Forces of the Emperor – Kharon Pattern Acquisitor
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One of a number of unique and highly specialised vehicles utilised by the Silent Sisterhood, the Kharon pattern Acquisitor is in truth a paramilitary rather than battlefield design meant for the execution of the great psyker cull of the burgeoning Imperium’s worlds. Built to incorporate numerous systems to approach its targets silently and with utmost stealth, it is also made quite deliberately to be a thing of mystery and terror when its presence is unveiled, to cow potential resistance through fear as much as the threat of force.

When that force is required, the Kharon can release a hail of murderous weapons fire to annihilate any resistance in the form of heavy stubber rounds, which are more than effective enough against any interfering civilian or militia targets encountered. Against sterner opposition, various payloads of missiles can be employed, including sophisticated anti-psyker warheads where rogue psykers are encountered.

  • Kharon Pattern Acquisitor 150 pts
Armour Transport Capacity
M BS Front Side Rear HP Base
Kharon Pattern Acquisitor (base: 170 x 109mm)
Kharon Pattern Acquisitor 16 4 13 12 11 4 16 170 x 109mm
Unit Composition
  • 1 Kharon Pattern Acquisitor
Wargear
  • Hull (Front) Mounted hellion heavy cannon array
  • Two Hull (Front) Mounted Vratine missile launchers
  • Spectra distort shield
  • Smoke launchers
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Silent Sisterhood (Chamber Militant is the same as that of the unit for which this model is selected)
  • Assault Vehicle
  • Night Vision
  • Deep Strike
  • Outflank
  • Loyalist
Access Points
  • A Kharon Pattern Acquisitor has one Access Point at the front.
Options
  • A Kharon Pattern Acquisitor may exchange its hellion heavy cannon array for a Hull (Front) Mounted multi-melta for no additional points cost
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fearless

Fearless troops never give up and seldom make full use of cover – even if it would be wiser to do so.

Units with one or more models with the Fearless special rule automatically pass Pinning tests, Regroup tests and Morale checks. In addition, models with the Fearless special rule ignore the effects of the Fear special rule.

However, units containing one or more models with the Fearless special rule cannot use any Reactions that grant a Cover Save, Armour Save or Invulnerable Save, and cannot choose to fail a Morale check due to the Our Weapons Are Useless special rule. If a unit has become Pinned and then gains the Fearless special rule, all the effects of being Pinned are immediately cancelled.
Twin-linked

These weapons are grafted to the same targeting system for greater accuracy.

When attacking with a weapon that has this special rule, the controlling player may re-roll all failed To Hit rolls.
Heavy Weapons

These are heavy, man-portable weapons that typically require reloading between each shot or bracing to counter their recoil.

When making a Shooting Attack, a model with a Heavy weapon attacks the number of times indicated. If a model equipped with a Heavy weapon moved in the preceding Movement phase, they can only make Snap Shots with that Heavy weapon during the Shooting phase. Note that weapons with the Blast special rule cannot fire Snap Shots. Models that make Shooting Attacks with Heavy weapons in the Shooting phase cannot Charge in the ensuing Assault phase.

RangeSAPType
Reaper autocannon36"74Heavy 2, Rending (6+), Twin-linked
Blast Markers and Templates
Some weapons are so powerful that they don’t just target a single model or unit, but have an ‘area effect’ which might encompass several different models or units. To better represent these circumstances, Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness games use a series of different Blast markers and templates:
  • A ‘Small’ Blast marker (3" in diameter).
  • A ‘Large’ Blast marker (5" in diameter).
  • A ‘Template’ (a teardrop-shaped template roughly 8" long).
A number of weapons are even more powerful, able to obliterate entire squads in a single shot. These apocalyptic weapons use even bigger markers and templates, which include:
  • A ‘Massive’ Blast marker (7" in diameter).
  • An ‘Apocalyptic’ Blast marker (10" in diameter).
  • An ‘Apocalyptic Barrage’ marker (a clover-shaped set of five overlapping markers, each 5" in diameter).
  • A ‘Hellstorm’ (a teardrop-shaped template roughly 16" long).
All of these templates and Blast markers can be purchased separately.

The templates and Blast markers are used as a way of determining how many models have been hit by an attack that has an area of effect or a blast radius. When an attack uses a template or Blast marker, it will explain how the template is positioned, including any kind of scatter that might occur (scatter is discussed further later in this section). To work out the number of Hits, you normally need to hold the template or Blast marker with its central hole over an enemy model or a particular point on the battlefield, and then look underneath (or through, if using a transparent template) to see how many models lie partially or completely underneath. Various special rules and weapon effects will provide additional details on the specific use of templates when making attacks with those special rules or weapons.

