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December 21, 2009

40K PLAYTEST: Movie Marines in 5E!

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I spent a large portion of the weekend organizing my giant collection of Warhammer-related "stuff", including an impressive run of White Dwarf magazines. My original goal was to track down some interesting source material for my Rogue Trader campaign, but I came across a giant pile of classic articles just begging for an update to 5th Edition.

I'm going to start off with something FUN for my BoLS Holiday Week article, so without further delay I bring you (booming movie preview guy voice) Movie Marines in 5E!

In January of 2005, White Dwarf published a spectacular 300th issue that included an over-the-top army list called "Space Marines in the Movies". These unofficial rules were designed to represent our favorite Space Marines as action movie heroes. It was a tongue-in-cheek article, but I don't think it would take a lot of work to make this a playable army list (Note: I'm revising my "not a lot of work" comment, lol -- Mkerr from 24 hours in the future).

The army list represents a single Tactical Marine squad fighting off a much larger foe. The army list is designed for 1,500 point games, but you can build armies up to around 1,900 points. If you try the army list at fewer or more thank 1,500 points, let me know how it worked.


**HQ**


1 SPACE MARINE SERGEANT..........................................200 Points
"The movie army is led by a tough, grizzled Veteran Sergeant, leading in a resolute and uncompromising fashion. He is also a lethal man in a fight and more than eager to give Johnny Xenos a sound thrashing."


   WS
 BS
 S
  T
  W
  I
  A
  Ld
  Sv
 Sergeant
      8
   7
  6
  6
   3
  6
   4
  10
   3+

Composition:        
Wargear:
Special Rules:
* 1 Unique
* Bolt pistol
* Force of One


* Chainsword         
* Listen Up, Maggots
Unit Type:
* Bolter
* Fleet
* Infantry
* Frag and krak grenades  
* Move Through Cover
* Auto-senses
* Combat Tactics
* Power armor  
* Stubborn

Options:
The Sergeant may replace chainsword with a power fist for +50 points.
The Sergeant may replace bolt pistol with a plasma pistol for +50 points.

SPECIAL RULES
Listen Up, Maggots: The Sergeant often finds himself as the last surviving leader in the chain of command. He maintains discipline with constant vigilance and a sharp tongue. All Space Marines with line of sight to the Sergeant may re-roll failed Morale check and Pinning tests.

Note: All Movie Marine armies are led by a single Sergeant. That's what the "1" in the "1 Space Marine Sergeant" means.



**ELITE**



0-1 SPACE MARINE VETERAN (THE "DUDE") ........................................150 Points
"The Dude gets the especially cool lines and designer purity seals. If there was ever a female lead in a Space Marine movie, then the Dude would be the one who rescues her all the time. The actor playing the Dude is the reason your girlfriend might go with you, without you having to waste a good painting day shopping for shoes with her in compensation."


   WS
 BS
 S
  T
  W
  I
  A
  Ld
  Sv
 Dude
      7
   6
  6
  6
   2
  6
   4
    9
   3+

Composition:        
Wargear:
Special Rules:
* 1 Unique
* Bolter
* Force of One


* Frag and krak grenades         
* Second in Command
Unit Type:
* Auto-senses
* Fleet
* Infantry
* Power armor  
* Move Through Cover

* Combat Tactics

* Stubborn

Options:
The Veteran may be equipped with Special Issue Ammunition for +50 points.

SPECIAL RULES
Second in Command: The Veteran is the nominal leader of "Demi-squad 2" but will overcome his moody selfishness to lead the squad if the Sergeant falls in battle. If the Sergeant has been removed as a casualty, all Space Marines within 12" of the Veteran may re-roll failed Morale check and Pinning tests.

Special Issue Ammunition: If equipped with Special Issue Ammunition, any wounds caused by the Veteran's bolter ignore both cover and Invulnerable saves.


**TROOPS**



Note: I've deviated a bit from the article here. Instead of 0-6 Space Marines, I've divided the Troops section into two "demi-squads", which I think better fits the background of Space Marines. A Movie Marine army list must include one of each of the below demi-squads.

