Theme - Wolves of Winter

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Khador Logo.jpg Theme - Wolves of Winter

Khador 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

The ruthless Greylord Covenant seeks absolute arcane mastery. Khadoran ingenuity created the first steam engines, and through the efficient sub-cortexes of the Behemoth, the advanced targeting algorithms of the Grolar, and by rushing four colossal Conquests to the front line before first Stormwall stepped out of the factory, modern Greylords have lived up to that pioneering achievement. Although some among them are bound by tradition and caution, others embrace any means to increase the technical and occult might of their nation; thus the study of accursed Orgoth relics. The ability to command the ancient fellblades is the first fruit born of that research. Now criminals, deserters, and rebels are shackled to these dark artefacts, their wills broken by the deranged voices of the blade's past victims, and then unleashed upon the enemies of the Covenant, proving that there is no tool that cannot be turned to suit the agendas of the Greylords.

Theme Rules

Theme Restrictions

An army made use the Wolves of Winter theme force can include only the following Khador and Mercenary models:

  • This army can also include one Mercenary solo and one Mercenary unit that will work for Khador.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Khador] rule.
    • Mercenary units in this army can have attachments, including Koldun Kapitan Valachev.
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Tip !
Void Archons can be taken in this theme even though they don't normally work for Khador.
Note that they don’t become Khador models (boo!), but you can take two Archons and another Mercenary solo (yay!)

Models allowed

The models allowed in Wolves of Winter are:   [Show/Hide]

This list was last updated: 2019.10   (Edit)


  • All Khador warcasters


  • All non-character Khador warjacks
  • Drago
  • Ruin
  • Other character warjacks can be taken, but only if they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.




Requisition Points

You can spend each Requisition Point on either:

Theme Bonuses

  • At the beginning of each of your Control Phases, one non-warcaster Greylord or Doom Reaver unit gains Apparition for one turn.
    Apparition - During your Control Phase, place models with Apparition anywhere completely within 2" of their current location.

Recent Changes

2019.07 Theme Remix

  • Game-wide Remix changes
  • Drago and Void Archon added to the list of allowed models
  • One of the few themes to keep Ranking Officers.
  • Kept the Apparition benefit, lost the "Friendly models/units can begin the game affected by your warcaster's upkeep spells" benefit

2019.10 Butcher4 released

2019.12 very minor wording clean up regarding Mercenary unit attachments.

Thoughts on this Theme Force

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Wolves of Winter in a Nutshell

Hordes of insane berserkers, wizards in fur hats, and so on. It does, however, offer the largest amount of troops with magic weapons, which can ruin your friendly neighborhood incorporeal-spam list's day. And more than one 'caster has met their end after eating a couple ice cages and then being beaten to a pulp by a doom reaver (or four.)

Theme Weaknesses

Narrow Selection
The biggest weakness this theme has is the lack of depth; you get Doom Reavers and Greylords. No widowmakers to clear charge lanes, no winterguard death star, and no man hunter bursting from the woods to apply axe to face with reckless abandon.

Terrain Mitigation
The lack of Pathfinder on the base doomreaver unit, the ternions, and the Koldun Lord can be a problem. You will have it on the Greylord Outriders. However, It is now an ability for the Doom Reaver Greylord Escort Unit attachment who with his Combat Caster ability can cast Death Strider when the unit charges to provide it pathfinder. You also can mitigate terrain challenges through Apparition, using the 2 inch place to move a model over a wall or out of a forest. If these tools are not enough, the right 'caster and/or merc choices can help mitigate it, but in the end, you want to apply fellblade and ice cage to face, and forests / rough terrain can hamper you.

List Building Tips

This list can be run as vintage Doom Reaver spam (how many Weapon Master units does it take to get to the center of the MK3 brick meta?), as a temptingly squishy cloud wall that punishes any overextension with rampant Stationary effects, or as anything in between. Though Doom Reavers aren't usually classified as jamming units, you can run them into enemy charge lanes, then un-jam them with Apparition to go after tastier targets.

Starting a 25 point list

Greylords and Doom Reavers are by far the hardest models to master in Khador due to the plethora of spell options, but they're also impressively thematic and unique. Only a truly dedicated new player should consider them as their first theme. A full unit of Doom Reaver Swordsmen with their Escort unit attachment, and backed up by a Greylord Ternion and an elite Koldun Lord will have you slinging spells and swinging Orgoth blades up to 25 point encounters in no time.

If you want to try this theme but are still stuck for ideas, try this. It's relatively newbie friendly.

Casters Thoughts


She buffs spellslingers, plus occasionally allows the removal of Doom Reavers in your way via Sacrificial Lamb to fuel your jacks. Not the most efficeint way to use them, but if it opens up a lane for assassination, so be it. Note that while she is a Greylord, and her guards are Doom Reavers, the unit is neither a Doom Reaver or Greylord Unit, and thus can not benefit from the theme benefit of apparition. Shame.


His original theme force in Mk2 was all about the Doom Reavers, and he still hangs nicely along with fellow homicidal maniacs. Under his feat the Swordsmen can cause untold carnage in the enemy lines, and since your front-line troops are mage static, you can spare your sweet support spells to your battlegroup. Add in Ruin to get an army with excellent anti-magic capabilities.


He enjoys moving up the board behind waves of bodies and clouds, both of which this theme provides. Dont forget to position the Argi in front of him, so if they are shot they trigger Vengeance.


