Sir Dreyfus is Cygnaran. Or, at least, he’s assumed a motif drawn from the remnants of Cygnar. Anyone who’s read Lost Hemisphere for any length of time will know why I wasn’t looking forward to painting this model, filthy Morrowan heretic that it appeared to be… and then I realized – Sir Dreyfus is dead. LOOK AT THOSE ANKLES! There’s no way a human can fit in there. Clearly, Sir Dreyfus is actually a suit of magically animated armor, perhaps containing a skeleton for the sake of maintaining proportional integrity.
Anyway, that’s just my theory 😉
Per the actual fluff, Sir Dreyfus adopted a suit of Storm Knight armor in the aftermath of the Infernal invasion, and now skip around with his stormlance and jump pack being all knight-y, while at the same time scoring some sweet Riot Quest loot.
A Guard class hero, Sir Dreyfus grants cover to nearby allies, and he coordinates his attacks to Flankenemy models. This can be a significant book against models with higher defense stats, especially since his ability to Leapmeans he can get into position to catch as many opponents as possible in the flanking effect.
The Leap ability also means that Dreyfus can launch himself into position to confound opponents, including launching over obstacles and rough terrain. He may be a skinny sod in a suit of stolen armour, but he’s not to be underestimated.
And yes, Sir Dreyfus was the last of the Riot Quest models I painted up to bring with me to CaptainCon, and I was rushing, to there was a lot of basic drybrushing and washing to get him done before the deadline. Still, as the adage goes, Finished, not perfect. I’m happy to have him done, leaving Dez as the only one of the original starters still awaiting the caress of a brush.
We unboxed Orsus the Chained when he first released, but now that I’ve been able to get him painted I thought we’d slot him in here too. I mean, not only because Dreyfus’ Flank makes Orsus even more brutally effective…
The fourth incarnation of Orsus Zoktavir, this is the first time we’ve seen him stripped of his Warcaster status… but then, he is chained to a Fell version of his beloved axe Lola, so that explains a lot.
I almost don’t want to talk about his Riot Quest incarnation, given how utterly brutal he is as a solo for Warmachine, but this is a Riot Quest post after all. As a Fighter class hero, Orsus comes with the Chargeability, giving him an extra Power Die for attacks if he spends an action to Run. If you’ve looked at the card, you’ll realize that’s in addition to the Power Dice he gains from Rage Fueled, which can add three more before he’s taken enough damage to send him to the Cooler. So yeah. Foud Power Dice. Butcher’s gonna butcher.
The other defining element of our bare-chested psychopathic hero – I mean, besides his being a shirtless, bald, homicidal maniac – is Berserker, allowing him to sweep his attacks against every adjacent model. Every. As in, friend or foe, he doesn’t care. Given how many dice you’re going to be rolling this means that supporting Orsus with friendly abilities that require proximity will be a gamble. Yes, it also means your opponent is going to have to think very carefully about positioning his heroes in proximity to each other so you can potentially break up adjacency synergies, but it also means you’re going to have to be very mindful of your own positioning too.
Much like the Khadoran high command, when it comes to Orsus Zoktavir, it can be very prudent to point him at his target and then just stand back, preferably quite a ways back, lest you find yourself caught up in his whirlwind of carnage.
Oh, and just because we referenced his Warmachine role, he’s a 7pt solo that can’t be targeted by spells, with ARM19 against ranged attacks, has Tough, and once that gets him into melee, he’s a MAT 9 P+S16 Weapon Master with Dispel, Berserk, Relentless Charge and more… Oh, and his gauntlet has Beat Back, so if you do manage to survive the axe, he’ll just backhand you away.
Sir Dreyfus comes in the Riot Quest Mayhem starter box, and Orsus the Chained is available in a blister, each from your preferred online retailer or FLGS.