Astra Militarum

Astra Militarum Tactical Summary as of 10-26-16

Astra Militarum or the army formerly known as the Imperial Guard has gone through many changes over the years. The Astra Militarum started out as a Judge Dredd style military force, and then quickly moved into representing mirror images of many 19th and 20th century Earth forces. It was at this point Games Workshop decided to focus on a particular look and feel for the Astra Militarum. The most standard looking Astra Militarum force is that of the armies of Cadia. The Cadians are a very generic looking army with many traits still firmly placed in a Cold War ascetic.

Games Workship is stuck with this look as; a hard sci-fi look just doesn’t fit with the 40k universe, trying to find the right fit has been hard to grasp. As things progress though, you can start to see units looking more like Solar Auxila and less like clear 21st century knock offs.

As for competitive play the Astra Militarum are in a deep downturn, the are only held above water by the vast number of Forge units to supplement the army. The Astra Militarum just don’t have the damage output and abilities to cut through Deathstars or any resilient army. Once you reach their lines they just crumble. You are left with many competitive Astra Militarum armies stuck with large blobs protecting Artillery in the backfield. This is good at holding a line, but too defensive to win objective missions and boring to play.

The only fantastic unit the Astra Militarum has is the Wyvern and it is no wonder most Astra Militarum Ally forces use them. The Astra Militarum do take advantage of the Priests which can make any blob unit deadly. The Astra Militarum suffer from expensive units and no good formations that reduce the costs. The Vendetta is still decent and provides the only really reliable way to get units into your opponent’s backfield. Astra Militarum though have slim pickings as the iconic tanks like the Leman Russ can’t hold their own. Unless the game changes dramatically you can expect to see the continued the underused and under appreciated Astra Militarum.

Below you find all the quick reference material you need to build an competitive or fluffy Astra Militarum army.

As of 12-27-2016 Astra Militarum Detachments are…

  • Combined Arms Detachment
  • Allied Detachment
  • Air Superiority Detachment
  • Cadian Battle Group
  • Imperial Navy Section

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Combined Arms Detachment

 

 

 

 

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 2 Troops

Optional: 1 HQ, 4 Troops, 3 Elites, 3 FA, 3 HS, 1 Lord of War, 1 Fortification

Restrictions: All units chosen must have the same Faction (or have no Faction).

Command Benefits:

Ideal Mission Commander: If this Detachment is chosen as your Primary Detachment, you can choose to re-roll the result on the Warlord Trait table.

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Detachment have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the objective marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Source: Warhammer 40k 7th ed. Rule Book

Allied Detachment

 

 

 

 

Compulsory: 1 HQ, 1 Troop

Optional: 1 Troop, 1 Elite, 1 FA, 1 HS

Restrictions: This Detachment cannot be your Primary Detachment. Your Warlord can never be chosen from this Detachment. All units chosen must have the same Faction (or no Faction). All units chosen must have a different Faction to any of the units in your Primary Detachment (or no Faction).

Command Benefits:

Objective Secured: All Troops units from this Detachment have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the objective marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Source: Warhammer 40k 7th ed. Rule Book

Air Superiority Detachment

 

 

 

 

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 Flyer Wing

Optional: 2 Flyer Wings

Restrictions: All Units must have the same Faction.

Command Benefits:

Air Commander: Pick a Wing Leader from this Detachment to be its commander. If the commander is in Reserve, you can re-roll the dice in the Interception sub-phase. If you have Air Superiority and the commander is in Reserve, you can add or subtract 2 from your Reserve Rolls, rather than 1, and your opponent must subtract 2 from their Reserve Rolls.

Combined Formation: You can roll once for all of the Wings in this Detachment to see if they arrive from Reserve. If the roll is successful they all arrive. If it fails none of them do. You can roll individually for each Wing if you prefer.

Objective Secured: All Transports from this Detachment which can Hover have the Objective Secured rule. A unit with this special rule which is Hovering controls objectives even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the Objective Marker, unless the enemy also has this special rule.

Source: Supplement: Death from the Skies

Cadian Battle Group

Force Organization

Command: 1+ Battle Group Command

Core: 0-3 Per Command Emperor’s Shield Infantry Company, Emperor’s Fist Armoured Company.

Auxiliary: 0-3 per Core Emperor’s Shield Infantry Platoon, Infantry Platoon, Super-Heavy Support Element, Emperor’s Blade Assault Company, Emperor’s Spear Aerial Company, Ogryn Auxilla, Emperor’s Wrath Artillery Company, Emperor’s Talon Recon Company, Psykana Division, Militarum Tempestus Platoon

Restrictions: This Detachment must include at least one Command choice. For each Command choice, it may include up to three Core choices. For each Core choice, it may include up to three Auxiliary choices. Only the datasheets listed here can be included in this Detachment. No unique models other than those listed here may be taken as part of this Detachment. The Cadian Battle Group is a Cadian Detachment.

