Welcome Weary Traveller to the Tactica Tavern!
Stay a while and listen ( stop plagiarising other games!! Ed.)
I am going to take a look at the first two AoS warscrolls for Shadespire and just discuss my initial thoughts about them.
Starting off we have Steelheart’s Champions, at 100points for 3 it seems about average for a Stormcast unit; stat-wise they seem very similar to the weapons they have equipped.
Personally, it’s their special rules I find interesting. They have the “lay low the tyrants” rule as per usual for a liberator unit, but it is “heroic guard” that I particularly like.
It basically boils down to a permanent +1 save for the first turn they are charged as if the unit was in cover (although they can never now claim that modifier). This is perfect for that midfield, out of cover objective! Combine that with a mystic shield (from an allied wizard) and you have a 2+ re-rollable save for the first round of combat, with a marginally punchy unit (with 2/3 weapons being rend -1, and damage 2-3), just make sure Angharad dies last!
That should hopefully provide enough of a speed bump to hold back an opponent’s unit until the cavalry arrives…..
We also have Garrek’s Reavers, the cheapest of the bunch at a measly 60points!
When you combine this with the “Grisly trophy” rule which grants battleshock immunity for one turn and +1 attacks permanently when Garrek slays an enemy hero. It makes that 7man blood reaver unit pretty good when you think of the unit as in a distraction/ assassin role.
Picture the scenario: your opponent has done a good job hiding his wizard behind a screening unit, your big punchy unit is bearing down upon his said unit. Do they go for the 60 point unit or hit your punchy unit?
If they go for the punchy unit then Garrek (plus friends) has more than enough hitting potential to kill softer heroes like wizards and they only get stronger as they do so, while potentially moving away to grab a vital objective during the later game.
If they go for Garrek then all you have lost is 60 points!
Overall, while neither unit is probably going to make it into a top tier or tournament winning list they both have an excellent narrative or friendly game potential. I see a good use for these in a Shadespire/AoS escalation campaign or for playing the narratives of the Stormcast vs everyone else clashes described in the rulebook.
Now to test out these observations on the battlefield!