RQ: Chuck Dogwood

So to the best of my knowledge, no-one in the Iron Kingdoms has successfully manufactured blue suede shoes, but some things just echo through all of time and space. Don’t believe me? Read Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music or Moving Pictures. In the post-apocalyptic setting of Riot Quest, the spirit of the King lives on through the man, the myth, the hoboiest of Orboros’ devotees, Chuck Dogwood.

Riot Quest

Chuck is a Guard class hero for Riot Quest, meaning he’s there to help defend his teammates through the Safeguard ability. Perhaps moreseo than the game’s other Guards though, Chuck does so by inflicting some raw chaos on the map through his Teleportability, and the Banishproperty of his “Whistling Staff”. I’m not sure if that means it has precision holes cut through it so it whistles when he swings it, or if he has to whistle himself to activate its function. Now I’m just picturing him whistling with moustache hairs stuck to his lip and it’s making a “Pfffrrtrrfft” sound and I’m amused.

Both Teleportand Banishhave similar effects. The first teleports a friendly model, within 2 spaces, to a random Treasure Beacon. The second teleports an enemy model, on a successful hit, to a random Treasure Beacon.

Now, there is the potential that it can backfire and and put your teammate in an unfavorable spot or an enemy model into a favorable position, but in terms of getting someone out of imminent danger or messing with an opponent’s attempts at board control, Chuck Dogwood is all set to add some delightful chaos to your games of Riot Quest.

Hordes

A 4pt Circle Orboros Blackclad solo, Chuck is  a support piece that will make your constructs more amazing thanks to one simple rule:

Veteran Leader [Construct]: While in this model’s command range, friendly Faction construct models gain +1 to attack rolls.

So every construct, be it a Warbeast, Unit or Solo, gets a very handy little buff. This makes Chuck a nice compatriot for Bradigus or Baldur.

Chuck’s Whistling Staff retains the Banishrule, though it’s only a 1″ placement. That’s still enough to finagle someone into or out of a charge lane or control area, but given Chuck’s comparative squishiness you may want to rely on his spellcasting instead. Craft Talismanlets you ramp up the effectiveness of a friendly warlock’s spellcasting, Puppet Master gives you some reroll potential, and Phase Slide echoes the chaos of the Riot Quest as a personal teleport for Chuck, having you select a target spot 5″ away, and then scattering d3″ in a random direction.

Chuck Dogwood introduces an element of whimsical chaos to both Riot Quest and Hordes as a support model, and is available for order through your FLGS or preferred online retailer.  Support local if you can, keep hobbying, and for cryin’ out loud, wash your hands.