Chainmail Set 3: Hobgoblin Adept
By Bruce R. Cordell and Rob Heinsoo
Model: Hobgoblin Adept
Faction: Drazens Horde
Why It Rocks: The Hobgoblin Adept provides magical power to Drazens Horde. Its a fine commander, especially for its price. Some would call it the best commander points can buy, considering its ability to cast the ultimate "buffing" spell on its troops: bulls strength.
Tricks and Tactics: Your Hobgoblin Adept has to maximize its ability to cast bulls strength. That means you should field a model that already has a high melee attack and damage. Following this advice to the letter, without regard for other factors, might mean youd always pair the Adept with a Dire Boar. One bulls strength later, and your Dire Boar has a melee attack of 13 and a melee damage of 4! Few enemy models can stand up to this kind of abuse.
But, the Dire Boar is both wild and difficult, meaning you can have only one Dire Boar in your warband per 4 command points, and you cant do much more on a turn than call the Dire Boar to you when you wish to control the beast. That might be fine. But, if youre looking for a more easily commanded troop on which to bequeath your bulls strength, consider the Orc Champion. The Champion costs less, is not difficult, but the post-bulls strength payoff is still very nice: a melee attack of 9 and a melee damage of 3. As a matter of fact, bring a few Orc Champions; even unbuffed, theyre great models to command.
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