‘As a daemonic invasion gathers pace the presence of the daemonic creatures and the slaughter and anguish they cause can cause further Warp rifts to appear across the planet. ‘
— Warhammer 40K Battle Missions, p. 20
This scenario is a modified version of the Chaos Daemon mission ‘Invasion’ from GW’s Battle Mission book.
Players: Ideally one player should play a daemon army or at least have daemon allies, but this is not required. One player will be the ‘daemon player,’ even if she isn’t playing daemons. The other player will be the ‘enemy player.’ If both sides are playing daemons, still use the rules for one side being the daemon player and the other the enemy player.
Board and Objectives: There is a warp rift in the center of the board ideally about 12″ in diameter. The rift should be a hefty piece of LOS blocking terrain. Place four objectives halfway between each table edge and the warp rift, centered on each table edge. The board will look something like this.
Warp Rift: The rift is impassable terrain. If a model from a unit deep strikes into the rift, the unit must roll on the deep strike mishap table. If a model otherwise somehow ends up with part of its base in the rift then it automatically dies with no saves or any other way it might have of staying alive such as Feels No Pain, etc. This includes models normally able to be placed in impassable terrain such as jet pack units or zooming flyers, though such models can jump or fly over the rift so long as they do not end their move in it.
Neither player may purposefully place models in the rift, such as might otherwise happen with a “misplaced” result from deep striking. The daemon player’s forces do not automatically die when deploying from the rift on turn one.
Deployment: The enemy player deploys first anywhere on the table more than 12 inches from the warp rift. He may put units in reserve in the usual ways and when they come in they can use their special rules or enter from any table edge.
The daemon player’s entire force starts in reserve. Half of her units (rounded up or down as the daemon player wishes) enter play on turn one. As many units as possible must be daemons.
On turn one, these models enter play. Units compromised completely of daemons, though not including vehicles (unless the vehicle has the Daemon special rule) may either deep strike or enter play through the warp rift treating the edge of the rift as a table edge.
If the daemon player has any remaining units required to enter play on turn one, then she must pick a single board edge from which to enter play. It can be any table edge, other than the warp rift, but all of her units must enter on turn one from that same table edge.
Further forces from either army entering play after turn one can enter from any table edge or by using their special rules. No model can enter play from the warp rift after turn one. No special rules of any kind will allow more than half (rounded up or down) of the daemon player’s units to enter the game on turn one.
First Turn: The daemon player takes the first turn. There is no Seize the Initiative rule in this scenario.
Falling Back: All forces fall back toward the nearest table edge. In the unusual event that any daemons from either side fall back, they do so toward the warp rift.
Victory Conditions: Each objective is worth one point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. If the daemon player controls all of the objectives at the end of the game, she has achieved a total victory as daemons spill forth and drowns the region in hate and death! If the non-daemon player ends controlling all of the objectives, likewise, he wins a total victory by crushing the nefarious attempts of the Ruinous Power’s powerful servants and bringing peace to the sector for a millennia.
Other Special Rules: Mysterious Objectives (optional), Night Fighting, Slay the Warlord.
Optional and Alternative Rules
- Chaos Extremely Divided: This rule might be fun for games where both players are running daemons. Associate each of the four objectives with a different Chaos God: 1 for Khorne, 2 for Nurgle, and so on. Units containing at least one model, who is a daemon or has a mark of that particular god count as having Objective Secured for that objective. For the oppositely aligned objective the unit cannot have Objective Secured, even if it otherwise would. So a daemon prince of Khorne would have Objective Secured for the Khorne objective but could never have OS for the Slaanesh objective. Plague Bearers, which are Nurgle troops, would not have OS for the Tzeentch objective. (See Chaos Daemons, p. 26 for daemonic alignment.)
- Lightning from the Sky: If a player controls all of the objectives at the end of his player turn he can invoke this rule at the end of his turn. Roll a D6 for every unit on the table. On a 1 the unit is hit by evil energy. Non-vehicle units take 1D6 Str 5, AP — hits. (See BRB, p. 35.) Vehicles take a single hit with the Haywire special rule. Hits ignore cover and use random wound allocation where necessary (see BRB, p. 35).
