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Anson Durst, Rock of the Faith
Protectorate Paladin Warcaster

Anson Durst is the rock on which the enemies of the Protectorate break, a bulwark to the faithful who weathers tides of violence to keep blameless Menites safe. He earned his epithet fighting alongside the theocracy’s defenders to repel wave after wave of invading soldiers. Countless times he used his powers and a steel wall of warjacks to prevent harm to his men. Fuelled by faith and his devotion to the code of the Order of the Wall, Anson Durst is all but undefeatable when committed to the defence of his people.

Basic Info[edit]

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DEF 13
ARM 18
HP 19
WJP +28
See also How to Read the statblock


  • Recompense - 2" reach, P+S 14 melee weapon.
    • Damage Type: Magical - This weapon can damage incorporeal models.
    • Weapon Master - When attacking with this weapon, add an additional die to its damage rolls.
    • Eruption of Ash - When a model is boxed by this weapon, center a 3" AOE cloud on it then RFP it. Enemy models within the AOE when it is put into play suffer a POW 12 fire damage roll. The AOE remains in play for one round. Enemy models entering or ending their activation in the AOE suffer a POW 12 fire damage roll.


Feat : Bastion of Faith[edit]

While in Durst's control range, his warjacks gain +4 ARM and Brace for Impact (as above). Also, while B2B with one of his warjacks, Faction warrior models may pass off direct hits onto warjacks (and the effects of the hit). Bastion lasts for a round.


Target friendly Faction model can charge for free and gains +2" movement and Pathfinder when it charges for one turn.
If two members of Durst's battlegroup are B2B and in his control range, they gain +2 DEF and cannot become knocked down.
Deals Fire Damage, and on a Critical hit it inflicts Continuous Fire.
For one round, friendly Faction models in the caster's CTRL range gain +2 ARM against ranged and magic attacks.
Target friendly Faction warjack gains Righteous Vengeance. (Righteous Vengeance - If a friendly Faction model dies within 5" model, next turn this model gets a free 3" move and melee attack during the maintenance phase.)

Thoughts on Anson Durst, Rock of the Faith[edit]

Comparison to Mk2[edit]

Broadly similar to his Mk 2 incarnation, Durst was released late in the Mk 2 cycle, and was probably designed with an eye to his play under Mk 3 which was under final development. To summarise:

  • Lost a point of STR, and consequently the P+S of his weapon is one lower than previously.
  • Lost his Rampant Guardian Stance and instead gained natural Brace For Impact and Sturdy, some of the benefits of the former stance without needing to be B2B with battlegroup models, and sacrificing a movement or action to stance.
  • His feat now gives one less ARM buff to his 'jacks.
  • Deflection became Deceleration, which affects all friendly Faction models, not just warrior models as it did before.
  • Wall of Steel became Bulwark - just a name change.

Anson Durst, Rock of the Faith in a nutshell[edit]

Understanding how Durst and his feat and his spells interacts with his army, how to keep him safe, and how to manouevre him and his battlegroup for best threat (and safety for Durst) can take some practice. There is more he can do than just run a large battlegroup forward, feat as they close with the enemy and take an alpha strike fairly safely and then ht back harder - that works, but digging deeper can be rewarding and set your opponent questions that are difficult to answer.

Maximising his feat and spells[edit]

Feat thoughts[edit]

Anson likes to be a brick, and his feat not only delivers him and his battlegroup, but help protects his army. This looks slightly better written down than in practice, as you can only snuggle up so many models to his 'jacks on feat turn. The feat is best used to make your 'jacks almost unkillable for a turn, especially if absorbing an enemy alpha strike. A Templar with shield under his feat gets to ARM 25! Durst too looks very protected under the feat, able to play aggressively and closer to the front lines than most other casters. This is possible, but has its risks depending on who you are facing (See Downsides and Drawbacks below).

The feat coupled with Bulwark should be used to keep the battlegroup safe for a turn, and some key solos or support (e.g. Choir of Menoth). But note only damage from direct hits can be transferred to the 'jack a model is B2B with, squishy choirboys and other solos may still be caught in blasts nearby or on direct hits on the 'jacks they are close to, and they will still take this indirect (blast) damage.

Spell thoughts[edit]


Typical Army & Strategy[edit]


Durst's main win condition is probably attrition. He buffs the defense of his jacks and the armour of everybody in his control against shooting. Then, his feat turns that protection up to 11. Your best bet is to grind down your opponent and push them off control points.


Durst loves his 'jacks. Templars in particular get to outrageous levels of ARM on his feat turn, but all the Protectorate jacks, including the lights will be getting over ARM 20. With the right use of his feat you can deliver a large number of hard-hitting 'jacks straight to the enemy's face. Now which 'jacks you take is a matter of personal preference and play style. But for the beginner a good selection would be 4 or so melee heavy 'jacks such as the Templar some Crusaders a Castigator possibly. To help Durst survive up nearer the front lines a Vigilant or Devout may also be useful, to take some ranged hits from him or provide cover.

