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Mere Heretics AND Legionnaires versus Hordes

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#1 Master Tugun EGB

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:01 PM

So what happens in a fight when you have a player group composed of both Astartes grade characters (traitor or otherwise) as well as regular humans facing off against a Horde? Obviously the post-humans get the benefits of dealing Magnitude damage to them, though what about the rest? I'd have thought things like missiles, full auto bursts, flamers and grenades could well do magnitude damage irrelevant of whether you have superhuman dna on your side, though perhaps not so much for the melee side of things…

Do the humans just attack an individual in the horde (or as many as their regular combat options allow) and dish at best 1 magnitude damage or what?


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

The only difference in terms of damaging hordes is that the extra magnitude damage per two DoS on melee attacks is exclusive to Legionnaires. All your other damage options are pretty much the same. The reality is that astartes will likely have more firepower, and certainly more durability, and also have access to a rather nice set of talents to fight hordes, so getting targeted by them and not being able to dodge/parry them is a reasonable tradeoff. 

#3 BrotharTearer



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 01:19 AM

Incorrect. Check the errata. It applies to both humans and CSM.

It's a way too frequent misconception that only CSM gets the extra magnitude hits because people can't bother to read the errata.

#4 Adversius Bael

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 07:57 PM

But don't the Tome of Blood horde rules flip it back to what it was pre-errata?


Yeah, just checked and compared.

The core rules seem to be a copy/paste of the Deathwatch rules - you gain a bonus to hit based on the horde size, and score 1 hit per 2 degrees past the first. The poor wording seems to be that they replaced 'Battle Brother' with 'Chaos Marine', implying that it didn't apply to heretics, then the errata replaced the poor wording with almost as poor wording that could be interpreted that only human heretics receive the bonus and not Legionnaires (great show errata team).

Tome of Blood added the optional rule that heretics are allowed to dodge/parry attacks from the horde with a penalty equal to the horde's size modifier, with the trade-off being that they never get more than +10 from size bonus to hit the horde - can't hit as hard, but are able to defend better. It also suggests that hits from the horde against heretics be given tearing dice instead of damage dice so that heretics aren't demolished by hits that are only midly troubling to Legionnaires, and that a handful of stray ranged hits without damage bonus should be distributed among heretics while the bigger hits are allocated to the Legionnaires.

Tome of Blood seems to help gameplay with hordes a lot, but there's always the problem that people on the forum may be using those rules without saying that they are (they're listed as optional after all), or may be assuming that rules that have been mentioned by other posters are different interpretations of the core rules without knowing the additions from ToB.

#5 BrotharTearer



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:09 PM

They should just go with "Player Characters" or "Heretics" when refering to both. Should be encompassing enough, you'd think.

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