Astra Militarum Regiment Tactics & List: Cadia

Let’s dive back into Astra Militarum with some Regiment Specific list builds and tabletop tactics! Today, it’s all about the men whose planet broke before they did! FOR CADIA! Check the Tactics Corner for more great articles!

Hey guys and girls, BigVik here continuing my articles on how I build and play my Astra Militarum lists. Today I’ll be using the metrics I discussed in MathHammer: Astra Militarum Overview to build a Cadia themed list, and how I would plan to field it on the table!

If you don’t recall the rules for Cadia, bone up on them in our Grand Leader Reecius’ Codex Review: Astra Militarum Part 1, and Part 2.

The Cadian Regiment tactics really wants you to stand still and shoot, with pretty much all of their rules either adding shots, or increasing the quality of said shots.

Now let’s get to the Army list;

Supreme Command Detachment (Cadian, +1 CP)

Battalion Detachment (Cadian, +3 CP, troops ObSec)

  • HQ- Lord Commissar (Warlord, Grand Strategist, Kurov’s Aquila)
  • HQ- Company Commander
  • TROOPS- 23 Conscripts
  • 2x TROOPS- 22 Conscripts
  • FAST ATTACK- Scout Sentinel w/ Heavy Flamer x2, multi-laser
  • 3x ELITE- 5 Ratlings


  • Spearhead Detachment (Cadian, +1 CP, Leman Russes ObSec)
  • HQ- Knight Commander Pask w/ punisher cannon, 3 heavy bolters
  • 3x HEAVY SUPPORT- Leman Russ w/ punisher cannon, 3 heavy bolters

What it does:The list will have 8 Command Points after you stick Kurov’s Aquila on the Lord Commissar, this will allow you to refund all command points you spend on a 5+, and every time your opponent uses a stratagem, you GET one command point on a 5. More command points? Yes Please!

Having 4 Primaris Psykers and an Astropath gives you a large degree of access to the Psykana meaning that on the approach you’ll have a unit at +1 to save, and another at -1 to hit, not to mention the ability to auto pass morale on one unit, which is situationally brilliant. Finally once they close, you have 4 reliable smites, and some staves to smack people with!

The ShadowSword is there to take down other center piece models like knights, Magnus, whatever. Keep in mind, that you can either vengeance for Cadia if the target is Chaos to re-roll the world, or you can hit the target up with one of the Leman Russes to give the ShadowSword +1 to hit by using the Overlapping Fields of Fire strategem, along with either -1 to hit or +1 to save, combined with a personal Enginseer to ensure he lives as long as possible.

The sentinels and ratlings keep things from getting to you the first couple turns, the conscripts give you another turn or two. This means you have as many as 4 turns to blast your opponent to kingdom come between the Shadowsword, and Pask, with his other three dakka Russes which are there for clearing infantry off objectives, which they are very good at doing. while you use the fact that your leman russes and remaining conscripts are ObSec to score objectives.

Additional Relics: the company commander is in there to be a flex relic, either relic of Cadia for one turn of SUPER gun line, or the dagger of Tus’Sakh to get an ambushing with a unit off the side of the board for progressive objective scoring.

Strengths: This list has the ability to kill a knight a turn, pure and simple. The Shadowsword can alternatively kill about 2 rhinos a turn to upturn the contents out so the leman russes can mulch them under weight of dice, this means the army can take down pretty much everything there is. Also do flyers have you down? well Pask hitting on 3’s re-rolling 1’s with 49 shots is a pretty good cure for those ails (apply additional dakka Russes as needed to reduce irritation).

Weaknesses: This list really doesn’t like progressive missions, it wants to sit still in the corner, and shoot the hell out of your opponent, this means that a particularly sturdy army will be able to run to objectives and keep some every turn, by the end of the game you will have almost tabled them, but there are definitely mission packets (the new ITC in particular) which are going to make games a race to cripple your opponent, then grabbing objectives to actually WIN the game.

I feel this list shows a lot of the tools which Cadians love, lots of tanks, big guns, a faithful bodies for the Emporer.

Well that’s all I’ve got for today, tune back in next time when we continue looking at the Regiments of Renown of Astra Militarum!

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About BigVik

A gaming magpie, BigVik currently maintains perpetual noob status, playing Menoth and Khador in Warmachine, and Imperial Guard in 40k. He works as a professional coach and process consultant in his professional life, and loves bringing this into his gaming and writing.

19 Responses to “Astra Militarum Regiment Tactics & List: Cadia”

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    Darren November 9, 2017 11:18 am #

    supreme command is 0-1 elites

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      Dakkath November 9, 2017 12:54 pm #

      All that has to be done is move the techpriest to the spearhead.

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    PrimoFederalist November 9, 2017 11:46 am #

    I may actually look into getting a Shadow Sword given how often you see Magnus and Mortarion on the table top.

    • Reecius
      Reecius November 9, 2017 12:40 pm #

      I keep telling people, the Banesword (EDIT: Banehammer!) is the best one. The Quake (EDIT: Tremor) Cannon is so, stupidly powerful.

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        Jimbojones November 9, 2017 2:33 pm #

        Yeah but you also keep saying put large blos terrain in the middle, so mortarion won’t be seen and slowed by the quake until he’s already arrived and murderizing 😜

        • Reecius
          Reecius November 10, 2017 9:11 am #

          Lol, fair enough, but even we don’t use terrain big enough to block Magnus or Morty.

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        PrimoFederalist November 9, 2017 8:01 pm #

        S14, -4AP, 1D6 damage which converts 1s & 2s to 3s > S16, -5AP, 2D6 damage??

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        OnboardG1 November 10, 2017 1:28 am #

        The Quake Cannon is good, but in a fast-moving infantry meta doesn’t the Tremor Cannon on the Banehammer have quite a lot of utility?

        • Reecius
          Reecius November 10, 2017 9:12 am #

          Oops, I meant Banhemmar! Lol, yes, the Tremor Cannon is where its at.

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    Tomguycot November 9, 2017 12:23 pm #

    This list will rule planet Bowling Ball with an iron fist!

    • Reecius
      Reecius November 9, 2017 12:38 pm #


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        Jimbojones November 9, 2017 2:40 pm #

        Until it meets stacked negs to hit. There’s a lot of -2 running around like now and cadia hitting on 6s are just a big nerf party.

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        Jimbojones November 9, 2017 2:40 pm #

        Until it meets stacked negs to hit. 😛There’s a lot of -2 running around like now and cadia hitting on 6s are just a big nerf party.

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          Luke November 10, 2017 8:26 am #

          That’s where overlapping fields of fire comes in and save Cadian IG from being useless at shooting, unlike the other regiments.

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    Loyce November 9, 2017 5:35 pm #

    You can’t put the Kurov’s Aquila on a non-officer.

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    AbusePuppy November 10, 2017 3:51 pm #

    If the list is trying to maximize command points, why not run a brigade? You’ve already got three EL, three HS, and three FA units, plus more than enough HQs.

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      Dakkath November 10, 2017 10:11 pm #

      not enough troops and he’d lose ObSec on the russes

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    Cliffy June 26, 2018 8:06 pm #

    I don’t understand the point of conscripts anymore. Rather than take 67 conscripts, why not just take 6 infantry squads with 4 plasma? They will bubble wrap just as effectively, suffer less from morale, shoot and fight better, will always accept orders and have 4 plasma guns to boot, at the expense of 7 bodies.

    • Reecius
      Reecius June 26, 2018 9:47 pm #

      You take conscripts for one reason these days: they are much, much more efficient on defense. You get 3 times the impact from any buff if you take a full unit of 30.

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