Craftworlds – Guardian Defenders
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Guardian Defenders

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
8
Guardian (base: 25mm)
10‑20
8
Guardian
7" 3+ 3+ 3 3 1 1 7 5+ 25mm
12
Heavy Weapon Platform (base: 40mm)
0‑2
12
Heavy Weapon Platform
7" 6+ 3+ 3 3 2 1 7 3+ 40mm
This unit contains 10 Guardians. It can include up to 10 additional Guardians (Power Rating +4). For every 10 Guardians in the unit, you may include one Heavy Weapon Platform (Power Rating +1 per Heavy Weapon Platform).
 • Each Guardian is armed with a shuriken catapult and plasma grenades.
 • Each Heavy Weapon Platform is armed with a shuriken cannon.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+10
Shuriken cannon
+10
Shuriken cannon
24"
Assault 3
6
0
1
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
Shuriken catapult
Shuriken catapult
12"
Assault 2
4
0
1
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
Plasma grenade
Plasma grenade
6"
Grenade D6
4
-1
1
Blast
Blast
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any Heavy Weapon Platform may replace its shuriken cannon with an item from the Heavy Weapons list.
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Ancient Doom, Battle Focus
Crewed Weapon: A Heavy Weapon Platform can only fire its ranged weapon if a Guardian from its unit is within 3" and ‘fires’ it instead of shooting any of their own weapons. A single Guardian cannot operate multiple Heavy Weapon Platforms in this way in a single turn.
FACTION KEYWORDS: AELDARI, ASURYANI, WARHOST, <CRAFTWORLD>
KEYWORDS (Guardian): INFANTRY, GUARDIAN, GUARDIAN DEFENDERS
KEYWORDS (Heavy Weapon Platform): INFANTRY, ARTILLERY, GUARDIAN, HEAVY WEAPON PLATFORM

Datasheet-related Stratagems

1CP

CELESTIAL SHIELD

Craftworlds Stratagem

Guardians are sometimes equipped with artefacts known as celestial shields, psychically activated force fields that allow them to weather enemy firepower at a vital moment in a battle.

Use this Stratagem in the enemy Shooting phase when a friendly GUARDIAN unit is chosen as the target for an attack. That unit has a 4+ invulnerable save for the rest of that Shooting phase.
2CP

LIGHTNING-FAST REACTIONS

Craftworlds Stratagem

The Aeldari can process thoughts and emotions with baffling speed, making their physical reactions so fast that it seems they are able to dodge out of the way attacks and blows that would have hit any other target.

Use this Stratagem when a friendly ASURYANI INFANTRY unit, or a friendly ASURYANI UNIT WITH THE FLY keyword, is targeted by a ranged or melee weapon. Subtract 1 from all hit rolls made against that unit for the rest of the phase.
1CP/3CP

WEBWAY STRIKE

Craftworlds Stratagem

The warhosts of the Asuryani use the ancient labyrinth of webway portals to strike from nowhere.

Use this Stratagem during deployment if you have not used the Cloudstrike Stratagem this battle. If you spend 1 CP, you can set up one ASURYANI INFANTRY or one ASURYANI BIKER unit from your army in the webway instead of placing it on the battlefield. If you spend 3 CPs, you can set up two such units in the webway instead. A unit in the webway can emerge at the end of any of your Movement phases – set it up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" from any enemy units. This Stratagem can only be used once per battle.
1CP

FIRE AND FADE

Craftworlds Stratagem

The Aeldari are masters at using hit and run tactics, engaging a target with a flurry of shots before quickly manoeuvring into cover or out of sight.

You can use this Stratagem after an Asuryani unit from your army (excluding AIRCRAFT) shoots in your Shooting phase. If you do so, the unit can immediately move 7" as if it were the Movement phase (it cannot Advance as part of this move). However, it cannot charge in the same turn that it does so.
1CP

DISCIPLINE OF THE BLACK GUARDIANS

Ulthwé Stratagem

The Black Guardians of Ulthwé are professional soldiers that have a discipline and skill exceeding that of their kin in other craftworlds.

Use this Stratagem at the start of the Shooting or Fight phase. Pick an ULTHWÉ GUARDIAN unit from your army. Add 1 to all hit rolls made for that unit until the end of the phase.

Optional Wargear

Many of the units you will find on this page reference one or more of the following wargear lists (e.g. Heavy Weapons). When this is the case, the unit may take any item from the appropriate list below.

