Death Guard – Chaos Spawn
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Chaos Spawn

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
Chaos Spawn (base: 50mm)
Chaos Spawn
7" 4+ - 5 5 4 2D3 9 5+ 50mm
If this unit contains 2 models, it has Power Rating 2. If this unit contains 3 models, it has Power Rating 3. If this unit contains 4 models, it has Power Rating 4. If this unit contains 5 models, it has Power Rating 5. Every model is equipped with: hideous mutations.
Hideous mutations
Hideous mutations
Contagions of Nurgle
Fearsome (Aura): While an enemy unit is within 6" of this unit, subtract 1 from the Leadership characteristic of models in that enemy unit.
Mutated Beyond Reason: The first time this unit is selected to fight in each Fight phase, roll one D3 and consult the table below:

1Razor Claws: Until the end of the phase, hideous mutations models in this unit are equipped with have an Armour Penetration characteristic of -4. 
2Grasping Pseudopods: Until the end of the phase, models in this unit have an Attacks characteristic of 3D3. 
3Toxic Haemorrhage: Until the end of the phase, each time a model in this unit makes an attack, you can re-roll the wound roll

Datasheet-related Stratagems

Death Guard – Requisition Stratagem

The Chaos Spawn created thanks to Nurgle’s ‘blessings’ are hideously tough.

Use this Stratagem before the battle, when you are mustering your army. Select one DEATH GUARD CHAOS SPAWN unit from your army:
  • Add 1 to the Toughness characteristic of models in that unit.
  • That unit has the Disgustingly Resilient ability.
If that unit contains 3 or fewer models, this Stratagem costs 1CP; otherwise, it costs 2CP.
Inexorable – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

As the foe press forward they are engulfed in a whirling storm of fleshrust flakes that clog lungs and eyes.

Use this Stratagem in your opponent’s Charge phase, when an INEXORABLE unit from your army is selected as a target of a charge. Until the end of the phase, subtract 2 from charge rolls made for any unit that declares a charge against that INEXORABLE unit (to a minimum of 1).
Mortarion’s Anvil – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Like a sickness flaring back to life, these stolid warriors erupt from their dug-in positions to counter attack.

Use this Stratagem in your opponent’s Charge phase, when an enemy unit finishes a charge move. Select any number of MORTARION’S ANVIL units from your army within 3" of that enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, the selected units are eligible to perform Heroic Interventions as if they were CHARACTERS.
Terminus Est Assault Force – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Assault force troops arrive on the battlefield amid billowing clouds of pestilence, diseased Drop Pod exhaust fumes, the leaking effluence of landing crafts and rot blooms expelled directly from their foetid teleportation chambers.

Use this Stratagem in the Reinforcements step of your Movement phases, when you set up a TERMINUS EST ASSAULT FORCE unit from your army on the battlefield using the Outbreak Assault or Teleport Strike ability. Select one Contagion of Nurgle ability that unit has; until the end of the turn, the Contagion Range of that ability is 12" for that unit. This is not cumulative with any other abilities that increase Contagion Range.
Death Guard – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Utilising far away artillery, the Death Guard pound an area of the battlefield with flesh-starved blight spores that rampantly spread over any unfortunate enough to be nearby.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase, if a DEATH GUARD WARLORD from your army is on the battlefield. Select one point on the battlefield and place a marker on that point. At the start of your next Command phase, roll one D6 for each unit within 6" of the centre of that marker, adding 1 if the unit being rolled for is an INFANTRY unit and subtracting 1 if the unit being rolled for is a CHARACTER: on a 2-6, that unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 7+, that unit suffers D6 mortal wounds. The marker is then removed. If your WARLORD has the LORD OF VIRULENCE keyword, this Stratagem costs 2CP; otherwise it costs 3CP. You can only use this Stratagem once.
Death Guard – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

On occasion a contagion of Nurgle will flare up brilliantly in an all-consuming wave of infection.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one unit with the Contagions of Nurgle ability from your army:
  • If there are any other units from your army on the battlefield that have any Contagion abilities that the selected unit does not have, then until the start of your next Command phase, the selected unit has all of the same Contagion abilities (this is in addition to the ones it already has).
  • Until the start of your next Command phase, units from your army count the battle round number as one higher than the current battle round number for the purpose of determining the Contagion range of any Contagion abilities they have.

This datasheet has Fast Attack Battlefield Role. Full list of Death Guard units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

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:

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.
Disgustingly Resilient

Those favoured by Nurgle are inured to pain, their rotting bodies shrugging off all but the most traumatic damage with ease.

