I am going to use this thread to track my progress exploring Barnascus in light of the recent criticism he has received from various quarters. I think he is in the right place and I want to find out whether I am wearing rose coloured glasses. The diary will also be useful to determine whether he needs any tweaks for patch 1.8
Barnascus, Doenrakkar, Skoll, Bastian, Haksa, Thorgar, Zhonyja
This was put together with a few synergies in mind. My plan is to use Barnascus primarily as a melee model. I want to try and give him the 1st turn monster kill where possible and equip him with the Vorpal Blade. With that in mind, I chose two aggressors that have a reach of 2" and also do not rely on the Vorpal Blade so much. I also chose Bastian and Haksa so at least one of them is available. 3" reach is important to get the 1st turn Inferno kill on the forest side of Scorched Earth and they also help Barnascus in combat with their reach and also with keeping him alive (as well as other models in the Warband as well).
Doenrakkar and Skoll provide redundancy in the defender role, with both providing good protection for Barnascus and other models.
The ideal 5 for this Warband is: Skoll, Bastian, Barnascus, Thorgar, Zhonyja
I am keen to try this Warband out for a while to see how it goes.