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14th Feb '18 7:52:36 AM SebastianGray
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As a game faction, the Squats were never popular, nor did they fit very well in the increasingly GrimDark setting. They were included back in the days when ''[=40K=]'' was a transparent [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]]] version of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and every race in the latter had to appear in the former, but as the setting matured the Squats felt more and more out of place. Game designers never really decided on a "tone" for the army, and depictions of them wavered between goofy space dwarfs and miniature biker dudes. In 1994, they were discontinued with the explanation that the newly arrived Tyranids had descended upon their Homeworlds and stripped them clean of all life (like they do). A handful of embittered Squats still survive spread across the vast Imperium, but as a faction they are absolutely, positively never coming back. In fact, it was once Games Workshop's official position that they won't even be ''mentioned'', although this policy has relaxed enough that the reprinted edition of ''Space Marine'' lists an encounter with Squats in the novel summary, and the 6th and 7th edition rulebooks' appendices list Squats as one of the handful of surviving abhuman strains.

In 2018, the Squats finally made a triumphant return to the setting with a new model in the form of Grendl Grendlsen, a mercenary to be used in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''; this, combined with their listing in the rulebooks, suggests they've been retconned once again to be a living and active presence in the galaxy, though Games Workshop hasn't divulged much on their state in the backstory. It's unlikely they will ever return as a separate army, but Tzeentch knows what the future holds...

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As a game faction, the Squats were never popular, nor did they fit very well in the increasingly GrimDark setting. They were included back in the days when ''[=40K=]'' was a transparent [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Space]]]] version of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and every race in the latter had to appear in the former, but as the setting matured the Squats felt more and more out of place. Game designers never really decided on a "tone" for the army, and depictions of them wavered between goofy space dwarfs and miniature biker dudes. In 1994, they were discontinued with the explanation that the newly arrived Tyranids had descended upon their Homeworlds and stripped them clean of all life (like they do). A handful of embittered Squats still survive spread across the vast Imperium, but as a faction they are absolutely, positively never coming back. In fact, it was once Games Workshop's official position that they won't even be ''mentioned'', although this policy has relaxed enough that the reprinted edition of ''Space Marine'' lists an encounter with Squats in the novel summary, and every rulebook since 6th Edition has mentioned the 6th and 7th edition rulebooks' appendices list Squats as being one of the handful main strains of surviving abhuman strains.

abhuman. In 2018, the Squats finally made a triumphant return to the setting tabletop with a new model in the form of Grendl Grendlsen, a mercenary to be used in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''; this, combined with their listing in Hired Gun for the rulebooks, suggests they've been retconned once again to be a living and active presence in 3rd Edition of the galaxy, though Games Workshop hasn't divulged much on their state in the backstory. It's unlikely they will ever return as a separate army, but Tzeentch knows what the future holds...
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14th Feb '18 2:30:22 AM SebastianGray
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* MightyGlacier: The Knights Crusader and Knights Castellan are bulkier, slower and less nimble than other varieties, but pack increased firepower and armor to compensate.

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* MightyGlacier: The In early editions of the ''Epic'' game system, the heavily armed and armoured Knights Crusader and Knights Castellan are bulkier, were considerably slower and less nimble than other varieties, classes of Knight but pack increased firepower had improved armour saves and armor to compensate.were equipped with Quake Cannons, massive weapons normally mounted on full scale Titans. In the 8th Edition ''Warhammer 40,000'' rules this is no longer the case however as the Knight Crusader[[note]]The Knight Castellan doesn’t have rules in 8th Edition[[/note]] has the same armour and speed as most other Knights.
13th Feb '18 1:56:19 PM CptnLhurgoyf
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Originally, many Abhumans were transplants from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', but as time went on, they stopped being updated or even mentioned. The Squats are the most famous example of this, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim though they get a rather nasty sendoff]].

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Originally, many Abhumans were transplants from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', but as time went on, they stopped being updated or even mentioned. The Squats are the most famous example of this, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim though they get a rather nasty sendoff]].this.



In 2018, the Squats finally made a triumphant return to the setting with a new model in the form of Grendl Grendlsen, a mercenary to be used in ''TabletopGame/Necromunda''; this, combined with their listing in the rulebooks, suggests they've been retconned once again to be a living and active presence in the galaxy, though Games Workshop hasn't divulged much on their state in the backstory. It's unlikely they will ever return as a separate army, but Tzeentch knows what the future holds...

