Forces of the Emperor – Constantin Valdor
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PRIMARCH

Constantin Valdor sits at the right hand of the Emperor as perhaps his most trusted companion and guardian, a watchman of inviolable purpose and all but unmatched fighting skill. Such in fact is Valdor’s martial power and superhuman physical and mental abilities that there are those, even within the Imperial Court, who have in whispers called him ‘Primarch’ in all but name. This is no doubt a disingenuous claim, as for all his power Valdor was made and trained to serve a different and far more focused purpose, that of Lord Commander of the Custodian Guard, and to Valdor the petty concerns of conquest and glory, dominion and victory are as nothing when compared to his own sworn duty.

Constantin Valdor seldom exercises his influence, save where his purview is directly concerned, and then never with ambition or aggrandisement. Yet, should his purpose be challenged or should anyone seek to endanger the Emperor or his chosen representatives, Valdor is as a demigod of vengeance made incarnate: unstoppable and unrelenting.

  • Constantin Valdor 350 pts
Captain-General of the Legio Custodes, The Shield of the Emperor, The First of the Ten Thousand
M WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv Base
Constantin Valdor (base: 40mm)
Constantin Valdor 8 7 5 5 5 5 6 5 10 2+ 40mm
Unit Composition
  • 1 Constantin Valdor
Wargear
  • The Apollonian Spear
  • Misericord
  • The Corinthine Warplate
  • Frag grenades
  • Melta bombs
  • Arae-shrike
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Legio Custodes
  • Counter-attack (1)
  • Lightning Blows (6+)
  • Loyalist
Options
  • Constantin Valdor may take a teleport transponder array
    +125 points

The Apollonian Spear

Believed to be crafted by the hand of the Emperor himself and once wielded by his own hand in battle as far back as the Unification Wars in which he rose to power on Terra, the Apollonian Spear was given to Valdor upon his accession to the mantle of Chief Custodian, and it has served no other since. Like the signature armament of the Custodian Guard, it incorporates both a power blade and an in-built bolter weapon, though in both cases these are of a potency far exceeding those even the Emperor’s elite carry into battle.

This weapon has two profiles – the first is used only when locked in combat and the second is only used during Shooting Attacks.
Range
Str
AP
The Apollonian Spear
 - Apollonian spear
Melee
+2
2
Melee, Specialist Weapon, Lightning Blows (6+), Murderous Strike (4+)
 - Hyper-velocity bolter
18"
5
2
Assault 2, Concussive (1)

The Corinthine Warplate

Worked by the same artificers that forged the Emperor’s own warplate, this suit of armour is proof against all but the most destructive attacks and most terrible weapons. Not only that, but its glorious origin and astonishing workmanship serve to inspire those that fight at Valdor’s side, urging them to deeds of valour rarely witnessed.

The Corinthine Warplate confers a 2+ Armour Save and a 3+ Invulnerable Save. In addition, any models with the Loyalist Allegiance that can draw a line of sight to Constantin Valdor or are locked in the same combat as Constantin Valdor use his Leadership Characteristic instead.

This datasheet has Primarch Battlefield Role. Full list of Forces of the Emperor units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Primarch
Locked in Combat
If a unit has one or more models in base contact with an enemy model (for any reason), then it is locked in combat. The unit is considered to be locked in combat as soon as an enemy model is moved into base contact with any model in that unit and remains locked in combat until there are no enemy models remaining in base contact with any model that is part of that unit. Units that are locked in combat must attack and be attacked in the next Fight sub-phase, resolving the combat as per the standard rules. Units are no longer locked in combat if, at the end of any Phase, they no longer have any models in base contact with an enemy model.

Units that are locked in combat cannot move in any other Phase or make Shooting Attacks for any reason. Similarly, models cannot choose to target units locked in combat with Shooting Attacks for any reason. Blast markers and templates cannot be deliberately placed such that they cover any models locked in combat, but they may end up there after scattering and will then cause Hits on any units or models they contact as normal.

Units that are locked in combat do not take Morale checks or Pinning tests caused by Shooting Attacks, and cannot be Pinned.
Melee Type
Weapons with the Melee type can only be used in close combat.
Specialist Weapon

The mightiest weapons only reach their full potential when wielded in pairs, as they require an entirely different battle stance from that of more commonplace weapons.

A model fighting with this weapon does not receive +1 Attack for fighting with two weapons unless it is armed with two or more Melee weapons with the Specialist Weapon rule. The additional weapon does not have to be the same weapon as the one used to attack, but it must have the Specialist Weapon rule in order to grant an additional Attack for fighting with two weapons.
Lightning Blows (X)

Some warriors fight with such speed and precision that they are capable of landing a series of blows like lightning, before their opponent can even react. There are few that can withstand such a barrage of attacks, and those warriors that have mastered this technique are rightfully feared on the battlefield.

