From the Journeyman to a Tournament

This weekend there is a 50pt Steamroller 2014 tournament at a local hobby shop that quite a few people from the Journeyman League will be attending. I’m not playing a regular Journeyman game this week in order to give myself one more day to finish painting (there’s a best-painted award!). So in lieu of my usual Journeyman post this week I’m going to be sharing my tournament prep.

I’ve only played in one Steamroller before, and it was a 35 point tournament. Without any experience playing under timed conditions I wanted at least one army that I knew well and could play quickly, so I brought a Terminus list that I was familiar with. I paired him with pGaspy because… well honestly I didn’t have a good reason other than that he was painted and I had played a few games with him. All the podcasts I listed to in preparation for the event suggested I either bring two armies that pose different questions, or two armies that answer common questions. I believe now that my Terminus list asked if the opponent could stop Terminus, and the pGaspy list asked if the opponent could deal with infantry spam. I wound up going 2-1, winning both Terminus matches by assassination and losing (badly) the pGaspy match. I just didn’t have the experience with pGaspy to know how to play him.

This go around I’m taking a version of my eSkarre Journeyman list and pairing it with Terminus. I’m doing this because I want to run eSkarre and see if my Journeyman experience will pay off at all, and Terminus is my crutch.

eSkarre List

The eSkarre list is essentially the list suggested by Keith Christianson in the Muse on Minis Podcast #113 ( Here is what I’ll be running:

Points: 50/50
Skarre, Queen of the Broken Coast (*6pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Deathjack (12pts)
* Leviathan (9pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3pts)
Necrosurgeon & 3 Stitch Thralls (2pts)
Bane Lord Tartarus (4pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)

While I haven’t played the list in this exact form, it’s similar to my Journeyman list (and it’s what my Journeyman list is based off of). I’m sad to be losing the Pistol Wraiths, but I’m happy to get the full Bane package in with Tartarus. I’m also a little glad that I won’t have to use the Raiders in a tournament setting — I’m definitely still learning how to play that unit.

My thought, though I don’t know if this is true or not, is that the list will be good at dealing with infantry, and will be good both at attrition (with all the Banes) and assassination (with the eSkarre/DJ interaction). One of the questions the list poses is how the opponent will deal with Bane Knights with Deathward on them, since POW 10 shooting is unlikely to crack ARM 18. The list also is for games where I’m worried that Terminus won’t be able to get any souls, or will have his focus shot off by Eiryss.

Terminus List

Ah, good ol’ Lich Lord Freight Train, my favorite crutch. The Terminus model is the reason I picked Cryx as my faction, and he was the first caster I built a full 50 pt list for. I’m running something based on Lamoron’s Terminus list ( Here it is:

Points: 50/50
Lich Lord Terminus (*4pts)
* Deathripper (4pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3pts)
Bile Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
The Withershadow Combine (5pts)
Darragh Wrathe (4pts)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan (2pts)
Saxon Orrik (2pts)
Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (9pts)

The list differs from the Lamoron list because I don’t have Tartarus available and I’ve never been able to make Erebus work. Lamoron says that Erebus is in the list to get in the way and die in spectacular ways, but all Erebus has ever done for me is die in incredibly mediocre and predictable ways. Erebus has never been worth his points, and that might just be because I don’t know how to use him.

The list tries to shove Terminus down someone’s throat, and relies on Biles and Banes for clearing out infantry. The list is OK at cracking ARM, but generally it’s Terminus that has to do the heavy lifting.

Both of my wins at the 35 point Steamroller came from people underestimating how far Terminus could go between Death Ride, Corbeau, and his wings. In the end though, what this list really does best is ask whether the opponent can kill Terminus after he gorges on souls.


My goals are pretty simple. I’d like to be in the running for best painted army, but it’s impossible to know how that will go without seeing the competition. I’d also like to win at least one game and not Deathclock myself more than once. Hopefully I’ll be able to remember to take pictures and I’ll have some stuff to post this weekend! Good luck to everyone I know who’s going.


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