BDD 134 – The Empire Tactics with Dan Thomas

The Empire

The Empire With Dan Thomas

In this episode I have a guest on the show. Dan Thomas joins me to talk about The Empire Tactics.

Dan is a rising star of the UK tournment scene, having only played tournament Warhammer since April 2012 and attending just 7 events since then he has take a podium place in the last 4.

Dan has only played Empire at these events and has some great ideas about his list.  He also talks about some useful tips that all Empire players can take away in use in their games.

Some of the Empire tactics he talks about could be seen as quite unconventional, including blowing up his own Steam Tank for his own benefit.

We also recorded a Snake Eyes Episode where we talk about some of the ways to beat the Empire.  You can sign up at to get instant access and download the episode right away.

Here are the lists that Dan used in his last 2 events.

Beasthammer 2400pts

Battle Wizard Lord (lore of heavens) level 4, dispel scroll
Battle Wizard Lord (lore of light, general) level 4, earthing rod
Captain of the Empire, Battle Standard, banner of discipline
Captain of the Empire, warhorse , barding, full plate armour, charmed shield, sword of might
Master Engineer
38 Halberdiers, Musician, Standard
Detachment: 16 Spearmen
11 Empire Knights, Inner Circle, Musician, Standard, Gleaming Pennant
5 Demigryph Knights, Musician, Standard
Great Cannon
Great Cannon
Helblaster Volley Gun
Steam Tank
Celestial Hurricanum

Tempest VIII  2600pts

Arch Lector-War altar, charmed shield, heavy armour, talisman of preservation
Battle Wizard-level 2, light, dispel scroll
Battle Wizard-level 2, light
Captain-battle standard, banner of eternal flame
Captain-barded horse, heavy armour, shield, dragonhelm, sword of might, luckstone, potion of foolhardiness
40 Halberders-full command
detachment: 15 spearmen
6 knights-musician
5 knights-musician
16 crossbowmen
5 demigryph knights-musician
5 demigryph knights-musician, standard, gleaming pennant
great cannon
great cannon
steam tank


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I look forwards to hearing what you have to say!


Daily Episode 99 – Items of Distinction – The Empire Runefang

Items of Distinction.

I received a great suggestion for a top 5 topic (from @Raffazza on twitter) to cover the expensive magic items from the army books and I decided to turn this into an on going feature to talk about how to get the best out of these often overlooked relics from Warhammer Lore and I decided to start with one of the greatest items from the history of Warhammer, the Empire Runefang

Almost all the top pointed items to choose from have a long and decorated history going back through numerous editions of the army books and also appear in the army books of other races.


The Empire Runefang.

At the dawn of the Empire, the Dwarf Runesmith Alaric the Mad forged a dozen magical swords for Sigmar’s twelve chieftains.  Each was a masterpiece, requiring all the skill and ancient knowledge of runecraft to create.  The Runefangs are thus blades of unsurpassed power, able to carve through gromril plate and Dragon scale  They are amongst the oldest and most treasured artefacts still surviving in the old world, and today the Runefangs are synonymous with the status, power and authority of the Elector Counts.

The Empire Runefang comes in at 85 points and is a huge investment to put into just a single magic weapon.  In this episode I talk about ways to get the most from a Runefang and how to craft a list around this item.

I start by including a Grand Master to wield it.  He is given a few choice items to maximise survivability.  I then discuss the other character options that should be considered to support him and also the units that he should be deployed with.


The Podcast Awards.

The 2012 Podcast Awards have opened for nominations this week.  if you have enjoyed the show ove rthe last year an would like to show your support you can do so by nominations us for an award.  You can do so by visiting the information page for more details

Bad Dice Podcast Awards



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Team England Competition

Don’t forget to check out episode 100 for details of how to win the Team England ETC swag bag.