Forces of the Emperor – Solar Auxilia Tarantula Sentry Battery

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Possessed of formidable firepower, automated weapons platforms and sentry gun batteries are used by many of the Imperium’s diverse armed forces to take on the mundane duties of point defence and security, both planet-side and aboard ship. The most common of these designs is the Tarantula, whose ease of construction, multiple weapons configurations and general reliability have made it a staple of the arsenals of the Great Crusade and a well-regarded, if perhaps inglorious, tool of war.

The Solar Auxilia use the Tarantula to guard exposed flanks and rear line positions where it is judged less likely, but nonetheless possible that an enemy will attack. They are sometimes pressed into service in the front line itself when manpower is stretched dangerously thin. The histories of some of the oldest cohorts contain tales, no doubt elaborated over the decades, of Tarantula weapons batteries granted honorary induction into a regiment following a close fought battle where their presence contributed greatly to the tally of enemy dead.

  • Solar Auxilia Tarantula Sentry Battery 60 pts
M WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv Base
Tarantula (base: Use model)
Tarantula - 1 2 1 4 2 1 1 5 3+ Use model
Unit Composition
  • 3 Tarantula Sentry Guns
  • Two heavy bolters
Unit Type
  • Infantry (Automated Artillery)
Special Rules
  • Sentry Protocols
  • Tercio
  • Bulky (4)
  • Firing Protocols (2)
  • Fearless
  • A Solar Auxilia Tarantula Sentry Battery may include:
  • - Up to 6 additional Tarantula Sentry Guns
    +20 points each
  • All Tarantula Sentry Guns in the unit may exchange both of their heavy bolters for one of the following options:
  • - Two lascannon
    +20 points each
  • - One Hyperios missile launcher
    +5 points each
  • All Tarantula Sentry Guns in the unit may have:
  • - Augury scanners
    +20 points per unit
  • - Searchlights
    +5 points per unit
Auxilia Artillery Tercio Each Auxilia Artillery Tercio is a single Heavy Support choice, using up a single Heavy Support slot on the Force Organisation chart. Each Auxilia Artillery Tercio is composed of a number of separate units – the exact number of units in the Tercio is shown on the Auxilia Artillery Tercio organisation chart (shown below). An Auxilia Artillery Tercio may not include more than three units.

Auxilia Artillery Tercio Organisation Chart
An Auxilia Artillery Tercio may include the following units:
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.
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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.
Bulky (X)

This creature is so massive, it takes up an inordinate amount of space in any vehicle or building it enters.

Bulky models count as a number of models equal to the value X in brackets after the rule’s name for the purposes of Transport Capacity and whether a given unit outnumbers another in combat.

For example, a unit comprised of five models all of which have the Bulky (3) special rule, would count as 15 models when attempting to Embark on a Transport Vehicle or when deciding if they outnumber an enemy unit (see, for example, Rampage (X)).

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.

Reaper autocannon36"74Heavy 2, Rending (6+), Twin-linked
Solar Auxilia Tercios

Core to the tactics and organisation of the Solar Auxilia cohorts was the Tercio – a grouping of units that allowed the large and unwieldy forces of those cohorts to act in a unified manner on the field of war. These Tercios drilled and practised the skills of close-order fighting until they were second nature, the disparate units that formed them operating almost as a single entity on the battlefield.

A Tercio is a group of units selected together – any Army List that allows the selection of units as a Tercio will specifically state this and identify the units that can make up the Tercio (all of which must have the Tercio special rule). A Tercio occupies a single slot on the Force Organisation chart, but is made up of separate units. At the start of the battle, if any unit from a Tercio is placed in Reserves then all units from that Tercio must be placed into Reserves (and if assigned to a Deep Strike Assault or Flanking Assault, must all be assigned to that Reserves Action). If deployed onto the battlefield at the start of the battle, all units that are part of the same Tercio must be deployed with at least one model from any given unit within 3" of at least one model from another unit in the same Tercio. If, for any reason, a Tercio cannot be deployed in this fashion then the entire Tercio must be placed into Reserves. Once the battle starts, units that make up a Tercio are not required to remain within a certain distance of each other and may move as the controlling player desires.