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In 2018, the Squats finally made a triumphant return to the setting with a new model in the form of Grendl Grendlsen, a mercenary to be used in ''TabletopGame/Necromunda''; ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''; this, combined with their listing in the rulebooks, suggests they've been retconned once again to be a living and active presence in the galaxy, though Games Workshop hasn't divulged much on their state in the backstory. It's unlikely they will ever return as a separate army, but Tzeentch knows what the future holds...
13th Feb '18 1:52:56 PM CptnLhurgoyf
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One particular abhuman faction that has caused some controversy is the Squats, a race of abhumans that had adapted to subterranean life on high-gravity worlds near the galactic core. Separated from mainline humanity for tens of millennia, they grew shorter and, well, squatter, eventually coming to resemble the traditional fantasy dwarf in both appearance and temperament. Due to the difficulty of living on barren planets with radioactive surface conditions, the Squats developed extremely reliable food production systems, armor, and other technology, but also had a fatalistic attitude toward life. Over time, they made contact with the Orks and Eldar and gained a reputation for their high-quality tech, shrewd business dealings, and potent military defense. Eventually they were rediscovered by and reabsorbed into the Imperium, as their tech fascinated the Adeptus Mechanicus and made them a welcome addition to the Imperial armed forces, but they maintained a high degree of autonomy.

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One particular abhuman faction that has caused some controversy is the Squats, a race of abhumans that had adapted to subterranean life on high-gravity worlds near the galactic core. Separated from mainline humanity for tens of millennia, they grew shorter and, well, squatter, eventually coming to resemble the traditional fantasy dwarf in both appearance and temperament. Due to the difficulty of living on barren planets with radioactive surface conditions, the Squats developed extremely reliable food production systems, armor, and other technology, but also had a fatalistic attitude toward life. Over time, they made contact with the Orks and Eldar and gained a reputation for their high-quality tech, shrewd business dealings, and potent military defense. Eventually they were rediscovered by and reabsorbed into the Imperium, as their tech fascinated the Adeptus Mechanicus and made them a welcome addition to the Imperial armed forces, but they maintained maintain a high degree of autonomy.



Though the Squats are ''extremely'' dead, the "space dwarf" concept itself may be in for a comeback. Games Workshop has introduced a race called the Demiurg as a member species of the [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau Empire]] in the ''40K'' spinoff ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', a species that practically never leaves their rugged ''Stronghold''-class starships, makes a living as [[AsteroidMiners deep-space miners]], are technologically-advanced enough to introduce ion cannon technology to the Tau, and closely resembles the Squats to boot. At the moment the only Demiurg models created have been for ''Gothic'', where they are the only faction said to be too small and isolationist to field actual fleets, and there are no plans to make a tabletop army for them, but only Tzeentch knows what the future holds...

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Though In 2018, the Squats are ''extremely'' dead, finally made a triumphant return to the "space dwarf" concept itself may setting with a new model in the form of Grendl Grendlsen, a mercenary to be used in for ''TabletopGame/Necromunda''; this, combined with their listing in the rulebooks, suggests they've been retconned once again to be a comeback. living and active presence in the galaxy, though Games Workshop has introduced a race called the Demiurg as a member species of the [[Characters/Warhammer40000TauEmpire Tau Empire]] hasn't divulged much on their state in the ''40K'' spinoff ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', a species that practically never leaves their rugged ''Stronghold''-class starships, makes a living as [[AsteroidMiners deep-space miners]], are technologically-advanced enough to introduce ion cannon technology to the Tau, and closely resembles the Squats to boot. At the moment the only Demiurg models created have been for ''Gothic'', where backstory. It's unlikely they are the only faction said to be too small and isolationist to field actual fleets, and there are no plans to make will ever return as a tabletop army for them, separate army, but only Tzeentch knows what the future holds...



* PoweredArmor: The elite Hearthguard wore suits of Exo-armour, heavy armour comparable to suits of Imperial Terminator Armour.

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* PoweredArmor: The elite Hearthguard wore wear suits of Exo-armour, heavy armour comparable to suits of Imperial Terminator Armour.
13th Feb '18 11:34:50 AM SebastianGray
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* TheBusCameBack: February 2018 saw the announcement that a new Squat mode, the first in 20 years, would be produced for the GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''.



