Forces of the Omnissiah – Tech-Priest Auxilia
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ELITES

Operating in a support role, Covenants and Maniples of Tech-Priest adepts and lesser magi also form a key part of the Taghmata Omnissiah. Of those whose firepower and expertise is called to the Taghmata by feudal obligation, enginseers are perhaps the most common.

These often accompany their masters and the mighty war machines they administer onto the battlefield, enabling the Taghmata to make field repairs, assuage fevered machine spirits and perform the required microcalibrations to arms and systems to ensure the holy engines of battle perform to their optimal efficiency.

Less common are representatives of militant orders such as the reductor and lachrimallus. The former are siege warfare specialists whose arts are used to either lay low fortifications or defend them as they are called on by their masters. The latter, whose flesh-craft and alchemistry mercilessly drives on the half-living tech-thralls employed by the Taghmata, are masters of teeming hordes of resilient, if expendable, troops.

  • Tech-Priest Auxilia 65 pts
M WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv Base
Tech-Priest (base: 32mm)
Tech-Priest 6 3 3 3 3 1 3 1 7 4+ 32mm
Magos Auxilia (base: 32mm)
Magos Auxilia 6 3 4 3 4 2 3 2 8 3+ 32mm
Servo-automata (base: 25mm)
Servo-automata 6 3 3 4 5 1 1 1 6 5+ 25mm
Unit Composition
  • 1 Tech-Priest
  • 4 Servo-automata
Wargear
  • Laspistol (Magos Auxilia and Tech-Priest only)
  • Power axe (Magos Auxilia and Tech-Priest only)
  • Close combat weapon (Servo-automata only)
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Battlesmith (5+) (Magos Auxilia only)
  • Battlesmith (6+) (Tech-Priest only)
  • Cybertheurgist Auxilia (Magos Auxilia only)
  • Stubborn (Magos Auxili and Tech-Priest only)
  • Techno-arcana (Magos Auxilia and Tech-Priest only)
Dedicated Transport
Options
  • The Tech-Priest Auxilia may include:
  • - Up to 2 additional Tech-Priests
    +20 points per model
  • - Up to 6 additional Servo-automata
    +5 points per model
  • A single Tech-Priest in the unit may be upgraded to a:
  • - Magos Auxilia
    +25 points
  • Any Tech-Priest or Magos Auxilia may take any of the following:
  • - Augury scanner
    +5 points
  • - Nuncio-vox
    +10 points
  • - Volkite charger
    +10 points
  • - Cortex controller
    +15 points
  • - Graviton gun
    +15 points
  • Any Tech-Priest or Magos Auxilia may take:
  • - Cyber-familiar
    +5 points each
  • - Melta bombs
    +5 points each
  • Any Servo-automata may take one of the following:
  • - Las-lock
    +2 points
  • - Flamer
    +5 points
  • - Maxima bolter
    +5 points
  • - Servo-arm
    +5 points
  • - Rotor cannon
    +10 points
  • - Heavy bolter
    +15 points
  • - Multi-melta
    +25 points

Cybertheurgist Auxilia

The Magos Auxilia may select one of the following Cybertheurgic Arcana, gaining all Rites and weapons that are part of that Arcana:
  • Artificia Cybernetica
  • Artificia Machina

Techno-arcana

Each Tech-Priest Auxilia unit must choose one of the following Techno-arcana. Only one selection may be made per Tech-Priest Auxilia unit. The Techno-arcana applies to the entire unit, providing it with additional special rules and wargear at no additional cost unless noted:

Enginseer: Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit are each equipped with a servo-arm. While the unit contains any number of Servo-automata, Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit improve their Battlesmith (X) special rule to Battlesmith (4+).