Command Benefits:

High Command: A Company Commander that is part of a Battle Group Command can issue up to three orders each turn, rather than two, and can issue them to units from this Detachment that are within 24? rather than 12?.

Battle Group Vox-net: When an officer from this Detachment issues an order to a unit from this Detachment, roll an additional dice for the Leadership test and discard the highest roll.

Sharpshooters: Models from this Detachment can re-roll To Hit rolls of 1 when firing lasguns or hot-shot lasguns.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

 

Imperial Navy Section

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 Valkyrie unit

Optional: 1 Officer of the Fleet

Restrictions: All units from this Detachment must have the Aeronautica Imperialis Faction

Command Benefits:

Air Superiority:You can re-roll failed Reserve Rolls for the units in this Detachment.

Source: Codex: Imperial Agents

As of 10-25-2016 Astra Militarum Unique Item groups are…

  • Heirlooms of Conquest
  • Heirlooms of Cadia

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Only one of each Heirlooms of Conquest may be taken per army.

The Emperor’s Benediction 5 pts:

Range 12 inches, Str 5, AP 4, Type: Pistol, Percision Shot, Master-crafted

The Laurels of Command 25 pts:

Whenever a friendly unit from Codex: Astra Militarum within 6” of the bearer is required to take a Morale check, the bearer of the Laurels may choose whether they pass or fail. However, if the model with the Laurels is removed as a casualty, all friendly units from Codex: Astra Militarum within 6” must take an immediate Pinning test.

The Tactical Auto-Reliquary of Tyberius 25 pts:

When rolling Leadership tests for orders issued by an officer with the Tactical Auto-Reliquary, any successful Leadership test that results in a double will count as Inspired Tactics. However, if you roll a double 1 while using the Tactical Auto-Reliquary, you still benefit from Inspired Tactics, though the officer has ‘accidentally’ shut the device out of the vox network – it may no longer be used this game.

The Blade of Conquest 25 pts:

Range -, Str +1, AP3, Type: Melee, Master-crafted

The Deathmask of Ollanius 30 pts:

The bearer of the Deathmask of Ollanius gains a 4+ invulnerable save, and has the It Will Not Die and Fear special rules.

Kurov’s Aquila 60 pts:

The officer, and all friendly units from Codex: Astra Militarum within 6?, have the Preferred Enemy special rule. In addition, the bearer may re-roll a single failed Leadership test per turn.

Units in a Cadian Detachment can take Heirlooms of Cadia in addition to any Heirlooms of Conquest. One of each Heirlooms of Cadia can be chose per army.

Celeritas 10 pts:

Range -, Str User, AP -, Type: Melee, Master-crafted, Deadly Riposte = When fighting in a challenge, a model with this weapon has an invulnerable save of +4. Each successful save regardless if the characters dies can immediately make an attack that hits automatically and has the Rending special rule.

Kabe’s Herald 20 pts:

A Tank Commander in your army may be equipped with Kabe’s Herald. When using Tank Orders special rule you can pick any Leman Russ squadrons within 12″, each of those squadrons are affective by the Tank Order as though it was part of the Tank Commander’s unit.

Iron Left 25 pts:

Range -, Str +2, AP 3, Type: Melee

Standard of the Lost 113th 30 pts:

One Veteran in the army that can carry a regimental standard can instead carry the Standard of the Lost 113th. In addition to any regimental standard, at the start of your movement phase you can plant the standard.  The bearer’s unit cannot move, run, or charge for the rest of the game, but it any friendly Cadian units within 18″ are Fearless.

Volkov’s Cane 10 pts:

Company Commander only. The model with the Cane, when issuing an to a unit within 6″, the Leadership test will on fail on a roll of double 6s. Range -, Str User, AP 4, Type: Melee, Concussive

Wrath of Cadia 5 pts:

Range 12″, Str 3, AP -, Type: Pistol, Punitive = This weapon always wounds on 4+. When making armour saves against attacks by this weapon with this special rule, a roll of 3 or less always fails, even if the target has better Save characteristic

As of 10-25-16

The next section features all the various Formations each faction has. Expand each Formation for detailed information for, including (red highlighted) links to shopping lists for each Formation.

The Steel Host Formation

The Steel Host Formation

Requirements: 1 Tank Commander, 3 Leman Russ Squadrons, 1 Hydra

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Elite Tank Crews: The Tank Commander, and all vehicles from this formation within 12? of the Tank Commander, have the Preferred Enemy special rule.

Source: Sanctus Reach: Red Waaagh or WD023

Rampart Detachment Formation

Rampart Detachment Formation

Requirements: 1 Platoon Command Squad, 2 Bullgryn Squads

Restrictions: Bullgryn Squads unit size of 5 or more.

