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Also it is worth mentioning the mostly black Howling Griffins scheme see Terminator below is a camouflage pattern, not a wholesale change in livery. In keeping with the original Badab article the book features several alternate schemes for the marines. Not emo, just cammo. There is no rigid battle system, but certain stages award more Campaign Points to certain styles of game. For example Phase 1, mimicking the early skirmishes in space lanes, awards 3CPs for victories in Boarding Action missions, 2Cps for Battlefleet Gothic victories, and 1CP for any other type of game.
There are no hard rules for how long each phase lasts — the book suggests either each phase is the same number of games or a real world time limit passes. There are five special missions, each themed to one of the Campaign Phases, and one is The Angstrom Incident. So after twenty years the exact details are revealed of this, erm, incident and you can play it out even. It has a cool plot hook to boot. Boarding Action Rules This section is a mini-expansion in the vein of Cities of Death or Planetstrike — not a simple add-on to normal games like Battle Missions.
There are unit restrictions as well, with the only vehicles being artillery or walkers on 60mm or smaller bases. The designers do note that they may still not fit everywhere, so caveat emptor! There are a few special rules: Hazardous Ground — vehicles and bikes treat difficult terrain as dangerous, as do jump infantry in certain circumstances. The Cold Void — Weapons of more than Str4 get rending, rending gets better, and blasts are improved.
Catastrophic Damage — there is a table to represent the ship being boarded slowly falling apart. Doors may open or close on their own, the ground may become unstable, explosions may break out or parts of the ship board may vent into space! There is a lengthy discussion about the different types of environments that can be fought over, including decks, holds and the outer hull which has a special rule, The Hungry Stars, to represent guys getting blasted out into space. To play these rules there are three mission types, and even an optional stratagems section that blows my mind because it brings back the Graviton Gun!
Other fun looking options include super Tarantulas twin-linked Plasma Cannon! I think this section is superbly done, and very flavourful — combining it with the Kill Team cohesion rules from Battle Missions or some modified system such as Killzone would make moving around easier in the confines of the ship though.
You also get a poster! It is worth noting that aside from Huron the other Astral Claws characters do not appear, so may just be a bonus or may make an appearance later. They all have special rules, such as making Terminators scoring, better saves, and other unique powers.
There is also a special rule that the Marines can gain bonuses to their cover saves due to fire passing through friendly guard units, but the guard take casualties as a result. All in all the list characterful and has a surprising variety for a hybrid, but it still feels like a hybrid. It could even be used by Alpha Legion players to represent a more organised group, though it lacks any psychic powers or Daemon stand-ins. Just a thought for you guys with LatD armies! Apocalypse Two formations for Marines and one for Guard.
The Marines have one made up of three to five Land Raiders that makes them even harder to kill. This entire setup up to sixty guys and three T-Hawks is an assassination force and all their bonus rules are geared to killing a single target. Summary Well, you can see that this volume of Imperial Armour is absolutely jammed packed with stuff. And there is a second helping on the way. Story gets an 9. Nit-picking aside, this is the primary reason to buy the book.
The lower score is that while it has some uniqueness, it is essentially a modified mash-up of Imperial units. Feels somewhat tacked on at the end, but the Land Raider and Russ one are pretty good for their cost. Part Two has a lot to live up to. Posted by.
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