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Horus Heresy: The Legions Rule Changes

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Jul 28 2016
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How did your favorite Legion’s rules fare in Forge World’s latest Horus Heresy update?

The Horus Heresy Age of Darkness Legions Red Book contains rules for 13 Legions, it’s a big resource. Some people already have this book but I want to go over the changes and why you might want to consider buying it. First off, this is in a smaller, codex size, versus the huge campaign books.

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The Horus Heresy Legiones Astartes: Age of Darkness Legions $49.50

 

It’s got the good-looking graphics and the silver leaf foil. I’m not going to do a deep dive in but I’m going to go over the new things. If you don’t have it, this is an auto-buy IMHO.

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30k hobby superstar Garro has compiled this list of new changes to the 13 legions contained in this book.

IF A UNIT IS NOT MENTIONED, THEN IT IS UNCHANGED

Emperor’s Children

  • All models with the LA rule gain +1 initiative on the charge.
  • Sonic Shriekers are now -1WS to enemy models in base contact which aren’t immune to fear. Affects the full length of the combat (not just first round), not just if you charge.
  • Phoenix Terminators are WS5
  • Phoenix Terminator Sergeant now have 3 attacks
  • The Cacophony weapons are heavy2, previously heavy1

Iron Warriors

  • Iron Circle added, elites choice, single unit can be taken as a command squad to Perturabo. said unit gains a minor buff of their choice from a list.
  • Tyrant Seige Terminator squads now heavy support choices
  • Iron Havocs are BS5

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Imperial Fists

  • Phalanx Warder squads ‘shield wall’ rule fixed, now confers +1WS instead of +1I.
  • Dorn’s chainsaw has ‘unwieldy’ replaced with ‘reaping blow’ (see DG section)

Night Lords

  • ‘From the Shadows’ confers 5+ cover save, use to be 6+
  • ‘Talent for Murder’ confers +1 to hit and wound, use to be just to wound
  • Terror Squads gain ‘precision strike’
  • Sevatar has his additional psyker rules from the FAQ added to his profile, also gains precision strike

Iron Hands

  • no changes

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World Eaters

  • ‘Blood Lust’ is now on a 4+ rather than a roll of a 1.
  • ‘Incarnate Violence’ replaced with may re-roll 1’s to wound on the turn they charge

 

Ultramarines

  • no changes

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Death Guard

  • May re-roll dangerous terrain tests, regardless of what the terrain is.
  • Instead of forcing successful rolls to wound with poison and fleshbane, DG get FNP(4+) instead
  • Power scythes lose unwieldy and the ability to replace attack value with number of enemy models in base contact with the following ‘reaping blow’: -1 initiative, if in base contact with more than one model at their initiative step, they gain +1 attack
  • Grave Warden toxin rule replaced with ‘poison(3+)’ on death cloud and grenade launcher
  • Deathshroud can be taken as a HQ or elites choice, plus as a command squad for a Terminator Praetor or Mortarion.
  • Mortarion’s scythe is no longer unwieldy, replaced with ‘reaping blow’.
  • Mortarion’s witch spite only affects malediction powers affecting him or his squad

Sons of Horus

  • Gain ‘Death Dealer’ to their legiones astartes rule, +1BS if shooting at an enemy within 12″ with a pistol, rapid fire or assault weapon, doesn’t effect snap fire, overwatch or fury of the legion shots.
  • Justearins Terminators start off at 255pts for 5 men, may still take upto 7 additional men. They now have 2 wounds
  • Abaddon has precision strike

Word Bearers

  • rules unchanged from Tempest

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Salamanders

  • no changes found

Raven Guard

  • Mor Deythan are 10pts more expensive at base cost (additional men are still same price)
  • All Dark Furies have raven talons by default, no price increase
  • Dark Fury sergeant gains ‘precision strike’
  • Kaedes Nex gains precision shots

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Alpha Legion (or are they?)

  • Saboteur’s sabotage attack now AP3 against things with a toughness value, and AP2 against vehicles
  • Saboteur can no longer take a jump pack
  • Headhunters come with combi-bolters as standard, may upgrade them to combi-weapons for the same cost as terminators can.
  • Headhunters replace ‘preferred enemy’ with ‘precision shots’

Hopefully, if you’re a Heresy player this helped out some with your legion. Now if you play Dark Angels, Blood Angels, White Scars, Wolves or T-Sons you’ll be waiting awhile for a red book compilation. However the first three legions I just mentioned are currently available in Book VI: Retribution

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