- No Daemons Here, Sir!: Neither player is playing daemons. Change deployment as follows. Use one of the deployment zones from the core rules (see BRB, p. 131). Roll off and the winner activates one of his units and moves it onto the board from his table edge as if it were coming into the game from reserves, or he can declare the unit is going into regular reserves, is infiltrating, outflanking, etc. The second player then activates one of his units and does the same. Alternate units until there are no units left to be activated. Roll off again to see who takes the first turn. The other player may attempt to Seize the Initiative.
- Rift Drift: If a unit attempts to deep strike within 6″ of the warp rift, the unit rolls 1D3 right before the first model is placed to determine how many D6’s are rolled for scatter. The result applies to all affected units until the end of that player turn. This distance may be modified by special rules or war gear, but never below 1D6, even if the unit has special rules saying it does not scatter.
- Fluctuating Rift: Roll a D12 (or 2D6 if you don’t have a D12) at the start of each game turn. The result is the number of inches from the rift where the Rift Drift rule will affect deep strikers.
- ‘Sorcerer Supreme’ Victory Conditions: These victory conditions replace the normal scenario victory conditions. Each player receives a victory point at the end of his player turn for each objective he controls. The side with the most points at the end of the game wins.
- A further optional rule is to subtract a victory point from a side if it controls no objectives at all at the end of their player turn.
- Superior Reconnaissance: The daemon player’s board edge for purposes of moving reserves onto the battlefield must be the same as the board edge she picked for deployment on turn one. This is to help balance the scenario, since assault armies seem to be advantaged over shooting armies, all other things being equal. If further balancing is needed, the daemon player must declare her board edge before the enemy player deploys.
- Swallow the Sun: If a player controls all four objectives at the end of his player turn, he can decide to invoke Night Fighting, which will last until the end of the next player turn.
- Tactics and Mystics: You can use the tactical cards with this scenario, with either the normal or the Sorcerer Supreme victory conditions. The objectives are numbered 1-4 and the rift is objective 5. Allow the enemy player to set up a sixth objective right before he deploys. Follow the usual rules for objective placement.
- The Emperor’s Tarot: This is used with the Tactics and Mystics optional rule to help balance the scenario, if needed. The enemy player deploys and draws his tactical objective cards before the daemon player deploys. The enemy player may then decide to roll off to see who takes the first turn if he likes the look of his cards, or if both players agree the enemy player can take the first turn without a roll. Note there is no Seize the Initiative rule in this scenario.
- Warp Gate: Any Chaos unit of either army, where each model has the Daemon special rule, coming into the game from reserve may enter play via the warp rift from turn two onward. This rule does not replace the normal turn one deployment rules. (Suggested by Commissar Alex.)
Our Warp Rift: Invasion Games
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I made a couple of small changes.
I got rid of the sentence about outflanking, since reserves can come in from any table edge on turn 2+.
In theory having to put half the points of one’s army in reserve sounds fine, but in practice it is kind of tricky. One shouldn’t have to use a spread sheet in order to deploy for a scenario. So I changed it to half of the daemon player’s units (rounded up or down). Interestingly, I calculated both ways for an 1850 Daemonkin list I’m planning on playing soon, and it came out to the same units. I think having to do math to deploy is probably more Tzeentch’s thing. Khorne would probably lose patience and just murder all of the accountants, mathematicians, rules lawyers, and custom scenario makers within an eight parsec radius. 🙂
Also, one of my friends suggested a rules change allowing daemons greater liberty for coming into the game via the rift. I put his idea in as an optional rule and called it Rift Gate. We’re going to use that optional rule when we play the scenario for the first time.
Another note to myself: Added Superior Reconnaissance and The Emperor’s Tarot optional rules to balance scenario for shooting versus assault armies.
Tricky!! Sounds like good fun though 🙂
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Yes, it’ll be a little tricky, I imagine. 🙂
I’m looking forward to playing the scenario with a couple of friends and seeing how it works out in terms of complexity and playability. The Battle Mission ‘Invasion’ scenario was the first non-BRB I ever played in 40K, so I have fond memories of it. (Lost a close game with my Orks versus Nurgle Daemons.) I’m of the school where I don’t like to just play the same stock scenarios over and over and over again, though some people apparently thrive on that.
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