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Boneswarm
Minion Gatorman Light Warbeast

The boneswarm is an undulating mass of osseous debris given horrid life and animation by lingering necromantic energies in places where many have died. Gatorman bokors have learned to control these horrors, directing them to envelop foes in a mass of biting, toothy skulls. The bones of its slain victims are incorporated into the boneswarm itself, allowing it to heal damage and grow stronger and more resilient.

Basic Info[edit]

Boneswarm
Boneswarm
SPD 5
MAT 6
DEF 13
ARM 15
FURY / THR 3 / 9
Cost 7
HP 20
See also How to Read the statblock

Weapons[edit]

  • Bone Strike - 1" reach, P+S 12 melee attack

Abilities[edit]

  • Warbeast - All warbeasts share a huge stack of special rules. The short version is they're big, furious, and beat stuff up pretty good.
  • Amphibious - This model treats shallow water as open terrain while advancing. While completely in shallow water, this model gains concealment and does not block line of sight.
  • Pathfinder - This model treats rough terrain as open terrain while advancing. While charging, slam power attacking, or trample power attacking, this model does not stop its movement when it contacts an obstacle.
  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.
  • Bone Picker - When this model destroys a living or undead enemy model with a melee attack, this model gains the destroyed model's corpse token and the destroyed model is removed from play. This model can have up to three corpse tokens at any time.
  • Death Feast - During its activation, this model can spend corpse tokens to remove d3 damage for each token spent.
  • Death-Powered - This model gains +1 STR and ARM for each corpse token it has.
  • Steady - This model can't be knocked down.

Animus[edit]

The caster gains concealment. Living enemy models suffer -2 to attack rolls while within 2" of the caster. Lasts for one round.

Recent Changes[edit]

2017.12 Blindwater Dynamic Update

Gained Steady & Pathfinder


Analysis of Boneswarm[edit]

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Boneswarm in a nutshell[edit]

The Boneswarm is a cheap light melee warbeast. At first glance, the Boneswarm seems promising as an infantry clearer with a host of rules that give it strength and persistence via corpse tokens. However, with only one attack and so-so fury, it falls short. In practice the Boneswarm plays better as a professional annoyance, hiding behind infantry and hindering opponents with it's Swarm animus and occasionally poking infantry for a quick corpse token- annoying enough to be a problem, but not enough of a threat to be worth the trouble. The real question is whether 7 points for a professional annoyance is really worth it or not.

With the addition of the Boil Master and Cauldron, you may get more mileage out of it and upgrade it from walking debuff to a light that can go around harassing other lights and medium-based infantry.

Combos & Synergies[edit]

  • Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron hands out corpse tokens. Suddenly this light beast will pack a bigger punch.
  • Gatorman Witch Doctor - it's already undead, so Death Ride is useful.
  • Park it in a blob of Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers to create a truly obnoxious tarpit.
  • Maelok the Dreadbound can bump the Boneswarm all the way up to armor 20 on his feat if it's sitting on max corpse tokens.
  • Barnabas, Lord of Blood can stack Execration of Blackest Night on top of the Boneswarm's Swarm animus to make it effectively debuff enemy attack rolls by -4 , promoting the warbeast from being simply annoying to legitimately a problem. Plus Barney's Boneshakers are essentially pocket sized Boneswarms. It's like poetry, it rhymes.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

  • They need Corpse Tokens to be anything other than walking casualties. And they don't have good threat ranges even with Pathfinder.
  • Only one basic attack. Even sitting on max corpse tokens, your damage output isn't going to be enough to really consider this a combat warbeast.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • Use Gatorman Posse to screen it so that it can get up the field. The Posse is more durable than the bone swarm. With the Boneswarm hiding behind the gatormen/screening unit, it can use it's animus to make the Posse harder to hit in melee.
  • Put Rage on the Boneswarm and it can hit much harder, combine this with it's corpse tokens and it can suddenly start denting heavies.
  • Cheap Warbeast for Midas to revive with his feat and able to heal itself with corpse tokens.


Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The Boneswarm originally appeared as a model to accompany the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game, which used the D&D 3.0 ruleset.
  • It was released into the Hordes game in Hordes: Domination (2011)

Theme Forces[edit]

Other Minion models[edit]

