Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of Umbrey
Reclaiming his long-denied birthright, Great Prince Vladimir Tzepesci rides his warhorse Vsada into battle to defend the lands of Umbrey restored to his family. He wields weapons of the ancient Tzepesci horselords, carrying a spear in one hand and the mace Huntsman in the other. Should strength of arms alone prove insufficient, Vladimir lashes out with dark sorceries, the blood of kings that runs in his veins lending him the strength to secure victory.
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Weapons and Attacks
- Horse Lord's Spear - 2" reach, P+S 12 melee weapon.
- Huntsman - 1" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon.
- Mount - 0.5" reach, POW 12 mount attack.
- Warcaster - This model comes with a bunch of special rules, most notably being really awesome at everything.
- Cavalry - All Cavalry come with a stack of standard special rules, most notably Impact Attacks and auto-boosted charge attacks.
- Blood-Quenched - This model gains a cumulative +1 STR and ARM for each living enemy model it destroys with a melee attack during its activation. This bonus lasts for one round.
- Relentless Charge - This model gains Pathfinder while it is charging.
- Reposition [_"] - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to _", then its activation ends.
Feat : Charge of the Horse Lords
While in Vladimir's control range, friendly faction warjacks and cavalry gain Side Step and Sprint for a turn. (Side Step - When this model hits an enemy model with an initial melee attack or a melee special attack, it can advance up to 2" after the attack is resolved.) (Sprint - If this model kills something in melee during its turn it gets a free move at the end of its turn.)
- Dash - COST 1, Range SELF. Warrior models in the spellcaster's CTRL gain +1 SPD and Parry for one turn.
- Flashing Blade - Cost 1, range SELF spell. The spellcaster immediately makes one basic attack with one of its melee weapons against each enemy model in its LOS that is in the weapon's melee range. These attacks are simultaneous.
- Hand of Fate - COST 2, RNG 6" UPKEEP
- Target Faction model/unit gains an extra die on all attack and damage rolls, then discards the lowest.
- Infernal Machine - COST 2, RNG 6", UPKEEP
Target warjack in the caster's battlegroup gains +2 SPD and Murderous. (Murderous - This model gains an additional attack die against warrior models.)
- Razor Wind - Cost 2, 10" range, POW 12.
- This spell has no special effects.
- Wind Wall - COST 3
- This spell affects the caster and other models while they are completely within 3" of the caster. For one round, they cannot make ranged attacks and are automatically missed by non-magical ranged attacks.
Thoughts on Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of Umbrey
Comparison to Mk2
Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of Umbrey in a nutshell
The Great Prince of Umbrey does a lot of things at once. He's both a big beat stick that likes to get into things and he supports warjacks and cavalry. If you're not interested in running a lot of cavalry you're probably better of playing one of his earlier incarnations, but as a themed 'caster Vlad3 is a lot of fun.
Thoughts on when & how to use hisfeat and spells
The game is all about setting up one big charge turn for Vlad3's army. Initially you advance cautiously, using the time to set up Hand of Fate, Infernal Machine and Wind Wall until you can get first strike on his Feat turn. Then you pile in, using Dash as necessary for that extra bit of reach for your cavalry and maybe Flashing Blade if you find the right targets. Reposition lets you pull Vlad back a bit into safety where Blood-Quenched should keep him safe. Be wary though, he's by no means unkillable in this position.
Typical Army & Strategy
Typical for a mounted Warcaster, Vladimir likes his alpha strikes. His spells, abilities and especially his feat really emphasize the importance of getting a big charge off using his 'jacks and cavalry with Vlad himself close to the action. Triggering Blood-Quenched allows him to survive moderate retaliation after the big Feat turn, aided by all of the Sprint movement that should be going off.
Vlad3 and Drago seem pretty much made for each other. Their Bond can be amazing and even Poltergeist can be useful to help survive enemy retaliation, the Feat and Infernal Machine are a perfect fit for Drago, allowing it to slice through throngs of enemies almost without effort through the amazing combination of Berserk, Side Step and Parry. Its issue however is that its power versus other heavies is not as impressive as a lot other Khador 'jacks, which can be a problem in an MK3 meta that promotes heavier use of Warjacks and Warbeasts, not to mention ranged weapons. Critical Amputation helps, but Drago's a lot of points to invest in a world with fewer Warriors running around. Be sure to bring a good amount of anti-armor elsewhere in your lists.
Whatever boons and drawbacks Drago has Berserkers have as well, but their far lower cost make them an interesting (and thematic) value proposition nonetheless. You don't need to kill a lot to make back an investment in a Berserker and you can use its big base to help screen Vlad's bulky silhouette as well.
Nearly functioning as warjacks themselves in Vlad3 lists, up to two units of Iron Fang Uhlans are pretty much a no-brainer. They're a natural fit for his play style and you can even juggle Hand of Fate between two units. Dash helps them out tremendously, and their high SPD lets you get first strike on the heavy armor you should be pointing them towards.
Drawbacks, Downsides, & Bad Match-Ups
As with all cavalry 'casters you have to be very aware of how huge Vladimir is; his large base makes him an easy target if you don't screen him well. Wind Wall makes a HUGE difference in that regard, but you won't be able to cast it all the time and his forward tendency makes him a likely assassination target if you're not very careful with your army's Repositioning. In addition the reliance on mobile warjacks and cavalry tends to over-emphasize melee combat which might leave you short on ways to take out key threats at a distance. Enemy 'casters like Magnus2 can really punish a weak ranged component.
Tricks & Tips
- Exploit Vlad3's natural synergies! (Infernal Machine + Berserker(s)/Drago + Feat) and (Dash + Iron Fang Uhlans + Feat) are the keys to breaking your enemy's lines!
- Flashing Blade is not an attack per se - you can still cast it, if you sacrificed your combat action to get up from Knockdown. It is highly situational, but if you do not need your combat action (for a charge, for example), it costs only 1 focus; just as many as to shake off the above mentioned effects.
- Another application of Flashing Blade is to pump up your STR before hitting the target of your charge. If there are other, easy-to-kill models nearby your intended target, make your charge move, cast Flashing Blade to get a few extra point of STR, then make your charge attack against your original target (all that demands you not to fail your charge, though).
- Originally released in the Warmachine: Colossals expansion (2012)
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