Age of Sigmar/Tactics/Order/Lumineth Realm-Lords
Grand Alliance Order
The time of isolation is over, and now the Lumineth Realm-lords (not capitalizing the "-L") finally rise to defeat the forces of chaos with their unwavering resolve, unstoppable magic, angry cow people, stupid and impractical headgear even by this setting's standards and crippling drug addiction! (No really, that last part is actually part of their rules)
- 1 Why Play Lumineth Realm Lords?
- 2 Army Rules
- 3 Unit Analyis
- 4 Allies
- 5 Tactics
Why Play Lumineth Realm Lords?
- You were a big fan of High Elves in The World that Was.
- You saw 300 and thought to yourself "Yeah, this is cool, but you know what would be awesome? If they had pointy ears and giant cows!"
- Because you agree with most people that Eltharion was done dirty in The End Times and thought he deserved a new chance to shine.
- Because you want a more defensive playstyle with very durable infantry and a lot of flanking and ranged firepower.
- While you are an Elf fan, you also secretly like Dwarfs and want a factions that mixes elements of both.
- You want to play as a durable army and like elves.
- An extremely durable core option with your Vanari units being able to automatically give enemies -1 to hit for your standard spears, archers and cavalry.
- If you absolutely need to hit a unit before it gets away or fights back, you can with Lightning Reactions.
- You can give your units buffs out the ass, and you also don't need magic to do so.
- Speaking of magic, did we mention all your Vanari units are mages? You are one of the magic armies, with only the likes of Tzeentch being able to keep up with you... and then you could take Teclis, who gives Lords of Change penis envy. Nobody expects Geminds and Lifeswarms to come out of your battleline.
- You can't throw a rock without hitting something that deals Mortal Wounds.
- Very powerful HQ choices. Obviously they have Teclis but if you don't want/can't afford him their other options are pretty damn good.
- Sweet spell lore. Being able to drop all enemy Bravery, make all your opponent's command abilities cost 2 CP or giving one of your units Ethereal means you have a spell for every situation.
- Horde factions are going to hate your guts because you have a lot of ways to get cheap, plentiful models off the field.
- You can turn the main weakness of using Aetherquartz, the -1 to bravery, and give it to your enemy, giving factions like Grots and Skaven a massive middle finger.
- Remember all those buffs we mentioned above? Well, most come with drawbacks. Sure, you can get your wardens to give the enemy -1 to hit having their models all touching, but now they can't run or charge. Sure you can break into your Aetherquartz reserve to give your troops a rush, but now they have -1 to bravery. You need to make sure you are using them at the best time to mitigate the drawbacks.
- No multi-casters outside of bringing Teclis or
snorting crystal methusing aetherquartz.
- You are the slowest of the Aelven factions (quite the oxymoron). No alternative deployments, no summoning, no flying (outside Teclis), no scout. Slightly mitigated by one spell that doubles the movement of one unit. New horse (or kangaroo things) archers will offset this a bit.
- The models are bad to transport. There's a lot of bits sticking off them like weapons, tassels and braids. The Vanari Dawnrider models are only connected to their bases by one hoof from their horsies. They'll likely need the Nighthaunt or Sylvaneth solution.
- Their bravery is mediocre, and gets even worse if they use aetherquartz.
- Your only allies are the Idoneth, which is odd considering they hate Teclis yet seem to be ok working with him alongside his other creations.
- Your roster is rather small and limited, though that seems to be changing soon with the new battletone.
- Though you have the military style down from the High Elves, you lack any of the fancy monsters like dragons, eagles and phoenixes.
- Your heroes for the most part dislike being stuck into melee. Not counting Avalenor, your only melee heroes are the Light of Eltharion and the Vanari Regent.
- AETHERQUARTZ RESERVE: This is your big army-wide resource, more akin to the Kharadron's Aethergold in application. Every unit in your army has a single share of Aetherquartz. Once per phase, you can let one unit blow their reserves for one of the following powers below. However, using it has drawbacks: After using it, the unit suffers
Drug withdrawal-1 to their Bravery for the rest of the game.
