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This article is part of Warmachine University's Learning to Play the Game (LPG) series, which is "Basic Training" aimed at new players who are still learning the core rules.
(You may also be interested in our "Intermediate Training" series, LOTS.)

We have two articles regarding Steamroller, you're reading the first.

  1. LPG - Steamroller - The version you're reading is aimed at new players, and explains the concept and rules of the Steamroller system.
  2. Lesson 6: Steamroller - This version is aimed at intermediate players, and gives advice on how to win a Steamroller game and tournament.


What is Steamroller


How to Win a Steamroller

Winning a tournament often involves memorising and utilising some, or all, of the below information. This is covered further in Lesson 6: Steamroller of the Intermediate Training section.

Setting up the game

The correct order to do things is:

  1. The Event Organiser (EO) sets up the terrain, chooses the scenario, and determines which player will be facing whom and on which table.
  2. After arriving at your assigned table, set up the scenario zones etc.
    • If you believe the terrain setup is not suitable (pieces too close together, too far apart, or blocking off the scenario too much) then call the EO over to adjust the terrain. Players should not adjust it themselves.
  3. Each player can look at each other's lists and secretly select which they will be playing this match.
  4. Players simultaneously reveal which list they've chosen.
  5. If you're using objectives, players choose which one they'll use for that game.
  6. Roll to determine which player will go first
  7. Start the clock
    • If either player is using the Grymkin faction, choosing their Arcana is done on their clock.
  8. First player starts deploying their models.

To speed the process up, players can get their models out of their case and arrange them outside their deployment zone at any time after step 2.

Steamroller 2019

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2019 Scenarios


2019 Objectives

All objectives share the following rules:

  • Immobile - This model has no Normal Movement or Combat Action. It cannot be moved or knocked down. It is automatically hit by melee attacks
  • Objective - Cannot be placed, cannot channel, cannot be a Prey target. Cannot be targeted or damaged until the 2nd player's 2nd turn. Cannot be engaged or engage other models. Models cannot get back strike bonuses vs it (although they can get Backstab). Friendly models ignore this model for LOS and can move through it.

The six different objective types then have the following different rules

  • Armoury [Superior Ammunition] - During your Control Phase, choose a friendly Faction model within 4". Its weapons gain Magical Damage for its next attack.
  • Fuel Cache [Fueled Up] - During your Control Phase, choose a friendly Faction model within 4". It gains Pathfinder for one round.
  • Stockpile [Surplus] - During your Maintenance Phase, choose a friendly Faction model within 4". It removes d3 damage points.
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Comparisons to SR2018

New scenarios, as always.

Scenarios spread further apart, rewarding casters with large control areas and increasing the worth of Ambush.

6 objectives instead of 3.

Rules Clarifications

Current version

None yet.

Previous years

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Tip !
About 75% of these clarifications are still relevant in today's version of Steamroller, because it doesn't change that much from year to year. However, I'm too lazy to sort them into relevant vs not relevant.

Steamroller 2017


  • Terrain that normally randomly expire (Dense Fog & Burning Earth) does not expire as per the Steamroller rules.
    • It doesn't randomly expire, regardless whether it was part of the original terrain setup or put into play by a Theme bonus (such as Dark Host). (Infernal Ruling)
  • The clouds can, however, be forced to expire by spells/effects that make clouds disappear.
  • If a "terrain cloud" is dispelled, the entire terrain piece is removed from the table.
    To reiterate: if you have a Forest which is also Burning Earth, it counts as a cloud. If that cloud is dispelled, the entire Forest is taken off the table. (Infernal Ruling)


  • Scoring is done very very last, even after stuff that happens "at the end of the player's turn" (such as triggering Last Stand). (Judge Ruling)
  • Units that contain non-warrior models (such as the Legion Spawning Vessel) are not eligible to score circular zones. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Any kind of solo is eligible to control flags, even if it is Immobile and/or Created (like the Stormwall's pods).

Tie Breakers

  • Crabbits are a warbeast that come in pairs of two Crabits for 7 points (normally), and can be taken singly for free (in theme).
    Scoring for them is done the same way as multi-model solos. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Destroy 1 crabbit = 0 points
    • Destroy 2 crabbits = 7 points
    • Destroy 3 crabbits = 7 points
    • Destroy 4 crabbits = 14 points
    • Etc

Steamroller 2016

  • You do not need to spend all of your Warjack points, but cannot play an army more than 4 points lower than the point level at which you are playing. Ref: niceas, 2016-06-17.
  • Terrain may be placed in such a manner as to block line of sight to a zone or flag from a deployment zone. Ref: niceas, 2016-06-20.
  • Ghetorix: The new model is tournament legal. The fact that one hand is open and it doesn't have a separate claw attack does not matter. Ref: DarkLegacy, 2016-06-29. Ref: PPS_Hungerford, 2016-08-11.
  • Objectives are a friendly faction model to the player who owns them, and models with the repair skill can repair objectives. Ref: bulldog, 2016-06-30.
  • Any player may score at the end of any player's turn, starting with the second player's second turn. Ref: DarkLegacy, 2016-07-07.
  • If you are going so fast your opponent cannot verify your dice rolls, you need to slow down. You cannot speed up in such a way that it is unreasonable for them to check. If you roll the dice and then immediately switch the clock to your opponent, you will get a warning for sportsmanship. Ref: DarkLegacy, 2016-07-07.
  • It is possible to get a tie in a game. Ref: rydiafan, 2016-07-08.
  • If you forget to prey, and you and your opponent cannot agree on the resolution of such, it is lost for the game. Ref: LEJ, 2016-07-11.
  • Flags are valid targets for chain lighting and e-leaps. Ref: bulldog, 2016-07-18.
  • Steamroller objectives do not have an activation. Ref: DarkLegacy, 2016-07-18.
  • Models not yet released cannot be used in organized play, including conversions. Ref: LEJ, 2016-08-11.
  • Theme forces in NQ are legal in pp organised play on the street date of the NQ issue. Ref: LEJ, 2016-08-13.
  • Arc Nodes are not weapons so you could remove them without falling foul of the official guidelines. Ref: LEJ, 2016-08-26.