Lachrimallus: Tech-Priests, Magos Auxilia and Servo-automata in the unit have the Feel No Pain (5+) special rule. Friendly Adsecularis Tech-thrall units with at least one model within 6" of one or more Tech-Priest or Magos Auxilia with this special rule add +1 to their Feel No Pain Damage Mitigation rolls or gain the Feel No Pain (6+) special rule if they do not already possess the Feel No Pain (X) special rule

Reductor: Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit are each equipped with a servo-arm, and all models in the unit gain the Sunder and Wrecker special rules. Magos Auxilia may exchange their servo-arm for either a conversion beamer or graviton imploder for +25 points each.
Melee Type
Weapons with the Melee type can only be used in close combat.
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.
Sunder

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.
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.
Deflagrate

The ancient volkite weaponry employed by the armies of Terra in the earliest years of the Great Crusade fired arcing blasts of energy rather than solid projectiles.

After normal attacks by this weapon have been resolved, count the number of unsaved Wounds caused on the target unit. Immediately resolve a number of additional automatic Hits on the same unit using the weapon’s profile equal to the number of unsaved Wounds – these can then be saved normally. Models in the targeted unit must still be in range in order for these additional Hits to take effect. These additional Hits do not themselves inflict more Hits and do not benefit from any other special rules possessed by the attacking model, such as Preferred Enemy (X) or Precision Strikes (X).
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.
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.
Pistol Weapons

Pistols are light enough to be carried and fired one-handed.

A model attacking with a Pistol weapon makes the number of Attacks indicated on its profile regardless of whether the bearer has moved or not. A model carrying a Pistol weapon can make a Shooting Attack with it in the Shooting phase and still Charge in the Assault phase. A Pistol weapon also counts as a close combat weapon in the Assault phase. In addition, all models with two Pistol type weapons can attack with both in the same Shooting phase. This follows the normal rules for shooting.

RangeSAPType
Volkite serpenta10"55Pistol 2, Deflagrate
Cyber-familiar

Utilised by Techmarines and the Adepts of the Mechanicum, cyber-familiar is a term that encompasses a variety of semiautonomous devices such as servo-skulls, mek-spiders and other smaller drone units and lesser haemonculites tied into the direct neural control of their operator. These miniondrones are an extension of their master’s will and provide them with a host of additional senses and capabilities.

A model with a cyber-familiar adds +1 to its Invulnerable Save (to a maximum of 3+) or an Invulnerable Save of 6+ if they do not already possess one. In addition, they allow them to re-roll failed Characteristic tests other than Leadership tests, Psychic checks or failed Dangerous Terrain tests.
Cortex Controller

This control and signalling device uses data-djinn to command Battle-automata fitted with Cybernetica cortex systems, allowing the wielder to witness the battlefield through the automata’s own senses as well as monitor their status and exact precise control over their actions. Only the most highly experienced and specifically augmented adepts of the Mechanicum and the Forge Lords of the Legiones Astartes can hope to fathom the use of these fractious devices and successfully interpret the storm of data streaming from their un-living minions.

Any unit that includes one or more models with the Cybernetica Unit Sub-type may ignore the Programmed Behaviour provision described as part of that Sub-type while within 12" of a friendly model with a cortex controller.
Battlesmith (X)

Those versed in the secret arts and teachings of the Mechanicum, whether Techmarine, Forge Lord or Magos, have the skill and ability to reconstruct and effect field repairs to war machinery in the very heat of battle.

If a model with the Battlesmith (X) special rule is in base contact with, or Embarked upon, one or more damaged Vehicles, Dreadnoughts or Automata during the Shooting phase, they can attempt to repair one of them. If they do so, the model that attempted the repair cannot shoot any weapons or use any other abilities that would be used instead of making a Shooting Attack. Roll a D6. If the result is equal to or more than the value listed in brackets as part of this rule then one of the following options may be applied to any one Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata the model is in base contact with or Embarked upon:
If a Weapon Destroyed result is repaired, that weapon may not be used to attack in the same phase as it is repaired, but may be used to attack as normal in any phase after that. The Battlesmith cannot use this ability if they are Pinned or Falling Back.
Owning Player, Opposing Player and Controlling Player
Sometimes a rule will ask the owning, opposing or controlling player to make an action or decision of some kind. The owning player is always the player who ‘owns’ the model in question – the one who has the model in their army. The opposing player is always their opponent. The controlling player is always the player in current command of that model – there are some special rules which can force models to switch sides during the course of the game.
Active and Reactive player
Other rules, most notably those for the Reactions used by units in certain situations, will specify actions by the ‘Active’ or ‘Reactive’ player. The Active player is always the player whose turn is currently being played, while the Reactive player is always the player whose turn is not currently being played.
Roll To Hit (Shooting)
To determine if the attacking model has hit its target, roll a D6 for each attack that is in range. Most models only get to make one attack – however, some weapons are capable of firing more than once, as will be explained in more detail later. The dice roll needed To Hit will depend on the Ballistic Skill (or BS) of the attacking model. The chart below shows the minimum D6 roll needed to score a Hit.

