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 2018.03
|Any Llaelese warcaster.|
|The following named warcasters:|
Note: the Vanguard is a Llaelese warjack and will benefit from Pathfinder.
| Llaelese models/Units
Note: There are a few Llaelese models in Crucible Guard which are not part of this theme force, because they're not Mercenary models.
|The following specific models.|
| Up to two non-character units from one of Cygnar, the Protectorate, or the Crucible Guard.
Note: The two units have to be from the same Faction.
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. They are treated as Llaelese Mercenary models instead of their original Faction (so will get the Pathfinder perk). They 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
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Llaelese Resistance in a nutshell
The Resistance is a very cool theme with excellent benefits, tons of non-Merc options, and only 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 non-Merc units can only take up so many of your points before you're left with spending the rest on Thorn Gun Mages, Devil Dogs, or Blythe and Bull to round things out.
Theme's strengths & Playing to them
The themes main strength is maneuverability, with lots of pathfinder plus using Gibbs (your first free solo) handing out Reposition [3"] to all Llaelese models within 7" of him.
The second strength is the flexibility in list design by taking units from the non-Merc factions (see below for more advice). A good starting point is to consider units that traditionally really want pathfinder to excel, so hey let's give them pathfinder.
The rubble is helpful on the advance.
Theme's weaknesses and Mitigating them
Very limited range of warcasters, Merc units, and Merc warjacks to choose from. Popular Merc models such as Steelhead Halberdiers, Kayazy Eliminators, Aiyana and Holt, Orin Midwinter, Lanyssa Ryssyl and Eiryss1 are not allowed. Short version is, the theme has a low model count until more Llaelese units come out.
Only 3 possible free solos (vs. 4 in Irregulars) and none worth more than 5 points.
If you take lots of warjacks this will soon eat into your "free solos allotment". Especially for a battlegroup-orientated caster like Caine3.
Not having Aiyana means no easy access to Magic Weapons - but you could delve into Protectorate to fix that issue.
For some strange reason you can't take any Steelheads, despite their being a LLaelese Steelhead Solo that's only worth taking with some Haliberdiers in tow.
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; or Eilish and Taryn. But there are enough good 4 point solos that this isn't really a factor.
- Ragman shouls be your 2nd free solo because he's your only ARM debuff. Also, with Gibbs' help, he can walk 9" and still apply Death Field.
- Thorn Gun Mages with Pathfinder are able to make good use of their Prowl ability, which helps justify their high cost.
- Trencher Infantry can cloud wall and Reposition out with Gibbs. Gibbs can be the solo in the rubble to help start that working sooner.
- Choir of Llael is an interesting option, but sadly Mercs lack the sort of warjacks that would really make it truly worthwhile. Additionally, Choir has a low cost, which in a theme with limited unit count won't let you hit that point threshhold you need to get free points. Furthermore Choir kind of encourages you to go for a big battle group... in a theme that rewards you for playing infantry, punishes you for bringing many jacks by not letting them generate free models, with focus-strapped casters.
Crucible Guard options
If you're playing Ashlynn, it should always be in this theme since she gets Pathfinder, 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. Alas his feat grants Ghostly which is somewhat wasted with the pathfinder perk.
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 really exploit this. If one ever does come out, finding the right balance between battlegroup 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.
Released in the Northkin CID (2017.07 ish)
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