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WELCOME THE ENEMY GAME BASICS MODEL TYPES WEAPONS SPACE TERRAIN GAME CARDS Types of Game Card Hand Size Using Game Cards Card Tactics Multiplayer Games GAME SETUP Squadron Organisation Escort Squadrons Star Admiral Fleet Organisation Game Length Battle Field Setup Deployment Victory Condition Victory Points COHERENCY Command Distance Commanded Element Out of Command ORDER OF PLAY Turn Card Phase Initiative Phase Squadron Activation Phase Activation Sequence End Phase FLIGHT TOKENS Carrier Models Flights Weapon Stats Flight Formations Landing Flights Launching Flights Rearming Flights Intercept Move Flight Activation Sequence Summary MOVEMENT Moving a Flight Moving a Squadron Minimum Movement Turning a Model Proximity Vectoring Moving Off Table Fold Space Travel Belly Up Cut Engines Drifting Collision and Ramming MAKING WAR! Combat Sequence Declaring Point Defence Attacks Declaring Primary and Torpedo Attacks Resolving Primary and Torpedo Attacks Defensive Actions Apply Damage 4 5 7 9 11 13 15 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 23 24 24 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 26 27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 30 30 30 31 31 31 31 TARGETING Line of Sight Arc of Fire Range ATTACK DICE Initial Attack Dice Modifiers to Attack Dice Attack Dice for Flights FIRING OPTIONS Linked Fire Combined Fire Split Fire SYSTEM RATINGS Point Defence To Hit Numbers Primary/Torpedo To Hit Numbers Shield Systems Cloaking Field Defensive Fire MINES Dropping a Mine Cascading Mines Shields and Mines 32 32 33 33 34 34 34 34 35 35 36 36 37 37 37 37 37 38 39 39 39 39 40 40 40 41 42 43 43 43 43 43 44 44 44 44 44 45 46 47 47 47 47 47 47 48 52 53 54 55

KILLING MODELS Damaging a Model Critical Hit Table Damaging a Flight Combat Sequence Summary BOARDING Assault Points Crew Points Boarding Assault Boarding Procedure Anti-Boarding Point Defence Range Anti-Boarding Point Defence To Hit Anti-Boarding Point Defence Damage Resolving Boarding Assaults Winning a Boarding Assault Sabotage Boarding Assault Sequence Summary END PHASE End of Game Compulsory Actions Damage Repair Remove Game Markers Draw Game Cards MODEL ASSIGNED RULES CRITICAL HIT TABLE DAMAGE MARKERS CRITICAL HIT MARKERS GAME MARKER KEY

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Xelocian and Tarakians. This edition of the game has allowed us to improve the game. based on the feedback of our gaming community. The territories of all six main factions converge in a vast stellar region known as Fathoms Reach. and further developed in our Victorian Science Fiction game DYSTOPIAN WARS. These races include the Ba’Kash. as the two mighty rivals clash in a struggle for survival. prepared to break any agreement to satisfy their own interest. hell bent on the destruction of the Terrans. your opponent does not know what cards you are holding! You do not have to use the game cards. – www.spartangames. Fathoms Reach is known more evocatively as The Storm Zone and around this strategic and economically vital area of space numerous lawless Marauder Factions operates. As the conflict escalates so more and more smaller allied systems have either joined. In addition to the core rules we have created a mechanic that allows for the use of Game Cards. If you go to our website you can see our superb range of models for FIRESTORM ARMADA and any support material for the game. or been drafted. clash in epic space battles with the military might of numerous allied systems supporting them. but by no means weaker. races of Veydreth. but we recommend their use as they add an exciting dimension to your game play. or support the Terran Alliance and conquer the invaders.co.welcome To A WarTorn Galaxy THE RACES The FIRESTORM ARMADA game is set far in the future of mankind where several great races are locked in a brutal war. Directorate and Relthoza. Join the Dindrenzi Federation as they invade this region of space. FIRESTORM ARMADA uses the same core mechanics found in our fantasy naval game UNCHARTED SEAS. Works Raptor and the Rense System Navy (RSN).. and work by our game designers. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 4 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . The FIRESTORM ARMADA setting has huge potential as a setting for space combat. Vast fleets of warships. Terquai. To this we add the smaller. Hawker. You never truly know what card your opponent has in their deck of cards. you are now ready to command the forces of one of the great galactic powers in FIRESTORM ARMADA. The rules allow a small skirmish.uk – So Admiral. both human and alien. At the heart of the bitter conflict are two great alliances: the Alliance of Kurak brings together the main races of the Terran Alliance. Ryushi. hordes of smaller vessels and with several players per side commanding the fleets. involving just a few models per side and only two players. and it is a perfect platform for using the fantastic models produced by our creative design team in a fun game that lasts just a few hours. At SPARTAN GAMES we wanted a game that distilled complex science into simple game mechanics to ensure that the feel of the game reflected a ‘cinematic’ version of space combat. into the League. which are designed to add a Fog of War to the game. This area bears the brunt of the aggressive Dindrenzi Federation attack on the Terran Alliance.. Against them is the formidable Zenian League. such as downloadable tokens and templates. Aquan Prime and Sorylian Collective. The choice is yours. But then again. Kedorians. a pact that was created by the Dindrenzi Federation. to be played as easily as a massive game between space armadas that could easily contain several large Capital Class vessels. It has also given us the opportunity to include extra material that has been produced for the game since its release in a single hardback volume.

The Federation’s forces attacked and destroyed dozens of Terran installations. Many on both sides believe the corporate dominion to have even greater influence over the Federation than is acknowledged. It is from the Directorate as much as their own efforts that the Dindrenzi derive their technological superiority over their Terran cousins. The Terrans. the Dindrenzi wrested themselves away from they believed to be overbearing Terran governance in a series of wars that lasted over a century and climaxed with the nuclear annihilation of an entire world. Spartan Games’ exciting and fast-paced space combat game which is set in a galaxy far in mankind’s future. Although a fragile peace held for a while between the Terrans and the Dindrenzi. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 5 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Already the whole Storm Zone has been engulfed by the Terran-Dindrenzi War. cut off from the lucrative Outer Reach after the break with the Federation. These have long made traversing the area a challenge. with any pursuit by their own forces being halted at the border of Federation space by Dindrenzi naval flotillas. the oldest and. It is the stellar crossroads between four great alien and human empires. when their domain was called the Terran Commonwealth. though. and holding nominal dominance over it. Although the Firestorm setting as we know it encompasses a huge portion of the Milky Way. meanwhile. greatest human stellar dominion. East of the Storm Zone. devoted a great deal of resources to renewed exploration elsewhere around their domains. the game is set mostly in a strategically vital area of space named the Storm Zone. The Dindrenzi are supported by the empire of the spiderlike Relthoza. driven by a mixture of hubris and paranoia. while the greater military resources of the Hub Systems are mobilised. For their part. the Terrans have called upon their longstanding treaties with the Aquan and Sorylian dominions. imploring them for military and logistic aid to stem the Dindrenzi assault. The Federation are also backed by the shadowy corporate plutocracy known as the Directorate. to the east and west lie the most significant players in the region. and now that conflict will only intensify. a title given it by early Terran explorers in recognition of the region’s volatile natural phenomena. while to the south lies reptilian Sorylian Collective. while Relthoza fleets have repeatedly attempted to make inroads into Sorylian territory. but the Terran Alliance fight-back is only just beginning. Once a part of the Alliance. knocked reeling by these massive attacks. Determined to secure themselves against any further Terran threat. However. But the Dindrenzi. as well as holdings belonging to the Aquan and Sorylian empires. The Terran Alliance. However. To the galactic north lie the worlds of the Aquan Sebrutan. the young. today that peace has been shattered. is the vast Terran Alliance. to the west lies the Terran Alliance’s principal rival. mobilising great armadas and armies of its own from both the Storm Zone colonies and Terran Hub systems further to the galactic west. Such is the scale of human dominion and influence in the galaxy that several other great powers have been drawn into the inferno. Both empires also have their own reasons for committing to fight the Federation. has now moved to stem the tide. culminating in the abductions of whole colonies. Whole fleets have been smashed and colonies razed before the fury of the Dindrenzi advance. have suffered much from Dindrenzi-sponsored pirates and privateers assaulting their trade routes.THE ENEMY A brief guide to the races Welcome to Firestorm Armada. they launched these mighty fleets and armies into the Storm Zone in a powerful pre-emptive strike. The Sorylians. The Aquans themselves have long been troubled by attacks from Directorate raiders. Today. who fear the possibility of renewed human threats to their prized home-worlds. vigorous and aggressive Dindrenzi Federation. spent years building up huge stellar and terrestrial military forces. in the minds of its government at least. the Storm Zone’s name has gained much greater significance. and who also harbour a desire for expansion at the expense of their Sorylian neighbours.

as they capitalise on the losses of the embattled Sorylians in an attempt to extend their own domains. and sail forth for honour. The efforts of the former Terran Alliance President Anton Kurak. Or maybe the Sorylian Collective. Finally. This race allies itself with the Dindrenzi as much for convenience as loyalty. there are the predatory expansion fleets of the Relthoza. Many have aligned themselves with one or other of the great power blocs of the Firestorm universe. Convened on the Directorate’s hidden capital planet.As well as these great powers. Perhaps you will choose the Aquans whose liquid-filled spacecraft have sailed the void since centuries before mankind even reached the surface of the moon. who sacrificed so much to build their domain and must now defend it against all odds with steel and fire. and its own methods of doing so. an organisation of smaller powers who have a vested interest in supporting the Terrans against the Dindrenzi invasion. All around them are lesser dominions. the founders of humanity’s dominion among the stars. as they seek to claim their avowed birthright as the inheritors of human civilisation in space? Perhaps your sympathies lie with the Terrans. Each of the warring factions has its own reasons for waging war. have resulted in the creation of the Kurak Alliance. there are the technologically advanced ‘Security Fleets’ of the Directorate. Flotillas of their crab-like spacecraft regularly descend upon human and alien colonies. a sentient alien race that developed over thousands of years from arachnoids. the Zenian League was brokered by the Dindrenzi Federation Chairman Markus Rense and the sinister figure of Ervan Bas of the Directorate. slaughtering or abducting whole populations for use in their sinister experimentation. the league has brought together a number of races keen to profit from the Dindrenzi Federation’s rebalancing of the galactic order. Although once a part of the Terran Alliance. alien and human. board your flagship. Muster your fleet. one of the few who foresaw the Dindrenzi threat. The Terran-Dindrenzi War rages. These are the great powers of the galaxy. for the most conspiratorial and cunning minds. It’s time to choose sides. this shadowy corporate power grew wealthy from the sale of weaponry and intelligence to the Dindrenzi Federation. many smaller dominions have been drawn into the conflict as the Terran-Dindrenzi War intensifies. but not the only ones. civilisations and marauding reaver bands both. But this is only one facet of their operations. determined to profit from victory or share in its spoils. ponderous lizard-like beings who nonetheless have developed one of the finest fleets in the galaxy thanks to their extraordinary grasp of scientific and mathematical principles. The fate of entire galaxy hangs in the balance within the Storm Zone. In the volatile Storm Zone. will you follow the Dindrenzi in their war of conquest. Zenia. or plunder! Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 6 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . the strategic hub conflict. glory. mighty battle fleets clash to determine the fate of the galaxy. and yet who now find themselves major players in the wars of humans. and who must now defend their ancient Collective from the encroaching Dindrenzi and Relthoza. On the other side. For those with a liking for a more intimidating style.

EXAMPLE: A vessel rolls 8D6 against an enemy model. with extreme good fortune. a Game Board to play on and a number of six-sided dice. it rolls 2. Needing a 4. Whenever you see a numeric value written before a particular type of dice in the rules (for example 2D6) this indicates the number of dice of this type that is to be rolled. the Exploding Dice game mechanic is NOT in effect. 2. Any value related to a number of dice can NEVER be reduced to below 1 by Rounding Down. If the required number is shown as 6. Regardless of this. 5 or 6 to hit. instead of a 5. cripple a Dreadnought with a lucky shot. or you may lose count. for any reason. Some rules may alter the target number required to score a success. This is five hits so far (one each for the 4 and two 5s. with a roll of 1 or 2 equal to a result of 1. depending on the roll of the dice! DICE In FIRESTORM ARMADA we use two types of dice. 3. a roll of 3 or 4 equal to a result of 2. ROUNDING DOWN If. you know that a natural roll of 6 will result in TWO successes AND a chance to roll the dice again. so make sure that when you roll again you don’t roll a dice that is already a success. 5. 5 or 6 to hit. the rules state that a value is to be reduced by HALF. This is four hits so far (one each for the 3 and the 5 (which have become 4 and 6 respectively) and two for the 6) and ONLY the natural 6 gives an extra roll. A D3 requires the rolling of a D6. where a natural roll of 6 always results in TWO successes AND a chance to roll the dice again and score further successes! Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 7 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . With the Exploding Dice mechanic you keep going until you stop rolling any 6’s. 2. D6 and D3. An additional roll of 2 adds no more to the total and the dice rolling ends with four hits scored. An additional roll of 5 will add one more to the total and the dice rolling ends with six hits scored against the target. but any other value can be. Dice provide the element of chance in the game. 5 and a 6. while a result of 6 or better due to a dice roll modifier will result in ONE success and NO extra dice roll. and only when you have finished rolling the dice do you add up the total number of successes. A D6 is a standard six-sided dice. it rolls 1. Had the additional roll been a 6. 5 and a 6. anywhere in the rules. or could. the original number is always Rounded Down. and the luck a player has when rolling their dice could change the course of a game and the future of a galaxy! This means a lucky Frigate could withstand an assault from a much more powerful Battleship. Any situation is possible in FIRESTORM ARMADA. EXPLODING DICE Many D6 use the Exploding Dice game mechanic. it would have added two more hits and given another extra roll! EXAMPLE: A vessel with +1 modifier to hit rolls 5D6 against an enemy model. simulating the great skill of its captain as it evades the enemy ship’s powerful weapons. or modify a dice roll by adding or subtracting from the initial result. 3. a natural roll of 6 will result in TWO successes AND give an extra dice roll.Game basics how the mEchanics work The basic requirement for playing FIRESTORM ARMADA is a selection of suitable models. 4. Needing a 4. and a roll of 5 or 6 equal to a result of 3. for example a model’s Movement (Mv) value. 3. Whenever you see the number required for successful die roll as 6. and two for the 6) and the natural 6 gives an extra roll.

