Bring Out the Big Guns

The Imperial Truth may deny the existence of superstition but Friday the 13th is going to be a bad day for anyone who gets in front of today’s Forge World pre-order – the Legion Arquitor Bombard with Heavy Morbus Bombard.

We’ve already seen the Legion Arquitor with Spicula rocket system and with graviton-charge cannon take to battlefields in the Age of Darkness. While it’s fun to kill your enemies with physics-defying science or by blotting out the sun with rockets, there’s still something to be said for the old fashioned ways of lobbing massive explosives at people. Especially if those shells are the size of dustbins! And they have the insolence to call the Morbus pattern heavy bombard the “standard” weapon for this chassis. As if one huge gun wasn’t enough, it can also take optional sponson-mounted heavy bolters or autocannons. 

But let’s go back to that big gun, the Morbus pattern heavy bombard. Based on the more common demolisher cannon, it was designed to bring a swift end to sieges and trench warfare. On the tabletop, it can fire explosive shells – high strength rounds that obliterate even the most heavily armoured enemy units. It can also fire Carcass shells. Filled with a deadly phage contaminant, these can wipe out entire squads with ease. In game, this is represented by them having the Fleshbane special rule.*

The best thing is that you don’t have to choose one or the other, the Arquitor Bombard comes equipped with both shells as standard. Whichever you choose to fire, you’ll be bringing death and destruction to your foes.

The new Arquitor can be fielded by both Loyalists and Traitors but we can’t help feeling that it will be especially popular for those fans of siege warfare, the Iron Warriors and the Imperial Fists, and we’re sure we’ve seen the Death Guard driving the 41st Millennium model. Rules for using it are available to download now as a free PDF.

All three Arquitors will also feature in the next Horus Heresy book, Crusade, along with extra rules and units for the Dark Angels and Night Lords Legions, as well as loads of cool background on the Thramas campaign. It will be available later this year, so keep your eyes peeled.


The Legion Arquitor Bombard with Morbus Heavy Bombard is available to pre-order now. That sound that you can hear is your enemies taking cover. 


* Fleshbane means that you always wound non-vehicle and non-building models on a 2+.

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