Comprised of members of the Alchemist Guild, A Song of Ice and Fire the miniatures game’s Lannister Pyromancers eschew traditional arms in favor of jars of volatile wildfire.
The Pyromancers’ Wildfire attack denies defenders a Defense Save and has the Vicious keyword (defenders suffer -2 to their Panic Tests). Capable of being used as both a Short Range attack and a Melee attack, the Pyromancers have the potential to fill a variety of battlefield roles.
At 7 points, the Pyromancers are best used as a line-breaker, crashing into already engaged enemy units to unleash their devastating attacks. With re-rolls off the charge, hits that ignore defense saves, and their Vicious ability stacking with flank bonuses, the Pyromancers can bring even the most stalwart of units to its knees.
For a more expensive, but even more explosive unit, consider placing attaching a Lannister Assault Veteran. The order Hold the Line! allows the Pyromancers to hit on all dice results, by moving their 3+ to hit to a 2+ to hit. It’s important to remember that a roll of 1 automatically generates a wound on themselves and their opponent, so you with this attachment, when you use the Hold the Line! order, you will do wounds to your opponent regardless of the dice value you roll. With a dice pool of 8 at full ranks if they start the turn engaged, your opponent will be forced to maneuver key units away from your Pyromancers or commit significant resources to deal with them. As a Lannister player, watch out for units like the Stark Bowmen who can damage the Pyromancers with little threat of reprisal.
Coupled with tactics cards like Tyrion Lannister’s Cunning Ploy, you can build lists in which Pyromancers can effectively attack multiple times and with devastating effects.
Don Shelkey, GenCon 2018 and Pax Unplugged 2018 ASOIAF Champion has been known to use the following list for competitive play. An analysis of his unit choices is provided in italics.
A free folk army may be well matched to this force given it has few drops which are focused on countering an elite force