Santa and Grinch Xmas Special rules and fluff

1 Jan


To go along with episode 37 The Xmas/ New Year Special here are Santa’s and the Grinche’s rules and fluff for you to play in your own games.

Any queries, email Dave at

Santa Claus

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war… and Santa.

When the Emperor began to forge his Empire across the Galaxy the most terrible of all problems faced the human race: how could Santa possibly deliver all of his presents to multiple worlds in just one night. As important as it was to save humanity from itself even the Emperor agreed that people receiving their pressies and making Christmas special was far more important.

In his divine wisdom the Emperor bestowed powers upon Santa to allow him to travel through the warp and reach every imperial world in one night; making sure that every child would receive his teddy bear, mother that vacuum cleaner, dad those socks or hopeful space marine that blue power armour he had been wishing for all year.

As the Emperors reach expanded, Santa did the math (using standard deviation of course) and found that even with the powers that had been bestowed upon him he would still not be able to deliver presents to all of the Emperors worlds in just one night. All seemed lost, until the most unlikely solution presented itself.

Thousands of years before, in the age of Jim Carrey, Santa had made peace with his old adversary The Grinch; it was he that Santa now turned to for help. The Emperor bestowed the same powers upon The Grinch as Santa and together they trail blazed a devastatingly fiery path of present giving.

After the Horus Heresy, the Imperium was left ravaged and in dire desolation; never before had good cheer been needed, but Roboute Gulliman looked to Santa to use his powers in a different way. He asked that Santa use them to go into battle and lend aid to the Ultramarines when needed to fight off the vile scum of chaos and ensure that Christmas was saved.

WS 3     BS 4    S  3    T 3  W 3  I 4    A 3     LD 10     SV 4

Cost: 115 points

Unit Type: infantry


  • Carapace Armour
  • Bolt Pistol
  • Chain Sword
  • Frag Grenades

Special Rules

  • Independent Character
  • Ho Ho Ho, Merry Xmas

‘HO HO HO, Merry Xmas’ (psychic ability)

For thousands of years Santa has used his powers to bestow gifts upon those that have been good little boys and girls throughout the year.

In game turns, at any point in the movement phase Santa can pick one friendly unit within 6 inches and if the psychic test is successfully cast can bestow one of the following +1 weapon skill, +1 ballistic skill, +1 strength, +1 Toughness, +1 Initiative, +1 Attacks, +1 Wounds +1 Save. Note: this can be on himself and any unit he is with and does affect innate abilities.

Santa’s Sleigh and Reindeer

Cost: 70 points

For as long as anyone can remember Santa has been accompanied by his trusty Reindeer who are able to transport him at break neck speed through the warp to ensure he reaches the destination where he is most needed.

If taken, Santa and becomes one with his unit and is no longer an independent character, but gains the following stat line.

WS 4    BS 5    S 5    T 5    I4    W (6)    S (3)

Santa’s Reindeer

Santa is accompanied into battle by his trusty reindeer, led by his old friend Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen.

Santa’s sleigh moves like jump infantry.

Instead, Santa may choose to make a special move. For every wound remaining Santa is able to move of 4 inches up to a total of 24.

Santa’s Sleigh

Santa’s sleigh makes his save invulnerable and makes him and his unit immune to instant death.


The Grinch

For many years The Grinch despised Christmas and plotted to steal the vile celebrations until his good friend Jim Carrey showed him a different side to Christmas: the real magic of festive cheer. Thousands of years later, he was flattered and overjoyed when The Emperor and Santa Claus asked whether he would help ensure that all presents were delivered to all planets within the Imperium.

As the years went by and Emperor and his Primarchs conquered more and more planets, The Grinch’s work load began to expand to the point where he could barely cope. When he took his concerns to his line manager; Santa, he was told that the financial year hadn’t been kind, the company’s hands were tied and the 364 days per year holiday that he received easily made up for the one nights work he did do; so he should stop complaining.

Still unhappy, The Grinch went above Santa’s head and slotted in an appointment to see the Emperor the following Wednesday at 14:00, just after lunch – but before that sleepy time that comes from eating too much. He planned to plead his case and also put in a grievance against Santa. Unfortunately, on Wednesday at 13:45 Horus launched his attack on earth and The Grinch’s appointment was never heard.

After the Heresy, The Grinch was enraged when Santa accepted Roboute Gulliman’s request  to aid The Ultramarines in battles throughout the year as well as all of their work on Christmas Eve. By chance, The Grinch spied a vacancy at a rival company; C. Haos Ltd which asked nothing more from him than to create the old chaos that he was so famous for in whatever hours he desired; even allowing him to work from home if he wished.

That very day, The Grinch left Santa’s employment and ever since they have been sworn enemies.

WS 5    BS 4    S 8    T 5    W 4    I 4    A 3    Ld 10   S 3

Cost: 155 points

Unit Type: Infantry

Special Rules

  • Rending
  • Independent Character

‘HO, HO, HO, HOLY Shi… where did my stuff go?’(Psychic power)

The Grinch is the expert at stealing presents from people.

In games terms, at any point in the shooting phase the The Grinch is able to steal the same piece of equipment from all models in a single unit with 18 inches. For example all bolters in a space marine unit. Note: this is pieces of equipment, not innate abilities such as Rending.

The Grinch’s Reindeer and Sleigh

Cost: 70 points

The Chaos Gods have bestowed The Grinch with his own reindeer and sleigh to enable him to teleport to the places most needed in battle.

If taken, The Grinch becomes one with his unit and is no longer an independent character, but gains the following stat line.

WS 5    BS 4    S 8    T 5    W 6    I 4    A 3    Ld 10    Sv 3

The Reindeer

The Grinch is accompanied into battle by his own reindeer led by his oldest and most trusted friend Max the Dog and including Lasher, Chancer, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dicaprio, Donner and Kebab.

In game terms, for every wound remaining The Grinch is able to deep strike 4 inches from his current location up to a maximum of 24 inches.

The Sleigh

The Grinche’s sleigh makes his save invulnerable and he immune to instant death.


2 Responses to “Santa and Grinch Xmas Special rules and fluff”

  1. Andy Ovel January 2, 2012 at 08:36 #

    Very good, but I think you will find it should be ” Santa did the maths”, unless we have changed to 40K USA, and no one told me! 🙂

    • 40KUK January 3, 2012 at 11:14 #

      Oh dear, that is my American influence coming in. But remember Santa delivers presents all acoross the world and in the 41st millenium worlds

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