Apocalypse War Zone has 10 ratings and 2 reviews. Fabian said: Very Ultramarines. Much Necrons. The Ultramarines get the most attention. Apocalypse Warzone: Damnos – English Information. The Ultramarines return to the planet Damnos where Captain Sicarius was defeated by the Necrons to. Caleb with White Metal Games here and I have a product review for Damnos, Apocalypse War Zone. Since Damnos dropped at the same time.
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Um, guys, remember there were TWO books released last week!
But does the book hold up to the potential of the project. Obviously the apocalypsse boys for 40k are going to hog all the glory and get all the attention. I think part of the issue with this book is the confusion over what it is, exactly. I wxr confused when I bought it and it took giving it a good once over to really grasp the concept of damnps this line of books is or potentially could be.
So What is Damnos? In effect, the name says it all. Last year brought us two great Campaign books. For 40k we got Crusade of Fire. Crusade of Fire was hit or miss with the masses. For fantasy we got Blood in the Badlands. I found a review for it here. Once more, the author mirrors many of my own sentiments.
Basically they published a copy of their campaign notebook from a studio campaign.
Apocalypse War Zone: Damnos, hardback supplement for Warhammer 40,000
The real win in that book was the artwork, the siege engine rules, and a few new battles. These were limited releases. What the corporate mentality is for offering a book for a short time only is beyond me. So if you are interested in zpne a copy of Damnos, you may want to buy while you still can. This is NOT a campaign book as such, nor is it a look at apovalypse studio campaign.
This is an honest to goodness supplement for the Apocalypse rule set. It mostly contains new formations, but there are a smattering of other things in there worth pointing apocalypsee. Of note this story involves a few pretty great Necron named characters, including an overlord called the Undying, Ankh, and Sahtek the Flayer King.
None of them were ever given special rules. More of that later. On page 25 we get our first look at actual rules in the book in the form of a mission called the Battle of the Necropolis.
And so the confusion begins. Damnos is a story told in two parts. The first part of the story involves the Fall of Damnos and the efforts the Ultramarines 2nd Co.
The second part of the story involves the return of the Ultramarine to Damnos, lead by Calgar himself to take back the planet. Under this auspice I would have assumed the first mission of the book, the Battle of the Necropolis, would have been a mission about the original Battle of Damnos itself, perhaps heavily geared in the favor of the Necrons, or at least with some special rules about the marines being unprepared or something like that.
Apparently if the Pylon is destroyed then a model with a Str 6 or higher can use the Pylon as a gun emplacement with the interceptor rule. I can just imagine someone like Calgar swinging the pylon around and taking aim at a Necron ship flying past. But no where in the fluff was this mentioned. At least in a sidebar? On page 26 and 27 a list of units used for this first battle is included.
This is a neat idea, because it gives you a way to recreate a battle that is very specific. You get one Thunderhawk, 1 Land Raider, etc. How many whirlwinds should I use?
I guess I could look at the fold out and count them, but that seems a bit of a stretch. Then we have a few pages of painted models. I will say that on page 29 in the bottom left hand corner is a picture of a new Necron Flayer Lord called Sahtak the Enfleshed, and Sahtak is an honest to god Necron conversion combining an Overlord and Flayed One, which was a cool concept.
Apocalypse: War Zone Damnos – Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum
But one cool model does not a great book make. On page 34 we start to to see some hard core rules. Page 34 makes a note that you should feel free to use these rules in other Apocalypse Battles, in the spirit of Forging the Narrative. Page 35 has a few simple yet evocative rules for terrain on a Damnos table. These reules are simple, easy to follow, but definitely seem to favor the Necrons. But I feel like there might be a few cries of Cheese and Wine before all is said and done.
Page 36 has some Unnatural Disaster rules for these games that really nail the flavor of Damnos damn well. Then there are three Apocalypse missions of varying flavor, each with unique victory conditions and some fun special rules. However, the first of these missions is called The Kellenport Evacuation and part of the victory conditions revolve around evacuating Imperial Guard units from the table by falling back. Apocalypsee again this mission seems out of order.
On page 40 we get nine new Apocalupse Strategic Asset cards and on page 41 we get three apocalypde Finest Hours. In both cases the marines get a few more of either.
The final 20 or so pages apoocalypse the book feature new Apocalypse Formations for either side. One note — the Necron Pylon gets a redux. Also of note the rules for Deathstorm Drop pods are redone 90 points each, either weapon option for the same points. The Terminus Ultra also gets new rules.
Apocalypse War Zone: Damnos
If you take the Spear of Maccrage formation, you can upgrade your Land Raider to a Terminus Danmos the one with all the lascannons to free. Well, despite there being several new named Necron Characters, there were no rules for them.
This was a miss for me. In addition the Undying Overlord is given no special rules at all, neither is Apocalypsw the Flayed Lord. Sort of like the supplements Iyanden or Black Legion. Also, since the Flayed Ones are such a big part of this campaign in terms of flavor, maybe a few special Flayed One rules. Like counting them as troops when you take Sahtak.
What about the how the two dynasties featured in this book interact? Or maybe a few new pieces of Wargear for either side? Relics lost on Damnos but still featured for the sake of the campaign? Not a lot of new concept art, nothing like what I saw in Blood in the Badlands. The new formations are interesting, the new rules are helpful, and it has a few nice pieces of art.
However, could it have been better? So what did you guys think? Search anything and hit enter. Crimson Fists Rules Leaked. December 29th — Imperial Knights Dethroned. Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter.