Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan
The court of King Baird Cathor II of Ord is known for its subtle intrigues and stunning courtesans. Madelyn Corbeau may not have been the most beautiful woman to grace the Bandit King’s court, but she is certainly the most brilliant intriguer to enter his service. Having charmed half the courtiers in western Immoren, it is simple enough for her to gain access to the commanders of armies. She sells her services as an adviser to any army with coin. No matter which army she accompanies, her loyalties remain firmly with the Baird, and she passes her intelligence on to the King’s spies whenever possible. Madelyn may be the most formidable asset in the Bandit King’s struggle to keep his nation independent of his hungry neighbors.
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- Unarmed - This model has no melee weapons, which means a host of options are not available to it.
- Mercenary - This model will work for Cygnar, Cryx, Khador, Protectorate, & Retribution
- Attached - Before the start of the game, attach this model to a friendly Faction warcaster for the rest of the game. Each Faction warcaster can only have one model/unit attached to it.
- Intrigue (★ Action) - Target enemy/unit in CMD range loses stealth for one round.
- Parlay (★ Action) - Enemy warrior models in this model's CMD range cannot target attacks at this model or its warcaster for one round.
- Seduction (★ Action) - Take control of a living enemy non-warcaster, non-warlock warrior model B2B with this model. You can immediately make a full advance with the enemy model followed by a basic melee attack, then Seduction expires. The enemy cannot be targeted by free strikes during this movement. A model can be affected by Seduction only once per turn.
- Sucker! - If this model is hit with a ranged attack, it must redirect the shot to a nearby friendly warrior.
Thoughts on Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan in a nutshell
Madelyn Corbeau is a warcaster attachment with some minor abilities. The biggest one is Parlay - which can keep your caster safe from a lot of things.
Combos & Synergies
Due to her Parlay ability Madelyn synergises well with any warcaster that wants to stay alive ... so all of them. As she became a warcaster attachment instead of a standard solo, you must weigh her usefulness compared to the other available attachments within a faction.
- The Squire is strong contestant in Cygnar's army; 3 extra focus, a re-roll on magic attack roll, and an extra 2" CTRL range often overshadow the perks of Madelyn. But in the case of Haley1, this concern is often negated by the enormous benefits of parlay on such an in-your-face 'caster
- Sylys Wyshnalyrr, The Seeker works well with spell slinging casters, who sometimes tend to be fragile. Decisions, decisions...
- The Hierophant also supports spellcasters, but if you need defensive buffs, rather go for Madelyn.
- Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator is the complete opposite of Madelyn, mainly offering offensive buffs. If you have a caster with a strong weapon (Caine. Brisbane), he's the favoured choice. His Spygalss works much further than Madelyn's Intrigue, but only affects a single model in a unit.
- The Withershadow Combine (and in small point games, the Skarlock Thrall) are both strong contestants of her. Cryx loves sneaky, spell-supporting attachments, and they do just like that.
So for synergies it's not so much who she helps, but who helps her. For instance, warcasters that can keep her alive:
- Drake MacBain's feat can keep her alive for an extra turn.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- Don't rely too heavily on Parlay. It doesn't affect warbeasts, warjacks, or battle engines. Also, a lot of models can simply stand outside Parlay range and shoot her dead.
- Intrigue is near-useless. If a fragile, backline, support attachment is near enough to the action to remove Stealth and the main battlelines are so far apart that Stealth is still an issue ... then something weird is going on.
- Sucker means, that you MUST allocate a direct hit, even if it then hits your warcaster. That is not an issue with battle-engine casters, but frankly, they'd rarely take her due to her slow speed.
Tricks & Tips
- Paradoxically she's best kept behind your caster to protect them from melee assassination.
- Say you have a small-based warcaster, you want to position her about 3.5" behind the warcaster. Then her 7" Parlay bubble will extend 2" in front of your warcaster, ensuring anyone that gets in melee range of the caster will be affected.
- If you do this, watch out for Chain Strikes though. In the attacker's activation the melee range will be much bigger, than the protective aura of Parlay.
- This might be a dangerous game against models with Assault as well; as they still get their ranged attacks, if they fail their charge outside Madelin's CMD range.
- Seduction's obvious targets are powerful solos, but unit commanders also worth a consideration. Pulling back the unit commander can potentially put models out of formation. Such models do not benefit from spells/upkeeps on the unit (but still count as having spell/upkeep on them, thus, making them vulnerable against things like Purgation). Outside their activation they also cannot move (Admonition, Countercharge, Pursuit, etc.), or attack (Counterblast, free strike, etc).
- Even if you cannot attack with a seduced model, you should turn it around, so your enemy gets the back strike bonus. Don't forget, it does not affect undead models (understandably).
Notable changes from Mk2
For all practical purposes she's an entirely new model.
- Intrigue effect changed, and is also a special action now instead of a passive ability.
- Gained Parlay special action
How can I include this model in my army?
Mercenaries are a bit more complicated than regular faction models, they can be taken in one of three different ways.
- This model can be included in a pure Mercenary army.
- This model can be included in the following Faction armies:
- This model can be included in the following theme forces:
- Originally released in Forces of Warmachine: Mercenaries (July 2010)
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Rules Clarification : Madelyn
| * Sacrificial Pawn & Grim Salvation are optional, but Sucker! is not
From here down, the terms Sacrificial Pawn, Grim Salvation, and Sucker! are interchangeable