Revenant Crew of the Atramentous

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Revenant Crew of the Atramentous
Cryx Unit
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Unlimited Only
This model can only be used in the Unlimited game mode. You can see the other models with / without mk4 rules on this page.

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

Deathbound to the Dragon King, the infamous blackship Atramentous and her revenant crew are the scourge of the Broken Coast. The revenants die a thousand deaths in service of the Dragonfather, for Lord Toruk grants them the necromantic power to rise again and the strength to destroy their enemies.

When the time comes for the revenants to make their final assault, the riflemen accompany them, jumping over the bow or through an island fort's gates.

Basic Info

Revenant Crew of the Atramentous
Missing Info
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COST {{{cacost}}}
UNIT SIZE {{{casize}}}
FA {{{cafa}}}
Warcaster 0
BASE Small
M.A. N/A
DEF 13
ARM 12
ESSENCE {{{essence}}}
HP 1
F. Field N/A
WJP {{{wjp}}}
WBP {{{wbp}}}
IHP {{{ihp}}}
FA 3
UNIT SIZE 6 or 10 & up to 3 WA
COST 9 or 16 +2 per WA
1.7 pts each (incl 3 WA)
Warcaster 1
the Statblock


  • Entire unit
    • Undead symbol.jpg Undead
    • Deathbound - If there are fewer models in this unit in play during your Maintenance Phase than there were at the start of the game, you can return to play d3 destroyed models to this unit. Place the returned models completely within 3" of the Leader.
    • Gang - When making a melee attack targeting an enemy model in the melee range of another model in this unit, this model gains +2 to melee attack and melee damage rolls.
    • Point-Blank - During its activation, this model can make melee attacks with its ranged weapon, with a melee range of 0.5". Do not add this model's STR to damage rolls with ranged weapons. Charge attacks made with ranged weapons are not boosted.
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Tip !
Riflemen can only do a CRA with other Riflemen, they can't do it with the Leader or Grunts.


Leader & Grunts
Gun icon.jpg  RNG   ROF   AOE   POW 
8 1 - 10
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 3 9
Long rifle
Gun icon.jpg  RNG   ROF   AOE   POW 
14 1 - 10
  • Ghost Shot - This model ignores LOS, concealment, and cover when making attacks with this weapon.
Sword icon.jpg  RNG   POW   P+S 
0.5 3 9

Theme forces

  • Cryx
    • The Ghost Fleet. In this theme, each unit of Revenant Crew gain +1 to the number of models respawned via Deathbound each turn.

Thoughts on the Revenant Crew

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Revenant Crew in a nutshell

They're a tarpit unit with bad-to-average shooting and melee capabilities.

Thoughts on adding the WA

If you're going to take WA, you should probably take min-sized units with max WA. With Ghost Shot and a decent gun, they're quite good at killing a debuffed and/or knocked down target. Thus minimum units gets you more Riflemen gets you more attacks.

Max or Min?

There are pros and cons to taking either 3x minimum units or 2x maximum units.

Let's compare ... 3x Min units 2x Max units
Total Revenants 18 20
Total Points Cost 27 32
Points Per Model 1.5 1.6
Regeneration per turn 3d3
6 on average
4 on average
Adding max WA 9 Riflemen
Total cost = 45
Points Per Model = 1.67
6 Riflemen
Total cost = 44
Points Per Model = 1.69
Less Quantifiable Stuff
  • If your opponenet can easily remove 6 models per turn, but would struggle to kill 10, then the minimum unit is worse off. Because they'll kill all 6, no more Leader, and Deathbound stops regardless if you have WA or not (see below).
  • If you have a unit-wide buff then the minimum unit is worse off. Because the spell will only affect 6 models instead of 10.

So, like most things in Warmachine, a simple decision in theory (min units are cheaper per model = better) but a tough one in practice (min units are more fragile).

My advice is to field test it both ways, until you figure out which strategy works best for you.

Combos & Synergies

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • Due to the way Field Promotion and Deathbound are worded and interact, your opponent can negate Deathbound for the entire game by using a Remove From Play ability on the Leader model.

Tricks & Tips

  • Keep one Grunt really far back, so he can get field promoted when the rest of the unit dies.
    • This won't work if the Leader is RFP'd, as described above.
  • If you're using more than 1 unit, mix them together. It'll be harder for your opponent to completely wipe out one unit and/or avoid Deathbound triggering on just one unit; especially if they're using blasts/Electro Leap/etc to clear them, though this strategy is considered extremely rude if the two units are not painted differently enough to tell them apart.



