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Hiveling Overlord
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Hiveling Overlord

Chrysotic Plague



Reviewed March 20, 2007

Constructed: 4.50
 

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating
 

Chen Wan Lee Hiveling Overlord
Wow it looks like this is Passion week! Not that it matters much since there are only two reviews weekly, but I generally can’t help myself for feeling excited, since Passion is, well, my passion (pardon the lame pun).

Today’s miniature is the Hiveling Overlord, a rare Passion Figure from Chrysotic Plague, and one of the numerous Hiveling miniatures available.
Being a Hiveling gives it several advantages, notably with characters like Queen Chrysota. However, quite simply put, the Hiveling Overlord has poor stats. While it tops all the 7-drop Passion figures in survivability (beating Greenlife Dryad and Infernal Gothic by one life point), the Hiveling Overlord has the lowest attack of them all; only half the number of attacks as compared to the Bladehound, a virtually unused common vanilla Passion figure from the Base Set.

Of course, the Bladehound was a vanilla; it had to have better stats to make up for its lack of an ability. The Hiveling Overlord has two abilities; the first allows him to teleport into a Hiveling-occupied cell upon rolling a Blade. Movement abilities are very rarely bad as long as you are in control of where you want to end up, and this is no exception. Being able to fly into another cell to attack again is fantastic. However, this would mean that you would need a significant number of Hivelings in your warband to be of any use. If you play this miniature, you play him for this ability.

His second ability is also situational, possibly more so. The cloud is a superb weenie destroyer, killing irritating weenies like Cannibal Pariahs, Succulent Creepers, Bloodthirsty Redcaps and Clawclan Scounts instantly.
Unfortunately, this use is highly situational, as your target range is small, and you would have to get into combat with them first. However, combined with other Venom creatures like Beetleback Mass (also a Hiveling) and Chysota’s Chapel this ability might prove pretty deadly against a wider range of miniatures. Note that my opinion on Venom is similar to most players – use it as an extra bonus and not as a main theme since Venom is not very dependable. As mentioned, Beetleback Mass is a Hiveling, so stick to Hivelings as your main theme.

Thankfully, if you are going to be playing this guy, you would probably be playing a Hiveling warband, in which case he is a mere 6-drop with the Queen out making his rather poor stats more acceptable, and he would have more targets to Hivetunnel to.

Constructed: 4/5 in a Hiveling band. Do not include in a normal warband.

Art:1/5. I preferred the box art version with a skeleton instead of some rotting dude.
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