However. TERRAIN When measuring TO. each of which is eight inches and each follows on directly from the Range Band before it. In general this is 0” for Small models. And finally. The Range Bands are therefore 8”. This then follows for Range Band 3 and Range Band 4. are represented by a token in FIRESTORM ARMADA. 1” for Medium models and 2” for Large or Massive models. FLIGHT STAND All models should be mounted on a Flight Stand. All measurement TO or FROM a Flight uses the closest point of the Token. MEASUREMENT All measurement in FIRESTORM ARMADA is in Inches (“) and you can pre-measure ANY distance at ANY time. certain terrain features can impact line of sight. FLIGHT TOKENS Tiny Space Craft. TURNING TEMPLATE In FIRESTORM ARMADA all models use a 45 degree Turning Template when they turn. The 45 degree Turning Template is easy to use. and its Navigation Point should be aligned with the Front Edge (Port or Starboard) of the model’s Flight Stand appropriate to the direction of any turn. When using the Turning Template its Flat Edge should be flush with the model’s Flight Stand. Terrain use the closest part of the Terrain feature. you can pre-measure enemy models to help you destroy them! Important Note: If a model has more than one Flight Peg on its Flight Stand the player performing any measurement. See the Terrain Section on Page 13. uses the nearest Flight Peg to the target. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 8 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . If the distance between the Firing model and any target is 8” or less. such as Flights of Small Space Craft DO NOT use a Template. There are FOUR Range Bands. and remember that some models. the target is in Range Band 2. such as single seater fighters and Assaulters carrying troops to board an enemy vessel. then the target is in Range Band 1. HEIGHT LEVELS There are no height levels in FIRESTORM ARMADA for models. 24” and 32”. and the appropriate Front Edge for Turning. MODELS When measuring TO or FROM a model use the appropriate part of the model’s Flight Stand: • • Use the Flight Peg for Movement. or using any Flight Peg on the model for any other reason. NOTE: Measurements are made in inches (“) in this game. TURN LIMIT In FIRESTORM ARMADA all models have a Turn Limit.RANGE BANDS Range is the distance in inches between a Firing model and its target and is measured along the Line of Sight. or FROM. This is the minimum distance a model must move directly forwards between each turn. Use the Flight Peg for Line of Sight and Range. Important Note: A Flight does not use a Turning Template or Turn Limit as it has 360 degree movement. If the distance is greater than 8”. Each Flight Stand has one Port and one Starboard Front Edge and at least one Flight Peg. Each token represents a Flight with an adjacent dice or numbered token used to represent how many Wings of the same type of Tiny Space Craft are grouped together into the Flight. but not further than 16”. 16”. with 32” therefore the theoretical maximum Range in the game.

including information on their Size and whether they are a Capital Class model or an Installation. Satellites (Medium. Capital Class) Dreadnoughts are massive up-gunned and up-armoured Battleships.model types the models at your command A Fleet in FIRESTORM ARMADA can contain a wide variety of different types of model which may vary in size. Cruisers (Medium. MODEL TITLE The following is a list of the Designations available in FIRESTORM ARMADA. as they are vulnerable to attack and are often a Fleets most valuable asset. Capital Class) Battleships are the main strike force in most Fleets. Traders. Medium or Large) Civilian Ship models vary in Size and support commerce and trade across the galaxy. They are vital to a Fleet for long range scouting and picket duties. Capital Class. They often house thousands of personnel and are important for trade and commerce as well as military operations. MODEL TYPE Each model in FIRESTORM ARMADA belongs to a particular Race or Fleet and uses a Stat Card relevant to its Class and Designation. Multiple sub-classes of Cruiser exist such Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 9 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . They are frequently used to maintain authority over troublesome planetary systems and guard supply convoys. They are rarely seen in peacetime. Often used as mobile logistics bases. Another key role is to defend a Fleet against enemy bombers and to provide a potentially devastating strike capability against an enemy force. but often make an appearance when an Armada arrives within a system as part of any planetary invasion force. The Carrier Designation also contains the sub-Designation of Battle Carrier. They are not generally risked in battle. Liners and Shuttles. Capital Class) Leviathans are rare models that are used as Headquarters for large Fleets or an Armada. They may be used as a forward base or as a barracks or shipyard where Fleets can dock to repair and re-supply. intelligence gathering centres. but are often used as the spearhead of any major naval campaign. Capital Class) Cruisers are the mainstay and workhorses of most Fleets. Leviathans (Massive. Many also act as a static Carrier model for fighter and bomber squadrons in forward combat areas. Capital Class) Carrier models provide a platform for Tiny Space Craft such as fighters and bombers to deploy with the main Fleet far from any home base. They are deployed with care. Installation) A Space Station can be orbiting a planet or free standing. Installation) A Satellite may have a civilian or military purpose and can either orbit a planet or be free standing in Space. Civilian Ships (Small. Dreadnoughts (Large. Large or Massive) of a model and where relevant whether it is a Capital Class model or an Installation. Multiple sub-classes of Civilian Ship exist such as Merchants. often they act as command centres with the Fleet Admiral on board. Medium. it belongs to the Razorthorn Class and its Designation is a Battleship. Space Stations (Large. EXAMPLE: The Terran Razorthorn Class Battleship is identified as belonging to the Terran Alliance. massive army transports or as giant Carrier models. communication relays or even as supply depots. function and capability from a small Escort up to a colossal Dreadnought or even a static Space Station. They have some of the most powerful weaponry available and are often in the thick of any battle. and destroy weaker models with relative ease. The Stat Card for the Razorthorn also indicates that its Size is Large and that it is a Capital Class model. They may function as research facilities. Carriers (Large. This information can affect how a model interacts with Terrain and/or other models in the game. Battleships (Large. A Stat Card specifies the Size (Small. To help game play all models are identified and classified using a few simple rules. with enough weaponry to take on bigger models when in Squadron strength.

They can contain powerful weapons but any firing arcs may be easy to avoid if you are not committed to capturing the objective that they protect. Transports (Small. giving them a chance of taking down larger models. They usually have limited weapons available but if deployed in strength they can still pack a powerful punch. They are easy to maintain and have simple control systems.as Battle Cruisers. Installation) A Weapon Platform is normally an automated weapon system deployed in large numbers near important installations. preferring to rely on their speed and agility. Usually not as well protected as a normal design but containing powerful weapon systems they are deployed for a particular mission or in support of a specific fleet. 10 Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 10 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Bombers. Destroyers (Medium. Weapon Platforms (Small. Interceptors and Assaulters. Escorts (Small) Escorts are one of the smallest models found in a Fleet. Medium or Large) Military Transports can vary in Size. Gunships (Medium. Capital Class) Destroyers are often deployed in support of a Fleet and they can provide an effective distraction for larger models. Heavy or Light Cruisers and specialised R&D (Research and Development) Cruisers. Like Destroyers they make up for any shortcomings by forming large Squadrons. Instead they are they are referred to as a Flight of Wings and are represented by a Token and treated differently in the rules. Capital Class) Gunships are often developed by a specific race or faction and are designed to fight above their type. They can carry a large number of military personnel but normally have limited offensive or defensive capability. They normally operate as scouts in advance of their Fleet. Tankers are a sub-class of Transport that can carry supplies such as fuel or even ammunition in support of a Fleet. Frigates (Small) Frigates are used in large numbers as decoys in a similar way to Destroyers except they are usually smaller in size and cheaper to produce. Wings are classed as Fighters. FLIGHT TOKENS Tiny Space Craft are not treated as models in FIRESTORM ARMADA. Corvettes (Small) Corvettes are fast models and often have very limited weapons available. Deployed in large numbers they are normally used as close protection and extra Point Defence for larger models. especially if the Fleet is operating far from its normal base. often having the hull of a Cruiser and the weaponry of a Battleship.

PRIMARY WEAPON SYSTEMS The possible types of Primary weapon system are Broadside. Turret or Gun Rack. GUN RACK A Gun Rack is a gallery of small turrets built into the superstructure of the model. both weapon systems use the initial Attack Dice value listed in the Weapon Stats section of a Stat Card. TURRET A Turret gives a wide Arc of Fire relative to other weapon systems found on a model due to the ability to rotate the weapon quickly whilst still acquiring the intended target using sophisticated targeting computers. small nuclear warheads and even localized photon beams. Torpedo weapon systems that represent short range torpedoes and similar ordnance can be found on a Wing. TORPEDO WEAPON SYSTEMS Torpedo weapon systems are in effect powerful missiles. They include a combination of coordinated high speed cannon and sophisticated decoys designed to confuse and deflect any threat. or may be a single more powerful Rail Gun or Beam weapon. A Broadside weapon could also include several advanced weapon types such as Tier 2 weapon systems and Disruption Cannons. MINES Mines represent a range of different technologies from traditional passive munitions to heat seeking projectiles or clouds of micro explosives and can be deployed by specific models in game. POINT DEFENCE SYSTEMS Point Defence systems are normally passive in nature but can be used as a weapon in specific circumstances. Examples include. Kinetic weapons are massive. Rail Guns. Beam weapons include light (photons). one Port and one Starboard. These weapons focus energy on a small point and effectively melt a hole in their intended target. cheap to produce but relatively slow they can pack a fearsome punch against a model that has taken Damage and is unable to use its Point Defence systems effectively to counter their threat. Mines and Point Defence systems. their relative strength is indicated by an Attack Dice value on the relevant entry for the Wing in the table on Page 24. Point Defence systems can be used to perform AntiBoarding Fire against a Boarding Assault. • • • Point Defence systems can be used to Attack a Flight. Each Broadside weapon system on a model could be a collection of smaller weapons. firing from fixed gun ports or with a limited Arc of Fire and collectively making a single Broadside. Often with a limited Arc of Fire and with variable payloads that include traditional explosives. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 11 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Coil Guns or Mass Drivers. A Wing can be armed with Point Defence systems and short range Torpedo weapon systems. These weapons fire projectiles at incredible speeds and effectively smash through their intended target. BROADSIDE A Broadside is any weapon system indicated in the Weapon Stats section of a model’s Stat Card that is NOT a Torpedo weapon system and is NOT a Turret or Gun Rack Primary weapon system. Important Note: A Broadside weapon listed as a Starboard/ Port Weapon Type is two separate weapon systems on the same model. Primary weapon systems provide the majority of a model’s combat power and in FIRESTORM ARMADA normally use either Beam or Kinetic energy technology. electromagnetic or plasma beams as just some of the options. highly advanced guns. particle. Fitted with sophisticated ‘Friend or Foe’ recognition they are generally only a threat to an enemy Fleet and can be a useful device to restrict enemy movement and channel models into a pre-defined kill zone. Point Defence systems can be used to perform Defensive Fire against Torpedo weapon systems. Important Note: A Broadside weapon can be listed on a Stat Card with a Fore and Aft orientation as well as a Port or Starboard Arc of Fire.weapons devastating space arsenals In FIRESTORM ARMADA a model can be armed with Primary and/or Torpedo weapon systems. A Gun Rack can simultaneously fire into both the Port AND Starboard Arc of Fire.

Aft. Any Torpedo weapon system on a model has a Fore. with the correct orientation (Fore. Any Point Defence system on a model or Wing has a 360 degree Arc of Fire. and extends all around the model and for a Wing extends from any point on the relevant Flight. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 12 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Port or Starboard orientation. Port or Starboard orientation. Port or Starboard orientation or a 360 degree Arc of Fire. A Broadside has a Fore. Port or Starboard). and either a 90 degree or Fixed Arc of Fire but can have a 360 degree Arc of Fire. A Torpedo weapon system on a Wing has 360 degree Arc of Fire. The possible Arcs of Fire are 90 degree or Fixed with a Fore. a Gun Rack has both a Port AND Starboard orientation and a 90 degree Arc of Fire and a Turret has a 360 degree Arc of Fire. and either a 90 degree or Fixed Arc of Fire. Port or Starboard). Important Note: If a model has more than one Flight Peg any 90 degree or 360 degree Arc of Fire must be centred on the closest Flight Peg to the target on the model’s Flight Stand. Important Note: Fore is the front. Port the left and Starboard the right facing relative to a model’s Flight Stand. Aft. with the correct orientation (Fore. FIXED A Fixed Arc of Fire is the entire width or length of a model’s Flight Stand. 90 DEGREE A 90 degree Arc of Fire is centred on a model’s Flight Peg. Aft the rear.ARCS OF FIRE The Arc of Fire for any Primary or Torpedo weapon system on a model is indicated in the Weapon Stats section of a model’s Stat Card. and extends directly out from the Flight Stand. Aft. Aft. 360 DEGREE A 360 degree Arc of Fire for a model is centred on a model’s Flight Peg. Aft.

it is a simple process to take that rock and add a military base. it loses 1 Hull Point. and does NOT equal. moon or lump of rock and/or ice. or exceeds. • • • • On the roll of a 1 a Flight will suffer a Collision On a roll of 1 or 2. an Asteroid Field is Partially Blocked if the distance through the Asteroid Field is less than or equal to 8” A model reduced to 0 Hull Points is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board. ASTEROID FIELD An Asteroid Field has a diameter of 1D6+6” when created and represents pieces of rock and/or metal or debris from a Fleet or Planetoid. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 13 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . or into. commonly used in gas barbecues and available from your local hardware store. launch bay or gun turret. a models DR. or exceed its CR. or any part of a Flight. A black cloth or similar background also enhances the look of any game. PLANETOID A Planetoid has a diameter of 1D6+6” when created and represents a small planet. a Large or Massive model will suffer a Collision 1D3 Wings in any Flight that suffers a Collision are immediately Destroyed. 3 or 4. or any part of a Flight. an Asteroid Field is Blocked if the distance through the Asteroid Field is greater than 8” A model or flight moving more than HALF its modified Movement value during any move MUST perform a Manoeuvre Test under the following circumstances: • At the start of the Movement Segment of its Activation if a model’s Flight Stand. makes contact with an Asteroid Field • Manoeuvre Test Roll 1D6 for each model performing any Manoeuvre Test. or in. makes a fantastic asteroid. No Terrain has any defined orbit and there is no requirement to move it during a game. or any Flight token. 5 or 6 to hit. 2. 2 or 3. a Medium model will suffer a Collision On a roll of 1. but an airbrushed black felt cloth that has a simple nebula effect sprayed on it and stars flicked on using an old toothbrush and white and yellow paint can be very effective! Asteroids can be painted rocks mounted on a small Flight Stand or a lava rock. makes contact with a Planetoid the model or Flight is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board. If the Flight Stand of a model. The four possible types of Terrain found in a game are a Planetoid. Several companies provide prepared cloths commercially for dressing any Game Board with an appropriate star field. varying the size of the Game Board will allow an appropriate sized game to be played. • Any Line of Sight through a Planetoid is Blocked • Any Line of Sight through. is inside an Asteroid Field at the start of the Movement Segment As soon as a model’s Flight Stand. TERRAIN Terrain in FIRESTORM ARMADA is highly stylized due to the scale of the game. a Small model will suffer a Collision On a roll of 1.space terrain spicing up a gaming table FIRESTORM ARMADA is best played on a Game Board at least 6’ x 4’. Roll 1D3+3 Attack Dice against each model that suffers a Collision using the Exploding Dice Mechanic and requiring a 4. Nebula or Gravity Well. Collision Damage The number of hits from any Collision is compared to the Damage Rating (DR) and Critical Rating (CR) of a model. • • If the number of hits equals. Your scenery can be as complex as required. a models CR it will roll on the Critical Hit Table. Asteroid Field. or exceeds. If the number of hits equals. An Asteroid Field represents an area of space debris which could damage or destroy a model. • Any Line of Sight through.

14 Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . 2 or 3. A Mine does NOT explode. model or Flight affected by more than one Gravity Well can resolve their effects in any order required. model or Flight affected by a Gravity Well and moved into contact with a Gravity Well marker is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board. model or Flight affected by a Gravity Well MUST move 1D6” directly towards the centre of the Gravity Well marker. • On a roll of 1. • Any Line of Sight through. retaining its current orientation. NEBULA A Nebula has a diameter of 1D6+6” when created and represents a cloud of dust or ionized gas which is large enough to disrupt sensors and targeting systems but is no direct threat to a model or Flight moving through it. A Mine. Important Note: A model or Flight moving through the centre of a Gravity Well during the Movement Segment of its Activation is NOT Destroyed and is only in danger from a Gravity Well if it fails a Gravity Test. a Nebula is Impeded. Important Note: It may be that any hits against a model not only equal or exceed its CR but double or treble the value. • Any Line of Sight through. Roll ONCE on the Critical Hit Table for each FULL multiple of a models CR and always roll on the Critical Hit Table even if any Hull Point Damage has already Destroyed a model to check for a Catastrophic result. a Flight or a Tiny or Small model is affected by a Gravity Well. If the CR of such a model is equalled or exceeded the model is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board with no roll on the Critical Hit Table.Important Note: A model with a starting Hull Point value of 2 is not affected by any Critical Hit. Important Note: A Mine is automatically affected by a Gravity Well in the Compulsory Actions stage of the End Phase of each Turn. a Large or Massive model is affected by a Gravity Well. or in. or artificial. Gravity Test Roll 1D6 for each model. a Medium model is affected by a Gravity Well. or in. The centre of any Gravity Well is shown using a Gravity Well marker. anomaly capable of disrupting the sensors and targeting arrays of a model or Flight. • • On a roll of 1 or 2. On a roll of 1. • A model or Flight within 12” of a Gravity Well marker after completing the Movement Segment of its Activation must perform an immediate Gravity Test. Gravity Well Effect A Mine. DISTORTION FIELD A Distortion Field is represented by a Distortion Field template and simulates any natural. A Mine. GRAVITY WELL A Gravity Well has a radius of 12” when created and represents the gravitational force of a mass large enough to exert an influence on the movement of a model or Flight. a Distortion Field is Impeded. performing any Gravity Test. or Flight.

or the presence of a Counter symbol on the targeted Turn Card. EXAMPLE: Adam plays a Jinking card. Important Note: A Game Card may allow you to perform an action with. S Card (Squadron Card) • A maximum of one Squadron Card can be played on a Squadron per turn • Squadron Cards are played at the START of the Squadron’s Activation • Squadron Cards can affect some. elements of chance and a simple way of modelling movie style space battles. players roll 2D6 and resolve their Turn Card in order. the cancelling card is discarded without causing any effect. highest first to lowest last. or against. The text on a Game Card always takes precedence over the rule book. A Reaction Card will only affect a single action. all or none of the models in a Squadron • If a Squadron is split. Wing Card Game Cards with a Wing symbol on them can only be played on a Flight and CANNOT be played to directly affect any model. TYPES OF GAME CARD Game Cards use the STAR mechanic. where Initiative has not yet been determined. Turn. a model that is otherwise not allowed. are ignored Important Note: To cancel a Turn Card a Turn Card with a Counter symbol must be placed face down as the one Turn Card allowed for the Turn. If the Turn Card cannot be cancelled due to the order of activation. Some cards are also marked with a Counter or Wing symbol. so the effect of a card that increases your Damage Rating (DR) is temporary. which cannot be countered because it has a Counter symbol. Later in the Turn he plays a Practiced Gunnery card and Donald cancels Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 15 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . A Card (Action Card) • A maximum of one Action Card can be played on a Squadron per Turn • An Action Card can be played on a model at ANY time during the Squadron’s Activation • An Action Card cannot be played on a model if its Squadron has had a Squadron Card played on it this Turn R Card (Reaction Card) • A maximum of one Reaction Card can be played on a model in response to an enemy action against the model Only one Reaction Card can be played per action but more than one can be played on the same model per Turn. Action or Reaction card. An action is any single event during an enemy Squadron’s Activation that has an effect on a model.game cards adding the fog of war The optional deck of 52 Game Cards should only be used if all players involved in a game agree to their use. T. and of any card successfully cancelled. and only lasts for the duration of the action it was played against. Each card is marked with an appropriate S. These Game Cards introduce new tactics. • • • A card with a Counter symbol CANNOT be cancelled Only a Turn Card with a Counter symbol can be used to attempt to cancel a Turn Card The normal effects of a card used to cancel another card. a Turn Card will only have an effect during the current Turn Important Note: On the first Turn. a Squadron Card can only affect the models in the Commanded Element T Card (Turn Card) • A maximum of one Turn Card can be played by each player per Turn • Turn Cards are played at the start of the Turn before Initiative is resolved • Turn Cards are placed face down in front of the players and are revealed simultaneously • Turn Cards are resolved in the order of Initiative from the previous Turn • Unless specifically stated otherwise. Counter Card Game Cards with a Counter symbol on them can be played normally or can be used to cancel a card played by an opponent. A or R symbol to indicate whether it is a Squadron.

