Hooch Hauler Available for Pre-order!

Hey guys, Will Pagani here! The Hearthgut Hooch Hauler goes up for preorder from Black Anchor Heavy Industries today, and boy, is it a doozy! That model makes me wonder why I don’t have more Trollbloods in my personal collection. I suggest you give it a peek below, and see this amazing model for yourself.

As with the Dracodile, preorders for the Hooch Hauler will ship for free worldwide! That’s right, we’re covering all shipping costs on this enormous and beautiful model when you preorder it. While the Dracodile came with a stylish shirt (which will be shipping very soon to those who preordered!), the Hooch Hauler does not. It comes with something far more, um, thematic: a Black Anchor Heavy Industries Hooch Hugger! (That’s an insulated can holder, if you’re not familiar with the term.) It’s yours, for free, when you preorder through our online store.

After the Northkin CID cycle, I became very excited about playing the Hearthgut Hooch Hauler with one of my favorite warlocks in the Faction—Calandra Truthsayer, Oracle of the Glimmerwood. She brings an incredible toolkit to the table and can really make the Hooch Hauler shine. Here is the list I’ve been enjoying playing quite a bit:

Theme Force: Storm of the North

Calandra Truthsayer, Oracle of the Glimmerwood

– Dire Troll Brawler

– Dire Troll Brawler

– Dire Troll Mauler

– Trollkin Runebearer [free]

Feralgeist

Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes (4)

– Northkin Elder [free]

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Raiders (10)

Hearthgut Hooch Hauler

The Hooch Hauler’s Cask Bomb is a very powerful single attack, and it’s important that you land it where you need it. Calandra’s special rule Fate-Blessed helps make sure the targets you need covered by Oil get, well, covered by oil. With its multiple sprays and blast damage, this battle engine can put out a large number of attacks that benefit greatly from Calandra’s feat, Good Omens, which allows you to reroll 1s and 2s on attack and damage rolls. Calandra loves higher-defense models like the Northkin Raiders who also utilize the High Proof rule from the Hooch Hauler very well, particularly when stacked with Good Omens and Fate-Blessed.

Veteran Leader [Northkin] is certainly nothing to sneeze at either. Northkin Raiders with +1 to attack rolls and a multitude of rerolls or accuracy-enhancing effects from Calandra are going to find their targets pretty easy to hit. Did your opponent screen their heavy warjack with infantry? No problem! Roll on up with your Hauler, Oil the heavy warjack and spray it a few times for good measure. After the Raiders charge in at MAT 7 with rerolls and massacre the front line of your foe, they can lob their fire bombs at the warjack, pounding it with boosted POW 12 attacks!

But wait, there’s more! Your awesome DEF 13 Northkin Raiders can stack several survivability rules together as well. With Star-Crossed lowering the chances of enemy attacks connecting at all, Tough negating a third of those attacks that do connect, and Stumbling Drunk from the Hooch Hauler keeping them all on their feet (and preventing the removal of the Tough roll), your Northkin Raiders should last longer than ever in a list like this. Well, that is, until they crush your opponent like an avalanche of swords, firebombs, and beer!

And who doesn’t love a good, strong beer? Certainly not the Fire Eaters, which the Hooch Hauler is excellent at setting ablaze to trigger their special rule, Fire’s Fury, giving them all boosted attack and damage rolls on their Fire Breath and Torch attacks.

This list also features a pair of the new Northkin warbeasts, Dire Troll Brawlers. These potent heavies will form the second wave and follow the Raiders into the enemy’s lines to deal with any heavy armor in the way.

Whoa, I feel all giddy after talking about that list! But I also really like the list below that Will Hungerford came up with. It shows another interesting take on the Hooch Hauler and some of the fun interactions it brings to the Trollblood Faction, so read on!

Oh, hello everyone. Will Hungerford here. First off, before I even start talking about this list that I’m really excited about, let me just say how equally (maybe even more) excited I am to start seeing all the upcoming paint jobs from the community once everyone gets their hands on this model. My social media feed has been a constant flood of painted Dracodiles, and I am loving every second of it.  When the Hooch Hauler ships, I imagine my feed will get a bit less swampy and a bit more…boozy? Yeah, that’s the word I want to use here.

Okay, that being said, check out the list I’m dropping my Hooch Hauler into:

Theme Force: Storm of the North

Grim Angus

– Dire Troll Bomber

– Dire Troll Bomber

– Trollkin Runebearer [free]

Fell Caller Hero [free]

Valka Curseborn, Chieftain of the North [free]

Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes (6)

– Northkin Elder

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Raiders (10)

Pyg Lookouts (4)

Hearthgut Hooch Hauler

I love ranged control lists that pack a punch, and this list does exactly that. As you can see, both Pagani and I decided to take two units of Fire Eaters and a full unit of Raiders, and I expect that most people who bring a Hooch Hauler to the table will do the same. Between its ability to land Oil on enemy models and its Veteran Leader benefit, the Hauler just synergizes so well with these two units it’s a no-brainer.

My list is built around the concept of bringing MAXIMUM FIREPOWER to annihilate my opponent, while utilizing Grim’s powerful feat to significantly cripple the enemy’s ability to react and engage as I move my guns into range. Seriously, a 14˝ control range (with the Runebearer—thanks, CID!) feat that debuffs my opponent with –3 SPD and DEF and prevents charges is just mean.

I toyed with the idea of bringing a single Mountain King as my only warbeast but decided against putting all my eggs into one gigantic screaming basket, going with a pair of Dire Troll Bombers instead. While they are one of the few models in this army that doesn’t benefit from the Hooch Hauler, they provide an amazing animus to Grim in the form of Far Strike, plus boostable high POW ranged damage to back up the waves of fire and firepower coming from the rest of my force.

I included a minimum unit of Pyg Lookouts in this list, which I always intend to Ambush. On Grim’s feat turn, once the Lookouts get into position to Mark Target, my ranged attacks will have an effective +5 to hit enemy models. Not even Stealth or Incorporeal models will be safe thanks to Grim’s Marked for Death spell.

Speaking of Grim’s spells, I want to take a moment to appreciate the Return Fire spell on a Hooch Hauler. The battle engine is often going to be well screened by a wave of infantry, so the best way for my opponent to begin whittling away at its damage boxes will be ranged attacks. For their effort, they’ll catch a (likely drifting) AOE that causes Oil for one round, allowing my following turn to be even more brutal as the Hooch Hauler puts out another Oil-causing AOE on its own activation and I begin to set the world ablaze with my Fire Eaters and Raiders.

I should also note that I included Valka Curseborn in this list as one of my free solos gained from the theme force benefit. Why? Well, it’s fairly simple: Valka looks cool as hell, he kills nearly everything he touches, and when he benefits from Stumbling Drunk from the Hooch Hauler he’s even more of a pain in the rear to kill than usual.

So there you have it—two fun and powerful lists you can try once you get your hands on your own Hearthgut Hooch Hauler. Of course, we’re certain you’ll have your own ideas on how to utilize this excellent new battle engine. Tell us about your Hooch Hauler-enhanced army lists via social media, and don’t forget to preorder yours right here.