Hello all, welcome back to the tactica blog. Today we're looking at Malcador's servant, Captain of the Death Guard 7th Battle Company. Nathaniel Garro is an Independent Character HQ choice counting as an agent of the emperor (he may not be warlord however).
Garro's stats are similar to that of a Praetor, but with one less point of weapon skill. His points come in at 75 points more than a stock Praetor. This cost is pretty balenced considering his wargear. (Bear it in mind that as Garro is unattached to any legion I will not be considering his benifits in context to allying to an particular legion force)
Garro comes with an Ap3 sword with rending that causes x2 wounds in a challenge. I myself am not a fan of this, RENDING DOES NOT SUBSTITUTE AP2, Rending relys on number of attacks and considering this is an attack from a single model even 5 attacks (4+1(charge bonus), the sword is twohanded no +1 for 2 CQWs) does not give enough attacks to get reliable wounds. I say this because in combat garro will be hitting on 4s against other HQs, dropping down to 2/3 hits which then will require 6s, which can then be saved against by the defender. This is why im predominantly not keen on Garro.
To combat Garro's weak offensive capability he comes with a super Iron Halo, conferring a 4++ which becomes a 3++ in a challenge. In addition when Garro dies he becomes Saint Celestine (no joke it's practically copy paste from Adepta Sororitus). When Garro dies you roll a leadership test and if it passes he is kept in play with a single wound left.
Keeping with the Rending trend Garro has an Assault 3 Rending Mastercrafted bolt gun. This allows to in theory out shoot other marines but those 3 shots will be against 20 man tactical squads Rending or no Rending. Garro does have precision shot so he can snipe out apothecaries or characters but that relys on 6s to hit and most likely 6s to wound, not good.
Garro's final and cool factor war gear is called; by falsehood cloaked. This wargear allows Garro to deepstrike with no scatter and forces all incoming shots that turn to be snapshots, meaning no Ap1 str10 blasts or Las-Cannons will kill him THAT TURN. This when combined with his resurrect ability and his IMPLACABLE ADVANCE RULE means that he is able to score 2/5 of his special objectives with realtive ease. These are of course Enemy DmZ and score an objective, more on these objectives in a second. This rules combo can net you from 1-3 victory points provided Garro doesnt die before the end of the game.
And now we come to Garro's major drawback (as if he wasnt crap already). At the start of the game you note down 1 of 5 secret objectives (your opponent doesnt know which one). Each one is worth a specific number of VPs if achieved, however if you fail to achieve your objective for Garro you MAY NOT CLAIM A VICTOY, FULL STOP, EVER, AT ALL. Because of this I would always say, pick either 1 or 3 as they are easily achievable considering Garro's ability to preform. These objectives are:
Be in the enemy Deployment Zone at the end of the game (1VP)
Pick another IC, if they survive you get 2VPs
Control an objective (why Implacable Advance is a rule for him), 2VP if the objective is out of
enemy DmZ and 3 if its in enemy DmZ
Kill enemy warlord in a challenge (3VPs)
and Slay a Primarch (3VP), Garro doesnt have to do all the wounds, just land the final blow.
Thanks for reading this little bonus post and Mortariton and Vulkan will be coming up soon. In the mean time Happy Wargaming everyone.