40K: Custodes Tips From Games Workshop

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Games Workshop has some tips for using the Adeptus Custodes in your games of Warhammer 40,000!

Burning of Prospero has hit shelves and that means the Guardian Custodians are going to be infiltrating the tabletop soon enough. Not quite sure what to do with them? Well Games Workshop has some tips to get you pointed in the right direction:

via Games Workshop (Warhammer 40000 Facebook)

We know loads of you guys want to include these glorious golden warriors in your armies, but how do you get the best out of them? Here are some of our thoughts, but what do you guys think? Any top tips?

Find the new Custodian Guard in the Burning of Prospero box.

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These tips are solid for newer players and I’m sure vets can agree on the intent. However, I’m also sure there are lot of folks out there that are contemplating ways to use the Custodian Guards in very interesting ways. Here at BoLS we’ve been talking about the Golden Legion formation with 3 units equipped with Guardian Spears riding in Land Raider Crusaders*. They all have invulnerable saves thanks to the formation and they have the ability to assault into cover thanks to the Land Raider Crusaders. Could be fun…

We’re also really excited to get this month’s White Dwarf to get the starter rules to use them in Heresy-Era Games because they seem even BETTER in 30k. So really it’s a toss-up right now as to how we want to play them – but we certainly want to take the from the board game to the table top! They are a mighty unit to use with your Imperial Forces, that’s for sure.

Now my question is if I run them with the Blood Angel’s Sanguinary Guard, are they going to argue over who’s armor is more golden?! I mean the ensuing argument could lead to an epic battle and a whole new era of Gold-on-Gold violence!

Download the Rules for the Guardian Custodians HERE

What do you think? How are you going to run the Guardian Custodians in your army? Are you more excited about the 30k or the 40k versions of this unit?

*We liked Crusaders over regular Land Raiders for the Frag Launchers. Plus they will provide the extra punch vs mass infantry. Guardian Spears fire like Boltguns so we’re assuming that’s Rapid Fire, which means no assaulting after shooting…
  • Hendrik Booraem VI

    I was going to add a 10-man unit of Custodes to a Space Marine CAD that has an allied Knight Crusader. The Custodes would stay in Deep Strike reserve and pop in as close as possible to a mid-sized enemy unit that has 5 or worse saves, then rapid-fire on them. Next turn try to charge a different, more powerful unit.

    The seem to be a cross between Ork Mega-armored nobz and terminators, to me.

    • Runefyre

      Like better Deathwing knights I think.

  • Pirate_Prince_Navarion

    What do you mean “no assaulting after shooting”? From the Guardian Spear rules: “A model equipped with a guardian spear can fire it as a boltgun. It can also attack with it in the Assault phase using the profile below. IT CAN DO BOTH IN THE SAME TURN.”

    • vulk4n

      Because you can’t assault after shooting a weapon with the rapid fire type

      • Martin B

        While that’s true, the way that rule is worded does imply they can fire and then charge. Not disagreeing with you but taken RAW that’s exactly what it says.

        • Ryan Adams

          IT CAN ATTACK, not charge. If u are going with RAW then do it.

        • Drew_Da_Destroya

          Yeah, that literally just means that you can fire Overwatch and still use your spear in the Assault phase.

    • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

      Nothing there overrides the limitation Rapidfire weapons place on assaulting. It does, however, establish that they can use their Guardian Spears as Ranged to Overwatch a charging enemy, then as Melee to stab them.

      • Valourousheart

        Aren’t they relentless, like all terminators?

        • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

          They’re not Terminators, though. They wear Artificer Armour/a variant of such, although it goes unnamed in their 40k rules.

    • Cj Cox

      There’s a reason the 30k ones are assault 2 instead of rapid fire.

      • Martin B

        That’s the bolt caster you’re thinking of. Guardian spears specifically state that they are fired as bolt guns. Rev Tiberius is right, there’s no overide of the restrictions on assault with rapid fire weapons.

  • benn grimm

    I think they’ve confused the term ‘top tips’ with ‘(yet another) advert’. Looking forward to the upcoming tactica on using them in Chaos and Ork armies; ‘just because you happen to play heretics or dirty xenos doesn’t mean we don’t want your money too, equality for all etc etc…’

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I am imagining a TV series where a Bloodthirster of Khorne and Shield-Captain from the Custodes are forced to live in the same apartment, like the odd Couple but with more gore.

      • benn grimm

        Love it.

        ‘Damn you, son of a corpse god, you done gone and ate all my bloody Khorneflakes AGAIN….’

        ‘Pipe down dogface, I’m trying to watch game of thrones!’

        ‘RRRROOOAAAARRRRR!!!!!’

      • wibbling

        It’d be a short show. Double the weapon skill, 6 attacks, 7 for two weapons, monstrous creature.

        It’s a short fight!

        • Cj Cox

          Thirsters aren’t dual wielding. Also JUST double weapon skill doesn’t do anything.

  • JoeyTabulaRasa3timesexoffender

    I’m going to use them in place of Vanguard Vets in 40k. As for 30k. Uh, as a substitute for unique units in my Dark Angels and Solar Auxilla armies, maybe. In 30k, their not very good replacement for Elite anything. Due to lacking Volkite spam that Terminators provid. They have very little advantages over Contemptor Dreadnoughts, the Mortis more so , and they can’t Rad spam like Destroyers and Tech Marines can.

