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How to Play Leagues of Votann in Warhammer 40K

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Mar 21 2024
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Today let’s take a look at some basics of how to play and get started with Warhammer 40k 10th Edition Leagues of Votann.

The Leagues of Votann are a sophisticated abhuman empire based around the Galactic Core. Tough and squat, we all know they are the Space Dwarves of old. On the tabletop, Leagues of Votann are slow, resilient, and wield overwhelming firepower.

So below we offer some tips on how to play Leagues of Votann and get started with the army.

Who Are The Leagues of Votann?

The Leagues of Votann are a prominent Squat civilization based around the Galactic Core. For thousands of years, they have exploited the riches of the core and overcome the dangers of the perilous region. Over these many millennia they have battled many of the galaxy’s races, while just as frequently trading or acting as mercenaries.

The Votann are a rugged survivalist culture, having derived their society from the dangerous merchant-fleets of the Dark Age of Technology. They find strength and unity in the endless quest to acquire the resources they need to endure. While many judge them as selfish hoarders, they see these actions as necessary to ensure the survival of their race. Few other races can match the cloned Kin of the Leagues of Votann in the resilience of mind, body, and spirit.

Why Play Leagues of Votann

The Leagues are a great reimagining of the absolutely nostalgia-inducing Squat range. Trikes, Exo-suits, and Land Trains are all here. On the table, the Leagues act in a somewhat similar fashion to Tau, with their strategy pinned on overwhelming firepower. If you like dwarves and blasting your opponent off the table, the Leagues of Votann may just be for you!


Strengths of the Army

  • Firepower superiority.
  • Amazing ranged weapon profiles and synergies.

Weakness of the Army

  • Speed. Nothing in this army is too spry.
  • Somewhat low model count due to high points cost.

Leagues of Votann Army Rule

  • Eye of the Ancestors– Gain Judgement tokens and bonus’ against enemy units that destroy your units.

Leagues of Votann Detachment Rules- Oathband

  • RulesRuthless Efficiency means a key enemy unit will start with max tokens.
  • Enhancements: These are all about manipulating Judgement tokens
  • Stratagems: Many of these impact Judgement tokens, but Void Armour is plain old utility.

Key Votann Units To Know

Warhammer 40K Votann have a brand new unit roster and knowing what units to take can be tricky. Here are some suggestions to get you off on the right track.



This  is a standard “Captain” type- giving lethal hits to the unit he leads with Kindred Hero and a decent combat profile himself. Grim Efficiency is another good source of Judgement tokens.


The Grimnyr offers some plain utility to the unit he leads in the form of the psychic power Fortify.

Brokhyr Iron-master

The Multispectral Visor of the Iron-Master will greatly benefit either Thunderkyn or Hearthkyn.


Einhyr Champion

This character greatly enhances Hearthguard, giving them re-rolls to charge (very important for these short-legged fellows). In addition, he hits like an absolute unit.


Hearthkyn Warriors

The solid Battleline of the Leagues of Votann. Slow, hearty, and shooty- everything a dwarf should be.

Other Units


Hearthguard are especially in need of a Leader because of how strong the Oathband Bodyguard rule is for them when they have one.

Cthonian Beserks

Feel No Pain and high damage combat weapons make the Beserks purpose-built to get up close and personal.


Space dwarves in big stinkin’ exo-suits with heavy weapons. These somewhat static, heavy troops look absolutely beautiful.

Hernkyn Pioneers

The trikes float now! Hernkyn Pioneers are the most mobile unit in the Leagues, and you’ll rely on them to quickly reach far parts of the board.

Hekaton Land Fortress

The land train in glorious 3D. This moon cruiser is one of the coolest models in the range. In addition, it is a transport and packs serious firepower!


Dedicated Transports


The Sagitaur is a mini-transport that can hold a half squad and a character. This can greatly increase your limited mobility.

Sample Starter Leagues of Votann Army

Army: Leagues of Votann


Kahl. 1 Model. He is equipped with: Mass Gauntlet, Rampart Crest.


Hearthkyn Warriors. Ten Models. One model is equipped with a Magnarail Rifle.


Hearthkyn Warriors. Ten Models. One model is equipped with a Magnarail Rifle.

Hearthkyn Warriors. Ten Models. One model is equipped with a Magnarail Rifle.


How to Play Leagues of Votann

Slowness, toughness, and punishing firepower define the Votann. The Leagues play best as a counter-defensive juggernaut, pouring out fire, then countercharging with your slow combat troops once the enemy has closed the gap. If your opponent does outgun you decidedly, you may just be in trouble.

For the Ancestors!


Author: Allen Campbell
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