Firer’s BS12345
Roll needed To Hit65+4+3+2+

To Hit rolls are easy to remember if you subtract the Ballistic Skill of the attacking model from 7. For example, a model with BS 2 needs to roll a 5 or more (7-2=5).

Note that the minimum roll needed To Hit is always at least 2. When rolling To Hit, there is no such thing as an automatic Hit and a roll of a 1 always misses.
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
Data-djinn

Cybertheurgists use all manner of feral code-constructs and sophisticated lex-simulacra collectively known as data-djinn to corrupt and sabotage the machine spirits of enemy constructs.

When allocated to a model that does not have the Automata, Vehicle or Dreadnought Unit Types or is not a Building or Fortification, any Hits from a weapon with this special rule automatically fail to Wound without any dice being rolled and regardless of the weapon’s Strength or the target’s Toughness.
Cybertheurgic Arcana: Artificia Cybernetica
A Cybertheurgist with this Arcana gains all the listed Rites, Weapon and other special rules.

Cybernetica Exortus (Cybertheurgic Rite)

The master magi of the Cybernetica cohorts are well versed in the intricacies of their steel charges; they know the incantations to coax the greatest potential from them. In battle it is by their efforts that the unfeeling legions of the Mechanicum can overcome the fickle and unpredictable armies of flesh and blood soldiers.

Instead of making a Shooting Attack, a Cybertheurgist with this Cybertheurgic Rite may select a single friendly unit with a model within 12" which contains at least one model with the Automata Unit Type and apply one of the following effects to all models with the Automata Unit Type in the unit:

  • When making a Charge roll for the unit in the same turn as this Rite is used, roll an additional dice and discard the lowest rolled dice before determining the results of the Charge roll.
  • The unit (not each individual model) ignores the first Wound inflicted upon it in each Shooting Attack that targets it until the beginning of the controlling player’s next player turn. Simply discard that Wound without allocating it to a model.
  • The unit adds +1 to its BS for the remainder of the Shooting phase in which this power is used.
  • Until the start of the controlling player’s next turn as the Active player, the unit may ignore the restriction against making Reactions imposed by the Automata Unit Type.
The Cybertheurgist’s controlling player may choose to make a Cybertheurgy check before using this power, if the Check is successful then two different options may be applied to the target unit instead of one. If the Check is failed then no options may be chosen and the Cybertheurgist suffers Cybertheurgic Feedback.

Mordeo Cogita (Cybertheurgic Weapon)

Many have thought the automata of the Mechanicum among the toughest warriors to tread the battlefields of the Age of Darkness, but by means of coded incantations the adepts of the Arcana Cybernetica can purge the engrams of these metal beasts, bringing them to a sudden stop with but a thought.

Cybertheurgic Focus: Before making any To Hit rolls with this weapon, the Cybertheurgist must make a Cybertheurgy check. If the Check is passed then the Cybertheurgist may attack as normal using the profile shown for this weapon. If the Check is failed then the Cybertheurgist suffers Cybertheurgic Feedback, and if the model is not removed as a casualty then it may attack as normal but may not use this weapon.
Range
Str
AP
Mordeo Cogita
12"
10
1
Assault 1, Data-djinn, Instant Death, Cybertheurgic Focus
Embarking
A unit can Embark onto a Vehicle by moving each model to within 2" of its Access Points in the Movement phaseDangerous Terrain tests should be taken as normal. The whole unit must be able to Embark – if some models are out of range, the entire unit must stay outside. When the unit Embarks, remove it from the table and place it aside, making a note that the unit is being transported. If the players need to measure a range involving the Embarked unit (except for its shooting), this range is measured to or from the Vehicle’s hull.

