War Convocation Calibration

war convocation incontrolWhoooooo Nanny! What a ride it has been since the LVO. Already, crazy combos from the latest releases make other armies look pitiful in comparison. Oh well, let the combo-masters outthink each other and come up with the next Frankenzombie master blaster creation that will wreak face and storm the capitol! I’ll stick with my latest Frankenstein creation thank you.

I went from a very luck dependent and small army to a much larger army that relies on remembering. Yay! The War Convocation, for those that don’t know, is a formation found in White Dwarf #69 (69 DUDE!) and is comprised of three main factions. A Cult Mechanicus Battle Congregation, A Skitarii Battle Maniple (The Man Nipple!), and an Oathsworn Imperial Knight Detachment. When purchased as a formation you get to take all wargear and relics that are available for free! You also get to treat all of the units from the War Convo as having the Canticles of the Omnisiah, your Gets Hot weapons no longer have that rule, and you can re-roll on the Warlord Table in the Cult Mechanicus book if you have the Tech Priest Dominus as your warlord. Don’t forget you also get to keep the special rules from the other formations as well!

That is a pretty powerful aspect right there, not only do you save a ton of points, but you get to ally in your flavor of destruction to boot. Ben Cromwell is going with a second Knight, and InControl nabs drop pods to port the right tool to the right place, which is what I have chosen to do. Hrm. I guess I could ally in a Nemesis Strike Force and make a Kataphron Star…..what what in the butt!

The Rules Siphon

Man, this army breaks my brain in how many rules it has! Each unit has their own named special gear that is close but not quite to other familiar items or so oddly named it really doesn’t matter. “What does the Cognis Manipulator do?” It should have just said It Will Not Die and Repair Power Fist thingy cause that is what it does. Also, the five characters in the core force can choose their own relic. Each formation has its own special rules and the formation does as well. It’s a mind bender that had me more in the rulebook than in the game my first time out. Just keep that in mind going into this formation.

One thing I have done is to create a cheat sheet for the army as I have it prepped. They are almost like Warmachine cards, but I think I’ll keep them on one sheet. Take a look.

War Convo Cards

I have the picture of the model, stats, rules, and weapons all on one page. A lot easier for me to check. It was also a good exercise in learning their rules, weapons, and items.


One thing I have already learned is that timing is key for the War Convo. This army has a lot of things that impact each other in when done in time can greatly benefit you. For instance, since all of your units from the formation count as having the Canticles of the Omnisiah you can get some really cool buffs the more models you have on the table at the start of the turn. Since I will have some in reserves via drop pods, this can bring me down below 8 units. I first I bring in my reserves to get me above 8, then choose the Canticle I need. I could also use the wargear that allows me to reroll Mysterius Objectives to try to get the Skyfire Nexus and then bring in my Drop Pods. Remembering to do what rule when is very important to this army. You also have a lot of special rules to apply with Canticles and Doctrina that act like Psychic buffs. Knowing when to use these is important and will take some preplanning. I’m thinking of creating another cheat sheet that has a flow chart aspect to it for turn order items. Start of the turn, do this, assault, remember that. I’ll keep you posted.

Convo Calibration

One thing that I think will help me is to categorize my units into utilities. What they can do and do well. I am currently running three drop pods so that allows me to put units in there to impact my enemy to the max. So I have added wargear and relics to help with these. They kind of break down like this:

Tech Priest: Backfield objective holder and annoyance.

Kataphron Destroyers: Grav Spam and Flamer Spam

Vanguard: Plasma and High Wound Unit

Rangers: Haywire

Ruststalkers: AP2 Melee

Infiltrators: High Strength melee and Objective seekers.

Scouts: Scoot!

Knight: Kill

This is kind of where I am leaning with these units. Each one is kinda specialized and should be useful in many scenarios. Or at least I hope so.

First Game

marsMy first game was against the new Ork Decurion with lots of boyz and the Ghazgull council of pain. 2++ and fearless is no joke. He put some pressure on my line, but not enough and I podded to different back sides to split off his forces as even with large units, they didn’t have a ton of killing power with the lack of Nobs. I threw my Knight at Ghaz for giggles and did last two rounds, taking a lot of nobz and mad doc with me. The Ruststalkers podded in and then wrecked a boyz squad and the Iniftrators counter charged after my Kataphrons got tied up with a big unit of boyz. The Infiltrators did a lot of damage which was fun. We had to end early and it was a  tie. Good learning game.

