System: Fantasy Warriors
Publisher: Grenadier Miniatures UK / Stratelibri.
Ratfied Army Lists
by Guy Dawe
Ratfiend armies can have one allied command of warriors from any of the following races: undead, trolls, ogres, goblins, orcs. The allied command cannot outnumber the rest of the army and must have an allied battle leader to lead it. The allied command can include the undead or the other races, but not both. An allied command cannot include any individuals.
As Ratfiends can smell fear they all become fanatics when fighting an enemy suffering from bad light. A Ratfiend army can contain 1 army standard talisman and one poison cauldron sacred item per army. 1 Beloved Personage may appear in the army only if it is fighting underground. Only Ratfiend skulkers can scout.
As Ratfiend slaves/gladiators have manacled feet they can never rout or go bloodlust.
|Crew||Ave||Tri||4||-||2||Md||Gn||8||No||No||No||5/15||-||1||2 per gun|
A maximum of one unit of Shadowguards is allowed per 1000 points of the army.
Ratfiend Warrior Monks
Each unit of monks must include at least one priest and one soothsayer who must stay with the unit throughout the battle.
Ratfiend Grenadiers #1
Ratfiend Flame-Thrower #2 / Blunderbusser #3 / Snipers #4
|Inf||Ave||Tri/Fan||-||-||1||Md||Hd/Fl||8||No||Yes||No||30||+3 Vet||1||2 per gun|
Fiends are Tri in daylight and Fan in the dark/underground.
Can only go bloodlust if visible enemy routing and visible friendly bloodlust.
Leaders and Warchiefs
Effects of Special Weapons
Grenades have a short range of 4 inches only, due to the erratic nature and primitive gunpowder used. Roll a D6 if a hit is made:
1 is always a miss as the fuse blows out.
2 is one hit
3, 4, 5 is 2 hits
6 is a catastrophic explosion causing 6 hits including the grenadier.
Flame-throwers have a short range of 4 inches only and like grenadiers roll a D6 if a hit is made.
1 is always a miss
2 is 1 hit
3, 4, 5 is two hits
6 is a catastrophic explosion causing 6 hits including both crew figures.
Vs Armour Table
|Weapon||Short||Long||No Armour||Lt||Md||Hvy||XHvy||Blackening Sky|
Any unit with a herald may sing and perform so as to attract a swarm of vermin, rats, mice, weasels, bats, foxes etc. A unit so performing has its worth for each figure increased by 1 for the first round of combat. A unit may only perform if its morale status is OK and not disorganised.
A unit so performing may not fire any missile weapons
Ratfiend Giants/Fiends/Berserkers and Skulkers cannot perform.
A unit performing cannot receive any commands and individuals in the unit cannot use any of their special powers.
Ratfiends can only utilise spiked pits, but if they outmanoeuvre the enemy then spiked pits can be hidden and are only revealed if anyone moves across them.
This will cause any watery terrain to become horribly polluted. If any enemy units attempt to cross, or are in the terrain then they must pass a command test to move and/or fire. Failure means that they flinch at the edge of the river, swamp, stream, ford , lake etc. and/or cannot fire. this turn. Subsequent attempts can be made in later movement turns in the game. This does not affect airborne flying units, terrifying creatures, undead, or units crossing in boats or at bridges or following a path through a swamp.
Magic power cost is 2D.
NB Druids can reverse the effect of the spell by casting Create Hostile Terrain which does not need to be maintained.
Can only be cast by Ratfiends, not Giants or Fiends. the unit automatically goes into bloodlust and advances towards the nearest enemy that can be seen and reached without having to cross water.
Resilience is improved by -1.
Magic power is 3D if OK, 4D if shaken, and 5D if routing, -1D if Fanatic +1D if poor quality +1 D if Disciplined.
Typical Starter Army 1000 points
|Warchief (leadership 4)||90|
|10 Skulkers including leader, champion specials||170|
|10 Shadowguards including musician, leader, champion, specials||180|
|20 Warriors 2Hd including musicians, leader, champion, specials||130|
|Battle Leader (leadership 3)||70|
|10 Warrior Monks including priest, soothsayer, leader, std bearer, specials||180|
|3 Ratfiends Giants||90|
|4 Blunderbusses including leader, special||90|
|1500 points additional|
|1 Magician with 34 MP||180|
|2000 points additional|
|Battle Leader (Leadership 3)||70|
|20 Elite Gladiators with Sp including leader and musician||200|
|10 Poor Slaves with slings||30|
I haven't play tested this army properly so any suggestions or improvements that Society members can make would be appreciated. It must be borne in mind that this list is based firstly on my own collection of Citadel Skaven, so any bias in the lists is purely mine.
Ed Note: Fantasy Warriors is a set of fantasy battle rules akin to Warhammer Fantasy Battles that was published by the now defunct Grenadier UK. Fortunately the game has recently been re-released by Italian company Stratalibri under the miniatures label Nemo. The boxed game contains 104 plastic miniatures and 6 lead ones and some aterations have apparently been made since the original release.
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