I'm kinda ninjaing this from The Dude's post on warseer:
I'll be keeping this post updated, so make sure you check it first before posting any "new" info
For those that don't know, Planetstrike is a rumoured Expansion in the same vein and Cities Of Death that will add extra rules to regular 40K games. It appears it will focus on Attacker/Defender type missions with special rules to suit. This could even go so far as to cover Siege warfare.
Planetstrike will be released on July 4 and is 80 pages long.
Cover can be seen here:
Brusilov said the following:
Originally Posted by Brusilov
Phil gave me a rough outline of how the game plays : equal points for each side, opponents agree on a number of stratagem points (like in Cities of Death or Apocalypse). Defender buys fortifications with these points (as well as a few tricks : like a back exit to your bunker to charge the enemy in the rear). Attacker picks nasty tricks.
Weapons mounted on fortifications can obviously fire upon the enemy (cannot remember if it's only in the first turn, may be so). Defenders appear to get a free round of shooting before the game starts..."
b4z gleaned the following from the Planetstrike trailer:
Originally Posted by b4z
Page 8 of the Planetstrike book
ORGANISING A BATTLE
Setting up a Planetstrike game is different from the standard set-up process, because all games of Planetstrike use some special rules to add to the feeling of a planetary invasion. This section will talk you through the Planetstrike launch procedure and special rules, and lastly we present terrain rules for the scenery you can use in your Planetstrike games.
When setting up, simply follow the steps below at the beginning of each game, and you’ll be ready to decide the fate of the planet. It may seem like a lot to organise at first, but after a game or two you will have familiarised yourself with the launch procedure and the whole process will be quick and easy. Whilst the defender is busily constructing his lair and deploying his troops, the attacker will have some free time – perfect for concocting an evil plan, refreshing his memory of the rules, or just getting the drinks in!
PLANETSTRIKE LAUNCH PROCEDURE
1. Determine attacker and defender
2. Choose forces
3. Select a Planetstrike mission
4. Prepare the battlefield
5. Determine objectives
6. Attacker prepares invasion
7. Determine stratagems
8. Defender deploys forces
9. Attacker launches firestorm
10. Launch the Planetstrike!
1. DETERMINE ATTACKER AND DEFENDER
If you have not already agreed who will play the role of attacker and who will play the role of defender for your game of Planetstrike, decide by both rolling a D6 – the winner may choose which role to play.
2. CHOOSE FORCES
Choose your force as normal from the relevant Codex. However, in a Planetstrike the Force Organisation Charts allow you to take a greater variety of units.
It is imperative that the first blow on an enemy planet is full of thunder and fury, sending the foe reeling so that more invaders can plunge into the fight. Those coordinating a planetary invasion ensure that their first wave is chock full of the swiftest and deadliest warriors at their disposal, and the bravest commanders take every chance to lead from the front.
For this reason the attacker in a game of Planetstrike has bonus Fast Attack and Elite choices – he is allowed to up to six of each – and an extra HQ choice to lead his assault. Furthermore troops choices are not compulsory, meaning you can create a truly terrifying force of elite soldiers to act as the spearhead of your planetary invasion. When you’re invading a world, you’ll need every weapon at your disposal to ensure victory, so don’t hold back!
Attacker’s Forces FOC
Compulsory – 1HQ
Optional – 2 HQ, 6 Troops, 6 Elites
Optional – 6 Fast Attack, 3 Heavy Support
Defending armies usually include the toughest and most resilient units of all. Tasked with holding the most vital locations against all comers, the best defenders are not only capable of riding out the attacker’s initial onslaught, but also able to unleash a series of punishing counterstrikes and ensure that the impudent invaders are utterly crushed for their folly.
Defender’s Forces FOC
Compulsory – 1 HQ, 2 Troops
Optional – 2 HQ, 6 Troops, 3 Elites
Optional – 3 Fast Attack, 6 Heavy Support
Scryer in the Darkness tells us the following about step 9:
Originally Posted by Scryer in the Darkness
If I've got it right, the attacker gets a number of orbital bombardments in the form of S9 AP3 large templates, the total being D6 + the number of objectives determined in step 5.
The Landing Pad can be Shielded, giving a 4+ invulnerable save to anything on it, or unshielded, allowing you to disembark no matter how far the transport moved.
Walls give a 4+ cover save, and if you go to ground behind them, you get +2 to cover.
Originally Posted by Imperius
Atacking a fortress:
Each section of the Fortress is treated as a seperate target for the purpose of allocating attacks. A Player shooting at the Fortress must declare which section he is targetting before rolling to Hit.
Sections of the Fortress that are destroyed may not be entered if they contain enemy models.
Missile Silo Range: (??/??) Strength: 9 Armour Piercing: ?
Just thought you might want to know
Also the landing pad is configurable in TWO ways only, shielded and unfurled.