With the release of the Faithful Masses theme, Sanctifiers have become an attractive option for his battlegroup. Ashen Veil along with Bulwark will push them to Def14 against shooting and living models in melee. The biggest drawback was their relatively low POW but (Hand of Vengeance - When one or more friendly Faction warrior models are destroyed or RFP'd by enemy attacks while within 5" of this model, this model gains +2 to melee attack & damage rolls for one round.) with choir support puts that to a healthy 20.

To help clear enemy infantry that might jam up his battlegroup from making contact where it wants, you could add some infantry clearing options like a couple of Repenters - but this stretches his focus resources yet further. A better approach is to take some infantry. Ones that benefit more from Deceleration are a good choice, for example Temple Flameguard who can achieve a high ARM through Shield Wall or their Iron Zeal minifeat. Exemplar Errants offer accurate attacks, both from range and in meele, and while they are relatively low POW, it's usually enought to deal with enemy infantry. Their self-sacrifice can prevent many nasty effects or just makes them general nuisance. Their Officer also gives them assault, to make them even better to clean enemy mobs. Also, crossbows are magical and blessed, which can come in handy. Or you can just buy Vanquisher.

The Champion of the Order of the Wall will give Durst girded, which, while not always necessary, can help protect your fragile choir boys from blast damage.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

His feat is good, but also rather tricky to manage. Durst behind two Templars B2B, looks very safe, can't be moved in slams and under Bulwark safe from being knocked down, but two 'jacks with an open fist or two can throw the Templars out of the way, leaving Anson very exposed near the front of your lines. The feat also doesn't protect from blast damage so don't commit too many choirboys to get close to the 'jacks if the enemy has AOEs he can chuck at the jacks, as he will be going after them if he cannot really remove the 'jacks themselves that turn.

He is a high ARM caster, with good MAT and is a weaponmaster with a fairly powerful reach melee attack. He can remove an enemy heavy warbeast or warjack by himself if need be. And will kill an enemy caster easily if he can get close. But the temptation is to push him too hard, use him when you can and can protect him, guard him other times and use the threat he poses to your enemy to keep them on the back foot.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • Eruption of Ash from your melee attack is not optional. Be careful not to block unintentionally your LOS to targets with the newly placed clouds (for example if you want to cast an offensive spell afterwards). You should also refrain from melee attacks with this weapon, if you want to use those targets to fuel your soul/corpse gathering mechanisms.



Theme Forces[edit]

Themes for any & all casters (Edit)

Other Protectorate models[edit]

Warcasters Durst - Feora1 - Feora2 - Feora3 - Severius1 - Severius2 - Amon - Reznik1 - Reznik2 - Kreoss1 - Kreoss2 - Kreoss3 - Malekus - Harbinger - Reclaimer1 - Reclaimer2 - Durant2 - Thyra - Vindictus
Warcaster attachments Hierophant (Protectorate) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Controllers Bastion Seneschal (Marshal) - Durant1 (BGC) - Reclaimer Gatekeeper (Marshal)
Light warjacks Dervish - Devout - Purifier - Redeemer - Repenter - Revenger - Vigilant

Blessing of Vengeance

Heavy warjacks Castigator - Crusader - Guardian - Indictor - Reckoner - Sanctifier - Templar - Vanquisher

Avatar of Menoth - Blood of Martyrs - Eye of Truth - Fire of Salvation - Hand of Judgment - Scourge of Heresy

Colossal Judicator - Revelator
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units 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 - Knights Exemplar - Temple Flameguard

Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & Honor Guard
Ranking Officer: Attendant Priest

Solos Allegiant - Champion of the Wall - Deliverer Arms Master - Exemplar Bastion Seneschal - Exemplar Errant Seneschal - Hierophant (Attached) - Knights Exemplar Seneschal - Paladin of the Order of the Wall - Reclaimer Gatekeeper - Vassal Mechanik - Vassal of Menoth - Wrack

Gravus - Vilmon - Durant1 - Nicia - Pyrrhus - Covenant

Battle Engines Vessel of Judgment
Theme Forces
The Creator's Might - Exemplar Interdiction - The Faithful Masses - Guardians of the Temple
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Mercenary Battlegroups
Warcasters Ashlynn - Bartolo - Damiano - MacBain - Durgen - Ossrum - Magnus1 - Magnus2

