Leagues of Votann

The Leagues of Votann have emerged from the depths of the galactic core. To face their armies in battle is to stand before an armoured avalanche that crushes all in its path. It is to be appraised and then brusquely dealt with by attackers who see you as little more than an obstruction to profit – or worse, as a hated nemesis whose annihilation is worth any cost. To their partners in trade and war, the Kin are invaluable allies. Yet those they deem a risk to their peoples’ survival face destruction, meted out with the same relentless rigour that the Kin apply to all their undertakings.

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  Leagues of Votann
  Leagues of VotannIndex10January 2024
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  Munitorum Field Manual
  Munitorum Field ManualExpansion101.6January 2024

Army Rules

Eye of the Ancestors

The Kin are a highly practical people in every area of life, not least in war. Their leaders make swift and careful calculations before and during battle, constantly striving to determine if the potential reward of conflict is worth the inevitable loss of resources and precious Kin lives. An essential part of this is what is known as casting the Eye of the Ancestors, through which Kin commanders assess the greatest enemy threats, mark weak points in their defences and determine what forces are needed to overcome both.

If your Army Faction is LEAGUES OF VOTANN, each time an enemy unit destroys a LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army, that enemy unit gains 1 Judgement token. An enemy unit can never have more than 2 Judgement tokens (any further Judgement tokens a unit would gain beyond this are ignored).

Each time a model from your army with this ability makes an attack that targets a unit that has one or more Judgement tokens, until that model’s attacks have been resolved, apply the relevant bonus from the table below to that attack.

JUDGEMENT TOKENSBONUS
1Eminent Threat: Add 1 to the Hit roll.
2Now We’ve Got a Grudge to Settle: Add 1 to the Hit roll and add 1 to the Wound roll.

Designer’s Note: If a unit with Judgement tokens is removed from the battlefield, make a note of how many Judgement tokens it had when it was removed. If that unit is set up on the battlefield again, place the corresponding number of Judgement tokens next to it. If a unit with Judgement tokens splits up into two or more smaller units, each of those units gains a number of Judgement tokens equal to that of the original unit. If two units combine to form a single larger unit and either of those units had Judgement tokens, make a note of how many the unit with the most has, just before they combine – the new unit has a number of Judgement tokens equal to this.

Oathband

Detachment Rule

If your Army Faction is LEAGUES OF VOTANN, you can use this Oathband Detachment rule.

Ruthless Efficiency

The Kin of an Oathband are skilled warriors and ruthless expansionists, instinctively working together to defeat their foes and efficiently achieve their aims. As with everything, they approach war with a grim, methodical pragmatism that is an inspiration to other Kin.

At the start of the battle, select a number of units from your opponent’s army depending on the battle size, as shown below:
  • Incursion: 2 units
  • Strike Force: 4 units
  • Onslaught: 6 units
Each of those units start the battle with 2 Judgement tokens (see Eye of the Ancestors).

If, at the start of any of your Command phases, any of those units have been destroyed, you gain a number of CP depending on how early in the battle you destroyed it, as shown below (you can only gain CP in this way once per battle, and CP gained in this way are an exemption to the Core Rules that limit the maximum number of CP you can gain per battle round to 1).

Unit destroyed by the start of your first or second Command phase:
You gain3CP
Unit destroyed by the start of your third or fourth Command phase:
You gain2CP
Unit destroyed by the start of your fifth Command phase:
You gain1CP

Stratagems

If you are using the Oathband Detachment rule, you can use these Oathband Stratagems.

WARRIOR PRIDE
1CP
Oathband – Battle Tactic Stratagem
The warriors of the Leagues of Votann pride themselves on their martial skill and proficiency in combat, and when the Ancestors are watching their actions they can quickly overwhelm and pick apart their foes.
WHEN: Fight phase.

TARGET: One LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army, and one enemy unit that has one or more Judgement tokens and is within Engagement Range of that LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, each time a model in your unit makes a melee attack that targets that enemy unit, improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1 for each Judgement token that enemy unit has.
ORDERED RETREAT
1CP
Oathband – Strategic Ploy Stratagem
Not for the Kin the sudden panic of the rout. Instead, they fall back steadily and by squads, laying down furious suppressing fire before launching fresh assaults.
WHEN: Your Movement phase, just after a LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army Falls Back.

TARGET: That LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit.

EFFECT: Until the end of the turn, your unit is eligible to shoot and declare a charge.
ANCESTRAL SENTENCE
1CP
Oathband – Battle Tactic Stratagem
Some foes are so loathed that the Ancestors themselves are said to pass sentence upon them, marking them for death.
WHEN: Your Shooting phase.

