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Ok so ive been playing 40k since rogue trader (with a ten year break in the middle). I just got back into the game with some gusto.
So here is an old house rule of mine that applied to both marines and chaos. Its the rule of brother bob.
It simple any one single infantry model thats not a character can be brother bob. Brother bob gets to re-roll one dice at anytime for any reason once during the game. This rule created some great heroic stands and always added a bit of extra fun into the game.
Hope you guys like it, Its a great rule thats always worth a laugh!
Why just Marines and Chaos?
We used to just play chaos vs marines. Eldar and orks didn't excite us much then.
I wouldn't think there's any reason not to let all armies have this rule. Is Brother Bob nominated at the start of the game or whenever you need a re-roll?
Sounds like the original rule was at the start of the game, but I like the thought of nominating (a different) Brother Bob at the start of every turn.
Each army needs a suitable name for their "lucky" characters.
Lukky-Un for Orks and Sucker-Punch Eddy or Catachan-Kiss Billy for ImpGuard?
I've played a rule like that, but it is modified in that instead of just one re-roll once, 'Brother Bob' gets to re-roll 1D6/turn for any roll except leadership. Brother Bob had to be troops choice though, so that nobody could Brother Bob a Terminator (ouch)
How about this:
Once per game, at any point in the game, a single infantry model belonging to a troop choice may reroll a single D6 roll to hit (shooting or close combat), to wound, or to save. Leadership rolls are not allowed because it would affect his entire unit, not the individual model.
To be eligible for the reroll, the chosen model may not have any points spent on upgraded weapons or armour from the basic profile in its troop entry.
The rule is only for troop choices, but in all honesty its just as much fun to pick who is brother bob on the fly (the rule of the hidden bob if you like) as it is to nominate who is actually brother bob (you could even go as far as painting brother bob on the shoulder of the mini). But since I started playing again a mate of mine has decided one of his fire warriors is his brother bob. thought he is yet to think of a suitable name (name the firewarrior anyone?).
But the rule is 1d6 once a game for any reason.
Seriously most of the time you will pick the re-roll is to save your all important trooper who is holding the line against a whole bunch of genstealers or some such. if your going to use it every round then it kinda defeats the point of making a "heroic stand" when it counts most.
But hey decide with your regular opponents they might need the re-roll every turn!
Oh and for those who are wondering for choas the guys called traitor bob
I remember way, way back in the dark days of 2nd edition, my Khornate Terminators appeared behind an Eldar opponents lines.
We had just laid waste to a squad of some Striking Scorpions and had sustained quite a bit of return fire which we weathered quite nicely.
Back then terminators made their save by getting 3 on 2d6, and Khorne terminators on 2 on 2d6 so we were pretty durable.
An eldar support weapon crew had just blasted away with their wonder weapon and done nothing.
The secondary support eldar guy, the one that looks like he's carrying his lunch box or something turned around and let me have it with his shuriken pistol.
Vip. Dead Terminator.
I boggled at this, but thought to myself, "No big deal, I'll just charge in and kill that guy next round."
So next turn came and we did indeed charge the support weapon crew.
Well, an number of improbable die rolls later and that support crew guy was still alive and I'd lost another terminator.
Next turn the Avatar and a banshee exarch slammed into my frenzied nutjobs and made short work of them.
At the end of the game that %^!&% lunch box toting eldar was still alive.
And so a legend (in our small gaming circles) was born.
I don't think we ever gave that model any special rules, although I'm pretty sure some fudging of some die rolls went on in later games.
Be that as it may, I don't think that guy ever died from then on.
Oddly enough, we also called him Bob.
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