Theme Preview: Exemplar Interdiction

Surprise! You get Friday’s post early! After talking yesterday about the Faithful Masses, it’s only fitting that my faith in Menoth is rewarded. Turn your eyes to the heavens, oh faithful Menites, for the word of the True Law is manifest in the Lost Hemisphere. I present to you, the last of the Warmachine Theme Force Previews for the Protectorate of Menoth. Losties of all descriptions, I present the Examplar Interdiction.

While the Paladins of the Order of the Wall are the bulwark against which the enemies of the Protectorate break, the Exemplar Orders are mailed fist that drives forth at the direction of the priesthood to deliver Menoth’s word to the Iron Kingdoms.

If you’re keen on fielding all the Weapon Masters, the Exemplar Orders would like to welcome you to chat.

This new iteration of the Exemplar Interdiction doesn’t change the army composition.

  • Any warcasters
  • Any non-character warjacks
  • Fire of Salvation
  • Examplar models/units
  • Scrutator models/units
  • Vassal models/units
  • Choir units
  • Reclaimer models/solos
  • Heirophant solos
  • Wrack solos
  • The standard mercenary inclusion

For those keeping count at home there are (at the time of writing) six Exemplar units, including Rhoven and his bodyguard. There are no Vassal or Scrutator units yet, but there’s room for growth.

Exemplar solos include all three Seneschals, Gravus, both the regular Warders and Elias Gade. Hand of Silence rides out with the Reclaimer Gatekeepers, and Scrutator Potentate Severius is also welcome to come along and share Eye of Menoth with everyone, because why the heck wouldn’t you?

While the theme doesn’t specify battle engines or structures, per War Room the Shrine of the Lawgiver counts as an Exemplar model, and the Vessel of Judgment is a Scrutator model, so you can include every 120mm base model available to the faction.

Requisition Points allow you to bring a command attachment, two Vassals, or a small/medium based solo. That’s every solo on the list except for Hand of Silence and Gravus, and this is the part where I note that Severius0 is a 6pt model and you can get him for free, because why the snot wouldn’t you?

The improvement on the older iteration is that the Requisition Points will allow you to get two free Vassals of Menoth as a single Requisition choice. Like Severius0, this is 6 free points of models, and gives you extra warjack support should you wish it. Something like this highlights the benefit of using Requisition Points. Previously, to get any free models you had to spend a significant portion of your points on Exemplar models. Not in itself a bad thing, but under this iteration you have the freedom to wield a wall of warjacks with some supporting Exemplars, rather than forcing an infantry-heavy list.

The special rules of the theme force are fairly straightforward, but they’re beautiful in their simplicity.

  • The melee weapons of Protectorate warjacks in this army gain Blessed
  • Exemplar models in this army gain Aegis

So every single melee weapon on every warjack you field, supported by the Choir and Severius’ Eye of Menoth and whatever other shenanigans you can wield, ignore every spell and animus on any opposing models that buff their DEF or ARM. None of their defensive buff magics can withstand your righteous assault. This was a part of the existing theme.

Then, every single Exemplar model – and this includes the Shrine of the Lawgiver, Fire of Salvation, and the Exemplar warcasters – is immune to fire and corrosion continuous effects. You get to set your enemies ablaze but they can’t return the favor. This replaces a 2″ extension to the deployment zone as a theme benefit.

The changes to the theme are subtle but significant. Listbuilding opens up significantly with the change to Requisition Points, and the option to build an Exemplar Interdiction list as something other than an infantry swarm bears examination. The loss of the 2″ deployment extension may have impact on more games than the immunity to continuous effects, but I’m totally in for an (almost) army-wide immunity to being set on fire.

Oblivion is on the horizon, the winds of change are blowing, even through the colonades of Sul. The Exemplars muster for war, blessed weapons brandished in faith. Will you march forth?