Theme - Warriors of the Old Faith

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Theme - Warriors of the Old Faith

Khador & Protectorate Theme Force

Armored Korps - Flame in the Darkness - Jaws of the Wolf - Legion of Steel - Warriors of the Old Faith - Winter Guard Kommand - Wolves of Winter

Exemplar Interdiction - Guardians of the Temple - The Creator's Might - The Faithful Masses - Warriors of the Old Faith

Evil is best only by good, or so believe the followers of Menoth who have united in their devotion to face the Infernal invasion. And with the full conviction of their beliefs and the might of two nations, powerful Menites gather together to prove that faith and the will of the Creator can deny even evils that were foolishly invited to sow the souls of the innocent. They are certain none can prevail if they can’t.

Theme Rules

Theme Restrictions

An army made use the Warriors of the Old Faith theme force can include only the following models:

Full model list

The models allowed in Warriors of the Old Faith are:   [Show/Hide]

This list was last updated: 2019.08   (Edit)


Note: - You can take a warcaster that doesn't normally belong to your Faction.


  • All non-character Khador and Protectorate warjacks
Note: - Warcasters can take any mix of warjacks they like, regardless of their original Faction.
  • Character warjacks can be taken, but only if they have a bond and they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.



Battle Engines


  • None (other than those listed above)

Requisition Points

You can spend each Requisition Point on either:

  • Two Vassal solos
  • One other small- or medium-based solo

Theme Bonuses

  1. All models in an army made using this theme force are considered to be both Khadoran and Protectorate models.
    Note: This means Protectorate do get access to Khador warcasters, and vice versa.
  2. Cavalry models in this army gain Line Breaker.
    Line Breaker - This model gets an extra die on impact attack rolls.
  3. You can reroll your starting roll for the game. Your starting game roll can be rerolled only once as a result of this special rule.

Recent Changes

2019.07 Theme released

Thoughts on Warriors of the Old Faith

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New model - This article is a Work In Progress
This model has only recently been released, and the content in the "Thoughts On" section is based more on theory-machine than actual gameplay experience.

Please don't delete this warning unless you (1) have played several games with the final rules (games with CID rules don't count) and (2) you've reviewed this article and it mostly(★) matches your experiences.

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See also Category: Recent Release and Category: Recent Change.

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Oblivion's Theme Faction mashup

The 3 themes released in Oblivion mixes up Factions in a new way, so here's a quick recap of what it means in terms of list pairings:     [Show/Hide]
Although there are 6 Factions you can steal from, you have to pick just one then all the stolen models must be from the same original Faction.
It is always an Infernal army and in a Steamroller tournament it must be paired with another Infernal army. (Although you can pair it with another Hearts army, that steals from a completely different Faction.)
  • Warriors of the Old Faith "completely share" all models allowed in the theme.
It is both a Khador and a Protectorate theme, and can be paired with either a Khador army or Protectorate army.
For example, you could build an army with nothing but Protectorate models in this theme, and you could still pair it with a Khador army.
It is either a Khador, Cygnar, or Mercenary theme, and must be paired with an army from the same Faction.
For example, if you use a Cygnar warcaster in this theme, it is a Cygnar army and must be paired with another Cygnar army.

Warriors of the Old Faith in a Nutshell

Spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered! A sword-day, a red day, 'ere the sun rises!

WotOF is a dual-faction theme, designed to use the light and heavy cavalry of both the Khadoran and Menite force, united under a single banner. You will also get various support elements from both sides (the Choir of Menoth and the Initiates of the Order of the Wall among them), as well as all the cavalry-battle engines. This is an elite force with a relatively small model count, which nevertheless looks impressive on the table. If you ever dreamed about massed cavalries, spiked pommels and mighty lances flashing in the sunlight, before thundering down onto the enemy's ranks, this theme got you covered.

Theme weaknesses

The cost ($) of horses.

The price of cavalry models is moderately high, making this an expensive force to collect. On the other hand, their points cost is also high so at least you don't need to buy a swarm of them to fill a 75 point list. Also, several models are direct-only, making their acquisition even more difficult.

Not beginner-friendly in terms of buying models

Beginners should refrain from starting with this theme (unless they plan on collecting both Khador and Protectorate). If this is your first theme that you collect, ever, then you'll end up with a collection of two half-armies. The problem occurs when you try to make a second list to pair with it, half of your collection needs to be shelved before you even start looking at which models you own are allowed in your second theme.
This theme is more for people who already own one faction (or both), and can easily expand their collection into this theme by buying just a few extras.