TARGET: One LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, each time a model in your unit makes a ranged attack, that attack has the [SUSTAINED HITS 1] ability, and each time a model in your unit makes a ranged attack that targets a unit that has one or more Judgement tokens, that attack has the [SUSTAINED HITS 2] ability instead.
REACTIVE REPRISAL
2CP
Oathband – Battle Tactic Stratagem
Once an enemy target has been marked out by the Eye of the Ancestors, the Kin focus their efforts upon its destruction, redoubling their fury should it attempt to engage.
WHEN: Your opponent’s Shooting phase, just after an enemy unit that has one or more Judgement tokens has resolved its attacks.

TARGET: One LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army that was selected as the target of one or more of the attacking unit’s attacks.

EFFECT: Your LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit can shoot as if it were your Shooting phase, but it must target the enemy unit that just attacked it, and can only do so if that enemy unit is an eligible target.
NEWFOUND NEMESIS
1CP
Oathband – Strategic Ploy Stratagem
To strike down Kin is to earn the immediate and murderous ire of all their warrior comrades.
WHEN: Your opponent’s Shooting phase or the Fight phase, just after an enemy unit has resolved its attacks.

TARGET: One LEAGUES OF VOTANN INFANTRY or LEAGUES OF VOTANN MOUNTED unit from your army that was reduced to Below Half-strength as a result of the attacking unit’s attacks.

EFFECT: The attacking unit gains 1 Judgement token, or up to 2 Judgement tokens instead if that LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit contained your WARLORD when it was targeted by those attacks.
VOID ARMOUR
1CP
Oathband – Wargear Stratagem
Void armour comprises hardened, jointed segments hooked into the void suit beneath. It is fashioned from magnaferrite weave, and often reinforced with adamantine and enhanced with microfield generators.
WHEN: Your opponent’s Shooting phase or the Fight phase, just after an enemy unit has selected its targets.

TARGET: One LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army that was selected as the target of one or more of the attacking unit’s attacks.

EFFECT: Until the end of the phase, each time an attack targets your LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit, worsen the Armour Penteration characteristic of that attack by 1.

Enhancements

If you are using the Oathband Detachment rule, you can use these Oathband Enhancements.

  • APPRAISING GLARE 20 pts

Few Kin can cast the Eye of the Ancestors with the swiftness and grim efficiency of this venerable leader. Where their merciless gaze falls, the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy are laid bare, and there their warriors strike hardest.

LEAGUES OF VOTANN model only. In your Command phase, you can select one objective marker your opponent controls. Until the start of your next Command phase, while an enemy unit is within range of that objective marker, it counts as having one more Judgement token than it actually has (to a maximum of 2).

  • A LONG LIST 15 pts

This warrior holds the majority of the galaxy’s races in contempt, and seeks out their many nemeses with a keen and inescapable eye. No sooner have they settled a Grudge against one foe, than they move to the next name on their list.

LEAGUES OF VOTANN model only. Each time the bearer’s unit destroys an enemy unit, if that enemy unit has one or more Judgement tokens, you can select one other enemy unit that is visible to the bearer. That other unit gains one Judgement token.

  • GRIM DEMEANOUR 20 pts

This warlord’s grim countenance is legendary, and they are rumoured to have never smiled. Such a demeanour is, of course, an outward sign of how seriously they undertake their solemn tasks, and under their stern gaze no Kin will be found wanting.

LEAGUES OF VOTANN model only. You can re-roll Battle-shock tests taken for the bearer’s unit, and models in that unit can ignore any or all modifiers to their characteristics and/or to any rolls or tests made for them (excluding modifiers to saving throws).

  • WAYFARER’S GRACE 25 pts

This one-of-a-kind void suit was crafted for the famed Hernkyn adventurer Sîmmka Farstryd as thanks for her saving the Hold world of Hyvôk’s Kindred. Incorporating ancient technological secrets interpreted from Votannic lore, Wayfarer’s Grace acts as a life-support system for its wearer. Monitoring their vital statistics constantly, the suit provides medical support and can even restart its wearer’s stopped heart in extremis.

LEAGUES OF VOTANN model only. The first time the bearer is destroyed, after placing a Judgement token next to the unit that destroyed it, roll one D6 at the end of the phase. On a 2+, set the bearer back up on the battlefield as close as possible to where it was destroyed and not within Engagement Range of any enemy units, with its full wounds remaining.


Hit Roll
When a model makes an attack, make one Hit roll for that attack by rolling one D6. If the result of the Hit roll is greater than or equal to the attack’s Ballistic Skill (BS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a ranged weapon) or its Weapon Skill (WS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a melee weapon), then that Hit roll is successful and scores one hit against the target unit. Otherwise, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

An unmodified Hit roll of 6 is called a Critical Hit and is always successful. An unmodified Hit roll of 1 always fails. A Hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.

