Theme - Llaelese Resistance
The beleaguered soldiers of the Llaelese Resistance are mercenaries only by necessity, taking contracts to help pay the enormous costs of their rebellion. Since the fall of Merywyn, many Llaelese noblemen have helped to fund the Resistance from exile. They leave field operations to individuals like the warcaster Ashlynn d’Elyse, who fights an endless war against the Khadorans who invaded her homeland and killed her father. To some, the likelihood of restoring Llael seems remote, and they have turned their attention to pure vengeance, willing to give their lives to force a reckoning.
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Theme Force Restrictions
A Llaelese Resistance army can only include Mercenary models from the following list:
|Allowed models|| Which includes |
Last updated 2017.09
|Any Llaelese warcaster.|
|The following named warcasters:|
Note: the Vanguard is a Llaelese warjack and will benefit from Pathfinder.
|The following specific models.|
|Up to two non-character units from one of Cygnar, the Protectorate, or the Crucible Guard.||Far too many to begin listing|
Theme Force Bonuses
- For every 20 points spent on units and solos you get a free solo or command attachment.
- Up to two non-character units from Crucible Guard, Cygnar, or the Protectorate may be included as mercenaries. Both units must be from the same faction. These can include attachments
- If Ace is included, it counts as a friendly Mercenary warjack instead of a Cygnar warjack. Only Caine3 can take Ace.
- Llaelese models in this army gain Pathfinder.
- Place a 5" AOE rubble terrain feature completely within 18" of the rear edge of the board. Also, you can deploy one solo completely in the AOE.
Thoughts on this Theme Force
Llaelese Resistance in a nutshell
The Llaelese Resistance is a theme force that allows Cygnaran, Protectorate, or Crucible Guard units to be taken as Llaelese Mercenary models and also gives Llaelese models Pathfinder.
The Resistance is a very cool theme with excellent benefits, tons of non-faction options and a couple drawbacks. Near army-wide pathfinder is outstanding, especially on Storm Lances or Vengers. Being penalized for bringing a large battlegroup isn't. The force is also awaiting more Llaelese releases as your Protectorate or Cygnar units can only take up so many of your points before you're left with Thorn Gun Mages, Devil Dogs and Blythe and Bull to round things out.
Theme's strengths & Playing to them
Major Harrison Gibbs is the anchor of this theme granting Reposition 3" to all Llaelese models within 7" of him, and since those models have Pathfinder, that's quite a lot of maneuverability. This is obviously very strong with Trenchers, which can then make clouds and back out of them if you position him very carefully. He is probably the first of your three solos. The second is Ragman because he's your only ARM debuff, and he can walk 9" with Gibbs's help. You're spoiled for choice on the last free solo.
Thorn Gun Mages with Pathfinder are able to make good use of their Prowl ability, which helps justify their high cost.
The rubble is helpful on the advance and it lets you put Gibbs out in front of your Trenchers to make the cloud wall easier to pull off.
If you're playing Ashlynn, it should always be in this theme since she gets Pathfinder with rubble to hang out in and some compelling targets for Quicken to go with her Trencher cloud wall. She is a below average warcaster in Irregulars, but quite strong in this theme.
Crosse2 wants a lot of cheap bodies to give him souls for his gun via Lifebound, which this theme force provides if you spend one of your two picks on Holy Zealots. Also his feat grants Ghostly so the pathfinder perk is of less value for him.
Macbain does not personally benefit from this theme, but might be seen running Trencher Commandos, Daughters or Rangers with Countermeasure on them. He is also often run with Choir, Zealots and a Galleon plus a bunch of heavies
Then there is the curious case of Caine3, who is compelling when paired with the Choir of Menoth, but awaits the release of a good ranged light for Mercenaries to exploit this. If one ever does come out, finding the right balance between battle group points and unit points to get free solos will be key, and it remains to be seen if the Choir will even be worth it.
Theme's weaknesses and Mitigating them
Limited range of warcasters. Limited Llaelese unit and warjacks selections. Only 3 possible free solos vs. 4 in Irregulars and none above 5 points. Taking lots of warjacks with Caine3 (or any caster) costs you free solos. Steelhead Halberdiers, Kayazy Eliminators, Aiyana and Holt, Orin Midwinter, Lanyssa Ryssyl and Eiryss1 are not allowed. Low model count until more Llaelese units come out. Limited options for heavy hitters
Build your army to take advantage of theme benefits, bring Gibbs, Ragman, some heavy hitting units and make sure you have enough Magic Weapon from your units and you won't be missing much.
List Building Tips
If you're trying to maximise points the most expensive free models you can get are the command attachments for Trencher Infantry, Stormblade Infantry, or Knights Exemplar as well as Eilish and Taryn. But there are enough good 4 point solos that this isn't really a factor.
Casters of Note
Ashlynn and a bunch of Llaelese models just pile on the combos.
Released in the Northkin CID (2017.07 ish)
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