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New Release: Trollblood Runebearer

And the explosion of new releases continues! Days after the metal only photo of the Runebearer came out, we can now see it in its painted glory!


From the Privateer Press website: Some of the most learned trollkin runescribes choose to accompany their leaders into battle. Carrying the sacred tablets of their kriel, runebearers are capable of amplifying the Dhunian gifts of trollkin warlocks. The glyphs glow as the runebearer speaks them aloud, easing their warlock’s use of their fury-driven prayers and sorcery.

What does this mean? Does this mean we might actually *gasp!* be able to run more beasts? That we might have a larger than piddly 10-14″ control radius? That we might actually be able to cast offensive spells?

While I would hope for something squire-esque, its description doesn’t get me very hopeful. What’s more likely looks to be like a 1-focus rebate off spells, or possibly free boosts/rerolls, or maybe even a boost to the range of spells. I’m really hoping for a boost to range, because trolls are traditionally hobbled by their low spell range and lack of arc nodes; that would mean I wouldn’t need to take the farrow bonegrinders, which seem to be pretty integral to spell-intensive casters like Hoarluks (both versions) and Calandra.

Unfortunately, the reason why I want it to have a boost to range is the exact reason why it’s probably not going to happen; the existence of bone grinders. Bone grinders already give a range boost and to give the trollbloods double range boost is probably not something the PP developers are likely to implement.

Which really annoys me. As much as I like bacon, I like keeping my Trolls piggy free.


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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  1. *LOL* Put a spotlight behind him and he’d be a Troll Moses. “Let my people gooooooooo…. run wild with my range boost!”

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