Friday, March 27, 2015

Armillus Dynat Rules and Review

Armillus Dynat Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion
Breaking news out of Great Britain today from Forge World, with a new release of Armillus Dynat The Harrowmaster of the Alpha Legion. We take a moment to go over the rules and do a quick review of Armillus Dynat. He is currently on pre-order and is the latest of the Horus Heresy Character Series. Model is running about £31.00 or about $47.00 here in the states.

The official rules for Armillus Dynat are located in The Horus Heresy Book Three – Extermination or in The Horus Heresy Legiones Astartes: Isstvan Campaign Legions, and like all Forge World books these do not come in PDF or iBook format.

As a model of the Horus Heresy Character Series Armillus Dynat is sanctioned play for The Horus Heresy (30k) and isn't available for Warhammer 40,000 (40k). Armillus is armed with Artificer armour giving him a 2+ and an Iron halo to give him an invulnerable save. He gets Krak grenades to handle some light armour and Venom spheres for a one shot Marine killing grenade. Not to forget about taking care of terminators he also comes with a one time use Phosphex bomb for a AP 2 poison 3+. Armed with a power sword and Thunder hammer, Armillus doesn't have a range weapon, but he also rocks a Cognis signum shutting down any opponents attempts to get a unit close to Armillus.

Equipment wise this models is worth his points considering you can field two Legion Praetors for the same price. He can effectively handle any attempt to get a unit close and to wipe him out early in a game. So taking him out is going to be a ranged affair dumping shots on him.

Special rules are interesting as well. Armillus has the obvious rules for a HQ choice for the Alpha Legion like Legion Astartes (Alpha Legion), Independent Character and Master of the Legion all are expected for him. Armillus has Weapon Mastery giving him the ability to use both those close combat weapons at the same time and at different targets and with weapon skill 6 that is just ridiculous. The Harrowing is the special rule that makes Armillus Dynat in your deployment zone insane, giving all units with Legion Astartes (Alpha Legion) in their enemy deployment zone re-rolls to Sweeping Advance rolls and add 1+ to any results rolled on the Vehicle Damage table. If that doesn't seem like much remember an Alpha Legion army gets to get one of the follow rules for every unit that has Legion Astartes (Alpha Legion) special rules; Scout, Infiltrate, Tank Hunters, Counter-attack, Move Through Cover or Adamantium Will.

Armillus has the special rule Jealous Command so if the true Apharius isn't present Armillus must be the Warlord. He also gets the Warlord trait of Hammerstrike Assault, which is OK, nothing to write home to mom about.

Model wise this looks like a great sculpture, stat wise Armillus Dynat is great HQ choice for any Alpha Legion army. He is an awesome choice to take when you want to infiltrate in to your opponents back field to take the fight to them. We recommend the model either for your primary or ally detachment.

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