Inquisitorial

Inquisition Tactical Summary as of 10-26-16

The Inquisition or Witch Hunters are a critical part of the Warhammer 40k narrative, they are an easy protagonist and pure personification of the Gothic dark future 40k represents. The Inquisition while a clear in purpose in novels and stories, isn’t so much when it comes to portrayal in the game rules. Games Workshop has seem very confused on how to use the Inquisition, drifting from being part of the Grey Knights and Sisters of Battle to know being completely separate. The Inquisition has never had a true codex, getting a Sisters treatment, existing in digital form only. Of all the armies the Inquisition is by far the most dated, with wargear and options this side 5th edition.

The Inquisition mostly provides competitive players with some cheesy tools to fill out an army. Corteaz is still very powerful and cheap, but most common, is shoehorning in a lone Inquisitor just for the Servo Skulls. This annoying “abuse” of the army gives many players a reason to hate the current rules for them. Still, the problem is the Inquisition codex itself. You can use tricks like Servo Skulls and Psychotropic Grenades, but army it does not make. The Inquisition has too few unit choices it is almost comical, relying on a catch-all of Games Workshop models holding on for dear life from obsoletion.

If you want to make a pure Inquisition force you won’t win many games, but you could have some fun doing it. Death Cult Assassins riding in Land Raiders,; while space orangutans make Servitors more deadly shooters is fun, and can throw off a opponent or two. The core is the Inquisitor itself, where you can design a character with a host of unique toys to fit whatever story you want to tell. The hunch is the Inquisition will find a new role somewhere in a larger codex. New units like the Custodes and Sisters of Silence, might have us seeing an all encompassing “Agents of the Imperium” book, sorely needed allowing Games Workshop to put all the misfit toys in one basket.

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

As of 02-24-2017 Inquisition Detachments are…

  • Inquisitorial Detachment
  • Inquisitorial Representative
  • Castellans of the Imperium Detachment

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Inquisitorial Detachment

 

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ

Optional: 1 HQ, 3 Elites

Restrictions: The unit chosen must have the Inquisitorial Faction. If your army includes an Inquisitorial detachment, you can nominate one Inquisitor (including Inquisitor Coteaz or Inquisitor Karamazov) to be your army’s Warlord, instead of a character from your primary detachment.

Command Benefits: None.

Source: Codex: Inquisition

 

Inquisitorial Representative Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 1 HQ

Optional: 1-3 Elites

Restrictions: All units from this Detachment must have the Inquisition Faction

Command Benefits:

Authority of the Inquisition: You may pick one Inquisitor from this Detachment to generate and use a Warlord Trait, even if they are not your army’s Warlord. For the purposes of this Warlord Trait, this Inquisitor is considered to be your Warlord.

Source: Codex: Imperial Agents

 

Castellans of the Imperium Detachment

Force Organization

Compulsory: 2 HQ, 4 Troops

Optional: 0-2 HQ, 4+ Troops, 6 Elites, 6 FA, 6 HS, 3 Lord of War

Restrictions: This Detachment must include at least four Troops choices and two HQ choices. It may include up to two more HQ choices and any number of additional Troops choices, as well as up to 6 Elites, 6 Fast Attack and 6 Heavy Support choices, and up to 3 Lord of War choices, in any combination. This Detachment must also include units that have at least two different Factions.

The Castellans of the Imperium Army List divides the units available into several categories, according to their Battlefield Role. You must use the profiles, points costs, equipment, options, special rules and any Dedicated Transports available to each unit as described on their datasheet.

