Captain Jeremiah Kraye

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Cygnar Cavalry Warcaster

In previous centuries, salvation or doom was heralded by the sound of galloping hooves on the batlefield. The modern battlefield boasts the more fearsome sound of warjacks shaking the earth underfoot, but the meaning is unchanged. Captain Jeremiah Kraye of the Cygnaran Reconnaissance Service blends these old and new fighting diciplines into a doctrine of rapid, devastating assault. Kraye prefers to strike against an exposed flank or harass an enemy's reinforcements, and he instills his 'jacks with unprecedented mobility and crushing momentum.

Basic Info[edit]

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SPD 8
MAT 6
RAT 6
DEF 15
ARM 15
FOCUS 6
HP 18
WJP +30
See also How to Read the statblock

Weapons and Attacks[edit]

  • Radcliffe Carbine - 13" range, POW 11, ROF 2 gun
  • Bitter End - 1" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon. It's name indicates what may be upon you if you have to use it in combat, as Kraye isn't the most resilient of casters.
  • Mount - 0.5" reach, POW 12 mount attack.

Special Abilities[edit]

  • Warcaster - This model comes with a bunch of special rules, most notably being really awesome at everything.
  • Cavalry - All Cavalry come with a stack of standard special rules, most notably Impact Attacks and auto-boosted charge attacks.
  • Pathfinder - This model treats rough terrain as open terrain while advancing. While charging, slam power attacking, or trample power attacking, this model does not stop its movement when it contacts an obstacle.
  • Parry - This model cannot be targeted by free strikes.
  • Iron Horse - Light and heavy jacks in Kraye's battlegroup gain Cavalry and Reposition 5". As Cavalry they can make Impact Attacks and get boosted attack rolls on the charge as well as boosted damage. For their Impact Attacks the range is 0.5" regardless of the jack's weapons and you use the jack's STR for the Impact's POW. They do not gain a Mount Attack to add to their initial attacks.
  • 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.

Feat - Horsepower[edit]

Warjacks in Kraye's battlegroup beginning their activation in Kraye's control range gain +2 SPD and can run, charge, or make a power attack without spending focus. Horsepower lasts for one turn.

Spells[edit]

  • Arcane Blast - COST 3, RNG 10, AOE 4, POW 13 - Offensive spell with no special effects.
  • Bullet Dodger - Cost 2, 6" range, Upkeep
Faction model gains +2 DEF and Dodge. (Dodge - When an enemy misses this model with an attack at any time except when it is advancing, this model immediately advance 2" ignoring free strikes.)
  • Easy Rider - Give Pathfinder to friendly Faction models in the spellcaster's control range.
  • Pursuit - COST 2, RNG 8, DUR (UP), OFF (YES)
If target enemy model/unit advances during its activation, one model in the spellcaster's battlegroup that is in its control range can immediately make a full advance.

Thoughts on Captain Jeremiah Kraye[edit]

Captain Jeremiah Kraye in a nutshell[edit]

He is one of five Cygnaran "warjack casters":

Thoughts on when & how to best use his Feat and Spells[edit]

Feat
From being a purely alpha strike feat Horsepower changed to being an alpha strike feat with a contingency in case your jacks are already engaged. It still gives a SPD bonus and free charges, but now you can also make free power attacks to try and get your jacks out of a jam. This includes Slams, Headbutts, Throws and Tramples.