1 SPACE MARINE DEMI-SQUAD 1....................................100 Points per Space Marine

"This listing represents typical Space Marines -- if you call 7' tall, genetically engineered, psychologically conditioned killing machines typical. They digest poison, spit acid, and can survive in a vaccuum. Would you want to tangle with them?"


   WS
 BS
 S
  T
  W
  I
  A
  Ld
  Sv
 Space Marine
       5
    5
  6
  6
   2
  5
   3
  9
  3+

Composition:        
Wargear:
Special Rules:
* 1-4 Marines
* Bolter
* Force of One


* Frag and krak grenades         
* Do You Want Some of This?
Unit Type:
* Auto-senses
* Fleet
* Infantry
* Power armor  
* Move Through Cover

* Combat Tactics

* Stubborn

Options:
One Space Marine (in demi-squad 1) may replace his bolter with:
-  a flamer for +70 points
-  a meltagun for +80 points
-  a plasma gun for +100 points

1 SPACE MARINE DEMI-SQUAD 2....................................100 Points per Space Marine

Demi-squad 2 is usually equipped with a heavy weapon and deals with hard targets, while Demi-squad 1 contains the command and assault elements of the unit.


   WS
 BS
 S
  T
  W
  I
  A
  Ld
  Sv
 Space Marine
       5
    5
  6
  6
  2
  5
   3
  9
  3+

Composition:        
Wargear:
Special Rules:
* 1-4 Marines
* Bolter
* Force of One


* Frag and krak grenades         
* Do You Want Some of This?
Unit Type:
* Auto-senses
* Fleet
* Infantry
* Power armor  
* Move Through Cover


* Combat Tactics


* Stubborn

Options:
One Space Marine (in demi-squad 2) may replace his bolter with:
-  a heavy bolter for +100 points
-  a missile launcher for +120 points
-  a lascannon for +150 points


** HEAVY SUPPORT**

Note: A Movie Marine army may only take a single heavy support choice.

0-1 RHINO..........................................130 Points


  




FA
  SA
  RA
  BS
 Rhino
      
   
 
 
 
  13
   12
   11
    5

Composition:        
Wargear:
Special Rules:

* 1 Rhino
* Storm bolter
* Repair


* Smoke launchers         

Unit Type:
* Searchlight
Transport Capacity:
* Vehicle (Tank)
* Assault vehicle
Ten Models

Options:
A Space Marine Rhino may purchase extra armor for +50 points.


Special Rules:
Repair:
Instead of shooting its storm bolter, a Rhino may automatically repair an Immobilized result.


0-1 RAZORBACK..........................................200 Points


  




FA
  SA
  RA
  BS
 Rhino
      
   
 
 
 
  13
   12
   11
    5

Composition:        
Wargear:

* 1 Rhino
* Twin linked heavy bolters



* Smoke launchers         

Unit Type:
* Searchlight
Transport Capacity:
* Vehicle (Tank)
* Assault vehicle
Six Models

Options:
A Space Marine Razorback may replace its twin-linked heavy bolter with a twin-linked lascannon for +100 points.
A Space Marine Rhino may purchase extra armor for + 50 points.




SPECIAL RULES



Force of One: Space Marines generally work in squads, but individual models may move out of unit coherency and may operate independently. The concept of unit is fluid to the battle-hardened Space Marine. As long as a Space Marine is within 4" of another Space Marine they are considered to be part of the same unit. Additionally, multiple Space Marine units can ride in the same transport, embarking and disembarking independently.

Note: Use the Force Organization chart to determine kill points for Annihilation missions. Each unit counts as two kill points and the entire unit must be removed to gain the points. For example, a Movie Marine army with a Sergeant, a Veteran, two Demi-squads and a Rhino count as 10 kill points.


Do You Want Some of This?: If a Space Marine is removed because of the No Retreat rule, then he will go crazy ape bonkers as he gets dragged down. He can fire either a bolter or bolt pistol at his enemies (make the attacks normally) or pull the pin on a Frag grenade (center the blast over the model) and take his foes with him.


SPACE MARINE ARMORY 
Auto-senses: Space Marines count as being equipped with an auspex and may re-roll the dice when determining sighting distance for Night Fight.

Power Armor: Models in power armor may re-roll unsuccessful armor saves. Additionally, models in power armor gain a 4+ Invulnerable save.