  • Inquisitor Greyfax, Celestine, Terminator Captain,  Commissar,Commissar Yarrick, Company Command Squad, Enginseer (& Servitors), Knight Commander Pask, Lord Commissar, Ministorum Priest, Primaris Psyker, Tank Commander, Canoness, Ecclesiarchy Battle Conclave,Sororitas Command Squad, Uriah Jacobus, Inquisitor Coteaz, Inquisitor Karamazov, Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor, Ordo Malleus Inquisitor, Ordo Xenos Inquisitor, Militarum Tempestus Command Squad, Captain, Chaplain, Chaplain Grimaldus, The Emperor’s Champion, High Marshal Helbrecht, Librarian, Techmarine
  • Infantry Platoon, Veterans, Battle Sisters Squad,  Militarum Tempestus Scions, Crusader Squad, Scout Squad, Tactical Squad
  • Callidus Assassin, Culexus Assassin, Eversor Assassin, Vindicare Assassin, Cataphractii Terminator Squad, Bullgryns,  Militarum Tempestus Platoon, Ogryns, Ratlings, Wyrdvane Psykers,  Celestian Squad, Repentia Squad, Inquisitorial Henchmen Warband, Centurion Assault Squad, Command Squad, Dreadnoughts, Honour Guard, Ironclad Dreadnoughts,  Sternguard Veteran Squad, Terminator Squad, Terminator Assault Squad, Vanguard Veteran Squad, Venerable Dreadnoughts
  • Armoured Sentinel Squadron, Hellhound Squadron, Rough Riders,  Scout Sentinel Squadron, Vendetta Squadron, Valkyrie Squadron, Dominion Squad, Seraphim Squad, Stormhawk Interceptors, Taurox Prime, Assault Squad, Attack Bike Squad, Bike Squad, Drop Pod, Land Speeder Storm, Land Speeders, Razorback, Rhino, Scout Bike Squad, Stormtalon Gunship
  • Contemptor Dreadnought, Basilisk Battery, Deathstrike, Hydra Battery, Leman Russ Squadron, Manticore, Wyvern Battery, Exorcist, Penitent Engine, Retributor Squad, Centurion Devastator Squad,  Devastator Squad, Hunters,  Land Raider, Land Raider Crusader,  Land Raider Redeemer, Predators, Stalkers,  Stormraven Gunship, Thunderfire Cannons, Vindicators, Whirlwinds
  • Knight Crusader, Knight Errant, Knight Gallant, Knight Paladin, Knight Warden,  Baneblade, Banehammer, Banesword,  Doomhammer, Hellhammer, Shadowsword, Stormlord,  Stormsword

Command Benefits:

Zealous Defenders: All units in this Detachment have the Hatred special rule. However, if this Detachment’s Force Organisation Chart contains the maximum number of units (excluding Troops), then all units in the Detachment have the Zealot special rule instead.

Flock to the Front Line: Each time a Troops unit from this Detachment is completely destroyed, roll a D6. On a 5+, you can immediately place a new unit into Ongoing Reserves that is identical, in terms of the original number of models, weapons and upgrades, to the unit that was just destroyed. This new unit counts as being part of the original Detachment, so roll a D6 as described above if they are subsequently destroyed. Victory points are awarded as normal for new units in this Detachment that have been completely destroyed.

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

Source: Gathering Storm Fall of Cadia

As of 10-25-2016 Inquisition Unique Item groups are…

  • Inquisitorial Relic

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A model may take one of the following. Only one of each Inquisitorial Relic may be taken per army.

The Grimoire of True Names 5 pts:

When the bearer of the Grimoire of True Names is fighting a challenge against a model with the Daemon special rule, his opponent suffers a -5 penalty to his Weapon Skill, Initiative and Leadership characteristics (to a minimum of 1).

The Liber Heresius 15 pts:

At the start of any friendly turn, the bearer can take a Leadership test. If the test is failed, nothing happens, but if the test if passed, choose one of the special rules from the list below. The bearer of the Liber Heresius, and his unit, gain that special rule until the start of their next turn. The same special rule cannot be gained in this way more than once per game – you must choose a different special rule each time. Scouts = Instead of being made at the start of a friendly turn, the Leadership test to use this special rule is made after deployment, but before the first turn begins, Split-fire, Counter-attack, Fear, Hatred

The Tome of Vethric 20 pts:

If your opponent’s army contains any detachments chosen from any of the codexes shown in the table below, the bearer of the Tome of Vethric gains the corresponding special rule. For example, if your opponent had a primary detachment chosen from Codex: Tau Empire and an Allied Detachment chosen from Codex: Eldar, the bearer would have both the Furious Charge and Split Fire special rules. Enemy detachment’s codex – Special rule gained by bearer, Dark Eldar – Night Vision, Eldar – Split Fire, Orks – Counter-attack, Necrons – Tank Hunter, Tau Empire – Furious Charge, Tyranids – Monster Hunter

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.