A unit takes a Hit for each model that is fully, or even partially, underneath the template or Blast marker. Remember that a model’s base is counted as being part of the model itself, so all a template or Blast marker has to do to cause a Hit is to cover any part of the target’s base.
Pinning

Coming under fire without knowing where the shots are coming from, or having ordnance rain down from the skies, can shake the resolve of even the bravest warriors, making them dive flat and cling to whatever cover presents itself.

If a non-Vehicle unit suffers one or more unsaved Wounds from a weapon with the Pinning special rule, it must take a Leadership test once the firing unit has finished its Shooting Attacks for that Phase. This is called a Pinning test. If the unit fails the Test, it is Pinned. As long as the Test is passed, a unit can be called upon to take multiple Pinning tests in a single turn, but only once for each unit shooting at them.

A unit that is affected by any of the following conditions does not take Pinning tests, and if called upon to do so is considered to automatically pass them:
  • The unit is locked in combat.
  • The unit is already Pinned (the unit remains Pinned, but takes no further Tests).
  • The unit is composed entirely of Vehicle models.
  • The unit is Embarked on a Transport Vehicle.
  • The target unit is affected by the Fearless special rule.
A unit that has become Pinned cannot Move, Run or Charge. It can only fire Snap Shots if it attacks during the Shooting phase and cannot make Reactions in any Phase. At the end of its following turn, the unit returns to normal and the unit is free to act as normal from then on. Whilst it is Pinned, a unit is affected normally by enemy actions (for example, it takes Morale checks as normal). If the unit is forced to move, for example if it has to Fall Back, it returns to normal immediately. If assaulted, the unit will fight as usual, but because they are not set to receive the Charge, enemy units do not receive the Initiative penalty for assaulting a unit in Difficult Terrain, even if the unit is in Difficult Terrain. If a unit becomes Pinned during a Charge, then that Charge automatically fails. Units that are locked in combat cannot be Pinned and do not take Pinning tests.

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

Weapon Mounts
Hull (Arc) Mounted – Hull (Arc) Mounted weapons will always specify a single Firing Arc and may only fire at targets in that Firing Arc. The different Hull arcs are: Front, Rear, Left and Right. Some units may specify Side as an arc – this means both Left and Right arcs.

For example, a Legion Land Raider Proteus has a Hull (Front) Mounted Heavy Bolter – this weapon may only fire at targets in the Front Firing Arc.

Turret Mounted – Turret Mounted weapons may fire at targets in any Hull arc (Front, Side or Rear) without restriction.

Centreline Mounted – Centreline Mounted weapons may only fire at targets in the Centreline Firing Arc.

Sponson Mounted – Sponson Mounted weapons are usually mounted in pairs, one on each side of a Vehicle (the Vehicle’s profile will note if this is not the case) and fire into the appropriate Sponson Firing Arc (either left or right). If the target of a Vehicle’s Shooting Attack is within the Firing Arc for only one of a pair of Sponson weapons, then the out of arc weapon may be fired at another enemy unit of the controlling player’s choice. This Secondary Target must be in the weapon’s line of sight and Firing Arc, but may be from a different unit than the original target.

Pintle Mounted – Pintle Mounted weapons may fire at targets in any Firing Arc without restriction, but are always counted as Defensive weapons regardless of the weapon type or its statistics.
Deep Strike

Some units make their way to battle via tunnelling, teleportation, flying, or some other extraordinary means which allows them to appear in the thick of the fighting.

A unit made up entirely of models with this special rule may perform a Deep Strike Assault. Certain Faction or unit special rules may present other options for the deployment of units with the Deep Strike special rule.
Outflank

Some units make use of their inherent speed, stealth or other capabilities to launch a surprise assault on the foe from an unexpected direction.

A unit made up entirely of models with this special rule may perform a Flanking Assault. Certain Faction or unit special rules may present other options for the deployment of units with the Outflank special rule.
Access Points
Each Vehicle capable of carrying passengers will have a number of Access Points defined in its entry. These are the doors, ramps and hatches that passengers use to get in and out of the Vehicle. Transports on flying bases also count the base as an Access Point.
Psy-shock

Some weapons are created to distort and fracture ætheric space, their detonations causing panic attacks and confusion in the un-attuned – but to those trained to channel the power of the Warp they can trigger a spontaneous and uncontrolled manifestation of power that is often fatal to the psyker and those around them.