If a player gets to the end of their deck of Game Cards they must reshuffle their Discard Pile into a fresh Game Card deck. they can discard any number of Game Cards to the Discard Pile and draw new Game Cards from their deck up to their maximum Hand size. allies. Important Note: If a deck is used by more than one player. • • • A Game Card that has been played CANNOT be retracted unless it was played incorrectly If a Game Card specifies that it is only for use on a model. after Deployment but before Initiative is rolled for the first Turn. A great tactical advantage can be gained by keeping your Hand a secret. up to a maximum of 5. You may NOT use a card with a Cancel symbol to cancel a card used against a model belonging to an ally. Important Note: Any dispute about the order of the implementation of Game Card effects should be resolved using the current Initiative order. MULTIPLAYER GAMES Although it is preferable for everyone to have their own deck of Game Cards.it by playing the Rough Ride card which has the required Counter symbol. it is possible share a deck. and on what models or Wings. or if they simply wish to replace some of the cards they have. Both of these cards are discarded without any of their normal effects being resolved.. unless it also affects one of your own models. If a player does have too many cards in their Hand. where possible. it CANNOT be used on a token If a Game Card specifies that you must ‘trash’ a card. Each player will need to draw from a shared deck and discard to a shared Discard Pile. At the start of a game. HAND SIZE The maximum number of cards a player can hold at any one time is equal to the number of Squadrons they have in their Fleet. a Game Card can be played. Flights. In games with more than two players per side you may ONLY play cards to benefit models you control or to hinder enemy models. rather than opponents. You may not play cards on your allies’ models unless the card text specifically allows you to. should use a shared deck. In the End Phase of each Turn players must ensure that they do not have more cards in their Hand than they are allowed. each player draws cards from their shuffled deck of Game Cards up to their maximum Hand size. This is called the player’s Hand. The text on each card will explain the effects of each card and how it is used in the game. USING GAME CARDS Use the Symbols and text on the various cards as a guide to when. Escort Squadrons or Installation models do not count as a Squadron for the purposes of generating a Hand of cards. and players should be careful not to tell another player what cards they have until they are forced to do so. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 16 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Important Note: Models that have been Lost. it is permanently removed from the current game CARD TACTICS How and when you choose to play a Game Card is very important.

ESCORT SQUADRONS Escort models are designed to protect larger models from Torpedo weapon systems. A player can place one Star Admiral on any friendly Large or Massive Capital Class model in their Fleet. From this information the number of points required to field a particular Squadron can be calculated. deploying each Fleet by performing Deployment and deciding the Orders and Victory Condition for each Fleet. An Escort Squadron that is not attached to a Parent Model can use its Point Defence systems. as long as all Fleet wide restrictions are adhered to. an Escort Squadron MUST select a new Parent Model and move. Important Note: All of the above options can be performed on the Star Admiral’s Vessel itself. and there is another eligible Parent Model in the same Fleet. FLEET ORGANISATION All models MUST be organised into valid Squadrons and MUST adhere to the Squadron size limits specified on the appropriate Stat Card. and other Escort models in the same • Squadron. The minimum and maximum number of models per Squadron. SQUADRON ORGANISATION A FIRESTORM ARMADA Fleet contains a number Squadrons. If a Fleet does not have any eligible models upon which to place a Star Admiral. Re-roll one Critical Hit Table roll against the Star Admiral’s Vessel. When within Command Distance of its new Parent Model the Escort Squadron is automatically attached. but CANNOT use Primary or Torpedo weapon systems and CANNOT initiate any Boarding Assault. or a Tournament Game. The exception to this is that Cruisers. Each Turn a player can have their Star Admiral perform ONE of the following options: • • • • Re-roll one Manoeuvre Test roll OR one Gravity Test roll for a model or Flight in the Fleet within 8” of the Star Admiral’s Vessel. Squadrons can normally only contain one Class of model. towards it. R&D Cruisers however CANNOT. • Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 17 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . If its Parent Model is Lost. enemy Flights and Boarding Assaults and are organised into Escort Squadrons. Re-roll one Critical Hit Table roll against an enemy model fired on by a model in the Fleet within 8” of the Star Admiral’s Vessel. and if appropriate drop Mines.game setup organising your forces When building a Fleet for a FIRESTORM ARMADA game. and the Points Cost per model are detailed on the relevant Stat Card. A maximum of ONE Escort Squadron can be attached per Parent Model. The Star Admiral’s Vessel is declared when it is Deployed. If the Cruisers forming a mixed Squadron have different maximum Squadron sizes. Re-roll one Damage Repair roll for a model in the Fleet within 8” of the Star Admiral’s Vessel. use the LOWEST maximum. then it cannot have one. suitable Cruisers can be fielded in any ratio. a Friendly Game. Heavy Cruisers and Variant Cruisers CAN be mixed within the same Squadron. • An Escort model CANNOT perform Linked Fire with its Parent Model using Primary or Torpedo weapon systems but can perform Linked Fire with other Escort models in the same Squadron. An Escort Squadron MUST be attached to another Squadron in the same Fleet before the start of the game which contains ONE Large or Massive Parent Model. An Escort model CAN perform Combined Fire with its Parent model. using Point Defence systems. STAR ADMIRAL The Star Admiral is in charge of your Fleet and must be stationed accordingly. it is important to choose a Maximum Fleet Value and decide the Game Type. Otherwise. ALL models in any attached Escort Squadron are part of the Parent Model’s Squadron while the Escort Squadron is attached. Before the start of any game players should agree whether Game Cards are to be used and determine the Game Length before preparing the Game Board by performing Game Setup. This model is the Star Admiral’s Vessel. either an Open Game. as quickly as possible.

the more casual the game. Each side takes it in turn to choose one area and MAY place any ONE piece of Terrain anywhere completely in that area. an Aquan Prime Fleet can contain 30% Carriers AND 30% Battle Carriers. Asteroid Field. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 18 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Each Fleet MUST contain at least 1 Squadron of Medium models. 5 or 6. • • • Each Fleet MUST contain at least 1 Squadron of Small models. during the End Phase of the last Turn. GAME LENGTH Game Length is defined as Fixed. choose a Core Fleet and use the same Minimum Squadron Restrictions as for a Friendly Game. On a roll of 4. The specific Fleet List that provides the majority of any models relative to the chosen MFV will determine the relevant Core Fleet in an Open Game. once a particular area has been chosen it cannot be chosen again by any side. Each side will roll 1D6 for EACH area and on a result of 5 or 6 MAY either place ONE piece of Terrain OR remove ONE piece of Terrain from that area. Randomly determine once at the beginning of Battlefield Set-up which side will roll first in each area. A Sub-Designation is considered a separate Designation from its parent Designation for Maximum Percentage Value purposes. the less rigid any restrictions are likely to be. Tournament Game If you are building a Fleet for a Tournament Game agree an MFV with your opponent. when this period of time has elapsed the current Turn is completed and the game is over. As such. 2 or 3. the game is over. In FIRESTORM ARMADA Terrain is generally a Planetoid. including any preferred upgrades or options. another Turn is played. Method 1: Divide the Game Board into four areas of equal size. just agree an MFV with your opponent and assemble Squadrons to the agreed MFV from any Fleet List using the cost of each model from its Stat Card. GAME TYPE The Game Type defines any restrictions on the composition of a Fleet. In addition the Maximum Percentage Value for each possible Size of model is 50% in any Friendly Game. However. Variable or Timed and all three options are suitable for any Game Type. Each Fleet MUST contain at least 1 Squadron of Large or Massive models. BATTLE FIELD SETUP There are three options for randomly setting up a Game Board with Terrain and all three options are suitable for any Game Type. organised as Squadrons and the total Points Cost of all models in the Fleet CANNOT exceed the chosen Maximum Fleet Value. Large and Massive models count as a single Size for this purpose. players select models from the appropriate Fleet List. With a Starter Fleet MFV players create their Fleet from the models found in the appropriate Starter Fleet Boxed set. Method 2: Divide the Game Board into a number of areas of equal size. This means that no more than 50% of the MFV for the Fleet can be spent on a single Size of model. In a Timed game players agree a set amount of time for the game. Friendly Game If you are building a Fleet for a Friendly Game agree an MFV with your opponent and choose a specific faction. In a Fixed game players agree upon a set number of Turns for the game. With a Points Value MFV.MAXIMUM FLEET VALUE A Maximum Fleet Value (MFV) is either defined as a Starter Fleet MFV or can be any Points Value agreed upon by the players. Randomly determine which side chooses the first area. However in a Tournament Game the Maximum Percentage Value for each possible Designation of model indicated in the Fleet Information section of a model’s Stat Card should be used when building a Fleet. each area should be approximately 2’ x 2’ in size and border at least one edge of the Game Board. The faction indicates the Fleet List that the following Minimum Squadron Restrictions MUST be taken from. Open Game If you are building a Fleet for an Open Game there are no restrictions on the models you can field. • • On a roll of 1. Both sides must have rolled for an area before moving onto the next. but both will always share the same value. Example: The Carrier Designation also contains the subDesignation of Battle Carrier. Nebula or Gravity Well. In a Variable game players agree a set number of Turns for the game. Important Note: An Escort Squadron is NOT a separate Squadron when calculating any Minimum Squadron Restriction but Escort models DO count when calculating any Maximum Percentage Value. subtracting 1 from the die roll for each extra Turn that has been completed. Regardless of the actual Game Length all games end immediately any side satisfies their specific Victory Conditions. one player rolls 1D6.

If neither side wins before the end of the game the total number of Victory Points scored by each Fleet is calculated during the End Phase of the last Turn to determine the winner. the opposing player MUST take the opposite edge as their Deployment Edge. The Deployment Zone for each side is the length of their Deployment Edge. or 5. 10. A Fleet that scores 30% more Victory Points than an opponent wins the game with a Minor Victory. Destroy 50% of any opposing Fleet’s Maximum Fleet Value. 7. 2. VICTORY CONDITION Unless a scenario Victory Condition is defined before the start of the game the standard Victory Condition for any Fleet is to score Victory Points during the game equal to at least 70% of the Maximum Fleet Value of the opposing Fleet. Each side alternates Deploying ONE Squadron from their Fleet. modified by the relevant Fleet Tactic Bonus. including all Medium models. Any other Victory Point margin will result in a Draw. or 8. by rolling 2D6. the Squadron arrives successfully. each Fleet should roll 1D6 to get their Orders.” Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 19 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . On a 6 place a Gravity Well. but roll 1D6 to determine what type of Terrain is placed in an area: • • • • On a 1 place a Planetoid. either directly on the Game Board anywhere in the relevant Deployment Zone. 3. or 9. A Fleet that scores 10% more Victory Points than an opponent wins the game with a Marginal Success. the Squadron suffers an error while using Shunt Deployment and fails to arrive. or 11.Method 3: Use Method 2. anywhere from the relevant Deployment Edge to the Centre Line of the Game Board. the side that won Initiative for the current Turn can choose to perform Shunt Deployment for ALL relevant Squadrons. 5. including all Small models. including 1 Squadron of Large. all models in the Squadron are placed within Command Distance of each other. On a 2 or 3 place an Asteroid Field. Destroy at least 70% of the Maximum Fleet Value of any opposing Fleet in Victory Points. 4. Destroy all Large and Massive models in any opposing Fleet. • • • A Fleet that scores 50% more Victory Points than an opponent wins the game with a Major Triumph. the models are not Destroyed but the Squadron CANNOT attempt to arrive in a subsequent End Phase. Any Squadron that wishes to Deploy on the Game Board using Shunt Deployment can attempt to Deploy in the Compulsory Actions stage of the End Phase of ANY Turn during the game. Destroy at least 50% of the Maximum Fleet Value of any opposing Fleet in Victory Points. the Squadron suffers a catastrophic error while using Shunt Deployment and all models in the Squadron have been Destroyed. The side that chose the first Deployment Edge MAY Deploy the first Squadron. 1. or any other restriction. the models are not Destroyed and the Squadrons using Shunt Deployment CANNOT be placed on the Game Board within 8” of ANY other model. Flight or Terrain. 1 Squadron of Medium and 1 Squadron of Small models. the side that gets the highest total chooses ANY edge of the Game Board as their Deployment Edge. Any model in the Squadron that cannot be placed on the Game Board during Shunt Deployment are not Destroyed but CANNOT attempt to arrive in a subsequent End Phase. Important Note: If both sides use Shunt Deployment in the same End Phase. If the total is 6. • Squadron CAN attempt to arrive in a subsequent End Phase. DEPLOYMENT Regardless of Game Type each side rolls 2D6. they enter from the appropriate Deployment Edge on the first turn of the game. A Fleet wins any game with a Major Triumph if it satisfies its Victory Condition during the game. or by declaring that the Squadron will use Shunt Deployment. Destroy at least 50% of the Maximum Fleet Value of any opposing Fleet in Victory Points. Immediately after Deployment. including the first. On a 4 or 5 place a Nebula. either first or second. 4. Important Note: If a Squadron cannot be Deployed in the Deployment Zone due to space. ORDERS Orders are the Victory Conditions for a Fleet. If the total is 3. If the total is 12. Destroy the Star Admiral’s Vessel of any opposing Fleet in a Boarding Assault. • • The default Order is “Destroy at least 70% of the Maximum Fleet Value of any opposing Fleet in Victory Points. 6. and extends 8” into the Game Board. SHUNT DEPLOYMENT Each side can attempt to use their Fold Space Drives for Shunt Deployment with any number of Squadrons up to a maximum of HALF of the number of Squadrons in any Fleet. the Squadron suffers a navigational error while using Shunt Deployment and fails to arrive. • If the total is 2.

but players can agree to keep them secret in any non Tournament Game. HALF the Points Cost for each Large or Massive enemy model with HALF or less of its Initial Hull Point value remaining. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 20 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . both up and down. as models take Damage or are Destroyed. Important Note: Orders are public knowledge by default. Wings never award Victory Points and their Points Cost is NOT added to the Victory Points that a Carrier awards.It can ALWAYS be chosen by a player instead of their randomly generated Order. A Fleet wins the moment it satisfies its Star Order during the game. or without any specific scenario Victory Conditions. Important Note: The number of Victory Points a model contributes will change during the game. A model is Lost if it is Destroyed or has left the Game Board and cannot return. This is also used in any game without Orders. VICTORY POINTS During the End Phase of each Turn calculate the current Victory Point total for each Fleet using the Points Cost of any enemy models that are Lost. • • FULL Points Cost for each enemy model that has been Lost (HALF Points Cost if the model moved off the Game Board using a Shunt). If neither side wins before the end of the game the total number of Victory Points scored by each Fleet is used to determine who has won. and when specific Scenario conditions are met. scoring a Crushing Triumph.

