freikorpsmann.jpgFreikorpsmann, Outcast Minion


Overview


The backbone of the dreaded mercenary group called Freikorps. As as an average sellsword (or sellpistol) the Freikorpsmann doesn't do anything particularly well but he can handle most critical situations and fill multiple roles on the battlefield quite soundly.

Mobility


Wk of 5 is decent but not extraordinary, however the Unimpeded Ability can work wonders on boards where there are plenty of severe terrain areas. He also has an option to fire with his pistol and move some with the Reposition Trigger.


Offense

Melee

The Freikorps Hunting Knife is a deadly tool. There are not many 5 SS models around that have an Ml 6, so you can expect a reliable hit during close combat. Although the damage spread is not that epic, a good Suit can trigger Critical Strike for added damage. The weapon's other Trigger is a fantastic way to prepare yourself to an incoming counterattack. Duck & Weave gives +2 to the Df for the rest of the Turn, which means your opponent has to deal with Df 7 on a lowly Minion.

Ranged

The Clockwork Pistol has a very decent range but low damage output on the lower and middle section, however the Severe damage is a mighty 5. Sh is also 5 which is OK but nothing extraordinary. It also comes with Critical Strike so there is a chance to inflict more harm. The other Trigger needs a Masks and gives 3" free Push.


Resilience


For his cost the Freikorpsmann is a very formidable foe when you want to get rid of him. 5 Wd looks squishy but he has some aces up on his sleeve. Armor +1 mitigates incoming damage nicely, while the legendary Freikorps Suit protects 100% from Pulses and Blasts. Wp 6 and Df 5 is very good for a 5 SS model. However the former can be boosted by Von Schill's A legend to Live Up To Ability - and in the meantime protects the Freikorpsmann to get killed from a single Attack if he has 2 or more Wounds. In the Df apartment you can temporary skyrocket the Characteristic with the already mentioned Duck & Weave Trigger.


Tactics and Tips


The Freikorpsmann can be a frontline grunt, a moderate gunman or even an objective grabber sent up on one of the wings. Obviously he is more efficient when Von Schill leads the crew but he could be an option to other Outcasts Masters, especially when there are many Severe terrain on the board. On the other hand, hiring him for 6 SS in a non-Outcasts crew is maybe too costly. The other Factions has good solutions for this kind of role for that much Stones.

If the Freikorpsmann needs to hold some territory and the enemy prepares for a serious assault, you should use the Duck & Weave Trigger. If there are no enemy models in range yet, or you don't have a high enough Tomes in your Hand to ensure success, then you can use your own models. Attack a friendly model who will relent, Cheat in even a 1 of Tomes and hit the defender for 1 damage. There you go, Df 7 will probably save the day - or at least the Turn. You can even combine that with a Defensive Stance Action and the Freikorpsmann becomes a nasty bunker.

When you have the luxury to spend two APs in a ranged fight, you should always think about using a Focus Action first and shoot only once. The Clockwork Pistol has a damage spread of 1/2/5 which means a Severe hit is much better than say a Weak and a Moderate - and you has a much better chance to hit once with [+] on the Attack than hit twice without the [+].

Playing Against Freikorpsmann


He is not a too annoying opponent because he doesn't have too many movement or other tricks - so he is predictable which always help when you need to plan your turn. Obviously things that ignore Armor is good against him, as high damage Attacks. Remember, the higher the damage, the lower the effect of an Armor on the target. Always consider the resource cost when you think about eliminating a Freikorpsmann which can be very tough compared to his cost. For example if you need two full turns of movement and Attacks from a Henchman to kill him then there must be a very good reason VP-wise to consider that as an optimal move.


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