Astra Militarum – Death Rider Squadron Commander
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Death Rider Squadron Commander

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
45
Squadron Commander (base: 25mm)
1
45
Squadron Commander
10" 3+ 3+ 3 4 5 3 8 4+ 25mm
A Death Rider Squadron Commander is equipped with: death rider hunting lance; laspistol; power sword; savage claws; frag grenades.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Bolt pistol
Bolt pistol
12"
Pistol 1
4
0
1
-
Laspistol
Laspistol
12"
Pistol 1
3
0
1
-
+5
Plasma pistol
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
+5
Plasma pistol
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
 - Standard
 - Standard
12"
Pistol 1
7
-3
1
-
 - Supercharge
 - Supercharge
12"
Pistol 1
8
-3
2
If any unmodified hit rolls of 1 are made for attacks with this weapon profile, the bearer is destroyed after shooting with this weapon.
If any unmodified hit rolls of 1 are made for attacks with this weapon profile, the bearer is destroyed after shooting with this weapon.
Chainsword
Chainsword
Melee
Melee
User
0
1
When the bearer fights, it makes 1 additional attack with this weapon.
When the bearer fights, it makes 1 additional attack with this weapon.
Death rider hunting lance
Death rider hunting lance
Melee
Melee
User
-1
1
Each time a melee attack is made with this weapon, if the bearer's unit made a charge move this turn, that attack has a Strength characteristic of +2, an Armour Penetration characteristic of -3 and a Damage characteristic of 2.
Each time a melee attack is made with this weapon, if the bearer's unit made a charge move this turn, that attack has a Strength characteristic of +2, an Armour Penetration characteristic of -3 and a Damage characteristic of 2.
Power sword
Power sword
Melee
Melee
+1
-3
1
-
Savage claws
Savage claws
Melee
Melee
4
-1
1
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 2 additional attacks with this weapon and no more than 2 attacks can be made with this weapon.
Each time the bearer fights, it makes 2 additional attacks with this weapon and no more than 2 attacks can be made with this weapon.
Frag grenades
Frag grenades
6"
Grenade D6
3
0
1
Blast
Blast
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • This model’s laspistol can be replaced with one of the following: 1 bolt pistol; 1 plasma pistol.
 • This model’s power sword can be replaced with 1 chainsword.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Voice of Command
Flanking Manoeuvres: During deployment, you can set this unit up behind enemy lines instead of setting them up on the battlefield. If you do, then in the Reinforcements step of one of your Movement phases you can set up all of these units wholly within 6" of the same battlefield edge and more than 9" away from any enemy models.
Augmented Mount: Each time this model would lose a wound, roll one D6: on a 5+, that wound is not lost.
Refractor Field: This model has a 5+ invulnerable save.
Death Rider Officer: This model can issue orders to CAVALRY units, as well as INFANTRY units. All other rules for issuing orders still apply.
FACTION KEYWORDS: IMPERIUM, ASTRA MILITARUM, KRIEG, BROOD BROTHERS
KEYWORDS: CAVALRY, CHARACTER, OFFICER, DEATH RIDERS, SQUADRON COMMANDER

Datasheet-related Stratagems

1CP/3CP

IMPERIAL COMMANDER’S ARMOURY

Astra Militarum Stratagem

By leveraging their considerable influence upon the Departmento Munitorum, high-ranking Imperial commanders can secure vital resources for their military campaigns.

Use this Stratagem before the battle. Your army can have one extra relic from the Heirlooms of Conquest for 1 CP, or two extra relics for 3 CPs. All of the relics that you include must be different and be given to different ASTRA MILITARUM CHARACTERS. You can only use this Stratagem once per battle.
1CP

MOBILE COMMAND VEHICLE

Astra Militarum Stratagem

Command vehicles allow intrepid officers to lead from the front of the battle, racing across the lines, raising the spirits of their warriors and reacting with speed to any emerging threats.