Lack of in-faction support models.

All the horsemen have their respective "home theme force" where they excel. In this one you must omit some really valuable support models in exchange for Line Breaker. For example, Iron Fang Uhlans could really enjoy the presence of both Sofia, or the Iron Fang Kovnik, but none of them are available here.

Limited versatility

There's only 4 casters in this theme (so far), so it will rarely take enemies by surprise.

Inherited drawbacks of the cavalry models

All those horses are large-based models, that can lead to some positioning difficulties if you want to make all your attacks connect. Also, you must rely on terrain as much as possible to avoid being shot off the board by the enemy's gunline. Huge based models like Reznik2 and the battle engines suffer even more (the former only from the magical ranged attacks).

Alpha-strike dependant

Charge denial, as well as fast jamming infantries can cause a lot of headache for your units. Also, your ranged presence is not something to write home about.

Good Early Purchases

The Initiates, as well as the Choir, are almost mandatory choices. The Vassal of Menoth Empowers warjacks, freeing up your warcaster's resources to do other things; since you get two for a single Requisition point, it's usually a good choice. Wracks are much the same and can fill in the last point or two of a list. The Hermit of Hengehold is a good utility solo, and can be taken for a Requisition point as well. The War Dog, being the only caster attachment available in the theme, isn't a bad choice to take, although not necessary in every list.

Starting with a 25 point force

If you want to try this theme but are still stuck for ideas, it is strongly advised to buy models from either Khador or Protectorate, not both. This is so when you build your second list which isn't WotOF, you have a collection of models that still work together. Hence, the following 25 pts examples are mono-faction builds instead of Menite-Khador mixtures.

Pure Menite build:

Pure Khadoran build:

Caster Thoughts


  • Judicator - The Judicator benefits greatly from Arcane Ward to keep it safe from spells if you can't put Shielding up on it, Ignite for a damage buff, and Assail for a 12" threat. Death Sentence is a great accuracy booster, especially for its ranged attacks.
  • Exemplar Vengers - Divine Inspiration from Kreoss' Elite Cadre and Ignite will allow them to devastate almost any target they go into, especially if Battle Driven is triggered. Line Breaker also stacks with Divine Inspiration, and impact attacks benefit from Ignite, making them both accurate and surprisingly hard-hitting against tougher targets.
  • Flame Bringers - Besides their speed and maneuverability, they benefit greatly from Arcane Ward, bringing their DEF to a respectable 16.
  • High Exemplar Gravus - Protects your Exemplar Vengers and Kreoss himself from being knocked down or made Stationary. Additionally, he benefits from Kreoss' Divine Inspiration Elite Cadre, and when loaded with souls from Vengers can hit far above his point cost.


  • Judicator - Feora runs a mean Judicator between Incite and Redline.
  • Fenris - He really likes Incite on his targets.
  • Man o War Drakhun - Feora needs to play close to the frontline to cast Incite. A counter-charging solo may force the enemy to think twice before charging her.
  • War Dog - The only attachment you can get, and he comes quite handy when you need Parry to safely apply fire from Flame Trail.
  • Kodiaks and Ragers both have 3 effective melee attacks to make excellent use of Incite and are able to protect her with clouds and shield guard. Notable here is also that Incite and Hymn of Battle do affect Vent Steam and Unstable explosions.
  • Grolar - It reached terrifying levels of melee output with Redline, Incite and Hymn of Battle. We are talking a P+S 24 hammer swing and a P+S 21 fist attack. This surpasses even colossal in raw damage.
  • The Devastator can rain death which is also affected by the aforementioned buffs.


  • The various Khador battle engines - Man-o-War Assault Chariot, Man-o-War Siege Chariot, Winter Guard Gun Carriage - appreciate Boundless Charge, and their infantry-clearing abilities are drastically boosted with his feat. Spellpiercer allows them to hit targets they'd normally be unable to and ignore enemy magical buffs to their defensive abilities.
  • Flame Bringers benefit greatly from Death March, granting them a base threat of 15.5 inches if Vengeance is triggered and MAT 9. Additionally, Reznik's feat will let them devastate any infantry your opponent is foolish enough to clump together.
  • Initiates of the Order of the Wall - Being a Huge base caster, Reznik will be a prime target for enemy shooting; with the amount of magical shooting around and the ability to bestow it, it's best not to rely on his native defenses for protection. A unit of Initiates or two can go a long way in protecting him, as well as being tough-to-dislodge models.


