GW Drop Boarding Actions Rules For Warhammer 40,000

January 4, 2023 by brennon

Games Workshop has been talking in more depth about the upcoming Boarding Actions game mode for Warhammer 40,000. Set in the space hulks, space ships and facilities of the grimdark future, you'll be taking a small group of troops to do battle. With Arks Of Omen: Abaddon just around the cover, this week we got a look at the Boarding Actions Mustering Rules.

Boarding Actions Gameplay - Warhammer 40000

Boarding Actions Gameplay // Warhammer 40,000

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As we discussed earlier in the week, Boarding Actions are small-scale engagements with 500-point forces where you'll be battling it out in interior locations. That means no vehicles, no big monsters and (for the most part) a focus on elite units of infantry.

When you build a Boarding Actions army you don't need to take a HQ or infact any Troops at all. As you can see by the Detachment options below, you could go all Elite units if you really wanted.

Boarding Patrols Detatchment - Warhammer 40000

Boarding Patrols Detachment // Warhammer 40,000

As you might have already twigged, this allows you to do some interesting stuff with your armies when it comes to playing Boarding Actions. You then have to twin this with the new rules for line of sight and movement which mean the tight confines of a space hulk are going to be very interesting to fight in.

To give you an idea of where you need to start when it comes to getting your Boarding Patrols together, Games Workshop released a set of Mustering Rules that you can use to get your force fighting fit. It comes with options for what units are and aren't allowed plus ways in which special rules have been tweaked for each faction.

Boarding Actions Mustering Rules - Warhammer 40000

Boarding Actions Mustering Rules // Warhammer 40,000

There are also some very interesting rules dropped in here for those looking ahead to the future of Warhammer 40,000. There are mentions of the fact that the Adeptus Arbites are available to the Agents Of The Imperium which is cool! It is rumoured that they are going to be introduced alongside the Drukhari in a new Kill Team set later this year.

You'll find more interesting little morsels throughout the document and a lot of people have been intrigued by the mention that Primarchs are allowed in your Boarding Patrols. That's a fair chunk of your points allowance for a standard game but I guess maybe Guilliman could be a one-man wrecking team, smashing his way through bulkheads.

Has this made you more or less tempted by the idea of playing Boarding Actions in Warhammer 40,000?

"There are mentions of the fact that the Adeptus Arbites are available to the Agents Of The Imperium which is cool!"

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