Any Element which is NOT the Commanded Element is Out of Command and as such CANNOT use Linked Fire or Combined Fire. CANNOT have Game Cards played on it and CANNOT initiate a Boarding Assault. a Squadron MUST designate ONE Element as its current Commanded Element. or model. is deemed Out of Command. Unless otherwise noted. it IMMEDIATELY becomes part of the Commanded Element and is no longer Out of Command. COMMAND DISTANCE All models in the same Squadron should remain within Command Distance of at least one other model in their Squadron to perform at their effective best. that returns to within Command Distance of the Commanded Element. Important Note: The Commanded Element DOES NOT have to be the largest Element. An Element is any model or group of models which are within Command Distance of one another. When any model in the Squadron is NOT within Command Distance of at least one other model from the same Squadron. it MUST be the Commanded Element). the Squadron is Split and is considered to contain more than one Element. models that ignore Command Distance and Wings are NEVER part of a Split Squadron and are NEVER Out of Command. SUMMARY A Squadron can be Split into Elements. all models must be within Command Distance of at least one other model from the same proposed Element. COMMANDED ELEMENT A Squadron with all models within Command Distance of at least one other model from the same Squadron is considered to be a single Element. The only other effect for being Out of Command is that the Commanded Element MUST perform their movement BEFORE any other Elements are moved. if an Element moves back into Command Distance of a model in the Commanded Element. Important Note: Squadrons of just one model. SPLIT SQUADRON Any Element from a Split Squadron that is NOT the Commanded Element OR any model that. and is measured from the Flight Peg of one model to the Flight Peg of another. for ANY reason. for any reason. In FIRESTORM ARMADA Command Distance is defined in the Command Distance section of a model’s Stat Card. ONE Element MUST be designated as the Commanded Element (if there is only one Element. During the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation. is no longer within Command Distance of at least one other model from the Commanded Element. If there is more than one model in a proposed Element. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 21 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . OUT OF COMMAND Models that are Out of Command CANNOT use Linked Fire or Combined Fire. is no longer Out of Command. An Out of Command Element. An Escort model MUST remain within Command Distance of its Parent Model at all times and the Parent Model of any attached Escort Squadron MUST be the Commanded Element of any Split Squadron.coherency k eeping squadrons together During the Command Segment of a Squadron Activation players determine whether the models in a Squadron are close enough together to effectively coordinate their actions. CANNOT have Game Cards played on them and CANNOT initiate a Boarding Assault.

If one side has more Squadrons than another.order of play making it all happen A game of FIRESTORM ARMADA consists of a number of Turns. keep rolling until one player has a higher total. 2. Models that do nothing CANNOT move and CANNOT use Primary or Torpedo weapon systems. players should activate any remaining Squadrons consecutively. and the current Turn enters the End Phase. ACTIVATION SEQUENCE The Activation Sequence provides the order for performing ALL of the possible actions available during a Squadron Activation. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 22 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . or Flights. before moving on to the next Segment. with each Turn broken down into the following four main phases: 1. A Player MUST perform ALL actions with ALL relevant models or Wings in a Squadron or Flight during their Squadron Activation before the next Squadron Activation is performed. but can defend against one. Important Note: A Squadron or Flight never has to perform all of the listed actions . combat and boarding and the use of Game Cards. MUST perform a Drift move during the Movement Segment of their Squadron Activation. Possible actions include those related to movement. for example Wings ignore Command Distance and therefore a Flight will never perform any Command Segment actions.only the relevant ones. and also any actions available to an enemy Squadron or Flight in response to these. The player with the highest total has the Initiative for the current Turn. Roll 2D6 for each Fleet. determines the order in which Game Cards are played and/or resolved during the game. Turn Card Phase Initiative Phase Squadron Activation Phase End Phase The following are a single Squadron for the purposes of performing any Squadron Activation in FIRESTORM ARMADA: • • • Each Squadron of models. INITIATIVE PHASE Players must determine the order of Initiative for the current Turn. If players have the same total. Each Flight currently Deployed on the Game Board. if required. adding the relevant Fleet Tactic Bonus. If the game involves more than two players. the order of Initiative goes from the highest to lowest total. drop Mines or use the model’s Point Defence systems during their Squadron Activation. 3. Optional Rule: If you have more than one player on any side you can speed up play by only rolling the order of Initiative for each side. during the Squadron Activation Phase and. Models that do nothing and have not Cut Engines. The Activation Sequence details ALL possible actions for the currently Active Squadron or Flight. Each player on a side will alternate performing their side’s Squadron Activation when it is the turn of their side to activate a Squadron or Flight. without play returning to the opposing side. DOING NOTHING A Player can choose to do nothing with some or all of the models in a Squadron. Each Squadron of models with any attached Escort Squadron. TURN CARD PHASE If the optional Game Cards are being used in the game a player may play a Turn Card at the start of the Turn. SQUADRON ACTIVATION PHASE Players use the order of Initiative for the current Turn to alternate performing a single Squadron Activation until ALL players have activated ALL of their Squadrons ONCE during the Turn. 4. and a clear order of Initiative has been identified for the Turn. The order of Initiative is used when activating Squadrons. They CANNOT initiate a Boarding Assault. Within each Segment of the Activation Sequence perform the actions in the order listed.

2.Command Segment 1. END PHASE The End Phase of the Turn is an opportunity to tidy up the Game Board and prepare for the next Turn. Combat Segment 1. Boarding Segment 1. Make any Damage Repair Tests. Movement Segment 1. The End Phase allows players to: • • • • • Check for End of Game. Perform ALL movement for the active Squadron. Declare the Commanded Element for the active Squadron. Draw new Game Cards. Resolve ALL firing from Point Defence systems from the active Squadron or Flight. Resolve ALL firing from Primary or Torpedo weapon systems from the active Squadron or Flight. Rationalise Game Markers. Perform any Compulsory Actions. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 23 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . • Simultaneously resolve Point Defence fire between any Flights resulting from any Intercept Move. • Immediately resolve any Point Defence Attack from any model resulting from movement. Resolve ALL Boarding Assaults for the active Squadron or Flight. in any order required. • Immediately resolve Collisions resulting from any move.

• • • Each Wing in a Flight MUST be the same type. WEAPON STATS The current Point Defence (PD) value. an Interceptor Wing is designed to dogfight against other Wings and an Assaulter Wing is intended to perform Boarding Assaults against an enemy model. CARRIER MODELS Any model with a Fleet Wing value greater than 0 on their Stat Card is a Carrier model. The maximum number of Wings in a Flight is 6. not the individual Wings in a Flight. Important Note: In effect each Wing can perform Combined Fire with other Wings in the same Flight when using their Point Defence systems AND Torpedo weapon systems. TYPE MOVEMENT TORPEDOES OF WING 15” 0 ASSAULTERS 12” 3 BOMBERS 15” 1 FIGHTERS 18” 0 INTERCEPTORS Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules POINT DEFENCE 1 1 1 2 ASSAULT POINTS 1 0 0 0 COST 5 5 5 5 24 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . EXAMPLE: A Carrier model with a Fleet Wing value of 6 could have one Flight of 6 Wings. Important Note: A Flight performs all movement or combat related actions when deployed on the Game Board. a Bomber Wing is designed to target enemy models. purchased when building the Fleet. Important Note: The Points Cost of each Wing on a Carrier model is added to the basic Points Cost of the Carrier model transporting the Wing and the TOTAL Points Cost of the Carrier model is used for the relevant Maximum Percentage Value when building a Fleet. A Flight can either be deployed on the Game Board using the standard Deployment rules or can be deployed with their Carrier model. Each Wing represents several single pilot tiny space craft. However. The maximum number of Flights per Carrier model is 2. the Flight itself may lose Wings from Point Defence Attacks when it moves within 4” a model. it could have a Flight of 1 Wing and a Flight of 3 Wings. FLIGHTS The Wings on a Carrier model MUST be organised into one or more Flights when building a Fleet and CANNOT be changed during a game. it could have TWO Flights of 3 Wings or any other combination as long as it does not have more than 2 Flights and 6 Wings in total. or on their Carrier model waiting to Launch. At the start of any game a Carrier model can contain a compliment of Wings up to but not exceeding its Fleet Wing value. A Fighter Wing represents various multi-purpose craft. either within 4” of their Carrier model. The Points Cost of a Carrier model DOES NOT include the Points Cost of any complement of Wings. Bombers. Torpedo Attack Dice (AD) value and Assault Point (AP) value of any Flight is calculated when required by multiplying the value from the relevant entry in the table below for one Wing by the number of Wings currently in the Flight. Interceptors or Assaulters. Torpedo weapon Attacks from Flights CANNOT be reduced by Defensive Fire.flight tok ens swarms of tIny craft The possible types of Wing in FIRESTORM ARMADA are Fighters. The number AND type of any Wings on a Carrier model MUST be determined when building a Fleet and CANNOT be changed during a game.

After an Assaulter Flight performs a Boarding Assault its marines are fully committed. A Flight CANNOT Launch and Land in the same Turn. Any excess in a Flight attempting to Land on a Carrier model are Destroyed. A Flight can declare an Intercept Move at any point that it is eligible to do so. The maximum number of Wings on a Carrier model CANNOT exceed its designated complement of Wings. After declaring an Intercept Move the active Flight is immediately halted. A Flight CANNOT Land and Launch in the same Turn. A Flight is deployed on the Game Board within 4” of the Carrier model’s Flight Peg and CANNOT activate as a discrete Squadron in the same Turn that they Launch. FLIGHT FORMATIONS A Flight is indicated using a single Wing marker of the relevant type. INTERCEPT MOVE During the Movement Segment of any Flight a maximum of ONE Fighter OR Interceptor Flight from the opposing side may be eligible to perform an Intercept Move against the currently active Flight. Both the intercepting and intercepted Flight can SIMULTANEOUSLY resolve ONE Attack using their Point Defence systems against the opposing Flight. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 25 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . REARMING FLIGHTS If a Flight makes an Attack using any Torpedo weapon systems it MUST Land on a Carrier model from the same Fleet to rearm before it performing another Attack using Torpedoes. A Flight can only declare an Intercept Move if the active Flight is within 4” of it during the Movement Segment of their Squadron Activation. An Attack by the Flight using the Torpedo weapon systems on the Wings in the Flight would have a current Attack Dice value of 9 AD. LAUNCHING FLIGHTS A Carrier model can Launch ONE Flight during the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation. but can perform an Intercept Move after its own Squadron Activation.EXAMPLE: An Aquan Bomber Flight contains 3 Wings and each Wing has 3 AD. and the intercepting Flight is moved directly into contact. • • A Flight in contact with any enemy model or Flight CANNOT perform an Intercept Move. The Flight is immediately removed from the Game Board and the relevant Wings are considered to be on the Carrier model. Important Note: Wings on a Carrier model CANNOT use weapons and CANNOT be targeted by weapons and unless specifically stated otherwise do not suffer the effects of any Critical Hit on a Carrier model. After resolving any Attack resulting from an Intercept Move the active Flight MAY complete their remaining movement and perform any remaining combat related actions. • • LANDING FLIGHTS A Flight with sufficient Movement to reach the Flight Peg of ANY Carrier model from the same Fleet may Land on that Carrier model during the Movement Segment of their Squadron Activation. and the Flight is removed form the Game Board. A Flight can only perform an Intercept Move ONCE per Turn. The current number of Wings in a Flight is indicated using a six-sided dice on the Wing marker.

Movement Segment: perform ALL movement for the active Flight: • If. If the Boarding Assault Failed: i. Roll Shield Dice and perform other relevant actions (this Torpedo Attack is NOT affected by Defensive Fire) 3. 6. Boarding Segment: An Assaulter Flight may initiate a Boarding Assault against a model it is in contact with. an eligible Flight wishes to perform an Intercept Move. Roll Attack Dice equal to the number of Wings in the Flight. Combine the target model’s current Assault Points and Crew Points to determine its Boarding Assault Strength. If the target rolled fewer hits than the Flight. Calculate the total number of hits. after Shields and so forth are applied 4. at any point during this movement. determine whether the Assault Succeeded or Failed. This is resolved as follows: 1. an eligible model wishes to perform a Point Defence Attack. Apply damage. Combat Segment: A Bomber or Fighter Flight may perform a Torpedo Attack against a model it is in contact with. 4. pause the active Flight’s movement. 5. Otherwise. at any point during this movement. By comparing the remaining Boarding Assault Strengths. 7. 3. pause the Flight’s movement. multiplied by the number of Assault Points in each Wing. make Critical Hit rolls and apply effects. then resume the Flight’s movement. resolve the Intercept Move and subsequent Point Defence Attacks. no further action is taken 8. resolve the Attack. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 26 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . • 2. Destroyed models are then removed and Sabotage damage is applied. The Assaulter Flight is removed from the Game Board and the target model’s remaining Boarding Assault Strength reverts to Assault Points and Crew Points (losses divided as evenly as possible).FLIGHT ACTIVATION SEQUENCE The following summarises the sequence of events for a Flight’s Activation. 3. 2. the target is Destroyed. Calculate the total number of hits caused by each side and reduce each side’s Boarding Assault Strength appropriately. For this Attack: 1. the target may be Sabotaged ii. 2. multiplied by the Attack Dice rating of one Wing. If. Both sides SIMULTANEOUSLY roll a number of Attack Dice equal to their Boarding Assault Strength. 1. More detailed information on each of these stages is covered in the Boarding Chapter of this book (Pages 43 to 46). If the Boarding Assault Succeeded. then resume the Flight’s movement. remove any Destroyed models More detailed information on each of these stages is covered in the following Chapters of this book (Pages 30 to 42). The total number of Assault Points directed at the target is equal to the number of Wings in the Assaulter Flight. This is the Flight’s Boarding Assault Strength.

Each model MUST fully complete all movement BEFORE any other model is moved as part of the same Squadron Activation. it MUST move a distance equal to HALF its modified Movement value in inches during the Movement Segment of its Squadron Activation. Each turn a model makes is the equivalent of 1” of Movement by the model. Important Note: A Flight CANNOT exceed the maximum movement allowance of the relevant type of Wing in the Flight during the Movement Segment. Different models in a Squadron CAN move different distances and make different turns during the same Squadron Activation. however a model with a Turn Limit of 1” MUST move 1” directly ahead BEFORE each turn. ensure that the relevant side of the models Flight Stand is correctly aligned with the Flat Edge of the Turning Template and that the designated Port or Starboard Front Edge of the Flight Stand is aligned with the first Navigation Point on the Turning Template. MINIMUM MOVEMENT Unless a model is forced to perform Proximity Vectoring or has already Cut Engines. Important Note: A model can turn LESS than the 45 degree angle between two Navigation Points but a turn is always 1” of Movement. A model making a turn moves AROUND the Turning Template until the relevant Front Edge is lined up with the next Navigation Point on the Turning Template. MOVING A FLIGHT A Flight has 360 degree movement and can move in ANY direction and change facing as required. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 27 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . before performing ANY Turn. no matter the actual angle the model turns. MOVING A SQUADRON The models in a Squadron are moved individually. TURN LIMIT A model MUST move directly ahead a distance equal to the model’s Turn Limit. TURNING A MODEL When a model turns it uses a 45 degree Turning Template and the Turn Limit indicated on the models Stat Card. one model at a time. or move an entire Flight. however there is no minimum movement requirement for a Flight. TURNING TEMPLATE When using a Turning Template it is important that a model’s Flight Stand is aligned correctly. Important Note: When you activate a Split Squadron ALWAYS resolve movement for the models in the Commanded Element before moving any Out of Command models in the Squadron. Example: A model with a Turn Limit of 0” can make consecutive turns without moving directly ahead between each turn.movement getting from point A to point b During the Movement Segment of a Squadron Activation players move the models in a Squadron.

FOLD SPACE TRAVEL A model can activate its Fold Space Drive to enter Fold Space and leave the Game Board by performing a Shunt move. In any subsequent Activation a model can remove a Cut Engines marker at the start of the Movement Segment of its current Squadron Activation but may only start moving again in its next Squadron Activation. CUT ENGINES A model that has Cut Engines is completely stationary and CANNOT move or turn. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 28 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . it is Lost and removed from the game. Important Note: Unless specifically stated otherwise a model CANNOT begin a game with Cut Engines. Whilst in the process of entering Fold Space a model is subject to the following conditions: • • The model is automatically regarded as having Cut Engines. If a model has NO option but to end its move with its Flight Stand on top of another Flight Stand. if any part of a Flight Stand or Flight leaves the Game Board. BELLY UP A model that is Belly Up has rolled over so that Primary or Torpedo weapon systems with a Port or Starboard Arc of Fire are now reversed. It is perfectly acceptable to make a minor adjustment to avoid contact. Unless a specific Victory Condition allows it a model that performs a Shunt move during the game CANNOT return. Any readjustment cannot move a model more than 3” and does not count towards a model’s maximum modified Movement value during the Movement Segment of its Squadron Activation.PROXIMITY VECTORING A model or Flight is never an obstacle to the movement of another model or Flight and can freely pass through another model or Flight. or is unable to complete its move due to the size of any model. A model MUST maintain its current orientation during any readjustment. MINOR TURNING CORRECTION There will be times when a model could make a small correction during its move to avoid contact with other another model or Space Terrain. the MOVING model should be readjusted until clear using Proximity Vectoring. If a model cannot be readjusted due to lack of space on the Game Board the model must stop before it is necessary to perform any readjustment. They are assumed to pass each other on the vertical axis using complex guidance systems and sensors to avoid collisions! A model CANNOT end its move with its Flight Stand occupying the same space as another Flight Stand or unable to complete its move due to the actual size of a model interfering with the placement of a Flight Stand on the Game Board. Important Note: Any Flight is automatically moved the minimum distance out of the way in preference to the readjustment of a model. A model can declare it is Belly Up AFTER completing the Minimum Move requirement for the Movement Segment of its current Squadron Activation and must do so BEFORE performing the Combat Segment of its current Squadron Activation. Wherever possible NO model should gain ANY immediate advantage from any readjustment and any readjustment should move a model the LEAST possible distance within a forward 180 degree arc measured from any Flight Peg on the models Flight Stand. In any subsequent Activation a model can remove any Belly Up marker at the start of the Movement Segment of its current Squadron Activation. For the remainder of its current Activation and its entire next Squadron Activation the model is in the process of entering Fold Space. During the Command Segment of the following Squadron Activation it has entered Fold Space and is removed from the Game Board. A model can declare it has Cut Engines AFTER completing the Minimum Move requirement for the Movement Segment of its current Squadron Activation and must do so BEFORE performing the Combat Segment of its current Squadron Activation. ignoring any Minimum Movement requirement the model may have if necessary. Remember fair play and never use it to increase a models turn capability or maximum modified Movement value. A model can declare a Shunt AFTER completing any Minimum Move requirement for the Movement Segment of its current Squadron Activation and must do so BEFORE performing the Combat Segment of its current Squadron Activation. MOVING OFF TABLE Unless a specific Victory Condition allows it. DRIFTING Models that declare they are doing nothing during their Squadron Activation will Drift during the Movement Segment of their Activation. The model cannot use any Primary or Torpedo weapon systems. as required. preventing it from having to make any Minimum Move.

