Hodgepodge Effigy, Outcast Minion

A weird effigy created by Zoraida to handle all the oddballs, mercenaries, and self-resurrecting creepy sorcerers of the world.
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Overview

The Hodgepodge Effigy is a cheap support minion that buffs the crew's Leader and provides mobile cover for its allies. It's a great source of Soulstones during play for kill-intensive Masters.


Mobility


With a Wk 5, the Hodgepodge Effigy has average mobility. It can keep up with most Masters for buffing, or run objectives decently if it's not needed for that. It's not incredibly fast, but it gets the job done.


Offense


The Hodgepodge Effigy has an Oversized Knife attack with a decent damage spread, though its Ml is rather low at only a 4. The Mismatched Arms trigger prevents the damage dealt by the Hodgepodge Effigy from being reduced, which can be handy against armored opponents.


Resilience


Though it only has four wounds, the Hodgepodge Effigy is very resilient for its cost, with a high Df, Armor +1, and Hard to Kill. It will usually take two or three hits to kill a Hodgepodge Effigy.

The Mist allows the Hodgepodge Effigy to summon up a 4" aura of Ht 3 Soft Cover that can be valuable in helping to defend against shooting-heavy opponents. The aura lasts until the start of the Effigy's next activation, allowing it to consistently keep itself (and its nearby allies) surrounded with soft cover at all times.


Tactics and Tips


Loyalty to the Coin is probably the main reason (other than the Mist) that you would want to bring the Hodgepodge Effigy to a game. As a free action, it allows the Effigy to target your leader and give them the Loyalty to the Coin condition, which allows the leader to discard a card after killing or sacrificing an enemy model to gain one soulstone. This is a great condition for some of the more violent Outcast masters, such as Viktoria, Leveticus, Von Schill, and Misaki, who can turn their low cards into much more useful soulstones as they kill the models they were going to kill anyways.

Because the Hodgepodge Effigy has Accomplice, you can easily activate it, use Loyalty to the Coin on your leader and do whatever else you want with the Effigy, and then chain activate your leader to take advantage of their new Condition. Despite its low cost, the Hodgepodge Effigy is not Insignificant, making it a good model to having running around dropping scheme markers and taking Interact actions.

The Hodgepodge Effigy is a Puppet and thus can be hired by Collodi. Collodi can grant the Loyalty to the Coin condition to any of his puppets/minions within 6", allowing quite a number of his models to be generating soulstones. If kept until the enemy has a number of weakened models hanging around you can restore your entire pool mid-game. However, because you have to discard a card each time you kill a model, this can quickly drain Collodi's hand.


Playing Against the Hodgepodge Effigy


The Hodgepodge Effigy is a fairly low-threat model, notable mostly for its ability to hand out the Loyalty to the Coin condition to its leader and the ability to summon a cloud of soft cover. If you're running a crew that relies heavily on ranged attacks it can be worthwhile to put the effort into taking the Effigy out, but otherwise, it's best to just focus on more important models when possible.


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