The Gallus Campaign

Presented by Teammate

Table of Contents

  1. Battle Zone Control
  2. Background
  3. Campaign Format
  4. Mission One (ended)
  5. Mission Two (ended)
  6. Mission Three (16 May–5 June)
  7. Mission Four (23 May–12 June)
  8. Mission Five (30 May–19 June)

Battle Zone Control


The importance of Gallus IV cannot be overstated. If Abaddon were to claim it… we cannot let him get ahead. —Squire-Captain Fowler of the Bronze Skulls Chapter of the Adeptus Astartes

Our mission is to ensure that every prisoner, no matter the prognosis, is able to give all of himself in contrition to the God-Emperor. —Sister Charletta Wels of the Order Hospitaller

Bleep-blorp. —Techno-Cerebrartificer Designate XBT92

The galaxy is vast. Mankind has stretched out to find new homes in its multitude of star systems. Keeping control of an Imperium so massive requires resources on an astounding scale. For every company of Space Marines in their miles-long ships, thousands of human crew toil to keep the engines running, incense burning, and Bolter rounds individually venerated. Entire agri-worlds grow food to support these crews. The provisions needed to run even one campaign requires the full industrial output of multiple worlds.

a gothic city with an airplane flying overhead

One such world is Gallus, which orbits a star near Vigilus. Gallus’s fourth moon is home to a convent of the Order Hospitaller of the Adepta Sororitas. Nearly half of its landmass is devoted to a great Hospital-Penitentiary complex where wounded criminals from the sector are sent to either recover from their injuries so they can be returned to their sentences, or to be converted to Servitors or Arco-Flagellants in the biofactorum so they can continue their service to the Emperor. The rest of this moon’s population are devoted artisans of the highest skill who toil daily in their hive-commune. They work tirelessly to produce one product that is essential to the forces of the Imperium: decorative skulls.

Every force of the great Imperium of Man requires a constant supply of decorative skulls. How could a Commissar possibly pause to ponder his tactical position without a pile of skulls to rest his foot on? What Order Militant Canoness would dare lead her sisters into battle without a matching set of skulls to adorn her thrice-blessed armor’s breastplate? How would a Space Marine Sergeant feel if he raised his chainsword over a foe, knowing the last thing his enemy would see wasn’t an infant’s skull adorning its pommel?

Gallus IV must be defended, equally for the the protection of the wounded in the care of the devoted Hospitallers, and to ensure that its export capacity is maintained. Already Abaddon’s Black Crusade has cut off essential supplies of hyper-leaches. Many patients’ humors are becoming dangerously unbalanced. Heretic Astartes forces would very much like to take control of such a valuable source of precious decorative skulls. Amassing Ork Warbosses have their eyes on the skull depots so they can embellish their warbikes’ handlebars. And who knows what fearsome phrenology a Drukhari Haemonculus might entertain given the moon’s cranial cache?

Campaign Format

Players can participate either as Planetary Defenders or as part of the Invasion Force. Which side you choose to join is up to you. In general, Planetary Defenders are Imperial forces, but there may also be other factions on the planet with a stake in keeping it out of the Invaders’ control.

Games will be set on one of three battle zones:

You can play every mission, or just the ones you have time to play. You could, for example, decide to just play the Hive-Commune missions, which would require one game every three weeks. Or you can play three in one session.

Games must be one Planetary Defender team vs one Invasion Force team.

Use of Spec Ops rules is optional.

Mission One (Hospital-Penitentiary): Secure Landing Site

sci-fi planes fly over a cathedral

Anti-Aircraft emplacements prevent the Invasion Force from landing close to the Hospital-Penitentiary. Small kill teams may be able to infiltrate the control centers and disable them.



Planetary Defender teams may take one of the following Limited equipment:

Minefield (4 EP)

Before the Set Up Barricades step, place one Minefield token within your territory and not on a terrain feature (unless it has the Insignificant trait).

Once per activation, if an enemy operative moves within 🟦 of your Minefield token, make a shooting attack against that operative using the profile below. When making that shooting attack, that enemy operative is always a valid target and cannot be in Cover.

Name A BS D
Minefield 5 3+ 4/5

At the end of that shooting attack, roll one D6, adding one to the result for each other shooting attack made with this asset during that battle. On a 5+, remove that Minefield token.

