Thundrik’s Profiteers have been revealed at Adepticon 2019 and oh boy do they tickle me in all the right places. Good guys ✔️ Armour ✔️ Dwarves ✔️ Guns ✔️ Balloons ✔️
My predictions for this warband are:
- Inspire Condition: When you Score an Objective you may choose a Profiteer to Inspire.
- Playstyle: Hold Objective/Defensive
- Stats: Defend on Block, Speed 2/3. Harpoon applies a Move token if it does damage, usable once per action phase.
Let me know if you agree in the comments, or better yet, let me know what you think about these flying tanks!
Inspiration & Playstyle
If you’ve not been part of Age of Sigmar and have come from the World that Was (Auld World 4 lyf) then you would be mistaken for believing that the Kharadron Overlords were just armoured Thunderers. Thundrik’s Profiteers seem to represent the major Guilds from the Lore. If you want to read more on the Kharadron Overlords then click here.
In Warhammer Underworlds we’ve already seen many neutral cards with these duardin adorning the artwork. These may give us a hint as to what their intended playstyle might be! Thematically the Kharadron Overlords are concerned with profit so some sort of Inspire condition linked to Glory acquisition would be my guess i.e. Inspiring when they score an objective thematically this links with them completing a contract and it’s another unique Inspire condition.
The Warhammer Community Article states:
These guys turn Warhammer Underworlds on its head with the ability to pepper their foes at range, allowing them to hold objectives while still slaying enemies.https://www.warhammer-community.com/2019/03/28/breaking-news-dark-power-unleashed/
Taking a look at the Neutral cards with their art it would confirm the Hold Obejctive/Defensive style of play Most notably Gloryseeker rocked our worlds by being a +1DMG without a range restriction would certainly be useful for a faction based on ranged attacks! Whilst gambits like Baffling Illusion and Revoke would make it difficult for aggressors to reach Thundrik’s Profiteers.
But why defensive not aggressive if they’re killing things? Well astute reader, many of the Neutral Cards with their artwork are objectives..and I’ll let you have a read and see if you can spot the theme…
These are all VERY Defensive or Hold Objective minded cards that require you to focus on generating Glory. Drawing four cards from digging deep and Extreme Flank (with 5 models) would have been a dream come true for Defensive warbands in the days gone by.
If my prediction on their Inspiration Mechanic is correct then it ties in wonderfully with the idea of gathering Glory and holding onto it and the Envoy’s Prerogative upgrade is thematically fitting as you are essentially searching for your next contract to get another Profiteer inspired.
So, stat wise I’m kind of stabbing in the dark here but taking educated guesses at what to expect! Given their plate armour it would make absolute sense that these Duardin also defend on Block symbols, I wouldn’t expect this to go up to Double Block on everybody when Inspired a gunline with good defensive stats is NOT a great play experience for the opponent.
As for their speed, assuming a racial bias is in the game as seen from the Stormcast profiles then it’s likely that Thundrik’s Profiteers have a base move of two, that will increase to three when Inspired – just like the Chosen Axes. Garodd Alensen MIGHT start with three movement and defend on dodges due to his lack of armour and only visible melee weapon and the Balloon Boy may also have a bit of extra speed thanks to that contraption.
As for their attack profiles we really can’t make any sort of call the weapons are extremely varied; shotgun, pistol, harpoon, Gatling and flamethrower. Your guess is as good as mine, though I wouldn’t expect them to be too powerful at range as a faction that can truly kill from long range is a fearsome foe – though that may be what the game needs to shake it up from slumber.
Regardless of what their cards say I’ll be taking these guys to a few events when they’re finally released as I love everything about them so far! Roll on the next set of reveals from Games Workshop!