Tyrannic War

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  Leviathan
  LeviathanExpansion10June 2023

Introduction

In this section you will find a number of new Battle Honours you can give to your warriors as they fight their way through the Tyrannic War, as well as a swathe of new missions and unique Crusade Blessings that can come into effect in your games.

BATTLE TRAITS
These rules cover all of the skills and new capabilities your forces can learn from fighting in this specific theatre of war as they gain experience and achieve new ranks.

CRUSADE RELICS
Many powerful artefacts, found within this section, can be discovered hidden away amidst the worlds rent by this violent conflict.

MONSTERS AND THOSE WHO HUNT THEM
Terrifying monsters stride the battlefields of the Tyrannic War, causing mass destruction as the few brave enough to fight against them rise to the challenge. In this section you will find new ways to upgrade these units, with bespoke upgrade paths available to each.

PLAYING A CRUSADE MISSION
The rules presented in this section outline the sequence to follow when playing a Crusade mission and walk you through all of the steps to get you up and running.

CRUSADE BLESSINGS
This section provides a range of new Crusade Blessings that can be used by an Underdog to get a leg-up on their more experienced opponent, ensuring every Crusade game provides a fair battle.

AGENDAS
When playing one of the Crusade missions presented in this book, you can choose from these Agendas, which provide unique ways for your units to gain experience on the battlefield.

TYRANNIC WAR CAMPAIGN
These rules allow you and your friends to play through a combined Crusade experience across a campaign, working together in your alliances to take the fight to the enemy.

CRUSADE MISSIONS
This section includes a variety of missions of all game sizes, allowing you to replay many of the dramatic battles from the accompanying narrative.

Battle Traits

Battle Traits are skills or upgrades that units have acquired during their years of warfare, and help to give them a vital edge on the battlefield. Each time a unit gains a Battle Trait, either roll one D6 and consult the table below to randomly determine which Battle Trait the unit has gained, or choose the Battle Trait that you think tells the best narrative. A unit can have more than one Battle Trait, but it cannot have the same Battle Trait more than once (if a duplicate result is rolled, roll again until a different result is rolled).

CHARACTER UNITSD6
(excluding MONSTER and VEHICLE units)
BORN HUNTER

Perhaps a survivor of a fallen Solblade force or the hyper-evolved remnant of a butchered brood, this warrior is terrifyingly swift and eager to engage the foe once more.

This unit has the Scouts 9" ability.
BIO-ACID BURNS

Even Tyranid ichor is a deadly threat; a survivor bearing the livid scars of its excoriating rauch is an indomitable and enduring combatant indeed.

CHARACTER models in this unit have the Feel No Pain 5+ ability.
NATURAL LEADER

This warrior carries an aurhority and presence that inspires or dominates those around them.

Each time you take a Battle-shock or Leadership test for this unit, you can re-roll that test.
DEADLY COMBATANT

This violent champion has adopted the mantra that the only way to beat the xenos swarms is to fight talon and fang with blade and determination.

All melee weapons equipped by CHARACTER models in this unit have the [SUSTAINED HITS 1] ability.
SHADOW STALKER

This warrior has learned to move unseen, haunting its prey from dark ruins or through nests of xenos growths to evade detection.

This unit has the Stealth ability.
DEATH INCARNATE (AURA)

A palpable sense of dread swathes this red-handed killer like a shroud, their eyes carrying neither mercy nor pity, only the promise of death.

While an enemy unit is within 6" of this unit, worsen the Leadership characteristic of models in that enemy unit by 1.

VEHICLE UNITSD6
(excluding WALKER units)
BLESSED HULL

The crew of this vehicle hold the unshakeable belief that the words of warding and sacred unguents with which it has been blessed offer them supernatural protection. In such a warp-saturared age, belief has a power all its own.

Models in this unit have a 5+ invulnerable save.
FOCUSED GUNNERS

Though hordes of monstrosities may swarm around them, this vehicle’s gunners maintain a grim calm and blast away at any crawling over the hull.

Models in this unit do not suffer the penalty to Hit rolls for making ranged attacks while their unit is within Engagement Range of one or more
enemy units.
REINFORCED SUPERSTRUCTURE

This vehicle’s commander has ordered the strengthening of key elements of its armoured hide after learning valuable lessons in battle against the Tyranids.

Each time an attack with a Strength characteristic of 7 or less is allocated to a model in this unit, worsen the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
ELITE CREW

The crew of this vehicle are hardened veterans, their slick coordination forged through shared battlefield experience.

Each time a model in this unit makes an attack, re-roll a Hit roll of 1.
ARCHEOTECH POWER CELL

An arcane mechanism now boosts this vehicle’s performance, as speed and mobility quickly became viral survival strategies against the Tyranids.

Add 2" to the Move characteristic of models in this unit.
AUTO-REPAIR NODES

This vehicle is fitted with advanced devices that counteract bio-acids, seal rents torn by talons, purge metallophagic growths and effect numerous other repairs.

At the start of your Command phase, one model in this unit regains 1 lost wound.

INFANTRY UNITSD6
BATTLE-SCARRED RESISTANCE

With their tough skin mottled by scars and shielded by thickened carapace or reinforced armour, these warriors have survived hurricanes of firepower, taking numerous injuries but never giving in.

Models in this unit have the Feel No Pain 6+ ability.
VANGUARD ESPIONAGE

Granted greater autonomy to operate far ahead of the main battle lines, these veterans push forward through hellish conditions to probe the foe’s defences.

This unit has the Scouts 9" ability.
OBDURATE OBEDIENCE

Warriors who put duty before their own lives or organisms exhibiting particularly rigid links to the Hive Mind are such reliable troops that they will secure their objectives regardless of any danger. Such troops are as much despised by the enemy as they are valued by their commanders.

Add 1 to the Objective Control characteristic of all models in this unit.
RESOLUTE VETERANS

The alien horror on countless worlds in the Segmentum Pacificus has driven many insane, but some refuse to yield, no longer fazed by the devastation.

Each time you take a Battle-shock, Leadership or Desperate Escape test for this unit, add 1 to that test.
ONLY THE SWIFT SURVIVE

On worlds preyed upon by the Tyranids, survival means moving fast and killing first. These warriors outpace their foes and instinctively drive their slashing blades or stabbing talons into the foe before they can even react.

Add 1 to Advance and Charge rolls made for this unit.
HEADHUNTERS

Whether by the inscrutable Hive Mind or the authority of high command, as opposing armies close on each other these dedicated executioners are assigned a priority target to kill at all costs.

At the start of the battle, select one enemy unit (regardless of how many units in your Crusade army have this Battle Trait). Until the end of the battle, each time a model in this unit makes an attack against that enemy unit, re-roll a Hit roll of 1 and re-roll a Wound roll of 1.

MOUNTED UNITSD6
HUNTER’S CELERITY

When hunting down elusive prey or evading the taloned clutches of xenos horrors, these swift warriors unlock a reserve of unmatched speed.

Add 2" to the Move characteristic of models in this unit.
HIGH-SPEED GUNNERY

These swift dragoons have perfected the firing and reloading of their deadly weapons at high speed, always moving to avoid the hunting broods.

Each time this unit Advances, until the end of the turn all ranged weapons equipped by models in this unit have the [ASSAULT] ability.
PREDATORY URGE

These butchers revel in tearing their prey apart in gory chunks and eagerly surge forward at every opportunity to do so.

You can re-roll Charge rolls made for this unit.
MOUNTED GUERRILLAS

A key tactic of many Solblade forces was to strike hard and fast against the Tyranids, enable a rapid extraction, redeploy and engage again at the first chance.

This unit is eligible to declare a charge in a turn in which it Fell Back.
ENCIRCLING RAPTORS

These swift flanking troops are able to outmanoeuvre the surging xenos broods, encircling the swarms before striking from an unexpected quarter.

If this unit is in Strategic Reserves, it counts the battle round number as one higher than the current battle round number for the purpose of determining when and where it is set up.
TIRELESS RAIDERS

Aiming from vantage points high on the backs of rearing mounts or firing weapons shielded in armoured housings, these warriors eviscerate their foes at point-blank range as they weave through swarming horrors.

Models in this unit can make attacks with ranged weapons even when their unit is within Engagement Range of enemy units, but they can only make such attacks against enemy units that they are within Engagement Range of. In such circumstances, those models can target an enemy unit even if other friendly units are within Engagement Range of the same enemy unit.

STRIDING BEHEMOTH UNITSD6
DESTRUCTIVE IMPULSE

This monstrous organism or mechanised colossus has a brutal reputation, and is driven by a relentless urge to dominate through destruction.

Each time a model in this unit destroys an enemy unit, add twice as many marks to its Tyrannic War Veteran tally as normal.
RAPID ADAPTATION

Singled out by the Hive Mind for an unnatural mutation or piloted by a master duellist, this martial goliath is adept at bringing down its huge battlefield rivals.

Select any one of the Battle Honours from the Monster Hunters upgrade path for this unit to gain, regardless of the ones it has already unlocked. The Battle Honour you select does not increase this unit’s Crusade points total and does not count as an additional Battle Honour when determining the maximum number of Battle Honours this unit can have.

Crusade Relics

Battle Traits are skills or upgrades that units have acquired during their years of warfare, and help to give them a vital edge on the battlefield. Each time a unit gains a Battle Trait, either roll one D6 and consult the table below to randomly determine which Battle Trait the unit has gained, or choose the Battle Trait that you think tells the best narrative. A unit can have more than one Battle Trait, but it cannot have the same Battle Trait more than once (if a duplicate result is rolled, roll again until a different result is rolled).

Artificer Relics

CRIMSON MEDALLION OF BASTIOR

This elaborate decoration is the highest honour afforded to Imperial defenders of the Bastior Sub-sector. It comes in the form of a physical medal or, on occasion, a finely woven sash. It also doubles as a gene-coded command priority strategic uplink and coordination micro-cogitator whose worth could be measured in worlds.

At the start of your Command phase, if the bearer is within range of an objective marker that you control, roll one D6: on a 4+, you gain 1 CP.
BIOSPLINT GLAND

This gem-sized fleshy sac is woven from a dense mass of bio-neural strands that quiver with empyric harmonies. Implanted in a warrior organism’s chest, it is powered by energetic action. The pent-up energy is released like an arcane dynamo, the host’s form appearing to fracture into abhorrent splinters, confusing and startling attackers who hack at fragmentary phantasms.