If the Vehicle moved before its passengers got aboard, it cannot move further that turn (including pivoting on the spot). If the Vehicle did not move before its passengers got aboard, it can move as normal after they have Embarked. In either case, a Vehicle cannot Ram in a turn that a unit Embarks upon it.

Resolving Damage
A Hit on a Vehicle can have a variety of results. Its armour could be completely pierced, yet result only in shocking the crew, or it could detonate the ammunition cases or fuel tanks.

Glancing Hits – If a Glancing Hit was scored, the Vehicle loses 1 Hull Point.

Penetrating Hits – If a Penetrating Hit was scored, the Vehicle not only loses 1 Hull Point, but also suffers additional damage.

After deducting any Hull Points, roll a D6 for each Penetrating Hit and look up the result using the Vehicle Damage table, applying any appropriate modifiers. All modifiers on the Vehicle Damage table are cumulative. If you inflict a Penetrating Hit, you must roll on the Vehicle Damage table even if the Vehicle loses sufficient Hull Points to be Wrecked, as there is still a chance it might suffer an Explodes result on the Vehicle Damage table.
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.
Damage Mitigation Rolls (Shooting)
Some models may also have a special rule that grants a Damage Mitigation roll, such as Feel No Pain or Shrouded. These rolls may be made even if a model has already failed a save of any kind, or was unable to make a save due to the AP value of an attack or the effect of another special rule. If a save is failed, a model with a Damage Mitigation roll may attempt to use that roll to negate an unsaved Wound. However, no model may attempt more than a single Damage Mitigation roll against any given unsaved Wound inflicted on it. In cases where a model has more than one Damage Mitigation roll available, the controlling player selects one to use whenever called upon to make a Damage Mitigation roll.
Haywire

Haywire weapons send out powerful electromagnetic pulses.

For each Hit inflicted on a unit that contains at least one model with the Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata Unit Type, roll a D6 to determine the effect rather than rolling To Wound or for armour penetration normally. AP has no effect on this roll:

D6Result
1No Effect.
2-5A model with the Vehicle Unit Type that is part of the target unit suffers 1 Glancing Hit. Any other model suffers 1 Wound. Only Invulnerable Saves or Damage Mitigation rolls may be taken against Glancing Hits or Wounds inflicted by this result.
6A model with the Vehicle Unit Type that is part of the target unit suffers 1 Penetrating Hit. Any other model suffers 1 Wound. No Saves or Damage Mitigation rolls may be taken against Penetrating Hits or Wounds inflicted by this result.
Cybertheurgic Arcana: Artificia Machina
A Cybertheurgist with this Arcana gains all the listed Rites, Weapon and other special rules.

Animatus Integro (Cybertheurgic Rite)

Manipulating the machine spirit of any complex machine, the cybertheurgist is capable of remote activation of repair sub-routines and of repurposing auxiliary systems to perform repairs other lesser artificers might have deemed impossible. Such is the formidable skill of these machine-wrights that such ministrations are carried out from afar, without laying hand nor tool upon the shattered hull of the stricken machine.

Instead of making a Shooting Attack, a Cybertheurgist with this Cybertheurgic Rite may apply the effects of any version of the Battlesmith (X) special rule they have to a single model with the Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata Unit Type that is within 12" of the Cybertheurgist. The effect is rolled for as normally required by the Battlesmith (X) special rule, but does not require the Cybertheurgist to be in base contact or Embarked upon the model. If successful, the controlling player may choose to make a Cybertheurgy check for the Cybertheurgist model, if successful then the effect of the Battlesmith (X) special rule is applied twice without further rolls (i.e., an additional Wound is restored, or an additional Weapon Destroyed result removed from the target, etc.). If the Cybertheurgy check is failed then the Cybertheurgist suffers Cybertheurgic Feedback.

