For my "Earth's back in the same relative place it was the moment you came into it"-day I received Calaban the Grave Walker. Now, we've had threads about general Blindwater stuff, but not one specifically about this Blindwater General (see what I did there?). So anyway, the next day I got him all nice and painted up (with a purple and silver mask. Go State!) and last Saturday I got to take him out for a spin against Trolls.
He's just crazy-nuts-fun-good-happy-to-play, honestly. I was giggling much of the time, just thinking of all I could do with him. He's got something for everyone in his repertoire.
Bone Shaker... OMG! That spell is just a hoot, especially when you're arcing it through someone you killed with Heart Stopper. Best part was when I boxed my enemy's Fell Caller Solo and had him jab Borka in the back. That was 2 Fury very well spent.
Carnivore I didn't really use... didn't even cast it, in fact. Partially it was due to fighting Trolls. With their average DEF of 12 and my Gatormen Posse units getting re-rolls when necessary, it wasn't needed. I do, however, see how it can be really useful against something like Circle or Legion where they live and die by the To-Hit roll (their armor being paper as it is).
Hex Blast was used twice to get Iron Flesh off of a full-size-+-UA Fennblades unit. This is partially why I didn't need Carnivore. That was the only high-DEF thing there, and I was able to negate it pretty easily.
Occultation I put on my Swamp Gobbers. That way, they put out the smoke that my army can hide behind (well, Calaban and a couple Bull Snappers, anyway) but still not be targeted and keep from just getting shot at. Took them right out of the equation for my opponent's Blitzer, which kept my army safer longer.
Parasite I also never ended up using that game, but again, that's because of my targets available. Even ARM 16 Fennblades aren't hard to chew through with P+S 13 weapons. However, fun things like MOW or Cataphracts are definite targets for this spell. It's been known that High ARM can potentially be a downfall for Blindwater, who lacks a bunch of really-high-POW weapons. Parasite helps negate that at least one unit at a time.
Another potential worry is getting your "spell-caster" warlock up in the front row. Well, that's where Heart Stopper comes in. Need an Arc Node? That's easy. Just use your RNG 10, ROF 2, Magical Gun on it. At times, LOS did become an issue as obviously the enemy fig was facing me and not back towards his own army, but still, it let me "corner-shoot" several things I wouldn't've been able to get at otherwise.
Now, his Feat. I read it, re-read it and re-re-read it. I made sure to ask as well, and what I'm about to say is legit.
The "Free" spells that Calaban gets to cast when other stuff kills models: Those trigger his Feat as well and he gets Fury for that. I'll type that again: If a trooper goes and kills something, it triggers Death Harvest and Calaban gets his Fury and can cast a spell. If Calaban kills something using that spell, he gets another Fury and could potentially cast another spell. So it's like his attack spells are "Mail In Rebate: 1 Fury" if you can kill something with it. It's also nice to put up a few defensive spells on something if you've managed to kill everything Calaban's able to attack.
He never got into melee in order to try out his melee potential, but being able to cut yourself for 1 to gain an die means he's like an emo weapon master. At POW 11, it's not Barnabas-level or anything, but it's something if you're going toe-to-flipper with that enemy Warlock at the end of the game.
All in all, I think I figured out why I love Calaban so much: He's the eHaley... but green and scaly. By that, I mean he uses your enemy's army against itself. You grab any living enemy model and turn them into an Arc Node to cast a spell that, when it kills something, grabs that model and makes it move and attack yet another model. I love that sort of thing. Meanwhile, you're making your army hit more reliably and the enemy's armor less effective. It's entirely army manipulation. Who wouldn't love that?