This month, The Road to Thramas looks at a new unit for the Dark Angels Legion and their glorious models. Get ready to protect your Characters from the worst that the Night Lords can throw at them.
The finest warriors from the Deathwing compose the ranks of Companions, honour-bound to form the personal bodyguard of Dark Angels officers. Each has taken an oath to lay down their lives before letting harm come to the one they are tasked to protect.* Any among the Companions that took a death-blow meant for their charge and survived would be granted the right to wear bone-white armour in recognition of their selfless devotion.
Equipped with the finest artificer armour and armed as standard with either a Terranic greatsword or Calibanite warblade, the Deathwing Companions also have access to a unique item of wargear – the Cytheron pattern Aegis. This provides the bearer with a 4+ Invulnerable save against Shooting attacks, and a 5+ Invulnerable save against attacks in Melee. Alternatively, the Aegis can be deployed to give the entire squad those Invulnerable saves, and any enemy models engaging the squad in assault suffers a -1 Initiative penalty.**
At the time of the Horus Heresy, the Deathwing were known as elite line breakers that shattered enemy formations, creating openings for other units. As veterans of battle, they were also able to go toe-to-toe with any hostile threat, as represented by the Companions’ Scion of the Deathwing special rule.
This dovetails nicely with the Companions’ Chosen Warriors special rule, which allows them to fight in a Challenge as if they were a Character.
The Deathwing Companions will be out later in the year, as will The Horus Heresy Book Nine – Crusade, which features more rules and background for the Dark Angels and the Night Lords. In the meantime, pick up a Dark Angels Praetor for your Companions to accompany into battle.
* In fact, a force of Deathwing Companions provided the garrison force for the inner citadel on both Caliban and Gramarye, charged with the safety of Lion El’Jonson himself.
** However, this does require two members of the squad to be equipped with an Aegis, and those carrying them can neither shoot nor fight in close combat while they’re deployed.
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