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Doom Reaver Swordsmen
Khador Doom Reaver Unit
Greylord Escort
Doom Reaver Command Attachment

The Doom Reavers are convicts chained to infamous Orgoth weapons, the gibbering Fellblades. These swords whisper constantly to their wielders, turning them from ordinary crooks into insatiable engines of destruction. Doom Reavers terrorize the battlefield and mow through enemy models like weed whackers through grass.

Only the most courageous of Greylords are chosen to accompany the barbarous Doom Reavers into battle. These escorts are invariably experts in the field of Orgoth studies as well as formidable arcanists. Moving amidst the Doom Reavers like a handler of vicious beasts, the Greylord carries a staff of Orgoth origin. His will is exerted through this dark artifact, restraining the Doomreavers from murdering one another when they rip into the enemy. He channels that rage to provide a necromantic imperviousness to the effects of injuries. Gaping wounds close of their own accord as the Orgoth weapons chatter obscenely amongst themselves.

Basic Info

Doom Reavers

Doom Reaver Swordsmen
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SPD 6
STR 7
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RAT N/A
M.A. N/A
DEF 13
ARM 14
CMD 7
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FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
THRS N/A
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UNIT SIZE 6 +1CA
COST 10 +3CA
1.7 each
1.9 with CA
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Warcaster 1
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SPD N/A
STR N/A
MAT N/A
RAT N/A
DEF N/A
ARM N/A
CMD N/A
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FURY N/A
THRS N/A
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Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • AD symbol.jpg Advance Deployment
  • Tough symbol.jpg Tough
  • Spell Ward - This model cannot be targeted by spells.
  • Berserk - When this model destroys one or more models with a melee attack during its Combat Action, immediately after the attack is resolved it must make one additional melee attack against another model in its melee range.

Weapons

Greylord Escort

Greylord Escort
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BASE Small
SPD 6
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M.A. 7
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ARM 13
CMD 9
ESSENCE {{{essence}}}
FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
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Warcaster 1
BASE N/A
SPD N/A
STR N/A
MAT N/A
RAT N/A
DEF N/A
ARM N/A
CMD N/A
FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
THRS N/A
HP N/A
WJP N/A
WBP N/A
UNIT SIZE N/A
COST N/A
FA N/A
N/A
Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • AD symbol.jpg Advance Deployment
  • Cold Imm symbol.jpg Immunity: Cold
  • Officer symbol.jpg Officer
  • Combat Caster - When this model's unit receives the Press Forward order, before its Normal Movement, this model can make one Magical Ability special action or special attack. This model can then run or charge normally.
  • Granted: Silence - While this model is in formation, models in its unit gain Silence. (Silence - This model doesn't have to make additional attacks due to Berserk.)
  • Greylord - This model is a Greylord model.
  • Magic Ability [ 7 ] - This model can cast spells. Normally this uses up the model's Combat Action and as such is limited to one spell per activation, but exceptions do exist.
  • Sacrificial Pawn [Doom Reaver] - When this model is directly hit by an enemy ranged attack, you can have one friendly, non-incorporeal Doom Reaver model within 3" of it hit instead. That model is automatically hit and suffers all damage and effects.
  • Spell Ward - As above

Weapons

Spells

COST RNG AOE POW DUR OFF
Death Strider

(★ Action) - Unit - - No
Models in this unit gain Relentless Charge.
Relentless Charge - While advancing as part of a charge, this model gains Pathfinder.
Fell Curse

(★ Action) - (★) - Round No
While within 5˝ of this model, enemy models lose Tough and cannot have damage removed from them. Fell Curse lasts for one round.
Frostbite

(★ Attack) 8" Spray - 12 (Cold) - Yes
Models hit suffer a POW 12 cold damage roll.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

2019.12 Dynamic Update

  • The Escort gained the "Doom Reaver" model type, so it can now gain Rise from Fenris etc

Thoughts on Doom Reaver Swordsmen

Doom Reaver Swordsmen in a nutshell

Doom Reavers are your hammer, when it comes to striking at the enemy lines. They cannot directly be buffed by spells, but their raw damage output, plus the fact that enemy spells will rarely harm them provide an adequate compensation.

Equally adept at damaging high ARM targets, and mulching infantry screen thanks to Berserk, they are rightfully feared, even by the strongest gunlines and the best armored brawlers. AD + Tough assures them reaching the front fast and intact, while their UA now mainly helps them to get the job done, even after getting knocked down by a Tough check.

