Mercenary Character Unit
As a murderous band of mercenaries, Croe’s Cutthroats prefer stealth and guile over confrontations of brute strength. Many of their enemies have fallen to the poisoned weapons utilized by their unseen hands.
- Crossbow - 10" range, POW 10 ranged weapon.
- Murder Weapons - 0.5" reach, P+S 8 melee weapon
- Hiss - 10" range, POW 10 ranged weapon
- Two-Handed Sword - 1" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon
- The Leader has slightly better stats, as shown in the statbox.
- Mercenary - will work as a Cryx mercenary, Khador mercenary, and as a Protectorate of Menoth mercenary
- Backstab - This model gains an additional die to hit and damage rolls when it attacks from the target's back arc.
- 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.
- Advance Deployment - Models with advance deployment are placed after normal deployment and may be placed up to 6" further forward.
- 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.
- Stealth - Ranged and magic attacks targeting this model from a point of origin greater than 5˝ away automatically miss. This model is not an intervening model when determining line of sight from a model more than 5˝ away.
Thoughts on Croe's Cutthroats
Croe's Cutthroats in a nutshell
The Cutthroats are a serious harrassment unit, with advance deployment, stealth, pathfinder and able to move 11" in a turn and shoot in the middle of that. Their mobility makes them a significant threat and a serious problem. However, in matchups where they can't get a back strike, they struggle as their stats are poor and they depend heavily on Backstab. If they do find their way into your opponent's backfield, they're in big trouble.
Combos & Synergies
- Anything that can let them get into the enemy's back arc. Any caster with Telekinesis is ideal.
- Greygore Boomhowler & Co. ambushing in The Kingmaker's Army. Your opponent is forced to expose their back arc to either Croe, or to the ambushing trollkin.
- Any ranged damage buff. With Backstab they start to hit hard enough to hurt heavies.
- Accuracy buffs like Fortune from Macbain or Deadeye from Damiano make them competent shooters from the front arc able to shoot and back up.
Drawbacks and Downsides
- Unless they are getting the Backstab bonus they are strictly mediocre at combat.
- Even with the Backstab bonus, it can be surprisingly hard to take down enemy lights. Not including Croe (because he throws the math off), it takes about 7 grunts to kill a 'typical' light (DEF 12, ARM 17, 26 HP) and 16 grunts (impossible) to kill a 'typical' heavy (DEF 10, ARM 19, 32 HP).
- Opposing armies can negate Croes by counter-deploying something cheap vs the Croes and running straight at them. Croes can't afford to ignore the cheap unit while they get in a position for Backstab, and are 'trading down' if they engage the cheaper unit.
- Incoming fire has right of way - and they die heavily to blasts.
Tricks and Tips
- Remember that Croe (the Leader) does not have the Officer rule. As such, when the Leader model is destroyed, he simply field promotes with one of the Grunts.
- If he is RFP'd, field promotion does not occur. Instead you pick a Grunt to become a unit commander.
- Released in Warmachine: Superiority (2006)
- In Mk1 the field promotion rules didn't exist, but Croe had a special ability to let him replace anyone in his unit when he died. Which for all intents and purposes the same thing.
Other Mercenary models
Rules Clarification : Croe's Cutthroats
- Note that in Croe's unit there is no model called "Croe" and also there is no Officer model. This means when the Leader dies you use Field Promotion to "give" a grunt the better weapons.
- This is supposed to represent Croe's ability to disguise himself amongst his men so his opponents only "think" they killed him. Or his ability to use henchmen as living shields.
- However, if the Leader is hit by an RFP attack then he's gone for good and you don't do Field Promotion. You get to choose a grunt to be the Unit Commander, instead
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 : Silencer - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Backstab (Edit)
- Backstab always applies on a free strike, because free strikes are always in the back arc. (Infernal Ruling)
- Backstab applies to magic and ranged attacks, too.
- For a caster with Backstab that uses an arc node to attack their target: Backstab doesn't care about the point of origin of the attack, and does not interact with Arc Nodes at all.
- In other words, if your arc node is in the target's back arc & but the caster is not, then Backstab doesn't apply. And vice versa, if your arc node is in the front arc & you're in the back arc, then Backstab will apply.
- Models with Circular Vision aren't immune to Backstab. They still have a back arc, and backstabbers can stand in it.
- Steamroller objectives have facings, and can be backstabbed. (Infernal Ruling)
- Before the game starts you should discuss with your opponent the facing of the objective.
- In Steamroller 2017, objectives face towards the opposing deployment zone.
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. (Infernal Ruling) See also this article 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. (Infernal Ruling)
- This holds true even if it's a unit with multiple Reposition moves. (Infernal Ruling)
Rules Clarification : Advance Deployment - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Stealth (Edit)
- "Automatically missing" is not the same as "cannot be hit by".
- For instance, a stealth model can still be the target of an AOE attack and although it auto-misses, if the AOE deviates onto them they will get damaged.