- Heightened Senses: Triggered before the unit shoots or fights. The unit adds +1 to hit with any attacks they make for this phase (Shooting/Combat Phase).
- Heightened Reflexes: +1 Save when chosen as an attack target (Shooting/Combat Phase).
- Magical Boost: +1 or reroll cast (Your Hero Phase).
- Magical Insight: Cast an extra spell (Your Hero Phase).
- ABSORB DESPAIR: Once per phase, a Cathallar wholly within 18" of a unit who uses an Aetherquartz can absorb it. If they do, don't reduce that units Bravery by 1 and instead choose an enemy unit within 18" of the Cathallar and reduce its Bravery by 1 for the rest of the battle. An enemy unit can't be affected by this more than once per battle. Its effectiveness depends on your opponent. It's great against some armies (nearly all Destruction armies will hate this), but worthless against others (Ossiarch Bonereapers laugh this off). However, your unit still shrugs off the -1 to its Bravery, even if there is no eligible enemy target.
- LIGHTNING REACTIONS: When you get to select a unit to fight, instead of picking only 1, you get to pick 2 units with this ability. They then fight one after the other.
- SHINING COMPANY: Any Vanari units (Auralan Sentinels, Wardens, and Dawnriders) that is set up where a model is touching bases with two other models is automatically made a Shining Company, encouraging block-like tactics of old. Units in this fashion are harder to hit with a -1 to hit them., but they can't run or charge and they only get a pile-in distance of 1".
- ENDURING AS ROCK: Before the first battle round of the game and at the start of any of your hero phases, you can set up any number of Alarith units (Hammerboys and Stone Cows) into the Mountain Stance. Until the end of your next Hero Phase, your units now ignore Rend -1.
- TECTONIC FORCE: At the end of all combat phases, your Alarith units can each nominate an enemy unit within 1" of them (Though two units can't nominate the same enemy). The enemy is then shoved 2" in any direction so long as they are more than 1" from any Alarith unit and then you can let these units within 3" pile in 1" to continue fighting. This is your means of dominating the objective game and tossing enemies into deadly terrain.
LORDS OF BRILLIANCE
- Spellmaster: Once per turn in your Hero phase, you can re-roll 1 failed casting attempt.
- Loremaster: Your General knows 1 extra spell from the Lore of Hysh
- Warmaster: When your general is on the field, at the start of your Hero phase, you get a CP on a 4+.
If you're bringing a Cathallar you could honestly go for any of these. Spellmaster is well enough, as you'll be wanting every spell. Loremaster is good if you want some more versatility from your spellcaster and if you give it a Silver Wand you could get a caster that can get a ton of magical value in one turn. Warmaster can get you some nice AP if you're lucky though if you want consistency from your general you're better off with the other two
LORDS OF STONE
Alarith only, so for right now, just floaty rock guy
- Majestic: Add 1 to Bravery of friendly Lumineth if their unit is wholly within 12" of the General. Also, your enemies subtract 1 from Bravery while they are within 18" of the General.
- Enduring: Add 3 to the General's wounds characteristic.
- Loremaster: General knows 1 extra spell from the Lore of High Peaks.
Majestic seems boring, but with all the bravery debuffs in this army, you could easily have most of the opposing army at -3 Bravery while you're able to at least walk off the Bravery penalty of spending your share of Aetherquartz. A few casualties over multiple units could see elite armies heading for the hills real quick. Enduring isn't bad when the big hat man is public enemy number one for keeping your war cows at top bracket, improving Rend of Cow Elves around him, and providing re-rolls to saves in the Moo Cow battalion. Sure he is ignoring Rend -1 (or -2) but he only has a 5+ save. And of course Loremaster is nice if you just want extra casting.
HEIRLOOMS OF HYSH
- Phoenix Stone: If a friendly Lumineth Realm-Lords Hero is slain within 12" of the bearer, before removing that model from play, roll a dice. On a 6 that model is not slain, all wounds allocated to it are healed and any wounds that currently remain to be allocated to it or its unit are negated
- Silver Wand: The bearer can cast 1 extra spell in their hero phase.