Requires a 2+ caster game

Other Controllers Mini-casters Gastone Crosse - Rorsh & Brine
Marshals Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Rutger Shaw
Warjacks & Warbeasts The mercenary battlegroup members you can include in a Protectorate army depends entirely on which mercenary 'caster is commanding them. There are too many permutations to list here, please refer to one of the model entries above for full details of what it can take.
Mercenary Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Horgenhold Artillery - Horgenhold Forge Guard - Ogrun Assault Corps - Press Gangers - Sea Dog Deck Gun - Sea Dog Pirates - Steelhead Halberdiers - Steelhead Cavalry - Steelhead Riflemen - Thorn Gun Mages
Captain Sam & the Devildogs - Croe's Cutthroats - Blythe & Bull - Herne & Jonne - Aiyana & Holt
Solos Alten Ashley - Anastasia - Bradigan - Grogspar - Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Doc Killingsworth - Eiryss1 - Eiryss2 - Hawk - Gastone - Gorman - Bailoch - Rockbottom - Dougal - Orin - Rhupert - Rorsh & Brine - Rutger - Saxon - Sergeant Nicolas - Stannis - Taryn
Battle Engines None
Warcaster attachments Madelyn Corbeau

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Feat : Bastion of Faith

  • If a model is hit by a throw/slam/etc attack, and you transfer the attack to a warjack, then the warjack is the model that gets moved.

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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")

Rules Clarification : Weapon Master - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Eruption of Ash      (Edit)

  • If Eruption of Ash is on a magical weapon, then the initial attack can hurt an incorporeal model. However, the AOE that is put into play by the weapon is not magical and doesn't harm them.
  • Hazard templates and "non-hazard damage" templates (Edit)
    • Some templates are defined as 'Hazards' but some, like Creeping Barrage, are not.
    • Damage templates from spells:
      • Spells which leave a template and are not described as a hazard will do magical damage to models that walk around in them. (Example: Razor Wall)
      • Spells which leave a template and are hazards will not do magical damage to models that walk around in them. Instead, they do whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
      • (Infernal Ruling)
    • A model which is "placed" also counts as "entering" an area, so the hazard will damage any one who teleports/spawns into it, too.
    • If two hazard templates are overlapping, a model that enters them will take two points of damage.
    • Damage from a hazard is not from an attack (so won't trigger stuff like Vengeance).
    • Damage from a hazard is not considered to be from the weapon/spell that originally put it into play (so it doesn't gain the Damage Type or any other special rules of the weapon/spell).
  • Hazardous Clouds (Edit)
    • A hazard, by definition, is a terrain effect. As such, if a template is both a cloud and a hazard it will block sprays as per the normal terrain rules for terrain blocking LOS. (Infernal Ruling)

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Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster      (Edit)
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  • General
    • FOCUS (uppercase) is the stat printed on the warcaster's card. Focus (lowercase) refers to focus points a model currently has.
    • Your CTRL area is double your FOCUS stat, not double your focus points. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Casting spells or using feats is an anytime ability with the added restriction that you can't use them on the same turn you run even before you run.
      • See also the clarifications on Any Time abilities (below).
    • Some warcasters are also Battle Engines and thus follow all the Battle Engine special rules.
      • There is no particular interaction between the Battle Engine rules and the Warcaster rules.
    • Work out all damage modifiers (such as Decapitation doubling the damage that exceeds ARM) before reducing it with the Power Field. (Infernal Ruling)

Restrictions on "Any Time" abilities     (Edit)      
  • "Any Time" abilities can be used at any time during a model/unit's activation, except:
    1. The model with the Any Time ability has had their activation end "prematurely". By this I mean you resolve anything which includes "its activation ends". Examples include:
      • Running, failing a charge, or failing a slam.
      • Abilities that include "then its activation ends" (such as Reposition and Teleport).
    2. In between declaring your charge target and making your charge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    3. In between completing your charge movement and determining whether it was a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
    4. You're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    5. You're in the middle of an attack. Note that the attack is not over until you finish step 14 of the attack sequence (Apdx A).
    6. Your opponent interrupted your activation to trigger one of their own abilities, such as Countercharge.
  • In general you can use "Any Time" abilities while you're knocked down or stationary (except Spells and Feats which specify you can't).
  • If you have a gun with a random ROF, you can use an "Any Time" ability inbetween rolling the number of shots and actually making the first attack. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Units with "Any Time" abilities
    • Even if the ability says "any time during the unit's activation", a model in a unit can't use an Any Time ability if they run, fail a charge, or use an ability like Reposition.
    • Because that model's activation has ended (even if the unit's activation is still ongoing) and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • So, for example:
      • You cannot use a minifeat after the Officer runs. (Infernal Ruling)
      • You cannot use a minifeat after anyone in the unit has begun a Reposition move. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Warcaster/Warlock Cavalry ( Edit )
    • Warcasters/Warlocks can't cast spells or use their feat while resolving Impact Attacks. Because Impact Attacks occur during movement - you can use spells or feat before moving, or after moving, but not during movement.
      • Exception: If your Impact target(s) include your charge target, then your movement has ended (refer rulebook, last paragraph of 'Impact Attacks') and thus you're fine to use "any time" abilities before starting the Impact attacks.

