Captain Damiano

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Mercenary Ordic Steelhead Warcaster

Captain Amador Damiano fights for glory, fame, honor, and the certainty that he will in time become a living legend. His Steelheads march in perfect lines and display a unity and responsiveness on the battlefield equal to or surpassing the infantry of any army in western Immoren. Damiano sees himself as much more than a mercenary captain; each contract he takes is not simply a paycheck, it is another conquest, another chance to show the world he is a battle commander without equal.

Basic Info[edit]

Captain Damiano.jpg
SPD 6 Average
STR 6 Average
MAT 7 Good
RAT 6 Average
DEF 15 Average
ARM 16 Average
CMD 9 High
FOCUS 6 Average
HP 16 Average
WJP 28 Average

Weapons and Attacks[edit]

  • Judgement - Range 12, POW 12 ranged weapon.
    • Damage Type: Magical - This weapon can damage incorporeal models.
    • Blaster - When this model makes an attack with this weapon, before the attack roll it can spend 1 focus point to give the attack a 3" AOE. All models hit suffer a POW 12 blast damage roll.
  • Glory - Range 1, P+S 12 melee weapon.

Special Abilities[edit]

  • Mercenary - will work for Cryx, Cygnar, Khador and the Protectorate of Menoth.
  • Warcaster - This model comes with a bunch of special rules, most notably being really awesome at everything.
  • Steelhead Paymaster - This model starts the game with 5 coins. Once per activation it can spend one or more coins to give an Incentive to a nearby unit with the relevant subtype. A unit can only have one Incentive a turn.
    • Battle Maneuvers - The unit gains Reposition [5"] for one turn. (Reposition [5"] - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to 5", then its activation ends.)
    • Money Shot - Affected models gain +2 to ranged attack and ranged damage rolls for one turn.


If Convection destroys a living enemy model, you can give 1 focus point to a warjack in the caster's battlegroup and CTRL range.
  • Deadeye - Cost 2, range 6 spell. Target friendly Faction model/unit gains an additional die on each model's first non-spray ranged attack roll this turn.
  • Death March - Cost 3, 6" range, Upkeep.
Target friendly Faction unit gains +2 MAT and Vengeance. (Vengeance - During your Maintenance Phase, if one or more models in a unit with Vengeance were damaged by enemy attacks during the last round, each model in the unit can advance 3" and make one basic melee attack.)
  • Road to War - Cost 3, range SELF upkeep spell. When a friendly Faction model in the spellcaster's control range destroys one or more enemy models with a melee or ranged attack during its activation, immediately after the attack is resolved one warjack in the spellcaster's battlegroup that is in its control range can advance up to 3". A warjack can advance as a result of Road to War only once per turn.
  • Sure Foot - Cost 2, 6" range, Upkeep
Target friendly Faction model/unit gains +2 DEF and immunity to being knocked down. Models are not affected while out of formation.

Feat: Conquest[edit]

While in Damiano's control range, friendly Faction models gain +3 STR and ARM and can move or be moved only during your turn. Conquest lasts for one round.

Thoughts on Captain Damiano[edit]

Captain Damiano in a nutshell[edit]

Damiano is an upkeep-heavy infantry support caster and the best at that job the Mercenaries have to offer. He is unusual among warcasters as he has tools to improve accuracy, damage, threat range, defense and armor. His melee ability is unremarkable but his magic hand cannon is useful when needed, so he should hang as far back as possible to avoid incoming fire. Few warcasters support an army as well as Damiano.

Thoughts on when & how to use his feat and spells[edit]


Most of the time you want to use the feat when it's time for the big charge. On rare occasions, it may be used to counter an opposing feat like Exulon Thexus or Krueger2 as it prevents his army from being moved (they can still be placed).


  • Convection - This is almost never cast. Damiano has a magical hand cannon which is better and can be AOE 3 so you'd only cast this spell if you needed to kill quite a few incorporeal models in one turn.
  • Deadeye - You will probably be casting this every turn as it negates a lot of defensive bonuses out there.
  • Death March - Good to put on any larger unit that's likely to be taking losses frequently - usually Steelhead Halberdiers although people have found it very useful on a 15 person unit of Trencher Infantry.
  • Road to War - Always a helpful spell to have up right away on Damiano before your 'jacks have closed to engage, especially if his battlegroup is following closely behind other units and can benefit from their kills.
  • Sure Foot - This spell is very useful for infantry, as it makes them more survivable with a higher DEF - and it's especially useful on Tough units. But it can also be useful for 'jacks mostly in terms of its ability to prevent knockdown. If you're going up against an army that depends on knockdown (looking at you, High Exemplar Kreoss), casting this on your most important unit will shut that down.