Thoughts on the CA

The CA is quite a helpful tool that adds Relentless Charge and quasi Grievous Wounds (situationally better as it applies to colossals!) to the unit, both of which are excellent on the Reavers. It is quite common to field two units of Reavers with CA and then 2-3 units without, as he's not 100% required, since the GW bubble works on models outside of his unit too and not every unit will encounter terrain problems, depending on how the battlefield is layed out.

It also synergises heavily with the Koldun Lord, which grants him Battle Wizard, which makes it so he can cast a spell, Press Forward, charge kill something, and then cast again.

Combos & Synergies

Caster

  • Sorcha1's feat will set up nice, stationary targets, while Fog of War helps against early shooting.
  • All of Vlad's incarnations can push their threats on the double.
    • Vlad1 gives Signs & Portents
    • Vlad2 is all about his feat, and a MAT10 SPD9 Doomie is not to be taken lightly. Especially not D3+3 of them.
    • Vlad3 can give them some extra speed and surprising attack vectors with Dash, so you can dig deep into the enemy lines, before start slicing them up. Wind Wall will also protect them from shooting, if you can place them close enough.
  • Irusk1 - It is impressive what Khador's premiere infantry caster can provide the fraction's deadliest troops with. Battle Plans for pathfinder. 4+ tough under his feat with no knockdown, paired with a MAT that rivals the Butcher's. Cover and tactician on Irusk2, as well as Solid Ground for some good old MK2-style Tough roll. And that is before counting the de-buffs for their targets.
  • Butcher2's token gathering feat can be utterly devastating. You can accumulate it from the kills of other units, such as the Widowmakers, or you can charge in, kill a few infantry, and get the token-train going. Few thing is as scary, as a charging Doomie with boosted attack roll and 4D6 on the damage roll... Maybe only a charging Doomie with 5D6 under Butcher1's feat.
  • Malakov2 can use his battle plans to buff them (as they're not spells), handing out prowl or allowing one to knock down a hard target for the rest to mulch with ease.

Non-caster

  • Saxon Orrik - They are advance deploying troops, they like to be in the front, they live to charge, and they lack Pathfinder without their UA.
  • Fenris - Despite the hefty price tag, he can keep pace with the running units, and hands them a useful rise aura.
  • The usual mercenary suspects (Aiyana, Gorman, Ragman) help them to cause even greater carnage, while Eiryss2 can remove annoying DEF buffs to make their hits connect. Keep in mind that you'll need Valachev to make Aiyana a friendly faction unit to benefit from Kiss.
  • Greylord Ternion - They can serve as a recursion engine to bring the Reavers back with Bonds of Woe. In addition, they can set up targets with Ice Cage, and provide cloud cover using Blizzard.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Average DEF and ARM without the opportunity of boosting them directly with spells. Blast damages will likely trigger a tough check.
  • Enemies rightfully fear them, placing them high on the target list.

Tricks & Tips

  • Just because they cannot directly be targeted by spells, doesn't mean they cannot benefit from them. Spells like Signs and Portents or Fog of War will boost Doom Reavers without actually targeting them.
  • That goes the other way around too. Watch out for chaff/flanking units, who might run up as a target for the spells, just so your Doom Reavers can be damaged by sprays / AoEs / electro leaps.
  • Watch out for RFP effects and attacks, as well as Grievous Wounds and Snipers. If the enemy has any of them, you can be sure it will target the Doom Reavers.
  • The CA can Sac Pawn to Reavers that are in other units, or even Doom Reaver solos like Butcher4: use it to trigger Blood Bath!

Other

Trivia

Female Doom Reavers. Lock n Load 2019 exclusive
Greylord Taskmistress. MiniCrate exclusive
  • The unit (not including CA) was released way back in Warmachine: Prime (2003)
  • The CA was released in Forces of Warmachine: Khador (March 2010)
  • The Grunts have a limited edition sculpt, released in Lock n Load 2019.02(ish).
  • The CA have a limited edition sculpt, released in 2019.05.

