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Blackpowder Weapons

Blackpowder weapons are only a very recent invention in the Warhammer world. They are often unreliable and temperamental but they do hit exceedingly hard and armour offers almost no protection, as their lead bullets can penetrate even the strongest breastplate or shield.

Most blackpowder weapons are bought from Dwarfs at great expense, though some of the forges of Nuln and Altdorf have started to experiment with making handguns.

Blunderbuss

A blunderbuss is a primitive blackpowder weapon, which fires a hail of lead balls, rusty bolts, bent nails, and other assorted scrap metal. It is a powerful, if erratic, weapon and takes such a long time to load that most warriors discard it after the first shot.

Maximum Range: Special;
Strength: 3;
Special Rules: Shot, Fire once

Special Rules

Shot: When your model fires the blunderbuss, draw a line 16" long and 1" wide in any direction from the firer (the line must be absolutely straight). Any and all models in its path are automatically hit by a Strength 3 hit.

Fire Once: It takes a very long time to load a blunderbuss so it may only be fired it once per battle.

Double-barrelled

Knowing Ostlanders’ penchant for impressive weaponry (and ready willingness to spend excessive amounts of money) a weaponsmith from Hochland decided to weld two barrels together on a pistol and sell it for twice the price. The warband was so impressed with their new weapon that they asked him to do the same to their hunting rifle. Since then, the weaponsmith has been flooded with orders from some of the most powerful warbands in Mordheim.

A double-barrelled gun (of any sort) is treated exactly like a normal version with one exception. Any enemy is hit by two blasts rather than one (ie, a pistol causes two S4 hits rather than one for each successful hit). However, each barrel takes a full turn to reload (although if you reload only one barrel you can fire it like a normal pistol/rifle). If you own a brace of double-barreled pistols you may fire them every other round (rather than every round like a normal brace).

Double Barrelled Pistols

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

Originally created by a forward thinking blacksmith in Ostland for a vampire hunter, the engineers in the College at Nuln picked up on the trick very quickly. The design was simple enough; it is merely a pistol with a pair of barrels and a two-part trigger, which is capable of firing one or both barrels at a time, giving it the ability to punch a hole in even the toughest armour.

Maximum Range: 6";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Prepared Shot, Save Modifier, Hand-to-hand, Double-barrelled

Prepare shot: A duelling pistol takes a complete turn to reload, so your model may only fire every other turn. If he has a brace of duelling pistols he may fire every turn.

Save modifier: Duelling pistols are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a duelling pistol must make his armour save with a -2 modifier.

Hand-to-hand: Pistols can be used in hand-to-hand combat as well as for shooting. A model armed with a pistol and another close combat weapon gains +1 Attack, which is resolved at Strength 4 with a -2 save modifier. This bonus attack can be used only once per combat. If you are firing a brace of pistols, your model can fight with 2 Attacks in the first turn of close combat. These attacks are resolved with a model’s Weapon Skill like any normal close combat attack and likewise may be parried. Successful hits are resolved at Strength 4 and with a -2 save modifier, regardless of the firer’s Strength.

Double-barrelled: A double-barrelled weapon is a tricky piece of engineering, but it’s a wonderful piece for combat. When firing such a weapon, the bearer must declare whether he is firing one or both barrels. If firing a single barrel, treat the shot as you would a normal weapon. However when firing both barrels, the method changes slightly:

  • To hit: roll a single dice as you would normally. This allows for a narrow field of fire emanating from the weapon.
  • To wound: roll for each shot individually, as each shot can wound on it’s own. Treat each shot that inflicts Critical Hits separately.
  • Reloading: After firing both barrels, place 2 tokens on the model. In your next shooting phase remove 1 token to represent one barrel having been reloaded. Token removal should be the last thing done in your shooting phase and you cannot shoot in the same phase as your reload.
  • Firing a Brace: If you fire both guns and barrels at the same time, place 4 tokens down, 2 each of different colours (one for each pistol in the brace). Remove one token of each colour every turn.

Double Barrelled Duelling Pistols

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

A natural evolution from the double-barrelled pistol, but it has proven less popular than envisaged. It had been thought that nobles would invest in them as a showpiece and put a stop to pointless duels, as who would want to shoot a rival who could shoot, miss, and then shoot again, even if you got two shots at them as well. Perhaps the designer should have put a few more hours thinking into it.

Maximum Range: 9";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Accuracy, Prepared Shot, Save Modifier, Hand-to-hand, Double-barrelled

Accuracy: A duelling pistol is built for accuracy as a skilled duellist is able to hit a coin from twenty paces. All shots and close combat attacks from a duelling pistol have a +1 bonus to hit.

