Forces of Nature - musing on tactics and warband composition

Inspired by a topic on the Trident Realm, I decided to start a similar one for the Forces of Nature faction. My intention is to provide some basic information on the available models/profiles, faction abilities and warband composition. Using edits I will keep expanding this post adding new material to it, so it serves as a good introductory reference to those interested how the Forces of Nature play in Vanguard.

Profiles
We have 15 profiles at our disposition: 2 grunts, 3 warriors, 2 supports, 2 spellcasters, 3 commands, and 4 large.
You noted it is 16 in total? Well, that’s because the Gladewalker druid is both, the spellcaster and commander. :slight_smile:

faction abilities
Forest Dwellers (1) - when activated it grants pathfinder for all models in the warband till the end of the round; hey this is really good!
Ambush (1) - one support model can hide in terrain at the beginning of the game and than jump out to surprise a foe that approaches the terrain piece; looks good on paper but in my games it has never had a significant impact, sometimes my dice were simply failing me when attacking the (not so) surprised enemy

spells
Barrier of Vines
Vengeful Flock
Tanglefoot - not exactly a faction spell but the Gladewalker Druid knows it providing an easy access to this not so common spell

strong points of the faction
trident :smiley:

weak points of the faction
relatively low number of power dice, no profile has access to a Blue die :disappointed_relieved:
low armor (if we do not speak about the forest shambler) :frowning_face:

MORE TO COME !!! :smiley:

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The warband I have used in a small campaign we had:
gladewalker druid (with lucky charm) - leader
salamander veteran -healer
naiad ensnarer -healer
forest shambler -mauler
centaur bray-hunter - hunter
3x naiad - 1 of them quartermaster
2x salamander unblooded

I will add some more details on how it went later on.

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Forces of Nature - by the numbers!

This might help. For each model, I ran a huge number of simulations vs a target with Armour 5+ and 2 Wounds. Here are the expected outcomes.

Notes:
Attack modifiers: Where legal, I added +1 die to every attack to reflect that most important attacks are made with charge/outnumber/power.
Avg Wnds - how much damage it will deal on average.
Pound - if the unit has Pound/Smash, what’s the % of scoring 3+ hits
Alpha - probability of bringing the target to zero or negative Wounds.
Pts per Dmg - Efficiency. Every X points spent on this model will yield an average of 1 point of damage per turn. The lower, the better.
TTL = Time to Live. How many hits, on average, can this model take before making a Nerve test?

COMMANDERS

Centaur Chief - Melee
Avg Wnds = 1.53
Pound = 78.7%
Alpha = 48.5%
Pts per Dmg = 28.02
TTL = 8.0

Centaur Chief - Melee + Cav
Avg Wnds = 1.78
Pound = 93.9%
Alpha = 57.1%
Pts per Dmg = 24.2
TTL = 8.0

Centaur Chief - Bow
Avg Wnds = 1.3
Alpha = 39.0%
Pts per Dmg = 33.2
TTL = 8.0

Gladewalker Druid - Melee
Avg Wnds = 0.99
Alpha = 26.9%
Pts per Dmg = 40.38
TTL = 6.0

Gladewalker Druid - Lightning Bolt
Avg Wnds = 1.54
Alpha = 47.5%
Pts per Dmg = 26.03
TTL = 6.0

Salamander Veteran
Avg Wnds = 1.27
Alpha = 38.1%
Pts per Dmg = 22.11
TTL = 6.0

WARRIORS

Centaur Bray-Hunter - Melee
Avg Wnds = 0.41
Alpha = 6.0%
Pts per Dmg = 48.47
TTL = 4.0

Centaur Bray-Hunter - Melee + Cav
Avg Wnds = 0.54
Alpha = 9.3%
Pts per Dmg = 36.8
TTL = 4.0

Centaur Bray-Hunter - Bow*
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 19.1%
Pts per Dmg = 24.94
TTL = 4.0
*Not including variable Piercing modifier.

Centaur Bray-Strider
Avg Wnds = 1.29
Pound = 60.0%
Alpha = 38.8%
Pts per Dmg = 17.06
TTL = 6.0

Centaur Bray-Strider + Cav
Avg Wnds = 1.54
Pound = 78.6%
Alpha = 48.7%
Pts per Dmg = 14.29
TTL = 6.0

Naiad - Melee
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 19.0%
Pts per Dmg = 15.04
TTL = 3.2

Naiad - Harpoon
Avg Wnds = 0.69
Alpha = 13.9%
Pts per Dmg = 17.38
TTL = 3.2

GRUNTS

Centaur Tenderhoof
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 19.1%
Pts per Dmg = 18.72
TTL = 4.0

Centaur Tenderhoof + Cav
Avg Wnds = 0.99
Alpha = 26.7%
Pts per Dmg = 15.18
TTL = 4.0

Salamander Unblooded
Avg Wnds = 1.27
Alpha = 37.8%
Pts per Dmg = 8.69
TTL = 4.0

SPELLCASTERS

Druid - Melee
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 18.9%
Pts per Dmg = 45.21
TTL = 4.8

Druid - Lightning Bolt
Avg Wnds = 1.47
Alpha = 45.6%
Pts per Dmg = 24.5
TTL = 4.8

Gladewalker Druid - Melee
Avg Wnds = 0.99
Alpha = 26.9%
Pts per Dmg = 40.38
TTL = 6.0

Gladewalker Druid - Lightning Bolt
Avg Wnds = 1.54
Alpha = 47.5%
Pts per Dmg = 26.03
TTL = 6.0

SUPPORT

Naiad Ensnarer
Avg Wnds = 0.81
Alpha = 19.4%
Pts per Dmg = 24.83
TTL = 3.2

Wild Companion
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 19.1%
Pts per Dmg = 16.27
TTL = 3.2

LARGE

Earth Elemental
Avg Wnds = 2.06
Pound = 57.5%
Alpha = 63.7%
Pts per Dmg = 17.0
TTL = 16.0

Fire Elemental - Melee
Avg Wnds = 1.05
Alpha = 29.1%
Pts per Dmg = 38.12
TTL = 8.0

Fire Elemental - Elemental Fire
Avg Wnds = 0.8
Alpha = 19.2%
Pts per Dmg = 49.7
TTL = 8.0

Forest Shambler
Avg Wnds = 1.65
Alpha = 51.4%
Pts per Dmg = 20.02
TTL = 24.0

Water Elemental
Avg Wnds = 2.46
Alpha = 73.2%
Pts per Dmg = 12.99
TTL = 10.67

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Wow! That’s a great statistics, many thanks for providing it. :+1: Of course, it should be understood that it reflects only one ability of the models (how they perform in Melee). Other characteristics of the models (special abilities, speed etc.) are important as well. Still, it is very useful to have an idea how the models perform in combat.

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Good to hear someone got inspired by my post.

I have 3 RED and one WHITE dice in my current TR list. Which is not great but enough in most cases so low number of resources is not a bad thing in general unless You do a RES heavy build with no power to support it.

I will write what I like about FoN. Centaurs with bows. Their ability to get extra piercing for low number of hits is great as it keeps their shot consistent.

Those stats are amazing! Yet we have to remember that offensive capabilities is not everything.

I agree, the centaur bray-hunter is good. That’s why I include him in my warband too. :slightly_smiling_face:

In the warband I mentioned above I have 5 red (including 1 extra the leader gets in a campaign) and 1 white dice which provides me with 6-7 power (2 rerolls!) and still my opponents are usually getting more …