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Grade: 1b
Source: Town Cryer #11 (PDF)
Setting: Lustria

The Lizardmen and indeed their bloated toadlike masters, the Slann, were once the servants of the divine ‘Old Ones’. Ever since the great catastrophe and the departure of the Old Ones from the world the Lizardmen have been closely observing the rituals and plans laid down by the Old Ones as closely as possible. But the tranquil peace of this once hidden race has been shattered forever since the coming of the dreaded ‘Dry Skins’!

Many of the Temple cities of the Lizardmen have been raided and plundered by the likes of Human explorers and other more sinister races. But the plunder is not over as more and more adventurers arrive at the shores of Lustria, drawn by the tall tales told in taverns– tales of cities filled with gold!

The ruined temple cities of Huatl, Tlax and Xahutec are the most frequently raided due to their location near the coast. In recent years, more and more Lizardmen, Elven and Tilean explorers have arrived seeking treasure and arcane knowledge. With the arrival of these intruders the indigenous Lizardmen have been hard-pressed to keep what is rightfully theirs. It is by guerrilla style hit and run attacks by war-parties of Skink and Saurus warriors that somewhat stems the tide of the foreign plunderers. The beaches, the jungle and parts of the ruined cities themselves are home to numerous small bands of these lone defenders against the ravages of the ‘dryskinned ones’.

Not only do the Lizardmen keep watch over the ruins they are also protected by a fiendish variety of traps and mazes of tunnels that lead would-be-robbers around in circles. The plunderers are thus forced to camp outside the ruins while they explore the depths of the temples and try to overcome the traps.

A player who chooses The Temple Guard to play will find them to be both rewarding and challenging to play. The Lizardmen are the ‘home team’ as it were and enjoy some unique benefits. But they also will have some weaknesses that astute players will enjoy ‘hiding’ from their opponents.

special rules

Scaly Skin: All Lizardmen have a natural save thanks to their thick scales. Saurus have a 5+ save and Skinks have a 6+. This save cannot be modified beyond 6 due to Strength modifiers but any result of ‘no save’ on the injury chart will negate this 6+ save. Light Armour adds +1 to the save, as does the addition of a shield.

Armour: Armour is rare amongst the Lizardmen and the cost of light armour is always 50 gc, even if you are buying it from Equipment chart.

Bite Attack: Saurus have a powerful bite attack, this bite attack uses the Saurus’ own Strength to wound and receive no penalty for not using a weapon. The Bite attack always strikes last, regardless of who charged or which weapon is used. The Bite even attacks after Double-Handed Weapons.

Cold Blooded: All Lizardmen are slow to react to psychology, they may roll 3D6 and select the lowest two dice when taking a psychology test or Rout test. A Lizardmen Warband may never use the Leadership of Saurus or Kroxigor when taking a rout test.

Aquatic: Skinks may move through water terrain with no penalty, and count as being in cover whilst they are in the water.

Jungle born: All Skinks can move through jungle terrain without penalty.

Saurus Rarity: The Slann Mage-Priests would never include more Saurus braves in a Warband than Skink braves and thus you can never have more Saurus braves than Skink braves in the Warband.

Choice of warriors

Your Warband must include a minimum of 3 models and a maximum of 20 models. You have 500 gcs (or the Lizardmen equivalent) to assemble your Warband with.


Skink Priest: Your Warband must be lead by a Skink Priest.

Saurus Totem Warriors: Your Warband may include one Saurus Totem Warrior.

Skink Great Crests: Your Warband may include up to 2 Skink Great Crests.


Skink Braves: Your Warband may include any number of Skink Braves.

Saurus Braves: Your warband may include up to 4 Saurus Braves.

Kroxigor: Your Warband may include a single Kroxigor.

Starting experience

A Skink Priest starts with 20 experience.

A Totem Warrior starts with 11 experience.

Skink Great Crests start with 8 experience

Henchmen start with 0 experience.

Lizardmen Skill Table

Skink Priest
Totem Warrior
Skink Great Crests

Lizardmen special skills & sacred markings

Lizardmen Heroes with the Special skill list available to them may use these skill lists instead of the normal ones when they gain a new skill.

Skinks Only


The Skink is a great hunter and is an expert at sneaking upon his prey unnoticed. The Hero may set up anywhere on the table but no closer than 12" to an enemy and he must start the game in hiding.

Great Hunter

The Skink Great Crest is adept at making the most of the cover available and imposes an additional -1 to hit the Skink if he is in cover, IE a -2 to hit penalty.

Saurus Only

Skills list prohibitions: Saurus cannot receive the Academic skill and can never use missile weapons.

Bellowing Battle Roar

The Saurus’ roar is so deafening that enemy models in base contact suffer -1 to hit in the first round of combat against them.

Toughened Hide

Through years of battle the Saurus’ hide has become hardened and the Saurus will only be taken out of action on a 6+.

Lizardmen equipment lists

The following lists are used by Lizardmen warbands to pick their weapons:

Saurus equipment list

Hand-to-hand Combat Weapons

Dagger1st free/2 gc
Stone Axe (counts as a club)3 gc
Axe5 gc
Sword10 gc
Spear10 gc
Halberd10 gc
Double-handed weapon15 gc

Missile Weapons



Shield5 gc
Bone Helmet10 gc
Light armour50 gc

Skinks equipment list

Hand-to-hand Combat Weapons

Dagger1st free/2 gc
Stone Axe (counts as a club)3 gc
Axe5 gc
Sword (Heroes only)10 gc
Spear10 gc

Missile Weapons

Shortbow5 gc
Bolas5 gc
Javelins10 gc
Throwing Knives15 gc
Blowpipe25 gc


Shield5 gc
Buckler5 gc
Bone Helmet (Skink Priest only)10 gc

New equipment

Poisoned Weapons

Skinks are experts at extracting and refining poisons from poisonous frogs, spiders and snakes. Skink Heroes may buy Dark Venom at a cost of 20 pts and Black Lotus at a cost of 10 pts, both of these items are treated as a common item however the poison may only be used on missile weapons. Only Saurus warriors may buy Dark Venom or Black Lotus and use it on their close combat weapons, and they have to buy it as normal from the Trading chart.