Spells

  • Arcane Blast - This will see use only sporadically - maybe if his jacks can't (or don't want to) trample through a bunch of small based models for example.
  • Bullet Dodger - Most of the time this will be on Kraye to get his DEF to ridiculous levels. It can also be good on light jacks, bringing their DEF to infuriating levels for a lot of models to deal with, probably forcing enemy jacks to boost attack. The no free strike is a neat bonus.
  • Easy Rider - Holy crap, a dense forest! - heavy warjacks cried. No problem - Kraye answered. But what about this wall we can't charge through?! - It's already taken care of. This is a neat spell for your army to beat table hazards with and get your non-pathfinder models to charge what they need to charge (since pathfinder lets models ignore terrain obstacles while charging). While it would be neat to use on a feat turn, keep in mind the cost of that spell, which would reduce the quality of such turn greatly.
  • Pursuit
    • Pursuit is a nice spell to have in play, but unless you're bringing an arc node then casting it puts Kraye in a bit of an exposed position (although Reposition can help him get outta dodge).
    • Although it doesn't give your warjacks free strike immunity (any more) to easily get away from something that charges them, it does allow you to easily re-position a jack to tactically react to your opponent's turn - prevent a model charging or threaten to free strike an important ranged solo. \
    • Kraye himself can get lots of use out of thanks to his Parry ability. After being charged by an angry unit that had Prey on him, he can just ride away, all the while staring back at them, making faces and watching them cry.
    • Pursuit will definitely be the hardest spell to learn on this caster. Well, that and remembering all the Cavalry rules.

Typical Army & Strategy[edit]

Strategy
Rule #1
Remember about the Cavalry rules. Both his and his warjacks' charge attacks are boosted, meaning higher crit chance and by extension a critical effect chance. Impacts will also be crucial and allow your warjacks to charge deeper into enemy lines.

Rule #2
Use his mobility to give you a tactical edge over the enemy. Iron Horse, Reposition, almost all his spells and his feat assist with moving around the table to some extent. Bullet Dodger lets you move away from melee attackers or gain ground against ranged models. Easy Rider moves your jacks through rough terrain. And most importantly Pursuit will allow your battlegroup to make moves that may make your opponent cry foul or at least think twice about advancing his affected models. The counter move can vary from engaging an important solo/unit, moving into a scenario zone, geting outta dodge with Kraye using Parry, moving to block other model's charge lanes and probably a lot of other options that can be improvized on the spot. You can even try charging something with Kraye, and even if you wont kill it you can reposition safely after your activation - just double check if you can screen yourself or otherwise avoid danger after such a bold move.

Rule #3
Seriously, use his mobility. Didn't talk about Iron Horse yet! This ability and high Reposition stat it confers is the main gimmick of this caster. An Avenger / Centurion / Hammersmith chassis warjack can reposition further than it walks, making wasting focus to run with them sub par - but since you power up and get a focus anyway, why not spend it to trample and reposition afterwards? Although Kraye lost the spell that boosts ranged attacks on his battlegroup, ranged jacks can still do some interesting stuff. A Cyclone can lay down Covering Fire and reposition away for example. And advancing, shooting and moving away is just obvious. Kraye can also do this with his nifty double shot ranged weapon. Also warjacks that knock people down, make warjacks stationary or slam people away will allow you to reposition away unscathed and possibly, ideally ready for another charge next turn.

Army
His army is centred around his battlegroup of course (giving all of it Iron Horse). Favourite warjacks include

  • The Minuteman - the most mobile light warjack around. Jump. Leap. Double slug gun (probably into the enemy's back), then reposition away.
  • The Charger - move up, blow away a solo, reposition clear. Two solos if you had a free focus to give it.
  • The Sentinel. OK, so it's there for Shield Guard. And infantry clearing. It can even impact attack on screening infantry or slam stuff - and then draw back to shield guard.
  • The Reliant - the cheapest heavy with a gun.
  • The Centurion - melee and threat range on a tough jack that can't be charged. The boosted charge attack from Iron Horse increases your chances of activating Critical Sustained Attack.
  • The Stormclad - big and effective.
    • Bringing a Stormblade Captain can help with the Focus burden for a relatively low points investment.
  • The Hunter - Combining a ridiculous range on its gun with a 5" reposition move means that your opponent can struggle retaliate against it, especially if it can move back through terrain to get out of sight completely.

Outside of Warjacks, it can be worth including:

  • The Squire.
    • With a lot of Warjacks to control, the additional control range is very useful for controlling the board.
    • The additional focus can really give your key offensive 'jacks some extra power on feat turn.
    • The reroll to hit is pretty handy for pursuit, too.
  • Captain Arlan Strangewayes. The extra Focus is always welcome, as is the ability to Repair.
  • Journeyman Warcaster - Although you'll lose Iron Horse on the journeyman's warjack, you'll gain access to Arcane Shield and even more focus reserve.