List So Far

War Convocation 1650

Cult Mechanicus Battle Congregation

HQ: Tech Priest Dominus – Digital Weapons, Infoslave Skull, Stasis Field, Phosphor Serpenta, Eradication Array

Troops: 2 Kataphron Destroyers – Hvy Grav Cannons, Cognis Flamers

Skitarii Battle Maniple

Troops: 5 Vanguard – 2 Plasma Caliver. Alpha – Arc Maul, Radium Carbine, Pater Radium

Troops: 5 Rangers – 2 Arc Rifle, Omnispex. Alpha – Arc Maul, Arc Pistol, Skull of Elder Nikola

Elites: 5 Ruststalkers – Transonic Razors, Chordclaws. Princeps – The Omniscient Mask

Elites: 5 Infiltrators – Flechette Blasters, Taser Goads. Princeps – Arkhan Divinator, Conversion Field

Heavy: Ironstrider Ballistari – Lascannon, Searchlight, Data Tether

Heavy: Onager Dunecrawler – Data Tether, Cognis Manipulator, Icarus Array, Mindscanner Probe

Oathsworn Detachment

Knight Warden – Avenger Gatling Cannon, Reaper Chainsword, Heavy Flamer, Meltagun, Stormspear

Flesh Tearers

HQ: Sanguinary Priest – Auspex

Troops: 5 Scouts

Fast Attack: 3 Drop Pods

So there you have an overview and some first impressions of the War Convocation. I like how much shooting it has as well as melee threats. It has been fun to put together and come up with a paint scheme and I am excited to see it come together.


About CaptainA

Aaron is a longtime gamer of many systems. He is an avid community builder of 40k and after running many 40k events in Portland, Oregon, has recently moved to Boise, Idaho and continues to host and run leagues and events. He has also recently expanded his repertoire and entered the second hand Warhammer business. Check out his website at www.trader-a.com to see how he can help you get rid off your old and unused models.

25 Responses to “War Convocation Calibration”

  1. Blightstar February 27, 2016 3:43 pm #

    Its nature of War Convocatin to NOT remember every damn you rule you have.

    For instance, even your cheatsheet is missing stuff haha. Battle Maniple gives Onagers 12″ LD10-bubble which can be cruxial (I lost a game today for forgotting that and rollin two tens for Vanguard’s morale).

    • CaptainA February 27, 2016 3:59 pm #

      Its a start!

    • CaptainA February 27, 2016 4:01 pm #

      And rule book says its 6″! Crazy rules.

      • westrider February 27, 2016 4:32 pm #

        The Broad Spectrum Data Tether that they have normally is 6″, and only works on Turns that you’re using a Doctrina Imperative. The Datalock bonus from the Battle Maniple is 12″, and still works even if you’re not using an Imperative that Turn.

        Also, you should pick up at least Refractor Fields, if not Conversion Fields, for your other Skitarii Unit Leaders.

        • CaptainA February 27, 2016 8:42 pm #

          Curse you rules!


          • westrider February 29, 2016 7:10 pm

            No worries. I had to look it up myself.

    • CaptainA February 27, 2016 4:02 pm #

      That was actually in there, it just said +1 Ld 6: instead of 6″

  2. bigpig February 27, 2016 6:52 pm #

    Cheat sheets are a must for any army. Just make sure to refer to them throughout the game or you will forget to look at it to remember what you can do. When I first started playing marines I ALWAYS forgot to use doctrines. I made some very handy cheat sheets and also combined them with a means to record the maelstrom objectives each turn

  3. Dakkath February 27, 2016 9:35 pm #

    I love your cheet sheet. Mind if I borrows the aesthetic to make some of my own?

  4. fluger February 28, 2016 8:37 am #

    Soooo complicated! Wow! Good idea on the cheat sheet.

    • CaptainA February 28, 2016 1:24 pm #

      I know right? I’m a genius.

  5. Reecius February 28, 2016 9:33 am #

    Love the cheat sheet, and can’t wait to see where you go with the list, buddy!

    • CaptainA February 28, 2016 1:21 pm #

      To the moon!

      • Kartr_Kana February 29, 2016 3:17 am #

        No no no its: “To the Mars!” 😛

  6. Pablo February 28, 2016 10:14 am #

    RIP centstar, one of the last good tournament players to actually play it has finally started a new army. I can’t wait to see what the war convo list does for you captainA. I always enjoyed your centstar analysis and battle write ups. Who knows if you find a way to fit tiggy in there I might switch over to the mech-side.

    • CaptainA February 28, 2016 1:24 pm #

      Taps softly plays.

    • Joshua Taylor February 29, 2016 10:09 am #

      replace flesh terrors with space marine CAD, take 3 drop pods, Tiggy, and 2 Scouts. from memory this would add ~130 points, but that is from memory. still fits into 1850

      • CaptainA February 29, 2016 11:36 am #

        My 1850 has teh Cullexus.

  7. Arabvikiking February 29, 2016 10:53 am #

    Nice article! I am only missing the melee skitarii guys to have enough models for my own war convo. All though not sure that is the list I want to build. I beat two war convo lists (in rankings) last tourney, so I think I will stick to my list idea.

    I gotta say I learned something new, I didn’t know that the canticles counted units on the battlefield 🙂

  8. T6Ted March 2, 2016 7:39 am #

    @CaptainA I am looking to make a display board for adepticon. Where did you get the frame for your board?

  9. Jason Wolfe June 9, 2016 1:59 pm #

    I am planning on bringing a double knight conv to the BAO. Do you guys have any experience running one? Double knight conv is what upset poor inControl at the LVO.

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