Results: Neutral. Invader teams were ultimately able to take over the landing zone, but planetary defenders held the anti-aircraft emplacements long enough to repel a large portion of the initial landing force.

Mission Two (Biofactorum): Servitor Production Disrupted

The Biofactorum facility has the capacity to convert thousands of convicts into servitors. It is so efficient at this task that the Hospital-Penitentiary would quickly run out of resources to house recovered inmates if the Biofactorum’s production lines were to shut down for more than a few days. If Invasion Force Kill Teams can disrupt operations, it will make it easier for subsequent forces to capture and take over the complex.



Control Servo-Cranes: At the end of the Initiative Phase for Turning Point two, the player with initiative must place one additional barricade within their territory.

At the end of the Initiative Phase for Turning Points three and four, the player with initiative may move the additional barricade to any point within their territory.

Results: Neutral. Both teams fought to a standstill. Delivery of new conversion stock has been slowed, but production continues for the moment.

Mission Three (Hive-Commune): Locate the Governors

a dirty hive city

With the invasion underway, the governors of the Hive-Commune have gone into hiding. If an Invasion Force Kill Team were able to gain access to a few security terminals and power panels, it might be able to find the governor’s location. Planetary Defender forces need to hold them off, even as reports of violence throughout the hive are coming in.

channels map

loot mission

Ancient Apparatus (optional): If parts C2 and C4 are used, players do not deploy Barricades as normal. Parts C2 and C4 have the Heavy and Traversable traits. (The Fortify scouting option can still be used.)

Mission Deadline: 5 June.

Click here to submit Mission Three results.

Mission Four (Hospital-Penitentiary): Prison Break

the hospital-pentiteniary

With the Biofactorum under assault, the sisters at the Hospital-Penitentiary are unable to discharge patients. Planetary Invasion Kill Teams are attempting to breach the holding chapel where the prisoner-patients are being kept. If they do so, it would give them another entrance into the main facility, and they might even be able to recruit some of the escapees.


approach mission card

Optional Rules

Planetary Defender teams can use Send in the Guards Strategic Ploy at the start of Turning Points 2–4. Invasion Force teams can use the Fight Your Captors Strategic Ploy at the start of Turning Points 2–4.

Send in the Guards [0 CP]

Set up two Hospital-Penitentiary Guard operatives wholly within your deployment zone. They have the same profile as a Trooper Veteran operative (5+ save, 7 wounds), are armed with a lasgun (4 attacks, 4+ BS, 2/3 dmg) and gun butt (3 attacks, 4+ WS, 2/3 dmg), and have GA 2.

Fight Your Captors [0 CP]

Set up two Escaped Inmate operatives wholly within your deployment zone. They have the same profile as a Traitor Trooper operative (5+ save, 7 wounds), are armed with an autopistol (4 attacks, 4+ BS, 2/3 dmg, range ⬟) and brutal assault weapon (4 attacks, 4+ WS, 2/3 dmg), and have GA 2.

Hospital-Penitentiary Guard and Escaped Inmate operatives cannot be affected by friendly abilities, spells, etc.—they cannot be healed, buffed, given orders, and so on. Use any available model to represent these operatives, as long as they are clearly distinguishable from the rest of your Kill Team.

Mission Deadline: 12 June.

Click here to submit Mission Four results.

Mission Five (Bio-Factorum): Attack of the Orks!

orks attack a factory

If there’s a fight happening at the Bio-Factorum, you can count on Orks to show up. A local warband that the Adeptus Mechanicus can never quite put down has chosen this moment to invade, and is overwhelming the outer parts of the facility. Planetary Defenders have no choice but to try to preserve as much of the machinery as they can. Invasion Force kill teams would like the equipment for themselves.

loot mission

sector map

Optional Rules

Invading Orks: As the Ork warband approaches, teams only have a limited time to secure equipment.

  1. Before the game, randomly select one Neutral Killzone Edge. Orks are invading from that direction.
  2. At the start of turning point two, remove the objective marker closest to that edge from play.
  3. At the start of turning point three, remove the next-closest objective marker to that edge from play.
  4. At the start of turning point four, remove the middle two objective markers from play.

Mission Deadline: 19 June.

Click here to submit mission results.

(Did you know? The planet Gallus is named after Franz Joseph Gall, founder of phrenology, a pseudoscience involving measuring the skull to predict mental traits.)