- Blade of Leaping Gold: Pick 1 of the Bearer's weapons. Add 3 to the Attacks characteristic of that weapon.
- You will be taking the Silver Wand. Everything else is hot garbage. The Phoenix Stone is just a worse version of Nation Specific artefact further down at first glance, but it works multiple times and affects all heroes within 12" even including Teclis. It's tempting but still too unreliable to be effective unless you break out the loaded dice. Blade of Leaping Gold would be great if you had a generic melee hero, but sadly you only have mages right now so it's bad. And that's assuming that any melee heroes would have the Cathallar tag in the first place.
GIFTS OF THE MOUNTAIN
Alarith Heroes only.
- Hearthstone Amulet: 5+ FNP save.
- Ebony Stone: Each time the bearer is affected by a spell or endless spell, you can roll a die. On a 4+ Ignore the effects of that spell on the bearer.
- Magmic Hammer: If the bearer is a Wizard (Which the only one model to take this item is), add 1 tot he number of mortal wounds inflicted by Arcane Bolt spells that are cast by the bearer.
- The hammer isn't half bad if you aren't planning on casting anything else.
Think of them like Sylvaneth Glades, Idoneth Enclaves or Ossiarch Bonereaper Legions. They represent various nations of Lumineth Realm Lords that an army comes from.
- Gleaming Brightness: All your Syar units get 2 Aetherquartz reserves instead of 1. With how powerful these boosts are, you'll definitely appreciate a second wave of these working without worry about Morale. Pair with a Cathallar to avoid a permanent -2 to your bravery.
- Command Ability - Deplete Reserves: If a Syar unit uses an aetherquartz reserve ability, you may pick another Syar unit within 18" that still has a reserve. You may spend that reserve to give them the same ability. Great for boosting your forces in a big charge
- Command Trait: Choose 1 enemy hero within 6" of this hero. That enemy hero must attack your general, and your general gets +1 to hit for attacks against that enemy hero. At first you're like why is there a melee trait for squishy mage only heroes army? This thing is pure troll, park your Cathallar 6" from Archaon and watch as he spends the rest of combat seething helplessly while she makes fun of his daddy issues from behind a wall of spears he can't attack.
- Artefact: The Perfect Blade Unmodified 3+ hits always hits, Unmodified 3+ wounds always wound, and unmodified 3s to save always fail. Would be great if you could give it to something other than a pansy wizard. (Will likely get a lot better when the more martial Heroes are released, as have been hinted at repeatedly in the Warhammer Community podcast)
If you like using the Aetherquartz reserves, this will give you more options to do so and spread out the benefits.
The meth lab workers among the Lumineth, hence their larger stash. A Cathallar is pretty much a requirement in this army because otherwise your troops will have the bravery of most Skaven troops after blowing their reserves. Once the Vanari Lord Regent comes out you may want him as the general as you'll actually have someone to give the Perfect Blade to
- Unity in Purpose: Once per phase, after a Iliatha Vanari uses a command ability, you may select another Iliathra Vanari within 3". That unit gains the same ability for free.
- Strike in Unison: During your shooting or combat phase you may select one Iliatha Vanari unit with 2 or more models and they reroll hit rolls of one.
- Connected Souls: +2 Bravery to all Vanari and Aelemantari troops, making up your your mediocre base bravery. You can use an Aetherquartz now and still be in a better bravery position than normal
- Simulacra Amulet: The Stacy Simulacra Amulet vs The Becky Phoenix Stone. The first time the bearer dies, roll a dice. On a 4+ heal them back to full.
If you don't like the cow elves or tauntaroo riders and want to run an all Vanari army, this is your choice. For mages, you should probably take a Scinari Cathallar over a stone mage since this Nation doesn't do anything for Aelemantari units aside from a +2 bravery. This nation will likely have the most models on the field out of the 4 options you can pass buffs along pretty damn quick. However due to the amount of models they encourage you to bring this will likely be the most expensive nation in terms of IRL cash. It seems like a Lord Regent will be affected by these rules but we'll have to wait until we know he has the Vanari keyword.