Each time the bearer’s unit ends a Charge move, select one enemy unit within Engagement Range of the bearer. Until the end of the turn, each time a model in that enemy unit makes an attack, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll.
ARTIFICER WEAPON

It is as inappropriate and insulting to call such a sublime tool of destruction a mere weapon as it would be to compare a child’s crude scrawl to an artistic masterpiece. Fashioned by artisans of unparalleled skill and imbued with supernaturally lethal energies, everything from this device’s malevolent machine spirit to its magnificently wrought components is one of a kind.

Select one weapon that the bearer is equipped with (excluding a weapon that has been replaced by an Enhancements or upgraded via the Weapon Modifications Battle Trait). Make a note on the bearer’s Crusade card of this weapon and give it a suitable name. That weapon is now a Crusade Relic and each time the bearer makes an attack with it, on a Critical Hit, the target suffers 1 mortal wound in addition to any normal damage.
MASTER-CRAFTED ARMOUR

Fashioned by an armourer of sublime skill, this armour is proof against the most deadly weapons and dread foes of the 41st Millennium.

Add 1 to armour saving throws made for the bearer.

Antiquity Relics

SIGIL OF SOL

Worn around the collar on gilded chains, worked into a metallic wreath, this icon is an explicit measure of the bearer’s authority among the Solblades. Archopathic filaments within the sigil encase a powerful communications device, enabling the bearer to transmit their demands for strategic and tactical assets and manoeuvres alongside meta-echoes of command to ensure their calculated orders are carried out swiftly.

Once per battle round, if the bearer is on the battlefield when you use a Strategic Ploy Stratagem, you can use that Stratagem without spending any CP.
CRANIUM OBSCURA

This heavily warded reliquary contains pulverised segments of cranial carapace harvested from Neurotyrants slain on the fortress world of Unspake. Suspended in a solution of martyr’s blood, these charnel Tyranid remains dismay the mind-spirits of heathen sorcerers and ward away xenos and heretic perversity alike, for surely they are proof of Humanity’s victory over even the foulest of the galaxy’s many monsters.

Cannot be taken by PSYKER models. Each time a Psychic Attack targets the bearer’s unit, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll.
SHADESPLINTER CLOAK

Seen limp and still, this multi-layered hooded cloak is a drab ash-grey in colour. Yet in motion it catches the light in strange ways. Oil-like prismatic hues flicker from its folds as little-understood technology woven into the fabric shrouds the wearer in darkness.

Unless the bearer is part of an Attached unit at the start of the battle, it has the Lone Operative.
LANTERN OF DETESTATION

This ancient archeobrazier was brought forth from the deepest vaults of the Holdfast itself in response to the looming xenos threat. It is a beacon of hatred, a blinding light of intolerance toward the alien that causes such inhuman beings to falter and recoil from its uncompromising glare.

At the start of your opponent’s Movement phase, for each enemy unit (excluding IMPERIUM and CHAOS units) within Engagement Range of the bearer, roll one D6: on a 4+, until the end of the phase, that unit cannot be selected to Fall Back.
SHARD OF DYING LIGHT

Once the pride of the mortuary world of Krematos, this eerie crystal is said to have been so steeped in the energies of departed souls that it has become a bridge between the realms of the living and the dead. Whatever the truth, in the hands of a potent psyker, their otherworldly powers blaze more furiously.

PSYKER model only. Each time the bearer makes a Psychic Attack, add 1 to that attack’s Wound roll.
ARCHEOTECH NANO-MED

This small casket of iron hails from the vaults of Lembyq. It is rimed in frost that obscures the strange carvings upon it, incisions said to echo an ancient sigil of the Rejuvenat Adepts. A single drop of blood into a macabre mouth-like aperture establishes a gene-locked connection with the casket’s millions of microscopic automata. Should the bearer suffer catastrophic injury, they flood out from an irised opening in a silvery cloud, reknitting flesh and repairing bone before their limited power is expended.

INFANTRY model only. The first time the bearer is destroyed, you can choose to roll one D6 at the end of the phase instead of using any rules that are triggered when a model is destroyed. If you do, on a 4+, set the bearer back up on the battlefield as close as possible to where they were destroyed and more than 1" away from all enemy models, with D3 wounds remaining. If the bearer was part of an Attached unit when it was destroyed, and its Bodyguard unit is still on the battlefield when the bearer is set back up, it must be placed in Unit Coherency with that unit again to form an Attached unit. You do not need to take an Out of Action test for the bearer at the end of the battle unless it is destroyed again.

Legendary Relics

GHEIST PRISM FIELD

This ancient force field is believed to originate from xenos designs, and when activated it draws the wearer out of phase, allowing them to pass through them like a phantom. As they do, the ghostly reflections cast by the field reach out like scything claws, scoring fissures and cuts in the wearer’s wake as if the phantom-like figure had thrown out vicious prismatic shards.

Each time the bearer makes a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move, until that move is finished, it can move horizontally through models and terrain features (it cannot finish a move on top of another model or its base). If doing so when making a Fall Back move, models in this unit do not need to take a Desperate Escape test. After it has finished moving, select one enemy unit it moved across (if any) and roll one D6: on a 2+, that unit suffers D3 mortal wounds.

VERTEBRAX OF VODUN

This twisted mass of chiasmic fibres and clusters of lobes, globular organelles and mucal sacs is said to have been torn from the Beast of Vodun. This creature was proudly named the last of a xenos race endemic to Vodun, but Solblade Genetors have noted worrying similarities to Tyrannic genera. The quivering brain matter creates a neural connection between the bearer and another, enabling a flood of thoughts and instinct to pass between them. Quite how this is achieved is unknown, for no emissions or warp anomalies have been detected around it.

At the start of your Command phase, select one friendly model on the battlefield (excluding the bearer) and then select one Aura ability that selected model has. Until the start of your next Command phase, the bearer has that Aura ability.

VORTEX GRENADE

inside this heavy sphere is technology so arcane and dangerous that its deployment is rarely sanctioned. When detonated, it can crack the fabric of space and time to create a miniature warp rift that sucks anything nearby into the limitless empyrean. The vortex of warp energy is unpredictable and can swell or move, tearing, crushing and disintegrating anything in its path until it finally - hopefully - dissipates and vanishes.

The bearer is equipped with a vortex grenade that has the following profile:

RANGED WEAPONS
RANGE
A
BS
S
AP
D
Vortex Grenade [Assault]
Vortex Grenade [Assault]
6"
1
2+
*
*
*

Abilities: The bearer can only shoot with this weapon once per battle. When an attack is made with this weapon, if a hit is scored, roll one D6 foreach unit within 6" of the target unit (excluding the target unit itself); on a 4+, the unit being rolled for suffers D3 mortal wounds. The target unit then suffers 3D3 mortal wounds.

NULL-FIELD DISRUPTOR

Short-ranged waves of energistic quietus pulsate from this small artefact, hobbling whatever esoteric defences the wearer’s enemies possess. Under its enervating emissions, technological force fields splutter and die, arcane veils are blown aside and unnatural reflexes are deadened, leaving the foe vulnerable against any deadly strike.

Each time the bearer makes a melee attack, invulnerable saving throws cannot be made against that attack.

Monsters And Those Who Hunt Them

Across the spread of the Tyrannic War massive battles are waged between armies on a terrible scale. But amongst these vast swathes of men and monsters a few notable warriors come to blows time and time again, their obsessions with one another growing as the scars build up and their hatreds deepen.

This Crusade mission pack offers several new ways for your units to gain skills on the battlefield as they stalk their chosen prey across the ruined wastelands and shattered hives of the enemy.

There are two upgrade paths presented, each dependent on the type of unit involved (see below). You can start a unit along one of these upgrade paths using the Tyrannic War Veteran Requisition (see below). Each of these paths has a number of new Battle Honours, called Tyrannic War Battle Honours. When a unit begins along one of these upgrade paths it will gain the starting Battle Honour specified in that upgrade path (remember to upgrade the unit’s Crusade points accordingly when it gains one of these Battle Honours). Further Tyrannic War Battle Honours can be gained by earning Tyrannic War Veteran points (see below).

TYRANNIC WAR VETERAN1RP

It is a victory to survive upon battlefields that shake beneath the tread of monstrous terrors and swarm with skilled and merciless hunters. Those who do learn many bloody lessons.

Select one unit from your Order of Battle of Blooded rank or higher and one of the Tyrannic War upgrade paths that it is eligible for. That unit gains the TYRANNIC WAR VETERAN keyword and:
  • If you selected the Monster Hunters upgrade path, it gains the MONSTER HUNTERS keyword.
  • If you selected the Striding Behemoths upgrade path, it gains the STRIDING BEHEMOTHS keyword.
That unit then gains the starting Tyrannic War Battle Honour for that upgrade path and you must start a Tyrannic War Veteran tally for that unit on its Crusade card. Tyrannic War Veteran points recorded on that unit’s Tyrannic War Veteran tally can be used to gain further Tyrannic War Battle Honours (see bellow).

Monster Hunters

Beset by the terrifying biomass and fiendish mutations of the enemy, INFANTRY and MOUNTED units can become experts in hunting behemoths and bringing them down with a range of new skills focused on tackling large targets.

Striding Behemoths

MONSTERS and WALKERS can gain a large array of different abilities with these upgrades as they stride across the battlefield. Becoming able to smash through the thickest of opposition or weather the mightiest of blows, they will instil true terror in their foes.

Unlocking Tyrannic War Battle Honours

Each time a TYRANNIC WAR VETERAN unit:
  • Destroys an enemy unit, add 1 to the attacker’s Tyrannic War Veteran tally.
  • Destroys an enemy STRIDING BEHEMOTHS unit, add 3 to the attacker’s Tyrannic War Veteran tally. If that enemy unit is TITANIC, add 6 to that tally instead.
When a unit’s Tyrannic War Veteran tally reaches 10 or more, you can choose for it to progress along its upgrade path and gain a Battle Honour from its current upgrade path. Reset its Tyrannic War Veteran tally to 0 and select a new Battle Honour for it from the upgrade path it is on. When doing so, you can select any of the Battle Honours that are connected to the last Battle Honour that unit gained by following one of the paths indicated by the arrows.