  • Judicator - You can replicate the High Reclaimer's infamous Hand of Fate + Reliquary combo on this colossal, while Infernal Machine gives a well-deserved speed buff for heavy hitter to keep up with the rest of your army (just don't forget to apply the Choir's hymns first). Besides the Choir you may also want the Menite Archon as damage buff onto those flamers.
  • Greylord Outriders - If you don't take Vengers, this list can be low on magical damage sources, making it an uphill battle against Incorporeal solos. Outriders, especially under HoF can solve this problem.
  • Flame Bringers - They have natural Parry and Sidestep, but Sprint adds an extra Dash (pun intended) to their threat under Vlad's feat. They are able to clear lots of chaff, which is important in a list that is low on model count by design.
  • Wracks and Vassals - They are there to help Vlad's focus efficiency, which is great for him as he has to cast Dash (special mention here for being able to Dash the Hermit), allocate, keep up spells, and still probably wants to go to town himself, too. Being able to Enliven a Khador heavy such as the Spriggan is also very cute.
  • Fenris - As always, a good combo with Vladimir3. The difference now is, that Vladimir can take him outside of Wolves of Winter. Or put another way, Vladimir can have the army he wants and then add Fenris to it.
  • Menite Archon - Loves getting Dash for a speed bost and Parry, and putting Hand of Fate on it stacks with its native Divine Inspiration. Additionally, Wind Wall can help keep it safe on the way in, and if stuck close to Vlad, can help raise his DEF with Ashen Veil.
  • War Dog - Although you'll probably be casting Dash most of the time, having Parry for free is always good. Making Vlad DEF 17 in melee is great, especially if you've managed to score some kills to raise his ARM.
  • Purifier - Among Beat Back and Side Step you can move 3" everytime you hit something, while Parry keeps it save from free strikes, making them poten little assassins. The can also thus apply their Flame Trail in uncomfortable places for the enemy.



  • Released 2019.07
  • During the CID, Durst was made available as a warcaster for the theme. This (unfortunately) didn't survive to the release of the theme.

Other Faction models/themes

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Battlegroup & Similar

Butcher1 - Butcher2 - Butcher3 - Harkevich - Irusk1 - Irusk2 - Karchev - Kozlov - Malakov2 - Old Witch1 - Old Witch2 - Sorscha1 - Sorscha2 - Sorscha3 - Strakhov1 - Strakhov2 - Vlad1 - Vlad2 - Vlad3 - Zerkova1 - Zerkova2

Warcaster attachments

Khador: War Dog - Greylord Adjunct
Mercenary: Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr

Other Warjack Controllers

"Junior" Warcasters: Malakov1 - Sorscha0
'Jack Marshals: Man-o-War Kovnik - Greylord Forge Seer

Heavy Warjacks Berserker - Decimator - Demolisher - Destroyer - Devastator - Grolar - Juggernaut - Kodiak - Mad Dog - Marauder - Rager - Spriggan
Beast-09 - Behemoth - Black Ivan - Drago - Ruin - Torch
Colossal Conquest - Victor
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Assault Kommandos - Battle Mechaniks - Black Dragons - Doom Reaver Swordsmen - Greylord Outriders - Greylord Ternion - Iron Fang Pikemen - Iron Fang Uhlans - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Kossite Woodsmen - MOW Bombardiers - MOW Demolition Corps - MOW Shocktroopers - Widowmaker Scouts - WG Field Gun - WG Infantry - WG Mortar Crew - WG Rifle Corps
Great Bears of the Gallowswood - MOW Atanas & Standard
Ranking Officer CA : Koldun Kapitan Valachev

Greylord Adjunct - Greylord Forge Seer - Iron Fang Kovnik - Koldun Lord - MOW Drakhun - MOW Kovnik - MOW Strike Tanker - MOW Suppresion Tanker - Manhunter - War Dog - Widowmaker Marksman - WG Artillery Kapitan
Fenris - Jozef - Malakov1 - Markov - Sofya - Sorscha0 - Yuri

