Legiones Astartes – Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod Squadron

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Deathstorm drop pods were first conceived and prototyped by the Raven Guard Legion, who sought to augment the firepower of their precision-orbital assaults. The Raven Guard Legion’s preference for such surgical-strike tactics would, upon occasion, leave them at a disadvantage in the case of both protracted engagements and in assaulting very heavily fortified targets where heavy units such as Legion tanks and artillery could not be deployed.

This opened the Legion up to levels of casualties during some successful drop pod assaults that their Primarch Corax would not countenance. The Raven Guard’s solution spoke much to their own nature and preferred tactics – a weapon that would strike with merciless swiftness and expend its force in a lethal fury that left little need for prolonged endurance.

Built around a standard drop pod chassis, the Deathstorm pattern uses rapid-firing missile launchers to provide fire support in contested landing zones, or to deny key areas of the battlefield to the enemy.

  • Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod Squadron 90 pts
Armour Transport Capacity
M BS Front Side Rear HP Base
Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod (base: Use model)
Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod - 2 12 12 12 3 - Use model
Unit Composition
  • 1 Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod
  • Turret Mounted Deathstorm missile launcher
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Legiones Astartes (X)
  • Deep Strike
  • Impact-reactive Doors
  • Orbital Assault Vehicle
  • Area Denial Drop
  • A Legion Deathstorm Drop Pod Squadron may take:
  • - Up to 2 additional Legion Deathstorm Drop Pods
    +90 points each

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.
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.
Legiones Astartes (X)

The Space Marines of the Emperor’s Legions are genetically engineered, psycho-indoctrinated warriors with superhuman abilities, and minds and souls tempered for war. Each of the Legions has its own idiosyncrasies and character – the product of their gene-seed and the unique warrior cultures fostered by their masters.

Any unit with this special rule will have a number of additional special rules and abilities specific to their ‘named’ Legion, all of which will be defined in other Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness publications. A Space Marine unit may only have one such ‘named’ rule, e.g., Legiones Astartes (Sons of Horus). Space Marine units from a different Legion may only be included in an army using an Allied Detachment and in conjunction with the Allies in the Age of Darkness chart.
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

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.
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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.
Impact-reactive Doors

Many assault vehicles have doors designed to release via explosive bolts, allowing their passengers to disembark as swiftly as possible.

When a model with this special rule is deployed, any doors on the model must be opened to their full extent. All models Embarked within a model with this special rule must then Disembark immediately and no models can thereafter Embark within that model for the remainder of the battle. Any model that has Disembarked from a model with this special rule may not have a Charge declared for it in the same turn. The physical doors attached to a model with this special rule are not treated as part of the model once opened and cannot be targeted by Shooting Attacks and do not impede Movement in any way.
Orbital Assault Vehicle

Drop pods and other dedicated orbital assault vehicles are intended for one purpose only – to deliver warriors and equipment from orbiting spacecraft to battlefields on a planet’s surface. Once deployed they play little further part in the battle, serving only to support the onslaught of their passengers.

A model with this special rule must be deployed onto the battlefield as part of a Deep Strike Assault, or other deployment that requires the Deep Strike special rule. It may never be deployed as normal, regardless of any other rule or mission, and if forced to do so it is immediately reduced to 0 Hull Points and replaced with a Wreck (any models Embarked within must make an Emergency Disembarkation). Furthermore, a model with this special rule may never move – and if forced to do so is immediately reduced to 0 Hull Points and replaced with a Wreck (any models Embarked within must make an Emergency Disembarkation).
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.
Area Denial Drop

An area denial drop is a co-ordinated attempt to close off an area of the battlefield to the enemy by seeding it with automated weapons systems and hunter seeker units.

Before the start of the first turn, when placing units into Reserve, a player must assign all models with this special rule in the army to Reserve to perform an Area Denial Drop. At the beginning of the controlling player’s first turn, before any other models are moved or deployed, all of the Area Denial Drop units must enter play using the procedure described below:

Performing an Area Denial Drop
When deploying the Area Denial Drop, the controlling player selects one of the available units to deploy first. Place a single model from that unit anywhere on the battlefield that is at least 6" from any enemy model, battlefield edge or piece of Impassable Terrain and is outside of all Deployment Zones. Do not scatter the model.

If possible, the model must be placed in a position that will allow any other models in the same unit to deploy (as follows), and may only be placed in a position that denies the remainder of the squad a place within unit coherency if no other position is available.

Once the model’s final position has been decided, the remainder of the unit may be deployed anywhere that is within unit coherency and more than 6" from any enemy model or piece of Impassable Terrain. Any models that cannot be placed are removed as casualties.

Once this first unit has been deployed, roll a D6. On the roll of a ‘1’, the Area Denial Drop is Disordered and the opposing player may deploy each remaining unit in the Area Denial Drop anywhere within 12" of the first unit without scattering, though no model may be within 1" of an enemy model or within Impassable Terrain. If the roll is a ‘2’ or higher, the controlling player deploys each remaining unit anywhere within 12" of the first without scattering, though no model may be within 1" of an enemy model or within Impassable Terrain.

Once all units are deployed, any enemy units within line of sight and range may choose to make the Interceptor Reaction targeting any one of the units deployed as part of the Area Denial Drop. Any units that are chosen to make the Interceptor Reaction do not expend any of the controlling player’s Reaction Allotment, but do count as having made a Reaction (and thus cannot React again before the next Phase begins). Note that no Reaction other than Interceptor may be made against the deployment of a unit as part of an Area Denial Drop.

Once all units from the Area Denial Drop have been deployed and any Interceptor Reactions have been resolved, the turn proceeds as normal. Units that have been deployed as part of an Area Denial Drop may not Move or Run in the Movement phase of the turn in which they are deployed, but may Shoot and declare Charges as normal (if the models deployed as part of the Area Denial Drop are allowed to make Charges).
Limited Ammunition

Some weapons, either due to a restricted capacity to store shells, a terrifying rate of fire or a complex loading mechanism, are prone to running out of ammunition in the heat of battle. Once drained of their reserves, these weapons become little more than burdens to their wielders, impotent until the battle is concluded and specialised equipment can be used to replenish their stores.

After all Shooting Attacks for a weapon with this special rule have been fully resolved, roll a D6, adding +1 if the weapon has fired before in the same battle. If the total of this roll is 6 or more then the weapon may no longer be used to make Shooting Attacks in this battle. If this weapon is unable to make further Shooting Attacks then it may not be targeted by a Weapon Destroyed result on the Vehicle Damage table, and for the purposes of such a result is treated as though it had already been destroyed.

Some weapons make no attempt to target individual warriors, but instead saturate the target zone with such a torrent of gunfire that few can escape their wrath. Such weapons are capable of causing high casualty numbers in a short space of time, but require vast stores of ammunition to maintain their attack.

When making a Shooting Attack, select up to four enemy units within range and line of sight of the attacking unit and make a Shooting Attack using the weapon’s profile against each unit instead of following the normal procedure (any individual enemy unit may only be selected as a target once, and if there are less than four enemy units within line of sight and range then each viable target may be attacked). Each unit targeted is attacked with the full number of attacks listed as part of the weapon’s profile, for example, a weapon with the Heavy 6 type and the Deathstorm special rule would select up to four enemy units within range and line of sight and roll six dice To Hit against each unit.
Deathstorm missile launcher

Deathstorm missile launcher
Heavy 9, Pinning, Deathstorm, Limited Ammunition

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