I wanted something that people don't play in my local meta. That cut out:
- Abyssal Dwarfs
- Twilight Kin
- Forces of Nature
- Forces of the Abyss
- The Herd
- Trident Realm
- Empire of Dust
- Night Stalkers
- The Varangur
I also didn't want to buy a heap of old WHFB miniatures either, so that cut out a few more, specifically Ratkin, Salamanders, and Varangrrrrr. I also know some locals who have projects in the works, specifically Herd & Night Stalkers, and maybe EoD and Abyssals (if buying the mega armies counts).
So that left only one choice hey! The Trident Realm of Neritica! Since tentatively settling on them I've played a few proxy games, and I'm sold. They have a lot of opportunities for great hobby stuff, and I imagine most people will not have played them often.
My WIP 2k list
- 2 x Regiments Tidal Swarm
- Horde Placoderms
- Horde Gigas
- Horde Naiad Wyrmriders
- Coral Giant
- 2 x Leviathan's Bane
- Placoderm Defender with Wings of the Honeymaze
- Trident King
Tidal Swarm: fantastic chaff. Unwavering, nimble, height 0, 75 points. I’ll use these to screen my flanks or to hold objectives. I'll either model up my own tentacle swarms coming out of water, or use Reaper Familiars, or both.
Placoderms: Def 6, 30 attacks, phalanx. I love this unit so hard. Will form most of the front line of my formation. Slow, but hopefully they will be able to take 3+ rounds of all but the most dedicated shooting before they pop. I would swap them for Naiad Ensnarers if I were playing a list I knew had no shooting, but my local meta is pretty shooting heavy so here we go. I will probably use regular Mantic Naiad models to represent this unit, but use some green stuff to make their armour look heavier, and model up a living coral barrier that moves around with the troops, explaining the high defence and low movement. I've never used green stuff before so will be a big learning curve.
Gigas: Slow, tough crab guys that will wreck face if you would just hold still for a minute. Maybe two.Will form the other half of my front line. Trying to clear Def 6 stuff with shooting is difficult, even if you’re using rifles or heavy crossbows. 12 crushing 3 attacks on 3s means most people won’t want these guys to reach melee. It's been hard to find cost-effective models for this unit, there just aren't that many scale-appropriate crabs out there! At this stage I'll get some 4" replica Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and see if I can paint and base them up nice.
Naiad Wyrmriders: A big hammer unit. 18 attacks on 3s with CS 1, TC 1 & pathfinder. I'll sit them behind my placoderm/giga front line so they get cover, and hopefully with their regen 4+ they will be able to survive any shooting long enough to get in. I'm having a hard time finding appropriate models for this unit. At this stage I'm leaning to an assortment of snakemen types: Snake Demon, Snakeman Warrior, but I'm open to suggestions.
Leviathan’s Bane: a great war machine, I think my favourite in the game. If I can get clear fire lanes for this one I’d expect it to consistently land wounds on enemy flyers, which will help a lot. Will keep my opponent honest while my deadly tide rolls up to their feet. I'm thinking of something different for this model, using an Evil Sea Priest to represent the war engine, rather than a balista looking thing. I'll try and do the base up something like this, with glowing runes and crashing water against the rocks. Will be awesome.
Coral Giant: will protect one flank. He's a giant, nothing too spectacular. The iron resolve and ensnare will make him a bit trickier to deal with, but he does have fewer attacks and lower nerve than regular giants. Reaper is bringing out an actual Coral Giant model with Bones 3, but it will be huge, way larger than the 50mm square base I want to put him on. I have a Reaper Marsh Troll already that I'm thinking of using, although he's a touch shorter than I'd like for a giant-sized model. Maybe I'll stack the base up so he's nice and high.
Kraken: honestly I’m mostly running this unit so I can use the very cool reaper model. Will cover my other flank. As long as it doesn't get flanked it will hang around for ages, noodling everything with it's noodly appendages. The model is enormous, and I'll have to get creative with my basing to make it fit up against other units, but I don't care. Look how cool it is.
Trident King: 12 P1 breath attacks is cool, very inspiring is very cool. I’ll sit him in the very middle of my formation and try to pop off individuals or turn and cover flanks/rears if something threatens them. Another unit that I'm struggling to find the perfect model for. I'm thinking a Reaper Goroloth with a mantic Naiad riding on top. The Goroloth model is a bit big really, about 20cm from tip to tail, and it needs to fit on a 50 x 100mm base. Maybe I'll be able to do something to the face tentacles to make them less obtrusive.
Placoderm Defender with Wings of the Honeymaze: shooting horde disruptor, war machine hunter, general pain in the arse. Defence 6 and 6 attacks on 3s make this a very powerful little individual. I saw this model in the cabinet at my FLGS and I just had to have it.
Siren: I love tricky stuff like Windblast, so this is right up my wheelhouse. I’ll use her to disrupt shooters, heavy cav, and enemy flyers (If playing the Clash of Kings comp pack). If we are not playing CoK, I’ll probably run a Thuul Mythician + Bane Chant and throw Brew of Strength on my Placoderms. There are a number of reaper banshee-type models that would be appropriate, still making up my mind.
For my bases, I'm going to use Green Stuff World textured rollers to make up rocks carved with dark runes and broken wooden planks to sit on top of dark rocks in stormy seas. Will have a lot to learn about water effects and resin casting, but I'm excited to learn.
The color scheme I'm still toying with. I want my army to have a menacing, cold & dark feel, none of this bright and flashy tropical stuff. I'm thinking dark scales, with glowing eyes and flashing teeth. I want to try some OSL effects too.
Thanks for reading, and and all suggestions welcome!