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Posted 10/08/2017

Adding the Talons of the Emperor to your army: Part 1

There’s never been a better time to add some Adeptus Custodes to your Imperium army, thanks to powerful new rules and a great value boxed set. If you’re looking to use some of these guardians of the Emperor, you won’t even need to buy Index: Imperium 2 (though it’s great), as we’re providing the datasheets for the units in the box to anyone who gets the Talons of the Emperor set. The Adeptus Custodes are versatile, powerful and provide great bonuses for the rest of your army – we’ve got some ideas on how you can use what’s in the box in your Imperium force.

1: Rally your forces
A unit of Custodian Guard can take a Custodes Vexilla, a powerful upgrade that allows nearby Imperium units to re-roll Morale tests – it gives the squad a little bit of extra bite in close combat too. The Vexilla is a great choice regardless of how you use your Custodian Guard, but it’s particularly useful for supporting another army of the Imperium. The Adeptus Mechanicus and the Skitarii, for instance, have many elite units that can be taken in large-sized squads, like electro-priests, Sicarian Ruststalkers and Sicarian Infiltrators, but they can struggle with poor defence against morale. Placing a unit of Custodian Guard in the middle of your battle line means that you won’t have to worry about losing key models to a poor roll.

2: Hunt monsters and characters
Custodian Guard can dish out a lot of wounds in combat; both the guardian spear and the sentinel blade deal D3 damage each and have an AP of -3. A unit of 5 Custodian Guard with a Vexilla and guardian spears can deal 17 Attacks at Strength 6 in a round of combat plus an additional 4 Strength 6 attacks- enough to blitz through most characters and elite units, or even knock a respectable chunk of Wounds off larger monsters and even vehicles.

Defensively, they’re well set up too; Toughness 5 means that even Strength 8 Attacks will be wounding you on a 3+ rather than a 2, and storm shields can mitigate the impact of any attacks that do get through. Even if you don’t manage to kill your chosen monster, the Custodian Guard should be able to hold it in place for a few turns while the rest of your Imperium army is free to shoot at the enemy. Suddenly a rampaging Hive Tyrant or Greater Daemon isn’t so tough!

3: Provide Armoured Support
The vehicles of the Adeptus Custodes are some of the most powerful available to the Imperium. The Venerable Land Raider is more durable and more accurate than a standard Land Raider, hitting on a 2+, possessing a respectable 5+ Save and even ignoring further wounds thanks to its Unyielding Ancient ability. If your opponent ignores the Venerable Land Raider, they’ll leave themselves vulnerable to a sudden strike from a team of Custodian Guard and a devastatingly accurate fusillade of lascannon fire, while if they try to remove it, they’ll have to commit an enormous amount of anti-armour firepower to do so.

Similarly, the Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought is nearly as durable as the Venerable Land Raider but has the added benefit of being a deadly close combat unit – equip yours with a multi-melta for a versatile close-range tank killer that fits neatly into an army at just under 200 points.

With the Talons of the Emperor boxed set, you can combine all three of these strategies. If you want to tackle your foe at range, place the Venerable Land Raider and the Custodian Guard next to each other at the centre of your army as a lynchpin while using the Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought to apply pressure and hunt down key vehicles. If you want to tackle your foe up close, it’s easy to use the Venerable Land Raider to get the Custodian Guard into combat with a key monster or character. In the meantime, your Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought can keep pace with the Land Raider to prevent it from getting charged and losing the ability to shoot.

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