Bike Squad

Bike Squad

Bike Squads are fast attack Space Marine squads utilizing bikes for fast deadly tactics. The bikes themselves are armed with Twin Linked Bolters and the riders can carry the occasional special weapon, mostly meltaguns. Bike Squads serve as either a scout force used to quickly gauge the enemy force or as vanguard to swiftly attack enemy formations and allow the infantry squads to mop up the survivors. They are often paired with Land Speeders for these tasks. A distinct variation exists called the Attack Bike, which incorporates a sidecar to cart around a heavy weapons guy armed with either a heavy bolter or a multi-melta. These can be fielded as squadrons of three, or embedded into the usual bike squads. A Bike is also an option for all your generic HQs, offering a decent compromise between speed, survivability and price. The book also warns you that you can't ride it while wearing terminator armour.

Scouts also like to ride bikes to help with their scouting. While their older Marine brothers are geared for assault, Scout bikes are more geared for the fighting retreat and harassing the enemy with clustermines and other goodies. They're also used as a way to swiftly deliver a locator beacon where you need it.

Bike Squads often vary depending on the Space Marine Chapter they belong to. The White Scars use Bike Squads, echoing Jaghatai Khan's use of mounted cavalry during his conquest of Chogoris. The Dark Angels have devoted their entire Second Company into utilizing Bike Squads and Land Speeders as the Ravenwing, echoing the mounted knights of the Order on ancient Caliban who hunt the Fallen Angels TRAITORS FROM THE NINE LEGIONS AND SUBSEQUENT RENEGADE CHAPTERS, NONE OF WHICH INCLUDE THE SONS OF LION EL'JONSON. The Space Wolves Bike Squads are known as Swiftclaws, who are operated by Blood Claws (the Chapter's equivalent of Assault Marines) and serve as a vanguard force. Their numbers are few, as the Space Wolves consider Bike Squads an overly headstrong tactic (though riding in on a Fenrisian wolf is okay).


Imperial GuardEdit

Why do these guys always get the good stuff?

The Imperial Guard also has their own bike squads, but they are naturally not as awesome as the Space Marine bike squads. Rather than having two storm bolters, our Guardsmen have...nothing. While this may put the poor men in t-shirts at a disadvantage, the Imperial Guard's bike is more useful for scouting purposes than as a fast attack vehicle. They are often made for Rough riders who don't like maintaining the horsies and prefer a more simple and cost effective mount.

They also look more like regular old motorcycles.

On tabletop, since these guys are grouped as 'Rough Riders in all but name', they will likewise have the same rules even though what their riding driving on is not an animal in the slightest and they usually carry a Laspistol rather than a Hunting Lance. But because GW is lazy, they decided to why not make these guys Count as space cavalry.

In the newest update, 8th Edition's been kinder to Rough Riders than 7th Edition was. Their hunting lances are no longer one use only, being S+2 AP:-2 and do D3 damage, but still only when they successfully charge. Cheaper, twice the wounds, and now their flak armor might actually do a damn thing, though not against most multiwounding weapons. In addition, they may perform Flanking.

Genestealer CultsEdit

Unlike the Guard, the Genestealers's bike probably has more reasons to exist as a model.

Similar to that of the normal Imperial Guard variant except these guys serve a four armed dude rather than a two armed one. Like the Imperial Guard, the Genestealer Cults use their bikes primarily for scouting purposes rather than as a fast attack vehicle.

The bikes they drive upon is called the Dirtcycle which like all Genestealer equipment and machinery, is stolen from the Imperium of Man. The Dirtcycle itself is an Imperial two-wheeled Atalan-class exploratory machine. These rugged machines have a robust frame and shock-absorbing suspension array. Its engine can run on multiple fuel tools and can mount heavy loads. Like the Lasgun these vehicles are cheap and easy to manufacture.