Chainsword: A Chainsword is a power weapon that allows the wielder to re-roll any failed roll to wound. Additionally, all close combat attacks gain the Rending quality.



Power Fist: A Power Fist is a Strength 10 two-handed power weapon that is difficult and cumbersome to use, so attacks with a Power Fist are always delivered at Initiative 4. Additionally, a Power Fist rolls +3D6 (rather than +D6) for armor penetration.


Frag Grenades: Models armed with Frag grenades count as being equipped with assault and defensive grenades. Frag grenades can be used as a ranged weapon with the below profile. When used as a ranged weapon, Frag grenades ignore cover saves.

Krak Grenades: In addition to being used against a vehicle as normal grenades, Krak grenades can be used as a ranged weapon with the below profile. Krak grenades roll +2D6 (rather than +D6) for armor penetration.


Range
Strength
AP
Type
Bolt Pistol
24"
6
4
Assault 3, Rending
Bolter
36"
6
4
Assault 4, Rending
Plasma Pistol
24"
9
2
Assault 3, Gets Hot!
Frag Grenades
6"
5
4
Assault 1, Large Blast
Krak Grenades
6"
8
3
Assault 1, Blast
Flamer
24"
X
4
Assault 1, Pinning
Meltagun
24"
10
1
Assault 1, Melta
Plasma Gun
36"
9
2
Assault 4,Gets Hot!
Heavy Bolter
48"
7
3
Heavy 10, Rending
Missile Launcher
60"
*
*
*
Lascannon
60"
10
1
Heavy 1, Lance

Flamer: Select a target. If the target is in range, then every model in the target unit is automatically hit by the flamer (i.e., do not roll to hit and do not use the flamer template). Roll a D6 for each model. The flamer wounds on a 4+. Multi-wound models wounded by the flamer are covered with flaming promethium and must immediately make another save. If this save is passed, then the model puts out the flames. If the save is failed, the model takes another wound and must immediately make another save. This continues until the multi-wound model passes a save or is removed as a casualty.

Meltagun: A Space Marine meltagun within 24" rolls +2D6 (rather than +D6) for armor penetration. A Space Marine meltagun at half range or less rolls +3D6 (rather than +2D6) for armor penetration.

Heavy Bolter: A Space Marine heavy bolter that rolls four or more 1s to hit jams. The shots are resolved normally but do not gain the benefit of the Rending special rule. The heavy bolter acts normally in the next shooting phase. Vehicle mounted heavy bolters never jam.

Missile Launcher: A Space Marine missile launcher may fire either Frag or Krak missiles using the below profile. The firer may use any combination of Frag and Krak missiles when the weapon is fired.


Range
Strength
AP
Type
Frag Missile
60"
5
4
Heavy 3, 7" Blast
Krak Missile
60"
8
3
Heavy 3, Large Blast, Barrage


Lascannon: Draw a 60" line from the Lascannon. Line of sight is not required and terrain is ignored. Roll to hit the closest unit. If the shot misses, the beam goes wild and no more hits are generated. If it hits, then roll to wound normally and move to the next closest unit touched by the line and roll to hit. Continue along the line until the lascannon misses or all units have been hit. Wounds are allocated normally against the unit (e.g., you can't snipe models with a Lascannon shot).

SPACE MARINE VEHICLE UPGRADES

Smoke Launchers: Space Marine smoke launchers follow the normal Warhammer 40,000 rules (BRB, p62) but may be used in every Space Marine Movement phase.

Searchlight: A vehicle equipped with a Space Marine searchlight ignores Night Fight rules.


Assault Vehicle: Disembarking Space Marines may assault.

Extra Armor: A vehicle with Space Marine extra armor ignores Stunned and Shaken results.


Okay, that was a ton of fun! This is a pretty big article (and very easy to playtest) so I expect a ton of feedback you guys getting in some games over the holidays! I'll collect the feedback and update the list on www.chainfist.com in the next few weeks. I'm thinking the list needs a few more characters (e.g., the psycho, the sniper, the newbie, etc.)...

~I'd love your thoughts and feedback! If you actually give the army list a spin over the holiday, please let me know what happened. You can leave comments here or email me at mkerr@chainfist.com.
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