Trencher Blockhouse

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Cygnar Logo.jpg Trencher Blockhouse

Cygnar Trencher Structure

Blockhouses are often built to support Cygnaran trenchworks, providing girded fire bays and supporting fire in the event of an enemy overrun of the front. Able to withstand direct artillery fire from all but the heaviest enemy guns, these blockhouses return fire with salvos from their impressive cannons while acting as mustering points to reinforce embattled trencher platoons.

Basic Info

Trencher Blockhouse
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  • Structure - All structures share the same set of special rules. Most notably being big fat buildings. Click the link for full text.
  • Construct symbol.jpg Construct
  • Forward Deployment - This model can be deployed up to 8" beyond your deployment zone.
  • Girded - This model and friendly models B2B with it do not suffer blast damage.
  • Reinforcements [Trencher] - During your Maintenance Phase, return to play d3 small-based friendly destroyed Trencher Grunts to play. Models return with 1 unmarked damage box, completely within this model's command range, and completely within 3" of another model in their unit. They must forfeit their Combat Action this turn.
  • Trench Network - Immediately after placing this model during deployment, you can place up to two trench templates on the table. These trench terrain features must be placed either in base contact with this model or in contact with a trench terrain feature that is in base contact with this model. These trench terrain features cannot be placed in contact with a non-trench terrain feature.


  • Heavy Cannon - 15" range, 4" AOE, POW 15 gun
  • Military Rifle (x2) - 10" range, POW 11 guns

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

No changes since 2018.07

Thoughts on Trencher Blockhouse

Trencher Blockhouse in a nutshell

It's a support piece. It shoots anything that gets near, provides cover for your troops, and returns fallen trenchers to play.

Combos & Synergies

  • Your Warcaster.
    • Is there a spot where you want your Warcaster to stand? Would you like to have +4 DEF in that spot? Get a Trench from the network to that point.
  • Caine2. The Blockhouse's gun is good, but not great. Fire For Effect makes it that little bit scarier.
    • Also dumping Caine in a Trench with Heightened Reflexes. DEF21 with no knockdown and no Stationary is useful.
      • Caine also values the 120mm base the Blockhouse provides for screening purposes until he’s ready to move out and attempt an assassination run.
  • Snipe makes it a little harder to hide from.
  • Anything that can buff its average RAT:
  • The Trencher Master Gunner for either the improved chance to hit or arcing fire.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • The model is a building and so it’s a bit plain & boring.
  • A big, immobile piece on the board - poor placing can make it seem poor value for points.
    • That is especially true for the Trench templates - the last thing you want is giving away free cover for the enemy's fast and/or flanking units.
  • Though models around are defended from blasts, it is still just DEF5. Other dangers, like continuous effects, electro leaps and spells like Ashes to Ashes or Spine Burst can decimate your models around.

Tricks & Tips

  • You could field two of them slightly apart from one another. This would allow you to place 4 trenches in a line in front of them (other terrain permitting), to use as a battle line for your units. Trenchers in trenches!
  • It is placed at the same time as your non-advance-deploying models, so use it to control the deployment of enemy advance deploying (or even distant deploying) models.
  • Deploy the trenches forward instead of across to give your advancing models without Dig In some much needed cover.
  • Blockhouses can reload the Grenadier - looks like the crews are really busy.
  • In Steamroller games it can't score scenario points (at least not in the 2018 version of Steamroller), but it can contest them and prevent the enemy scoring.
    • Note that to contest a zone it needs to in the zone. A couple of scenarios have the zones laid out so that you could deploy it touching them, but this isn't sufficient.
    • Specifically it can contest zones or flags in Mirage and Spread the Net, and contest flags in Recon II.



  • Originally released in the Trencher CID (2017.06)
  • It was the first released Structure in the entire gaming system - though rules that interact with Structures (such as Siege1's Combat Engineer) already existed.

Other Cygnar models

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters Caine1 - Caine2 - Caine3 - Constance - Darius - Haley1 - Haley2 - Haley3 - Jakes2 - Kraye - Maddox - Nemo1 - Nemo2 - Nemo3 - Sloan - Stryker1 - Stryker2 - Stryker3 - Siege1 - Siege2 - Sturgis1
Warcaster attachments Squire (Cygnar) - Madelyn Corbeau (Merc) - Reinholdt (Merc) - Wyshnalyrr (Merc)
Other Warjack Controllers

Battlegroup Controllers: Caine0 - Nemo4 - Jakes1 - Journeyman - T. Warcaster Lieutenant
'Jack Marshals: Runewood - Strangewayes - Anson Hitch - Stormblade Captain - T. Master Gunner - Gun Mage CA - Stormblade CA - Sword Knights CA