* [[HesBack THEY'RE BACK]]: As of 1st February 2018, [[TimeAbyss after 20 years]], The Squats are back (so far for Necromunda only at the moment). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=Oc0-8BBkkq4 This video clearly illustrates it]].
13th Feb '18 11:28:45 AM Benji1990
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* [[HesBack THEY'RE BACK]]: As of 1st February 2018, [[TimeAbyss after 20 years]], The Squats are back (so far for Necromunda only at the moment). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=Oc0-8BBkkq4 This video clearly illustrates it]].
13th Feb '18 5:12:32 AM SebastianGray
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The most skilled and deadly Nobles can become Knights Barons, leading contingents of Knights into battle and getting custom Knight suits with better weapons.
* {{BFS}}: Tempest Warblades, power weapons carried by Knights Castigator that can cleave another Knight in two and reduce whole enemy units to ash.
* BladeOnAStick: Some Knight variants carry Power Lances. The Cerastus Shock Lances carried by Knights Lancers double as {{Boom Stick}}s.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The most skilled and deadly Nobles can become Knights Barons, leading contingents of Knights into battle and battle, often getting custom Knight suits with better weapons.
* {{BFS}}: Tempest Warblades, large power weapons blades carried by Knights Castigator the Cerastus Knight-Castigator that can cleave another Knight in two and reduce whole enemy units to ash.
* BladeOnAStick: Some Knight variants carry Power Lances. The Cerastus Shock Lances carried by Knights Lancers the Cerastus Knight-Lancer double as {{Boom Stick}}s.



* FireBreathingWeapon: The Acheron-pattern flame cannon is a massive flamethrower used by the highly aggressive Cerastus Knight-Acherons that is almost as powerful as the flamer class weapons utilized by Titans. Employed as much as a terror weapon as a weapon of extermination, Knight-Acheron are infamous for their excessive use of these weapons, reducing their enemies to ash floating through flame-scorched ruins.

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* FireBreathingWeapon: The Acheron-pattern flame cannon is a massive flamethrower used by the highly aggressive Cerastus Knight-Acherons Knights-Acheron that is almost as powerful as the flamer class weapons utilized by Titans. Employed as much as a terror weapon as a weapon of extermination, Knight-Acheron are infamous for their excessive use of these weapons, reducing their enemies to ash floating through flame-scorched ruins.



* LightningBruiser: Knights Lancers, a rare type of Knight suit notable for being much faster and more powerful than other kinds, in addition to having [[BladeOnAStick better]] [[BoomStick close-combat]] [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe weapons]]. The main reason they’re only used as scouts and flankers instead of being the default type is because they’re too difficult to manufacture to make in large numbers.

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* LightningBruiser: Knights Lancers, Lancer, a rare type of Knight suit notable for being much faster and more powerful than other kinds, in addition to having [[BladeOnAStick better]] [[BoomStick close-combat]] [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe weapons]]. The main reason they’re only used as scouts and flankers instead of being the default type is because they’re too difficult to manufacture to make in large numbers.



* MightyGlacier: The Knights Crusaders and Castellans are bulkier, slower and less nimble than other varieties, but pack increased firepower and armor to compensate.

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* MightyGlacier: The Knights Crusaders Crusader and Castellans Knights Castellan are bulkier, slower and less nimble than other varieties, but pack increased firepower and armor to compensate.
10th Feb '18 1:58:03 AM SebastianGray
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* FireBreathingWeapon: The Acheron-pattern flame cannon is a massive flamethrower used by the highly aggressive Cerastus Knight-Acherons that is almost as powerful as the flamer class weapons utilized by Titans. Employed as much as a terror weapon as a weapon of extermination, Knight-Acheron are infamous for their excessive use of these weapons, reducing their enemies to ash floating through flame-scorched ruins.
4th Feb '18 4:16:53 PM Kurogane7
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* AnAxeToGrind: Some of them (mostly the Allarus Custodes) get to use the Castellan Axe, which is effectively a Guardian Spear that is better-suited to slashing.



** While plain by comparison, the "Gyrfalcon" Jetbike is still pretty cool.



** Custodes wield Guardian Spears, [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] that combine a power blade with an integrated bolter [[note]]Earlier editions differed as to the exact weapons used with some replacing the power blade with a [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibro-blade]] and/or the bolter with [[FrickinLaserBeams high powered laser weaponry]][[/note]]
** Some Custodes wield Sentinel Warblades instead of Guardian Spears. These massive swords, [[{{BFS}} as long as a Custodian is tall]][[note]]Which is sizable, as they're taller than Space Marine Terminators[[/note]], incorporate a double-barrelled Bolt Caster into the crossguard that fires a hail of short range bolt rounds.

