Tactical Comparison of possibly our two heaviest hitters the Feral Warpwolf and the Warpwolf Stalker
"The druid army is recruiting, here drink some off this potion.. er punch... and I'll go over the details...."
So I never noticed neither of these models where in our Wilding Way. And given their general profile being the same, a hard hitting heavy I'm forgoing writing different tacticas and instead compare them since these models are normally fighting for a spot in my 35 point list. Don't get me wrong absolutely nothing wrong with taking both but knowing what separates these models is good, since knowing the strengths/ weaknesses can help a new player know which he should take first in his list. As always feel free to disagree and if i get something wrong let me know and I'll edit i9t right away.
[Both these models have the same overview to me with slight differences. This is my heavy hunter model, our factions generic heavy warbeast.
Both have the same fairly high speed. The Feral has +1 Str over the stalker giving him bonuses to power attacks. Feral also has +1 Mat which is AMAZING you will really be amazed how much that extra Mat comes into handy especially when trying to munch on warcasters/warlocks. Same high Def for a heavy and the Stalker has +1 natural Arm. Same Fury and Thr. The Stalker comes in at +1 point Arm which is good but not game breaking, these models survive more often then not on their defense stat. The feral lacks pathfinder which can be worked around but is something bad to lose out on in circle.
So the choice here is an extra attack or and extra pow and reach. This means the feral has better damage against things under arm about 22, also he hits better which is astronomical to damage, and has increased benefits from buffs. The stalker has better damage to heavier targets, those evil combos you'll see some times and things like the Khador clam.
Feral has Str Arm and Spd. Spd helps mitigate his lack of reach and arm his lower arm, but youll be using Str most of the time
Stalker gets Prowl Berserk and Str. Prowl is slightly better then arm since you completely mitigate ranged dmg. Str is what youll use most of the time. Berserker will tear threw infantry with poor defenses so most the 4-6 units out there.
The feral's is crap and the Stalkers is game changing, the ability to retreat especially with pathfinder or give that to other models is really really nice and comes really in handy.
I've tried writing this 3 times now so I'm going to go over the huge ones
Baldur: He likes wolds
pKaya: She likes the stalker, she helps his mat and his higher maneuverability is better for yo-yo's
eKaya: She likes both, but I like forced evo on the feral better. Dog pile mitigates the lack of pathfinder too. Honestly she benefits the feral more but I'd take both. Don't discount the Stalkers animus for helping her army though, I'll leave my suggestion to both!
pKrug: Feral, Feral, Feral. Giving him reach makes him an auto take over the stalker with this caster. A max of 7 electro leaps will tear through infantry too.
Kromac: Stalker for the most part. Warpath adds to your movement shenanigans and when you add sprint to it your movement really gets crazy. Wild Aggression really covers for the low Mat too. Check the discussion bellow
Mohsar: Sprint when coupled with Pillars of salt really let you keep your beasts safe!
After that our support models support both of them almost equally.
Nice pros and cons. Here is the thing these models both fit the same profile and generally get the same thing done, it depends on how exactly you want to play them and your personal preference, I can honestly say except for pKruger there is no auto decision to which is better
+Better Power Attacks
+Better use off str buffs
-Lack of two open fists
I've tried writing this 3-4 times now so its admittedly kinda shallow after the 3rd rewrite. Feel free to leave opinions if they are well thought out I'll edit to include them! Hope you enjoyed.
*Check the discussion below for other people opinions, I want to stress again how much the choice between these models is generally personal opinion bar certain casters, the discussion below can almost help to prove that!