Skaven Warpfire-Cannon

This page contains the new rules for the warpcannon. For the old (5th edition) rules look here.

HISTORY

The warpfire cannon The Warpfire Cannon is an invention of the young Warlock Engineer Jagash Stripeskin. By its friendship with the clan Moulder he could receive special giant rats, which are so strong that they can pull a giant wooden chariot.
Jagash developed a special Warpfire cannon. A cannon with an enormous kill potential. This device laid out for the defense of fortresses, has an enormous weight. Since one cannot gain much fame with the defense, Jagash developed a plan for an offensive weapon. Jagash fastened the cannon on a wooden frame. Then he connected some wheels to the frame, not unlike the wheels of a screaming bell. At this point Jagash could use its friendship with clan Moulder, because no regiment wanted to push a untested war machine which contains more than 40 gallons of highly explosive liquid fuel.
Now Jagash plans to destroy and enslave whole Ork clans with his marvelous new machine. The first tests on some sklaves were very promising (and messy).


RULES

The cannon cost's 250 points and count's as a special unit. The warpfire cannon has the same rules as a normal chariot and uses the following profile
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The wagon has a 4+ armour save.
If a hit wounds the wagon, roll once for every lost hitpoint on the following table.
Profile M WS BS S T W I A LD
Wagon 6 - - 6 6 6 - - -
Skaven Crew - 3 - 3 - - 4 3 10
Rats - 3 - 3 - - 3 4 -
D6 throw Effect
1 The hit lightens the fuel. The whole wagon is destroyed in a spectacular explosion. Every model in a 3 inch radius is hit on 4+ and suffers a Strenght 4 hit from flying wood debrise.
2 The tank now leaks fuel and the wagon starts to burn. The wagon suffers a Strength 4 hit in every (friendly) Skaven movement turn starting with next turn..
3-4 A fuel hose is hit. The cannon cannot shoot any more.
5-6 Nothing happens.


WARPFIRECANNON ATTACK

The Warpfirecannon is a larger version of the normal, portable warpfire thrower. Jagsh modified the barrel and all pipes to allow a higher pressure. The cannon is attached to a special mount which allows to turn it in every direction.
The effects of the warpfire remains nearly the same. The liquid burning petrolium sticks on the skin while the warpstone dust mutates the victim. The result is a smoking heap of burned flesh.

You will need the teardrop-shaped flamer template. The template is placed so that its rounded end is pointing at the target and the pointed end is touching the cannon. To determine the distance where the Warpfire lands roll with up to and including 5 six sided dice. The template is then moved forward in as many inches as the sum of the dice. If you did roll one or more ones something has gone wrong. Roll on the appropriate table.
The cannon can be fired when the wagon is in a HtH combat, but only target the regiment, this wagon is fighting against.
The crew

Damage

Each model touched by the template is hit, like with a normal breath attack. Any model hit suffers a strength 5 hit with a -2 save modifier from he warpflame.
Any regiment that suffers casualties has to make a panic test or flee immediately just as with a normal warpfire thrower.

Rolling one 1

D6 throw Effect
1 Kaboom! The cannon explodes and the whole crew is killed. The whole upper platform with the firing mechanism is obliterated. The rats run in every direction. Remove the wagon.
2-3 A valve is stuck and no shot leaves the cannon this round, even though a frustrated Skaven gunner kicks it. You can shoot again next round.
4-5 The pressure was way too high. Roll again for the distance of this shot but use two more dice than you did in this roll (even if you use more than 5 dice.
6 The trigger is stuck and so the cannon will shoot next round with at least 3 dice even if you don't want to. The shot of this round goes off normally.

Rolling two 1

D6 throw Effect
1-2 Kaboom! The Cannon explodes. A large mushroom cloud remains where former the wagon stood. Only a burned ruin remains of the wagon and its crew.
Every model in a 3" radius suffers a Strength 3 hit on 4+ due to the shock wave.
3-4 An Explosion in one of the fuel pipes frightens the rats to the death.
They are immediately running 3D6 inch in a random direction. At the end of the movement the Wagon explodes in a spectacular explosion destroying it.
Flying fragments cause a Strength 3 hit on 4+ for every model in a 2" radius.
5-6 The tank is broken and now leaking fuel. A small explosion and the following fire frightens the rats. They are now dragging the wagon 6 inch in every friendly movement phase in a straight line.
When the wagon hit's something the effect is handled normally. Afterwards the movement continues until the wagon leaves the field or is destroyed.

Rolling three 1

D6 throw Effect
1-2 The explosion fires the whole wagon 4D6" in a random direction. All models under the landing fireball suffer a Strenght 7 hit which causes D6 wounds.
3-4 Kaboom! The Cannon explodes. A large mushroom cloud remains where former the wagon stood. Only a burned ruin remains of the wagon and its crew.
Every model in a 3" radius suffers a Strength 3 hit on 4+ due to the shock wave.
5-6 An Explosion in one of the fuel pipes frightens the rats to the death.
They are immediately running 3D6 inch in a random direction. At the end of the movement the Wagon explodes in a spectacular explosion destroying it.
Flying fragments cause a Strength 4 hit on every model in a 4" radius.

Rolling four or more 1

D6 throw Effect
1-5 The wagon starts on it's cosmic voyage. You can follow the way of the flying machine for three minutes as it travels to the moon.
Remove the wagon from the game.
6 Kaboom! The Cannon explodes. A large mushroom cloud remains where former the wagon stood. Only a burned ruin remains of the wagon and its crew.
Every model within 5" suffers a Strength 4 hit due to the shock wave.

The crew


Links

For the old (5. edition) rules follow this link.
For an other destructive Skaven device, the feared Black Arc, look at Bob Lippmans page. He also has some good articles about modelling you own figures. And here is his logo:
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Last updated August 22 2012