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Farrow Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Arkadius1 - Carver1 - Helga1 - Midas1 - Sturm & Drang1
Lesser Warlocks Rorsh
Farrow Warbeasts (Edit)
Lessers Razor Boars
Lights Battle Boar - Gun Boar - Splatter Boar
Dr Arkadius only: Gorax Rager
Heavies Road Hog - War Hog
Gatorman Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Barnabas1 - Barnabas2 - Calaban1 - Jaga-Jaga1 - Maelok1 - Rask1
Lesser Warlocks Wrong Eye
Gatorman Warbeasts (Edit)
Lights Boneswarm - Bull Snapper
Heavies Blackhide Wrastler - Blind Walker - Ironback Spitter - Swamp Horror
Gargantuans Dracodile
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Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Warlock attachments Targ - Gatorman Soul Slave
Units Farrow Farrow Bone Grinders - Farrow Brigands - Farrow Commandos - Farrow Razorback Crew - Farrow Slaughterhousers - Farrow Valkyries
Gatorman Bog Trog Ambushers - Croak Raiders - Gatorman Bokor & Shamblers - Gatorman Posse - Gobber Bellows
Special WA: Void Leech
Unaligned
Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Lynus & Edrea
Solos Farrow
Agata, Queen of Carnage - Maximus - Rorsh & Brine - Targ
Gatorman Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron - Bog Trog Mist Speaker - Bog Trog Trawler - Croak Hunter - Gatorman Husk - Gatorman Soul Slave - Gatorman Witch Doctor
Kwaak Slickspine & Gub - Longchops - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw
Unaligned Efaarit Scout - Feralgeist -Gobber Tinker - Gremlin Swarm - Ogrun Bokur - Gobber Chef - Gobber Raiders - Thrullg - Totem Hunter
Alten Ashley - Brun Cragback & Lug - Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Eilish Garrity - Gudrun the Wanderer - Hutchuck - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress - Orin - Raluk - Saxon Orrik - Viktor Pendrake
Battle Engines Meat Thresher (Farrow) - Sacral Vault (Gatorman)
 
Minion - Theme Forces (Edit)
The Blindwater Congregation - The Thornfall Alliance - Will Work for Food

Rules Clarifications[edit]

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Rules Clarification:  : Warbeast      (Edit)
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See also the Warbeast page for a recap of the core warbeast rules.

Forcing

  • If an ability doesn't specify how much it costs to force, it costs 1. (Infernal Ruling)

Animi

  • A single Animus can be on several models at the same time. (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a model has an animus on it from any source and then another animus is cast on that model, it will lose the first instance of an animus and will be replaced by the second. It does not matter if either the first animus or the second animus is from a warlock or warbeast. (Infernal Ruling)
  • An animi cast by a warlock is an animi and spell. (Infernal Ruling)

Transferring Damage

  • If both the warlock and the warbeast are damaged by the same attack (such as an AOE), then you need to apply the 'normal' damage to the warbeast before the transferred damage. This distinction can be important when you're working out who/what actually destroyed the beast. (Infernal Ruling)

Frenzy

  • Step 4 of Frenzy was errata'd in 2016. Make sure you're using the latest version of the rules.
  • You cannot trigger optional abilities during a Frenzy (such as Cleave). (Infernal Ruling)
  • You must trigger compulsory abilities during a Frenzy ... unless that ability generates an extra attack (like Berserk). In that case, you don't get the Berserk attack. (Infernal Ruling)
  • A warbeast may not make an Assault shot as part of a Frenzy activation. (Refer latest errata)
  • If the closest target to a warbeast resolving a Frenzy cannot be charged, then the warbeast will forfeit movement and action (as per the rules of having to charge and not being able to). (Infernal Confirmation)

Rules Clarification : Amphibious - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Undead - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Bone Picker and/or Bone Pile     (Edit)

  • Even though it's RFP'd, the destroyed model still produces corpse/soul tokens. Because it did reach the destroyed stage. (Infernal Ruling)
  • This model only gets the corpse if it's the closest eligible model. Bone Picker doesn't have the "regardless of proximity of other models" wording like Dark Fire does.
    • This will hardly ever come up, considering the short range of most melee weapons.
    • It'll come up slightly more often for Barnabus2.
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Rules Clarification : Death Feast      (Edit)

  • You roll a new d3 each time you spend a token.
Restrictions on "Any Time" abilities     (Edit)      
  • "Any Time" abilities can be used at any time during a model/unit's activation, except:
    1. The model with the Any Time ability has had their activation end "prematurely". By this I mean you resolve anything which includes "its activation ends". Examples include:
      • Running, failing a charge, or failing a slam.
      • Abilities that include "then its activation ends" (such as Reposition and Teleport).
    2. In between declaring your charge target and making your charge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    3. In between completing your charge movement and determining whether it was a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
    4. You're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    5. You're in the middle of an attack. Note that the attack is not over until you finish step 14 of the attack sequence (Apdx A).
    6. Your opponent interrupted your activation to trigger one of their own abilities, such as Countercharge.
  • In general you can use "Any Time" abilities while you're knocked down or stationary (except Spells and Feats which specify you can't).
  • If you have a gun with a random ROF, you can use an "Any Time" ability inbetween rolling the number of shots and actually making the first attack. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Units with "Any Time" abilities
    • Even if the ability says "any time during the unit's activation", a model in a unit can't use an Any Time ability if they run, fail a charge, or use an ability like Reposition.
    • Because that model's activation has ended (even if the unit's activation is still ongoing) and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • So, for example:
      • You cannot use a minifeat after the Officer runs. (Infernal Ruling)
      • You cannot use a minifeat after anyone in the unit has begun a Reposition move. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Death-Powered - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Steady      (Edit)

  • Steady models are still susceptible to other effects of knock-down attacks (if there are any).
    • For example, a steady model hit with a Head butt won't be knocked down but will take damage.
  • A knocked down model that gains Steady will remain knocked down, because the "cannot be knocked down" is not retroactively applied.
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Rules Clarification : Swarm      (Edit)

  • The concealment bonus and the attack roll penalty do stack with each other, so someone making a ranged or magic attack while within 2" of you will suffer -4 to the attack.