Mortarion (also known as the Death Lord) was one of the original twenty Primarchs. He was given command of the Death Guard Legion on the arrival of the Emperor to his world but he turned to the forces of Chaos during the Horus Heresy. (via lexicanum)

So this morning we have some information regarding the Primarch of the Deathguard, as I am sure he is to be one of the favorites.



via a hobbyist that does not want his name shown
Mortarion the Reaper

Mortarion is tough, real tough. His weapon skill, toughness and wounds are nurgle's sacred number! He has a few special rules that make him even tougher however.

Because of his resilience, Mortarion rerolls failed Toughness tests AND 'it will not die!' rolls. He also automatically passes dangerous terrain tests. To top it off, any weapons that wound on a fixed roll (including but not limited to poisoned weapons) only affect Mortarion on a roll of 6 instead.
Mortarion also passes all deny the witch rolls on a 4+.
Convinced yet?

His drawback seems to be he's slow in assault. His battle scythe, Silence, is essentially a power axe and nunwieldy. But I'm sure he can take the hits. Besides, it also causes instant death, rerolls failed armour penetration rolls and can trade all attacks for a sweep attack, that's one attack per model in base contact.
There are rules for his Censers and the Lantern. Both are very strong ranged weapons although range isn't too far.

I've mentioned before, Mortarion can assault a minimum of 18" in one turn. This is linked with his Reaper-like qualities. In addition to causing -1 on leadership tests caused by his fear, Mortarion may make a special move instead of running or shooting if he passes a leadership test. Mortarion (and ONLY Mortarion) redeploys up to 10" away regardless of terrain as long as there's room and he isn't within 3" on an enemy model. This is clearly to stop the ability making assaults garunteed (which are specifically allowed, although become a disordered charge) but how often do you roll snake eyes for assault? Probably just when you need it... Still, that's a maximum assault potential of 28" a turn. That's a fair trade in my books.

The last big trick up his sleeve? Mortarion is a pretty generous guy, all Death Guard in the army gain Stubborn (unless already Fearless) and frag grenades/missiles and havoc launchers gain the poisoned 4+ rule.


via HERO from HERO'S Gaming Blog (there is more information there)
http://lkhero.blogspot.com/2012/09/mortarion-and-fulgrim-primarch-stats.html

WS 7 BS 5 S 6 T 7 W 7 I 5 A 5 Ld 10 Sv 2+
Unit Type: Infantry (Character)
Unit Character: 1 (Unique)
Wargear:
The Barberan Plate
2+ Armour Save, 4+ Invun

Silence Str +1 AP 2
Type
Melee, Instant Death, Sunder (may re-roll armour pen rolls), Unwieldy, Two Handed, Sweep Attack (may exchange all attacks to attack every model in base contact)

The Lantern
Range18" Str 8 AP 2
Type
Assault 1, Sunder

50 Comments:

  1. Are all thesr rules from the 1st book

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  2. Don't all the Primarchs have Fleet as part of the Primarch rules?

    So it's VERY unlikely Morty will fail that 3'' charge :D

    Still though, looks awesome! I love how well each Primarch is done.

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    1. Yes, all primarchs have the rules - Independent character, Eternal warrior, Fear, adamantium will, fleet, fearless, it will not die, master of the legion

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    2. That answers my one concern, I thought he was getting a re-roll to 'it will not die' without access to the rule without psychic powers.

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  3. If Mort is this fast imagine what Fulgrim will be like.

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    1. I saw a statline for him earlier, apparently I8, so not as fast as a KoS

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    2. I10 might be for his daemon prince form later though!

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    3. http://lkhero.blogspot.com/2012/09/mortarion-and-fulgrim-primarch-stats.html

      That has Fulgrim and Mortarion - Fulgrim is absurdly good at killing Marines :P

      Or Great Unclean ones...

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    4. Or Leman Russ! Imagine how fast that sexy beast will be.. XD

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  4. A true Reaper!! Excellent stuff!

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  5. Without having my rulebook on me, if I exchange his attacks to hit every model in base to base, does that include models up to 2" away (since isn't the wording that those models up to 2" away from an engaged model count as being in base to base?). Or is it they may attack and the b2b wording isn't there. I would hate to bog down in hordes.

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  6. Looks awesome, cool rules.



    Also Silence is nunwieldy? That paints a hilarious picture in my head.
    M

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    1. I'm sure nobody has 100% perfect spelling all the time... :P

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  7. Mortarion is immortal O.O
    Natfka, this is the full army-list of Betrayal:
    http://astropate.blogspot.com/2012/09/pre-heresy-army-list.html

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  8. I doubt mortarion has fleet. Not his style. T7 though? Boo ya.

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    1. Fleet is a special rule included in the rule Primarch, then Mortarion has Fleet ;)

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  9. 7W wounded at T7, with armour 2+ and invun 4+. But in the next turn, he can regain a wound with a TL 5+. He's only definable Immortal...

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  10. Why havent ppl posted rules for all primarchs yet? the books out... no secrets anymore

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    1. I think they are all up somewhere. who's rules did you want to know and i can post some of it.

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    2. save me the time of typing out

      http://lkhero.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/mortarion-and-fulgrim-primarch-stats.html

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  11. there are only four primarchs in the first book

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  12. He was a tough Primarch.

