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    Which Mark for Minotaurs


    for the purposes of the End Times I'm in the process of painting up a small Beastmen army. Small as it may be though, I plan on including the infamous "Minobus". The problem is, I have no prior experiences with Beastmen so even though I have read all their rules I don't really have a feel for what the army is going to behave like on tabletop.

    I do have an general idea of what the Minobus is and how it is supposed to work. There are lots of tactica on the internet dedicated to Beastmen when you bother to search for it. However, none of these take the End Times and the Legions of Chaos into considerations. So I'm kind of at a loss as to how this would affect them. So maybe we can discuss the different marks here for a bit. Maybe someone has tried these and can share their tale of how they did.

    KHORNE (Frenzy):

    I think we can all agree that Khorne is completely wasted on Minotaurs except maybe for the small fringe case of Minotaurs who are not supported by Characters who offer them Frenzy. Even then they have an easy way to acquire multi-Frenzy themselves so even that is kind of a waste of points in my opinion.

    TZEENTCH (6+ Ward):

    Seems like an obvious defensive choice since everyone is complaining that Minotaurs are too squishy, and I would agree. However a 6+ Ward doesn't offer that much of a protection, and the points start adding up in bigger units. Statistically 1/6 of all wounds are discarded though so maybe a big block (I cuerrently have 9) will start soaking up some damage. It will also definitely help the Doombull and Gorebulls in the first rank by further augmenting their Ward Saves. Maybe this mark could be restricted to the Characters for point saving?

    NURGLE (enemies are at -1 to hit in Close Combat):

    Another defensive choice. This will definitely prolong the stamina of Minotaurs in Close Combat since most things will only hit on 5s while getting a truckload of high strength attacks back. This should be the obvious winner, except for one problem: If they are not in combat the Mark does nothing to aid them. So against opponents with heavy shooting bias Tzeentch might be better?

    SLAANESH (automatically pass Fear, Terror and Panic):

    A bit more subtle than the others. It does not improve their combat performance nor does it help them in the defensive department, but Beastmen suffer from below average Leadership and I have read on occasion that Minotaurs especially are prone to Panic at the worst times, and them turning heel and running for the mountains (and possibly destroyed by the enemy) because some dogs or Ungor Raiders exploded nearby is not something I want to happen. On the other hand, when I have Minotaur Characters holding their hands they gain ItP, removing any and all benefits of this Mark, like Khorne. A strange choice.


    Okay, we're kind of wasting the opportunities the Legions of Chaos offer us in improving our pitiful Beastmen, but it still is an option to consider. Maybe the Minotaurs are "fine" (in a loose sense of the word) as is. Maybe they don't need the support of additional Marks to perform their role. The Marks cost a lot of points after all, and if the Minotaurs can get the job done without them, or if the benefit is not very great, I could buy something else instead; it's not like there is a lack of options with 3 books to choose from.

    (Yeah, I know, the reasonable choice would be to ignore the Minotaurs altogether but I'm kind of a sucker for punishment.)
    Last edited by Ultimate Life Form; 30-07-2017 at 09:34.

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    Veteran Sergeant sedgey's Avatar
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    Re: Which Mark for Minotaurs

    Tzeentch would be my suggestion (and not just because of my Tzeentch-bias). It's the most reliably useful mark - it's always going to provide you a benefit, and against both melee and ranged attacks. People are too quick to dismiss a 6+ ward; it might not be anything great for a character, but it's much more useful on a unit and helps you edge those tight combats. Plus it's good for characters when boosting an existing ward save.

    Nurgle has the potential to be the most useful, but the benefit is limited to combat only - and Minotaurs are a tasty shooting target. It'd be my second choice.

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    Re: Which Mark for Minotaurs

    Quote Originally Posted by sedgey View Post
    People are too quick to dismiss a 6+ ward; it might not be anything great for a character, but it's much more useful on a unit and helps you edge those tight combats. Plus it's good for characters when boosting an existing ward save.
    Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I had the displeasure of encountering many units of Savage Orcs over the years, and I always dismissed the Ward Save as a unimportant - until it worked, and quite a lot, and every single 6 felt right like a punch to the gut. >.<
    Doesn't help that they now have an unfair Magic Item that grants them 5+. Five plus Ward on a Core Unit, I tell ya.

    I'm not so sure it does the same for Minotaurs, though. It's a Special Unit and a Monstrous Infantry and if I mark it it will start eating into points like mad. While Savage Orcs can easily sport 40 or even 50 wounds per unit, this is a far more daunting prospect with Minotaurs. But if there are not many wounds the 6+ Ward is stops having much impact.

    However the Monstrous Infantry rules may be an asset here. Statistically receiving 6 wounds would remove 2 Minotaurs, but with Mark of Tzeentch one would be left standing with 1 wound, thereby actually cutting 50% losses in this case.

    I guess I'll give it a try some day...
    Last edited by Ultimate Life Form; 01-08-2017 at 17:49.

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    Chapter Master snyggejygge's Avatar
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    Re: Which Mark for Minotaurs

    Don't forget that the Tzeentch mark also stacks, a character who leads them with something such as a spellshield & Ironcurse Icon gives them a 5+ ward vs most ranged damage at the cost of very few Points.
    I usually give this mark to my Warriors or knights & they are tough to hurt with ranged attacks

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    Re: Which Mark for Minotaurs

    Good argument; this would really beef up the Minos against ranged damage, which is their greatest weakness.

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    Re: Which Mark for Minotaurs

    Given the Minotaurs' rapid move rate, Nurgle kind of pays off in the end. There are moments when a 6+ ward makes the difference, but those moments are few and far between. Tzeentch is borderline worthless in that iteration. Fortunately Tzeentch carries better uses in 6th, so that's what I run there. Post 6th, it's Nurgle.

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