- Lambent Mystics: First cast, unbind, or dispel each hero phase gets +1 and each wizard hero knows one extra spell, and each wizard in the army gets the spell overwhelming heat in addition to the spells they know.
- Fast Learner: General can dispel 1 additional spell and can reroll the second unbinding roll.
- Artefact: 6+ shrug for MWs, +2 if Teclis is on the battlefield
- Overwhelming Heat: Casts on 7. Enemy unit within 24" has halved movement, and if you roll a die and its equal to or higher than their save, they take D3
The magic choice. Consider taking Teclis with this Great Nation to get the most out of them. Or don’t, as they look to work fine without Mr. T-pose. Obviously protecting your mages is paramount and if the heroes die early you're pretty much screwed. Combine this with the twin stones for more bonus’s to magic.
- Battle Trait Ignore up to -2 Rend for units in Mountain Stance, instead of -1
- Command Ability: End of combat phase, can use Tectonic Force again against another enemy unit within 1"
- Command Trait: When you pick this guy to fight, instead of fighting you can pick an enemy unit within 1" and deal D3 MW on a 2+.
- Artefact: +1 Attack to chosen weapon, 6+ Shrug, and 5+ Spell ignore
For the Lumineth with boner envy. Obviously, this one is meant of Alarith units, so you should be going with a stoneguard, mountain spirit and stonemage army for this one. This will likely be your very small elite army.
- Power of Hysh: With a cast value of 6, it can be cast on any unit with Sunmetal Weapons, and allows them to dish out mortal wounds on a 5+ instead of a 6+.
LORE OF HYSH
- Speed of Hysh: Casts on 5 Double the movement of a friendly unit within 18" of the caster.
- Solar Flare: Casts on 8. Pick a point on the battlefield within 10" of the caster. If there is an endless spell there, dispel it. If there is a unit there, roll # of models dice, Each +6 does 1 MW and until next hero phase -2 to enemy wizards cast, unbinds, and dispels.
- Lambent Light: Casts on 5. Pick an enemy unit within 18", you can reroll missile weapon attacks against that unit until your next hero phase. Remember you can reroll even if you don't miss. To optimize your mortal wounds reroll any dice that don't trigger one for the best odds of sniping your target.
- Ethereal Blessing: Casts on 6. Give Ethereal to a friendly unit within 18"
- Total Eclipse: Casts on 8. Until next hero phase, your opponent has to spend 2 CP instead of 1 when using command abilities. Awesome... unless you're versing Ossiarch Bonereapers.
- Protection of Hysh: Casts on 8. Give friendly units wholly within 9" of the caster 5+ FNP. Doesn't stack with Teclis' sadly.
LORE OF THE MOUNTAINS
- Unyielding Calm: Casts on 4. Unit wholly within 18" doesn't have to take Battleshock tests.
- Crippling Vertigo: Casts on 6. Pick an an enemy unit within 18" of the caster. Until your next hero phase, roll 2d6 each time the unit tries to make a normal move, pile in, or charge. If the roll is higher than the unit's bravery, it cannot make that move.
- Voice of the Mountains: Casts on 6. -2 Bravery to all enemy units until end of turn, and then -1 until your next hero phase.
- Living Fissure: Casts on 6. Draw a 1mm line to a point 9" from the caster, on a 2+ deal D3 MWs to a unit that lines passes over
- Entomb: Casts on 7. Pick an enemy model within 18" and visible to the caster. Roll a dice, if the result is higher than the model's Wound characteristic, it is slain. If you roll a 6 and it is not enough to kill, deal D6 MW instead.
- Assault of Stone: Casts on 8. Choose an enemy unit wholly within 24" and visible to the caster. Roll a number of dice equal to the casting roll. For each result lower than the enemy unit's save value, they take 1 MW. Rolls of 1 or 2 never deal a mortal wound and Saves of "-" count as 6 for this rule.