    Untill Matt-Draigo happened....

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    1. Me and my buddy just rolled it out, Draigo vs Mortarion... we counted Mortarion as a Daemon but not vulnerable to Daemonbane (seemed a fair trade)...

      Mortarion got his a$$ handed to him. What the hell? S10, Preferred Enemy, Stormshield, 4 wounds and Eternal Warrior.

      Fulgrim beat him though! :)

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    2. Well to begin with, Mortarion wouldn't be counted as a Demon as presented here is still a loyalist. Besides that, Draigo's sword is AP3 while Mortarion is going straight through Draigo's armor. I'm thinking that little combat should be redone.

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    3. That's the problem with these rules. Matt Ward's ****ing stupid characters can kill a Primarch. So much fluff violation...
      ... Non-Matt Ward fluff, that is.

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    4. Unholy Martyr! You saved me! I forgot Draigo's sword was AP3 - I'm demanding a re-match.

      In regards to the Daemon thing though, we decided that was fair due to points difference and the story has Mortarion as a Daemon-Primarch.

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    5. Something small but I love how he passes dangerous terrain tests. Very true to the fluff. Nice touch FW. :)

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    6. Oops that wasn't supposed to be a reply. D'oh!

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    7. I used Mathhammer, and Mortarion has twice as much chance of regenerating a wound (0.55) as Draigo has of inflicting a single wound (0.27), even at the S10 he wouldn't get. Assuming he gets Hammerhand, he has a 0.11 chance of wounding Mortarion, and without it a mere 0.05 chance.

      Mortarion's chance of regenerating a wound each turn is either 5 or 10 times higher than Draigo's chance to wound him, and still 2 times if you're generous to the Titansword.

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    8. Counting him as a Daemon though, (as discussed), Draigo has 4 attacks that hit on 4's. He can re-roll one 'to-hit' roll thanks to the Titan Sword being Master-crafted and he can re-roll 1's for Preferred Enemy Daemons(though he can't re-roll a re-roll) .

      Similarly, at S10 (which is automatic against 'Daemons', should he fail to wound 'Daemon' Mortarion, he can re-roll that too.

      In the original scenario, I forgot the Titansword was AP3 so that gave Mortarion a 4++ and a 5+/5+-It Will not Die at the end of each of Mortarions 'Turns' (It Will not Die doesn't work in enemy turns).

      Mortarion has 5 attacks, hits on 4's, wounds on 2's and Draigo saves on a 3++.

      We rolled it out a few times, Draigo did well if he ignored Mortarions armour and Mortarion counted as a Daemon (which is wrong on 2 levels).

      If the Titansword was AP3 and Mortarion counted as a Daemon Morarion won easily (wrong on one level).

      If Mortarion didn't count as a Daemon it wasn't even worth rolling out (Fair fight).

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  13. Rematch: - Mortarion took a grand total of one wound by the time Draigo was dead, and that was only due to my seeming inability to roll It Will Not Die (even with a re-roll...)

    All is right with the world again.

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    1. You must be bad at those rolls, statistically he's very unlikely to be on less than 7 by the end! Did you do an It Will Not Die roll after Draigo died, if it was Mortarion's turn next?

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    2. Yeah, at the end of every friendly turn I attempted a ('twin-linked') It Will Not Die.

      Just couldn't seem to make it!

      *shrug*

      Still though, at least Mortarion won.

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  14. I rolled it out myself forgetting that draigo was ap3 and assuming Mortarion was a daemon.

    Mortarian wins efforlessly.

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    1. Were you remembering Preferred Enemy? That the Titansword was Master-crafted? That 'It Will Not Die' only works at the end of a friendly turn?

      They have the same WS, Draio's attacks are more accurate and if he (conveniently) ignores Mortarion's armour he has a better save 3++ vs 4++.

      Either way, done correctly, Mortarion doesn't even take a scratch, so it's immaterial really!

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  15. i wonder what magnus would be like

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    1. Crazy ass pysker who and will probs have the stupidity rule considering all his fails during the heresy. :P

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    2. He didn't fail, he just never wanted to betray his dick dad. in fact the fact the emporer got so pissed at him for using psyker shit is funny since the emporer made him that way. total fluff errors there.

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    3. and then the emperor creates the grey knights

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  16. Would be Magnus looks at draigo and draigo pops like a ripe zit lol.

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  17. Matt ward bashing is stupid and if you do it, you're stupid.

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  18. There's one thing that I just don't get. Doesn't unwieldy mean I1? Primarchs are - according to fluff - not just incredibly strong and tough, they are FAST - I remember when Garro upset Dorn in FOTE Dorn was on him without Garro even seeing him move. I think Horus also has an unwieldy weapon. Striking last doesn't seem right?

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    1. Yeah it does seem a little strange, at least Horus has the opportunity to use his other weapon!

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    2. To be fair, he needs some sort of drawback. Angron is a butcher but he's limited to a 3+ regular save. In the fluff, his sythe's blade is as long as a man, so hopefully the model will have a big ass sythe to show it.

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  19. He is a primarch!! how is he only WS7 and BS 5!!!

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