Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears
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Some kriels are known for their skill in capturing and training wild northern bears, for the power of these beasts makes them potent weapons in times of war. By simple gestures combined with commands, a bear handler can designate prey even in the chaos of battle. The beasts become protective of their trainers and handlers and will lash out at anyone who raises a hand against them, making them useful guardians.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears
- 3 Other
|Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears|
|Handler / Bears|
|SPD||6 / 7|
|ARM||15 / 17|
|CMD||9 / 5|
|HP||5 / 8|
|Unit Size|| 1 Handler|
|See also How to Read the statblock|
- Bear Handler
- Axe - 1" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon
- Claw (x2) - 1" reach, P+S 13 melee weapons
- Bite - 1" reach, P+S 14 melee weapon
- Entire unit
- Advance Deployment - Models with advance deployment are placed after normal deployment and may be placed up to 6" further forward.
- Immunity: Cold - This model does not suffer cold damage.
- 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.
- Tough - When this model is disabled, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, remove 1 damage point from this model; it is no longer disabled and becomes knocked down. While knocked down this model loses Tough.
- Ambush - This unit may choose not to deploy normally, and instead be deployed completely within 3" of an edge of the board (excluding the back of your opponent's deployment zone) on any turn after the first.
- Prowl - While concealed this model has stealth.
- Bear Handler only
- Medium base
- Granted: Gang - While this model is still alive and in formation all of the unit gains Gang. (Gang - When making a melee attack targeting an enemy model in the melee range of another model in this unit, this model gains +2 to melee attack and melee damage rolls. )
- Trollkin - This model is a Trollkin model, but the bears and the overall unit is not.
- Northkin - This model is a Northkin model, but the bears and the overall unit is not.
- Bears only
- Large base.
- Unyielding - This model gains +2 ARM against melee damage rolls.
This rule changed in 2018.01
Thoughts on Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears
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Northkin Bear Handler & Battle Bears in a nutshell
The Battle Bears are a threatening melee unit. With the lead of the Handler, the bears fight as a coordinated unit. And they hit very hard and can take one hell of a pounding.
Combos & Synergies
- The Krielstone makes the bears ARM 21 in melee. And the Northkin STR-buff means that the bear's charge attack is a boosted POW 18.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- The attacks of the bears aren't quite as brutal as they look; most infantry expect their damage rolls to be boosted but with three attacks only one will be boosted per bear. (Still, boosted MAT 8 POW 16 is impressive).
- The weak link is the handler; if the enemy can scalpel out the handler you lose Gang, taking the effectiveness of the bears down to much more reasonable levels.
Tricks & Tips
- Although the bears are not Northkin models by default, they become Northkin if they're taken in the Storm of the North theme.
- Ambushing is great - but so is brawling under the Krielstone aura.
- Used in pairs they hurt heavies and can utterly maul lights.
Originally released in the Northkin CID (2017.07)
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Rules Clarification : Northkin status