A unit that includes at least one model with the Psyker Unit Sub-type or Daemon Unit Type, and which suffers one or more unsaved Wounds from a weapon with this special rule also suffers Perils of the Warp. Any given unit may only suffer Perils of the Warp once per Phase due to the effects of this special rule, regardless of how many enemy units attack that unit or how many weapons with this special rule are present in attacking units.
Assault Vehicle

This vehicle is specifically designed to disgorge troops into the thick of the action.

Passengers Disembarking from Access Points on a Vehicle with this special rule can Charge on the turn they do so (including when forced to make an Emergency Disembarkation) unless the Vehicle arrived from Reserves that turn.
Night Vision

Some warriors can see almost as clearly in the darkness as they can in daylight.

A unit that contains at least one model with this special rule ignores the effects of Night Fighting and no model may make Shrouded rolls to negate Wounds inflicted by their attacks.
Scout

Scouts are always in the vanguard of the army. Unnoticed by the enemy, they range ahead of the main force.

After both sides have deployed (including Infiltrators), but before the first player begins their first turn, a unit containing at least one model with this special rule can choose to redeploy. If the unit is Infantry, Artillery, Dreadnought or Automata, each model can redeploy anywhere entirely within 6" of its current position. If it is any other Unit Type, each model can instead redeploy anywhere entirely within 12" of its current position. During this redeployment, Scouts can move outside the owning player’s Deployment Zone, but must remain more than 9" away from any enemy unit. A unit that makes a Scout redeployment cannot Charge in the first Game Turn. A unit cannot Embark or Disembark as part of a Scout redeployment.

If both sides have Scouts, roll off; the winner decides who redeploys first. Then alternate redeploying Scout units one at a time. If a unit with this special rule is deployed inside a Dedicated Transport, it confers the Scout special rule to the Transport (though a Disembarkation cannot be performed as part of the redeployment). Note that a Transport with this special rule does not lose it if a unit without this special rule is Embarked upon it. Having Scout also confers the Outflank special rule to units of Scouts that are kept as Reserves.
Infiltrate

Many armies employ reconnaissance troops who sit concealed for days, just waiting for the right moment in which to strike.

You may choose to deploy units that contain at least one model with this special rule last, after all other units (friend and foe) have been deployed. If both players have such units and choose to do so, the players roll off and the winner decides who goes first,then alternate deploying these units.

Units that Infiltrate in this way can be set up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" from any enemy unit, as long as no deployed enemy unit can draw line of sight to them. This includes in a Building, as long as the Building is more than 9" from any enemy unit. Alternatively, they can be set up anywhere on the battlefield more than 12" from any enemy unit, even in plain sight.

If a unit with Infiltrate deploys inside a Dedicated Transport, the same rules apply when deploying their Transport.

A unit that deploys using these rules cannot Charge in their first turn.

Having Infiltrate also confers the Outflank special rule to units of Infiltrators that are kept as Reserves.
HQ
HQ stands for Headquarters unit. A Headquarters unit might be a determined Solar Auxilia lord marshal thrust into the heart of the Horus Heresy or a mighty Space Marine praetor at the head of a Legion task force. These models are amongst the most powerful in the game and, as leaders, they have access to more special equipment than anyone else. They are not invincible, but can provide a powerful spearhead for an attacking army and a strong core for a defensive one.
Chamber of Vigilance

The largest of all the Chambers Militant, the warriors of the Chamber of Vigilance are those that garrison the Sisterhood’s watch towers, stand guard aboard the infamous Black Ships and conduct routine inspection vigils across the vast skein of the Imperium.

A unit composed entirely of models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule may be given one of the following special rules before the start of the battle’s first turn, before any models are deployed: Scout or Infiltrate. When selecting an army using the Sisters of Silence Army List, a unit made up entirely of models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule may be selected without restriction regardless of which HQ choices are selected for the army.

Chamber of Oblivion

The storm troops of the Silent Sisterhood, deployed to counter daemonic incursions and xenos infiltrations in brutal combat. They specialise in the use of the execution blade, a two-handed power weapon of gruesome efficiency.

All models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule gain the Fearless special rule when locked in combat with a unit that includes any models with the Daemon Unit Type or Corrupted Unit Sub-type.

Chamber of Judgement

The excrutiators and secret police of the Silent Sisterhood. These warriors cultivate a grim and terrifying aspect and are most often deployed to hunt down rogue psykers and dissidents or to put down insurrection with brutal punishment.

All models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule gain the Fearless special rule when locked in combat with a unit that includes any models with the Psyker Unit Sub-type.