Monster Hunters Upgrade Path

When a unit starts on this upgrade path, the starting Tyrannic War Battle Honour it gains is Giantslayers.

Giantslayers: Each time a model in this unit makes an attack against a MONSTER or VEHICLE unit, re-roll a Hit roll of 1.
 
Painful Lessons: Each time a MONSTER or VEHICLE model makes an attack against this unit, worsen the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
Indomitable Defiance: While this unit is within Engagement Range of any enemy MONSTER or VEHICLE models, it automatically passes Battle-shock and Leadership tests.
 
 
Hamstringing Attacks: In your Shooting phase, each time this unit is selected to shoot, after resolving its attacks, select one MONSTER or VEHICLE unit that lost one or more wounds as a result of those attacks. Until the start of your next Shooting phase, subtract 2" from the Move characteristic of models in that MONSTER or VEHICLE unit and subtract 2 from Charge rolls made for that unit.Nimble Defence: Each time a MONSTER or VEHICLE unit makes an attack against this unit, models in this unit have the Feel No Pain 5+ ability against that attack.
 
Titans’ Bane: Weapons equipped by models in this unit have the [ANTI-MONSTER 4+] and [ANTI-VEHICLE 4+] abilities.

Striding Behemoths Upgrade Path

When a unit starts on this upgrade path, the starting Tyrannic War Battle Honour it gains is Thunderous Blows.

Unstoppable Advance: Each time this unit makes a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move, until that move is finished, models in this unit can move horizontally through models and terrain features (they cannot finish a move on top of another model or its base). If doing so when making a Fall Back move, models in this unit do not need to take a Desperate Escape test.Massive Stomp: Each time this unit is selected to fight in the Fight phase, before making any attacks, it can stomp. If it does so, select one enemy unit (excluding MONSTER and VEHICLE units) within Engagement Range of it and roll one D6: on a 2-5, that enemy unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 6, that enemy unit suffers 3 mortal wounds.
 
Monstrous Presence (Aura): While an enemy unit is within Engagement Range of this unit:
  • Subtract 1 from the Leadership characteristic of models in that enemy unit.
  • Each time that unit takes a Battle-shock test, the Insane Bravery Stratagem cannot be used.
 
Thunderous Blows: Each time a model in this unit destroys an enemy unit, subtract 2 from that enemy unit’s Out of Action test for this battle.
 
Predatory Senses: Each time a model in this unit makes a ranged attack, re-roll a Hit roll of 1.Shocking Celerity: This unit has the Fights First ability.
 
Indomitable Stature: Each time a ranged attack is made against this unit, if the Strength characteristic of that attack is greater than this unit’s Toughness characteristic, subtract 1 from that attack’s Wound roll.
Prey Taker: Add 1 to Advance and Charge rolls made for this unit.
 
Sweeping Blow: Each time a model in this unit makes a melee attack, if a Critical Wound is rolled, the target suffers 1 mortal wound in addition to any normal damage.Gargantuan Rage: Melee weapons models in this unit are equipped with have the [SUSTAINED HITS 1] ability.

Playing A Crusade Mission

A Tyrannic War Crusade battle is waged by following the sequence below.


1

Select Battle Size

Players must first select the battle size they wish to play: Incursion, Strike Force or Onslaught. The table below gives a rough guide of how long each battle should take.
SELECT BATTLE SIZE
BATTLE SIZEPOINTS PER ARMYBATTLE DURATION
Incursion1000Up to 2 hours
Strike Force2000Up to 3 hours
Onslaught3000Up to 4 hours

2

Muster Crusade Armies

Each player must then muster a Crusade army and provide a copy of their Army Roster for their opponent to read through.

3

Determine Mission

Next players determine which mission will be used for the battle; they can choose from the missions presented in the tables (see below) for their chosen battle size. This will determine the deployment map that is used, as well as the specific mission briefing. Players can either simply agree which they will use with their opponent, or they can roll a dice to randomly select a mission.

When rolling to determine an Incursion or Strike Force mission, first roll one D6 to determine which table to use: on a 1-3, use the Incursion/Strike Force A table; on a 4-6, use the Incursion/Strike Force B table. Then roll one D6 to determine which mission to play. For Onslaught missions, roll one D6 to determine which mission to play on the Onslaught table.



4

Determine Attacker And Defender

Players roll off and the winner decides who will be the Attacker and who will be the Defender.

5

Read Mission

Each mission has a mission briefing that will detail the aims of the battle. Each mission will also list one or more additional mission rules that will apply for the duration of the battle and a series of objectives, which may be different for the Attacker and the Defender. Players should read and familiarise themselves with these before proceeding.

6

Place Objective Markers

Players now set objective markers up on the battlefield. Each mission’s deployment map will show the players how many to set up and where each should be placed.

7

Create The Battlefield

Next players create the battlefield and set up terrain features. The size of the battlefield depends on the battle size selected, as shown in the table below (the table shows the minimum size of battlefields).

BATTLEFIELDS
BATTLE SIZEMINIMUM BATTLEFIELD SIZE
Incursion/Strike Force 44"x60"
Onslaught44"x90"

Unless otherwise stated, when setting up terrain features, use the guidelines detailed in the Core Rules. Players must use the rules presented in the Core Rules for terrain features.

Terrain features should not be set up with any impassable sections (such as the walls of a ruin) within 1" of any objective markers.

8

Purchase Requisitions

If you have access to any Requisitions that are used before a battle, you can spend RP to use them now. lf any of these upgrade one or more of your units for the coming battle, make a note of that upgrade on your Army Roster.

9

Select Agendas

Each player then secretly selects two Agendas for the battle and writes them down. Each can award Experience points to certain units in that player’s Crusade army, as described on the Agenda itself. Once both players have selected their Agendas, they reveal their selections to their opponent.

10

Select Crusade Blessings

When two Crusade armies battle each other, it is likely that one or the other will be more experienced. To determine this, both players should compare the combined Crusade points total of all the units that are on their Army Rosters.

If there is a difference of at least 5 between the players’ Crusade points totals, the player whose Army Roster has the lower total number of Crusade points is the Underdog and gains a number of Crusade Blessings to use in that battle, depending on the difference. This represents high command funnelling additional resources to the Underdog to help them combat a more experienced foe.

The Crusade Blessings available depend on the war zone the battle is being fought in - if the battle is being fought in the Tyrannic War (or if you are playing in a war zone that does not list Crusade Blessings) use them.

Mission Objectives

During the battle, players can gain Victory points (VP) by achieving mission objectives. Mission objectives can either be ‘Progressive’ or ‘End Game’. Progressive mission objectives are scored during the battle (exactly when is detailed on the mission objective itself), and can be achieved, and hence award Victory points, several times. End Game mission objectives are scored at the end of the battle.

Some Progressive objectives will award Victory points ‘each time’ an enemy model or unit is destroyed. A model or unit can, if it is resurrected for any reason (i.e. it was destroyed and subsequently returned to the battlefield}, potentially contribute several Victory points due to these types of mission objectives (assuming it is resurrected and subsequently destroyed several times over}.

11

Declare Battle Formations

In the order stated below, both players now secretly note down:
  • Which of their Leader units will start the battle attached (they must specify which Leader unit is attached to which Bodyguard unit).
  • Which of their units will start the battle embarked within TRANSPORT models (they must specify which units are embarked on which models)
  • Which of their units will start in Reserves (including Strategic Reserves).
When both players have done so, they declare their selections to their opponent.

In Tyrannic War Crusade missions, Reserves units cannot arrive during the first battle round, and any Strategic Reserves or Reserves unit that has not arrived on the battlefield by the end of the third battle round counts as having been destroyed, as do any units embarked within them (this does not apply to units that are placed into Strategic Reserves after the first battle round has started).

12

Deploy Crusade Armies

Players now alternate setting up their remaining units one at a time, starting with the Defender. A player’s units must be set up wholly within their deployment zone - the Attacker’s and the Defender’s deployment zones are shown on the deployment map of each mission. If one player finishes deploying all their units, their opponent then deploys the remainder of their units.

13

Determine First Turn

Unless the mission briefing says otherwise, players roll off and the winner takes the first turn.

14

Resolve Pre-Battle Rules

Players alternate resolving any pre-battle rules units from their army may have, starting with the player who will take the first turn.

15

Begin The Battle

The first battle round begins. Players continue to resolve battle rounds until the battle ends.

16

End The Battle

The battle ends after five battle rounds have been completed. If one player has no models remaining in their Crusade army at the start of their turn, the other player may continue to play out their turns until the battle ends.

17

Determine Victor

At the end of the battle, the player with the most Victory points is the winner. If players are tied, the battle is a draw.

If every model in a player’s Crusade army is painted to a Battle Ready standard, that player is awarded a bonus 10 Victory points. This gives the players a maximum total score out of 100 Victory points.

The victor of a mission can then claim the Victor bonus listed on that mission. If the game is a draw, neither player can claim the bonus.

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Update Crusade Cards

The players must now update their Crusade cards for all the units they used in the battle by taking Out of Action tests for any that were destroyed, and selecting a unit to be Marked for Greatness. If this results in any units gaining a rank, before the next battle they can gain Battle Honours.

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Update Order Of Battle

Increase your Battle tally and Requisition points by 1, and make any notes that you wish to record following your battle. If you wish to add any units to your Order of Battle or spend any Requisition points, do so and update your Order of Battle accordingly before your next battle.

Crusade Blessings

An Underdog in a Tyrannic War battle can select one or more Crusade Blessings from those presented here. The number they can select depends on the difference in Crusade points between the armies, as shown in the table below. The same Crusade Blessing cannot be selected more than once.

CRUSADE BLESSINGS
DIFFERENCE IN CRUSADE POINTSNUMBER OF BLESSINGS
0-40
5-91
10-192
20+4

PREPARED POSITIONS

Be it entrenched Imperial defence networks or extrusions of chitinous barricades, the warring forces throughout the Bastior Sub-sector have access to many fixed fortifications.

Until the start of the second battle round, each time a ranged attack is made against one of your units, if that unit is wholly within your deployment zone, it receives the Benefit of Cover against that attack.
HIGH STRATEGY

A larger army’s monolithic manoeuvres, chattering streams of vox traffic or the disturbance made to the warp by its deployment gifts a more compact force enough advance warning to lay their plans against them.

