Talon

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Mercenary Light Warjack

The Talon is a black market favourite among mercenaries with enough gold and influence to acquire them. The few moments the Talon's stun lance can provide may be all that is needed to land the critical blow and turn the tide of battle.

Basic Info[edit]

Talon
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SPD 6
MAT 6
RAT 4
DEF 12
ARM 16
HP 26
Cost' 7
See also How to Read the statblock

Weapons[edit]

  • Shield - 0.5" reach, P+S 10 melee weapon.
    • Shield - This 'weapon' is a shield that provides a cumulative +2 ARM bonus. The bonus doesn't apply if the weapon is crippled or if the damage originates in your back arc.
  • Stun Lance - 2" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon.
    • Powerful Charge - This models gains +2 to hit on charge attacks with this weapon.
    • Stall - A warjack hit by this weapon becomes stationary for one round.

Abilities[edit]

  • Warjack - All warjacks share the same set of special rules. Most notably being big and stompy.
  • Construct - This model is a construct and is not a living model.
  • Tried & True - If this model would be repaired, it repairs 1 extra HP.


Thoughts on Talon[edit]

Talon in a nutshell[edit]

The Talon is a cheap light that is useful for tying up enemy warjacks or making them stationary. It does have a surprisingly high ARM with its shield. As it is MAT 8 on the charge, 1 focus is often enough to get a decent activation out of it. It's a sturdy piece for 7 points and the bane of fancier warjacks everywhere.

Combos & Synergies[edit]

  • Warcasters that make their entire battlegroups tougher turn this little jack into a cheap spammable roadblock. That's Captain Bartolo Montador with Batten Down the Hatches and Magnus the Warlord giving them all Unyielding (and extra movement).
  • The Talon makes a nice cheap combo with Rutger Shaw, as its shield gives it good armor to play Shield Guard. It gets Flank in Irregulars as well.
  • Captain Sam MacHorne & The Devil Dogs can use a cheap 'jack that can keep up with them and stationary targets so they can hit more easily. Sam's Crush order combined with its Shield let it hit hard while having a nice high ARM.
  • Warjacks can shake off stationary for one focus, but If you have a model that causes Disruption (such as Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios or Eiryss, Angel of Retribution ) you can prevent that.

Drawbacks and Downsides[edit]

  • The Talon is best using its spear to stationary warjacks, but it loses that ability versus non-warjack targets, meaning it's much weaker against Hordes forces.

Tricks and Tips[edit]

  • The Talon works best with a friendly unit nearby that can activate after it Stalls an enemy warjack to take advantage of the stationary.

Other[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Released in Warmachine: Escalation (2004)

Who can take this warjack[edit]

To include this mercenary warjack in your army, it must be controlled by one of the following warcasters or marshals. Thus, to include this jack you first need to find a controller that works for your army.

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

Theme Forces[edit]

Within mercenaries, this warjack can be used in:

Outside of mercenaries, this warjack can be taken in just about every theme force, because there is nearly always at least one merc jack marshal that'll work for any given theme.

Other Mercenary models[edit]

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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
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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 Irregulars - The Kingmaker's Army - Operating Theater - The Talion Charter - Llaelese Resistance

Rules Clarifications[edit]

Rules Clarification : Shield and/or Buckler     (Edit)

  • The only time you lose the Shield bonus is when the weapon is crippled, or if the attack originates in your back arc. (Infernal Ruling)
    • In other words, you still get the Shield bonus while knocked down or stationary.

Rules Clarification : Powerful Charge      (Edit)

  • If you declare a charge but move less than 3", then the attack doesn't count as a "Charge Attack" and you won't get the bonus.

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 : Warjack      (Edit)

  • Please refer to the Warjack page for a recap of the warjack rules, and the very few associated Infernal Rulings.

Rules Clarification : Construct - None yet. (Edit)
Rules Clarification : Tried & True - None yet. (Edit)