The Sisters of Silence Special Rule
The Silent Sisterhood, unlike the vast Imperial Army or the Space Marine Legions, was not a purely military force tasked with reaping glory on the open field of battle. Instead, the Sisters of Silence were an elite organisation with a specific role in maintaining the rule of the Emperor. They were tasked with the eradication of rogue psykers, dissidents and religious demagogues and the collection and processing of those psykers who complied with Imperial law. Only when the Imperium is threatened by revolt or psychic disaster do they mass in numbers to take the field, for in such times their unique skills are worth far more than the numbers of a true army. To enable players to properly represent the paramilitary nature of the Sisters of Silence in battle, the Silent Sisterhood special rule presents a number of new restrictions and options:

Silent Sisterhood (X)

The Silent Sisterhood is divided into a number of Chambers, both Militant and Civilitas, each of which is a highly specialised body dedicated to the fulfilment of a single duty within the Sisterhood. Unlike a true military it maintains no standing troops nor orders its warriors in regimented blocks, and while this grants it more flexibility in small scale actions, it limits its ability to truly excel in open battle. When the Sisters of Silence are forced to mass in numbers to take the field against some dire threat, they must draw upon the Chambers Militant available to them and hope to assemble a force capable of holding the line.

The notation in brackets that is included as part of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule defines which Chamber Militant the model belongs to. This Chamber Militant may grant the model some additional rules or effects and influences how it may be selected when building an army that incorporates a Detachment with the Sisters of Silence Faction.

When selecting a Detachment using the Sisters of Silence Army List, the number of units of Chambers Militant other than the Chamber of Vigilance is limited. For each HQ choice with a given Chamber Militant, the Detachment may include up to three other choices of the same Chamber Militant (except for units with the Chamber of Vigilance variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule, of which an army may include any number, limited only by available Force Organisation slots). Note that Dedicated Transports and units selected using the Retinue special rule do not count against these limits regardless of their variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule.

For example, a Sisters of Silence Detachment includes three HQ choices – two Knights Centura (Chamber of Oblivion) and a Silent Judge (Chamber of Judgement). This army may include any number of units from the Chamber of Vigilance, up to six units from the Chamber of Oblivion, and up to three units from the Chamber of Judgement.

Hellion heavy cannon array

Range
Str
AP
Hellion heavy cannon array
24"
7
4
Heavy 6, Pinning

Vratine missile launcher

Range
Str
AP
Vratine missile launcher
 - Frag
48"
4
6
Heavy 1, Blast (3"), Pinning
 - Krak
48"
8
3
Heavy 1
 - Psyk-out
36"
7
3
Heavy 1, Psy-shock
Spectra Distort Shield

The suite of arcane technologies known as the spectra distort shield is designed to conceal large war machines from the foe. By means understood by only a few even among the Mechanicum, it renders a war machine almost silent, its hull either shaded a pitch black, bleeding shadow into its environment, or distorting its image into an oil-sheen mirage, it is not for nothing that the Sisters of Silence have entered the mythology of many worlds as dark spirits or sinister ‘angels’ sent to cleanse the worlds they cull of the witch taint.

Whenever targeted by a Shooting Attack, the range between an attacking unit and a model with the Vehicle Unit Type with a spectra distort shield is considered to be 8" further than the actual range between the two units – enemy units with the Night Vision special rule and models with the Primarch Unit Type ignore this effect. In addition, when attacked by a weapon with the Barrage special rule a model with the Vehicle Unit Type and a spectra distort shield is always treated as though it was out of line of sight when scattering any attacks.
Smoke Launchers

Many armoured fighting vehicles bear simple grenade systems rigged to distribute smoke upon being triggered, granting the vehicle a brief and passing cover that can prove crucial in the worst of situations. Such devices are of most use in slow moving engagements, as a vehicle at maximum speed will quickly disperse or outrun its own smoke shield.

The controlling player may choose to trigger smoke launchers once a model with them has completed its movement in the Movement phase, and may only choose to trigger them if the model has moved no faster than Combat Speed that turn. Once triggered, the model with smoke launchers counts as being more than 25% obscured, regardless of terrain, until the start of the controlling player’s next turn and gains a 6+ Cover Save. A model whose smoke launchers have been triggered may not make any Shooting Attacks, except as part of a Reaction, in the same turn. Smoke launchers may only be used once per battle, and once triggered may not be further used – in addition, they do not count as a weapon and may not be targeted by Weapon Destroyed results on the Vehicle Damage table.

Multi-melta

Range
Str
AP
Multi-melta
24"
8
1
Heavy 1, Armourbane (Melta), Twin-linked
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