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Cryx Logo.jpg Mechanithralls

Cryx Thrall Unit
Skarlock Commander
Command Attachment
Brute Thralls
Weapon Attachments

Soldiers who survive an engagement may well experience the horror of seeing their fallen friends among the next wave of attackers. The lifeless eyes of their former companions stare from behind rotting flesh, while steam-powered pistons promise an impending and brutal death.

Literally fearless and all but mindless, brute thralls march ahead of scores of mechanithralls as they wade into combat.

Soldiers assailed by a skarlock commander and its thralls are tormented by the sight of their comrades brutally slaughtered, only to have their souls used as fuel to power the commander’s dark magic.

Basic Info[edit]

Mechanithralls[edit]

Mechanithralls
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Mechanithralls / Brutes
BASE Small / Medium
SPD 6
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MAT 5 / 6
RAT N/A
M.A. N/A
DEF 12
ARM 12 / 14
CMD 6 / 5
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FURY N/A
THRS N/A
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UNIT SIZE 6 / 10 +1 to +3 Brutes +1 CA
COST 6 / 9 +2 per Brute +3 CA
0.9 each (base unit)
1.3 each (full unit)
FA U
N/A
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
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COST N/A
FA N/A
N/A
Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities[edit]

  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.

Weapons[edit]

  • Steamfist (x2) - 0.5" reach, P+S 10 melee weapons
    • Combo Strike (★ Attack) - Make a melee attack. Instead of making a normal damage roll, the POW of the damage roll is equal to this model's STR plus twice the POW of this weapon. (Giving a total P+S = 13)

Brute Thrall[edit]

Abilities[edit]

  • The Brute has a different statline
  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.
  • Shield Guard - Once per round, when a friendly model is directly hit by a non-spray ranged attack during your opponent's turn while within 3" of this model, you can choose to have this model directly hit instead. This model is automatically hit and suffers all damage and effects. This model cannot use Shield Guard while it is incorporeal, knocked down, or stationary.

Weapons[edit]

  • Heavy Steamfist (x2) - 1" reach, P+S 14 melee weapons
    • Combo Strike (★ Attack) - Make a melee attack. Instead of making a normal damage roll, the POW of the damage roll is equal to this model's STR plus twice the POW of this weapon. (Giving a total P+S = 19)



Skarlock Commander[edit]

Skarlock Commander
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M.A. 6
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ARM 12
CMD 8
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FOCUS N/A
FURY N/A
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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[edit]

  • Undead - This model is an undead model and not a living model.
  • Officer - This model is the unit commander even if the unit has a Leader model.
  • Battle Wizard - Once per turn, when this model destroys one or more enemy models with a melee attack during its activation, immediately after the attack is resolved it can make one Magic Ability special attack or special action.
  • Magic Ability [ 6 ] - This model can use its Combat Action to cast a single spell.
  • Soul Taker: Soul Cage - This model collects souls from living enemies who die within 2" of it. This model can store up to three souls and spend them for the following:
    • Strength of Death - During its Combat Action, this model can spend soul tokens to boost one attack or damage roll for each token spent.
  • Tactics: Advance Deployment - Models in this unit gain Advance Deployment.

Weapons[edit]

  • Fell Spear - 2" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon.

Spells[edit]

COST RNG AOE POW DUR OFF


Dark Fire

(★ Attack) 10 - 12 - Yes
If this spell destoys a living enemy model then the caster gets the soul token regardless of the proximity of other Soul Takers.
Disbinding

(★ Action) - Unit - - -
Enemy upkeep spells and animi on this unit expire.

Theme Forces[edit]

Recent Changes[edit]

No changes since 2017.04

Thoughts on Mechanithralls[edit]

Mechanithralls in a Nutshell[edit]

Mechanithralls are cheap and disposable infantry. Victim stats mean that it's a rare occasion that they survive a hit. Low MAT means they struggle to hit anything with good defensive stats until you buff them up. They are not without their strengths, however. High model count and multiple attacks mean that you are going to be relying on statistics to get things done; roll enough dice and you should eventually get lucky. Combo strike allows for them to actually pose a threat to armor in larger numbers. They're faster than Bane infantry and much cheaper. Given their cheap price, it's not hard to just swarm enemy models with thralls and jam them up, allowing Brutes and other harder-hitting models to do your dirty work.

