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Glossary of Terms: Beginners Guide


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True Blood
Nov 26, 2008
:siren:LIST UPDATED @ 2013-01-20:siren:


AFAIK Internet Abbrev: As Far As I Know
BRB Warhammer Main Rulebook: Big Red Book or Basic Rule Book. Means the main warhammer rulebook
FTW Internet Abbrev: For The Win
GW General Term: Games Workshop or Great Weapon(both common)
IIRC Internet Abbrev: If I Recall / Remember Correctly
IMBA General term: Imbalanced
LotR Lord of the Rings
NiB Internet Abbrev: New in Box
NoS Internet Abbrev: New on Sprue
OOP Internet Abbrev: Out Of Production / Print
OP General term: Overpowered
QFT Internet Abbrev: Quoted For Truth
WHFB Warhammer Fantasy Battle
WYSIWYG Internet Abbrev: What You See Is What You Get

Vampire Counts specifics

AoDM Vampiric Power: Aura of Dark Majesty
AT Vampire Counts Monster: Abyssal Terror
BC Vampire Counts Unit: Black Coach
BK Vampire Counts Unit: Black Knights / Blood Knights (both common)
Blender Vampire Counts Character Setup: Vampire or Vampire Lord with an offensive build(most often Red Fury and Quick Blood)
BP Vampire Counts Magic Item: Black Periapt
BS Vampire Counts Unit: Bat Swarms
BT Vampire Counts Unit Upgrade: Blasphemous Tome
CC Vampire Counts Unit: Corpse Cart
CH Vampire Counts Unit: Crypt Horrors
CoY Lore of Vampires Magic Spell: Curse of Years
DA Vampire Bloodline Power: Dark Acolyte
DK Vampire Bloodline Power: Dread Knight
DW Vampire Counts Unit: Dire Wolves (common) / Doom Wolf (uncommon)
FB Vampire Counts Unit: Fell Bats
FH Vampire Bloodline Power: Flying Horror
GG Vampire Counts Unit: Grave Guard
Hexies Vampire Counts Unit: Hexwraiths
HW Hex Wraith
Hybrid Vampire Counts Character Setup: Vampire that has balanced combat and magic capabilities, but excels in neither.
IH Ghoul King power: Infinite Hatred
IoN Lore of Vampires Magic Spell: Invocation of Nehek
KoBK Vampire Counts Unit:Knights of the Blood Keep - another name for Blood Knights
LoV Vampire Counts Magic: Lore of Vampires
ME Vampire Counts Unit: Mortis Engine
MN Vampire Counts Character: Master Necromancer
MotD Necromancer Upgrade: Master of the dead
MotBA Vampire Bloodline Power: Master of the Black Arts
QB Vampire Bloodline Power: Quick Blood
RF Vampire Bloodline Power: Red Fury
SGK Vampire Counts Character: Strigoi Ghoul King
SH Vampire Counts Unit: Spirit Hosts
Skellies Vampire Counts Unit: Skeletons
Skels Vampire Counts Unit: Skeletons
SS Vampire Counts Unit: Skeleton Steeds
Vargs Vampire Counts Unit: Vargheists
VG Vampire Counts Unit: Vargheists(Special) or Varghulf(Rare)
VHD Lore of Vampires Magic Spell: Vanhel's Danse Macabre
VL Vampire Counts Character: Vampire Lord
WK Vampire Count Character: Wight King
WoD Lore of vampires Magic Spell: Wind of Death
ZD Vampire Counts Monster: Zombie Dragon
Zeds Vampire Counts Unit: Zombies
Zombs Vampire Counts Unit: Zombies

Warhammer rules

AHW Additional Hand Weapon (and / or)
ASF Warhammer Main Rulebook: Always Strikes First
ASL General Rule: Always Strike Last
BB General Magic Item: Biting Blade
BSB General Warhammer: Battle Standard Bearer
CR Warhammer Main Rulebook: Combat Resolution
DD Magic: Dispel Dice
DBG General Magic Item: Dragon Bane Gem
DS General Magic Item: Dispel Scroll
ES General Magic Item: Enchanted Shield
FC General Warhammer: Full Command
GB General Magic Item: Giant Blade
GW General Term: Games Workshop or Great Weapon(both common)
HKB Warhammer Rulebook: Heroic Killing Blow
IF Warhammer Rulebook: Irresistable Force
IP Warhammer Main Rulebook: Inspiring Presence
ItP Warhammer Main Rulebook: Immune to Psychology
KB Warhammer Rulebook: Killing Blow
Ld Warhammer Main Rulebook: Leadership
LD Warhammer Main Rulebook: Leadership
LoS Line of Sight
LoS! Look out Sir!
LOS Warhammer Main Rulebook: Line of Sight (common) / Look Out Sir! rule (uncommon)
MM Magic Missile
MR Warhammer Main Rulebook: Magic Resistance
OB General Magic Item: Ogre Blade
OTS General Magic Item: The Other Trickster's Shard
PD Magic: Power Dice
PS General Magic Item: Power Stone
SCR Warhammer Main Rulebook: Static Combat Resolution (Combat Resolution generated through ranks and standard bearers)
sig Warhammer Main Rulebook: Signature Spell
SoB General Magic Item: Sword of Battle
SoB General Magic Item: Sword of Bloodshed OR Sword of Battle(both uncommon)
SoM General Magic Item: Sword of Might
SoS General Magic Item: Sword of Striking (common), Staff of Sorcery (uncommon)ToP General Magic Item: Talisman of Protection
Tp: Talisman of Protection
TP: Talisman of PreservationAS General Term: Armour Save
WB General Magic Item: War Banner
xHW Extra Hand Weapon

Warhammer strategy & tactics

anvil Tactical Term: A unit able to hold the enemy in place until the hammer unit attacks.
Bunker Tactical Term: A small infantry unit that is ideally placed behind your frontline, containing your caster characters in order to protect them from enemy shooting.
Bus Tactical Term: A unit of cavalry used as either a delivery system for characters or as a hammer by itself.
Deathstar Tactical Term: A unit which is very expensive due to it's size and offensive capabilities, so expensive that it's probably the only unit in the army capable of doing real damage.
Dart Tactical term: Deploying a unit 3 wide so they will get more attacks on single characters and easier wheels. Most commonly used with Dire Wolves for VC
hammer Tactical Term: A unit capable of inflicting alot of damage and works in conjunction with an anvil unit.
target saturation Tactical Term: Deploying enough high priority targets so that the enemy will have to choose which threat to deal with.
tarpit Tactical Term: A unit that is meant to hold up an enemy unit for as long as possible, not running away but not doing much damage either.

Other Warhammer armies

Abomb Skaven Unit: Hell Pit Abomination
Brets Warhammer Army: Bretonnians
DE Warhammer Army: Dark Elves
DoC Warhammer Army: Daemons of Chaos
HE Warhammer Army: High Elves
HPA Skaven Unit: Hell Pit Abomination
LM Warhammer Army: Lizardmen
OK Warhammer Army: Ogre Kingdoms
OnG Warhammer Army: Orcs and Goblins
Stunties Warhammer Army: Dwarfs
TK Warhammer Army: Tomb Kings
WE Warhammer Army: Wood Elves
WoC Warhammer Army: Warriors of Chaos

Just because

DoN: Your lord and master
Feb 9, 2015
Something I didn't see up there, but might need mention: What is a "Chaff Unit" (ex. MSU Dire Wolves)?