Barnabas, the Conqueror

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Minion Logo.jpg Barnabas, the Conqueror

Minion Gatorman Character Solo - (Lesser Warlock)

Mark IV Status: Prime - This model is available in one Prime Army, Blindwater Congregation. It can also be used in the Unlimited game mode. You can view the other Mk3 models that made it into a Legacy Army at this page.

Note that the rest of this page is about the model's Mark III rules.

Before many of the heroes of the Iron Kingdoms were even born, Barnabas was uniting the strength of the Blindwater, fighting in savage contests of strength to prove he was the ultimate conqueror.

Basic Info

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Warcaster 0
BASE Medium
M.A. N/A
DEF 13
ARM 16 / 17 (★)
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HP 8
F. Field N/A
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(★) 17 with the Buckler bonus
Warcaster 1
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Minion - This model will work for Circle, Skorne, and Trollbloods.


  • Amphibious symbol.jpg Amphibious
  • Tough symbol.jpg Tough
  • Blood-Quenched - This model gains a cumulative +1 STR and ARM for each enemy model it destroys with a melee attack during its activation. This bonus lasts for one round.
  • Field Marshal [Blood-Quenched] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Blood-Quenched.
  • Gatorman Warlock - This model can only have Minion Gatorman warbeasts in its battlegroup.
  • HenchmenGatorman Posse ] - Choose one friendly Gatorman Posse unit at the beginning of the game to be Henchmen. The chosen unit gains +1 SPD and MAT and Relentless Charge.
  • Lesser Warlock - 1) This model is not a warlock but has the following warlock special rules: Battlegroup Commander, Fury Manipulation, Healing, Spellcaster, and Transferring Damage. 2) This model must have at least one warbeast in its battlegroup at the start of the game.
  • Relentless Charge - While advancing as part of a charge, this model gains Pathfinder.


Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 5 14
Sawtooth Axe
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
1 5 14
Shield of the Conquered
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 1 10


Battle Host

2 SELF CTRL - Upkeep No
Warbeasts in the spellcaster's battlegroup beginning their activations in its control range gain +2" movement when advancing as part of their Normal Movement. The spellcaster gains +2 ARM while one or more warbeasts in its battlegroup are within 3" of it.
Murderous Intent

2 SELF CTRL - Round No
While in the spellcaster's control range, models in this model's battlegroup gain Murderous for one round.
Murderous - A model with Murderous gains an additional die on melee attack rolls against warrior models.

Theme Forces

  • Other Factions
    • Minion models can be hired by other Factions. Normally those Factions' themes will have a limit on how many models they can hire. Refer to #Other Theme Forces, below.

Thoughts on Barnabas0

Barnabas0 in a nutshell

His toolkit is focused on himself and his warbeasts, granting them the same Blood-Quench rule he has, allowing him to have a very aggressive playstyle. In conjunction with his naturally high armor, shield, and battle host, his armor can become quite impressive. It won’t happen often, but if he can kill three models with a warbeast within 2˝, he’ll have 24 armor! With powerful base attacks, opposing players will have to be sure to keep an eye on him.

Barnabas' Henchmen rule makes the posse match Barnabas’ own statistics, and the fact that they gain Relentless Charge means he can take over for a Gatorman Witch Doctor quite well.

Battlegroup Thoughts

  • A Swamp Horror appreciates Murderous to make the most of its 4 initial attacks. Blood Quenched and Overtake from Will Work for Food also means it can gobble up half an infantry unit without running hot with fury and buff it's ARM and STR by 4 with just initials.
  • Bone Swarm - The animus can make Barnabas even harder to kill (+2 DEF)
  • Bull Snapper - The animus can make Barnabas even harder to kill (+2 ARM). With Buckler, Spiny Growth and Battle Host, Barney can go up to ARM 21!
  • Dracodile - You probably will only take this with Sturm & Drang, but a Dracodile with Blood Quenched, Battle Host and Murderous that cannot be charged thanks to Polarity Shield is a terrifying prospect for your opponent.

Combos & Synergies

  • Maelok can give Barnabas +2 ARM and Undead, and on feat turn another +2 ARM and Incorporeal. Improving Maelok's troops with hemchmen is also great. The double edged sword of this is that taking beasts on Barnabas eats into points Maelok wants to spend on infantry.
  • Captain Crawtooth prevents Barnabas being knocked down.
  • Death Archon - Mortal Fear for even more ARM.
  • Ledfoot & Tredz a 2" place is great on combat solos.
  • Sturm & Drang - As as above, but with Telekinesis. Barny can run a Dracodile for the two, which they can make unchargeable.
  • Rask has no way of hit-fixing, so a Murderous combat solo and Swamp Horror duo can do a lot of work for him, especially with Boundless Charge, Veil of Mists and Fury.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • The value of the Henchmen rule is tied directly to the strength of the Posse. They have got slightly cheaper recently and are now better outside of Blindwater but they are

are still a unit with middling strength.

  • If your opponent can keep Barnabas out of melee it's hard to get the Arm he needs to survive dedicated attention.

Tips & Tricks

  • Since Murderous Intent only costs 2 Fury and he has three base attacks, you’ll often cast it even when Barnabas is the only one affected (because it is cheaper than paying to boost 3 attacks).



  • Released 2021.10
  • Released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Warmachine, alongside Krueger0, Thagrosh0, Madrak0, and Makeda0. Four of them are characters from the 2006 Primal rulebook, and the 5th is Barnabas.

What warbeasts can he take?