Special Rules: Counter-attack, Fear, Fearless.

Impenetrable Shield Wall: Friendly Infantry models that are partially obscured by models from this formation receive an additional +1 to their cover save.

Source: Sanctus Reach: Red Waaagh

Emperor’s Shield Platoon Formation

Emperor’s Shield Platoon Formation

Requirements: 1 Infantry Platoon, 1-3 units chosen in any combination from the following list: Scout Sentinel Squadron or Armoured Sentinel Squadron

Restrictions: The Infantry Platoon must include at least five Infantry Squads. Units taken as part of the Infantry Platoon may not take Dedicated Transports.

Special Rules:

Forward Recon: Units from this Formation’s Infantry Platoon have the Move Through Cover special rule whilst they are within 9? of a Scout Sentinel or Armoured Sentinel from this Formation.

Marching Drill: The Platoon Commander can issue the ‘Fire and Advance!’ order to one unit from its Infantry Platoon, in addition to any other orders it issues.

‘Fire and Advance!’: The ordered unit must make a shooting attack. The unit counts as being stationary, even if it moved in the preceding Movement phase.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Shield Infantry Company Formation

Emperor’s Shield Infantry Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Company Command Squad, 3 Emperor’s Shield Infantry Platoons Formation

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Punishing Fusillade: The Company Commander can choose to issue the ‘First Rank, Fire! Second Rank, Fire!’ order to any number of units from the Infantry Company at the same time. This counts as issuing a single order. If he does so, make a single Leadership test, using the highest Leadership among the ordered units. If the test is passed, all ordered units must shoot at the same target.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Talon Recon Company Formation

Emperor’s Talon Recon Company Formation

Requirements: 2-4 units chosen in any combination from the following list: Scout Sentinel Squadron or Armoured Sentinel Squadron

Restrictions: Each unit must consist of 3 models.

Special Rules: Outflank

Company Command: One Scout Sentinel or Armoured Sentinel in this Formation must be designated the Command Sentinel. That model gains the Character unit type, and can issue the ‘Take Aim!’, ‘Forwards, for the Emperor!’ or ‘Move! Move! Move!’ order to a unit in its Formation as though it were an officer. Units from this Formation count as having a Leadership characteristic of 8 for the purposes of the test to see if the order has been understood.

Dedicated Hunters: At the start of your first turn, pick a unit in the enemy army. All models in this Recon Company have the Preferred Enemy special rule against that unit for the remainder of the game.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

The Emperor’s Blade Assault Company Formation

The Emperor’s Blade Assault Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Company Command Squad, 3 units of Veterans, 1-3 Hellhound Squadrons

Restrictions: The Company Command Squad and each of the units of Veterans must either take a Chimera or a Taurox as a Dedicated Transport.

Special Rules:

Clear the Area: Units from an Assault Company have the Preferred Enemy special rule against enemy units within 6? of an Objective Marker.

Objective Secured: Infantry units from an Assault Company have the Objective Secured special rule. A unit with this special rule controls Objective Markers even if an enemy scoring unit is within range of the Objective Marker, unless the enemy unit also has this special rule.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Wrath Artillery Company Formation

Emperor’s Wrath Artillery Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Company Command, Squad 2 units chosen in any combination from the following list: Basilisk Battery, Hydra Battery, Wyvern Battery, 1 unit chosen from the following list: Manticore, Deathstrike, 1-3 Enginseers

Restrictions: The Company Command Squad and each of the units of Veterans must either take a Chimera or a Taurox as a Dedicated Transport.

Special Rules:

Artillery Command: The Company Commander from this Formation can issue the ‘Smite at Will!’, ‘Suppressive Fire!’ and ‘Fire on my Target!’ orders to units of vehicles from this Formation. Units of vehicles from this Formation count as having a Leadership characteristic of 8 for the purposes of seeing whether the order has been understood.

Target Sighted: Once per turn, in your Shooting phase, one friendly model equipped with a vox-caster can call in target coordinates. Choose an enemy unit within 18? and in line of sight of that model. Until the end of the phase, models from this Formation count their weapons as Twin-linked when firing at that enemy unit.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Fist Armoured Company Formation

Emperor’s Fist Armoured Company Formation

Requirements: 1 Tank Commander, 3 Leman Russ Squadrons, 1-3 Enginseer

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Battlefield Doctrines: If a vehicle from this Formation that is within 6? of an Enginseer from this Formation suffers a penetrating hit, your opponent must roll two dice on the Vehicle Damage table and discard the highest.

Formation Leader: Any Leman Russ from this Formation within 12? of the Tank Commander from this Formation has a Ballistic Skill of 4.