Use this Stratagem at the start of any turn. Choose a Chimera from your army. Until the end of the turn, an OFFICER from your army with the Voice of Command ability may still issue orders whilst embarked within that Chimera (measuring ranges from any point on the vehicle), and is treated as being within 3" of a vox-caster.
1CP

INSPIRED TACTICS

Astra Militarum Stratagem

A skilled officer can turn a battle on its head, throwing the enemy into confusion and inspiring their own soldiers to acts of remarkable heroism.

Use this Stratagem after an OFFICER from your army has issued an order or tank order. That officer may immediately issue an additional order.
PISTOL
Due to their compact size, pistols can even be used in melee to shoot at point-blank range.
A model can make attacks with a Pistol even when its unit is within Engagement Range of enemy units, but it must target an enemy unit that is within Engagement Range of its own unit when it does so. In such circumstances, the model can target an enemy unit even if other friendly units are within Engagement Range of the same enemy unit.

When a model equipped with both a Pistol and another type of ranged weapon (e.g. a Pistol and a Rapid Fire weapon) shoots, it can either shoot with its Pistol(s) or with its other ranged weapons. Choose which it will fire (Pistols or non-Pistols) before selecting targets.

  • Can be shot even if firing model’s unit is within Engagement Range of enemy unit.
  • Cannot be shot alongside any other type of weapon.
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 equal to or greater than the attacking model’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 attack scores one hit against the target unit. If not, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

If an attack is made with a weapon that has an ability that says it ‘automatically hits the target’, no hit roll is made – that attack simply scores one hit on the target unit. An unmodified hit roll of 6 always scores a hit, and an unmodified hit roll of 1 always fails. A hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be -2 or worse, it is changed to be -1. Similarly, if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Select Weapon
When a model makes a close combat attack, it must do so using a melee weapon (i.e. a weapon that has the ‘Melee’ type). The weapons a model is equipped with are described on its datasheet. If a model is not equipped with any melee weapons, or if it cannot make an attack with any of the melee weapons it is equipped with, then that model makes its attacks using a close combat weapon, which has the following profile:

WEAPONRANGETYPESAPD
Close combat weaponMeleeMeleeUser01

If a model has more than one melee weapon, select which it will use before resolving any attacks. If a model has more than one melee weapon and can make several attacks, it can split them between these weapons however you wish – declare which attacks are being made with which weapons before any attacks are resolved. If the selected weapon has more than one profile that you must choose between, you must declare which profile is being used at the same time. Different attacks made with such a weapon can be made using different profiles if you wish.

If your unit is making attacks with more than one melee weapon against a unit, and those weapons have different characteristics profiles, then after you have resolved an attack with one of those weapons you must, if any other weapons with the same characteristics profile are also being used to make attacks against that unit, resolve those attacks before resolving any attacks against the target with a weapon that has a different characteristics profile. Note that all the attacks you have declared are always resolved against the target unit even if, when you come to resolve an individual attack, no models in the target unit remain in range (this can happen because of models being destroyed and removed from the battlefield as the result of resolving other attacks made by the attacking model’s unit first).

  • Each close combat attack is made with a melee weapon.
  • A model makes attacks using the close combat weapon profile if it has no other melee weapons.
  • If a unit attacks with multiple weapons, all attacks made with weapons that have the same profile must be resolved before resolving attacks with the next.

Death rider hunting lance used in the following datasheets:

Savage claws used in the following datasheets:

