Kommander Harkevich, the Iron Wolf

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Khador Warcaster

Khador’s Iron Wolf has earned a reputation as a peerless master of heavy armor on the battlefield, a war hero beloved by his men and respected even by the enemies of the Motherland. He is famous for his ability to move large numbers of warjacks at an unprecedented pace to arrive where the enemy least expects him. Where Harkevich and his iron army stride, the enemy finds itself hounded, outmaneuvered, cornered, and eventually obliterated by overwhelming firepower.

Basic Info[edit]

SPD Average
MAT High
RAT Average
DEF High
ARM Average
Relative HP Average
Focus Average
Warjack Points Average

Weapons and Attacks[edit]

  • Hand Cannon - The classic Immoran weapon. Good POW and medium range.
  • Minister - Average reach and P+S melee weapon.
    • Damage Type: Magical - This weapon can damage incorporeal models.
    • Stagger - Models hit by this weapon lose their initial attacks and cannot make power or special attacks for a single round.

Special Abilities[edit]

  • Warcaster - This model comes with a bunch of special rules, most notably being really awesome at everything.
  • Field Marshal (Reposition) - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Reposition. (Reposition - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to its stated value, then its activation ends.)
  • Iron Sentinel - While B2B with a friendly Faction warjack, this model gains +2 DEF and ARM and cannot become knocked down.

Feat : Hour of the Wolf[edit]

Battlegroup models gain an ARM buff, can charge & slam without spending focus, and if they charge or slam then they can make a ranged attack before making their movement.


  • Bombshell - Average range and POW spell with a small AOE. Also, on a critical hit all the models in the AOE are thrown away from the caster.
  • Broadside - Cost 3, range SELF spell. Models in the spellcaster's battlegroup currently in its control range can immediately make one basic ranged attack. Broadside can only be cast once per activation.
  • Jumpstart - The warcaster's warjacks currently in control range stop being stationary, stand up, and face in any direction. But not if they were knocked down this turn.
  • Mobility - Battlegroup models gain a SPD buff and Pathfinder.

Thoughts on Kommander Harkevich, the Iron Wolf[edit]

Comparison to Mk2[edit]

  • Harkevich's former escort spell has been traded in for the passive Iron Sentinel and Field Marshal:Reposition abilities. This can be seen as a net improvement since neither ability requires focus and can't be stripped by anti-upkeep spells and abilities
  • He has lost the spell Fortune
  • Harkevich no longer has Field Marshal : Pathfinder but has a medium costed spell that gives pathfinder and a small speed boost. The new spell is not an upkeep so it must be cast each turn to gain the benefits
  • Harkevich is probably one of the casters who best benefits from the increase in Warjack Points. Broadsides works best with multiple ranged jacks and being able to field more jacks helps his playstyle.
  • Harkevich's weapons and feat have received very little change and he has kept his signature spell Broadsides. This has allowed him to keep a similar tactical playstyle to his MK II incarnation.
  • The swap of escort for mobility on paper looks the same but he must now invest focus each turn into gaining his speed, this will make him feel focus hungry.

Kommander Harkevich, the Iron Wolf in a Nutshell[edit]

Harkevich is a close-to-the-line support warcaster that excels in attrition. Ideally he has a cheap screening unit that can keep the enemy off his warjacks long enough for volume of fire to wear the enemy down. His feat lets his deliver a good punch while surviving the inevitable counterattack. He lacks in infantry support and must be careful to commit to melee at the right moment.

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


Typical Army & Strategy[edit]


His main win condition is Placeholder. For example: "using her feat turn to get a melee/ranged/spell assassination" "attrition then win on scenario" "board control then win on scenario" "sending a jack in, to beat the enemy warcaster's face into pulp" "etc"


  • Adding a War Dog and keeping in Iron Sentinel range can take Harkevich in undreamed of levels of defense in melee. He also becomes immune to knockdown and back strikes in this situation, forcing the opponent to risk a lot on their assassination run.
  • Harkevich and one or more Demolisher can be a potent combination. Broadsides can allow each demolisher to fire before it activates, which reduces the armor, but brings it back up when the Demolisher's activation starts. This can allow the warcaster's player to take advantage of the Demolisher's cannon without exposing the jack's armor.

