Despite having a week at home, there has been very little hobby going on. For any regular readers of this blog, this will be a recurring theme. My one hobby ‘task’ was to finish painting Epic Vyros, and I’ve made some progress, ie his horse is done. Almost.
One of reasons this is taking some time is that I’m playing with water effects to make it look like Solarys is galloping through a puddle and throwing water everywhere. Building this is a gradual process as a normal application of water effects takes about a day to cure. To complete illusion, I have also added water effects to Solarys’ front hooves as well as building the main ‘splash’.
In fairness, I have also started highlighting Vyros himself. Between this and my water effects experiment I should have my sixth Retribution warcaster painted by the end of the week. And then comes the list building…
To Spam, or Not To Spam
The first question building an Epic Vyros list has to be whether or not to go down the Griffon spam path. For those not in the know, eVyros has the spell Synergy, which stacks very nicely with one of our light warjacks, the Griffon. Normally Griffon spam lists use five to seven Griffons, and often something big and nasty to end the synergy chain.
While I really like this idea, I cannot face building that many Griffons, at least not yet. The other path is to go with infantry units and utilise Deflection, Easy Rider and the feat to deliver an elf melee brick. This is less interesting to me as I do not have Sentinels, one of the central infantry units in this type of list.
So my plan, is to go with a hybrid. At 50 points, I have four myrmidons, enough for a moderate synergy chain if Vyros himself gets in on the action. This battlegroup consists of two Griffons (one of which needs to be painted still), an Apsis for shield guard duty, and Discordia.
This last choice is probably the most interesting. Discordia is in the list to add to the brick with his Kinetic field. Combined with Deflection, this can put Vyros and any nearby Halberdiers, up to armour 22 against shooting. However, this isn’t the whole story. Discordia’s spray is somewhat reliable and a great tool for clearing lanes and sniping stealth models. And as a character jack, Disco also has upgraded MAT which handy as this guy should be at the end of a few synergy chains.
Outside the battlegroup, this list is built to take advantage of the big guy’s feat. This means Houseguard Halberdiers to throw into the opponent, and a variety of high-value solos to move up during the feat turn as the Halberdiers are killed in various horrible ways. The aim is to push a lose-lose situation. Either kill the Halberdiers and see solos like Narn and Eiryss move into annoying places; or leave the Halberdiers alone, and let them beat stuff the following turn.
The final element of this list are my Invictors. As a have a soft spot for guns, these guys are an auto‐include in a lot of my lists, especially with Kaelyssa and Ossyan. With Vyros their melee ability can switch on with more flank opportunities from multiple myrmidons (read: Griffons) with 360 degree arcs thanks to Bird’s Eye. In this list, the Invictors are there to clean up after the rest of the army has done its job. And if their guns pickup a few other opportunities along the way, so much the better.
Vyros, Incissar of the Dawnguard
Houseguard Halberdiers (Leader & 9 Grunts)
Halberdier Officer & Standard
Dawnguard Invictors (Leader & 9 Grunts)
Fane Knight Skeryth Issyen
Narn, Mage Hunter of Ios
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
There is very little wiggle room because this list is pretty tight on points, but it is possible that Eiryss and the Soulless Escort might get exchanged for four points of something else. Two Mage Hunter Assassins are tempting as is Lanyssa Ryssyl.
Anyway, hope you like it, and if I get some painting done, I might even try it out this week or next. Or perhaps not, as once Vyros is finished, I still have that second Griffon to paint…