Prepare shot: A duelling pistol takes a complete turn to reload, so your model may only fire every other turn. If he has a brace of duelling pistols he may fire every turn.

Save modifier: Duelling pistols are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a duelling pistol must make his armour save with a -2 modifier.

Hand-to-hand: Pistols can be used in hand-to-hand combat as well as for shooting. A model armed with a pistol and another close combat weapon gains +1 Attack, which is resolved at Strength 4 with a -2 save modifier. This bonus attack can be used only once per combat. If you are firing a brace of pistols, your model can fight with 2 Attacks in the first turn of close combat. These attacks are resolved with a model’s Weapon Skill like any normal close combat attack and likewise may be parried. Successful hits are resolved at Strength 4 and with a -2 save modifier, regardless of the firer’s Strength.

Double-barrelled: A double-barrelled weapon is a tricky piece of engineering, but it’s a wonderful piece for combat. When firing such a weapon, the bearer must declare whether he is firing one or both barrels. If firing a single barrel, treat the shot as you would a normal weapon. However when firing both barrels, the method changes slightly:

  • To hit: roll a single dice as you would normally. This allows for a narrow field of fire emanating from the weapon.
  • To wound: roll for each shot individually, as each shot can wound on it’s own. Treat each shot that inflicts Critical Hits separately.
  • Reloading: After firing both barrels, place 2 tokens on the model. In your next shooting phase remove 1 token to represent one barrel having been reloaded. Token removal should be the last thing done in your shooting phase and you cannot shoot in the same phase as your reload.
  • Firing a Brace: If you fire both guns and barrels at the same time, place 4 tokens down, 2 each of different colours (one for each pistol in the brace). Remove one token of each colour every turn.

Double Barrelled Handgun

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

Created from a request by a Nuln nobleman who had been impressed by a demonstration model, the gunsmiths slaved long and hard to replicate it until a final model was forged. By then the noble had forgotten about it and the Colleges were left with a job lot. These were given to the Gunnery School as a gift and sort of disappeared on route.

Maximum Range: 9";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Prepared Shot, Save Modifier, Move or Fire, Double-barrelled

Prepare shot: A handgun takes a complete turn to reload, so you may only fire it every other turn.

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a handgun in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up.

Save Modifier: Handguns are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a handgun must take its armour save with a -2 modifier.

Double-barrelled: A double-barrelled weapon is a tricky piece of engineering, but it’s a wonderful piece for combat. When firing such a weapon, the bearer must declare whether he is firing one or both barrels. If firing a single barrel, treat the shot as you would a normal weapon. However when firing both barrels, the method changes slightly:

  • To hit: roll a single dice as you would normally. This allows for a narrow field of fire emanating from the weapon.
  • To wound: roll for each shot individually, as each shot can wound on it’s own. Treat each shot that inflicts Critical Hits separately.
  • Reloading: After firing both barrels, place 2 tokens on the model. In your next shooting phase remove 1 token to represent one barrel having been reloaded. Token removal should be the last thing done in your shooting phase and you cannot shoot in the same phase as your reload.

Duelling pistol

A duelling pistol is a work of art, and a gunsmith labours long and hard to produce a single example. They are often carried by Imperial nobles to solve disputes over love and honour, and many a noble has died at dawn in a duel over some grievance.

Duelling pistols are prohibitively expensive weapons and common warriors rarely have them. Even if they do manage to steal or buy one, the ammunition is prohibitively expensive.

Some of the wealthiest warriors in Mordheim carry duelling pistols as status symbols, commanding great respect, admiration and envy.

Maximum Range: 10";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Accuracy, Prepare shot, Save modifier, Hand-to-hand

Special Rules

Accuracy: A duelling pistol is built for accuracy as a skilled duellist is able to hit a coin from twenty paces. All shots and close combat attacks from a duelling pistol have a +1 bonus to hit.

Prepare shot: A duelling pistol takes a complete turn to reload, so your model may only fire every other turn. If he has a brace of duelling pistols he may fire every turn.

Save modifier: Duelling pistols are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a duelling pistol must make his armour save with a -2 modifier.

Hand-to-hand: Duelling pistols can be used in hand-to-hand combat as well as for shooting. A model armed with a duelling pistol and another close combat weapon gains +1 Attack, which is resolved at Strength 4 with a -2 save modifier. This bonus attack can be used only once per combat. If you are firing a brace of duelling pistols, your model can fight with 2 Attacks in the first turn of close combat. These attacks are resolved with a model’s Weapon Skill like any normal close combat attack and likewise may be parried. Successful hits are resolved at Strength 4 and with a -2 save modifier, regardless of the firer’s Strength.

