Legiones Astartes – Legion Sokar Stormbird

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The Sokar pattern Stormbird is a dedicated attack lander, developed from the various Warhawk and Nephoros class Stormbird assault transports utilised by the Yndonesic Bloc during the Unification Wars on Ancient Terra, and adapted by the Emperor for his early Legions.

The Sokar itself was one of the later patterns developed and was the design precursor to the smaller, more widely produced Thunderhawk Gunship. It was conceived as a specialised, highdurability orbital assault craft — almost a mobile bastion and firebase — which could land a Space Marine strike force and withstand heavy ground fire while its passengers forced a landing zone.

To this end, the Sokar’s design features allround gun turrets and particularly dense composite armour plating comparable to a main battle tank. It is further protected by void shield generators which it can extend to protect disembarking troops and war machines. Multiple thruster units ensure that even if several engines are damaged, the Sokar is still airworthy, making it a powerful if somewhat ungainly flyer.

  • Legion Sokar Stormbird 850 pts
Armour Transport Capacity
M BS Front Side Rear HP Base
Legion Sokar (base: No official base size)
Legion Sokar 16 4 14 13 12 12 52 No official base size
Unit Composition
  • 1 Legion Sokar Stormbird
  • Two Hull (Left) Mounted twin-linked lascannon
  • Two Hull (Right) Mounted twin-linked lascannon
  • Two Turret Mounted twin-linked heavy bolters
  • One Hull (Rear) Mounted twin-linked heavy bolters
  • Six Hull (Front) Mounted hellstrike missiles
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Legiones Astartes (X)
  • Assault Vehicle
  • Power of the Machine Spirit
  • Transport Bay
  • Auxiliary Vehicle Bay
  • Void Shields (2)
Access Points
  • A Legion Sokar Stormbird has one Access Point on each side and one Access Point via the rear ramp.
  • A Legion Sokar Stormbird may exchange all of its hellstrike missiles for:
  • - One Hull (Front) Mounted macro-bomb cluster
    +50 points
  • A Legion Sokar Stormbird may exchange any of its Hull (Left) Mounted twin-linked lascannon for:
  • - Hull (Left) Mounted Gravis heavy bolter battery
  • A Legion Sokar Stormbird may exchange any of its Hull (Right) Mounted twin-linked lascannon for:
  • - Hull (Right) Mounted Gravis heavy bolter battery

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
One Use/One Shot

Certain items can only be used once, so a general must choose wisely when to do so.

A weapon or ability with this special rule can only be used once during the course of a battle. Once a weapon with the One Use or One Shot special rule has been used to attack, it is no longer counted as a weapon and may not be destroyed (for example, by rolls on the Vehicle Damage table) or repaired by any other rule or effect.
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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.
Gravis heavy bolter battery

Gravis heavy bolter battery
Heavy 8, Twin-linked

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.
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.
Heavy bolter

Heavy bolter
Heavy 4


Heavy 1, Sunder

Power of the Machine Spirit

The interface between this vehicle’s advanced machine spirit and its fire control mechanisms allows the crew to target foes with incredible accuracy.

A Vehicle with this special rule may attack different targets with each Ranged weapon it is permitted to fire during any Shooting Attack.
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.
Hellstrike missile

Hellstrike missile
Heavy 1, Sunder, One Shot

This datasheet has Lords of War Battlefield Role. Full list of Legiones Astartes units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Transport Bay

Some of the largest transport vehicles are specially designed to carry both infantry and engines of war into battle, allowing versatile battle groups to be deployed to the battlefield at once. These rare war machines are often restricted to the most elite of an army, and used to tackle the most perilous of missions.

A model with this special rule may carry models of the Dreadnought and Automata Unit Types, as well as models with the Cavalry Unit Type but not the Antigrav Sub-type. Each Dreadnought model uses 10 points of Transport Capacity, while each Automata and Cavalry model uses up a number of Transport Capacity points equal to twice its starting Wounds Characteristic.

Bombs are high explosive or incredibly powerful munitions that are dropped by aircraft as they fly over the battlefield.

Bombs are weapon types unique to Flyers. All Bombs have the One Use special rule. Unlike other weapons, Bombs must be used in the Movement phase of their turn in a special kind of attack called a Bombing Run. A model can only attack with one Bomb type weapon in its Movement phase. If a model attacks with a Bomb type weapon, it counts as having already attacked with one weapon in its ensuing Shooting phase. However, any additional weapons it fires that turn can choose a different target to that of the Bomb.
Apocalyptic Barrage
An Apocalyptic Barrage follows all of the rules for a Barrage weapon, but uses the clover-shaped Apocalyptic Barrage marker. Before the marker is placed, the attacker is allowed to rotate the marker about its centre to maximise the number of models that could potentially be hit. Place the marker and roll for scatter in the same way you would for a Barrage. If the marker scatters, be careful to maintain the same orientation as you move it.

Once the final position of the marker has been determined, roll a number of dice equal to the number of attacks on the weapon’s profile. So, for example, with a weapon with the type ‘Heavy 4, Apocalyptic Barrage’, you would roll four dice. Each dice roll corresponds to a ‘strike’ on one of the circles on the Apocalyptic Barrage marker. For example, each roll of a 2 indicates a strike on circle number 2. Resolve the strikes as for a Multiple Barrage, as if each were a Barrage attack that had landed on that circle and hit all the models underneath it. To determine Cover Saves, always assume the shot is coming from the centre of the entire Apocalyptic Barrage marker.
Macro-bomb cluster

Macro-bomb cluster
Bomb 1, Apocalyptic Barrage (6), One Shot

Auxiliary Vehicle Bay

The largest of transports are so vast that they can carry smaller vehicles into battle. Such huge engines of war are rarely deployed, save to the most dangerous of conflicts where an army must bring the maximum possible force to bear upon the foe or must traverse the most dangerous of terrain.

Models with the Vehicle Unit Type may Embark on a model with this special rule, Embarking and Disembarking as per the normal rules for Embarking/Disembarking. A model with this special rule may carry one model with the Vehicle Unit Type whose starting Hull Points Characteristic is 4 or less. A model with the Vehicle Unit Type Embarking or Disembarking from a model with this special rule may do so from any point on the model’s base, or its hull if it has no base.
Void Shields (X)

Some vehicles are equipped with almost impenetrable shields of energy, relics from ancient times known as void shields.

A model with this special rule has a number of void shields, as listed on its profile. Shooting Attacks which Hit a model with this special rule instead target this model’s void shields while at least one remains active. Void shields have an Armour Value of 12. A successful Glancing Hit, Penetrating Hit or any successful Hit from a Destroyer weapon which targets a void shield causes it to collapse, reducing the number ‘X’ by -1. When the number of void shields is reduced to 0, this special rule has no further effect and subsequent Shooting Attacks target the model instead. Void shields have no effect on close combat attacks, and may not be affected by close combat attacks.
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