You start the battle with 2CP.
SECRET ORDERS

Last-minute information of a highly sensitive nature has been received, offering greater opportunities for the commander with the strength of will to seize them.

You can select one additional Agenda this battle.
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU...

Warriors who face elite foes and survive will emerge from battle with a wealth of hard-won experience.

At the end of the battle, every unit from your army that is not destroyed gains 1XP.
CRITICAL STRIKE

Luring the enemy into an ambush long planned, or spurred by a sudden surge of predatory vigour, rampaging assaults are lent greater impetus.

Once per battle, at the start of your Charge phase, you can use this Crusade Blessing. If you do, until the end of the phase, add 1 to Charge rolls made for units from your Crusade army.
OUTMANOEUVRE

Many who survived the first bloody battles in the Bastior Sub-sector swiftly learned to stay mobile, stealing a march on enemies in the race for vital ground, drawing the foe into range of vanguard elements or closing in their prey with insatiable hunger.

At the start of the first battle round, select up to three units from your Crusade army. Each of those units has the Scouts 6" ability for this battle.
DEDICATION TO THE CAUSE

Those who defend the Bastior Sub-sector and its many worlds know they are fighting for a pivotal warp route that must be held at all costs. Such knowledge breeds fanatical devotion and selfless courage. The creatures that prey upon them, meanwhile, know no will but that which drives them on to ever greater slaughter with no thought for their own survival.

Once per turn, you can re-roll one Battle-shock test taken for a unit from your Crusade army.

MASS DEVOURING

The ravenous broods of Hive Fleet Leviathan exist only to feed the Hive Mind’s need for biomass. Yet this is a hunger that cannot be sated, a cycle of feasting as eternal and indifferent as the void itself.

You can only select this Crusade Blessing if your army contains one or more TYRANIDS units. At the end of the battle, if at least half of your opponents units are destroyed or Below Half-strength, your Crusade force gains 1RP If all of your opponent’s units are destroyed or Below Half-strength, your Crusade force gains 3RP instead.
HELLFIRE SHELLS

Mankind, and many other races in the Tyranids’ relentless path, draw in increasing desperation on esoteric technologies to drive the xenos back. From the mutagenic acids of hellfire shells to arcing bolts of star matter and devices that weaponise fundamental energies, all are brought forth to slay Leviathan’s monstrosities.

You can only select this Crusade Blessing if your army does not contain any TYRANIDS units. Select one unit from your Crusade army. Until the end of the battle, each time a model in that unit makes an attack against a MONSTER or VEHICLE unit, you can re-roll the Wound roll.

Agendas

Agendas offer unique and exciting ways for your units to gain additional Experience points in a Crusade battle. From assassinating key enemy leaders to going on guerrilla recon missions, there are a whole range of different Agendas you can choose from to best suit your Crusade force’s narrative. When playing a Tyrannic War Crusade mission you can select from the following Agendas.

Some Agendas will award experience points or tally marks ‘each time’ an enemy model or unit is destroyed. A model or unit can, if it is resurrected for any reason (i.e. it was destroyed and subsequently returned to the battlefield), potentially contribute several Experience points or tally marks to these types of Agendas (assuming it is resurrected and subsequently destroyed several times over).

BATTLEFIELD SURVIVORS

For those who make war against the Tyranid swarms, the mere act of surviving their onslaught is an instinctive victory in its own right.

You can only select this Agenda if your Crusade army does not contain any TYRANIDS units. At the start of the battle, you can select up to three units from your Crusade army that are on the battlefield. For each of those units, at the end of the battle:
  • If that unit has not been destroyed, it gains 2XP.
  • If that unit is not Below Half-strength, it gains 1 additional Experience point.
SWARM THE PLANET

The Tyranid swarms are concerned only with the absolute infestation and consumption of each new prey-world they assail, funnelling all their reserves of biomass in creating organisms that can swiftly achieve these aims.

You can only select this Agenda if your Crusade army contains one or more TYRANIDS units. At the end of the battle, for each table quarter, if there are more units from your Crusade army wholly within that table quarter than there are units from your opponent’s Crusade army wholly within it, you can select one of those units from your Crusade army. Each of those selected units gains 2XP.
HEADHUNTERS

Whether destroying nodal organisms or steely-eyed officers, eliminating the enemy’s command structure is a sure way to advance your cause.

Each time a model from your Crusade army destroys an enemy CHARACTER unit, that model’s unit gains 2XP. If the destroyed unit contained your opponent’s WARLORD, that model’s unit gains 4XP instead.
MONSTROUS TARGETS

The bigger and more terrifying the foe, the greater the rewards and renown to those who lay it low.

Each time a model from your Crusade army destroys an enemy MONSTER or VEHICLE unit (excluding DEDICATED TRANSPORTS), that model’s unit gains 2XP. If the destroyed unit was TITANIC, that model’s unit gains 4XP instead.
ERADICATE THE SWARM

When faced with overwhelming numbers, a sound strategy is to thin the enemy ranks as swiftly as possible. Those who excel in this task soon become deadly reapers of foes.

Each time a unit from your Crusade army is selected to shoot or fight, if while resolving those attacks six or more enemy models are destroyed, that unit gains 1XP.
CRITICAL OBJECTIVES

Be it desperately needed supply crates, strategically vital communication uplinks, or pulsating organic hive-structures of monstrous function, capturing from the foe that which they consider vital may prove the key to victory.

At the start of the battle, your opponent must select two different objective markers. At the end of the battle, select one of those objective markers. If you control that objective marker, you can select up to three units from your Crusade army that are within range of that objective marker. Each of those units gains 2XP.
DRIVE HOME THE BLADE

Few missions are as dangerous as being charged with breaking through the enemy's lines in the face of ferocious opposition. Yet for those who survive and prevail, there are bloody lessons to be learned.

At the end of the battle, you can select up to three units from your Crusade army (excluding AIRCRAFT) that are wholly within 6" of your opponent’s battlefield edge. If your opponent does not have a battlefield edge in the mission being played, you can select up to three units from your Crusade army (excluding AIRCRAFT) that are wholly within your opponent’s deployment zone instead. Each of those units gains 3XP.
CLEANSE INFESTATION

Whether scouring away creeping bio-infestations or rapidly scouring regions of viable biomass, it is vital that your forces sweep and cleanse this region swiftly before pressing on.

At the start of the battle, all objective markers on the battlefield are infested and will remain so until cleansed.

At the start of your Shooting phase, you can select one unit from your Crusade army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked to cleanse an objective marker and until the end of your turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of that turn, if that unit is in range of an infested objective marker that you control, that objective marker is cleansed and that unit gains 2XP.
FORWARD OBSERVERS

Those forces able to slip behind their enemies' lines can swiftly gather valuable intelligence, whether it be the oncoming patterns of attack swarms or the hastily digested contents of some unfortunate strategist's brain pan.

At the start of your Shooting phase, you can select one unit from your army that is not Battle-shocked, that Remained Stationary this turn, and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked to perform reconnaissance and until the end of your turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of your opponent’s next turn, or at the end of the battle (whichever comes first) if that unit is wholly within your opponent’s deployment zone, that unit gains 2XP and you gain 1CP.
RECOVER MISSION ARCHIVES

Snatching up vital data-repositories or seizing the foe's strategic coordinators from amidst the madness of the battlefield can yield valuable results.

At the start of your Shooting phase, you can select one INFANTRY or MOUNTED unit from your army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked to recover mission archives and until the end of your turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of your turn, if that unit is within range of an objective marker that you control that is not in your deployment zone, roll one D6: on a 4-5, that unit gains 1XP; on a 6, that unit gains 2XP and you gain 1CP.
MALEFIC HUNTER

War between the Tyranids and their prey takes place t1pon mental battlefields awash with smothering psychostatic as well as across the realm of the physical. Eliminating those foes able to fight on both planes at once is an especially valuable achievement.

Each time a model from your Crusade army destroys an enemy PSYKER or SYNAPSE unit, that model’s unit gains 1XP. If the destroyed unit is a CHARACTER unit, that model’s unit gains 1 additional Experience point.

Tyrannic War Campaign

Crusade offers a fantastic narrative experience to the Warhammer 40,000 player, letting you take your collection on its own unique journey. But you might also want to share that journey with other players, weaving combined tales of heroism and victory as you fight both with and against each other in a multi-game campaign. The rules on the following pages provide a framework that you can use to take your Crusade forces on just such a path, scaling the experience to whatever duration you and your friends desire.


Introduction

A Tyrannic War campaign allows a group of players to get together, form alliances and play a series of games. It is split into three campaign phases, each of which consists of numerous battles between the factions. At the end of each campaign phase, the alliance with the most Campaign points in that phase will achieve victory, earning them Strategic points that count towards the campaign’s final winners. As the campaign phases progress, each is worth more and more Strategic points, ensuring that the ultimate victors are not decided right up until the end of the campaign.

Campaign Badges

At the end of any Tyrannic War campaign battle, every unit that was part of your Crusade army for that battle that does not already have it gains the Tyrannic War campaign badge.

As the unit fights in other campaigns, it can gain additional campaign badges. As well as being a visual record of a unit’s fighting history, various Battle Honours are only available to units with particular campaign badges. Note that a unit keeps its campaign badges - and therefore - any associated Battle Honours, for future battles, even if those battles take part in a different campaign.

Campaign Master

A Tyrannic War campaign is best run with a Campaign Master. They will take on the mobilisation and organisation of the campaign so that the other players can focus on playing games. A Campaign Master can indeed play in the campaign, but their primary role is to facilitate a smooth and enjoyable experience for all players involved.

Forming Alliances

Once a Campaign Master has stepped forward, their first task is to gather the players and sort them into alliances. The system can support anything from just two players, up to dozens of players. The campaign works particularly well with a small group of like- minded and enthusiastic players who can meet on a regular basis.

Alliances should be organised as evenly as possible and, when feasible, based on the Factions being played. Once players are assigned to an alliance, their Crusade forte is committed to that cause. For this reason, players should play the same Faction throughout the campaign. If they wish to change their Faction, they can do so at the Campaign Master’s discretion. The alliances are as follows.

The Defenders

The worlds of the Bastior Sub-sector fall under Imperial jurisdiction. Any army loyal to the lmperium of Man is best suited to this alliance.