Battle Engines Gun Carriage - Man-o-War Siege Chariot - Man-o-War Assault Chariot
Theme Forces
Armored Korps - Flame in the Darkness - Jaws of the Wolf - Legion of Steel - Warriors of the Old Faith - Winter Guard Kommand - Wolves of Winter
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Khador Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.08
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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

Rules Clarification : Line Breaker - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification: Theme Forces     (Edit)

Changing Factions   [Show/Hide]
  • Many themes swap which Faction a model counts as. They're slightly inconsistent with how exactly this is worded. Despite this inconsistency when a model is considered a different faction, it will not be it's original faction. (Infernal Ruling)
Rerolling the starting roll   [Show/Hide]
  • You cannot use the theme benefit to reroll if it is a draw. Instead both players reroll until there is a loser, and then the loser can use their reroll benefit (if they have it). (Infernal Ruling)
  • If both players have a reroll, first the original loser uses their reroll.
    • If the original loser still loses, fine.
    • If the original loser now wins, the other player can use their reroll.
    • If it is now a draw, both players reroll until there is a loser. Then the player that hasn't used their theme benefit reroll can still use it, if they want.
Warjacks/Warbeasts with bonds   [Show/Hide]
  • A warjack/warbeast with a bond can always be included in a theme force, whether or not they're in the list of allowed models, but only if they're controlled by that bonded model.
  • This applies even if that bonded model isn't a full warcaster/warlock (changed as of 2018.06).
Including Mercenaries   [Show/Hide]

Number of Mercenaries

  • If your "up to one Merc" ...
    • ... can take warbeasts/warjacks, then you can add warbeast(s)/warjack(s) (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
    • ... comes with a Companion model, then you'll get that Companion (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
  • There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to not only take one Merc solo/unit, but the entire FA of that Merc solo/unit. It's a bug.

Partisans & Theme Forces (Edit)

  1. If the theme force has the Partisan model on the list of allowed models, then it doesn't use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and so you can take the full FA plus another mercenary. Example: Cephalyx in Black Industries or Kayazy in Jaws of the Wolf. (Infernal Ruling)
    1. This applies even if the Partisan model is only called out be a secondary attribute, with or without a faction identifier. Example: Living Cryx models/units in Scourge of the Broken Coast applies to Cephalyx. (Infernal Ruling)
  2. If the Partisan isn't on the list, it does use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and you can only take one. (There is a known bug in Warroom that allows you to take the full FA.)
  • Whether you used option 1 or 2 above, once they're in your theme force they count as a Faction model and so can be taken as a Requistion Option (if they fit the Requistion description). For instance, Eiryss1 can be taken as a free solo in the Legion of Dawn theme. (Infernal Ruling)

Mercenaries and Quasi-Partisans

  • Some themes include a benefit that says "If this model is included, it counts as a Faction model instead of a Mercenary model". For example Greygore in Kriel Company.
    In this case, the mercenary model has effectively gained Partisan and is subject to the FA limits described above. To reiterate:
    • If that Merc is in the list of allowed models allowed (such as Savio in Storm Division), they won't count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.
    • If that Merc isn't in the list, (such as Order of Illumination Resolutes in Heavy Metal), they will count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.

Mercenaries and Ranking Officers

  • Adding a Ranking Officer to a Merc unit doesn't increase the number of Merc units you can take.
Requisition Points   [Show/Hide]
  • You can choose the same Requisition option as many times as you like, as long as it doesn't put you over a FA limit.
  • You can't mix and match models from different options. Say one option allows 3 Machine Wraiths and another allows 3 Necrotechs. You can't use your Requisition Point to get 2 Wraiths and 1 Necrotech.
  • If you have an option that allows one other solo, you can't use it to get something already on the list. For instance, Ghost Fleet allows 3 Misery Cages (which are FA 4) for one Requistion Point, and it allows 1 other solo. That "other solo" can't be a 4th Cage.
  • If your theme allows "3 weapon attachments" as a Requistion Option, you can spread them into different units. (Locked Thread)
Free models and Specialists (ADR)    [Show/Hide]
  • If your theme only allows one merc solo, you can't have one in your main list and a different one in your specialists.
Unit Attachments   [Show/Hide]
  • If a unit is allowed in a theme, any-and-all of its attachments are allowed too. Exception: Ranking Officers are not allowed unless explicitily mentioned.
  • If the theme force gives a benefit to a specific unit, any-and-all attachments to that unit will benefit too. Even if it is a "generic" attachment like the Void Leech. (Infernal Ruling)
    For example, a Trollkin Sorcerer will gain Serenity if its attached to a Dhunian Knot unit in a Power of Dhunia theme force.
  • If your theme allows "3 weapon attachments" as a Requistion Option, you can spread them into different units. (Locked Thread)
When to apply theme benefits   [Show/Hide]
  • Theme force benefits are applied when you construct your list and models keep the benefit for the whole game. You don't gain/lose theme benefits due to in-game changes.
    Also, if you put a new model into play midgame, they immediately gain any relevant benefits too. (Infernal Ruling)
    • For example, Scourge of the Broken Coast gives Dodge to "models in the army." If your opponent takes control of one of them, it keeps Dodge even though it's currently not "in the army".
    • For example, Storm Division gives lightning immunity to "Cygnar models in the army." If you include a Mercenary unit with a Ranking Officer, they will get the theme benefit and also keep it even after the Ranking Officer dies.

