In contemplating changing up my ogre lists for the seemingly now inevitable mirror-match, I began to think once more on what could undermine ogres.
For all of us who have been playing the old book, we know that leadership is a big part of that - one of our main weaknesses.
That being said, things that target leadership can be very painful for ogres to deal with. In 8th, with the heavy influence of the BSB in most armies (especially our own), targeting enemy leadership has dropped out of fashion outside of the doom and darkness spell. But maybe it's time it came back?
Ogres cause fear. Everything in our army, outside of gnoblars, causes fear. We don't take fear tests....but when we face terror causers, we have to.
Under ETC comp (which my next event is using), mournfangs and ironblasters are 0-3 combined, and ironblasters are 0-1. Under these restrictions, my theory is: drop the ironblasters.
In the mirror match, ironblasters have only one roll: shoot the opposing ironblasters! With me facing a maximum on 1, I've decided to change tack.....and take double stonehorns! I'm still taking 3 units of mournfang.
Added to this, I'm giving a firebelly the terrifying mask of Eee!
With 3 terror causing units, I can force fear tests from fear-causing opponents, and the stonehorns are rather resilient to cannon fire too.
This got me thinking, it's not just ogres. The new Demi-griffs are being considered as the answer to ogres by many people....but failing a fear test from them can really hurt their plans. Also, with people not taking terror causing units so much, I find that people are forgetting that simply declaring a charge with a terror causer forces a panic test, and that using this to redirect charges can be a winning move.
So, is terror terrible, or could it be my new best friend?