Playtesting the Heralds of Ruin

We continued with our long-lasting tradition and had a little Kill Team tournament recently. To spice things up we gave the Heralds of Ruin rules a shot. Now after the three matches I had, all I can say is that the rules are very cool and pretty thought-out. I especially have to point out the huge variety of available team lists and the even bigger amount of possible builds with these lists. It’s safe to say that we’re about the switch on a permanent basis.
We just found two little flaws which we would like to change in our games. The break tests are a bit to harsh. They used to decide the matches’ results way to much thus making some of the cool mission objectives obsolete. We will go for individual break tests for each model (sans the ones 6″ around the leader if he manges to pass the test) plus models in close combat don’t need to take a test. The other thing is the tiny squads. We understood why they have a place in the rule set – spamming the board with cheap models would be unfair. But here in the club cheesy lists are not a problem at all so we can easily avoid this. It just doesn’t feel like a real Kill Team match with miniatures which are bound to unit coherency.
Other than these two minor flaws the matches felt pretty much like regular Kill Team matches – great! I took a couple of pictures during the evening which I would like to share here.

Kjeld brought his new Team of a Genestealer cult.

Kjeld brought his new Team of a Genestealer cult.

Rekrom's Kill Team were of course his new Zoats (count as Thunderwolves / Fenrisian Wolves).

Rekrom’s Kill Team were of course his new Zoats (count as Thunderwolves / Fenrisian Wolves).

The Nurgle swarm was Flattervieh's choice.

The Nurgle swarm was Flattervieh’s choice.

And I was able to field my Blood Claws for the very first time.

And I was able to field my Blood Claws for the very first time.

The Wolves' first match was against the huge amount of Xenos Cultists.

The Wolves’ first match was against the huge amount of Xenos Cultists.

The Cult leader was preaching from a building while the auto cannon rained fire on the Wolves.

The Cult leader was preaching from a building while the auto cannon rained fire on the Wolves.

Some close combat going on.

Some close combat going on.

The Vlka Fenryka against the Zoats.

The Vlka Fenryka against the Zoats.

Even more brutal close combat carnage was to come about.

Even more brutal close combat carnage was to come about.

And only a few were remaining.

And only a few were remaining.

Holding a central position against the Daemons of Nurgle.

Holding a central position against the Daemons of Nurgle.

The children of Nurgle were gathering.

The children of Nurgle were gathering.

The result of a Crozius Arcanum versus the flying Daemons was hilarious - lots of smudges on the ground.

The result of a Crozius Arcanum versus the flying Daemons was hilarious – lots of smudges on the ground.

My regards towards my comrades Kjeld, Rekrom and Flattervieh for this great event – it was a blast! As I’ve said before, I’m pretty sure that you’ll read about Heralds of Ruin Kill Team matches again here.

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