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** Custodes Most Custodes, particularly the Custodian Guard, wield Guardian Spears, [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] that combine a power blade with an integrated bolter [[note]]Earlier editions differed as to the exact weapons used with some replacing the power blade with a [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibro-blade]] and/or the bolter with [[FrickinLaserBeams high powered laser weaponry]][[/note]]
** Some Custodes The Sentinel Guard wield Sentinel Warblades instead of Guardian Spears. These massive swords, [[{{BFS}} as long as a Custodian is tall]][[note]]Which is sizable, as they're taller than Space Marine Terminators[[/note]], incorporate a double-barrelled Bolt Caster into the crossguard that fires a hail of short range bolt rounds.


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** The [[AnAxeToGrind Castellan Axe]] works like a Guardian Spear that's specialized for slashing, and is often seen in the hands of the [[BloodKnight Allarus Custodians]]. Trajann Valoris's Watcher's Axe also fits in this category, only bigger and fancier.


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* PowerArmor: Much like the Astartes, the Custodes have this...and of course, they have their own Terminators. Said Terminators come in two flavors:
** Aquilon armor is like standard Terminator armor, only significantly better.
** Allarus armor mounts a teleporter, and is worn by the [[BloodKnight Allarus Custodes]]


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* WalkingTank: Like the Astartes, the Custodes have access to Dreadnoughts, most of which are the much-vaunted Contemptor-pattern with fittingly up-scaled weaponry.
** The Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought gets a sword with a built-in [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]] and a shield.
** The Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought gets the [[BladeOnAStick Dreadspear]], which is an up-sized Guardian Spear with a built-in laser gun. In addition, they come with a variety of [[ArmCannon wrist-mounted guns]].
** This is taken UpToEleven with the Telemon Heavy Dreadnought. It's so big that it can mount the [[GatlingGood Arachnus Storm]] [[FrickinLaserBeams Cannon]] or the [[{{BFG}} Iliastus Accelerator Culverin]] in one arm, and a PowerFist with built-in weapons on the other.


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* {{BFG}}: The [[SniperRifle Exitus Rifle]], wielded by the Vindicare assassins.


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* HandCannon: As if they weren't overcompensating enough with their [[{{BFG}} Exitus]] [[SniperRifle Rifles]], the Vindicare assassins also get the Exitus ''Pistol'', which is supposed to provide them with [[MoreDakka plenty of firepower]] in the [[EmergencyWeapon event of an emergency]].
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* AllPowerfulBystander: After the Emperor was struck down by Horus, the Custodes entirely committed to his protection as well as the Imperial Palace. As a result they participated little in the affairs of the Imperium as a whole although their martial prowess and influence was badly needed. Ever since Guilliman's return, the Custodes have decided to not simply stand guard but also meet any enemy that will eventually threaten Terra before they actually do.



* BodyguardingABadass: Custodes protect the mightiest human who ever existed.

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* BodyguardingABadass: Custodes protect the mightiest human who has ever existed.existed. When the Emperor was alive and healthy, this trope was in full play but since the Emperor is currently a shriveled husk depending on constantly sitting on the Golden Throne for life support, it is at least downplayed.



* CoolBike: The Custodes Jetbike is far superior to conventional Jetbikes, with an improved design supporting not only the heavily armoured Custodian, but also a Lastrum cannon.

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* CoolBike: The Custodes "Dawneagle" Jetbike is far superior to conventional Jetbikes, with an improved design supporting not only the heavily armoured Custodian, but also a Lastrum cannon.



* FeelingTheirAge: Despite their immortality, there comes a time for any Custodes when age takes its toll and the warrior isn't as good as he used to be, which means he's fractions of seconds slower or he's a tiny bit less sharp, but the Custodes prefer to let someone who's in their prime take up their duty. This Custodes then abandons his weapons and armor and becomes an Eye of the Emperor, acting as a spy and informant for the rest of the Custodes.



* GoldColoredSuperiority: The Custodes are the best military force in all of the Imperium and it shows. They wear an armor made of auramite, a very rare metal which is naturally colored gold. By extension all their equipment and vehicles are gold-colored. However, the auramite can be colored, and one brotherhood within the Custodes adorns black auramite armor (albeit with golden decorations).



* PraetorianGuard: The Custodes defend the Emperor even long after his internment in the Golden Throne.

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* PraetorianGuard: The Custodes defend the Emperor even long after his internment in the Golden Throne. Even before that, they were bodyguarding the Emperor when in battle.


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* StealthExpert: Despite their size and standard shiny equipment, Custodes are also accomplished infiltrators. Several Custodes are constantly trying to infiltrate the Sol System, Terra, the Imperial Palace and eventually the Throne room in what is called "Blood Games" in order to test their defence systems and seek out any weak point so they can be corrected at once.
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