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Exemplar Errants
Protectorate Unit
Officer & Standard Bearer
Command Attachment

Armed with blessed crossbows capable of piercing even arcane wards, Exemplar Errants act as the hand of Menoth sent forth to strike at enemies abroad. With passages from the Canon of the True Law inscribed upon their shields, these dedicated knights devote themselves fully to the Protectorate’s holy crusades. Each is more than willing to sacrifice his own life to allow one of his brothers to fight on in Menoth’s name.

Basic Info

Exemplar Errants
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UNIT SIZE 6 / 10 +2 CA
COST 10 / 16 +4 CA
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the Statblock


  • Officer only
    • He has +1 MAT & RAT, and 5 hitpoints
    • Officer symbol.jpg Officer
    • Purity [ Minifeat ] - This model can use Purity once per game at any time during its unit's activation. Enemy upkeep spells and animi on this unit immediately expire. Models in this unit cannot be targeted by enemy spells. Purity lasts for one round.
    • Tactics: Quick Work - Models in this unit gain Quick Work. (Quick Work - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a melee attack during its Combat Action, immediately after the attack is resolved it can make one basic ranged attack.)
    • Mark Target - Other friendly Faction models gain +2 to ranged attack rolls against enemy models within 5" of this model and in its LOS. If the model with Mark Target is a member of a unit, it must be in formation to grant this bonus.
  • Standard only
    • Standard Bearer - While this model is within 5" of its unit commander, the unit commander gains +2 CMD.
    • Take Up - If this model is destroyed, you can choose a Grunt in this unit within 1" of it to be destroyed instead. Effects on this model expire, and it gains the effects on the chosen Grunt. Remove the Grunt from the table instead of this model. This model has the same number of unmarked damage boxes as the chosen Grunt.


  • Standard Bearer
    • Unarmed - This model has no weapons.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

No changes since 2018.07

Thoughts on Exemplar Errants

Command Attachment

Exemplar Errants in a nutshell

Exemplar Errants are your mixed-arms, single-wound, weapon-master infantry, deploying forward and thinning your enemies ranks before getting stuck in. It is not common on single wound units to have ranged magic attacks, making the Errants ideal deterrents against cheap, Incorporeal solo pieces (Gremlin Swarm, Feralgeist, Machine Wraith, etc.) who would otherwise contest zones and flags with impunity. Their defining trait is Self-Sacrifice, which interacts with a load of rules, happening upon the destruction of a model. Check Tips and Tricks for details.

Thoughts on the CA

The Officer adds utility to the rest of your army via Mark Target and additional infantry killing with Quick Work. The mini-feat is of situational usefulness, but when it comes in handy you'll be glad it's there. The only real purpose of the standard bearer in most games is to be a sacrifice. Still, the additional CMD he provides can be helpful for spreading the unit out.

Combos & Synergies

  • The dedicated Errant support solo: Exemplar Errant Seneschal, who gives them Unyielding.
  • They're a good target for Defenders Ward, which Kreoss1, Severius1, and Vindictus have. Each of the three have their own individual synergies with Errants:
    • Kreoss1's feat can potentially let them slaughter infantry en masse via Quick Work, assuming they get to the enemy.
    • Severius 1 makes them much more lethal and accurate at range with Eye of Menoth and Death Sentence. You can even be cheeky and put Death Sentence on a model/unit besides whatever they're killing to trigger Quick Work.
    • Vindictus can jam them up the field with True Path. They make good targets for Penitence as well.
  • Cyrenia can use her Battle Plans to give them Tough or Reposition 3", allowing them to back up after shooting with the latter. They also make good fodder for her feat, allowing your slower models to advance up the field with their deaths.
  • Rhupert gives them Tough or concealment.
  • High Exemplar Gravus - As The Covenant of Menoth is not allowed in the Exemplar theme force, he is your reliable source for a no-knockdown no-stationary bubble for your Errants to form a very hard screening brick. The Unyielding from the Exemplar Errant Seneschal is also crucial for that task. He also now provides Desperate Pace which can push your errants much further up the table and increase their gun range - with Vindictus you can now push an Errant unit to the 27" mark up the table going first which can set up massive scenario problems for your opponent.
  • Mark Target is one of the few ranged hit buffs available in faction. A Judicator (possibly with Scrutator Potentate Severius) actually has reasonable rocket accuracy against a target under this effect. It also does a lot for the rest of the Errant unit.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Grievous Wounds and the like prevents their self-sacrifice tricks from working.
  • Without some way of speeding them up or defensive buff, they'll have a hard time getting to the enemy even through average shooting.
  • Half inch melee means it's easy for them to get engaged by enemies with longer reach, preventing them from making Quick Work attacks.