Drawbacks, Downsides, & Bad Match-Ups[edit]

  • Harkevich doesn't have any spells to support non-battlegroup models directly. This means his infantry often has to be completely self-sufficient.
  • Broadsides generally needs around 3 warjacks to justify the focus cost of the spell and the shots from the spell cannot be boosted - a hard pill to swallow on low RAT Khador Warjacks.
  • Harkevich wants to be very close to his warjacks for the full effect of his support spells and Iron Sentinel. This can expose him to danger from assassination models.

Tricks & Tips[edit]

  • Harkevich is a model in his own battlegroup, so he benefits from Broadsides and Mobility.
    • However, he is not a warjack so doesn't benefit from his Field Marshal ability.
  • There is a skill in knowing when to cast Broadsides or not. If you cast it, you double your amount of fire and can drift more AOEs, do more damage to low def models, etc. If you don't you can instead allocate the focus to boost the shots the Warjacks make during their activation.
  • Bombshell is a great charge lane opener. Cast it into the middle of the enemy line and stick a Decimator or Demolisher in the new hole to disrupt the enemy line with a high ARM threat.
  • Remember Jumpstart. It's a situational spell, but using a single focus to remove knockdown and stationary from your models is very powerful and often unexpected by your opponent.
  • On your feat turn, you don't need to shoot the same model you're charging/slamming.



  • Privateer Press has stated that the large beard on the model is a requirement for the spell Broadside. (I doubt this is true - Ed)
  • Originally released in the Warmachine: Wrath expansion (2011)

Theme Forces this is a member of[edit]

  • None yet

Other faction models[edit]

Khador - Faction models (Edit)

Warcasters etc.
Warcasters Butcher1 - Butcher2 - Butcher3 - Harkevich - Irusk1 - Irusk2 - Karchev - Malakov2 - Old Witch - Sorscha1 - Sorscha2 - Strakhov - Vlad1 - Vlad2 - Vlad3 - Zerkova1 - Zerkova2 - Kozlov
Warcaster attachments War Dog (Khador) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary) - Reinholdt (Mercenary) - Wyshnalyrr (Mercenary)
Other Controllers Malakov1 (BGC) - Man-o-War Kovnik (Marshal)
Heavy warjacks Berserker - Decimator - Destroyer - Grolar - Juggernaut - Kodiak - Marauder - Mad Dog - Rager - Spriggan - Devastator - Demolisher
Beast-09 - Behemoth - Black Ivan - Drago - Ruin - Torch
Colossal Conquest - Victor
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Assault Kommandos - Battle Mechaniks - Black Dragons - Doom Reaver Swordsmen - Greylord Outriders - Greylord Ternion - Iron Fang Pikemen - Iron Fang Uhlans - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Kossite Woodsmen - Bombardiers - Demolition Corps - Shocktroopers - Widowmaker Scouts - Field Gun - Winter Guard Infantry - Mortar Crew - Rifle Corps
Great Bears of the Gallowswood
Ranking Officer CA : Koldun Kapitan Valachev
Solos Iron Fang Kovnik - Koldun Lord - Drakhun - Man-o-War Kovnik - Manhunter - War Dog - Widowmaker Marksman - Artillery Kapitan
Fenris - Malakov1 - Jozef - Markov - Yuri
Battle Engines Gun Carriage
Khador - Mercenary models (Edit)
Merc khador.jpg

Mercenary Warcasters etc.
Warcasters Bartolo - Damiano - MacBain - Durgen - Fiona - Ossrum - Gorten - Magnus1 - Magnus2