Gets to place all terrain on the battlefield and picks his table edge.
He can declare Terrain to be dangerous if he wants (Mined for example) although it’s not clear how much he can do this for.
There will be buildings with mounted weapons, like armed bunkers etc. These can likely fire in the enemy's Movement phase targeting DSers.
Probably, the defender will have to place all of his army.
May place some Craters to get some cover.
Scryer in the Darkness tells us the attacker can deploy non-vehicle units by Deep Strike, however units that already have that ability as standard can assault after DSing. It is possible that this ability is available to all non-vehicle units, not just those who already have DS. Clarification is being sought.
There is a new table for rolling for reserves:
Turn 1: 3+
Turn 2: 2+
Turn 3: automatic
May also get some goodies like a prepared Artillery fire on the defending units, special equipment etc.
Will most likely get first Turn.
What the actual Missions will be is yet to be seen.
Stratagems and Assets
Originally Posted by Scryer in the Darkness
the stratagem system is apparently similar to Cities of Death, sharing some stratagems but with "a little bit more". Stratagems cost from 1 to 3 points and generally revolve around buildings and other table emplacements, no doubt tying in with a lot of the new kits they are releasing. There are also new deployment stratagems for armies if I got it right.
Thanks to Badger[Fr] we have some details on race specific assets:
-IG: a mass deep-strike ability; a single reserve dice is rolled for the whole army, but each squad that deep strikes must make a dangerous terrain test when it lands.
-Dark Eldar: a penalty to enemy leadership equal to the number of turns passed since the beginning of the game (an interesting bit of background: it mentions Khaine-worshipping Dark Eldar).
-Imperium: Power of the Machine Spirit. BS 3, unshakable turrets.
-Adeptus Mechanicus (any imperial army): a teleporter beam that kills any model in a building on a successful armour save, as its flesh melts with the walls.
-Space Marines: when a Drop Pod deep strikes, all enemy units surrounding the landing zone must make a morale test.
-Tau: a massive EMP blast that disables all targeting systems on the battlefield; all vehicles are now BS 1, but all infantry units gain +1 BS,
-(possibly Ork) basically throwing an asteroid at the enemy
Hobby Section/Colour Pages:
PLANETSTRIKE (80 page Book) July 4 £15/US$25.00
AEGIS DEFENCE LINE (1 Model Box) July 4: £12/US$19.75
28-peiece set includes four double blast shield sections and four single blast shield sections that can be set up in a limitless array of configurations. Joined together they provide 28" of defence lines. Also included is a quad-gun emplacement that can be placed onto one of two different mounts supplied.
Yes, we are all aware you could make a slightly passable Hydra out of it. This had been discussed at length
SKYSHIELD LANDING PAD (1 Model Box) July 4: £24/US$39.50
IMPERIAL BASTION (1 Model Box) July 4: £18/US$29.75
85-piece set that includes an Icarus-pattern lascannon and additional components for personalising the bastion
MINES, BOMBS AND BOOBY TRAPS (Resin Markers) July 4: £12/US$20.00
Four sets of resin counters, including: three sign posts, six bases of bombs, four booby traps and nine clusters of mines. Also supplied are twelve 40mm round bases.
BLASTSCAPE (5 Craters) July 4: £12/US$19.75/AU$33
reds8n says the following:
Originally Posted by reds8n
The blastscape aren't just terrain, they also represent the affects of some of the stratagems. For example there is a longer narrower trench type one that is caused by the giant orbital cutting laser that can fire down and hit models in a strip X inches long. Another one represents asteroids ( meteorites i would have thought but, hey..) and so on.
SHRINE OF THE AQUILA (1 Cathedral Plastic Kit) July 18: £20/US$33.00/AU$55
BATTLESCAPE (1 Plastic Terrain Feature): £15/US$25.00
Incorporates craters, dead trees and a wrecked Rhino.
IMPERIAL STRONGPOINT (2 Bastions, 3 Defence Lines) July 18: £55/ US$90/AU$150
Direct only Releases:
CHAOS BASTION: £27.40/US$45.75
Imperial Bastion and two plastic Chaos Tank Accessory frames
IMPERIAL OUTPOST (5 Model Set + Gameboard) July 18: £201.80/US$380
1 Citadel Gameboard, 2 Bastions and 3 Aegis Defence Lines
IMPERIAL DEFENCE NETWORK (13 Model Set + Gameboard) July 18: £309.65/US$559
1 Citadel Gameboard, 5 Bastions, 7 Aegis Defence Lines and 1 Skyshield Landing Pad
SPEAR OF SICARIUS (Direct Only): approx £600/AU$1200
The box is rumoured to contain:
1 Command Squad
2 Dreadnoughts (most likely Ironclad)
4 squads of 5 termies
60 tactical marines
40 assault marines
9 drop pods