Tricks & Tips

Self-Sacrifice is a great tool to enrage your opponent.

  • Self-Sacrifice prevents anything triggering on destroy. For example Sprint, Berserk, Swift Hunter, Snap Fire, Overtake, War Path, Quick Work, etc.
  • Cavalry can't move on after charge impact attack then Self-Sacrifice another Errant.
  • It also can be used to stay engaged. This especially helps to keep an Arc Node engaged to prohibit that caster or locks spell through them.
  • When contemplating the use of Self-Sacrifice, remember that in some cases when you remove a different model from the one being hit, it could leave the first model still within range of yet another attack, resulting in further casualties to the unit.
  • Errants sacrifice themselves for each other. So sacrifice the ones that have yet to take the attack and keep the ones that have already been attacked alive.
  • While High Reclaimer and Testament do not gain souls from Self-Sac, Reclaimer solos, Gravus, Sanctifiers, and the Shrine do.



  • The unit (not including CA) was released in Warmachine: Superiority (2006)
  • The CA was released in Warmachine: Protectorate of Menoth (April 2010)
  • The Errant unit was re-released as a plastic set, but the UA is still metal. The newer plastic models are noticeably shorter than their UA counterparts, which can lead to you wondering why one of the bigger guys is just holding a flag instead of beating people down.

Other Protectorate models

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Battlegroup & Similar

Amon - Cyrenia - Durant2 - Durst - Feora1 - Feora2 - Feora3 - Feora4 - Harbinger - Kreoss1 - Kreoss2 - Kreoss3 - Malekus - Reclaimer1 - Reclaimer2 - Reznik1 - Reznik2 - Severius1 - Severius2 - Thyra - Vindictus

Warcaster attachments Hierophant - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers BGC Durant1 - Severius0
Marshals Bastion Seneschal - Reclaimer Gatekeeper

Blessing of Vengeance - Dervish - Devout - Purifier - Redeemer - Repenter - Revenger - Vigilant


Avatar of Menoth - Blood of Martyrs - Castigator - Crusader - Eye of Truth - Fire of Salvation - Guardian - Hand of Judgment - Indictor - Reckoner - Sanctifier - Scourge of Heresy - Templar - Vanquisher

Colossal Judicator - Revelator
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures

Choir of Menoth - Daughters of the Flame - Deliverer Sunburst Crew - Deliverer Skyhammers - Exemplar Bastions - Exemplar Cinerators - Exemplar Errants - Exemplar Vengers - Flame Bringers - Flameguard Cleansers - Holy Zealots - Idrian Skirmishers - Initiates of the Wall - Knights Exemplar - Temple Flameguard - Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & Honor Guard
Ranking Officer CA: Attendant Priest


Allegiant of the Order of the Fist - Champion of the Order of the Wall - Deliverer Arms Master - Exemplar Warder Elias Gade - Exemplar Warder - Exemplar Bastion Seneschal - Exemplar Errant Seneschal - Hand of Silence - Hierophant - High Exemplar Gravus - High Paladin Dartan Vilmon - Initiate Tristan Durant - Knights Exemplar Seneschal - Menite Archon - Nicia, Tear of Vengeance - Paladin of the Order of the Wall - Pyrrhus, Flameguard Hero - Reclaimer Gatekeeper - Scrutator Potentate Severius - The Covenant of Menoth Vassal Mechanik - Vassal of Menoth - Wrack