Light Charger - Firefly - Grenadier - Hunter - Lancer - Minuteman - Sentinel
Ace - Thorn
Heavy Avenger - Centurion - Cyclone - Defender - Hammersmith - Ironclad - Reliant - Stormclad
Brickhouse - Dynamo - Gallant - Ol' Rowdy - Thunderhead - Triumph
Colossal Stormwall - Hurricane
Units, Solos, Battle Engines, & Structures

Arcane Tempest Gun Mages - Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team - Field Mechaniks - Legion of Lost Souls - Long Gunner Infantry - OoI Resolutes - OoI Vigilants - Precursor Knights - Rangers - Silver Line Stormguard - Storm Lances - Stormblades - Stormguard - Stormsmith Grenadiers - Storm Tower - Sword Knights - Tempest Blazers - Tr Cannon Crew - Tr Chain Gun Crew - Tr Commandos - Tr Express Team - Tr Long Gunners - Tr Infantry - Tr Mechaniks
Special CA : Captain Jonas Murdoch (Mercenary unit) - Special WA: Morrowan Battle Priest (any unit)


Arcane Tempest Rifleman - Archduke Runewood - Captain Arlan Strangewayes - Captain Maxwell Finn - Commander Anson Hitch - Grand Master Gabriel Throne - Glyn Cormier, Illuminated One - Gun Mage Captain Adept - Journeyman Lieutenant Allister Caine - Journeyman Warcaster - Harlan Versh, Illuminated One - Lieutenant Allison Jakes - Lieutenant Bastian Falk - Lieutenant Gwen Keller - Major Katherine Laddermore - Major Harrison Gibbs - Morrowan Archon - Savio Montero Acosta - Sir Dreyfus the Storm Knight - Squire - Stormblade Captain - Stormcallers - Tr Buster - Tr Master Gunner - Tr Patrol Dog - Tr Warcaster Lieutenant - Viktor Pendrake

Battle Engines & Structures

Nemo4 - Storm Strider - Trencher Blockhouse

Theme Forces
Flame in the Darkness - Gravediggers - Heavy Metal - Sons of the Tempest - Storm Division
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Cygnar Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2020.02

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : High-Explosive - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Quake      (Edit)

  • If the weapon misses, then it will deviate and do blast damage as per a normal AOE (assuming it has a POW to begin with).
  • Other effects of the attack will still occur (such as the Mitigator's auto-point of damage to all models hit).
  • Knockdown (Edit) - Remember, knockdown only prevents what it says it does. Refer to the Knockdown page for a recap of what a model can/can't do.
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Rules Clarification : Structure      (Edit)

  • The main differences between structures and the other huge bases are:
    • Structures can't aim.
    • Structures can't forfeit their Normal Movement (because they have none). If they're hit by an effect that makes the target "forfeit either Normal Movement or Combat Action as it's controller chooses" (such as Stranglehold) then the structure must forfeit its Combat Action.
    • Unlike Colossals and Gargantuans, your opponent can take control of your structure. There are very few such abilities that work on this model type, though.
  • Huge Base (Edit)
    • Coming on a huge base triggers a bunch of rules scattered throughout the rulebook. Click here for a summary of them.
    • You can draw LOS from your Left arc to a target in your Right arc (and vice versa). See also this diagram
    • Huge-based models get bonus distance on Power Attack Slams. But this bonus doesn't apply to slams caused by other means, such as Critical Smite or the Hurricane's Thunder Charge ability.

Rules Clarification : Construct - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Forward Deployment      (Edit)

  • This model is placed at the same time as your normal deployment, not with your advance deployment models.
  • A model that is deployed touching a scenario zone does not count as within that zone, so won't contest/control it. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Girded - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Reinforcements      (Edit)
Return to Play - Other Units (Edit)

  • "Return" is quite simple if you only return models to your own unit (like Blood-Bound) or only return independent models (like Thagrosh1's feat). But if you're returning models to other units, then click to read more.   [Show/Hide]
    • If you can return multiple troopers at once, they don't all have to be the same unit. Spread the love around.
    • Troopers must return to their original unit. Even if you have two units of the same type (such as two units of Convergence Eradicators) then you can't have 4 die from unit [A] and return them all to unit [B].
    • If your rule is something like "return d3 models to units within CMD range" (Old Witch3) then it is d3 models total, not d3 models to each and every unit.
    • If your rule is something like "spend 1 soul to return 1 Grunt" (Enigma Foundry) then it doesn't matter where the souls came from originally. Think of them like currency, in this case.
    • Troopers are placed sequentially, and you can leap frog the "within 3" of another model in its unit" requirement.
    • You can Return models even after a unit is reduced to just Attachments (Weapon or Command)
      • If your Return ability lets you return a Leader or Officer model, then they will immediately become the unit commander and redefine the "in formation" bubble.
      • If your Return ability only allows Grunts, then the Grunt will not be field promoted when he arrives.
        This means that, in the unusual scenario where the Leader model has different wargear to the Grunts (such as Cygnar Stormguard), then that wargear is effectively 'lost'.

Rules Clarification : Trench Network - None yet. (Edit)