Ramming is not allowed under any circumstances in the game – it’s just too silly so don’t go there! Models CANNOT Collide with one another. It is an easy enough situation to resolve when one accepts that the models are merely a representation and it’s much more fun to play a game using the large. Models that Drift MUST move 2”in a straight line directly ahead and do nothing else. Important Note: The scale of FIRESTORM ARMADA is such that the models and Flights are too large relative to the size of the Game Board and it’s assumed they are actually much further apart than the models or markers would actually indicate. ONLY with certain Terrain features. is always going to be catastrophic.Permission is given to print out the above Movement and Arc of Fire Template for personal use only. see Page 13. impressive range of FIRESTORM ARMADA models! COMBAT CONTACT A Flight can contact the Flight Stand of a model or another Flight without causing a Collision. COLLISION AND RAMMING The relative fragility and incredible speed of any model in FIRESTORM ARMADA ensures that any type of Collision with another model. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 29 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . and even any accidental Collision between models. as detailed in the Terrain Section. is not possible. In FIRESTORM ARMADA the vastness of space and the array of sophisticated sensor suites available will ensure that deliberate ramming. accidental or otherwise.

A Point Defence system CANNOT target a Flight from the same Fleet. The Point Defence systems on a model can be used to Attack an enemy Flight during a Squadron Activation as follows. After resolving any Point Defence Attack during the Movement Segment of a Squadron Activation a model or Flight MAY complete their remaining movement and perform any remaining combat related actions. as required. Resolve ALL Attacks from Primary or Torpedo weapon systems from the currently active Squadron. Declare ALL Attacks using Primary or Torpedo weapon systems from the currently active Squadron. Important Note: Only an Escort Squadron and its attached Parent Model can use Combined Fire when targeting an enemy Flight with Point Defence systems. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 30 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . • • • A Point Defence system CANNOT target a model. COMBAT SEQUENCE Combat can occur in both the Movement Segment and the Combat Segment of the current Squadron Activation and is performed in the following sequence: • • • • Immediately resolve ALL Attacks from any Point Defence systems declared during the Movement Segment in the order that they occur. Important Note: Any Attacks are resolved simultaneously between any intercepting and intercepted Flight. and NOT as the result of an Intercept Move BOTH Flights MAY resolve an Attack against each other using their Point Defence systems. • As the result of an Intercept Move BOTH the intercepting and intercepted Flight MAY resolve an Attack against each other using their Point Defence systems. • • Anytime during its Movement Segment that a Flight is within 4” of any enemy model. in ANY order required. Important Note: Any Attacks are resolved simultaneously between any Flights. The Point Defence systems on a Flight can be used to Attack an enemy Flight during the Combat Segment of a Squadron Activation as follows. including Defensive Fire and Shield systems. Important Note: Any Attack by Primary or Torpedo weapon systems may be subject to Defensive Actions. Simultaneously resolve ALL remaining Attacks using Point Defence systems declared at the start of the Combat Segment. any other Point Defence Attack from a model or Flight is resolved as a separate Attack immediately they are declared. as required. The Point Defence systems on a Flight can be used to Attack an enemy Flight during the Movement Segment of a Squadron Activation as follows. A Point Defence system on a model or flight can only declare an Attack a maximum of ONCE in any Squadron Activation. After resolving any Attack resulting from an Intercept Move the active Flight MAY complete their remaining movement and perform any remaining combat related actions. DECLARING POINT DEFENCE ATTACKS The Point Defence systems on any model or Flight can declare an Attack with the following limitations. Anytime during its Movement Segment that a model is within 4” of any enemy Flight. following which any Damage is applied where relevant.making war! destroying enemy models During the Movement Segment of a Squadron Activation Point Defence systems can be used against a Flight and during the Combat Segment of a Squadron Activation any Primary and Torpedo weapon systems can be used against a model and a model can attempt to perform Defensive Actions to prevent any damage. • Anytime during its Combat Segment a Flight is in contact with an enemy Flight AFTER the completion of ALL movement.

DECLARING PRIMARY AND TORPEDO ATTACKS ALL models in the currently active Squadron. including the use of any Linked Fire or Split Fire. A model CAN use its Shield systems against ALL applicable Attacks during a Turn.ARC OF FIRE AND RANGE ALL Primary and Torpedo weapon systems on a model have an Arc of Fire and Range from the Flight Peg of a model as indicated in the Weapon Stats section of the model’s Stat Card. the Flight itself may lose Wings from Point Defence Attacks when it moves within 4” a model. Any Torpedo weapon systems on a Flight have a 360 degree Arc of Fire and a Range of 0”. In both cases you CAN pre-measure the range and choose a target that is at a more favourable Range Band. MUST declare ALL targets for ALL Primary or Torpedo weapon systems on the model or Flight. unless disabled by a Critical Hit Effect. A model or Flight CANNOT target a model from the same Fleet. Important Note: A model CAN fire from all of its weapon arcs and with all of its additional weapon systems during its Activation as long as it has valid targets. • ARC OF FIRE AND RANGE ALL Point Defence systems have a 360 degree Arc of Fire and a Range of 4” from the Flight Peg of a model and 0” from any Flight. However. any hits that have not Destroyed any Wings may cause the Flight to be Driven Off. Torpedo weapon Attacks from Flights CANNOT be reduced by Defensive Fire. RESOLVING PRIMARY AND TORPEDO ATTACKS Any Attacks using Primary or Torpedo weapon systems may be resolved in any order required. BEFORE rolling ANY dice and AFTER the completion of ALL movement. • A model or Flight can perform Defensive Fire with its Point Defence systems ONCE in any Squadron Activation. DEFENSIVE ACTIONS Defensive Actions include using Point Defence systems to perform Defensive Fire against an Attack by Torpedo Weapon systems and the use of Shield systems to disperse any Attack by Primary or Torpedo weapon systems or deflect Damage from an exploding Mine. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 31 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Shields operate in a 360 degree arc around a model and are assumed to always be on. and any Flight. Damage to a Flight is applied by removing any Wings that have been Destroyed. A Flight MUST be in contact with any target Flight to use its Point Defence systems against the Flight. A model CANNOT use its Shield systems against the effects of any Boarding Assault or Collision but CAN use them against any Attack from a Wing. A Primary or Torpedo weapon system CANNOT target a Flight. regardless of how many models it is in contact with. APPLY DAMAGE If a model has taken any hits from an Attack it may cause Damage to a model and if sufficient hits have occurred an Attack may cause a Critical Hit. Important Note: A Flight can only target ONE model in a single Activation. A Flight MUST be in contact with the Flight Stand of a model to use its Torpedo weapon systems against the model. • • • Each Primary or Torpedo weapon system on a model or Flight can fire ONCE during its Squadron Activation. Any Line of Sight and Arc of Fire is applied again for any Attack as they are resolved. Important Note: If the target for a particular Attack is no longer valid for any reason a weapon CANNOT change its declared target.

the Nebula to be Impeded. or into. • • A Planetoid will cause any Line of Sight passing through the Planetoid to be Blocked. Between models Line of Sight is measured from Flight Peg to Flight Peg and is measured to or from the nearest part of any Flight. could cause the Line of Sight to be Impeded. An Asteroid Field will cause any Line of Sight passing through. the Asteroid Field to be Blocked if the distance passing through the Asteroid Field is greater than 8”. within the weapon’s Arc of Fire. If a weapon’s Line of Sight is Impeded. A model or Wing is NEVER an obstruction to Line of Sight between a firing model and a target model but a Planetoid. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 32 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . The Arc of Fire of any weapon is the area into which it can fire and the Range to any target is measured along the Line of Sight. An Asteroid Field will cause any Line of Sight passing through. Asteroid Field or Nebula. A Nebula or Distortion Field will cause any Line of Sight passing through. it can fire at FULL effect. causing it to hit on a 5 or 6 only. A Primary or Torpedo weapon system will require a Clear Line of Sight and an Open Arc of Fire to fire at full effect. this will affect its accuracy. Partially Blocked or Blocked. or into.targeting lining up the kill shot Line of Sight is a straight line between the firing model or Flight and the target model or Flight. or into. the Asteroid Field to be Partially Blocked if the distance passing through the Asteroid Field is less than or equal to 8”. • • The Line of Sight then affects the number of Attack Dice that are available: • • If a weapon’s Line of Sight is Clear. rolling the FULL amount of Attack Dice. LINE OF SIGHT A model using any Primary or Torpedo weapon system will require a Line of Sight to their intended target to be able to fire and the target must be in Range.

only one of the weapons can fire at it. Important Note: A Primary or Torpedo weapon systems Attack Dice value is only reduced by HALF even if BOTH the Partially Blocked Line of Sight and the Limited Arc of Fire conditions apply. If a weapon’s Line of Sight is Blocked. for example the Dindrenzi. a model using Primary or Torpedo weapon systems is only eligible to fire at its intended target if some part of the target is in its Arc of Fire and also within its Range. Flight or Terrain. Turrets have a 360 degree arc of fire unless stated otherwise on the model’s Stat Card. the amount of Attack Dice available is reduced by HALF. Port or Starboard. If the Flight Peg of the target model is on the line between two different Broadside weapon’s Arc of Fire. Important Note: Line of Sight for any Point Defence system is always Clear and never Blocked by models. ARC OF FIRE The Stat Card for a model lists the Arc of Fire for any Primary or Torpedo weapon systems on the model. See Page 12 for diagrams illustrating the various Arcs of Fire. • • • If a weapon’s Arc of Fire is Open. Limited Arc of Fire A weapon’s Arc of Fire is Limited if the Flight Peg of the target model is partly in the weapon’s Arc of Fire or on the line between two different Arcs of Fire. If a weapon’s Arc of Fire is Closed. it can fire at HALF effect. Some models use weapons with a Fixed arc of fire. Point Defence Systems have a 360 degree Arc of Fire. Fore. rolling the FULL amount of Attack Dice. it will NOT be able to fire. How much of the intended target is within the weapon’s Arc of Fire will contribute to whether that weapon fires at FULL or HALF effect. This is because the miniatures represent Ships that are a few millimetres long at most given the scale of the game. • • • • Broadsides have a 90 degree Arc of Fire unless stated otherwise on the model’s Stat Card.• • If a weapon’s Line of Sight is Partially Blocked. RANGE All distances for any Range Band are measured from the Flight Peg of the model that is firing to the Flight Peg of the model that is being fired at. If a weapon’s Arc of Fire is Limited. Aft. rolling HALF the amount of Attack Dice. these can only fire in a channel equal to the width of the Flight Stand of the firing model in the appropriate direction. it will NOT be able fire at the target. In addition to requiring Line of Sight. it can fire at FULL effect. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 33 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Wings have a 360 degree Arc of Fire.

Important Note: Hull Point and Crew Killed damage markers on a model do NOT affect Torpedo weapon systems. The current Point Defence Attack Dice and Torpedo weapon system Attack Dice value for a Flight is calculated by multiplying the current number of Wings in a Flight by the relevant value for 1 Wing. EXAMPLE: An Aquan Interceptor Flight contains 3 Wings and each Wing has 2 PD. The limit of Range Band 4 is 32” . Primary or Torpedo weapon systems and Point Defence systems are used in Firestorm Armada is referred to as their Attack Dice (AD) INITIAL ATTACK DICE Primary or Torpedo weapon systems on a model have an initial Attack Dice value listed in the Weapon Stats section of the models Stat Card in each Range Band that the weapon system can fire into and this is the number of initial D6 dice that are rolled when resolving an Attack. A Point Defence Attack from the Interceptor Flight would have 6 AD. MODIFIERS TO ATTACK DICE The Damage inflicted on a model will impact the effectiveness of its firing. The number of D6 is modified by Range. EXAMPLE: A Sorylian Battleship is firing at a Dindrenzi Cruiser with an 8 AD Broadside Primary weapon system.attack dice how many d6 do you roll? The number of dice rolled when Mines. generally if the target model is at a longer Range Band less AD will be rolled compared to a target model at a shorter Range Band. DAMAGE Compare the number of Hull Point and Crew Killed damage markers on a model and use the HIGHER value to reduce the initial Attack Dice value of each Primary weapon system on the model AND the initial Point Defence value of the model by 1 for EACH Hull Point OR Crew Killed damage marker on the model. This is because electronic countermeasures used by models have an adverse effect on enemy targeting at Range Band 1. but its Torpedo weapon systems are NOT reduced. ASTEROID FIELD The initial Point Defence value of any model is reduced by HALF if a model’s Flight Peg is in an Asteroid Field. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 34 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . This simulates crew being killed. ATTACK DICE FOR FLIGHTS The Stat Card for a particular type of Wing lists the Point Defence value and the Torpedo weapon systems Attack Dice value for 1 Wing in any Flight. Mines or Shields. wreckage and damage to any weapons systems. CLOAKING FIELD Any model currently using a Cloaking Field reduces the initial Attack Dice value for ALL Primary weapon system on the model by HALF. The model has 3 Hull Point damage markers and 1 Crew Killed damage marker.it is assumed that targeting systems are unreliable beyond this. The 8 AD Broadside is modified to 5 AD. A Primary weapon system or Point Defence system is never reduced to less than 1 AD by damage. and that the distances are too great for accurate firing. The initial Attack Dice value for any Point defence system is listed on the relevant Stat Card for a model as its Point Defence value. Most weapon systems have higher AD at Range Band 2 than at Range Band 1. The Attack Dice value of any Mines is listed in the Mine value on the relevant models Stat Card.

Electing to perform Linked Fire the player will roll 6D6 (4+2). Add HALF the modified Attack Dice value from each ADDITIONAL weapon involved in any Linked Fire Attack. LINKED FIRE Linked Fire allows models from the same Squadron to pool the Attack Dice from any Primary or Torpedo weapon systems that can target the same model into a more powerful Attack. The Primary weapon systems on a model can perform Linked Fire with any other Primary weapon systems in the same Squadron. Each undamaged model would receive 4 AD. Important Note: A model CANNOT perform Linked Fire with two or more Broadside weapons from the same model unless specifically stated otherwise by a condition or Model Assigned Rule. Defensive Fire and Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. Models can perform Linked Fire at the same target if at different Range Bands. Linked Fire is not compulsory for models in a Squadron. • • • • A model MUST perform Linked Fire with its own weapons before performing Linked Fire with other models. A model does NOT use any ‘lost’ Attack Dice on other targets if it performs Linked Fire. The Turret and Gun Rack Primary weapon systems on a model can perform Linked Fire with any other Primary weapon systems on the same model. Torpedo weapon systems can only perform Linked Fire with other Torpedo weapon systems on the same model and/or in the same Squadron. • Point Defence systems can perform Linked Fire with other Point Defence systems in the same Squadron to perform an Attack. allowing models in the same Squadron or Wings in the same Flight to combine their fire into a single attack. One model (usually the most effective) acts as the focus of the Attack.firing options effective use of your weapons Firing Options allow a model or Squadron to make better use of the resources they have available. • • • EXAMPLE: Two Terran Cruisers have moved to within Range Band 3 of a Dindrenzi Carrier. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 35 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . This model uses its FULL modified Attack Dice value from a single weapon.