The warriors of the Solar Auxilia fight in small detachments known as Tercio – groups of three that operate in close formation to cover each other and provide overlapping fields of fire as they advance inexorably across the field of battle.

Models with this special rule may only be selected as part of a Tercio (see Solar Auxilia Tercios). When a Reaction is declared for a unit with this rule that allows it to make a Shooting Attack or Move, then all units from the same Tercio that are ‘In Formation’ with the Reacting unit may also Move or make a Shooting Attack as described in the Reaction being made (all units that Move or Shoot are counted as having made a Reaction, and thus cannot make further Reactions in the same Phase, and must target the same unit with any Shooting Attacks made). A unit is ‘In Formation’ when that unit is in unit coherency and has at least one model within 3" of a model from a different unit in the same Tercio that is also in unit coherency.

Some weapons strike with enough force to make a mockery of anything except the most reinforced of armoured shells.

Attacks with this special rule may re-roll failed Armour Penetration rolls against Vehicles and Buildings (both with Shooting Attacks and in close combat) and re-roll Glancing Hits, in an attempt to instead get a Penetrating Hit, but the second result must be kept.
Augury Scanner

This energy scanning device has the effect of alerting the user to the concealed presence or imminent arrival of enemy troops in the vicinity.

A unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner gains all of the following benefits:
  • Enemy models cannot be deployed using the Infiltrate special rule within 18" of a model with an augury scanner.
  • A unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner ignores the 24" limit to line of sight when making Shooting Attacks while the Night Fighting rules are in effect.
  • When any enemy unit is deployed to the battlefield from Reserves, a unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner may make the Interceptor Advanced Reaction without expending a point of the Reactive player’s Reaction Allotment. This does not allow the unit to make more than one Reaction per Phase, but does allow the controlling player to exceed the normal three Reactions limit in a given Phase.
Firing Protocols (X)

Those warriors or war engines equipped with multiple weapons often incorporate sophisticated tracking systems, or have received advanced training to allow them to wield them all simultaneously on the battlefield.

When making a Shooting Attack, a model with this special rule may attack with a number of different weapons equal to the value of this special rule. This rule does not allow a single weapon to be attacked with more than once, and only applies if the model is equipped with more than one weapon. For example, as part of a single Shooting Attack, a model with the Firing Protocols (2) special rule may attack with up to two different weapons.

Mounted illum-beacons or simple electric torches, many vehicles mount some kind of portable light to aid in target identification and destruction in darkness and poor weather.

A model with searchlights ignores the 24" limit to line of sight imposed by the Night Fighting rules when making Shooting Attacks, however enemy units also ignore that same restriction when making Shooting Attacks that target a model with searchlights.

In addition, any unit that has been the target of a Shooting Attack made by a unit with searchlights (regardless of whether any Hits were inflicted or not) may be freely targeted for Shooting Attacks by any other unit in the same Shooting phase, ignoring the 24" restriction to line of sight imposed by the Night Fighting rules.

Searchlights do not count as weapons and may not be targeted by the Weapon Destroyed result on the Vehicle Damage table.


Heavy 1, Sunder

Skyfire weapons excel at shooting down enemy aircraft.

A model which has this special rule, or that is firing a weapon with this special rule, fires using its normal Ballistic Skill when shooting at Flyers and Skimmers, but it can only fire Snap Shots against other targets.
Heavy Bolter

Heavy Bolter
Heavy 4

Heavy Support
Heavy Support units are the big guns of the army and comprise the heaviest items of equipment and the toughest creatures. Assigned to the heaviest fighting, and to destroy the most dangerous foes, these units are vital for any army to claim victory.
Sentry Protocols

Lacking the complexity of true automata, these units are set to open fire on any unit that approaches them without broadcasting the correct ident-code. Given the crude systems that guide their fire, they are not as deadly as true artillery but can serve as adequate sentry units for rear echelon supply caches and facilities.

A unit that includes any models with this special rule must make a Shooting Attack targeting the enemy unit which has the closest model in line of sight to any model in the attacking unit in the controlling player’s Shooting phase.

Hyperios missile launcher

Hyperios missile launcher
Heavy 3, Skyfire
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