Theme - The Kingmaker's Army

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This theme force is used to field the forces hired by Magnus to overthrow the throne of Cygnar.

Theme Rules[edit]

Theme Force Restrictions[edit]

A The Kingmaker's Army army can only include Mercenary models from the following list:

Allowed models Which includes
Last updated 2017.06
  • Captain Bartolo Montador
  • Captain Damiano
  • Drake MacBain
  • Magnus warcasters
Non-character warjacks
Note: Character warjacks can be taken, but only if bonded with their favourite warcaster (Rocinaite with Damiano, etc)
Too many to bother listing
Steelhead models/units
  • Croe's Cutthroats
  • Greygore Boomhowler & Co.
  • Dirty Meg
  • Kell Bailoch
  • Madelyn Corbeau
  • Orin Midwinter
  • Raluk Moorclaw
Specific Cygnar units

Theme Force Bonuses[edit]

  • Gain access to the Cygnar units listed above. These units count as Mercenary models when taken in this theme, and can include attachments.
  • For every full 20 points of units in your army, you can add one solo to the army free of cost.
  • Warrior model/units gain Feign Death. (Feign Death - While knocked down this model can't be targetted by shooting or spells.)
  • Greygore Boomhowler & Co. gains Ambush. (Ambush - This unit may choose not to deploy normally, and instead be deployed completely within 3" of an edge of the board (excluding the back of your opponent's deployment zone) on any turn after the first. )

Thoughts on this Theme Force[edit]

The Kingmaker's Army in a nutshell[edit]

The Kingmaker's Army was an early and relatively solid theme force, giving up a lot of utility solos to raid from the Cygnaran box.

Theme's strengths & Playing to them[edit]

Trencher Infantry are some of the best infantry in the game - and mercenary warjacks are great value, with smoke walls protecting them as they go in. Or it's a way of getting Stannis Brocker for free.

Theme's weaknesses and Mitigating them[edit]

Without Ragman, Lady Aiyana & Master Holt, Gorman, or Hutchuck this list isn't great against armour.

List Building[edit]

There are two basic and effective approaches to this theme force:

  • The Steelhead Batallion - Stannis Brocker gets included for free.
  • Taking a couple of tough units and giving them Feign Death. Most notably Boomhowler's and the Trencher Infantry. And getting either Kell Bailoch or Orin Midwinter for free as a nice bonus.

Casters of Note[edit]

Popular Casters[edit]

  • Damiano clearly likes steelheads with a few bonus points to spend on steelheads. (Sgt. Nick giving a number of them Tough is just a nice bonus). He also loves sure-footing Trencher Infantry
  • Magnus2 finds this a fluffy and effective list - with Orin and Kell for free (or Stannis) making up for the limited options as he force-feeds the enemy his unyielding battlegroup. However with no damage buff and with The Irregulars giving more expensive solos this list has fallen out of favour.

Unpopular Casters[edit]

  • Bart finds few bonuses worth having, other than the to-hit buffs from the Rangers (although that's often worth having).
  • Similar to Bart, Magnus1 finds few bonuses to tempt him. Although getting Snipe on a full unit of Long Gunners can mean two 18" range, POW 20 attacks coming down range every turn.
  • Drake MacBain can play a Kingmaker army effectively, but often prefers to play out of theme so he can get better models to use his feat on.


Rules Clarifications[edit]

  • The Kingmaker's Army
    • Rangers can be included in Kingmakers. The NQ preview had an error. (Infernal Ruling)

Rules Clarification : Theme Forces    (Edit)

  • Bonus - One [X] gains [Y]
    • If you need to choose which models get your theme bonus, then you do this choice after deployment. (Infernal Ruling)
    • An example is how Winter Guard Kommand gives Advance Move to one-warjack-of-your-choice-per-WG-unit.
      • In comparison, Destruction Initiative gives all Servitors the Shield Guard ability so you don't need to "make" a choice.
    • You should still write on your army list how many of these bonuses you get to hand out, though, so your opponent can clearly see. (Infernal Ruling)
      • ie at the bottom of your list, you'd write "3 warjacks gain Advance Move" but you don't need to state which three are going to get the bonus.
  • Theme Forces, free models, and Specialists in Steamroller
    • When you make substitutions to your list, you need to double-check that you haven't removed something that allows you to take free models.
    • If you have, then you either need to remove those free models, or pay full points cost for them.
  • Unit Attachments & free points
  • Specific Themes
    • Refer to each theme to see if there is anything totally specific to that theme.

Rules Clarification : Feign Death      (Edit)

  • "Cannot be targeted" is not the same as "cannot be hit". You can still be hit by AOEs, Sprays, etc that target someone else.
  • You cannot use Gunfighter vs models Feigning Death, because Gunfighter is still a ranged attack.
  • However, you can use Point Blank, because that lets the attacker make a melee attack with a ranged weapon.

Rules Clarification : Ambush      (Edit)

  • Whether a model/unit is going to use Ambush or not needs to be declared before either player begins deploying models.

Models in this Theme Force[edit]

Refer to Category: The Kingmaker's Army

Other themes[edit]

Theme Forces (Edit)
Cryx The Ghost Fleet - Infernal Machines - Dark Host (Edit)
Cygnar Storm Division - Heavy Metal - Sons of the Tempest - Gravediggers (Edit)
Khador Winter Guard Kommand - Legion of Steel - Jaws of the Wolf (Edit)
Protectorate of Menoth The Creator's Might - Guardians of the Temple - Exemplar Interdiction (Edit)
Retribution of Scyrah Forges of War - Defenders of Ios - Shadows of the Retribution (Edit)
Mercenaries Hammer Strike - The Irregulars - The Kingmaker's Army - Operating Theater (Edit)
Convergence of Cyriss Destruction Initiative (Edit)
Circle Orboros The Bones of Orboros - The Devourer's Host - The Wild Hunt (Edit)
Legion of Everblight Ravens of War - Children of the Dragon - Oracles of Annihilation (Edit)
Skorne Imperial Warhost - Winds of Death - Disciples of Agony (CID) - The Exalted (Unreleased) (Edit)
Trollbloods Band of Heroes - Power of Dhunia - Storm of the North (Edit)
Minions The Blindwater Congregation - The Thornfall Alliance (Edit)
Grymkin Dark Menagerie - Bump in the Night (Edit)