The third Cruiser then moves up to within 4” of the Flight and declares a Point Defence Attack. A weapon CANNOT Split Fire against targets at different Range Bands. SPLIT FIRE Primary or Torpedo weapon systems and Point Defence systems can use Split Fire to allocate their available Attack Dice (AD) amongst multiple valid targets. It moves the first two Cruisers. A model CAN Split Fire a Turret between multiple valid targets anywhere in its 360 degree Arc of Fire. • • • • A weapon CANNOT Split Fire against the same target. when using Point Defence systems for an Attack. any Defensive Fire against any Torpedo Attack and any Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. one in the Port Arc of Fire and one in the Starboard Arc of Fire of its Gun Rack Primary weapon system. A weapon CANNOT use Combined Fire AND Split Fire in any single Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack. EXAMPLE: A Dindrenzi Battleship attacks two Frigates at Range Band 2. A model CAN Split Fire a Gun Rack between multiple valid targets in the Port AND Starboard Arc of Fire. Defensive Fire or Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. The total amount of AD used MUST equal the total amount of AD available in any Attack or Defensive Fire. The Gun Rack has 9 AD and chooses to Split Fire. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 36 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . EXAMPLE: A Squadron of three Cruisers wishes to Attack a Flight of 4 Assaulter Wings with its Point Defence systems. the third Cruiser may complete its movement. only against multiple valid targets. and any other Escort models from the same Squadron. but can do so in any Point Defence system Attack. or in any Point Defence system Attack. however the other two Cruisers CANNOT move any further. making sure to finish their movement within 4” of the Flight. but with 2 Hull Point damage markers its 5 AD is reduced to 3 AD and it can only add 1 AD into the Link Fire Attack for a total of 6 AD. The second Cruiser adds half of its Fore Broadside. with 6 AD on one Frigate and 3 AD on the other. • An Escort model can perform Combined Fire with its Parent model. However any Point Defence system CAN perform Split Fire using AD generated from Linked Fire for Defensive Fire against any Torpedo Attack and any Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. However models do not reduce the Attack Dice value or Point Defence value by HALF when calculating the available number of Attack Dice. As the other models in its Squadron are also in range. A weapon CANNOT combine Linked Fire and Split Fire in any Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack. COMBINED FIRE Combined Fire follows the same basic rules as Linked Fire.EXAMPLE: Two Terran Cruisers fire at a Dindrenzi Carrier at Range Band 1. Once the Attack has been resolved. The first Cruiser uses its Fore Broadside with 5 AD. they may Link their Point Defence with the third Cruiser.

4 and 6 (plus an extra roll of 4). 5 and 6 (plus an extra roll of 1). POINT DEFENCE TO HIT NUMBERS Roll the number of Attack Dice calculated for each Point Defence Attack modified by any specific conditions or Model Assigned Rules (MARs) that apply. EXAMPLE: A Terran Battleship receives 13 Hits. the Attack will require a 5 or 6 to Hit. 5 or 6 to hit a Flight. getting 2. • • • Models require 5 or 6 to hit a Flight. Each Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack will roll a number of D6 equal to the modified Attack Dice value of any weapons involved in the Attack. Bomber or Assaulter Flights require a 4. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 37 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . EXAMPLE: The Terran Battleship receives another 10 Hits in the same Turn from a different Attack. Fighter or Interceptor Flights require a 3. 5 or 6 to cancel a hit unless a specific condition or Model Assigned Rule (MAR) applies. 5 or 6 to Hit unless a specific condition or Model Assigned Rule (MAR) applies. including any Line of Sight and Arc of Fire restrictions. If a model has suffered any hits from any Attack by any Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack or from an exploding Mine roll the number of Shield Dice equal to the Shield value on the model’s Stat Card using the Exploding Dice Mechanic and requiring a 4. The Terran player gets to roll 3D6 for its Shields. 5 or 6 to hit a Flight. CLOAKING FIELD A Cloaking Field is a type of Shield system that disguises the outline and energy signature of a model making it inherently more difficult for enemy models to target them accurately. Place or Remove a Cloak marker on/from the model. PRIMARY/TORPEDO TO HIT NUMBERS Roll the number of Attack Dice calculated for each Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack using the Exploding Dice Mechanic and requiring a 4.system ratings k ey to hit numbers Each Point Defence Attack will roll a number of D6 equal to the modified Attack Dice value of any model or Flight involved in the Attack. This cancels out 3 Hits and the Battleship only receives 7 Hits. getting a 2. always use the option most beneficial to the target model. This cancels out 4 Hits and the Battleship only receives 9 Hits. A Cloaking Field is power hungry and reduces the rate of fire of any weapons on a model. taking into account any Combined Fire from any Escort Squadron. it has a Shield value of 3 and rolls 3D6. taking into account any Linked Fire. as Flights use Torpedo weapons. Important Note: If more than one condition or Model Assigned Rule applies. If a Capital Class model fires at a Small Class model. If any of the following conditions apply. NOT Primary weapons. Important Note: Cloaking Fields DO NOT affect the to Hit numbers of a Flight. Any model currently using a Cloaking Field reduces the initial Attack Dice value for ALL Primary weapon systems on the model by HALF. SHIELD SYSTEMS Models with a Shield value greater than 0 have complex technology designed to disperse any Damage from Primary or Torpedo weapon systems and exploding Mines. Range and other modifiers to the Attack Dice total. 4. During the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation a model with a Cloaking Field MUST declare whether the Cloak is turned on or off. Split Fire. • • If a weapon’s Line of Sight is Impeded. • A model CAN use its Shield systems against ALL applicable Attacks during a Turn. • • Any Attack using Primary weapon systems automatically has an Impeded Line of Sight to any target model with a Cloak marker.

Any model targeted by one or more Torpedo Attack may declare Defensive Fire against the Attacks. then the Defensive Fire pool against that Attack is rolled. it then moves within 4” of the model it wishes to Attack. Escort models in the target model’s Squadron. However.DEFENSIVE FIRE Once all Attacks by the Active Squadron have been declared. and suffers another Point Defence Attack. 5 and 6 cancelling hits. eligible models/Flights may declare Defensive Fire against Torpedo Attacks. may Link their Defensive Fire with the target model. may Combine their Defensive Fire with the target model. The total number of hits from the Torpedo Attack is then calculated as normal. If a model is the target of more than one Torpedo Attack in a single Activation. using the current Point Defence value of all contributing models. Once all Defensive Fire has been declared. and any Flights within 4” of the target. with each roll of 4. when it moves within 4” of the first model in the Squadron it suffers a Point Defence Attack and loses a Wing. TORPEDO ATTACKS FROM FLIGHTS Torpedo weapon Attacks from Flights CANNOT be reduced by Defensive Fire. Linking and Combining as appropriate. It then moves into base contact with its target and rolls its 12AD (4 Wings x 3 AD) against which NO Defensive Fire action can be made. calculate the Defensive Fire pool for each target model. EXAMPLE: A Flight of 5 Torpedo Bomber Wings moves to Attack a Cruiser. the Defensive Fire pool defending it is Split evenly between all incoming Torpedo Attacks (any remainder is assigned by the controlling player).” Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 38 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Any models in the target model’s Squadron and within Command Distance of the target. this time emerging unscathed. using the Exploding Dice mechanic. A model/Flight may only declare Defensive Fire ONCE per Activation. the Flight itself may lose Wings from Point Defence Attacks when it moves within 4” a model. A model/Flight that is eligible to declare Defensive Fire in defence of more than one model must CHOOSE which target to defend.

Against a model a Mine will use the Exploding Dice mechanic and require a 4. Models are assumed to have an indefinite supply of any Mines. The Mine rolls 4D6 Attack Dice and applies the total number of Hits against EACH model in Range of the explosion. MINES (MN) A Mine will explode immediately a model or Wing moves within 4” of the centre of an ENEMY Mine marker. potentially causing a cascade of explosions. A Mine marker is removed from the Game Board once it has detonated. This marker represents a spread of Mines rather than a single Mine. including any Friendly model or Flight. • Models with a Shield value greater than 0 can disperse any Damage from an exploding Mine in the same way as from an Attack by Primary or Torpedo weapon systems. scoring 4 Hits against each Cruiser. CASCADING MINES If a Mine explodes. A Cloaking Field is NOT effective against an exploding Mine. EXAMPLE 1: Two Cruisers are within 4” of a Mine marker that detonates with a Mine value of 4. 5 or 6 to hit. DROPPING A MINE Only models with a Mine value greater than 0 can use Mines. • Important Note: An exploding mine interrupts a Squadron’s movement. rolling 4. ONCE per Turn at any point during the Movement Segment of its Squadron Activation. The Mine value determines the number of Attack Dice used when a Mine detonates. You DO NOT complete the rest of the model’s movement until AFTER resolving the Attack. high powered one shot drone systems or clouds of micro explosives. EXAMPLE 2: A Bomber Flight is within 4” of a Mine marker that detonates with a Mine value of 4. 5 and 6 will score 3 Hits against the Flight. When a Mine explodes make ONE roll for ALL models within 4” of the exploding Mine and ONE roll for ALL Flights within 4” of the exploding Mine. Important Note: Each exploding Mine is resolved separately. On a roll of 5 or 6 that Mine also explodes. In addition to traditional passive munitions Mines can be heat seeking projectiles. SHIELDS AND MINES A model may be able to use Shield systems against an Attack by an exploding Mine. NOT the number of Mines that are dropped.MINES harassing enemy models Mines represent a whole range of different weapon systems. The Mine gets 4D6 Attack Dice and applies the total number of hits against EACH Flight in Range. regardless of which Fleet dropped it. A model can drop ONE Mine marker anywhere within 4” of the centre of its Flight Peg and in its Fixed Aft Arc of Fire. as it happens IMMEDIATELY when a model moves within 4” of an enemy Mine. roll 1D6 for each additional Mine marker within the 4” radius of the Explosion Template. unless a specific condition or Model Assigned Rule (MAR) applies. 5 or 6 to hit. unless a specific condition or Model Assigned Rule (MAR) applies. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 39 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Against a Flight a Mine will require a 4.

DAMAGING A MODEL Add up the number of Hits on a model after any reduction for Shield systems or Defensive Fire with any Point Defence systems and compare the total to the Damage Rating (DR) and Critical Rating (CR) of the target. a model’s CR the player who made the attack rolls on the Critical Hit Table – found on Page 52. • • If the number of hits equals. A model reduced to 0 Hull Points is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board. Important Note: A model with a starting Hull Point value of 2 is not affected by any Critical Hit. The Point Defence Offline. Certain Critical Hit Effects require some record keeping and several markers are available. or exceed its CR. and does NOT equal. Containment Leak and Secondary Systems Offline Critical Hit Effects DO NOT have cumulative effects. it loses 1 Hull Point. or exceeds. It may be that when calculating the hits against a Ship its CR rating is not only equalled or exceeded. however. Weapon Damage. if a model receives this Effect more than once. If the CR of such a model is equalled or exceeded the model is Destroyed and removed from the Game Board with no roll on the Critical Hit Table. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 40 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Some of the Game Cards in the core deck are useful for dealing with Critical Hits. ALL instances must be repaired before the system is restored. if enough hits are inflicted on a model in a single Attack they may cause a Critical Hit to a model. a model’s DR. Systems Offline. CRITICAL HIT TABLE If the Critical Rating (CR) of a Ship is equalled or exceeded by the number of Hits inflicted from a single Attack then something dramatic has happened. or exceeds. Engine Failure. Some Critical Hit Effects can be repaired and or removed. Always roll on the Critical Hit Table even if the Hull Point damage has Destroyed the model to check for any Catastrophic result. but it is doubled or trebled. For each multiple above the Ship’s CR rating you will be able to roll on the Critical Hit Table again.killing models turning hits into damage When a model or Flight takes hits there is a chance they will cause Damage. It could be that bridge was destroyed or the engine room was wrecked. If the number of hits equals.

is applied across the entire Flight. which explains the various options for repairing a Critical Hit. FIXING CRITICAL HITS Some of the Critical Hit Effects can be repaired by performing a Damage Repair Test in the End Phase of the Turn. if relevant. Roll 1D6 for EACH Critical Hit Effect that can be repaired and refer to the Critical Hit Table. If the Fighter Planes had rolled 1. or with an additional dice roll. even during the Flights own Squadron Activation. the remaining number of Wings in the Flight. 1. one Bomber Wing would have been Destroyed. Attacks a Flight of four Bomber Wings. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 41 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . 3. 2. When a Flight is Driven Off.EXAMPLE: A Terran Cruiser has a CR rating of 6. 4 and 6. 3. flip the Wing marker over until the End Phase of the current Turn as a reminder that the Flight CANNOT perform any voluntary move until the next Turn. The Fighter Flight rolls 1. A model reduced to 0 CP and/or AP by Damage is NOT automatically Destroyed until it has been successfully boarded. or any other source. if either the AP or CP is higher than the other. A Flight that has been Driven Off CANNOT perform any further voluntary movement until the End Phase of the current Turn. If it takes 12 hits. the Flight has been Driven Off. but the remaining Hits would not have been enough to have Driven Off the remainder of the Flight. each with a Point Defence value of 2. TWO rolls would be made on the Critical Hit Table. • Each natural roll of a 6 will result in ONE Wing in the Flight being Destroyed. and the remaining three are Driven Off. Important Note: If any damage results in the loss of Crew Points/Assault Points. Important Note: Some Game Cards allow you to repair certain Critical Hit Effects automatically. 1. • EXAMPLE: A Flight of three Fighter Wings. • A Driven Off result causes a player to move their Flight 5” directly away from the cause of being Driven Off. a Flight CANNOT move into contact with an enemy model or Flight when Driven Off. Lost CP and AP are indicated by the appropriate markers. If the total number of other hits against a Flight equals. the number that is given is the total CP and/or AP that is lost. 4 and 6. 3. reduce the higher rating first. A Driven Off result simulates evasive action by the various Wings in a Flight. resulting in one Bomber Wing being Destroyed. or exceeds. The loss is spread evenly between CP and AP. DAMAGING A FLIGHT The total number of hits from any Point Defence Attack.

1. Calculate the total number of hits. Defensive Fire and so forth are applied. Roll Attack Dice. 4. Roll Shield Dice and perform other relevant actions. Apply damage from ALL Torpedo weapon systems. Calculate the total number of hits. including how the Defensive Fire pool will be allocated between the incoming Attacks. c. Roll Defensive Fire Dice. Roll Attack Dice. b. remove any Destroyed models. 2. make Critical Hit rolls and apply effects. d. after Shields. d. 3. The active Squadron declares ALL Attacks from its Primary and Torpedo weapon systems.COMBAT SEQUENCE The following summarises the sequence of events for the Combat Segment of any Activation. The active Squadron resolves any Attacks with its Primary weapon systems. remove any Destroyed models. c. Roll Shield Dice and perform other relevant actions. 5. make Critical Hit rolls and apply effects. Any Squadrons targeted by Torpedo Attacks declare ALL Defensive Fire. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 42 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . This takes place after the active Squadron completes ALL of its movement. The active Squadron resolves any Attacks with its Torpedo weapon systems SIMULTANEOUSLY. in any order decided by the controlling player. Important Note: As Torpedo Attacks occur SIMULTANEOUSLY available Point Defence DOES NOT need to be recalculated between each Torpedo Attack. b. For each Attack: a. For each Attack: a. Apply damage.

the active player resolves them in any order required and the total amount of AP allocated to a Boarding Assault is the Boarding Assault Strength. BOARDING ASSAULT During the Boarding Segment of its Squadron Activation any model or Flight with a current AP value greater than 0 may be eligible to initiate ONE Boarding Assault. ASSAULT POINTS A model’s Assault Point (AP) value is indicated on its Stat Card and is a measure of the number of specialist marines on the model and the number of D6 Attack Dice the model can use in any Boarding Assault. If more than one Boarding Assault is initiated in the current Squadron Activation. The number of AP for a Flight is calculated by multiplying the current number of Wings in a Flight by the relevant value for 1 Wing. Each eligible model can only perform Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire ONCE during a single Activation. and any model within 4” of the target model. Measurement for a Boarding Assault for a model is to or from its Flight Peg and for an Assaulter Flight is from the closest point of the Flight. Drop Ships brought close to their target by a model or specialist Carrier. The model. whether it is a model or an Assaulter Wing making the assault. or flight. • BOARDING PROCEDURE Once ALL models/Flights in the active Squadron have declared the target of their Boarding Assaults. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 43 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Each Boarding Assault may have ONE Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire declared against it. EXAMPLE: An Aquan Assaulter Flight contains 3 Wings and each Wing has 1 AP. Boarding Assaults are resolved in the same way. A model or Flight CANNOT initiate a Boarding Assault against a Flight. or Assaulters. attempting the Boarding Assault was involved in any Collision during the current Squadron Activation. The Stat Card for an Assaulter Wing lists the Assault Point value for 1 Wing in any Flight. CREW POINTS A model’s Crew Point (CP) value is a measure of the number of crew on the model. while an Assaulter Flight only has an AP value. • Line of Sight to the target model is not required to initiate a Boarding Assault. or flight. A Boarding Assault can only be made by a Flight if it is in contact with the Flight Stand of the target model. using any available Firing Options. the model may be vulnerable in any Boarding Assault. and the total Boarding Assault Strength facing each target model has been calculated. while Assaulter Wings can carry several squads a long distance from their Carrier. Each Boarding Assault has ONE target model but may have multiple models attempting a Boarding Assault. its AP value is permanently reduced to zero if it initiates a Boarding Assault. even if it’s 0.boarding taking a ship by force In FIRESTORM ARMADA Boarding Assaults are performed by specialist Assault Pods. Drop Ships are big enough to carry a platoon to the target. A Boarding Assault CANNOT be attempted in the following circumstances: • The model. A Boarding Assault from the Assaulter Flight would have 3 AP. If the total amount of crew lost by a model equals or exceeds its CP value. may declare Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. can be the target of a Boarding Assault. Models have a CP value and an AP value. A model or Flight CANNOT recover any of its AP value after attempting a Boarding Assault. Regardless of what assault tactic is used. Important Note: Only models with an Assault Point value. attempting the Boarding Assault has fired ANY Primary or Torpedo weapon systems at the target model during the current Squadron Activation. A model or Flight MUST allocate ALL of its current • AP value when initiating a Boarding Assault. • • • A Boarding Assault can only be made by a model against an enemy model within 4”. ALL Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire must be declared. Any model targeted by the Boarding Assault.