HEAVY WEAPONS

 • Aeldari missile launcher

 • Bright lance

 • Scatter laser

 • Shuriken cannon

 • Starcannon


Ranged Weapons

WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
+20
Aeldari missile launcher
When attacking with this weapon, choose one of the profiles below.
+20
Aeldari missile launcher
When attacking with this weapon, choose one of the profiles below.
 - Sunburst missile
 - Sunburst missile
48"
Heavy D6
4
-1
1
Blast
Blast
 - Starshot missile
 - Starshot missile
48"
Heavy 1
8
-2
D6
-
+20
Bright lance
+20
Bright lance
36"
Heavy 1
8
-4
D6
-
+10
Scatter laser
+10
Scatter laser
36"
Heavy 4
6
0
1
-
+10
Shuriken cannon
+10
Shuriken cannon
24"
Assault 3
6
0
1
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
Each time you make a wound roll of 6+ for this weapon, that hit is resolved with an AP of -3 instead of 0.
+15
Starcannon
+15
Starcannon
36"
Heavy 2
6
-3
D3
-
HEAVY
Heavy weapons are amongst the biggest guns on the battlefield, but they require bracing to fire at full effect and are unwieldy to bring to bear at close quarters.
When an INFANTRY model shoots a Heavy weapon, subtract 1 from the hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks if the firing model’s unit has moved for any reason this turn (e.g. it made a Normal Move this turn).

  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if firing model is INFANTRY and its unit has moved this turn.
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.
ASSAULT
Assault weapons fire so rapidly or indiscriminately that they can be shot from the hip as warriors dash forwards into combat.
If a unit includes any models equipped with Assault weapons, that unit is still eligible to shoot with in your Shooting phase even if it has Advanced this turn, but you can only resolve attacks using those Assault weapons when you select that unit to shoot with. If a model shoots an Assault weapon in the same turn in which its unit has Advanced, subtract 1 from hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks.

  • Can be shot even if firing model’s unit Advanced.
  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if the firing model’s unit Advanced.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Scatter laser used in the following datasheets:


– may take Scatter laser as an option.

Shuriken cannon used in the following datasheets:


– may take Shuriken cannon as an option.

Starcannon used in the following datasheets:


– may take Starcannon as an option.
Ancient Doom

The Aeldari loathe and fear She Who Thirsts above all else, for in Slaanesh they see their doom made manifest.

You can re-roll failed hit rolls in the Fight phase for this unit in a turn in which it charges or is charged by a SLAANESH unit. However, you must add 1 to Morale tests for this unit if it is within 3" of any SLAANESH units.
Battle Focus

When the Asuryani don their war masks, they enter a battle trance so focused that they flow across the battlefield like quicksilver, killing their foes without breaking stride.

If this unit moves or Advances in its Movement phase, weapons (excluding Heavy weapons) are used as if the unit had remained stationary.
1CP

CLOUDSTRIKE

Craftworlds Stratagem

The Asuryani often deploy Falcons and Wave Serpents in the lower atmosphere rather than on the ground. At a signal, they strike before the enemy have a chance to react.

Use this Stratagem during deployment if you have not used the Webway Strike Stratagem this battle. You can set up an ASURYANI VEHICLE unit from your army that can FLY in the clouds instead of placing it on the battlefield. It can descend at the end of any of your Movement phases – set it up anywhere on the battlefield more than 9" from any enemy units. If you use this Stratagem on a transport, all units embarked inside it remain so when it is set up in the clouds.

Bright lance used in the following datasheets:

Heavy Support
Lynx
+10
Lords of War

– may take Bright lance as an option.

This datasheet has Troops Battlefield Role. Full list of Craftworlds units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Aeldari missile launcher used in the following datasheets:

Lords of War

– may take Aeldari missile launcher as an option.

Shuriken catapult used in the following datasheets:

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.

The GUARDIAN keyword is used in the following Craftworlds datasheets:

Heavy Support

The ULTHWÉ and GUARDIAN keywords are used in the following Craftworlds datasheets:

Heavy Support
Heavy Weapons
 • Aeldari missile launcher
+20
 • Bright lance
+20
 • Scatter laser
+10
 • Shuriken cannon
+10
 • Starcannon
+15

The ARTILLERY keyword is used in the following Craftworlds datasheets:

Heavy Support
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