The drivers of the Dirtcycles often carry simple one-handed weapons like pistols, hatchets and axes to do some fast hit-and-run attacks against unsuspecting foes. Granted, it is only effective against lightly armored opponents, but they still get the job done.

Unlike the Guard's, the Genestealer's also have a secondary purpose for these vehicles. During times of uprisings, the Genestealer Cults combine the speed and nimbleness of the Dirtcycle with that of the more stable and heavily armed Wolfquad to form a combine arms approach; the Dirtcycle is often used as an outrider by Genestealer Cults' Atalan Jackals formation.

Simply put, for the first time the Genestealer Cults finally have access to fast attack units.

Chaos Space MarinesEdit

Chaos Space Marines trying to not get outdone by the loyalists in the speed department.

The Chaos Space Marines as usual have their eviler and more edgy counterparts to the loyalist Space Marines.

In a similar way to regular Bike Squads, Chaos Space Marines also utilize their Bikes for reconnaissance and scouting tactics, although with the usual, more sinister twist. They are also often always covered in spikes and spurs as per Chaos Space Marine tradition in order to slice enemies up as they zip by. Unlike loyalists that gravitate towards the "horse archer" role, heretics are composed more like shock cavalry, having free chainswords by default and access to melee-boosting marks and icons. The huge number of spikes and blades they attach to the chassis actually gave them an extra attack in earlier editions. Nurgle-aligned Chaos bikers back then were a horrifying staple with their Toughness 6 basic statline, while Tzeentchian bikers had the usual invulnerable save.

Chaos Marines do lack the Attack Bike option because the thing was rare during the Horus Heresy. Presumably the ones they did have were eaten by that which must never be named.

Perhaps due to the noise, speed, and profile, Slaaneshi Marines have always had a special fondness for the bikes, in every edition they've had them. In 3rd Edition, bikers following Slaanesh could change their bike-weapon for Sonic Blasters for added Rock'n Roll, and could replace meltaguns in their Biker squads with Doom Sirens for maximum noise. The Violators are a Chaos Warband well-known for its use of Chaos Bikes and sonic weapons. And lastly, of course, there is Doomrider, the quintessential example of a Slaaneshi CSM who uses his bike's immense horsepower and cocaine to simultaneously pleasure himself. The rough vibrations on the bike's driver seat pleases Doomrider greatly.