Skink henchmen may buy low-strength Reptile Venom for their missile weapons at a cost of 5 pts per weapon. This poison is a common item. This adds +1 to the Strength of the weapon but does not grant the -1 save modifier. The poison only lasts for one battle and remember that all the henchmen in a group must be armed in the same manner.

Sacred markings

Many Skink and Saurus warriors are born with distinct markings or mutations. They are regarded as being blessed by the gods and often rise to become leaders. A Hero may only have a single Sacred Marking and these may only be bought when you recruit the Hero, not in the middle of a campaign.

Oversized Jaws

40 points

The Saurus has been granted the addition of powerful neck muscles and oversized jaws, even greater than those of a normal Saurus.
The Hero may make his bite attack with +1 Strength. (Saurus Only)

Poison Glands

40 points

The Skink has been gifted with glands that produce a deadly poison.
He may choose to make any number of attacks with his teeth instead of his weapons; these attacks are treated just like a Saurus bite attack. These attacks at +1 save modifier, regardless of the Strength of the Skinks, in addition add +1 to the roll on the Injury table as well. (Skinks only)

Mark of the Old Ones

50 points

This is the greatest mark a Lizardman can be born with, for these Albinos are destined for greatness in the eyes of their gods and other Lizardmen.
The Hero may change one of his failed dice rolls into a successful one; this mark may only be used once per battle and only on actions that the Hero is making himself. You may use this mark on a failed Rout test if you wish.


1 Skink Priest

60 gold crowns to hire

The Warband leader will be one of the handpicked Skink Priests renowned for their reliability. The nature of his mission is to observe the dry skin plunderers and only react if they stray too close to a hidden chamber within the ruined city. The Skink Priest must be able to make the delicate decision of when to attack and when not to. Skink Priests are easily recognisable as they paint their skins with colourful mystic symbols associated with their god. Priests of Chotec for instance have winged serpents drawn upon their bodies, whilst those of Sotek use snake tattoos.


Weapons/Armour: The Skink Priest may be equipped from the Skinks Equipment list.


Leader: The Skink Priest is the leader of the Warband and any Lizardmen within 6" may use his Leadership characteristic for any Leadership tests.

If the Skink Priest is killed you may recruit a new Skink Priest but you must play at least one game without the leader to give him time to join up.

Wizard: The Skink Priest is a Wizard and may use Lizardmen magic.

0 – 1 Saurus Totem Warrior

60 gold crowns to hire

When a Saurus warrior has killed twenty foes he is accepted into one of the three Warrior Totems, Eagle, Jaguar or Alligator. He must then go and kill the animal of his new Totem to prove his worthiness to join. Upon attaining the status of Totem Warrior he is recruited by the Skink Priests to join in forays into the ruined temples.


Weapons/Armour: A Totem Warrior may be equipped with weapons and armour from the Saurus Equipment list.

0 – 2 Skink Great Crests

30 gold crowns to hire

Great Crests, as they are known, are the leaders of many raiding parties and have become skilled at scouting, tracking, ambushing and skirmishing. Their skin is more varied in colour than normal Skinks so they blend in with the jungle more effectively. They also wear leaves or cover themselves in mud to further blend in. They function as leaders and patrol the jungles reporting of the arrival of a new ship laden with plunderers. They lay ambushes or provide a covering hail of arrows and javelins while a hit and run war band retreats back into the jungle.


Weapons/Armour: Skink Great Crests are equipped from the Skinks Equipment list.


(Bought in groups of 1-5)

Skink Braves

20 gold crowns to hire

Many Skinks dwell in the deepest jungles and trackless swamps of Lustria. These Skink braves are fast, agile and intelligent. Although they lack the brute force and sheer aggression of the Saurus they are good at shooting volleys of arrows or javelins. They lack the staying power of the Saurus, because they switch between reckless audacity and sudden panic, this may be due to their very short memories. As soon as a group of Skinks flee out of immediate danger they are likely to forget the experience and regroup for another reckless attack.


Weapons/Armour: Skink Braves may be equipped from the Skinks Equipment list.

0 – 4 Saurus Braves

40 gold crowns to hire

Saurus have thick, horny, scaly hides which protect them as natural armour. Saurus are sufficiently intelligent to understand clear and simple commands. They make excellent warriors but they are not much good at anything else. They are extremely stubborn and are very hard to shift in battle. They are very ferocious creatures and will rip at an enemy until they are slain.


Weapons/Armour: Saurus Braves may be equipped from the Saurus Equipment list.

0 – 1 Kroxigor

200 gold crowns to hire

Kroxigor resemble Saurus but are much bigger and are far more powerful creatures. They are not very intelligent and their speech is limited to a blood-curling roar. They are strong and mainly used for construction goaded into working by the nimble Skinks.


Weapons/Armour: The Kroxigor is equipped with a halberd.

Special Rules

Scaly skin: Kroxigor has a natural save of 4+.

Aquatic: Kroxigor may move through water with no penalty, and count as being in cover whilst in water.

Cause Fear: Kroxigor are large and frightening monsters that cause Fear.

Large: Kroxigor stand out amongst the rest of the Warband and may be picked out by an archer even if he is not the closest model.

Animal: Kroxigor are slow-witted creatures that never learn from their mistakes. The Kroxigor doesn’t gain experience.