Thursday, 29 December 2016

Bear with me here... Brun & Lug in Cygnar : Part 1 the theory

I picked up Brun & Lug in a Mercenary army I bought and they screamed out to be painted so I figured I would give them a go in some Cygnar lists.

I am aware that they seem to be the least used of the four minion lessor warlocks but I think they have some promise.

So first I will go over what the pair do.

Brun has some decent survivability with his spell Stonehold reducing damage rolls he takes by one die and preventing knockdown.

Lug has the same stats as the Ironclad chassis except his strength which is one higher , though his melee weapons are pow 16 which is a little lower.

Where Lug shines is his control effects, he has both hyper-aggressive, Counter attack and Return.

Hyper-aggressive allows Lug to advance up to 5" directly toward a model that damaged him.
Counter attack allows him to charge a model that ends within 6" of him as long as he is not engaged.
Return lets Lug move up to 5" towards Brun after a charge attack ignoring free strikes (this does work with counter attack which is quite nice)

His animus is bear hands which allows him to either knock down or push 3" a model hit in melee. This works great to trigger another ability he has called "Chain attack: Grab and smash" which allows Lug to do a head-butt or throw if he hits with both his initial melee attacks.

In a good activation he can force for 1 to use his animus then boost to hit his first attack (which will knock down the target) then either use return to walk 5" away or auto hit with his second initial attack which will trigger the chain attack throw which will also auto hit.

So I decided to put Brun & Lug in a list in my pairing and have been using them for the last couple of months.

Gunmage Captain Adept
Journeyman Warcaster
Brun & Lug
Storm Lances 

(This list was before the errata so is now 1 point over...) 

Haley2 can protect the pair really well on her feat turn and can extend their threat range up to 4" using Telekinesis.

The plan will be for Lug to charge into a heavy (for free if possible using hunters mark from Lanyssa) use his animus to knock down his target.
Then buy all his attacks and after he is done Brun charges in with flank to get even more attacks on the target then uses bear hands on his last attack to push the heavy 3" away.
Haley then feats and the heavy is now knocked down and pushed out of melee with the pair so can't attack back.

If heavies are bunched up and you can get to attack more than one then all the better. They can also push surviving heavies away from the Storm Lances should they fail to kill their targets.

I think they are worth some effort trying out so for the next while I will be using them.
I don't plan on using them with every caster in Cygnar (that would be crazy) but there are a few that I think have potential such as Siege & Sturgis.

Hopefully I be able to get some batreps up on Youtube soon with Brun & Lug in action!

What do you think of the Bear?

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