morale value of 7+, meaning they won’t simply cut and run at the first threat, but commanders might want to expect to lose a few troops here and there if things get chaotic.
Offensively, the Sentinels pack a powerful punch with their double war hammers. They roll 8 dice when at full ranks and hit on a respectable 3+. Paired with that, these attacks have Sundering as the sheer force of the hammers dent shields and crash through armor. Plate mail might be nice for stopping a sword, but it’s not so great when a heavy, blunt object breaks one’s ribs underneath.
The Baratheon Sentinels are an uncomplicated unit. They go in, they attack the enemy, they get the job done. Much like the hammers they use in battle, they’re straightforward. “Apply this end to enemy repeatedly with force.” And while House Baratheon may be torn asunder, the Sentinels will gladly work for either brother, meaning that both Stannis and Renly can each field as many of these troops as they wish.
The Baratheon Sentinels unit box will be hitting store shelves on November 13th. Be sure to preorder with your FLGS to make sure they have plenty in stock to reinforce your Baratheon armies.
The Stag Rides to Battle
Champions of the Stag – $ 34.99
House Baratheon’s tendency towards heavy armor can be seen throughout their forces but it is uniquely exemplified in the Champions of the Stag. Entrusted with some of the heaviest armor of any unit in Westeros and astride House Baratheon’s thundering destriers, they truly show the power behind their words “Ours is the Fury.” Soon, House Baratheon players in the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game will be able to add these mounted juggernauts to their forces with the release of the Champions of the Stag unit box. Before we hear the thundering of their hooves on tabletops, let’s take a look at what they can do.
The Champions of the Stag are one of the most expensive units to field, costing 10 points for a single unit. However, they easily return the investment with their numerous offensive and defensive capabilities. Like all cavalry, the Champions have 3 wounds apiece as well as being able to make a free Maneuver action at the start of their activation. And while all that armor weighs them down to only Speed 4, having the extra Maneuver action does mean they can still make headway across the battlefield with some speed. The Champions also come with a Morale value of 5+, showing that they trust in their orders from the House and will fight on against heavy odds. When paired with the unit’s 2+ Defense Save, the Champions certainly have resiliency on their side. However, these are not the only defensive capabilities of these mighty knights. Thanks to their Parry ability, whenever attackers roll a 1 against them in Melee, the attacker suffers 1 automatic Wound. Being a Wound and not simply a Hit, it is quite possible that a bad set of rolls can leave an attacker losing more models than the defending Champions.
Offensively, the Champions aren’t lacking in power, rolling 8 attack dice at full ranks and hitting on 3+. They certainly have practiced well with those hammers they wield. Their Champion’s Wrath ability gives them two bonuses. The first is that they have Critical Blow, so any of those attack dice that roll a 6 turns into 2 Hits, magnifying their offensive power. When defending against their Hits, if the defender rolls any 1s, the unit becomes Weakened. This plays nicely with the Parry ability, as the Baratheon player can turn what might have been a great attack roll into a truly devastating one by forcing their opponent to reroll their dice.
While the Champions of the Stag are an expensive unit, they boast plenty of offensive and defensive capabilities to make them well worth the cost. Not bound by loyalty to a single lord, they will happily ride into battle for either Stannis or Renly. The Champions of the Stag will certainly make an impact on whatever battlefield they ride onto.
The Champions of the Stag will be available on November 13th. Be sure to check with your FLGS and make sure they have some on pre-order for you so you can add this new unit to your forces as soon as they’re available.
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