Other Khador models

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters

Butcher1 - Butcher2 - Butcher3 - Harkevich - Irusk1 - Irusk2 - Karchev - Kozlov - Malakov2 - Old Witch1 - Old Witch2 - Sorscha1 - Sorscha2 - Sorscha3 - Strakhov1 - Strakhov2 - Vlad1 - Vlad2 - Vlad3 - Zerkova1 - Zerkova2

Warcaster attachments

Khador: War Dog - Greylord Adjunct
Mercenary: Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr

Other Warjack Controllers

"Junior" Warcasters: Malakov1 - Sorscha0
'Jack Marshals: Man-o-War Kovnik - Greylord Forge Seer

Heavy Warjacks Berserker - Decimator - Demolisher - Destroyer - Devastator - Grolar - Juggernaut - Kodiak - Mad Dog - Marauder - Rager - Spriggan
Beast-09 - Behemoth - Black Ivan - Drago - Ruin - Torch
Colossal Conquest - Victor
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Assault Kommandos - Battle Mechaniks - Black Dragons - Doom Reaver Swordsmen - Greylord Outriders - Greylord Ternion - Iron Fang Pikemen - Iron Fang Uhlans - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Kossite Woodsmen - MOW Bombardiers - MOW Demolition Corps - MOW Shocktroopers - Widowmaker Scouts - WG Field Gun - WG Infantry - WG Mortar Crew - WG Rifle Corps
Great Bears of the Gallowswood - MOW Atanas & Standard
Ranking Officer CA : Koldun Kapitan Valachev
Solos

Greylord Adjunct - Greylord Forge Seer - Iron Fang Kovnik - Koldun Lord - MOW Drakhun - MOW Kovnik - MOW Strike Tanker - MOW Suppresion Tanker - Manhunter - War Dog - Widowmaker Marksman - WG Artillery Kapitan
Fenris - Jozef - Malakov1 - Markov - Sofya - Sorscha0 - Yuri

Battle Engines Gun Carriage - Man-o-War Siege Chariot - Man-o-War Assault Chariot
Theme Forces
Armored Korps - Flame in the Darkness - Jaws of the Wolf - Legion of Steel - Warriors of the Old Faith - Winter Guard Kommand - Wolves of Winter
Mercenaries
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Khador Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.08

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : Weapon Master - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* 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 : Advance Deployment      (Edit)

  • Sometimes you can attach a WA or CA that doesn't have AD to a unit that does have AD. If you do, the attachment effectively gains AD and they can all advance deploy together. (Locked Thread)

Rules Clarification : Tough - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Berserk      (Edit)

  • Berserk attacks will generate even more Berserk attacks. You keep going until you miss, something survives, or you run out of targets.
  • Berserk grants an additional attack which by definition can only occur during your Combat Action. Therefore Berserk doesn't work on free strikes, impact attacks, etc.
  • "Immediately" means you can't save it until later in your activation. Berserk must be resolved at step 14 of the attack sequence (refer Apdx A).
  • You cannot use "Any Time" abilities while resolving the original attack, the Berserk attack, or between the attacks. Refer Apdx A.
  • Berserk doesn't trigger during a frenzy. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Berserk will not trigger if the target uses an ability to move the damage to another model (such as a warlock transfer).
    • But it will trigger if they use an ability to move the attack to a different model (such as Grim Salvation).
  • Berserk has a weird niche interaction with Agathon's abilities, which you can read here.
  • Attack-Generating Abilities (Edit)
    • From the core rulebook: When a model is granted more attacks as a result of an attack it made, it gains only one. If two or more special rules would grant the model another attack as a result of making an attack, its controlling player chooses which special rule to apply.
    • If you trigger two attack-generating abilities (such as Black Spot and Kill Shot) you choose to resolve one and "lose" the other (unless you trigger it again later).
    • If you trigger two attack-generating abilities, and one of them is compulsory (such as Black Spot and Berserk), you must choose to resolve the compulsory one. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Sacred Ward and/or Spell Ward     (Edit)

  • Sacred/Spell Warded models can still be affected by spells. For instance, CTRL area spells, AOE that deviate, and/or sprays that target a nearby non-warded model.


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Rules Clarification : Officer      (Edit)

  • Even if they're not on the Officer's card, an Officer can give (and benefit from) any non-standard orders that are on the unit's card (such as Shield Wall). Refer main rulebook.
  • When the Officer dies, the Leader model becomes the new Unit Commander (you don't get to choose).
  • But if your unit doesn't include a Leader model, then you do get to choose any of the remaining models to be the new Unit Commander. You don't swap the model, but it may be worth putting a token down so you can tell that grunt apart.

