Posted 17/03/2017

Terminators that sweep up after themselves

Pre-ordering now, and in stores this weekend, are the new Tartaros Terminators. Today, we take a look at their new rules.

Tartaros Terminator armour was one of the earliest designs of Tactical Dreadnought Armour that saw widespread use in many Legions in the closing stages of the Great Crusade and during the Horus Heresy. It is superior in many ways to the modern armour utilised by most Space Marine Chapters in the 41st Millennium, especially in terms of its manoeuvrability, though it lacks the ability to be equipped with some of the more devastating weapons of the 1st Companies.

In the 41st Millennium, such suits are incredibly rare, and a Chapter will consider itself fortunate indeed to be able to deploy even a single squad of warriors wearing them. Even so, in desperate times, Space Marine Chapters will deploy these venerable relic suits to battle, given to the most able members of their elite 1st Company.

Rules for using these squads in games of Warhammer 40,000 are available in the new boxset, but for those of you who may already have some of these in your collection (maybe from the the Burning of Prospero game) here they are.

These guys make for a very flexible alternative to a standard Terminator Squad. While combi-bolters and an autocannon can make for a very reliable fire-support unit, the real advantage these guys have over your standard Terminators is that they can perform sweeping advances.

This means they can smash a unit in combat and then rout them utterly, where as a standard Terminator Squad might see the enemy escape to fight another day. It also makes them a better option as a squad to accompany a power-armoured character, as he won’t be slowed by their advance. Try a squad of these, piling out of a Land Raider Crusader lead by a Chaplain – that’s going to smash through pretty much anything.

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