- Sanctum of Amyntok: 30 points, creates a triangle around the caster and now counts as part of their model. Gives the enemy -1 to hit against the caster, gives the caster +1 to their save and might deal mortal wounds to enemy units in base contact (1 on a d6 roll of 4 or 5, d3 on a roll of a 6). Cheap and a good way to protect your squishy wizard, plus since the spell counts as part of their model, it makes their bubbles slightly bigger, which is good for those rules which require the unit to be "Wholly within" the bubble.
- Hyshian Twinstones: 30 points, starts at 1 and gets a charge every time a spell is cast within 12 inches of it (maxes out at 6). Your wizards can, while within 12 of it, choose to add the value of the charges to their casting roll. Neat, but you have to add it before you roll to cast, so while it can make sure you get a high value spell off, it's only of debatable usefulness. (Per the FAQ on its order of operations. After one spell is cast, it can give the rest of your wizards within range a permanent +2 to cast every single time. That's pretty damn useful, especially when stacked with Zaitrec and Teclis for +4 on every wizards first cast.)
- Rune of Petrification: 70 points, subtracts 1 from the run and charge rolls of non-Lumineth within 6, and does d3 Mortal Wounds to non-Lumineth within 6 on a 4+ at both the start and end of both players movement phases. That's 3d3 minimum if your opponent moves out of range on their first turn. If you get a double turn that's 5d3 if they can move out of range at the first opportunity. It's a good way of controlling enemy movement, but it's expensive. A very powerful endless spell that not only limits your opponent's movement but encourages them to move away or suffer another D3 mortals (which they have a harder time doing while in close combat). Given the high cost of units, you will often have 40-100 points leftover for endless spells.
- Archmage Teclis and Celennar , Spirit of Hysh (660 pts): One of the dual gods of Hysh and another of the big literal god-tier models. He went from "the best wizard who's not a daemon, demigod or Slann" to "he gives Greater Daemons penis envy and makes Slann second-guess themselves". His and Celennar's melee attacks have decent rend, but Teclis is at his weakest in combat.
- Can cast 1, 2, or 3/4 spells. If 1, its auto cast and cant be unbound. If 2, it's auto cast at 12 but can be unbound. If 3 or 4, it's auto cast at 10 and can be unbound.
- Celennar’s Aura: +1 to cast, dispel, and unbind
- Can auto dispel 1 endless spell in your hero phase and auto unbind 1 enemy spell in their hero phase, and can still unbind unlimited enemy spells after his auto-unbind.
- Friendly units in Celennar's aura ignore spells on a 4+ and an enemy within 18" takes D3 MW.
- Spells: (1) Protection of Teclis: 10 to cast. 5+ FNP within 18", can't be cast same turn as Hysh Protection. (2)Storm of Searing White Light: 10 to cast. Roll a dice for each enemy unit within 18" and visible. 1, nothing happens; 2-4 D3 MW, 5+ D6 MW. Oh, plus Arcane Bolt, Mystic Shield and all 12 of the Lumineth specific spells.
- Light of Eltharion: (220 pts) Eltharion returns to us as a living suit of armor. A melee beat stick with ethereal bonuses to toughness & a ranged MW output to hold your opponent's focus & otherwise anchor your battle line (aka an invisible distraction carnifex w/CA of leadership 10 for everyone within 24"). Damage bonuses to charging & against enemy heroes will give you a reason to keep pushing forward with Eltharion, making him a solid target for Speed of Hysh so he can keep up with the Cavalry who would otherwise struggle/be wasted on the more elite units Eltharion is most likely going to earn his points back mulching through.