Animatus Excindor (Cybertheurgic Weapon)

Just as Cybermancy can over-charge a machine’s systems to power its re-invigoration, so can it overload those systems and crush the heart of even the most powerful war machines.

Cybertheurgic Focus: Before making any To Hit rolls with this weapon, the Cybertheurgist must make a Cybertheurgy check. If the Check is passed then the Cybertheurgist may attack as normal using the profile shown for this weapon. If the Check is failed then the Cybertheurgist suffers Cybertheurgic Feedback, and if the model is not removed as a casualty then it may attack as normal but may not use this weapon.
Range
Str
AP
Animatus Excindor
12"
1
1
Assault D6, Haywire, Data-djinn, Cybertheurgic Focus
Blind

This attack looses a brilliant flare of light, searing the sight of the victim and forcing them to fight blind for a few moments.

Any unit hit by one or more models or weapons with this special rule must take an Initiative test at the end of the current Phase. If the Test is passed, there is no further effect. If the Initiative test is failed, all models in the unit are reduced to Weapon Skill 1 and Ballistic Skill 1 until the end of their next turn. Should the attacking unit hit themselves, they automatically pass the Test. Any model that does not have an Initiative Characteristic (for example, Vehicles, Buildings, etc) is unaffected by this special rule.
The Orders of High Techno-arcana
An Archmagos Prime must take one of the following Orders of High Techno-arcana; no model may take more than one such upgrade. If your army contains more than one Archmagos Prime (with or without an Abeyant), then each must possess a different Order of High Techno-arcana from this list. The various High Techno-arcana are listed here, but full rules for them can be found in the Appendix: Orders of High Techno-arcana:
Stubborn

Many warriors live and die according to the principle of ‘death before dishonour’. Seldom do such warriors take a backward step in the face of danger.

When a unit that contains at least one model with this special rule takes Morale checks or Pinning tests, the unit ignore any negative Leadership modifiers. If a unit is both Fearless and Stubborn, the unit uses the rules for Fearless instead.
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.
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.

Melta bomb

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

Range
Str
AP
Maxima bolter
12"
4
5
Assault 3

Servo-arm

Range
Str
AP
Servo-arm
-
8
2
Melee, Unwieldy

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.
Conversion beamer

Range
Str
AP
Conversion beamer
Up to 18"
6
-
Heavy 1, Blast (3"), Blind
More than 18"-42"
8
4
Heavy 1, Blast (3"), Blind
More than 42"-72"
10
1
Heavy 1, Blast (3"), Blind

Graviton Pulse

Some weapons crush their targets, cracking bones and rupturing organs.

Instead of rolling To Wound normally with this weapon, any model without the Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata Unit Type that suffers a Hit from a weapon with this special rule must instead roll under their Strength on a D6 or suffer a Wound (a roll of a ‘6’ always counts as a failure). If a Graviton Pulse weapon also has the Blast type, then leave the Blast marker in place after resolving all Wounds, or otherwise mark the area. This area now counts as both Difficult Terrain and Dangerous Terrain until the start of the next turn of the player that made the attack.
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.
Graviton imploder

Range
Str
AP
Graviton imploder
18"
*
3
Heavy 2, Graviton Pulse*, Concussive (1), Haywire

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.
Shell Shock (X)

Some weapons produce such a weight of fire that any target pummelled by their attack is left dazed and stunned.

Pinning tests taken due to an attack or weapon with this special rule are made with a penalty to Leadership Characteristic equal to the value listed as part of the special rule.

For example, a unit that is forced to take a Pinning test by an attack made using a weapon with the Shell Shock (2) special rule, suffers a penalty of -2 to their Leadership Characteristic when resolving that Test.
Rotor cannon

Range
Str
AP
Rotor cannon
30"
3
-
Assault 4, Pinning, Shell Shock (1)

Graviton gun

Range
Str
AP
Graviton gun
18"
*
4
Heavy 1, Blast (3"), Concussive (1), Graviton Pulse*, Haywire

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Wrecker

Some attacks cause severe damage to their targets, frying circuitry and ravaging infrastructure as they strike. Few engines of war or armoured bastions can survive the onslaught of such attacks.