The Invaders

The Tyranid Hive Mind is devouring everything in its way. Tyranid armies and any opportunistic warbands of Chaos or xenos forces seeking to take advantage of the situation are best suited to this alliance.

The Raiders

Whether it is the Asuryani striking at both sides in order to stem the flood of biomass being absorbed by the Tyranid menace, or the Necrons seeing it as an opportunity to reassert dominion over their lost territory, this alliance suits any of the factions that do not fit into either of the above alternatives.

Three alliances allows for a well-rounded campaign with each side battling back and forth for dominance. However, if the players would be more evenly distributed using two alliances, that is a perfectly valid option to take.

Allies Of Convenience

Note that the opposite are guidelines on how to organise players into an alliance, rather than a requirement. If it suits the group better to organise the alliances differently, the Campaign Master should feel free to do so.
For example, if many of the players in the group have Crusade forces associated with a single alliance, to make the alliances more evenly numbered some of them may have to fight for a different alliance than what we have recommended. You could always create some interesting narrative to explain why one side fights for another.

Campaign Length

A Tyrannic War campaign is split into three phases, each of which involves battling in a different stage of the war. Before the campaign begins, the Campaign Master should determine the length of time allocated to each campaign phase and the total number of games that can be played in that phase. Once either of those conditions have been met, that campaign phase ends and the victorious alliance in that phase is determined. Once the third campaign phase ends, the campaign ends and the overall winning alliance is determined.

A campaign can be a long and expansive experience where each campaign phase takes place over a month, with many battles fought and mighty heroes lost to the fires of war. Equally, it can be a short and focused campaign played over a weekend, with each campaign phase consisting of just one battle representing the key moments of the conflict.

As a guide, if each member of your campaign group will play one game a week, we recommended each phase of the campaign lasts as follows:
  • Length of Time: 2 weeks
  • Total Number of Games: Equal to the number of players
Once you have gathered the players into alliances, established the way to play and determined the length of the campaign, it’s time for the invasion of the Bastior Sub-sector to begin!

Campaign Phases

Over a campaign phase, players from opposing alliances will battle each other to gain Campaign points for their alliance. The Campaign Master has a few options concerning how players are matched up for games. They can leave players to arrange games themselves, with challenges thrown down and honour at stake. Alternatively, it may be appropriate to introduce more structure to the match ups. For example, a game schedule will ensure that everyone gets an equal amount of games, or, in campaigns with a large number of players, each alliance can be broken down into smaller subgroups that are then matched against each other to make arranging games even simpler.

CAMPAIGN POINTS
Each time you play a game, your alliance gains a number of Campaign points based on the size of the game and what the outcome was, as shown in the table below.

Example: If you play an Incursion sized game and win, your alliance gains a total of 3 Campaign points. This is then reported to the Campaign Master, who keeps a record of each alliance’s total Campaign points.

Once the campaign phase comes to an end, the victor of that phase is the alliance with the most Campaign points. If any alliances are tied for the most Campaign points, the alliance that won the most battles in that campaign phase is the victor of that phase. If there is still a tie, there is no victor of that phase. The victorious alliance of a campaign phase will gain a number of Strategic points (see below).

When the next campaign phase begins, each alliance’s Campaign points are reset to 0, putting alliances on an equal footing for the next phase of the campaign.

CAMPAIGN POINTS EARNED
LOSEDRAWWIN
Incursion123
Strike Force134
Onslaught145

STRATEGIC POINTS
At the end of each campaign phase, the victorious alliance gains the number of Strategic points shown in the table below, based on which phase of the campaign they won.

At the end of the campaign, the alliance with the most Strategic points wins the campaign and its players are declared the victors!

STRATEGIC POINTS EARNED
CAMPAIGN PHASES WONSTRATEGIC POINTS
Phase 11
Phase 22
Phase 33
Crusade Mission

Rotting Biomass
 1

Operating in infested space, Solblades were forced to resupply by scavenging worlds that had fallen to the Tyranids. This meant braving charnel landscapes of slain organic matter waiting in mountainous heaps to be consumed.

MISSION RULES
Biohazard: At the start of the turn, for each unit within 3" of one or more objective markers, roll one D6: if the result is higher than that unit’s Toughness characteristic, until the end of the turn, each time a model in that unit makes an attack, the controlling player cannot re-roll the Hit roll and cannot re-roll the Wound roll.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor increases their Crusade force’s Supply Limit by 200 points.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

CONTROL THE BATTLEFIELD
Progressive Objective

The largest carcasses or most promising piles of biomass are categorised as vital targets that must be held at all costs for their potential to turn the course of the war.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control two or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.
CUT OFF THE HEAD
End Game Objective

The enemy's cohesion can be fractured with the stroke of a single blade across the right throat; eliminate the foe's commander or leader-beast.

At the end of the battle, each player scores 15 VP if their opponent’s WARLORD is destroyed.


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

Secure The Tunnels
 2

On many worlds in the Basti or Sub-sector, burrowing organisms dug subterranean networks of assault tunnels. Imperial commanders ordered their entrances secured and then flooded with promethium or collapsed with charges.

MISSION RULES
Locate Entrance: From the second battle round onwards, at the start of the battle round, each player rolls one D6 for each objective marker they control that has not had an entrance located at it: on a 5+, an entrance is located at that objective marker.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor can select one additional unit from their Crusade army to be Marked for Greatness, but at the end of the battle that unit must have been within range of an objective marker that had an entrance located at it.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

SECURE THE AREA
Progressive Objective

Whether in the name of sealing up dangerous xenos slitherways, or to prevent prey organisms from compromising the network of strategically vital assault burrows, the entrances to the tunnels below must be taken and held.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.
  • They control one or more objective markers that have had an entrance located at them.
  • They control more objective markers that have had entrances located at them than their opponent.

Crusade Mission

Screaming Into The Void
 3

As the Grendyllus tendril surged into the outer systems of the Bastior Sub-sector, desperate attempts were made to send out warnings or cries for aid before the Shadow in the Warp smothered all.

MISSION RULES
Driving Attack: The Attacker has the first turn.

Send the Signal: At the start of each of the Attacker’s Shooting phases, the Attacker can select one unit from their army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked to send the signal and until the end of the Attacker’s turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of the Defender’s next turn, if that unit is within range of an objective marker the Attacker controls, the signal has been sent.

VICTOR BONUS

IF THE ATTACKER IS THE VICTOR
The unit from their Crusade army that sent the signal gains D3+3XP.

IF THE DEFENDER IS THE VICTOR
They can select two units from their Crusade army to be Marked for Greatness after the battle.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

RAISE THE ALARM
End Game Objective

With larger swarms of Tyranids poised to descend and consume this world, it is imperative that a signal is punched through the falling Shadow before it is too late.

At the end of the battle, each player scores the number of VP shown in the table below depending on which battle round the Attacker sent the signal in.

BATTLE ROUND SIGNAL WAS SENT
VP
VP
1-2900
37515
46030
55040
Never090


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

Bio-Sample Acquisition
 4

Biologians amongst the Imperial ranks sought to harvest samples from fallen Tyranids in the hopes of gaining insight into their foes. Disturbingly, some leader organisms appeared to reciprocate this ghoulish curiosity.

MISSION RULES
Extract Sample: At the start of the battle, each objective marker on the battlefield contains one bio-sample, which remains until extracted.

At the start of each player’s Shooting phase, the player whose turn it is can select one CHARACTER unit from their army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked with extracting a bio-sample from an objective marker, and until the end of that player’s turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of that player’s turn, if that unit is within range of an objective marker they control that contains a bio-sample, it extracts that bio-sample.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor can select up to three different units from their Crusade army that extracted one or more bio-samples from an objective marker during the battle. Each of these units gains 2XP.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

CONTAIN BIO-SAMPLE SITES
Progressive Objective

Having located sources of promising bio-samples, these must be aggressively laid claim to and attempts to pillage or taint them denied with lethal force.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.
SAMPLE SECURED
Progressive Objective

Sealed in bio-stasis canisters, spirited away through pan-dimensional portals or digested in pulsating sacs, such bio-samples could prove the enemy's undoing.

During the battle, each time a unit from a player’s Crusade army extracts a bio-sample from an objective marker, that player scores 10VP.

Crusade Mission

Spawning Ground
 5

On some infested worlds, Tyranid bio-structures sprouted pulsating sacs within which especially monstrous organisms gestated. Imperial forces sabotaged these sites wherever possible rather than face the nightmares they would spawn.

MISSION RULES
Driving Attack: The Attacker has the first turn.

Gestation Sacs: At the start of the battle, each objective marker has a Gestation tally of 0 and each starts under the Defender’s control, and remains so until controlled by the Attacker.

At the start of each player’s turn, for each objective marker under the Defender’s control, add 1 to that objective marker’s Gestation tally, and for each objective marker under the Attacker’s control, subtract 1 from that objective marker’s Gestation tally (to a minimum of 0).

Birthing a Terror: If at any point there are two or more objective markers with a Gestation tally of 6 or more each, the battle ends.

VICTOR BONUS

IF THE ATTACKER IS THE VICTOR
Each unit from their Crusade army that ends the battle within range of an objective marker gains 1XP.

IF THE DEFENDER IS THE VICTOR
The next time they add a unit to their Order of Battle, that unit starts with 6XP.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

A NEW THREAT
End Game Objective

The hulking monstrosity or multitudinous brood ready to burst out of these flesh sacs could mean this region's total consumption.

  • If any objective markers had a Gestation tally of 6 or more, the Defender scores 90VP and the Attacker scores 0VP.
  • If no objective markers had a Gestation tally of 6 or more, the Defender scores 0VP and the Attacker scores 90VP.

Crusade Mission

Kicking The Nest
 6

Elite Imperial forces struck at Locations where the Tyranids were growing neuro-synaptic command nodes. Such attacks invariably triggered furious responses from all warrior organisms in the area.

MISSION RULES
Neuro-synaptic Nodes: While a unit with an Aura ability is within range of an objective marker that you control, the range of that Aura ability is increased by 6".