Steel Phalanx: If a unit is Tank Shocked or Rammed by more than one vehicle from this Formation in the same turn, subtract 1 from its Leadership for the Tank Shock test or add 1 to the Strength of the Ram for each vehicle after the first.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

 

Ogryn Auxilla Formation

Ogryn Auxilla Formation

Requirements: 1 Commissar, 2 units of Ogryns, 2 units of Bullgryns

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Groundshaking Charge: If a unit of Ogryns or Bullgryns from this Formation charges an enemy unit that has already been charged by a unit of Ogryns or Bullgryns from this Formation in the same Assault phase, their Hammer of Wrath hits are resolved at Strength 7.

Unquestioning Loyalty: Units of Ogryns and Bullgryns from this Formation that are within 12? of the Commissar from this Formation have the Fearless special rule.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Psykana Division Formation

Psykana Division Formation

Requirements: 1 Primaris Psyker, 3 units of Wyrdvane Psykers, 1-3 Commissars

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Empyric Link: The Primaris Psyker knows any Psychic Powers known by units of Wyrdvane Psykers from the same Division while they are within 12?. In addition, add 1 to the Primaris Psyker’s Mastery Level until the end of the Psychic phase for every 5 Wyrdvane Psykers from the same Division that are within 12? at the start of the phase. Note that this does not cause him to generate any additional powers.

Encouraging Presence: While a unit of Wyrdvane Psykers from this Formation is joined by a Commissar from this Formation, it successfully harnesses Warp Charge points on a roll of 2+ rather than 4+. However, if it attempts to manifest a Psychic Power and fails its psychic test, one randomly determined Wyrdvane Psyker from the unit is removed as a casualty. Furthermore, if it suffers Perils of the Warp, one randomly determined Wyrdvane Psyker from the unit is removed as a casualty and no roll is made on the Perils of the Warp table.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Fury Super-Heavy Company Formation

Emperor’s Fury Super-Heavy Company Formation

Requirements: 3 units chosen in any combination from the following list: Baneblade, Banehammer, Banesword, Doomhammer, Hellhammer, Shadowsword, Stormlord, Stormsword, 1 Enginseer

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Dedicated Servant: When the Enginseer from this Formation uses the Blessings of the Omnissiah rule to repair a vehicle from this Formation, add 2 to the result of the roll.

Devastating Bombardment: If an enemy unit is hit by 3 or more Primary weapons from this Formation, it must take a Morale check on 4D6 unless it has Gone to Ground.

The Ground Shakes: Enemy units within 12? of at least two vehicles from this Formation move as though they are in difficult terrain.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Emperor’s Spear Aerial Company Formation

Emperor’s Spear Aerial Company Formation

Requirements: 3 units chosen in any combination from the following list: Valkyrie Squadron, Vendetta Squadron

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Formation Flight: If a Reserves Roll for a unit from this Formation is successful, you can choose to automatically pass any remaining Reserves Rolls for units from this Aerial Company in the same turn.

Low Altitude Drop: At the start of your Movement phase, you can declare that a unit from this Formation will enact a low altitude drop. If it does so it must take a difficult terrain test each time it moves over terrain that is more than 3? tall during this phase, and cannot Jink until your next Movement phase. However, until the end of the phase, units that disembark from models making a low altitude drop using the Grav Chute Insertion special rule do not scatter.

Source: Campaign War Zone Damocles – Montka

Battle Group Hammerblow Formation

Battle Group Hammerblow Formation

Requirements: 1 Company Command Squad, 1 Infantry Platoon, 1 Scout Sentinel Squadron, 1 unit of Militarium Tempestus Scions, 1 Valkyrie, 1 Leman Russ Squadron, 1 Baneblade

Restrictions: The Infantry Platoon unit must consist of a Platoon Command Squad and 2 – 5 Infantry squads. The Company command squad and all unit in the Infantry platoon must be given Chimeras as dedicated Transports.

Special Rules:

Advance and Hold: All Infantry units in Battlegroup Hammerblow have the Objective Secure and Stubborn special rules.

Close Range Fire Support: All weapons fired by Battlegroup Hammerblow’s Baneblade and Leman Russ Squadrons have the Twin-Linked special rule as long as the target unit is within 12” of another unit from this formation.

 Rapid Response: Battlegroup Hammerblow units of Militarium Tempestus Scions must begin the game embarked upon the Valkyrie. Instead of making a normal reserve roll for the formation’s Valkyrie must enter from Deep Strike Reserve, and doesn’t scatter if placed within 12” of this Battlegroup’s Scout Sentinel Squadron

Source: Webstore Exclusive: Battlegroup Hammerblow

Armoured Shield Formation

Armoured Shield Formation

Requirements: 1 Officio Prefectus Commissar, 1 Infantry Squad, 1 Lemun Russ

Restrictions: None

Special Rules:

Mobile Cover: Infantry models from this Formation that are within 6? of the Armoured Shield’s Leman Russ receive 4+ cover save.

Source: Start Collecting! Astra Militarum

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