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Thornbacks

NAME M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv
Thornback 7" 4+ 4+ 6 7 8 4 6 3+
This unit contains 1 Thornback. It can include 1 additional Thornback (Power Rating +6) or 2 additional Thornbacks (Power Rating +12). Each model is armed with a pair of monstrous scything talons, two devourers with brainleech worms and chitin thorns.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES
7
Deathspitter with slimer maggots
24"
Assault 3
7
-1
1
-
7
Devourer with brainleech worms
18"
Assault 6
6
0
1
-
2
Spine banks
6"
Assault 4
5
0
1
This weapon can be fired within 1" of an enemy unit, and can target enemy units within 1" of friendly units.
15
Stranglethorn cannon
36"
Assault D6
7
-1
2
You can add 1 to hit rolls for this weapon when attacking a unit with 10 or more models.
Monstrous scything talons
Melee
Melee
User
-3
3
You can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for this weapon. If the bearer has more than one pair of monstrous scything talons, it can make 1 additional attack with this weapon each time it fights.
7
Thresher scythe
Melee
Melee
4
-1
1
Each time the bearer fights, it can make one (and only one) attack with this weapon. Make D3 hit rolls for this attack instead of one. This is in addition to the bearer’s attacks.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any model may replace its monstrous scything talons with a stranglethorn cannon.
 • Any model may replace both of its devourers with two deathspitters with slimer maggots.
 • Any model may have toxin sacs and/or adrenal glands.
 • Any model may have enhanced senses, spine banks and/or a thresher scythe.
ABILITIES
Instinctive Behaviour

Thorned Battering Ram: When a Thornback finishes a charge move, roll a dice; on a 4+ one enemy unit within 1" suffers a mortal wound. INFANTRY units instead suffer D3 mortal wounds. In addition, add 1 to all hit rolls in the Fight phase for a Thornback that charged in the same turn.

Monstrous Brood: The first time this unit is set up on the battlefield, all of its models must be placed within 6" of at least one other model in their unit. From that point onwards, each operates independently and is treated as a separate unit.

Chitin Thorns:
5
Аt the end of the Fight phase, roll a D6 for each enemy unit within 1" of any models with chitin thorns. On a 6, that unit suffers a mortal wound.

Enhanced Senses:
10
A Carnifex with enhanced senses has a Ballistic Skill characteristic of 3+.

Vicious Hunter: Enemy INFANTRY units never gain any bonus to their saving throws for being in cover against attacks made by a Thornback.
FACTION KEYWORDS
TYRANIDS, <HIVE FLEET>
KEYWORDS
MONSTER, CARNIFEX, THORNBACKS
Does not include wargear
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.
Hit Roll
Each time a model makes an attack, roll a dice. If the roll is equal to or greater than the attacking model’s Ballistic Skill characteristic, then it scores a hit with the weapon it is using. If not, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. A roll of 1 always fails, irrespective of any modifiers that may apply.
ASSAULT

Assault weapons fire so rapidly or indiscriminately that they can be shot from the hip as warriors dash forwards into combat.

A model with an Assault weapon can fire it even if it Advanced earlier that turn. If it does so, you must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made when firing that weapon this turn.
single/two pairs
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.
MONSTERS/other units

The CARNIFEX keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ
Heavy Support
Other Wargear
 • Adrenal glands
 • Toxin sacs
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.
Instinctive Behaviour

Unless controlled or coordinated by the domineering will of the Hive Mind, many Tyranid organisms will revert to their baser instincts.

Unless a <HIVE FLEET> unit with this ability is within 24" of any friendly <HIVE FLEET> SYNAPSE unit, you must subtract 1 from any hit rolls made for it when shooting any target other than the nearest visible enemy unit, and you must subtract 2 from its charge roll if it declares a charge against any unit other than the nearest enemy unit.
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.
Terrain and Cover
The battlefields of the far future are littered with terrain features such as ruins, craters and twisted copses. Models can take shelter within such terrain features to gain protection against incoming weapons’ fire.

If a unit is entirely on or within any terrain feature, add 1 to its models’ saving throws against shooting attacks to represent the cover received from the terrain (invulnerable saves are unaffected). Units gain no benefit from cover in the Fight phase.

The CARNIFEX keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

HQ
Heavy Support

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

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

The MONSTER keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

Dedicated Transport
Elites
Fast Attack
Flyers
• Harpy
Fortifications

The TYRANIDS keyword is used in following Tyranids datasheets:

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