Blast Weapons
Some weapons have ‘Blast’ listed in their profile’s abilities. These are referred to as Blast weapons. In addition to the normal rules, the following rules apply to Blast weapons:
  1. If a Blast weapon targets a unit that has between 6 and 10 models, it always makes a minimum of 3 attacks. So if, when determining how many attacks are made with that weapon, the dice rolled results in less than 3 attacks being made, make 3 attacks instead. For example, if a Grenade D6 weapon with the Blast rule targets a unit that has 6 or more models, and you roll a 2 to determine how many attacks are made, that roll is counted as being a 3 and that weapon makes three attacks against that unit.
  2. When a Blast weapon targets a unit that has 11 or more models, do not roll dice to randomly determine how many attacks are made – instead, make the maximum possible number of attacks. For example, if a Grenade D6 weapon with the Blast rule targets a unit that has 11 or more models, that weapon makes six attacks against that unit.
Blast weapons can never be used to make attacks against a unit that is within Engagement Range of the firing model’s unit, even if the weapon has the Pistol type or if the firing model is a VEHICLE or a MONSTER – firing high-explosives at point-blank range is simply unwise.

  • Blast Weapons: Minimum three attacks against units with 6+ models. Always make maximum number of attacks against units with 11+ models.
  • Can never be used to attack units within the firing unit’s Engagement Range.
GRENADE
Grenades are handheld explosive devices that a warrior throws at the enemy while their squad mates provide covering fire.
When a unit shoots, one model that is equipped with a Grenade in that unit can resolve attacks with it instead of shooting any other weapons.

  • Only one model can use a Grenade when its unit shoots.
RAPID FIRE
Rapid fire weapons are versatile armaments capable of aimed single shots at long range or controlled bursts of fire at close quarters.
When a model shoots a Rapid Fire weapon, double the number of attacks it makes if its target is within half the weapon’s range.

  • Double number of attacks made if target is within half range.
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. The result required is determined by comparing the attacking weapon’s Strength (S) characteristic with the target’s Toughness (T) characteristic, as shown on the following table:

WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH vs TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 ROLL REQUIRED
Is the Strength TWICE (or more) than the Toughness?2+
Is the Strength GREATER than the Toughness?3+
Is the Strength EQUAL to the Toughness?4+
Is the Strength LOWER than the Toughness?5+
Is the Strength HALF (or less) than the Toughness?6+

If the result of the wound roll is less than the required number, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. An unmodified wound roll of 6 always successfully wounds the target, and an unmodified wound roll of 1 always fails. A wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a wound roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be -2 or worse, it is changed to be -1. Similarly, if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a wound roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Advance
When a unit makes an Advance, make an Advance roll for the unit by rolling one D6. Add the result in inches to the Move (M) characteristic of each model in that unit until the end of the current phase. Each model in that unit can then move a distance in inches equal to or less than 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 made an Advance.

  • Advance: Models move up to M+D6".
  • Cannot move within Engagement Range of enemy models.
  • Units that Advance cannot shoot or charge this turn.
Fall Back
When a unit Falls Back, each model in that unit can move a distance in inches equal to or less than the Move (M) characteristic shown on its datasheet, and when doing so you can move it within Engagement Range of enemy models, but it cannot end its move within Engagement Range of any enemy models – if it cannot do this then it cannot Fall Back. A unit cannot declare a charge in the same turn that it Fell Back. A unit cannot shoot or attempt to manifest a psychic power in the same turn that it Fell Back unless it is TITANIC.

  • Fall Back: Models move up to M".
  • Units that Fall Back cannot charge this turn.
  • Units that Fall Back cannot shoot or manifest psychic powers this turn unless they are TITANIC.
Voice of Command
This unit may issue one order per turn to the soldiers under their command at the start of their Shooting phase. Orders may only be issued to INFANTRY units within 6" of this unit that have the same <REGIMENT> keyword as this unit. To issue an order, pick a target unit and choose which order you wish to issue from the table below. A unit may only be affected by one order per turn.
ORDER
Take Aim!

Even amid the clangorous din of battle, the bellowed instructions of an officer recall the countless days each soldier spent conducting targeted fire drills.

Re-roll hit rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
First Rank,Fire! Second Rank, Fire!

By sheer weight of fire, the mortal soldiers of the Astra Militarum can annihilate whole armies of enemies. A good officer is quick to take advantage of this.

All lasguns and all hot-shot lasguns in the ordered unit change their Type to Rapid Fire 2 until the end of the phase. 
Bring it Down!

