This edition of Horus Heresy has made a very welcome change when it comes to warlord traits, you can now pick a trait and build your army around it, no longer do you have to roll for a warlord trait that will probably have no bonus for you , and will be forgotten about by turn 1. 

Today we are going to take a look at the 3 core warlord traits in the main rulebook.

Bloody Handed.

Any combat with at least one friendly model within 12″ of this warlord, or a combat which includes this warlord, gains a bonus of +1 to the number of wounds caused for the purpose of combat resolution.

In addition the army whose warlord has this trait may make an extra reaction during the opponents assault phase.

Benefits of this warlord trait.

  • In this edition of Horus Heresy the combat phase seems to be a bit more crucial than in the past and can swing the tide of battle very fast. Gaining that +1 to the number of wounds caused can win you the combat as well as dropping the opponents Leadership value when taking moral checks. This is a very powerful bonus in this edition.
  • Gain an extra reaction.

Stoic Defender

When this warlord or any friendly unit joined by a warlord with this trait makes a shooting attack, the target unit must make a pinning test if it suffers any unsaved wounds.

In addition the army whose warlord has this trait may make an extra reaction during the opponents shooting phase.

Benefits of this warlord trait.

  • forcing your opponent to make pinning tests can be very tactically powerful, especially when planning ahead for other units shooting phase or combat phase. If you pin your target you have a tactical advantage.
  • Pinned units cannot make reactions, so you can shoot away without worrying about the return fire reaction.
  • Charge the pinned unit without worrying about over watch.
  • Gain an extra reaction.

Ever vigilant

When this warlord or any friendly unit joined by a warlord with this trait runs during the movement phase it adds the value of the warlords initiative characteristic +1 to the distance moved.

In addition the army whose warlord has this trait may make an extra reaction during the opponents movement phase.

Benefits of this warlord trait.

  • This warlord trait is tailored for assault armies. Allowing you to get your warlord across the battlefield as fast as possible.
  • Gains an extra reaction.

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