So, these are a thing, now. :)
Putrid Blightkings - They’re a whomping 40 points per model, but they have Ogre-like stats, and sit on a 40mm square base. They come with Chaos Armor, “an array of weapons” and a shield already built in. The “array of weapons,” as you can see from the Bountiful Blades special rule, allows them to choose to fight with either Great Weapons, Two Hand Weapons, or Sword & Board each turn, which is SUPER useful. They don’t get many other options than that, other than standards Command upgrades, and the option to have a magic banner up to 50pts.
My initial thought was that these were a solid choice - they were the Chosen I always wanted to put in my army, but couldn’t justify the point-hike for the mediocre increase in stats over a regular Chaos Warrior. Now, these guys, with their stats being comparable to Chaos Ogres, really shine brighter than Chosen.
HOWEVER… I’m troubled by a few things. First, they’re 40mm square bases like Ogres and many other Monstrous Infantry choices, but they’re just standard Infantry … this means they are subject to Killing Blow, they don’t get Stomp attacks, and cannot make use of the Monstrous Support special rule to lend their full 3 attacks from a 2nd rank. On the subject of ranks, they need 5 frontage rather than 3 to gain a rank bonus.
These models are AMAZING looking, and as a huge Nurgle fan-girl, I really REALLY want to like these guys, but with so much awesome already happening in the Special selections for my army (Ogres, Gorebeast Chariots, Chimera) I’m not sure they’ll find a place in my list.
Also, at $55 for 5 of these guys… if it were 6, and they were Monstrous Infantry, I’d be pre-ordering them right now, but I just see you needing more of these guys than 5 to be useful, and I don’t like shelling out $110 for a unit I can’t quite justify in my army list.
What do you think?