RESOLVING BOARDING ASSAULTS For the attacking models the current Boarding Assault Strength is the remaining total after Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. For a Flight the Boarding Assault Strength is the current number of Assault Points in the Flight after Point Defence Attacks. When it moves within 4” of the first model in the Squadron it suffers a Point Defence Attack and loses a Wing. the remaining number of Wings in the Flight. Against a Flight. and only models in the same Squadron may Link or Combine their fire (Page 35). Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire will require a 5 or 6 to hit a Boarding Assault from a model and a 5 or 6 to hit a Boarding Assault from a Flight. no Boarding Assault is then resolved.Important Note: Only ONE Anti-Boarding Point Defence action can be declared against each Boarding Assault. The Squadron of two Swarm Class Cruisers. they may be subject to Point Defence Attacks during their movement. 5 or 6 to hit. but no models can declare Anti-Boarding Point Defence against it. If the total number of other hits against a Flight equals. Important Note: A Carrier model CAN add the AP from any Assaulter Wings to help defend itself during a Boarding Assault. which are within 4” of one another with a Point Defence value of 3. roll a number of D6 equal to the number of Attack Dice in each Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. initiate a Boarding Assault against two Relthoza Swarm Class Cruisers. Boarding Assaults from Flights are not affected by AntiBoarding Point Defence like Boarding Assaults from models. Both sides roll their Attack Dice and cause casualties SIMULTANEOUSLY. • Each hit by the target model will reduce the attacker’s Boarding Assault Strength by 1. and can perform Linked Fire with their Point Defence systems against the Boarding Assault. • Each hit by the attackers will reduce the target’s Boarding Assault Strength by 1. Scoring 3 Hits reduces the Boarding Assault Strength to 3. and are no longer involved in the Boarding Assault. compare the remaining Boarding Assault Strength of the attacking model/s to the remaining Boarding Assault Strength of the target model. the Flight has been Driven Off. whenever they move within 4” of an enemy model. Normally this will just be the target model’s Squadron. but only if they are onboard. As such the target player MUST choose which of the Squadrons within 4” of the target they want to use its Anti-Boarding Point Defence. or exceeds. and suffers another Point Defence Attack. Important Note: A Parent model and its attached Escort Squadron may use Combined Fire for any Anti-Boarding Point Defence action. the total is the target model’s Boarding Assault Strength. WINNING A BOARDING ASSAULT Once both sides have rolled their Attack Dice and calculated their casualties. however in some instances (say a Battleship and Escorts positioned near a Cruiser Squadron) it may be beneficial to use a different Squadron. It then moves within 4” of the model it wishes to initiate a Boarding Assault against. EXAMPLE: A Flight of 4 Assaulter Wings moves to initiate a Boarding Assault against a Cruiser. ANTI-BOARDING POINT DEFENCE DAMAGE Against a model the Boarding Assault Strength is reduced by 1 Assault Point (AP) per Hit from Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. rather than just its Boarding Assault Strength. rolling 4D6 against the incoming Boarding Assault Strength of 6. Instead. If the attacker’s Boarding Assault Strength is greater than 0. It then moves into base contact with its target and declares its Boarding Assault. The target model MUST allocate its ENTIRE current Assault Point value and its ENTIRE current Crew Point value to defend against the Boarding Assault. the total number of Hits from any AntiBoarding Point Defence fire is applied across the entire Flight. EXAMPLE: Three Sorylian Scythe Class Frigates with an AP value of 2. this time emerging unscathed. A Carrier CANNOT use the AP from its onboard Assaulter Wings when it initiates a Boarding Assault however. and the Boarding Assault Strength of the target model Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 44 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Each side’s current Boarding Assault Strength is the number of Attack Dice they roll against the opposing side in any Boarding Assault. Important Note: Flights CANNOT perform or assist in Anti-Boarding Point Defence. If they do add their AP the Assaulter Flight CANNOT Launch during the current Turn. Each natural roll of a 6 will result in ONE Wing in the Flight being Destroyed. This damages the Assaulter Flight itself. ANTI-BOARDING POINT DEFENCE TO HIT Once all Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire has been declared. • All Boarding Assault Attack Dice will require a 4. Its Boarding Assault Strength is now 3 and the Boarding Assault is resolved as normal. Any lost Assault Points are removed IMMEDIATELY.

Lost CP and AP are indicated by the appropriate Damage markers. but it would be otherwise unaffected. The Battleship has a current AP of 4 giving it a Boarding Assault Strength of 4 and so it rolls 4D6. A Sabotaged model suffers a Critical Hit and a roll must be made on the Critical Hit Table by the sabotaging player. SABOTAGE If the Boarding Assault has Failed but the target model is a Capital Class model and the total number of hits from a Boarding Assault is GREATER than the total number of hits scored by the target model. 4. the Carrier would still have Boarding Assault Strength remaining. Any losses from the Boarding Assault Strength are split as evenly as possible between the two. EXAMPLE: If instead the Battleship had caused 4 hits. the attacking model always loses any remaining Assault Points and the Boarding Assault ends. and the Battleship’s Boarding Assault Strength is reduced to 1. The Battleship’s remaining AP would be lost and the Carrier is left with 1 Crew Point but. even if no casualties are caused by either side. Important Note: Even if a Boarding Assault has Failed. The Carrier (having taken critical damage earlier in the battle) has a current AP of 3 and CP of 2. and the Battleship’s Boarding Assault Strength is GREATER than 0. the Carrier’s Boarding Assault Strength is reduced to 0. and may affect the model’s capabilities (see Modifiers to Attack Dice on Page 34). the Carrier is Destroyed. getting 2. starting with whichever is highest. As such it has a Boarding Assault Strength of 5 and rolls 5D6. and the Assault would have Failed. any loss of CP or AP from the target model still stands. As the Carrier’s Boarding Assault Strength is reduced to 0. the target model CAN be Sabotaged. Important Note: A Boarding Assault is ALWAYS resolved within a single round. and the remainder of the attacker’s Boarding Assault Strength is lost. the Boarding Assault has Failed and no further action is taken. the target model is Destroyed. Once the Success or Failure of the Boarding Assault has been determined. the remainder of the attacker’s Boarding Assault Strength is reduced to 0 and the attacking model/s DO NOT regain any Assault Points. the Carrier would have no CP or AP left. If BOTH the attacker’s AND the target’s Boarding Assault Strength are greater than 0 the Assault has Failed and no further action is taken (unless eligible for Sabotage as below). the Carrier would be Sabotaged (See Below). As a result. If the attacker’s Boarding Assault Strength is reduced to 0. EXAMPLE: A Sorylian Carrier is boarded by a Dindrenzi Battleship. The target model’s remaining Boarding Assault Strength returns to being its Crew Points and Assault Points. EXAMPLE: If instead both the Battleship and the Carrier caused 5 hits. regardless of the number of casualties caused. both sides would lose ALL of their Boarding Assault Strength. as the Battleship caused more hits.is reduced to 0. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 45 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . scoring 3 hits. 6 and 6 (and an extra roll of 2 and 5) for 6 hits.

The Destroyer scores 2 successes and the Cruiser scores 3. The Carrier scores 7 successes. the Kedorian player elects to use its Point Defence systems in place of the Carrier’s. The target model’s remaining Boarding Assault Strength reverts to Assault Points and Crew Points (losses divided as evenly as possible). rolling 3 successes and reducing the Cruiser’s Boarding Assault Strength to 3. Each eligible model within the active Squadron may declare a Boarding Assault against a valid target. 7. 9. causing the effect and TWO points of Hull Damage. combine the target model’s current Assault Points and Crew Points to determine its Boarding Assault Strength. determine whether the Assault Succeeded or Failed. and the Carrier is removed from the Game Board. BUT as the Veydreth scored more successes they can Sabotage the Capital Class Destroyer. Therefore. The Destroyer Squadron declares its Anti-Boarding Point Defence. 3. The remaining Assault Cruiser targets one of the Destroyers. 1 Crew Point. As such the Assault has Failed. which it elects to return as a Crew Point. neither enough to reduce the opponents Boarding Assault Strength to 0. so it has 0 Assault Points and 1 Crew Point left. both sides SIMULTANEOUSLY roll a number of Attack Dice equal to their Boarding Assault Strength. the Assault Cruisers declare their Boarding Assaults. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 46 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . 2 Hull Damage and the Containment Leak Critical Effect and the Kedorian Carrier is Destroyed. As there is a Kedorian Dei-Nak Class Battleship Squadron within 4” of the target Carrier. Both players then roll their Boarding Assault Strength as Attack Dice. having a Boarding Assault Strength of 6. The Kedorian player rolls 7 AD for the Anti-Boarding Point Defence. By comparing the remaining Boarding Assault Strengths. 2. 8. leaving them with 0 Assault Points on each model.BOARDING ASSAULT SEQUENCE The following summarises the sequence of events for the Boarding Segment of any Activation. For each Boarding Assault. and reduce the Boarding Assault Strength of each Boarding Assault as necessary. The Destroyer then adds its Crew Points of 3 to its Assault Points of 1 to give a Boarding Assault Strength of 4. Upon entering the Boarding Segment of their Activation. The Assault Cruiser’s Boarding Assault Strength is now reduced to 0. any model which declared a Boarding Assault has its Assault Points reduced to 0. Resolve Anti-Boarding Point Defence actions. EXAMPLE: A Squadron of three Veydreth Stalker Class Assault Cruisers ends its movement within 4” of two Kedorian Gai-Shar Class Destroyers and a Kedorian ZhouNor Class Carrier. The Assault against the Carrier is then resolved. The Veydreth player chooses to resolve the Assault against the Destroyer first. scoring a 10. TWO of the Cruisers initiate an Assault against the Carrier. Calculate the total number of Assault Points directed at each target. 4. Both players then roll their Boarding Assault Strength as Attack Dice. Destroyed models are then removed and Sabotage damage is applied. the Boarding Assault was a Success and the Carrier is Destroyed. one Kedorian Destroyer has 0 Assault Points. Calculate the total number of hits caused by each side and reduce each side’s Boarding Assault Strength appropriately. 1. After any Boarding Assault. To Summarise: at the end of the Boarding Segment all three Veydreth Assault Cruisers have 0 Assault Points remaining. 6. Each Boarding Assault may have ONE Anti-Boarding Point Defence action declared against it. For each Boarding Assault. or Containment Leak on the Critical Hit Table. The Veydreth player then rolls for Sabotage. The Carrier then adds its Crew Points of 8 to its Assault Points of 4 to give a Boarding Assault Strength of 12. 5. This is the Boarding Assault Strength. This takes place after the active Squadron completes ALL of its combat. giving them a Boarding Assault Strength of (6 + 6) 12. Linking their Point Defence values against the incoming Assault against the Destroyer for (3 + 1) 4 AD. The Kedorian player rolls the 4 AntiBoarding Point Defence AD. so it has NO Assault Points remaining. The Cruiser’s remaining Boarding Assault Strength is lost. scoring 4 successes and reducing the Boarding Assault Strength from the Assault Cruisers to 8. The Destroyer has 1 remaining. giving 7 AD for the Anti-Boarding Point Defence. and the Cruisers an unexpected 14! The Cruisers’ Boarding Assault Strength drops to 1 and the Carrier’s to 0.

the model immediately loses 1 Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP). Players may discard any number of Game Cards and re-draw up to their maximum Hand size. On a roll of 4. 5 or 6. but must roll separately for each Critical Hit Effect that they are attempting to repair. determine who has won by calculating final Victory Points. Some may be temporary and others permanent (loss of Hull Points). just the Critical Hit Effect. Perform any End Phase actions in the following order: 1. the repair attempt has failed and the Critical Hit effect remains on the model. Players resolve any repair attempts simultaneously. Check for End of Game. 5. Perform any Compulsory Actions. DRAW GAME CARDS During the End Phase. the model immediately loses 1 Crew Point (CP)/ Assault Point (AP). the model ALSO loses 1 Hull Point. Important Note: It is not possible to repair Hull Point (HP) damage or Crew Point/Assault Point loss with a Damage Repair Test. During the End Phase. the model ALSO gains +1 Raging Fire Marker. Any Game Markers that are no longer relevant should be removed. See page 52 for which Effects can be repaired. a Damage Repair Test MUST be made for EACH Raging Fire Marker on the model. REMOVE GAME MARKERS Game Markers are used to indicate both Damage and key information. Draw new Game Cards. 3. If a model has a Raging Fire Marker on it. 2 or 3. 4. Roll 1D6 for each Damage Repair Test: • • On a roll of 1. Players should ensure that every model has the correct Game Markers. If any attempt to repair a Decompression fails. Rationalise Game Markers. If a model has a Decompression Marker on it. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 47 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . If the attempt is failed with a roll of 6. the repair has been successful and the corresponding Critical Hit effect is removed.end phase time to get organised The End Phase of the Turn is used to tidy up and prepare for the next Turn. If any attempt to repair a Raging Fire fails. If the attempt is failed with a roll of 6. DAMAGE REPAIR Players can attempt to repair certain Critical Hit Effects that have been inflicted upon their models by making a Damage Repair Test. COMPULSORY ACTIONS Move ALL of the Drifting models in the current order of Initiative. Make any Damage Repair Tests. END OF GAME If no side has satisfied their Victory Conditions before the end of the last Turn. a Damage Repair Test MUST be made for EACH Decompression Marker on the model. and can only attempt to repair each Critical Hit Effect once per turn. 2.

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A Model Assigned Rule (or MAR) represents the inherent qualities found in some models, the increased ability of certain crew or the additional effectiveness of one weapon over another. The Stat Card of a model will specify any MARs that apply to that model. AGILE This model (or Flight) can ignore the requirement to take a Manoeuvre Test if moving more than HALF its modified Movement value during any move in an Asteroid Field. ASSAULT BLITZ Any model or Flight using Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire against this model MUST re-roll ALL successes and accept the new results. BIGGER BATTERIES The Point Defence systems on this model have a Range of 8” for Point Defence Attacks and Anti-Boarding Point Defence. However, if the target lies within 4” and 8” of this model, Clear Line of Sight is required to the target. BIOHAZARD AMMO (weapon) If the number of hits from an Attack that includes at least one weapon, with the Biohazard Ammo Model Assigned Rule, equals or exceeds the Damage Rating (DR) of the target model, the target model loses 1 additional Crew Point or Assault Point, this is in addition to any Critical Hit effects that result in the loss of Crew Points or Assault Points. If no weapon is listed, the Biohazard Ammo Model Assigned Rule is applied to ALL Primary weapon systems on the model. COMBUSTIBLE CARGO If this model is Destroyed ALL models that are within 4” of the centre of the model, are attacked with a number of Attack Dice (AD) equal to DOUBLE the initial Hull Point (HP) value of the Destroyed model. If the model is affected by more than one explosion as the result of an action only resolve the effects of ONE explosion. COUNTER MEASURES During the Combat Segment of its Activation, a model with the Countermeasures MAR CAN nominate ONE enemy Squadron within 4”, the Squadron is considered Out of Command until the End Phase of the current Turn. DECK CREWS Once per game this model can take 1D3 previously Destroyed Wings and return them to a Flight that is currently on this model. The model’s maximum Fleet Wing complement and the maximum number of Wings in a Flight CANNOT be exceeded. DIRTY SECRETS Whilst this model is in play, its controlling player can look at EACH Hand of Game Cards on the opposing side, and put any ONE card into the relevant discard pile. A model can use the Dirty Secrets Model Assigned Rule a maximum of ONCE per game during the End Phase of a Turn. DISENGAGE FREIGHT This model can recover 1 Hull Point (HP) once per game, at the beginning of its Squadron Activation, but it gains the Vulnerable Model Assigned Rule for the rest of the game if it does so. DISRUPTION CANNON (weapon) If the number of hits from an Attack, that includes at least one weapon with the Disruption Cannon Model Assigned Rule, equals or exceeds the Critical Rating (CR) of the target model, perform ONE additional roll on the Critical Hit Table, ignore any roll of 2 or 12 and any Hull Point, Crew Point or Assault Point loss associated with this extra roll. If NO weapon is listed, the Disruption Cannon MAR is applied to ALL Primary weapon systems on the model. DISRUPTOR After the Combat Segment a Squadron containing models with the Disruptor MAR may make a Disruption Attack against a single enemy model. Each model contributing to this Attack MUST have Clear Line of Sight to the target. Roll a D6, adding 1 to the result for each model after the first which is contributing to the Attack. If the target is within Range Band 1, the Attack succeeds on a 4, 5 or 6. If the target is within Range Band 2, the Attack succeeds on a 5 or 6. If the target is within Range Band 3 or 4, the Attack succeeds on a 6. The Range is measured from the furthest contributing model. If the Attack is successful, roll a second D6:

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On the result of a 1 the target suffers a Point Defence Offline Critical Hit Effect. On the result of a 2 the target suffers a Engine Failure Critical Hit Effect. On the result of a 3 the target suffers a Weapon Damage Critical Hit Effect. On the result of a 4, 5 or 6 the target suffers a Secondary Systems Offline Critical Hit Effect.