After normal To Hit rolls for a weapon with this special rule have been made, count the number of Hits inflicted on a roll of equal to or more than the value listed in brackets as part of this rule. Immediately resolve a number of additional To Hit rolls on the same unit using the attacking models’ WS equal to the number of Hits counted earlier – any Hits scored roll To Wound as normal using the profile of the weapon with this special rule or a weapon chosen from those available to the model with this special rule if the rule is not applied to a specific weapon. These additional attacks do not themselves benefit from the Lightning Blows (X) special rule, but do benefit from any other special rules possessed by the attacking model, such as Preferred Enemy (X) or Precision Strikes (X).
Murderous Strike (X)

Some weapons are so cruel of form or powerful in aspect that a well-placed strike can slay even the toughest opponent.

Attacks with this special rule cause Instant Death on a To Wound roll equal to or greater than the number listed in brackets associated with the specific rule. Roll any viable Saves against this Instant Death-causing Wound separately and before any other Wounds the attack inflicts.
Rending (X)

Some weapons can inflict critical strikes against which no armour can protect.

If a model has the Rending special rule, or is attacking with a Melee weapon that has the Rending special rule, there is a chance that their close combat attacks will strike a critical blow. For each To Wound roll equal to or higher than the value listed, the target automatically suffers a Wound, regardless of its Toughness. The controlling player may choose to resolve these Wounds at AP 2 instead of the weapon’s normal AP value.

Similarly, if a model makes a Shooting Attack with a weapon that has the Rending special rule, a To Wound roll of equal to or greater than the listed value wounds automatically, regardless of Toughness, and is resolved at AP 2.

In either case, against Vehicles each Armour Penetration roll of equal to or greater than the listed value allows a further D3 to be rolled, with the result added to the total Strength of the attack. These Hits are not resolved at AP 2, but are instead resolved using the weapon’s AP value.

For example, a model with the Rending (5+) special rule that rolls To Wound against a non-Vehicle model will wound automatically on the roll of a 5+, and the attacking player has the choice of using an AP value of 2 instead of the AP value of their weapon.
Gets Hot

Some weapons are fuelled by unstable power sources and risk overheating with each shot – often to the detriment of their wielder.

When firing a weapon that Gets Hot, roll To Hit as normal. For each unmodified To Hit roll of 1, the firing model immediately suffers a single Wound with an AP value equal to that of the weapon that was used to attack (Armour Saves, Invulnerable Saves and Feel No Pain rolls can be taken, but not Cover Saves or Shrouded rolls) – this Wound cannot be allocated to any other model in the unit. A Vehicle instead rolls a D6 for each roll of a 1 To Hit. If this roll results in a 1 or 2, the Vehicle suffers a Glancing Hit.
Assault Weapons

Assault weapons either fire so rapidly or indiscriminately that they can be fired while a warrior is moving.

A model attacking with an Assault weapon makes the number of Attacks indicated on its profile regardless of whether the bearer has moved or not. A model carrying an Assault weapon can make a Shooting Attack with it in the Shooting phase and still Charge in the Assault phase.

RangeSAPType
Plasma blaster18"74Assault 2, Rending (4+), Gets Hot
Concussive (X)

Some weapons are designed to leave any foe that manages to survive their strike disoriented and easy to slay.

A unit that suffers one or more Wounds, regardless of whether those Wounds are Saved or otherwise discounted, from a weapon with this special rule must take a Leadership test at the end of the Shooting phase (if the attacks were inflicted as part of a Shooting Attack), or the current combat (if the attacks were inflicted as part of a Melee attack). If the test is failed then that unit’s WS is reduced by the value in brackets listed as part of the special rule until the end of the following Assault phase (if no value is listed then reduce the target unit’s WS by -1).

No matter how many times a unit has taken saved or unsaved Wounds from an attack with the Concussive special rule, it may only be forced to take one Leadership test because of it. If a single unit has been the target of several Concussive attacks with different values and fails the Leadership test, then it suffers the effects of the highest single modifier among those attacks – the effects do not stack or otherwise become cumulative.

The Apollonian Spear

Believed to be crafted by the hand of the Emperor himself and once wielded by his own hand in battle as far back as the Unification Wars in which he rose to power on Terra, the Apollonian Spear was given to Valdor upon his accession to the mantle of Chief Custodian, and it has served no other since. Like the signature armament of the Custodian Guard, it incorporates both a power blade and an in-built bolter weapon, though in both cases these are of a potency far exceeding those even the Emperor’s elite carry into battle.

This weapon has two profiles – the first is used only when locked in combat and the second is only used during Shooting Attacks.
Range
Str
AP
The Apollonian Spear
 - Apollonian spear
Melee
+2
2
Melee, Specialist Weapon, Lightning Blows (6+), Murderous Strike (4+)
 - Hyper-velocity bolter
18"
5
2
Assault 2, Concussive (1)
Instant Death

Some blows can slay an enemy outright, no matter how hardy they may be.