Typical Army & Strategy[edit]


  • Damiano hangs well back and upkeeps 2 of 3 spells. One is usually Surefoot and the other is either Road to War or Death March depending on the matchup. Once things get going, it's up to you to decide what most needs to happen during the turn, whether it is casting Deadeye, using his Blaster gun, or allocating focus to warjacks. Surefoot works best on a unit that is tough, has good DEF, and can shrug off blasts. Trenchers fit the bill, so he's often seen in Kingmaker's with a full 15 Trenchers anchoring the middle of the board. He's not very tricky so he mostly relies on having more bodies than the other army which he can turn into high quality bodies thanks to his spells and abilities.


  • Due to his Paymaster ability, Damiano likes Steelheads of all types.
  • Damiano can also run non-Steelhead units that take advantage of his spell list, including: Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters, the Idrian Skirmishers, or the Kayazy Assassins all benefit from both Death March and Sure Foot and are better overall units. Thorn Gun Mages benefit greatly from Deadeye.
  • In terms of warjacks, Rocinante is a tempting choice due to its Bond with Damiano, but is considered very overpriced. Nomads, Talons and Mariners provide cheap options that Damiano can make great use of as he doesn't particularly excel at running warjacks, but he can get them there and make them hit hard for one turn, so it's often best to just cram a bunch of cheap stuff in there. A Buccaneer is useful to knock Damiano down in the Kingmaker's theme force.
  • Other effects that buff infantry, such as Ragman's Death Field, only make Damiano's forces stronger.
  • In The Kingmaker's Army Theme Force Damiano runs Trencher Infantry - as well as, or better than any caster in the game. A max unit of 15 models with DEF 15, Tough, no Knockdown, and Dig In are as difficult to remove as infantry gets. Toss in Deadeye and the Trenchers do lots of work. He also gets some free solos, and free is an excellent price for Stannis Brocker if you are planning on running a Steelhead battalion.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

  • The Steelhead Calvary have lost some offensive power, which Damiano valued greatly. However, Steelhead Riflemen have got cheaper and Steelhead Halberdiers are still a fantastic unit to tag along with Damiano.
  • Damiano is pretty dependent on upkeeps to do much for his army, especially if he didn't bring Steelheads. This means any army that brings upkeep removal makes his life more difficult. He does not want to see Purification.
  • He doesn't have a strong assassination game and tends to bring a lot of infantry, which means long games that will test your clock management skills.
  • His end game ability to pull out the win by himself is well below average.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • Combining Money Shot and Deadeye on a Steelhead unit with a ranged attack makes them surprisingly powerful.
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Note to Editors
If you're looking for inspiration for content to add to this page, you can always copy-paste (& update as necessary) info from the old mk2 entry:
Mk2 Battle College: Captain Damiano .

Comparison to Mk2[edit]

  • Warpath was renamed to Road to War and cost increased
  • Battle Maneuvers grants large Reposition instead of normal Reposition
  • Sure Foot effect altered and cost decreased


How can I include this model in my army?[edit]

Mercenaries are a bit more complicated than regular faction models, they can be taken in one of three different ways.

  1. This model can be included in a pure Mercenary army.
  2. This model can be included in the following Faction armies (requires a 2+ caster game):
  3. This model can be included in the following theme forces:

What models can this warcaster take in his battlegroup?[edit]

Mercenary Warjacks (Edit)
Light Buccaneer - Renegade (Magnus only) - Talon - Vanguard
Heavy Freebooter - Mangler - Mariner - Mule - Nomad - Rover
Gallant - Rocinante
Colossal Galleon


  • Captain Damiano appears to be based off of Don Quixote, a fictional Spanish 'knight' made infamous for charging windmills in the play "Man of La Mancha" (Wikipedia: Tilting at Windmills).
  • The name of Don Quixote's old decrepit horse and Damiano's bonded family warjack, "Rocinante", is a Spanish pun meaning either "Foremost Steed" or "Old Workhorse." (Wikipedia: Rocinante)
  • Ironically, in Portuguese "amador" has the meaning of amateur, dilletante or nonprofessional, contradictory to Amador Damiano's personal entitlement to not only fight for gold and coin (as some other mercenary warcasters), but also for fame, honor and glory.
  • Originally released in the Warmachine: Wrath expansion (2011).

