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The Swarmlord

NAME M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv
The Swarmlord * 2+ 3+ * 7 12 * 10 3+
The Swarmlord is a single model armed with bone sabres and a prehensile pincer tail. Only one of this model may be included in your army.
DAMAGE
Some of this model’s characteristics change as it suffers damage, as shown below:
REMAINING W
M
S
A
7-12+
9"
8
6
4-6
7"
7
5
1-3
5"
6
4
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES
Bone sabres
Melee
Melee
User
-3
3
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, the target unit suffers a mortal wound in addition to any other damage.
Prehensile pincer tail
Melee
Melee
User
0
D3
Each time the bearer fights, it can make one (and only one) attack with this weapon. This is in addition to the bearer’s attacks.
ABILITIES
Shadow in the Warp, Synapse

Psychic Barrier: The Swarmlord has a 4+ invulnerable save.

Blade Parry: Add 1 to the Swarmlord’s invulnerable saves against wounds caused by Melee weapons.

The Will of the Hive Mind: The range of the Swarmlord’s Synapse ability is 18" rather than 12".

Hive Commander: In each of your Shooting phases, you can pick one friendly <HIVE FLEET> unit within 6" of the Swarmlord. That unit can move (and Advance, if you wish) as if it were the Movement phase instead of shooting.

Death Throes: If this model is reduced to 0 wounds, roll a dice before removing the model from the battlefield; on a 6, it lashes out in its death throes, and each unit within 3" suffers D3 mortal wounds.
PSYKER
The Swarmlord can attempt to manifest two psychic powers in each friendly Psychic phase, and attempt to deny two psychic powers in each enemy Psychic phase. It knows the Smite power and two psychic powers from the Hive Mind discipline.
WARLORD TRAIT
Alien Cunning: At the start of the first battle round but before the first turn begins, you can remove your Warlord from the battlefield and set them up again. If both players have units that can do this, roll off. The player that wins the roll-off decides who sets up their unit(s) first.
FACTION KEYWORDS
TYRANIDS, <HIVE FLEET>
KEYWORDS
CHARACTER, MONSTER, HIVE TYRANT, PSYKER, SYNAPSE, THE SWARMLORD
Includes wargear
Wound Roll
WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH VS TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 ROLL REQUIRED
Is the Strength
TWICE (or more)
than the Toughness?
2+
Is the Strength
GREATER
than the Toughness?
3+
Is the Strength
EQUAL
to the Toughness?
4+
Is the Strength
LOWER
than the Toughness?
5+
Is the Strength
HALF (or less)
than the Toughness?
6+
If an attack scores a hit, you will then need to roll another dice to see if the attack successfully wounds the target. The roll required is determined by comparing the attacking weapon’s Strength characteristic with the target’s Toughness characteristic, as shown on the table to the right:

If the roll is less than the required number, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. A roll of 1 always fails, irrespective of any modifiers that may apply.
Invulnerable Saves
Some models possess supernatural reflexes or are protected by force fields that grant them an invulnerable save. Each time a wound is allocated to a model with an invulnerable save, you can choose to use either its normal Save characteristic or its invulnerable save, but not both. If a model has more than one invulnerable save, it can only use one of them – choose which it will use. If you use a model’s invulnerable save, it is never modified by a weapon’s Armour Penetration value.
Mortal Wounds
Some attacks inflict mortal wounds – these are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury. Each mortal wound inflicts one point of damage on the target unit. Do not make a wound roll or saving throw (including invulnerable saves) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other wound and inflict damage to a model in the target unit as described above. Unlike normal attacks, excess damage from attacks that inflict mortal wounds is not lost. Instead keep allocating damage to another model in the target unit until either all the damage has been allocated or the target unit is destroyed.
Melee Weapon
Each time a model makes a close combat attack, it uses a melee weapon – the weapons a model is equipped with are described on its datasheet. In addition to their other weapons, all models are assumed to be equipped with a close combat weapon, which has the following profile:

WEAPONRANGETYPESAPD
Close combat weaponMeleeMeleeUser01

If a model has more than one melee weapon, choose which it will use before rolling the dice. If a model has more than one melee weapon and can make several close combat attacks, it can split its attacks between these weapons however you wish – declare how you will divide the attacks before any dice are rolled.
Psyker
Some models are noted as being a Psyker on their datasheet. Psykers can manifest their otherworldly abilities and attempt to deny enemy sorceries. The powers a psyker knows, and the number of powers they can attempt to manifest or deny each Psychic phase, are detailed on their datasheet.
Psychic Test
A psyker can attempt to manifest a psychic power they know by taking a Psychic test. To do so, roll 2D6. If the total is equal to or greater than that power’s warp charge value, the power is successfully manifested. A psyker cannot attempt to manifest the same psychic power more than once in a turn.
Shadow in the Warp

The unfathomable presence of the Hive Mind radiates out from its synapse creatures, smothering the ability of the psykers who stand before them to draw upon their mystic powers.

Enemy PSYKERS must subtract 1 from any Psychic tests they make if they are within 18" of any units with this ability. TYRANID PSYKERS are not affected.
Morale Test

Even the bravest heart may quail when the horrors of battle take their toll.

In the Morale phase, starting with the player whose turn it is, players must take Morale tests for units from their army that have had models slain during the turn.

To take a Morale test, roll a dice and add the number of models from the unit that have been slain this turn. If the result of the Morale test exceeds the highest Leadership characteristic in the unit, the test is failed. For each point that the test is failed by, one model in that unit must flee and is removed from play. You choose which models flee from the units you command.
Synapse

Some Tyranids serve as synaptic conduits or nodal relays through which a portion of the Hive Mind’s iron will flows, overriding the natural instincts of the swarm.

<HIVE FLEET> units automatically pass Morale tests if they are within 12" of any friendly <HIVE FLEET> units with this ability.
Advancing
When you pick a unit to move in the Movement phase, you can declare that it will Advance. Roll a dice and add the result to the Move characteristics of all models in the unit for that Movement phase. A unit that Advances can’t shoot or charge later that turn.
Deny the Witch Test
A psyker can attempt to resist a psychic power that has been manifested by an enemy model within 24" by taking a Deny the Witch test – this takes place immediately, even though it is not your turn. To do so, roll 2D6. If the total is greater than the result of the Psychic test that manifested the power, it has been resisted and its effects are negated. Only one attempt to deny each successfully manifested psychic power can be made each turn, regardless of the number of psykers you have within 24" of the enemy model manifesting the psychic power.
Smite
Smite has a warp charge value of 5. If manifested, the closest visible enemy unit within 18" of the psyker suffers D3 mortal wounds. If the result of the Psychic test was more than 10, the target suffers D6 mortal wounds instead.
Roll-offs
Some rules instruct players to roll off. To do so, both players roll a D6, and whoever scores highest wins the roll-off. In the case of a tie, both players re-roll their D6; this is the only time players can reroll a re-roll – if the second and subsequent rolls are also tied, keep on rolling until a winner is decided.

The CHARACTER keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ
Elites
Heavy Support

The <HIVE FLEET> keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

The HIVE TYRANT keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ

This datasheet has HQ Battlefield Role. Full list of Tyranids units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

The MONSTER keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

Dedicated Transport
Elites
Fast Attack
Flyers
• Harpy
Fortifications

The PSYKER keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ
Elites

The SYNAPSE keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ
Troops
Elites
Heavy Support

The TYRANIDS keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

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