The important thing to remember is you don't actually take them to kill the enemy, you take them so they can die in great numbers for you (while the important parts of your army survive). A Necrosurgeon vastly increases their ability to remain on the battlefield. Rely on recursion to force your opponent to waste precious time trying to kill these guys. If a Dawnguard or a Gun Mage wastes a precious attack trying to kill one of these humble zombies, they are earning their keep.

If they do have to kill something, it is not out of the question. Remember that you are playing Cryx, the debuff faction. So with lots of rolls and strong debuffs they do pose a threat to the enemy.

Thoughts on adding the WA[edit]

Brute Thralls are larger, tougher, and more dangerous versions of Mechanithralls. They come with better MAT, POW, armor, and hit points. The most important thing they bring to your army is shield guard at a cost of two points per model. With hit points and armor to potentially survive a decently powered gun, they can vastly increase the survivability of not only the Mechanithralls, but your whole army. You can use the shield guard to absorb potentially devastating blasts on your thralls or high powered cannons aimed at your more important models like warjacks and solos.

Thoughts on adding the CA[edit]

Probably the biggest boon for the thrall units is the extended command range which allows the unit to spread out further on the board. It makes a full unit of them far more survivable against AOEs. Disbinding might be useful when going up against upkeep-heavy armies, but out of this context he doesn't bring much to the table. Grants advanced deployments which is a very powerful tool. Allows you to choose a favorable match up for the thralls. Deploy them across from enemies who will struggle to produce the quantity of attacks needed to kill them.

Combos & Synergies[edit]

  • Necrosurgeon has awesome synergy, by regrowing the unit. Nothing says "tarpit" like a unit that grows as fast as you kill it.
  • Similarly, they have an awesome synergy with the Sepulcher colossal which has the same regrow ability.
  • Given how vulnerable Cryx warjacks are to even moderately powered gunfire, Mechanithralls may be worth taking solely for the cheap shield guards. Twelve points (6 for a minimum unit 6 for the Brutes) can provide you with a very effective way keeping important models alive against ranged attacks.
  • If you use the de-buff tools of Cryx, these guys will become a force to be reckoned with. Just a few examples:
    • Iron Lich Overseer - Dark Shroud effectively gives them +2 POW; and casters with Scything Touch can provide them with it by default
    • Warwitch Deneghra - She's chock-full of de-buff spells, and her feat makes the thralls truly shine.
    • Skarre1 and Skarre2 - a select few models can have an awesome STR buff from the prime incarnation, and a key target will get a massive DEF debuff from the epic version's feat.
  • Lich Lord Terminus can provide them tough, a very powerful bonus given how many there are. This can potentially make them extremely difficult to kill efficiently. He also enjoys the presence of cheap sacrificial pawn targets.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

  • Ugly models.
  • They have stats to match their points cost. Their accuracy and durability is quite poor.
  • They're just cannon fodder without the Necrosurgeon.
  • Lots of figures to move, and lots of attacks to be rolled - you can easily run out of time, if death clock is in use
  • Unforgiving - your activation order must be spot on to make the most out of them.
  • Low command means that the squad of low armored models have to clump together rendering them particularly vulnerable to blast damage.
  • Susceptible to remove from play effects that will prevent recursion.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • Know when to use combo-strike against single wound targets (it doesn't matter whether you deal 1 damage or 10). These are my personal recommendations.
    • Against armor 16 and lower use multi-attack.
    • Against armor 17 and higher use combo-strike.
  • Know when to use combo strike against multi wound target (the amount of damage matters)
    • Multi-attacks against armor 13 and lower.
    • Combo-strike against armor 14 and higher.
  • They are fast, very cheap, and have low defense making them great "targeting beacons". Feel free to shoot them with good AoEs whiles after they run next to important enemies who can't normally be targeted.

Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The unit (without CA or WA) was originally released in Warmachine: Prime (2003)
  • The Brute Thrall WA was originally released in Warmachine: Superiority (2006)
  • The Skarlock CA was released in the Warmachine: Vengeance expansion (2014)
  • Sculptor: Will Hannah
  • Nickname(s): McThralls
  • The Brute Thrall- Femme Fatale can be substituted for the stock Brute Thrall model.

