Some info on how flyers are working in 9th ed 40k!
Get ready to don your flying goggles and finest neck scarf,* as today, we’re looking at the rules for Flyers in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000.
The Danger Zone
Your Flyers will soon be coming and going as they please – no more bugging out or flying off into the sunset! If it leaves the battlefield, a Flyer can just swoop around to return later in the battle and deliver a murderous strafing run. In the new edition, the danger zone is very much ON the battlefield, right where it belongs!
“Requesting permission for a fly-by…”
When a Flyer moves off the battlefield, it can enter Strategic Reserves,** meaning it’ll be available to return to the battle later in the game. What’s more, they can move onto the battlefield with far greater freedom than any other units arriving in this manner. In fact, your aircraft will be able to come and go as they please, provided that your opponent doesn’t spoil their fun by shooting them down…
Freedom of the Skies
Another key feature of the new rules for Flyers is how they interact with units on the ground. As aircraft are typically soaring overhead and not skimming along the ground, they don’t interfere with them or hinder their movement in any way. After all, a Flyer’s base is only there to help keep it aloft! Here are the highlights of how this works…
The bullet points above are actually a preview of how each rules topic is conveniently summarised at the end of each section for easy reference. If you need a reminder, check the bullet points, but if you seek further clarification, you just read the full description above them. If only all things in life were that simple!
You’ll also have noticed a new keyword being referenced in those rules – Aircraft. That’s because, where appropriate, many Flyers will now gain the Aircraft keyword to allow more specific rule interactions, such as those used with Infantry, Monsters, Vehicles and the like. In case there’s any doubt, at the back of the Warhammer 40,000 Core Book, you’ll find this handy list that officially clarifies which units gain the new Aircraft keyword.*** Chocks away!
So, now that you know how Flyers are (landing) gear-ing up for the new edition, how do you plan to use your Aircraft? Which new Flyers will you be adding to your budding air fleet? Let us know on the Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page. And if you’ve got a Flyer your especially proud off, remember to share it with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #New40K.
* Other suitably dashing pilot outfits are also available.
** We’ll be bringing you more information on how Strategic Reserves work soon, so watch this space!
*** The list of Forge World Flyers receiving the Aircraft keyword will be included in their rules updates on the same day that the new edition is launched.
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