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Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault – Godsworn Hunt

Paired up with Mollog's Mob, the second warband that isn't part of a regular Age of Sigmar faction is introduced as a warband for Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault - Godsworn Hunt.

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Godsworn Hunt belongs to the chaos pantheon, but unlike the Reavers or Magore's Fiends, not devoted solely to Khorne, but part of the Darkoath. The Darkoath is so far covered by two miniatures in the Age of Sigmar range, with a Warqueen, as part of Malign Portent, and a Chieftain, who was introduced with Warhammer Quest. And they are covered in the Roll Models webcomics shown on Warhammer Community, and at best compared with the chaos marauder tribes of the Old World.

Godsworn Hunt are a warband with 6 miniatures, led by a war shaman, four fighters and an attack dog. This warband supplement costs 22.50 EUR incl. the Underworlds content or 20.00 EUR as an Easy-to-Build kit. This box covers two red-brown pre-coloured sprues, a card deck and brief instructions on the assembly.

The card deck covers 66 cards, 6 cards for the warband itself, 29 are unique cards for the Godsworn warband and 31 universal cards (split across objectives, upgrades and ploys) to be used with any Warhammer Underworlds warband.

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The sprues are pre-coloured as mentioned above, in a red-brown tone. The sprues are properly used. The cast is done very well and crisp, especially with some of the finer details as the horns, blades of the weapons and fingers of the shaman. All the Underworlds miniatures are push-fit, so you do not need glue to assemble them. With some of the tighter fits, it might be a good idea to use plastic glue any way.

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Theddra Skull-Scryer is the leader of the Tribe of the Blackfang and a shaman. It is nice to see a female miniature as part of chaos that is not connected to Slaanesh. As a wizard, she has access to the new magic spells of Underworlds, introduced with Nightvault. Her condition to be inspired is for her to receive an upgrade. Theddra is really simple to assemble, as she is just a two piece miniature, but the pose is still quite dynamic and fitting for her role of the shaman.

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Grundann Blood-eye lost his eye against an Orruk-Warboss, but took his great axe after he slayed him. The leather boots, a bit of fur and the large weapon is such a clear connection to a very classic barbarian design among the Godsworn hunt. This combines what we have left from the norse tribes / old chaos marauders, with a strong Conan vibe. I like how this is more a wild human and not that chaotic or frenzy as the Reavers are. The warband is inspired by the same condition, each fighter receives his better profile after he or her receives an upgrade.

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The second close combat character of the Tribe is Shond Head-Claimer along with the war dog Grawl. Shond reminds me a bit of the old chaos thugs, the very first chaos marauders in the early editions of Warhammer. The same counts for Ollo, in the next step, both strong connections to the design of the old citadel models. Adding Grawl to the warband is great choice, as it makes sense to have a hound with you, when you're hunting. Both, Shond and Grawl, are two piece models and quickly assembled. I am a bit irritated by the head of Grawl, as it seems as he doesn't have any eye sockets and the gap along his face is quite visible. You might want to add a bit of liquid putty to it. Never the less, Grawl is no exception from the inspiring condition.

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Unlike the other chaos warbands, the Godsworn hunt has actual ranged combat. Covering this part with Ollo and Jagathra, carrying a bow and a javelin. As mentioned above, Ollo with a bow and his mohawk is a very clear resculpt of an older model, from back in the day when Marauder Miniatures was still a brand before it was absorbed into Citadel in 1993/94, which is quite well done. Both sculpts are very dynamic and well done.

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The whole Tribe of the Blackfang, surrounding their leader Theddra. Nice mixture of sculpts, fitting poses for a group of hunters and proper fit of the models themselves.

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As for the scale, the models are rather large / tall, easy in the area of 32-35mm scale. To give you an idea of the size of the Darkoath barbarians, you can see Grundann in the third picture in the middle of a Fiend / Blood Warrior (left) and Reaver / Bloodreaver (right). As for Grawl, he's among the smallest of hound companions of the range, compared to a Flesh Hound of Khorne and a Gryphound. The later is not available within an Underworlds warband so far, which comes a bit as a surprise, as I'd expected one with the Farstriders.

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As mentioned with the review on Mollog's Mob, the Underworld Community page received an update with Nightvault and now covers a Deck Builder, where you can take a look into all the cards from this supplement. The deck build section got updated as well, but currently only covers recommendations for the decks from both starter kits, Shadespire and Nightvault.

I'd rate the Godsworn Hunt as a quite flexible warband. You have 6 models, so you can compensate the loss of a fighter or two more easily than smaller warbands. You have a combination of close and range combat, even access to magic. Them being bound to receive an upgrade on a fighter for the model to be inspired, post-pones this a bit / makes you more aggressive in the early game.

An interesting part of the Godsworn Hunt are the special Oath objectives they have access to. Variants of standard objectives that will supply you with extra glory. But these are wild barbarians, so they lack a bit of finesse and force you to shout out your oath early, so you're enemy knows what you're up for. But still, it gives you an additional incentive with the added glory, making you capable of upgrading thus inspiring your warriors. That being said, it makes sense to spread out the upgrades across your warband, instead of stacking them on a single fighter, as luring as that may sound.

The set is available as an easy-to-build kit without the Underworlds content for a flat 20 EUR, covering just the sprues. You can download the Warscroll for the use of the Godsworn Hunt with a Slaves to Darkness Army in Age of Sigmar on the Games Workshop website.

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Conclusion
A really nice set, which picks up the great design that the two Darkoath characters introduced earlier and continues are more mortal "branch" of the Slaves to Darkness. The price of 22.50 EUR for 6 miniatures is more than fair, especially if you compare it to the 25 EUR the Warqueen or 20 EUR the Chieftain cost alone. I can see these miniatures being used with the AoS28 / Mordheim 2019 sub-culture as well, at least as a base for further detailing / conversion, as they are just much more contemporary as the plastic chaos Marauders, who have roughly 20 years on their back (still a nice kit, but you see with the marauder cavalry which is more recent, what is possible nowadays).

As covered in the last paragraph, this is a versatile, flexible warband with different ways to deal damage / achieve their goal. With 6 models and a speed of 4 you can move around the board, claim objectives. Half of your warband is capable of ranged attacks, so a bit of everything.

The models themselves, as mentioned above are a proper fit for a hunting group. Dynamic poses, especially if you keep in mind that these are push-fit and often consist just out of two or three pieces. There is a lot of skin to paint, so this might be a spike for your regular army project, to try out either more tanned flesh colours or some exotic techniques like (tribal) tattoos.

Warhammer Underworlds is a brand by Games Workshop.

The reviewed product item was provided by the manufacturer.

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