Thunderbear – Ashigaru

Another one of those it sort of 10T focused Thunderbear articles, this time the Ashigaru which are only around if you take Yan Lo OR do some summoning with Toshiro.

Stats

So not amazing stats, but they do have a decent number of wounds fior the cost of the model. Below average Df and average Wp means they are susceptible. Oddly he has the shortest Cg I have seen beyond those that don’t have a Cg at all. He is slower charging than he is walking.

Abilities

On to their abilities;

Hard to Kill – We all know it and helps with their survivability

Armor – Something else to make them harder to shift, which is always handy

Guard – Like the Komaniu they gain a Tome to their Ml attack although not as flexible as the stone dogs. Its still worthwhile, as they will generally be pretty close to an Ancestor of some description.

Attack Actions

Rusted Yari – Is their one attack and it is across the board average but at least the reach is OK.

  • Infect – Crows – Hands poison for each crow in the total. Not bad as extra damage even at the end of the turn is nice.
  • Wall of Steel – Tome – On succeeding (so no damage) then you can push the target away from them.
Tactical Action

Lunge – Allows him to discard a card to take a charge action. This is great for the reasons mentioned above with his old Cg range. It actual makes him pretty fast if he walks then uses this to charge. The second thing is to allow him to charge twice in a turn if the enemy is close together..

Brace – A scary ability for some, it hands out the condition Braced For the Charge which means any friendly models charged near them will allow them to hand out a decent amount of damage to the charger with no flips etc. need.

Overall

Nice little roadblocks that are cheap to buy in or use Toshiro to bring on. Brace is an amazing ability, one to be respected by anyone! While Lunge more than makes up for their rubbish Cg stat.

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