If a model suffers an unsaved Wound from an attack with this special rule, it is reduced to 0 Wounds and is removed as a casualty.

Misericord

Range
Str
AP
Misericord
-
4
-
Melee, Instant Death
Armour Saves
If a model has an Armour Save Characteristic of 6+ or better on its profile, then a further dice roll may be made to see if the armour prevents the Wound. This is called an Armour Saving throw, or Armour Save.

To take an Armour Save, roll a D6 and compare the result to the Armour Save Characteristic of the model that has been allocated the Wound. If the dice result is equal to or higher than the model’s Armour Save Characteristic, the Wound is negated. If the result is lower than the Armour Save Characteristic, the model suffers a Wound. This means that, unlike most Characteristics, an Armour Save is better if it is a lower number.
Invulnerable Saves
Some warriors are protected by more than physical armour. They may be shielded by force fields or have a constitution that can shrug off hits that would destroy a tank. Models with Wargear or abilities like these are allowed an Invulnerable Saving Throw.

Invulnerable Saves are different to Armour Saves in that they may always be taken whenever the model suffers a Wound, or, in the case of Vehicles, suffers a Penetrating Hit or Glancing Hit – the Armour Piercing value of attacking weapons has no effect on an Invulnerable Save. Even if a Wound, Penetrating Hit or Glancing Hit ignores all Armour Saves, an Invulnerable Saving Throw can still be taken.
Line of Sight
Line of sight determines what a model can ‘see’. Many situations call for you to determine whether or not a model has line of sight. A model normally needs line of sight whenever it wishes to attack an enemy, whether with a melee attack, or shooting attack. Line of sight literally represents your warriors’ view of the enemy – they must be able to see their foes through, under or over the battlefield terrain and other models (whether friendly or enemy).

For one model to have line of sight to another, you must be able to trace a straight, unblocked line from its body (the head, torso, arms or legs) to any part of the target’s body.

Sometimes, all that will be visible of a model is a weapon, banner, or other ornament they are carrying. In these cases, the model is not visible. Similarly, mechanical appendages such as cables, probes and ammo feeds are ignored, even though they may be part of a model’s body. These rules are intended to ensure that models don’t get penalised for having impressive banners, weaponry, and so on.

In many cases, what a model can ‘see’ will be obvious – if there’s a hill, building or mechanical construct in the way, the enemy might be blatantly out of sight. In other cases, two units will be clearly in view of each other as there is nothing at all in the way.

On those other occasions, where it’s not entirely obvious whether or not one unit can see another, the player will have to stoop over the battlefield and look from behind the model’s head for a ‘model’s eye view’. This means getting down to the level of your models and checking the battlefield from their perspective to ‘see what they can see’. You will find that you can spot lurking enemies through the windows of ruined buildings, catch a glimpse of a model’s legs under tree branches and see that high vantage points become very useful for the increased line of sight that they offer.

The Corinthine Warplate

Worked by the same artificers that forged the Emperor’s own warplate, this suit of armour is proof against all but the most destructive attacks and most terrible weapons. Not only that, but its glorious origin and astonishing workmanship serve to inspire those that fight at Valdor’s side, urging them to deeds of valour rarely witnessed.

The Corinthine Warplate confers a 2+ Armour Save and a 3+ Invulnerable Save. In addition, any models with the Loyalist Allegiance that can draw a line of sight to Constantin Valdor or are locked in the same combat as Constantin Valdor use his Leadership Characteristic instead.
Frag Grenades

This class of grenade contains only a small explosive charge, and is intended primarily to disorientate and distract the foe while closing on a fixed position.

A unit that includes at least one model with frag grenades makes attacks at its normal Initiative Step during an Assault after it has successfully Charged through Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain, but still suffers any penalties to Charge rolls imposed by Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain when resolving a Charge through Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain.
Detonation

A carefully placed explosive charge can easily doom even the most heavily armoured vehicle, but are difficult to attach accurately in the heat of combat.

A weapon with this special rule may only be used to attack models of the Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata Unit Types, any model with a Movement Characteristic of 0 or ‘-’, or Buildings or Fortifications. Furthermore, a model that is chosen to attack with a weapon with this special rule during the Assault phase may only make a single attack in the Fight sub-phase, regardless of its Attacks Characteristic and any bonus attacks from Charging or other special rules.
Unwieldy

This weapon is very large, and more than a little clumsy, making swift blows all but impossible to achieve.

A model attacking with this weapon Piles-in and fights at Initiative step 1, unless it has the Dreadnought Unit Type or Monstrous sub-type.
Armourbane (X)

This weapon has been crafted with one aim in mind – to pierce the hides of armoured vehicles.