Sweep and Clear: If you control an objective marker at the end of your Command phase, it remains under your control, even if you have no models within range of it, unless your opponent controls it at the end of any subsequent Command phase.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor’s Crusade Force gains 1 additional Requisition point.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

NEURO-SYNAPTIC CONNECTION
Progressive Objective

The crackling neuro-synaptic network infesting this war zone is seen by some as worthy of study and by others as deserving of swift destruction. Field commanders are directed to oversee the securing of these sites in person, ensuring the enemy are driven from the network while the work is completed.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.
  • Their WARLORD is within range of an objective marker that they control.
  • They control the objective marker in the centre of the battlefield.

Crusade Mission

Empty The Vaults
 1

As Imperial forces fled the Tyranid advance, archeotech vaults and sacred sites were emptied, their contents evacuated. Others were Looted, overrun or sealed shut by security protocols that trapped the greedy and unlucky within.

MISSION RULES
Auto-seal Protocols: At the start of each battle round, from the second battle round onwards, the Defender randomly selects one objective marker on the battlefield and removes it.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor can select one CHARACTER unit (excluding EPIC HEROES) from their Crusade army; that unit gains a Crusade Relic.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

PRECIOUS RELICS
Progressive Objective

For some, the ancient contents of this site are worth any number of lives. To others, they represent black market riches, trophies to be crowed over or just another lure that draws prey into the jaws of a trap. Whatever the case, they must be secured or overrun with haste.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control two or more objective markers.
At the end of each battle round, the player who controls the most objective markers also scores an additional 10VP.

Crusade Mission

Against The Swarm
 2

Those defenders unable to fall back to the sanctuary systems instead dug in, turning every weapon, technology and resource at their disposal to the single purpose of withstanding the Tyranid onslaught for as Long as they could.

MISSION RULES
Sudden Assault: When the Attacker places units into Strategic Reserves, the points total of all of their units that they can place into Strategic Reserves can be up to half their Crusade army’s points total.

Driving Attack: The Attacker has the first turn.

Esoteric Defences: When Reinforcement units from the Attacker’s Crusade army arrive on the battlefield, they cannot be set up within 12" of any objective markers.

Destroy the Hard Points: At the start of each of the Attacker’s Shooting phases, the Attacker can select one unit from their army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. That unit is tasked to destroy a hard point, and until the end of the Attacker’s turn is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of the Attacker’s turn, if that unit is within range of an objective marker they control, that objective marker is destroyed and removed from the battlefield.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor increases their Crusade force’s Supply Limit by 200 points.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

CONTROL THE SKIES
End Game Objective

Holding back massed aerial assault is the only thing keeping this war zone from being overwhelmed.

At the end of the battle, the Defender scores 20VP for each objective marker that remains on the battlefield, and the Attacker scores 15VP for each objective marker that was destroyed.
BREAKTHROUGH
End Game Objective

Destroy the defence points and secure a beachhead!

At the end of the battle, the Attacker scores 15VP if they have two or more units wholly within the Defender’s deployment zone that are not Below Half-strength.


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

Scattered Supplies
 3

As the fighting in the outer systems became ever more desperate, so supply lines frayed and warriors fell to scavenging whatever they could from amidst devastated regions and old battlefields crawling with predatory horrors.

MISSION RULES
Secure Supply Drops: At the end of each turn, units from both players’ Crusade armies can pick up any objective markers that they control. To be able to pick up an objective marker, a unit must be within range of it. AIRCRAFT, FORTIFICATIONS and Battle-shocked units cannot pick up an objective marker. When a unit picks up an objective marker, remove that objective marker from the battlefield and make a note of which unit is carrying it. A unit cannot carry more than one objective marker. While a unit is carrying an objective marker, it cannot move more than 6" per turn (excluding when making a Charge move).

Opportunistic Acquisition: Each time a unit carrying an objective marker is destroyed, before removing the last model from that unit, place the objective marker it is carrying on the battlefield anywhere within 1" of that model. If this is not possible, place the objective marker as close as possible to that model. If the unit was destroyed as the result of a melee attack, the attacking unit can immediately pick up that objective marker and carry it if it wishes.

VICTOR BONUS
Each unit from the victor’s Crusade army that is carrying an objective marker at the end of the battle gains 2XP. If one or more of those units carrying objective markers are wholly within the victor’s deployment zone, the victor also gains 1RP.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

ACQUIRED SUPPLIES
End Game Objective

The scattered resources and munitions must not only be secured, but marshalled from the enemy’s reach and towards safer retrieval locations.

At the end of the battle, each player scores 15VP for each objective marker that units from their Crusade army are carrying, and an additional 5VP for each of those units that are wholly within that player’s deployment zone.


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

Insurgency
 4

Whether xeno-tainted insurgents responding to the approach of the Tyranid fleets, heretical cults seizing their chance or insurgents in the Gallospire System, many saboteurs struck at seemingly secure Imperial fortifications.

MISSION RULES
Counter-assault Engagement: The Defender has the first turn.

Prime Explosives: At the start of the battle, all objective markers on the battlefield have unprimed explosives on them, and they remain so until primed.

At the start of each player’s Shooting phase, the player whose turn it is can select one unit from their army that is not Battle-shocked and is eligible to shoot. If that unit is one of the Attacker’s units, it is tasked with priming explosives; if that unit is one of the Defender’s units, it is tasked with defusing explosives. In either case, until the end of the turn, the selected unit is not eligible to shoot or declare a charge.

At the end of the turn:
  • If a unit tasked with priming explosives that turn is within range of an unprimed objective marker that the Attacker controls, that objective marker becomes primed.
  • If a unit tasked with defusing explosives that turn is within range of a primed objective marker that the Defender controls, that objective marker becomes unprimed.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor can select one unit from their army that either primed or defused explosives during the battle. That unit is Marked for Greatness

MISSION OBJECTIVE

PRIMED INSTIGATION
End Game Objective

The fuse of sedition, once lit, is not easy to snuff out.

At the end of the battle:
  • The Attacker scores 20VP for each primed objective marker on the battlefield.
  • The Defender scores 15VP for each unprimed objective marker on the battlefield.


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

The Gathering Shroud
 5

Many worlds reached by the Solblades were already vanishing beneath the Shadow in the Warp. Attempting to relieve the horrified defenders, the Solblade forces deployed on to battlefields drowning in rising psychostatic.

MISSION RULES
Rising Shadow: At the start of the battle, the Rising Shadow level starts at 0. From the second battle round onwards, at the start of each battle round, the player who took the first turn rolls one D6: on a 2-5, add 1 to the Rising Shadow level; on a 6, add 2 to the Rising Shadow level. The effects of the Rising Shadow level can be seen in the table on the left.

RISING SHADOW
LEVEL 0
EFFECT:
None
LEVEL +1
EFFECT:
The Insane Bravery Stratagem cannot be used.
LEVEL +2
EFFECT:
Each time a unit takes a Battle-shock or Leadership test, subtract 1 from that test.
LEVEL +3
EFFECT:
The cost to use all Battle Tactic Stratagems is increased by 1CP.
LEVEL +4
EFFECT:
Subtract 1 from the Objective Control characteristic of every model (to a minimum of 1).
LEVEL +5
EFFECT:
The cost to use all Strategic Ploy and Epic Deed Stratagems is increased by 1CP.

VICTOR BONUS
Before the next battle, the victor can use the Rearm and Resupply Requisition up to two times without spending any Requisition points to do so.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

LOOT AND RIOT
Progressive Objective

Many who are trapped on worlds subjected to Tyranid invasion lose their nerve or minds, and fight wildly to seize whatever valuable resources they believe may help them survive for even a few more hours. Such supply caches must therefore be swiftly secured, or else infested and devoured.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control two or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.
  • If playing a Strike Force battle, they control the objective marker within their opponent’s deployment zone.


Objective Marker
Only used in Strike Force games.
Crusade Mission

Routed Prey
 6

On world after world, the onslaught of the Grendyllus tendril saw defence Lines broken and prey species put to rout. At such times, the swarms sought to devour all in their paths while their victims thought only of survival.

MISSION RULES
The Coming Swarm: Any units in the Attacker’s army that are not already set up in Reserves, start the battle set up in Strategic Reserves. When a Strategic Reserves unit from the Attacker’s Crusade army is set up on the battlefield, it must be set up wholly within 6" of their battlefield edge.

Out of Time: The Defender cannot set up any units from their Crusade army in Reserves (including Strategic Reserves). Units from the Defender’s Crusade army cannot end a move within the Danger Zone.

Counter-assault Engagement: The Defender has the first turn.

Covering Fire: Units in the Defender’s Crusade army are eligible to shoot in a turn in which they Fell Back, but if they do, until the end of the turn, each time a model in that unit makes a ranged attack, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor can select one unit from their Crusade army that was not destroyed to gain a Battle Trait. This must be a unit that can gain a Battle Trait.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

COUNTDOWN TO CONSUMPTION
End Game Objective

A final evacuation is the only option left, but is there enough time even for that?

At the end of the battle, add up the combined points total of units from the Defender’s Crusade army that are not Below Half-strength and are wholly within the Escape Zone. Each player scores the number of VP shown in the table below based on this.

COMBINED POINTS TOTAL
VP
VP
INCURSIONSTRIKE FORCE
0-490-99900
50-149100-2997515
150-299300-5996030
300-449600-8994545
450-559900-11993060
600+1200+090

Crusade Mission

Fire From The Skies
 1-2

Both Humans and Tyranids employed orbital bombardment against fortified ground targets. Whether calling down barrage bombs or bio-plasmic beams, however, such indirect weapons required surface targeting to prove truly effective.

MISSION RULES
Driving Attack: The Attacker has the first turn.

Targeting Ritual: At the end of each of the Attacker’s turns, they select one Alpha objective marker, one Beta objective marker and one Gamma objective marker. If, at the end of the Defender’s next turn, the Attacker controls all three of these selected objective markers, the target’s position is triangulated and the battle ends.

IF THE ATTACKER IS THE VICTOR
One unit that was controlling an Alpha, Beta or Gamma objective marker at the end of the battle gains D3+3XP.

IF THE DEFENDER IS THE VICTOR
They can select two units from their army to be Marked for Greatness after the battle.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

WRATH OF THE HEAVENS
End Game Objective

With the target triangulated and its defences mapped or neutralised, directed orbital bombardment is unleashed. The clouds glow with fury and boil away as titanic energy blasts spear down through them to annihilate the target completely.

At the end of the battle:
  • If the target’s position was triangulated, the Attacker scores 90VP and the Defender scores 0VP.
  • If the target’s position was not triangulated, the Attacker scores 0VP and the Defender scores 90VP.