Other Mercenary models[edit]



Mercenary 'Jack Controllers (Edit)
Warcasters Ashlynn - Caine3 - Captain Bart - Captain Damiano - Gastone2 - Captain Shae - Macbain - Constance - Fiona - Magnus1 - Magnus2
BGC Gastone Crosse
Marshals Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Raluk Moorclaw - Rutger Shaw - Sam & the Devil Dogs
Mercenary Warjacks (Edit)
Light Buccaneer - Renegade (Magnus only) - Talon - Vanguard
Heavy Freebooter - Mangler - Mariner - Mule - Nomad - Rover
Gallant - Rocinante
Colossal Galleon
Rhulic 'Jack Controllers (Edit)
Warcasters Durgen Madhammer - General Ossrum - Gorten Grundback
Marshals Thor Steinhammer
Rhulic Warjacks (Edit)
Light Blaster- Gunner
Heavy Avalancher - Basher - Driller - Rockram
Colossal Earthbreaker
Cephalyx Warcasters (Edit)
Warcasters Cognifex Cyphon - Exulon Thexus
Cephalyx Monstrosities (Edit)
Heavy Subduer - Warden - Wrecker
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Warcaster attachments Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr
Lesser Warlocks Rorsh & Brine (Farrow) - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw (Gatorman)
Units Cephalyx Mind Bender - Cephalyx Mind Slaver - Cephalyx Overlords - High Shields - Artillery Corps - Forge Guard - Idrian Skirmishers - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Ogrun Assault Corps - Precursor Knights - Press Gangers - Sea Dog Pirates - Deck Gun - Steelhead Halberdiers - Steelhead Heavy Cavalry - Steelhead Riflemen - Tactical Arcanist Corps - Thorn Gun Mages
Special CA: Cephalyx Dominator
Character Units Alexia1 - Sam & The Devil Dogs - Croe's Cutthroats - Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Herne & Jonne - Aiyana & Holt - Lynus & Edrea - Commodore Cannon - Devil's Shadow Mutineers
Solos Cephalyx Agitator - Gobber Tinker - Ogrun Bokur - Swamp Gobber River Raider
Character Solos Alexia2 - Alten Ashley - Anastasia Di Bray - Bloody Bradigan - Bosun Grogspar - Brun & Lug - Colbie - Dahlia & Skarath - Dirty Meg - Doc Killingsworth - Eilish Garrity - Eiryss1 - Eiryss2 - Hawk - Gastone1 - Gorman - Gudrun - Harlan Versh - Hutchuk - Kell Bailoch - Lanyssa - Rockbottom - Major Harrison Gibbs - Dougal - Orin - Ragman - Raluk - Rhupert - Rorsh & Brine - Rutger - Savio - Saxon - Sergeant Nick - Stannis - Taryn - Thor - Viktor - Wrong Eye & Snapjaw
Battle Engines Hammerfall Siege Crawler
Theme Forces (Edit)
Hammer Strike - The Irregulars - The Kingmaker's Army - Operating Theater

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Magical Damage      (Edit)

  • 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)
    • ... but not by "lingering" secondary damage (such as the cloud left by Breath of Corruption). In this case the hazard is damaging the model, not the spell that put the hazard into play.
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it can 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 : Blaster      (Edit)

  • Because it says all models hit suffer blast damage, even models you directly hit will take blast damage.
  • You don't need to halve the POW on the blast damage. Because it tells you what POW blast damage to apply, you just apply that.

Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster      (Edit)
Warning: This is a long one.

  • 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.
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. You're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    3. 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).
    4. 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).
  • Units
    • 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.

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 argii 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).

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 : Paymaster      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Battle Maneuvers      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Reposition      (Edit)

  • Models out of formation cannot move via Reposition. Refer to the "Out of Formation" rules in the core rulebook.
  • You cannot trigger abilities that occur "at the end of activation" (such as Sprint) after resolving Reposition, because your activation has ended. Click here for a detailed explanation
  • You cannot trigger abilities that occur "at any time" (such as Go To Ground) during a Reposition. Because you can't trigger it while moving, and after moving your activation has ended.
    • This holds true even if it's a unit with multiple Reposition moves. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Money Shot      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Convection      (Edit)

  • A warjack can benefit from Convection multiple times.
  • A warjack cannot go over its normal focus limit (which is 3 for most jacks) as a result of Convection. Refer to the Cortex rules.

Rules Clarification : Deadeye      (Edit)

  • If you cast Deadeye on yourself after making your first ranged attack, it will have no effect. It buffs your first attack, not your next attack.

Rules Clarification : Death March      (Edit)

  • This spell cannot be cast on independent models, only on units.

Rules Clarification : Vengeance and/or Righteous Vengeance and/or Retaliation and/or Swift Vengeance     (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".

Rules Clarification : Road to War - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Sure Foot - None yet. (Edit)