If a model or weapon has this special rule, it rolls an additional D6 for armour penetration when targeting a Vehicle model, or, when targeting a model with the Automata or Dreadnought Unit Type, re-rolls all failed rolls To Wound instead. These effects apply to both Shooting Attacks and close combat attacks.

Some instances of the Armourbane special rule may include a qualifier after the rule in brackets, for example Armourbane (Melta) or Armourbane (Melee). These variant rules are described below:

Armourbane (Melta): A model or weapon with this Armourbane special rule only gains the benefits of the Armourbane special rule when at half range or less. If the attack is more than half its Maximum Range away, it gains no benefit from the Armourbane special rule. If a weapon with this version of Armourbane also has the Blast special rule, measure the distance to the centre of the Blast marker after it has scattered. If this is half the weapon’s range or less, then all Hits are counted as having the Armourbane special rule, otherwise the Hits are resolved as if they did not have the Armourbane special rule.

Armourbane (Melee): A weapon or model with this version of the Armourbane special rule only gains the benefits of the Armourbane special rule when attacking in close combat.

Armourbane (Ranged): A weapon or model with this version of the Armourbane special rule only gains the benefits of the Armourbane special rule when making Shooting Attacks.

Melta bomb

Range
Str
AP
Melta bomb
-
8
1
Melee, Detonation, Unwieldy, Armourbane (Melee), Instant Death
Arae-shrike

Ancient devices of the Dark Age of Technology which twist and distort electromagnetic signals, these counter-intelligence devices are considered blasphemous in principle and arcane function by the Mechanicum, and persist only in the hands of the Emperor’s retinue. By the use of malifica-djinn and hostile blight-code, they pervert the data-readouts of unshielded cogitators and telemetry plotters with lying reports and malign falsehood, and what they cannot deceive, they simply blind and deafen with a shrieking multi-frequency cacophony.

If there is a model with an arae-shrike on the battlefield when any enemy player declares a Deep Strike Assault or Flanking Assault, any roll to see if the Deep Strike Assault or Flanking Assault is ‘Disordered’ suffers a penalty of -1 (and is thus counted as Disordered on the roll of a ‘1’ or a ‘2’, unless other modifiers are also applied).
Nemesis Units
A ‘Nemesis’ unit is defined as any enemy unit that fulfils at least one of the following conditions:
Legio Custodes

The Custodes were the finest warriors known to the Imperium, faster and stronger than even the super-human warriors of the Legiones Astartes and outfitted from the secret arsenals of the Emperor himself. They were deployed to the field of battle only in the face of the most dire threats or to accompany the grandest heroes and pay witness to the most important of triumphs. They were the heroes of their age, renowned for their courage and feared more than any other by the foes of Mankind.

Models with this special rule gain the following benefits in various situations that involve ‘Nemesis’ units (see the Nemesis unit entry):
  • All models with this special rule gain +1 Attacks when locked in combat with a Nemesis Unit.
  • A unit composed entirely of models with this special rule gains an additional bonus of +1 to all Charge rolls made when all targets of the Charge are Nemesis Units.
  • When rolling to Hit while Engaged with a Nemesis unit, a model with this special rule will never need to roll better than 4+ to score a Hit – unless the Nemesis unit is composed entirely of models with the Primarch Unit Type, or the attacking model is in a Challenge with a model that has the Primarch Unit Type.
Counter-attack (X)

Troops with this skill believe attack to be the best form of defence. If assaulted, they spring forward themselves and ferociously counter-attack the charging enemy.

If a unit contains at least one model with this special rule, and that unit is Charged, every model with the Counter-attack special rule gains a number of additional Attacks equal to the value in brackets listed as part of this special rule. If no value is listed then the unit gains +1 Attack.

If, when Charged, the unit was already locked in combat or has made the Hold the Line Reaction, the Counter-attack special rule has no effect.
Loyalist

Whether pledged to the Emperor himself as the rightful leader of Mankind or to the dream of the Imperium that he intended to create, some warriors swore to fight and die for the Loyalist cause and no other.

A model with this special rule may only be included in an army that has the Loyalist Allegiance.
Teleport Transponder Array

Some commanders of the Legio Custodes carry command devices for linked transponder arrays that allow them and their chosen retinue to teleport directly into combat. Such devices are rare and issued only to trusted commanders assigned to key battles.

A model with a teleport transponder array gains the Deep Strike special rule. In addition, the controlling player of a Detachment with the Legio Custodes Sub-faction that includes one or more models with a teleport transponder array may select up to three units for each model with a teleport transponder array that is part of that Detachment, the selected units must each include no more than five models, before being joined by any models with the Independent Character special rule, and all models in the selected units must have the Legio Custodes special rule and Infantry Unit Type. All models in the selected units gain the Deep Strike special rule and must be assigned to a Deep Strike Assault.
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