Other Cryx models[edit]

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters

Agathia - Aiakos2 - Asphyxious1 - Asphyxious2 - Asphyxious3 - Coven - Deneghra1 - Deneghra2 - Deneghra3 - Goreshade1 - Goreshade2 - Goreshade3 - Mortenebra1 - Mortenebra2 - Rahera - Scaverous - Skarre1 - Skarre2 - Skarre3 - Sturgis2 - Terminus - Venethrax

Warcaster attachments The Withershadow Combine - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Skarlock Thrall - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers Iron Lich Overseer (Marshal) - Aiakos1 (BGC) - Deneghra0 (BGC)
Light

Cankerworm - Deathripper - Defiler - Helldiver - Nightwretch - Ripjaw - Scavenger - Shrike - Stalker

Heavy

Barathrum - Corruptor - Deathjack - Desecrator - Erebus - Harrower - Kharybdis - Inflictor - Leviathan - Malice - Nightmare - Reaper - Seether - Slayer

Colossal Kraken - Sepulcher
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures
Units - Living BO Boarding Party - BO Ironmongers - BO Smog Belchers - Bloodgorgers - Marauders - Cephalyx Drudges - Cephalyx Overlords - Satyxis Gunslingers - Satyxis Blood Witches - Satyxis Raiders - Scharde Dirge Seers - Scharde Pirates
Units - Undead

Bane Knights - Bane Riders - Bane Warriors - Bile Thralls - Carrion Thralls - Mechanithralls - Necrosurgeon - Revenant Cannon - Revenant Crew - Soulhunters - The Withershadow Combine

Solos - Living/Construct

Aiakos1 - Axiara - Darragh Wrathe - Deneghra0 - Gerlak - Misery Cage - Satyxis Blood Priestess - Satyxis Raider Captain - Severa Blacktide - Warwitch Siren

Solos - Undead

Agrimony - Bane Lord Tartarus - Bloat Thrall - BTO Mobius - Captain Rengrave - Hellslinger - Iron Lich Overseer - Machine Wraith - Necrotech - Pistol Wraith - Scrap Thrall - Skarlock Thrall - Soul Trapper

Battle Engines & Structures Wraith Engine
Theme Forces
Black Industries - Dark Host - The Ghost Fleet - Infernal Machines - Scourge of the Broken Coast - Slaughter Fleet Raiders
Mercenaries
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cryx Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.02

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Combo Strike - 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.")

Rules Clarification : Undead - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Shield Guard      (Edit)

  • Shield Guard doesn't work vs spells.
  • Since Shield Guard specifies "opponent's turn", it can't be used against stuff that shoots in your own turn (such as Watcher or Counterblast).
  • The Shield Guard does not necessarily need to be in the attacker's LOS or range.
  • The Shield Guarder 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 the Shield Guard moving the hit.) (Infernal Ruling)
  • You shift all effects onto the shield guard, including stuff that triggers on "when this attack hits".
  • When you use Shield Guard vs an AOE attack, the template moves too. Because, with reference to Apdx A, the hit 'moves' at Step 6 and the template placement is determined at Step 7.
  • Shield Guard doesn't work vs Point Blank attacks. Because Point Blank attacks are melee attacks that are made using a ranged weapon.
    • On the other hand, it will work vs Gunfighter attacks.


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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 : Battle Wizard      (Edit)

  • Cavalry Battle Wizards can trigger it from their Mount Attacks. (Infernal Ruling)
  • This does not, however, allow them to trigger it twice in the same turn. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Magic Ability      (Edit)

  • Almost every magic ability cannot be used on the same turn you charge. Because a charge must (almost always) be followed by a melee attack.
  • Using a Magic Ability counts as a spell, for effects such as Spell Ward, Witch Hunter, etc.
  • Unlike with warcasters/warlocks, using a Magic Ability is not an "any time" ability. This means:
    • You must complete your movement before you use a MA.
    • 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.
    • (Unless, of course, the rules for the specific MA you're using say you can.)
  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : Dark Fire      (Edit)

  • "Regardless of proximity" soul takers (Edit)
    • The model which ignores distance doesn't always get the soul. Abilities which say you "can't" collect souls (such as Soul Ward) trump it, due to the general rule that "can't trumps can".
    • If there are multiple models that all have the "regardless of proximity" clause, then you randomise who the soul goes to. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Disbinding - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Soul Cage - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Strength of Death - 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.
  • Tactics = The unit keeps the ability for the entire game, regardless of who dies.

Rules Clarification : Advance Deployment - None yet. (Edit)


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