40K Companion
Posted By Jake

40K Companion – A Warhammer 40K Phase-By-Phase Helper

Ever wanted a check list for your army before battle? Now its here, quick and simple.


Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes

For some time now I’ve been working on a new web-based tool for players of 40K. It’s based the fact that there are now masses of rules, and how I struggle with that – remembering everything including Guard. Orders, Warlord traits, formation rules, unit rules, weapon rules, pyskers, deployment rules, etc.

So, 40K Companion  is born.

The initial idea for the tool came after my first 2,500 point game. I made a document to list what I should be remembering per turn and phase for my most rule heavy units. Without it I’d have certainly forgotten so much! The original document is here as a PDF. It’s fairly simple but it helped. Who else does this?

This list took a long time and was pretty boring – checking unit by unit, rule by rule, weapon by weapon – so I never made another.

A lightbulb moment happened:

What if you could automatically generate a phase-by-phase check list for your list?

Well. Now you can!

There are images scattered throughout the article that show its output from a real BattleScribe list for the Astra Militarum. The output is not curated / created – it is generated from a BattleScribe list in a minute or two. There is also a link to a  full page taken from 40K Companion at the bottom of this article.

This view shows all sections collapsed on 40K Companion buts gives you a good overview of the page and its available sections.

This view shows all sections collapsed on 40K Companion buts gives you a good overview of the page and its available sections.

40K Companion Features

At the time of writing the following features exist;

  • Report. Create a phase-by-phase helper page/document from a BattleScribe list.
  • Targets. Create a list of ‘target units’ for math hammering.
  • Math Hammer. See how all the units in your list perform on average against your target units in the shooting phase.
  • Images. Add images for your list units and target units to more easily identify each unit in a report.
  • Email. Send in your lists via email straight from BattleScribe. Get email notifications when your lists finish processing.
Example of the Deployment Phase helper section. There is only one unit in this section and its an IC.

Example of the Deployment Phase helper section. There is only one unit in this section and its an IC.

Example of the Movement Phase helper section. This flyer has an additional move we might want to remember.

Example of the Movement Phase helper section. This flyer has an additional move we might want to remember.

Quick Overview

The process at the moment goes like this and is really easy to get up and running;

  1. Make your list in BattleScribe as normal.
  2. Hit the export button, select HTML, email it the web site.
  3. The web site creates your account, creates a password, processes your list and emails you when it’s done.
  4. View the processed list on your phone or desktop. It even prints nicely too.
  5. Win a 40K game!
  6. Make more lists!

From then on just email your lists to the web site from the same email address and they’ll be added to your account.

Example of the Shooting Phase helper section. Pask and the Vulture have special rules for their shooting.

Example of the Shooting Phase helper section. Pask and the Vulture have special rules for their shooting.

Example of the Assault Phase helper section. The Priest and Bullgryns both get special rules in the assault phase.

Example of the Assault Phase helper section. The Priest and Bullgryns both get special rules in the assault phase.

When can I use this / How can I help?

I plan to make the alpha version available soon to a small amount of people to test the features. If you’d like to be among the first to use 40K Companion sign up here:

You can also help by emailing me your Battlescribe lists: trooper(at)cadianshock.com

Please also post comments with your suggestions, feedback and concerns! I’d love to hear from you!

Example of the Enemy Assault Phase helper section. Some rules might be useful to remember during the opponents turn too, like Stubborn during the assault or Camo Cloaks while your enemy is shooting.

Example of the Enemy Assault Phase helper section. Some rules might be useful to remember during the opponents turn too, like Stubborn during the assault or Camo Cloaks while your enemy is shooting.

Some math hammer in the Tactical Overview which shows us the average number of wounds we can expect to cause against 10x Kroot from our Vulture.

Some math hammer in the Tactical Overview which shows us the average number of wounds we can expect to cause against 10x Kroot from our Vulture.

Using the Vulture again we can select additional rules to see how they may effect our shooting. For example the Misfortune Psychic Power makes all shots Rending, now you can easily so how that might effect the Vulture's shots.

Using the Vulture again we can select additional rules to see how they may effect our shooting. For example the Misfortune Psychic Power makes all shots Rending, now you can easily so how that might effect the Vulture’s shots.

Summary

Thats all for now folks on 40K Companion. But this is very much in a beta state at the moment and might be ready for real consumption by a few real people within a week for so. So please do let me know your thoughts, suggestions and concerns and I will keep coding away!

View the 40K Companion Full Page output.

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