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War Wagons is an Empire war machine unit added in The Hunter and the Beast.


The Empire War Wagon is an extremely heavy version of a chariot, a mobile armoured battle tower with a crew of six warriors, pulled by two sturdy warhorses. The high walls of the tower protect its crew from arrows and attacks from the ground

War Wagons are a movable platform from which it either transports Empire soldiers through the battlefield or provides a vantage point for units of archers, crossbowmen, and handgunners to shoot the enemy. Its crew can also be armed with a variety of experimental weaponry from the arsenal of the Imperial Gunnery School. War Wagons can install a piece of artillery into its tower, which provides the artillery with adequate speed and the Empire army with devastating firepower.[1a]

As of today, the use of War Wagons within the battlefields of the Empire is now obsolete. However it has been known that War Wagons are refitted to serve as either an Arcane Battle Altar or a War Altar of Sigmar. In the past, War Wagons varied greatly in their size, with some War Wagons being only as large as an over-sized hay-cart, while others were the size of an Empire fortress. As of now, War Wagons have been replaced with the newer and more heavily armoured Steam Tank.[1]


  • Armoured: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.
  • Armour-Piercing Missiles: The damage of armour-piercing weapons mostly ignores the armour of the target, making them the ideal choice against heavily-armoured enemies. They are often heavier and attack at a slower rate though, making them less efficient against poorly-armoured targets.
  • Mounted fire move.png Fire Whilst Moving: This unit can fire when mounted and moving.


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The War Wagon is a missile chariot that is meant to ride around peppering the enemy with their armor piercing shots before ramming through to break up clumps of infantry. They have abysmal melee defence, so even hound units can deal a lot of damage to them. It is not a bad idea to keep a unit of Empire Knights or Pistoliers nearby, just to help stave off enemy light cavalry or harassers.