Cryx - Black Industries   [Show/Hide]
  • The entry which allows "Cephalyx models/units" only applies to Partisan Cephalyx. That's because the theme's rules start off with "this army can only include the following Cryx models"​. Partisan Cephalyx are the only ones that fill that condition.
  • The Cephalyx Agitator also works for Cryx and can go in Black Industries but, because it is not a Partisan, it will use up your Mercenary solo slot.
  • (Infernal Ruling)

Protectorate - The Creator's Might   [Show/Hide]

Mercenary - Flame in the Darkness   [Show/Hide]
  • You can take any number of Mercenary jacks. You can also select two additional jacks from Khador and Cygnar in any combination you like. Character warjacks with a bond don't count against this limit of 2. (Infernal Ruling)
  • There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to take two Cygnar and two Khador jacks.
  • Morrowan Battle Priest:
    • If your warcaster is a Cygnar model that makes every unit you take a Cygnar unit, and Battle Priests can be attached to any unit.
      Warroom has a known bug where it doesn't allow this interaction.
    • If your warcaster is a Mercenary or Khador model, though, the only units the Battle Priest can attach to are the Morrow ones.
    • If you attach the Battle Priest to The Devil's Shadows Mutineers then it can be returned via Blood Bound. (Infernal Ruling)
Mercenary - Llaelese Resistance   [Show/Hide]
  • It is 2 Cruicible or 2 Cygnar or 2 Menoth.
    You can't take more than 2, and you can't mix and match from multiple Factions. (Infernal Ruling)
Mercenary - The Talion Charter   [Show/Hide]
  • The 3rd benefit is "Sac Pawn [Sea Dog trooper]", not just any Sea Dog. (Infernal ruling)

Circle - The Bones of Orboros   [Show/Hide]
  • Una1 cannot be taken in this theme (yet) due to the conflict between the theme's "Only Construct warbeasts allowed" and Una1's "Must take warbeasts with flight". There are no construct warbeasts with flight (yet). But if/when there is, then Una1 can be taken in this theme. (Infernal Ruling)
Circle - The Devourer's Host   [Show/Hide]
  • Bradigus1 is not legal in this theme. The theme only allows living warbeasts, his rules only allow construct warbeasts, and you can't just 'skip' his battlegroup - you have to spend your warbeast points.
  • If you create a new model mid-game (ie with the Well of Orboros and that model can have corpse tokens, that model does not enter play with a corpse. Because it's not the beginning of the game. (Locked thread)
Circle - The Wild Hunt   [Show/Hide]
  • When it comes to other things that alter COST (such as Lamentation), follow basic maths: Double/halve first, then add/subtract.
  • Due to the way Tanith's feat is worded, during her feat turn the COST of animi cannot drop below 1. (Infernal Ruling)

Skorne - The Exalted   [Show/Hide]
  • If a Construct model loses the Construct advantage mid-game, it keeps the theme benefit anyway. (Infernal Ruling)

Trollblood - Band of Heroes   [Show/Hide]
  • Boomhowler uses up your Minion slot. His Fell Calls ability is not enough to make him a "Fell Caller model/unit". (Infernal Ruling)

Crucible Guard - Magnum Opus   [Show/Hide]
  • If Mosby is attached to a Mercenary weapon crew unit, they would gain 3" reposition and would not lose it if Mosby is no longer in the unit. (Infernal Ruling)

Infernals - Hearts of Darkness   [Show/Hide]