Irusk is an odd choice for this list, as he loves to buff his infantry, and can't, due to spell ward. However, Solid Ground is CTRL range spell which offers a massive bubble of no-knockdown tech. What's better than tough doom reavers? No Knockdown Tough Doom Reavers. He also offers a smaller bubble of tactician, allowing any of his infantry to move through each other and draw LOS through each other. Artifice of Deviation is niche here, but can make a huge difference against the right opponent, as the spell places the AOE into play; it is not directly cast onto the doom reavers and thus bypasses their spell ward.


Irusk1 is a much stranger choice, though his battle plan, Reveille is interesting here; it mitigates the need to spend 3 points on the Doom Reaver UA (for Rise), but it requires Irusk to play uncomfortably close to the front lines. However, Irusk1 has an amazing feat which makes anyone around him irritatingly difficult to remove...


Ever want to make your opponent blink and say 'wait, how?' before shoving a doom reaver with stealth down their throat? Malakov2, by himself or with the hep of the Greylord Escort, can make your opponent's nightmare a reality. Malakov offers the battle plan Sneak, which grants Prowl to a unit. He can then cast Veil of Mists or the Escort casts Blizzard, which place 4" AOE clouds on the table. Prowl+Cloud=Stealthed wrecking balls. The effect is larger with either Sorscha on the table (tho Sorscha0 is not allowed in this theme), as they offer Fog of War which blankets an entire area in concealment. Same effect as a cloud, larger area, but still requires Malakov for his battle plan. Apparition can also be used to get Doom Reavers into the back arc of things, where they can cut throats as by Malakov's other battle plan.


The Greylord Adjunct can give her Eyeless Sight, which helps ignore some aspects of LOS (but not all) but it helps her feat stretch further. The frozen models can be smashed to pieces by Doom Reavers, whom she can also protect with Fog of War, which can be put into place at the start of the game, due to the theme benefit and can be upkept for free thanks to the Adjunct.

The Adjunct also gives her some much needed range on her Freezing Grip. Additionally the theme brings its own damage buffs in Canker Frost, which is good since Sorscha does not have any damage buffs herself (but buffs to-hit expertly by freezing enemies).



  • This theme force pays homage to two mk2 theme forces: Butcher2's "Mad Dogs of War" and Zerkova1's "Wolves of Winter," for which it is named.
  • Originally spoiled August 8, 2017.

Other Khador models

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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

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Apparition      (Edit)

  • If a model is B2B with you when you use Apparition then they will be exactly 2" away afterwards. So you can't get away from 'long reach' melee weapons.
  • Unit members must always be placed in formation. Refer to the "Placed" section if the core rulebook.
    • If a trooper can't be placed in formation (because it's more than 2" out of formation to begin with) then it can't be placed at all.
    • The unit commander is always "In Formation" by definition, so can be placed where he likes.
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Rules Clarification: Theme Forces     (Edit)

Themes that change a model's Faction   [Show/Hide]
  • Many themes swap which Faction a model counts as. They're slightly inconsistent with how exactly this is worded. Despite this inconsistency - whenever a model is considered a different faction to normal, it will not be its original faction. (Infernal Ruling)
For instance Lukas stops being a Crucible Guard model when taken in an Infernal army, and as a consequence he cannot take Toros or Vanguards in Infernals. (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.

Mercenaries and Ranking Officers

  • Adding a Ranking Officer to a Merc unit doesn't increase the number of Merc units you can take.


  • See also the section on Partisans
Including Partisan Mercenaries   [Show/Hide]

Partisans & Theme Forces (Edit)

  • Since Partisans are Mercenary/Minion models, there are two ways you can add them to a theme force:
    1. If they are on the list of allowed models, then you can take as many as you want, plus another Mercenary unit/solo.(Infernal Ruling)
      They can be explicitly allowed (for example: Cephalyx in Black Industries or Kayazy in Jaws of the Wolf).
      They can be implicitly allowed (for example Scourge of the Broken Coast allows "living Cryx models" and Partisan Cephalyx fit that criteria). (Infernal Ruling)
    2. If the Partisan isn't on the list of allowed models, it does use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and you can only take one.
  • Whether you used option 1 or 2 above, once they're in your theme force they count as a Faction model and so:
    • They can be taken as a Requistion Option (if they fit the Requistion description).
    For example Eiryss1 can be taken as a free solo in the Legion of Dawn theme. (Infernal Ruling)
    • They will get any theme benefit that they fit the description for.
    For example Storm Division gives all Cygnar models Immunity Electricity, so Partisan Mercs in that theme get immunity too.
    For example Nemo4's Mechaniks get Reposition [3] in Heavy Metal. (Infernal Ruling)
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.

See also these Theme-Specific Rulings   [Show/Hide]
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Rules Clarification : Black Industries      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : The Creator's Might      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Flame in the Darkness      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : Llaelese Resistance      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : The Talion Charter      (Edit)

  • The 3rd benefit is "Sac Pawn [Sea Dog trooper]", not just any Sea Dog. (Infernal ruling)
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Rules Clarification : The Bones of Orboros      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : The Devourer's Host      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : The Wild Hunt      (Edit)

  • The animus benefit doesn't apply to enemy warbeasts. (Infernal Ruling)
  • The animus benefit doesn't stack with the Druid Wilder's Herding ability. (Infernal Ruling)
  • 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 (2019))
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Rules Clarification : The Exalted      (Edit)

  • If a Construct model loses the Construct advantage mid-game, it keeps the theme benefit anyway. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Band of Heroes      (Edit)

  • Boomhowler uses up your Minion slot. His Fell Calls ability is not enough to make him a "Fell Caller model/unit". (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : The Blindwater Congregation      (Edit)

  • Void Leeches attached to a Gatorman Posse will gain Snacking, but they won't gain extra hitpoints. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Magnum Opus      (Edit)

  • 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)
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Rules Clarification : Hearts of Darkness      (Edit)