Nature is all about efficiency. The most successful creatures are those that fill their ecological niche with the least waste of time, energy, and blood. With that in mind, no one should be surprised if druids sometimes seem cold and calculating. After all, they sit at the pinnacle of nature's pyramid.
War of the Beastmasters is a scenario pitting two Beastmaster figures against each other. The two logical contests are between the Greenfang Druid and the Orc Wolf Shaman at 200 points and between Vadania, Half-Elf Druid and the Orc Druid at 100 points.
Number of Players: Two.
Warbands: In a 100-point game, each player selects either Vadania, Half-Elf Druid or the Orc Druid as their commander. In a 200-point game, each player selects either the Greenfang Druid or the Orc Wolf Shaman. The Ravenous Vampire is another alternative in a 200-point game. It doesn't fit the theme quite as well as the other two, but it's your game. Make yourself happy.
Both players then fill up their warbands with figures that meet these criteria:
A table of all suitable figures is included below. (The Treant, Bulette, and Fiendish Tyrannosaurus are legal in this scenario, but you will find them very difficult to maneuver and position legally -- see Terrain Setup.)
Terrain Setup: Setup is as usual, with the following exceptions.
Victory: You win by eliminating all enemy creatures. Normal tie-breaker rules apply. Quick-strike victory conditions can also be used for a faster game.
Variations: For variety, allow one-half of the warband's points to be spent on the following creatures, in addition to animals, plants, and magical beasts (within usual faction restrictions).
Chaotic Good: Elves (any except drow), Gnomes (any), Centaurs, Centaur Heroes, Bariaur Rangers, Ibixians, Crow Shaman, Crested Felldrakes.
Chaotic Evil: Orcs (any), Gnolls (any), Ettercaps, Trolls (any), Forest Trolls
Either: Fey, Shapechangers, Wyverns, small and medium Dragons (any)
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