FIRING SOLUTION (weapon) This weapon CAN perform Linked Fire with any other Primary weapon system on this model, against a model that is a valid target for both weapon systems. HIDDEN KILLER This model CANNOT be targeted by ANY weapons firing at Range Band 3 or Range Band 4 if it has Cut Engines. IMPERVIOUS If this model is the target of a Boarding Assault reduce the Boarding Assault Strength by HALF after resolving any Anti-Boarding Point Defence fire. LARGE MASS Any Attack against this model receives a +1 bonus to hit on its Attack Dice (AD) rolls. LAUNCH TUBES This model can initiate a Boarding Assault against a target within 8”. LIMITED RESOURCES If this model initiates a Boarding Assault, it receives a -1 penalty to hit on its Attack Dice (AD) during that Boarding Assault. LOTS OF GUNS This model never suffers any Weapon Damage Critical Hit Effect. Any Hull Point, Crew Point or Assault Point loss associated with any Critical Hit Effect is still applied. MANOEUVERABLE This model can reduce its Turn Limit value by 1”. A model with an initial Turn Limit value of 0” has 360 degree movement. If this model has Cut Engines, it can rotate up to 90 degrees around its Flight Peg during its next Squadron Activation instead of removing its Cut Engines marker. MEDICAL SHUTTLES This model, and any friendly model within 8” of this model, can roll 1D6 in the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation and restore 1 Crew Point AND 1 Assault Point Damage marker on a roll of 5 or 6. MINEFIELDS After all models have been deployed this model can place 3 Mines, each with an AD of 5. They MUST be dropped within 12” of the centre line of the Game Board. A Mine CANNOT be dropped within 4” of a model, token or any other Mine. MINE LAUNCHERS (weapon) This model can drop its Mines within 8” of the centre of its Flight Peg anywhere in its Fixed Fore Arc of Fire. If this weapon is used to drop any Mines it CANNOT fire during the current Squadron Activation.

The target model does not take any Hull Point damage associated with taking a Critical Hit. Flight Tokens cannot be the target of a Disruption Attack. A model CANNOT make a Disruption Attack if its Cloaking Field is turned on. DRONE MINES This model can move each Mine it has dropped onto the Game Board, up to 2” in any direction, during the End Phase of each Turn. Any Mine explosion resulting from this movement is resolved immediately. If this model is Lost, any Mines dropped by the model are no longer able to move. DOUBLE MINES This model can drop 2 Mines during the Movement Segment of its Activation. ELITE CREW If this model is involved in a Boarding Assault it receives a +1 bonus to hit on its Attack Dice (AD) rolls during that Boarding Assault. ELUSIVE TARGET This model is only hit on a 6 with Primary or Torpedo weapons system Attacks from Capital Class models, and on a 5 or 6 by non-Capital Class models. ENERGY TRANSFER During the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation this model can increase the current Attack Dice (AD) value of ONE Primary weapon system by 2, and reduce the current Attack Dice (AD) value of every other Primary weapon system by 1. The Attack Dice (AD) value of any Primary weapon system on the model will return to their original value during the End Phase of the current Turn. ESPIONAGE This model increases its controlling player’s Hand of Game Cards by ONE if it has been deployed and is NOT Lost. This can increase a player’s Hand size beyond the normal maximum of 5. If Game Cards are not being used this model provides a +1 bonus to the relevant initiative roll. Multiple instances of the Espionage Model Assigned Rule are not cumulative. EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS This model’s Damage Repair Tests are successful on a 1, 2, 3 or 4.

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If NO weapon is listed, the Mine Launchers MAR is applied to ALL Primary and Torpedo weapon systems on the model with any Fore Arc of Fire. NO FSD This model CANNOT perform any Shunt move, or deploy using Shunt Deployment, during the game. PACK HUNTERS (weapon) Any Attack, that includes at least two weapons with the Pack Hunter Model Assigned Rule, will receive +1 Attack Dice (AD) for each additional weapon, after the first, which has the Pack Hunter MAR. The maximum bonus to any Attack from the Pack Hunters Model Assigned Rule is +2. If NO weapon is listed, the Pack Hunters MAR is applied to all Primary and Torpedo weapon systems on the model. A model DOES NOT gain the Pack Hunters bonus for performing Linked Fire with itself. POINT DEFENCE BARRAGE This model can use its Point Defence systems to Attack Small Class models during its Squadron Activation using the Exploding Dice Mechanic and requiring a 4, 5 or 6 to hit. Any Attack against another model using Point Defence systems can ignore the normal conditions for a Capital model firing at a Small model and the Elusive Target Model Assigned Rule. PRIDE OF THE FLEET If this model suffers a Magazine Explosion result on the Critical Hit Table it does not suffer the Critical Hit Effect, and loses 2 Hull Points instead. PROTECTED SYSTEMS If this model suffers a Critical Hit roll 1D6, on a result of 4, 5 or 6 the Critical Hit Effect is ignored but any Hull Point, Crew Point or Assault Point loss associated with the Critical Hit Effect will still be applied to the model. A model which suffers a Magazine Explosion is still Destroyed, but no other models are damaged. On a result of 1 this model must perform ONE additional roll on the Critical Hit Table, suffering the additional Critical Hit Effect, but NOT the associated damage. QUICK LAUNCH Flight Tokens that Launch from this model can be Activated in the same Turn that they Launch. A model or token cannot activate more than once per Turn. REINFORCED FORE This model receives +1 to its Critical Rating (CR) against any Attack if the Flight Peg of each FIRING model in the Attack is entirely within the TARGET model’s Fore 90 degree Arc of Fire. REINFORCED PORT/STARBOARD This model receives +1 to its Critical Rating (CR) against

any Attack if the Flight Peg of each FIRING model in the Attack is entirely within the TARGET model’s Port or Starboard 90 degree Arc of Fire. REPAIR SHUTTLES (value) A number of friendly models up to the Repair Shuttles value within 8” of this model, including this model itself, can roll 1D6 in the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation and remove ALL Critical Hit Effect markers on a roll of 5 or 6. If no value is listed, treat the value as 1. SCATTER CANNON (weapon) This weapon can Attack ONE model within Range Band 1, roll the Attack Dice (AD) ONCE and then apply the result to EVERY other model, NOT including your own, within the Firing Channel of the weapon and Range Band 1. This effect is NOT applied against Wings. When this Ship fires at a target within Range Band 2 to 4, resolve the attack normally. This weapon CANNOT use any Firing Option when it fires in Range Band 1. SCOUT The Fleet with the most models with the Scout Model Assigned Rule can Redeploy any ONE Squadron after ALL Squadrons have been deployed on the Game Board. SECURED BULKHEADS This model reduces the number of hits from any Boarding Assault against it by 2. SECTOR SHIELDING During the Command Segment of its Squadron Activation this model may nominate ONE direction, either the Fore, Aft, Port or Starboard 90 degree Arc of Fire, and increase its Shield value by 1 against any Attack from that direction. The bonus is applied if the Flight Peg of each FIRING model in the Attack is entirely within the TARGET model’s nominated 90 degree Arc of Fire. The model’s Shield value is reduced by 1 against any Attack NOT from the nominated direction. The Shield value on the model will return to its original value during the End Phase of the current Turn. SHIELD PROJECTOR A model with the Shield Projector MAR creates a Shield Sphere with a 4” radius. A model with the Shield Projector MAR rolls a number of Shield Dice equal to its Shield Value to cancel the hits of ANY (friendly or enemy) Primary or Torpedo weapon system Attack, or exploding Mine, that fires into or through the Shield Sphere. Attacks originating from within the Shield Sphere are not affected. If a model is protected by multiple Shield Systems (its own, or those of a Shield Projector), only the HIGHEST Shield Value is used. If a model with the Shield Projector MAR also has the Sector Shielding MAR, it CAN choose to use Sector Shielding on its Shield Sphere. For the remainder of the Turn, if any Attack

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SPECIAL FORCES This model can either re-roll ALL misses from any Boarding Assault OR. If the model ends its move in a Planetoid it is Destroyed automatically. UNCOMMON CLASS A maximum of ONE model with the Uncommon Class Model Assigned Rule can be in any Squadron. This Flight may be Deployed within 4” of ANY model that just Launched a Wing. ALL Wings on the models in this model’s Squadron MUST Launch at the same time and MUST form ONE Flight containing a number of Wings equal to the number that just Launched. Roll the chosen number of dice for the Battle Shunt. However any Attack passing through the Sphere which DOES NOT originate from within the designated Arc is affected by the reduced Shield value. The second result MUST be accepted. the target can use the increased Shield value. but they MUST accept the new result. any Boarding Assault against this model must re-roll ALL hits. This model NEVER has a Raging Fire Marker placed on the model as the result of any Critical Hit Effect. TORPEDO SPOOK If a model is targeted by a Torpedo Attack by at least one model with the Torpedo Spook MAR it must re-roll all successful Point Defence rolls against this Attack and MUST accept the second result. and only ONE dice is re-rolled for each 6. A model fires normally after a Battle Shunt and CAN perform a Boarding Assault. the opponent CANNOT gain additional dice as a result of this MAR. Only ONE dice is re-rolled for any 6’s scored. SHUNT MATRIX When a model with the Shunt Matrix MAR activates it may declare that it is going to perform a Battle Shunt. The forced re-rolls of successful dice happens BEFORE 6’s grant their extra rolls. If a model ends its move in an Asteroid Field it MUST perform a Manoeuvre Test. the loss of any Assault Points or Crew Points is reduced by HALF. A model CAN declare that it is going to Cut Engines after a Battle Shunt. SYSTEMS NETWORK The Cloaking Field on this model will affect any friendly model from the same Squadron. the Critical Hit Table result CAN be re-rolled by your Opponent. A Battle Shunt IGNORES the rules for intervening Terrain and Mines. including any attached Escort Squadron model. whose Flight Peg is within 4” of its Flight Peg and which ALSO has the Systems Network MAR. Once the model has moved it MUST be placed with the orientation that was declared. VULNERABLE If this model suffers a Critical Hit. the opponent CANNOT gain additional Point Defence as a result of this MAR. The forced re-rolls of successful dice happens BEFORE 6’s grant their extra rolls. and MUST accept the second result. SUPERIOR DESIGN If this model suffers any Critical Hit Effect. This re-roll is performed BEFORE any extra rolls for Exploding Dice. STEALTH SYSTEMS Any Attack against a model with the Stealth Systems MAR must re-roll ALL successful rolls if any weapon in the Attack is firing at Range Band 3 or 4. TARGET RESOLUTION This model’s Parent Model receives a +1 bonus to hit on its Attack Dice (AD) rolls when firing its Primary and Torpedo weapon systems if the target model’s Flight Peg is within 8” of this model’s Flight Peg. the total determines the exact distance in inches that the model MUST move in a straight line in the direction that it declared. The Cloaking Field must be turned on to be effective and a model can only benefit from a maximum of ONE Cloaking Field. It declares which direction it will move in. SPLIT BERTH ALL Wings on models in this model’s Squadron MUST be the same Type. and only ONE dice is re-rolled for each 6. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 51 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games .originates from within this model’s designated Arc and fires into or through the Shield Sphere en route to its target. A Flight CANNOT Land on a model with the Split Berth MAR during a game. and what its final orientation will be (this DOES NOT include pointing at a particular target). The maximum bonus to any Parent Model from the Target Resolution Model Assigned Rule is +1. The model must choose a number of D6 between 2 and 8 that determines the random distance of its Battle Shunt move. and before Hits are discounted by Shield Systems or Point Defence.

is automatically Destroyed. Weapon Damage. the model immediately loses 1 Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP). just the Critical Hit Effect. the model immediately loses 1 Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP). Players resolve any Damage Repair Tests simultaneously. This model loses ONE Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP) (highest first) and gains a Decompression Marker. 3 Port. Important Note: It is not possible to remove Hull Point (HP) damage or Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP) loss with a Damage Repair Test. This model cannot use its Torpedo weapon systems or drop Mines. Then place this model. Resolve any contact with Terrain as a Collision. Engine Failure. This model loses 1 Crew Point (CP)/Assault Point (AP) and gains a Raging Fire Marker. This model cannot use its Point Defence systems. On a roll of 4. This model loses 1D3 Crew Points (CP)/Assault Points (AP). Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 52 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . but ALL instances must be repaired before the system is restored. and can only attempt to repair each Critical Hit Effect ONCE per Turn. A model that is moved off the Game Board. Roll 1D6 for a direction (1-2 Fore. maintaining current orientation. in that new position. Systems Offline. the Repair has been successful and the corresponding Critical Hit effect is removed. If the attempt is failed with a roll of 6. a Damage Repair Test MUST be made for EACH Raging Fire Marker on the model. the model ALSO loses 1 Hull Point. Any Critical Hit effects that are marked in Red (results 2. ANY model or Flight within 4” of its Flight Peg is subject to an Attack using a number of Attack Dice (AD) equal to double the initial Hull Point (HP) value of the Destroyed model. If any attempt to repair a Decompression fails. In the Damage Repair Segment of the End Phase a Damage Repair Test can be made for each instance of a Point Defence Offline. 2 or 3. If the attempt is failed with a roll of 6. Roll 1D6 for each Damage Repair Test: • • On a roll of 1. the Repair attempt has failed and the Critical Hit effect remains on the model. the model ALSO gains +1 Raging Fire Marker. 7 and 12) CANNOT be repaired. Containment Leak and Secondary Systems Offline Critical Hit Effect on a model. This model cannot use its Shield systems and cannot Launch any Flight. 4 Starboard. 5-6 Aft) and 2D6” for distance. The Attack Dice (AD) value of ALL Primary weapon systems on this model are reduced by HALF. If a model has a Raging Fire Marker on it. If any attempt to repair a Raging Fire fails. but must roll separately for each Critical Hit Effect that they are attempting to repair. If a model has a Decompression Marker on it. This model’s Critical Rating (CR) is reduced to the same value as its Damage Rating (DR). from the model’s Flight Peg. 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 DAMAGE REPAIR TESTS Players can attempt to repair any Critical Hit Effects that have been inflicted upon their models by making a Damage Repair Test during the End Phase of each Turn. The Movement (Mv) of this model is reduced by HALF. a Damage Repair Test MUST be made for EACH Decompression Marker on the model. A model or Flight behind any Obstructing Terrain is not affected. 5 or 6.CRITICAL HIT TABLE ROLL 2D6 AND CONSUL THE TABLE BELOW T DICE ROLL 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 HP LOST ALL RESULT Magazine Explosion Point Defence Offline Raging Fire Systems Offline Weapon Damage Hard Pounding Engine Failure Decompression Containment Leak Secondary Systems Offline Fold Space Rupture CRITICAL HIT EFFECT This model is Destroyed.

damage mark ers Permission is given to print out the above Firestorm Armada Tokens for personal use only. Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 53 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games .

Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 54 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games .critical hit mark ers Permission is given to print out the above Firestorm Armada Tokens for personal use only.

Systems Offline Critical Hit Marker. Cloak Marker . Use these Markers to track Hull Damage.placed next to a model when its Cloaking Field is turned on.placed next to a model when it is entering Fold Space. Shunt Marker . Secondary Systems Offline Critical Hit Marker. Weapon Damage Critical Hit Marker. Point Defence Offline Critical Hit Marker. Engine Failure Critical Hit Marker. Cut Engines Marker . Firestorm Armada Space Combat Rules 55 Copyright © 2009-2013 Spartan Games . Raging Fire Marker. Use these Markers to track the loss of Crew Points. Containment Leak Critical Hit Marker. Decompression Marker.game mark er k ey Star Admiral’s Vessel Marker.placed next to a model which has Cut Engines. Use these Markers to track the loss of Assault Points.

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