Wolf Claw Strike Force Tactics Part 3: The Drakeslayers

Aoooo! Time for some more Space Wolf action, this time: The Drakeslayers! Check the Tactics Corner for more great articles.

Krom Dragongaze’s great pack, the Drakeslayers, excel in hunting down monsters and bests in search of glory on the battlefield and in the eyes of their Wolf Lord!

Article Series

  1. Wolf Claw Strike Force Overview
  2. Wolf Claw Strike Force Part 2: The Firehowlers
  3. Wolf Claw Strike Force Part 3: The Ironwolves

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Overview:

The Drakeslayers haven’t gotten the fanfare of the Ironwolves or Blackmanes, but they have some awesome special rules that are certainly worth taking note of and depending on your meta, may be the best choice of all the Space Wolf core choices.

Composition:

  • Wolf Lord Krom or Wolf Guard Battle Leader
  • 1-2 unit of: Wolf Guard and/or Wolf Guard Terminators
  • 2-3 units of Blood Claws
  • 2-4 units of Grey Hunters and/or Land Speeders
  • 1-2 unit of Long Fangs
  • 0-1 unit of Wolf Scouts
  • 0-2 Lone Wolves
Image by Denewer

Image by Denewer

Special Rules:

  • Monster Hunter
  • Stubborn
  • Furious Determination: While Krom is on the Battlefield, all models from the Detachment have Furious Charge.
  • Glory Seekers: Characters in this formation have Preferred Enemy (Characters), additionally, if one friendly unit from this formation successfully makes a charge, then all other units in this formation may re-roll failed charge rolls.

Tactics:

I really like this Formation. While it isn’t as glamorous as some of the other options in the Curse of the Wulfen supplement, it is rock solid. The re-roll is one of the most powerful game mechanics in a system that uses D6s, and a Formation that gives them to you in spades dramatically increases the efficiency of your army for little to know additional input. Monster Hunter is incredible, and on units like Long Fangs and Land Speeders, it really pays dividends. Now, your meta may differ and if yours doesn’t swarm with MCs and GMCs (although in most tournament metas, this is the case) it won’t be so useful. However, at your average tournament you will find yourself in a target rich environment!

Your melee units will also love it, and even high toughness targets like Wraithknights who often can be a pain to actually hurt, will be dramatically more vulnerable to your attacks as the magic of mathematics means you consistently do more damage due to re-rolls.

Stubborn is also not to be underestimated. Holding fast in a combat where a few dice didn’t go your way can win you the game. If you opt to go with a Wolf Guard Battle Leader on a T-Wolf for example, and run him in a unit of Fenresian Wolves (as I do all the time), losing little wolves in melee no longer means you will be running for the hills. That’s a noteworthy benefit.

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More re-rolls abound with the Glory Seeker rule, granting Preferred Enemy vs. Characters for you Characters which again, makes your units much more efficient in melee. Taking this in combination with a piece of wargear such as the Armor of Russ which hits the enemy with an Initiative penalty in a challenge, really gives you the edge and allows your Space Wolves to cut down their enemies!

The re-rolls to charges also granted by this rule is fantastic. You always declare the most probably charge first, and as soon as one of your units makes it, everyone else can re-roll a failed charge. Wow! Again, your units become much more dependable at doing what you want them to be doing. It also means your largely foot slogging army can reliably make it into combat from greater distances, offsetting their slow speed a bit.

Lastly, with Krom, everyone gets Furious Charge which is awesome. Krom himself is quite good, only being slow and vulnerable to instant death as his major drawbacks. However, detachment wide Furious Charge is not bad. I would be tempted to run the Wolf Guard Battle Leader on a Thunder Wolf though, as for one, he’s a bad ass, but for two with all the formation bonuses granted him, he becomes hyper efficient. He’d be great to run with the Wolfkin auxiliary formation to form the Wolf Claw Strike Force.

I’d run this formation in Drop Pods, with Blood Claws, Wolf Guard with Combi-weapons, Grey Hunters or Land Speeders and 2 units of Long Fangs packing max Las Cannons (not in Pods). I think you could run either Krom or the Battle Leader on a T-Wolf and be good to go as they both have strengths. Lastly, squeeze in the Wulfen Murder Pack along with some Drop Pods from an allied detachment and you’ve got a potent army that packs in a good mix of Counter-charging loonies that are in your opponent’s face turn 1 (possibly charging them turn 1) that also has mobility and fire power, all of which is very efficient due to the plentiful rerolls. I dig it and think it makes for a fun, characterful army.

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7 Responses to “Wolf Claw Strike Force Tactics Part 3: The Drakeslayers”

  1. abusepuppy March 23, 2016 12:47 am
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    The issue has never been fully resolved (either by ITC FAQs or GW ones), but arguably the Preferred Enemy (Characters) rule gives you rerolls against any enemy unit that contains one or more characters. With that interpretation, the Drakeslayers are actually relatively solid compared to the Ironwolves and Blackmanes since they are getting rerolls to charge, rerolls in both shooting and melee, and broader rerolls against all MCs.

    The fact that you can get FC for the whole formation by taking a single character (who is relatively decent on his own) is a waaaaaaay more attractive option than having to take two full Greatpacks in order to get it.

    • Reecius
      Reecius March 23, 2016 9:19 am
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      Yeah, agreed. I think the Drakeslayers are actually very solid. They lack the free points, but are so efficient with all of the rerolls all over the place. Plus, I agree, Krom is a solid character if you can get him into combat.

      I had not considered that angel on the PE Characters, before, but I see the point. It would seem to me the intent was for challenges or similar one on one type combat, but I can see the argument.

      • abusepuppy March 23, 2016 4:21 pm
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        Yeah, I’m not sure it was the intention, but if you compare it to the old Champions of Fenris supplement and the ability on characters there, it is actually worded fairly differently- that one explicitly only applied in challenges, whereas the Drakeslayers’ ability has no such restriction.

        • Reecius
          Reecius March 23, 2016 6:10 pm
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          Yeah, that is interesting. Comes down to the question of what comprises a unit when you have mixed faction/class/etc. It’s always sticky.

          • abusepuppy March 23, 2016 10:28 pm
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            Yeah, and that’s never really been made clear by any of the FAQs. It might actually be a good thing to answer for ITC, since it also comes up with things like Preferred Enemy (Psykers) on several units and the Corsair powers that only work on Corsair units.

    • bigpig March 23, 2016 7:35 pm
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      This is exactly what I was going to ask. I agree with AP on his interpretation of it. I comes in to play with Deathleapers Assassin Brood also.

      • Reecius
        Reecius March 25, 2016 11:20 am
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        Yeah, it comes up in a lot of contexts, actually.