Captain Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs

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Mercenary Character Unit

The Dog Company is one of the oldest and most respected mercenary companies in western Immoren. Under the leadership of Samantha MacHorne, a former pistoleer, sometime mechanik, and full-time gambler, the Devil Dogs hire themselves out as the best professional anti-warjack unit gold can buy.

Basic Info[edit]

Captain Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs
Sam Grunts
SPD 6 6
MAT 7 6
RAT 6 4
DEF 15 13
ARM 12 13
HP 5 1
Cost 12/18
Base Size Small
Unit Size 6/10


  • Grunts
    • Slug Gun - 4" range, POW 14 ranged weapon.
    • Net - 4" range, AOE 3 ranged weapon, causes no damage.
      • Cumbersome - This model cannot attack with this weapon and with another weapon on the same activation.
      • Knockdown - When a model is hit by an attack with this weapon, it becomes knocked down.
    • Pick Axe - 1" range, P+S 10 melee weapon.
  • Sam
    • Hand Cannon - 12" range, POW 12 ranged weapon.
    • Stun Sword - 0,5" range, P+S 10 melee weapon


  • Entire Unit
  • Grunts only
  • Sam only
    • 'Jack Marshal - All 'jack marshals share the same set of special rules, which basically amount to: This model is not a warcaster but may control a warjack.
    • Officer - This model is the unit commander even if the unit has a Leader model.
    • Drive : Reposition [5"] - While in this model's CMD range, a warjack under its control gains Reposition [5"]. (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.)
    • Iron Sentinel - While B2B with a friendly Faction warjack, this model gains +2 DEF and ARM and cannot become knocked down.

Thoughts on Captain Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs[edit]

Captain Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs in a nutshell[edit]

They are the archetype of anti-jack units. They can put a world of hurt on light warjacks, and even bang up heavies pretty well; a slug gun from one of the Devil Dogs hits a warjack almost as hard as an unboosted battle blade attack from a Nomad or a charging member of the Horgenhold Forge Guard. They are particularly good at going after warjacks that have a negative consequence for hitting them in melee, like the Cygnar Lancer or the Protectorate Revenger, because they can shoot it from a short (but safe) distance away. Key to getting them to put in work is making their target(s) easier to hit, either by debuffing them, knocking them down (which the Dogs can do themselves in a pinch), or by making them stationary- by far the best way to do this is with Sam's sword or a marshalled Talon light warjack. The Talon can poke the opponent from 2" to make it stationary (and will do some damage on its own), then reposition 5" away thanks to Sam's drive, allowing the Dogs to move up and open fire at point blank range or charge.

Note that it's best to think of the cost of the Devil Dogs as that of a veteran unit of jack-dismantlers plus the cost of a cheap solo jack marshal. Which of course means that if you aren't marshalling (with a very good drive) you're wasting the cost of a solo jack marshal.

Combos & Synergies[edit]

  • Magnus the Traitor - he can snipe them to give them a much larger threat range and they can knock him down to make him feign death.
  • Snipe, and Dead Eye affects both nets and slug guns.
  • Captain Jonas Murdoch - Go To Ground and Assault between them are exactly what the doctor ordered for the Devil Dogs
  • The High Reclaimer and an Attendant Priest get their knockdown into interesting places; from 4" away that knockdown net physically can't miss.
  • The Vessel of Judgment (and an Attendant Priest) can let them knock down models in the enemy turn (via doors) - and they can't stand up on the turn they were knocked down.

Jacks to Marshall[edit]

  • Talon: Cheap as chips, and now worth more than chips! It's fast as the dogs, and can make your target stationary, so it's much easier for the dogs to shoot it. Also it has enough Arm, and boxes to keep the attacking jack from tearing the dogs apart. With the "Crush" marshal ability, it's melee strikes can cause some serious hurt.
  • Freebooter: With Chain-attack: Grab & Smash, it can use the Marshal bonus from "Strike True" thrice, and dogs can make its target knocked down. WIth the Crush order the Freebooter can get three PS16 Weaponmaster attacks that autohit. Whereas the Talon supports the Dogs, the Dogs normally support the Freebooter.
  • Buccaneer: Same as the Talon, but doesn't hit as hard, and is squishier. The dogs doesn't need Knockdown as much as in mk2, so it's better to go with a Talon.
  • Mangler: Expensive, but charges for free, have 2 basic melee attacks, and can hit multiple targets with Thresher. With the "Crush" marshal ability, it wrecks faces!
  • Mule: Mid-sized aoe means lots of damage rolls that benefit from the "Take aim" marshal ability. Also reposition means you can retreat to safety after shooting.
  • Rover: Lots of initial attacks, great ARM, and a Shield Guard for Sam. Good with "Strike True" or "Crush".
  • Nomad: A solid beatstick is what it is, but the dogs have the punching power on their own.
  • Mariner: Smaller aoe than the Mule, but it needs a model to reload, and Sam needs a budyguard for Iron wall.

