T’au Empire – Hammerhead Gunship
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Hammerhead Gunship

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W! A Ld Sv Base
145
Hammerhead Gunship (base: 60mm flying base)
1
145
Hammerhead Gunship
12" 6+ 4+ 6 7 8-14 3 8 3+ 60mm flying base
8" 6+ 5+ 6 7 4-7 D3 8 3+
4" 6+ 6+ 6 7 1-3 1 8 3+
Gun Drone (base: 32mm flying base)
2Gun Drone 10" 5+ 5+ 3 4 1 1 6 4+ 32mm flying base
A Hammerhead Gunship is equipped with: railgun. This unit is equipped with 2 Gun Drones. A Gun Drone is equipped with: 2 pulse carbines.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Hammerhead
+5
Accelerator burst cannon
+5
Accelerator burst cannon
18"
Assault 8
6
-1
1
-
+10
Ion cannon
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
+10
Ion cannon
Before selecting targets, select one of the profiles below to make attacks with.
 - Standard
 - Standard
60"
Heavy 3D3
7
-2
2
-
 - Overcharge
 - Overcharge
60"
Heavy 3D3
8
-2
3
Blast. Each time an unmodified hit roll of 1 is made for an attack with this weapon profile, the bearer’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound after shooting with this weapon.
Blast. Each time an unmodified hit roll of 1 is made for an attack with this weapon profile, the bearer’s unit suffers 1 mortal wound after shooting with this weapon.
Railgun
Railgun
72"
Heavy 1
14
-6
D3+6
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, invulnerable saving throws cannot be made against that attack. Each time a successful wound roll is made for an attack with this weapon, the target suffers 3 mortal wounds in addition to any other damage.
Each time an attack is made with this weapon, invulnerable saving throws cannot be made against that attack. Each time a successful wound roll is made for an attack with this weapon, the target suffers 3 mortal wounds in addition to any other damage.
+5
Seeker missile
+5
Seeker missile
72"
Heavy 1
9
-3
2D3
The bearer can only shoot with each seeker missile it is equipped with once per battle.
The bearer can only shoot with each seeker missile it is equipped with once per battle.
+5
Smart missile system
+5
Smart missile system
30"
Heavy 4
5
-1
1
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Gun Drones
Pulse carbine
Pulse carbine
24"
Assault 2
5
0
1
-
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • The Hammerhead Gunship’s railgun can be replaced with 1 ion cannon.
 • The Hammerhead Gunship can be equipped with up to 2 seeker missiles.
 • Instead of this unit being equipped with 2 Gun Drones, the Hammerhead Gunship can be equipped with one of the following: 2 accelerator burst cannons; 2 smart missile systems.
ABILITIES (Hammerhead)
ABILITIES (Hammerhead)
Drone Dock: If this unit contains any DRONE models, those DRONE models begin the battle docked with this unit’s HAMMERHEAD model.
Targeting Array: Each time this unit’s HAMMERHEAD model is selected to shoot, you can re-roll one hit roll when resolving its attacks.
Hover Tank: Distances are measured to and from the hull or the base of this unit’s VEHICLE model; whichever is closest.
Explodes: When this unit’s HAMMERHEAD model is destroyed, roll one D6 before removing it from play. On a 6 it explodes, and each unit within 6" suffers D6 mortal wounds.
ABILITIES (Gun Drones)
ABILITIES (Gun Drones)
Manta Strike
Valued Sacrifice: Each time a DRONE model in this unit is destroyed, it is ignored for the purpose of Morale tests if this unit also contains models without the DRONE keyword.
Artificial Helpers: DRONE models are ignored for the purposes of:
  • The Look Out, Sir rule.
  • Determining this unit’s Starting Strength, and whether this unit is below Half-strength.
  • Determining this unit’s Toughness characteristic, if it also contains models without the DRONE keyword.
Limited Parameters: If this unit contains only DRONE models, this unit cannot perform actions (excluding the Fire Markerlights action) and loses the Objective Secured ability if it has it, and cannot gain it through any means.
Docked Drone: If this model is docked with another:
  • Any weapons this model is equipped with are considered to be equipped to the model it is docked with instead.
  • Attacks cannot be allocated to this model and it does not count as a model on the battlefield for any rules purposes.
  • If the model it is docked with is destroyed, this DRONE model is destroyed as well.
Keywords:
  • Drone models do not gain the keywords of any units that contain them (excluding Tactical Drones).
  • For the purposes of interacting with terrain features, DRONE models count as having the INFANTRY keyword.
Threat Identification Protocol: Each time this model makes a ranged attack, it can only target the nearest eligible unit.
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE,
KEYWORDS (Hammerhead): VEHICLE, FLY, HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD GUNSHIP
KEYWORDS (Gun Drones): DRONE, FLY, GUN DRONES

Datasheet-related Stratagems

EXPERIMENTAL WEAPONRY2CP
Bork’an – Epic Deed Stratagem

Bork’an scientists have distributed the latest prototype weapons amongst their sept’s Fire Caste contingents, optimised to increase range and accuracy.

