I'm a complete Dark Angels fanboy and had to break the bank and pick up Apocalypse War Zone: Pandorax by Jervis Johnson yesterday.
Here are the specs:
story details Abaddon the Despoiler raiding a death world full of
Imperial mining colonies while a regiment of Catachan Jungle Fighters
were stuck on system. Abaddon goes straight for the largest hive city on
the planet. A man named Colonel Strike of the 183rd Catachan Jungle
Fighters offers resistance but the hive falls and Colonel Strike orders
Imperial retreat to the various mining colonies scattered through the
jungles and mountains. He is surprised when his pursuers back off from
giving chase. Dating back to the Horus Heresy the Pandorax system was
used to channel Daemons straight from the Realm of Chaos through an
underground gate called the Damnation Cache. Only the Ruinous Powers,
some of the Heresy era leaders, and the Grey Knights know of its
existence (because they sealed it off). However, over the past 10,000
years it had been forgotten.
Before Hive Atika falls a distress
call is sent out and it is met with response from a massive Imperial
Fleet and the entire Chapter of Dark Angels. Meanwhile, Abaddon is
joined by the famed Huron Blackheart from the nearby Maelstrom.
book has a very detailed account of the fleet actions that took place
off world and if you still own a bunch of Battle Fleet Gothic ships like
myself you can recreate the fleets, potentially in their entirety and
fight it out. No BFG rules are given in any way, but all of the classes
of ships are named in perfect detail for those that have the ships and
The centerfold battle of the book, the true feature of the
book is absolutely inspirational. It is a battle that takes place
during one of the fleet actions and involves a huge battle taking place
on the Revenge, and Imperial ship, while the battle rages outside
across numerous asteroids and below deck in a separate chamber deck. It
is gorgeous and has a bunch of cool rules.
are then Pandorax specific rules a few pages later for fighting "on
world" that include forests with massive lizards that can eat entire
squads that get too close and the like. As a fan of terrain rules, I dig
this, even though it takes the "Mysterious Forest" rules and takes them
to Apocalypse scale in their effects.
Then there are 3 more Apoc
scenarios. The one that stands out in my mind involves 6 tables
representing massive mountain peaks spaced specifically so you can fire
from one table to another. Also, during Breaks forces can redeploy to
another table. It seems incredibly cool.
Then there's the usual
War Zone Strategem/Effects Cards, Finest Hour rules for a 3 different
commanders, and a bunch of formation sheets.
The Appendix is
great for anyone who doesn't own a bunch of early 2000's 40K crap
because a huge chunk of fluff from the old Codex:Catachan Jungle
Fighters and Battle Fleet Gothic rulebook are printed on the last few
I will say, the Dark Angels don't get as much face time as
I was hoping but this is still an inspirational book and highly
recommended for fans of Imperial Guard (Catachans, Cadians, Vostoyans
represent), Dark Angels, Grey Knights, and of course, Chaos (Chaos Space
Marines, Black Legion, Daemons, and Red Corsairs.)
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