Drawbacks & Downsides[edit]

  • His big-ass base makes him an easy target, and unless buffed with Bullet Dodger he will die easily. Namely, Eiryss1 can be a huge problem.
  • Reposition on warjacks is cool only as long as you can actually do it. Being engaged and in danger of free strikes reduces that capability.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • If you want a good speed boost early in the game with your heavy warjacks, use Power Up to trample forward. Because tramples don't end your activation so you can still use reposition afterwards.
  • In practice, trample + reposition means an Ironclad chassis 'jack is 30% faster than running and a Centurion chassis 'jack is 50% faster. That makes a Centurion with Polarity Field up very meaningful in scenario play from early on in the game.

Comparison to Mk2[edit]

From being a purely alpha strike feat Horsepower changed to being an alpha strike feat with a contingency in case your jacks are already engaged

His Iron Horse got kind of boosted. It now gives all light and heavy jacks Reposition, though mk3 Cavalry Rules took away some nice things like Tall In the Saddle or Ride By Attacks. Boosted charge attacks are nice but on the other hand they're not "all melee attack rolls are boosted" he had on his feat in mk2.

He lost Steady. Or his horse learned how to fall down, depending on how you look at it.

In mk3 Cygnar lost the ability to give their jacks a free strike immunity (via Arlan Strangewayes), so Pursuit can't be used defensively on them to get out of a charge zone.

He lost his most crucial spell from mk2 - Full Tilt, which allowed one of his jacks to double it's SPD on Normal Movement, which granted some crazy charge ranges on feat turns. Now his replacement for this is aforementioned Reposition, which is not as fun since the extra movement happens after the activation.

Guided Fire and Mage Sight are also gone, making all his pretenses for being a ranged 'jack caster diminished significantly.

And the only spell he gained in return for those three is Bullet Dodger.

Oh, did I mention his feat doesn't grant boosted melee attack rolls and doesn't stand up your jacks anymore? Basically, on paper, Jerry Kraye looks like one hell of a disappointment. To be honest - we could see it coming. With Power Up being what it is there was no chance he could keep his old spell list. Which is a double disappointment, since when Power Up was announced Kraye enthusiasts around the world jumped up with joy for their prayers were answered! Finally Kraye will have enough focus to do a bunch of stuff like casting Mage Sight and Easy Rider to charge through forests, or casting Guided Fire and still having focus on his ranged jacks to boost damage! Finally he has a chance to join the ranks of legit tournament casters! Those dreams however were shattered once the cards have been unveiled.

But all this does not mean that Kraye is THAT bad. He's just very different. After recovering from the statcard shock and testing him out on the table, you may find him capable of quite a few nasty shenanigans. Will he be a valid tournament caster? Time will tell. Losing all attack roll boosts save for the charge attack and still having no damage boosting spells/abilities sure hurts as hell.

He is still all about mobility and still VERY fun to play though.


Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Theme Forces[edit]

Cygnar generic themes (Edit)

Other faction models[edit]

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Battlegroups
Warcasters Jakes2 - Darius - Kraye - Sloan - Haley1 - Haley2 - Haley3 - Nemo1 - Nemo2 - Nemo3 - Stryker1 - Stryker2 - Stryker3 - Sturgis1 - Constance - Caine1 - Caine2 - Caine3 - Maddox - Siege
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Warcaster attachments Squire (Cygnar) - Madelyn Corbeau (Merc) - Reinholdt (Merc) - Wyshnalyrr (Merc)
Other Warjack Controllers BGC Journeyman - Jakes1
Marshals Runewood - Strangeways - Stormblade Captain - Master Gunner - Gun Mage CA - Stormblade CA - Sword Knights CA
Light warjacks Charger - Firefly - Grenadier - Hunter - Lancer - Minuteman - Sentinel
Ace - Thorn
Heavy warjacks Avenger - Centurion - Cyclone - Defender - Hammersmith - Ironclad - Reliant - Stormclad
Brickhouse - Dynamo - Gallant - Ol' Rowdy - Thunderhead - Triumph
Colossal Stormwall - Hurricane
     