Crusade Mission

Myths And Monsters
 3-4

The greatest battles of the Tyrannic War saw monstrous fiends and stalwart warriors clash amidst the flames Like the subjects of some ancient fresco Upon such a stage were Legends written and nightmares spawned.

MISSION RULES
Battlefield Exemplars: At the start of the battle, each player selects one unit from their Crusade army that is within the Heart of the Battle (see below) to be their Heroic Champions unit. If a player does not have any units within the Heart of the Battle, they must select the unit from their Crusade army that is closest to the Heart of the Battle. At the end of each player’s turn, if their Heroic Champions unit is not within the Heart of the Battle, it suffers D6 mortal wounds. At the end of the turn, for each player, if that player does not have an undestroyed Heroic Champions unit, they must select a new unit from their Crusade army (following the instructions above) to take on this mantle.

Designer’s Note: When selecting a Heroic Champions unit, we recommend selecting something suitably imposing, like a large monster or a powerful character - any unit that would inspire fear in their enemies and hone in their compatriots.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor’s Heroic Champions unit gains 1 Battle Honour.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

A LEGEND CUT SHORT
Progressive Objective

There is great value in annihilating the enemy’s most inspirational or terrifying champions.

Each time a player’s Heroic Champions unit is destroyed, their opponent scores 15VP.
SECURE THE STAGE OF GREATNESS
Progressive Objective

Harder for your foes to fashion legends, and easier for your own forces to do so, if you control the field of war.

At the end of each battle round, each player scores 5VP for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control two or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent.

Crusade Mission

Planetary Evacuation
 5-6

Many worlds in the path of the Grendyllus tendril were hastily evacuated, the better to preserve resources and avoid feeding the swarms. Such operations were risky, however, and could be overrun by a swift Tyranid surge.

MISSION RULES
Driving Attack: The Attacker has the first turn.

VICTOR BONUS
The victor’s Crusade Force gains D3 additional Requisition Points. If the victor scored more than twice as many Victory points as their opponent, they can re-roll this roll.

MISSION OBJECTIVE

SAFELY AWAY
Progressive Objective

The longer the evacuation site can be held and defended, the more craft will be able to boost skywards for the dubious safety of the void. Whether they will escape the gathering tendrils of the Tyranids after that is not your immediate concern ...

At the start of each of the Defender’s Command phases, they score D6 VP for each objective marker they control.
SALVATION COMPROMISED
End Game Objective

The sooner the evacuation point is overrun, the more prey will remain trapped in the path of the swarm to be slain and then assimilated.

At the end of the battle, the Attacker scores 20VP for each objective marker they control.

Battle Honours
Each time a unit gains a rank, it can gain one Battle Honour. Units can also gain additional Battle Honours by other means (such as by winning certain missions, fulfilling certain Agendas, etc.). Each time a unit gains a Battle Honour, increase its Crusade points total by 1 (if the unit is TITANIC, increase its Crusade points total by 2 instead). Make a note of each Battle Honour a unit has on its Crusade card. A unit can never have more than three Battle Honours unless it is a CHARACTER, in which case it can have up to six Battle Honours. Once the maximum is reached, each time a unit gains a new Battle Honour it must first remove one of its existing Battle Honours.

There are several categories of Battle Honours that can be bestowed upon a unit, such as Battle Traits, Weapon Modifications and Crusade Relics. Other categories of Battle Honour may be found in other publications. Each time a unit gains a Battle Honour, you can select from any category.

  • Once a unit gains enough XP it will gain a rank.
  • Only CHARACTER units can gain the Heroic or Legendary ranks.
  • Each time a unit gains a rank, it can gain a Battle Honour.
  • There are several categories of Battle Honours, which include:
    • Battle Traits: New skills and abilities.
    • Weapon Modifications: Upgrade an item of wargear.
    • Crusade Relic: Gain a rare and powerful artefact.
  • Each time a unit gains a Battle Honour, increase its Crusade points total by 1 (or by 2 if TITANIC).

SCOUTS

Scouts form the vanguard of many armies. Unnoticed by the enemy, they range ahead of the main force.

Some units have ‘Scouts x"’ listed in their abilities. If every model in a unit has this ability, then at the start of the first battle round, before the first turn begins, it can make a Normal move of up to x" as if it were your Movement phase – as can any DEDICATED TRANSPORT model such a unit starts the battle embarked within (provided only models with this ability are embarked within that DEDICATED TRANSPORT model). A unit that moves using this ability must end that move more than 9" horizontally away from all enemy models. If both players have units that can do this, the player who is taking the first turn moves their units first.

Example: A unit has the Scouts 6" ability. At the start of the first battle round, the controlling player can make a Normal move with that unit of up to 6".

  • Scouts x": Unit can make a Normal move of up to x" before the first turn begins.
  • If embarked in a DEDICATED TRANSPORT, that DEDICATED TRANSPORT can make this move instead.
  • Must end this move more than 9" horizontally away from all enemy models.
Mortal Wounds

Some attacks are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury.

Some attacks inflict mortal wounds. Each mortal wound inflicts one point of damage on the target unit, and they are always applied one at a time. Do not make a Wound roll or saving throw (including invulnerable saving throws) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other attack and inflict damage to a model in the target unit as described below.

Unlike damage inflicted by normal attacks, excess damage from mortal wounds is not lost if the damage can be allocated to another model. Instead, keep allocating damage to another model in the target unit until either all the damage has been allocated or the target unit is destroyed.

If, when a unit is selected to shoot or fight, one or more of its attacks can inflict mortal wounds on the target, resolve any normal damage inflicted by the attacking unit’s attacks on that target before inflicting any mortal wounds on that target. If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to any normal damage, but the normal damage is subsequently saved, the target unit still suffers those mortal wounds, as described above.

  • Each mortal wound inflicted on a unit causes one model in that unit to lose one wound.
  • No saving throws can be made against mortal wounds.
  • Mortal wounds inflicted by attacks always apply after any normal damage, even if that damage was saved.
Feel No Pain
FEEL NO PAIN

Some warriors refuse to be laid low, even by what should be fatal wounds.

Some models have ‘Feel No Pain x+’ listed in their abilities. Each time a model with this ability suffers damage and so would lose a wound (including wounds lost due to mortal wounds), roll one D6: if the result is greater than or equal to the number denoted by ‘x’, that wound is ignored and is not lost. If a model has more than one Feel No Pain ability, you can only use one of those abilities each time that model suffers damage and so would lose a wound.

  • Feel No Pain x+: Each time this model would lose a wound, roll one D6: if the result equals or exceeds ‘x’, that wound is not lost.
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.
Leadership Tests
If a rule requires you to take a Leadership test for a unit, roll 2D6: if the total is greater than or equal to the best Leadership characteristic in that unit, that test is passed. Otherwise, it is failed.
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.
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.
STEALTH

Some warriors are masters of disguise and concealment.

If every model in a unit has this ability, then each time a ranged attack is made against it, subtract 1 from that attack’s Hit roll.
Invulnerable Saves

Whether shielded by force fields, enveloped in mystical energies or simply possessed of preternatural senses and lightning-fast reflexes, some warriors are protected by more than mere physical armour.

Some models have an invulnerable save listed on their datasheet. Each time an attack is allocated to a model with an invulnerable save, the controlling player must choose to use either that model’s Save characteristic or its invulnerable save, but not both. If a model has more than one invulnerable save, it can only use one of them – choose which it will use.

Unlike armour saving throws (which use a model’s Save characteristic), invulnerable saving throws are never modified by an attack’s Armour Penetration characteristic, but otherwise follow the normal rules for saving throws.

  • Invulnerable Save: Never modified by an attack’s AP.
  • The controlling player can choose to use either a model’s invulnerable save or its Save characteristic.
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.
Advance Moves
When a unit Advances, make an Advance roll for that unit by rolling one D6. Add the result in inches to the Move characteristic of each model in that unit until the end of the phase. Each model in that unit can then make an Advance move by moving a distance in inches less than or equal to this total, but no model can be moved within Engagement Range of enemy models. A unit cannot shoot or declare a charge in the same turn that it Advanced.

  • Advance Move: Models move up to M+D6".
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
  • Units that Advance cannot shoot or charge this turn.
Charging with a Unit
Once you have selected an eligible unit to declare a charge, you must select one or more enemy units within 12" of it as the targets of that charge. The targets of a charge do not need to be visible to the charging unit.

You then make a Charge roll for the charging unit by rolling 2D6. The result is the maximum number of inches each model in that unit can be moved if a Charge move is possible. For a Charge move to be possible, the Charge roll must be sufficient to enable the charging unit to end that move:
  • Within Engagement Range of every unit that you selected as a target of the charge.
  • Without moving within Engagement Range of any enemy units that were not a target of the charge.
  • In Unit Coherency.
If any of these conditions cannot be met, the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase. Otherwise, the charge is successful and the models in the charging unit make a Charge move – move each model a distance in inches up to the result of the Charge roll. When doing so, each model in the charging unit must end its Charge move closer to one of the units selected as a target of its charge. If you can also move a charging model so that it ends its Charge move in base-to-base contact with one or more enemy models while still enabling the charging unit to end its move satisfying all of the conditions above, you must do so. The controlling player chooses the order in which to move their models.

  • Charge Roll: 2D6".
  • Targets of a charge must be within 12" but do not need to be visible.
  • If the distance rolled is insufficient to move within Engagement Range of all targets while maintaining Unit Coherency, the charge fails.
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of any unit that was not a target of the charge.
  • If the charge is successful, each model makes a Charge move less than or equal to the Charge roll, and must move into base-to-base contact with an enemy model if possible.
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.
Assault

Assault weapons fire so indiscriminately that they can be shot from the hip as warriors dash forward.

Weapons with [ASSAULT] in their profile are known as Assault weapons. If a unit that Advanced this turn contains any models equipped with Assault weapons, it is still eligible to shoot in this turn’s Shooting phase. When such a unit is selected to shoot, you can only resolve attacks using Assault weapons its models are equipped with.

  • Can be shot even if the bearer’s unit Advanced.
TYRANNIC WAR VETERAN1RP

It is a victory to survive upon battlefields that shake beneath the tread of monstrous terrors and swarm with skilled and merciless hunters. Those who do learn many bloody lessons.