Drawbacks and Downsides[edit]

  • They do almost nothing against the average Hordes army.
  • Without defensive buffs they die to basically anything.
  • If you don't want a unit of jack-dismantlers and a jack marshal solo you are overpaying for something.

Tricks and Tips[edit]

  • With the net, you can trigger Feign Death on Magnus.
  • Under Jonas Murdoch: When assaulting a medium or larger base, get the first Dog Base-to-Base with the target and the other dogs at maximum Melee. When the first dog throws his net it will not deviate, which will knock down the target and himself but not the other Dogs. The other Dogs hit with their guns on anything but snake eyes and autohit their melee attacks.
  • Circle and Skorne both have a bevy of high arm Constructs which the Devil Dogs are excellent at removing.
  • Nearly everything in Convergence is a construct.

Notable Changes from Mk2[edit]

  • In mk2, the Grunts have bonus damage on melee attacks against knocked down models. Now they have it on any kind of attacks against constructs.
  • Pick Axes has a bigger reach now.
  • The net was a melee weapon with Reach that can knock down a single target. Now it's a ranged weapon that can knock down in an aoe.
  • Sam used to have a Pronto drive, that moved a jack when you used the drive. Now she has a Reposition drive that moves the jack at the end of it's activation.
  • Sam used to have the Iron wall passive ability, which gives her bonus arm for each marshalled jack she's b2b with. Now she has the Iron Sentinel ability that gives her bonus DEF and ARM if she's b2b with the marshalled jack.
  • Stall was a continuous effect that makes the target's DEF 7, and it can't run or charge. Now it makes the target stationary.
  • The min sized unit became a bit more expensive in mk3, and the full sized unit became much more expensive.
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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 Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs .




Theme Forces[edit]


Other Merc 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 Kingmaker's Army - Operating Theater

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Cumbersome - None yet. (Edit)

Rules Clarification : Knockdown      (Edit)

  • Knockdown (Edit) - Remember, knockdown only prevents what it says it does. Refer to the Knockdown page for a recap of what a model can/can't do.

Rules Clarification : Stall      (Edit)

  • Remember, stationary only prevents what it says it does. Refer the recap on stationary for what models can/can't do.

Rules Clarification : Dismantle      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : 'Jack Marshal      (Edit)

  • Marshals can take character jacks (unlike in Mk2). (Closed thread)
  • Although they never get the Power Up bonus, a marshaled warjack can gain focus via other means (such as Accumulator, Empower, Spirit Harvester, etc).
    • They can do this even after the Marshal dies and they become autonomous (unlike in Mk2).
  • 'Jack Marshal & Ranking Officer (Edit)
    • If a Ranking Officer joins a unit with the 'Jack Marshal ability, then they can still only take Mercenary warjacks - they don't gain access to Faction warjacks. (Infernal Ruling)
    • They can control that mercenary warjack as normal, even though they're technically no longer the same faction as the jack. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Officer      (Edit)

  • Even if they're not on the Officer's card, an Officer can give (and benefit from) any non-standard orders that are on the unit's card (such as Shield Wall). Refer main rulebook.
  • When the Officer dies, the Leader model becomes the new Unit Commander (you don't get to choose).
  • But if your unit doesn't include a Leader model, then you do get to choose any of the remaining models to be the new Unit Commander. You don't swap the model, but it may be worth putting a token down so you can tell that grunt apart.

Rules Clarification : Drive      (Edit)

  • If the Drive is on an Officer model, and that model dies, then the new unit commander does not inherit the Drive.

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 : Iron Sentinel - None yet. (Edit)