In today’s preview, we’re delving into the armoury of the Fyreslayers with a look at their lore, before checking out the warscroll for the Magmic Battleforge.
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Fyreslayers do not forge their weapons from ur-gold, as doing so only captures a small amount of this magical mineral’s power. Instead, most Fyreslayer weapons are forged from some form of fyresteel, a super-hard magical metal. There are as many ways to make fyresteel as there are Fyreslayer lodges, with each modifying the alloy in their own way. The Thungur lodge, for example, mix in crystal from Hysh, making their blades shine with light.
Fyresteel is forged into axes of all different shapes and sizes, including double-handed broadaxes almost the size of their wielders and pairs of matched hand axes, as well as lightweight throwing axes. In fact, nearly all Fyreslayers wield a clutch of these throwing weapons, allowing them to cut down their foes at range.
The Latchkey Grandaxe
Wielded by the Auric Runefathers, Latchkey Grandaxes are simultaneously symbols of office and weapons of war. In combat, they can easily behead a rampaging orruk in a single strike, while defensively, Auric Runefathers can use the blade’s notches to catch and break enemy blades. The shape of these weapons is no aesthetic affectation – each is a real, functioning master-key to the main magma-vault of their stronghold.
Among the most unusual weapons wielded by the Fyreslayers are magmapikes. These bladed, magical hand-cannons fire bolts of lava that scorch flesh and melt through armour with deadly effect. Those who are not slain find themselves encased in rapidly cooling rock, making them easier for other Fyreslayers to kill. Trained Auric Hearthguard can even use these weapons to form barricades of molten stone to shield their allies from harm.
As befits their aggressive tactics, the Fyreslayers do not wear armour, relying on skilful parries and the shielding effects of ur-gold runes to protect themselves. However, some Vulkite Berzerkers wield bladed slingshields – razor-sharp discs that can be used to deflect incoming blows or hurled at close range on the charge to cut down their unsuspecting enemies.
Campaigning far and wide in search of ur-gold, the Fyreslayers often find themselves far from resupply and the forges of their home temples. Summoned by the Zharrgrim priesthood, Magmic Battleforges form from molten metals drawn from beneath the crust of the realms. From there, they can be used to forge new fyresteel blades, create ur-gold runes and ritually cremate the fallen. With the Shyish Necroquake having changed the nature of magic forever, Magmic Battleforges now manifest in battle spontaneously with far greater frequency.
On the battlefield, Runesmiters and Runemasters can use the powers of these forges to augment their own abilities or ignite the runes worn by their kin, which translates to a whole suite of nifty effects!
Available to any Fyreslayers army for free in matched play, the Magmic Battleforge will be a key part of how your army functions, particularly if you’re stacking up on Magmic Invocations.
You’ll be able to add the Magmic Battleforge to your collection very soon! In the meantime, if your army needs some extra fyresteel, you can recruit some Vulkite Berzerkers today.
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