Each time an attack is allocated to a model in this unit, subtract 1 from the Damage characteristic of that attack (to a minimum of 1).
Contagions of Nurgle

The Death Guard are carriers of countless infections and contagions, each a gift from Nurgle. Whenever they march to war, these diseases spread, contaminating all around, sapping the strength of its victims, draining them of energy, withering their muscles and overwhelming their immune system. Such is its malefic nature, they can even undo metallic bonds, alien psychic materials and all manner of other elements and components, rendering even armoured vehicles vulnerable.

If every unit from your army has the DEATH GUARD keyword (excluding UNALIGNED units), this unit gains the following ability:

Nurgle’s Gift (Contagion): While an enemy unit is within Contagion Range of this unit (see below), subtract 1 from the Toughness characteristic of models in that enemy unit.

Contagion Abilities
Contagion abilities affect enemy models or units within Contagion Range - this changes with the battle round number, increasing as the battle progresses, as shown in the table below. The effects of multiple, identically named Contagion abilities is not cumulative (i.e. if an enemy unit is within range of two models with the same Contagion ability, that Contagion ability only applies to the enemy unit once). Note, that while similar in many regards to Aura abilities, Contagion abilities are not affected by abilities that affect Aura abilities, and vice-versa.

Mortal Wounds
Some attacks inflict mortal wounds – these are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury. Each mortal wound inflicts 1 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 saves) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other attack and inflict damage to a model in the target unit. Unlike damage inflicted by normal attacks, excess damage from mortal wounds is not lost. 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 an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, resolve the normal damage first. If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, but the normal damage is subsequently saved, the target unit still suffers the mortal wounds, as described before. If an ability modifies the damage inflicted by a weapon, and that weapon can inflict mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, the modifier does not apply to any mortal wounds that are inflicted (unless the rule specifically states otherwise).

  • Each mortal wound inflicted on a unit causes one model in the unit to lose one wound.
  • No saving throws can be made against mortal wounds.
  • Mortal wounds inflicted by attacks in addition to normal damage always apply, even if normal damage saved.
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 are within Engagement Range of each other. While two enemy models are within Engagement Range of each other, those models’ units are also within Engagement Range of each other. Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.

  • Engagement Range: 1" horizontally + 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.
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:

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.
Charging with a Unit
Once you have chosen an eligible unit to declare a charge with, you must select one or more enemy units within 12" of it as the targets of its charge. The target(s) of this charge do not need to be visible to the charging unit. You then make a charge roll for your unit by rolling 2D6. This is the maximum number of inches each model in the charging unit can now be moved if they can make the charge move. To make a charge move, the unit’s charge roll must be sufficient that it is able to end that move in unit coherency and within Engagement Range of every unit that was a target of its charge, without moving within Engagement Range of any enemy units that were not a target of its charge. If this is possible, then the charge is successful and the models in the unit make a charge move so as to fulfil the above conditions. If this is impossible, the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase.

  • Declare targets of the charge (must be within 12").
  • Charge roll = 2D6".
  • If insufficient to move charging unit into Engagement Range of all targets, charge fails.
  • If charge successful, models make their charge move.
  • Cannot make a charge move within Engagement Range of any unit that was not the target of the charge.
Performing a Heroic Intervention
When a unit performs a Heroic Intervention, you can move each model in that unit up to 3" – this is a Heroic Intervention move. Each model in the unit must finish its Heroic Intervention move closer to the closest enemy model. Remember that a unit must finish any type of move in unit coherency.

  • Heroic Intervention: Move up to 3".
  • Must end closer to the closest enemy model.
Some models have the CHARACTER keyword. These models can make Heroic Interventions in Charge Phase and are not easy targets in the Shooting Phase (see Look out, Sir, rule). If your Warlord has the CHARACTER keyword he may be able to have a Warlord Trait (see Warlord Trait section on model’s faction page).

Note that CHARACTERS cannot use their Aura Abilities while performing actions.

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The Warlord
While mustering your army, you can nominate one model (except a model with the FORTIFICATION keyword) to be your Warlord. That model gains the WARLORD keyword. If this model is a CHARACTER, you can also assign a Warlord Trait to it. Note, that more than one model in your army can have a Warlord Trait (e.g. by using Stratagems), but they are only considered your Warlord for the purpose of that trait.

The LORD OF VIRULENCE keyword is used in the following Death Guard datasheets:

Teleport Strike

Death Guard warships contain rusted, baroque chambers fitted with ancient technologies that can teleport the sons of Mortarion into the very heart of battle.

During deployment, if every model in this unit has this ability, then you can set up this unit in a teleportarium chamber instead of setting it up on the battlefield. If you do, then in the Reinforcements step of one of your Movement phases you can set up this unit anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" away from any enemy models.

Hideous mutations used in the following datasheets:

Fast Attack

The BEAST keyword is used in the following Death Guard datasheets:

Fast Attack

The DEATH GUARD and CHAOS SPAWN keywords are used in the following Death Guard datasheets:

Fast Attack
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