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    Hi everyone,

    Recently I bought 2nd hand a whole lot of FF. (2x starter, spearwives and 2x cave dwellers)
    I already had a starterset, 2 extra boxes raiders and a single unit of cave dwellers.

    So now I am considering trying 3 units of Cave dwellers if only because I can.
    Now all I have to do is fill out the remaining points to 40 and make the list 'work'.

    Has anyone ever tried this or similar?

    Currently looking at this: (spending 3 pts for raid leaders sprinkled throughout the army)

    Faction: Free Folk
    Commander: Tormund Giantsbane - Thunderfist (Points: 37 )

    Combat Units:
    • Cave Dweller Savages (5) with Tormund Giantsbane - Thunderfist (0)
    • Cave Dweller Savages (5)
    • Cave Dweller Savages (5)

    • Free Folk Trapper (4)

    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)

    Non-Combat Units:
    • Lady Val - The Wildling Princess (3)
    • Craster - Ally of Convenience (3)

    Thoughts?

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    I like it. I tried a variant of:


    Faction: Free Folk
    Commander: Mance Rayder - King Beyond The Wall
    Points: 40 (0 Neutral)


    Combat Units:
    • Free Folk Trapper (4)
    with Mance Rayder - King Beyond The Wall (0)
    • Free Folk Trapper (4)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    with Raid Leader (1)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    with Raid Leader (1)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    • Free Folk Raiders (3)
    • Cave Dweller Savages (5)
    with Tormund Giantsbane - Tall-Talker, Horn-Blower, Breaker Of Ice (2)
    • Cave Dweller Savages (5)


    Non-Combat Units:
    • Craster - Ally of Convenience (3)
    • Lady Val - The Wildling Princess (3)

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    I'm curious how you did with your list on the table? I have 2 units of Cave Dwellers and am almost convinced to get a 3rd after reading the Savage Rattler List on asoiafcc featuring Rattleshirt commanding 2 Giants, 1 Bonelords Chosen, and 3 Cave Dwellers w single NCU Styr. If I do a Cave Dweller heavy list, I'll be trying out Styr (and Craster, if pts permit) first as I think Styr is too good to exclude, even as great as Val is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony4095 View Post
    I'm curious how you did with your list on the table? I have 2 units of Cave Dwellers and am almost convinced to get a 3rd after reading the Savage Rattler List on asoiafcc featuring Rattleshirt commanding 2 Giants, 1 Bonelords Chosen, and 3 Cave Dwellers w single NCU Styr. If I do a Cave Dweller heavy list, I'll be trying out Styr (and Craster, if pts permit) first as I think Styr is too good to exclude, even as great as Val is.
    Still painting like a madman. Not played it yet...
    But sure will post whatever experience(s) I have with 2 or 3 units of cave dwellers.

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    I cant wait to hear. I may be trying out 1 unit of Cave Dwellers for the first time this week. Worried that their 6+ defense might melt them too quickly.
    I'm painting this unit w regular acrylics following Mike Meeples Painting Poorly directions with a few minor changes. I had so much success and saved so much time painting up my 2 units of Raiders and 1 unit Trappers in 1 week with white primed undercoat then inks only (mostly), that I think I'll try that technique on the 2nd unit of Cave Savages to compare time saved vs results. I used Mini Junkie's youtube tutorial Speed Painting Free Folk Raiders as a guide and highly recommend it for FF with all the furs and dirty earth tones. Good luck.

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    Here is my progress.

    Done; 6x Raiders, 2x Trappers, 1x Cave Dwellers & some giants plus commanders/NCU's.
    All done with contrast paints except the commanders/NCU's.

    Still quite a bit to (speed)paint though.

    [edit] Needs basing but intend to do this once I get the lot painted and do that all in 1 go.
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    Holy moly thats enough FF to make Mance Rayder proud. I'm glad contrast paints have helped many get painted armies on the table. I have a buddy who has been doing his Lannisters that way.
    Back to tactics, I plan to keep my Savages in support of either a giant or Raider unit so as to pile in once the enemy is bloodied and hopefully down a rank. Gonna be quite a change in style from my NW & Stark/Tully elite lists.
    Last edited by Tony4095; 07-23-2019 at 12:15 PM.

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    Well; still only primed in white; 2x raiders, 1x trappers, 1x spearwives and a cave dweller unit.
    With my 3rd Cave dweller unit on the painting station.
    So still quite literally an army to paint.
    All my other ASOIAF armies were initially 5 units plus 2 or 3 NCU's. so...
    (Most armies I added more units later but still FF is by far my most horde army. Oddly enough.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony4095 View Post
    <snip>
    Back to tactics, I plan to keep my Savages in support of either a giant or Raider unit so as to pie in once the enemy is bloodied and hopefully down a rank. Gonna be quite a change in style from my NW & Stark/Tully elite lists.
    Yeah. In my theorycrafting this seems the most logical way to approach things.
    We'll see. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

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    update; painted.
    Now base and magnetise the lot. Name:  FF painted.jpg
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    left to right:
    8x raiders, 1x spearwives, 3x Cave dwellers & 3x trappers.
    Plus some commanders/NCU's, unit champions and some giants. Of course
    Last edited by Elkerlyc; 08-04-2019 at 06:11 AM. Reason: typo

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    Impressive seeing so many freefolk refusing to bend the knee. Let us all know how their first battle goes. Armies always fight better when painted. Unless u paint just a single favorite unit, which normally results in an early & embarrassing death.

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    (update; everything magnetised. Halfway done basing)

    Still in dire need of grass, flock & snow; 4 x raiders, 2x trappers & 2x Cave dwellers.
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