- Avalenor, the Stoneheart King: (360 points) The Mega Moo himself. Avalenor is a great support character for your army. It has 30” ranged attack which can do D6W at rend 2 (range decreases with damage) and has 6 (7 if it didn’t make a charge move this turn) that are Rend 1 with 5 Damage each. FIVE! That’s more than Sigmars hammer. He also has a ranged debuff which makes all enemy units within 12” have a -1 to hit, which is great in the center of your combat force. He also has a command ability which can give D3 Alarith units +1 attack
(inc himself)[The command ability targets Alarith Aelfs, which he himself obviously is not]. His damage, debuff range and shooting range decrease with damage, but if you have a Stonemage within 12 of him you can treat these ranges as if he has taken 0 wounds. So its swinging at full capacity until it or the mage is dead. Its not easy to take him down fast either, as he has a 3+ AS (which can be 2+ with the Aetherquartz for 1 phase) and a 5++ of in the protection of Hysh bubble. His last ability, Elder wisdom, allows a hero within 6" at the end of the hero phase gets to use a command ability for free next turn, so could work well with the light of Eltharion
- Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind: Just as Avalenor is king of the earth-moos, this guy is likely the most powerful of the wind-kitsunes. It is also the most damning proof that Teclis is a fucking WEEB, and possibly a Furry too.
- Ellania and Ellathor: The new hot pair of Elven twins, one of whom is a master mage and the other a peerless warrior. Likely to take Tyrion and Teclis's old spots as the mortal faces of the whole race.
- Lariel Uthrall, Warden of Ymetrica: The head general of the Lumineth and Tyrion's right hand man
- Alarith Stonemage: (130 pts) Floaty big hat man(?) himself. You will be seeing him in every list with Cow Elves (Stonegaurd) and Spirits of the Mountain. Fairly squishy at 5 wounds and only a 5+ save, until you remember he is ignoring Rend 1 (and Rend 2 in YMETRICA armies). Is your standard 1 cast/1 unbind wizard that provides a powerful buff in the form of his STONEMAGE STANCE. In the start of the combat phase, the Stonemage can bust a move that allows every ALARITH AELEMNTIRI WHOLLY WITHIN 12 inches an additional Rend on their melee weapons, in exchange for not making a pile in move. Easy Rend 2 on all my Stoneguard? Yes please. His spell, Gravitic Redirection is cast on a 5+. Stonemage activates his floaty chair and gains FLY until the next HERO PHASE. But the fun doesn't stop there. In addition, you can pick one enemy unit within 18 inches. That unit takes 1 MW, and until the next HERO PHASE its movement is HALVED and it can NO LONGER FLY. Oh, nice Terrorgheist/Mawcrusha/Zombie Dragon/Ironclad over there... be a shame if it couldn't move.... He also has the standard D3 Mage smacks at 3/3/-1/D3. But who cares he isn't for fighting, he is for bluffing your Cows (and Cow Elves) while trolling the nasty flying beatsticks your opponent foolishly "allows near" your units.
- Scinari Cathallar: (140 pts) These professional mourners are excellent at debuffing foes and mitigating the drawbacks of
crystal methaetherquartz. Aside from the obvious Scinari benefits, she also gains the Emotional Transference ability, allowing her to target any Lumineth Model within 18" and let them ignore battleshock. What's more, if that unit lost models, you can later target an enemy with 18" and add their casualties to their bravery roll. Basically her job is to keep your troops in the fight making the enemies all collectively shit themselves and run away.
- Scinari Loreseeker: The Loremaster reborn, and a mix of melee fighter and mage. Also apparently a Blood Raven but more elven, nail down your shit when he's around.
- Scinari Calligrave: A new wizard who seems focused upon writing runes to channel their magic rather than manipulating empestuous emotions.
- Hurakan Wind Mage: A cloud riding mage with some melee capabilities. Totally not Sun Wukong as the wind spirits are foxes, not monkeys.
- Vanari Lord Regent: Your new generic melee hero on a bomb ass antelope/cow/deer mixed with lion thing. His addition means you finally have something other than wizards to give those melee focused artifacts to.
- Vanari Bannarblade: An elf with a massive banner, likely a buffing hero for your troops. He also seems capable of defending himself in combat, which is a bit unusual for standard-bearing heroes like the Knight-Vexillor and Bloodsecrator.
