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This article is part of Warmachine University's Learning to Play the Game (LPG) series, which is "Intermediate Training" aimed at new players who are still learning the core rules.
(See also Basic Training and Advanced Training.)


Brawlmachine is an unofficial game format made by the LOS podcast team and it is designed to:

Be smaller (and therefore faster and cheaper)
Be both new-player friendly, and still engaging for veteran players
Teach the basics of the Steamroller game format (which is the larger, standard tournament game format)

It very quickly proved that it is very popular among both new players and veterans.


At the time of writing (29th August 2020) the current version of Brawlmachine is v0.87 (it's still in testing). Links are:


Brawlmachine Differences

There's a lot of little differences. The key differences are highlighted purple.

    List construction    

  1. The size of the game is 25 points (normal Steamroller is 75 points)
  2. Everything becomes FA: 1
    Multiple weapon attachments are allowed but only if they all attach to the same unit.
    Some models come in multiples and still count as FA:1 (such as Scrap Thralls). This is allowed.
    Some themes let you use a Requistion Point to take multiple models that break FA:1 (such as Dark Host normally allows 3 Machine Wraiths). These Requistion options are not allowed in Brawlmachine
    There is a full list on this article under #Multi-Model options.
  3. A few models are not allowed because they'd be over-powered at this game size.
    This list is still being refined as of v0.87, see the links at the top of the article for the latest version.
  4. You may use a theme force.
  5. You may have two lists (more about that below).
  6. You may have a sideboard of 15 points (more about that below).
  7. You are encouraged to play "Best of 3" or "Best of 2" per match.

    Scenarios    

  1. Circular zones, Rectangular zones, and Flags are all used as per the normal Steamroller rules.
  2. Objectives are not used
  3. Game length is limited to 5 rounds (instead of 7)
  4. To win by scenario, you need to gain 4 control points more than your opponent (instead of 5)
  5. Brawlmachine uses custom scenarios. They are still being refined in v0.87 . see the links at the top of the article for the latest version

Two List format

As with normal Steamroller, you can bring two different lists. They have to be from the same Faction, and have to be led by a different warcaster/warlock.

After seeing your opponent's list(s), you secretly choose which one you're going to use for the current match. Then both players simultaneously reveal their choice.

If you're playing best of 2 or best of 3 per match, then you have to use the same list for all games (but you can adjust it with your sideboard).

Sideboard / Specialists

Specialists (aka Sideboard) allows you to take an extra models that you can swap in/out of your main list. The idea is you put extra "tools" in your sideboard that you might need, like a model with an anti-cloud ability. Then if your opponent has a lot of clouds, you bring in the sideboard model.

Sideboards are recommended more for veteran players. Click the button to show the rules.   [Show/Hide]

The baseline rules for sideboards are:

  • If you were to put the main list and the sideboard models together, it still makes a legal list. So:
    • you can't break Brawlmachine's FA:1 rule,
    • you can't exceed your permitted Mercenary/Minion unit/solo limits,
    • a unit can't have more than one command attachment,
    • you can't break Animosity rules,
    • etcetera
  • When you swap stuff around, the main list can't go over its points limit. The sideboard can, though.
  • You can't use Requistion Points on stuff in the sideboard.
  • You can split attachments and/or battlegroup models between your main list and your sideboard
    • For example, you could have a unit in your main list, and their weapon attachment in your sideboard
    • However, these relationships must be defined in your army list. If a model in the sideboard has to be attached, or in a battlegroup, then you need to declare who it is attached to.
      You can add/remove attachments, but you can't swap who they're attaching to.
  • You can't swap a maximum-size unit for a minimum-size unit, or vice versa.

The extra Brawlmachine rules for sideboards are:

  • The maximum size of the sideboard is 15 points.
  • If you're playing a Best of 3 match, then you can't use sideboard in game 1.
Sideboard Example   [Show/Hide]

Main list

  • Stryker2 (Flames in the Darkness) +28 WJP
    • Toro [13]
    • Charger [9]
    • Mad Dog [8]
  • Grand Master Gabriel Throne [7]
  • Alexia3 [5]
  • Legion of Lost Souls (min) [11]
    • Battle Priest x3 [Free] (6 points normally)

Sideboard

  • Vigilants [10]
  • Glyn Cormier [5]

Swaps between Game 1 and Game 2

  • Take out the Legion of Lost Souls (-11)
  • Have to take out the Battle Priests too, because they're attached to the Legion. (Requistion Point opens up)
  • Add in Vigilants (+10)
  • Add in Glyn (use Requistion Point on her)
  • Main list for game 2: 24 points
  • Sideboard for game 2: 17 points

Swaps between Game 2 and Game 3

  • Take out the Vigilants (-10)
  • Add in the Legion (+11), but don't add the attached battle priests (keep Glyn in the main list instead)
  • Main list for game 3: 25 points
  • Sideboard for game 3: 16 points

Multi-Model options

FA:1 has a few odd effects with multi-model options, as follows

  • If you can take X models for Y points that is allowed. That counts as FA:1 in a normal game. (Example: three Scrap Thralls for 2 points or two Crabbits for 7 points)
  • If you can take X models as 1 Requistion option, and those X models count as FA:1 as described above that is allowed. (Example: Storm Division allows three Stormsmith Stormcallers)
  • If you can take X models as 1 Requistion option, and those X models exceed FA:1 that is not allowed. (Example: Dark Host normally allows three Machine Wraiths, but that option is not permitted in Brawlmachine).
  • You can have up to 3 identical weapon attachments but only if they're all attached to the same unit. (Technically this breaks the FA: 1 rule.)