  • JoeyTabulaRasa3timesexoffender

    Username is to mock professional idiot David Brooks. No offense intended.

    I’m going to use them in place of Vanguard Vets in 40k. As for 30k.
    Uh, as a substitute for unique units in my Dark Angels and Solar Auxilla
    armies, maybe. In 30k, their not very good replacement for Elite
    anything. Due to lacking Volkite spam that Terminators and Contemptors provide. They also have very little advantages over Unique Legion units, Dreadnoughts, & the Contemptor Mortis more so, and they can’t do Rad spam like Destroyers or Tech Marines can.
    Their Terminators better have Volkite Weapons, seriously. It would be sad if they can’t match Astartes in that department. In fact, their book 7 rules should allow their Troops to take Volkite Chargers. As in the Fluff it states they maintain their own weapons.

    • ClarenceThomas

      “Due to lacking Volkite spam that Terminators and Contemptors provide they won’t see much use.”

      Who are you even playing against that those are selling points of either unit???

      Volkite is nowhere near as good as combis or kheres for terminators and contemptors respectively

      • JoeyTabulaRasa3timesexoffender

        To punish low skill Assault armies. The only Legion Astartes I play are Raven Guard, Iron Warriors and Dark Angels. So they need all the firepower they can get.

        My Terminators can’t get Assault Cannons and Rapid Fire prevents Assaults. I rather have Assault 2(Plasma and Volkite, left out the Plasma Blaster). As rapid fire so my Termis can do what their good at, spaming Volkite and Plasma shots from a Spartan. Plus Deflagration helps. So I can get over 25 hits per shooting phase. A one use one trick pony isn’t going to do me much good. Plus all but
        one of my LA armies don’t have good Terminators like everyone else. Also Rapid Fire is worthless after the Combi-weapon runs out.

        I only mount Autocannons on Mortis Contemptors, if at all. As 24″ is too dangerous for Dreadnought without a Heavy Flamer.

        Not going to bother with other LA because it will eat in my Solar Auxilla and AdMech budget, so I don’t need low skill non shooty armies anyways.

        • ClarenceThomas

          “To punish low skill Assault armies. The only Legion Astartes I play are Raven Guard, Iron Warriors and Dark Angels. So they need all the firepower they can get. I just choose my favorite factions instead of relaying on low skill solutions like more Astartes allies. Because who needs Astartes when you have Ad Mech and Solar Auxilla.
          The only problem is the lack of Legion Exclusive Terminators for RG and DA. Which can only be fixed by going Shattered Legions.”

          I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. In 30k there isnt any low skill assault armies. Or how you collecting 3 armies means you need more shooting.

          “My Terminators can’t get Assault Cannons and Rapid Fire isn’t that great. I rather have Assault 2(Plasma and Volkite, left out the Plasma Blaster). So my Termis can do what their good at, spaming Volkite and Plasma shots from a Spartan. Plus Deflagration helps. So I can get over 25 hits per shooting phase. A one use one trick pony isn’t going to do me much good. Plus all but one of my LA armies don’t have good Terminators like everyone else. Also Rapid Fire is worthless after the Combi-weapon runs out.”

          Even with 10 guys you get max 20 shots, with an average of 14 hits, 9 wounds and 3 deaths against power armour. Thats 17 total hits. Being a whatever anti light infantry platform in a spartan isn’t what terminators are good at. Give them fists and crush things out of a spartan, or put them in a dreadclaw and give them combis and fists.

          If you want to spam volkite, just take tactical support with calivers.

          “I only mount Autocannons on Mortis Contemptors, if at all. As 24″ is too dangerous for Dreadnought without a Heavy Flamer.”

          That makes no sense at all.

          “Not going to bother with other LA because it will eat into my Solar Auxilla and AdMech budget, so I don’t need low skill non shooty armies anyways.”

          This also doesn’t make sense.

          • JoeyTabulaRasa3timesexoffender

            Those three armies need shooting do well. Low skill Assault Armies, basically World Eaters and anyone dumb to go melee on Solar Auxilla are what I would call low skill.

            I never buy Power Fists, too expensive, and a Power Axes and if I have extra points, Chain Fists do the job just as good. Dreadclaws are worthless since you can’t take a full squad, which means no Plasma Blasters. Only a noob charges in before shooting his target.

            It does if you don’t want your Motris to be shot or assaulted to death. Rather have anti flyers than not have it.

            To melee fanbois it only makes no since. Nobody really needs LA allies in 30k when you have Superior Ad Mech and Auxilla allies

  • Kevin Maloney

    Am I the only one who feels weird about fielding the Custodes outside of 30K? I mean the only post 30k fluff of them involves the War of the Beast and the Age of Apostasy, both times when Terra itself was threatened.

    • The Rout

      I get the same feeling a little bit, they never really leave terra but they are too awesome to not take!

      The same logic could be applied to the Tau though really, they are in such a localised bit of the galaxy because of their lack of warp drives. When i have to fight them i struggle to find a narrative explanation because seriously, where the hell is that battle even taking place?

  • Cj Cox

    I’m going to run 5 with Lord Moloc. He gives his unit grenades and he’s even tankier than they are. Together the unit will take an absurd amount of firepower to remove.

  • Mitchell

    Can’t wait to run these guys with my riptide wing and unit of storm surges

  • Painjunky

    My god. These miniatures get more f’n ugly with time!