Null Maiden Task Force Formation

Null Maiden Task Force Formation

Requirements: 1-3 Sister of Silence Units

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Warp Siphon: When Generating Warp Charges at the start of each of their psychic phases, your opponent adds one les dice to there Warp Charge pool for each unit from this Formation after the first that is on the battlefield.

Source: Burning of Prosper Imperial Datasheets

Golden Legion Task Force Formation

Golden Legion Task Force Formation

Requirements: 1-3 Custodian Guard Squad Units

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Shield of the Emperor: Whilst two units from this Formation are on the battlefield, all models in this Formation have a 6+ invulnerable save; whilst three units from this Formation are on the battlefield, all models in this Formation have a 5+ invaluable save.

Source: Burning of Prosper Imperial Datasheets

Inquisitorial Henchmen Warband Formation

Inquisitorial Henchmen Warband Formation

Requirements: 1 Inquisitor of any type, 1 Acolytes Unit, 0-1 Ministorum Priest, 0-1 Crusaders, 0-6 Daemonhosts, 0-1 Arco-flagellants, 0-1 Death Cult Assassins, 0-1 Tech Priest Enginseer, 0-6 Jokaero Weaponsmiths, 0-1 Astropath

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Authority of the Inquisition: You may pick one Inquisitor from this Detachment to generate and use a Warlord Trait, even if they are not your army’s Warlord. For the purposes of this Warlord Trait, this Inquisitor is considered to be your Warlord.

Chambers Militant: An Ordo Malleus Inquisitor or Inquisitor Coteaz may also include a Grey Knight Terminator Squad. An Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor or Inquisitor Karamazov may also include a Adepta Sororitas Battle Sisters Squad. An Ordo Xenos Inquisitor may also include a unit of Deathwatch Veterans.

Source: Codex: Imperial Agents

Triumvirate of the Imperium Formation

Triumvirate of the Imperium Formation

Requirements: Belisarius Cawl, Celestine, Inquisitor Greyfax

Restrictions: None.

Special Rules:

Inspiring Presence: Friendly units from the Armies of the Imperium that are within 12″ of two or more models from the Triumvirate of the Imperium have the Stubborn special rule and automatically pass Pinning tests. Friendly units from the Armies of the Imperium that are within 12″ of all three models from the Triumvirate of the Imperium have the Fearless special rule instead. Note that the Geminae Superia that accompany Saint Celestine do not count for the purposes of this rule.

Exemplars of the Imperium: If you choose a model from the Triumvirate of the Imperium to be your Warlord, then all of the models from this Formation can use their Warlord Traits

Source: Gathering Storm Fall of Cadia

Wrathful Crusade Formation

Wrathful Crusade Formation

Requirements: Celestine, Inquisitor Greyfax , 1 Captain, 0-1 Sternguard Veteran Squad,  2-4 Crusader Squads, 1-2 Assault Squads, 1 Militarum Tempestus Platoon

Restrictions: All units from Codex: Space Marines must be drawn from the Black Templars Chapter.

Special Rules: Crusader.

Collective Fanaticism: If the Wrathful Crusade contains the maximum number of units, then all units in this Formation gain the Zealot special rule.

Unbridled Fury: All units in the Wrathful Crusade can re-roll failed charge rolls. In addition, if you roll a 10 or more when determining the charge distance of a unit from the Wrathful Crusade, all models in that unit have the Furious Charge special rule for that turn.

Source: Gathering Storm Fall of Cadia

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