Forces of the Codex Compliant Astartes
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain - Chapter Master
Command Squad - Honour Guard - Librarian - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Centurion Squad - Chapter Serf - Devastator Squad
Scout Squad - Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Transports: Drop Pod - Land Raider - Mastodon Heavy Assault Transport
Razorback Transport - Rhino Transport - Spartan Assault Tank - Termite
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Dreadnought - Javelin Attack Speeder - Jetbike - Land Speeder
Predator Tank - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance: Hunter - Legion Arquitor Bombard - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Stalker
Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind
Flyers: Caestus Assault Ram - Fire Raptor - Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird
Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Thunderhawk - Xiphon Interceptor
Superheavy Tanks: Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer - Fellblade Super-Heavy Tank
Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Spacecraft: Battle Barge - Strike Cruiser
Allied Space Marines: Fallen Angel - Primaris Marine - Blood Angels - Dark Angels
Deathwatch - Grey Knights - Space Wolves
Forces of the Dark Angels
Command: Apothecary - Company Master - Interrogator-Chaplain
Chaplain - Librarian - Techmarine - Deathwing Knight
Dark Angels Grand Master
Troops: Assault Squad - Deathwing - Company Veterans
Devastator Squad - Scout Squad - Tactical Squad
Ravenwing Black Knight - Watcher in the Dark
Walkers: Dreadnought (Deathwing Dreadnought - Contemptor Dreadnought)
Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought - Mortis Dreadnought
Transports: Land Raider (Land Raider Phobos - Land Raider Crusader
Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Ares
Land Raider Solemnus Aggressor) - Rhino - Drop Pod
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Razorback - Predator - Vindicator - Hunter
Stalker - Whirlwind - Land Speeder Vengeance
Ravenwing Darkshroud
Flyers: Dark Talon - Nephilim Jetfighter - Stormraven - Storm Eagle
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Deathwatch
Command: Forge Master - Keeper - Deathwatch Chaplain
Watch Captain - Watch Master - Deathwatch Epistolary
Deathwatch Librarian
Troops: Deathwatch First Company Veteran - Deathwatch Champion
Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad - Kill Team - Kill Marine
Walkers: Venerable Dreadnought - Deathwatch Dreadnought
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Rhino - Razorback
Land Raider (Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Crusader)
Flyers: Drop Pod - Corvus Blackstar
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Space Wolves
Command: Wolf Lord - Wolf Guard
Priesthood: Iron Priest - Rune Priest - Wolf Priest
Troops: Blood Claw - Fenrisian Wolf - Long Fang - Skyclaw
Swiftclaw - Thunderwolf Cavalry - Wulfen - Grey Hunter
Walkers: Dreadnought - Space Wolves Dreadnought
Wulfen Dreadnought
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Rhino - Razorback
Land Speeder - Predator - Vindicator
Whirlwind - Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader
Land Raider Redeemer - Wrath of Mjalnar)
Flyers: Stormfang - Stormwolf
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Imperial Guard
Command: Commissar - Enginseer - Imperial Guard Command Squad - Ministorum Priest
Primaris Psyker - Regimental Advisors - Tank Commander
Troops: Armoured Fist Squad - Infantry Squad - Field Chiurgeon - Heavy Weapons Squad
Militarum Veteran Squad - Ogryn Squad - Penal Legion - Psyker Battle Squad
Ratling Squad - Rough Rider Squad - Special Weapons Squad - Stormtrooper
Transports: Aurox Armoured Transport - Argoran Armoured Transport - Chimera
Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Gorgon Armored Assault Transport
Hades Breaching Drill - Hellbore - Mole - Taurox - Termite - Testudo
Trojan Support Vehicle - Pegasus AAV
Light Vehicles: Atlas Recovery Tank - Bike Squad - Bane Wolf - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler - Scylla
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Sentinel - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator
Pegasus AFV
Tanks & Ordnance: Basilisk Artillery Gun - Carnodon - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Heavy Quad-Launcher - Hydra Flak Tank
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Ragnarok - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Superheavy Vehicles: Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank
Malcador Heavy Tank
Flyers & Bombers: Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Thunderbolt Fighter - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture