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Rules Clarification : Warcaster Unit or Warlock Unit     (Edit)
This summary is specific to Warcaster/Warlock units. You may also want to check the Warcasters & Warlocks page for the 'regular' rules clarifications.

  • If you're giving an order, it must be done first, before casting any spells or using your feat.
  • All models in the unit count as part of the battlegroup. So, for instance, Butcher3's argus can be moved via his Energizer spell.
  • Only the warcaster/warlock model can dominate a Steam Roller scenario. They can do that regardless of where the grunts are.
  • The grunt models can contest Steam Roller scenarios, but not control them.
  • Warcaster units can have attachments. They can even attach units (such as the WSC). (Infernal Ruling)
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
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Rules Clarification : Unit of Warcasters or Warlocks     (Edit)

  • Even though they're warcasters, if they're out of formation they suffer the normal penalties (can't make attacks, actions, spells, etc).
  • They can't upkeep each other's spells.
  • They can only dominate one SteamRoller scenario element at a time.
  • Each warlock/warcaster can have different upkeeps on them if those upkeeps are "target SELF" or "target model". If you cast an upkeep that is "target model/unit", that is the only upkeep any of them can have.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
  • The Legion Twins
    • Rhyas cannot dominate a zone while out of formation.
    • Rhyas can use the feat while out of formation.
  • Haley3
    • Only Haley Prime is an 'actual' warcaster model, and as such she is the only one that can dominate a scenario element.
    • The echoes can Control/Contest scenarios like a normal unit.
    • Haley Prime can dominate an element even if the echoes are out of formation.

Rules Clarification : Sturdy - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Brace For Impact      (Edit)

  • You can still be damaged by a slam.
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Rules Clarification : Retaliatory Strike      (Edit)

  • "Basic melee attack" also includes Mount Attacks. Refer to the definition of 'Basic Attack' in the rulebook.
  • You can't make Retaliatory Strikes vs free strikes, because the free striker is defined to be in your back arc (regardless of the actual model's facings) and thus you don't have LOS to it. (Infernal Ruling)

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Rules Clarification : Boundless Charge      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Bulwark      (Edit)

  • If a battlegroup model is not B2B but is then slammed/thrown into another one, then the Bulwark 'activates' before the slam/throw has a chance to knock them down.
  • Models that are already knocked down gain no benefit from Bulwark.
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Rules Clarification : Cleansing Fire      (Edit)

  • On a critical hit, all models in the AOE suffer continuous fire, otherwise none do.
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Rules Clarification : Fire      (Edit)

  • Moving into "Shallow water" standard terrain does not cause continuous fire to expire. It's magic fire.
    • You can always use non-standard terrain if you agree with your opponent before the game starts, however.
  • A weapon can inflict continuous fire without itself being a fire damage weapon (for example, the Helios's fists). In this case, the attack can hurt models with Immunity:Fire it just won't apply the continuous effect.
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Rules Clarification : Deceleration      (Edit)

  • Deceleration works vs blast damage.
  • Deceleration works vs special effects on the gun/spell that cause "direct" damage. For instance, the Throw damage caused by the White Squall spell.
  • Deceleration doesn't work vs 'secondary' damage that is 'not considered to be an attack' (such as Electro Leap).
  • Deceleration doesn't work vs hazards that are put into play by spells/guns (such as the Stormwall's Covering Fire).
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Rules Clarification : Hallowed Avenger      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Vengeance and/or Righteous Vengeance and/or Retaliation and/or Swift Vengeance and/or Tantrum     (Edit)

  • Vengeance moves do not have to be towards an enemy model.
  • You can choose to not move, but still get the attack. One is not conditional on the other.
  • When resolving Vengeance, move all models in the unit before making any attacks. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you have more than one unit with Vengeance, move all of unit A then complete all of unit A's attacks, before starting to move unit B.
  • Vengeance is not an activation. It does not prevent the unit from activating and acting normally later in the turn.
  • Stationary and knocked down models may not perform Vengeance moves nor attacks.
  • Only enemy attacks trigger Vengeance. There are plenty of ways enemies can damage you without attacking you (such as Electro Leap) and these will not trigger Vengeance.
  • Due to the way it is worded Vengeance can be "inherited" by unit attachments that do not actually have the Vengeance ability themselves. For instance, a Soulless Escort attached to the Spears of Scyrah.
    • If anyone is damaged, including the attachment, everyone in the unit gets to trigger Vengeance.
    • But if everyone is killed except the attachment, then he doesn't get to trigger Vengeance because the rule is "no longer on the table".