Battle Engines & Structures Vessel of Judgment (BE) - Shrine of the Lawgiver (Structure)
Theme Forces
Exemplar Interdiction - Guardians of the Temple - The Creator's Might - The Faithful Masses - Warriors of the Old Faith
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Protectorate of Menoth Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2020.01

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Blessed and/or Creator's Wrath     (Edit)

  • Blessed ignores buffs even if they're not directly on the target. For instance, Haley3's Temporal Distortion spell gives a DEF buff to everyone within 5" ... and Blessed ignores it. (Locked thread)
  • You only ignore the DEF/ARM buff if the spell directly adds to the stat. A spell which instead grants a separate non-spell ability, and the ability gives a DEF/ARM buff, would not be ignored. (Infernal Ruling)
    In this ruling, Blessed does not ignore the DEF from Ashen Veil, because the DEF bonus comes from Concealment, and not the spell itself.
  • If a spell buffs DEF/ARM and [something else] then you ignore the buff but not the [something else].
    • For example, the spell Cloak of Ash grants concealment, and models with concealment gain +2 DEF. You would not ignore this DEF bonus.
    • For example, the spell Death Ward grants +2 ARM and the defender chooses which column suffers damage. You would ignore the ARM bonus, but the defender still picks the column.
  • The Mk3 Blessed icon resembles the old Mk2 Magical Weapon icon. Do not get them confused.
  • This ability only ignores buffs from spells, not buffs from feats (such as Stryker1's Invincibility +5 ARM) or abilities (such as Protective Aura's +2 ARM).
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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.")

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

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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)
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Rules Clarification : Self-Sacrifice and/or Roth's Mercy     (Edit)

  • The model that is destroyed is not destroyed by an enemy attack, instead it is destroyed by the Self-Sac ability. (Infernal Ruling)
    • This allows you to nullify many enemy abilities (such as Overtake and Blood Boon).
    • However, it will not nullify all abilities, some abilities don't care who destroyed what (such as Soul Taker or Body Snatcher).
  • An enemy ability that prevents healing (such as Entropic Force) does not prevent you triggering Self-Sacrifice ... it just prevents the part where you heal.
    • This means you could end up with 2 dead models and 0 healed models; an opponent is perfectly within his rights to let you declare self-sacrifice, remove a 2nd model via self-sacrifice, then refuse to let you heal the first one.
  • If multiple models are caught in the same attack (for instance, an AOE), then they can't self-sacrifice to each other (because they're all disabled at the same time).
    • However, if you have Self-Sacrifice & Tough they trigger at the same time. So you resolve tough first and if anyone in the AOE passes they become non-disabled. Since it's simultaneous, that model is now a valid target for self-sacrifice for the other guys in the AOE.
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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

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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.
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Rules Clarification : Purity      (Edit)

  • This causes friendly upkeeps/animi to expire, too.
  • You can still be affected by spells. For instance, CTRL area spells, AOE that deviate, and/or sprays that target a nearby non-Purity model.
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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 : Quick Work      (Edit)

  • If you're still engaged in melee when Quick Work triggers, you won't be able to make the ranged attack.
  • Quick Work specifies "Combat Action" so doesn't work with Impact Attacks or out-of-activation attacks
  • 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 : Mark Target      (Edit)

  • The model with the Mark Target rule needs to have the target in LOS for anyone to benefit. And within 5", of course. (Infernal Ruling)
  • And the model actually making the attack also has to have the target in LOS in order to, you know, target it.

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Rules Clarification : Standard Bearer      (Edit)

  • If the Officer dies, the Standard Bearer can give the CMD bonus to the Leader model.
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Rules Clarification : Take Up      (Edit)

  • The model taken off the table is effectively killed by Take Up, not the original attack, so it will stop abilities like Berserk and Killing Spree. (Locked thread)

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