Guided by the experienced eye of their leader, a squad is able to pinpoint an enemy’s weakest point, and in doing so fell the most terrifying enemies of the Imperium.

Re-roll wound rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
Forwards, for the Emperor!

With the correct motivation, Astra Militarum soldiers can march at full pace without eschewing their duty to fire upon their enemy.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Advanced in its Movement phase
Get Back in the Fight!

To retreat is not always to concede defeat, and a tactical withdrawal can open up new opportunities for troops to showcase their firing skills.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Fell Back in its Movement phase
Move! Move! Move!

When the needs of the battle dictate, soldiers can be ordered to march double-time, moving quickly to close range with the enemy or to secure an open flank.

Instead of shooting this phase the ordered unit immediately moves as if it were the Movement phase. It must Advance as part of this move, and cannot declare a charge during this turn. 
Fix Bayonets!

With a bellicose cry, troops can be ordered to descend upon their foe with close-quarter weaponry, stabbing, slashing and bludgeoning until they have secured victory for the Emperor.

This order can only be issued to units that are within 1" of an enemy unit. The ordered unit immediately fights as if it were the Fight phase
Saving Throw
The player commanding the target unit then makes one saving throw by rolling one D6 and modifying the roll by the Armour Penetration (AP) characteristic of the weapon that the attack was made with. For example, if the weapon has an AP of -1, then 1 is subtracted from the saving throw roll. If the result is equal to, or greater than, the Save (Sv) characteristic of the model the attack was allocated to, then the saving throw is successful and the attack sequence ends. If the result is less than the model’s Save characteristic, then the saving throw fails and the model suffers damage. An unmodified roll of 1 always fails.
Invulnerable Saves
Some models have an invulnerable save. Each time an attack is allocated to a model with an invulnerable save, you can choose to use either its normal Save (Sv) 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. If you use a model’s invulnerable save, it is never modified by a weapon’s Armour Penetration value.

  • Invulnerable save: Saving throw that is never modified by attacking weapon’s AP.
  • A model with an invulnerable save can use it instead of its normal Sv.
RAPID FIRE
Rapid fire weapons are versatile armaments capable of aimed single shots at long range or controlled bursts of fire at close quarters.
When a model shoots a Rapid Fire weapon, double the number of attacks it makes if its target is within half the weapon’s range.

  • Double number of attacks made if target is within half range.
Voice of Command
This unit may issue one order per turn to the soldiers under their command at the start of their Shooting phase. Orders may only be issued to INFANTRY units within 6" of this unit that have the same <REGIMENT> keyword as this unit. To issue an order, pick a target unit and choose which order you wish to issue from the table below. A unit may only be affected by one order per turn.
ORDER
Take Aim!

Even amid the clangorous din of battle, the bellowed instructions of an officer recall the countless days each soldier spent conducting targeted fire drills.

Re-roll hit rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
First Rank,Fire! Second Rank, Fire!

By sheer weight of fire, the mortal soldiers of the Astra Militarum can annihilate whole armies of enemies. A good officer is quick to take advantage of this.

All lasguns and all hot-shot lasguns in the ordered unit change their Type to Rapid Fire 2 until the end of the phase. 
Bring it Down!

Guided by the experienced eye of their leader, a squad is able to pinpoint an enemy’s weakest point, and in doing so fell the most terrifying enemies of the Imperium.

Re-roll wound rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
Forwards, for the Emperor!

With the correct motivation, Astra Militarum soldiers can march at full pace without eschewing their duty to fire upon their enemy.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Advanced in its Movement phase
Get Back in the Fight!

To retreat is not always to concede defeat, and a tactical withdrawal can open up new opportunities for troops to showcase their firing skills.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Fell Back in its Movement phase
Move! Move! Move!

When the needs of the battle dictate, soldiers can be ordered to march double-time, moving quickly to close range with the enemy or to secure an open flank.