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Gun Mages - Mechaniks - Long Gunners - Precursor Knights - Rangers - Silver Line Stormguard - Storm Lances - Stormblades - Stormguard - Stormsmith Grenadiers - Storm Tower - Sword Knights - Tempest Blazers - Trencher Cannon - Trencher Chain Gun - Trencher Commandos - Trencher Infantry
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team

Ranking Officer CA : Captain Jonas Murdoch

Solos Arcane Tempest Rifleman - Captain Adept - Journeyman Warcaster - Squire - Stormblade Captain - Stormcallers - Trench Buster - Trencher Master Gunner
Runewood - Strangeways - Maxwell Finn - Harlan Versh - Jakes1 - Laddermore - Harrison Gibbs - Viktor Pendrake
Battle Engines Storm Strider
 
Theme Forces
Storm Division - Heavy Metal - Sons of the Tempest
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Mercenary Battlegroups
Warcasters Ashlynn - Bartolo - Damiano - MacBain - Durgen - Fiona - Ossrum - Gorten
Requires a 2+ caster game
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Other Controllers Mini-casters Gastone Crosse - Rorsh & Brine - Brun Cragback & Lug
Marshals Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Raluk Moorclaw - Rutger Shaw - Thor Steinhammer
Warjacks & Warbeasts The mercenary battlegroup members you can include in a Cygnar army depends entirely on which mercenary 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.
     
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units High Shields - Horgenhold Artillery - Forge Guard - Ogrun Assault Corps - Press Gangers - Sea Dog Deck Gun - Sea Dog Pirates - Steelhead Halberdiers - Steelhead Cavalry - Steelhead Riflemen - Tactical Arcanist Corps - Thorn Gun Mages
Alexia1 - Sam & the Devil Dogs - Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Herne & Jonne - Aiyana & Holt - Lynus & Edrea
Solos Gobber Tinker - Ogrun Bokur
Alexia2 - Alten Ashley - Anastasia - Bradigan - Grogspar - Brun Cragback & Lug - Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Doc Killingsworth - Eiryss1 - Eiryss2 - Hawk - Gastone - Gorman - Hutchuk - Lanyssa - Rockbottom - Dougal - Ragman - Raluk - Rhupert - Rorsh & Brine - Savio - Sergeant Nicolas - Stannis - Taryn - Thor
Warcaster attachments Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr
Battle Engines Hammerfall Siege Crawler


Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Magical Damage      (Edit)

  • The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon such as arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer latest errata).
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it can still damage Incorporeal models. They're 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 intrepreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")
  • 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 : Pathfinder      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Parry - None yet. (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Iron Horse      (Edit)

  • If you're going to play Kraye, you should really brush up on the Cavalry rules.
  • Warjacks can make Impact Attacks even they don't "technically" have a Mount weapon. (Infernal Ruling)

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 : Arcane Blast      (Edit)

  • The fluff text under the spell entry is just that ... fluff. The "blast radiates outwards" bit means absolutely nothing special in terms of in-game effects.

Rules Clarification : Bullet Dodger      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Dodge      (Edit)

  • Dodge triggers after any missed attack - melee, ranged, or magic.
  • If you shoot at a model with Dodge that's in melee and miss, Dodge will trigger regardless of whether you then hit the random new target or not.
    • The Dodge movement occurs after making the attack against the new target.
  • An enemy model with 2" melee range that is B2B with you before you Dodge, will be exactly 2" away afterwards, and thus will be able to attempt a 2nd melee attack.
  • If you're missed by an AOE attack, but it doesn't deviate very far and still hits you then: Dodge still triggers, but the AOE does damage before you get the Dodge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Dodge plus Riposte (Edit)
    • If a model has both Dodge and Riposte, they are resolved at the same time. You get to choose which order to resolve them in.

Rules Clarification : Easy Rider      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Pursuit      (Edit)

  • This spell does not grant immunity to free strikes.
  • If cast on an enemy unit, you only get one Pursuit move (not one per model that moved in the unit). (Locked thread)
  • Pursuit triggers from any in-activation movement, and no out-of-activation movement.
    • Note that the moves from Sprint, Reposition, etc occur during a model's activation. ("At the end" not "after the end")