The alliance between House Tully and House Stark is one of the strongest in Westeros. The two have been taking to the field together for generations. In its darkest hour, House Stark knows it can rely on House Tully to be there, sending their best troops to engage the enemy. And those best troops are arguably the Tully Cavaliers, some of the most resilient and well-trained cavalry units in the land. House Stark players will soon be able to add this stalwart unit to their ranks. Let’s take a look at what these riders can do.
If there is one thing the House Tully Cavaliers are known for, it’s their devastating charges. While cavalry units of all types are known for strong charge attacks, the Tully Cavaliers’ make any other cavalry’s charge seem quaint by comparison. On the tabletop, this is represented by the Cavalier’s Lance attack. It rolls six dice whenat full ranks and gains several bonuses when charging, including: 3 extra dice, Critical Blow, and Sundering. So, they have more dice to attack with, gain extra Hits when they roll 6s, and the enemy’s Defense Save is reduced. Truly, they can devastate an enemy formation with an attack like that. The Cavalier’s best bet is to charge in and wipe out an enemy right away.
However, assuming that doesn’t happen, the Cavaliers aren’t entirely helpless. Their own Defense Save is a very sturdy 3+ and their Morale is a 5+. The unit will not easily be taking Wounds and will be passing most Morale Tests they make, even if they are given some sort of disadvantage.
The view of a unit of Tully Cavaliers baring down on their enemies is enough to raise the morale of surrounding troops. This is brought to the tabletop via the unit’s Embolden ability. It grants other friendly units within Short Range a +1 to their Morale test rolls. This means more of the Stark player’s rolls will be successful and fewer models will be removed when a test is made. As such, the Cavaliers are a great centerpiece, literally, to any army.
For House Stark players, the Tully Cavaliers represent something they don’t yet have available to them in-faction: an extremely sturdy cavalry unit. Smart players will have the unit continually charging during the game. They can take a big chunk out of a hardy enemy unit for others to finish off. Alternatively, they can certainly deal a secondary blow to an enemy and wipe it clean off the board with their lances. Either way, they are a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, and enemies will tremble at the sound of thundering horses approaching.
The House Tully Cavaliers will be available September 6th. Be sure to stop by your LGS and have them order a box or two for you.
You can read more about the House Tully Cavaliers here.