Galleon - Mercenary Colossal

Warmachine: Colossals
The raw might of a naval ironhull now walks the lands as the Galleon. The colossal fires a rolling broadside before reaching out with its enormous cargo claw to toss warjacks like rag dolls. It can also use its massive trident to reel in foes and finish them off at close range with a series of punishing blows. The Galleon commands a high price, but for those mercenaries who have the fortune to spend, it fights as a symbol of unquestionable affluence and might.


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Overall, a fairly average statline that isn't really surprising for a Mercenary colossal although it's twice as expensive as any mercenary heavy jack (or three times as expensive as a Nomad). It is important to note that, unlike the other colossals, the Galleon does not possess a Superstructure system.

Weapons and Attacks

  • Harpoon Gun– Pretty good POW, though mediocre range.
    • Drag - If this weapon damages an enemy with an equal or smaller base size, after the attack is resolved the target is pushed directly towards this model as far as possible. This model then gets 1 free melee attack against the target, and can also purchase additional melee attacks during its activation.
  • Gun Port (x2) – Identical stats to the Sea Dog Deck Gun; a good range on the guns, POW in the very low teens, and a small AoE
    • Rapid Fire [d3] - This weapon makes d3 initial ranged attacks, but it only counts as ROF 1.
  • Cargo Claw – Less P+S than the Harpoon, but still respectable.
    • Open Fist – This grants access to more Power Attacks.
  • Harpoon – The Galleon can also use its harpoon gun to stab stuff. It has more POW than the Cargo Claw and is more powerful than most heavy warjack weapons.

Thoughts on the Galleon

The Galleon in a nutshell

The Galleon is a winner, with lots of long-range infantry-destroying AOEs and the ability to drag a heavy warjack long distances (considering the range buffs available) to trash and/or throw to the rest of your army. On most turns, its combat action should consist of firing the Gun Ports, then using the Harpoon Gun to drag in a heavy and stabbing it with the Harpoon melee weapon. It's considered the second best Mercenary colossal but this is deceptive; it's possible to argue that the Ghordson Earthbreaker backed by Thor Steinhammer is the best Colossal in the game - even as Colossals go the Galleon is extremely strong. As it has the highest P+S in Mercenaries, and the faction lacks for heavy hitters outside of Cephalyx, the Galleon is a mainstay of all but a few human Merc casters.

Combos & Synergies

A very nasty and oft-complained-about Mercenary list with the Galleon as its centerpiece is as follows: The list includes Broadsides Bart, Dougal MacNaile, Wrong Eye & Snapjaw with a Bull Snapper, and of course the Galleon; it costs 27 points if you include Bart's warjack points, and you can drop MacNaile if you feel cruel enough to try that list in a 25-point game. A few other models like Ragman complement this list well, but those models form the core of it.

The basic theory is that all non-Galleon models hide behind it at deployment to protect themselves from enemy attacks. Bart casts & upkeeps Hot Shot on the Galleon, then casts Batten Down the Hatches and allocates the rest of his focus to it every turn. Dougal MacNaile uses Artillerist and Double Powder Ration on the Galleon, and Wrongeye casts Spiny Growth to boost the Galleon's ARM (Wrong Eye has to cast it because the Bull Snapper is a Minion and Spiny Growth is a friendly faction-only spell. Wrong Eye is a Mercenary as well as a Minion, so it works). This gives the Galleon amazing damage and accuracy from aiming without needing a single focus point, as well as very high ARM and a nasty punch-back sting against any warjack/warbeast that gets into melee with it. The list turns the Galleon into an incomparable juggernaut, which is probably the most powerful single model in the game.

A few more warcaster synergies include:
  • Several of Magnus1's spells go well on the Galleon. Snipe is particularly nasty because with Dougal MacNaile's minifeat you should be able to yank an enemy heavy into the Galleon's base on the second turn, and not many strategies in the game can work around that one. Iron Aggression makes it deadly in melee and Temper Metal hard to remove. Remember that Magnus1 does not need to pay for upkeeps on battlegroup models, which saves focus that can be allocated to the Galleon.
  • Drake MacBain almost always runs the Galleon since Fail Safe on something with this many health boxes is very stout, and Jackhammer is fun after a successful Drag attack.
  • Captain Phinneus Shae usually has a Galleon in his tier list for multiple reasons. The ranged firepower is very useful. It's a heavy hitter he otherwise lacks. Phantasm keeps it safe from shooting. Coup de Main lets it charge farther if needed. The Commodore Cannon can slam enemy models for easy drags.
  • Magnus2 - Mobility and and his feat combined with Calamity means that the Galleon will be getting two turns of shooting/smashing the enemy into the ground. He can also bond with it giving it four focus, which is unique.
  • Captain Damiano - Damiano doesn't do much for it compared to many of the others, and he would rather be spending his focus on other things, but it works alright. Deadeye means easily hitting with the Harpoon and his feat will either make the Galleon wreck anything, become more stable or both. Sure Foot on a huge base means a lot of area where your infantry can screen the Galleon from counterattacks.
  • Fiona the Black - Nonokrion Brand means nothing can hide from the Galleon (though hiding from a huge base is pretty hard without another huge base to hide behind), and her feat means a lot of stuff will only scratch its surface. Otherwise, she only really gives it three focus per turn.
  • Ashlynn d'Elyse - Quicken and her feat provide most of her support for the Galleon. Sylys Wyshnalyrr provides an interesting option: with his help, Ashlynn's Gallows has a 12" range (further than the Galleon's Drag range). Use it to pull a target into Drag range and have the Galleon then drag it in to finish off. On her feat turn, it should be simple to pull a heavy out of cover and wreck it. With Quicken and Dougal's Double Powder Ration, she has good assassination potential on her feat turn as the Galleon threats 23", though this won't catch a skilled opponent.

Other Synergies

  • Dirty Meg/Thor Steinhammer - The ability to repair a huge-based model is always helpful.
  • Ragman - Death Field applied to a huge-based model possessing Drag is just evil.

Drawbacks and Downsides

  • Big Target
  • Enemies will armlock their own models to prevent you hitting them.
  • It's so obviously better than just about all of the Merc heavies that it gets taken all the time.

Tricks and tactics

  • When given the choice between shooting and melee why not both? Shoot, drag, finish shooting then buy extra harpoon attacks.

MercenariesLogo (1).jpg"Standard" Mercenary Warjacks must be controlled by a "Standard" Mercenary Warcaster or Mercenary Jack Marshal.
Models which can control "Standard" mercenary warjacks
Ashlynn D'Elyse - - Broadsides Bart - - Constance Blaize ¹ - - Captain Damiano - - Drake MacBain
Fiona the Black - - Magnus 1, Traitor - - Magnus 2, Warlord - - Captain Shae
Journeyman Warcasters
Gastone Crosse
Jack Marshals ³
Gun Mages ¹
Sam & the Devil Dogs - - Dirty Meg - - Raluk Moorclaw - - Rutger Shaw

"Standard" Mercenary Warjacks
Buccaneer - - Renegade ² - - Talon - - Vanguard
Freebooter - - Mangler - - Mariner - - Mule - - Nomad - - Rover
Rocinante - - Gallant ¹
Colossal ³
  • Note 1: These models can only be mercenaries in a Highborn Covenant contract. Normally they are Cygnar models and must use Cygnar warjacks.
  • Note 2: Magnus (either version) is the only model that can use the Renegade.
  • Note 3: Jack Marshals cannot control Colossals.

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