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Important
Some options are listed twice: Once with a points cost, and once as a Requistion. Even if both times it says "Allowed" you still can't double-dip on them. They are allowed to be paid with either normal points or requistion point, but not both.

Warmachine

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    Cryx    

  • General
    • 3 Scrap Thralls for 2 points - Allowed
    • Up to 3 Revenant Riflemen for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • Up to 3 Brute Thralls for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
  • Themes
    • 3 Revenant Riflemen for 1 Requistion Point (Ghost Fleet) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 3 Brute Thralls for 1 Requisition Point (Black Industries) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 3 Machine Wraiths for 1 Requistion Point (Dark Host or Ghost Fleet) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Misery Cages for 1 Requistion Point (Ghost Fleet or Scourge) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Necrotecths for 1 Requisition Point (Black Industries) - Not Allowed

    Cygnar    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Morrowan Priests for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • Up to 3 Storm Gunners for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • Up to 3 Rifle Grenadiers for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 3 Stormsmith Stormcaller for 5 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 3 Morrowan Priests for 1 Requisition Point (Flames) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 2 Thamarite Advocates for 1 Requistion Point (Flames) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Stormsmith Stormcaller for 1 Requistion Point (Storm Division) - Allowed

    Khador    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Flame Throwers for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • Up to 3 Rocketeers for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
  • Themes
    • 2 Winter Guard Artillery Kapitans for 1 Requistion Point (Winterguard) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Vassal solos for 1 Requistion Point (Warriors) - Allowed but they have to be different Vassals.
    • 3 Morrowan Priests for 1 Requisition Point (Flames) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 2 Thamarite Advocates for 1 Requistion Point (Flames) - Not Allowed

    Protectorate    

  • General
    • N/A
  • Themes
    • 2 Vassal solos for 1 Requistion Point (all 5 themes) - Allowed but they have to be different Vassals.
    • 2 Reclaimers for 1 Requistion Point (Guardians or Faithful Masses) - Not Allowed

    Retribution    

  • General
    • N/A
  • Themes
    • 2 Ghost Snipers for 1 Requistion Point (Defenders or Dawnguard) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Lys Healers for 1 Requistion Point (Defenders or Dawnguard or Shadows) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Soulless Voidtracers for 1 Requistion Point (Shadows) - Not Allowed

    Mercenaries    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Sea Dog Riflemen for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
  • Themes
    • 2 Cephalyx Agitators for 1 Requistion Point (Operating Theatre) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Steelhead Gunners for 1 Requistion Point (Soldiers or Kingmakers) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Sea Dog Deck Guns for 1 Requistion Point (Talion) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Powder Monkeys for 1 Requistion Point (Talion) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Morrowan Priests for 1 Requisition Point (Flames) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 2 Thamarite Advocates for 1 Requistion Point (Flames) - Not Allowed

Hordes

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    Circle    

  • General
    • N/A
  • Themes
    • 2 Blackclad Stoneshapers for 1 Requistion Point (Secret Masters or Bones) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Gallows Groves for 1 Requistion Point (all themes) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Shifting Stones for 1 Requistion Point (Bones) - Not Allowed
    • 3 War Wolves for 1 Requistion Point (Wild Hunt) - Not Allowed

    Legion    

  • General
    • 5 Incubi for 6 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 5 Incubi for 1 Requistion Point (Children or Oracles) - Allowed
    • 2 Harriers for 1 Requistion Point (Ravens) - Not Allowed

    Skorne    

  • General
    • N/A
  • Themes
    • 2 Paingiver Task Masters for 1 Requistion Point (Disciples) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Immortal Vessels for 1 Requistion Point (Exalted) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Extoller Soulwards for 1 Requistion Point (Masters of War or Exalted or Winds of Death) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Extoller Novitiates for 1 Requistion Point (Masters of War or Exalted) - Not Allowed

    Trollblood    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Caber Throwers for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
    • 5 Whelps for 4 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 5 Whelps for 1 Requistion Point (all themes) - Allowed

    Minions    

  • General
    • 2 Razor Boars for 7 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 3 Feralgeists for 1 Requistion Point (Blindwater or WWFF) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Gatorman Husks for 1 Requistion Point (Blindwater) - Not Allowed

Limited Factions

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    Convergence    

  • General
    • 3 Accretion Servitors for 2 points - Allowed
    • 3 Attunement Servitors for 4 points - Allowed
    • 3 Elimination Servitors for 3 points - Allowed
    • 3 Reflex Servitors for 4 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 3 Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex for 1 Requistion Point (Destruction Initiative) - Not Allowed
    • 3 Accretion Servitors for 1 Requistion Point (Destruction Initiative) - Allowed
    • 3 Attunement Servitors for 1 Requistion Point (Destruction Initiative) - Allowed
    • 3 Elimination Servitors for 1 Requistion Point (Destruction Initiative) - Allowed
    • 3 Reflex Servitors for 1 Requistion Point (Destruction Initiative) - Allowed

    Crucible Guard    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Rocket Gunners for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
  • Themes
    • 3 Crucible Guard Mechanik for 1 Requistion Point (both themes) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Trancers for 1 Requistion Point (both themes) - Not Allowed

    Grymkin    

  • General
    • 2 Crabbits for 7 points - Allowed
  • Themes
    • 2 Gremlin Swarm for 1 Requistion Point (Menagerie) - Not Allowed
    • 2 Crabbits for 1 Requistion Point (Menagerie) - Allowed
    • 2 Trapperkin for 1 Requistion Point (Bump) - Not Allowed

    Infernals    

  • General
    • Up to 3 Dark Sentinels for 2 points each - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit
  • Themes
    • 3 Dark Sentinels for 1 Requistion Point (Dark Legacy) - Allowed but have to attach to the same unit