Instead of shooting this phase the ordered unit immediately moves as if it were the Movement phase. It must Advance as part of this move, and cannot declare a charge during this turn. 
Fix Bayonets!

With a bellicose cry, troops can be ordered to descend upon their foe with close-quarter weaponry, stabbing, slashing and bludgeoning until they have secured victory for the Emperor.

This order can only be issued to units that are within 1" of an enemy unit. The ordered unit immediately fights as if it were the Fight phase

The CAVALRY keyword is used in the following Astra Militarum datasheets:

The CAVALRY keyword is used in the following Astra Militarum datasheets:

The DEATH RIDERS keyword is used in the following Astra Militarum datasheets:

RAPID FIRE
Rapid fire weapons are versatile armaments capable of aimed single shots at long range or controlled bursts of fire at close quarters.
When a model shoots a Rapid Fire weapon, double the number of attacks it makes if its target is within half the weapon’s range.

  • Double number of attacks made if target is within half range.
Voice of Command
This unit may issue one order per turn to the soldiers under their command at the start of their Shooting phase. Orders may only be issued to INFANTRY units within 6" of this unit that have the same <REGIMENT> keyword as this unit. To issue an order, pick a target unit and choose which order you wish to issue from the table below. A unit may only be affected by one order per turn.
ORDER
Take Aim!

Even amid the clangorous din of battle, the bellowed instructions of an officer recall the countless days each soldier spent conducting targeted fire drills.

Re-roll hit rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
First Rank,Fire! Second Rank, Fire!

By sheer weight of fire, the mortal soldiers of the Astra Militarum can annihilate whole armies of enemies. A good officer is quick to take advantage of this.

All lasguns and all hot-shot lasguns in the ordered unit change their Type to Rapid Fire 2 until the end of the phase. 
Bring it Down!

Guided by the experienced eye of their leader, a squad is able to pinpoint an enemy’s weakest point, and in doing so fell the most terrifying enemies of the Imperium.

Re-roll wound rolls of 1 for all the models in the ordered unit until the end of the phase. 
Forwards, for the Emperor!

With the correct motivation, Astra Militarum soldiers can march at full pace without eschewing their duty to fire upon their enemy.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Advanced in its Movement phase
Get Back in the Fight!

To retreat is not always to concede defeat, and a tactical withdrawal can open up new opportunities for troops to showcase their firing skills.

The ordered unit can shoot this phase even if it Fell Back in its Movement phase
Move! Move! Move!

When the needs of the battle dictate, soldiers can be ordered to march double-time, moving quickly to close range with the enemy or to secure an open flank.

Instead of shooting this phase the ordered unit immediately moves as if it were the Movement phase. It must Advance as part of this move, and cannot declare a charge during this turn. 
Fix Bayonets!

With a bellicose cry, troops can be ordered to descend upon their foe with close-quarter weaponry, stabbing, slashing and bludgeoning until they have secured victory for the Emperor.

This order can only be issued to units that are within 1" of an enemy unit. The ordered unit immediately fights as if it were the Fight phase
Embark
If a unit makes a Normal Move, an Advance or it Falls Back, 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 within a TRANSPORT model that is within Engagement Range of enemy models, and it 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 the model.

Units cannot normally do anything or be affected in any way while they are embarked. Unless specifically stated, other units’ abilities have no effect on units while they are embarked, and Stratagems cannot be used to affect units while they are embarked. For all rules purposes, units that are embarked within a TRANSPORT model that has made a Normal Move, Advanced, Fallen Back or Remained Stationary also count as having made the same kind of move that turn.

  • Units can embark in a friendly TRANSPORT if every model ends a Normal Move, an Advance or a Fall Back within 3" of it.
  • A unit cannot embark within a TRANSPORT that is within Engagement Range of any enemy models.
  • A unit cannot embark and disembark in the same phase.
  • Units cannot do anything, or be affected in any way, while they are embarked within a TRANSPORT.
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