Penetrating Hits caused by attacks made with weapons or models with this special rule add +1 to the result of any rolls on the Vehicle or Building Damage tables.
Feel No Pain (X)

Whether through force of will, bionic augmentation or foul sorcery, this warrior can still fight despite fearsome wounds.

When a model with this special rule suffers an unsaved Wound, it can make a special Feel No Pain roll to avoid being Wounded (this is a special Saving Throw which is made after unsaved Wounds are suffered).

Feel No Pain rolls may not be taken against unsaved Wounds that have the Instant Death special rule.

Roll a D6 each time an unsaved Wound is suffered. On a result that is equal to or greater than the value in brackets, the unsaved Wound is discounted – treat it as having been saved. On any other result the Wound is taken as normal.

For example, a unit with the special rule Feel No Pain (5+) would need to score a 5 or 6 in order to discount a Wound inflicted upon it.

This is a Damage Mitigation roll – any model may make only a single Damage Mitigation roll of any type for any given Wound.

Laspistol

Range
Str
AP
Laspistol
12"
3
-
Pistol 1

Power axe

Range
Str
AP
Power axe
-
+1
2
Melee, Unwieldy

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

Basic close combat weapon

Range
Str
AP
Basic close combat weapon
-
User
-
Melee
Cybertheurgist Auxilia
The Magos Auxilia may select one of the following Cybertheurgic Arcana, gaining all Rites and weapons that are part of that Arcana:
  • Artificia Cybernetica
  • Artificia Machina
Techno-arcana
Each Tech-Priest Auxilia unit must choose one of the following Techno-arcana. Only one selection may be made per Tech-Priest Auxilia unit. The Techno-arcana applies to the entire unit, providing it with additional special rules and wargear at no additional cost unless noted:

Enginseer: Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit are each equipped with a servo-arm. While the unit contains any number of Servo-automata, Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit improve their Battlesmith (X) special rule to Battlesmith (4+).

Lachrimallus: Tech-Priests, Magos Auxilia and Servo-automata in the unit have the Feel No Pain (5+) special rule. Friendly Adsecularis Tech-thrall units with at least one model within 6" of one or more Tech-Priest or Magos Auxilia with this special rule add +1 to their Feel No Pain Damage Mitigation rolls or gain the Feel No Pain (6+) special rule if they do not already possess the Feel No Pain (X) special rule

Reductor: Tech-Priests and Magos Auxilia in the unit are each equipped with a servo-arm, and all models in the unit gain the Sunder and Wrecker special rules. Magos Auxilia may exchange their servo-arm for either a conversion beamer or graviton imploder for +25 points each.
Nuncio-vox

A nuncio-vox is a beacon and communications array that allows constant co-ordination with other elements of an army – be they in a neighbouring region or in orbit high overhead. This allows precision reinforcements to be deployed nearby and strikes to be targeted with deadly accuracy.

While at least one model with a nuncio-vox is present on the battlefield and not Embarked in a Vehicle or Building, the controlling player may re-roll any Scatter rolls made (whether as part of a weapon attack or the deployment of a model or unit), as long as the model with the nuncio-vox has line of sight to the unit targeted by the attack or the point chosen as the target of the deployment. In addition, a unit that includes at least one model with a nuncio-vox ignores the -1 penalty to Leadership imposed by the Night Fighting rules.

Volkite charger

Range
Str
AP
Volkite charger
15"
5
5
Assault 2, Deflagrate

Las-lock

Range
Str
AP
Las-lock
18"
4
6
Assault 2

Flamer

Range
Str
AP
Flamer
Template
4
5
Assault 1

Heavy bolter

Range
Str
AP
Heavy bolter
36"
5
4
Heavy 4

Multi-melta

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