Hand-held Mortar

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement / Maneaters only, Border Town Burning supplement

The explosive power of a mortar, in a small enough package to be carried by a single man, the Hand-Held Mortar enables a warrior to launch an explosive into the midst of the enemy, sowing death and disorder.

Maximum Range: 24";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Prepared Shot, Save Modifier, Move or Fire, Scatter, Experimental, Explosive Radius

Prepare shot: A Hand-held Mortar takes a complete turn to reload, so you may only fire it every other turn.

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a Hand-held Mortar in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up.

Save Modifier: Hand-held Mortar are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a Hand-held Mortar must take its armour save with a -2 modifier.

Scatter: If the warrior misses his roll to hit, the shot will land 2D6” in a random direction (determined using a Warhammer directional die, using the “clockface method” of scattering, or whatever other method the players can agree to).

Experimental: The Hand-held Mortar is always Experimental: subject to the optional Blackpowder Weapons rules from the Mordheim rulebook, even if they are not normally used in your campaign. On any result other than “BOOM!”, the weapon has jammed or run out of loaded barrels and must be reloaded.

Explosive Radius: After determining the final landing spot, the explosion created by the bomb will cover a small area. The target and any models within 1 ½” of him each take a single S4 hit from the blast.

Handgun

A handgun is a simple firearm. The quality of construction varies ranging from the crude wooden ‘hakbuts’ of the artillery school of Nuln, to the more sophisticated Dwarf firearms that have levers and springs which hold the burning match, and triggers which release the firing mechanism and fire the gun.

Handguns are not terribly reliable weapons: the gun barrel occasionally tends to explode violently or the powder fails to ignite. But the weapon has a great range and tremendous penetrating power, making a mockery of even the thickest armour. In Mordheim, handguns are rare and expensive, but a warband which can boast such a weapon will command respect from all its rivals.

Maximum Range: 24";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Prepare shot, Move or fire, Save modifier

Special Rules

Prepare shot: A handgun takes a complete turn to reload, so you may only fire it every other turn.

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a handgun in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up.

Save Modifier: Handguns are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a handgun must take its armour save with a -2 modifier.

Hersten-Wenkler Pigeon Bombs

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

When the full potential of gunpowder was realized in the Empire, it became only a matter of time before some enterprising engineers combined explosives and small animals. After initial failures with attempts to use rats, bats, and dogs, promising results were realized with pigeons. While not completely accurate due to having something of a mind of their own, pigeons are able to get to even distant targets quickly, and are very hard to prevent from reaching their target once they have been launched. Once it gets there, pigeon’s small metal harness will fall away, freeing the bomb to ravage a small area below, while the pigeon returns home.

Maximum Range: Unlimited;
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Move or Fire, Explosive Radius, Tempermental, Pigeon Roost

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a Pigeon Bomb in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up from knocked down.

Explosive Radius: If the Pigeon Bomb lands on target, use the Explosive Radius rule under the Hand-Held Mortar above to determine the area of effect.

Tempermental: When launching a pigeon bomb, do not use the BS of the warrior. Instead, roll a D6: on a 5-6, the a pigeon bomb hits its target; on a 2-4 the fuse wasn’t cut properly and the pigeon explodes harmlessly in the air before reaching its target; on a result of 1, something has gone disastrously wrong and the pigeon explodes in the hero’s hands… he and everyone within 1 ½” takes a S4 hit.

Pigeon Roost: Once a Hero buys pigeon bombs, he has enough for the full game, and his supply gets replenished at the start of each new game.

Hockland long hunting rifle

Hochland is a province famed for its hunters, and the preferred weapon of its nobility when they go hunting is a long-ranged rifle. They are extremely rare and precious weapons, and only the most experienced weaponsmiths are capable of manufacturing them.

Maximum Range: 48";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Move or fire, Prepare shot, Pick target, Save modifier

Special Rules

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a Hochland long rifle in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up from knocked down.

Prepare shot: A Hochland long rifle takes a complete turn to reload, so you may only fire it every other turn.

Pick target: A model armed with a Hochland long rifle can target any enemy model in sight, not just the closest one.

Save modifier: Hochland long rifles are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a long rifle must make his armour save with a -2 modifier.