Requires a 2+ caster game

Other Controllers Mini-casters Brun Cragback & Lug - Rorsh & Brine
Marshals Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Raluk Moorclaw - Rutger Shaw - Thor Steinhammer
Warjacks & Warbeasts The mercenary battlegroup members you can include in a Khador 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.
Mercenary Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units High Shields - Press Gangers - Sea Dog Deck Gun - Sea Dog Pirates - Steelhead Halberdiers - Steelhead Cavalry - Steelhead Riflemen - Tactical Arcanist Corps
Alexia1 - Croe's Cutthroats - Nyss Hunters - Blythe & Bull - Boomhowlers - Herne & Jonne - Aiyana & Holt - Lynus & Edrea
Solos Gobber Tinker - Ogrun Bokur
Alexia2 - Alten Ashley - Bradigan - Grogspar - Brun Cragback & Lug - Colbie Sterling - Dirty Meg - Doc Killingsworth - Eiryss1 - Eiryss2 - Hawk - Gorman - Gudran - Harlan - Hutchuk - Bailoch - Rockbottom - Dougal - Orin - Ragman - Raluk - Rorsh & Brine - Rutger - Saxon - Sergeant Nicolas - Stannis - Thor
Battle Engines Hammerfall Siege Crawler
Warcaster attachments Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Stagger      (Edit)

  • Stagger prevents "free" Power Attacks, such as Smash & Grab.
  • If you manage to free strike a model that is in the middle Slam move, and cause a Stagger, it will not prevent the slam that is already in progress.
  • Stagger does work vs Colossals/Gargantuans.

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).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines) ... [Verification needed]
    • ... but not by "lingering" secondary damage (such as the cloud left by Breath of Corruption). [Verification needed]
  • 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.")

Rules Clarification : Warcaster or Warlock     (Edit)

  • Please refer to the Warcasters & Warlocks page for a recap of the warcaster rules, and the very few associated rules clarifications.

Rules Clarification : Field Marshal      (Edit)

  • Field marshal only grants the ability to warjacks in the battlegroup, so (normally) the warcaster does not have the Field Marshal ability.
  • However if it is listed on the caster's card separately, such as on Magnus2, then they do have it. (Closed thread)

Rules Clarification : Reposition      (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Iron Sentinel - None yet. (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Bombshell      (Edit)

  • The sentence "instead of suffering blast damage" only relates to what happens on a critical hit. If it's not a critical, you apply blast damage as normal. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Refer to the throw rules recap.
  • If models in the AOE are B2B before the throw, then the second model moved is going to contact the first model and thus you'll get an extra damage die vs the second model, or collateral damage (depending on who is larger than whom).
  • If the first model can't move the full throw distance (because it contacts an obstacle, or an equal/larger based model) then the other model(s) in the AOE are going to smack into him when they get moved. Thus you'll get extra damage die/collateral damage.
  • Incorporeal models won't be thrown, because "can't be thrown" trumps "is thrown". (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Broadside      (Edit)

  • A model which can do something "instead of making a ranged attack" (such as the Spriggan's Targeting Flare) then they can do that as a Broadside attack. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Warbeasts/warjacks cannot spend focus/fury to boost Broadside shots (because the shots occur out-of-activation), but the caster can boost it (since it happens during the caster's activation).
  • Secondary effects of the warjack's gun can still trigger (as long as they're not limited to activation only or combat action only). For instance, the Galleon can drag stuff in with its harpoon and get its free melee attack.

Rules Clarification : Jumpstart      (Edit)

  • A warjack that stands up via Jump Start can still forfeit movement to aim and etc during their normal activation. Basically, it's as if you were never knocked down at all.
  • Jump Start does not allow you to shake Blind or Shadow Bind.
  • A warjack knocked down earlier on the same turn, cannot stand up via Jump Start. This is not a typo. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Mobility      (Edit)

  • Pathfinder (Edit) - Pathfinder doesn't apply to involuntary movement (i.e. when you're pushed or slammed).