Select one unit from your Order of Battle of Blooded rank or higher and one of the Tyrannic War upgrade paths that it is eligible for. That unit gains the TYRANNIC WAR VETERAN keyword and:
  • If you selected the Monster Hunters upgrade path, it gains the MONSTER HUNTERS keyword.
  • If you selected the Striding Behemoths upgrade path, it gains the STRIDING BEHEMOTHS keyword.
That unit then gains the starting Tyrannic War Battle Honour for that upgrade path and you must start a Tyrannic War Veteran tally for that unit on its Crusade card. Tyrannic War Veteran points recorded on that unit’s Tyrannic War Veteran tally can be used to gain further Tyrannic War Battle Honours (see bellow).
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.
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.
Psychic Weapons and Abilities
Some weapons and abilities can only be used by PSYKERS. Such weapons and abilities are tagged with the word ‘Psychic’. If a Psychic weapon or ability causes any unit to suffer one or more wounds, each of those wounds is considered to have been inflicted by a Psychic Attack.
Attached Units
Some CHARACTER units have the Leader ability, which lets them merge with other units (known as Bodyguard units) to form an Attached unit.

The Starting Strength of an Attached unit is equal to the combined Starting Strengths of all of its units (i.e. the number of models in the Leader unit added to the number of models in the Bodyguard unit). If either the Leader unit or the Bodyguard unit in an Attached unit is destroyed, the Starting Strength of the remaining unit is changed to be equal to its original Starting Strength.

Example: A Primaris Captain (Starting Strength 1) is attached to a unit of Intercessors (Starting Strength 5). This Attached unit has a Starting Strength of 6. If all the Intercessors are destroyed, the remaining Primaris Captain would revert to having a Starting Strength of 1.

For the purposes of rules that are triggered when a unit is destroyed, such rules are still triggered when one of the individual units that made up an Attached unit is destroyed (the Leader or the Bodyguard unit).

Example: If a rule awards you with 1VP each time an enemy unit is destroyed, and you target an Attached unit, you would gain 1VP if the Bodyguard unit is destroyed and 1VP if the Leader unit is destroyed (for a total of 2VP).
LEADER

Mighty heroes fight at the forefront of battle.

Some CHARACTER units have ‘Leader’ listed on their datasheets. Such CHARACTER units are known as Leaders, and the units they can lead – known as their Bodyguard units – are listed on their datasheet.

During the Declare Battle Formations step, for each Leader in your army, if your army also includes one or more of that Leader’s Bodyguard units, you can select one of those Bodyguard units. That Leader will then attach to that Bodyguard unit for the duration of the battle and is said to be leading that unit. Each Bodyguard unit can only have one Leader attached to it.

While a Bodyguard unit contains a Leader, it is known as an Attached unit and, with the exception of rules that are triggered when units are destroyed (pg 12), it is treated as a single unit for all rules purposes. Each time an attack targets an Attached unit, until the attacking unit has resolved all of its attacks, you must use the Toughness characteristic of the Bodyguard models in that unit, even if a Leader in that unit has a different Toughness characteristic. Each time an attack sucessfully wounds an Attached unit, that attack cannot be allocated to a CHARACTER model in that unit, even if that CHARACTER model has lost one or more wounds or has already had attacks allocated to it this phase. As soon as the last Bodyguard model in an Attached unit has been destroyed, any attacks made against that unit that have yet to be allocated can then be allocated to CHARACTER models in that unit.

  • Before the battle, CHARACTER units with the Leader ability can be attached to one of their Bodyguard units to form an Attached unit.
  • Attached units can only contain one Leader.
  • Attacks cannot be allocated to CHARACTER models in Attached units.
LONE OPERATIVE

Assassins and other covert agents are difficult to track and pinpoint in the swirling maelstrom of battle.

Unless part of an Attached unit (see Leader), this unit can only be selected as the target of a ranged attack if the attacking model is within 12".
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.
Unit Coherency
A unit that contains more than one model must be set up and end any kind of move as a single group, with all of its models within 2" horizontally and 5" vertically of at least one other model from that unit. While a unit has seven or more models, all of its models must instead be set up and end any kind of move within 2" horizontally and 5" vertically of at least two other models from that unit. This is called Unit Coherency.

If for any reason a model cannot be set up in Unit Coherency, that model is destroyed. If a unit cannot end a move in Unit Coherency, it cannot make that move and its models are returned to their previous positions.

At the end of every turn, each player must remove models, one at a time, from any of the units from their armies that are no longer in Unit Coherency, until only a single group of models from each of those units remains in play and in Unit Coherency. Models removed in this way count as having been destroyed, but they never trigger any rules that apply when a model is destroyed.

  • Unit Coherency: Within 2" horizontally and 5" vertically of:
    • One other model from the same unit (in units of 2-6 models).
    • Two other models from the same unit (in units of 7+ models).
  • At the end of every turn, if a unit is not in Unit Coherency, the controlling player must remove models until that unit is in Unit Coherency again.
Normal Moves
When a unit makes a Normal move, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches less than or equal to its Move (M) characteristic, but no model can be moved within Engagement Range of any enemy models.

  • Normal Move: Models move up to M".
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
Aura Abilities
Some abilities affect multiple models or units in a given range. These are known as Aura abilities and are tagged with the word ‘Aura’. A model with an Aura ability is always within range of its own Aura ability. A unit can be affected by more than one Aura ability at a time, but if a unit is within range of the same Aura ability more than once, that Aura ability only applies to that unit once.
Before selecting targets for this weapon, select one of its profiles to make attacks with.

The datasheets using WALKER keyword can be found in the following Factions:

Adeptus Astartes: Black Templars, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Deathwatch, Space Wolves.
Chaos: Chaos Daemons, Chaos Knights, Chaos Space Marines, Death Guard, Renegades and Heretics, Thousand Sons, World Eaters.
Imperium: Adepta Sororitas, Adeptus Custodes, Adeptus Mechanicus, Adeptus Titanicus, Agents of the Imperium, Astra Militarum, Grey Knights, Imperial Knights, Space Marines.
Xenos: Aeldari, Necrons, Orks, T’au Empire.

The WALKER keyword is used in the following datasheets:

Anti

Certain weapons are the bane of a particular foe.

Weapons with [ANTI-KEYWORD X+] in their profile are known as Anti weapons. Each time an attack is made with such a weapon against a target with the keyword after the word ‘Anti-’, an unmodified Wound roll of ‘x+’ scores a Critical Wound.

Example: An attack made with an [ANTI-VEHICLE 4+] weapon will score a Critical Wound against – and so successfully wound – a VEHICLE unit on an unmodified Wound roll of 4+, while an attack made with an [ANTI-PSYKER 2+] weapon will score a Critical Wound against – and so successfully wound – a PSYKER unit on an unmodified Wound roll of 2+.

  • [ANTI-KEYWORD X+]: An unmodified Wound roll of ‘x+’ against a target with the matching keyword scores a Critical Wound.
INSANE BRAVERY
1CP
Core – Epic Deed Stratagem
Indifferent to their own survival, these warriors hold their ground against seemingly impossible odds.
WHEN: Battle-shock step of your Command phase, just before you take a Battle-shock test for a unit from your army.

TARGET: A unit from your army that must take a Battle-shock test.

EFFECT: Your unit automatically passes that Battle-shock test.

RESTRICTIONS: You cannot use this Stratagem more than once per battle.
Roll-offs
Some rules instruct players to roll off. To do so, both players roll one D6, and whoever scores highest wins the roll-off. If there is a tie for the highest roll, roll off again. Neither player is allowed to re-roll or modify any of the D6 when making a roll-off.
Embark
If a unit makes a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move, and every model in that unit ends that move within 3" of a friendly TRANSPORT model, they can embark within it. A unit cannot embark if it has already disembarked from a TRANSPORT model in the same phase. Remove the unit from the battlefield and place it to one side – it is now embarked within that TRANSPORT model. Unless otherwise stated, units cannot do anything or be affected in any way while they are embarked.

  • A unit can embark within a friendly TRANSPORT if all of its models end a Normal, Advance or Fall Back move within 3" of that TRANSPORT.
  • A unit cannot embark and disembark in the same phase.
Benefit of Cover

Shattered ruins and twisted wreckage afford much-needed shelter from enemy salvoes. Even heavily armoured warriors unfazed by small arms fire are thankful for such cover when foes bring their biggest guns to bear.

Models can sometimes gain a measure of protection from terrain features. The rules below detail the conditions under which a terrain feature confers the Benefit of Cover on a model.

Each time a ranged attack is allocated to a model that has the Benefit of Cover, add 1 to the saving throw made for that attack (excluding invulnerable saving throws). Models with a Save characteristic of 3+ or better cannot have the Benefit of Cover against attacks with an Armour Penetration characteristic of 0. Multiple instances of the Benefit of Cover are not cumulative – a model cannot benefit from this rule more than once at any one time.

  • Benefit of Cover: Add 1 to armour saving throws against ranged attacks.
  • Does not apply to models with a Save of 3+ or better against attacks with an AP of 0.
  • Multiple instances are not cumulative.
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.
Remain Stationary
If a unit Remains Stationary, none of its models can be moved for the rest of the phase.
REARM AND RESUPPLY1RP

The changing nature of the war zone and the demands from high command necessitate the opening of arms caches and wargear vaults to ensure your warriors face the enemy with the most effective killing tools.

Purchase this Requisition before a battle. Select one unit from your Order of Battle. You can change any wargear options models in that unit are equipped with as described on that unit’s datasheet. If you replace a weapon that is a Crusade Relic or a weapon upgraded by Weapon Modifications, that Crusade Relic or any Weapon Modifications are lost. Recalculate the unit’s points value as a result of any of these changes and update its Crusade card. You cannot make any changes that would cause you to exceed your Supply Limit.
INSANE BRAVERY
2CP
Boarding Action – Epic Deed Stratagem
To commit to battle within the claustrophobic corridors and gothic chambers of a void ship necessitates near-suicidal courage, or else sufficient fear of the consequences of refusal. To stand their ground against impossible odds during such a fight requires warriors to exhibit a kind of single-minded madness.
Use this Stratagem before you take a Morale test for a unit from your army. That test is automatically passed. You can only use this Stratagem once.

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