- Myari Lightcaller: (220 pts) The new character from the Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm box set. While he’s a single model unit, he must be accompanied by his retinue, and their points are included in his points cost. Same stat-line as the Stonemage, he has a decent shooting attack, and he’s no slouch in close combat. His Scryowl Familiar adds 1 to his casting, unbinding and dispelling rolls, and similar to the Sentinels, can choose a unit 24” away and out of line of sight, and they are considered to be in line of sight. His unique spell, Dazzling Light subtracts 1 from hit rolls from missile weapons that target him, or a unit wholly within 6” of him. Mathematically, this will mean you can fit a Cow Mountain in this bubble, giving a -2 modifier to hit when stacked with Avalenor’s Guardian of Hysh ability.
- Myari’s Purifiers: (220 pts) A seperate unit from Myari Lightcaller, but included in his points cost. You get one Bladelord (hopefully hinting towards a future release), one Sentinel, and one Stoneguard. The Bow gets two shots, but only has the 18” profile, the Mallet retains the Crushing Blow ability to do extra damage, and Greatsword and Bow are both Sunmetal weapons, but they cannot access Power of Hysh. Their Guardians ability is their saving grace, allowing them to intercept a wound or mortal wound on Myari Lightcaller while he is within 3”. Basically, they’re here to serve as extra wounds on Myari. They’re pretty lost in purpose otherwise, not having enough shots to do ranged damage, or enough bodies to be a reliable melee threat.
- Auralan Wardens: (Battleline, 120pts, Min:10, Max:30) The Spearelves finally return home, and they come equipped with 3" range Sunmetal
spearspikes that get -1 rend and +1 to wound when they are charged. Like all the other Sunmetal weapons, each unmodified to hit roll of 6 causes a MW. The unit champion comes with a -1 rend sword, a one-use mortal wound bomb used at the start of the combat phase. On top of that he is a wizard as long as there are at least 5 models in the unit. All this combined with the shining company bonus makes these guys amazing charge screens for your archers and objective holders. Wardens are the only unconditional Battleline unit of the Lumineth. But for every unit of Auralan Wardens, you can take either a unit of Auralan Sentinels or Auralan Dawnriders as Battleline.
- Auralan Dawnriders: (Conditional Battleline, 130pts, Min:5, Max:20) Their Deathly Furrows ability grants bonuses for attacking infantry: 1 additional attack for all weapons (ie rider & mount) if the target has 2 wounds or 2 additional attacks per weapon targeting 1 wounds models. Translates to a lot of dead clan rats but also (w/the MW output of their Sunmetal spears) glade guard, greatswords, ironbreakers or whatever other elite single wound infantry are going to be equally shish kebabed. Just stay away from Chaos Warriors, Stormcast Eternals, and any kind of Cavalry which will negate your bonuses, if you can cast speed of Hysh on them though you'll be looking at a 28" standard move...and really having no excuse as far as being to choose the right battles/charges for them.
- Vanari Auralan Sentinels: (Conditional Battleline, 140pts, Min:10, Max:20) More MWs, delivered at a distance & w/o line of sight. While the spearelves poke & hold the line against heavy hitters (& the stoneguard do that better) with your horses mulching chaff, Sentinels are ideal assassins- pumping mortal wounds into the opposing (support) heroes from 30" away with Sunmetal arrows. Since mortal wounds trigger on "unmodified" 6+ (Or 5+ with Power of Hysh) 'Look out, Sir!' does not help those supporting heroes. Conveniently their bows have a second firing mode that deals more consistent normal damage with higher Rend, this is shorter range though (18") so really is more for supporting your spears or whatever flavor of tarpit needs the firepower after the opponent's general is kaput. Remember that the unit leader does not have a bow, so to maximize shooting and mortal wounds taking max size units is probably better.
- Alarith Stoneguard: (Conditional Battleline, 100pts, Min:5, Max:15) Your elite infantry choice and a battleline if you're playing Ymetrica. They come in two types, a dual handed diamondpick hammer or stone mallet with -1 rend and a captain with dual hammers with additional attacks. If you roll an unconditional 6 with the stone mallets you get 1 extra damage and if you get a 6 with diamond picks you get 1 mortal wound. This means mallets are better at killing crowds where as picks are better at dealing with armored units. Flexible elite choice depending on how you build them.
- Hurakan Windchargers: Aelven archers riding giant battle tauntaunroos.