Use this Stratagem in your shooting phase, when a BORK’AN unit from your army is selected to shoot. Select one model in that unit and one weapon that model is equipped with. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes an attack with that weapon, invulnerable saving throws cannot be taken against that attack.
SAVIOUR PROTOCOLS1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

Drones will dive into the path of incoming fire without a second thought if it means protecting T’au lives.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a saving throw is failed for a model in a unit from your army. Select one friendly DRONE model within 3" of that unit, or within 6" of that unit if it contains a model equipped with a drone controller. That DRONE model is destroyed and the Damage characteristic of that attack is changed to 0.
BACKUP AI1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

Many T’au war engines and martial technologies incorporate backup Al that can lend support to pilots in extremis.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one T’AU EMPIRE model in your army Until the start of your next Command phase, that model is considered to have its full wounds remaining for the purposes of determining what characteristics on its profile to use.
ORBITAL UPLINK1CP
Sa’cea – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Sa’cean cadres maintain close contact with Air Caste spotters in low orbit whose intelligence scans augment the accuracy of the Fire Caste.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase. Select one enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in a SA’CEA unit from your army makes a ranged attack against that enemy unit, the target does not receive the benefits of cover against that attack.
COORDINATED ENGAGEMENT1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

T’au combined arms groups are called Hunter Cadres for good reason. Working in close coordination, they hunt and destroy the most dangerous enemy targets.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, before selecting a unit to shoot with. Select one enemy unit and two units from your army that are within 18" of and visible to that enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in one of those units makes an attack:
  • That attack can only target that enemy unit (and only if it is an eligible target).
  • Improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
DESIGNATED TASKING1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Drone Al are adaptive enough to be assigned individual missions by their masters.

Use this Stratagem in your Command phase. Select one T’AU EMPIRE unit from your army that is not within Engagement Range of any enemy units and contains both DRONE models and models without the DRONE keyword. Split that unit into two units, one containing all of the DRONE models, and the other containing all of the models without the DRONE keyword.

If any of those DRONE models are docked with another model, set them up within 1" of the model they are docked with before splitting the unit. Those DRONE models are no longer docked with that model.
FREQUENCY LOCK1CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

Seeker missiles are designed to lock onto the remote targeting beacon provided by a markerlight beam and ride the signal all the way to their target, even bypassing and evading intervening terrain in the process.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a T’AU EMPIRE model from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes an attack with a seeker missile, seeker missile rack or destroyer missile:
  • That attack can target units with one or more Markerlight tokens that are not visible to the attacking model.
  • Add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
IONISED SHOCKFIELD2CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

By modulating their weapons’ settings, skilled T’au marksmen can cause an ionised energy pulse to erupt from the point of impact to inflict neurological and wave-field disruption upon the foe.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a model in an enemy unit is destroyed as a result of an attack made with an ion weapon by a model from your army. Until the start of your next Shooting phase, that enemy unit is not affected by the aura abilities of other enemy units.
SUBMUNITIONS1CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

Hammerhead railguns are able to fire short-ranged fragmentation rounds for anti-personnel defence.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a HAMMERHEAD model from your army is selected to shoot. If that model is equipped with a railgun, instead of making attacks with that weapon this phase, select one enemy unit that is not within Engagement Range of any units from your army and is within 36" of and visible to that model. Roll one D6 for each model in that unit, adding 1 to each roll if that unit has 11 or more models: for each 4+, that unit suffers 1 mortal wound (to a maximum of 8 mortal wounds).

Pulse carbine used in the following datasheets:

Dedicated Transport
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.
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.
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.
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.

The MARKERLIGHT keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:


– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.
Manta Strike
During deployment, if every model in this unit has this ability, you can set up this unit in a Manta hold 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.
Morale Tests
To take a Morale test, roll one D6 and add the number of models from the unit that have been destroyed this turn. If the result is equal to or less than the highest Leadership (Ld) characteristic in the unit, the Morale test is passed and nothing else happens. An unmodified roll of 1 also always results in a passed Morale test, irrespective of the total result. In any other case, the Morale test is failed, one model flees that unit, and you must then take Combat Attrition tests for the remaining models in the unit. You decide which model from your unit flees – that model is removed from play and counts as having been destroyed, but it never triggers any rules that are used when a model is destroyed.

