Distracted by: the Northkin Theme Force!
Well, get back from vacation, and lo and behold! Time for the new thematic playtest rules for my Trollkin army! It’s the Northkin, who are the drinkers and brawlers. There are already some models out in this style, and they’re some of the ones that Holly especially was most interested in. They just have a lot of character, with their booze and kegs all over, things like that.
And in the concept art we got for the new models (which will all release in several months time, as this is all currently in playtesting), oh man, they just kept going with the flavor on these models. Behold!
First and most obviously, it’s the beer! Their last set of playtesting introduced “structures” to the game, and I had theorized that Trollbloods would get a beer hall. Well, we did, except the beer hall is on wheels and being pulled by armored bears. Because of course it is.
Oh, and on top? That’s a catapult where a Troll jumps down and sends out a barrel of high-proof stuff that makes things burn more. Because this puppy lights things on fire! Because that’s what you need when it’s cold out.
Also, I mean… it’s called the Hooch Hauler.
Speaking of bears… OMG BEARS! These things seem like they are going to be a ton of fun on the table, with lots of strategic play and counter-play. For instance, they can be deployed mid-game (Ambush being the rule for that) and attack. Counter-point, if the Troll Bear Handler is killed, the bears aren’t as effective without him. The bear pelt is such a fun touch!
One of the things I’ve liked the most about the Northkin stuff in general is their flavor, and these little guys have that in spades! A small unit of scouts, these guys look like they’ll be interesting to play. More importantly, it looks like the leader is camouflaged as a snowman. That might just be the best model out there…
And finally, because they’re so important to how the game functions, there’s a new Warlock! Most of the Troll Warlocks are either gunners (either sneaky hunter types, or more straightforward artillery types), or frontline fighters. Oh, or a few do more leading from the back, hanging back and buffing up their army.
So to step totally out of that, Privateer Press has come up with a Winter Witch Troll! I love the owl. I’m excited to see that pose executed on the table, as well. Meanwhile, she has an incredibly counter-intuitive hard-to-envision playstyle that I think is going to be a lot of fun to master on the table, and which is going to force really hard decisions on my opponents! Which means I think a lot of replayability with her.
There were other new models, and some interesting changes to existing ones, but this is some of what I’m excited about. One thing I’m trying to think through is how much of any of this I want to actually buy. Getting Kolgrimma, the new Winter Witch, lets me play in new ways with existing models, so that’s high value! And I think the bears for sure. And the Keg on Wheels… Yeah, okay, new stuff is dangerous, but fun too! I’m glad that this is all coming out later (maybe closer to my birthday and Christmas time?) so I can worry about all that later! For now, to brainstorm on new army lists!