- Vanari Bladelords: Swordmasters reborn. Now you can have heavy infantry without the need for stupid hats.
- Vanari Starshard Ballista: Your new and only artillery unit. Will likely be accurate and do some decent damage, but won't outshine a cannon.
- Alarith Spirit of the Mountain: (340 pts). The Mootain. Your primary beat-stick and use for command points. Outside of heroes, your only source of >1 damage attacks (well, the Stoneguard can get it on a 6 to wound with the Mallets) - at full health, his hammer is hitting on 3s, wounding on 2s, -2 rend, and 5 damage each. Keeping a stonemage within 12" of him allows you to ignore his damage table. Finally, his command ability allows you to add 1 to the attack characteristic of 1 unit's melee weapons.
- Hurakan Spirit of the Wind: Just like how their leader is a spiffy Kitsune Archer, it's equally as likely that the base air-kitsunes would be some manner of flight-footed skirmishing archers.
- Shrine Luminor: A floating shrine meant to power up your already crazy strong mages. God help you if someone can find a way to fit Teclis on this thing.
- Alarith Temple: (120) MIN:690/MAX:1510
- Requirements: 1x Avalenor or Alarith Spirit of the Mountain, 1x Alarith Stonemage, 1-3x Alarith Stoneguard.
- Ability: At the start of your combat phase, a Stoneguard unit from this battalion that is wholly within 12" of a hero from the same batalion can reroll saves until end of phase but can only pile in 1".
If you are playing Ymetrica you may as well take this one with Avalenor. Makes your objective holders hold your objectives better.
- Auralan Legion: (120) MIN:780/MAX:2820
- Requirements: 1x Scinari Cathallar, 2-4x Vanari Auralan Sentinels, with an equal amount of Vanari Auralan Wardens
- Ability: Units within 3" of another unit from this Battalion can reroll saves of 1.
Again, make your top objective holders better at holding objectives. Cast Etherial Blessing vs Rend or otherwise use your Aetherquartz against that key charage and you will definitely keep control of that objective. This is particularly good for Iliatha armies, since you want to keep your Auralan units near each other anyway.
- Dawnrider Lance: (120)MIN:380/MAX:1810
- Requirements: 2-3x Vanari Dawnriders
- Ability: Units from this Battalion may reroll 1’s to hit on the charge.
This would actually be a good addition to ally in to Stormcast. Give them some fast cavalry to keep the hoards at bay.
- Teclian Vanguard: (80) MIN:2370/MAX:14,470
- Requirements: 1x Archmage Teclis and Celennar, 0-1x The Light of Eltharion, 1x Alarith Temple, 1-3x Auralan Legions, 2x Dawnriders Battations.
- Ability: While wholly within its own territory, every friendly unit from this Battalion has a 6+ Feel No Pain.
Not a terribly bad bonus, better than a poke in the eye with a Sunmetal Spear. But really, in what scenario would you run this?
Oddly, the army may only take Idoneth Deepkin as allies. They must have gotten over their deep-'sea'-ted hatred of Teclis. Consider taking a unit of 6 eels for dealing damage and taking objectives, as the army lacks flying and hard-hitting options outside of Teclis and the Mootains, respectively.
With the Broken Realms: Morathi update to their warscroll, a squad of 3 Alopexes with nets may be just the high rending damage, speed, and flying that this army is greatly missing. Alternatively you can take a soulscryer and two Alopexes to give your army some much needed backline deployment.
Your also have the Order option of Gotrek Gurnisson. For a similar point cost you are probably better off taking Teclis. And before you get excited looking at the spell list, Speed of Hysh can only target Lumineth Realm-lords units. He's still going to be as slow as anywhere else.
- Bundo Whalebiter: A Kraken-eater Mega-Gargant mercenary available to all Order factions. Taking him uses up your entire ally points allowance and he ignores any Behemoth or Hero limitations. A big terrifying centerpiece who can kick objectives around and instantly kill models by shoving them into his net. You can choose at the start of the Combat phase for him to fight at the end of the phase, in exchange for re-rolling failed hit rolls.
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