  • Hit Roll (Ranged Attack): A hit is scored if the D6 result equals or exceeds that attack’s BS.
  • Hit Roll (Melee Attack): A hit is scored if the D6 result equals or exceeds that attack’s WS.
  • Critical Hit: Unmodified Hit roll of 6. Always successful.
  • An unmodified Hit roll of 1 always fails.
  • A Hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.
Wound Roll
Each time an attack scores a hit against a target unit, make a Wound roll for that attack by rolling one D6 to see if that attack successfully wounds the target unit. The result required is determined by comparing the attack’s Strength (S) characteristic with the target’s Toughness (T) characteristic, as shown below.

WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH VS TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 RESULT REQUIRED
Strength is TWICE (or more than twice) the Toughness.
+
Strength is GREATER than the Toughness.
+
Strength is EQUAL to the Toughness.
+
Strength is LESS than the Toughness.
+
Strength is HALF (or less than half) the Toughness.
+

If the result of the Wound roll is greater than or equal to the required number shown in the table above, then that Wound roll is successful and scores one wound against the target unit. Otherwise, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

An unmodified Wound roll of 6 is called a Critical Wound and is always successful. An unmodified Wound roll of 1 always fails. A Wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.

  • Critical Wound: Unmodified Wound roll of 6. Always successful.
  • An unmodified Wound roll of 1 always fails.
  • A Wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1.
Eye of the Ancestors

The Kin are a highly practical people in every area of life, not least in war. Their leaders make swift and careful calculations before and during battle, constantly striving to determine if the potential reward of conflict is worth the inevitable loss of resources and precious Kin lives. An essential part of this is what is known as casting the Eye of the Ancestors, through which Kin commanders assess the greatest enemy threats, mark weak points in their defences and determine what forces are needed to overcome both.

If your Army Faction is LEAGUES OF VOTANN, each time an enemy unit destroys a LEAGUES OF VOTANN unit from your army, that enemy unit gains 1 Judgement token. An enemy unit can never have more than 2 Judgement tokens (any further Judgement tokens a unit would gain beyond this are ignored).

Each time a model from your army with this ability makes an attack that targets a unit that has one or more Judgement tokens, until that model’s attacks have been resolved, apply the relevant bonus from the table below to that attack.

JUDGEMENT TOKENSBONUS
1Eminent Threat: Add 1 to the Hit roll.
2Now We’ve Got a Grudge to Settle: Add 1 to the Hit roll and add 1 to the Wound roll.

Designer’s Note: If a unit with Judgement tokens is removed from the battlefield, make a note of how many Judgement tokens it had when it was removed. If that unit is set up on the battlefield again, place the corresponding number of Judgement tokens next to it. If a unit with Judgement tokens splits up into two or more smaller units, each of those units gains a number of Judgement tokens equal to that of the original unit. If two units combine to form a single larger unit and either of those units had Judgement tokens, make a note of how many the unit with the most has, just before they combine – the new unit has a number of Judgement tokens equal to this.
Destroyed
Throughout a battle, models will suffer damage and be destroyed. When a model is destroyed, it is removed from the battlefield. When every model in a unit has been destroyed, that unit is destroyed.
Engagement Range
Engagement Range represents the zone of threat that models present to their enemies. While a model is within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically of an enemy model, those models – and their units – are within Engagement Range of each other.

Models cannot be set up or end a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move within Engagement Range of any enemy models. If for any reason a model cannot meet this condition, that model is destroyed.

  • Engagement Range: Within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up or end a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
Fall Back Moves
When a unit Falls Back, each model in that unit can make a Fall Back move by moving a distance in inches less than or equal to its Move characteristic, and when doing so you can move it within Engagement Range of enemy models, provided it does not end that move within Engagement Range of any enemy models – if this is not possible, that unit cannot Fall Back.

A unit cannot shoot or declare a charge in the same turn that it Fell Back.

Desperate Escape Tests
Unlike when making other types of move, models can move over enemy models when making a Fall Back move as if those enemy models were not there, but you must take a Desperate Escape test for each model that will do so (excluding models that are TITANIC or can FLY) before any models in that unit are moved. In addition, if a unit is Battle-shocked when it is selected to Fall Back, you must take a Desperate Escape test for every model in that unit before any are moved.

Each time you take a Desperate Escape test for a model, roll one D6. For each roll of 1-2, one model from the unit that is Falling Back is destroyed (selected by you). The same model can only ever trigger one Desperate Escape test per phase.