Pistol

A pistol is a small, simple blackpowder weapon fired by a spring mechanism. Most pistols are expensive, unreliable, and poorly constructed.

Maximum Range: 6";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Prepare shot, Save modifier, Hand-to-hand

Special Rules

Prepare shot: A pistol takes a whole turn to reload, so you may only fire every other turn. If you have a brace of pistols (ie, two) you may fire every turn.

Save modifier: Pistols are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a pistol must make his armour save with a -2 modifier.

Hand-to-hand: Pistols can be used in hand-to-hand combat as well as for shooting. A model armed with a pistol and another close combat weapon gains +1 Attack, which is resolved at Strength 4 with a -2 save modifier. This bonus attack can be used only once per combat. If you are firing a brace of pistols, your model can fight with 2 Attacks in the first turn of close combat. These attacks are resolved with a model’s Weapon Skill like any normal close combat attack and likewise may be parried. Successful hits are resolved at Strength 4 and with a -2 save modifier, regardless of the firer’s Strength.

Repeater Handgun

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

The next step in the evolution of multi-barrelled weapons, a Repeater Handgun mounts a number of handgun barrels around a rotating cylinder, each one firing in turn. Prone to misfiring or other malfunction, Repeater Handguns are still highly sought after items, as they will launch a veritable storm of lead at the enemy if they don’t break down.

Maximum Range: 24";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Save Modifier, Move or Fire, Fire Thrice, Experimental, Slow Reload

Save Modifier: Handguns are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a handgun must take its armour save with a -2 modifier.

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a handgun in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up.

Fire Thrice: The Repeater Handgun may fire up to three shots; if more than one shot is made the to hit roll is at -1. Resolve each shot individually, you may choose to shot later shots at a different target, but they must be within 3" of the previous target. Ordinary targeting restrictions apply to shots as per Mordheim rulebook.

Experimental: The Repeater Handgun is always Experimental: subject to the optional Blackpowder Weapons rules from the Mordheim rulebook, even if they are not normally used in your campaign. On any result other than “BOOM!”, the weapon has jammed or run out of loaded barrels and must be reloaded.

Slow Reload: To reload a Repeater Handgun takes a Slow Reload long time and a bit of focus. The warrior must do nothing (no moving, no shooting, no fighting in close combat, etc.) for a complete turn in order to reload the weapon.

Repeater Pistol

Gunnery School of Nuln only, Nemesis Crown Supplement

It wasn't long after the invention of the repeater handgun that the same principle was being used on pistols. Still prone to misfiring or other malfunction, they have found a place in gunnery bands armouries. Stories of calm instructors gunning down hordes of foes within feet of themselves are legendary and in all likelihood untrue. But it just could happen...

Maximum Range: 6";
Strength: 4;
Special Rules: Save Modifier, Fire Thrice, Experimental, Quick Reload, Not a Club

Save Modifier: Handguns are even better at penetrating armour than their Strength 4 suggests. A warrior wounded by a handgun must take its armour save with a -2 modifier.

Move or fire: You may not move and fire a handgun in the same turn, other than to pivot on the spot to face your target or stand up.

Fire Thrice: The Repeater Handgun may fire up to three shots; if more than one shot is made the to hit roll is at -1. Resolve each shot individually, you may choose to shot later shots at a different target, but they must be within 3" of the previous target. Ordinary targeting restrictions apply to shots as per Mordheim rulebook.

Experimental: The Repeater Handgun is always Experimental: subject to the optional Blackpowder Weapons rules from the Mordheim rulebook, even if they are not normally used in your campaign. On any result other than “BOOM!”, the weapon has jammed or run out of loaded barrels and must be reloaded.

Quick Reload: The basic design of the pistol and number of barrels allows quick reloading, the pistol will always be able to fire at least one shot. After shooting more than one shot in a single turn the model must spend a complete shooting phase without shooting and without being in combat, before firing multiple shots (see Fire Thrice, above) may be taken again.

Not a Club: The Repeater Pistol may be used as a normal pistol in the first round of combat. After that it doesn't count as an additional hand weapon as it is far too delicate to risk in such a crude fashion. Its owner will not willingly discard it in a fight and so must fight on without the use of an additional hand weapon.

Warplock pistol

Warplock pistols are terrifying weapons, testimony to the mad genius of Clan Skryre engineers. Warplock pistols shoot ammunition made of magically treated warpstone and wounds caused by warplock pistols are horrible to behold and often cause infections.

Range: 8";
Strength: 5;
Save modifier: -3;
Special Rules: Fire every other turn