  • Morale test = D6 + number of models destroyed this turn.
  • Unmodified roll of 1 always a success (no models flee).
  • If Morale test exceeds unit’s Ld, one model flees and other models must take Combat Attrition tests.
Look out, Sir
Models cannot target a unit that contains any CHARACTER models with a Wounds characteristic of 9 or less with a ranged weapon while that CHARACTER unit is within 3" of any of the following:
  • A friendly unit that contains 1 or more VEHICLE or MONSTER models with a wounds characteristic of 10 or more.
  • A friendly non-CHARACTER unit that contains 1 or more VEHICLE or MONSTER models.
  • A friendly non-CHARACTER unit that contains 3 or more models.
In all cases, if that CHARACTER unit is both visible to the firing model and it is the closest enemy unit to the firing model, it can be targeted normally. When determining if that CHARACTER unit is the closest enemy unit to the firing model, ignore other enemy units that contain any CHARACTER models with a Wounds characteristics of 9 or less.

  • Cannot shoot at an enemy CHARACTER with 9 or less wounds while it is within 3" of a friendly unit that contains 1 MONSTER, 1 VEHICLE or 3+ other models (excluding CHARACTER models with 9 or less wounds) unless it is the closest target.

The AIRCRAFT and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Lords of War

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The VEHICLE and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Fast Attack
Heavy Support
Lords of War

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The DRONE and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Heavy Support

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the DRONE keyword.
– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The T’AU AUXILIARY keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Markerlights
Units in your army can perform the following action:

Fire Markerlights (Action): One or more MARKERLIGHT units from your army can start to perform this action at the start of your Movement phase. AIRCRAFT MARKERLIGHT units can perform this action. The action is completed at the start of your next Shooting phase. If this action is successfully completed, for each model in that unit that is equipped with one or more markerlights, for each markerlight that model is equipped with, select one enemy unit within 36" of that model that would be an eligible target for that model if its unit had been selected to shoot, and roll one D6: on a 3+, that enemy unit gains one Markerlight token.’

While a VEHICLE or DRONE unit is performing the Fire Markerlights action, that unit can move without that action failing. If it does, until the end of the turn, models in that unit without the VEHICLE or DRONE keyword that are equipped with any markerlights are treated as not being equipped with any markerlights for the purpose of the Fire Markerlights action.

Each time a T’AU EMPIRE unit (excluding T’AU AUXILIARY units) is selected to shoot:
  • Each time a model in that unit makes a ranged attack against a unit with one or more Markerlight tokens, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll.
  • After that unit has finished making attacks, for each enemy unit targeted by those attacks, remove one Markerlight token from that enemy unit.
At the end of your Shooting phase, remove all Markerlight tokens from enemy units.
Objective Secured
Some units have an ability called Objective Secured. A player controls an objective marker if they have any models with this ability within range of that objective marker, even if there are more enemy models within range of that objective marker. If an enemy model within range of an objective marker also has this ability (or a similar ability), then the objective marker is controlled by the player who has the most models within range of that objective marker as normal.

  • Objective Secured: Player controls objective marker if any of their models in range have this ability.
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.
Aura Abilities
Some abilities affect models or units in a given range – these are aura abilities. A model with an aura ability is always within range of its effect. The effects of multiple, identically named aura abilities are not cumulative (i.e. if a unit is within range of two models with the same aura ability, that aura ability only applies to the unit once).
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:

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.
Light Cover
When an attack made with a ranged weapon wounds a model that is receiving the benefits of cover from this terrain feature, add 1 to the saving throw made against that attack (invulnerable saving throws are not affected).

  • +1 to saving throws against ranged weapons.
  • Invulnerable saving throws unaffected.
Terrain and Cover
Some pieces of terrain can provide certain bonuses to units in your army. Each bonus and how to acquire it is described in the Terrain Features section of the Core Rules. If a model has acquired such a bonus (to it's Save, Leadership or other characteristics), it is considered as receiving the benefit of cover. There are ways for some models to ignore such bonuses while making an attack, but it should be known what kind of benefit is ignored (see the Rare Rules for clarification).
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.
Indirect Fire Weapons
An Indirect Fire weapon is one that can target units that are not visible to the bearer (e.g. mortars, smart-missile systems, impaler cannons, etc.). If such a weapon targets a unit that is not visible (i.e. no models in a target unit are visible to the firing unit when you selected it as a target), then each time an attack is made with that weapon against that target this phase, worsen the Ballistic Skill characteristic of that attack by 1 and add 1 to any armour saving throws made against that attack.

This datasheet has Heavy Support Battlefield Role. Full list of T’au Empire units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

Ion cannon used in the following datasheets:

Lords of War

Railgun used in the following datasheets:

The HAMMERHEAD keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

The HAMMERHEAD GUNSHIP keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Accelerator burst cannon used in the following datasheets:

Dedicated Transport
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