  • Fall Back Move: Models move up to M".
  • Units that Fall Back cannot shoot or declare a charge in the same turn.
  • Models can move over enemy models when Falling Back, but you must take Desperate Escape tests for them before they do so (excluding models that are TITANIC or can FLY).
  • If a Battle-shocked unit is selected to Fall Back, take a Desperate Escape test for every model in that unit.
  • Desperate Escape Test: Roll one D6. On a 1-2, one model from that unit is destroyed.
Sustained Hits

Some weapons strike in a flurry of blows, tearing the foe apart with relentless ferocity.

Weapons with [SUSTAINED HITS X] in their profile are known as Sustained Hits weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon, if a Critical Hit is rolled, that attack scores a number of additional hits on the target as denoted by ‘x’.

Example: A model makes an attack with a melee weapon with the [SUSTAINED HITS 2] ability. If the Hit roll is an unmodified 6 (a Critical Hit), then that attack scores a total of 3 hits on the target (1 from the successful Hit roll of 6, and 2 from the [SUSTAINED HITS 2] ability).

  • [SUSTAINED HITS X]: Each Critical Hit scores ‘x’ additional hits on the target.

The LEAGUES OF VOTANN and INFANTRY keywords are used in the following Leagues of Votann datasheets:

Below Half-strength
Some rules will refer to a unit being Below Half-strength.
  • If a unit has a Starting Strength of 1, then it is said to be Below Half-strength while its remaining number of wounds is less than half of its Wounds characteristic.
  • For any other unit, while the number of models in that unit is less than half of its Starting Strength, that unit is said to be Below Half-strength.
6. Select Warlord
Select one CHARACTER model from your army to be your Warlord – this will be the leader of your army – and make a note of this on your Army Roster. Your Warlord gains the WARLORD keyword.
Objective Markers
Objective markers represent objects of tactical or strategic import that both sides are attempting to secure, such as valuable artefacts, vital supplies or communications nodes. If a mission uses objective markers, it will state where they are located on the battlefield. These can be represented using any suitable marker, but we recommend using round markers that are 40mm in diameter.

When setting objective markers up on the battlefield, place them so they are centred on the point specified by the mission. When measuring distances to and from objective markers, measure to and from the closest part of them. Models can move over objective markers as if they were not there, but they cannot end a move on top of an objective marker.

At the start of the battle, each objective marker on the battlefield is said to be contested, and so is not controlled by either player. To control an objective marker, a player will first need to move models within range of it. A model is within range of an objective marker if it is within 3" horizontally and 5" vertically of that objective marker.

Every model has an Objective Control (OC) characteristic listed on its datasheet. To determine a player’s Level of Control over an objective marker, add together the OC characteristics of all the models from that player’s army that are within range of that objective marker. A player will control an objective marker at the end of any phase or turn if their Level of Control over it is greater than their opponent’s. If both players have the same Level of Control over an objective marker, that objective marker is contested.

  • A model is within range of an objective marker if within 3" horizontally and 5" vertically.
  • Level of Control: Add together the OC characteristics of all of a player’s models within range of the objective marker.
  • An objective marker is controlled by the player with the highest Level of Control over it (in a tie, it is contested).
  • Models cannot end a move on top of an objective marker.
2. Battle-shock
In this step, you must take a Battle-shock test for each of your units on the battlefield that is Below Half-strength. To do so, roll 2D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the best Leadership characteristic in that unit, the test is passed; otherwise, the test is failed and, until the start of your next Command phase, that unit is Battle-shocked.

While a unit is Battle-shocked:

Once you have taken Battle-shock tests for all of your units that require them, your Command phase ends and you progress to your Movement phase.

  • Take a Battle-shock test for each unit from your army on the battlefield that is Below Half-strength.
  • Roll 2D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the unit’s Leadership, the test is passed. Otherwise, the unit is Battle-shocked until the start of your next Command phase.
  • Battle-shocked units have an OC of 0 and their controlling player cannot use Stratagems to affect them.
  • Battle-shocked units must take Desperate Escape tests if they Fall Back.
Saving Throw
The player controlling the target unit then makes one saving throw. By default, this will be an armour saving throw using their model’s Save (Sv) characteristic, but some models have invulnerable saves that can be used instead (see below). To make an armour saving throw, roll one D6, then modify the result by the Armour Penetration (AP) characteristic of the attack. For example, if the attack has an AP of -1, then 1 is subtracted from the saving throw.

If the result is greater than or equal to the Save characteristic of the model the attack was allocated to, then that saving throw is successful and the attack sequence ends. Otherwise, that saving throw fails and that model suffers damage.

An unmodified saving throw of 1 always fails. A saving throw can never be improved by more than +1.

  • Saving Throw: Roll one D6 and modify by the attack’s AP. If the result is less than the Save of the model being rolled for, the saving throw is failed and that model suffers damage. Otherwise, that attack is saved.
  • An unmodified saving throw of 1 always fails.
  • A saving throw can never be improved by more than +1.

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