Warhammer Day: Introducing Chaplain Tarentus


Warhammer Day is coming and it’s bringing a brand-new hero for your Adeptus Astartes. We gave you a first look at Terminator Chaplain Tarentus when we broke the news about Warhammer Day. Today we’re taking a closer look at this spiritual leader of the Space Marines and what he’ll bring to your army.

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This new model is (as the name implies) a Terminator Chaplain who can be added to any army using Codex: Space Marines – which now includes Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Space Wolves, and the Deathwatch.* 

An HQ choice, a Terminator Chaplain brings a range of benefits that fit a lot of forces – starting with a Leadership of 9 and the appropriately titled Spiritual Leader ability that lets Core units from the same Chapter use that Leadership, making them even more likely to pass Morale checks. Keep your Terminator Chaplain at the heart of your formation to pass this benefit to as many units as possible, and your Space Marines will truly know no fear. 

The Chaplain’s Litanies of Battle can further enhance your army. He has the Litany of Hate, which allows nearby Core and Character units to re-roll missed melee attacks. He can also choose one other Litany from a selection of six to suit the way you want to play. If you’d like a friendly unit to hit even harder in close combat, try the Exhortation of Rage. If you’d rather stand back and shoot with terrifying accuracy, the Recitation of Focus is your friend.

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The combination of Terminator armour and a Rosarius also makes the Chaplain extremely durable. A 2+ save makes small-arms fire a negligible threat, while the 4+ invulnerable save will protect him from high-AP armaments.

If you’re using a melee-oriented force – perhaps making use of the Assault Intercessors and Outriders from the Elite Edition and Command Edition boxed sets – the Chaplain adds even more hard-hitting close combat power. His crozius arcanum gives him +2 Strength on his three attacks, with AP -1 and 2 Damage per hit, allowing him to threaten a wide range of foes.

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Meanwhile, the Chaplain’s combi-flamer provides highly effective mid- and close-range shooting. With the Terminator keyword, he always fires two shots with the bolter half, while the recent increase to the flamer’s range means heretics will be burning all over the place, as is only proper.

The model would make a great candidate for a Master of Sanctity, using the Chapter Command rules in Codex: Space Marines. This gives him an additional Litany of Battle and the ability to recite two each turn. The skull mask on the model is perfect to represent The Emperor’s Judgement Relic, which prevents re-rolls on attacks made against the Chaplain and makes enemy Morale checks nearby much harder to pass – which is pretty handy after your Master of Sanctity has just obliterated a bunch of foes with his crozius arcanum!

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You’ll be able to add Terminator Chaplain Tarentus to your Space Marines army on Warhammer Day – Saturday the 31st of October.** He’ll be available in stores and on the Games Workshop webstore, so wherever you are, you’ll be able to get your hands on this glorious defender of your Chapter’s faith. Let us know on the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page how you’ll be using him.

* Grey Knights also have Terminator Chaplains, and while they don’t have the option for a combi-flamer, an enterprising Grey Knights player could easily convert that to a storm bolter if they wanted to include this model in their collection.
** The fact that a skull-faced model which absolutely terrifies enemies is being released on Halloween is just a bonus, really.

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