  • The unit (not including the WA) was released in Warmachine: Escalation (2004)
  • The Rifleman WA was released in the Warmachine: Wrath expansion (2011)
  • Sculptor (Quatermaster): Kev White
  • Sculptor (Grunts): Grègory Clavilier

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Warcaster attachments

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Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cryx Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2021.11

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Unique Leader Model      (Edit)

Sometimes a special rule is on the Leader & the Grunts, but is worded so it only works on the Leader (for example Deathbound on the Revenant Crew of the Atramentous).
Either way, if you fail to trigger Field Promotion then you lose the Leader model and you lose the ability. There are two ways to fail Field Promotion:
  1. If the Leader model is RFP'd before it reaches destroyed.
  2. If the Leader model dies while under your opponent's control.
  • When that happens, you choose a Grunt model to become the unit commander but it does not become a Leader model.
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Rules Clarification : Ghost Shot      (Edit)

  • Ignore LOS (Edit)
    • Since you ignore LOS, you can target models in your back arc. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Although you ignore concealment/cover, you don't ignore any other bonuses models get "from" them (such as Prowl).
  • You don't ignore Stealth's "auto-miss" rule.

Rules Clarification : Undead - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Deathbound      (Edit)

  • Your opponent can negate Deathbound for the entire game by using a Remove From Play ability vs the Leader model.
    • Because Deathbound makes you place models near the Leader, not the unit commander; (Infernal Ruling); and because Field Promotion only occurs when a Leader is destroyed, but not when they're Removed From Play.
    • It results in you trying to place models near a model that is not on the table.
  • Deathbound + Death Toll
    • This is a bit of a weird one, and easiest to explain with an example. Say you start with a unit of 10 models, then add 2 via Death Toll.
    • 1 model is destroyed, leaving you at 11. You don't have "fewer models in the unit than there were at the start of the game" so Deathbound doesn't trigger.
    • Another model is destroyed, leaving you at 10. Deathbound still doesn't trigger.
    • Another model is destroyed, leaving you at 9. Now Deathbound triggers.
    • Here's the weird part: once it is triggered it no longer cares what the starting unit size was, only how many destroyed models are available to be returned to play. So if you roll a 3 then you get all 3 destroyed models back, and you're back to 12 total.
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Rules Clarification : Gang and/or Gang Fighter and/or Tag Team and/or Team Effort     (Edit)

  • You can gain the Gang bonus on free strikes, but generally only the first "Ganger" will get it.
For example, if a target is engaged by two models with Gang, when it leaves the melee range of the first Ganger it suffers a free strike with the Gang bonus. Then it leaves the melee range of the second and suffers a normal free strike.
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Rules Clarification : Combined Ranged Attack      (Edit)

  • CRA cannot target models in melee ... unless the target is a huge-based model or the attacker has War-Tempered.
  • If you give the attack-leader a buff to their attack (such as Guidance) then that buff applies to the combined attack (even though the other participants don't have the buff). (Locked thread)
  • Assault & CRA (Edit)
    • You cannot mix Combined Range Attacks with Assault shots, as CRA works during your combat action and Assault shots occur before it. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Point-Blank      (Edit)

  • Number of attacks
    • Point-Blank gives you an extra initial melee attack (even though, RAW, it doesn't meet the criteria). (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you can make additional melee attacks, these can be Point-Blank attacks regardless of the weapon's ROF. (Locked Thread)
    • If you have the option of choosing between ranged or melee attacks (for instance you combined Point-Blank with Gunfighter), then you need to declare whether you're making melee or ranged attacks this activation, then declare the weapon and the target. (Infernal Ruling)
  • AOE
    • Point-Blank AOEs work just fine, because the AOE template isn't tied to the range.
    • You make a melee attack roll then if you hit you centre the AOE template, or you miss and deviate the AOE template (it can only deviate 0.25").
    • If you have a buff to melee damage rolls (such as Flaming Fists) then it will affect the blast damage rolls too.
  • Sprays
    • Point-Blank sprays don't really work. The spray template is intrinsically linked to the attack's range, and Point-Blank overwrites the range.
    • You still get one attack tho - you make the melee attack roll, then go straight to the melee damage roll. You never put the spray template down.
  • Other
    • Since Point-Blank only works during your activation, you can't use it on free strikes or other out-of-activation melee attacks.
  • Gunfighter vs Point Blank (Edit)
    • If a model has both Gunfighter and Point Blank, then you should declare whether you're using it as a ranged attack or melee attack whenever you shoot the gun. Because that can limit what other initial/additional attacks you can make. (Infernal Ruling)
    • These two abilities are subtly different, but it's an important difference.
    • Gunfighter allows you to make ranged attacks while in melee.
    • Point blank allows you to make melee attacks with your ranged weapon.
      • Since you can't make both ranged and melee attacks in the same turn, a Gunfighter model has a choice of either initial melee attack(s) or initial ranged attack(s). (unless it has Virtuoso or something).
      • Whereas a Point Blank model chooses to make initial melee attacks, and then gets to make attacks with both weapons.
    • Furthermore, the types of bonuses, penalties, and special effects you (or your opponent) can trigger will change dramatically:
      • Any buffs/triggers on ranged attacks (such as Evasive, Shield Guard, Deadeye, etc) will affect Gunfighter attacks, but not Point Blank attacks.
      • Any buffs/triggers on melee attacks (such as Battle Lust, Riposte etc) will affect Point Blank attacks, but not Gunfighter attacks.

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