With the way Minion battlegroups work, this warlock can't simply take any Minion warbeast, and instead is limited to the following choices:

Gatorman Warbeasts Edit)
Lights Boneswarm - Bull Snapper - [Underchief Mire only: Swamp Troll]
Heavies Blackhide Wrastler - Blind Walker - Ironback Spitter - Swamp Horror
Gargantuans Dracodile

Other Theme Forces

Circle Orboros (Edit)

Skorne (Edit)

Trollbloods (Edit)

Other Minion models

Minion Logo.jpg       Minion Index       (Edit)
Farrow Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Azazello1 - Arkadius1 - Carver1 - Helga1 - Helga2 - Midas1 - Sturm & Drang1
Lesser Warlocks Rorsh

Farrow Warbeasts (Edit)
Lessers Razor Boars
Lights Battle Boar - Gun Boar - Splatter Boar
Dr Arkadius only: Gorax Rager | Midas only: Boneswarm
Heavies Road Hog - War Hog
Gatorman Warlocks (Edit)
Warlocks Barnabas1 - Barnabas2 - Calaban1 - Jaga-Jaga1 - Maelok1 - Rask1
Lesser Warlocks

Barnabas0 - Underchief Mire - Wrong Eye

Gatorman Warbeasts Edit)
Lights Boneswarm - Bull Snapper - [Underchief Mire only: Swamp Troll]
Heavies Blackhide Wrastler - Blind Walker - Ironback Spitter - Swamp Horror
Gargantuans Dracodile
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Warlock attachments Targ - Gatorman Soul Slave
Units Farrow

Farrow Bone Grinders - Farrow Brigands - Farrow Commandos - Farrow Razorback Crew - Farrow Slaughterhousers - Farrow Valkyries


Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron - Bog Trog Ambushers - Croak Raiders - Croak Trappers - Gatorman Bokor & Shamblers - Gatorman Posse - Gobber Bellows
Special WA: Void Leech


Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Lynus & Edrea

Solos Farrow Agata, Queen of Carnage - Farrow Sapper - Maximus - Rorsh & Brine - Targ

Barnabas0 - Bog Trog Mist Speaker - Bog Trog Trawler - Bone Shrine - Croak Hunter - Flugwug the Filcher - Gatorman Husk - Gatorman Soul Slave - Gatorman Witch Doctor - Kwaak Slickspine & Gub - Longchops - Underchief Mire - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw


Alten Ashley - Boomhowler2 - Boomhowler3 - Brun Cragback & Lug - Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Death Archon - Dhunian Archon - Efaarit Scout - Eilish Garrity, the Occultist - Feralgeist - Flubbin1 - Flubbin2 & Dreyfus2 - Flugwug the Filcher - Gobber Tinker - Gremlin Swarm - Gubbin1 - Gubbin2 & Dez2 - Gudrun1 - Gudrun2 - Hermit of Henge Hold - Hutchuck, Ogrun Bounty Hunter - J.A.I.M.s - Kogan the Exile - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress - Ledfoot & Tredz - Malvin2 - Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor - Ogrun Bokur - Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger - Primal Archon - Pyg Tank - Saxon Orrik - Scythe - Swamp Gobber Chef - Swamp Gobber River Raiders - Thamarite Advocate - The Wastelander - Thrullg - Totem Hunter - Tubbin - Viktor Pendrake - Void Archon - Weird Wendell

Battle Engines Meat Thresher (Farrow) - Sacral Vault (Gatorman)
Independent Warjack Malvin1 & Mayhem1
Minion - Theme Forces
Minion Faction Themes (Edit) The Blindwater Congregation - The Thornfall Alliance - Vengeance of Dhunia - Will Work for Food
Unlimited Minions themes(Edit) Disciples of Agony (Skorne) - Oracles of Annihilation (Legion) - Secret Masters (Circle)
This index was last updated: 2021.11

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : Amphibious - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Tough - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Blood-Quenched - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Field Marshal      (Edit)

  • Field marshal only grants the ability to warjacks/warbeasts in the battlegroup, so (normally) the caster does not have the Field Marshal ability.
  • However if it is listed on the caster's card separately, such as on Magnus2, then they do have it. (Closed thread)

Rules Clarification : Gatorman Warlock and/or Bog Trog Warlock - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Henchmen - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Lesser Warlock and/or Draconic Consort     (Edit)

  • This model has a completely separate battlegroup to your main warlock.
    • Your main warlock cannot force warbeasts under this model's control (and vice versa).
    • Any spells/effects that apply to your main warlock's battlegroup (such as Warpath) do not apply to warbeasts under this model's control (and vice versa).
  • This model is a solo, and is not a warlock
    • It is affected by stuff which specifies "non-warlock models" (such as Seduction).
    • It is not affected by stuff which specifies "warlock" (such as Black Arts).
  • When this solo dies, any warbeasts they are controlling go wild exactly as if it was a warlock. (Infernal Ruling)
    • See this article for the Wild warbeast rules and how to re-tame them.
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Rules Clarification : Relentless Charge      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
(Click Expand to read)

* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")
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Rules Clarification : Shield and/or Buckler     (Edit)

  • The only time you lose the Shield bonus is when the weapon is crippled, or if the attack originates in your back arc. (Infernal Ruling)
    • In other words, you still get the Shield bonus while knocked down or stationary.
  • You don't get the Shield bonus vs stuff originating in your back arc. This includes stuff that "leaps" off models in your back arc, such as Electro Leap. (Locked thread)

Rules Clarification : Escort and/or Battle Host - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Murderous Intent      (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Murderous - None yet. (Edit)