Of all the legends of the Imperium, one of the strangest is that of the Legion of the Damned. The Inquisitors of Terra have amassed dozens of reports describing the inexplicable manifestation of these otherworldly warriors upon battlefields where the warriors of mankind baffle without hope against impossible odds. By all accounts their aspect is frightening and bizarre, a ghostly apparition of warriors from some bygone era or a time yet to come when all is lost.

 

They appear in the guise of the Emperor's finest, Space Marines, like and yet unlike the proud chapters which guard humanity from the ravages of heretics and alien invaders.

Their armour is black as midnight and marked with symbols of death and damnation; skulls grin cheerlessly from helm and boltgun, bones twist amidst the flames of purgatory.

 

The Legion comes unannounced and unlooked for. Wreathed in spectral fury they descend upon the foes of mankind, battling them without outcry or war-shout until the enemy is scattered and the day is saved. Equally mysteriously they vanish again once victory is won, disappearing back to whatever hellish realm they came from. Are they the Emperor's will made manifest? Or some dire creation of a more mysterious force? None can say.

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+++++++++DATE    :    IMPERIAL DATE 023M02                                                                      +++++++++REF.      :    INQ/06553/BR/UML                                                 +++++++++RE.       :    LEGION OF THE DAMNED                                           ++++SUBJECT           :    STATISTICS AND WEAPONERY 

ELITES

When you use the Legion of the damned in your army, they count as a elite choice. 

A squads consists out of 5 - 10 Marines

Troop type PNT WS BS S T W I A LD
Legion Marine 20 5 4 4 4 1 5 1 8

 

Legion of the Damned Marines wear power amour (save 3+) and are equiped with bolters (they may replace their bolter with a bolt pistol and a close combat weapon at no extra points costs)

 

SPECIAL RULES

 

A Space Marine army may include a single Legion of the Damned squad as an Elites choice.

 

Apparitions: 

The Legion of the Damned appear from nowhere, completely unheralded. In every battle they use the special Deep Strike deployment rules, even if the mission does not normally allow troops to Deep Strike. At the end of every Space Marine turn after the Legion of Damned arrive, roll a D6. On a roll of a 1, the Legion of the Damned disappear as eerily as they came -remove the models from the table immediately -victory points are earnt according to their strength when they disappear (if only half of them are left, your opponent scores half the units points value in victory points, etc.). The Legion of the Damned may not be joined by an independent character, they always fight alone.

Fearless: 

It is debatable whether the Legion of the Damned are truly alive and have any real minds. Legion of the Damned automatically pass any Leadership-based tests, including Morale checks, that they are required to make.

Terrifying: 

Any unit which loses an assault whilst fighting the Legion of the Damned suffers an additional -1 modifier to its Leadership for the subsequent Morale check.


The following rules are from White Dwarf and are a work in progress, they are meant as rules to use the Legion of the Damned as an complete army.

 This list has yet to appear in Chapter Approved, as of issue #252. 

 

HQ

 

When you use a Legion Commander in your army, he count as a HQ choice. 

Troop type PNT WS BS S T W I A LD
Legion Commander 20 5 5 4 4 3 5 4 10

 

A Legion Commander wear power amour (save 3+) 

The Legion of the Damned Commander may be given any equipment allowed from the Space Marine Armylist (except Terminator armour and Terminator honours).

COMMAND SQUAD

The Legion of the Damned Commander may be accompanied by a Command squad.

Note that the Commander and Command squad count as a single HQ choice.

Troop type PNT WS BS S T W I A LD
Legion Marine 25 5 4 4 4 1 5 2 9
Veteran Serg. +15 5 4 4 4 1 5 3 9

 

Legion of the Damned Marines wear power amour (save 3+) 

Up to two Legionnaires in the squad can be armed with the following weapons: missile launcher at +20 pts; heavy bolter at +15 pts; lascannon at +35 pts; flamer at +3 pts; plasma gun at +6 pts; or a meltagun at +10 pts. The entire squad may be equipped with frag grenades at an additional cost of +1 pt per model and krak grenades at an additional cost of +2 pts per model.

CHARACTER

One model can be upgraded to an Apothecary, one model can be upgraded to a Techmarine, and one model can be upgraded to a Standard Bearer. Any of these can take equipment from the Space Marine Armoury (except Terminator armour and Terminator honours). The Sergeant can be upgraded to Veteran Sergeant at an additional cost of +15 pts.

 

TROOPS

When you use the Legion of the damned in your army, they count as a troops choice. 

A squads consists out of 5 - 10 Marines

Troop type PNT WS BS S T W I A LD
Legion Marine 25 5 4 4 4 1 5 2 9
Veteran Serg. +15 5 4 4 4 1 5 3 9

 

Legion of the Damned Marines wear power amour (save 3+) 

One Legionnaire in the squad can be armed with one of the following weapons: missile launcher at +20 pts; heavy bolter at +15 pts; lascannon at +35 pts. In addition, one Legionnaire may be armed with one of the following: flamer at +3 pts; plasma gun at +6 pts; meltagun at +10 pts. The entire squad may be equipped with frag grenades at an additional cost of +1 pt per model and krak grenades at an additional cost of +2 pts per model. The Sergeant may be upgraded to a Veteran Sergeant at an additional cost of +15 points.

SPECIAL RULES

 

Fearless: 

It is debatable whether the Legion of the Damned are truly alive and have any real minds. All Legion of the Damned units automatically pass any Leadership-based tests, including Morale checks, they are required to make.

Terrifying: 

Any unit which loses an assault whilst fighting a Legion of the Damned unit suffers an additional -1 modifier to its Leadership for the subsequent Morale check.

Where they come from, nobody knows...: 

All Legion of the Damned units deploy using the Deep Strike scenario special rules, even in missions which do not normally use Deep Strike. However, you must start rolling for them to appear from reserve on their first turn, rather than the second. This is summarised on the chart below:

Turn:

1

2

3

Appear on D6 roll of:

4+

3+

2+

 

Check out White Dwarf #223, #228 and #236 for more details on this elite force