Rules Clarification : Cold - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Tactics vs Granted     (Edit)

  • Granted = The unit loses the ability as soon as the model that grants it is taken off the table. (think "G for Goes away")
  • Tactics = The unit keeps the ability for the entire game, regardless of who dies. (think "Tac-Tick = K for Keeps")
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Rules Clarification : Tactics vs Granted     (Edit)

  • Granted = The unit loses the ability as soon as the model that grants it is taken off the table. (think "G for Goes away")
  • Tactics = The unit keeps the ability for the entire game, regardless of who dies. (think "Tac-Tick = K for Keeps")

Rules Clarification : Silence - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Magic Ability      (Edit)

  • Combat Action
    Nearly all Magic Ability spells require the spellcaster to use their Combat Action to cast the spell. As such it is not an "at any time" ability (like it is when warcasters/warlocks cast spells). This means ...
    • You must complete your movement before you use a MA.
    • A model in a unit cannot use its Combat Action to cast a spell until all members of the unit have completed their movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    • You cannot make ranged or melee attacks on the same turn you use a MA.
    • You cannot use a MA on the same turn you charge. Because a charge must (almost always) be followed by a melee attack.
  • Non-Combat Action
    There are a few models that can use a Magic Ability at any time (eg Geomancy and Necromancy), or can cast a spell "for free" under specific conditions that would otherwise require their Combat Action (eg Battle Wizard and Combat Caster). These models get around all the restrictions listed above.

Rules Clarification : Frostbite - None yet. (Edit)


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Rules Clarification : Combat Caster      (Edit)

  • The unit has to receive the order before you can trigger Combat Caster, so you cannot use it if you are suffering from "cannot give/receive orders" (such as Rebuke) or a "the order does not take effect" (such as the Pandemonium Arcana). You can still move and cast a spell normally, though.
    • Special Mention: The Trollkin Sorcerer can't trigger Combat Caster while suffering Rebuke (even though one of his spells would make Rebuke expire).
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Rules Clarification : Death Strider      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Relentless Charge      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Fell Curse - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification:  : Sacrificial Pawn and/or Sucker! and/or Grim Salvation     (Edit)
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Differences
  • Sacrificial Pawn is optional.
    Grim Salvation and Sucker are not optional.
  • Grim Salvation only works vs basic attacks, not special attacks, power attacks, chain attacks.
    • Spells are not basic attacks, because they are not "made with a weapon". (Infernal Ruling)
    • CRA and CMA are basic attacks. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If a Special Attack generates an additional attack (such as Multi-Fire), the second attack will be basic and as such can have Grim Salvation used vs it. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Sacrificial Pawn & Sucker! don't work against melee attacks.
  • None of them work vs magic attacks (spells).
    All of them work against Magical Ranged attacks, though.
  • The model the attack is transferred to is always hit, even if they have an ability that makes them automatically get missed (such as Stealth).
    Automatically missing is determined earlier in the timing sequence than when the attack is moved. (Infernal Ruling)

From here down, the terms Sacrificial Pawn, Grim Salvation, and Sucker! are interchangeable

  • Using Sac Pawn moves all damage and effects onto the other model.
  • The new model hit may use any abilities that trigger on being hit/damaged by an enemy attack (such as Vengeance and Shock Field).
  • Sprays and AOEs
    • With reference to the timing chart in Appendix A: placing a spray template down occurs at Step 3. Using Sacrificial Pawn occurs at step 6. Placing an AOE template down occurs at step 7.
      Therefore if you use Sac Pawn vs a spray, the placement of the spray template does not change. If you use Sac Pawn vs an AOE, the placement of the AOE template does change.
    • A model indirectly hit by an AOE attack cannot use Sac Pawn vs it.
    • Since a spray template doesn't move, it may cause the Pawn to be hit twice by the same spray. So you then resolve two damage rolls against it.
    • When/if you shift an AOE template, the original target may be clipped by the edge of the AOE anyway (depending on how far apart the original target and Pawn are).
  • Sacrificial Pawn multiple times
    • If a model with the Sacrificial Pawn ability passes it to another model that also has Sacrificial Pawn ability, that second model may pass it along to a third model.
    • Models can only use Sac Pawn once each, you cannot set up an infinite loop!
  • Quick Draw vs Sacrificial Pawn (Edit)
    • If enemy "Model A" shoots you, and then you use Quick Draw against "Model A", but they use Sac Pawn to move your Quick Draw attack to "Model B" then ... Quick Draw has no effect (or rather, it affects "Model B" who isn't currently shooting you so is irrelevant). Point is, "Model A" can continue shooting you.
    • This won't happen with Shield Guard though (outside of a very low-probability scenario) because Shield Guard can only be triggered during an enemy turn.


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