Members of the Genestealer Cult
Cult Leaders: Broodlord - Genestealer Patriarch
Specialists: Biophagus - Clamavus - Jackal Alphus
Locus - Magus - Primus - Nexos
Cultists: Abominants - Atalan Jackal - Brood Brothers
Genestealers - Genestealer Aberrants - Sanctus
Hybrids: Acolyte Hybrids - Hybrid Metamorphs
Neophyte Hybrids - Kelermorph Hybrids
Familiars: Alchemicus - Mindwyrm - Soulsight
Vehicles: Achilles Ridgerunner - Chimera - Dirtcycle - Goliath Truck
Leman Russ - Sentinel - Tectonic Fragdrill - Wolfquad
Allies: Tyranids
Forces of the Traitor Legions of Chaos
Leaders: Chaos Champion - Chaos Lord - Daemon Prince - Dark Apostle - Master of Execution
Sorcerer - Warsmith - Master of Possession - Lord Discordant
Unaligned: Chaos Chosen - Chaos Raptors - Chaos Spawn - Chaos Terminators - Cultist - Havocs
Mutilators - Obliterators - Possessed - Tech-Assassin - Warp Talons - Warpsmith
Negavolt Cultist - Greater Possessed - Dark Disciple
Faction Aligned: Berserkers - Berserker Dreadnought - Plague Marines
Noise Marines - Sonic Dreadnought - Rubric Marines
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Chaos Dreadnought - Dreadclaw Assault Pod - Kharybdis - Helbrute
Infernal Relic Predator - Land Raider - Mastodon - Predator Tank - Rhino Transport
Sicaran Battle Tank - Stalk Tank - Vindicator - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Spartan Assault Tank - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Whirlwind Scorpius - Termite
Cerberus Destroyer - Fellblade
Flyers: Harbinger - Hell Blade - Hell Talon - Doomfire Bomber - Swiftdeath Fighter
Fire Raptor - Storm Eagle - Xiphon Interceptor - Thunderhawk - Stormbird
Titans: Daemon Knights - Chaos Emperor Titan - Feral Scout Titan
Ravager Battle Titan - Chaos Warlord Titan - Woe Machine
Daemon Engines:
Decimator - Defiler - Death Wheel - Forgefiend - Heldrake
Maulerfiend - Soul Grinder - Wirewolf - Venomcrawler - Helstalker
Daemon Engines
of Khorne:
Blood Reaper - Blood Slaughterer - Brass Scorpion - Cauldron of Blood - Death Dealer
Doom Blaster - Kytan - Lord of Skulls - Skull Reaper - Tower of Skulls
Daemon Engines
of Nurgle:
Blight Drone - Contagion - Foetid Bloat-Drone - Myphitic Blight-Hauler
Nurgle Plague Tower - Plague Hulk - Plagueburst Crawler
Daemon Engines
of Slaanesh:
Hell-Scourge - Hell-Knight - Hell-Strider
Questor Scout Titan - Slaanesh Subjugator
Daemon Engines
of Tzeentch:
Aether Ray - Doom Wing - Fire Lord of Tzeentch
Mirrorfiend - Silver Tower of Tzeentch - The Auruntaur
Auxiliaries: Chaos Daemons - Death Guard - Thousand Sons - Fallen Angels
Vehicles of the Imperium of Man
Walkers Dreadnought - Nemesis Dreadknight - Ironstrider Ballistarius
Onager Dunecrawler - Penitent Engine - Sentinel - Sydonian Dragoon
Transports Chimera - Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Drop Pod - Goliath Truck
Gorgon Armored Assault Transport - Hades Breaching Drill - Immolator
Pegasus AAV - Razorback Transport - Repressor - Rhino Transport - Taurox - Testudo
Trojan Support Vehicle - Triaros Armoured Conveyer - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Atlas Recovery Tank - Achilles Ridgerunner - Bane Wolf - Bike Squad - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler - Pegasus AFV
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Scylla Light Tank - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator - Wolfquad
Caladius Grav-Tank - Krios Battle Tank - Land Raider - Leman Russ Battle Tank - Predator
Ragnarok - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Spartan Assault Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Exorcist - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Hunter - Hydra Flak Tank
Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun - Rapier Armoured Carrier
Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer
Fellblade - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank - Macrocarid Explorator
Malcador Heavy Tank - Mastodon - Ordinatus - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Skimmers Javelin Attack Speeder - Grav-Rhino - Land Speeder - Pallas Grav-Attack
Flyers Archaeocopter - Caestus Assault Ram - Corvus Blackstar - Fire Raptor - Nephilim Jetfighter
Sky Talon - Space Marine Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird - Stormhawk
Stormraven - Stormtalon - Stormwolf - Thunderhawk - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture
Fighters &
Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Stormfang - Thunderbolt Fighter - Xiphon Interceptor
Spacecraft Aquila Lander - Arvus Lighter - Boarding Torpedo - Devourer Dropship
Faustus Interceptor - Fury Interceptor - Shark Assault Boat - Starhawk Bomber
Tetrarch Heavy Lander
Titans Imperial Knight - Warhound Scout Titan - Reaver Battle Titan
Warlord Battle Titan - Warbringer Nemesis Titan - Emperor Battle Titan