Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Guardcon Skaven List

This weekend is Guardcon in Auckland. The event has attracted 37 players (and a lot of controversy). The mix of armies is interesting with a 20% of the field being Warriors of Chaos, another 15% are Lizards and the rest is split amongst the various races sans Bretonnians.

The points value is 2400 points. I have used the list that served me so well at Pilgrimage as the base for this event. I get an extra 100 points to spend.

You can check out my Pilgrimage list here

So for Guardcon I have:

Lords (340 points – 14.2%)

Grey Seer – General, Skalm (30), Dispel Scroll (25), Talisman of Preservation (45) – 340

Heroes (599 points – 25.0%)

Plague Priest – Furnace (150), Flail (4), Shadow Magnet Trinket (30), Scrying Stone (15), Ironcurse Icon (5) – 304
Warlock Engineer – Lvl 1 Wizard (50), Warp-Energy Condensor (20), Doomrocket (30) – 115
Engineer – Obsidian Amulet (30) – 45
Engineer - 15
Chieftain – Battle Standard Bearer (25), Storm Banner (50) - 120

Core (602 points – 25.1%)

20 Clanrats – Full Command, Shields – 110
24 Clanrats – Full Command, Shields – 128
24 Clanrats – Full Command, Shields – 128
35 Skavenslaves – Musician – 72
40 Skavenslaves – Musician – 82
40 Skavenslaves – Musician – 82

Special (434 points – 18.1%)

24 Plague Monks – Full Command, Banner of the Under-Empire (25) – 218
6 Gutter Runners – Slings, Poison – 108
6 Gutter Runners – Slings, Poison – 108

Rare (425 points – 17.7%)

Plagueclaw Catapult – 100
Warp-Lightning Cannon – 90
Hell Pit Abomination - 235

So what are the changes?

Guardcon issued guidelines, one of which was no double Rares. I dropped the second WLC and replaced it with a second unit of Gutter Runners. I believe that this doesn't weaken the list too much. Instead it gives me a series of new opportunities and tactics. I tried these out a couple of times and I'm very happy with the results.

I condensed the Slaves into three bigger units. This gives me a lot more opportunity in terms of deployment - especially with a naked Engineer boosting one of them to Ld 8 outside the General's 12" bubble.

My magic phase is far stronger than it was at Pilgrimage. I now have three channeling opportunities and the condensor. The Warlock gives me the ability to close out points which I didn't have before.

Overall I'm very happy with the list and think it is a Skaven list of averge strength. It is more of an all-round list than the Pilgrimage but does not overpower in any phase - Magic, Shooting or Combat.

I'm hoping that both me and my opponents have a fun weekend on the table


  1. Solid list. Good luck this weekend.

  2. Now now Pete, the controversy has died down and people are happy :)
    It's a very very solid list you have built. Yours was one of the lists that more effectively maximised the power while staying inside the guidelines. You should do very well.

  3. Not sure "all" the people are happy Nick. I think some of the carry-on over the past week has reflected very poorly on the NZ community. You, yourself, have been stoic and you have my enormous respect. However the behaviour of others has been far less mature.

    As for my list. Having spent the evening reviewing the various lists I believe it is in the top 25%/33%. There are some lists that will dominate particular phases whereas mine I think is competitive across all.

    I'm hoping for a fun weekend gaming