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My Inquisitor: Tactics

I introduced my Inquisitor Model in this post. Not only does he look awesome, but I look forward to using him in a game eventually. 


After reviewing the Codex, I think I’m going to field him when/if I ever play. His value as a special, stubborn independent character with 3 wounds is awesome:

Ordo Malleus Inquisitor: 

Inquisitor 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 10 4+

Base cost: 
25 points

Wargear: Carapace armour, bolt pistol, chainsword, frag grenades, krak grenades, psky-out grenades

Special Rules: Independent Character, Stubborn

Replace bolt pistol with combi-melta – 10 points

Replace chainsword with Daemonblade – 15 points

Take up to three servo-skulls – 3 points each

Upgrade to Psyker (Mastery Level 1) and a single roll on Divination, Pyromancy, Telekinesis or Telepathy disciplines – 30 points

Total: 83 points (with one servo skull)

The single roll on  Divination will be really awesome. Each game I’ll pick up a good blessing power, and because of Psychic Focus I’ll always get the Primaris Power of Prescience which allows a unit to re-roll failed “To Hit” rolls.

The Daemonblade itself is rather crazy-awesome, but random:

Every Daemonblade has two daemonic powers randomly generated from the following list before the army is deployed. If the same result is rolled twice, you can choose the Daemonblade’s second daemonic power.
2D6 – Daemonic Power
2-3 – Warpflame:  Attacks made with the Daemonblade are resolved at +3 Strength.
4 – Unholy Speed: The wielder has +3 Attacks.
5 – Etherblade: The Daemonblade has an AP of 2.
6 – Vampyre:  When the Daemonblade inflicts an unsaved wound, its wielder immediately gains +1 Wound (to a maximum of 10).
7 – Daemonic Feud: Close combat attacks from this sword always wound Daemons on a roll of 2+. Furthermore, Daemons must re-roll any successful invulnerable saves against any wounds caused by this Daemonblade.
8 – Deathlust: The wielder of the Daemonblade has the Furious Charge and Rage special rules.
9 – Dark Resurrection: The wielder of the Daemonblade has the Feel No Pain and Eternal Warrior special rules.
10 – Daemon Venom: The Daemonblade has the Poisoned (2+) special rule.
11+ – Familiar: The wielder generates one additional Warp Charge point in each of his turns. In addition, the Daemonblade gains the Force special rule.


If I’m playing against a Chaos or Daemon-based army, I might use him as my Primary Detachment so I can use his Warlord Traits:

1. Unquestionable Wisdom: The Warlord and his unit can choose to pass or fail any Morale checks they are called upon to make.
2. Reader of the Tarot: Whilst the Warlord is alive, you can roll two dice and choose the result you want when rolling for Reserves, Outflank, mysterious terrain or mysterious objectives.
3. Burner of Worlds: Once per game, your Warlord can call down an orbital attack in his Shooting phase. This counts as firing a ranged weapon with the profile below. This does not prevent the Warlord and his unit from declaring a charge against the target unit that turn.

Range S AP Type
Infinite 10 1 Ordnance 1,
Large Blast,

Orbital: If an arrow is rolled on the scatter dice, an orbital bombardment always scatters the full 2D6” – the Warlord’s Ballistic Skill makes no difference.
4. Daemonhunter: The Warlord and his unit have the Preferred Enemy (Daemons) special rule.
5. Incorruptible: All units with the Daemon special rule within 12″ of the Warlord suffer a -1 penalty to their invulnerable save (to a minimum of 6+). This is cumulative with any other modifiers.
6. Forbidden Lore: If the Warlord is a Psyker, he generates one additional Warp Charge point in each of his turns. If the Warlord is not a Psyker, he has the Adamantium Will special rule.


One last really cool things about Inquisitors is their ability to field Servo-Skulls. They don’t do much on their own, but they look really cool, and can do some interesting support things. For example, the


  • Servo-skulls are treated as counters, rather than units, for all intents  and purposes. They are placed on the battlefield after deployment areas have been determined, but before any forces are deployed.

  • Each Servo-skull can be placed anywhere on the battlefield outside the enemy’s deployment zone. Once deployed, Servo-skulls do not move.

  • Enemy infiltrators cannot set up within 12″ of a Servo-skull. Similarly, enemy scouts cannot use their pre-game move to approach to within 12″ of a Servo-skull.

  • A friendly unit arriving by Deep Strike rolls one D6 less for scatter if it aims to arrive within 12″ of a Servo-skull.

  • Likewise, friendly blast templates placed within 12″ of a Servo-skull roll one D6 less for scatter.

  • Servo-skulls are considered too small and agile to be attacked and cannot be harmed in any way. However, should an enemy unit move within 6″ of a Servo-skull, then the Servo skull will self-destruct or flee the battlefield – remove it from play.

I can see this being really handy for 3 things:

  • Quickly deep striking units into an objective far from the deployment area
  • Less scatter of blasts near the servo skull
  • Prevent pesky scouts and infiltrators from getting too close to my deployment zone
Inquisitor with some of my Astra Militarum Models
Inquisitor with some of my Astra Militarum Models

I have plans on making a really cool retinue or acolyte henchmen warband to accompany my Inquisitor. More on that to come!

Bit Of Fluff

I’ve joined a Facebook group of Warhammer 40,000 players. It’s called a narrative group, but will be based around narrative games. In a fit of inspiration last week, I wrote this as a grimdark introduction to my army and posted it:

” These are dark times indeed.

It was quiet in the cargo hold. Inquisitor Pyradius paced slowly in a dark corner. He muttered quietly to himself as he reviewed the dataslates. His mood was dour, and new news didn’t help.

The Inquisitor and his retinue preferred to stay in cargo holds, engine rooms, and other utility spaces away from the crew. It was as much for their safety as the crews. His retinue did not suffer strangers warmly.

He examined his retinue closely packed but sprawled across the floor of the cold, dark room. They were exhausted from their last encounter, but it would be foolish to assume they were resting unprepared. The Inquisitor spied a melta-gun pointing at the cargo bay door, a half-slumbering acolyte ready at a moment’s notice to defend what was left of the eclectic band.

The group had just returned from a battlefield. They fought valiantly, but we’re forced to quit the field. An exterminatus order was executed to purge the enemy and purify the planet. It didn’t feel like a victory.

The Inquisitor turned his thoughts from his recent foray and back to his dataslate. Reports of incursions in the sector were becoming so numerous that he was starting to lose count. The messages were so frequent and jumbled that it was no longer clear who the agressor was: Heretics? Daemons? Xenos?

He spied his daemonblade resting against the bulkhead. It still bore entrails from the recent battle. Pyradius could also sense the restlessness of the lessor demons entrapped within the massive weapon. He was always nervous using such arcane powers, but he relished using it against the Emperor’s enemies.

The door to the cargo hold burst creaked open. The Inquisitor reflexively pointed his weapon at the door. He quickly lowered it when he spied the regimental commander. His regiment of Imperial Guardsmen had been raised specifically to support the Inquisitor’s activities. It had been whiddled down to but a few squads of hardened veterans over the years. They were sporadically reinforced, but their numbers always remained low.

No pleasantries needed to be exchanged between the two men. After years of shared battle, typical Imperial formalities were no longer necessary. Inquisitor Pyradius gave the commander a morose look. Without a word, the commander understood. He nodded gloomily.

These are dark times indeed.”