I might be crap at it.
So, so far I’m nine for nine with my Cryx. A large part of that is the fact that I know what, exactly, each piece in that army has as its task. Its raison d’etre, if you want.
|Believe it or not, these are much more easily categorized...|
First, the list as it stands:
Necrosurgeon and Stitch Thralls
6 Bile Thralls
The Withershadow Combine
The Witch Coven
|Aren't they cute together?|
|I couldn't find anyone stocking the Skarlock, so I build my own. Haven't got a picture, though...|
|Not the prettiest model Privateer's made, and about as much fun to paint as a brick wall, but boy can they kill.|
|Chickens o'Death. I actually made my Ripjaw from a Deathripper and Plasticard. Not that tricky...|
With Perfect Conjunction, the Witches can cast three Stygian Abysses with boosted attack rolls (to increase the chances of a critical hit, and hence Shadow Bind) or damage rolls (to actually kill something), and with a FOCUS stat of 9, they generally hit what they’re aiming at. This is actually how I usually assassinate enemy Casters.
A Chicken o’Death with Infernal Machine on it runs 18 inches. This is almost always enough to threaten the enemy in turn two. And if a Chicken dies with its mission incomplete, well, they’re not that expensive…
Then, of course, the Chickens can be used to channel non-offensive spells at my relatively strung-out army, which lets the witches keep their itty bitty nails from breaking…
|Zombies with steam-powered Power Fists! If that's not Steam Punk, I don't know what is...|
These are a distraction.
Yes, they can oven-mitt anything big and heavy to death, and do rather well even against high-DEF opponents due to their ridiculous number of attacks.
So they’re a distraction you can’t safely ignore. That doesn’t make them any less vital to my plans. They advance, they maybe hurt something, they threaten objectives/flags/scoring zones/whatever, they die. I’m fine with this.
Necrosurgeon and friends
|Aw, they're all so cuddly. Kinda like broccoli is cuddly.|
Make step four of the Mechanihrall cycle of life take a little longer. Occasionally help me set up new, fun charges. And that’s about it. Still, they usually buy the Mechanithralls an extra turn of being a pain, so two points well spent.
|Yay! A picture that's actually mine...|
The Slayers are good at killing big things, or tightly bunched, small numbers of smaller things. The Mechanthralls can clear larger numbers of models, but remain in the way themselves.
The Bile Thralls deal with small (preferably hard-to-hit) models in large quantities. And then remove themselves from the field, letting the next wave reach a juicier target.
They also have the potential to let me deal with those ridiculously high-DEF models/units, as their Purge hits automatically (or, actually, doesn’t need to hit).
The Withershadow Combine
|These were a bitch to assemble. Like they didn't even want arms...|
The Combine is there for two reasons: Black Arts and Puppet Master.
Black Arts gives me an extra Focus each turn after the first, as it’s a rare game when there isn’t at least one spell I want upkept.
Puppet Master is a support spell. I’ve never used it offensively, but rather put it on the friendly model that will be doing the killing, allowing me to re-roll a crap roll, fix that one crap dice that’s making the roll fail, or drastically increase the chances of Shadow Binding a target with Stygian Abyss.
The Combine’s offensive capabilities are secondary. They‘re a nice tool to have (especially if you can somehow get Dark Industries off) and offer both considerable anti-jack power, and some ranged oomph that is otherwise seriously lacking in this army.
Conclusions (which is a sub-heading that’s only really necessary to end the Combine’s bit…)
This is a fast army. If it hasn’t started hurting you turn two, that’s because you’re hiding in a corner. Even then, it’s probably started hurting you turn two.
The Coven excels at getting things to places they weren’t meant to go (from the opponent’s point of view), and that is what this list is meant to capitalize on.
This army also excels at assassinations; it is not an attrition force. Out of the nine games I’ve played with it, I’ve won two games through objectives; the rest have been finished by (more or less desperate) assassination runs.
So, that’s my army. I expect my clubmates will study this ‘Guide to Incarias’ Cryx’ thoroughly, to take me down from the lofty Pedestal of the Undefeated. Bring it.